New Education Program to be Launched

first_imgA new education program entitled, Liberians Encouraging Students in Science and Technology (LESSAT) is a pre-college STEM innovation which will be launched in Monrovia very soon, the organizer, Ms Doris Myers has disclosed.The launch is expected to take place in the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) on Crown Hill, Broad Street offices where LESSAT is located.She said LESSAT is a not-for-profit, grass-root organization set up to inspire young people, especially females to take an interest in Science and Technology, Engineering as well as Mathematics (STEM) fields by giving free lectures slid shows entitled, “The Science and Technology Exhibition.”Ms Myers has over the years observed that challenges youth face for a better STEM career in Liberia are enormous owing to the lack of knowledge in the sciences. She said the need to resolve some of the challenges that will allow the youths to experience a better environment for STEM cannot be over emphasized.“From the inception of the Liberian civil war that ended 14 years ago, the nation has suffered a serious setback relative to its man-power. This retrogression, weakened man-power has also greatly affected the STEM, which is vital to Liberia’s development. This has derived as a result of lack of interest in science and technology by Liberians, and the discouragement of Liberians with natural talents, who are able to invent, manufacture, or design their own ideas without going to school to learn it,” she told this newspaper in an exclusive interview.She added that a majority of the country’s technical department heads are occupied by non-Liberians, while Liberians are assigned minor work. For this reason, she said Liberia in most instances has depended on foreign nationals to perform scientific and technological tasks for the country which are very costly and contributes to the high rate of unemployment. “These many challenges served as obstacles toward dreams or careers that could have been achieved as a result of studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” she said.Ms. Myers said some of the challenges include but are not limited to inadequate infrastructure, poor learning conditions and lack of programs and motivation. She said the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics has made major impacts on the globe, “because it is the foundation of better development, improved standard of living, quality infrastructure and a major element of a strong, vibrant and productive society.”Among other things, Ms. Myers said research has proven that if there were no Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and their applications in the world, the world would have been a very miserable and unsafe place to live. She, however, said the quest to bring answers and solutions to the numerous questions man has for the protection of his existence began the process of STEM. It is of great necessity to have the focus of the younger generation toward STEM, said Myers. The LESSAT, she said strives to build up STEM education to create a world where young people are encouraged to celebrate fun and excitement of science and technology, and inspire them to take the subjects based career paths to become tomorrow’s much needed Science and Technology leaders.She has meanwhile called on Liberians through the Ministry of Education (MOE) to promote STEM education to help bolster the economy.“Encouraging STEM growth in a developing country like Liberia is important, because many new jobs will be created in general engineering, computer and IT industries nationwide. Educating people in these fields is going to bring tremendous growth to the nation’s economy and help get people out of poverty,” she said.STEM, she said is also important for children, and as such the country needs to encourage the students to understand and embrace the technology that affects their daily lives. “Students should be advised on the merits of taking as many math and science courses as possible in middle and high school. And these courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities.” She added that to make science and math courses fun and interesting will not only help students to learn, but might also plant the “seed of interest” that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career.“The need for the younger generation to enter the STEM sectors in and around the world especially Liberia should be highly prioritized. Using Liberia as a case study, the general atmosphere proves that the young people have less interest in the sciences,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LFA’s Ex-Vice President Kouh, Sentenced 7yrs in US Jail for US$9.5M Fraud, Was A…

first_imgBank accounts and residence of Ex-LFA VPO Cassell Anthony Kouh (alias TIm Barrol) to be seized, upon a request filed by U.S. authoritiesBrief: Records show that from 2012 to 2016, Kuoh devised a scheme involving the purchase, shipment and export of gold and rough diamonds from Liberia. Over this period, Kouh and his associates, which sometimes included state security actors, duped investors of millions of US dollars.Earlier, Kuoh allegedly duped Charlotte Police Chief, Kerr Putney, and reportedly bought a house for US$450,000 in cash, purchased two vehicles and then deposited US$80,000 into a friend’s bank account.2014: Kuoh was one of the two conspirators directly involved with the illegal arrest and subsequent stealing of money belonging to some Korean businessmen with the collusion of the Liberia National Security Agency (NSA).2013-2016: Kuoh and associates tricked and convinced D.S. to wire transfer approximately US$3,687,030 via bank wire transfers to McDan Shipping Company Limited, one C.K. (Kuoh’s former wife), Phoenix Mining and Investment Group (owned by Kuoh), W.M., E.T. This was not the first fraud scandal Kuoh was involved in. In August 2015, the Ministry of Information announced that Kuoh was wanted for prosecution in a US$247,500 theft involving the Liberia National Security Agency (NSA) and some Korean businessmen in 2014.Former Vice President for Operations at the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Cassell Anthony Kuoh, has been convicted in the US after being held for over eight months on charges of defrauding investors and other dubious financial schemes. He faces up to seven years in prison.The football executive has a history of being involved in several high-profile fraud schemes, the latest of which landed him in the grip of the United States Justice system.Quoting the U.S. Department of Justice, the Associated Press (AP) and other US media outlets reported that Kuoh, who was sentenced in a Charlotte, North Carolina federal court to more than seven years in prison for his fraudulent business activities duping victims out of more than $9.5 million, will be deported to Liberia after serving his prison term.Young Kuoh is also founder and president of top LFA First Division team, FC Fassel which was also caught up in fraudulent activities in the soccer game and was harshly punished by the Football Association recently. Upon his sentencing on Thursday, Kuoh was also ordered to pay $16.2 million in restitution and is subject to deportation after completing his sentence.Records show that from 2012 to 2016, Kuoh devised a scheme involving the purchase, shipment and export of gold and rough diamonds from Liberia.Prosecutors say Kuoh used the investors’ money to fund his personal lifestyle. In March, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. A co-defendant is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.An Affidavit of Complaint filed in July 2014 state that Cassell Kuoh, who also goes by the name Tim Barrol, McDan Shipping Company Ltd. and others known to the United States had been engaged in an elaborate scheme to defraud individuals of millions of dollars by falsely representing that they possessed large quantities of gold and diamonds in Liberia.The syndicate, according to the complaint, made their victims to believe that they wanted to ship the gold and diamonds to United States for refinement and sale.Kouh and his associates reportedly held themselves out to be various types of middlemen who had access to large quantities of gold and diamonds in Liberia.On or about June 27, 2013, according to the complaint, a victim-investor only identified as D.S. entered into a written contract to purchase 500 kilograms of gold bars and a second contract to purchase 223 rough diamonds (approximately 7,123 carats) from one William Jackson to be identified in Monrovia. D.S. met Jackson via the business oriented social networking social networking service LinkedIn.The complaint disclosed that that initially Jackson contacted D.S. and stated that he represented a village in Liberia that wanted to export its gold and diamonds to the United States.Accordingly, D.S. recruited partners in the United States for the purpose of investing in the shipment of Liberian gold and diamonds. “These investors sent D.S. money which he eventually sent to the conspirators for, what he believed to be, the shipment of gold and diamonds.Per an agreement with William Jackson, the shipment of gold and diamonds was to be managed by a ‘Tim Barrol’ (Kuoh) of McDan Shipping Company, Ltd., a shipping company located in Liberia,” the complaint stated. The complaint further indicated that Kuoh was known to D.S. as Tim Barrol.“Photographs of Cassell Kuoh’s U.S. border crossing and U.S. visa confirmed him as the individual representing himself as Tim Barrol of McDan Shipping Company,” AP said.As a primary component of the fraud scheme, Kuoh required several payments be made for certificate signatures and fees related to obtaining diamonds which would allow for the legal exportation and shipment of gold and diamonds from Liberia to the United States.It is contained in the complaint that in August 2014 and August 2015, Kuoh tricked and convinced D.S. to wire transfer approximately US$3,687,030 via bank wire transfers to McDan Shipping Company Limited, one C.K. (Kuoh’s former wife), Phoenix Mining and Investment Group (owned by Kuoh), W.M., E.T.According to the complaint, as part of the deal to convince D.S. that the deal was legitimate and the gold was real, in September 2014, Kuoh entered into the U.S. with approximately one kilogram of which, as D.S. arranged, he delivered to the refinery in Dallas, TX, which bought the gold and wired approximately US$37,761 to D.S.However, the news of Kuoh’s arrest in the USA emerged on November 16, 2016, for what was the being reported alleged gold fraud. Upon his arrest, he was held in federal prisons in North Carolina, awaiting trial.A Serial FraudsterInitial information indicated that Kuoh allegedly duped Charlotte Police Chief, Kerr Putney, and reportedly bought a house for US$450,000 in cash, purchased two vehicles and then deposited US$ 80,000 into a friend’s bank account.The LFA, at the time, admitted that they are aware of Kuoh arrest, though noted in a statement, that it was not aware of circumstances surrounding his arrest.“The LFA is in contact with his family and will continue to provide the public with information on the reasons leading to his detention,” the statement read.This was not the first fraud scandal to have involved Kuoh. In August 2015, the Ministry of Information announced that Kuoh was wanted for prosecution in an US$247,500 theft involving the National Security Agency (NSA) and some Korean businessmen in 2014.Kuoh is also founder and president of top LFA First Division team, FC FasselHowever, lawyers representing Kouh threatened legal action against the ministry for the pronouncement. Then Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Atty. Isaac Jackson, who made the pronouncement,  said – “A finding by the Special Presidential Committee mandated to investigate accusation of money laundering, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud some foreign investors revealed that the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LFA first division club – Cassell FC was invloved.”Kuoh was one of the two conspirators directly involved with the illegal arrest and subsequent stealing of the Korean businessmen money, the Minister said.Lawyer representing Kuoh at the time, Cllr. Amara Sheriff asked the Minister to prepare himself for legal battle as he was to produce evidence that the Special Presidential Committee, headed by the then Dean and Professor of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, recommended Mr. Kuoh’s prosecution.However, Kuoh’s alleged fraudulent activities benefited, in part, his prime investment in Liberia, FC Fassell which is one of the most attractive and somehow well paid football clubs in the country.The team suffered a massive blow days after it was reported that the team was just few steps away from clinching its first ever championship for what some referred to as deliberately fielding illegal. As a result of this offense, an official LFA communication said that 12 points were deducted after the team failed two separate protests filed against by LISCR FC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Art Wilson: Lava Man seeks repeat performance

first_imgARCADIA – Trainer Doug O’Neill has been around thoroughbred racing long enough to know you don’t take a horse like Lava Man for granted. The 6-year-old gelding is as consistent as can be, winning eight of his past nine races, and is the greatest claim ever based on money won. Lava Man has banked more than $4 million since being claimed for $50,000 in August 2004 at Del Mar. Few trainers have had the luxury of having even one Lava Man, who won seven consecutive races last year before a seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs cost him a shot at Horse of the Year. But the son of Slew City Slew rebounded from his dull showing in the Classic with a two-length victory in the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 27, setting the scene for his attempt to join John Henry and Milwaukee Brew as the only two-time winners of the Grade I Big ‘Cap. Lava Man won last year’s running by three quarters of a length over Magnum and will be shooting for his fourth victory over Santa Anita’s main track in seven tries. He’s won four of seven at the Big ‘Cap distance of a mile and a quarter. “These are moments we live for,” O’Neill said. “These are the moments we work so hard for.” Lava Man, assigned high weight of 124 pounds, drew the No. 7 post for Saturday’s race and will be ridden by regular jockey Corey Nakatani. They’ll be next to second choice Arson Squad, the Strub Stakes winner who drew the No. 8 hole and is 9-2 on the early line. The 4-year-old Brahms gelding will be ridden for the second time by Garrett Gomez and carry second high weight of 117 pounds. The field, from the rail out, includes Awesome Gem, Tyler Baze, 10-1; El Roblar, Richard Migliore, 20-1; Boboman, Alex Solis, 12-1; Ball Four, Julien Leparoux, 15-1; Spring at Last, David Flores, 15-1; Molengao, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Lava Man; Arson Squad; and McCann’s Mojave, Frank Alvarado, 15-1. Molengao comes in off a victory of a head over Ball Four in the Grade II San Antonio Handicap, the final major steppingstone to the Big ‘Cap. Richard Mandella, who has won three Santa Anita Handicaps and in the 1997 running became the only trainer to run 1-2-3, will saddle El Roblar and Boboman, the latter of whom has never raced on dirt, but won the Grade I Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 9. Great Hunter, one of O’Neill’s three Kentucky Derby hopefuls, will meet eight rivals in Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, formerly the Santa Catalina Stakes, at Santa Anita. Great Hunter, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will be making his first start of 2007 and will be ridden again by Nakatani. art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m enjoying this,” O’Neill said Wednesday morning at Santa Anita after Lava Man was installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of nine for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. “I know I’ll probably never have another Lava Man in my barn again.” last_img read more

‘I’m not Morocco’s trump card’, says Renard

first_img“I’m not Morocco’s trump card. I’m lucky to be the coach of a Morocco team with quality players,” Renard said ahead of Friday’s Group D showdown in Cairo.“In my career I had the good fortune to be coach of this Ivory Coast team … I’ve simply been lucky to be in the right place at the right time, and the Ivory Coast will always be a magnificent memory.”Since transforming the perennial underachievers into African champions four years ago, Renard has tormented them as coach of Morocco.He ensured the 2017 title defence of the Ivorians did not last beyond the first round, and inflicted more misery in 2018 World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 triumph in Abidjan taking Morocco to Russia at their expense.“If I had a secret I would try to put it in place tomorrow, but each game against the Ivory Coast is more than difficult,” said Renard.“The past doesn’t hold much importance. We have to focus on the game tomorrow which isn’t just any group game. I think the goal of the two teams is to go much further in the competition.”“The most important thing is qualification,” he added. “Of course it’s often preferrable to finish in first place but sometimes you don’t get to choose, especially in a top level battle in Africa like this one.”Playmaker Younes Belhanda, who missed the 1-0 win over Namibia due to injury, said Morocco would not purely focus on stopping the in-demand Nicolas Pepe.“He’s a very talented player. We didn’t find out about him this year but this year … he’s been at the top,” said Belhanda. “Of course he’s a threat but there’s not just him.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Herve Renard’s Morocco scraped past Namibia 1-0 in their opening game in Egypt © AFP / Ahmed HASANCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 27 – Morocco coach Herve Renard said Thursday he does not see himself as the key to Africa Cup of Nations success ahead of an intriguing match against his former side Ivory Coast.The Frenchman guided the Ivorians to the title in 2015 to become the first coach to win the tournament with two different countries, having led outsiders Zambia to a surprise victory three years earlier.last_img read more

Lewis named abbot of Friars

first_imgThere was good news and blue news for Jerry Lewis on Friday. The comedian-fundraiser was named abbot of the Friars Club, taking over the leadership position vacant since Alan King’s death two years ago. And then its members delivered a four-letter, foul-mouthed welcome to their new leader at one of the club’s infamous annual roasts. “He’s been a great contributor to comedy, and I intend to rip him to shreds,” promised fellow comedian Robert Klein before the roast at the New York Hilton. Before the star-studded crowd headed into a hotel ballroom to skewer the 80-year-old Lewis, the veteran comic explained how he wound up as the honoree. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Jerry Vale turned it down, and they already had `Jerry’ on the statue, and here I am,” said Lewis, at his third Friars’ roast. The position of Friars Club abbot has been held previously by Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Downsizing vehicles

first_imgIn the land of $3-a-gallon gasoline, the Samurai warriors roll with pride. Car buffs used to drool over such stats as horsepower, torque and top speed, but there’s a new status symbol in the motoring world: miles per gallon. Because automobiles live on petroleum-based products – gasoline powers their engines, oil keeps them running and is used to manufacture their belts and gaskets – the price of putting just about everything into a car gets incrementally more expensive when oil prices crest at $60 a barrel. Faced with those hikes, one of the few costs that drivers can contain is the amount of gasoline they consume. In a car town like Los Angeles, ditching your ride’s not an option for most, so motorists can either drive less or find a new way to get around. Thoughts like that have pushed large SUV sales down this year, and Vespa of California’s Sherman Oaks branch reports sales for its 65 mpg scooters have increased 25 percent in the past several months. Hybrid cars have attained rock-star status, with their high fuel-economy rating outweighing their high prices. “Many families in the state still have a minivan or an SUV in the garage, but they’re buying more fuel-efficient cars for commutes or quick errands,” said Marcella Rojas, a spokeswoman for the California Motor Car Dealers Association. Toyota’s sleek Prius is chief on that list, Rojas said, along with hybrid versions of Honda’s Civics and Accords, Ford’s Escape and the Lexus RX-400h. Consumers will have even more choices for the gasoline-and-electric-drive vehicles in coming years, with Ford’s recent pledge that half of its nameplates will be available in hybrid form by 2010. Though still a small sliver of the overall auto market, hybrids and more fuel-efficient driving habits have indeed altered the overall consumption of gasoline. Demand for gasoline has been flat this year, according to the American Petroleum Institute, a sharp contrast to recent years when lower prices let drivers top off their inefficient rides without a care. In past spikes at the pump, drivers kept filling up without denting demand, but Rayola Dougher, the trade group’s manager of energy market issues, said this year’s dramatic run-ups in price finally shocked them into cutting back on their gasoline consumption. “People did respond to price this time,” she said. “It’s been very dramatic for people to see $3 gasoline. They really changed the way they drive – or don’t drive.” That’s why Patrick Bunyamanop, a Glendale financial planner, finds himself in the Samurai caravan. He used to think nothing of gassing up and heading for the desert for off-road joy rides. Now, he’s rolling proudly – and efficiently – in a truck few would mistake for tough. “It’s totally changed my life,” he said, reflecting on the price at the pump. “It’s so high, it really limits what you can do.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 For Julie Casey, who was driving 250 miles a week for her job as a benefits specialist for Los Angeles County employees, her Ford F-150 pickup truck had to go to the garage. She dropped $1,500 on a tiny Suzuki Samurai, buying into an oddly chic new clique. “I feel like I’m in high school,” she said, eyeing the 18-year-old miniature sport utility vehicle. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I’d drive a car like that, but six of my friends have them. It’s the gas.” The La Crescenta resident was spending $100 a week to fuel up her Ford, a bill that should drop to $30 with the Samurai’s 27-29 mpg fuel efficiency. Her pals used to roar around in their massive off-road trucks, guzzling gasoline with their muscular V-8s and fat tires, but most have now switched to the minuscule Suzukis, sandwiching their big frames between its little steering wheel and bucket seat. “I’ve got a big truck, but I can’t afford to drive it,” said Alberto Tejera, an Echo Park mechanic who parked his Dodge 2500 in favor of the little sport utility vehicle. “With this, I put in $10 today and I got half a tank!” last_img read more

MAN WHO THREATENED TO PIPE-BOMB WITNESSES IN BUNCRANA BURGLARIES CASE GIVEN BAIL

first_imgA suspected raider who threatened to burn out all the witnesses to burglaries on a Buncrana housing estate has been released on bail.Out on bail – Jonathan Gibson.Jonathon Gibson will now live just a “stones throw” away from the houses he allegedly burgled last weekend. Gibson, who was charged with a number of offences at the Cloncool estate in Buncrana where he was living, will now reside at another estate nearby with his partner.Gibson appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday facing a total of sixteen charges including burglary, trespassing, criminal damage, theft and interfering with cars.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said he was looking for bail for his client but this was strongly objected to by Garda Inspector Michael Harrison.He said the accused had made two serious threats towards witnesses in the case while in the company of detectives when arrested last Saturday.Detective Garda Bernard Mullins told the court he was with Gibson in the waiting room of Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday last.Detective Mullins said he made notes of the conversation and that Gibson threatened he would “burn out all the witnesses” when he got the book of evidence.While in the patrol car he also allegedly said that he would pipe-bomb “all the witnesses in Cloncool Park.”Gibson shouted that this was a lie and was asked to sit down in court.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said that was it not the case that his client was under the influence of drugs or drink and that it was a different man that was before the court today.“I would suggest that was a throwaway remark and was off the rictor scale,” said Mr Dillon.Detective Mullins said he accepted that Gibson appeared to be ‘coming down’ off of whatever he was on but could not say what his intentions wereThe court heard that Gibson had a range of previous offences including two of arson but none involving explosives.Judge Paul Kelly said he was granting bail on a number of conditions.These include that Gibson sign on daily at Buncrana Garda station, that he keep a curfew and not go out between 10pm and 8am, that he not enter Cloncool Park and that he stay away from any witnesses in the case.The case was adjourned until May 19th for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.MAN WHO THREATENED TO PIPE-BOMB WITNESSES IN BUNCRANA BURGLARIES CASE GIVEN BAIL was last modified: February 18th, 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:buncranaburglarCloncool ParkDonegal courtJonathan GibsonJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

JOE BROLLY – “DERRY HAVEN’T A HOPE OF BEATING DONEGAL IN ULSTER SEMI-FINAL”

first_imgGAA: RTE pundit and former All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly has said Derry haven’t a chance of overcoming Donegal in their Ulster SFC semi-final clash next weekend.Joe BrollyDonegal have been impressive in the Ulster SFC so far earning victories over Tyrone and Armagh to set-up the clash with Brian McIver’s Derry side.Donegal’s ruthless execution of Armagh in the first-half on Sunday was exceptional – and sent a reminder to other counties with aspirations on winning the All-Ireland that while McGuinness may have left it’s business as usual under the tutelage of Rory Gallagher. RTE pundit Brolly holds no hope for his native county and expects Donegal to sweep them to one side in Clones next Saturday evening.Brolly fears Derry are far too defensive and don’t have an offensive strategy to dismantle Donegal.He fears they’ll sit on the ropes against Donegal, and he says if you do that against Donegal you’ll get punished.Brolly said, “Derry have plenty of quality footballers, and in my opinion we have the best full-back line in terms of man-to-man marking. “We have two of the best forwards in the game in Eoin Bradley and Mark Lynch and we’re very formidable at midfield.“We’ve certainly got potential, but we’re a mess, we’re obsessed with defence and have no attacking plan at all.“That’s not going to be good enough against Donegal, we sat back on the ropes against them last year in Celtic Park and we inevitably lost.“If you sit back on the ropes against Donegal then the same thing will happen Derry as it did Armagh, we’ll get hammered.Donegal’s odds have shortened on winning both the Ulster SFC and All-Ireland titles following Sunday’s exhibition against Armagh. As Brolly and Spillane both said Donegal are in rude health and it will take a top, top side to stop.Some pundits are claiming that Gallagher has taken Donegal to another level and has galvanised and freshened up his squad.The general consensus both inside and outside of Donegal is that we’re in for another long summer.JOE BROLLY – “DERRY HAVEN’T A HOPE OF BEATING DONEGAL IN ULSTER SEMI-FINAL” was last modified: June 18th, 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)Tags:DerrrydonegalGAAJOE BROLLYnewsSportUlster SFClast_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Baja BLT burger recipe

first_imgThe California State Jr. High School Rodeo Finals will be at Tehama District Fairground May 12-14 and admission is free. Kamish Wagner and Hunter Hughes will be competing in team roping after winning the District 1 title for team roping. Wagner will be competing in Girls Breakaway Roping and Girls Goat Tying; Hughes will also compete in Boys Goat Tying, Saddle Bronc Steer Riding, Bareback Steer Riding and Boys Breakaway Roping.This recipe for the Baja BLT burger — without the cilantro …last_img

Sister remembers a man ‘born to lead’

first_img6 December 2013 Former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday evening, will be remembered not only as an icon whose sacrifices made the world a better place, but also as a man whose achievements came at great personal cost, to himself and to his family. In separate interviews conducted earlier this year in Mandela’s home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, his sister Nonyekana Bulehluti and cousin Sketshetshe Mandela spoke about their relations to the revered former statesman, who passed away on Thursday evening. Bulehluti, who has since passed away, said at the time that she could still recall the days when she used to fear her “stubborn” brother”, whom she described as someone who never talked much. She remembered Mandela as someone who stood out from the rest of the family due to his beliefs in education and his insatiable curiosity. While they never had the normal sister-brother bond, due to his activism and the many years he spent in jail, she never doubted the love he had for her. “I never spent time with bhuti [older brother],” said Bulehluti, who at the time of the interview had left the original Mandela home to live with her daughter about 15 kilometres away. “When I was a teenager, he was already igqobhoka [an educated man]. He was very quiet, but loved to laugh at anything, and that’s how I remember him – laughing and laughing.” She and Mandela shared a father but were not of the same mother. Mandela’s father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, a chief by both blood and custom, had four wives, the third being Mandela’s mother Nosekeni Fanny, while Bulehluti’s mother, Nodayimani, was the fourth wife.‘You could see he was different’ While Bulehluti was not born yet when Mandela left Qunu at the age of nine to live at nearby Mqekezweni village following his father’s passing, their later interactions revealed astonishing characteristics of a man who would later lead South Africa to its first democratic elections. “He was born to lead,” she said. “You could see he was different from all of us. He questioned things and liked to be in the company of the elders. He never spent much of his time with us … and before we knew it, he was gone [to study].” However, Bulehluti explained that the family never felt abandoned or deserted by Mandela, as they were aware of his passion for politics and his desire to see his people free. “For us, it became a matter of saying – yes, he is our brother, but he does not belong to us but to the nation. It’s something that we learnt to live with over time, and I can never regret having him as a brother. Even though it was not easy at first, he has achieved what he wanted.” ‘The children must know who this hero was’ Mandela’s cousin Sketshetshe Mandela, 78, still lives in the original family yard where Mandela and his host of siblings used to play. Mandela’s father had 13 children, four boys and nine girls, but as in any African home, the house was always filled with babies and other children of relatives. While the three huts Mandela’s mother presided over in Qunu have since been demolished to make way for a modern house, traces of the old structures are still visible. Mandela mentioned in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, that of the three huts, one was used for cooking, one for sleeping and the other for storage. “In the hut in which we slept, there was no furniture in the Western sense … we slept on mats and slept on the ground,” he wrote. Sketshetshe, who bears a striking resemblance to Mandela’s mother Nosekeni, said that while a lot has changed since those days, the family still plants and harvests mielies as well as small scale poultry farming. “We are still living the way he [Mandela] left us. We refused to change now that he found fame, and whenever he comes, he finds us here still doing things the old way,” he said, holding up a portrait of himself and Mandela for the duration of the interview. On the walls of the living room are pictures of Mandela and other family members, together with other famous pictures taken during the struggle for liberation – perhaps an indication of how proud the family is of the man. “We want the children to know who this hero of the family was,” Sketshetshe said. “We want them to continue with the legacy and the foundation he laid for the entire Mandela family and the Madiba clan.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more