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Balancing Political Privilege in Ethnically Diverse Counties

first_imgOur Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor last Wednesday sent in a story of a Mandingo rally in Ganta, during which they called for greater inclusion of their tribesmen and women in the county’s administration.We find this both a realistic and reasonable plea. It is realistic because they know that although they are quite prominent in the county’s business sector, they are a minority ethnic group in Nimba. It is reasonable because being a group with considerable economic power, it makes sense to bring them into governance because that may cause them to feel that they have a greater stake in the county’s success story—in terms, not only of political, but also socioeconomic and cultural relevancy. All of the educational institutions in Nimba should strive to recruit talented, ambitious and progressive students from all ethnic groups, because their success tomorrow in the economic, political or social arena would bring credit to their respective alma maters.That is why in many countries across the globe, schools and institutions of higher learning are proactive in their enrollment. They don’t just sit there and wait for students to apply. Many of the leading institutions, especially of higher learning, go out and scout for talented senior high students who represent the vast diversity of the societies in which these institutions are resident. They seek out students from all races, religions, ethnicities, etc., who show exceptional athletic or leadership potential, and entice them with scholarships and other amenities (conveniences, facilities). The motive is that if tomorrow a student becomes highly successful in business, politics or any other arena, such as engineering, literature, sports, medicine, or science—whatever—such a student would not forget the schools that helped him or her to succeed. We see this among Liberians in the Diaspora, especially the United States, where the alumni associations of several Liberian high schools meet regularly, raise substantial sums of money in order to lend a helping hand to their alma maters back home.Graduates of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) took the lead as early as 1991 when they organized the BWI Alumni Association in North America (BWIAANA). Since that time they have contributed substantially to their school in Kakata, Margibi County. During the civil war, it was primarily the BWIAANA that helped keep the doors of BWI open. Right now there is an ambulance somewhere in Minnesota, purchased by the BWIAANA, waiting to be shipped to BWI in Kakata.Alumni of several other institutions, especially Rick’s Institute, St. Patrick’s High/St., Theresa’s Convent and Bravid W. Harris, are very actively supporting their alma maters here at home.That is as it should be in all of the counties of this republic. A wise politician or administrator in any county would do well to reach out to all ethnic groups in the county, bring them in, and make them to see themselves as an important part of the body politic—a group that truly matters and is to be reckoned with in any county decision making.The Gio is Nimba’s dominant ethnic group, followed by the Mano. The Mandingo come third and maybe the Kpelle, fourth, followed by a tribe that is nearly extinct, the Gbi.The Gios are so numerically powerful that the Manos find the Gio numbers matchless when it comes to elections. That is why a few Mano leaders some time ago were considering the idea of two counties, one Gio, one Mano. But that idea was quickly shot down by even some Mano leaders, who thought the county’s influence nationally could be diminished (weakened) by such a move. As we mentioned in a recent editorial, Nimba is gifted with quite a number of entrepreneurs that have made the county the envy of many others in the country. Many visitors have come from Nimba highly impressed with the county’s progress. The Nimba leaders and people can be sure that should they adopt a philosophy and practice of reaching out to all its people, regardless of ethnicity or religion, the county may soon find itself competing more forcefully with Montserrado, not just in terms of population, but industry, commerce, education, culture and even tourism.We hope that Superintendent Fong Zuagele, Senator Prince Johnson and all the other Nimba leaders would endorse the vision of reaching out to all its people, regardless of ethnicity, giving them unfettered opportunities to excel in every possible area. In so doing, Nimbaians would develop into a creative, dynamic, thriving, prosperous people that would be hard to match anywhere in the republic. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Demerara October Assizes opens

first_img…set to draw high-profile casesThe judicial backlog is slated to see a reduction as the October Criminal Assizes opened at the Demerara High Court on Tuesday with traditional horsemen and marching policemen. It is expected that several high-profile cases currently before the court could come up for hearing.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, the High Court’s most senior judge, was onActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, in the process of inspecting the guard of honour at the South Road entrance of the High Court in Georgetown (Adam Baksh photo)hand to take the salute and to inspect the guard of honour at the final opening of the Demerara Criminal Assizes for 2018. Justice Sandil Kissoon is sitting once again in the Demerara High Court, while Justices Jo-Ann Barlow and James Bovell-Drakes have been also placed at the October session.Several high-profile matters are pending, including the case of former Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson and popular transgender personality Otis “Otisha” Pearson who were separately committed to stand trial for separate charges of sexual activity with a child under 16. In the case of Jackson, the Virtual Complainant is female while Pearson’s accuser is male.Another pending case relates to that of La Parfaite Harmonie pastor Joseph Persaud, who was accused of allegedly raping one of his female church members. High-profile death row inmate for the 2008 Bartica massacre, Mark Royden Williams, called Smallie, also has to be tried for his alleged involvement in the murder of Kumar Singh, known as “Mango Man”, who met his demise in August 2007.It was reported that four gunmen terrorised his Craig Milne, Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home and shot at the man and nine other family members. This case was scheduled to be heard at previous sessions, but was frequently delayed owing to pre-trial matters.last_img read more

Local tourism stakeholders celebrate eco-tourism award

first_imgLocal tourism stakeholders on Monday evening gathered at the Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, to celebrate the award of Guyana being named the number one “Best of eco-tourism” destination in the world at the ITB Global Travel Trade Fair in Berlin, Germany.The certificate awardedDirector of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis told the gathering that the award puts Guyana ahead of eco-tourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.“The judges told us that we were recognised because of our holistic approach to sustainable management and development, our exemplary, now world-renowned, community-led and owned tourism enterprises, Rewa and Surama, and things like our national policy for pursuing a Green State Development Strategy,” Mullis said.He noted that being distinguished as a leading sustainable destination “is both a great honour and a great responsibility. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels, we have to continue to significantly advance our efforts to on the best”.The GTA Director also acknowledged that there is room for improvement in areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the lodges, waste management across the country, managing wildlife trade and adopting alternative mining practices among others.Minister of Business, with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin poses with other stakeholdersBusiness Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin commended those who worked hard over the years to develop the award-winning tourism product. “I think we need to build on this achievement. It is not the end of the road by any stretch of the imagination. I think it should inspire us to further work to achieve even greater heights for Guyana’s tourism industry.”President of the Green Destinations Foundation, Albert Salman had said in an interview, that the Top 100 Awards jury was impressed by the dossier prepared by the Guyana Tourism Authority for the nomination and by the success stories submitted of Surama and Rewa. He noted that the eco-lodges have ambitious and admirable goals and successes, are community-owned and led, and aim at preserving Guyana’s ecosystems and indigenous traditions.The jury was also impressed by Guyana’s policy of a “Green, Inclusive and Prosperous Guyana”.The event was also attended by Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock who noted that there were struggles finding markets for the tourism product, but that has now changed with the help of Brian Mullis.Minister Allicock commended the tour operators and urged that policies be implemented that will see the protection of Guyana’s forest and biodiversity to remain sustainable.Guyana was also named one of the top ten sustainable destinations in the world and has the Best Destination Video. The second annual “Best of Top 100” awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who review sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide.The ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin/ International Tourism Exchange Berlin) is the world’s largest tourism trade fair. The companies represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies. The ITB Berlin takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin.last_img read more

Matic predicts long stay at Man Utd

first_imgHe told MUTV: “Thanks to the guys, they have accepted me from my first day.“Thanks to them, I feel very comfortable and I feel like I will be here a long time. They have helped me, and I am happy if I give them something back, and that I helped us to win.“We played good football, and I think our supporters enjoyed it as well. It’s good to start well with three points, the season is long but we have to collect a lot of points and we’ve had a good start.“It was great [to play at Old Trafford], when you wear that [United] shirt you feel some kind of pressure because this is a big club, but that’s why we are here.“We know that it’s a big responsibility to play for Manchester United and I’m happy that we have started well and that I hope we continue like this – I’m sure this group can do good things.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nemanja Matic can see himself at Manchester United for a long time.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Nemanja Matic was delighted to beat West Ham in his Premier League debut at Manchester United, and believes he will be at the club a long time.The midfielder left Premier League champions Chelsea to sign for Jose Mourinho’s charges this transfer window, and seemed to settle in quickly at his new club as they beat the Irons 4-0 on Sunday.last_img read more

Arsenal stun AC to ease pressure on Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s win came at the perfect time for manager Arsene WengerMILAN, ITALY, Mar 8 – Arsenal claimed an impressive 2-0 victory at AC Milan in their Europa League last 16, first leg on Thursday to ease some of the pressure on under-fire manager Arsene Wenger.Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal into a 15th-minute lead with his first goal for the club, and a shellshocked Milan fell further behind before half-time as Aaron Ramsey waltzed through to score. Wenger desperately needed a positive result after coming under pressure for a run of four straight defeats, and he got just that against a Milan side who saw a 13-match unbeaten run ended.Gennaro Gattuso’s seven-time European champions now have it all to do ahead of the second leg at the Emirates in seven days’ time.But Arsenal, 13 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League, will be confident of continuing their bid to return to the Champions League by winning Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time.Arsenal started brightly at the San Siro but were lucky not to concede a penalty when Hakan Calhanoglou stayed on his feet despite appearing to have been fouled by onrushing Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.Arsenal, though, return home with two away goals, one foot in the last eight and their shattered confidence very much restored.Just moments later Arsenal broke the deadlock, as Mesut Ozil fed Armenian Mkhitaryan, a January signing from Manchester United, to cut inside and fire in a shot which deflected past home keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma off Leonardo Bonucci.The Gunners grew in confidence after that strike, with Donnarumma making two good saves late in the opening period to deny Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck, before Mkhitaryan hit the crossbar.But the visitors did double their advantage before the interval, as Ramsey ran onto Ozil’s perfectly-weighted through ball and rounded Donnarumma to tap into an empty net.Milan improved in the second half, but wasted their best chances, failing to truly test Ospina.Giacomo Bonaventura scooped a shot over when he should have done better, while Suso drilled a left-footed strike out for a throw-in.Colombian keeper Ospina did well to beat Nikola Kalinic to a through ball when the substitute looked to be in on goal, as Arsenal closed out a much-needed win.– Salzburg shock Dortmund –Borussia Dortmund slumped to a shock first-leg 2-1 loss at home to Salzburg, although Andre Schurrle’s second-half strike did cut the deficit ahead of next week’s return game in Austria.Kosovo international Valon Berisha scored twice shortly after half-time to put Salzburg in control, the first from the penalty spot, and leave German giants Dortmund facing a surprise exit.La Liga title challengers Atletico Madrid eased to a 3-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow at the Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Simeone’s side, who were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage after finishing behind Roma and Chelsea, put themselves in a dominant position thanks to goals from Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke.Spanish international Costa has now scored six goals for Atletico since returning to the club from Chelsea in January.Brazilian defender Marcelo scored the only goal as last season’s semi-finalists Lyon grabbed a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow, as they look to go one better this term with the final at their Groupama Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Toni Kroos would be Premier League success, says brother, amid Man United talk

first_img1 Toni Kroos in action for Germany Manchester United target Toni Kroos would have no problem adapting to the demands of the Premier League, according to his brother Felix.Kroos is being heavily linked with a big-money switch to Old Trafford from Real Madrid in the summer to join up with Germany team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger.However, it is understood that Kroos remains happy at the Bernabeu, where he is still considered a crucial member of the squad and the Spanish giants are eager to keep hold of the 26-year-old.“There is always a lot of talk around England and Spain. You should only believe it when it is certain,” said his younger sibling Felix, who is currently on loan at Union Berlin from Werder Bremen.“But I don’t think England would be a problem for Toni. The only adjustment would be missing Christmas.“If you are able to play a great ball, you’ll fit in anywhere.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Ladies GAA star Geraldine McLaughlin has been confirmed in the Bord Gais League Team of the Year, as revealed by donegaldaily last week.Confirmation came at a special function at Croke Park last night.Speaking at the announcement Pat Quill, President of Ladies’ Gaelic Football said: “It is a great personal honour for the players to be selected. “All counties have talented players and these awards may be the only opportunity that players from counties who do not reach the final stages of competitions get to be recognised.“I thank the county managers and referees for their diligence in their nominations. These are also coveted awards by the managers in recognition of their team building skills.“It has been a wonderful evening of interaction and friendships and I thank Bord Gáis Energy for their foresight in honouring these talented members of our Association.”Geraldine was named in the corner forward position. Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 Team of the League1. Elaine Harte (Cork) 2. Aisling Quigley (Laois) 3. Gráinne Dunne (Laois) 4. Aoife McAnespie (Monaghan) 5. Briege Corkery (Cork) 6. Bríd Stack (Cork) 7. Aisling Holton (Kildare) 8. Joanne Timmons (Kildare) 9. Tracey Lawlor (Laois) 10. Cathy Donnelly (Tyrone) 11. Valerie Mulcahy (Cork) 12. Amy O’Shea (Cork) 13. Geraldine McLaughlin (Donegal) 14. Noelle Earley (Kildare) 15. Ciara McAnespie (Monaghan)Cork = 5, Laois = 3, Kildare = 3, Monaghan = 2, Tyrone = 1, Donegal = 1CONFIRMED: OUR GERALDINE IN LEAGUE TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: May 25th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgShay Given and his Republic of Ireland team-mates have one step on the plane to Poland and the Ukraine for next year’s European Championships after a convincing 4-0 win over Estonia tonight.Given was by and large a bystander as Ireland carved out a hard-fought victory over Estonia.Estonia did well at times but goals from Keith Andrews, Jonathon Walters and two from captain Robbie Keane put Ireland in a commanding position for the return leg in Dublin next Tuesday. Estonia were not helped by two sendings-off.Given was delighted by how his team played.“We worked hard. Although we got the goal early on they out us under a bit of pressure.“When they lost a man we began to put them under a little bit of pressure but they were still dangerous. “When we got the second goal their heads went down a little and we pushed on. We have put ourselves in a great position to get into the finals,” he said.The finals will be some reward after Given and his team were cheated by France in Paris last year in the World Cup qualifiers.GIVEN’S DELIGHT AS IRELAND SET FOR EURO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS was last modified: November 13th, 2011 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:Republic of Irelandseamus colemanShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgMcFADDENThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Kathleen McFadden, Gortmacall, Milford. Remains leaving the Hospital today, Monday, at 4pm, going to her late residence. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11am in St Peter’s Church Milford. Burial afterwards in Milford Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Sweeney Funeral Directors or any Family member. Family time from 11pm to 10am.McMULLAN The death has taken place  at the Donegal Hospice of Mary McMullan Westend, Convoy. Removal from Quigley’s Funeral Home, Strabane tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10am for Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Convoy at 11am. Interment afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Convoy.McCAHILThe death has occurred of Paidin McCahil, Dooey North, Leitermacaward. His remains are reposing at his son Patrick McCahil’s residence at Boyoughter, Leitermacaward. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11am in St Bridget’s Church, Leitermacaward, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. House private from 11pm to 10am and also the morning of the Funeral. Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o Sean McGlynn Funeral Director or any Family member.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 was last modified: November 21st, 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAYNOVEMBER 21last_img read more


first_imgThe Well Programme: This is a practical holistic health programme suitable for women living with a cancer diagnosis – past or present! This programme is FREE and will help you to boost your immune system, manage stress, sample complimentary therapies, heal the past and ENJOY LIFE!Starting: Saturday 2nd June @ 10a.mVenue: Castlefin Partnership Initiative Centre Contact Rachel on 0044790 3823201 Your Health, Your Wealth: Women’s Wellness Coffee Evening focusing on cancer awareness, prevention and diagnosis. A local GP will be delivering the talk and will also facilitate a Q&A session.Venue: Castlefin Partnership Initiative Centre, Monday 28th May @7p.m Contact: Rachel on 0044790 3823201 LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: May 11th, 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:LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

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