It was shocking for me at the beginning of this month to hear that Professor Wilson Tarpeh, who has spent decades at the University of Liberia as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, was resigning instead of honorably retiring to have claims to his benefits. As a student of UL, I was wondering when Professor Tarpeh would retire having been for decades entrenched in such an unshakable status that no UL President would temper.Surprisingly at the beginning of March 2015, the Professor announced his resignation, which he tendered on February 25, 2015, claiming that he was resigning because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was withholding funds that should come to the university due to his association with the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).The eloquent professor went on to note that his role as a campaign manager for the popular George Weah in the 2014 special senatorial elections is the key reason the Liberian President is allegedly withholding funds from coming to the university.On the basis of this claim, he resigned, issuing these parting words: “For my sake thousands of Liberians will not be denied education.”Government spokesperson Isaac Jackson officially defended the President, albeit in rather ambiguous terms. He said, “Professor Wilson Tarpeh has a different reason for resigning and using President Sirleaf as a scapegoat.” Let me also share some facts that lead me to differ with the professor whose claims I consider to be a facetious fallacy.Firstly, we must understand that Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is in the home stretch of her second and final term as President of Liberia. Unlike the first term when she set the impression to woo all of us for reelection, she has nothing to lose now, but to peacefully do and get all she can to leave Liberia in a condition indicative of the legacy she hopes to leave. Therefore, Tarpeh’s claim that his association with CDC is the reason for which Madam Sirleaf may withhold funds to UL is highly unbelievable.Secondly, all Liberians in this country know that George Weah did not need Prof. Tarpeh in order to secure an election to the Senate. Weah’s popularity in Monrovia and Grand Gedeh is such that, even without a campaign manager, he could have still won a landslide victory in Montserrado as a Senator. In fact, it may well be that Tarpeh is the one in need of an alignment with CDC to secure future political position. As was evidently seen in 2009, he and others contested against Geraldine Doe-Sheriff in a senatorial by-election in Montserrado, and she massively defeated them without mercy. Doe-Sheriff at the time had the advantage of her alignment with CDC and primarily George Weah’s presence. So, when Weah announced his decision to run for the hotly contested Montserrado seat in the Senate last year, his victory was a foregone conclusion. The CDC is composed of two main groups of characters: There are those who consider themselves the “downtrodden masses” who regard Weah as the epitome of their own aspirations. They have shown their passionate devotion to him in three consecutive elections, the last of which he finally won. Then there are also the few deceptive intellectuals who use the party and its voting masses to ascend to positions of power and influence. Sadly, after achieving their aims, they brush off masses as “asses”. I hope Professor Tarpeh is not one of the deceptive intellectuals waiting on CDC for 2017.Lastly, I will agree with Minister Isaac Jackson in principle that there may be a “different reason” for Professor Tarpeh’s resignation and apparent use of political cosmetics to divert attention. Yes! UL is currently broke and over 30,000 students are waiting on government to make available funds so the university can reopen. I do not know whether the university would have been in such a state if Ebola had not interrupted the academic schedule. While I may be in agreement with Prof. Tarpeh that the Government of Liberia is withholding funds, I strongly believe that it would be based on the matter of accountability if it has anything to do with him. To retrospect, former Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Weade Elliot-Brownell, stated at a press conference in December 2013 that some people in top positions at the university incited students against her to be removed because she stood against financial and academic malpractices. She promised that she would bring out names when the proper time comes. Also, at her confirmation hearing a few months back, Dr. Brownell repeated that people went against her at the university because she stood against financial malpractices carried out by some top staffers. It was surprising to note in November of 2013 during one of UL students’ unfounded and senseless demonstrations that the so-called student leadership was calling for Dr. Brownell’s expulsion because she was interfering with Fiscal Affairs. Up to now, no one knows who gave the student body information about what was unfolding in administration for which they should issue such a statement. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, President of the University of Liberia is mentioned in one of Daily Observer’s editorials to have said that UL has a cartel that no one can easily break through. If Tarpeh’s claim is true, then, it is not difficult to presume that these could be some of the very reasons for which President Sirleaf may be withholding funds from the university.A note to Prof. Tarpeh: To do yourself justice and the Liberian students for whom you are offering your lucrative and prestigious position as a living sacrifice, can you call on President Sirleaf to allow Dr. Brownell to name those whom she talked about? Can you also call on the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to audit you before turning the office over to your successor? Without meeting these conditions, you will be leaving doubts in minds, and your stated reason for resigning will always be fictitious.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Queen Elizabeth may have the weight of the monarchy on her shoulders, but it hasn’t crushed her sense of humor, Prince Andrew said. At a family dinner once, a footman pulled the Queen’s chair out from the table as she stood to go, but she tried to sit back down – with no chair under her, her son told Time magazine for its issue on newsstands Monday. “Everyone, including the Queen, laughed and laughed – and, of course, she reassured the terrified footman he had done nothing wrong,” the prince said close to his mother’s 80th birthday on April 21. The prince also said Queen Elizabeth has quite the intelligence network. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“She knows everything. Everything,” he said. “I don’t know how she does it. And she sees everything.” – Associated Press
One out of 150 people who are bitten by an infected mosquito get severely ill, the vector control district said. People who catch the virus either do not become sick or experience mild symptoms, including fever, headache, nausea and body aches, though it could be fatal for people with weak immune systems, such as the elderly. Heintz said the virus first appeared in Los Angeles County in 2003 and had a banner year in 2004 with 331 human cases and 14 deaths. Last year, the county saw 47 cases and no deaths. “West Nile virus is now endemic,” said Jan Heidt, a vector control district board member and former Santa Clarita councilwoman. “It’s always going to be with us. … You’re just going to have to take precautions.” That includes using insect repellents containing DEET, and ensuring pools and ponds don’t become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, Heidt said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The discovery of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in the city has spurred county vector control agents to post warning signs and treat area ponds, officials said Wednesday. Mosquito samples carrying the virus were discovered along the South Fork of the Santa Clara River, between the bike path and San Fernando Road, according to city officials and the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The district plans to post warning signs along the river from Via Princessa to Lyons Avenue and will monitor for stagnant ponds by helicopter, though there were no immediate plans for more drastic measures such as aerial spraying. “We’re confident with their approach,” city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The sample – along with those taken from Northridge and Chatsworth – tested positive May 17 by the state Department of Health Services and the arbovirus diagnostic laboratory at the University of California, Davis, the vector control district said. It’s an earlier appearance compared with last year, when the virus first showed up in July in area mosquito samples. Still, there have been no cases of the virus in humans, birds or horses so far in the county. Vector control district spokeswoman Stephanie Heintz declined to speculate if the timing indicates a strong showing for the virus this year, though the alternating wet and warm weather of the past two months has encouraged mosquito development. “It is helpful that we discovered the mosquito pool early in the season because now we can be prepared,” she said. “It is a new disease here. We’re still learning about it.” The virus, which can lead to complications such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Humans cannot catch the disease from other animals or each other.
Conor O’Donnell in action for Letterkenny Rovers U16 team.Letterkenny Rovers took on Illistrin United last Sunday in the SFAI National Cup but came unstuck against their local rivals at Leckview. Letterkenny Rovers headed into the game having drew the previous week against Kilmacrennan in the league.Illistrin had taken all three points off Gweedore Celtic and sat top of the table. Illistrin went into the game as favourites and they started very strong.Letterkenny sat back from the start inviting pressure from the visitors and it only took them twenty minutes to find the net.Shane Blaneys lobbed pass to Jordan Ryan from outside the box was on target and Jordan Ryan headed home from two yards to take the lead for the visitors.Letterkenny pushed on after conceding and went at the visitors. A few Letterkenny heads got extremely close to a couple of Conor O’Donnell crosses but that’s as close as Letterkenny came in the first half.Chances were limited in the first half and the teams went in at half-time with Illistrin leading 1-0.The second half started the same with most the game being played in the middle of the pitch.Midway through the second half Jeaic McKelvey had a goal disallowed as Illistrin goalkeeper was fouled going for the ball.Shortly after Illistrin centre-half Patrick McColgan got sent off for a second yellow card offence. As the game neared the final whistle Letterkenny pushed forward and were hit on the break by Illistrin substitute who forced Letterkennys goalkeeper Eoin O’Boyle to pull off a brilliant save.Letterkenny were unable to create any more chances and the game finished 1-0.Illistrin now advance to the next round.SOCCER: LETTERKENNY U16’S BOW OUT OF SFAI CUP AFTER DEFEAT TO ILLISTRIN was last modified: November 19th, 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:letterkennyNoticesSFAIsoccerSport
The senior football teams had mixed results last weekend at Pairc na nGael when they welcomed Naomh Bríd. The reserves lost their game while the seniors won by the minimum.The senior teams are free this weekend with the U-21, Junior A & B championships taking place the following week.See Club Facebook for more details. Our Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday 4th or 11th September at Pairc na nGael. (Date to be confirmed). In conjunction with the Fun Day we are running a Poster Competition for U-6, U-10 and U-14 years. The theme of the poster is ‘Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn-20 bliain ag fás’ because this year we celebrate twenty years of Letterkenny Gaels. Posters to be on A4 paper, name and age and address on the BACK of the poster. Entries to be brought to the Clubhouse on the Family Fun Day. Entry fee of €1. Winning posters will be printed, framed and put up in the clubhouse. Prizes for each age category.Please see Club Facebook for more details.On Thursday evening our young U-12 hurlers made the journey to The Scarvey to take on Buncrana in the U-12 league.Both teams put on a great show of hurling with the Gaels claiming a deserved victory. Well done all. The U-8 footballers travelled to ‘The Glen’ this week to play against Glenswilly. Both clubs fielded two teams with a good mix of boys and girls participating. Although the night was wet these young footballers put on a very high standard of football for the watching crowd. The travelling Gaels were very grateful for the hospitality received and thank the underage management team at Glenswilly. They are looking forward to a return fixture at Pairc na nGael.Training continues every Sunday morning from 11am – 12noon for u6s, u8s and u10s age groups. If Sunday morning doesn’t suit, the club also provides an additional training session for the U8s and U10s age groups on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 pm. To enquire about the underage football training, Parents should contact John McDermott (086) 8561768 (under 6s), Brian Sweeney (087) 2282386 (under 8s), David O’Callaghan (086) 769 0305 (under 10’s) and Donal Murphy (087) 6858546 (Under 12’s) or come along any Sunday or Wednesday. New boys and Girls welcome to join in the fun any week.Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €2450. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.During the week, five Letterkeny Gaels U-12 hurlers, Matthew Winters, Cian Page, Caolan Boyle, Conal Boyle and Finn Doherty went to Croke Park to play in a blitz with thirty other players from hurling clubs across Donegal. Among these were rival clubs St.Eunan’s, Buncrana, Burt, Setanta, Ballyshannon Gweedore Mac Cumhaills and Carndonagh.The teams were mixed up and the lads played three competitive games each. After the experience of playing on the hallowed turf the lads were taken on a behind the scenes tour of the museum, player dressing rooms and player celebration room. On the road home the lads took a detour for dinner in Castleblaney. This was a great experience and team bonding session which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the lads. Club hurling rivalry was put to the side for the day and good friendships were made. Outdoor Hurling training for U-6, U-8 & U-10 continues every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players welcome.U-12 to U-18 hurling continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.Congratulations to Senior ladies player Leona Russell who played for the Irish Banshees in London at the weekend in the AFL European Championships.U-12 girls football training takes place at the pitch every Sunday morning from 11am-12noon. All welcome. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLetterkenny Gaels gear up for Junior A & B Championships next week was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNotes
Getty 2 Who is Jules Rimet?The Frenchman was the third ever president of FIFA.Born in 1873, he helped to found the organisation in 1904 and was instrumental in setting up international tournaments after World War One.He had the top job at the French Football Association, before taking over as FIFA chief in 1921.Rimet spent 33 years in the position, making him the longest-serving president in the organisation’s history. England fans are bracing themselves for the semi-finals With the Three Lions by Baddiel and Skinner topping the charts, England clearly still believes.But one of the lines often mis-quoted in the iconic 1996 terrace favourite is ‘Jules Rimet still gleaming’. The original Jules Rimet trophy was stolen Getty 2 Keen to create a football tournament for countries that was separate from the Olympics, Rimet threw all his efforts behind the World Cup idea and the inaugural tournament took place in 1930.He finally passed the baton in 1954 and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize two years later.Why is he mentioned in Three Lions?Between 1930 and 1970, countries played for the original World Cup trophy.It was initially known as ‘Victory’, but to recognise Rimet’s achievements was renamed the Jules Rimet trophy in 1946.When Baddiel and Skinner sing about ‘Jules Rimet still gleaming’, they are referencing the moment that Bobby Moore lifted the trophy in 1966.The cup was kept by the Brazilians after they won it for a third time in 1970, but was stolen shortly after and never recovered.You can listen to Croatia vs England live on talkSPORT, Wednesday from 7pm.
Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Eriksen, Dembele and Vertonghen were absent from Tottenham training ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Barca at Wembley.The Belgium duo came off at half-time at Huddersfield on Saturday while Eriksen has been carrying a groin problem.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back in training after a thigh injury but Dele Alli, as expected, was missing with his hamstring problem.Defeat to Inter Milan in their opening Champions League group game means Spurs will be desperate to get off the mark in Europe. Aiming high 3 Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury 3 on target Skipper Lloris is back in action Their Catalan opponents joined Inter at the top of Group B after victory against Ajax at the Camp Nou, meaning defeat for Spurs is almost unthinkable already – even at this stage. Dutch defender Jan Vertonghen came off injured against Huddersfield ready? The goalkeeper has been sidelined with a thigh problem in recent weeks and last appeared for the team in the 3-0 win at Manchester United at the end of August. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton 3 BOOST Mauricio Pochettino is set to be without five first-team players for Tottenham Hotspur’s fixtures against Barcelona and Cardiff City.Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier are all set to miss the potentially huge games for Spurs. Pochettino is facing a selection headache ahead of arguably Spurs’ toughest Champions League game However, Pochettino will certainly be buoyed by the return to action of World Cup winning captain Lloris after his absence from the side. Latest Champions League News
DONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – Not a great weekend ahead unfortunately.FRIDAY …Looking like the best of the three days. Most of you will see loads of sunshine today, but there will be passing showers, especially in the morning. Highs of around 13C or 14C. Expect a few scattered showers in the evening.SATURDAY …Saturday will start wet with rain and showers throughout the morning, with the odd sunny spell. It will brighten up in the afternoon though before showers return in the evening. Top temperatures of around 15C.SUNDAY: Sunday will be most cloudy again with the odd shower, but not as bad as Saturday. Temperatures of around 13C.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. THE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:2014donegal weatherMAY 10MAY 11MAY 9showerssunshineweekend report
IT was a very sad occasion in Donegal Town today as people came out in their hundreds to say goodbye to businessman and former TD Jim White.Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined family, friends and those who knew and loved Jim as his coffin left The Abbey Hotel on The Diamond where the wake was held.Once again staff and members of the community lined the streets as the cortege, led by a piper, made its way down towards the pier. Then it was off to his home town on Ballyshannon where crowds gathered again to pay their respects at the funeral and at the graveside afterwards.Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid tribute to Mr White as a “man of enormous positivity and generosity”.He said Mr White had worked hard to draw more tourists to the north-west region.“He was a man of enormous popularity in Donegal and the north-west in general and even managed to head the poll against Neil Blaney in a general election,” he said. SAD FAREWELL AS DONEGAL SAYS GOODBYE AND THANK YOU TO JIM WHITE was last modified: September 5th, 2014 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)