Court Halts Tennis Fed Elections Again

first_imgAggrieved members of the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF) halted elections scheduled for Friday through a ‘Writ of Injunction’ from the Civil Court owing to alleged voter discrepancies in the new constitution.Mr. Adolphus Wade, a presidential hopeful in the deferred LTF’s elections and the Coaches, in separate petitions, prayed the Court for sanction, which was handed last Thursday and Friday respectfully.This marked the second time for the Tennis’ elections to be frozen by court after the death Prof. Harold Monger, who led the federation for over four years.Wade, in his petition, said the voters’ listing contained unqualified members who are not players, coaches, and former leaders.Coaches Josiah Gono, John Wolo, Alfred Kandakai and Jeffery Martin argued pointed out the discrepancies in the voters’ registration, and the failure of the membership to adopt the newly drafted constitution for the pending elections and the inclusion of a 2nd Vice President in the constitution, to be called, Vice President for International Affairs.Gono told the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday that their third argument of the insertion of a 2nd Vice President in the constitution is inarguably proven that foreigners are the major supporters of the game in Liberia.Meanwhile, beginning today Cllr. Lloyd Kennedy, chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee and election commissioner Neal are expect to argue with the petitioners’ lawyers about the injection over the elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bantam Flyers competing in tournament in Quesnel this weekend

first_imgQUESNEL, B.C. – The Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers are taking a break from their Edmonton Rural Bantam Hockey League season this weekend, but they won’t be taking the weekend off.The Bantam Flyers will be in Quesnel this weekend competing in the Quesnel Bantam Invitational tournament starting this afternoon. Head coach Craig Brownlee says that the team will be playing their first game Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Quesnel and District Twin Rinks, followed by a pair of games on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Brownlee said that he’s hopeful that Bantam Flyers will also be in action on Sunday morning to earn themselves a spot in contention for the gold medal game.The Bantam Flyers will be back in action in the Peace Region next weekend when they host the Parkland Athletic Club Broncos for a pair of games at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Watchdog urges Russia world cup opening boycott over Syria

first_img0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow © AFP/File / YURI KADOBNOVBEIRUT, Lebanon, May 22 – World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin’s VIP box at next month’s World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.Russia, which hosts the world’s most-watched sporting event for the first time this year, is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and arguably the most powerful broker in the seven-year-old war. “In hosting one of the most televised events in the world, Russia is courting world public opinion and looking for respect,” HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, said in a statement.“World leaders should signal to President Putin that unless he changes track and acts to end atrocities by Russian and Syrian forces in Syria, they won’t be in their seats in the VIP box with him on opening night.”Billions of people worldwide are expected to watch the World Cup on television and HRW argued that Moscow’s responsibility in the suffering of Syrian civilians should not be forgotten.Russia is the main exporter of weaponry to the Syrian regime and its forces provide on-the-ground support to government forces and allied militia.The New York-based watchdog has documented Russian-Syrian joint military operations that “have caused thousands of civilian casualties”, including recently in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.Roth warned that millions of other civilians faced the same fate in upcoming operations, especially in the northwestern province of Idlib that still largely escapes government control.“World leaders should not allow a sporting event to gloss over a pattern of atrocities in Syria that now looms over two million civilians,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Five things we learned from the EPL weekend

first_imgManchester United’s revival since Jose Mourinho’s sacking continued with Paul Pogba again scoring twice to beat Bournemouth 4-1, but United remain eight points off the top four after Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0.Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League’s final fixtures of 2018.Liverpool’s title to lose?The league leaders haven’t lost all season and unless City end their invincible campaign so far at the Etihad this week, it is looking increasingly likely that Liverpool’s time has come.The reaction at times of adversity often makes the mark of champions and after falling behind for the first time in the league at Anfield in nearly a year, Liverpool were ahead within five minutes against Arsenal.Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were also on target as the front three that fired Jurgen Klopp’s men to the Champions League final last season all scored in the same league game for the first time this campaign.Should that front three hit top form to compliment a defensive record of eight goals conceded in 20 games, it is hard to see how Liverpool will be stopped.City’s response of championsManchester City manager Pep Guardiola had reason to smile after a 3-1 win at Southampton on Sunday © AFP / Glyn KIRKThe champions weren’t at their sparkling best, but got what Pep Guardiola admitted was the most important thing — a win — to restore some confidence before they try to end Liverpool’s unbeaten start.“If you want to be there as far as possible until the end we have to remember what happened last season and this (season) as well – apart from the last few days,” insisted Guardiola.The return of David Silva, who scored City’s opener, and Fernandinho to the midfield made a massive difference and City may even have Kevin de Bruyne back too in time for Thursday.Spurs run out of steamSpurs stumble: Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Wolves left Mauricio Pochettino’s men nine points off the top of the Premier League © AFP / Ben STANSALLDespite a run of five straight victories, Tottenham were always seen as outsiders in the title race and any chance they had may have disappeared by Wolves’ late show as the visitors scored three times in the final 18 minutes to win 3-1 at Wembley.Spurs were in total control in the first half but the strains of 29 games in three competitions on a stretched squad in the first five months of the season began to show in a tired performance after the break.“Today for us it’s a clear example that if we are not consistent enough, with not only good quality during the game, and the right energy, it’s difficult to compete for big things,” said a disappointed Mauricio Pochettino.Emery’s Arsenal stallingArsene Wenger was chastised when Arsenal conceded four at Anfield last August at the beginning of his final season in charge at Arsenal. On Saturday, Unai Emery’s side had conceded four by half-time.Despite a 22-game unbeaten run between August and December, Arsenal are now just one point better off after 20 games than they were last season when finishing sixth.In contrast to their last meeting with Liverpool in a 1-1 draw in November when Emery’s impact had Arsenal re-energised and freshly filled with optimism, the Gunners looked mentally and physically soft when met with Liverpool’s pace, power and belief.Chelsea now have a five-point cushion in the race for a top-four finish and defensive reinforcements are clearly needed in January if Arsenal are to compete for a Champions League return.Near-perfect PogbaPerfect match: Paul Pogba’s form for Manchester United has been transformed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took caretaker charge © AFP / Paul ELLISWhat a difference little more than a week has made to spirits at Manchester United.Eight days ago life without Jose Mourinho began with a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff, while both Huddersfield and Bournemouth have now been sent packing from Old Trafford with the sort of routine defeat United fans expect.Paul Pogba wasn’t even on the pitch for the final act of Mourinho’s reign as he sat on the bench for the full 90 minutes in defeat to Liverpool, but Solskjaer’s promise to build his team around the Frenchman has paid off instantly.After scoring twice against Huddersfield, Pogba bagged another double on Sunday as well as setting up Romelu Lukaku’s fourth goal and hitting the post.This version of the midfielder is the one United thought they were buying when paying a then world record £89 million to Juventus in 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Three and easy: Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 5-1 © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Liverpool took another significant step towards a first top-flight title in 29 years by thrashing Arsenal 5-1 to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, thanks also to Tottenham’s collapse at home to Wolves.Manchester City are once again Liverpool’s closest challengers ahead of a blockbuster clash between the two on Thursday as the champions recovered from back-to-back defeats to beat Southampton 3-1.last_img read more

Liverpool to sell £77.7m-worth of talent to fund transfer business – nine players who could go

first_img 9 9 9 9 Liverpool have almost certainly missed out on Champions League football and face a summer of rebuilding after a disappointing 2014/15 season.But with no entry to Europe’s elite competition to look forward to, the Reds face a double whammy: a loss of Champions League revenue combined with the problem of attracting players to Anfield, without the lure of big European nights.That is why Brendan Rodgers must look to raise funds by getting rid of players deemed surplus to requirements.We have identified nine such Liverpool stars, who were brought to the club for a combined total of £77.7m.While the sale of these players won’t recoup that amount, it would go a long way to topping up Liverpool’s summer transfer budget.Who would you get rid of? Let us know by leaving a comment below…CHECK OUT THIS LIVERPOOL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE REDS NEWS, VIEWS AND DEBATE 1. Mario Balotelli – to find out who else is heading for the Anfield exit door, click the yellow arrow above, right! – How do you solve a problem like Mario? Sell him! The maverick Italian has failed to live up to his price tag, scoring just four goals in all competitions this season. His attitude and dedication to the cause has been questioned, prompting him to hit back at his critics on social media, while mysterious and sometimes unexplained injury absences have also left Reds faithful frustrated. Is his time up? His name alone could see the club at least recoup the ‘bargain’ £16m fee if another big club comes calling. 9 9 7. Fabio Borini – Arrived with a lot of promise, Italian striker Borini has failed to live up to the hype. An average maiden season was followed by a more impressive loan spell at Sunderland, where his goals arguably saved the Black Cats from the drop. He was offered another loan move to QPR last summer, but turned it down in favour of fighting for a first team spot at Anfield, but it just hasn’t happened for him. A return to Serie A is likely, with recent reports linking him with a move to Lazio. 9 2. Glen Johnson – Johnson is likely to leave at the end of the season, having so far failed to agree terms on a new deal. The right-back’s form has slipped over the last few years, and seems more eager to get forward than see out his defensive duties at times, leaving the Reds stretched at the back. At 30 years old, it’s fair to say his best form is behind him. He’s also on a £90,000-a-week contract. Time to get that off the wage bill. 9 6. Sebastian Coates – A Roy Hodgson signing, the Uruguayan gained a reputation of being a bit of a calamity at the back during his limited time in the first team frame. He moved to Sunderland on loan last summer but has seen first-team chances limited there due to ongoing injury troubles. The arrivals of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho have also put his Reds future further into doubt, and with the player now coming into the final 12 months of his contract, it may be time for Liverpool to attempt to recoup a portion of the £7m they paid for him. 3. Jose Enrique – Spaniard Enrique has struggled to stake his claim for a first team place since returning from an injury-hit campaign, with Alberto Moreno taking his place before Rodgers decided to switch to a three-man defence. Moreno and countryman Javier Manquillo have also found regular action hard to come by despite impressing early in their Reds careers. Maybe Rodgers will be more inclined to give the young pair a chance when the likes of Enrique and Johnson are gone. 4. Brad Jones – Simon Mignolet might have proven his critics wrong with a string of impressive performances, but Liverpool were vulnerable during the Belgian’s exile with only Australian No.2 Brad Jones to call on. Pepe Reina would have been the perfect man to have at Anfield this season, but the fan-favourite was astonishingly allowed to leave for a bit-part role at Bayern Munich. A better sub keeper is needed, not only for an adequate injury replacement, but also to keep Mignolet on his toes. 5. Rickie Lambert – The big man was a hit at Southampton but just hasn’t cut it at his hometown club. He’s struggled for game time under Rodgers, who just doesn’t seem to favour the forward, and at 33, it’s probably best for his career if he seals a move away for more regular football. 8. Luis Alberto – The Spanish youngster is another of Rodgers’ signings who has failed to cut the mustard. Arrived from Barcelona’s B team for close to £7million, the 22-year-old managed just nine Premier League appearances before being sent out to La Liga outfit Malaga this season. The young forward has netted twice in Spain, one a winner against Athletic Bilbao, but it’s unlikely he will have much of a future at Anfield with the emergence of homegrown youngsters Jordon Ibe and Jerome Sinclair. 9 9. Iago Aspas – Recent reports suggest the striker is set to make his loan move to Sevilla permanent. The 27-year-old arrived from Celta da Vigo for around £7m as one of Rodgers’ first signings, but managed just one competitive goal before he returned to La Liga. Having admitted he was not given the opportunity with the Reds he anticipated, the forward was recently quoted as saying he is keen to remain at Sevilla, and hopes a deal to move away from Liverpool will come to fruition this summer.last_img read more

TOP DONEGAL HOTEL PUT ON MARKET FOR €1.6 MILLION

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known hotels has been put on the market with a €1.6 million price tag.The Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny has been in receivership for the past couple of years.Instructions have now been given to sell the 120 bedroom hotel by receiver Michael Grant. This is the second time in two years that the hotel has been offered for sale. TOP DONEGAL HOTEL PUT ON MARKET FOR €1.6 MILLION was last modified: March 7th, 2013 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:clanree hotelfor salelast_img read more

Put a little thought into office gifts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s for that one person to know you think about them,” she said. “A good gift says, `I know you.”‘ For the boss, Mendelsohn suggested a digital photo frame or a Bluetooth headset, a gift where a team or group can pitch in $5 to $10 and give something he or she can use. “It’s a really thoughtful, useful gift without anyone having to spend more than $10,” she said. Peter V. Handal, the New York City-based chairman and president of Dale Carnegie & Associates and a workplace expert, said that it was important to keep all office gift-giving simple and private. “It’s a great idea to show your appreciation and say thank you to your friends and staff, but it’s very dangerous to spend a lot of money,” he said. “It can make people uncomfortable.” Unlike Mendelsohn, Handal sees nothing wrong with candies or cookies but draws the line at fruitcake. Another appropriate, yet inexpensive gift is a festive poinsettia. But Handal doesn’t think a bottle of wine or liquor is a good idea, not only because of the office environment but for personal reasons. Most co-workers don’t want candles, potpourri or the dreaded holiday fruitcake. Instead, buy a gift card or some gadget they may actually use, gift experts advise. “There’s a great rule of thumb (for work gifts),” said Hillary Mendelsohn, Office Depot’s gift-giving expert. “Be sure that you buy a gift that can be used in the course of a business day so it can’t be misinterpreted.” Mendelsohn said that office gifts should be thoughtful rather than too personal. That means no personal items like pajamas or perfume. Instead, think of something they can use like a USB flash drive or gift cards to Starbucks Coffee. Personalize the gift cards with an ornament or a colorful pen. “People may have religious, ethical or medical reasons against it,” he said160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GAA NEWS: ST MARYS, CONVOY CLUB NOTES

first_imgBingo in hall on Jan 1st at 8.30 Lotto result 3 with 3 counties DL,LS,OY,WX Gerard Marron Raphoe ,Katie Mc Conalogue, Jessica Mc Namee Convoy Nx Draw will take Place 1st Jan Jackpot €2450 Thanks for all your support throughout the year.Table Quiz will take place in Mannies bar @9.30 on Fri 28th proceeds in Aid of Underage Development .Come along for a bit of Fun everyone welcome.AGM will take place on Sun 6th Jan at 3 can anyone with Nomination Papers please return them to Julia by 6 on Fri 28th Dec .Anyone looking for Nomination Papers Contact Julia ASAP 0n 0862611290. Dinner dance will take place on Jan 19th in Jacksons hotel Meal at 8.30 with music after by the popular Beefsteak Dancers Tickets priced at €25 and Sam will be in attendance.Congratulations to Laurence Mc Mullan and Sheena Mc Namee on their recent engagement.Have a Happy and Peaceful Christmas from all at St Marys.GAA NEWS: ST MARYS, CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 23rd, 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:St Mary’s Club noteslast_img read more

COUNCIL FORCED TO DEPLOY SNOW PLOUGH TO BACK OF ERRIGAL ROAD

first_imgDonegal County Council has been forced to deploy a snow plough and gritter to make several trips on the back of Errigal road due to heavy snowfall there.Traffic has been reduced to one lane with the roadside coming from Letterkenny to Dunlewey particularly bad.Caution has been urged as more snow could fall on this high ground later. Snow has also reported in Gortahork and Derryconner areas. The Muckish Road to Falcarragh is impassable in places with cars being forced to turn back after attempting to travel earlier.A thaw is starting but the back of Errigal could freeze again tonight. COUNCIL FORCED TO DEPLOY SNOW PLOUGH TO BACK OF ERRIGAL ROAD was last modified: February 12th, 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:Donegal County CouncilERRIGAL ROADsnow ploughlast_img read more

LYIT GAISCE SOCIETY SCOOPS TOP VOLUNTEERING AWARD

first_imgLYIT Gaisce Society Wins National AwardThe Annual Board of Irish Society (BICS) awards took place in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast recently and it was a national awards ceremony which recognises student volunteering and engagement activity in the third level sector throughout Ireland.Letterkenny Institute of Technology was represented by two societies on the night, the LGBT Society and the Gaisce Society.The LGBT Society competed in the category of ‘Most Improved Society’ in a small college and the Gaisce Society competed in the ‘Best Society in a Civic and Charity Field’. Both societies faced strong competition in their respective categories, from colleges such as Galway Mayo Institute, Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tallaght.Unfortunately, the LGBT Society were narrowly beaten by Cork Institute of Technology’s Music Society, in their category but the LGBT Society President, Ian Smyth commended CIT on their win, and outlined the LGBT Society’s plans to continue their work with the Donegal Youth Service and to come back to the BICS Awards 2015 with a renewed energy.The LYIT Gaisce Society was awarded the title of ‘Best Society in a Civic and Charity Field’ for their work in Thailand, volunteering in the ‘Garden of Eden Project’.The ‘Garden of Eden Project’, Thailand is a community consisting of HIV/Aids sufferers, who have been marginalised by their home communities and live together in an area outside Bangkok and rely on volunteer support from groups, such as the LYIT Gaisce Society. Gaisce Society members have assisted this community by carrying out improvement projects to the orphanage, by building a shed to shelter the cattle at night and building a fish farm to assist in giving this community financial independence .The judges assessing the Gaisce Society’s application and portfolio, were astounded by the efforts by this group, and paid particular reference to the alumni who had also contributed over the years to this volunteer effort.The Gaisce Society was represented on the night by;• Catriona Kelly, Treasurer• Conor Boyd, President • Isobel Keenan, Secretary• Riadh Egan, LYIT Most Outstanding Club Member 2014This national award recognises the work of alumni and current students over the past 7 years and it highlights the truly fantastic efforts in the area of volunteering, currently taking place in the third level sector.LYIT GAISCE SOCIETY SCOOPS TOP VOLUNTEERING AWARD was last modified: April 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:awardsGaisce ScoietyLYITvolunteeringlast_img read more