Senator George Weah has proposed the coalition of political parties as the best alternative to retire the Unity Party led government at the 2017 polls.Presidential elections will be held in two years with an expected full field of candidates in the quest for national leadership. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is serving her second and final term.Speaking over the weekend in Ganta City, Nimba County, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader, Senator Weah, noted that capturing state power in 2017 requires a “shared vision” that will bring together the best minds from the Liberian political arena to successfully counter the Unity Party’s quest for an uninterrupted 12 years of governance.Said Weah, “We are very mindful that the unfolding political equation towards 2017 speaks about cooperation and collaboration among political parties and politicians with shared vision.“When we speak of political collaboration we speak not solely of increased numerical strength but essentially of consensus building on key national issues. The CDC is therefore open to dialogue and will in fact encourage cooperation and collaboration with other political parties and politicians. However, we will certainly not sacrifice our values and shared vision on the altar of numerical strength.” The Montserrado County lawmaker’s comments contradict previous assertions by some of his party officials, including National Chairman Nathaniel McGill, that “Weah will not be second to any candidate come 2017.”It can be recalled that prior to the 2011 elections, similar comments about Weah being the best choice to lead the CDC as a frontrunner were heard many times from party stalwarts, but it turned out that Weah eventually yielded his status to UN trained diplomat Cllr. Winston Tubman.The former FIFA world best soccer legend again defended the assertions of his dominance by saying, “If we have to do it alone, we can and we will.”Again, knowing that in two previous elections CDC has failed to collect the majority of votes required to govern the state, Weah noted, “We rather not, because, political cooperation and collaboration will strengthen our national vision and build consensus on national policy issues.”He described the planned political marriage as “essential in sustaining the peace and driving development.”To achieve this policy objective, he said, “The CDC will and must remain at the helm of any political collaboration to ensure that the confidence reposed in us by our mass followers is not betrayed.”According to him, “CDC believes that peace is cardinal to development and it can only be achieved through social justice, equal opportunity and equitable distribution of the national wealth.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Syria’s players celebrate at the end of their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match against Iran, earning a crucial point that set off celebrations in their war-ravaged homeland © AFP / ATTA KENAREHONG KONG, China, Sep 6 – Syrian fans expressed joy as their fairytale World Cup campaign headed into an Asian play-off against Australia — whose coach found himself under rising pressure.Saudi Arabia also celebrated booking their spot at Russia 2018, but South Korean supporters appeared unconvinced after a 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan took their team to a ninth straight World Cup. After the final night of Asian qualifiers, South Korea and the Saudis joined Iran and Japan by sealing their trips to Russia, while Syria and Australia finished third in their groups to go into the play-off series.Syria’s Omar Al Soma scored in injury time to force a 2-2 draw at Iran’s Azadi Stadium, earning a crucial point that set off celebrations in their war-ravaged homeland.Syria have never reached the World Cup before, and their current success comes despite the brutal civil war that has forced them to play all their home games abroad.“I cannot describe my happiness… I hope that peace will prevail across Syria,” said Lara Hanna, 35, who watched the game in a Damascus coffee shop.“Of course we wanted the national team to win,” even if Syria is divided into “the opposition and the regime”, said 30-year-old Abu Badr in Eastern Ghouta, where a group of fans watched the game in a farm.“The team represents all of Syria and we hope they will win in the play-offs and go on to qualify for the World Cup,” he said.The mood was markedly worse in Australia, where the Socceroos were pitched into the lottery of the play-offs despite a 2-1 victory over Thailand in Melbourne.Coach Ange Postecoglou, who led Australia to the Asian Cup title in 2015, brushed off questions about his future while admitting he was “not everyone’s cup of tea”.“What do you do? I took the role to do it a certain way and I’ll see it through,” Postecoglou said.“I’ve survived much worse than this and if anything it motivates me to keep going because I want to make sure Australian football gets on the right path.”– ‘Lippi loves China’ –China, bidding to improve on their world ranking of 77th and become one of the globe’s top football nations, again missed out despite their 2-1 win over Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts.But China’s fortunes have risen since the arrival of Marcello Lippi last October, and officials praised the achievements of the Italian World Cup-winning coach.“Since Marcello Lippi has been leading the team, the changes have been very big,” said Chinese Football Association (CFA) president Cai Zhenhua, according to the People’s Daily.“The team has an entirely new aspect,” he added. “Marcello Lippi loves China very much. We also hope that he can offer his football philosophy and rich experience to China.”South Korea’s coach Shin Tae-Yong also took over mid-campaign, and he promised doubtful fans that the team would be much improved by Russia.The Taeguk Warriors suffered shock qualifying defeats to China and Qatar, and ended their campaign with back-to-back goalless draws.“The world will see how strong South Korea are at the World Cup,” he told journalists after Tuesday’s stalemate in Tashkent.South Korea’s fans, however, feared the worst.“Should we go to the World Cup just to be knocked out in the first round?” posted one fan, while another wrote: “I am confused. Why am I angry rather than joyful after the team reached the World Cup?”Syria and Australia play a two-legged play-off next month, with the winner going into an intercontinental play-off against a team from the CONCACAF federation.burs/th/amz0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Just when Leeds fans thought the future was bright ahead of a busy summer, Garry Monk resigned from his position as boss. The 38-year-old had been expected to extend his stay at the West Yorkshire outfit, with new owner Andrea Radrizzani indicating he would trigger a 12-month extension in his contract before arranging a longer deal.But Monk informed the Whites on Thursday how he would no longer wish to ‘discuss terms for a longer contract’ – READ THE FULL STATEMENTREAD MORE: talkSPORT becomes the new home of the English Football LeagueLeeds fans were hopeful for next season under the former Swansea manager, after he guided them to seventh place in the Championship, defying expectations. But for an end-of-season dip in form, they looked set to make the play-offs.The move comes just two days after Italian tycoon Radrizzani completed his takeover of the club, and a day after promising teenager Ronaldo Vieira signed a new four-year deal.But, as always seems to be the case with Leeds, the good news never lasts and they are back to square one ahead of next season.See how Leeds fans reacted below… Garry Monk: The 38-year-old shocked Leeds fans by quitting the club READ MORE: talkSPORT becomes the new home of the English Football League
IT SEEMS people will do anything to get their hands on a Donegal flag – including STEALING them!And the latest victim of the Donegal GAA flag snatchers is none other than the Deputy for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty.It’s the second time the Sinn Fein’s Gaoth Dobhair office flag has been stolen, said the TD. He arrived back yesterday from a week camping with his wife and children in Arklow to discover the latest theft.“Can’t believe someone stole my Donegal flag from the flagpole outside SF office in Gweedore last night. 2nd time it happened,” tweeted Mr Doherty.But he is by no means the first victim.Flag thefts have been reported across the county, with businesses suffering most. One north Donegal car dealer admitted to us: “It has cost me a fortune. I’ve lost more than a dozen flags so far – and I’m not putting up any new ones until a couple of days before the semi-final against Cork.” SNATCHED! THIEVES NICK TD’S DONEGAL FLAG – FOR THE SECOND TIME! was last modified: August 11th, 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:SNATCHED! THIEVES NICK TD’S DONEGAL FLAG – FOR THE SECOND TIME!
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURES SATURDAY 04-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupFintown Harps AFC v Glenea United ReservesArranmore United v Ramelton Mariners (K.O. 1 p.m.) Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAY 05-01-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Lifford Celtic v Cranford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Drumoghill F.C.Castlefin Celtic v Cappry Rovers SOCCER – ALL YOUR DONEGAL LEAGUE FIXTURES FOR THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 31st, 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 LEAGUE FIXTURES
Having extended their unbeaten league run to twelve games on Friday night last, Finn Harps go into Friday’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup tie against Longford Town in confident mood.Last season Harps reached their first semi-final in the competition in fifteen years but didn’t face a team from a Division above them until the last four meeting with St. Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park.And in Longford – who were First Division Champions last season – Harps face a step up from any side that Ollie Horgan’s men have faced in the league this season. “Longford have done well this season in the top division,” said Harps boss Horgan ahead of Friday’s game at the City Calling Stadium.“Tony Cousins has a great mix of youth with the likes of Jamie Mulhall, Kaleem Simon and Ben Mohammed added to the class and experience of Stephen Rice, Mark Salmon, Pat Sullivan and Kevin O Connor. Sullivan and Shaw are a handful for the top teams, let alone us,” he warned.“We played Longford four times last year and failed to score in any of those games,” continued Horgan, stressing the difficulty that Friday’s opponents pose. “They have improved again from that so it will be very difficult to go there and get anything out of game, let alone score.”Last Friday night, Harps created a little bit of history at Finn Park as they started a league campaign still unbeaten after twelve games for the first time. “It’s a good start but that’s all it is,” said Horgan. “We need to improve as other teams have and will. UCD, for example, are a better team now than when we played them last so we need to try and improve also.To keep their unbeaten run going, Harps had to come from behind twice in the game to claim a share of the spoils.“UCD outplayed us for large periods of the game and had the majority of possession. Their movement in the middle of the field was excellent so a draw was certainly a good result for us,” said Horgan of the 2-2 draw.“Both UCD goals looked like winning goals at the time but we showed good character to get something out of the game especially after Robbie Benson’s goal with little time left.”Looking ahead to Friday, this is the fourth time the two clubs have been paired together in the Cup with Harps progressing on the first two occasions and Longford last time out. The first meeting was in 1995/96 when Harps won on a 5-2 scoreline at Finn Park. The clubs were drawn together again in 1999/2000 when it took a replay for Harps to progress – the initial tie saw the teams share four goals in Longford before Harps won 7-1 in the replay at Finn Park. The most recent meeting was four years ago when Longford progressed on a 1-0 scoreline in a Finn Park replay after the club had played out a scoreless draw in the midlands. Packie Mailey was able to take his place on the bench for last Friday’s game against UCD and is available to make his first appearance of the season against Longford. Keith Cowan and Brian McGroary remain sidelined.Should Friday’s game finish in a draw, a replay will take place at Finn Park on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st June, at 8.00pm in Finn Park.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Brian McGroary, Keith Cowan.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-W-D-D-W-D (12 pts)Longford Town: L-W-D-L-L-W (7 pts) RECORD AGAINST LONGFORD TOWN (FAI Cup)Friday’s game will be the 6th meeting of the two clubs in the FAI Cup, and the 3rd to be played in Longford.HARPS TAKE LEAGUE BREAK TO FACE LONGFORD IN FAI CUP was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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:fai cupfinn harpsLongford Town
Glenswilly’s third team capped off a super week for the club when they beat Naomh Chonail of Glenties in the C county championship final at O’Donnell Park this afternoon.The Glen men were cruising at half time thanks in part to a Johnny McGinley goal and led 1-4 to 0-0 as Naomh Chonail, with four wides, just couldn’t find the target.But Glenties stuck to their task and turned the game on its head in the second half as they chipped away at Glenswilly’s lead. Points from Maitis MaCealbhui, Jono Molloy, Eoin Molloy and Kieran McHugh brought Glenties right back into it.But Glenswilly were given some breathing space when Dermot McGinley grabbed what proved to be Glen’s only second half point.It was enough to keep a bit of daylight between the sides.Glenties were thrown a lifeline when Mickey McDaid, who had enjoyed a great game throughout, was red carded for Glenswilly. But Glenties just couldn’t puncture the Glen rearguard after that.A super interception by Glenswilly goalkeeper Charlie McGrenra had the Glen support in cheers as they hung on for another famous victory.Super Glenswilly capture C Championship to round off brilliant week! was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 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)
Compiled by Lucille DavieThe Rise and Fall of Apartheid, a massive exhibition of 700 historic photos capturing the harsh realities and eventual downfall of apartheid, will open on 13 February at Museum Africa in Johannesburg. View a selection of images from the exhibit, a “rich tapestry of materials that have rarely been shown together”, on display in South Africa after a run in New York, Munich and Milan.Gille de Vlieg. The street outside a meeting held to call on the apartheid regime to stop harassing Winnie Mandela. Johannesburg Centre, February 14, 1986. (Image: © Gille de Vlieg).Graeme Williams. Right-wing groups gather in Pretoria’s Church Square to voice their anger at the FW de Klerk government’s attempts to transform the country, 1990. (Image: © Graeme Williams)Cedric Nunn. A mother mourns the death of her son, a supporter of the United Democratic Front, in the Natal War, Mphaphameni, KwaZulu-Natal, 1987. (Image: © Cedric Nunn)Greg Marinovich. Migrant worker hostel in Thokoza township. Inkatha Freedom Party hostel residents controlled the townships around Johannesburg. Thousands of people, civilians and combatants died in the so-called Hostel Wars, 1993. (Image: © Greg Marinovich)Lesley Lawson. Mam Lydia in her room, bottom road, Langlaagte Deep Village, Crown Mines, 1982. (Image: © Lesley Lawson)Peter Magubane. Sharpeville Funeral: More than 5 000 people were at the graveyard, May 1960. (Image: Baileys African History Archive)
28 August 2014The government is working on a set of regulations that will ensure that shale gas exploration does not threaten South Africa’s environment or compromise research projects linked to the Square Kilometre Array, says Mineral Resources director-general Thibedi Ramontja.Ramontja was briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources in Cape Town on Wednesday on his department’s progress on finalising the technical regulations on petroleum exploration and exploitation by means of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.The department halted new applications for exploration rights in 2011 in order to investigate the impact that shale gas exploration would have on the environment, and an interdepartmental task team was set up to head this process. This led to the publication of the draft regulations in October.Speaking at the time, then Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said the potential of shale gas exploration and exploitation provided an opportunity for South Africa to begin exploring the production of its own fuel, and could provide huge impetus for the industrialisation of the economy.Ramontja said the regulations would be effective in dealing with the risks that shale gas exploration might pose to the environment.Among other things, the draft regulations provide mechanisms for the assessment of the potential environmental impact of any proposed activities, for the protection of fresh water resources, and for the co-existence of shale gas exploitation and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.“The draft regulations, once finalised, will result in a regulatory framework that ensures safe extraction of gas, which will contribute to the diversification of South Africa’s energy mix, significantly boost South Africa’s economy and have positive effects on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).”Ramontja said the government would consult interested and affected stakeholders next month before finalising the regulations in order to allow exploration to begin.While it was too soon to estimate the size of the country’s shale gas reserves, or the amount that shale gas exploration would contribute to the economy, he said that companies – both local and international – would not have shown such interest if they did not anticipate making profits.Shale gas exploration would not only create a new industry, he said, but would also open up new research opportunities for South Africa’s universities.Delivering his State of the Nation address to Parliament in February, President Jacob Zuma said the development of shale gas exploration would be “a game changer for the Karoo region and the South African economy … Having evaluated the risks and opportunities, the final regulations will be released soon and will be followed by the processing and granting of licences.”And in his follow-up State of the Nation address in June, Zuma said the government was preparing the way for a “radical transformation” of South Africa’s energy sector as it moved to address one of the major constraints to faster economic growth in the country.Hydraulic fracturing involves the extraction of gas trapped underground by using pressurised liquid to fracture rock. Opponents of the process argue that the economic benefits of accessing previously unavailable energy sources are outweighed by the potential environmental impacts, including contamination of ground water.According to petroleum industry estimates, 2.5-million hydraulic fracturing jobs had been performed on oil and gas wells worldwide by 2012, more than one-million of them in the United States.South Africa, according to recent estimates by the US Department of Energy, has the eighth-largest shale gas reserves in the world at 390-trillion cubic feet.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Green sure is a handy word. Over the past few years it has become one of the building industry’s most heavily used catchphrases, salted with marketing potential and earnest ecological concern.When we use the word green (or associated terms) in a GBA blog, for instance, our intention is to put its use in proper context, whether the post is about an aspect of building performance, the environmental impact of a project, or perhaps a set of green certification criteria.Our attempted levels of precision and clarity seem to diminish, however, when the word is used to describe an employment category – i.e. green jobs – as was brought to mind this week by a story published in the San Antonio Express. Headlined “Moving to ‘green jobs’ proves tough,” the article points out that employment opportunities have often been scarce for people who have trained for jobs in the alternative-energy sector, despite an analysis by the Texas town’s city government that showed there are anywhere from 2,200 to 60,750 green jobs in the area, depending the criteria used to define “green.” When the term is applied broadly and includes fields that contribute to green practices, for example, the jobs number is big, but shrinks dramatically when it’s applied only to jobs for, say, solar panel installers and wind turbine technicians.An academic issueU.S. Commerce Department figures, meanwhile, show 10,000 to 13,000 green jobs, of all categories, in the San Antonio area. In the end, in this economy, trying to accurately gauge a job’s greenness may beside the point. The focus for employers and prospective employees in San Antonio is matching training with demand.“I really don’t know what a green job is,” Mac Rattan, owner of M&M Weatherization, told the Express. “I have been doing weatherization for 15 years, so I guess we were green before green became cool.” As a participant in the vastly expanded Weatherization Assistance Program, Rattan’s company increased its workforce fivefold to 100 people, although he is well aware that when the WAP’s stimulus-funded allotments wind down, so will business.But even amid the economic uncertainty, said Les Shephard, director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at University of Texas San Antonio, the best long-term strategy for the community’s academic institutions may be to collaborate on developing renewable-energy technologies and producing graduates who will start businesses and market them. And not worry too terribly much about green labels for their own sake.“The way I look at the whole notion of green jobs is that it represents a continuum from vocational and on-the-job training to jobs created through research and innovation,” he said.