first_imgAt the recent closing of the “Recovery” exhibition at the Liberia National Museum, it was a scene full of the finest work of arts on display, ranging from painting to handicraft.  The beautiful works attracted the eyes of the audience and some could hardly hold back their amazement and enthusiasm.Before the civil war Liberian arts were known as “Classical” because of the artistic abilities of its artist and were widely recognized.  To that extent, Liberian art was a powerful tool in drawing the country to unity.According to Maisha “Mama” Shabu, wife of Omar El “Baba” Shabu, headlining artist of the “Recovery” exhibition, Liberians must bear in mind that art was once an influence and has been fostering public awareness ever since. She said Art enhances and changes life for the better.“Recently, we all witnessed the crucial role that art played in reducing the alarm and fear induced by Ebola,” she said, adding, “if art is taken for granted people will continue to forget who they are and allow others to come in and use them as slaves.”She said further that the positive and political transformation towards a better and unifying society has its root in art. “It is our hope that the public will add this as a new meaning and develop it in some part of their life from here,” she said. “This exhibition reminds our people that we have a precious and rich culture. The idea of the exhibition is to spark recovery and make you think positively about your country; it is very important that we restore and uplift our culture through arts.”Several other Liberian artists presented their works at the Recovery exhibition, which was staged at the National Museum in Monrovia from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.  They include Lawson Sworh, Mohammed Bah, Marcus Benn Yancy and Isaac Dubor.Baba Shabu said that Liberia once had very excellent artwork. “But where are they now?” he asked, adding, “They are in Paris, USA, Germany and around the world. We want to bring back these excellent pieces through arts exhibition and training young artist.”Speaking at the exhibition was a young musician known only as Prince, who said that he is happy to witness first-hand traditional Liberian arts.Also present was Ian Yhap producer of the ‘Jue Kpeh’ Ebola awareness song. He said that the recovery exhibition would help to create a sense of unity among Liberians, emphasizing a stronger meaning of cultural identity.He added that arts are heavily influenced by the cultural, moral and spiritual lives of our people, playing a significant role in social cohesion.“We want more people to come at the Museum and see the beauty of their country arts,” Mama Shabu said. “Eventually they will begin to see something that will touch their hearts and create a passion for it. We appreciate all Liberians that attended the exhibition.  And to those that made donations, we say many thanks and hope you would continue to support creative works, training of young artists and materials for graphic use in Shabuta, Gbarnga,” she 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

first_imgSeveral residents of Ganta last Sunday joined security officials to witness the re-opening of the border with Guinea, in a demonstration of relief after the Liberian Government ordered the border closed more than ten months ago, due to the Ebola outbreak in both countries.Both citizens of the two countries were seen rejoicing when the chain on the Liberian side of the border was untied and removed, upon the orders of Ganta Border Commander Maj. Betty Benson.She explained to the jubilant crowd that the closing of the border was due to the Ebola outbreak that hit the three Mano River countries, killing about 9,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.“Now that the outbreak of Ebola is subsiding, the government decided to open the border for cross border activities, but we should be cognizant about the Ebola and apply all the preventive measures,” Major Benson added.Buckets filled with chlorinated water for hand washing were placed at various points on the bridge as well as the main entrance of the Immigration office.In 2010, the Ganta Border ranged 4th in the collection of revenue, according to a report from Ministry of Finance & Development Planning. The advent of the Ebola Virus Disease and the subsequent border closure put a halt to cross-border trade between the two countries.The news of the border re-opening spread across Nimba County like wild fire. Most of Liberia’s agricultural produce, including pepper, beans and grand nuts, among others, are imported from Guinea.During a recent tour by the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Vigilante, in Ganta on Feb. 17, joint security officers informed him that despite the border closure, illegal trade was still going on and lack of logistics was hampering their work.“If the border is opened, illegal cross border activities will be curtailed,” a spokesman said.He mentioned the lack of mobility and other logistics as serious impediments affecting their operations to curtail illegal trade across the border.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_img…in 1 dayIn order to better monitor the development of infrastructure within the prerequisite policy framework, the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) introduced rangers to execute that function and they have since reported over 40 violations in one day.Senior Development Planner, Fayola Azore, related that law enforcement for the Housing Authority has been a challenge and the introduction of rangers will aid significantly in combatting that challenge.“We recently hired a number of rangers that will aid in our enforcement and theyCH&PA Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saulwill be out there going around seeing things that are going up and bringing that information back to us. I think in one day we saw about 40 violations in one community and we are now better able to track those activities so that’s one of the measure that we put in place as enforcement,” Azore informed.She added that the violations were discovered in a recently opened housing settlement along the East Bank of the Demerara but failed to pinpoint the exact location. However, Azore indicated that there are systems in place to address the violations and that they work extensively with violating developers before any legal actions are taken.“We have a system where we would speak to the offenders, they are given a specific period to make those corrective measures and after that we would take action whether legal action or serving the contravention notice so we do have a system in place to deal with that,” she explained.Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority, Lelon Saul noted that the rangers were recruited to identify violations as it relates to planning and development.“We have recruited rangers and basically the rangers are out there to identify any violations so that we can address the whole issue of planning and development, the chaotic situation out there and there are several issues they will be addressing from illegal construction to dumping of waste, blocking of roadways and drains and so on. I want the public to be aware of the rangers outside there, they are agents of the CH&PA and they have the rights to enforce the regulations,” he said.Currently, there are four rangers on staff at the CH&PA. Additionally, Saul indicated that he sees no reason to raise that number because he is positive citizens would adhere to the specifications.“We hope that there would not be a need to increase because people would get the message and we all would be good citizens and comply with the regulations. If there is the need for us to increase the number of rangers, it means that we have wayward citizens in our communities and I trust that we don’t come to that,” Saul opined.Non-toleranceWhile delivering remarks at an outreach session with local democratic organs in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Saul authoritatively informed that, the CH&PA would not be tolerating any violations as it relates to the development of public open spaces.“You go around Georgetown, all sorts of developmental activities you’re seeing and there’s no such permission and I want to refer to the development of that public open space between South Ruimveldt Gardens and Park; we will not tolerate that,” he noted.“We observed that there was some construction going on there and I know for sure that the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission would have intervened and stopped that construction. We were not certain, we were not able to obtain information on that the agency or person persons that would have sanctioned that activity the construction of some form of building on that piece of land,” Saul added.The CEO also informed of another incident in Section K, Campbellville along the Lamaha Conservancy, adding that it will not be tolerated. He noted that there is a developmental project currently being implemented without the relevant permission granted.He further explained that according to the building regulations, no building activity is permitted within 200 meters of the canal’s embankment. He related that is the very reason they are aggressively moving to have the squatters along the Lamaha Conservancy removed.“Our public open spaces must be preserved and vital watershed areas ought not to be compromised by human activities. Perhaps the aforementioned is as a result of overlapping and conflicting policies and regulations that govern various agencies that have responsibility for development,” he said.“Hence, we have planning by interpretation, planning by precedent, planning by who have influence, planning by corruption among others. This is undesirous and the Central Authority is currently working with other agencies to address this issue,” Saul added.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School Grizzlies Junior Basketball teams have some action coming up for this weekend.The Junior Girls are at home this weekend in the Bert Bowes New Years Classic, with their first game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Bert Bowes Middle School.Last weekend, the Junior Girls went undefeated in their first tournament of the season, with wins over Fort Nelson Senior Huskies and Chetwynd.- Advertisement -The Junior Boys will be on the road this weekend as they travel to Prince George at DP Todd Secondary School.Last weekend, Junior Boys went undefeated in Fort Nelson against Fort Nelson Senior Huskies and their Alumni team.NPSS Grizzlies Junior Boys Basketball Team. Source NPSS AthleticsAdvertisement For updates on the Grizzlies, you can visit the NPSS Athletics website.last_img read more

first_img0Shares000Barcelona’s Gerard Pique irked his club’s management by participating in a documentary that speculated on Griezmann’s possible move to the Catalan club © AFP/File / Cristina QuiclerMADRID, Spain, Jun 19 – Barcelona star Gerard Pique has landed himself in hot water with the club’s managers over his involvement in a documentary which saw Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann announce his decision to snub the Catalan giants.Pique owns the production company that filmed “The Decision” in which the French striker mulls a possible move to Barcelona before finally revealing his decision to sign a contract extension with Atletico through to 2023 instead. The documentary aired on Thursday on a Spanish pay TV channel and Griezmann, 27, on Monday signed the deal, which will reportedly see his salary rise to 20 million euros a year, making him the best paid player in the club’s history.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken to Pique and informed him that his role in making the video had “generated surprise and discomfort within the club and among many of its supporters”, Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre told a news conference on Tuesday to present former player Eric Abidal as the team’s new sports director.“We will speak internally with Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti after they return from the World Cup,” he added.Umtiti apparently irked Barcelona’s management as well because he replied to a Twitter message sent by Pique promoting the documentary by writing: “I just need the popcorn”.“At Barca we want players who are committed and determined to win here, above all. That said, we are sorry and we regret that the fans could have felt disappointed” by Griezmann’s final decision and the way it was delivered, said Mestre.Pique has defended himself, saying he was not aware whether or not Griezmann was going to stay with Atletico when he got on board with the TV show and that the French player was unsure of what path to take until the last minute.He wrote on Twitter that the documentary was “another way to see the life of a football player and his doubts over the most important decision of his career”.0Shares000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAbout 79,000 “Pirates of the Caribbean” medallion squeeze lights. The flashlights were sold nationwide and online between September 2006 and October 2007. Call 800-925-0628 or visit www.energizer.com. About 15,000 Totally Me! Funky Room Decor Sets, manufactured by Hong Kong-based CKI Toys and imported by Toys “R” Us Inc. The kits were sold by Toys “R” Us between May and September 2007. Call 800-869-7787 or visit www.toysrus.com. About 10,000 wooden Pull-Along Alphabet & Math Blocks wagons, Pull-Along Learning Blocks wagons, 10-in-1 Activity Learning Carts and Flip-Flop alphabet blocks, imported by KB Toys Inc. The toys were sold at KB Toys stores around the country between August 2005 and September 2007. Return the toys to any KB store in exchange for store credit. Call 888-843-9520 or go to www.recall.kbtinfo.com. About 63,000 green, plastic cups shaped like Frankenstein’s monster’s head, imported by Dollar General Merchandising Inc. The cups were sold at Dollar General stores around the country in September. For a refund or replacement product, return the key chains to the place of purchase. Call 800-678-9258 or go to www.dollargeneral.com. About 192,000 key chains imported by Dollar General Merchandising Inc. The key chains feature a metal charm engraved with “wisdom,” “truth,” “believe,” “love,” “hope” or “dream.” They were sold at Dollar General stores around the country between June 2005 and August 2007. Call 800-678-9258 or go to www.dollargeneral.com. By The Associated Press More than a half a million Chinese-made products were recalled Thursday, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and Baby Einstein toys, because they contain dangerous levels of lead. They included the following: About 35,000 Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Blocks, distributed by Kids II Inc. The blocks were sold around the country between June and September. Call 866-203-6788 or go to www.kidsii.com. About 150,000 bookmarks and journals, imported by Antioch Publishing. The products feature a variety of decorations including breast cancer awareness and Winnie the Pooh. The bookmarks and journals were sold at book, card and gift stores around the country between March 2005 and October 2007. Call 800-543-1515 or go to www.antioch.com. About 11,200 Alpine Design aluminum water bottles imported by The Sports Authority Inc. The bottles are decorated with pink flowers, a mouse or a zebra. They were sold around the country between April 2006 and September 2007. Go to www.sports authority.com. The Boy Scouts of America said Thursday that a painted, plastic badge commonly worn by some of its youngest scouts is being voluntarily recalled after a test revealed high levels of lead in the paint. As many as 1.6 million of the badges, which are made in China, may be affected by the recall. The plastic totem badge is given to Cub Scouts, who are usually between the ages of 7 and 8. The badge has a yellow and blue border, includes a picture of a bear and wolf and reads “Progress Toward Ranks.” No illnesses have been reported. Several other products were recalled Thursday because of health concerns other than lead. They included the following: Kraft Foods announced Thursday that it is recalling white chocolate distributed in the United States because of possible salmonella contamination. Kraft said consumers who purchased its 6 ounce, Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares should immediately discard the product. The recalled product was distributed nationally, and has the UPC Code 0043000252200 and notes that it’s best when used by March 31, April 1, April 2 and April 3, 2008. Call 800-310-3704. Campbell Soup Co. on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of more than 72,000 cans of Campbell’s Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits because they may contain pieces of hard plastic. Campbell said three consumers have reported minor injuries in and around their mouths. The recalled soups, with the can code “JUL 08 2009 07097,” were shipped to 24 states, including California. Consumers were advised to return the product to the store where it was bought for an exchange or refund.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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMembers of the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, the unit to which Torrance soldier Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. belonged, are searching up to the last minute to find the two soldiers who were captured along with Anzack in May. “This is still our brigade’s No. 1 priority,” its commander, Col. Michael Kershaw, said Friday. “We’ve been doing everything possible to bring them back before we leave,” he told Pentagon reporters via videoconference from Iraq. Anzack, 20; Spec. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich., were seized May 12 when hostile forces attacked and overran a checkpoint during an operation to watch for insurgents placing roadside bombs on a dangerous road south of Baghdad. Anzack’s body was found in the Euphrates River nearly two weeks later, one of more than 300 casualties suffered in Iraq by the brigade from Ft. Drum in northern New York state. IRAQ: Torrance soldier was one of three captured near Baghdad. By Pauline Jelinek THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The Army brigade that has served the most time on the battlefield since 2001 is coming home. But as they return, troops may have to leave two of their own behind in Iraq. Casualties taken by the 3,600-member brigade have totaled 52 killed and more than 270 wounded in action, Kershaw said. The brigade is in its 14th month of an extended 15-month tour – “the most-deployed brigade in the U.S. Army,” he said. On its return home, expected to be completed over the next several weeks, it will have served overseas 40 months since December 2001. The brigade has served two tours in Iraq and elements of it have served twice in Afghanistan, according to Army records. Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi translator were killed in the May ambush some 20 miles south of Baghdad in which Jimenez and Fouty were taken. Their identification cards were later found in an al-Qaida safe house north of Baghdad, along with video production equipment, computers and weapons. The house was more than 100miles from the area where they disappeared. The Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida front group, said in a video posted on the Internet that the soldiers were killed and buried. Asked Friday if he believe they were still alive, Kershaw said captured suspects and “numerous other intelligence sources … have given us really all different kinds of stories.” “Just last week we received one significant intelligence thread that indicated that they at least were potentially alive recently, but another that said that that they had been killed shortly after the attack,” Kershaw said. The attack triggered a massive search in an area that is part of the “triangle of death,” named for the rampant insurgent activity there. U.S. aircraft dropped leaflets seeking information; U.S. and Iraqi forces searched muddy canal areas, farmlands and fields. “We flooded the area for about six weeks in a detailed search,” Kershaw recalled Friday, “and continued a more surgical search since then.” A dozen insurgents involved in the planning and execution have been captured, and other suspects may have been hit in a strike Thursday night, he said. He didn’t identify any of those involved except to say the attackers were 15 to 18 people affiliated with al-Qaida. Jimenez’s wife Yaderlin Hiraldo Jimenez – an illegal immigrant – was threatened with deportation but later given a green card out of respect for her husband’s sacrifice, U.S. government officials said. 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

first_imgA special Cabaret Craiceailte, Irelands top Irish language entertainment event, held monthly in Hiudai beag’s pub, An Bun Beag, gaoth Dobhair, will be held next Friday, 12 July, as part of the Errigal Arts Festival.Some of the bands playing on the night include Breag, Zoe Conway and John McIntyre.Bréag – One of Ireland’s best Reggae/Ska bands were formed in Belfast 20 years ago and played one of their first gigs at the Feile Craiceailte, a 3 day music festival run by the Ciorcal Craiceailte in Rath Cairn, County Meath, in November 1993. They have played at the Cabaret many times, at home Tigh Hiúdaí, An Bun Beag, and at the Cabaret in Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Monaghan, and Conamara. Sharing the same birthday, (as the Craiceailte gigs started in 1993 as well), Bréag bring their mighty skanking sounds to the Cabaret Craiceáilte , Friday 12th July. Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre : Amazing solo musicians, and a mighty traditional music duo, the Gaoth Dobhair crowd are very excited that they are finally visiting the Cabaret. Zoë, no stranger to the stage, has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Riverdance, Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella to mention but a few. In contrast to this, Zoe has been an important figure within more serious music circles in Ireland, as her discipline has allowed her the pleasure of appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include works composed for her by world renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.John began his career as electric guitarist with Irish indie band, The Revs. Through this he has also known the privilege of performing on many famous stages and festivals. John studied classical guitar and has a background in traditional music. Aside from musical performance, he has worked as a producer for numerous recordings and has composed music for guitar and various ensembles.Diane Ní Chanainn agus a cairde : Local singer Diane Ní Chanainn, from Mín Lárach in the Cloich Cheann Fhaola Gaeltacht, Donegal, recently won the Eamonn Ghrainne – Amhranaí is fearr i gCloich Cheann Fhaola, sean nós competition at Feile na Sean Bhearaice. With a backgroung in Country Music, having performed with her fathers band ‘The Clubmen’, Diane, took up sean nós singing around 5 years ago and will be joined by renowned Traditional/Folm musicians, Barry Kerr, and Ryan O Donnell, for a very special Cabaret Craiceailte performance on Friday 12 th July, Tigh Hiudai, An Bun Beag, Gaoth Dobhair.The Cabaret Craiceáilte is always, unpredictable, so expect guest singers, musicians and sean nos dancers and much more, Tigh Hiúdaí, Friday 12th July, 9pm. And, it’s only a fiver on the door! HIUDAI BEAG’S HOLD A SPECIAL ‘TWELFTH’ CABARET! was last modified: July 3rd, 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:Craic CabaretHiudai Beagslast_img read more

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 19.09.11The Senior Reserves will take on Kilcar in their Championship semi-final on Sunday at 2pm in Donegal Town. The Juniors will finally play their first round game against Glenfin away on Sunday, also at 2pm. The Seniors are also scheduled for League action this Sunday at 3pm in Dungloe.The Minors will meet MacCumhaills in the Northern Board Final on Saturday at 12 noon. No venue has been confirmed yet, with Convoy the likely destination. The U-15 boys were to take on MaCumhaills on Tuesday in the Park at 6pm. Result will be e-mailed later in the week.The U-13 Boys Div. 1 team had a good win over St. Michael’s at the weekend they take on Gaoth Dobhair away this Saturday. The Div.  2 team travelled to the Gaels on Friday evening and had a good win, they are at home to Downings at 6pm this Friday.The Sunday Morning U-10 Football Academy should return this week after a two week absence due to the bad weather.The U12 hurlers were defeated in the A county final by Buncrana on Sunday. The lads and their management should be proud of their excellent performances throughout the year with Buncrana being the only team to defeat them throughout the year in the eleven team competition. The U16 hurlers also lost their league final on Sunday to Carndonagh. In a very disappointing first half the team were unable to cope with a determined Carndonagh. Seven points down at half time the lads were rocked by a goal in the first few minutes of the second. The team then started to show their true ability with a storming fight back reducing the deficit to three points. However despite continuous pressure and near misses the lads ran out of time.U18 hurling will restart in the next few weeks in preparation for Ulster. U-12/13 Hurling training is on Tuesday at 5:30pm.  The Friday Hurling & Camogie Academies continues at 6:30pm on Friday’s in O’Donnell Park. Training for U12 Camogie team is Monday at 6pm. U14 Camogie team training on Monday at 6pm and Saturday.Thank you to all those that helped out at the Bag Pack on Saturday in Tesco. As always, Eunan, Gordon, Tracey and Celine went above and beyond the call of duty at the Bag Pack.There will be a Table Quiz in Arena Thursday, October 27th. Please put the date in your diaries.We are still looking for a few contestants for Strictly Come Dancing. If you are interested, please contact Dermot Higgins asap on 087-6672118. This week’s Lotto numbers are 8-10-11 & 24. There were 4 match 3 winners that win €25 each. John Coleman, The Fairways; Sonya McGinty, Cluain Ard; Mrs. J. Gallagher, Sallaghagrane and Brendan Kilcoyne, Ballyare (all card). Next week’s Jackpot is €1,050.We extend our deepest sympathies to Brian, Gerard and the McCormick family on the sad passing of Jim.GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 20th, 2011 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgRory with SamRORY KAVANAGH’S decision to leave the Donegal County Senior Football set-up as been the talk of the national and local media in the past 48 hours.But for the Kavanagh family it is much more than that.It is the end of an era for the St Eunan’s man – and a very proud one at that. Rory’s sister Alma posted these pictures from some of the special moments for her, Rory and their family over the past few years.What a journey….. SISTER’S PROUD PICTURE TRIBUTE TO RORY KAVANAGH was last modified: January 16th, 2015 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:alma kavanaghdonegalRory KavanaghSt Eunanslast_img read more