The Hands that Rock the Cradle

first_imgA Google search on Liberians in ‘black money’ scams yields several results:12/29/2008: Two Liberians Arrested in Black Money Scam (Frederick, Maryland, USA)12/02/2010: 5 Liberians Arrested in West Philly ‘Black Money’ Scam (Philadelphia, USA)2/10/2011: Four Charged in Deptford Black Money Scam (New Jersey)10/31/2011: Two Men Charged in Rhode Island in Scam Claiming Money Dyed (Rhode Island)12/05/2011: Two Liberians Wanted by FBI for Black Money (Honolulu, Hawaii)1/28/2012: The West African Black Money Scam (Buffalo, NY)5/25/2012: Liberian Nabbed for Black Money Scam (Bangkok, Thailand)1/18/2013: Liberian Arrested for Black Money Scam in Vietnam (Vietnam)2/5/2013: Alleged Con Men Arrested for Attempted “Black Money” Scam (Trenton, NJ)9/7/2013: In US Liberian Sentenced to 21 Months in ‘Black Money’ Scam (Providence, RI)10/01/2013: Two Liberians Arrested in Pattaya over Black Money Scam (Thailand)01/16/2014: 2 Liberians Nabbed for Alleged Swindling (Batangas City, The Philippines)In one sting, five Liberian scam artists approached a Philadelphia (USA) restaurant owner, promising him US$100K in cash in exchange for US$50K. They showed the victim real US banknotes they had dyed black, which they then proceeded to wash clean with solution in a demonstration. This helps convince victims that the remaining stash of black paper in the suitcase is also real money dyed black (hence the term ‘black money’). The scammers claimed they had to dye all of the money in order to smuggle that much out of Liberia without questions.Fortunately, this group was caught. But typically, the scammers leave their victim with a suitcase full of black banknote-sized paper, along with the dye-removing ‘chemicals’. They are long gone when their victims find that they have been duped. Of course, the victims’ own greed for fast money has done them in.This international list of news articles shows how brave these fraudsters are, how far they have taken their ‘trade’; and this list is by no means exhaustive. This is unfortunate. Is this where this corruption business has led us? It is often said that “Charity begins at home and ends abroad.” This adage seems to perfectly describe our situation!It is no secret that corruption in Liberia is not just a government disease; corruption is endemic at every level of Liberian society. By the time our children reach high school, they have learnt nothing but to pay for their grades. By university level, they have learned that they are ENTITLED to buy grades. Any administrator coming in to change the system will meet with stiff resistance if not death. Do recent developments at the University of Liberia ring a bell?And so having graduated from the pre-school of corruption in Liberia, these young men sharpened their ‘skills’ abroad. There was a time when financial scams were unique to Nigerians; but many of our young men, having traveled out of the country during the war, saw nothing else to learn but con artistry. They have now taken their ‘trade’ worldwide — the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines! Persuasive business minds put to the wrong use.Perhaps the worst aspect to this is the gender disparity when it comes to corruption. Our mothers have spoilt our boys. By the age of 12, most Liberian girls have major responsibilities in the home, to include totting water, cooking, cleaning and caring for babies. By contrast, very few boys have responsibilities at home. They get up in the morning, leave and come back to eat and sleep. Their financial gains are theirs to spend as they please. Their sisters wash their clothes. Their mothers feed them. Girls are severely disciplined; but to our mothers, their boys can do no wrong. So they grow up indiscipline and selfish. All of the follies of their childhood follow them into manhood without correction — lying, petty theft, aggression, arrogance and the expectation that their wrongdoing will always be excused.And so here we are. The hands that rocked the cradle have destroyed the nation. Today in the hospitals, the women ask each other:“What child you born?”“Da girl cha.”“Thank God.”“What you got?”“Boy.”“Hmmm. Trouble.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GEA joins the “green initiative”

first_imgEngineers of the Guyana Energy Agency conducting installations at one of the schools– hinterland, riverine schools to benefit from solar power systemsThe Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) has joined in the country’s “green initiative” and has installed solar power systems to four schools in the hinterland communities, including the 58 Miles Primary School, along the Mabura Road in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Abrams Creek Primary School, Warapana River in Pomeroon-Supenaam, Region Two; Dredge Creek Primary School also in Region Two; and Hackney Primary School, Pomeroon River, Region Two. The project was executed to a tune of $2 million.GEA Engineer Leon DeSouza disclosed: “A total of 300 students and teachers combined will benefit from the installations and… all installations were done in accordance with the National Electric Code. Additionally, teachers at each school were trained to operate and monitor the systems.”The GEA on Thursday stated through a release that at 58 Miles Primary School, which has a population of 43 students, the engineers oversaw the installation of a solar photovoltaic system with a 140 watt (W) solar panel, a 10 amp charge controller, a 200 amp-hour battery and a 600 watt pure sine wave inverter.Headteacher Thompson (only name given), acknowledged that the school has electricity for the first time and pointed to the fact that her pupils were previously disadvantaged since they could not access the Education Ministry’s Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) programme.Meanwhile, Abrams Creek Primary School, with 57 students, has a system which is expected to produce “213 kWh of energy annually, while the lamps are expected to consume 88 kWh of energy annually if operated for eight hours per day for 365 days.” The GEA engineers constructed the system in such a way that the remaining energy will supply the IRI equipment, a television set and a laptop computer. These students will also have access to the Ministry’s IRI programme.It was explained that the Dredge Creek Primary with its 90-student population which has never had electricity; its system is expected to produce 426 kWh of energy annually.“The lamps are expected to consume 88 kWh of energy annually if operated for eight hours per day for 365 days, and the remaining energy will supply the IRI equipment, including a television set, two small fans and a desktop computer with a small printer,” the GEA explained.Meanwhile, Hackney Primary School previously had a solar power system which provided electricity from 2008-2011, but its system had become defunct. Headteacher Verna Jack explained that the batteries were the first components that were damaged, followed by the charge controller due to a short circuit of the electric cables.The GEA continues to be propelled by the vision of ensuring that reliable energy is provided to all in Guyana within an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable framework; with increasing consideration of renewable energy sources. The Energy Agency will continue to facilitate such interventions as part of its community outreach with the aim of aiding in the realisation of a green Guyana.last_img read more

Cole is just as good as Carroll! West Ham hero insists injured striker is NOT a big miss

first_imgTony Gale claims Andy Carroll’s injury may prove to be a blessing in disguise for West Ham.The club’s record £15million signing from Liverpool has been ruled out for four months with an ankle injury.The news has been widely described as a ‘massive blow’, but Hammers legend Gale does not see it that way.He believes Carlton Cole will easily fill the void left by Carroll, and reckons Sam Allardyce’s side will play a more attractive style of football without the giant hitman.“I think Carlton Cole is just as good a player as Andy, and is probably better on the floor,” said Gale, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“I don’t think it is as big a miss as people have been making out.“The results were not too bad without Andy Carroll last season and, without Andy, you might have to play a different style of football.“You might have to play into strikers’ feet, get it wide, play through the midfield, so it might not be a bad thing.”West Ham legend: ‘It looks like Sam Allardyce’s days are numbered’last_img read more

Utd pair PSG, Liverpool face Bayern in last 16

first_imgBoth Liverpool and Bayern have a rich tradition in the competition, each winning it five times and Liverpool were beaten finalists last season.Liverpool are the current form side of the two and sit top of the Premier League while Bayern, under new coach Niko Kovac, have been far short of their own high standards in the Bundesliga this season.“That’s the team of the hour, the league leaders in England, they are playing really good football, very physical, really stepping it up. We are looking forward to it,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said of the tie with Liverpool.“A tough cookie, but that’s something to look forward to as a player.”– Ronaldo awaits –Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on German side Schalke 04 while Atletico Madrid, beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016, come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Italian heavyweights Juventus.“A very difficult match, with few goals,” Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved predicted.“No doubt Cristiano is the man of the Champions League, he has always shown that, with goals and victories. Our team is very strong and we can be calm and confident.”Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund will meet Tottenham Hotspur for the second season in a row, having faced each other in last year’s group stage, while Roma meet two-time former champions Porto.“We’ve already met them (Tottenham) twice. A strong opponent, the chances are at 50-50. The team has top players. We are also strong, it will be interesting,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky.Meanwhile, United go into a first ever meeting with PSG trailing Premier League leaders Liverpool by 19 points following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield, and face a formidable task against a side featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe — the world’s two most expensive players.Lyon coach Bruno Genesio says his team can draw on their group stage displays against City — a 2-1 win and 2-2 draw — ahead of their clash with five-time European champions Barca.“We’ll need to pull off two big performances, in the first leg and in the return, but we can do it. We did it against City,” said Genesio.“It’s tough. They are a team that Lyon has already played against but never beaten. Barca are more experienced and stronger but over two matches anything is possible,” Gerard Houllier, who holds an advisory role at the French club, told RMC Sport.“The first match is key and we are playing at home. Barca are potential champions. We have nothing to lose. Everything is a bonus for Lyon.”Teams that finished in second place in the group stage will host the first legs on February 12/13 and 19/20 with the return matches scheduled for March 5/6 and 12/13.Full draw for the Champions League last 16 on Monday:Schalke 04 v Manchester CityAtletico Madrid v JuventusManchester United v Paris Saint-GermainTottenham Hotspur v Borussia DortmundLyon v BarcelonaRoma v PortoAjax v Real MadridLiverpool v Bayern MunichTeams that finished in second place in the group stage will host the first legs on February 12/13 and 19/20 with the return matches scheduled for March 5/6 and 12/13.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s all-star attack of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian MbappeNYON, Switzerland, Dec 17 – Liverpool will take on fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Jose Mourinho’s struggling Manchester United face French giants Paris Saint-Germain.Holders Real Madrid were paired with Ajax in Monday’s draw in Nyon as the Spaniards attempt to lift the trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, while Lionel Messi and Barcelona will play Lyon.last_img read more

The man making Harambee Stars-Peter Orero

first_imgJust to name but a few, Andrew Oyombe, Jamal Mohammed, Musa Mohammed, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi, David Gateri, Ovela Ochieng and Michael Olunga are some of the players who have gone through Orero’s hands during his time at Kamukunji Boys, Lang’ata High and Upper Hill.“I am a sports oriented person and what I do is more of training and giving the students a chance to express themselves and explore their talents. I think that is what propels my schools to such kind of performances,” Orero told Capital Sports in Kisumu.And it is not only in football that his schools have excelled in. While at Upper Hill, the school suddenly became a force to reckon with in basketball and rugby and was a huge competitor in every term’s national games.Dagoretti High School principal Peter Orero consults with the team’s coach Joseph Makokha during his team’s game against Ebwali in the National Secondary School Games in Kismu on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe joined Dagoretti High School in 2017 and within that period has managed to aid the school to consecutive national games and reached the semis in both. This year, he has also brought in his Under-16 side which is competing in the Copa Coca-Cola, also in the semis.But what is the secret to his success?“In developing players, you must be able to identify talent and most coaches don’t know how to identify and enhance that talent. You must also know how to enable the students reach the  peak of their careers in your hands while also making a balance in their school work,” Orero explains.“You must also know what kind of players you have and what they need to develop and nurture. I think this is what I do differently, what other schools do not do,” he added.He might be the school head and has delegated coaching duties to other individuals, but Orero is always on the touchline to ensure everything runs smoothly and is always pushing his players to do well.“I feel great when I see my players excelling out there. The likes of Wanyama being the first East African to play in England, Mariga winning the Champions League, Oliech with all his exploits and now Olunga doing very well in Japan…. but these days I have gotten used to it seeing my players succeed,” Orero adds with a joke.Dagoretti High School principal Peter Orero checks on one of his players during his team’s game against Ebwali in the National Secondary School Games in Kismu on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe hasn’t stopped with the likes of Olunga who was an A student at Upper Hill and from his team that played in the Under-20 Schools Championship last year, Finlay Osoro and Peter James Outo while two more from the current squad have already been snapped by Sharks.Left back and captain Boniface Mwangemi as well as midfielder Derrick Omondi have been snapped up by the Kenyan Premier League side. Two more players have been signed up by second tier side Nairobi Stima.Mwangemi, nicknamed Marcelo was also in Kenya’s Under-17 team that played an invitational tournament in Alexandria, Egypt in April this year.“Already there are signs that we are producing good players and in the next two or three years, you will see more. That is what we want to do. Give these young players a chance to nurture their talent and make a living out of it,” further stated Orero.With his current Dagoretti side, the principal hopes he can clinch the national title just as he did with his previous schools.“This year we have a better team because we are more experienced that when we came in last year. The players are sharper and know what is required of them at this stage so I am hopeful that we can do it,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 116 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dagoretti High School principl Peter Orero watches from the touchline during his team’s game against Ebwali in the National Secondary School Games in Kismu on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Aug 1 – Mention the top 10 Kenyan footballers over the last decade or so and high chances are, almost 75pc in that list are players who have passed through Mwalimu Peter Orero’s hands, the current Principle at Dagoretti High School.Orero, also the chairman of the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) has nurtured some of the finest footballers in Kenya’s recent football history; top of the pile being Dennis Oliech, MacDonald Mariga and his younger brother Victor Wanyama.last_img read more

TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK IN LETTERKENNY – AND THERE’S STILL 68 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!

first_imgTraffic has come to a standstill in Letterkenny today – but nobody knows why!It’s bumper to bumper in Letterkenny.Motorists have contacted Donegal Daily in a bid to get to the route of the problem.Many have complained that they only traveled a very small distance in just 20 minutes. Others have compared it to Christmas week such is the volume of traffic on the roads in and around the centre of the town.Drivers are now being warned to allow for plenty of time if traveling into the town centre.One irate driver, Mark Coyle, said the entire traffic layout needs a rethink.He said “The traffic in Letterkenny is a joke today. I’ve moved an inch in 20 minutes. The whole town needs a new road layout,” he fumed. UPDATED: The traffic has now eased considerably, and it is believed an accident on the Pearse Road caused the initial lengthy delays and traffic disruption. TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK IN LETTERKENNY – AND THERE’S STILL 68 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS! was last modified: October 18th, 2014 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:donegalLETETRKENNYtraffic gridlocklast_img read more

‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ PREDICT WIDESPREAD BOYCOTT OF WATER CHARGES IN 2015

first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay are predicting that 2015 will see a widespread boycott of water charges, with hundreds of thousands of people prepared to defy the charges and make them uncollectable.Spokesperson for the group, Liam Whyte says the passing of the bill in the Dail does not reflect reality.“Most people have already made up their minds that they are not going to pay water charges in any form. With charging starting from 1st January, the boycott will be massive and will make the Dail vote irrelevant. “There will be attempts to scare and intimidate people into paying throughout the year and it is vital that the boycott campaign responds and stays strong to support and encourage people to continue. We appeal to all those against the charges, including Right2Water, to now unite in support of a boycott in the New Year.”He said this is clearly what those who have turned out in huge numbers in protests all over the country and indeed all over the county, want to see.“It is only through a campaign which encourages as many as possible not to pay that we can sustain and build support. If we stand together there is no doubt that we will win.”  ‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ PREDICT WIDESPREAD BOYCOTT OF WATER CHARGES IN 2015 was last modified: December 30th, 2014 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENT WINS CASE AGAINST MOBILE PHONE COMPANY WHO CHARGED HIM FOR USING FACETIME

first_imgNick was charged when he used the FaceTime and iMessage appsA DONEGAL student has called on customers of O2/Three to demand refunds after discovering he was being charged for making ‘free’ calls on his iPhone using FaceTime.Nick O’Brien, a law student at Letterkenny IT, told Donegal Daily he was ‘delighted’ with a ruling at the District Court in Letterkenny yesterday when he won his case. He also won two other cases against O2 – now owned by Three – after the sold him a second hand phone through their website claiming it was new and they deducted €25 from his pay-as-you-go account when he went abroad…even though he didn’t use the phone.Mr O’Brien says hundreds of other O2 customers who were also wrongly charged should take legal action to get their money back “as a matter of principle”.A company customer care manager told the District Court that anyone using an iPhone and using FaceTime or iMessage for the first time – even if it is using wifi – could be charged 25c.It appears on bills as a text to a UK mobile number as the Apple server is in the UK.However in Mr O’Brien’s case he was charged up to 90 times last year for making calls or sending iMessages which Apple say should be free.Yesterday Judge Paul Kelly said O’Brien and O2/Three should have settled the case out of court.Mr O’Brien says he turned down a €800 out of court offer yesterday so he could highlight the issue in court and help other consumers.Judge Kelly agreed with his case and awarded Mr O’Brien a total of €422.49 in damages and a further €250 towards his costs.The student was given €67.50 in compensation for the recurring 25c charges for using FaceTime and iMessage.He was also awarded €79.99 for being flogged a pre-used mobile phone which had been sold to him as new but had been used on a network in the UK three months earlier.He was also given back €25 deducted from his credit when O2 said he had changed his plan – when he said he hadn’t.He was given €250 in general damages for the inconvenience of having to change mobile networks after he left O2.Mr O’Brien said afterwards: “I am delighted with the outcome; this was never about the money, it was about O2 and their shoddy practices and their general attitude towards me over the past nine months.“I know the judge, rightly, said this could have been settled out of court and I would have been better off if I had done so, but this was not about that – this was about highlighting charges people should not have been given. I would urge customers to closely check their bills.“The joke of course is that if you register for FaceTime on an iPod, iPad or a iPhone without a sim card you don’t get charged at all.“Neither Apple nor O2 – now trading as Three – have ever explained this.”DONEGAL STUDENT WINS CASE AGAINST MOBILE PHONE COMPANY WHO CHARGED HIM FOR USING FACETIME was last modified: April 3rd, 2015 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:chargedcourt caseFaceTimeIPHONENick O’Brienvictorylast_img read more

Travel Alert: Black ice causes havoc on Donegal roads this morning

first_imgA number of cars have gone off Donegal roads this morning with black ice reported across the county, including on some main roads.Gardaí are dealing with a number of minor incidents across the county.Motorists are advised to drive with extreme care. Some of the worst affected areas are reported around Letterkenny, Kilmacrennan and South Donegal. Donegal County Council has mobilised gritters to treat main routes. However, drivers should assume that no road is ice-free.“Road surface temperatures are a few degrees below forecast this morning,” said the council roads department. “Black ice and slippy roads widespread across the county. Gritters are being mobilised. Drive with extreme care.”Travel Alert: Black ice causes havoc on Donegal roads this morning was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Panthers drop close one at home

first_imgKaylea Sanchez scored 13 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter and the Del Norte Warriors handed the McKinleyville Panthers its second Big 5 Conference loss of the season, 48-42 Friday night at McKinleyville High.The Panthers took a 19-17 lead into halftime but could not keep Sanchez and the Warriors contained in the second half as the visitors poured in 20 points alone in the third quarter to take a lead which they would not give up until the final buzzer.Friday’s win keep the …last_img read more