Neyor Decries ‘Congo-Country’ Politics

first_imgThe president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Morweh Energy Group, Mr. Christopher Z. Neyor, has strongly called on Liberians to do away with “hyphenated Liberian groups.”Mr. Neyor said “tribalism and the Congo-Country divide” which are being propagated in the country by some groups are “two ugly enemies” Liberians must do away with permanently.He made the call on Saturday, March 15, at program marking the observance of the 205th birth anniversary of Liberia’s First President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, at the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia.“There is nothing wrong with loving your family and the tribe you come from, but all of us must have the awareness and conviction that in a multi-ethnic country collective progress is only possible when we are fully integrated and everyone, regardless of tribe or family background, has equal opportunity to education, jobs and becoming the best you can be,” said Neyor, a former Energy Sector Advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Serving as a keynote speaker at the occasion, Mr. Neyor, a world-class energy expert added: “As we approach elections this year, and then in 2017, let us be mindful not to get support and votes by dividing the voters into Congo-Country domains and tribal enclaves.”“Let us support candidates not because they come from our tribe, but because of what we believe they can do for the entire country from records of their past performance. Let us reject candidates who keep reminding us they are “country” or they are “congo” or they are this tribe, or that tribe,” he stressed.Paraphrasing the Liberian National Anthem, Neyor indicated: “In union, we are strong, and in strength, we derive success.”The former Presidential Advisor spoke on five key ingredients, which he said Liberians could learn from the life of the late President Joseph Jenkins Roberts.He named them as: hard work, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity, and unity.According to Mr. Neyor, the late President Roberts worked hard and gave most of what he earned in his lifetime to the establishment of the J.J. Roberts Education Foundation.Neyor said: “JJ Roberts and the former slaves who came from across the ocean painstakingly toiled, often with assistance from native tribes, along the coast to establish a new home in Africa; the continent where their ancestors were taken from as slaves centuries earlier. They were traders and fishermen and farmers and missionaries. Many died due to a hostile environment they were not used to.”He named one of those who died early in the new country as Melvin Cox from whom, the beautiful phrase:  “Though a thousand fall, let not Africa be given up,” originated.The Morweh Energy group’s CEO expressed regret that hard work and sacrifice seem to be words no longer used in the vocabularies of Liberians nowadays.“Instead,” according to him, “We have perfected the ‘J.J. Roberts didn’t finish it’ mentality” and this, he continued, sadly points to laziness, irresponsibility, and lack of vision.He maintained that Roberts established the Liberian nation and worked diligently to make the required sacrifice for its survival and continuity before he handed it to the next generation.“It has been the sacred duty of every generation of Liberian inheriting this glorious and rich nation to work hard, to sacrifice, and to correct discovered ills of the past, contributing to the inter-generational building of a stronger  state,” Neyor emphasized.The energy expert described the late President Roberts as “a man of impeccable integrity,” who was “honest in his dealings as a businessman, politician, and most importantly, as a Christian.Neyor, who is also former president of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), called on Liberians to show love for their country.Although he acknowledged that Liberia has many ills, he said, “This is our country, this is our inheritance. We must understand that being patriotic does not mean you accept all that our leaders have done in the past or are currently doing; neither is it patriotic to constantly badmouth your country with expressions such as: “Nothing good will ever come out of Liberia,” or “the country is finished.”The program marking the 205 Birth Anniversary of Liberia’s First President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, was organized by the J.J. Roberts Education Foundation (JJREF).Founded and named by President Joseph Jenkins Roberts in 1876 after the death of his wife, Mrs. Rose Roberts, the Foundation is the custodian of Roberts’ properties and ensuring the education of Liberian children.The First United Methodist Church in Monrovia is the Administrator of said properties.JJREF is being run by a Board of Trustees comprising three members of the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia who take on the roles of Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary.The number of scholarship students for the Foundation for academic 2012/2013 is 783 in 117 learning institutions including high schools, colleges and universities in the country.At the well attended and colorful occasion, 21 Liberian children, who had graduated with honors from various colleges and universities during the academic year of 2012/2013 under the JJREF sponsorship were recognized and certificated for their scholarly achievements. Among the personalities who graced the ceremony were Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Resident Bishop-Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church; Dr. Emmett Dennis, president of the University of Liberia; and Mr. Dewitt Don Balmoos, Chairperson JJREF Board of Trustees, among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIB Millionaire Announces First Big Winner

first_imgThe LIB Millionaire scratch-and-win money game, the latest of its kind in Liberia, on June 17 announced its first high-stakes winner, Tamba Hallie, who walked away with a hefty L$250,000 check in his name. Mr. Hallie could not hold back his excitement as he received the large symbolic check from the management of LIB Millionaire. After spending more than L$5,000 over time and evetually winning an equivalent of US$100, on June 16 he purchased L$2,500 worth of tickets and discovered among them the big one, the prize of L$250,000.A Liberian small business owner, Hallie sells assorted clothing items such as lappas, slippers and “DK” lingerie. He said, however, that his business had taken a major downturn as a result of the Ebola crisis in Liberia and didn’t seem to have any hope. Now and then, he would try his luck at the LIB Millionaire game and sometimes win (or lose) small amounts of money. “I was already stranded and needed to do a bigger business. Although I am a business man, I wanted to advance.” When asked what he would do with his newly won purse, he said, “What I have to spend on friends now is only L$ 1,500 and the rest will be used to put into my business.” He also disclosed that he intends to continue playing the game in hopes of winning the highest prize, which is L$1 million. Excited over his good luck, he believes the game is something could provide opportunities “for young people who have no hope of lifting themselves from poverty.” LIB Millionaire is a joint venture launched in May 2015 by Liberian and an Israeli partners, whose names remain undisclosed. The game is a kind of “lucky scratch” lottery now available at various entertainment centers in Monrovia and is sold by vendors on mobile booths, powered by blue motor-tricycles. A disclaimer on the back of the scratch-ticket prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from participating. The Marketing Manager of the company, Miss Vivian Cooper Waylee said the company will continue to demonstrate its commitment and seek the interest of its customers. “My brothers,” she said, “let me say that because of the good services we render to customers in the country, makes them to always win huge money from the company and I urge everybody to play this game.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies one win away from NWJHL Championship after 7-2 win over Navs

first_imgThe best of five series will now return to Peace River on Tuesday night where Fort St. John could claim their first NWJHL Championship since 2007. Puck drop at the Baytex Energy Centre is at 8:00 p.m. with the game being streamed on the Huskies’ Ustream page: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Huskies are just one win away from winning the NWJHL playoffs after thoroughly whooping the North Peace Navigators on home ice Sunday evening.The Huskies opened the scoring just over three minutes into the first period when Darion Fay wired a shot past the Navs’ netminder Ryan Noble on the powerplay assisted by Jared Loewen. A minute and thirty-three seconds later it was 2-0 Fort St. John courtesy of a goal by Gary Loewen. Geoff Dick tallied the lone helper on Loewen’s goal, his first of three assists in the game. Both teams recorded 12 shots on goal in the first period.The Huskies maintained control of the game into the second frame. Nolan Legace added some more insurance for the Pups 3:07 after the first intermission, assisted by Dick. The Navs would finally break Zak Babin’s shutout bid just over five minutes later, but Fort St. John wouldn’t go away. Jacob Lang scored unassisted 41 seconds later to regain the Huskies’ three-goal lead. An interference penalty by Legace ended up resulting in another goal for North Peace with just under seven and a half minutes left in the frame. The team from Peace River outshot the Huskies 14-8 in the second period.- Advertisement -In the third, the Huskies maintained their composure and the presence in the driver’s seat. Lang scored his second of the night just 48 seconds into the third on a give-and-go feed from Matthew Apsassin to make it 5-2 for the Huskies. Just over three minutes later it was 6-2 for the Pups after Legace scored his second, assisted by Dick and Gary Loewen. That goal ended up being the last for Navs’ goalie Noble, who was pulled in favour of backup Xavier Lavoie.The Huskies would keep up their physical play through the rest of the game, which would get to the Navs late in the third. While forechecking in the North Peace zone with just over four minutes left, Joel Bourgeois was dealt a cross-check to the back of the neck into the boards by North Peace defenseman Sam Needham. Needham was given a five minute major for Checking to the Head and an automatic Game Misconduct, meaning he’ll be sitting for the next game. Fort St. John’s Darion Fay was handed a Roughing minor and a 10-minute Misconduct penalty for jumping in to back his teammate up in the ensuing scrum.After their minor penalty expired, the Huskies kept up pressure with the man advantage for the rest of the game. Jeridyn Loewen sealed the deal with six seconds left, scoring on the powerplay assisted by brothers Jacob and Jarod Lang. Though North Peace would outshoot Fort St. John 39-37, Zak Babin only let in two of those shots and backstopped the Huskies to the 7-2 victory.Advertisementlast_img read more

Iraq tops first candidates forum

first_imgCarson City, Nev. – Sen. Harry Reid kicked off the Democrats’ first presidential forum by declaring in his home state capital that the “future of the Democratic Party begins in the West.” The candidates had other ideas. The war in Iraq, universal health care and union matters were focal points for the eight presidential hopefuls. Water, environmental and other so-called Western issues were never raised during the two-hour forum, in which candidates answered questions from ABC News’ George Stephanopolous, some of which were submitted by the audience. Candidates not in Congress were the most critical. Edwards said more had to be done than congressional speeches, debates and nonbinding resolutions. Both Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took jabs at Congress for not doing more to end the war. “Congress should take their authority … and say to the president, `Mr. President, we are no longer going to fund this war,” Vilsack said. All the candidates supported removing U.S. troops from Iraq, although some differed on specific timetables. When moderator Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut whether troop withdrawals would incite chaos, Dodd replied: “How much more chaos could there be in Baghdad than exists today?” Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio questioned the motivations for starting the war. What was the biggest reason for the U.S. going to war with Iraq, he asked the audience. “Oil,” they chanted back. “Thank you,” Kucinich said. Each candidate was permitted both opening and closing remarks and then answered three questions. There were only a couple of tense moments. Saying that the “worse thing that we can do is tear everyone down,” Richardson asked his fellow Democrats to take a pledge not to engage in negative campaigning against each other. When asked whether Obama should denounce DreamWorks founder David Geffen – who held a fundraiser for the Illinois senator Tuesday – for critical comments he made about Sen. Clinton and former President Clinton, Richardson said: “Yes. If we’re going to win, we have to be positive.” Asked the same question earlier, Clinton sidestepped. “I believe Bill Clinton was a good president and I’m very proud of the record of his two terms,” she said, receiving laughter from the audience. That the candidates did not address issues of Western importance was somewhat expected.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The candidates also tried to distinguish themselves from each other, which occasionally resulted in a jab. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards took New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to task for refusing to repudiate her 2002 vote supporting the Iraq war. “It’s not for me to judge,” said Edwards, who also voted for the war but has since said it was a mistake. “It’s between her and her conscience.” That all the major players – except Illinois Sen. Barack Obama – made it to the event reveals the growing political clout of Nevada. The state’s presidential caucus on Jan. 19 is sandwiched between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. As it has for weeks, the war in Iraq dominated the debate, as candidates launched political grenades at President George W. Bush and jockeyed to distinguish themselves from their opponents. last_img

Chelsea youngster Van Ginkel joins AC Milan on loan

first_imgChelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel has joined AC Milan on a season-long loan deal.The Dutch star has had his promising career held up by a knee injury and he has been sent off to Italy for a season to rediscover his fitness and form.Initially the deep-lying midfielder rejected the move but manager Jose Mourinho convinced him it would be the best thing for his career.Milan will pay around £400,000 for the short-term switch but that figure will drop if they provide the youngster with upward of 20 matches. The incentive appealed especially to Chelsea who want the prospect to play as much as possible after they sent Victor Moses on loan to Liverpool last season and he rarely played.“I am very happy to have arrived in Milan,” Van Ginkel said on “A lot of Dutch players have played in this great club, big names.“I’m just happy to be finally here. I spoke to (AC Milan’s Holland international) Nigel De Jong and he told me very good things about this club.” 1 Marco van Ginkel last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL senior team manager Jim McGuinness is delighted his side got back to winning ways with the victory over Cork at the weekend.The four point win over the Rebels wasn’t perfect, he said, but he’s delighted to get the victory.McGuinness told RTÉ Sport: “We had a difficult start to the league and we had key players missing for those first few games. So from our own point of view it was nice to get those players back on the field today and getting a game under the belt. “Winning the game was definitely a big bonus. There were mistakes made by Colm McFadden, Michael Murphy and Christy Toy while the odd ball dropped short and there was the odd wide that they would normally take. They weren’t happening in the first half.“And that’s part and parcel of trying to make a comeback into a team when you’ve been out for a number of months.“So we’re just happy that those players got the game under their belts and that we picked up the two points so it opens up the division a bit as well.”McGuinness was also happy to blood some young players in his side that helped Donegal see out the win in the closing stages. “We’d be happy with the younger players and happy with their skill level but sometimes it’s difficult for the younger players to carry the weight of expectation on their own completely and it’s a different dynamic when you’re got your key players and experienced players on the field.“Then the younger lads coming in off the bench or playing alongside them and playing off them as the other lads have been around a lot of corners so that was nice for the younger lads as well and after the last two games it was nice to get a positive as well and they kicked a couple of scores, which was a big plus as well.”GAA: McGUINNESS HAPPY WITH WIN OVER REBELS was last modified: March 5th, 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 GAAGAA: McGUINNESS HAPPY WITH WIN OVER REBELSlast_img read more

Bruins work overtime for comeback win

first_img Olson matched a school-record by throwing five touchdown passes, none more enthralling than a 9-yard floater to a leaping Marcus Everett in the corner of the end zone with 44 seconds left to cap an 11-play, 96-yard drive, and pull the Bruins even at 38-38. Olson completed 31 of 43 for a career-high 338 yards, including 6 of 7 for 71 yards on the final drive of regulation. “This is hard on the heart doing these comebacks,” said Drew, who finished with 109 yards on 29 carries. “Your heart goes bad after a while. It’s never easy. Victories are never easy, and this just shows you how hard it is.” UCLA (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10) became bowl eligible, moved into a tie with USC atop the league standings, and could move into the top 10 when the national polls are released today. Washington State (3-3, 0-3) has lost three straight. “What an effort,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “A lot of heart on this football team, a lot of fortitude. The guys just believe they can win all the time. To do that on the road, in this kind of environment, loud stadium and everybody’s against you but probably a thousand fans, that was fun to see. After years of frustrating fourth-quarter collapses, UCLA now views late comebacks as child’s play as the 12th-ranked Bruins matched their largest rally in school history, overcoming a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun Washington State 44-41 in overtime Saturday in front of 35,117 at Martin Stadium. Drew’s overtime heroics offset a career-high 260 yards rushing by Washington State’s Jerome Harrison. And it was made possible by Drew Olson’s superb evening. PULLMAN, Wash. – With his helmet buried amid a pile of humanity and his dreadlocks swishing from side to side, UCLA tailback Maurice Drew emerged from the bodies and lifted the ball skyward. Moments later an official raced in from the side, raised his arms, and 64 Bruins followed suit. center_img “I might have a heart attack one of these days. But I’ll tell you what, if I have to win ’em all like this, I’ll take it every time. What a great win, a great comeback. What a great day for UCLA football.” After UCLA held Washington State to Loren Langley’s 37-yard field goal to start overtime, Drew carried four times for 19 yards. His 4-yard run took the Bruins inside the 1-yard line, and his de-helmeting plunge one play later sparked a wild celebration along the UCLA sideline. It was the Bruins’ first win at Martin Stadium since 1993, and ended a four-game losing streak to the Cougars. “We fought,” UCLA defensive lineman Justin Hickman said. “This team is built on heart. You can see our heart the last three games. We came out here and showed it again. If people didn’t know (about UCLA’s resiliency), they do know. That’s all I can say. We’re fighters, and we fight all day.” As was the case two weeks ago against Washington and last week against California – Olson’s first two fourth-quarter come-from-behind wins – the Bruins were dismal in the first half. Harrison, who blistered the Bruins for 247 yards and three touchdowns in an upset win last season, scored twice (57 and 21 yards), but had just 78 yards after halftime. Because of Harrison’s start, UCLA trailed 21-0 after the first play of the second quarter, were behind 28-7 midway through the second and fell behind 38-21 when Cougars quarterback Alex Brink scored on a 4-yard bootleg with 23 seconds left in the third. “This happens to us a lot,” Cougars receiver Jason Hill said. “(UCLA) is tough. They’re ranked there for a reason.” Then came the fourth quarter, which UCLA dominated. Harrison, who ran through seams and darted past defenders, was held to five yards on four carries in the fourth. Brink, who was 19 of 33 for 169 yards,was 3 of 8 for 26 yards in the last quarter, when the Cougars managed just two first downs and 47 yards of offense. Olson started the comeback with a 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis 28 seconds into the fourth quarter as UCLA pulled within 38-28. Justin Medlock added 36-yard field with 9:56 remaining in regulation to make it 38-31 before Olson took over on his own 4-yard line with 4:52 to play. “What can you say?” said Lewis, who had two catches on the 96-yard drive. “We’re not going to give up, and as long as we don’t shoot ourselves in the first half, we should be blowing teams out.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 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


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Yeovils Town FC defender Bevis Mugabi summoned to Cranes duty as Desabre calls up 23 for upcoming friendlies

first_imgYeovil’s Bevis Mugabi has been called up by Desabre.Uganda Cranes technical team has Wednesday morning summoned a group of 23 players that are set to feature for the national team in upcoming friendlies.FUFA have only benn able to confirm that Uganda will take on Malawi. The second team, which the Cranes will face is yet to be identified.In the goalkeeping department, Sebastian Desabre and his team have dropped all the Ugandan-based goalies as Viper’s Ismail Watenga, Proline’s Saidi Keni and KCCA’s Tom Ikara all miss out.Benjamin Ochan, who has just completed a move to Zambian side Nkana Red Devils, has also not been summoned with the three spots available being taken by captain Denis Onyango, St. George’s Robert Odongkara and Salim Jamal Magola.The defence has also seen notable omissions as SC Villa captain Bernard Muwanga who also skippered the CHAN team has been dropped along with Isaac Muleme who plays with Egyptian side Alassiouty Sport and Villa right back Joseph Nsubuga.There has been a surprise inclusion at the back as professionals Bevis Mugabi and Alex Kakuba make a return to the National team.Mugabi plays for Yeovil Town in the English league II while Kakuba dons the jersey of Portuguese side C.D. Feirense on loan from Estoril Praia.On form Masavu FC attacking midfielder Abraham Ndugwa who has been knocking on the door for a while with impressive displays week in and out in the Azam Uganda premier league has also been called up along with Geoffrey Baaba Kizito and the out of form Farook Miya.Desabre has summed four forwards in including Buildcon FC striker Hodd Kaweesa who topped the scoring chat in the league in the first round.23 players summoned for the upcoming Uganda Cranes friendlies on 24th and 27th March 2017. Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara & Salim Jamal.Defenders: Denis Iguma,Nichols Wadada, Isaac Isinde, Bevis Mugambi, Murushid Juuko, Timothy Awanyi, Godfrey Walusimbi & Alex Kakuba.Midfielders: Joseph Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Kizito, Faruku Miya, Milton Karisa, Kizito Luwaga & Abraham Ndugwa.Forwards: Emma Okwi, Yunus Sentamu, Edrisa Lubega & Hood Kaweesa.Comments Tags: Desabresports topUganda Craneslast_img read more

Alameda DA’s office opens investigation into controversial Oakland coliseum naming deal

first_imgOAKLAND — The former executive director of the Coliseum Authority is under investigation for seeking a $50,000 fee from RingCentral for negotiating a stadium naming rights deal to rename the current home of the A’s and Raiders.Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, on Tuesday confirmed the DA’s office has opened a probe into Scott McKibben’s role in the $3 million contract.“We are investigating, and I therefore cannot comment further,” Drenick said.As …last_img read more