Mr. Editor:I read with keen interest the editorial published in the Monday, January 13, 2014 edition of the Daily Observer captioned: “Put the National Culture Center Where It Belongs: in Bomi’s Dowein District” which alludes to the establishment of the National Cultural Center in Bomi instead of in Marshall.Noteworthily, Bomi is the home of the Liberia Cultural icon; (late) Bai T. Moore, and a myriad of cultural activities; nevertheless, it is prudent that the Cultural Center be established in an area such as Marshall where cultural activities are inactive for the purpose of decentralization.Our cultural activities should be presented throughout the length and breath of Liberia so as to expeditiously revive Liberia’s rich and diverse culture.Furthermore, the proposal asserted in your editorial for the establishment of the National Cultural Center in Bomi could ignite a lengthy and heated debate that could navigate the attention of the Sirleaf administration and the Liberia people from the urgent need to revive the National Cultural Center.Our attention should rather be concentrated on the establishment of the National Cultural Center in Marshall that will be so culturally intriguing to baffle the minds of those who will visit it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Twenty-five youths chosen from various universities and institutions in the country completed a three-week training in solar energy at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) in Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia on Saturday, April 5.The training was conducted by Dr. Richard Komp, an American scientist, and supported by a group of diaspora Liberians.It was intended to impart knowledge of solar energy in the lives of Liberian youths so they can put it into practice in future business enterprises.Speaking exclusively to the Daily Observer at the close of training, Dr. Komp said the training was significant in addressing the problem of global warming and how to minimize the high cost of electricity for poor countries like Liberia.According to him, “Solar panel energy is not just reliable for the environment, but also cheaper. It enables people to save money. Liberia— like other developing countries— needs this energy to move its economy forward; especially for the average citizens.”“We taught the students how to produce cell phone chargers from a special design with Chinese lamps as the charging source, and how to make a module designed to produce 250 watts current for homes,” he disclosed.According to him, the trainees will have the opportunity to interact with more clients, which would enable them to make money.“I see a great market for the use of solar panels in Liberia considering the various solar energy products the students have learnt to produce,” he said.Claudius B. Paye is the project director of the Sustainable Development Project for Liberia (SDPL). He said that their intention is to establish a solar energy company in the country to produce a sufficient amount of products for the public’s use.“The aim of this training is to introduce, for the first time, a solar panel company that would train Liberians to enter the business. We believe this is going to be a great help to our country when it comes to employment opportunities,” he said.He disclosed that the trainees are expected to be deployed in the fifteen counties to introduce the use of solar energy products to rural people.“Our goal is to provide solar energy produced electricity to all parts of Liberia at a reasonable price,” he added.He said the initiative is being supported by the Green Neighbor Education Committee in Boston, U.S.A.The SDPL director has underscored the need for additional support from humanitarian organization to strengthen their capacities.For his part, the coordinator of the project (SDPL), Momo Stevens, stated that they have decided to take on the task of helping to rebuild Liberia.He said they will work harder to ensure that the dream of their organization becomes realize in the country.Patience Roberts, a trainee, said the opportunity to learn more about solar energy would help reduce poverty in the lives of youths who have interest in making it a career.“I truly appreciate a job that is going to help build my technical skills,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Peace River Regional District Board has approved a motion put forward by Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead claiming it is the appropriate group to negotiate the extension with the province.It has also passed a related motion engaging the services of former Dawson Creek Mayor, South Peace Liberal MLA and Cabinet Minister Blair Lekstrom to renegotiate the Fair Share Memorandum of Agreement set to expire in 2020.However, the CEO of the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition – which now consists of Fort St. John, Taylor and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality – is former Fort St. John City Manager Colin Griffths, and he is also prepared to head a renegotiating team.- Advertisement -“The folks in Dawson Creek have identified Mr. Lekstrom as a really good negotiator with some experience with respect to the Fair Share and government,” Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser explains. “And we’ve identified that Mr. Griffith has a proven track record with respect to these agreements – he successfully negotiated the last three of them.”“I think both parties have hired competent individuals.”He says it’s possible the two competing municipal groups could get together later this week, but it should be noted the PRRD has indicated it is prepared to be begin negotiating with the province as early as tomorrow.Advertisement
“A lot of people have been asking for our masks because they’re planning to go to the World Cup,” said Diego Esponda, an executive at the company.“Mexican fans always stand out for putting on the biggest party, and we think these masks are an accessory that’s going to get a lot of attention,” he told AFP in the factory’s design studio.View of a latex mask of former football star Diego Maradona at a factory in Jiutepec, Morelos State, Mexico © AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLATo select the factory’s dream team, workers held a World Cup-style “qualifying round” to narrow down an initial field of 20 candidates, said Esponda.They consulted family and friends to decide on the most recognized and popular players.“(Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo are the most requested. In Mexico, Chicharito is also in high demand,” he said.The masks retail for about $13 each.The factory made an initial run of 1,000 each for Barcelona star Messi and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo — and they are almost sold out already.The other footballers got runs of 200 to 500 masks each, for a total of about 6,000.View of latex masks of football players (L to R back to front) Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi, Javier Hernandez, Jorge Campos, Pele, Hirving Lozano, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Diego Armando Maradona, Zinedine Zidane are displayed at a factory in Jiutepec, Morelos State, Mexico © AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLAWorkers mostly make the masks by hand. First they sculpt the faces in clay, then make a plaster mold, then cast the masks in latex and hand-paint them.“There’s very little machinery involved — about 15 percent of the process,” said Esponda.The masks are mostly aimed at the Mexican market, but the company has received orders from Spain, France, Sweden and the United States, he said.The factory, which made more than a million masks last year, is also selling likenesses of Mexican politicians in the run-up to the country’s July 1 elections.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A worker arranges latex masks of football players at a factory in Jiutepec, Morelos State, Mexico © AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLAJIUTEPEC, Mexico, May 4 – A Mexican factory is churning out rubber Neymars, Messis and Ronaldos ahead of the World Cup, racing to meet demand for life-like masks of a dream team of football giants.An eclectic lineup rounds out the roster of 12 famous football faces being immortalized in latex at the Grupo Rev factory in the city of Jiutepec, in central Mexico: retired legends Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, current stars Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Ribery, and Mexican favorites Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and Jorge Campos.
In their place, Kimanzi has handed a recall to Red Arrows keeper Ian Otieno as well as Ulinzi Stars’ Timothy Odhiambo. Faruk Shikalo has however been retained.Midfielder Eric Johannah who turns out for Swedish second division side IF Bromma has also been dropped while there is still no place for Johannah Omollo. Skipper Victor Wanyama however returns to the fold after settling his transfer conundrum at Tottenham Hotspur.Harambee Stars attacking midfielder Eric Johannah wheels away from Uganda’s Mustafa Kizza during their international friendly match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Nkana’s Harun Shakava who had been previously overlooked by former coach Sebastien Migne since turning down a call up for a tournament in India last year has been recalled by Kimanzi after impressing in his start in Zambia.Anthony ‘Teddy’ Akumu also earns a place back in the team after missing last month’s friendly match against Uganda as well as Algeria based Masud Juma and Swedish based Joseph ‘Crouch’ Okumu.Youngster Yusuf Mainge who now plies his trade in Slovakia has also been called up with fit-again Jesse Were also earning a slot in the team.Meanwhile, China based Ayumb Timbe will not be part of the squad, after his club Beijing Renhe requested for his omission as they will have important league matches during the same period.Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi issues instructions during a training session at the Kasarani Stadium on September 5, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi will look to test his new faces as he continues a process of building a solid squad for November’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt and Togo.Full SquadGoalkeepers; Ian Otieno (Red Arrow, Zambia), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Faruk Shikalo (Young Africans, Tanzania)Defenders; Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito, Kenya), Harun Shakava (Nkana, Zambia), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Yusuf Mainge (FK Pohronie, Slovakia), Hillary Wandera (Tusker, Kenya), Erick Ouma (Vasalunds IF, Sweden), Joseph Okumu (IF Elfsborg, Sweden), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya)Midfielders; Anthony Akumu (Zesco United, Zambia), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari, Kenya), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Cliffton Miheso (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Lawrence Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Cliff Nyakeya (FC Masr, Egypt), Whyvone Isuza (AFC Leopards, Kenya)Forwards; Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol), Jesse Were (Zesco United, Zambia), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria).0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi shouts instructions during the Africa Cup of Nations match against Senegal at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/GoalNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – First choice keeper Patrick Matasi and Sweden based midfielder Eric Johannah are some of the high profile names omitted as Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi named a squad of 23 to face Mozambique in a friendly match in Nairobi on October 13.Matasi who has been Kenya’s number one for the last three years will not be part of the squad as well as Kariobangi Sharks’ John Oyemba who has lost his club starting role to youngster Brian Bwire.
JOHN O’DONNELL is well known throughout the county.He is known for his poems and writings – and has had a huge following after revealing earlier this year that he had been adopted and found his birth mother 55 years after his search began.Last Friday the dear mother from Churchill who adopted John passed away. He read this poem at her graveside on Sunday. And he has asked us to publish the tribute.DEDICATED TO MY MOTHER SARAH O DONNELL1920 -2012 Awake but I’m dreaming, I sleep but don’t rest,My heart is still beating, but lies broken inside my chest,Feet on the ground and still falling,I am brave but I fear, I rejoice yet I feel so sad,You’re still missed so much down here.****** Send me a letter from heaven, tell me about your place,Paint me a view from your window,Are the streets made of gold like they say?Can you reach out and touch the hand, of the man above every day, Send me a letter from heaven to read today,******I cry out but its muted, I can hear but there is no sound,I can see but it’s dark outside, though the sun is still shining down,I’m healthy but homesick, I’m still young but feel old,I’m numb but still feel the pain, Mum I just cant let you go.*******Send me a letter from heaven, tell me about your place,Paint me a view from your window,Are the streets made of gold like they say,Can you reach out and touch the hand, of the man above every day,Send me a letter from heaven to read today.******My ears miss your voice, my eyes miss your face,My skin misses your touch,Mum the whole world misses your grace,I’m still sad but rejoicing, I still ask why but don’t know,Tears still fill my eyes from time to time,I just try not to let them show,I’m still tired but rest easy, I have been hurt but I’m strong,I still feel lost at times but I know I’ll find, a little faith to carry on.******Send me a letter from heaven,tell me about your place,Paint me a view from your window,Are the streets made of gold like they say,Can you reach out and touch the hand, of the man above every day,Send me a letter from heaven to read today,I need a letter from heaven from you today*******I LOVE YOU MUM SLEEP SOUNDLY UNTIL WE MEETYOUR LOVIN SON JOHN © John o donnell (cotter)DONEGAL MAN’S EMOTIONAL POEM FOR HIS LATE MUM was last modified: August 14th, 2012 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:DONEGAL MAN’S EMOTIONAL POEM FOR HIS LATE MUMJohn O’Donnell
A Donegal county councillor has gone on trial charged with assaulting causing harm to two men in two separate incidents.John O’Donnell, from Kilmacrennan, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. He is charged with assault causing harm to Emmet Gallagher, now aged 22, at the Sultan Takeaway in the early hours of the morning of February 23rd, 2015.He is also charged with assault causing harm to another man Seamus O’Donnell, aged 29, at Gortlee, Letterkenny.Mr O’Donnell, aged 37, replied ‘not guilty’ when arraigned on both charges.Prosecution barrister, Ms Patricia McLaughlin outlined the case to the jury.She alleged that the jury will hear that Mr O’Donnell allegedly punched Mr Gallagher in the face in the takeaway.She further alleged that it will be claimed that at a later stage in the evening, John O’Donnell then attacked Seamus O’Donnell in the Gortlee area by punching him and then allegedly kicking him in the face.The first witness in the case was called and he was one of the alleged victims, Emmet Gallagher.However, when Mr Gallagher got into the witness box he said that he wished to withdraw his statement.He said on a number of occasions that the incident happened three years ago.The jury was excused on a number of occasions while legal argument in the case took place.Judge John Aylmer finally said he was adjourning the case until tomorrow (Thurs).The trial is due to last three days.County councillor denies assaulting men on night out was last modified: December 14th, 2018 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:assaultcourtdonegalJohn O’Donnellletterkenny
CUSTOMERS of Vodafone living in Glencolmkille say they’ve had enough of the company’s “shoddy” service – after coverage was lost again in the area.It’s the fifth time in the past 18 months that coverage for the network has crashed.Several Donegal Daily readers say they have complained to the company (via landline calls and emails) and the company has promised that engineers are working on the problem. “We were told that technicians are fixing it, but it still hasnt been sorted,” complained one resident.“We’ve lost our coverage three or four times this year and it takes ages for them to fix the problem each time.“It’s just not good enough. Maybe the fact we’re in a rural area and don’t have the big population means we’re not priority on vodafone’s list.”Another resident told us: “They seem to have coverage problems all the time. Vodafone has become a bit of joke. A great network to have if you don’t want to be contacted. “They are completely useless; no other way to describe Vodafone.” COMPLETELY USELESS! – GLENCOLMKILLE’S VERDICT ON VODAFONE was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 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:COMPLETELY USELESS! – GLENCOLMKILLE’S VERDICT ON VODAFONE
COMMUNITY ALERT: Burglars are operating in the Ballyshannon area.Two homes in the Lawne Park area were raided in the early hours of this morning whilst families slept upstairs.One family has been left so traumatised by the incident, they have refused to stay at their home tonight. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Ballyshannon. COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS OPERATING IN BALLYSHANNON AREA was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannonburglar