The Business Desk of the Daily Observer has credibly learned that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will veto the National Budget Law for fiscal year 2014/15 approved last week by the National Legislature. According to Executive Mansion sources, President Sirleaf will do a line veto of the budget which many economists consider a huge departure from the actual reality of the economy. The lawmakers passed the budget increasing their salaries and benefits amidst the economic challenges in the face of the Ebola crisis.“The segment of the fiscal budget passed by the legislature is not realizable,” said a Liberian public budget analyst, who feels that the lawmakers’ decision to increase the budget above US$500 million is unthinkable at this time.The National Legislature passed the budget last week increasing its re-adjusted revenue envelop from over US$473 million to US$660 million contradicting the actual numbers highlighting declining revenue and huge government deficit.The economy has receded by over 6 percent projected with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth dipping further downward to 0.4 percent due to the ongoing Ebola crisis.Investment and export as well as government spending as functions of the economy have all been hit due to the crisis.Investments have dwindled as contractors and companies declared force majeure and left the country, but this does not stop the government from paying workers and ensuring that public institutions function—-which ultimately creates extra spending pressure on the government as the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak rages.A revenue expert explained how the government would have collapsed had the World Bank and other multilateral institutions and bilateral governments not given direct budgetary support to pay health workers’ salaries and settle other costs.“The best we can do is to operate on core revenue only,” said this expert who preferred anonymity.Tax revenue is the government’s single largest resilience for funding, but with most of the businesses hit hardest by the EVD, revenue projections from them could be contingent upon how fast they recover from the impact of the virus, analysts have said.Apart from the initial draft budget envelop of US$473.2 million, members of the legislature included US$7.047 million as additional revenue from the budget hearing.In addition to this amount, they also made the following adjustments US$24 million core grant, US$50.3 million contingent (grant) revenue and US$70.6 million (core) borrowing as well as US$10 million borrowing (contingent) and US$25 million signature bonuses for oil blocks 6, 7, 16 and 17, respectively. By increasing the revenue envelop of the budget by US$186.9 million and increasing their own allowances and other benefits, many economists are wondering where the government will raise additional revenue from to complete the financing of the budget when deficit is already above US$305 million.Responding to our reporter’s inquest at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) press briefing on Thursday, Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh announced that the economy is in trouble. “The economy is undergoing serious stress as a result of the Ebola crisis and the need to intervene in further stabilizing the country’s already fragile economy cannot be overemphasized. The government is challenged in dealing with deficit financing. We have a very huge task in dealing with deficit financing because we [government] don’t want to sink our country into another huge debt,” said Minister Konneh. He called for strong fiscal discipline in government as the economy struggles to recover.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two teams have surprisingly emerged in the semi finals of the Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament ahead of clubs, which achieved more feats.Newly promoted 1st division club Nimba United trounced Mighty Barrolle 2-1 on Tuesday to qualify for the finals, which killed sensational LISCR FC’s hope to crossover.The Sanniquellie based team lost 1-0 to BYC but drew 1-1 with LISCR FC which qualified her as the second semi finalist with four points behind Group A leader, BYC I, who amassed nine points without conceding defeat or a goal.Nimba United, founded in 2008 has never won any championship.In the 2012/2013 League, Nimba United was undeservedly crowned the champion of the 2nd division after FC Fassell was scrapped of the title for fielding Lasanna Sesay for the lack of “Work Permit.”The 3rd sitter on Group A log, LISCR FC accrued two points and therefore unexpectedly failed to qualify.LISCR FC and Barrolle drew 2-2 in their opener on Friday; and on Sunday settled to a 1-1 tie with Nimba United – then on Tuesday, BYC narrowly pinned LISCR 1-0.LISCR FC, unlike Nimba United, won the top league and Knockout (Liberian Cup) twice, as well as the Super Cup, two times.The least member of Group A, Mighty Barrolle, which earned one point, is the most decorated team, with 13 titles.However, Barrolle hanged their jerseys with one point, having drawn with LISCR 2-2 but bowed to BYC 2-0 and Nimba United 2-1 respectively.Between 1967 and 2009 the Rollers, dubbed the Kanyan Peppers Boys lifted the gigantic trophies 13 times to tie with IE.Group leader, BYC, won all her three games without conceding a goal. BYC whipped Nimba United 1-0; Barolle 2-0 and LISCR 1-0.BYC, dubbed the Go Blue Boys have won the 1st division championship twice and clinched the Super Cup consecutively three times as well as the knockout (Liberian Cup) once.For Group B, NPA Anchors also surprisingly and unpredictably head the group with seven points when they pinned FC Aries 2-0; while Aries is the 2nd worst team with one point.NPA Anchors have won the championship once in 1994 and have been struggling to be amongst the top five teams in the league since then.Howbeit, IE joined Group B leaders with 1-1 pulsating draw with Fassell FC. The Sunshine Yellow boys qualified with five points, while seeded team FC Fassell is out of the competition with two points.According to the Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament, BYC is expected to host IE in the first derby on Friday, May 8 at 2:00pm while NPA locks with Nimba United.On Sunday, May 10, the winners of the two games would meet to fight for the US$2,000 and US$1,000 respectively and the Coca-Cola Cup, at 3:00pm.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Flashback: Former VP Boakai with Cllr. Brumskine (r) at a political gathering in 2017.Joseph Nyuma Boakai, former Vice President of Liberia and standard bearer of the former ruling Unity Party, has expressed deep sadness over the passing of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former standard bearer of the opposition Liberty Party.Mr. Boakai described the late Cllr. Brumskine as a towering politician, eminent statesman, and a legal luminary with an abiding belief in the rule of law.Boakai recalls joining forces with Cllr. Brumskine when the Liberty Party challenged the results of the 2017 presidential elections based on what they were convinced was “fraudulent conduct and irregularities in the elections”.He said the late Brumskine remained resolute in the pursuit of the legal process in spite of its glaring contradictions, and the manipulation of the judiciary.“Politicians of lesser calibre would have resorted to threats of mob action and violence by supporters,” a release quoted Mr. Boakai.Similarly, he said Cllr. Brumskine brought the Liberty Party along in the formation of the collaborating political parties (CPP) with characteristic dedication and commitment.“Although, his ailment was already beginning to take a toll, Cllr. Brumskine felt no sacrifice was too great to save our beloved country. He worked assiduously towards consolidating the CPP into a formidable opposition. Cllr. Brumskine was a man of tenacity and determination. He did not give up easily, nor was he the kind of person to be readily dissuaded from pursuing his objective,” the release quoted Mr. Boakai.He recalled how Brumskine contested the presidency three times, and was undaunted by the formidable challenges each time, adding that his life was a profile in courage that should serve as inspiration for his Liberty Party young supporters in particular, and the youth in general.Meanwhile, Mr. Boakai has extended his deepest sympathies to Mrs. Brumskine, the entire Brumskine family and the officials and members of the Liberty Party; yea the people of Liberia for this great loss.He also prayed that the Almighty God will keep the Brumskine family and all Liberians in His protective embrace, and comfort all during this period of bereavement and throughout.“Liberia has truly lost a patriot in the death of Cllr. Brumskine,” Boakai said.Cllr. Brumskine, 68, died on Wednesday, November 20 in the United States of America, following a period of illness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Kakamega High School captain Alpha Onyango receives his Most Valuable Player award at the Kenya Secondary School Games from Education Principle Secretary Bellio Kipsang in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – Kakamega High School midfielder Alpha Onyango is confident he has the ability to command a regular starting place at Gor Mahia when he ultimately returns to the club after completing school next year.Onyango has been contracted at Gor and captains their Under-20 team and was aptly named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the just concluded Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) National Term 2B games, playing a starring role as Kakamega won the boys’ football title. “That is my ultimate goal because when I go back there I want to be in the starting team. I have been training with them every school holiday and I have grown as a player. I know the system, how things work and it is my dream to command a regular starting spot,” Onyango told Capital Sport.“Gor is a great team and training with them always made me an improved player. I am excited at the opportunity of joining them regularly after school,” he added.Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi feeds instructions to skipper Alpha Onyango during their African Under-20 Cup of Nations qualifer against Rwanda at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSo much is Onyango a core part of Gor’s future that he has not been allowed to play for the Green Commandos in the National Super League as head coach Dylan Kerr considers him a core part of the club’s future.“He is a good lad, works really hard and it is a shame we can’t have him now,” Kerr said of the industrious defensive midfielder.Nonetheless, the Form Three Student at Kakamega High says he wants to ask the Gor management whether they can loan him out to the Green Commandos who play in the National Super League for one season.“The talks have been ongoing and the teachers have been talking to Gor to make that possible. Personally, I think it would be very important for me to play in the NSL to get some experience. This will be vital for me to gel in when I return to Gor after next year,” Onyango further added.Meanwhile even as he looks forward to his footballing future, Onyango is elated at helping Kakamega to their 14th School Games title and the cherry on top of the cake; him being named the championship’s MVP.“It was a very tough tournament. School Games are usually very tough because every team comes in looking to win the title and everyone gives their all. Winning this title is such a prestigious thing for us as a team,” the midfielder noted.Kakamega High School midfielder Alpha Onyango vies for the ball with Olbolosat’s Silah Wangila during their National Secondary School Games final at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTheir next focus now is on the East Africa School Games to be held in Musanze, Rwanda in August where they hope to do better than last year when they finished third.Head coach Brendan Mwinamo is confident they will go in there an improved side and remains optimistic they will give a good account of themselves.“We have played in the NSL which is a very tough league and I think that gives us some very good edge over the others. However, we know it will be tough because we will be playing against older teams from Uganda and Tanzania now that they have form five and six. But, we will be ready,” Mwinamo said.He added; “This year we have shown a very improved game and everyone saw that from how we played. We have some areas we want to improve on especially in attacking and come the Rwanda trip, we want to bring the title home,” Mwinamo noted.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
Titans’ Young can’t let it go Titans quarterback Vince Young thanked Reggie Bush for helping him get tickets to Monday night’s game in New Orleans. That doesn’t mean Young has forgotten losing the Heisman Trophy to him. Young tells “60 Minutes” in an interview conducted in June but airing Sunday night that he was angry about not taking the Heisman Trophy back with him to Texas in December 2005. He finished second in voting behind the USC running back. “And I wanted to show the world that I was the real Heisman Trophy winner. But on paper, Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. (I am) not taking nothing from him, he knows he’s a phenomenal athlete,” Young said in the interview. Is he better than Bush? “I always feel like I’m better. Always,” Young said. Young responded by running for 200 yards and throwing for 267 in beating Bush and USC in the Rose Bowl for the BCS national championship in January 2006. Young finished that season with 3,036 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ran for 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns. Bush had 1,740 yards rushing, 478 yards receiving and returned 18 punts for 179 yards. Bush led the nation with an average of 222.3 all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns. Bush also was drafted a spot ahead of Young in April 2006. Around the league Bears: Chicago may be without cornerbacks Nathan Vasher (groin) and Charles Tillman (ankle) when it visits Detroit. Patriots: Nose tackle Vince Wilfork was fined $12,500 by the NFL for his low, late hit on Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. Losman sprained his left knee on the play Sunday and is expected to miss at least two weeks. Giants: Receiver Plaxico Burress got a second opinion on his right ankle and learned it is just severely sprained and he can continue his current course of treatment. Burress will continue practicing on a limited basis about one day a week and intends to play Sunday night against Philadelphia at Giants Stadium. Carolina: Jake Delhomme missed practice again with a strained right elbow, making it more likely backup David Carr will start at quarterback on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Browns: Kellen Winslow missed his second straight practice with a partially dislocated left shoulder, and Coach Romeo Crennel indicated team doctors will decide if the tight end plays against Baltimore.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Running back Rudi Johnson is expected to miss the Cincinnati Bengals’ game Monday against the undefeated New England Patriots because of a strained hamstring. The Bengals injury report listed Johnson as “out” for the game. Johnson didn’t practice on Thursday and wasn’t available for interviews. Johnson has been one of the NFL’s most durable running backs since he became the full-time starter in 2004, replacing Corey Dillon. He has more carries over the last three seasons than any other running back. If Johnson is sidelined, sixth-year running back Kenny Watson will make his first start since 2002 with the Washington Redskins. Watson has been primarily a special teams player and a third-down back in his five seasons with Cincinnati. The running game is a main concern for Cincinnati (1-2), which can’t afford to lose at home Monday night. The Bengals averaged only 2.8 yards per run during a 24-21 loss in Seattle on Sunday. Johnson totaled only 9 yards on 17 carries before leaving the game with a strained hamstring. Watson gained 60 yards on nine carries, including an 8-yard touchdown run. “He’s not as bulky as Rudi is; he’s a little bit quicker,” quarterback Carson Palmer said Thursday. “He’s not going to run people over like Rudi does and break through every arm tackle. But what he lacks in size and power, he makes up for in quickness and speed and great hands out of the backfield.” The Bengals will be going against a team that has gained the most yards and given up the fewest in the NFL. The Patriots’ defense hasn’t given up a run of longer than 12 yards.
1 Getty Images Mo Salah is on Egypt’s bench against Uruguay GROUP A Mohamed Salah has been named on the bench for Egypt’s opening game of the 2018 World Cup against Uruguay on Friday.The Liverpool star was forced off in the first half of the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May due to a shoulder injury. World Cup 2018 – Egypt v Uruguay All you need to know about the World Cup games today Egypt World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up Egypt v Uruguay: Preview, confirmed teams and live commentary Uruguay World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up TURN UP THE RADIO GROUP A He returned to training this week and Egypt manager Hector Cuper said on Thursday he was “almost 100 per cent” sure Salah would start their opening Group A match.But Salah, who turns 26 today, has been omitted from the starting line-up with concerns over his fitness still remaining.Salah was one of European football’s stand out players last season, scoring 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool and scooping the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.talkSPORT will bring you live commentary of the clash between Egypt and Uruguay at 1pm, with our build-up in Russia starting from 12:30pm. LIVE ON TALKSPORT HAPPY BIRTHDAY Comparing Liverpool’s Salah with Ronaldo and Messi at 26
Pictured at the opening of the Viking for Schools eco-garden at Scoil Naisunta Naomh Brid in Downings, Co. Donegal is ten year old pupil Paddy Gallagher who won the prize of the €10,000 eco-garden in the 2012 Viking for Schools Litter Litterbugs competition encouraging children to think about the environmental impact of classroom rubbish. Paddy is pictured with Michael Walby, Director of Viking in Ireland, Helena Gallagher, Paddy’s mum and Brid Byrne, principal, Scoil Naisunta Naomh Brid.An artistic schoolboy from Co. Donegal has won his classmates a €10,000 eco-garden, after wowing judges with his winning design of a ‘little litterbug.’Paddy Gallagher, aged 10, from S.N. Naomh Brid in Downings won the Viking for Schools ‘Little Litterbug’ drawing competition – beating off stiff competition from 500 entries from across schools in Ireland.The competition asked for pupils to draw a little litterbug – a creature or machine that is able to recycle classroom rubbish. Judges from schools supplier Viking and competition partner, European Recycling Platform (ERP), praised Paddy’s “Litterbug 5000” because of its environmentally friendly way of reusing classroom materials. Paddy’s design showcased creativity and incorporated eco-friendly elements such as reduced noise pollution and wind power.The Little Litterbug competition was open to pupils 11 years and under encouraging children across the country to think about the environmental impact from their classroom rubbish.The winning entry was built by well-known Donegal gardeners Highland Landscapes.Michael Walby, Director of Viking in Ireland, said: “It was incredibly hard to judge from the short listed entries but we felt that Paddy’s “Litterbug 5000” was a fantastic idea and we were impressed by the consideration and creative flare that he had put into his design. The Little Litterbug competition has been a great opportunity for children to learn more about how they can help the environment and make their school more eco-friendly.” Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications at ERP Ireland added: “We had a truly difficult job choosing the winner, but we were amazed by the thought and attention to detail that Paddy and all of the children who entered the competition put into their designs. We are so pleased with the winning design; it has such a fantastic concept and really embraces the sustainable message of the competition.” GREEN-FINGERED DOWNINGS BOY WINS €10,000 IN GARDEN COMPETITION was last modified: November 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
St. Eunan’s Win Northern Division U-13 Final 2014St. Eunan’s: 1-13Termon 0-15 The Northern Division U-13 Final played on Sunday last was won by St. Eunan’s who defeated Termon in a keenly contested match on a score line of 1-13 to 0-15.Played before a good crowd at Pairc Naomh Columba, Glenswilly, this closely contested 13-aside final had an abundance of football skills on display from both sides.The Cathedral Town side was composed of players who won both County Go-Games titles in 2013; while the Termon team consisted of players from their 2013 Go-Games county finalists as well as players from their Go-Games county title sides of 2014.So a match of quality was in store and the young players from both teams did not disappoint as a titanic match played with huge commitment ensued. At half-time, following a high octane first half, a single point separated the sides with the advantage being to St. Eunan’s.However, they had it all to do in the second half as they faced into a strong breeze having being reduced to 12 men on 25 minutes. A decisive goal on 40 minutes by St. Eunan’s player Pauric McGettigan who fielded a high ball and drove the ball to the roof of the Termon net just kept the Eunan’s team ahead as Termon attempted a comeback with their numerical advantage.The Eunan’s defence succeeded in not conceding a goal and stood strong as the team showed a steely character in winning by the narrowest margin of one point to become Northern Board Champions 2014.St. Eunan’s scorers: Pauric McGettigan 1-2; Darragh Ellison 0-4; Peadar Devenney 0-2; Dylan Doogan 0-3; Shane O’Donnell 0-1; Oran Barrett-Winston 0-1.Congratulating the winners; Northern Board Treasurer, Conor Mc Dermott commended both teams for the high standard of football on view before presenting the Cup to St. Eunan’s captain Darragh Ellison. Both teams now progress to the County Semi-Final stage of the U-13 Championship. St. Eunan’s will meet N. Conaill and Termon will take on Southern Board winners Killybegs this Saturday, Oct. 11th at 2pm with venues tbc. ST EUNAN’S U13s BEAT TERMON TO LAND NORTHERN DIVISION TITLE was last modified: October 8th, 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:St EunansTermonU13 northern final
Sinn Fein has said it will put a candidate into the Presidential race.This means that a Presidential election is now a certainty after Michael D Higgins said he would like to stand for another term.The decision was made following a meeting of Sinn Fein’s Ard Comhairle today. A candidate will be selected at a later date with the name of Gerry Adamas already being rumoured as a possible candidate.A candidate will be nominated in the coming months.Party leader Mary Lou McDonald said there has already been considerable interest from a number of potential candidates.She said it was important the party ran a candidate and that an election was run so young voters could have a say in who the president should be. She noted nobody under the age of 25 has had an opportunity to vote in a presidential election, adding they should not have to wait until they are 32-years-old.Sinn Fein to nominate candidate for Presidential race was last modified: July 14th, 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)
Unanswered QuestionThere was always a rush whenever I was given the “ok” to see my husband in the hospital. The anticipation of getting to see him, touch him, and talk to him was almost overwhelming at times. I craved to be near him, I’d give anything to just be in his presence during the road to recovery.I would wash my hands, and put on the hospital cap, gown, shoe covers, and mask as quickly as I could. I would selfishly hope that he would be awake each time I went into the ICU burn-unit where he was being treated.On good days he would be alert, constantly asking about our children, curious about everything and everyone coming in and out of his room.I always looked forward to our conversations; however I also knew he would eventually ask questions regarding the day his unit was hit, and I wasn’t quite sure I knew how to answer them.Lone Survivor‘How would I answer?’ ‘Should I wait for him to ask, or should I approach the topic myself?’ ‘How could I possibly find the words to say what I could barely stand to even think about?’‘How could I ever explain to him that he was the only survivor?’Late one evening, as visiting hours were drawing to an end it happened, he asked. I remember feeling so selfish. I fell to pieces right there in front of him, it was the first time he had seen me cry since everything had happened and I couldn’t stop the tears.Caregiver’s Advice to Professionals and Military FamiliesThrough the numerous technological and medical advances we are able to offer state of the art medical procedures to our wounded service members that aide in the physical repair and healing process.Unfortunately, in spite of our many advances we will never be able to see, heal or project the prognosis of the ‘invisible wounds’ many of our service members endure.I remember my Soldier getting angry with me when I would say, “It’s not your fault.” Truthfully, it wasn’t his fault. However that did nothing for his feelings of regret, or the loss and grief he was beginning to process.Why? Because I was essentially telling him he needed to stop feeling that way, something I had no right in doing. Something none of us have the right to do, their feelings are real, their emotions are real, and the ‘invisible wounds’ are real.As caregivers and mental health professionals we know that there are no “correct” answers. Traumatically and forever their lives have changed and the loss they may be experiencing is real.Learning to “be” with our wounded service members is extremely important. Whether they find comfort in remembering the past and re-telling their stories, or prefer to be silent in their reflections, our job as professional and caregivers is not to deny them of their feelings.If they are feeling regretful, allow them space to feel this, and to begin processing what this means for them. We should not stand constantly on guard waiting to disarm the first signs of grief, remorse, or sadness. Our job is to aide them in their journey of finding healthy ways to process these feelings and new ways to navigate through each day.We must learn to “be” with them as they sift through their emotions and begin to make since of their ‘new normal,’ always remembering that some of the deepest wounds are not seen, only felt.Missed the beginning of my series? Go to ‘The Phone Call’ to read the first installment of this caregiver series.Meet Tabitha…The caregiving mini-series, 444 Days in the First Year, was written by Tabitha McCoy. Tabitha is a contributor to the MFLN–Military Caregiving concentration team and is a former military caregiver to her husband, SGT Steve McCoy. In this mini-series, Tabitha shares her personal story of caregiving, loss, grieving, and transitioning, as well as insight and advice for both professionals and family caregivers as she recounts the 444 days following her husband’s injuries and then unfortunately his death in June 2008.Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is currently a graduate student at Valdosta State University where she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.