Presidential Candidates Ignore Sports in Platforms

first_imgLone Star playersAs the various presidential candidates continue to provide their platforms to convince electorates to vote for them in the pending October elections, there is a key factor to nation building that is being left out: sports. Sports, as an integral part of every nation, have the dual role of building and development. Politicians are knowledgeable about the huge benefits empowering young people can bring to the nation through infrastructure development and physical development. Politicians also have the passion for the game and therefore it is important that as debates and other discussions are held, they should take the time to examine what they can do for sports to empower the youth.It was noted that in yesterday’s debate organized by the Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), the question about sports was neither mentioned nor discussed. When asked about what specific measures will be put in place to address the issue of Liberians living below the poverty line, and how they will fund a poverty reduction program if elected, the four presidential candidates provided several ideas and measures they might explore to move the country forward. For example, reconciliation was a theme that was highlighted in yesterday’s debate, but they forgot that sports are a means to reconcile the people as they are avenues to unleash the patriotic fervor of Liberians for a particular cause.Sports are not only “unifiers,” they are also one of the key means to provide employment for the youth that can alleviate their financial position. Throughout the world, sports are used to employ young people and to unify divided nations. Although there are challenges attached to alleviating poverty and the development of sporting programs in Liberia, it boils down to the lack of planning and lack of interest from the very beginning, as it is now being portrayed by the various presidential candidates, particularly in yesterday’s debate.What is the assurance that if elected these politicians are going to invest in the sports sector, since they are not mentioned in their platforms? Other African countries have been able to make major breakthroughs in revenue, infrastructural development, and empowerment of citizens through investment in sports. Successful athletes are described as heroes in every country, and Senator George Manneh Weah’s phenomenal and inspirational rise to stardom and as a politician has its basis in sports.Our presidential aspirants, therefore, should not forget the importance of sports in the enhancement of their platforms because even the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe became a Liberian idol for his exceptional support of sports, with the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex being a living testament to his legacy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AGM for Big Bam Ski Hill to be held September 9

first_imgAmong the items on the table will be the board of directors discussing the need for a new approach when it comes to running the ski hill. As a result the board will be looking for new members that would give direction to managers as it relates to the day to day operation.Anyone is welcome to attend the event.- Advertisement –last_img

BC Tourism growing stronger, with Northern BC Tourism gaining recognition

first_imgThe NBCTA represents one of six tourism regions in the province and it covers by far the greatest amount of territory – extending all the way from Prince George, North to the Yukon and Alaskan borders, and from the Alberta border, to the North coast.Much of it is preserved and protected by a world-class system of provincial parks and nature reserves and it covers a wilderness area, larger than California or Japan and twice the size of the United Kingdom.Still, it has roughly two dozen population centres of note, including the officially listed cities of Prince George, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Kitimat, Terrace and Stewart. Latest overnight custom entries from Stats Canada show a strong 2015 BC tourism season, with visitor numbers up by 238,000 for the first eight months of the year – an increase of 7.1% over last year.The news comes on the heels of the BC Tourism Conference last week at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where the Northern BC Tourism Association was the recipient of one of five major annual awards.NBCTA was the winner of the Innovation Award which recognizes an individual, organization or consortium which has devised and implemented an innovative initiative or marketing campaign directed at increasing the number of visitors to or within BC.- Advertisement -In this case, the NBCTA received the award for the design and activation of the Northern BC Tourism Plaza during this year’s Canada Winter Games held last February in Prince George.It brought together a team of 18 communities and two regional districts from north and central BC, was the largest multi-sport and cultural event ever held in this part of the province, and the Plaza saw more than 20,000 visitors from across Canada over a two week period.The awards were first handed out in 1999, and CEO Marsha Walden, of Destination BC, called winning this year an incredible achievement given “the high calibre of nominations received.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Bolt not giving up hope on football career

first_imgThe club reportedly offered him only a fraction of the Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) his managers were seeking, and the outside sponsors needed to make the deal viable could not be found.“It’s sad that it didn’t work out,” the Jamaican 100m and 200m world record holder told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper at the Derby Day horse races in Melbourne, where he arrived in a suit, sunglasses and with a gold-handled cane.“But we parted on good terms, and that’s a good thing.“I had a great experience with them. The guys were great — we just couldn’t work out things with the contract, but hopefully I get another chance with another team.”Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, has long dreamed of becoming a soccer player and had been training with the Mariners since August, sparking global interest when he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly.But the staunch Manchester United fan’s abilities were questioned by pundits and some players and he has now had trials with clubs in Germany, South Africa, Norway, and Australia to no avail.Asked if he would keep pursuing his quest to become a footballer despite another setback, the 32-year-old said: “For sure.“We’ll see what happens. I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we’ll see in which direction it goes.“For me, I’ve learned that I still have it.“I figure that I was improving a lot, so as you can see from the first game to the last game, I really improved and did better. I’ve learned that it’s a little bit harder, but it’s all about dedication and work with the team.”Bolt recently turned down a trial-free contract from cashed-up Maltese champions Valletta to focus on trying to make the grade in Australia.He has been urged by the head of the Jamaican FA to return home and play for a local club, with the prospect that he could be called up for international duty.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt celebrating scoring a goal for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners © AFP / Peter PARKSMELBOURNE, Australia, Nov 3 – Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt is adamant he can become a professional footballer despite his trial with an Australian club ending, insisting Saturday: “I still have it”.The eight-time Olympic champion’s “indefinite” try-out period with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners collapsed on Friday after contract talks failed.last_img read more

Kerching! Europe’s top eight clubs ranked by money made from gate receipts

first_img 8 8. Manchester City made £42m in gate receipts in 2014 – to find out which European clubs made more money from matchdays last year, click the arrow above 8 8 8 4. Barcelona made £86m in gate receipts in 2014 8 8 5. Bayern Munich made £80m in gate receipts in 2014 Bayern Munich fans protested about the price of attending their club’s match at Arsenal this week, but where do the Bavarian giants figure, especially compared to the Gunners, in the European gate receipt rankings?UEFA have released detailed statistics and we can reveal the top eight, in the slideshow above.Take a look at the results and let us know what you think of the ranking and revenue by leaving a comment below. 2. Arsenal made £88.2m in gate receipts in 2014 7. Liverpool made £44.1m in gate receipts in 2014 1. Real Madrid made £88.9m in gate receipts in 2014 8 3. Manchester United made £87.5m in gate receipts in 2014 6. Chelsea made £58.1m in gate receipts in 2014 8last_img read more

McElhinneys share a Guy’s Guide to Buying Lingerie for Valentine’s Day

first_imgThis Valentine’s season can stir fear among many men and women as they wonder what’s the best gift for their partners. The occasion often inspires some brave men to shop for the ultimate romantic present – lingerie.Those who do it for the first time can find themselves out of their depth, with the number of styles, shapes and colours to choose from. Scenes from Father Ted might spring to mind, but the experts at McElhinneys Department Store Ballybofey have shared their tips to end all worries over buying lingerie. Here is the latest McElhinneys Blog post in full, for anyone looking for advice and reassurance before venturing to the underwear floor. For everyone else, there a shoppable links to buy the pieces discreetly. Guys Guide to Buying Lingerieby Niamh PhelanOkay, deep breaths guys, you can do this!Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to find the perfect gift for your someone special. Men, if lingerie is on your list, but you’re feeling a little lost or clueless as to how to approach the Lingerie Section, keep reading as we give you the insider tips on finding the perfect fit! Step 1: Need to Know InformationStart your stealthy mission by finding out what size your lucky lady needs – this is vital information so be sure not to skip this step! Find a bra that she wears often and check the label, you should see a number and a letter; both are important, so take note (e.g. Size 34C, 36A, 38F). It is almost impossible to guess a bra size, so unless you’re an expert I wouldn’t attempt a prediction.For underwear, this will be the same as her dress size, which you may already know – kudos to you if you do! If you’re unsure, or just want to double check, you can check any item of clothing or underwear for this information (e.g. Size 10, 12, 14).Step 2: Remember to Shop for Her, Not for YouIt can be very easy to be swept up into the moment of buying the laciest, raciest, little red number you can get your hands on; but remember to ask yourself the real question – Will SHE feel comfortable in it? If all goes to plan, you can buy her something that she will look great and feel fabulous in – just remember, her confidence and comfort is hugely important! Step 3: Arm Yourself with a Goal!Try to set yourself a goal for your shopping trip – do you have a colour in mind? Are you familiar with any particular styles? What is your budget?Aside from her size, it might be a good idea to take a peak in her underwear drawer and her wardrobe in general to see what colours she usually wears – for example if she has a lot of white clothes it’s probably not a great idea to buy her a bright red or deep black bra!Also, from that same snoop you should be able to see what underwear she usually wears and you can try to get something similar, and that way you know she’ll love it! If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can push the boat out – but not too far! Again, remember that you want her to feel like a million dollars, so comfort and sizing is key. For example, if she owns no or very few thongs, it’s probably not the best idea to buy her one… you get the picture! Step 4: When Faced with Adversity, Don’t Give UpEven if you fail to arm yourself with all the information you need, there are great lingerie-alternatives out there, and you can still treat your special lady! Aside from Bras & Briefs, you can get your hands on Babydolls, Chemises, Nightdresses, and many other things that will feel like a special treat, and don’t require quite as much preparation! These pieces are all great examples of non-lingerie pieces that will still be a great Valentines Day Gift!.   Shop the Camisole Pyjama Set >> Gaspe Lace Trim Camisole Pyjama Set, WhiteShop the Nightdress >> Gaspe Velvet Floral Print Chemise Nightdress, BlackShop the Dressing Gown >> Gaspe Lace Trim Satin Dressing Gown, NavyShop the Babydoll >> Loving Moments Underwired Chiffon Babydoll Chemise and Thong Set, RedStep 5: If in Doubt, Consult the ExpertsOur McElhinneys Lingerie Team are fully-trained in sizing and styling the perfect fit for any lucky lady, and they are certainly more than welcoming to any men who need a helping hand! Whether it’s help finding the right style, colour or fit – they are here to help. With oodles to choose from, they can make the experience as easy and painless as possible!Shop the Bra >> Fantasie Jacqueline Side Support Bra, RedShop the Briefs >> Fantasie Jacqueline Lace Briefs, RedDon’t be haunted by another forgettable Valentine’s Day, treat herself (and yourself!) to something special <3Visit for their complete Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.McElhinneys share a Guy’s Guide to Buying Lingerie for Valentine’s Day was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:lingerieMCELHINNEYSValentines Daylast_img read more

Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off will honor the Law Enforcement Torch Run and benefit local Special Olympics, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today at Jack Bones Equestrian Center at pitchess Detention Center, 29310 The Old Road, Castaic. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Call Stephanie Wilke at (661) 295-8812. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Beauty and the Beast” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by the Santa Clarita Ballet, 2 and 7:30 p.m. today at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 251-6844 for tickets. Raising the Bar gymnastics spectacular, 5:30 and 8 p.m. today at Waller’s GymJam Academy, 26515 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 251-3390. “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “The World of Beauty and the Beast” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Crazy Hat & Crazy Shirt Bingo Night for individuals with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. today at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Call (661) 702-8555. By the Light of the Silvery Moon hike, 7:30-9:30 p.m. today at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Spring Home Garden & Landscape Tour to honor the troops overseas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at private homes across Santa Clarita. Call Christi Larsen at (661) 252-3584 or visit “Bowling for Youths” will benefit the Santa Clarita Youth Project, noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 257-9688 to register a team. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want 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_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 18/7/2013 No’s Drawn 13,16,17,24 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,980.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were James McDonald Cross Clonmany, Brid McDaid Gaddyduff Clonmany, Martin Doherty Co Galway, Evelyn McGonigle Tullagh, Brendan Kelly Dunaff.IORRAS GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW – Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or 3 tickets for €10 great prizes to be won. BUY A BLOCK – Urris GAA Club are running a BUY A BLOCK Fundraiser Drive for the Development of the New Club House. Individuals can contribute €10 towards buying a block, and they will be then have their name framed on the club wall along with all contributors we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this fund raising drive. Contact Rose Kelly for further information 0877770639.WEEK END RESULTS: Reserves 2-9 Convoy 0-6, Seniors 2-20 Convoy 2-8. UNDER 12’s: The 2013 Gerry O Neill Memorial Cup Final will be between last year’s beaten finalists Carndonagh and the new kids on the block Urris, fresh from their U12 Go Games success last Tuesday night. They are now undefeated at U12 level following their semi final victory on Friday night against the holders of the cup, Naomh Padraig. The final will take place in Connolly Park in Malin on Sunday 28th July with a throw in time of 7.00 pm.  SENIORS Playing Red Hughes in Junior A semi final on Sunday 27th venue and time to be confirmed. Reserves have a bye in their Championship as Naomh Columba withdrew. FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all the latest Fixtures Results and Training plus lots of other links and news. Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707. Club Website Any items for the notes please send to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.     GAA NEWS – URRIS LAUNCH ‘BUY A BLOCK’ CAMPAIGN was last modified: July 22nd, 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:Urris GAA club noteslast_img read more

Napoli agree Ospina deal, Aurier almost left Spurs, Lookman to leave Everton?

first_img RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on Arsenal are ready to sell Mohamed Elneny to Marseille in a move to reduce their wage bill. Allowing the 26-year-old midfielder to head to the French giants could save £55,000 per week, claim reports. (Daily Mail)Joel Campbell could also be set to leave the Gunners, with the 26-year-old forward poised to join newly-promoted Serie A club Frosinone in Italy. (Tuttomercato)Schalke are looking to make permanent singings and are NOT interested in loan deals for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose or Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. (Sky Sports)Ander Herrera is happy at Man United and wants to extend his future at Old Trafford, with the 29-year-old’s current deal set to expire next June. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool’s 22-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic is likely to join a foreign club on loan, after rejecting offers from Cardiff City and Middlesbrough. (Evening Standard)Danny Drinkwater could be heading for a loan move away from Chelsea, having fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)Lee Cattermole is said to be eager to join former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet at Bordeaux, with the Black Cats also keen to reduce their wage bill following their drop to League One. (The Guardian) Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST 3 Napoli have reportedly agreed a deal with Arsenal to sign David Ospina on loan. The Colombian ‘keeper has recently fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates after the arrival of Bernd Leno. FULL STORY HERE.Rangers believe they can complete a deal for Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty in the next 48 hours. The Glasgow club have been chasing the 30-year-old this summer but have been frustrated in their attempts to land Lafferty after Hearts knocked back a £200,000 bid for their former player last month. FULL STORY HERE.Everton starlet Ademola Lookman could still leave the club and join RB Leipzig this summer, with the Bundesliga outfit not giving up hope of landing their former loanee. FULL STORY HERE.Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier was reportedly primed to move to Atletico Madrid this summer before the deal collapsed at the last minute. Aurier, 25, moved to the north London club from Paris Saint-Germain last summer for £23million, but Spurs were open to letting him go. FULL STORY HERE.  Harry Maguire is set to be rewarded for his brilliant summer for England with a new bumper contract at Leicester LIVING THE DREAM It’s not clear what the exact reason for Aurier’s move collapsing is Paul Pogba is NOT heading to Barcelona this summer. The Spanish giants have ended speculation over a move for the Manchester United star, with club director Ariedo Braida revealing they have no plans to sign him before the end of the transfer window. (Daily Mirror)However, he hinted a future offer is not off the table, calling Pogba a “great player”. (Daily Mirror)Zinedine Zidane wants to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager. The World Cup winning hero is currently without a job after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, having led the Spanish giants to a third consecutive Champions League title. FULL STORY HERE.Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has revealed he turned down a potential summer move to Old Trafford for “personal reasons”. (Daily Mirror)Harry Maguire is set to be handed a new £75,000-a-week contract by Leicester City, following his impressive World Cup for England and subsequent links with a move to Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph) Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.comcenter_img 3 targets The transfer window in England is closed but it remains open across Europe and there is still plenty of business to be done involving Premier League clubs this summer.Here’s a round-up of the latest news, rumours and gossip… The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more


first_imgOne of the fastest illegal drivers has been caught speeding on a Co Donegal road.Garda speed camera operators will be out across Donegal this weekend.The driver was caught doing 189kph in a 100kph zone in Keadue.The speed, which was the second highest in the country, was released by Gardai today.They are amongst an analysis of the highest recent speed detections amongst Garda divisions.It comes on the eve of the June Bank Holiday weekend when Gardai will be clamping down on motorists.Chief Superintendent Mark Curran from the Garda National Traffic Bureau said that speeding was the main cause of road traffic collisions.And he said that some of the worst offenders not only faced the imposition of penalty points on their licence, but also being charged with dangerous driving.“Already there has been in excess of 70,000 drivers detected speeding in 2015, with the vast majority travelling far in excess of what is legally permitted including one driver detected travelling at nearly 200kmh,” he said.While the number of people dying on the roads has fallen after increases in 2013 and 2014, some 59 people had already been killed so far this year – a drop of 12 on the same period in 2014.He added that more than 7,500 drivers were clocked travelling at 30kmh or more above posted speed limits, with 420 travelling at 50kmh or more.BANK HOLIDAY SPEED PLEA AS ONE OF WORST OFFENDERS CAUGHT IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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:donegalGardaiKeaduesped cameralast_img read more