The ‘Miracle Man’ Returns as Coach, But can he make a difference?

first_imgAs the Ebola Virus Disease continues to decline in the country and the normal activities get underway, it makes sense for the Liberia Football Association to put in place important measures to rebuild the national soccer teams of Liberia.The decision by the LFA to appoint ex-celebrated star James Debbah (Salinsa) as the head coach to rebuild the senior national team suggests interesting dimension in the development of players for the national team.Though other former national team players, including Thomas Kojo, Kervin Sebwe and Christopher Wleh received appointments, the FA did not announce how much these men would be paid. Have these newly appointed coaches handled a club for a competition?On his facebook account, the former celebrated player, and Miracle Man, Debbah noted that he is coming to the national team, not as a ‘messiah’ to save Liberian football, but rather as someone to impart discipline to his would-be charges.Truth be told, Debbah knows that Liberian soccer was having many problems, including players and administrative discipline before the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.Indiscipline was rife among players and administrators. For instance, due to the Liberian government’s apparent lack of interest in developing a good national team, critical funds are always not available. The failure to provide needed funds to get better results shows indiscipline of the owners of the team that can work against any determined coach; please ask Coaches Kaetu Smith, Thomas Kojo and Frank Jericho Nagbe about their experiences with the LFA and Youth & Sports.There are instances where players and officials travel on national assignments without per diems. Lone Star’s recent friendly trip to Equatorial Guinea and Junior Lone Star’s CAF return-leg trip to Abidjan are cases in point.At the time of writing, jerseys and other materials belonging to Jr. Lone Star are sitting somewhere in New Kru Town, since they were seized by the players. Their contention was and is that per diems promised them must be paid before the materials are returned to the LFA.Debbah should also understand that the failure of previous coaches, including J. Kaetu Smith, Frank Jericho Nagbe and Thomas Kojo as national coaches were not because they did not know their job. With all due respect Smith, Kojo and Nagbe possessed CAF recognized credentials.It would also be important for Debbah to investigate why those coaches could not make a difference. Interestingly Kojo and even Kervin Sebwe are part of the current appointed coaches and therefore they should tell him why things never worked on the coaching side as well as on the administrative side.Coach Kaetu Smith, without argument is one of the most disciplined coaches Liberia can boast of. Why, then did he not achieve much progress? It would be a wise decision for Debbah to talk to him.Since Debbah has consistently stressed that he would bring discipline to the team, how much discipline can we find in his character?  “Debbah is a changed man,” a friend who knows him well told the Daily Observer, “he has outgrown the things he did when he was young and actively playing in Liberia.”  Ok. But what are his credentials for such an important job? How much is the LFA prepared to pay him? Will his appointment benefits include a car and a residence? In a subsequent examination, we’ll find out how much discipline Coach Debbah has gained for himself to be able to give players that would be under him. While playing professional is one thing, to coach others is a different science altogether that only those who have prepared, are sure to make the difference that Liberian football is crying for and Coach Debbah has promised to deliver.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chase Green, King could face another no-confidence motion

first_imgBy Michael YoungeA group of Councillors from the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is working on bringing another no-confidence motion against Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King as there continues to be growing concern over the manner in which the Georgetown municipality is being run.One of the Councillors who spoke with  Guyana Times on Thursday morning said the motion was being carefully drafted and a strategic plan was being worked out to ensure that the “infamous duo” could not use their “political manoeuvres” to kill or block the motion as was the case on previous occasions.City Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene“We know that they will try very hard to fight the motion, but to tell the truth: these two officials are running the Council and City Hall as if it is a cake shop or their own personal business. They do not understand what good governance, democracy or integrity mean,” the Councillor who chose to remain anonymous until the motion is fully prepared and ready to be tabled.The Councillor insisted that his colleagues and others have tried diligently to work with the Town Clerk and the Mayor, but it appeared as though they were a law unto themselves.“There is massive corruption … fraud at the Council and the continued mismanagement of the Council’s resources, but little or no serious focus and introspection is being done. We cannot allow these two personalities to stand any longer without stepping aside so that the Council and Georgetown could be restored to their former glory. This is not the change residents of Georgetown voted for,” the Councillor alleged.The City Councillor also told <<>> that at least two members of the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition were willing to deflect if the motion is tabled, debated and voted on secretly.“They are fearful. These two are seen as tyrants who in the end get their way. But we are going to strike at the right time and just when the situation is convenient. There are scores of complaints against King at the level of the Local Government Commission, but I feel it’s powerless because of politics,” the Councillor remarked.Back in March, City Councillor Sherod Duncan failed in his quest to have the Council argue a motion of no-confidence against Town Clerk King.Duncan’s motion was disallowed when a majority of Councillors voted to accept legal advice which declared that the policy-making body had no right to declare a lack of confidence in its chief administrative officer.The decision was made after Mayor Chase Green read the advice procured by King from former Magistrate Maxwell Edwards. The motion was thrown out despite the fact that previous Councils that Chas -Green sat on had moved six motions of no confidence against former Town Clerk Carol Sooba.Edwards argued that a vote of no confidence amounted to disciplinary action against the Town Clerk, a function which is outside the powers of the Council.Another legal mind explained that his reading of the Municipal and District Councils Act leads him to, “off the top of [his] head”, opine that “he can’t see that the Council has no power to express its opinion on the conduct of the Town Clerk, which is what it seems to be trying to do.”Further, a clear precedent exists with the previous Council having moved six no-confidence motions against former Town Clerk Sooba.Sooba, who was installed as Town Clerk in 2012 by former Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker, consistently clashed with the Hamilton Green-led Council which tabled and passed motion after motion. Each motion was forwarded to the Minister of Local Government, since the Council did not have disciplinary powers but at no time did the Council declare itself unable to complain.last_img read more

Events for Saturday February 14th

first_img07:30 AM – 05:45 PM  Bantam AAA Tournament10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Pre-School Storytime02:00 PM – 08:00 PM  Local Artist Show & Sale04:00 PM – 06:00 PM  FSJ Formula Tank Female Flyers take on Grande Prairie.06:00 PM  Sweethearts Dinner & Dance08:00 PM  Huskies vs. Whitecourt Wolverines08:00 PM – 11:00 PM  Live Music @ Ship to Shore Restaurant08:00 PM – 11:00 PM  Valentine’s Day Celebration with ‘Inroads Blues Band’TBA  Ladies Bonspiel For more community events visit Advertisement – Here is this list of community events taking place Saturday Feb 14thlast_img read more

Lowly 49ers enter tourney on a high

first_imgToday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the sixth-seeded 49ers take on No. 7 UC Irvine (6-23) in the first round of the conference tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. The first game of the day will pit No. 5 seed Cal State Fullerton against eighth-seeded Pacific at noon. “I think we have started to find our indentity,” coach Mary Hegarty said. “I guess better late than never, but the team definitely seems like they’re on the same page and they’re all together. And it’s taken us a long time but we finally have a solid starting lineup and a good rotation. “We have played with every team in the conference and nobody has really run away with things against us. So I think we have a chance against any opponent that we face. We know that we have had some moments where things are hard as far as scoring goes.” The 49ers average only 54.7 points. But they scored 73 against Fullerton and then, after a 60-50 loss at UC Davis, they beat Irvine 77-63 in the regular-season finale. It seems strange to say that a 7-22 team is heading into its postseason conference tournament with confidence, but that appears to be the case for Long Beach State University. Its women’s basketball team is the not-so-proud owner of the aforementioned record. But the 49ers finished the regular season winning two of three, starting with arguably their best win of the season, 73-59 over Cal State Fullerton. The game before that, Long Beach hung very tough before losing by seven to UC Riverside, which won the regular-season Big West Conference title. 49ERS WOMENBig West Tournament semifinals Today: vs. UC Irvine, Anaheim Convention Ctr, 2:30 p.m. center_img “So we’ve learned to endure those (moments) and survive them,” Hegarty said. “I think there is a little bit of resilience that we have now. So I do think we do have a lot of confidence. A lot of people might think we’re crazy, but the last several weeks have been good for our confidence.” One of the reasons the 49ers scored so much over their season average in recent victories were because they did not give up as many second-chance points. In the 52-45 loss to Riverside on Feb. 15, Long Beach was outrebounded 52-44. More importantly, the Highlanders had 18 offensive rebounds; the 49ers had 12. Against Fullerton and Irvine, Long Beach allowed only 11 and 12 offensive rebounds, respectively, and were outrebounded overall by just one and three, respectively. “I think the offensive rebounding category is something they have tuned in to,” Hegarty said. “When you rebound, you are able to get in transition. You couple that with taking better care of the ball at times, getting some decent shots, and you start to get a few easy baskets.” Hegarty apparently has been getting her point across. “The main focus in practice has been rebounding,” said freshman guard Courtney Jacob, who had 11 rebounds against Irvine last Saturday. “A lot of rebound drills, boxing out, just making sure we get the ball before the other team does.” Sophomore guard Karina Figueroa is averaging 16.5 points and has been the top player all season. But sophomore Kaiti O’Brien has really come on of late, averaging 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds for February, including 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. UCI. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Committee OKs gay marriage bill

first_imgThe Republican governor told a group of high school students in February that he would turn down the bill again if it reached his desk this year. But Leno said lawmakers should keep trying. “The time has come for California to honor its commitment to equality for all Californians by allowing each of our citizens the right to marry the person he or she loves,” he said. He said failure to allow same-sex marriages would deny a long list of benefits to gays, including pension, health care and veterans’ benefits available to married couples. The bill’s opponents, agreeing with Schwarzenegger, said the state Constitution prevents the Legislature from authorizing gay marriages unless voters first overturn Proposition 22. “The Constitution says clearly that this Legislature cannot trump the vote of the people of California,” said Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families. “The vote of the people of California seven years ago was to say only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” SACRAMENTO – A state Assembly committee voted for a bill that would allow gay couples to marry, despite a veto threat and a continuing debate over the legislation’s constitutionality. The Judiciary Committee approved Tuesday the bill by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, sending it to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop before the Assembly floor. The 7-3 vote split along party lines, with Democrats backing the proposal and Republicans opposing it. Lawmakers approved a nearly identical measure in 2005, but it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor argued that it violated Proposition 22, an anti-gay marriage initiative adopted by California voters in 2000. But Leno said Proposition 22 was drafted to prevent California from having to recognize gay marriages performed in other states and countries. He said his bill would amend another section of law dealing with marriages performed in California. Proposition 22’s authors could have broadened the measure’s language to ensure that it also would ban same-sex marriages in California, but they failed to do so because of “sloppiness and error on their part,” Leno said. “Their intent was to deny same-sex couples respect and dignity under the law,” he said. “They did not do their job well. They created the ambiguity.” He said recent polls indicate that public support for gay marriage is increasing. But civil rights shouldn’t be decided by a public vote, he added. “That’s why we have three branches of government – to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority,” he said. The debate over the bill’s constitutionality is likely to be decided late this year or early next year by the state Supreme Court, which is weighing whether California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection, privacy and free expression rights.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

New day-laborer center OK’d

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I think this is going to be one of the best-run facilities into the future,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents parts of Van Nuys and Sylmar. “It took a lot of work and cooperation with Home Depot.” The plan calls for the Youth Policy Institute to operate a resource center in a building in the parking lot of the Home Depot at Balboa Place and Roscoe Boulevard on property owned by the city’s airport agency. Home Depot will pay to renovate the building, and the Youth Policy Institute will receive $150,000 in city funding. Councilman Greig Smith, whose district includes residential areas near the store, said the city and the company must make sure potential workers actually use the center. “What the neighbors have complained about for years is that (job seekers) are stretched out all along this boulevard looking for jobs but the building sits empty,” he said. “Unless Home Depot steps up to the plate and pushes people into this building, the project will fail.” The San Fernando Valley is poised to get its second city-sponsored day-labor center after the City Council approved a plan Wednesday for a site in Van Nuys. The council unanimously approved a lease agreement in which Home Depot and the city will support an effort by the nonprofit Youth Policy Institute to establish a site to aid job seekers. The vote comes as Los Angeles officials consider a citywide policy on day-labor facilities, and neighboring cities, most recently Burbank, add sites of their own. The new center would be the eighth city-backed site in Los Angeles, with three more in the works. Officials touted the Van Nuys plan as a model that could be replicated elsewhere. Cardenas said he is confident the Van Nuys site will succeed because it will provide programming to keep people inside, and two Youth Policy Institute staffers will be present at all times. The site will include job, computer and English-language training, as well as medical services, said Luis Perez, coordinator with the Youth Policy Institute, which has operated a similar center in North Hollywood for 15 years. While the North Hollywood site sees from 80 to 110 job-seekers a day, the Van Nuys facility would likely draw even more, Perez said. “This site is open to everybody and anybody who’s looking for work,” he said. “It’s open to anybody who’s willing to come in and conduct themselves in a professional way.” Jobs would be disseminated according to a lottery system, Perez said, with consideration given to workers with special skills. The arrangement in Van Nuys will serve as a template as the city expands the Day Laborer Program, said Delphia Jones, director of the Human Services and Family Development Division of the city’s Community Development Department. One of the sites under consideration now for such a center is a Home Depot in Canoga Park. Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area, said he would welcome an effectively run program because the issue concerns his constituents. “You go to Home Depot and get bombarded by people looking for work,” Zine said. “I understand them looking for work, but we have a responsibility for maintaining some semblance of order.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA JUDGE has ordered the destruction of a series of items used by Donegal poachers.Judge Paul Kelly made the order after an application by the cross-Border Loughs Agency.Conservation officer John McCartney said the haul amounted to items seized on the Donegal side of the Border in 2013. The Loughs Agency has to apply to the court for destruction orders on items which it seizes in the line of duty.The application before Letterkenny District Court was for 143 illegal nets, 11 boats, 3 fishing rods, 3 eel traps, 4 fixed blade knives and other assorted items.All of these items were seized by Fishery Officers in Donegal in cases where people were illegally fishing made off leaving them behind, Mr McCartney told Judge Paul Kelly.“In the case of nets, given the low salmon numbers particularly in the River Finn, fishery officers will seize a net to prevent fish getting trapped rather than wait for the poachers to return to collect it,” he said.“This was of particular concern last year when we had a period of low water and high temperature conditions.”POACHING CRACKDOWN: JUDGE ORDERS DESTRUCTION OF 143 ILLEGAL FISHING NETS AND 11 BOATS was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:destruction orderdonegalfishing netsLoughs Agencylast_img read more

Professor completes Donner trek

first_imgAbout half of the 89 Donner Party members died and some survivors ate the flesh of their dead companions near the mountain pass that now bears the party’s name. Bergthold, 71, left the Hastings Cutoff near Overland Pass south of Elko to follow a more direct, unspoiled cross-country route to Battle Mountain. “It could have possibly saved the Donner Party some time if they took it,” he said, acknowledging the party would have had no way to know about the route. Bergthold was joined on the hike by Christine Bowers, Al Caler and Connie Simpkins. Simpkins was knocked off it for more than a week near Elko after she became dehydrated and her legs gave out. “The difficulties just make you appreciate all the little things like the beautiful sunsets and absolute silence at night,” Bergthold said. “The landscape is just enthralling even on the dirty desert.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I have the greatest respect in the world for the Donners and all the other pioneers who came west,” said Bergthold, an assistant photography professor at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. “I’m glad we still commemorate these pioneers and their spirit. After all, that’s what we come from,” he said. Bergthold’s latest adventure was preceded by a 35-day, 350-mile trek from Battle Mountain to Death Valley in the winter of 1996-97 and by a similar walk from Death Valley to the Salton Sea in the winter of 1999-2000. He concluded after the earlier hikes that despite the hardship of cross-country travel, the Donner Party probably could have survived by taking a more southerly route across the Sierra. On the latest hike, he started out on the Hastings Cutoff – the infamous “shortcut” that helped doom the group of California-bound pioneers who became stranded by heavy snow in the Sierra in the winter of 1846-47. RENO, Nev. – On the 160th anniversary of its tragic journey west, the Donner Party has gained a new fan. Lee Bergthold is praising the group’s grit after completing a 32-day, 300-mile trek through the Nevada desert and mountains from the Utah border to Battle Mountain, about 220 miles east of Reno. It was the third and final leg of a multi-year project designed to give the former Marine Corps survival instructor insight into the Donner Party and whether it could have fared better by taking alternate routes on the western end of its trip. Like the earlier travelers, Bergthold had to contend with heat, dust and a lack of water before wrapping up the hike Tuesday. last_img read more

Woman who kicked car then spat at Garda

first_imgA young woman who was caught kicking a car then spat at an officer as he approached her.Erin Purdy appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with assaulting a Garda and being intoxicated. Purdy, aged 21, was kicking the car outside Sister Sara’s Nightclub in Letterkenny on October 25th last.Inspector Sean Grant said she was very aggressive and had to be restrained.Her solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was usually a very placid young lady most of the time and showed great promise as a student.He added that on this occasion she was out of control.Ms Purdy, who is originally from Cork but had moved to Donegal, received the Probation Act from Judge Paul Kelly.Woman who kicked car then spat at Garda was last modified: March 30th, 2018 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:courtdonegalGardaispatlast_img read more


first_imgGaeil Fhánada GAA NewsLotto ResultsNo Jackpot Winner. Nos drawn were 02, 13. 14, 15, 20, bonus 16, €100 winner James Gallagher, Rathmullan. Bonus winner M.T. Clinton, Glassagh. €4,000 would be nice lift, if you’re not in, you can’t win!Gaeil Fhánada gear supplied by Michael Murphy SportsNew 2015 Gaeil Fhánada jersey available for Christmas. All enquiries to Michael Murphy Sports. Be the first to wear our new strip!Minor Ladies Comhghairdeas chuig ár bhfoireann cailíní f18 sa chraobh in éadan CLG Cloich Cheannfhaola as baile ag an deireadh seachtaine seo caite. Our minor girls played away in the championship last weekend to CLG Cloich Cheannfhaola. Congratulations to our minor ladies who had a great win 2:15 to 1:02. Start as you mean to go on!!!Ranganna GaeilgeTá ranganna gaeilge ar siúl ag Gaeltacht Bheo Fhánada do dhaoine fásta faoi láthair! Tá siad ag diriú ar achan leibhéal d’fhoghlaimeoir ó dhaoine nach bhfuil acu ach cúpla focail go daoine ar mhaith leo snas a chur ar an méid atá acu! Bíonn na ranganna ar siúl achan Oíche Luain i mBaile Thiarnáin ó 7.15 – 9.15. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil, téigh i dteagmháil le Gaeltacht Bheo Fhánada.Gaeltacht Bheo Fhánada are running Irish classes for adults each Monday night from 7.15 – 9.15 These classes cater for every level from beginners to advanced.Notice of Gaeil Fhánada C.L.G. A.G.M. Gaeil Fhánada A.G.M. will be held on Sunday 11th January 2015 at 5p.m.Club Members are invited to submit nominations for the various Club Officer positions and motions to Fiona Shiels by 8th January 2015.Please ensure that you obtain the consent of the person(s) nominated.All Club members are invited and encouraged to attend our Club AGM. GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA MINOR GIRLS EARN BRILLIANT WIN OVER CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fanad gaelsGAANoticesSportlast_img read more