first_imgHip-Co King Takun J is headlining a new track hitting the airwaves this week that is pushing the envelope and tapping the consciousness of Liberian youth with the anti-corruption message. The song “Gbagba Is Corruption” is based on the children’s book Gbagba written by Robtel Neajai Pailey, illustrated by Chase Walker, and published by One Moore Book (OMB). The track forms part of a grant Pailey secured from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to pilot Gbagba in schools across Liberia with an initial donation of 1,500 books. Takun J was commissioned under the grant to write and record the song.  Grant implementer One Moore Book (OMB), which publishes culturally sensitive children’s books for countries with low literacy rates, plans to disseminate copies of Gbagba to 10 rural schools this year, as well as monitor the implementation of a teacher’s guide developed in consultation with Liberia’s Ministry of Education.“Gbagba Is Corruption” joins the canon of anti-corruption songs popularised by politically conscious musicians such as Takun J, who blends Liberian colloquialisms with Hip-hop beats. He was an obvious ally in bringing the children’s book Gbagba to a wider audience. Now played on radio stations in Liberia, with a strong online presence across the globe, “Gbagba Is Corruption” is also available for free download at the OMB website,, which focuses on governance and transparency issues in West Africa, has funded the Gbagba pilot because it “believes the fight against corruption needs to start with teaching children the values of accountability and integrity, which opens the space for an honest discussion of how corruption adversely affects them in their homes, schools, local communities, and within the national landscape on a broader scale.”Gbagba, meaning ‘trickery’ in the Bassa language, was published to critical acclaim in 2013 as part of OMB’s Liberia Signature Series. It was subsequently launched in Monrovia, Liberia in February 2013 at the University of Liberia; Washington, DC (USA) in November 2013 at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS); and London, England in December 2013 at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).A Liberian writer and researcher, Pailey said: “I wrote Gbagba because I wanted to start a ‘revolution from below’ by giving children the verbal tools to question the confusing ethical codes of the adults around them.” Since its publication, the anti-corruption children’s primer has been adopted by the Liberian Ministry of Education as a supplemental reader for 3rd to 5th graders.Gbagba has been featured in the New York Times/International Herald Tribune, The Washington Informer Newspaper, Voice of America, Pacifica Radio’s ‘Africa Now!’, Vox Africa’s ‘Shoot the Messenger’, Transparency International’s UK blog, and the Royal African Society’s blog.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe President, in her recent Annual Message to the Legislature admitted  that a paltry (measly, worthless) 25% of government’s purchases come from Liberian-owned businesses.  This is, unfortunately, a tacit admission that this government has failed to encourage its own  people in business.  But there is more to it.However, let us deal first with the government’s own responsibility in the premises–why? Because the government, as in most countries, including the United States, is the biggest  employer and contract giver.  It is also that ONE BODY that wields ALL the political power in a country.  And, just so we know, it is that POWER that can make ANYTHING happen in any country. In other words, it is the government that gets done what it wants done.Daily Observer staff members, and many in the public, have often observed in small, medium-sized or big businesses–that there are always government officials hanging around these businesses—doing what? Begging for favors, or having been summoned to receive a handout or gift.When the Daily Observer got into trouble with a certain major Lebanese businessman in 2007 for exposing the sale of a rotten commodity, we learned that this particular businessman had NEVER visited the Ministry of Commerce.  It was, instead, the Ministers of Commerce—in the Samuel Doe, Charles Taylor, National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) regimes–and probably even before–that went to this Lebanese businessman’s office.  He did not have to go to the Ministry of Commerce, because  there were NO questions, only answers—packaged generously and neatly in brown envelopes, to be picked up by the Ministers themselves–nobody else.But make no mistake! This has been going on for a very long time. That is why Liberia is not yet developed, but backward.  The Daily Observer has often told the story of Moshe Meyer, who built the Ducor Hotel.  When in 1972 President Tolbert added Tourism to the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the Minister G. Henry Andrews invited tourism developers from around the world to present proposals to develop Liberian tourism.  Moshe Meyer returned, with some great proposals.  When we recalled that it was he who had built the Ducor, we asked him what had happened?  Why had he, instead, developed tourism in La Cote d’Ivoire?Mr. Meyer’s reply: He saw Liberia as the perfect place to launch tourism in West Africa because of her vibrant economy, her rich culture and her unique geographic position, THE Roberts International Airport was where Pan American Airways  touched down first in Africa, before going on to any other African capital, including Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.  BUT the problem: After the Ducor was opened, President Tubman sent them to the other government offices to do the follow-up work for Tourism development. But everywhere he and his colleagues went, the officials in charge wanted a cut “up front.”  “We didn’t have that kind of money; so when we found out that President Houphouet and his government were serious, we settled in Ivory Coast, built Hotel Ivoire, the Towers and the Ivorian Rivera.”Liberia lost out  completely!And we are still losing out, because of our selfishness, corruption and our patent lack of PATRIOTISM and  SERIOUSNESS.THE SAME THING IS STILL HAPPENING.  It is as though we have learned NOTHING all these five decades.  Remember, 1964 was 50 years ago!  How long does it take for a people to learn?The foregoing sums up the government side.  What about ourselves as ordinary Liberians?  Are we different? Or are we just like our past and  present  officials?  How many of us have borrowed from our friends and relatives and refused to pay back?  How many of us have borrowed money from banks and failed to pursue our professed  businesses, and failed to pay back?The Liberian Business Association (LIBA) and  Central Bank Governor J. Mills Jones are among the few who are striving to give Liberians a new opportunity.  We are told that so far, the beneficiaries are paying their LIBA  debts.Let us pray that this new beginning will make a substantial and sustained difference and that one day, at long last, Liberians will be empowered to take the lead in business in their own country.Part two to follow tomorrow.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“We really don’t focus on the other team,” Pasadena coach Tim Tucker said. “Our philosophy is to play good defense and try to hold the other team to single-digit quarters.” The Bulldogs held the Cowboys to single digits only once, but Cajon scored more than 12 points in only one quarter. The Cowboys’ smallest second-half deficit of 12 points occurred at 2:42 in the third quarter after a 20-foot jump shot by Cajon’s Martin Thompson. The Bulldogs, however, matched the Cowboys challenge by closing the quarter on a 9-2 run capped by a Marcus Ford 3-pointer at the buzzer off a Torey Phillips assist. “We worked really hard to get ready for this game and the playoffs,” Pasadena senior Nigel Ajere said. “This is what we expected.” Ajere finished second on the team with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Senior Trevon Harmon led the way again Friday with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds. Phillips finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and senior Armon Binns had eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Friday’s win was Pasadena’s third by at least 24 points in three postseason attempts. “We’re here to win,” Ajere said. “That’s what we’ve been working hard for all season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pasadena jumped to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter en route to an easy 71-47 win over the visiting Cowboys (19-10). The victory sets up a semifinal showdown against Murrieta Valley, a 64-54 winner over Burbank Burroughs, on Tuesday at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. center_img PASADENA – Maybe one of these days, the Pasadena High School boys basketball team will be challenged in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs. For now, the No. 1-seeded Bulldogs (28-2) will have to be content knocking off opponents like Friday’s victim, Cajon, in the quarterfinals. last_img read more

first_img ‘Dat guy’ Danny Welbeck was on target for England against Switzerland 1 It all started with a tweet.“Welbz is dat guy”, tweeted Danny Welbeck’s former Manchester United team-mate Ravel Morrison in February 2013.Since then, Welbeck has frequently been referred to as ‘dat guy Welbz’, on social media.But what does “dat guy” actually mean? According to “dat guy” himself, it means whatever you want it to mean, but in a positive twist. Welbeck claims: “It’s just a Manchester phrase [Welbeck and Morrison are both from the area] that seems similar to calling someone “the man”, in a positive way”.When quizzed further in Manchester United’s match day programme about the origins of his moniker, ‘Dat guy Welbz’ said: “Ravel is too much! In Manchester where we both grew up, it’s sort of a slang term as praise, ‘He’s just that guy.’ That guy could be anything, though. But that’s funny that Rav said that. I’m not on Twitter so I had no idea about it and I’d not seen that before. Rav is dat guy though.”So in that exciting climax, that is why Danny Welbeck is ‘dat guy’, thanks Ravel.last_img read more

first_img 17 17 17 Joint 17th: Leicester City (and seven other English clubs) have won five trophies in their history – Click the right arrow above to find out which clubs have won the most! – Reigning Premier League champions, the Foxes, along with West Ham, Portsmouth, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United and Wanderers, have all collected five bits of silverware. 17 7. Aston Villa – 22 trophies – Now in the Championship, their glory days are behind them, but they won plenty through their history. Seven first division titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups, a Charity Shield all reside in their trophy cabinet, along with a European Cup and a European Super Cup. 11= Newcastle United – 12 trophies – Now in the Championship, the Magpies will want to get silverware at St James’ Park soon. Previously they’ve won four first division titles, six FA Cups, a Charity Shield and an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. 17 At the end of the day, football is all about winning major trophies.You can claim all you like it’s about taking part, playing the beautiful game in the most attractive style, but it’s all for nothing if silverware isn’t being held aloft.Some football clubs, though, have won more than others, a lot more, during the course of history.So, which teams in the English football pyramid have got cabinets full of cups and shields? Click the right arrow above to find out… 2. Liverpool – 60 trophies – The Reds will want to end their four-year trophy drought this season but, to be fair, they already have an incredible haul. An excellent 18 first division titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, 15 Charity Shields, one Football League Super Cup, three UEFA Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, and, of course, they’ve won the European Cup five times. 17 11= Blackburn Rovers – 12 trophies – The Championship side won their first League Cup back in 2002, this trophy sits alongside three league titles, six FA Cups, a Charity Shield and a Full Members Cup. 17 17 17 8. Manchester City – 18 trophies – The Citizens will be hoping for a glittering season full of silverware under new boss Pep Guardiola. What will he add to four top-flight titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, four Charity Shields and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup? 17 17 13= Sunderland – Nine trophies – They haven’t had much success recently but in their history have won six league titles, two FA Cups and a Charity Shield. 13= Leeds United – Nine trophies – The Whites have won three league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, two Charity Shields and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. 4. Chelsea – 28 trophies – The Roman Abramovich era has been kind to the Blues and subsequently they’ve added plenty of silverware to their trophy cabinet. Throughout their history they’ve won five top-flight titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups, four Charity Shields, two Full Members Cups, one Champions League, one Europa League, two UEFA Cup Winners Cups, and one UEFA Super Cup. 13= West Bromwich Albion – Nine trophies – The Baggies, along with their 1919/20 first division title, have won the FA Cup five times, the League Cup and two Charity Shields (although one was shared). 9= Nottingham Forest – 13 trophies – The Tricky Trees have only won the first division title once but picked up two European Cups, a European Super Cup, two FA Cups, four League Cups, two Full Members Cups, and a Charity Shield. 17 17 17 5= Everton – 24 trophies – The Toffees will want to get their hands on some silverware after 21 years without any. Luckily they had previously won nine first division titles, five FA Cups, nine Charity Shields and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. 17 13= Sheffield Wednesday – Nine trophies – The Owls missed out on promotion back to the Premier League last season but hold four league titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup and one Charity Shield, in their trophy cabinet. 1. Manchester United – 64 trophies – So, topping the table, it’s the Red Devils. They’ve won 20 top-flight titles, 12 FA Cups, four League Cups, 21 Charity Shields, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FIFA Cup World Cup. 3. Arsenal – 43 trophies – The Gunners have won an impressive 13 first division titles, 12 FA Cups, 14 Charity Shields but just two League Cups, along with one UEFA Cup Winners Cup and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. 5= Tottenham Hotspur – 24 trophies – Spurs went close to winning the Premier League last season but were ultimately beaten into third by champions Leicester, and Arsenal. Can they add to two league titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, seven Charity Shields, two UEFA Cups and one UEFA Cups Winners Cup? 17 17 9= Wolverhampton Wanderers – 13 trophies – About to embark on a new era under new owners, Wolves could soon add to their three first division titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, and four Charity Shields. last_img read more

first_imgCoral’s John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.John brings us the latest odds in the Championship title race, following Newcastle’s poor start to the campaign.Having been overwhelming 15/8 favourites to win the second tier before the start of the season, the Magpies have now drifted to 3/1 after two defeats from their opening two games of the new season.Meanwhile, Manchester City are expected to beat Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie, with Pep Guardiola’s men 8/1 to claim victory in Romania.Get all the latest sporting odds in the latest Coral Daily Download!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

first_imgFollowing a disastrous campaign that culminated in Premier League relegation, and the subsequent resignation of David Moyes, Sunderland are desperate for a new manager.The club have to get it right after going through six permanent managers since Steve Bruce was sacked in November 2011.The new boss has to rebuild a squad that has been unstable for too long and the Black Cats have now made their move – Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.But what can Sunderland fans expect from the 45-year-old Scot who has received plenty of plaudits in his time at Pittodrie.McInnes the ManagerAfter a playing career that took in spells at Greenock Morton, Rangers, West Brom and Dundee United, amongst others, McInnes’ first managerial gig was at his final club St Johnstone.Owen Coyle had just departed the Perth side for Burnley and midfield man McInnes stepped up to take the reins in 2007.His skill as boss soon showed as he guided the Saints back to the Scottish top flight in 2009, after a seven year absence, and the side continued to impress in the Premiership.In 2011 Bristol City approached St Johnstone for McInnes’ services and he was soon unveiled as manager at Ashton Gate.Despite City’s struggles in the Championship, the Scot managed to save the side from relegation but he was promptly fired the following season after failing to build on the success.McInnes now admits it was a mistake to move to Bristol but he was soon back in management when he was unveiled as Aberdeen manager in 2013, following the retirement of Craig Brown.Aberdeen had been mediocre for several years but, under the former West Brom captain, the Dons grew as a team, winning the Scottish League Cup in his first season, before they comfortably established themselves as the second best team in Scotland behind Celtic.But it looks as if that cycle may be coming to an end.With several high profile players leaving Aberdeen, their manager could be tempted into departing for Sunderland – a side desperate for someone to rebuild their squad and their pride.McInnes has shown he is capable of both tasks north of the border.The Promised Sunder-Land?The Black Cats may have become a Premier League laughing stock in recent years, before the inevitable relegation arrived, but there is still something to work with at the club.With a big rebuild on the cards there are already players McInnes can use as starting blocks – not to mention the parachute payments that will help ease the impact of dropping to the Championship.For example, Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore and tough tackler Didier N’Dong are three players that might just stick around and prove successful in the Championship.Additionally, with several disastrous loan players gone and a handy £30million fee incoming from the sale of Jordan Pickford, McInnes can go out and add players with a budget that will have been totally alien to him at Aberdeen.Obviously a large part of recruitment comes down to what owner Ellis Short is willing to give but, throughout McInnes’ Aberdeen tenure, he had to recruit via a range of loan deals and free transfers.Only once did the Dons boss get to splash the cash and that was £275,000 on Kenny McLean from St Mirren – a man who has since been called into Scotland senior squads.McInnes’ Aberdeen side were also a good passing team, typically set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but he wasn’t afraid to go for broke if necessary.His methods brought success but the fan base was entertained throughout, something Sunderland fans badly need after years of abject and dreary displays.All of this is positive for Sunderland fans – McInnes can recruit on a shoestring budget, improve players with his leadership and guidance, and he has developed a brand of football that everyone can get behind.If he does join Sunderland he will not want to be seen as a Championship failure again, following his time at Bristol City.McInnes will bring unity and a renewed determination to succeed. 1 Derek McInnes last_img read more

first_imgThe results from the December ‘Christmas Hamper’ competition;1st; Pj Nee 39points2nd; Ed Margy 39pts (BOT) Gross; Keith Shiels 29 Gs pts3rd; Michael Nelis 38pts…Category 1; Fergal Callan 37pts Category 2; Chris Nee 37ptsCategory 3; Frank Duff 38ptsFront Nine; Paul Barrett 19ptsBack Nine; Paddy O Gorman 22ptsA special word of thanks to Dunfanaghy Golf Club and also to Eugene Mc Keever and Value Centre for their sponsorship. GOLF: CENTRAL BAR GOLF SOCIETY NEWS was last modified: December 17th, 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:GOLF: CENTRAL BAR GOLF SOCIETY NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny AC Chairman, Brendan McDaid, has said he’s hopeful that in the region of 200 will take part in Sunday’s Danny McDaid 15K road race.The race is named after double Olympian, Danny McDaid, who competed in Munich in 1972 and Montreal n 1976.“It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of the year again. Sunday will see the ninth staging of the race which has grown steadily over the years,” the chairman commented. “It is at the right time for people who are thinking of longer distances,” he said. “People have been doing that many 5ks now that it is a nice change and it gives them a feel of where they are at in their training. We are expecting a large turnout and hopefully the weather will be kind to us,” he added.Once again, the main sponsor of what is the longest race in the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Series is the Station House Hotel.Siobhan Barrett-Doherty of the Station House Hotel said the hotel was delighted to be associated with such a beneficial local event.“This is an event with strong local affiliations and we like to be able to support local initiatives as a local home-gown hotel,” she said. Registration at the Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am, with the race starting at 11.30 at Ballymacool Terrace. LETTERKENNY AC HOPING FOR LARGE TURN-OUT FOR DANNY McDAID 15K was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLOTTERY agents throughout Donegal reported massive sales of lotto tickets for tonight’s EuroMillions record jackpot.But alas….it definitely wasn’t you!The incredible €185Million jackpot was won tonight in the UK. The lucky person matched all five main numbers and both the lucky stars to scoop the top prize and become the biggest lottery winner in Europe.The jackpot had been capped after a series of rollovers made it the largest ever in Ireland.The winning numbers were 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, and the lucky stars were 9 and10.It is not known whether the latest overnight millionaire was an individual or in a syndicate. Camelot has not said where they come from in the UK.BREAKING NEWS: IT WASN’T YOU! UK TICKET HOLDER WINS €185MILLION EURO LOTTO was last modified: July 12th, 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) Tags:185 million euro jackpotdonegaleuromillionslast_img read more