‘Guns Terrorize Democracy’

first_imgFormer Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods yesterday recalled that he had long been  against Liberia having a standing army by declaring,  “Guns do not protect or promote democracy but guns terrorize democracy.”Delivering the Keynote  Address at the 58th Armed Forces Day Celebration at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on Wednesday, Mr. Woods told his audience, “Over the years of my career, I have supported the demilitarization of the state and campaigned against increased military expenditures and architecture at the expense of other social services.“At my Truth and Reconciliation Hearings few years ago, I called for the dissolution of the army and frowned on huge US support to the Liberian Military over the years and during the restructuring phase, suggesting that similar resources be diverted to health and education as well as other social services. We have an opportunity to now reflect together,” he said.“This position,” according to Att’y Woods, “is borne out of the army’s legacy and its history: “A history of fear, lack of trust, and suspicion. Fear because the military has   always represented the power of a repressive government and therefore ordinary citizens are often fearful of any increased presence of the armed forces.”Att’y Woods, who is also a human rights lawyer and activist, said he is having the suspicion because of the “Sins of your Fathers,” referring to past behaviors of soldiers of the army and their paymasters.Giving historical reflections, he said, “We are reminded of the origin of our military and the role it has played historically as we constructed our nation. “As you may be aware, the forerunner of the Armed Forces of Liberia was the Liberia Frontier Force (LFF). The LFF did not serve the interest of the vast majority of Liberians.  Instead, it preyed upon them. Its successor, the AFL, did not do better.”The military was therefore seen as a “vehicle of the political establishment using brute force and naked power to penetrate the interior of Liberia,” said Woods.According to him, the character of the military was then a place for “societal rejects and way-wards.” He disclosed that its recruitment procedures were questionable, not elaborating further on it, however. “Our people were afraid of the national army because it visited upon them  mayhem and destruction,” he added.Further supporting his argument, he reminded everyone that in 1980, the AFL conducted a coup d’état that resulted in a military dictatorship. “It polarized our nation and people. Most, if not all of us, are witness to this history.”But Att’y Woods,  The Human Rights advocate,  disclosed that he hoped to see the AFL having an army that will be engaged in  development activities such as  constructing roads, engaging in agriculture and providing medical services, amongst others.“Our military barracks must be transformed into citadels of learning. When we recruit young men and women to serve our country, they should be offered the opportunities to obtain the highest form of learning our nation can offer.“Our barracks must be centers  of learning and excellence. Those who enter our army must, as a matter of national urgency, be assured that by the time their military service to the nation is ended, they can be deployed into other professions and contribute to the nation building process. In other words, it is not sufficient that our men and women in the army are only trained to fight wars but are trained as well to improve the living conditions of their fellow Liberians.”All efforts to reach the Chief Public Affairs Officer of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Captain. Dessaline F. Allison, to obtain the AFL’s reaction to Att’y Woods’ assertions were unsuccessful as his mobile phones were switched off.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sheep rustling rampant in Tuschen, EBE

first_img– residents complains of heads of sheep missingHarilall Deonarine, a 37-year-old Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo resident, is the latest victim of a suspected sheep rustling ring which has been prowling residents in sections of the East Bank of Essequibo and West Coast of Demerara for a number of months.Deonarine reported that he awoke on Sunday morning at around 05:30h to find his sheep pen broken into.Inspections conducted saw 10 sheep missing. “I didn’t hear anything because the pen part off from the house…when we check, like they jump over from the back and stole, entered the pen, we didn’t hear anything though” Deonarine relayed.The upset man is calling on the police to investigate, noting that he was robbed of his livelihood.“This is how I make my living. Its sickening man, something gotta be done to catch these people” Deonarine stated.Just days ago, another Tuschen family lost several sheep at the hands of the same set of thieves.Sixty-three-year-old Mohan Chotilall told Guyana Times that he tied his sheep to graze on a nearby plot of land at around 09:30h on the morning of Saturday, July 29, but upon returning, they were all missing.“This thing here happen in broad daylight, these men brazen. I saying men because some people who they steal from saw them. Is only today I seh alright, I ain’t hear about one of the robbery in lil while so let me carrying out that four and let them graze and baps, all four gone, all me find was the ropes,” Chotiall related.The man explained to this publication that several other persons in the area have made similar reports to the police. “Whoever doing this, they selling them. They have to be rich because is a lot of sheep them stealing so far,” the man said. He is calling on the police to thoroughly investigate the matter.In June, a De Kinderen, West Coast Demerara (WCD) pensioner had a similar experience when thieves entered her backyard and made off with her sheep.This publication has previously reported that the 67-year-old woman had said that at about 18:00h, she secured the sheep but retired to bed just before midnight. However, the following morning, she journeyed to the back of her house to take her sheep to graze but noticed that the door to the pen was opened.Upon inspection, she found that 15 sheep were missing. The woman had expressed her anger over the situation since the sheep were her livelihood and had called on the police to assist her to properly investigate the matter.last_img read more

Opposition Leader, President to meet today

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPresident David GrangerThe much anticipated meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will take place today.In a letter, dated July 3, the Head of State proposed that the two leaders meet at 15:00h today at the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP). The correspondence was sent by Director of MotP Joseph Harmon and addressed to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member Gail Teixeira, both of whom have been acting on behalf of the respective political leaders. <<>> was told that the Opposition Leader will be attending the meeting.Over the weekend, correspondences between the Government and the Opposition sparked much public debate after it was suggested that the President submits his own list of nominees for the GECOM Chair.“The Government interpreted [the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling] to mean that both the President and Leader of the Opposition will provide nominees on the list of six persons. It is hoped that the Leader of the Opposition could quickly communicate his view on this issue before a date for the meeting with the President is finalised,” Harmon had reasoned in the letter sent last Friday.However, that proposal was immediately rejected by the Opposition. In fact, Teixeira pointed out that Article 161 of the Constitution makes it the Opposition Leader’s job to submit names to the President, not the other way around. She noted too that to do otherwise would be a case of the President usurping the Opposition Leader’s role.“The Leader of the Opposition wishes to remind that the Caribbean Court of Justice, in its recent judgment, in interpreting Article 161 (2) of the Constitution, examined the letter, spirit and intendment of that Article. Therefore, the judgement of the Court must be construed as giving obeisance to the Article, rather than derogating from it,” she responded.“In this regard, it was never a matter of controversy that the list of six names must emanate from the Leader of the Opposition and the appointment of one therefrom is exclusively the remit of the President,” Teixeira also wrote.The former Chief Whip went on to say that the CCJ was merely providing guidance on how to conduct the engagement with the two sides. Notwithstanding this, Teixeira informed Harmon that the Opposition Leader was open to the President suggesting names informally.Article 161 (2) of the Constitution states that “…the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”It goes on to outline the process by which the Chairman is appointed, stating that the Chairman is “to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation (between) political parties represented in the National Assembly”.Last week, former GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson officially stepped down from the position. His appointment was deemed unconstitutional by the CCJ, which noted that President Granger stepped outside of the Constitution when he appointed Patterson.In its judgement on this matter, the CCJ had said clearly that “once the President and the Leader of the Opposition have hammered out a list of names not unacceptable to the President, the list, comprising the six persons, must then formally be submitted to the President by the Leader of the Opposition and the President must then select the Chairman from among those names”.While explaining the consensual process to appoint the GECOM Chairman, the CCJ went on to advise that, “This approach gives the President a role in the identification of the six names, but it obviates [eliminates] the possibility that after the formal presentation of the list, the President could suggest that one or more of the names or indeed the entire list, is unacceptable”.To, therefore, have the Government claim that the CCJ intended for President Granger to himself submit names has some observers questioning the Government’s sincerity in wanting to work with the Opposition to appoint a Chairman of GECOM the right way.last_img read more

Embarking on H2H did not take into account NCM – CJ

first_img…reminds Commission cannot proceed with its business as usualThe Chief Justice (CJ) has delivered her written ruling on the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), issuing a stern reminder to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) that an NCM was passed, and as such, the body cannot ignore this and proceed as though it’s business as usual.Acting Chief JusticeRoxane GeorgePresident David GrangerGECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette SinghThis reminder is contained in paragraph 113 of acting CJ Roxane George’s almost 50-page document. According to the written judgement, former GECOM Chairman James Patterson’s order to begin House-to-House Registration did not take into consideration the December 21, 2018 passage of the NCM.“The fact is that the July 2018 decision, and that made in 2007 at the 171st Meeting of GECOM, to conduct House-to-House Registration, were not made in the context of an NCM,” the CJ wrote in her ruling.“The NCM is an extraordinary circumstance that GECOM must bear in mind in its decision-making as it conducts the House-to-House Registration and for that matter, any verification process that has as the objective, the compilation, or revision of the list of electors for the required upcoming elections”.Justice George acknowledged that GECOM is an independent body pursuant to Article 161 and 162, which is not subject to the control of any other authority. But she also noted that GECOM is also subject to the Constitution and laws, thus, the Commission “cannot act as though it is in a normal registration or election cycle”.“As such, since GECOM is seeking to register electors, GECOM may have to consider other options including what other methods of verification of the list may have to be utilised, whether in conjunction with or separately from the house-to-house exercise”.“Indeed, the CEO/CR deposed that the preparation of the Official List of Electors permits the registration of every qualified elector during the registration exercise or a Claims and Objections period,” the judgement states.Patterson’s National Registration (Residents) Order of 2019, setting July 20 as the date for GECOM to commence House-to-House and for it to conclude in October, was gazetted in July. However, the order was signed by Patterson since June 11. The CCJ invalidated Patterson’s appointment via its ruling on June 18, with the retired Judge stepping down from his post at GECOM soon after.With the clock ticking and elections months overdue, GECOM has not yet made a decision with regards to the holding of elections or any other matters, even after the Chairperson, Justice Claudette Singh, has now had two meetings with the six commissioners since her appointment last month.The new GECOM Chair met with both Opposition and Government-nominated commissioners for the first time last week, but no decisions surfaced regarding the next course of action with respect to House-to-House Registration.The meeting reportedly lasted a few hours, after which PPP Commissioner Bibi Shadick told the media that the Commission’s “businesses” were discussed. She stated that the matters will be addressed once the Chief Justice’s ruling is submitted in written form.“We have a new Chairperson…we have a new dispensation. There were no decisions taken today. We didn’t have benefit of the Chief Justice’s decision as yet. It has to be given out when it is completed,” Shadick had told media operatives.She also met with the commissioners on Wednesday, where they have still not decided on how to proceed regarding elections and the ongoing House-to-House (H2H) Registration. In fact, there was a marked reluctance to get into specifics with the press on how this latest meeting with the GECOM Chairperson went. People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated commissioners were tight-lipped, only commenting that a further meeting will be held on Friday.However, the Commission does hope to advise President David Granger “not long from now” on their preparedness for the polls. This is according to Government-nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander, who noted that while discussions on the way forward have started, outstanding matters still need addressing.last_img read more

Mourinho searching for defensive answers at Man United

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United defenders Luke Shaw (left) and Chris Smalling react after defeat to West Ham © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – Jose Mourinho’s defence is causing him headaches as he tries to turn around a woeful start to Manchester United’s season against a struggling Newcastle United.United have not been this badly off seven games into a league campaign since 1989 but Saturday’s visit of a Newcastle side in the bottom three offers a chance to lift the mood at Old Trafford. Mourinho’s team are languishing in 10th spot in the Premier League having conceded 12 goals, a figure they did not hit until December 17 last season.A large part of the problem is the manager’s seeming inability to settle on a first-choice defence. He has started with nine different defensive combinations in 10 competitive fixtures across three competitions this season.“We don’t have the technical quality to build from the back,” Mourinho complained this week, although the inability to keep out opponents is also vexing him.Mourinho does not appear to have complete confidence in any of his four senior centre-backs — Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof — despite the fact that the latter two were his signings.The Portuguese manager has come up with some interesting attempts to solve the problem, including leaving Bailly on the bench and drafting in midfielder Scott McTominay as one of three centre-backs against West Ham last week.It is not the first time this season that Mourinho has thrown a selection curveball. Ander Herrera, another midfielder, was used in a three-man back line as Tottenham won 3-0 at Old Trafford in August.There was speculation after the Tottenham defeat that Mourinho’s selection might have been a protest against executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s refusal to sanction the signing of defender Harry Maguire from Leicester.Woodward was apparently reluctant to pay a reported asking price of more than £70 million ($91 million) for the England man.The club were also linked with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng but ended up with no central defensive signings this summer.Their one defensive addition was teenage right-back Diogo Dalot, who was brought in from Porto for £19 million as a long-term acquisition.Dalot impressed on his debut, a 3-0 Champions League win over Swiss club Young Boys but had a tougher time of it a week later as United were knocked out of the League Cup on penalties by Championship side Derby and he is likely to be used sparingly for now.At least United kept a clean sheet on Tuesday as they drew 0-0 at home to Valencia in a turgid Champions League group-stage match, but there was little for the manager to smile about.Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle, who have managed only four goals in seven Premier League games, might offer a brief respite, but then come fixtures against Chelsea and Juventus.Solving the defensive problems, whatever the personnel, is now a matter of urgency.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Never-say-die Esperance reach CAF Champions League final

first_imgEsperance goalkeeper Rami Jeridi then launched a long clearance that Haythem Jouini headed on and Badri took advantage of a deflection to score the decisive goal from close range.It was the first time in the two-leg, 180-minute tie that Esperance led on aggregate and they survived a frenetic finish for a famous 4-3 overall victory.Mohamed Belaili, Mohamed Ali Yakoubi, Jouini and Badri scored for Esperance and Geraldo and Lompala Bokamba for Primeiro in a seesaw showdown at the Stade Olympique near Tunis.Geraldo put Primeiro ahead on eight minutes before Belaili converted a penalty and Yakoubi scored with a diving header to give the two-time African champions a 2-1 half-time lead.A Jeridi howler gifted Bokamba an equaliser midway through the second half before a Jouini tap-in on 73 minutes edged Esperance 3-2 ahead on the night.Primeiro thought they had scored a third goal soon after when Beadrik Ungenda netted in a goalmouth scramble, but it was ruled out by the overworked Zambian referee.It was a surprise scoreline with Esperance scoring four goals for the first time in 12 matches and Primeiro conceding more than one in the Champions League for the first time this year.Esperance will be away in the first leg of the final next month to Entente Setif of Algeria or Al Ahly of Egypt, who meet in Setif later Tuesday.Record eight-time champions Ahly lead 2-0 from the first leg in Cairo and are expected to set up a repeat of the 2012 title decider in which they beat decades-old rivals Esperance.There was plenty of off-field drama, too, with the flares that were flung on the pitch after the second Primeiro goal making visibility difficult.Primeiro goalkeeper Adao ‘Tony’ Cabaca was affected by the smoke and after several appeals for medical assistance, eventually received help.A small group of supporters played a cat-and-mouse game with the police, hurling various objects, retreating, then coming back to taunt them again.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Esperance edged a thrilling tie to reach the final © AFP / FETHI BELAIDJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 23 – Anice Badri scored his seventh CAF Champions League goal this season to give Esperance of Tunisia a 4-2 victory over Primeiro Agosto of Angola on Tuesday and a place in the final.With 85 minutes played in the semi-final second leg, the Tunisians were leading 3-2 in Rades but trailing on away goals after losing the first leg 1-0 in Luanda.last_img read more

Stats reveal the correct result of every Premier League match from the weekend

first_img revealed Should a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or have an above average finisher scoring hard chances others would miss.So, how did every team perform compared to their xG in the 11th round of Premier League matches? Find out below thanks to expected goals statistics from Understat.com…Bournemouth vs Manchester UnitedReal result: 1-2xG result: 1.89-2.98West Ham vs BurnleyReal result: 4-2xG result: 2.48-0.81Newcastle vs WatfordReal result: 1-0xG result: 0.69-2.43 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? However, Liverpool and Arsenal came up against each other and could only share the spoils after an entertaining fixture.Elsewhere, Newcastle beat Watford to claim their first win of the season and West Ham secured a memorable 4-2 defeat of Burnley.It was, as always, a thrilling weekend of top flight action, but were the results backed up by the performances? whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 What is expected goals? SORRY Sergio Aguero has the highest xG (8.37) of any player this Premier League season Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos latest 4 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Read In Football 4center_img Another weekend of Premier League football has come and gone, with tonight’s match between Fulham and Huddersfield rounding off gameweek 11.Most of the big-hitters in the league secured positive results, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham all picking up wins. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man City overperformed their xG by three goals against Saints Man City ran riot on Sunday afternoon and secured a 6-1 defeat of Southampton scrap Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match, with every shot taken given an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt.Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the xG value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the expected goals of a match. Click here to find out more about the calculations used to work out xG. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Watford dominated proceedings but were beaten by Newcastle Arsenal vs LiverpoolReal result: 1-1xG result: 1.61-1.15Wolves vs TottenhamReal result: 2-3xG result: 2.41-1.63Manchester City vs SouthamptonReal result: 6-1xG result: 3.07-1.72 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Everton vs BrightonReal result: 3-1xG result: 2.49-0.59Cardiff vs LeicesterReal result: 0-1xG result: 0.73-2.17 4 Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. 4 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions tense Chelsea vs Crystal PalaceReal result: 3-1xG result: 1.82-0.45last_img read more


first_imgIs féile náisiúnta Gaeilge é Rith 2012 a bheidh ar siúl ón 8-17 Márta 2012 i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge.Is slí nua é Rith 2012 chun teanga agus cultúr na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh go feiceálach i bpobail ar fud na hÉireann agus airgead á bhailiú d’fhorbairt na Gaeilge ag an am céanna.Beidh baitín sealaíochta lámh-dhearaithe speisialta le teachtaireacht folaithe istigh ann á iompar ag Rith 2012 ó thus go deireadh. Tógfar céad chéimeanna Rith 2012 i nGaoth Dobhair ar an 8 Márta. I ndiaidh an tsearmanais tionscnaimh, osclófar an Bata agus cuirfear an teachtaireacht tacaíochta don Ghaeilge isteach ann.Ansin, bronnfar an bata ar rásaí an chéad chiliméadair agus tosóidh an turas…Iomprófar an Bata timpeall na hÉireann ar feadh deich lá, ó mhaidn go hoíche, ar thuras 1000km, trí breis is 200 baile agus 15 gcondae.Críochnóidh sé ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Inis Mór, Árainn, Co. na Gaillimhe agus léifear amach an teachtaireacht tacaíochta seo don Ghaeilge.Tá cúrsa 1000km leagtha amach chun ollrith sealaíochta a dhéanamh ó Ghaoth Dobhair go hInis Mór leis na míllte duine ag glacadh páirte ann. Tharla an chéad Rith sa bhliain 2010 nuair a ghlac 20,000 páirt san fhéile.Níos mó sonraí ar www.rith.ieCOMÓRTAISRannóg A  Bunscoileanna:  Naíonáin – Rang 2, Clubanna óige 4-8Rannóg B Bunscoileanna: Rang 3– 6  Clubanna óige: aois 9-13Rannóg C Iarbhunscoileanna: Clubanna óige Aois 13 +Comórtas 1. Cumadóireacht ó bhéalCum rap, dán no amhrán i gcomhair Rith 2012.  Is comórtas grúpa nóranga é seo. Ba cheart don ghrúpa nó don rang go léir bheith ag obairle chéile agus iarratas amháin a chur isteach.Spriocdháta:   Dé hAoine, 24 Feabhra 2012.Comórtas 2. Griangraf / BratachaDear agus déan bratacha i gcomhair Rith 2012.  Ansin glac cúplagrianghraf agus seol chugainn iad chun an dea-obair a thaispeáint.Ullmhaigh na bratacha roimh an Aoine, 2  Márta 2012Comórtas 3. EalaínIs comórtas aonair é seo. Is féidir le gach duine sa ghrúpa nó sa rangiarratas a ullmhú.Rannóg A: Tarraing nó péinteáil pictiúr ‘Mo Cheantar Féin’ agus cuirteideal air.Rannóg B: Tarraing nó péinteáil pictiúr a léireoidh míniú arlogainm(neacha) i do cheantar.Rannóg C: Dear póstaer (le láimh nó go leictreonach) a léireoidh míniúar logainm(neacha) i do cheantar.Spriocdháta : Dé hAoine, 2 Márta 2012.Comórtas 4. ScríbhneoireachtIs comórtas aonair é seo. Is féidir le gach duine sa ghrúpa nó sa rangiarratas a ullmhú.Rannóg A: Cuir lipéad nó bolgán cainte leis an bpictiúr. (www.rith.ie/comortais)Rannóg B: Scríobh scéal faoi Rith 2012. Is féidir fíorscéal nó ficseana bheith i gceist.Rannóg C: Scríobh alt i gcomhair irisleabhair nó nuachtáin faoi Rith 2012.Spriocdháta: Dé hAoine, 24 Márta 2012. Duaiseanna :  Clódóirí ó Hewlett-Packard agus cluichí, leabhair agusCD ó www.udar.ieTAR AMACH AGUS RITH DON GHAEILGE LE RITH 2012 AG TOISEACHT I nGAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: January 17th, 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:Gaoth DobhairLá Fhéile Pádraigrith 2012Seachtain na Gaeilgelast_img read more


first_imgTHERE were drips of snow over parts of north Donegal today, but forecasters say the bright and dry weather is set to continue – and the county will actually see temperatures rise on Sunday.The very light snow flurries came on a day when temperatures struggled to get above 0C.And they will plummet to around -6C tonight, with Gardai warning of ice on some roads which have wet surfaces overnight. But while the rest of the county continues with sub-zero temperatures on Sunday, Donegal will be warmer.“There could be pockets of somewhat milder weather in the northwest, particularly Donegal and Derry, with highs about 4-7 C and possibly more sunshine than elsewhere, ” said forecaster Peter O’Donnell from meteotimes.net.“The cold spell will moderate first in the coastal northwest.”The rest of the week will stay unusually cold for the time of the year, with Met Eireann saying it will get colder the following week. “During Friday, the trend will be for a band of mostly light rain to spread southwards across the country after a bright start,” said a spokesman.“There are indications that next weekend will see abnormally cold conditions returning as northerly winds set in, bringing wintry showers and perhaps some snowfall.” LIGHT SNOW IN PARTS OF DONEGAL BUT TEMPERATURES SET TO RISE, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: February 23rd, 2013 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:LIGHT SNOW IN PARTS OF DONEGAL BUT TEMPERATURES SET TO RISESAY FORECASTERSlast_img read more

Wendell of Women’s Basketball Selected as Senior CLASS Award Candidate

first_img Evelyn Akhator Kentucky Lanay Montgomery West Virginia OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –  Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been selected as a candidate for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS award. Marissa Janning Creighton Kelsey Plum Washington Jessica January DePaul Rosanna Reynolds Detroit Mercy Nina Davis Baylor Kendall Noble Western Kentucky Sigi Koizar Maine Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Maryland Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. Wendell is an elementary education major who will student teach in the Des Moines area during the 2017 fall semester. She is on track to graduate from Drake in December, 2017. Wendell and her Bulldog teammates have completed more than 1,000 volunteer hours in each of her first three seasons and are on track to accomplish the community service initiative once again in 2016-17. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CANDIDATES: Seanna Johnson Iowa State Leticia Romero Florida State Among the 60 candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 10 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Five of this year’s candidates were 2015-16 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans®, and 20 returned to the court this season after receiving All-America honors for their performances a year ago. Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community. Sophie Brunner Arizona State Adrienne Motley Miami Print Friendly Version Marina Lizarazu Iona Sydney Wiese Oregon State Wendell is having a great senior season helping lead Drake to a 9-4 overall record going into the second weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. She is averaging 22.2 points per game, which leads the MVC and ranks seventh in the nation. Wendell is showing her versatility on the court, ranking among the league’s top-5 in steals and assists at 3.0 and 3.2 per game, respectively, while also averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. Kelsey Lang Texas Lizzy Wendell Drake Jessica Jackson Arkansas Ellen Nystrom Colorado State Lindsay Allen Notre Dame Taylor McCarley UMBC The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. Brionna Jones Maryland Elle Tinkle Gonzaga Wendell is one of sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court and were selected as candidates for the prestigious award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Breanna Lewis Kansas State Kindred Wesemann Kansas State Erica McCall Stanford Ronni Williams Florida Kari Korver UCLA Madison Weekly Northern Iowa An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.last_img read more