LET’S LECTURE: A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE HARRY A. GREAVES

first_imgIn our Liberia, when a man or woman dies, it is usual to make speeches, to emphasize their virtues, but rarely can we say of a person, with greater justice, with greater accuracy, what we say of our late brother and friend, Harry Greaves: That he was a shining example of a Liberian patriot dedicated to the unfinished struggle for economic development and political freedom, for rice and rights in our Liberia.I first got to know Harry back in 2005 when we worked together on President Sirleaf’s initial campaign for the presidency. Before then, I had only known of Harry as a brilliant Liberian who had been sent to England where he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant. During the campaign, Harry brought his prodigious energies and strategic thinking to the table culminating in our raising a large part of the funding necessary for the successful prosecution of the campaign and the eventual victory of Mrs. Sirleaf at the presidential polls. The friendship which we forged during the campaign continued to grow and blossom, nourished by our common vision of a Liberia that should stand shoulder to shoulder with the best. Needless to say, the constant blows to the ideal of bringing to birth that Liberia pained us both grievously, so grievously.Following the elections, Harry went on to become Managing Director of the LPRC where he introduced innovative policies of governance. He was unceremoniously relieved of this post after a few years of meritorious service.Harry was no saint. How many of us are? But he was not a certificated illiterate, career sycophant or political parasite. He certainly was not a member of that ludicrous and somewhat puerile gang of high society urchins who have become professional praise singers of earned and unearned accolades.Harry was a certified public accountant, a man of no mean intellect, and a passionate patriot who dared to raise his voice against the moral sclerosis, gross inadequacies, and downright shenanigans which characterize so much of our public life. Yes, Harry was a critic. But he was always judicious, always did his homework, always remained open minded. He was never equivocal, never less than sharply, superbly judgmental.And if you were to ask Harry, as people asked another Harry, Harry Truman of the US, why he was so critical, why he gave the government so much hell, you would get the same answer given by Harry Truman: “I never give the government hell. I only tell the truth and the government THINKS it’s hell.”Did Harry have anything against the person of the people in government? Not at all! He always spoke so fondly of his long standing relationship with the highest officials in the land. But did Harry have issues with some government policies and praxis? Yes, he did. And let us admit it: Who doesn’t? In a democracy, even the most incurable and unabashed praise singers in government itself have issues.Alas! Harry’s voice has been hushed in death. And we are aggrieved: aggrieved at having lost a good friend, an intellectual powerhouse, a fearless patriot. We are aggrieved when we think that Harry was only 66 years old. We are aggrieved when we consider how much we need people of Harry’s stature and commitment during this period in our history when our country is racked by all the ills of underdevelopment—no rice and threatened, very threatened rights. Indeed, we are saddened at missing the additional fruits that we would have received from Harry’s intelligence and his even richer experience.But Harry has left us a heritage, a fine heritage, and we his relatives and friends are duty bound to promote this heritage.And what is this heritage? It is to be found in Harry’s progressive thinking, his tenacity, his capacity for hard work. It is to be found in his fearless ability to raise his voice against the many ills which pervade our society. Harry thus joins the ranks of Edward Wilmot Blyden, Didwho Tweh, Albert Porte, G. Baccus Mathews—and many others– who have gone ahead marked with the gratitude of the people in whose behalf they fought so courageously. If Harry were concerned with national issues, he never forgot his local government, Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County, where he was deeply involved in efforts to solve the burning problems confronting people in that rural area of our Liberia.What were the circumstances of Harry’s death? Who killed Harry? The pathologists with their tainted record of medical practice are saying that Harry was killed by drowning. The report from our JFK Hospital is saying something else, almost the contrary. Is there a deliberate attempt to conflate and obfuscate what should be a clear-cut case? The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) which has been assisting in securing peace and security in our country is about to leave. Whilst still in our midst, however, we are experiencing a string of unexplained deaths and mayhem. As Christ warned the women of Jerusalem on the road to Calvary: “If they do this while the wood is green, what will be done when the wood is dry?” (Luke 23:31). That is why as UNMIL prepares to exit, we may need to establish a MAMIL—Movement Against Murder In Liberia. And this Movement will not only concern itself with the deaths, the armed robberies, the rapes, that are becoming commonplace in our Liberia. This Movement must also address the fact that the Liberian masses are today the victims of an undeclared war, a sort of silent genocide—for what other meaning can we attach to the high infant mortality rate, the high death rate, the pre-mature old age, etc.? If the Liberian society is not changed fundamentally, the number of children dying will more than double in the coming years.I am about to conclude. And the question remains hanging: Who killed Harry? As a Catholic, I believe that the circumstances of Harry’s death will, in time, be fully revealed. Our people in Sinoe say that “when the tide goes out, we will see who is swimming naked.” Buddha reminds us that there are “three things which cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon and the TRUTH.” We shall know the truth.As we bid Harry farewell, let us pledge to ensure that one, two three, many more Harry Greaves will arise, to “lecture,” to continue the struggle for good governance in our beloved native land.Therefore, Precious (Presh, as Harry called you), Harry’s children, relatives and friends, let us face the future with optimism confident that today or tomorrow we shall have the victory.And for Harry, friend and compatriot, our prayer is the familiar: Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine on him. Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum – the peace of God remain with you always.Ambassador (Prof) Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson, businessman and aggrieved Liberian.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal v Liverpool: Mesut Ozil returns for Gunners, Daniel Sturridge on bench for visitors

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool both made three changes for Saturday afternoon’s crunch Premier League clash.Mesut Ozil returned for the Gunners in place of Danny Welbeck, who dropped to the bench after suffering a slight knee injury during England’s European Championship qualifier against Lithuania.Per Mertesacker and Hector Bellerin also came into the side, with Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers missing out.For Liverpool, Kole Toure was drafted into the starting XI in place of the suspended Martin Skrtel.Lazar Markovic and Lucas also returned, with Daniel Sturridge dropping to the bench and the injured Adam Lallana not included in the matchday squad.Arsenal, sitting third in the Premier League, headed into the game six points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool.A victory for the Gunners would see them move above Manchester City and into second, while the visitors would close to within two points of the final Champions League qualification places with a win in north London.TEAMS:Liverpool – Starting XI: Mignolet, Can, Toure, Sakho, Allen, Lucas, Moreno, Henderson, Coutinho, Markovic, Sterling. Subs:  Jones, Johnson, Lovren, Sturridge, Manquillo, Borini, BrannaganArsenal – Starting XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Macey, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott, Welbeck 1 Mesut Ozil last_img read more

‘Not again!’ Man United fans can’t believe this is happening and just before the Liverpool game too

first_img1 Manchester United v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT this Saturday September 12 2015, from 17:30 BST.Ahead of the biggest game in English football, reports have emerged that senior United players have confronted Louis van Gaal about his training methods.The Dutchman, rightly or wrongly, has a reputation for being an authoritarian figure and this report from The Times suggests he is stifling the Red Devils’ play.United currently sit fifth in the table after four games and have qualified for the Champions League group stage, but will be desperate to beat Liverpool on Saturday.Here’s some of the reaction to The Times’ story… Manchester United news last_img read more

Malin GAA club to host underage presentation night next Saturday

first_imgMalin GAA NotesChristmas DrawAll underage team players will be selling tickets throughout the paris for our annual Christmas draw with 5 great prizes to be won. The draw will take place on Sunday the 19th of December. Under 12 Presentation NightThe presentation night will take place next Saturday night at 7:30pm upstairs in the clubhouse.Scoil Treasa Naofa BazaarMalin town school will hold a bazaar on Friday 2nd of December in St. Patricks Hall Malin at 8:00pm. There will be lots of great prizes on the night including bikes, phones, hampers etc. All welcome. LottoThe lotto jackpot of €1350 was won by Bridget Harkin, Carnmalin, Malin Head. The numbers drawn were 2-7-6-4-5-3-1. Next week’s jackpot is €500.AGMThis year’s AGM will take place on Friday the 9th of December in the clubhouse.Level 1 Coaching Course Well done to all who attended the level 1 coaching course held in the club grounds last weekend.UnderageThe under 12 girls training has finished for the year.Facility Bookings All bookings for sports hall/gym should be made through Susan Byrne 0867832242. All bookings for pitch should be made through Gerard Mc Laughlin 0868704255. All bookings for upstairs/ function room should be made through John Mc Laughlin 0863858654. Remember the clubhouse is available for private functions/parties with stage, sound system, kitchen, bar and toilet facilities – contact John on the above number. Also anyone looking to borrow chairs or other items from clubhouse should also contact John.ThanksThe club would like to thank an anonymous donor for a recent donation given to the club towards transport costs.Club Pool RoomThe pool room is open every Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the clubhouse. All welcome.Irish DancingThere will be Irish dancing lessons upstairs in the clubhouse every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:15pm and every Friday 4:00 to 5:30 for boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. All beginners welcome, competitive and non-competitive dancers. Contact Donna for more details 0862615755.Club ShopThe last orders for Christmas can be taken up to next Sunday the 6th of November. The Club Shop is open every Saturday from 12.00pm to 2pm and Sunday from 11.20am to 2pm or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242. The shop stocks a great range of in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, gear bags and much more club merchandise. The club Facebook page has a picture of some of the many items available along with a pricelist.Club GymCharlie Byrne Health and Fitness is now running exercises classes in the New Get Fit Gym at the Malin Gaa Clubhouse. Mixed morning classes at 6:30am and 9:30am, Ladies only class at 6:30pm and Indoor cycling at 7:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Men’s class on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm.  €5 per class. Call 0874103782 or message on Facebook for more details.Club notesAll items for the club notes should be sent to Brendan Monagle on 0863777015 and brendanmonagle@yahoo.com or Linda McColgan on 0863452769 and lotsoflaughs88@hotmail.com or private message our Facebook page.Finally                                                                                                                                                                                Well done to club president who won the Barney Pat Cup playing cards in Glenswilly GAA’s 25 Card Drive tournament last weekend.Malin GAA club to host underage presentation night next Saturday was last modified: November 21st, 2016 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:GAAMalinSportlast_img read more

‘Signing brilliant England ace would suit Manchester United down to the ground’

first_imgManchester United’s reported interest in Harry Maguire has been backed by former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman.Maguire, the Leicester centre-half, has become a national hero over the last few weeks having put in a number of exceptional performances for the Three Lions as they reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The 25-year-old, who started his career at Sheffield United and also played for Hull before joining Leicester last summer, is valued at around £50million by the Foxes, and Jose Mourinho is keen on adding him to the Red Devils’ playing squad.Leicester paid just £12m, potentially rising to £17m, this time last year to bring Maguire to the King Power Stadium, and though the Foxes may not want to lose one of their key players, they will also know the centre-half’s value has skyrocketed throughout the World Cup to perhaps the highest it will ever be. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update silverware Maguire joined Leicester from Hull last summer England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won NEW ERA The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most read in Premier League predicted Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 predicted “That would suit Man United down to the ground if he carries on playing as he has shown in the World Cup.“He’s definitely going to be a man that’s going to be wanted.” How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP smart causal gameday cracker Mourinho, who has already brought full-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred to Old Trafford this summer, may also baulk at the £50m asking price for the 25-year-old, but Maguire’s potential switch to the Red Devils has been backed by Seaman.The England and Arsenal legend joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday morning, and explained that Maguire would be a perfect signing for Mourinho.When asked about United’s interest in Maguire, Seaman replied: “It wouldn’t surprise you with the tournament he’s had would it?“He’s been brilliant.“And I’m sure there’ll be a couple of other players linked with big moves. latest ALTERED What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Maguire has been one of England’s standout players in Russia revealed last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: THE TRUTH ABOUT ‘WEIGHT LOSS’ PRODUCTS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: There have been a number of weight loss products that have entered the market here in the last few years.They all follow the same pattern:1. They start off by selling you their products. 2. Then they want to enlist you to sell them.3. Then they want you to get your friends to sell them also.What you end up with is a sales person who has absolutely no nutritional knowledge but who sounds like they know what they are talking about. (They read the script.)They sound as if they have the answers to your problems. (They don’t.) The reality is that all they want is your money. (They really, really do.)These types of companies pay huge amounts of money to marketing experts who know what buttons to push when it comes to your insecurities.They give you scientific claims based on biased research; most research is actually done by the companies themselves.They tell you their products will do more than they actually do, only to blame you when their products fail.If you didn’t lose weight it’s because you didn’t follow the instructions properly. Who is going to dispute this?“I can’t wait to wake up and have my plant/soy based meal replacement shake for breakfast.. Yummmmmm!”Who says this? Absolutely no one – that’s who.Who in their right mind wants to replace food with a drink that has around 120cals? That isn’t a meal. It’s barely a snack.They tell you to drink two of these shakes per day and then have one meal and that’s how you will lose weight.Really?! Yes, severe calorie restriction will lead to weight loss, but it is certainly NOT a healthy, sustainable way to do it.In the past 2 years I have been approached by all of them.I could have made a fortune from these products. I could have told you that they work and that you should sign up and take them.But I didn’t.Do you want to know why?It’s because I have integrity.I don’t need to sell overpriced, highly processed, weight loss products in order to get my clients results.Only badly educated trainers need to do that.What I do isn’t sexy or glamorous. It doesn’t have a huge marketing campaign that pushes unsustainable weight loss goals or overhyped, overpriced products.What I do takes time; it involves hard work and a bit of self-restraint and determination by my clients.There are no quick fixes when it comes to sustainable weight loss.If my clients are following my programmes to the letter and it isn’t working for them, it’s my responsibility. I’ll alter their programme to find a way to get things moving again in order for them to reach their goals, not push the blame onto them and make them feel like failures.If these companies wanted to truly help their customers, they would only hire employees who are qualified in the field of health and nutrition.But they don’t. Instead they have marketing conferences where the sales people get new scripts so they can sell more of their product.There will always be a place for these products. Firstly because there will always be people who want to do as little as possible and get the results they want – Secondly, because there are always opportunists waiting to make money.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: THE TRUTH ABOUT ‘WEIGHT LOSS’ PRODUCTS was last modified: February 24th, 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:emmet rushefitness columnhypemythstrainsmartweight loss productslast_img read more

Deele College celebrates cultural diversity through Erasmus week – Pic Special

first_imgThere was a European flavour emanating from the corridors of Deele College this week, as the Raphoe school celebrated Erasmus week with staff and students being treated to different cuisines from throughout the continent at break and lunch-time.Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Deele College has been a participant in the programme for a number of years and its inclusion in the programme has been of great benefit to the school.In recent years, the school has hosted student teachers from other European countries and a number of teachers from the school have visited other schools across the continent, with the aim of picking up new skills and practises.This year, the school is sending four members of staff to Barcelona to take part in a training programme, which deals with ‘emotional intelligence.’ The four staff members; Danny McFadden, Marilyn O’Riordan, Patricia Brady and Patrick McAteer will attend a week-long workshop on emotional intelligence and restorative practises and it is hoped that these practices can then be implemented in the school.This will help the school in continuing to promote best practise in the area of discipline and student well-being with the main aim being helping students to deal with their emotions.Co-ordinator of the Erasmus Programme is a maths teacher, Marilyn O’Riordan, who has been central in putting the Deele College delegation forward for the trip to Barcelona.Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden, who is going to Barcelona, as part of the Deele College delegation says that the Erasmus programme offers the school a unique opportunity to bring European best practice back to Donegal.“We have been involved in the Erasmus programme now for a number of years and it has been a great opportunity for the school and for our staff. We have been able to examine the ways in which schools across Europe operate and take the positives back to our own school. I would like to thank Marilyn O’Riordan for her hard work in putting the school forward for this opportunity.“This year, we will travel to Barcelona and we will spend the week seeing how they deal with students who are dealing with emotional difficulties and we will be able to relay this information back to all our staff and implement the practises, which we will have learned.”Deele College celebrates cultural diversity through Erasmus week – Pic Special was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Golden State Warriors grocery shop with five Bay Area families

first_imgGolden State power forwards Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko joined five Bay Area families to grocery shop at Lucky’s market in Alameda as part of the team’s Season of Giving campaign, which aims to “brighten the lives of thousands.”Lucky’s partnered with the Warriors and 18 Reasons, a local non-profit that helps educate low-income families on maintaining healthy diets. So far this season, Warriors players, coaches, executives and front office staff have volunteered more than 500 hours, helped …last_img read more

H-DNL girls soccer: Arcata downs Eureka 2-1, ends Loggers’ 23-game winning streak

first_imgOne of the longest winning streaks of any high school team on the North Coast came to a close Saturday evening as Eureka High girls soccer — winners of 23 consecutive games entering the day — fell 2-1 to visiting Big 5 Conference rival Arcata High.For Arcata, Saturday’s win counts as its first over Eureka since Oct. 19, 2016, a day which saw Arcata win 2-1 as well. Arcata also played Eureka to a 1-1 draw in 2017.Arcata scored a pair of first-half goals within the first 25 minutes to assume …last_img read more

Raiders’ pregame: Tyrell Williams inactive vs. Bears

first_imgWide receiver Tyrell Williams didn’t practice at all during the week and will not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Stadium in London.Williams has 17 receptions for 216 yards, leading Raiders wide receivers. He also has four of the six touchdown passes thrown by quarterback Derek Carr through four games. The four touchdown receptions is twice as many as active receivers Hunter Renfrow,Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss and Marcell Ateman combined.Guard Richie Incognito, who didn’t …last_img read more