Fulfilling “The Sheikh’s” Dream

first_imgNew Sheikh Kafumba Konneh Foundation Distributes Food for RamadanBy Samuka V. KonnehNo matter how little it was, the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, found a heart to share with others, irrespective of their religious, tribal or political affiliation. Many people who attended his funeral back in 2015 attested his kindness and peaceful nature in different forms. His goodness went beyond food.He would provide scholarships for the needy; food for the hungry; water for the thirsty; home for the homeless and money for the broke.  Some family members would accuse him of looking more after people outside than those closer to him.Such was the man who led the National Muslim Council from 1999 to 2015 as chairman. He also served in different leadership roles for the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, mediating peace and harmony among political actors and warring factions. Virtually all his service to Liberia was around peace, reconciliation and harmony; from the National Reconciliation and Reunification Commission (NRRC) to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).Almost four years after his death, family and friends are working towards ensuring he’s never lost in the pages of history, and that what he stood for, remained alive.That is why the Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh Foundation for Peace has been established. Official launching is expected soon in Monrovia.Sheikh Kafumba Konneh Foundation shares Ramadan food items with a local mosque.But ahead of it all, the charity over the weekend relived one of The Sheikh’s histories – giving. Nine (9) mosques in Monrovia, including Topoe’s Village, Iron Factory, Black Jinnah, Chicken Farm, Duala, 17th Street, Salafiya, Gurley Street and Benson Street mosques received at least forty six bags of rice to ease the remaining ten days of the holy month of Ramadan.Making the presentation, the Foundation’s executive director, Maseba Konneh, described the donation as re-living her father’s aspiration for a better Liberia. Ms. Konneh, who recently relocated from the United States of America, promised to work diligently to keep her father’s dream alive.Receiving the donation, the chief imam of the Black Jinnah mosque, Ishmail Sessay, thanked the Foundation and said it couldn’t have come at a better time.“Alhamdullilah for this donation. Sheikh Kafumba lived his life to serve Liberia and promote Islam. He did that until he passed away. May Allah reward him. We’re really happy for his children and family to have put this Foundation together to serve Liberia. What these children are doing is what their father did all his life. These are the kind of children we pray for Allah to give us, as parents.”For the imam of the Topoe’s Village mosque, every day is a day to miss The Sheikh. “Whether you (Foundation) are here or not, we miss him every day. We miss him because of what he did for this country. Sheikh sacrificed his life for Liberia. May Allah forgive him and grant us an appropriate replacement,” said Imam Sulaiman Sannoh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – The late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh’s family is carrying on his legacy through a foundation established in his name.last_img read more

Heavy-duty trucks continue to damage Port Kaituma roads

first_imgResidents of the Region One (Barima-Waini) mining community of Port Kaituma, particularly the One Mile area, are calling on the relevant authorities to heed their pleas and urgently repair the roads in the community. However, Regional Chairman Brentol Ashley said they are aware of the state of the road.Resident Clifton Gonsalves told Guyana Times that he has been living in Port Kaituma for 60 years and indicated that the current state of the roads is the worst he has ever seen it. He explained the roads are rapidly deteriorating owing to the heavy-duty trucks that traverse them to get into the “backdam” for mining purposes.The deplorable state of roads in Port Kaituma“All we are getting is promises. There are no actions taken. The road is punishing us. We don’t have a pitch road and all we hear is that the contractors are coming in and when we do get a contractor, they do substandard work and after a few days, the road is the same again,” he related.He added that the last time the road was fixed was over two years ago and when it rains, everything becomes “slushy”. The resident added that potholes serve as swimming holes for some of the children in the area.Gonsalves said buses and taxi are refusing to go into the community and as a result, students and housewives are severely affected. He added that students would suffer the most since they would have to walk to get to school and when they get there, they are most often covered in mud.“There is about 2.5 miles and it takes about six hours to get through it (with a truck) and the hurtful part is that you have to pay a toll of $12,000 and before you get on to the main (road) your truck break and you have to pay more than $200,000 to fix it,” he related.“Every time you leave Port Kaituma you have to pay the toll and getting the toll is not an easy task but if they repair the road we don’t mind paying the toll,” he added.When contacted, Regional Chairman Brentol Ashley said the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is aware of the situation in the One Mile area and they would have instructed Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman, Margaret Lambert, to utilise parts of the subvention to carry out emergency remedial works.Ashley said several road networks in the region need emergency repairs and they have to work with “whatever little resources” are available. However, he indicated that steps would be taken to remedy the situation at Port Kaituma when the weather becomes favourable. In the 2017 National Budget, a sum of $18 million was budgeted for road repairs and maintenance at Barabina Hill, (DBST Road), Bunbury Road, Kumaka District Hospital Road, Manawarin Road, Mabaruma Airstrip, and Moruca Road; all in Region One. However, no monies were budgeted for the Port Kaituma road in the 2017 National Budget.In March of this year, Junior Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson said six lots in the Port Kaituma and Mabaruma areas would benefit from upgrades.last_img read more

David Flatman Column: Wenger and Mourinho should look at Sam Burgess and man up

first_img Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho clash on the touchline at Stamford Bridge 1 This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukI love football. Because of the number of rugby matches I need to watch every week in order know my stuff come commentary time, I don’t get to watch as many matches as I’d like. This makes me a Match of the Day addict, and semi-regular Monday Night Football viewer. So it pains me to report that The Beautiful Game was dealt another wounding blow last weekend.On Sunday, the Australian National Rugby League Grand Final featured Russell Crowe’s South Sydney Rabbitohs against the Canterbury Bulldogs. In his first play of the match, Englishman Sam Burgess carried a ball at full tilt into a wall of snarling Bulldogs and was hit hard. Very hard. He got up, recycled the ball with minimum fuss, and play continued. Then, having waved the physiotherapist on to the field, was seen and heard pointing to his right cheekbone, saying: “It’s f**ked. It’s gone.”Burgess was correct in his diagnosis. His cheekbone was smashed and surgery was required. However, leaving the field was not an option for this unit, and he played on – not only coming out on the winning side, but also claiming the man-of-the-match award. His right eye looked as if a piece of fresh liver had been stitched over it, so red and bulbous was the bruise, and so reduced was his line of sight.Heroic didn’t touch it. People were in tears watching, such was his desire to win for a team we know to be special to him and his family.It reminded me of the time I played with a chap called Kevin Maggs. He played for Bath and Ireland, and was roundly respected as a pretty tough hombre. Until you’d played with him, though, you didn’t know. I remember him smashing a ball into contact early in a match against Leicester, and letting out a horrid, guttural moan. His wrist was broken, and he knew it. But he wanted us to win that match so badly that he instructed the Doc to “strap it up and f**k off”. Maggsy played 80 minutes, tackling with one arm and never shirking a single play.  We won, and his team-mates bowed in respect to this under-the-radar tough guy.I won’t lie: it was emotional watching Burgess – who has just signed for Bath – go through so much for his team. So to turn on Match of the Day and see two pencil-necked football managers squabbling and flapping at each other was embarrassing.Their respective teams cannot benefit from these petty actions, so they should stop being so childishly selfish.last_img read more

Juventus keep pressure on Napoli in Serie A

first_img0Shares0000Juventus’ defender Medhi Benatia celebrates after scoring against Roma on December 23, 2017, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 23 – Champions Juventus kept pace with Serie A leaders Napoli on Saturday after a hard-fought 1-0 win over title-rivals AS Roma with Inter Milan suffering a second consecutive defeat.Moroccan Medhi Benatia scored the only goal against his former club after 18 minutes in Turin as Juventus remain one point behind leaders Napoli — who have 45 from 18 games — with Inter Milan five points adrift in third after losing 1-0 at Sassuolo, and Roma in fourth. It was the first time that Roma have trailed this season away but Eusebio Di Francesco’s side could not find a way back, despite almost equalising in injury time when Patrik Schick hit the crossbar.Juventus also had chances to increase their advantage with Gonzalo Higuain wasteful and Miralem Pjanic’s stoppage time effort cleared by Alisson by the tips of his fingers.“Roma and Napoli are candidates for the Scudetto. Inter are still up there and so are Lazio,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.Di Francesco, whose Roma side sit seven points behind Napoli and six off Juventus, said: “The team could have done a lot better, maybe we were a bit inhibited, against a team like Juventus you can’t afford to make mistakes.”Earlier Marek Hamsik scored his 116th goal to overtake Diego Maradona as Napoli’s all-time record scorer, at the same time sealing a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Sampdoria.Napoli’s midfielder Marek Hamsik celebrates after scoring during the Serie A match against Sampdoria at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples on December 23, 2017 © AFP / Carlo HERMANN“I’m proud to have overtaken a myth like Maradona. My friends gave me shin-pads with 116 on them, but my first thought was that we were winning the game after going behind twice,” said the 30-year-old Slovak international.“Today winning was very important because we also gained points on Inter even if the championship is long.”Napoli were trailing twice in the first half with Gaston Ramirez firing in a free-kick after just two minutes to catch Pepe Reina off guard.But Allan equalised after a quarter of an hour at the San Paolo stadium only for Fabio Quagliarella to convert a penalty to restore Sampdoria’s lead after 27 minutes.Lorenzo Insigne marked his comeback from injury with a volley on 33 minutes following a Dries Mertens flicked cross.But it was captain Hamsik who sealed the victory six minutes before the break, again off a Mertens cross, and Napoli held on despite Mario Rui’s sending off.“The important thing is that we won while suffering, as it’s a victory that counts for even more, because Inter lost today as well,” added Hamsik.– Inter stalled –Despite their remarkable start to the season, Inter have taken just a single point from their last three matches, with back-to-back losses to Udinese and Sassuolo.Diego Falcinelli headed in the only goal after 34 minutes at the Mapei Stadium, with goalkeeper Andrea Consigli saving a penalty from leading Serie A scorer Mauro Icardi.Luciano Spalletti’s side are third but just two points ahead of Roma, who have played a game less.Inter Milan’s forward Mauro Icardi falls on the ground during an Italian Serie A football match against Sassuolo on December 23, 2017 © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI“We’ve lost two games but I’ve seen good things in these games, perhaps there hasn’t been the most consistency and there have been some moments which weren’t the smartest,” said Spalletti.“We paid a high price for certain episodes. To become a strong team and to consolidate on what we’ve done, we need to get through moments like this.”Lazio, also with a game in hand, are two points off Roma after easing past Crotone 4-0.But things have gone from bad to worse for Chinese-owned Milan who lost to direct European rivals Atalanta, who are in seventh position.Milan’s training retreat after last week’s shock defeat by Verona had little effect on Gennaro Gattuso’s side.Former Milan midfielder Bryan Cristante opened after a Gianluigi Donnarumma error in the first half with Josip Ilicic finishing off the second on 71 minutes.Sparks should fly on Wednesday with AC Milan and Inter Milan meeting in an Italian Cup quarter-final derby clash in the San Siro.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Property Focus: Why Donegal will remain Ireland’s holiday home hotspot

first_imgIn our new Donegal property column, leading local estate agent Gareth McLarnon examines why there will always be a healthy demand for holiday homes in Donegal. Brexit uncertainty may have injected a little caution into Donegal holiday home seekers but the county’s standing as the top destination in Ireland looks set to remain. The dreaded ‘B’ word has struck fear into cross-border investors across a whole range of industries and it stands to reason that the housing market has not been immune.The weakening of the pound against the euro in the days, weeks and months following the 2016 ‘leave’ vote in the UK did cause a severe dent in holiday home interest from the UK and Northern Ireland.by Gareth McLarnon of Glen EstatesThe market was very flat in 2016-17 due to the unpredictable currency fluctuations, however, the situation has stabilised in the last 12 months and confidence in the market has increased.Glen Estates has experienced unprecedented demand for holiday homes in Donegal this year. Personally, I’ve agreed the sale of eight holiday homes in the county since St Patrick’s Day. The great value available in Donegal property coupled with the massive wave of publicity, thanks to national and international media coverage of the county, has also helped steady the ship somewhat with inquiries continuing to come in – particularly from within the Republic of Ireland.After all, it’s not everywhere that can lay claim to being the National Geographic’s ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’, the new home of Star Wars and to hosting the most sun-soaked Irish Open in recent memory.The statistics don’t lie when it comes to the Irish holiday home league table. Figures released by the GeoView Residential Buildings Report, published by GeoDirectory, show Donegal still leads the way – by a country mile – in holiday homes compared to the rest of the country.Dunfanaghy is a hot spot of holiday homes.With holiday homes making up 11.4 per cent of all residential buildings in the county, we are streets ahead of second-placed Wexford (7.7%) and US-tourist heavy hotspots of Kerry (7.1%) and Clare (6.7%).Donegal’s has a higher proportion of holiday homes than any other county in the country – and for very good reasons. The rugged beauty of our rural landscape, stunning Wild Atlantic Way coastline and world-class golf venues are among the key tourism drivers that have always been a big draw for holidaymakers.Thousands of weekenders travel throughout the year to the county. Many are destined for holiday homes strategically placed for play in hotspots like Dunfanaghy, Downings and Rathmullan while others are isolated for serenity in rural locations scattered around the county’s remote hillsides and lakelands.The proximity to the urban centres of Northern Ireland has played a very central role in the tourism fortunes of Donegal throughout the decades. Since the heyday of the light railway systems across Northern Ireland into Donegal, the county has been the playground for our Northern neighbours to enjoy the beaches, the fish and chips, the ice cream and much more.That cross-border love affair continued through the Troubles and out the other end. Even amid the inflated housing costs of the noughties boom, the holiday home market in Donegal enjoyed investment in pleasure and relaxation from our friends in Belfast, Derry, Strabane, Enniskillen and beyond. It occurs to me that – although there may be the odd blip from time to time due to one economic uncertainty or another – Brexit, whether hard or soft, will never dampen the spirits of the Donegal-bound holidaymaker.Their love for the county is resilient, they’ve got Donegal in their bones. For that reason, I see no real long-term damage to the holiday home market as a result of Brexit.Our much-loved landscape is still well on top as an Irish holiday home destination and that looks set to continue whatever the political landscape looks like.Gareth McLarnon is Director of Glen Estates, Donegal’s fastest growing estate agents. He has worked in the property industry in Donegal for almost 20 years. Gareth is always available for expert advice on buying, selling or renting property in Donegal. Get in touch today on +353 74 910 2220 or info@glenestates.ieProperty Focus: Why Donegal will remain Ireland’s holiday home hotspot was last modified: July 31st, 2018 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