Ex-Army Chief of Staff Vex with Gov’t

first_imgRetired Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Lieutenant General Kpenkpah Y. Konah, has expressed outrage with the government for what he described as “marginalization and neglect” of him from every day-to-day activity of the military.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Saturday, in Ganta, Nimba County, Gen. Konah said since his retirement from the army in 2004, he has been excluded from AFL events, particularly during military ceremonial activities, when former high profile military personnel are sometimes invited to and honored.He said there is nowhere in this world, especially in the United States of America, where retired generals are excluded from a ceremony such as the formation of the army or the just-ended 59th Armed Forces Day celebrations.Retired General Konah spent his Armed Forces Day attending the Lutheran Men’s Convention, February 10 to 14, in Ganta.“Even though I am a member of the Lutheran Church in Liberia and a part of the Men’s Department, if I were to be invited to attend the Armed Forces Day celebration, I would not have come to Ganta for this convention,” he said.According to him, every man is encouraged to start plaiting new mat by looking at the old one, adding, “If we the old forks are neglected because of other reasons, it does not in any way suggest that the government should forget about us, especially when we made significant contributions to the army during our day.” The 80 year old retired general joined the army in 1962 and rose to the rank of general under the regime of the late President Samuel K. Doe. He served as Brigadier General for several years prior to the December 24, 1989 civil uprising that toppled Doe in 1990. He was commissioned as a Major General in the position of Deputy Chief of Staff under the late General Prince C. Johnson during the regime of former President Charles G. Taylor.Gen. Konah recalled that upon the death of Gen. Johnson, which was the result of a car accident, he succeeded him as Chief of Staff (COS) and later became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.“I don’t like to undermine anybody in my life and I live quietly by minding my own affairs. I’ve always told my children to follow my example,”said retired Gen. Konah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John Merchant Bazaar to launch this weekend

first_imgMerchant Bazaar owners Cassandra Ross and Erin Ingram hope the bazaar will offer a place for small or home based business in Fort St. John to showcase their products and services every week.  The Bazaar will be held year round on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The grand opening of the Bazaar will be Sunday November 2 and will feature a number of vendors, face painting, balloons and clowns and more.If you would like to be included in the Bazaar, contact Cassandra Ross at (250) 329-6031 or Erin Ingram at (250) 263-1314.- Advertisement -You can also learn more about the Bazaar on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/fortstjohnsmerchantbazaarlast_img read more

Kenya to host 2017 CECAFA Challenge Cup

first_img0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addresses the media in a past event PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – After a two- year absence, the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) is back with Kenya handed the 2017 hosting rights.At an executive committee meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan the members expressed solidarity with Kenya over the failure to host the fifth African Nations Championships (CHAN) in January 2018. The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, which brings together all the national teams of the 13 member countries will be held in November and December 2017.Uganda are the current champions having won a record 14th title in Addis Ababa in December 2015 after beating Rwanda 1-0 in the final.The meeting also endorsed Burundi and Rwanda to host the CECAFA Under-17 and second Women’s championships respectively in November and December.Ethiopia is the last nation to host the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Reborn Agwanda named KPL’s July best

first_imgOn the war to claiming the prestigious gong that comes with a cash reward of Sh100,000 and a 49-inch LG Television as well as Sh50,000 for the team, Agwanda beat teammate Tobias Otieno and Bandari FC keeper Farouk Shikhalo.“I am very happy to get this award. I didn’t expect it and it is such a pleasant surprise. The month of July was good for us as a team and it marked my continuous improvement. In June I scored one goal, then two in July and now in May I am on three already,” Agwanda said.The forward christened ‘Jowi’, loosely translating to ‘buffalo’ in the local Luo dialect becomes the first Sony Sugar player to bag the award since its inception four years ago.Agwanda left Sony Sugar in 2011 for Sofapaka and between that period and his return to the club In June has played for Gor Mahia, Bandari and lately Ushuru where he stayed for six months before taking the decision to re-join his boyhood club.Enock Agwanda receives his July SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month accolades. PHOTO/SJAK“It was a very tough decision to come back to Sony but I got much encouragement from my wife and extended family. My wife especially convinced me to come back and play football because she told me no matter how much you go down, with hard work you can always come back up,” the forward noted.“Things became difficult at bandari when I picked a hamstring injury and getting playing time was tough. I am happy that I can now go back to the field and score goals,” explained Agwanda.He further says; “I came and found a coach who really trusts me and I am happy with him. I owe where I am today to him because he has really worked on me.”Sony have had a rejuvenated spell and have won five matches on the trot to climb to eighth in the standings and Agwanda believes they can push to finish within the top five.The forward has disclosed there is immense competition for places in the team and that’s the reason they have improved rapidly, saying every player is working hard to guard his place jealously.Sony’s performance has been top notch and have picked wins against teams ranked higher than them including Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United, Sofapaka and Kariobangi Sharks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Enock Agwanda poses with his July SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month accolades. PHOTO/SJAKAWENDO, Kenya, Aug 21 – Sony Sugar forward Enock Agwanda has won the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Kenyan Premier League players of the month FOR July after rejuvenating his snoozing career following a return to his boyhood club.Agwanda scored twice for Sony and provided a similar number of assists as the Sugar belt side rose from the ruins of a disastrous first leg to move into the top half of the league.last_img read more

Charlton hopeful of appointing Northampton’s Chris Wilder as their new boss

first_imgCharlton Athletic are close to appointing Chris Wilder as their new manager, talkSPORT understands.Jose Riga resigned as the Addicks’ boss on Saturday having been unable to prevent them from being relegated to League One.The south London club have been prepared for his departure for a number of weeks and Northampton’s Wilder is their number one choice to replace Riga.talkSPORT can reveal an approach was made for the 48-year-old last week and Wilder travelled to Belgium to talk to Charlton’s beleaguered owner Roland Duchatelet.Duchatelet has been lambasted for his running of the club since completing his takeover in January 2014 but is refusing calls to sell up and and hopes the appointment of a British boss will go some way to appeasing fans.Wilder has enjoyed an outstanding spell at Northampton, taking them from the brink of relegation to the Conference to League Two champions, and is highly regarded in the game.He had reservations about taking over at The Valley given the growing unrest among supporters and Duchatelet’s penchant for sacking managers – he has seen off FIVE bosses in two-and-a-half years.But Wilder has been assured by the Belgian businessman he will be given time to put his stamp on the club and, crucially, he has been told he will have full control over transfers.And he is ready to leave Northampton to take on the challenge of reviving the former Premier League side, with Charlton hopeful of agreeing a compensation package with the Cobblers early this week. Chris Wilder 1last_img read more

Coach moves up to top spot

first_imggerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Everyone’s favorite right-hand man is finally the head honcho. Dean Herrington, a successful assistant football coach for more than two decades – including stints at Hart High, Occidental College and most recently College of the Canyons – is the new head coach at Alemany High in Mission Hills, replacing Ted Corcoran. “I’ve been an assistant coach for 22 years. It’s time for me to be a head coach,” Herrington said Friday. “It’s a good opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.” Herrington, younger brother of Hart head coach Mike Herrington, helped Hart go 122-23 with 10 Foothill League titles and four section championships in 11 years before leaving in 2000. The 42-year-old offensive coordinator – known for his high-powered passing offense – spent one season at Division III Occidental, followed by a five-year run at Canyons through this past season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThrough the years, 15 quarterbacks who have played under Herrington have received football scholarships – including NFL starter Kyle Boller, who remains a close friend and golf partner. Alemany, which recently hired Saugus High administrator Frank Ferry as its new principal, finished 3-7 last season. “Frank Ferry is very supportive of not just football but all sports,” Herrington said. The Herrington brothers live together in Newhall, and Hart and Alemany are just 10 miles apart, but Dean said there are no plans to schedule a game between the two. “It will never happen as long as I’m coach,” Dean said. last_img read more

Na Rossa to hold AGM on Friday night

first_imgThe clubs AGM will take place this Friday 13th January in McCreadys bar starting at 9.30pm.All members very welcome. Lotto  numbers for  last Monday night were 8,12,15 and 22. No Jackpot  winner on the night.Two lucky dip winners Conor Chambers Renny and Lawrence Molloy Glenties both win €50 each . Next week’s jackpot now stands  €2.900Na Rossa to hold AGM on Friday night was last modified: January 10th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

FEARS ALLAYED OVER HEALTH OF BISHOP HEGARTY

first_imgThe former Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Seamus Hegarty, has responded to rumours about his health.A spokesman for the Dr Hegarty, who is now the Bishop of Derry, said the 70 year old has been to seek medical treatment but is in good form.Fr Michael Canny, a spokesperson for Bishop Hegarty (71), who is from Kilcar, admitted he was not as sharp as he used to be. “The Bishop is conscious that he’s not as young as he used to be. He’s also very aware that his memory is not as sharp or as acute as it was in the past.“He has been with the doctor and has discussed this with him and nothing has been diagnosed and he’s not receiving any treatment.”Fr Canny also denied a diocesan ‘committee’ had been set up to deal with decision-making because of concerns surrounding Bishop Hegarty’s health.“The only committee that’s been set up recently is the St Columb’s Diocesan Trust which is to oversee how the diocese complies with new charity legislation and this is the same as what’s happening in other dioceses and in churches generally,” he said. There’s been little sign in recent times of the Bishop cutting down on his workload.Over one recent weekend, he attended a function in Moville on the Friday night, drove to an all-day congress in Knock which began on Saturday at 8am, attended an inter-church blessing on the peace bridge on Sunday at 9am, said Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry at 11am, took part in a Eucharistic procession at 3pm and led the Cemetery Sunday event at 6pm.Bishop Hegarty, a native of Kilcar in south-west Donegal, was appointed as Bishop of Derry in 1994.He was previously Bishop of Raphoe and will celebrate thirty years as a bishop next year.FEARS ALLAYED OVER HEALTH OF BISHOP HEGARTY was last modified: July 8th, 2011 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:BISHOP HEGARTYlast_img read more

Profiling the AFCON teams: Zimbabwe

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Khama BilliatSunday Marimo Chidzambwatopzimbabwe Zimbabwe have appeared in three AFCONs previously.  (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Zimbabwe will be featuring in only their 4th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and their 2nd in a raw since 2017. They have never won the tournament in history and have failed to progress out of the groups in all their first three editions.In the 2019 edition, Zimbabwe is in Group A alongside hosts Egypt, Uganda and DR Congo.Zimbabwe did not take part in qualification for any of the AFCON tournaments between 1957 and 1980.The Warriors first participated in the qualifiers of AFCON 1982 in Libya but never made it to the finals’ tournament. The trend of missing out on qualification continued up until 2002.2004 would however turn out to be different for the South African side as they finally made it to the finals which were held in Tunisia. At the finals, they were placed in the Group of death alongside Cameroon, Algeria and record holders Egypt.Zimbabwe made their AFCON debut in 2004.Their first game ended in defeat as they went down 1-2 against Egypt. In the second game, Zimbabwe once again lost despite scoring three goals on the day as Cameroon beat them 5-3. However, they registered their first win at the AFCON finals as they beat Algeria 2-1 in the final group game.At the end of the tournament, the Warriors had scored six goals and registered three points but all that was not enough as they finished bottom of the group and thus eliminated.Zimbabwe once again qualified for the next edition in Egypt and they were placed in Group D alongside Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana.Once again, they finished bottom of the group with three points after losing two and winning only one game. In the games proper, Zimbabwe lost 2-0 to Senegal in the first game, lost by the same scoreline to Nigeria in the second and went on to defeat Ghana 2-1 in the last game.For the next 5 editions, Zimbabwe took part in qualification but always fell short.It was not until the 2017 edition that they return to the finals and were in another hard Group (B), containing Tunisia, Algeria and Senegal. They drew the first game against Algeria but went on to lose the other two. Senegal beat them 2-0 while Tunisia powered past them 4-2.The results meant that for the third time, Zimbabwe finished bottom of their AFCON group.CoachSunday Marimo ChidzambwaMarimo is a Zimbabwean association football coach and former player who is currently coach of the Warriors.Marimo played as a defender for Dynamos with whom he won five league championships. He also played at international level for Zimbabwe, appearing in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1980.After retiring as a player, he went on to manage Dynamos, the Zimbabwe National team (in 2004 AFCON and 2007), and South African team Umtata Bush Bucks, where he was unable to take up the position because he lost his passport. He was re-appointed manager of Zimababwe in November 2008, leaving in May 2010 to manage South Africa’s Free State Stars. Marimo quit Free State Stars in August 2010, later becoming manager of Black Leopards. On 20 October 2012 was banned by the FIFA and ZIFA for match fixing the next 10 years. He was appointed as one of three Zimbabwe national team coaches in July 2017.Star PlayerKhama BilliatBilliat, 29, is a professional footballer who plays for South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.He started his career at Zimbabwean side CAPS United before moving to the South African PSL where he has featured for Ajax Cape Towm, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs.Billiat has played for three South African clubsIn 2016, he helped Mamelodi Sundowns win their first ever continental title and becoming only the second South African team to be crowned champions of Africa.Billiat has scored over 50 goals for his four clubs and managed 13 goals in 35 appearances for Zimbabwe.Projection: Group StagesEgypt Fixtures at AFON 2019-Zimbabwe vs Egypt, 21st June-Uganda vs Zimbabwe, 26th June-DR Congo vs Zimbabwe, 30th JuneComments last_img read more

Fresh off Western Oregon win, Humboldt State looking to pick up first victory of 2016 at home

first_imgARCATA >> And now, the Jacks can settle in at home for the first time in weeks.No more worrying about any kind of road trip and hours upon hours in buses until the final week of the season. The Jacks’ stretch of four road games in the span of six weeks is officially a thing of the past.Humboldt State, now with two of its final three games remaining this season set to be played at the Redwood Bowl, looks to claim its first win at homet at 6 p.m. tonight when the Great Northwest Athletic …last_img read more