Take Time’s Future is on the Line

first_imgIn the early parts of 2013 we ran across a little boy who appeared homeless, but after intense investigation we learned that he was being taken care of by his vulnerable grandmother Teresa Smith. Teresa, who was very poor and living off the money she made from selling brooms pulled our paper aside and told us the story of six year-old Taketime Smith.“His mother Jacky is not sound and wanders in the streets from sun up till sun down. Right now Taketime is suffering and so am I. My husband recently died from TB and I have no money or way to make it at all,” she shared with us.Immediately we featured them in our paper. Fortunately, Hon Richard Tolbert stepped up to the plate and assisted the family with over $10,000ld, money that helped the family greatly.Ma Teresa, who contracted a serious cough in the mid part of 2014 again reached out to our paper that the house where she managed to keep Taketime and his cousins Savior, Gabriel, Henry, Blessing and Princes had neither roofing nor a front door.Unfortunately, the deadly Ebola virus was on its rampage at that time and there was nothing to be done.A Redemption Hospital nurse took Taketime mother, Jacky Smith to a mental hospital for rehabilitation shortly after we featured them in our paper. She was treated and medicated. But, the family says in some point of her treatment process, Jacky relapsed and began wandering the streets again while talking to herself.“J flo became mentally ill when Taketime was a toddler and that’s how his grandmother took him, but not without a fight. She and the boy hid themselves in an abandoned house under bad conditions after she had to fight Jacky for the boy. Taketime hardly wears clothes or shoes on his feet, the child is suffering” added Junior, the son in law of Teresa.During the Ebola outbreak, Jacky disappeared and news circulate that she was seen wandering in Sinoe. And like any mother would have done, ma Teresa packed Taketime and her bags and rushed to Sinoe to look for her child Jacky (j flo).Unfortunately, the cough that consumed the ma Teresa became worse after she arrived to Sinoe. Unknowingly to her grandchildren in Monrovia that she left behind, Ma Teresa passed away in the Sinoe. Word came back to the city that her body was taken away by the Ebola unit.“Ma Teresa died way out there and left Taketime. Right now we don’t know where he is but we heard that he’s now with his crazy mother, walking around,”As of now, the daughter of the late Teresa Smith is begging for assistance in getting Taketime back to Monrovia in the care of the government. Its said that Jacky and her son Taketime are stranded in Sinoe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Orange Lucky Winners’ AFCON Experience: ‘A Feeling Like no Other’

first_imgOne of the nine lucky winners cheers from the stands of the Cairo Int’l Stadium. (Photo: Orange) The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) officially came to an end on Thursday, July 17, with Algeria of North Africa edging out Senegal 1-0 to emerge as champions.Liberia was not part of the competition, but nine Liberians, through the courtesy of Orange Liberia, had a once in a life time experience when they witnessed the game.What makes this experience an exceptional one? The nine Orange subscribers became lucky winners participated and became winners in the ‘Predict and Win’ competition during Liberia’s biggest sporting festival, the National County Sports Meet held in 2018.Orange could have decided to reward those winners by affording them the opportunity to watch the semifinals and final of the County Meet from the VIPs (very important persons) and treat them like VIPs, something that was also going to be rewarding.However, the telecommunication company, being an authorized and a major sponsor of AFCON for 15 years, chose to make the nine winners’ achievement a memorable one.The winners were Saiffa Holmes, John Jallah, Sampson Flomo, Mohammed Dukuly, Parker Markie Morris Coleman and Garsaynee Abu Sall. They enjoyed an all expense trip to Cairo, Egypt from Orange.Upon arrival in Cairo, the winners began to enjoy their experience by having dinner at Abu Sid Zamalek. The dinner was followed by another memorable moment through a visit inside the Giza Pyramids. The Giza pyramid complex, also called the Giza Necropolis, is the site on the Giza Plateau in Egypt that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza. All were built during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. The site also includes several cemeteries and the remains of a workers’ village. It is by far the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence.The biggest and most memorable moment of all was to watch the semifinals match between Algeria and Nigeria at Cairo international Stadium. The Cairo International Stadium, formerly known as Nasser Stadium, is an Olympic-standard, multi-use stadium with an all-seated capacity of 75,000.The winners also had a camel ride experience. (Photo: Orange)“I had a lot of doubt in my mind if this trip would really happen, because there were lots of fake promotions from other people, but I am now a witness that when Orange says it will do something it does it and it is hundred percent real,” one of the lucky winners, Mohammed Dukuly, narrated after they were welcomed back home by the company. “I was very afraid of being on an airplane for the first time, but once we got there, everything was wonderful and I really enjoyed the tripImagine all of those experiences and hospitality all at the expense of a telecommunication company just through a ‘Predict and Win’ competition. It is indeed a feeling that those nine lucky winners cannot imagine.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suicide is not an option – social worker

first_imgSeptember 10 is set aside to observe World Suicide Prevention Day annually. This year, the general theme is “Working together to prevent suicide”.Social Worker at the Mental Health Unit, Alicia Solomon in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) said that emphasis is continuously placed on those affected by suicide. According to Solomon, family members are also counselled and referred for further interventions.Social Worker attached to the Mental Health Unit, Alicia Solomon“Suicide is not ending… it often creates a bigger challenge. The person thinks removing themselves is a solution; but what happens to the family members, the people they leave behind?” Solomon remarked.The social worker emphasised that suicide not only involves the death of an individual but can affect families and communities negatively. She also pointed to the fact that there have been trends noted in many suicide cases – with mental health issues being one of the major factors. This condition, Solomon said, often results from constant substance abuse.“People who use [illegal] substances build the courage to commit the act… very often it is a person who lacks coping skills. They may have relationship issues, or they might have problems with their job, and they have been trying other ways of dealing with it. But when nothing seems to work, they decide, maybe if I remove myself then this problem will end,” Solomon is quoted by DPI as saying,Taking all this into consideration, the Mental Health Unit has organised activities for World Suicide Prevention Day to raise awareness. The general population will be targetted to spread the message that there is help and support available for persons who need it.Today, September 10, 2019, an awareness rally and concert is planned. There will be a walk from the Mental Health Unit to the National Cultural Centre from 13:00h, after which there will be a concert.There will be live performances including skits and other cultural items such as song and dance, ministerial speeches, NGOs and other concerned stakeholders in the fight against suicide will also be present.Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) will also host a programme starting at 06:30h with a walk from the Woodley Park Health Centre to the compound of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC). This will be followed by a brief cultural programme and a blood drive and health fair.last_img read more

Ancelotti convinced ex-Chelsea star to join AC Milan

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Alex was convinced to join AC Milan by his old Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti.Alex and the Italian worked together at Stamford Bridge and more recently at Paris Saint-Germain.Ancelotti is a legend at Milan – through his trophy-laden spells there as a player and as a manager  – and he made Alex fully aware of what he could expect at the San Siro under new manager Filippo Inzaghi.“For me, Ancelotti has always been like a father. He always gave me great support and contributed to my career at Chelsea and PSG,” the centre-back said.“I am sure Ancelotti and Inzaghi have spoken and that is probably why I am here.” 1 Brazil defender Alex last_img read more


first_imgKilcar GAA NewsOur Under 21s defeated Naomh Conaill 1-20 to 3-08 on Saturday in McCumhaill Park in the championship quarter final and now face Four Masters in the semis this weekend time and venue to be confirmed.Underage The club underage presentation night takes place on Friday 12th December in The Blue HavenClub AppWe have now 145 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha. 1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Ten Week DrawWeek Seven Winners: €1,000 Mary B Ryan, Glen, €500 Jimmy and Mary O’Donnell, Straleel, €300 Patrick McGroarty, c/o Swan Nets €200 Claire Gallagher, Cronroad, Dessie and Patricia Kelly, Castlefin and Jimmy White, Killybegs.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €2,200 this week’s numbers were 9, 12,13 and 24 winners were: €50 Padriag Doherty (Bogadh ), €30 Anna Byrne (Teelin) and €20 Seamus Dean (Kilcar). Lotto Plus numbers 9, 12, 13 and 24 there was no winner.Bingo Club Bingo winners were €150 Joan Rafferty, €120 Micky Brown, €95 Brendan O’Keeney, €70 Máire Gillespie, Annie McGinley, Bernard Shovlin, Margaret O’Donnell (Shalway), Pamela Bonner, Maire Gallagher and John Cunningham. The Jackpot on Sunday is €3,400 on 45 numbers.KILCAR U21’S IN SUPERB FORM AS THEY DEFEAT NAOMH CONAILL TO REACH CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: December 8th, 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgPresent at the launch are Chambers members with members of Letterkenny CDP from left Tanya Kerr, Amanda McNamee, Joan Kane, Gerard Grant, Chamber President, Mark Bundschu, Aaron Gillespie, Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber CEO and Margaret Toner. Pic: Clive WassonThe Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting their hugely popular and ‘terrifyingly scary’ Halloween Fest, which will provide fun and games to all. On Friday, the 31st of October, the town centre will be filled with entertainment, face painting, trick or treating, a Pet Parade and even some scary dancing.The festival builds on the success of last year’s event that is now making it’s mark on Letterkenny. This year the week starts with Letterkenny CDP holding their annual Monster Bash on Sunday 26th October in Letterkenny Community Centre.Then during the week everyone will be getting into the spirit with decorations, facepainting, characters and lots of fun taking place in Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Letterkenny Retail Parks, The Courtyard Shopping Centre and of course Main Street.On Friday 31st, businesses across Letterkenny will be participating in a trick or treat trail for all the children and along the way there will be a chance to have your face painted.You’ll also get to hear some ghoulish stories on Church Lane, play some games at the Courthouse and have your photo taken in our dedicated photobooth in The Courtyard Shopping Centre. There will also be a fancy dress competitions and lots more.This year will see the second annual Pet Parade taking place at 4.15pm.Toni Forrester told Donegal Daily, “Last year we got a small start with over 20 pets and their owners in all kinds of costumes, so this year why not dress up and bring your dog, cat, iguana along and join in the fun.“It’s just a short parade to end the afternoon activities.Gerard Grant Chamber President told Donegal Daily, “I’m pleased to launch the ShopLK Halloween Fest this year. “With just a month to go we are delighted to be working with our ShopLK members, Letterkenny Town Team and Letterkenny CDP who have their own annual Monster Bash and who will be providing out photobooth and Halloween games.“This year is a real community effort, people love dressing up so why not make it a family occasion this year.“Last year’s campaign was a massive success with lots of Children and whole families dressing up.“It was thoroughly enjoyed by the children, parents and the business owners of the town. “There was a great atmosphere created around the event and it was lovely to see the children having such a good time.They’re hoping to build on the success of the last two years and make this year’s Halloween Festival the best yet.They’d love to see as many families and young people as possible come to Main Street and then visit the other shopping areas such as the Retail Parks and Letterkenny Shopping Centre.There will be prizes, treats and some surprises along the way.For more details and times go to www.facebook.com/shoplkFor more information please contact:Toni ForresterEmail: admin@letterkennychamber.comPhone: 074 9124866Details of the event can be found on http://www.shoplk.ie/newsShop LK’s retail initiatives are funded by the Letterkenny Town CouncilLETTERKENNY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE ‘FRIGHTENINGLY’ GOOD HALLOWEN FESTIVAL LINE-UP was last modified: October 15th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Entrepreneur once affected by poverty gives back to SVDP in inspiring way

first_imgPeadar Jim’s Property Maintenence founder Peter Blake gave back to Saint Vincent de Paul by hosting a live auction of a renovated bicycle which went for a staggering €550.Peter hosted the live auction on his company’s Facebook page, and said; “Saint Vincent de Paul helped me out in the recession so many times, I had to swallow my pride and ask for help. They gave me a bag of coal and €40 worth of food vouchers on numerous occasions. Like so many others struggling in the same situation to date St Vincent de Paul does remarkable work!”“I’m very fortunate I got through the tough times and started my own business so I’ve decided to give back to St Vincent de Paul and auction this bicycle I purchased two months ago and I gave it to the brilliant Marty Sparky Sharkey from Sharkey’s Signs Newtowncunningham asked him to work his magic on it and he certainly did that because I know he is a bike fanatic and was the right man to go see, massive thanks to him.” After renovating the bike, Marty gave the bike a new lease of life All proceeds went to SVDP with the aim of making Christmas a little more comfortable for Donegal families who may be facing hardship.On top of having people bid on the bike, others donated directly to SVDP, with one anonymous donor giving a massive €500 to the charity.Peter added; “This will hopefully help a lot more people who are struggling especially coming up to the Christmas period. I hope this raises awareness to people and shows them that it’s okay to ask for help.” Leonard Watson of Watson Menswear Letterkenny successfully bid €550 on Peter’s live auction and won the very unique bike.And to top off an amazing weekend for Peter, he won the Best Start-up Business at the Letterkenny Chamber Business Awards on Friday night.If you would like to donate to SVDP you can do so by following this link:https://www.svp.ie/get-involved/donate/single-donation.aspxEntrepreneur once affected by poverty gives back to SVDP in inspiring way was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Odds cut further on QPR going down – and punters fancy Wolves to make it seven

first_imgThese are worrying times for QPR, who are being sucked into a relegation battle and are now just 9/4 – yes, 9/4 – with BetVictor to be playing League One football next season. Ian Holloway’s side are now just three points above the drop zone after losing six matches in a row.And we think they’ll struggle again against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday.The home side are our odd-on favourites at 4/7, with Rangers 4/1 to get the win they so desperately need, and the draw is 5/2.Brentford are also underdogs, despite home advantage, when hosting Norwich City.Canaries boss Alex Neil remains under serious pressure at Carrow Road and it could possibly be curtains for the Scot if his team lose at Brentford.The Bees are 7/4, with Norwich 13/8 and the draw 9/4.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.Charlie Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Arunachal safe as China river barrier breaches again

first_imgThe Disaster Management Department in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday marked the central part of the State safe after water from Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo river over-topped a landslide-induced barrier in the morning and started flowing downstream.Landslide in MilinA landslide in the Milin section of the river had created a 1.7 km barrier at 11 a.m. on October 29, temporarily blocking the flow of water towards Arunachal Pradesh. A landslide of bigger intensity in the same section on October 17 had created a 3.5 km barrier.The Yarlung Tsangpo becomes the Siang after entering India and flows through three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang — before meeting two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.Water over-topping“We received information from China via the Central Water Commission that the accumulated water began over-topping the Milin section barrier at 9.30 a.m. The water reached Tuting in Upper Siang at 5.55 p.m. and is likely to reach Pasighat (on Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border) at 3 a.m. on Thursday,” said Bidol Tayeng, Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Department secretary.Second breach Mr. Tayeng said that the force and volume of the water were less than that on October 19 when the barrier formed on Yarlung Tsangpo 13 days ago had breached.However, the heads of the districts through which the Siang river meanders have been asked to ensure people do not venture out to the river for any purpose until the flow of water becomes normal.last_img read more

Youths must be empowered to nurture their potential: Pul

first_imgItanagar, Feb 24 (PTI) New Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today said youths of the state have immense potential which must be nurtured by empowering them. ?We have to make our youths realize their potential through inspirational and motivational exposures, career guidance and capacity building,? he said. Encouraging the youths to take up sports activities, the chief minister aid physical activity is vital to fostering of physical, social and emotional health to develop their employability skills. To harness the youths potential more employment and career opportunities for sports would be created through partnerships with all segments and institutions of the state, he added. Pul announced that sportspersons who have brought laurels to the state would be properly awarded. He congratulated weightlifter Umpe Dambi, who hails from the state, who won a gold at the 11th Youth (Boys & Girls) and 52nd Men & 28th Women Junior National Weightlifting Championships held at Patna recently. Dambi lifted 91 kg in the snatch section to win the gold medal, an official release informed. The chief minister also congratulated Gungte Yangfo, who won a bronze medal in the snatch section by lifting 80 kg and encouraged Ruba Tadu, who settled fifth in the championship for his future performance, it added. PTI UPL KK KKlast_img read more