Voters Transported from Montserrado to Margibi

first_imgFurther up the highway, in Margibi, is a very small community school at Marshall Junction, which another polling center comprising five rooms. It was the same slow turnout, one of the polling officers who didn’t want to be named told the Observer. Few hours later, what appeared to be chartered vehicles, began bringing voters in. A driver from one of the buses told the Daily Observer that he had taken some of the voters from Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville City,  Montserrado County. The driver’s admission validates complaints made earlier this year in some quarters that people were being trucked in from other parts of the country to register and increase the voting population of certain particular candidates.  This was widespread in the 2011 General and Presidential Elections, which President Ellen Johnson won for her second and final term. Our reporter further observed that some of the voters, who were brought in to cast their ballots, were drinking a white creamy substance. One of them told the Daily Observer: “We have to get in zico (a Liberian slang among young people, meaning ‘high’ or ‘tipsy’) before we can go and cast our vote.” However, the election officers did not allow them in until they had left their bottles behind. At the Rock Church School, polling got off to a very slow start. Voters from the surrounding communities, including Dwazon, Gbengba town, and Camp Edward Beyan Kesselly Military Barracks, trickled in to cast their ballot.center_img In lower Margibi County, at least 13 candidates, including incumbent Senator Clarice Jah, of the Unity Party; Saah Gbollie, former Margibi County representative and National Patriotic Party in the 52nd legislature; and UL Prof, Dean Ansu Sonii, are all vying for the single senatorial post. Prof. Sonii is running as an independent candidate, while Jah and Gbollie are seen as the front runners for the County senatorial seat. The election officers, even though had no police officers to help them properly order the process like as was the case at Rock,  which had at least four police officers,  still managed to keep the place orderly.  Voters were seen observing the ‘2-3 feet apart’ preventive method put in place by the NEC against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease, which has so far killed more than, 3000 persons in Liberia. Off the highway and deep into Lower Margibi County, in Folley Town, the issue of health measures was thrown out of the window. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First Lady Transforms June L. Moore School

first_imgThe June L. Moore school choir rendering a selection for First Lady Clar Weah and other guestsStudents of the June L. Moore High School in Gbengbar Town have been deprived of the privilege of a conducive learning environment for many years, with the result that thinking of a better alternative would have been a dream they could not hope to realize.And so over the weekend, when First Lady Clar Marie Weah, who had funded the renovation of the school and provided materials befitting a conducive learning environment paid a visit to the school, hundreds of students, who for many years had sat in a humiliating learning environment, were able to smile for the first time.With US$30,000 used for refurbishment, the school now stands as a center of attraction—beautifully painted in green and white. It was officially dedicated at a well-attended ceremony in Gbengbar Town.Madam Weah told the students, over half of them girls, to keep their passion for learning alive. “You should neither give up nor be complacent in your quest for quality education. Liberia depends on you for its development,” she said.Prior to her intervention, the facility, especially the classrooms, barely had enough light and fresh air, with very few desks and instructional materials than needed. The roof was leaking and the ceiling had been damaged.The schoolyard, transformed from sand to cement, was infested with parasites known locally as “jiggers”, which affects the toes of kids, causing unbearable pains. It was a shame, some said, that a school in close proximity to Monrovia had to endure an unfavorable and demeaning learning condition for so many years.Madam Weah said education is the only hope for poverty alleviation in every society, and Liberia is no exception.“We want to get the best for you so that you have a better place to acquire knowledge,” she told the students. For this humanitarian act, the First Lady has been described by many as a woman with a “good heart.”Just as an unhealthy physical environment impedes learning, a healthy and well-designed school and class can benefit and boost learning, she said.She was invited to the school by the Executive Director of Kids Education Engagement Project (KEEP), Brenda Brewer Moore.“My first contact was when Mr. George Weah was elected President of Liberia, and I was still trying to absorb what it was like to be a First Lady. But I got captivated since my arrival here,” she said.That interaction has culminated into a project that has brought joy to the hearts of many.“I gladly accepted Madam Moore’s invitation, but little did I know that my presence here would put smiles on the faces of so many kids, parents, and teachers,” she said.Though impressed by the kids’ skills, it was during her second visit that she discovered the deplorable condition of the facilities.“They are eager to learn and passionate about school, which triggered my intervention,” she said.(From left) KEEP Executive Director, Brenda Moore, lauded First Lady Clar Weah for keeping her promise to the June L. Moore SchoolAs a mother and humanitarian, Madam Weah could not leave without doing something.“In this light, I’m pleased to come back here at the June L. Moore School, after nine months, to dedicate this newly renovated facility,” she said.“I’m  happy that the virtually dark classrooms have been lighted up and well ventilated—the leaking roof and damaged ceilings replaced with new ones. My intervention was inspired by your eagerness to learn,” Madam Weah told the students who responded with rounds of applause.In addition to the renovation, Madam Weah donated 150 desks, chairs and drinking water bottles each.The head of KEEP, Madam Moore, lauded the First Lady for keeping her promise, and noted that the project will go a long way in impacting the community. She also called on the beneficiaries to collectively care for the facility so that it will meaningfully serve the community.The principal, J. Sylvester Goffa, described the First Lady as a problem solver, adding, “Every human being is remembered for one of two things on this earth—either for the problem created or problem solved. You are indeed a problem solver and we are grateful to you.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

School District sends thank you to Central School’s PAC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — In response to a presentation from Ecole Central School’s PAC leader, Sarah Parsons, last week, the School District 60 board of trustees has opted to send a thank you letter to Parsons on behalf of the 101 letters they received.The letters addressed the school’s aging building, and the need for a new building for students and staff to not just board trustees, but the Ministry of Education and respective officials.In the Jan. 25 regular meeting, Parsons said the school had numerous ailments that made it ineligible for upgrades — and, while plans for a new building are consistently on the forefront of the school district’s capital budget, the wait for that new building leaves staff and students in limbo.- Advertisement -“It stands to reason, it would not be number one if the condition of the school didn’t warrant it,” she said during her presentation.The board thanked Parsons for her presentation, and they briefly discussed the method of which they should address a thank you to the concerned parents who wrote letters. Parsons said the board could send one to her to account for responses to all the letters, and though each of the letters will be read by the board, trustees ultimately decided this was the best path of action today.Board Chair Ida Campbell said they will also make sure Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, as well as Minister of Education Mike Bernier, know that the board has received the letter from the PAC.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ferguson’s son thanks fans for support after father’s haemorrhage

first_imgUnited announced on Wednesday that he was no longer in intensive care and was being treated as an inpatient.Darren Ferguson, manager of third-tier Doncaster Rovers, missed his side’s final game of the League One season to be at his father’s bedside, and thanked supporters of his club and the wider sporting world for their well wishes.“On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to thank the huge number of people who have been kind enough to send messages of support during a difficult time,” he told the club’s official website.“It has been overwhelming to read how many people care and that they are thinking of my dad and willing his recovery.”He also thanked medical staff who had treated his father, adding: “We continue to request privacy during this vital period of recovery.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United won 38 trophies under Alex Ferguson © AFP/File / ANDREW YATESLONDON, United Kingdom, May 11 – Alex Ferguson’s son Darren thanked football fans on Friday for the “overwhelming” support after the former Manchester United manager suffered a brain haemorrhage.Ferguson senior, who won 38 trophies during a 26-year reign at Old Trafford underwent emergency surgery after falling ill last Saturday.last_img read more

Reports – Juventus edge ahead of Arsenal and Man United in race for Serie A star

first_img1 Juventus are hoping to beat Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you last week about the Premier League pair’s interest in the Argentina international, who has scored over 20 goals for the second season in a row.Arsenal have been chasing the 27-year-old since the summer of 2013, while Manchester United are alert to the possibility they might need to replace both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.However, according to Sky Sport Italia, Juventus are hoping to win the race for Higuain’s signature.The former Real Madrid man is reportedly willing to leave Napoli after two years at the club as Rafael Benitez’s side look set to miss out on Champions League qualification.Juventus, who are also aware of interest in their other star hitman Carlos Tevez, have been linked with several strikers already, including Palermo’s Paulo Dybala and Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani. Gonzalo Higuain in action for Napoli last_img read more

Exclusive – Rodgers confident Sterling will sign new Liverpool deal

first_imgBrendan Rodgers claims there has been no movement in Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool contract talks – but insist he’s confident the flyer will sign a new deal in the summer.The Reds star has turned down a number of different offers from the club – alerting the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid to the 20-year-old’s possible availability – but the Anfield chief believes the England man will remain at the Merseyside club.When asked if there was any movement in Sterling’s contract talks, Rodgers said: “Not that I’m aware of. I think it was pretty clear a couple of months ago we were going to wait until the end of the season.“That hasn’t affected him. He still comes in every day and trains hard. He’s a wonderful boy.“We’re hopeful that in the summer that can get sorted out.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE MINORS EARN SUPER WIN OVER KILLYBEGS

first_imgDungloe GAA News: B’ iad 7, 21, 22 agus 23 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.Beidh €1,600 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Micheal Forker, Patrick Sweeney, Ard Croine, Micheal Bonner, Tipperary agus Annie Boyle, Glenties. Bhain Bridget mc Bride €150 agus bhain Claire Keeney, Brid Mc Devitt, Bridie Doherty agus Donal Greene €100 ag an bingo.The first all-county league game for the senior team will take place away to Glenswilly this weekend. The reserves throw in @1pm while the Seniors start at 2.30.The minors had a good win vs Killybegs at the weekend on a scoreline of 3-14 to 0-3. The team looked good throughout with Ryan Greene scoring 2-5, Seam mc Monagle 1-2, Nathan White 0-3, Hugh Moy, 0-2 and a point each from Ryan Connors, Mathew Ward and Ryan Mc Gonagle. Best on the day, Brian O Donnell, Mark Curran, James Mc Cole, Ryan Connors, Sean Mc Monagle and Ryan Greene.The next monthly meeting of CLG An Clochan Liath is on Tuesday the 24th of March @ 8.30 in the clubhouse. CLG An Clochan Liath Minor Board will be holding an information evening on Friday the 20th of March in the Burtonport Community Centre at 7.30pm. This evening is open to all children from age 5-18. All parents are invited to come along to discover what we have planned for our 2015 season. We look forward to seeing students from the numerous schools in the area; including Keadue, Belcruit and Acres.The Under 14 and 16 hurlers travel to Kilkenny this weekend to participate in, and watch hurling. Tuesday the 24th of March will see the start of the Donegal All County Secondary School’s Competition for 1st and 2nd years. The Rosses Community School will be competing in this competition for the first time. Thursday the 26th of March is the start of the league for the Under 14 Dungloe-Gweedore combined.  GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE MINORS EARN SUPER WIN OVER KILLYBEGS was last modified: March 16th, 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:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

NURSES VOTE UNANIMOUSLY FOR STRIKE ACTION

first_imgDONEGAL delegates at a nursing union conference today backed strike action.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, meeting at the Mount Errigal Hotel, voted unanimously to back an emergency motion supporting a strike.INMO general secretary Liam Doran welcomed the vote. “It’s time for nurses to stop apologising for having a job,” he said.He got a standing ovation as he explained why the union had rejected the Croke Park II deal and warned: “You are not voting for strike action, the TDs who vote to take money from your pay will be voting for strike action,” he said. NURSES VOTE UNANIMOUSLY FOR STRIKE ACTION was last modified: May 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)last_img read more

Kaddu at the treble as ruthless Cranes put 4 past Somalia to advance

first_imgPatrick Kaddu dispatches a penalty against Somalia on Saturday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)CHAN 2020Uganda 4-1 SomaliaStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Saturday, 03-08-2019LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes ensured safe passage to the second round of the CHAN 2020 qualifiers following a 4-1 win over Somalia on Saturday afternoon.Going into the second leg with a 3-1 victory in the first, the Cranes were magnificent and professional as they got the job done at Lugogo.KCCA FC striker Patrick Kaddu bagged a hat-trick, scoring twice in the first half before completing his treble four minutes into the second.Earlier, Allan Kyambadde had temporarily made it 2-0 to the Cranes.Somalia got a consolation in the final minute of the 90 off Charles Lukwago’s mistake. The custodian collected a routine ball, tried to play around with it before handing it to Abdullahi Tabul who tapped into an empty net.Ruthless Cranes leave Somalia for deadHaving reached all of the last four CHAN finals, the Cranes were expected to win the tie and reach the next round, something they achieved with utmost ease.As early as the third minute, Kaddu was brought down in the area by Bana Haji, as the KCCA FC striker tried to chest down Allan Okello’s lofted pass. After the referee awarded a penalty, Kaddu picked himself up and slotted in the day’s openner.With Somalia growing into the game and creating chances of their own, they were caught on the break by Uganda with Okello sending Kyambadde on his way before the former SC Villa and Express midfielder slotted in under the on-rushing Hassan Ibrahim Ali for the second goal.Two would soon become three with just a minute to halftime. Allan Kayiwa was brought down in the area prompting referee Mohamed El Treefe to award Uganda a second penalty.Again Kaddu took over responsibility, sending Hassan Ibrahim the wrong way and in process, making it 3-0.Kaddu completed his hat-trick in the 49th minute, heading in Kizza’s inch perfect corner.The Cranes team that started on Saturday.Cranes miss chances to score moreAbdallah Mubiru’s side were dominant throughout the opening half and Saddam Juma was guilty of missing a chance at the hour mark as he placed into the side netting following neat play involving Mustapha Kizza and Allan Kyambadde.Okello had also earlier missed a half chance as he tried to bend one into the top corner but blazed over.With some going in, one hit the cross bar. After Kyambadde was fouled close to the penalty area, Kizza curled a free-kick which was goal bound but Hassan Ibrahim tipped it onto the cross bar before Somalia cleared their lines.At the start of the second half, Okello received a precise cross from Kizza but headed over just a few yards from goal.Kizza who is know for his dead-ball accuracy sent one agonisingly over in the second half.Substitute Bright Anukani had a magnificent attempt pushed over for a corner after coming on for Kayiwa.Okello had a chance to make it 5 on 75 minutes but shot tamely at Hassan after the goalkeeper had made a mess of Kizza’s free-kick.In the dying minutes of the game, Kizza saw another free-kicked pushed away for a fruitless corner by Hassan.Somalia struggles to cope with brilliant CranesSomalia have failed to reach any of the first five CHAN finals and if their display over two legs is to go by, one must not wonder why the small nation have failed in successive attempts.The visitors lost 3-1 in the first leg and made not attempt to overcome the deficit on Saturday.Hussein Basey was guilty of missing their best chance in the first half as he blazed over from inside the area after good work down the right by Mohamed Adan.Mohamed Hussein saw a free kick tipped over by Lukwago in a game of few chances for Somalia.With the game lost, custodian Hassan resorted to verbally attacking the referee. He also attempted to get Kaddu sent off as he made too much of a seemingly light contact with the striker on 64 minutes, one that Trefee did not fall for.Mohamed Ahmed had a glorious opportunity to pull one back with 10 minutes to play but shot tamely at Charles Lukwago after Abdinur Mohamed’s cross picked him out-unmarked- in the area.Uganda marches onto the next round of qualification with a 7-2 aggregate. They next face the winner between Burundi and South Sudan who face-off in the return leg on Sunday.Cranes starting XICharles Lukwago, Paul Willa, Mustapha Kizza, John Revita, Mustafa Mujuzi (c), Saddam Juma, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Allan Kayiwa, Patrick Kaddu.SubstitutesBright Anukani on for KayiwaDan Sserunkuma on for KadduShafick Kagimu on for Allan OkelloComments Tags: abdallah mubiruallan kyambaddeCHAN 2020Mustapha Kizzapatrick kadduSomaliatoplast_img read more

Passion for putting pigs first drives swine manager of the year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseAs all aspects of the hog industry have evolved, Isler Genetics has changed accordingly. This incredible Marion County family tradition in the Ohio pork industry is now in the capable hands of another generation, including Nathan Isler, who is the Ohio Pork Council swine manager of the year.“We’re working on six generations farming here. My grandfather had a little bit of everything. My Dad and uncle really grew with the hog industry. Our farm was built off of breeding stock. We’ve been a closed herd since the 70s,” Nathan said. “My Uncle Don and my Dad, Bill, built and grew the farm. Uncle Gene had a hand in it too. Dad came back in ‘68 to the farm. At that time we had Durocs, Yorks, Landrace, Hamps and large Whites. When Dad’s generation came back they started raising more breeding stock. There were maybe 50 sows before Dad and Don came back and grew it into what it is today. Yorks and Durocs are what we’re known for now.”In those days, the business served numerous small-scale pork producers around the region.“The niche they filled was the breeding stock. Everybody had 200 sows and there was no AI back then. Everyone had to have boars and breeding females. We sold a lot of boars. Those 200-sow operations don’t exist any more. You either got big or got out. We have changed with it. If you don’t change or diversify you won’t be in this business anymore,” Nathan said. “My childhood growing up we had production sales three times a year. When I was young we were selling 300 or 400 boars a year. Durocs are still our true passion. They have the meat quality and feed efficiency and the Yorks have the mothering ability. We have a primarily York base. We breed pure York to pure Duroc for terminal hogs for market. We do sell some breeding stock. We are now mostly raising internally. We are still a closed herd.”Today, Nathan oversees the sows and three full-time employees in the sow barn. His brother Scott oversees the nurseries and finishers and brother David oversees the 3,000 acres of crops and feed mill.“As a farm we try to be as self sufficient as possible. We raise enough grain for our feed and we grind it,” Nathan said. “We are still a small farm where everybody has to work together to get things done. I do the scheduling of moving animals from the facilities. I have a lot of office work too. It is pigs first for Scott and I and then we help with the crops as needed during the day and we are the evening and weekend crews. My dad and uncle still help a lot on the crop end of things. I am the gopher too. I keep up on the seed and fertilizer and drive semi.”In terms of the hogs at Isler Genetics and Isler Crest Farms, they now work to fill a number of different niches.“Commercially raising hogs for market is the way we are going and our future as I see it today,” Nathan said. “The vast majority of our hogs go to market, but we also sell breeding stock, show pigs, and pigs for medical research. We sell commercial semen as well. We also have three contract barns. Through the progression of things we are 70% pure York sows. We are essentially a commercial producer but we have our hands in everything.”Nathan enjoys every aspect of the hog business.“On the commercial end it is not somebody’s opinion. You look at the numbers. I like the numbers of the commercial side. I appreciate being able to say this is what it is,” he said. “With show pigs, it is somebody’s opinion and I can appreciate that too. With show pigs I can have a champion and have half the people that don’t like the pig. But I am a competitive person and I like the challenge of being the best out there and we are on a stage with the show pigs. We have a passion for the show pig industry, Duroc especially. That is the industry I grew up in and that is what drives us. On the commercial end you’re competing for more success with the numbers.”When making decisions about which pigs should serve the various niches for the farm, Nathan said they usually sort themselves out.Isler Genetics produces both commercial and show quality hogs.“The pigs just sort of split themselves. We are used to competing on performance and competing at shows. Now they are two different worlds. It was really in the late 90s when they really started to separate themselves. Now it is just the way it is. I can see the pros and cons of both. I love the production side of things but the goals are not the same for both. You’re selecting for different qualities,” he said. “We sell a lot of research pigs too. We go to Cincinnati once and week, Columbus once a week and Toledo once a week delivering hogs for medical research. That is something that has picked up in the last five years. They are extremely picky on specs for those. Sometimes they give you a 3-pound range with no age fluctuation. In some cases they are used to test surgeries with goal of bringing them back to full health. Then they are sent to market. That is a small part of our business but another niche that we do.”The business recently expanded to update facilities that meet the upcoming group sow housing requirements and improve production.“We expended in 2015 and built a new barn with updated facilities to meet the standards. We went from 650 to 1,200 sows and made everything compliant. It is a management thing,” he said. “I think it is easier and better for the animals to be in crates but it has not been a hard transition. It is stepping back in time the way my Dad did it. It adds some labor and management and you have to go at it with a different mindset. It also adds to the cost of facilities, but overall it has been an easier transition than I thought. I have been very happy with the setup. We have pens of 10.”Ohio sow facilities all must have group housing by 2025 as a part of the requirements set by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.“They have to be able to turn around and move. There are more square feet per animal. We try our best once we mix them to not pull them out. You want to minimize the stress on the animals. We do our best to get them to even condition for when they start out prior to going in there. They will fight as much the last week prior to going into the farrowing pens than they do when you mix them. We essentially get two turns of them fighting with each other where with the crates we didn’t have that,” Nathan said. “It works well, though, and it has been a better transition that I thought. We’re here to feed people and if that is what they want than that is what we do.”The newer facilities also help with biosecurity.“Our sow unit and nurseries are all shower in shower out. As the weather changes, PRRS PED and flus are all more active and there are more outbreaks. You just have to regularly revisit that with your employees,” Nathan said. “We will pull out the show pigs. We do some online sales. We use the older outdated facilities for only show pigs. No one goes in any of our barns except for the one barn we use for show pigs seasonally. Like any commercial producer we intensely test our boar studs, our sow unit and our gilts. We have gilt isolation buildings for biosecurity. We have been very fortunate to carry the health status we have for as long as we have.”Isler Genetics continues to build on the strong tradition associated with the family name.“I was very fortunate. I had my father and uncles who were extremely successful within the industry. Those are big shoes to fill, but I had a step up in the beginning because I grew up learning from them,” Nathan said. “There is not a better industry to be in. The swine industry is truly an open book. We all share information to make each other better. We talk and share ideas.”When asked about his favorite part of the diverse hog business on the farm, Nathan gets noticeably uncomfortable.“It is like asking if you love your wife or your kids more. It is trick question and you don’t want to answer it,” he said with a smile. “Pigs are my favorite thing. If you work in the livestock industry you have to have a passion for animals. We are here to take care of them. The pigs’ interest has to be before our interests. That is just the way it was growing up. No one ever talked about it. But hogs are our life. There was no talk of animal husbandry. You just took care of hogs. On Christmas day you took care of the hogs before you opened presents. Anyone who is successful in the swine industry has a passion for animals first.”last_img read more