Lofa Major Highway in Deplorable Condition

first_imgThe Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya road corridors are in very deplorable condition as the raining season reaches its peak, commuters have said.Reports from the three administrative districts speak of businesspeople, farmers encountering serious difficulties to travel on the road in Lofa County.Reports also revealed the presence of large potholes in various parts of the road.Travelers and farmers have reported that the extensive use of the road by bigger commercial trucks has contributed to the poor road condition.They said the regular seven hours travel time from Monrovia to Voinjama City now takes nearly 12 hours by commercial vehicles.“It took us nearly 12 hours from Foya to Monrovia and most of our produce got rotten due to the prolonged drive from our farm areas in Lofa County,” a farmer said.As a result, commercial drivers have begun to hike transportation fares to and from the affected areas in Lofa County, travelers said.Interviews conducted with farmers on Monday and Tuesday at the Red-light market in Paynesville exposed the need for an urgent attention to fix the affected roads in Lofa County.Businessman Moses B. Mulbah, 55, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that majority of his profit margin was used to transport his goods.“The trip cost me a lot of money because the transportation fares have gone high up to reach Monrovia,” Mulbah said.Cocoa and Coffee farmer Kollie B. Yonkedeh, 50, said too much money was spent to transport the few bags of the processed coffee and cocoa to Monrovia.“I’m now constrained to seek the sale of my produce to the nearest markets of Guinea-Conakry and Sierra Leone,” farmer Yonkedeh lamented.Peanut and bitter balls producer Kebbeh G. Karzaku, 45, said she is not happy because of the high cost of transportation.“Out of the eight bags of the peanut and bitter balls that I brought to Monrovia, five bags got rotten on the highway,” Madam Karzaku said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

St Ignatius Secondary targets child abuse in youth rally

first_imgSt Ignatius Secondary School hosted a youth rally on Tuesday to bring awareness on child abuse to commemorate Youth Week 2018.Residents of Lethem watched in awe as some 700 students marched down the streets of Lethem holding placards and chanting “We are the Future”; “Don’t touch me, I go talk” and “Stop Child Abuse.”Students of the St Ignatius Secondary during the rally in Lethem, Region Nine to raise awareness on child abuseHead Teacher Yvette Archer stood up and passionately addressed the issue that has plagued the Indigenous communities of the Rupununi. She declared that “is not our culture, it is not for the Indigenous children, we will not be silent, and we are sending a message to the communities.” She encouraged students to be aware of child abuse and to be brave to stand where there is injustice.The students were treated to cultural presentations and a special presentation by Red Tread who spoke about violence against women.Lethem’s Town Queen, Alliayah Anthony spoke about how young women were taught to behave in a certain way to earn respect, but were never taught about the predators that lurk about. She told students to remain strong as they stand against all forms of child abuse.A touching song came from Ashley Gill, who stressed that artistes must stop degrading women in their songs.Dr Alex D’Aguiar of Lethem Public Hospital voiced his support for students and even told them to embrace the changes that their bodies were going through, but they must be cautious.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Graziano Pelle leaves Southampton to join Shandong Luneng

first_imgSouthampton have confirmed the sale of striker Graziano Pelle to Shandong Luneng.The fee has not been disclosed for the 30-year-old, who had a year left on his contract at St Mary’s, but is understood to be around £13million.Pelle, fresh from helping Italy reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Chinese Super League club which could be worth as much as £250k per week.Having joined Southampton for £8m from Feyenoord back in July 2014, he leaves having scored an impressive 23 goals in 68 Premier League appearances for the south coast club.Pelle will link up with former Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse at Shandong Luneng.Cisse, 31, joined the club, who are managed by former Bayern Munich and Fulham boss Felix Magath, in a £2.5m deal earlier this month. Graziano Pelle in action for Southampton 1last_img read more

Chelsea transfer boost! Blues given free run at £20m Conte target

first_imgChelsea’s hopes of signing Antonio Candreva have been boosted by Inter Milan’s failure to meet the winger’s asking price.The Italy international is ready to leave Lazio this summer after spending five seasons in the Italian capital.Inter Milan were thought to be the frontrunners to land the 29-year-old after Napoli had a £20m bid accepted but failed to agree personal terms.However, according to reports in Italy, Inter are struggling to meet Lazio’s valuation for the player.They are currently offering £16m, which is around £4m less than Lazio were hoping to recoup.The news will be music to Chelsea’s ears, who are still in the hunt to sign the Italian after holding talks with his agent. Antonio Candreva at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

WINCHMAN CENTRAL TO DRAMATIC RESCUE OF GALWAY FISHERMEN HAS STRONG DONEGAL CONNECTIONS

first_imgDarren Jones pictured with his relation Daniel Smith after the pair climbed Mount Errigal last summer. Darren was involved in a dramatic rescue effort this morning after an Irish fishing vessel sank off the Scottish coast.A Winchmen who played a pivotal role in rescuing Galway fishermen from their stricken vessel earlier this morning has strong connections in the Rosses area.Darren Jones is part of the British Coastguard Rescue unit based in Stornoway that was involved in the dramatic rescue.Darren is a regularly visitor to the Rosses, as his mother-in-law Frances Dockerty was from Keadue. His wife Tara spent every summer in Donegal during her childhood where she visited her grandparents along with her mother Frances who sadly passed away four years ago.Tara now brings her husband and their son Josh to Keadue every summer to visit her aunt Breda Smith.The family love spending time in the area and love the beautiful scenery and beaches located in the area.Darren is pictured above with Tara’s first cousin Daniel Smith after they climbed Mount Errigal last summer. Darren’s Coastguard unit was deployed from their base in Stornoway after they received a distress signal from the Galway fishing boat Iuda Naofa.Skipper Mairtín Ó Conghaíle of Inis Mór issued a distress signal when his boat began taking on water during high seas off the Scottish coast.The boat was situated 48 miles off the Butt of Lewis and was sinking rapidly.The rescue chopper dropped a salvage pump in an attempt to control the situation but it didn’t work.Two of the crew were moved to a sister Aran Island vessel, while the other three crew members were dramatically winched upon the helicopter just as the ocean swallowed up the boat. Darren said that he was just on-board the vessel when it succumbed to the high seas, but thankfully Darren and his colleagues managed to rescue the crew safely.The weather was horrendous and its been described as a miracle that nobody was lost.The men where then removed to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis where they were treated for mild hypothermia.To Darren’s surprise he then met the men this evening having a meal in a local hotel. Darren posted the following on Facebook, “It was great to see the three lads out of hospital and unbelievably having a Coke with dinner!! Hopefully they’ll be back with their families in Galway soon.Well done to Darren and his colleagues and to all those brave men and women who risk their own lives to save others.Thankfully everybody was rescued from this morning’s incident and all concerned are now safe and healthy.The crew are expected to head back to Galway tomorrow afternoon.WINCHMAN CENTRAL TO DRAMATIC RESCUE OF GALWAY FISHERMEN HAS STRONG DONEGAL CONNECTIONS was last modified: January 20th, 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)last_img read more

LACEY TAKES SAM ON WORLD TOUR OF NEW YORK

first_imgTHE city that never sleeps has welcomed the players that never stop – Sam Maguire is in New York!Pictured are Donegal’s Karl Lacey, with the Sam Maguire Cup, and Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin, with the Liam MacCarthy Cup, in Times Square!  LACEY TAKES SAM ON WORLD TOUR OF NEW YORK was last modified: November 16th, 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:LACEY TAKES SAM ON WORLD TOUR OF NEW YORKlast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: SCRAMBLE FOR TURKEYS CONTINUE AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf NewsWith four teams finishing their scramble last Sunday on 8 under par, and one team on 9 under, it took Damian all his mathematical skills to eventually name the winning team, and after adjustment for handicaps, the team of Flo McGivern, Gerry Gallagher, Charlie Coughlan and Charlie Patton claimed victory.The unfortunate losing team who returned 9 under par just fell short on BOT, despite some amazing putting skills. The excitement built up to new heights in the tightest of competition in the biggest field of the year so far, hopefully a feature that will continue again this Sunday, as will the continuing mild weather we have been lucky to enjoy.Plenty of turkeys left for the next few Sundays, so remember, names in to 9158319 by 11.45 for a 12.00 noon tee off.GOLF NEWS: SCRAMBLE FOR TURKEYS CONTINUE AT OTWAY was last modified: November 25th, 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

BOXING DAY OUTING MAKES HORSE SENSE FOR THE DONEGAL & TYRONE FARMERS HUNT

first_imgDonegal & Tyrone huntsman Simon Scott over the “Christmas Car” novely jumpThe recently formed cross border Donegal & Tyrone Farmers Hunt enjoyed a fantastic Boxing day charity hunt hosted by the O’Neill Family of Ballyskeagh, Artigarvan.A total of £500 was raised for the Marie Curie cancer charity which will be augmented under a government charity matching funding scheme.A lovely crisp dry winters morning contributed to an exhilarating course by 67 riders across the beautiful Tyrone hills over hedges logs ditches rivers stone walls and even a lake . Three hours later a group of sated riders and very tired horses and ponies returned to O’Neill’s yard and some very welcome soup rolls & Hot toddys.The Donegal & Tyrone Farmers hunt would like to acknowledge the hospitality of the O Neill Family for hosting a very memorable boxing day meet.Amy Rose Harte comes a cropper at the Lake The Donegal & Tyrone hunt cool their legs in the river  BOXING DAY OUTING MAKES HORSE SENSE FOR THE DONEGAL & TYRONE FARMERS HUNT was last modified: December 31st, 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:DOEGAL AND TYRONE FARMERS HUNTlast_img read more

FUBA NBL: Warriors out for revenge against wounded Canons

first_img Tags: David DengFUBA NBLRonnie MutebiSaidi AmistopUCU CanonsWarriors Warriors lost to UCU in the first round. (PHOTOS/File)FUBA National Basketball LeagueYMCA Courts, WandegeyaFriday, 16-08-2019 -Ndejje Angels vs Sharing Youths-Warriors vs UCU CanonsWANDEGEYA – Warriors will be eyeing revenge when they take on UCU Canons in one of the two FUBA National Basketball League games to be played on Friday evening.Ronnie Mutebi’s side lost 60-62 to UCU in the first round, one of only two defeats they have suffered all season.The first-round game is one that Warriors will feel they should not have lost and Friday presents a chance to straighten the record.“Friday’s game will help us maintain the low number of losses,” said Mutebi ahead of the game.“We lost to UCU cannons in the first round so we have a score to settle.“We also have just lost terribly to city oilers so we really want to come out of this pit we have put ourselves into.”While Mutebi eyes victory, he is also worried about the threat that UCU poses going into the game.“UCU has proved to also be a title contender so we want to dominate them for us to gauge our preparedness.“We have been hit by many injuries on top of the suspension of Carmelo so the odds are tight on our side but we will go through strong.“It’s a chance for the warriors to prove to the doubters especially ourselves that this year is ours.”Warriors are one of only two sides that are still unbeaten in the second round having won all their 5 games so far. The other is Oilers who are 6-0 in terms of second-round record.For UCU Canons, they come into the game on the back of a first second-round loss of the season.Nicholas Natuhereza’s side lost 64-67 to Oilers on Wednesday night and will very much want to return to winning ways.Going into the contest, David Deng is a major doubt for Canons while Warriors are still without the suspended Saidi ‘Camelo’ Amis.UCU have the best record for the season so far, winning 15 of their 17 fixtures so far.UCU have won 15 of their first 17 games this season.For Warriors, they have won 14 in 16.The other fixture on the night will see Ndejje Angels take on Sharing Youth.After a decent run in the first round, Ndejje have struggled in the second, winning only 2 of their six games so far.For Sharing, they have so far won three and lost as many in 6 second-round games.Comments last_img read more

Picture special: ‘Mini Oscars’ draw end to a big year for Meentinadea N.S

first_imgS.N Mhín Tine Dé finished their school year on a high last Friday night when the school community celebrated the ‘Mini Oscars’ in the small, rural gaeltacht school on the edge of the ‘Bluestack Mountains’.The honorary guest of the evening for 2017 was Mrs Teresa Breslin formerly Teresa Whoriskey one of the eldest surviving past pupils of the school. Teresa attended the school from 1930-1938. Teresa presented the ‘Pupil of the Year Awards’ (Dalta na Bliana) and Gaeilgeoir na Bliana (Irish speaker of the Year).Teresa was accompanied by her daughters Mrs. Rose Mc Cabe and Mrs. Bernie Bennet. Parent and Parents Association Chairperson Cáit Bn. Uí Dhochartaigh presented Teresa with a floral arrangement.The staff of the school ensure that pupils gain new experiences, activities and opportunities yearly.The highlights for the 2016-2017 year were making and launching a film ‘An Bhean a bhí le Posadh, a Christmas dinner cooked by the teachers for the pupils as a reward for their Irish speaking endeavours, a weekly Chess Club, Coder Dojo classes where pupils learnt how to Code and make programmes, Seán-nós singing with ‘Corn Uí Riada’ champion ‘Gearodín Neidí Frainc’, a trip to the Ulster Museum and Belfast Zoo, a wildflower photographic competition, debating, a hike up ‘Mín Tine Seasc’, a Butterfly Talk with Leo and Geraldine Solosy, and on the one glorious day in June, Wednesday 21st a Sports Day on Narin Strand followed by a fun swim in the sea.Rath Dé ar an obair mhaith agus go mairfidh muid beo go dtí an t-am seo ar an bhliain seo chugainn.Picture special: ‘Mini Oscars’ draw end to a big year for Meentinadea N.S was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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