Piah Replies Urey

first_imgWelcome ladies and gentlemen of the press. We have followed a lot of loose comments made by Mr. Benoni Urey, specifically targeted at the presidency.Our initial thoughts, I must say in all honesty, is that Mr. Urey’s comments reflect serious lack of governance, political ineptitude and naivety on the part of a “political nobody” who has allowed his quest for the presidency to render him mischievous and disingenuous.Mr. Urey argues that President Sirleaf has no interest in Liberia and its people simply because she departed the country to participate in the 4th EU-Africa Summit at the time an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the country.If this statement came from just anybody, we would not have been surprise at all; but coming from a man who says he has the desire for the Presidency, we are not only surprised but ashamed of him.As a person who currently works at the presidency and is intone with presidential activities, duties and functions, let me use this time to provide a little education to Mr. Urey about the presidency.The presidency, not just of Liberia but all other countries, is an office of government that is not and cannot function as a one-stop-shop. In fact, a President must deal with multiple issues at the same time and does not shut down all other activities of government due to one. When one is President, he or she remains President no matter where he or she is – whether in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Brussels or in any other part of the country.It cannot be considered that a President has abandoned a country simply due to her absence from the country. Mr. Urey needs to know that when the President of a country is out of the country on official business, he or she mobilizes and directs the government to perform. In fact, on such occasions, Presidents are always engaged bilaterally, most times to the benefit of the country.Let me quickly state to Mr. Urey that many of the bilateral engagements that President Sirleaf has had on her current visit abroad has been dominated by issues surrounding the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia.The simple reason is this: A disease like Ebola not only requires the intervention of the Government of Liberia, but international partners as well to ensure that it is contained. This is exactly part of her agenda during her bilateral discussion while away.At every opportunity, President Sirleaf has informed her colleagues, partners and friends who are now on the alert to assist Liberia, should we find it difficult to control the current outbreak.Another issue here is that if a person who desires the President of Liberia does not understand these simple elementary principles of the presidency, such person, we advice should remain selling scratch cards and making their farms rather having a naked desire for a presidency that he or she does not understand. Mr. Urey has reflected clearly from his outburst that he has gross limitations in understanding the intricacies of the presidency – a fault he has exposed as a result of his loose comments.An interest to us is a suggestion also made by Mr. Urey that other well meaning citizens who are providing services to the government are “Americans” that should be, according to him, voted out of office so that they pack their belongings and  return to America – what an agent of divisiveness. Is this the Urey who craves for the Presidency?What kind of President will he be when he has started, on his own accord, to draw dichotomies between and among our people? He knocked his chest and brag to be president for murderers and criminals.Let me quickly remind him that Liberia does not need a murderer-in-chief nor a criminal-in-chief but a Commander-in-Chief who will transform even the murderers and criminals to productive citizens.If there are people who by the deeds and actions have made others murderers and criminals and therefore already see themselves as president for those people, then that is a zone of comfort that they could remain rather than seeking the  presidency which they have demonstrated that they have no understanding about.Let me also say to Mr. Urey that before the President departed the country, she was engaged with the Ebola outbreak. Three separate meetings were held with the President by the technical committee who provided adequate briefing to the President which enabled her to direct the course of affairs as was required in handling the Ebola situation.He needs to also know that more than three times a day the President receives briefing from the acting Chair of the Cabinet, Honorable Morris Dukuly, which is also enabling her to perform adequately her supervisory responsibility.Mr. Urey ought to know that in six weeks, nearly 70 persons died in Guinea from the outbreak. In the past three weeks, you can see for yourselves the mortality rate in Liberia. This should be a clear demonstration to him that those who are in charge of this process are performing with efficiency and proficiency purely based on an account of the kind of supervision that is being provided by the President.Finally, the Executive Mansion will like to strongly advice all Liberians and politicians in particular to refrain from using this serious health issue for politics as the spread of the disease knows no bounds. This is a situation, in our view, that requires all hands on deck as this is not the time for politics.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Statement ByMr. Jerolinmek PiahPresidential Press SecretaryOnComments Made By Mr. Benoni UreyThursday, April 3, 2014 Press secretary to Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Jerolinmek M. PiahPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Jerolinmek Piah, has responded to presidential hopeful Benoni Urey’s claims that President Sirleaf is disinterested in Liberia for being out of the country during an Ebola crisis:last_img read more

Younquoi Finally Wins in Nimba District #8

first_imgNimba County District #8 Rep. Larry YounquoiIncumbent Representative of Nimba County District 8, Larry P. Younquoi has been declared the winner in the October 10 legislative election of that district.Representative Younquoi’s victory follows a recount of the vote after his main rival, businessman turned politician, Saye Miannah, was announced by authorities of the National Election Commission (NEC) as a winner earlier.Mr. Miannah in previous counting won with 19 votes more than the incumbent, but the result was challenged by Representative Younquoi for recount.The recount that took place in Saclepea on Saturday, November 4, gave Representative Younquoi 6,191 votes leading Mr. Miannah who obtained 6,174 votes; a difference of 17 votes.According to some insiders in the counting booths, Larry’s defeat as announced in the initial counting came as a result of considering some votes invalid when they were actually not.Some voters wrote the name of the candidate of their choice in the marking box, instead of using the voting signs, but poll workers considered it as invalid, which went against the incumbent lawmaker.The first round of voting gave Saye Miannah a 19 vote lead over Younquoi.Having rectified the error in the recounting not only for Younquoi, but for the rest of the candidates, the incumbent finally triumphed over his closest rival, Miannah, with 17 votes, making him the winner.Representative Younquoi’s re-election defeat attributed to him earlier had received mixed reactions.The announcement of his defeat stirred up opinions that he is very boastful and presents himself as the only educated person from the district, if not from the county in the Legislature.Others accused Younquoi of being egocentric (selfish, self-centered) to the extent that he does not help his own relatives except his biological children.Others also said during the first term of his leadership, Representative Younquoi did not advocate on their behalf to reopen their roads. That situation reportedly led most of them in the district to register in another district to vote.Those that admire Younquoi, on the other hand, said if he were defeated in the race, it would have been a great loss not only for Nimba County, but for the country, because his performance over the years classifies him as one of the  best lawmakers.Some journalists critiquing Younquoi recently said Nimba was making a grave mistake to get him out, emphasizing that it clearly manifested Nimbaians’ resolve not to get rid of competent lawmakers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reports – Bayern Munich rule out move for Chelsea and Man United target

first_img1 Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has told the club’s board there is no need to sign Chelsea and Manchester United target Marco Reus, according to reports in Germany.The winger is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, with a host of Europe’s top clubs chasing his signature.Bayern Munich were thought to be leading the way, especially after the Bundesliga champions completed moves for Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund in the past two seasons.However, according to Bild, Guardiola has reportedly told Bayern’s board that there is no need to finance a big-money move for the 25-year-old.The former Barcelona boss believes that the squad is already equipped in that position, with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery nailing down first-team places.The news will come as a boost to both Chelsea and Manchester United, who are said to be tracking Reus. Marco Reus in action for Borussia Dortmund last_img read more

Known prankster

first_imgRe “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): This is ridiculous. All I have to do is eat dog food and I can become a millionaire? Wow! Tennie Pierce just won the lottery. He was a known prankster. They have pictures of him pulling pranks on other firefighters, but the city still felt the need to settle. When will the city of Los Angeles stop paying settlements and start hiring better attorneys? Maybe the city should spend more money on recruitment and less money on paying off “victims.” The mayor should focus on saving taxpayers millions of dollars on frivolous lawsuits and Mirthala Salinas. – Devin Collins Littlerock So sad Re “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): The saddest part about the settlement with Tennie Pierce is not that Tennie participated in pranks before, not that the taxpayers have to pay up, not that the weak-willed City Council cannot say no. The saddest part is that the prank (mixing dog food in with spaghetti after he gloated about being top dog in a competition) actually demonstrated that Tennie was accepted as a firefighter, as one of the gang, regardless of the color of his skin and ethnicity. And he chose to exploit it rather than embrace it. So sad. – Nina Menart Sunland Spector deadlock Re “Jury deadlocked in Spector trial” (Sept. 19): There is something wrong with our justice system. A guy jams a gun into a lady’s mouth and kills her, but the jury doesn’t accept the fact that it’s murder. Is there a requirement for jury duty that you must be a moron? – Don Lapinsky North Hills Public servants? Mayor blind to disasters under Boks” (Their Opinions, Sept. 25): It’s obvious, after reading Marie Atake’s article, that Mayor Villaraigosa’s deputy chief of staff, Jimmy Blackman, needs to shape up or ship out. When he indicates that he doesn’t care about an important problem, he needs to seek other employment. Why can’t we get rid of all the arrogant so-called public servants who are not doing their jobs? – Gene Bricker North Hollywood Exploiting for `art’ Re “Rape scene leads to worry over Afghan reaction” (Sept. 24): I was sickened to read about yet another child being put in a position of acting out a rape scene. This Afghan boy is just one pawn in a long line of child stars (Dakota Fanning, to name another) who recently have been exploited in the name of “art.” It’s beyond me how any normal person would think it acceptable to put a 12-year-old boy (or girl) in such a horrible position that could adversely impact the psyche for the rest of a lifetime. I guess as long as there is monetary gain involved, or maybe an Oscar, nothing else matters. – Donika Trotta Palmdale Children’s health The state Children’s Health Insurance Program is working. The president is now threatening to veto it. Why play politics with children’s lives? This is just to renew funding. – Thomas L. Rowe Van Nuys Homeowners whine I’m tired of reading letters from homeowners who whine about their taxes. No one made them buy a house. I’m a renter who does not want to buy a home, but my income denies me the right to ask for renter’s credit. That’s a form of discrimination, too. – Tarleton X. Garton Lancaster Gangs and drug trade Re “Gang tax” (Your Opinions, Sept. 24): If gangs result from insufficient taxation, as Janice Hahn and the L.A. City Council would have us believe, then sexually transmitted diseases result from that as well. Why not an STD tax? Sorry, but gangs are a result of prohibition, period. Suspending the rule of law in the drug trade causes gangs and violence, not insufficient taxation. It is the warmongers like Hahn, trafficking in Drug War snake-oil, who are responsible for the gangs. – Peter Wilson Simi Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Video: The future is certainly bright for England

first_imgDele Alli scored his first goal for England and what a spectacular goal it was in a 2-0 win against France.Wayne Rooney volleyed in the second in front of an emotional Wembley crowd where tributes were paid to those killed in the recent terror attacks in Paris.It was Tottenham midfielder Alli’s full debut and the 19-year-old impressed in what was England’s final game of 2015.Have a look at the goals below and click here to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fantastic free-kick for Sweden against Denmark. 1 Wayne Rooney scores his volley against France last_img

Ex-Liverpool winger Tom Ince scored a stunning individual goal on the way to a hattrick

first_imgTom Ince proved last night why he was once on the books of Liverpool with a breathtaking run and cool finish for Derby County.The former England Under-21s winger showed great composure to shimmy past three players before finishing past Frank Fielding in the Bristol City goal.Ince’s wonder goal was the first of three on Tuesday night as Derby romped to a 4-0 victory against the despondent City. It brings to end Ince’s goal drought that went back as far as early October.The result moves Derby up to third in the Championship, just two points off leaders Middlesborough and leaves the Robins one point and one place above the relegation zone.Check out Ince’s brilliant goal in the video above!last_img

‘DONEGAL STAG PARTY GROUP IN €8.4M LOTTERY TICKET LEGAL ROW’

first_imgEva Marie Stewart, Ahmed Stewart and baby Theodore Stewart, Matt Lyons and Alan Lyons celebrating after selling the winning ticket in MarchA STAG party of 14 from County Donegal on a weekend away in Sligo won €8.4M, it is being reported today.However the National Lottery has refused to pay out on the jackpot. It’s understood lawyers are now involved in trying to resolve the dispute. The money was won on March 5 after a €20 bet placed at Matt Lyons XL shop in Sligo Town.The Lottery confirmed that “the ticket holder” came forward on March 30, but say they still haven’t handed over the money.The prize must be settled by May 30.The Irish Daily Star reports the 14-strong group decided to buy a Lotto ticket while on the boozy weekend away.The huge €8,244,502 prize, if shared equally between them, would net each of them a cool €588,893.“There was a group of 14 who came down from Donegal,” a source told the paper.“They were only in Sligo for the weekend and they bought the ticket while they were here.“The whole town has been talking about it and we can’t wait to see if they will come back here again.”The Lotto said in a statement: “The National Lottery never comments on the specifics of the claims procedure to protect both the privacy of the claimant and the security of the National Lottery’s claims process.“As is standard practice, any claimant has 90 days in which to claim their prize and we are continuing to engage with the ticketholder.“In line with our normal policy, we will not be issuing further comment until the prize has been collected.”Matt Lyons, the man who sold the winning ticket, said: “It’s really unusual for a prize not to be paid out by this stage. I hope it is all sorted out.”‘DONEGAL STAG PARTY GROUP IN €8.4M LOTTERY TICKET LEGAL ROW’ was last modified: May 12th, 2016 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:donegalLOTTERY WINNERrowsligostag partylast_img read more

GAA NEWS: DEFEATED GLENSWILLY GATHER AGAIN FOR GAME AGAINST BUNDORAN

first_imgGLENSWILLY NOTESThe Senior Championship got underway on Sunday last with a home tie to Kilcar but unfortunately both teams suffered narrow defeats. The next round of games is Saturday Oct 4th away to Bundoran with throw in at 4pm for the Reserves and 5.30 for the Seniors.Our U13 boys were up in Malin last Friday evening in the league and recorded a great victory, next up is Burt at home Wed1st Oct at 6.15 pm. This is the boys last league game of the year. The winning Lotto numbers this week are 3,6,10,11. and this weeks winner is Danny Mc Glynn from Glenfin. The Jackpot now stands at an inviting €5260. This weeks seller is Hughie Mc Daid.The club has been granted a Licence to run bingo in the hall and there is a meeting to discuss same on 8th October at 9pm.It is hoped as many as possible will attend to share ideas and experiences, if you have any thoughts or queries please contact Paul Lapsley on 086 8222887.The Boxing is now underway with training every Monday and Wednesday night.: The Battle of the Swilly 2 : will take place on the October Bank Holiday Sunday 26th in the Silver Tassie Hotel, tickets and further details will be released shortly.Anyone interested in The Caretaker role at the Club under the Community Employment Scheme, can contact Sharon Mc Ginty on 086 3629737. In order to apply you must be in receipt of Unemployment Benefit for 12 months. The winners of the girls underage draw were, Thos Mollay,Ollie Fitzpatrick,Julia Mc Fadden and Keith O Grady. Many thanks to the sponsors of the event namely, Donegal Stationery, Cormac Gallagher, Power Nail Guns, Hughie Mc Daid, Geraldine Diver, Sarahs 2 Dozen Treats and Christy Galligan, Thanks to James Pat Mc Daid for doing the Draw. Well done to all who contributed to what was a fantastic day for the community.GAA NEWS: DEFEATED GLENSWILLY GATHER AGAIN FOR GAME AGAINST BUNDORAN was last modified: September 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) Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM ROSSES AC 5K

first_imgRosses AC 5K – Mullach Dearg Banks – Sunday 26/2/20121. Shaun Mc Shane 17.402. Noel Diver 18.353. Kevin Mc Gee 18.494. Brian Rodgers 18.565. Martin Sharkey 19.136. John Paul Wilson 19.517. Fionnuala Diver 19.528. Brendan Mc Cole 20.269. Eamonn O Donnell 20.4210. Fergal Mc Gee 20.4911. Manus Mc Hugh 20.5312. Denis Forker 21.0013. Conor White 21.0714. Dessie Gallagher 21.3915. John Mc Callion 21.5916. Mark Nicolas 22.2217. Deirdre Diver 22.2318. Owen Bonner 22.3119. Micheal Doherty 22.3320. Stephen Glackin 22.3121. Helen Mc Cready 22.4022. Conor Hanlon 22.4123. Brendan Ó Baoill 22.5424. Colm Ferriter 23.0025. John ‘The Hall’ Gallagher 23.0726. Tracey Boyle 24.1127. Michael Barry 24.1428. John Ferry 24.5529. Sarah Mulholland 24.5730. Marcella Gallagher 25.1131. Marguretta O Donnell 27.1232. Noreen Ward 29.0033. Breege Nicolas 29.3534. Eileen Sweeney 29.5535. Sharon Wilson 30.0036. Colleen Coyle 30.1537. Maureen Doherty 30.3838. Maura O Donnell 30.4739. Niamh Walsh 31.1440. Sally Mulholland 36.4141. Mary Mulholland 36.4142. Grace Garvey 37.0743. N Boyle 37.2044. Kathleen Tracey 37.2045. Neil Mc Bride 37.4546. Anne Curran 37.4547. John Sweeney 37.4548. David Devine 39.0049. Yvonne Lunny 39.4550. Elaine Devine 39.4551. Mary Doherty 41.3352. Bríd Sweeney 41.3353. Nora O Donnell 43.4254. Marie Sharkey 44.2555. Kit Rodgers 44.2556. Eileen Hanlon 45.3057. Catherine Boyle 45.3058. Patricia Mc Devitt 45.30  ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM ROSSES AC 5K was last modified: February 26th, 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:ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM ROSSES AC 5Klast_img read more

JIM AND THE BOYS ARE ALREADY INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF DONEGAL FANS!

first_imgProud parents Claire Higgins and Odhran Grant with newborn son Daithi in their Donegal jerseys.He might not know all the names of all the players just yet.But there’s no question that little Daithi Grant will be a huge Donegal GAA fan.Daithi was just four days old when he watched yesterday’s amazing All-Ireland semi-final with mum Claire and dad Odhrán. Baby Daithi looking very relaxed after watching Donegal beat Dublin.Little Daithi (Peadar) arrived at Letterkenny General Hospital at 4.04pm on Thursday afternoon.Claire, who is from Slieve Sneach Close in Letterkenny and Odhrán, who is also from Letterkenny, made sure they enjoyed their first real occasion as a family.And just to make it a little more special, the trio bought new jerseys for the occasion as they shouted on Jim and the boys.Odhrán said it was just something special to watch the game with the couple’s new baby who weighed in at 6ib 4oz. “It was just an amazing feeling. To watch the game as a family was something special.“But to watch the lads to go on and qualify for the All-Ireland was just unbelievable.“Getting three tickets for the final is the next problem,” laughed Odhrán. Baby Daithi is spoiled by his grandfather Brian Grant and cousin Oisin HigginsJIM AND THE BOYS ARE ALREADY INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF DONEGAL FANS! was last modified: September 1st, 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:babyClaire HigginsDaithi GrantdonegalJim McGuinnessnewbornOdhran Grantlast_img read more