A Review of Gbagba

first_imgRobtel Neajai Pailey’s children’s book Gbagba is populated with characters bound to the changing meanings of ethics in post-war Liberia. The story touches on the role of traditional values to transform social thinking.When the young twins Sundaygar and Sundaymah leave the countryside to visit their aunt in the capital Monrovia, the collusion of adults in everyday corrupt practices—robbery, bribery, fraud, vigilantism—collides with the children’s strong moral sense of right and wrong.Immediately after the children arrive in the city, a thief “in dirty clothes” snatches their suitcases in broad daylight. The description of the robber tells us that that the man is poor and desperate. But the idea that it is greed rather than dehumanizing poverty triggering the man’s thievery incites the threat of mob justice. Equally disturbing to the children, an “angry crowd made a circle around the rogue like they wanted to harm him.”The twins later observe their aunt’s driver bribing a police officer. Their aunt’s indifference during this encounter stands in stark contrast to the twins’ sharp perception of the unfair advantage that takes place after the transaction.“Corruption” is a new word the twins hear on the radio and look up in a dictionary. The twins interpret it to mean gbagba, the word they know in Bassa – their first language. For all of the grim statistics about rampant corruption, gbagba translated simply means bad behavior. With the simple, uncomplicated logic of children, the twins know that “lying, cheating, and stealing” are wrong. The book offers an educational message about social taboos in rural and urban spaces of public and private life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth Leader Wants Empowerment

first_imgThe General Coordinator of Better Future Initiative Amos N. Tubor, Jr., has called on the government and humanitarian agencies to provide empowerment for Liberian youths to make a difference.He spoke during a one-day clean-up campaign in New Kru Town that involved nearly 100 youth members of BFI. He said young Liberians deserve support to direct their energies to do productive work for the country.The members, comprising both men and women from age 16 and above, converged last Saturday, starting from the Duala Market and moved on to the New Kru Town Police Depot and concluded the campaign at the Redemption Hospital.“Our clean-up campaign is a self-initiative,” Tubor told journalists, “and we are thankful to get support from the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC).”He said LCCBC accepted his group’s proposal and provided materials, including 20 wheelbarrows, 24 shovels, 200 pieces of nose masks, 50 sets of PPEs, among others, for the campaign.He said the zeal that characterized the exercise is an indication that with proper and adequate support, Liberian youths can do things for their own communities.He said the exercise: Health and Sanitation Project is one of five projects under the BFI.“We have members in communities across the city who are prepared to join us to work for our people,” Tubor said. “All we need is material support.”The cleaning project coordinator, Samuel Browne, told the Daily Observer that among other exercises of BFI, are training residents on first aid, motivating youth in providing voluntary health services, health tips to communities and cleaning communities and drainages, among others.Madam Esther Doe of Duala expressed gratitude to members of the BFI and appealed for materials and other supports for the organization to help the young people.“I am happy to see young people coming to clean our market,” she said.Another marketer, who identified herself only as Elizabeth, said, “The children are doing well, helping to clean our market.”At the Police Depot in New Kru Town, officers expressed appreciation for BFI’s self initiative and appealed for support to enable the young people continue their work.At the Redemption Hospital, nurses and visitors commended BFI, congratulated LCCBC for supporting such productive work and urged LCCBC to increase its support to BFI.The BFI is a non-governmental organization involved in community work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

D. Twe Last Wall Standing

first_imgThe remaining but partial wall that stands between the Atlantic Ocean and the D. Twe Memorial High School building in New Kru Town may not be able to withstand the pounding of the wind and ocean waves if nothing is done to halt it, according to residents who spoke to the Daily Observer.Some residents interviewed over the Christmas weekend are worried about the worsening situation.Many said though the erosion has stopped, there is constant attack of high winds that affect the remaining partial wall that stands between the ocean and the school building.“You can see that several fishermen have come here to use the space near the wall as their staging ground for fishing,” said a resident who did not want to be identified. “This indicates the seriousness of the situation.”He said it was reported that the Ministry of Education is investing in the reconstruction of the D. Twe High School wall, which he suggested should include a barrier to prevent the Atlantic Ocean from raging havoc on the wall and eventually reaching the school building.“We cannot afford to lose the only public high school on Bushrod Island, and so we are hoping that the Ministry of Education can speed up efforts now that we are in the dry season,” he said.He said the urgency of the matter should press Ministry of Education officials to rush to “get the business done, and on time.”“Unless the government makes haste, we will gradually move into other months that may see the arrival of the rainy season and we would not have achieved anything,” he said.Another female resident of Colonel West community said it was unfortunate that the destruction unleashed by the relentless ocean was not stopped on time.“It takes many years of erosion for a whole area to be swept away,” she said, asking, “how did it happen that no one cared to have prevented the erosion five years ago?”She said the Ministry of Education should inform the community about what it plans to do now to prevent further erosion and rebuild the wall.“We want to know so that we can say that this time around something good can come from what officials have said to rebuild the school,” she said.Ministry of Education officials contacted confirmed to the Daily Observer that plans are underway to get the walls of the school rebuilt as well as constructing a barricade to stop the ocean from advancing to the school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four-goal hero Aguero salutes De Bruyne

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero is relishing playing alongside the creative talents of Kevin De Bruyne © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Sergio Aguero was the four-goal hero of Manchester City’s 5-1 victory over Leicester, but the Argentina striker was quick to praise Kevin De Bruyne for his contribution to the rout.Aguero demolished Leicester in the second half at Eastlands on Saturday as the Premier League leaders moved another step closer to the title. Aguero’s third haul of three goals or more this season took his total for the campaign to 28 and his overall City tally to 197.But as impressive as Aguero was, City again owed a lot to Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, who created his side’s opening three goals in another outstanding display.“Luckily Kevin De Bruyne is playing for us and helping us to score,” said Aguero, who with 143 Premier League strikes is now only three short of moving into the competition’s top 10.“I am very lucky because most of the goals come from his assists – I just have to hit the ball. I am happy for him as well. He is a great player and any team in the world would love to have him.”It was the perfect way for City to sign off from Premier League action for the month, with Pep Guardiola’s side having Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup commitments in the next fortnight.With a League Cup final date against Arsenal looming at the end of the month, Aguero says City are focused on silverware rather than individual plaudits.“The goals are very important because they help the team to win,” Aguero said.“But I think we are very close to achieving important things. That is why I am very happy, personally and for the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Man City forgotten man scores in friendly win

first_imgAfter a disappointing defeat to Dundee in their first pre-season match, Manchester City got back to winning ways as they dispatched Hearts 2-1 at Tynecastle.Scott Sinclair hasn’t had the best of times since his switch from Swansea to the Etihad Stadium but he opened the scoring in Edinburgh as he added the perfect finishing touch to Alvaro Negredo’s fine through ball.Jambos’ trialist Osman Sow did equalise for the Scottish outfit as his excellently timed run allowed him to beat the offside and fire the ball beyond Willy Caballero.But ten minutes from time the Premier League champions grabbed the winner as Aleksander Kolarov struck from the penalty spot after Emyr Huws was brought down inside the area.And you can see all the goals in the video above…last_img read more

How the drama unfolded on Premier League final day

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City celebrate retaining the Premier League title © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 12 – Manchester City became the first team to retain the Premier League title for 10 years on Sunday, but only after the final round of matches.At one point, when City trailed Brighton and Liverpool led Wolves, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds held a two-point lead at the top. But quickfire goals from Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte saw Pep Guardiola’s men turn the game at the Amex Stadium and the title race around, before cruising to a 4-1 victory in the second half.Here, AFP Sport looks at the key moments of the last day (all times local):3:00pm: The games at the Amex Stadium and Anfield kick off.3:09pm: Brighton go close to taking a shock lead as Alireza Jahanbakhsh fires narrowly wide from 20 yards.Mane fired Liverpool to the top of the table early on © AFP / Paul ELLIS3:17pm: The top of the Premier League table changes hands on the final day of the season for only the second time ever, as Sadio Mane slots Liverpool into a 17th-minute lead from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross.There was real hope for Liverpool when Murray gave Brighton a shock lead © AFP / Glyn KIRK3:26pm: Glenn Murray climbs highest at the front post to power home Pascal Gross’ corner and put Brighton ahead.3:28pm: Brighton and Liverpool’s hopes take a massive dent within 83 seconds as Aguero drills a low shot into the net to equalise for Man City.3:30pm: City almost flip the game totally on its head, but Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan keeps out Bernardo Silva’s header.Quickfire goals from Aguero and Laporte give title race final twist © AFP / Glyn KIRK3:37pm: Guardiola’s side do retake the title-race advantage as Laporte is given the freedom of the Brighton box to nod past goalkeeper Ryan.3:44pm: Wolves almost put another dagger into Liverpool, but Matt Doherty’s rasping strike bounces off the top of the bar.3:47pm: Lewis Dunk’s free-kick with the final play of the first half at Brighton sees City goalkeeper Ederson have to scramble the ball over his crossbar.— Half-time on Merseyside marks the break for both games, with City, as before kick-off, leading the table by one point.4:17pm: After slow starts to the second halves in both matches, Raul Jimenez ends a period of Wolves pressure by firing over the crossbar, while Raheem Sterling miskicks a low shot on the south coast for City.4:19pm: Divock Origi goes close to a second for Liverpool, but his shot is deflected wide.Mahrez gives City breathing space with 63rd-minute drive © AFP / Glyn KIRK4:20pm: Mahrez cuts inside and ends the marathon title chase once and for all with a powerful right-footed strike into the top corner.4:26pm: Liverpool start struggling to hang on to their three points, with goalkeeper Alisson standing tall to deny Diogo Jota.4:29pm: City continue to put sorry Brighton to the sword, with Ilkay Gundogan curling a fine free-kick into the net.Mane’s second of the day ensured he shared the Golden Boot with Salah and Aubameyang © AFP / Paul ELLIS4:38pm: Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold swings over a cross for Mane to head in his second, despite being in an offside position. But the only real significance is to draw the Senegalese level with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race for the Golden Boot.4:49pm: Final whistle blows at the Amex Stadium and Manchester City clinch a second straight title after 14 consecutive victories.— Liverpool left on 97 points after a 2-0 success over Wolves at Anfield, one shy of City despite winning nine games in a row.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

2 airlines pack in the passengers

first_imgBy David Koenig THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS – The summer vacation season was a boon to Southwest Airlines Co. and Continental Airlines Inc., which reported record passenger loads and higher profits despite rising fuel prices. Southwest reported Thursday that its third-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago. Continental posted higher earnings thanks to heavy traffic on international routes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And people are still lining up to fly, even with several rounds of recent fare hikes. United Air Lines made the latest increase, adding $20 per round trip on nearly all its domestic flights, and was quickly matched by Delta Air Lines Inc. and by Continental on some routes. The higher fares don’t seem to be discouraging travel. Weakness in parts of the economy such as housing don’t seem to be having much effect either. Continental executives said advance bookings for travel the rest of the year were ahead of last year’s pace. But the fuel price outlook is much worse than it was just a couple of weeks ago. Oil prices surged again Thursday. Fuel is typically an airline’s second biggest cost, after labor. “Long term, the big concern is the economy, but right now fuel is the monkey on their backs,” said Ray Neidl, an analyst for Calyon Securities. “The airlines would be producing spectacular results if oil weren’t at $90.” Airline stocks fell in response to the latest increase in oil prices. Shares of Continental fell $1.30, or 3.6 percent, to end at $34.93; and Southwest shares lost 23 cents, or 1.6 percent, to close at $14.33 Thursday. Of the airlines that have reported earnings this week, most have been in line with Wall Street expectations, although Continental beat forecasts. Houston-based Continental said it earned $241 million, or $2.15 per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30. That compared with $237 million, or $2.17 per share, a year earlier, when the company realized a $92million gain on an investment sale. Continental would have earned $2.25 per share after excluding a special charge for a pension plan settlement. Dallas-based Southwest, the nation’s biggest discount carrier, said net income for the third quarter jumped to $162 million, or 22 cents per share, compared with $48 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected 21 cents per share. Southwest and several analysts said the airline had hit that target, after excluding one- time charges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NOTES: NAOMH BRID

first_imgThe annual AGM took place on Sunday afternoon in the community centre. Chairman Martin O’Malley opened proceedings by thanking all club members playing and otherwise for their dedicated services to the club in 2011. Secretary MichaeL Quinn then proceedeed to thank all members and everyone who assisted him in his first year in the job. Election of officers then took place with officers elected being: Chairperson; Martin O’Malley, Vice-Chair; Tony Walsh, Secretary; Michael Quinn, Asst-Secretary; Donal Corcoran, Treasurer; Pat Sweeney, Asst treasurer; Pauric Molloy, Registrar; Sean Gormley, Players Rep; Donal Martin, Irish Language and Culture; Jamie Timoney, Youth Officer; Jamie Timoney, PRO; Shane Walsh, Coaching Officer; TBC. Other members of the executive for 2012 include: Sean Gormley, Dermot Langan, Seamus Gallagher, Sean Timoney, Michael Walls Jr, Danny McNamee, Jim McGrory, Pauric Molloy, Donal Corcoran, Darragh Quinn and Sean Rooney.Ulster GAA’s annual Club Officer Training for NEW Officers will take place this Saturday (14th January) from 10am to 1pm in Holy Trinity College, 9-29 Chapel Street, Cookstown, BT80 8QB. Contact the Secretary if you wish to attend.The club would like to inform all that Club Membership is now available at a reasonable €30 for the coming season. This can be paid by members to Pat Sweeney and by players to Donal Martin. Bord Na Nog are holding their first meeting of 2012 on Friday night at 7pm in the clubhouse.There will be the first senior executive meeting of the year on Friday night also at 8pm in the clubhouse. All executive members must attend.Well done to David Walsh who made his first appearance of the season for Donegal in their defeat to UUJ at the weekend.GAA NOTES: NAOMH BRID was last modified: January 10th, 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:NAOMH BRID GAA NOTESlast_img read more

DELIGHT FOR FOUR MASTERS U12 STAR LEE MURCHAN AS HE REPRESENTS CLUB AT CROKE PARK

first_imgFour Masters GAA News:Club Lotto ResultThe draw for the latest club lotto took place on Monday night in the Abbey Hotel. There was no jackpot winner of the €2,000 jackpot with the number drawn: 4, 17, 20 and 23. Four consolation prize winners of €25 drawn were Lorcan McGinley (Dunkineley), Liam McCauley (Castle Street), Eilish Kelly (Malin House), and John McGlynn (Drimark). The jackpot now goes up to €2,100 for week 6. Streets of Donegal 5k ChallengeWell done and thanks goes to everyone that organised, helped out or took part in ‘The Streets of Donegal 5k Challenge’ on Friday night. The winner on the night on the night was Michael Murphy with a time of 16:41 with Deirdre Dillion the first woman home with a time of 21:24. Summer Mini LeaguesThe Summer Mini Leagues for 4 to 8 year old’s started continues every Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm with it consisting of small sided games for the hour. New players are always welcome. Parents are asked to use the front car park outside Tir Conaill and walk in with their child.CamogieUnderage camogie training takes a break for August, starting back on Friday 4th September. The president of the camogie association, Catherine Neary visits Tir Conaill Park on Saturday 5th September. There will be a number of camogie games on the day to mark her visit. U8 Boys FootballThe SRB finals day for U8’s takes place in Ardara on Friday 28th August. Best of luck to Ronan and all the boys.U10 Boys FootballThe U10 boys football team held a home blitz last Saturday morning with Bundoran, Aodh Ruadh and St Nauls all attending. The boys had three teams on the day with all performing very well on the day. Thanks goes to Conor Breslin and Sean Meehan for refereeing on the day.  The U10 SRB finals day takes place on Saturday week in Ardara.U12 Boys Football Well done to U12 footballer Lee Murchan who played in Croke Park on Tuesday as part of the U12 fun day were one player from each club in Donegal is selected to play games and visit the GAA museum.U13 Boys FootballThe U13 league starts this Saturday (August 29th) away to Naomh Conaill at 12 noon.U16 Boys Football The U16’s play Aodh Ruadh next Tuesday night (August 25th) at 7pm. Venue for the game is yet to announced with it likely to be in Ballintra. The boys had two good games in last week against St Nauls (6-10 to 2-07 win) and MacCumhaill (2-12 to 2-12 draw). Training continues on Thursday and Monday at 6pm each night.Senior Men’s FootballBoth teams lost out to St Michael’s at the weekend in the senior football championship. The reserves lost on a scoreline of 2-03 to 1-14 with the senior team going down 2-05 to 3-12.  The senior championship continues this weekend at home to Cloughaneeley. The day and times have of the games have yet to be announced.Donegal GAAHard luck to Kate Keaney and the Donegal Ladies who narrowly lost out to Armagh in the All Ireland quarter final on Saturday. The ladies had a great year with promotion and an Ulster title to show for their efforts. Well done goes to Aaron McCrea who played corner back for the Donegal U17’s in the McGuigan Cup win on Saturday. They defeated Tyrone in the semi final before a good win over Monaghan in the final.2015 Training Pitch Development DrawTickets for the 2015 Training Pitch Development Draw are out now from all senior club members. There a number of excellent prizes including All Ireland Final tickets, shopping vouchers,  and an overnight stay. Tickets cost €5 for a single ticket or €20 for 5. All monies raised from this fundraiser go towards paying for the new training pitch in Tir Conaill which is used by all 24 club teams.Virtual Sod FundraiserThe virtual sod fundraiser is ongoing in the club with lots of members signing up so far. The cost of the virtual sod is €20 with all people signed up receiving a certificate and their name going on a large wall display in Tir Conaill. Contact Eamonn Gorrell (08766740053) or Deborah Rose (0879869192) if you wish to support the club in this fundraiser. All money raised goes towards the ongoing pitch developments in Tir ConaillDELIGHT FOR FOUR MASTERS U12 STAR LEE MURCHAN AS HE REPRESENTS CLUB AT CROKE PARK was last modified: August 24th, 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:GAASportlast_img read more

DONEGAL SFC: ARDARA DRAW WITH FOUR MASTERS IN CHAMPIONSHIP THRILLER

first_imgPaul Durcan has endured a difficult week, but he showed his class this afternoon and was outstanding for Four Masters as they drew with Ardara in the Donegal SFC.Ardara and Four Masters served up an entertaining championship match this afternoon, but still couldn’t be separated at the end as the game ended in a draw. Ardara will rue the chances they missed during the game, especially in the closing stages when they posted two wide’s, if they converted either chance it would’ve secured them a crucial victory.Earlier in the half Paul Durcan thwarted two glorious goal chances for Ardara. The Donegal stopper has endured a very difficult week in the aftermath of the All-Ireland final, but he delivered an excellent performance for Four Masters, and only reiterated why he’s regarded by many as one of the best goalkeepers this county has ever produced.Four Masters settled into the game the better, and raced into an early 0-03 to 0-01 lead.Tomas Boyle pointed for Ardara, before county star Luke Keaney extended the Four Masters lead.Points from Noel Gallagher, Ryan Mailey and Kieran Breslin brought Ardara back into the game and they went in at the interval leading by one. Half-time score Four Masters 0-06 Ardara 0-07In the second-half scores were very hard to come by and both sides were guilty of kicking bad wide’s.But the game as a contest was absorbing, the game ebbed and flowed throughout, Ardara extended their lead out two points with ten minutes to go, but Four Masters rallied back to level at 0-09 apiece.In the final five minutes both sides went in search of the winner, but neither could get that elusive score that would’ve snatched victory.Ardara had two great chances late on but were unable to convert. Tensions flared towards the end and Conor Glasson and Barry Dunnion were both given black cards.Final score Four Masters 0-09 Ardara 0-09DONEGAL SFC: ARDARA DRAW WITH FOUR MASTERS IN CHAMPIONSHIP THRILLER was last modified: September 28th, 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:ArdaraDonegal SFCfour mastersnewsPaul DurcanSportlast_img read more