By Siahyonkron NyanseorIn a July 12, 2012 article that was published under the title: “Liberia leader denies nepotism charges;” Jerolinmek Piah, Sirleaf’s spokesman told Reuters: “Out of 3.5 million Liberians, only three close relatives of the president are working in the government. Besides that, are they not qualified Liberians? Robert Sirleaf has 27 years of experience working in Wall Street.”Regarding her step-son appointment as chief spy, Piah provided the justification that Fumba was appointed as chief spy because of his past experience at the agency before his mother came to power. He went on to say, “We are waiting for those who accused the president of having 17 family members to prove it. The burden of proof rest on them.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been accused in the past of corruptions in her administration and nepotism; the recent accusation by her party is what Liberians refer to as: “John’s palm oil waste on John’s rice.” This time, it was not members of the opposition. The criticism came from the Unity Party’s chairman on youth policies, Patrick S. Tiah. He accused the president of having 17 close family members and relatives in senior government positions, which the president denied. To put all jokes aside, as we say in Liberia, how can this be denied? Aren’t her sons, Robert Sirleaf, a senior adviser, Charles Sirleaf, deputy governor of the Liberian central bank and Fumba Sirleaf, head of the National Security Agency, and a number of relatives and friends in her administration? The problem with President Sirleaf is that most of the issues she accused previous Liberian leaders of, she is doing with impunity. It is the classic case of “The chicken coming home to roost.” The Liberian people are also fond of saying, “When you dig hole for someone, make sure, you dig one for yourself.”This brings us to the definition of Nepotism. Nepotism derived from the French word ‘nipote’ or ‘nepote.’ It is defined as “favoritism shown to ‘nephews,’ other relatives and friends; such as giving them positions because of their RELATIONSHIP. The Oxford Dictionary defines nepotism as a practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. While writing this article, I came across a post on Facebook by Rem Gray. It reads: One of her remarkable moments in history, was when Madam Sirleaf accused President William R. Tolbert of nepotism. According to her, President Tolbert appointed his biological relatives and friends to high places in government. Well, now history has fast forwarded to the accuser. Many are crying nepotism against President Sirleaf because of the simple fact that she continues to appoint her sons and relatives to key positions. Below are some of known appointments and relationships to the president:Robert Sirleaf (son) – serves as Senior Advisor to President Sirleaf and recently named Chairman of the Board of the National Oil Company – some would say the lucrative oil company.Charles Sirleaf (son) – formerly Director of Finance and recently appointed Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia.Fomba [sp. Fumba] Sirleaf (step son) – Director of the National Security Agency.Carney Johnson (brother) – represent Amlib and other mining companies.Jennie Bernard (sister) – key behind-the-scene advisor to the said to be responsible for most of the policy decisions and appointment.Estrada Bernard (brother –in-law) – Legal Advisor to the President.Varney Sirleaf (nephew) – Deputy Minister, Ministry of Internal Affairs.A. B Johnson (cousin) former Minister of Internal Affairs)However, in the President’s defense, one Royal Ice from Monrovia disagreed with the definition, and wrote:Out of a nation of almost 3.6 million people, the president of that nation only have 8 of her relatives to positions in and out of government. Not one of them is a Minister or an ambassador representing that nation. We should be happy that this president who has the constitutional power to appoint anyone to major positions of government is not appointing family members as one would have thought. This is no damn nepotism.In the article by J. Yanqui Zaza titled: “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Corruption Tree,” published November 18, 2009, Zaza wrote: In discussing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s business interest, an article on Equatorial Guinea (NY Times, 11/17/09) caught my attention. Mr. Urbina, reporting for the NY Times, stated that Teodoro Nguema Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, owns a fleet of luxury cars and bought a $35 million dollar real estate in Malibu, California. The Equatorial Guinea’s President uses phony business practices, extortion, theft, etc to amass wealth according to U.S. Justice Department Memorandum dated September 4, 2004. Yet U.S. officials and reputable institutions such as Wachovia Bank, Riggs Bank, Bank of America which are preaching the philosophy of privatization, are not only facilitating corruption, but are also undermining the campaign of genuine economic prosperity. Zaza added: As for Liberia, our international partners such as the World Bank, etc and U.S. officials are not only silent on Sirleaf’s business deals, as in the case of Equatorial Guinea, but they are also praising President Sirleaf’s efforts to fight corruption. The latest Report of the World Bank called President Sirleaf the “Global Reformer,” referring to Sirleaf’s war on corruption. Well yes, in less than four years, the “Global Reformer” and her cronies are seizing businesses ranging from banks, to mining gold, mining diamond, logging, consulting, importing rice, serving public corporations, etc as depicted by the diagram below.Sirleaf’s Corruption TreeNo wonder Tarjue Mountain that is situated between Tarjuewon and Gbarzohn Districts “vanished in thin air, leaving many persons in Sinoe County in a state of bewilderment.” (Heritage – Liberia: Mountain Disappears in Sinoe County? July 10, 2012). My personal opinion in the disappearance of Tarjue Mountain takes me back to what happened to Mount Nimba and Bomi Hills (became Bomi Holes) when the Liberian government partnered with foreign mining companies. Both Mount Nimba and Bomi Hills were exploited with no sustainable benefits to the inhabitants of the areas, much more the Liberian people. So, I am not surprised of Tarjue Mountain that is believed to be rich in the mineral resource of bauxite for which the Valley Exploration Company is contemplating to exploit, might have caused the mountain to disappeared (either by an act of God or something else!) because the mountain does not want the inhabitants in the area, to suffer similar fate that previous mining companies in collaboration with the government did in the case of Mount Nimba and Bomi Hills.Zaza’s article: “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Corruption Tree” (November 18, 2009) and Ramses K. Nah’s article, “Ethics in Government: The Lack Thereof Breeds Corruption, Nepotism and Malfeasance – A Reminder to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” (April 13, 2012) for more details on the subject. Both articles can be accessed on the Internet. Unquestionably, since Liberia copied almost everything from America, it will do us good to copy the good aspects of American democracy and governing practices; and to do so without adding our own interpretation — like what my friend Dennis Jah refer to as, “The Liberian Way.” A classic example of “The Liberian Way” is the recess appointment of the Mayor of Monrovia, Mary Broh who has been acting for over 6 years. Recess appointment does not last that long, but anyway; it is “The Liberian Way” Dennis Jah writes about on his blog. Moreover, since Liberia photocopy whatever is done in America, I suggest we take a closer look at the Act on Ethics and Nepotism (5 CFR, Part 310 (1/1/99).Subpart A–Restrictions on the Employment of Relatives reads:310.101 CoverageThis subpart applies to appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement in (a) the competitive service; and (b) the excepted service in the executive branch.310.102 DefinitionsIn this subpart:(a) Relative means father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister.(b) Public official means an officer, a member of the uniformed services, an employee, and any other individual, in whom is vested the authority by law, rule, or regulation, or to whom the authority has been delegated, to appoint, employ, promote, or advance individuals, or to recommend individuals for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement.(c) Chain of Command is the line of supervisory personnel that runs from a public official to the head of his agency.310.103 Restrictions(a) A public official shall not advocate one of his relatives for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement to a position in his agency or in an agency over which he exercises jurisdiction or control.(b) A public official shall not appoint, employ, promote, or advance to a position in his agency or in an agency over which he exercises jurisdiction or control:(1) One of his relatives; or(2) The relative of a public official of his agency, or of a public official who exercises jurisdiction or control over his agency, if the public official has advocated the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of that relative.(c) For the purpose of this section, a public official who recommends a relative, or refers a relative for consideration by a public official standing lower in the chain of command, for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement is deemed to have advocated the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of the relative.(d) This section does not prohibit the appointment in the competitive service of a preference eligible if (1) his name is within reach for selection from an appropriate certificate of eligibles and (2) an alternative selection cannot be made from the certificate without passing over the preference eligible and selecting an individual who is not a preference eligible.Subpart B–Emergency Exceptions310.201 CoverageThis subpart applies to an office, agency, or other establishment in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Federal Government, and in the government of the District of Columbia.(5 U.S.C. 3110)310.202 ExceptionsWhen necessary to meet urgent needs resulting from an emergency posing an immediate threat to life or property, or a national emergency as defined in §230.402(a)(1) of this title, a public official may employ relatives to meet those needs without regard to the restrictions in section 3110 of title 5, United States Code, and this part. Appointments under these conditions are temporary not to exceed 1 month, but may be extended for a 2nd month if the emergency need still exists (the emphasis is mine). According to Barksdale Service on (Employment of Relatives): Nepotism occurs when relatives are in the same chain-of-command. Managers and supervisors cannot select their relatives for positions anywhere in an organization under their jurisdiction or control. Additionally, management officials having the authority to appoint, employ, promote, or advance persons or recommend such actions may not advocate or recommend a relative for any position in the Department of Defense. As defined in 5 USC 3110, a relative with respect to a public official, is an individual who is related to the public official as a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister. All management officials must avoid conflicts of interest and situations that create even the appearance of preferential treatment. (barksdaleservices.com/clientuploads/Civilian…/Nepotism.doc)The Liberianist (a scholar who specialized in Liberian studies), the late J. Gus Liebenow wrote in the 1960s about the business practices between international corporations and the Liberian government. In the book titled: Liberia, The Evolution of Privilege, Liebenow explained the practice of a handful of Americo-Liberian families that includes, the Tubmans, Tolberts, Coopers, and Dennis’ and their cousins owning more than sixty percent of the wealth of the country. According to him, these families were the “Monrovia-landlords, minority shareholders of Liberia’s natural resources such as NIOC, Bong Mines and the lawyers of foreign companies.”And then, in the 1970s, there was Albert Porte, the “a one-man crusader” who took the Americo-Liberian oligarchy and the True Whig Party (TWP) government to task for what he called the “unconstitutional arrogation of power to the presidency.” Mr. Porte who was also known as “Mr. Constitution” wrote a pamphlet he titled: “Liberianization or Gobbling Business.” In the pamphlet he exposed how Stephen Tolbert, the brother of President William R. Tolbert, used his family connection to acquire business. Somehow Stephen Tolbert took over the Sinoe Rubber Plantation; 600,000 acres of land by deedebah (hook and crook).Also as indicated by Zaza, Stephen Allen Tolbert “…Encouraged other Liberians to take the Company from a German group. And then, he, his wife and his brother took over and kicked out the Liberians. The newly acquired land was in addition to the 4000 acres of land they owned in Bong County and half of the real estate of their Township of Bensonville, Montserrado County.”The one-man crusader for accountability, old man Porte accused President Tolbert’s brother, Stephen Allen Tolbert, who at the time was the Finance Minister of Liberia, and co-founder of the first Liberian-owned multimillion-dollar conglomerate, the Mesurado Group of Companies, with interests in fishing, frozen food, detergent, animal feed, and commercial agriculture. In “Liberianization or Gobbling Business,” Porte showed how Finance Minister Tolbert used his public office to advance his business interests. Porte’s pamphlet was widely circulated; it became the daily topic on the lips of many Liberians, especially the progressives and students. Due to the embarrassment it caused the Tolbert family, Finance Minister Tolbert filed a lawsuit against Porte for alleged libel. The case was presided over by the plaintiff’s father-in-law, Supreme Court Justice James A.A. Pierre, Sr., who should have excused himself from presiding due to his relationship to the plaintiff. Yet, he presided and awarded his son-in-law $250,000 in the libel case.The decision brought an outpouring of public support for Albert Porte. As a result, a citizen group called Citizens of Liberia in Defense of Albert Porte (COLIDAP) was established. The lawsuit was never finalized due to the death of Stephen Tolbert, who died in an airplane crash in 1975. So, you see the threats to sue journalists for libel is not something new in Liberia.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who makes flowery speeches against corruptions, while she and her family, friends and relatives are drowning in corruption, was one of the critics of the Tolbert family. Some of her criticisms can be found in her book: The Child will be Great.As a matter of fact, corruption leads to wide-spread poverty! It enriches a few at the expense of the vast majority of the people. This is why the Liberian people came up with the expression, “Monkey work, baboon draw.” While this statement might not make sense to an outsider, the meaning is crystal clear to Liberians. The nepotism practiced by Tubman and Tolbert is what Sirleaf is NOW practicing with impunity. While in the 1960s, nepotism produced “Growth without Development,” today under Sirleaf, nepotism coupled with corruption have made Liberia to become the #1 and #3 corrupt country in 2010 and 2011 respectfully in Transparency International (TI) Reports; only God knows what our next honor will be. Fellow Liberians for the future of our country, we need to hold the President’s “feet to the fire.” I have provided the letter and the content of her campaign flyer below to illustrate how Madam Sirleaf is doing the exact opposite of what she promised in her first campaign literature: UNITY PARTY P. O. BOX 23 9028 ROUEN LANEMONROVIA, LIBERIA POTOMAC, MD 20854(231) 225-238 1 (800) 261-4410 ACCESS #90 My fellow Liberians:As you may have heard, on the Unity Party ticket and with Peter Bemah, of Bong County as a running mate, I will be a Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming elections.I have taken this stance because I am convinced that the integrity andprosperity, indeed the very future of our country is at stake and I believe that all Liberians committed to the restoration of peace and stability, national unity and economic reconstruction will take a similar position consistent with their own circumstances.I ask for your support in this endeavor. You can do so by sharing yourideas on election and post election reconstruction strategies; by joining one of the Committees being established in your state of residence; by providing financial support. Please call 1 (800) 261-4410 ACCESS # 90 to advise or obtain information on how you can join this effort to save our country. Let us together look forward to joining family, friends and colleagues at home in rebuilding our country with the objective of ensuring equal opportunity for all.Sincerely,Signed: Ellen Johnson-SirleafStandard Bearer, Unity PartyThe flyer reads: Elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as President Of LiberiaHER PLAN:“Institute Democracy in Liberia”HER VISION“Build A Nation Which Gives Liberians A Chance To Live Out Their Dreams”HER PHILOSOPHY:“Opportunity To Every Liberian, And Responsibility From Every Liberian”HER OBJECTIVE:“Reawaken The Great Sense Of Community In Liberia”Contact:The National Committee To Elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf As President Of Liberia, USAMamadee Woah-tee, Sr., Chairman1251 E. Belvedere AvenueBaltimore, Maryland 21239(410) 435-1066~ ~Fax: (410) 532-3577 The promise above has been deferred. Despite the investments and resources ranging from iron ore to fertile agricultural land; “The Liberian people are catching more hell under President Sirleaf and her corrupt officials,” says one Liberian social advocate. Equally important, under the President’s watch, Liberia took the 182nd place on the UN Human Development Index, a measure of, among other things, life expectancy and poverty in UN member countries. Liberia ranked as the 6th least developed country in the world, and the 2010 Transparency International (TI) Report found Liberia to be the world’s most corrupt country. Also, Liberia took 3rd Place in the 2011 Report (www.transparency.org). In addition, under President Sirleaf’s leadership, the laws and Constitution of the country are violated with impunity; and she has refused to honor and implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Report; instead, she and her 1% elites are prepared to mortgage the country’s resources and/or put the country up for sale. WE BETTER WAKE UP OR OUR PEOPLE WILL BECOME WARDS TO FOREIGNERS.It is worth observing that unlike Jay Carney, President Obama’s White House Press Secretary, who comes prepared to answer an array of questions from the press, Jerolinmick Piah, Sirleaf’s spokesman, did not do his homework when he was interviewed by Reuters on July 12, 2012. Had Piah done his homework, he wouldn’t have made such statement as, “…Only three close relatives of the president are working in the government;” her sons Robert Sirleaf, a senior adviser, Charles Sirleaf, deputy governor of the Liberian central bank and Fumba Sirleaf, head of the National Security Agency. To make matter worse, he stated, “Besides that, are they not qualified Liberians? Robert Sirleaf has 27 years of experience working in Wall Street.” What a poor defense!The practice of nepotism that the president is being accused of has nothing to do with qualification. It is not whether her children are qualified or not qualified. The definition of nepotism is simple as former Labor Minister Tiawan Saye Gongloe puts it: “…Favoritism shown by somebody in power to relatives and friends especially in appointing them to higher position… is currently taking place in the Unity Party (UP) led government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.” Since many of President Sirleaf’s supporters are pointing to Robert Sirleaf’s 27 years experience on Wall Street as the justification for his appointment, I am sorry to say, the Wall Street example is a very bad one. The American economy is in the mess today because of the shaded deals made by Wall Street bankers. This example should be thrown out of the window; it doesn’t fit!Finally, I recommend that Liberians continue advocating aggressively for a better future of the country. It is in the people’s best interest to engage the President and her administration to live up to her promises so as to ensure the following:The Government should illustrate that it is committed to eradicatingcorruption and must help to cultivate a strong culture of ethics.Independent watchdog bodies must assist Government in combating corruption.The Government must have strong support from public and private sector leaders to abide by the rules and the laws of the land.The Legislature should do its work without putting their individual interest first.About The Author: Siahyonkron Nyanseor is the Chair of the ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc. He is a poet, Griot, journalist, and a cultural and political activist. He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel. He is Chairman of the Liberian Democratic Future (LDF), publisher of theperspective.org online newsmagazine and Senior Advisor to the Voice of Liberia newsmagazine. In 2012, he Co-authored Djogbachiachuwa: The Liberian Literature Anthology; his book of poems: TIPOSAH: Message from the Palava Hut is on the market. Nyanseor can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Linden-Lethem road network…Region 10 officials voice security, maintenance concernsThe move to rehabilitate and construct roads as part of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway and Linden-Lethem road network could see up to 1300 trucks traversing on a daily basis in addition to local traffic.This is according to Project Director and team leader attached to design/consultancy company Beston/SRKN’gineering, Stuart Hughes.The company has been contracted by the Public Infrastructure Ministry to conduct feasibility studies and detailed designs for the major rehabilitation of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway as well as upgrades to the Linden-Mabura Hill road and the construction of a river/bridge crossing at Kurupukari. Hughes noted that this figure is according to data the company has received from the Ministry.Hughes stated during a consultation with officials from the Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) that the company has to look at a design which caters for the entire Lethem corridor.Hughes said the company also has to look at the weight and axle loads of Brazilian trucks since bridges would have to be designed to ensure that they support the weight of these trucks. Similarly, he said the roads will be designed to facilitate local container trucks.Regional Chairman Renis Morian alluded to issues such as security, noting that with the Brazilians having easier access, there might be a need for a security plan to be put in place.Social and Gender Specialist Vanda Radzick, who is working along with the team, noted that recommendations coming out of nearly every stakeholder meeting conducted thus far is for a fully trained 24-hour highway patrol system to be present and a place where all regulatory agencies are set up. However, the Regional Chairman expressed concern over “back roads” which he noted can be used to avoid checkpoints as he called for more advanced systems such as drones to be put in place.Concerns were also raised over the lighting of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway which is expected to be carried out prior to the commencement of the rehabilitation project. Project Manager attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Dionne Amsterdam said consultants will make recommendations on the most feasible option in this regard. Owing to past issues such as theft, Amsterdam said the lights may not be reachable when installed.Councillor Charles Sampson also voiced concerns about lumber and sand trucks which utilise the highway to get to sawmills located along the stretch. In many instances, he said, the curb walls and edges of the roadway are broken by these trucks. Hughes also posited that major issues occur once the curb is broken.“We would have to look at a solution for people who have to access the highway, both for the existing accesses and for the future…we have to come up with a design that will actually ensure that it does not erode away those individual accesses,” he said.Meanwhile, Councillor Gordon Callender pointed out that persons are digging sand pits at the side of the highway in close proximity of the carriageway, as he asked for methods to be put in place to cushion the effects. Hughes said this is a major concern which has been brought up at every stakeholder engagement. In this regard, Radzick said the company will be sending these complaints to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission since it is the regulatory body.
United meanwhile conceded 54 goals in 38 games last season, their worst defensive campaign for 40 years as they finished sixth, and Solskjaer believes Maguire will be the one that makes the difference as United open their Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea on Sunday.“I’m delighted we have got Harry in because he’s going to be great for this club,” said Solskjaer.“He was always my number one target. I more or less made my mind up when we played Leicester that if it was possible to get him, we should at least try.“I don’t want to compare us to Liverpool or Harry to van Dijk, but I know Harry is going to have a massive impact on us.”Capped 20 times by England, Maguire made his name with a starring role in the run to the semi-finals at last year’s World Cup in Russia.He was linked with United immediately after that, but following another season at Leicester in which he played 31 times in the Premier League and scored three goals, he has now made his big move.“Harry is so composed on the ball and he gives the team another dimension,” Solskjaer enthused.“He has already shown what a presence he will be and what an impact he will have in the squad.“Harry is a leader, an established international, a goal threat and a very, very good defender.”Maguire is the headline arrival this summer, with the two other signings, Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Daniel James from Championship side Swansea, both only 21 as Solskjaer gives youth a chance in his new-look squad.The Norwegian has also said that 17-year-old Academy product Mason Greenwood will have an opportunity in attack following Romelu Lukaku’s departure for Inter Milan, with no replacement for the Belgian brought in.It is a gamble from the United manager and board with fans voicing their anger at the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the end of Thursday’s transfer deadline, but Solskjaer wants to build for the long term.“I am just staying true to what I believe in. I believe in this way of managing a football club,” he said.“If we don’t make these decisions now, they will have to be done in 12 months or 18 months or 24 months because at some point these kids will have to be a part of Man Utd.”0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maguire, 26, could make his debut in his new club’s Premier League opener at home to Chelsea on Sunday and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident he will live up to his hefty price tag.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Saturday that he is banking on Harry Maguire having a transformative effect at Manchester United after making the England international the world’s most expensive defender.The £80 million United splashed out to take Maguire from Leicester was £5 million more than Liverpool spent in January 2018 to bag Virgil van Dijk, a signing that helped transform the fortunes of United’s fierce rivals and win them the Champions League.
Manchester United may consider an extraordinary double swoop for Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and star player Paul Pogba next summer.With Louis van Gaal coming under increasing scutiny for his management style at United, the Old Trafford hierarchy are weighing up whether to end the Dutchman’s reign at the end of the season – a year before his contract expires.Allegri has been touted as one of the leading candidates to succeed Van Gaal after guiding Juve to the Serie A title and the Champions League final last term.And, according to Tutto Mercato, Allegri will try and persuade former United midfielder Pogba to join him at Old Trafford if he is offered the job.Pogba is being tracked by a number of elite clubs in Europe, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City all keen to secure the Frenchman’s signature.Allegri has deflected the rumours for the time being, but it has been claimed that the Italian is keen to test himself at a big club in England and a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards. 1 Massimiliano Allegri and Paul Pogba
It took Lights Out founder Nate Tyler six months to rally San Franciscans for the self-imposed brown-out that will darken City Hall, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. He got the idea from an “Earth Hour” held in March in Sydney, Australia, where 2.2million people hoping to see the stars cut their lights – for a 10percent drop in energy use. The savings: 25tons of carbon dioxide, enough to take 49,000 cars off the road for an hour. A “Lights Out America” is planned for March 29 in cities nationwide. “We’re giving people one thing they can do to save energy that connects them to all the people around them who are concerned about the same issue – climate change,” Tyler said. “You turn out your lights, come out of your house, look at the stars and go have a candlelight dinner at a local restaurant.” San Franciscans have long been hip to Lights Out, but Angelenos had just a month to hunt for oil lamps and tapers. Lights Out L.A., recently approved by the city and county and backed by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, will withhold juice from the decorative pylons at LAX, the courthouse in San Fernando and other public buildings. Officials hope for a 15percent reduction in usage – enough energy to power 2,500 homes for a year. “We’re asking Angelenos to be smart and sensible about energy conservation,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel during a Lights Out press conference this week in front of the Department of Water and Power headquarters. “We don’t want this to be a one-night stand but an ongoing effort to conserve energy and protect our environment.” Global warming is the “great challenge of the century,” said Bill Patzert, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist who lectures on the danger of climate change. “This is a symbolic gesture of how many people recognize the problem and want to take action,” said Patzert, who will turn off his lights. “All of a sudden, the lights are going on in everybody’s brain about the seriousness of global warming.” Some say public events like Lights Out are possible only because of a public shift in perception on global warming publicized by Al Gore in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and its subsequent awards. “L.A. and San Francisco officials who haven’t done squat about energy all of a sudden want to get on board,” said Jack Solomon, a cultural critic at California State University, Northridge. “And what made it cool? Al Gore made a movie, won an Oscar and Nobel Prize, and now the public’s behind it.” Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, praised the Lights Out campaign, a California idea that might heighten awareness in the East. “I definitely think this is an example, one of the latest, where people are taking any means necessary to combat global warming,” she said. “They’re wondering when the policymakers are going to catch up nationwide.” Like Ekwurzel, many residents said they hadn’t heard about the anti-lights observance. But when asked, most said they’d support it – if they weren’t heading out to work, to party or visit friends. “I could do that, I could turn them all off, everything – the TV, my coffee pot, my microwave. I never plug in my alarm clock,” said Crystal Horr, a waitress at Cafe 50s in Sherman Oaks. “I’m a nut about electricity.” “I’d probably read a book, by candlelight, or I’d go for a walk,” said Kyle Hansen, 22, of Sherman Oaks, perusing the DVD aisle at Best Buy. “I’ll just ride my bike with a battery-operated light … or go to someone’s house and get drunk in the dark,” said his friend, Taylor Thompson, 19. Pixie Klemic, an environmentalist who’d heard about the event, said she and her husband planned to sit on a darkened patio with a laptop, checking real-time satellite photos to see if L.A. went dark. But Sharon, an orthodox Jew from West L.A., said the timing couldn’t be worse, with Lights Out planned for the end of a Sabbath day without electricity. “Forget it,” said Sharon, who declined to give her last name. “It’s such a dumb hour to pick. I think it’s a great idea, but it’s the wrong time to do it.” Many businesses unaware of the Lights Out campaign likely will not participate. Galpin Ford, a Van Nuys mega-dealer whose lights burn bright until 10 p.m., has revamped its office lights to save power and will soon spend up to $400,000 for low-energy lot lights. The San Fernando Valley’s largest car dealer, unaware of Lights Out, will not dim its intense outside bulbs during Saturday night sales. “I didn’t even know this was happening,” Vice President Brad Boeckmann said. “Our lot lights – I don’t want to do anything with those because we don’t want to affect business.” email@example.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At 8 tonight, Fernando Ludena will kill his lights, turn off his TV and cut short his Saturday night. And for one hour, he will join conservationists across Los Angeles and San Francisco who will flick off the lights for a return to the Dark Ages. “I’ll go to my bed. I’ll lie down for an hour – one hour. It’s good for saving money, saving energy,” said Ludena, 59, of Van Nuys. “I’ll turn off the power in my wheelchair.” The Lights Out event endorsed by L.A. and San Francisco officials aims to turn off as many nonessential lights as possible – in homes, office and public buildings and landmarks – for one hour to cut pollution, promote energy savings and slow global warming. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Participants also are asked to screw in one compact fluorescent bulb. But are fast-paced Angelenos really ready for a candlelit prime time? “I think it’s a lost cause,” said Mike Kennedy, 59, of Van Nuys, ogling wide video-game monitors at a Best Buy in Sherman Oaks. “No, I may be out and (the lights) may be off. But if I’m home, they’re not. I won’t sit home in the dark.” “This is L.A.,” added a Best Buy clerk. “It’s like telling Las Vegas to turn off the lights.” If lights in L.A. and San Francisco both dim, it could be the first time residents of both cities joined forces since 1967, when the Mamas & the Papas and Jefferson Airplane played the Monterey Pop Festival.
GAA RESULTS – COUNTY DONEGALRadio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 25-Aug-2013 Glenfin 3 – 13 1 – 7 Cloughaneely MacCumhaill Park Relegation Final Mount Errigal Junior A ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 25-Aug-2013 Milford 2 – 9 2 – 6 Urris O Donnell Park Final Radio na Gaeltachta Senior Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 Four Masters 0 – 6 1 – 8 Naomh Conaill MacCumhaill Park Semi Final Mount Errigal Junior B ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 25-Aug-2013 Glenswilly 1 – 4 1 – 9 Letterkenny Gaels O Donnell Park Semi Final Brian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 St Michael’s 3 – 13 0 – 13 Killybegs St Michael’s 25-Aug-2013 Kilcar 2 – 8 2 – 13 Naomh Conaill Kilcar25-Aug-2013 Malin 1 – 12 2 – 9 Gaoth Dobhair Connolly Park McGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 Buncrana 1 – 12 2 – 11 Naomh Muire Buncrana Scarvey Brian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 Four Masters 1 – 4 1 – 11 St Eunans Four Masters McGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 Termon 1 – 9 3 – 13 Sean MacCumhaills Termon Marley Coaches Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 Burt 0 – 7 0 – 10 Naomh Ultan Hibernian Park McGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 Buncrana 1 – 7 1 – 9 Naomh Mhuire TBC McGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 An Clochán Liath 0 – 6 1 – 9 Glenswilly Dungloe Marley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Pettigo 2 – 6 2 – 9 Robert Emmets Pettigo Centra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Fanad Gaels 1 – 7 0 – 13 St Nauls Pairc Uí Shiail Marley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Burt 0 – 7 1 – 10 Naomh Ultan Hibernian Park Marley Coaches Division 5 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Gleann Fhinne 2 – 5 3 – 9 Naomh Conaill Pairc Ghleann Fhinne Radio na Gaeltachta Senior Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Ardara 1 – 7 2 – 14 Gaoth Dobhair MacCumhaill Park Semi Final Centra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Naomh Padraig Leifear 0 – 8 0 – 14 Naomh Colmcille Naomh Padraig Leifear Marley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Na Rossa 2 – 5 0 – 12 Letterkenny Gaels Na Rossa Mount Errigal Junior B ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Ardara 2 – 11 1 – 14 Naomh Ultan MacCumhaill Park Semi Final Centra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Naomh Padraig Leifear 1 – 2 2 – 11 Naomh Colmcille Naomh Padraig Leifear24-Aug-2013 Fanad Gaels 1 – 14 0 – 10 St Nauls Pairc Uí Shiail Centra Supermarket U21 B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Moville 1 – 2 2 – 15 Naomh Columba Moville Marley Coaches Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin 1 – 2 1 – 9 Moville Naomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin Centra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Naomh Columba 2 – 7 2 – 7 Red Hughs Arús Seán Ó hÉinne Centra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment23-Aug-2013 Glenswilly 0 – 5 2 – 16 Kilcar Glenswilly Hurling ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 Sean Mac Cumhaill 1 – 13 3 – 12 Setanta Setanta Minor League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 St Eunans 1 – 18 2 – 5 Four Masters Lifford County Division One Championship semi final Hurling ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 1 – 8 2 – 16 Naomh Ádhamhnáin/St Eunan’s Ballyshannon Minor League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 Downings 1 – 10 3 – 14 Na Rossa O Donnell Park County Division Two Championship semi final Minor League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 Aodh Ruadh 1 – 8 1 – 10 Buncrana Convoy County Division One Championship semi final Minor League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 Naomh Columba 2 – 7 0 – 6 Glenswilly Ardara County Division Two Championship semi final Centra Supermarket U21 B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Aug-2013 Naomh Brid 2 – 7 1 – 11 Burt Naomh Brd20-Aug-2013 Termon 1 – 10 2 – 8 Naomh Colmcille Termon Centra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Aug-2013 St Johns 0 – 12 2 – 6 An Clochán Liath St Johns20-Aug-2013 Naomh Conaill 0 – 13 0 – 7 Ardara Glenties Centra Supermarket U21 B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Aug-2013 Gleann Fhinne 3 – 8 2 – 9 Fanad Gaels Glenfin20-Aug-2013 Red Hughs 2 – 5 1 – 10 St Nauls Pairc Aodh Rua Centra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Aug-2013 Sean MacCumhaills 0 – 12 0 – 6 Realt na Mara G.F.C Sean Mac Cumhaill20-Aug-2013 Convoy 1 – 13 0 – 4 St Michaels Convoy20-Aug-2013 Malin 2 – 11 1 – 15 Cloughaneely Connolly ParkGAA RESULTS – DONEGAL NORTHU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Aug-2013 Naomh Padraig Muff 10 – 14 0 – 5 Gaoth Dobhair Muff U16 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2013 Letterkenny Gaels 0 – 5 2 – 17 St Eunans B Pairc Na nGael-Letterkenny U16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2013 Convoy 2 – 3 6 – 10 St Michaels Convoy U16 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2013 Glenswilly 3 – 13 0 – 5 Moville Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba U16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2013 St Eunans 2 – 16 0 – 2 Red Hughs O Donnell Park-Letterkenny U16 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2013 Fanad Gaels 0 – 13 1 – 7 Buncrana Fanad Gaels PortsalonGAA RESULTS – DONEGAL SOUTHUnder 16s Div 2 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment26-Aug-2013 Naomh Naille Naomh Conaill Naomh Naille Conceded by Naomh Conaill Under 13 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Aug-2013 Naomh Columba 10 – 13 5 – 6 Naomh Ultan Naomh Columba Under 13 League Division 1 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Aodh Ruadh 8 – 18 2 – 6 Bundoran Aodh Ruadh Under 13 League Division 1 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Dungloe 3 – 6 6 – 12 Naomh Conaill Dungloe Under 13 League Division 1 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Aug-2013 Naomh Naille 2 – 7 1 – 6 Four Masters Naomh Naille Under 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment23-Aug-2013 Naomh Columba 3 – 17 0 – 6 CLG Naomh Muire Naomh Columba County Minor Championship Div 2 Semi FinalsDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 Na Rossa 3 – 14 1 – 10 Downings O Donnell Park Extra Time If Necessary Lines Paddy McKeever & Seamus Bradley County Minor Championship Div 1 Semi FinalsDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Aug-2013 Aodh Ruadh 1 – 8 1 – 10 Buncrana Convoy Extra Time If Necessary Lines Ciara Foy & Mark McGlinchy21-Aug-2013 Four Masters 2 – 5 1 – 18 St Eunans N Padraig Extra Time If Necessary Lines Gareth Devenney & Jason Friel County Minor Championship Div 2 Semi FinalsDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Aug-2013 Naomh Columba 2 – 7 0 – 6 Glenswilly Ardara Extra Time If Necessary Lines Damian Craig & Dec Callaghan Under 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2013 Naomh Conaill 5 – 8 3 – 12 Aodh Ruadh Naomh Connaill19-Aug-2013 Killybegs 1 – 6 1 – 13 Dungloe Killybegs Under 16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2013 Bundoran 2 – 10 1 – 18 Kilcar Naomh Ultan Play Off Extra Time If NecessaryALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: August 26th, 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:Donegal GAA results
Finn Harps Football Club has again teamed up with Donegal CountyCouncil to assist in the promotion of Road Safety in the County. FinnHarps have offered the Donegal Road Safety Working Group a freeadvertising hoarding in Finn Park to continue its ongoing commitmentto raising the awareness of the dangers on our roads. Finn Harps willbe playing in the Premier Division this season and this will be thefirst time since the Primary School Art competition was first launchedthat Finn Harps will be playing in the top division of football inIreland. Finn Harps will begin their Premier campaign with an excitingNorth West derby game against Derry City at Finn Park on Friday 4thMarch and the winners of the Art competition will be announced at thisgame.The Road Safety advertising hoarding will be designed by a studentfrom one of the county’s Primary Schools through an open artcompetition. The competition was officially launched in Lifford by theChief Executive, Seamus Neely, Director of Roads, John McLaughlin,John Campbell, Kevin McHugh Finn Harps F.C., Grace Ann McGarvey, GraceAnn Consultancy, teachers and schoolchildren from St.Columba’s N.S.,Ballylast, Castlefinn. Speaking at the launch, Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said, “Weare delighted with the continued efforts of Finn Harps Football Clubto help us promote greater awareness of the dangers on our roads. Wehad over 700 entries from Primary School children last year. It isfantastic that such high numbers take part and we hope that all whotook part will have an increased awareness of road safety. I wouldlike to thank the teachers for their help in promoting the artcompetition”.Entries must be original and the applicant’s own work and should be onpaper no larger than A3 size. Details are currently being sent to allprimary schools in the county and the competition has a closing dateof the 12th February 2016.Finn Harps Football in the Community Officer, John Campbell, stated,“We are delighted to be associated with this Road Safety awarenesscampaign. As the Senior Soccer club in Donegal we feel that there is aresponsibility on us, as there is with others, to promote the RoadSafety Message. This is the seventh year that Finn Harps and theDonegal Road Safety Working Group have organised the competition andthe numbers that have submitted entries since it was first launchedhas been excellent. Finn Harps Schools Programme is proud to beassociated with Donegal County Council in this programme”.Information on the competition can be obtained from Brian O’Donnell,Donegal County Council on 074 9172360 or John Campbell, Finn Harps on087 3872973. The closing date for the competition is 12th February2016 and entries should be sent through the school to: The Road SafetyArt Competition, Road Design Office, Donegal County Council, Lifford,Co. Donegal PICTURES BY CLIVE WASSONFINN HARPS TEAM UP WITH DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN was last modified: January 13th, 2016 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)
Laurent Blanc celebrates the World Cup’s first ever Golden Goal What was the golden goal rule?The system was simple – score the first goal in extra-time and win the game.Fifa began trialling the system in youth matches as early as 1993, before it was brought into senior international clashes at the Olympics and Confederations Cup.France 98 was the first World Cup to use it, and the hosts were the benefactors in the last-16 against Paraguay.Under the cosh and with the South Americans looking likely to spoil the party, Laurent Blanc popped up with the dramatic winner.And two years later David Trezeguet won Euro 2000 with a golden goal against Italy.But the rule just wasn’t working the way it was designed and sides were increasingly getting more defensive in extra-time, fearful of conceding rather than being encouraged to attack. Getty The golden goal rule always managed to divide opinion.Introduced in the 1990s by Fifa, it was hoped that the ruling would promote attacking football in extra-time – but ended up doing the opposite. Getty 2 2 A golden goal decided the final of Euro 2000 When was it abolished?Fifa tried the silver goal in 2003 as an alternative, which would see sides leading after the first-half of extra-time winning the game.That was poorly received too and they were forced to abandon the experiment.Following Euro 2004, the whole idea was scrapped.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
An Post Donegal are having their Annual Charity Cycle on Saturday 1st September from Dungloe to Letterkenny via Errigal Road.They would like to invite all men, women & children who would like to take part. All proceeds will go to The Donegal Hospice.To register call Paul 086 6850503 / Martin 085 7788722 or Liam 086 7779305. Bus & Cycle Transport will leave Letterkenny at 9am on the morning of the 1st at the Letterkenny Delivery Services Unit, Carnamuggagh Lower. Minimum Entry €25.00. Please support An Post Donegal’s charity Cycle and The Donegal Hospice. We hope you will join the boys & girls in Green….. IT’S TIME TO GET ON YER BIKE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:An PostANNUAL CHARITY CYCLEdonegal
Members of Termon GAA Club have paid an emotional tribute to tragic Andrew Duffy at the spot where he lost his life recently.More than 200 members of the club gather at Binns Bridge in Drumcondra, Dublin just hours before yesterday’s All-Ieland final.Andrew died when he fell into the Canal after celebrating Donegal’s semi-final victory over Cork Fellow players from Andrew’s team joined in reciting a rosary led by the tragic man’s sisters Carolyn and Leeann.Scenes of raw emotion was evident on the faces of fellow GAA people from all over Ireland who witnessed this sad occasion on Drumcondra Road.Andrew was also remembered during a moment of silence before yesterday’s big game. GAA FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC ANDREW ON ALL-IRELAND FINAL DAY was last modified: September 24th, 2012 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:ANDREW DUFFYCANALtribute