Facing the Realities: A Recipe for Liberia’s Development

first_imgFor too long our country Liberia has laid in the plunder of underdevelopment, and on a trajectory of hopelessness, demonstrated by too many bad governance practices. Some of the bad practices include corruption, nepotism, ineffective rule of law, weak education and health systems; especially the health, which manifested it weakness in the recent months.Our health system as a case has without doubt shown a great failure of our governance arrangement which should signal to all Liberians especially those in leadership to critically look at our governance order.  It is important to keep in mind that the strength of any democratic regime relies on the effective application of basis democratic principles which require the establishment and empowering of institutions and strengthening of existing ones. This is indeed a smooth path to a successful post-war state building. We cannot say that the current regime under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made no effort in this regard but it is quite simple to say that the attempts made insofar by this regime to reform our current governance order have not generated substantial gains.Let me remind the people of Liberia that the establishment of institutions, like the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the Law Reform Commission (LAC), the Land Commission (LC), and the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), etc, are all valiant attempts gear towards reform and not reform in itself. The ability of these institutions to effectively and independently dispense the duties and responsibilities for which they have been established void of fear and selective interferences is the kind of reforms which need to be encouraged in Liberia.We therefore have a serious problem; a reality we need to accept in spite of our different ideologies and affiliations. As it is often said, “We do not need a rocket scientist to tell us that Liberia needs complete reform and not necessarily reform attempts.’’ Do we really need a scientist? I think the answer is an undisputed no. We need to accept the fact that our government has attempted so much and it is now time that we begin to engage in actual reforms as a way of putting this country on the right trajectory. To do this, the Government of Liberia needs to give power and exclusive power to those institutions to which deserve power. The government especially the Executive, needs to disengage itself from the application of the Rule of Law and needs to promote an independent and effective Justice system. PLEASE MADAM PRESIDENT; ENSURE THAT THE LACC GETS PROSECUTION POWER IN ORDER TO PUT YOUR LEGACY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LIBERIAN HISTORY.In spite of the many challenges we have as a nation, I am of the strongest conviction that a very effective, efficient and independent LACC supported by the Liberian people will renew our hope and give us reason to be happy. All is not lost. There are number of opportunities for us as a people to make use of in order to take our country to another level. The willingness to make use of these opportunities should be a key focus for Liberia.Don’t we also have problem with the Centralize Governance system in itself? Of course we have. The ability of any nation to rise, explore opportunities, and increase development depends on the system of governance and the relationship of the governance to the people being governed. One reason for which we continue to experience slow growth in our country’s development processes is the system of centralized governance that has perpetuated for 167 years and has promoted imperial presidency. Under our current centralized governance arrangement, we have got so much assistance from friendly nations through budgetary support, from donors including World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank, etc, and still receiving, yet have done too little. We have imported too many experts paying huge salaries we still have not been able to get to where we want to go or even closer. Most interestingly, we as a people have over the years developed all the theoretical frameworks needed to move this country forward. We have written too many good bills spending thousands of dollars some of which are still being reviewed by the President. Among those most importantly is the draft Local Government Bill; a bill calling for the establishment of Local Governments in Liberia. In my opinion, the passage of the Local Government Bill into law will accelerate Liberia’s growth and promote economic development and empowerment among the people in the local areas. Additionally, it will promote accountability, transparency and efficiency in the conduct of local government as the leaders and those being led will have a relationship that will be marked by proximity. I am sure that it is not the will of the President to be completely imperial and to continue a centralized governance system. MADAM PRESIDENT PLEASE SEND THE DRAFT LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL TO THE NATIONAL LEGISLATURE FOR PASSAGE IN ORDER TO PUT YOUR LEGACY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LIBERIAN HISTORY.It is my hope that this piece of writing sends out message to the government and people of Liberia.About the AuthorN. Alexander Mulbah, a B.A. holder in Sociology from the United Methodist University, now reading M.A in International Political Economy at the Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey; a country that straddles East and West. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cote d’Ivoire Terrorist Attack Claims Security Attention

first_imgThe terrorist attack at a resort in neighboring la Cote d’Iviore has claimed the attention of some former Liberian security personnel who have suggested robust action to counter such an event happening in Liberia.Three former senior national security officers are suggesting the need to put in place a robust intelligence network as some of the means to help avert the unsuspecting terrorist attacks across the sub-region.Senator Steven Zargo, chairman on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans Affairs and former CID director; Abraham Kromah, former deputy police director for operations; and Saah Gbollie, a professor of criminal justice at the AME Zion University and former chair of the House Committee on National Security, made the suggestion Monday, a day after terrorists attacked a popular tourist resort in Grande Bassam, La Cote d’Iviore, leaving at least 16 civilians, security personnel and attackers dead. The former security heads unanimously agreed that the national security sector should concentrate on intelligence and become proactive especially at all border entry points, including land, air and sea. Mr. Kromah was specifically referring to the police Emergency Response Unit (ERU), which he vouched had undergone six months of state-of-the art basic training in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and the protection of very important persons (VIPs.)The men called for a case study of what transpired in Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast to be able to design mechanisms and a blueprint “to guide us as to how we conduct ourselves to avert the occurrence of some of these issues on our soil.”The three former officers made the observation at a local radio talk show in Monrovia. They also called for passage of the Police and Immigration Act, describing it as vital for Liberia’s national security arrangements in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown by June this year. Senator Zargo, who chairs the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veterans Affairs, informed his colleagues that justice and due diligence have been done to the Police Act after some sticky issues were harmonized, promising that passage is not far. In the wake of preparation for the eventual UNMIL drawdown, Zargo disclosed that the government of Liberia has crafted a national security transition plan of US$103 million, of which amount he said government has so far put forth US$20 million, “and this quarter we need additional US$30 million and we are calling on our international partners to [work] with us in preparation of our resolve to avert another tragedy.”The need to assist members of private security firms and include them into the national arrangement was suggested, while installation of CCTV cameras at hotels, resorts, hospitals and all locations with major installations was also put forward. All these can be successful, according to the participants, if the security sector is capitalized both financially and logistically.Meanwhile, the former officers are calling on the general public to play more inquisitive roles by checking on strange individuals in their communities and entertainment centers, and check on strange vehicles.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gunman, female accomplice rob businessman

first_imgA 41-year-old businessman is now left traumatised after he was robbed by a man who he employed to clean his coconut trees on Tuesday.Shawn Ramai was in his Lot 8 Hadfield Street, Lodge, home when he was attacked by the man, who was armed with a handgun and a woman at about 22:00h.Ramai had employed the man earlier that day, at about 12:00h to cut branches from his coconut three.However, at 22:00h, Ramai heard a knock at his door and upon checking, he saw the man and a woman outside, and as such, opened his door.He was immediately attacked and taken inside where he was relieved of $65,000, a gold ring valued $50,000 and a BLU cellphone value $4000.The bottom flat of his premises was ransacked before the two perpetrators made good their escape.The matter was reported to the Police. An investigation has been launched. However, no arrest has been made.last_img read more

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ExxonMobil strikes more oil offshore Guyana

first_imgUS oil giant ExxonMobil made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana.ExxonMobil’s partner, Hess Corporation made this announcement in its third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, noting that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net present value could be US.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Stena Carron harsh environment drillshipLiza 3, the fourth well spud by the super major, is in the Stabroek block, about 193 kilometres offshore Guyana.In late June, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.In May 2015, Exxon confirmed its significant oil discovery at its Liza 1 exploration well, where more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered.The Liza wells are being drilled with the Stena Carron harsh environment drillship.On September 8, ExxonMobil announced that its third exploratory well, Skipjack (the third well drilled and not Liza 3 as reported in the local media) was unsuccessful since it did not yield commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.ExxonMobil spud Liza 3 after Skipjack turned up unfavourable. Skipjack was a separate prospect 25 miles northwest of the Liza wells.The Liza 3 well, like Liza 2, will be focused on testing the flank of the Liza structure to determine the aerial extent of the reservoir.In July 2016, ExxonMobil submitted a development plan for Liza to Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency to begin the environmental review process.That plan calls for a pair of rigs to drill development wells from two drill centres, each with a corresponding water injection site to the east.Business site Bloomberg in June this year reported that ExxonMobil’s oil discovery off the coast of Guyana may hold as much as 1.4 billion barrels, twice the size of the previous estimate, making it potentially worth about US$70 billion based on current prices.Bloomberg observed that this announcement comes as the oil industry emerges from the worst market slump in decades. Since dipping to a 12-year low in January, Brent crude oil, the international benchmark for crude oil, has risen nearly 80 per cent to about US$50 a barrel.However, the discovery may not add to global oil supplies for years as deepwater finds can take half a decade or more to bring into production.ExxonMobil Country Manager Jeff Simmons had announced that the US super major was likely to start production in 2020 with up to 100,000 barrels per day.He noted though that the estimated 100,000 barrels per day would not remain constant for the proposed 20-year period that the company would be drilling, since there would be continuous drilling and actual production of oil, causing the output to fluctuate.According to a BMO report on Oil and Gas 360, ExxonMobil plans to use two drillships to simultaneously drill development wells beginning in 2019.Exxon holds a 45 per cent interest in the project, with Hess holding 30 per cent, and the remaining 25 per cent belonging to China State-owned offshore oil producer CNOOC.ExxonMobil is expected to make an announcement on this new find sometime this week.last_img read more

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Rosenau Transport and Unified Valve building in Fort St. John engulfed in major fire

first_imgWe will have more information as it becomes available. If you have photos or video of the fire email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comFor more photos and video of the fire, Click HereBelow is exclusive video shot by the staff of Energeticcity.caAdvertisement Below are a few videos from Sunday night submitted by our readers and staff.Video from Christine Rumleski/Energeticcity.caVideo courtesy of Shane Chevalier Photo courtesy of Barb ChaputPhoto courtesy of Tammy Bishop/Energeticcity.caAdvertisement Photo:  Wes Anderson sent in this amazing shot of the fire in Fort St. John**Update – As of 4:30am Monday August 17th, the fire is out.  For more Click Here- Advertisement -Just before 7:30 PM Sunday, a major fire broke out at the Rosenau Transport and Unified Valve on the Alaska Highway.As of 11pm Sunday night, the Alaska Highway has been re-opened in both directions in front of the fire.  The RCMP have also confirmed that people will not be allowed back into the Peace Country Trailer Park until tomorrow.  BC Hydro has cut power to the trailer park and states that about 140 units are without power.  They do not expect power to be restored to the area until at least 4am Monday.  For more on this visit www.bchydro.com/outagesFire Chief Fred Burrows confirms there are corrosive and potentially toxic materials burning in the warehouse, sending fireballs shooting up to 500 feet in the air.The fire department has evacuated the Peace Country Trailer Park. There is a reception area set up for the people that have been evacuated at the North Peace Arena.  Over 25 families have checked in at the centre.  Some will be spending the night a family or friends place, others will be put in a hotel for the evening.  The centre will be open all night long if needed.  There are approximately 140 trailers in Peace Country Trailer Park.Advertisementcenter_img The FSJ fire department is getting assistance from other local departments, battling the blaze, and trying to ensure some of the trailers inside the Peace Country Trailer Park don’t become engulfed. last_img read more

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Aguero EPL’s only world-class striker, says Henry

first_imgThe 29-year old Argentine has netted six times in six league games this season and is now just one goal away from equalling the record of City’s all-time leading goalscorer Eric Brook.Aguero is currently top of the scoring charts alongside Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, while Jamie Vardy (five) and Harry Kane (four) have also started the season well, yet Henry said that Aguero stands out on his own.“The only one who is world class, or has been world class, is Aguero because of the longevity of what he has done in this league, year in and year out,” said Henry.“He won the league here and he has been doing it the longest. You have to give him a bit of credit. I think sometimes we bypass Aguero like he didn’t happen.”Aguero has won the Premier League twice since joining City in 2011 and has netted at least 20 league goals in four of his six seasons.Lukaku, Kane and Morata need more time to reach Aguero’s level, said Henry.“Lukaku has just arrived at Manchester United, he hasn’t played long in the Champions League.“For Harry Kane, last season was short in the Champions League. It was short in the Europa League and the Euros.“Morata was often off the bench at Madrid. He had a good year at Juve but he was playing with [Fernando] Llorente or [Carlos] Tevez.“They will get there and we should be happy to have these players in our league.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero signals a good pass to a teammate during the English Premier League football match against Watford September 16, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 26 – Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is the only world-class striker in the Premier League at the moment, according to Thierry Henry.The former Arsenal and France striker made the comments in a discussion about strikers on Sky Sports.last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN ON MISSION TO TELL NEW ZEALAND ABOUT OUR SPECIAL ‘SECRET’

first_imgA Ramelton rugby fan has become a one-woman tourist machine to promote the links of one of the world’s most famous sportsmen and her home village.Marie Sweeney has armed herself with 5,000 brochures to tell all of New Zealand about the links between the Donegal and All Blacks legend Dave Gallaher.The well-known Ramelton woman is a bit of an expert on Dave Gallaher and his connection with Donegal. And she is hoping the brochures will encourage tourists from New Zealand to flock to Donegal thanks to the informative brochure.The brochure, which was co-ordinated by Sharp Design, tells the entire story of the boy who left Donegal as a five year old to become the first captain of the world’s most famous rugby team.The brochure also includes a list of well-known Donegal companies and sporting organisations including McDaid’s Football Special and The Bridge Bar.Marie said “There is such a great story to be told and I think the people of New Zealand, where Dave is a real hero, will want to know all about Ramelton. “I plan to go out there and tell as many people about the connections between the two countries as possible,” she said.DONEGAL WOMAN ON MISSION TO TELL NEW ZEALAND ABOUT OUR SPECIAL ‘SECRET’ was last modified: September 28th, 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:DAVE GALLAHERMARIE SWEENEYRAMLETONlast_img read more

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Reversible error

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 In the interest of the public, state officials should do what it takes to extend the filing period and set this right, even if that means an emergency measure by the state Legislature. If not, that means Gallegly’s name will be the only one recognizable on the ballot and will likely win. Then, taxpayers will have to foot the bill for a special election. This was a messy exit for Gallegly, who no doubt hoped to continue to campaign and serve more years in the Congress. But it’s one that’s easy to clean up. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ventura County Congressman Elton Gallegly’s withdrawal from the 24th District race last Friday was a clumsy affair. And unless state officials take action, this bumbling could rob voters in his district of fair representation. After two decades in the congressional seat, Gallegly unexpectedly withdrew from the race on the last day for candidates to file for the June primary. Gallegly said he waited until the last minute to see if his health problems would be resolved after getting assurances from the county clerk that the filing period would be extended if he opted out. Turns out, that was a mistake. County Clerk Philip Schmit admitted the error, clearing Gallegly of motivations of thwarting his potential opponents. To his credit, Gallegly is trying to reverse the error by lobbying state officials to extend the deadline. He even hinted he might return to the race if the extension isn’t granted. That’s no real solution. If Gallegly’s sick enough to warrant this withdrawal, then he might very well have to leave before his term is over. last_img read more

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TERMON ABU, KEN’S SINKING FEELING AND SHAY’S A GIVEN – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY!

first_imgWalshyNot many sports columnists would have ladies as their main talking points. But then again Paddy Walsh knows what side his bread is buttered on. And besides – did you see some of those tackles from the Termon ladies last Sunday?PUTTING ON THEIR SUNDAY BEST Somebody said that Termon won some cup at the weekend!Quiet around Termon on Sunday night, I hear. They say you could hear a pin drop in the Lagoon. And not a being around for miles, I’m told. Though I may have misheard and what they actually said was that it was quite deafening around Termon, that you could hear the din from the Lagoon in Creeslough, and there were miles of beings around.A lot more like it. Didn’t make it to Termon for the celebrations but I guess if I ventured there any day or night this week, I’d still catch a few. Though I might leave it until later in the month when things get back to some sort of normality. The month of March, that is.What a weekend. What a Sunday, What an achievement. An All-Ireland club trophy and title arriving on the Burn Road and a large slice of history along with it. And a performance by the Termon women the locals will never tire of watching over and over again.Francie Friel reportedly was at pains all year in telling his players that the only team who could beat them was themselves. And for a chunk of Sunday’s Final, it appeared they were about to do just that with the concession of a series of frees that threatened to hand the title to Mourneabbey. The sin-binnings of Grainne McDaid and Emer Gallagher (both otherwise in outstanding form) in the respective halves also appeared to surrender the initiative to the Cork team. And in between those yellow card offences when Termon went in at the half-way stage trailing by four points with Laura Fitzgerald enjoying a rich vein of form and scoring almost at will for the ‘Abbey, the signs looked ominous.But, hey, this is Termon we’re talking about and they’re nobody’s whipping girls. And in that second half , we saw what they’re about – passing and movement that would have had Pat Spillane reaching for the Book of Gushing Tributes – and that unstoppable force called Geraldine McLaughlin.What else can be said about this astonishing footballer? Your average dictionary hardly seems to have the words to describe her (and I should know, I’ve searched the bloody thing from cover to cover).Eight points alone would have been some return from An All-Ireland Final. But three goals AND eight points is quite incredible (see what I mean, there’s bound to be a better description for her than incredible). Left foot, right foot, it doesn’t seem to matter – neither know the meaning of the term ‘miss the target’.At this stage it’s a straight contest between her and Mark English for the Donegal Sports Star of the Year award and I’m just glad I don’t have to make such decisions.But let’s not forget – and the modest Geraldine never does – the part played by all the Termon team throughout the competition and in the Final itself. Each of them giving their all in a match that was always going to test their mettle with Mourneabbey showing why they, too, were deserving finalists. Absolutely no doubt where the team award is going this year in the Sports Star awards. And if there was an award for supporters, the Termon fans would also be taking home the goods.But the Tesco Homegrown All-Ireland Cup will probably do just fine.ON THE SHORTLISTStephanie Roche scored an absolute cracker!If you’re one of those types who believe that women belong in the kitchen – here, dear, is the dinner ready yet? – and not on (or indeed at) football pitches or in boxing arenas or whatever sporting enclosures, don’t look away now. If proof were needed that sport is not – and should not be – a male preserve, well, there it is coming at you in the form of three participants who are currently dominating local, national and international headlines.We have our very own, Geraldine McLaughlin, who put your Michael Murphys and Kieran Donaghys in the shade with those three goals and eight points in Termon’s outstanding All-Ireland Club Final in Tuam on Sunday; Katie Taylor punching her way to a fifth successive world title last week; and Stephanie Roche short-listed for the F.I.F.A. Goal of the Year award.We’ll know in the New Year if Roche has been successful – her remarkable strike for Peamount United against Wexford Youths during a match in the Women’s National League in October 2013, up against the World Cup efforts of Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez as the final listing was pruned down to three.I’ve seen all three goals on a number of occasions now and it won’t surprise me if the 25 year old Dubliner takes home the Puskas Award after the polls close on January 12th. Truly an incredible goal as Roche kept the ball in the air with two touches before swiveling on the edge of the area and volleying it into the corner.Difficult to remember any male soccer player coming up with sort of brilliance though I, and a ground full of fellow spectators, did watch one man execute something similar away back in the mists of time.March 23rd, 1973 to be precise. Venue: Finn Park, Ballybofey. Finn Harps versus Shelbourne. And Big Brendan Bradley is making his first appearance for Harps since returning from Lincoln City. And the ball is played through to him by Terry Harkin and Beezer lofts the ball over Shels defender, Ray O’Brien, and with the ball still in air-space deftly flicks it over the head of the advancing goalkeeper and volleys it straight and true to the empty net.Not quite the same goal but close and the other reason I’m mentioning it here is because the ‘keeper in question was called Roche – Paddy who went on to play for Manchester United – though I’m not sure if he is related to the former Peamount United striker.During Bradley’s spell at Lincoln, a family friend posted me on a cutting from the ‘Daily Mirror’ (those were the days when there were no Irish editions) which highlighted a match between City and Reading when Big Brendan was reported to have scored a goal of similar vintage.Not sure if that particular effort was picked up by I.T.V. or B.B.C. cameras of the day but there is no doubt that Bradley’s gem against Shelbourne is, sadly, only reserved in collective memories as there was no television coverage from that afternoon in March 1973.And had it not been for the initiative of some Wexford Youths cameraman forty years later, we would have had no visual record of Stephanie Roche’s magnificent and potentially award-winning goal either.GO RAIBH MILE MAITH AGAIBHMentioned this before but the soundest of credit is owed to TG4 for their continuously excellent coverage of sport.Apart from the albeit deferred showing of Termon’s All-Ireland win, preceded by two other Finals including the Ulster showdown which saw St. Enda’s of Omagh, conquerers of St Eunan’s, narrowly beaten by Slaughtneil, the station featured all three matches in the Pro 12 Cup involving the four Irish Provinces between Friday and Saturday evenings.The pick of the bunch had to be that blistering game at Thomond Park between Munster and Ulster with the home side shading it by a solitary point, fly-half, Humphreys missing a conversion in the dying moments that would have won the match for the Ulstermen.Only one thing that puzzles me about TG4’s coverage of women’s football. Why is it that the clock in the top left hand corner of the screen counts down rather than up as it does for the men’s equivalent?BROTHERS IN ARMSOne of the sporting moments of the weekend came at The Valley where Charlton Athletic were hosting Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town in the Championship.Former Republic international, Stephen Hunt, had already vacated the action when his brother, Noel, came on as a late substitute for the Town. As the match entered the fifth and final minute of stoppage time with the sides goal-less, up popped the latter Hunt to crack home the winning goal following his recent signing from Leeds United – his first in two years.He celebrated by racing to the dug-out into the arms of his brother – undoubtedly an image for the family album.McCarthy is certainly giving the Irish a run in his team –Daryl Murphy and Conor Sammon also featuring against Charlton. And now he has added another one to the squad in the Hunt for promotion.JACK’S ERAMany’s a word – every single one of them in glowing terms – has been written or broadcast in recent days about the great Jack Kyle, the rugby legend who has passed away.Part of the original Irish Grand Slammers team of 1948, the Belfast born international was a warrior on the field and a gentleman off it. But he played in an era where he and his team-mates didn’t enjoy the comforts of today’s counterparts.In an interview he recalled receiving stern warnings from the rugby authorities of the day that if he didn’t return his Ireland jersey immediately after a game he would be charged for it. “You had to bring your own shorts and socks and also provide your towel and soap,” Kyle related.True, the rugby players of today probably have it harder on the pitch where the physicality is concerned but they are certainly treated much better than the men of old.I always have a quiet snigger when I watch a match in the English Premiership and the commentator refers to the players “on the bench”.Bench? Some five star hotels wouldn’t have the like in their foyers. This is plush with a capital ‘P’ far removed from the days when you were as likely to get a splinter in the backside as get on the field of play after the substitutes rule was introduced.SNOOKEREDAnd so another potential snooker title passes Ken Doherty by after his 6-1 defeat to England’s Ricky Walden in the Coral UK Snooker Championship.The Englishman was supreme and the Dubliner never looked like pulling the match out of the fire even after winning the fourth frame.It’s doubtful at this stage of his career that Doherty will ever again repeat his world championship success of 1997 when I can recall, late on that Monday night, kneeling in front of the television and anguishing at every attempted pot, both his, and his opponent, Stephen Hendry’s. The Irishman was to reach two more world finals but failed to replicate his previous success and watching him these days, it appears that he won’t be putting his fans through any more anxious moments with a world title on the line.But a decent skin who, we’ll never forget, once enjoyed that feeling of being the best snooker player on the planet.A GIVEN?Shay GivenSo Shay Given is, apparently, in line to take over Roy Keane’s role as assistant manager at Aston Villa.What’s the betting that he might be doing the same where Keane’s equivalent Republic of Ireland post is concerned?POLITICAL FOOTBALLRead somewhere over the weekend that the Kerry duo of Colm Cooper and Darragh O Se are considering entering the field of politics.Surely shouldn’t be too long before we’re reading about Jim McGuinness being parachuted in to some political regime up here.A couple of years ago, I heard him speak at an Adult Learner Fair in Letterkenny and for a full hour he had the audience in the palm of his hand and spoke more sense in that time than many political heads have managed in a lifetime.Which made me thing he’s much too good for the world of politics and should stick to more sporting ventures.WORLD CUP LATESTSepp Blattermouth insists the 2022 World Cup WILL be staged in Qatar.“2022, it is Qatar, and ladies and gentlemen, believe me, with all that has been said around the world by whom? Those not involved with what happens in football,” the FIFA President was quoted at the weekend.Those not involved with what happens in football? Sounds exactly like Qatar, if you ask me.Late news: Greenland puts in counter bid to stage the 2022 World Cup.TERMON ABU, KEN’S SINKING FEELING AND SHAY’S A GIVEN – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY! was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 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:sports columnWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

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Here’s the draw for the quarter-finals of the county championships

first_imgTHE DRAWS FOR the respective  football championships was made in Ballybofey this evening.The tie of the round in the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal SFC on paper looks to be the meeting of the two most successful counties in the competition’s history. St Eunan’s the Gaoth Dobhair have won the Dr Maguire 14 times each and will play one another for a place in the semi-finals.Elsewhere, Kilcar will take on Bundoran, while Killybegs have been paired with Naomh Conaill and St Michael’s face Burt.eir Sport are committed to showing two of the quarter-finals and both semi-finals in the SFC.On Sunday, September 10th, two quarter-finals will be broadcast, one at 2pm and the other at 4pm. The two semi-finals will be broadcast on successive Saturday evenings.The first of the semi-finals will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at 7.30pm with the second semi at the same time on September 30th.Both of the semi-finals will take place under the lights at Sean MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey.The relegation play-offs are as follows: Naomh Muire v Sean MacCumhaills, Four Masters v Ardara.In the Intermediate Championship, there will be a tasty derby between Cloughaneely and Milford. Glenfin are up against St Naul’s, Division 2 leaders Aodh Ruadh lock horns with Buncrana and Gaeil Fhánada are meeting Naomh Columba.The relegation play-off will see Downings await the winners of Carndonagh and Naomh Bríd. The Senior B Championship quarter-finals are: Naomh Conaill v Naomh Muire, Killybegs v St Michael’s, Sean MacCumhaill’s v Gaoth Dobhair, Kilcar v St Eunan’sThe Intermediate B draw: Cloughaneely v Gaeil Fhánada, Glenfin v St Naul’s, Milford v Naomh Columba, Aodh Ruadh v BallyshannonHere’s the draw for the quarter-finals of the county championships was last modified: August 29th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2017 Donegal IFC2017 Donegal SFClast_img read more

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