In Defense of J. J. Roberts

first_imgMarch 15th was the birthday of one of the greatest men that ever lived. As happens every year, the day went largely unnoticed by those who today feast on the fruits he planted.That man was Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who labored to lay deep the foundation of Liberia. Yes, he was the country’s first president, but that was only one among many significant achievements.Less known but equally noteworthy, he won quick recognition of Liberia’s independence from both Britain and France, the two superpowers at the time. This was no small feat for a former slave leading a “nation” of a few thousand citizens. What is even more significant, he did it when those two rivals were constantly at each other’s throats. Imagine a tiny nation in the 1950s winning the backing of both the United States and the Soviet Union!Another one of his huge contributions is hardly ever noted: He left office when his term was up! In so doing, he set a precedent that would stick for 100 years. The first major break in that pattern came when the late William V. S. Tubman remained in the presidency for 27 years. After his death came the deluge.After leaving the presidency, Robert went on to found and lead Liberia College, one of the first modern institutions of higher education in Africa. Upon his death, he left a significant portion of his estate to the Methodist Church for “the education of Liberia’s youth.” That largess helped fund the elementary school in Monrovia that bears his name. It is also a source of scholarships till this day.Roberts left behind thousands of letters, documents and speeches. Most are preserved in the Liberian National Archives, the U. S. Library of Congress and other such facilities. Yet, no one has ever written a book about him for adult readers. His papers have never been published.Liberia is probably the only country in the world without a biography of its founding president. The flaws of Senghor of Senegal, Toure of Guinea, Nrumah of Ghana and countless others have not kept people from publish their papers and writing biographies. The fact that George Washington owned slaves and engaged in land speculation has not stopped Americans from honoring him either. So, what did Roberts do to deserve such shabby treatment? Roberts’s rich and honorable legacy remains buried beneath a heap of “ma cussing” masquerading as scholarship. It started with Edward Wilmot Blyden, who claimed Roberts was the head of a mulatto cabal that suppressed dark-skinned repatriates (1).Without a doubt, Blyden is and should forever remain an important historical figure, not just in Liberia but in the larger pan-African context (2). He was a prolific writer as well as, in my view, “an organic intellectual.” By that I mean someone who is the spokesman for a social group, whether or not that person has a bunch of academic degrees behind his name (3).Having said all that, it is important to also note that Blyden had no training in sociology or the writing of history. He was primarily a polemicist, and his comment about Roberts heading a “mulatto cabal” must be viewed as such. Why do I say that?First, let’s begin with the context. Blyden made his claim during the election of 1869, which pitted the dark-skinned Edward James Roye against the light-complexioned James Spriggs Payne. This was a politically charged environment, with the ideologues of newly minted True Whig Party slinging whatever mud they could to advance the cause of their candidate.Roye was very much like Donald Trump is today in the United States: an incredibly rich man with a deep feeling of entitlement who was willing to buy his way into office while destroying the society with inflammatory and divisive rhetoric.Second, what was Blyden’s role in the election? He was not some neutral reporter or detached scholar, as some seem to imagine. He was THE chief polemicist of the True Whig Party, whose standard bearer was Edward James Roye. Knowing Blyden’s role as a party propagandist, contemporary scholars should all be skeptical about his claim.In saying “be skeptical,” I am not saying we should dismiss Blyden. Instead, we should factor into the equation what is known about Blyden’s character and his truthfulness.Many may find this hard to believe, but it was Roberts himself who helped to advance Blyden’s early career by appointing him editor of the Liberia Herald and, later, member of the Liberia College faculty (4).Just one other tidbit about Blyden’s character will suffice. His “fall from grace” in Liberian society was not at the hands of Roberts and the so called light-skin cabal. It occurred during the tenure of Edward James Roye, the man he helped bring to the presidency. Members of the True Whig Party dragged Blyden from the president’s home and almost lynched him for allegedly committing adultery with Roye’s wife. He was rescued from the mob by a group that included former president James Spriggs Payne, one of the politicians accused by Blyden of suppressing dark-skinned repatriates (5).The adultery charge was buttressed by Rev. Alexander Crummell, a onetime Blyden ally who broke with him after the incident at Roye’s house (6).We should also weigh Blyden’s disparagement of Roberts against available evidence. What evidence do we have? We have several collections of letters written by early dark-skinnedLiberians that have been published, including Dear Master and Slaves No More (9). None of those diverse letter writers mentioned a “mulatto cabal” or described Roberts as oppressive of dark-skinned repatriates. On the contrary, the public often referred to him affectionately as J. J., much like Ghanians once called Flight Lt. Rawlings as “J. J.” too.After leaving the presidency, Roberts served as the first head of Liberia College. He likely had a hand in selecting students during his tenure. Contrary to Blyden’s claim, many student from that period were dark-skinned, included A. B. King, T. W. Haynes, R. B. Richardson and Arthur Barclay, future president of Liberia (8).In addition, the few images we have from early Liberia do not back Blyden claims. Two of Liberia’s four presidents before Roye were dark-complexioned, namely Stephen A. Benson and Daniel B. Warner (7). They all belonged to same political group as Roberts.Those four presidents reflected the makeup of their constituents. Citizenship at the time was limited to a few settlements along the coast. Most of the early repatriates were free-born “people of color” from the Chesapeake – Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. In that region, about 50 percent of Africa-Americans were mixed race. In Virginia, they made up 65 percent of the black population (8).If the evidence does not support Blyden’s claim, why is his disparagement of Roberts widely repeated today? Two factors come to mind.First, most of our leading “scholars” see scholarship merely as a tool for achieving narrow political ends. Research, in their view, requires no verification or supporting evidence. It is a “so say one, so say all” proposition. If the big man says so, it must be true. Instead of examining the writings of Roberts and others directly, they rely entirely on E-L-They-Say. When they were leaders of opposition movements, they simply collected and repeated every criticism anyone had ever voiced against any Liberian government in any era. Since Blyden was critical of the government, they merely repeated what he said without asking if it was true.Second, many of our leading “scholars” view the world through a dualistic lens. Either you’re for Blyden or you’re against him. And being “for him” means seeing him as a heavenly angel, without human frailties or flaws. Their works are filled with characters portrayed in stark terms as black/white or good/evil, similar to what one finds in children’s fables or tv melodramas. They have contributed to superficiality of current Liberian discourse, with its focus of appearance and diction rather than the substance of ideas. How ironic for men who call themselves “intellectuals.”Their simplistic and patently biased approach to research is one of the key factors blocking the advancement of Liberia.Because they view scholarship as a political tool, their tune has changed radically in recent years. As the well-paid intellectual lights of the current administration, they have suddenly gone blind, deaf and dumb; they see no evil, hear no evil and dare not speak a critical word about current conditions. If I am critical of the “scholars” who dominate the Liberian landscape today, I am not being critical for criticism sake. I offer this analysis in hope that younger scholars will break free so that Liberia finally gets a scholarship worthy of the name. In digging Joseph Jenkins Roberts out from beneath the dirt thrown over him, I pray that young Liberians will one day aspire to his example of philanthropy and servant-leadership, rather than the corrupt and selfish conduct of his contemporary critics.For more information, see the following texts:Edith Holden, Blyden of Liberia. New York: Vantage, 1966, p. 649.Hollis R. Lynch, Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-Negro Patriot, 1832-1912. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks. New York: International Publishers, 1973.Holden, Blyden, 649; Lynch, Edward Wilmot Blyden, 15.Carl Patrick Burrowes, Power and Press Freedom in Liberia. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2004, pp. 88, 104.Wilson Jeremiah Moses, Alexander Crummell: A Study of Civilization and Discontent. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989, p. 192.See attached images.James Oliver Horton, Free People of Color. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.United States. Bureau of Education. Report of the Commissioner of Education Made to the Secretary of the Interior. Washington, DC: Bureau of Education, 1870.Randall M. Miller. Dear Master: Letters of a Slave Family. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1990; Bell Irvin Wiley. Slaves No More: Letters from Liberia, 1833-1869. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.Author’s note: C. Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D.Burrowes is the author of Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea: A History of the Liberian People Before 1800. The book, which took 30 years to research, will be published in a few months. To learn more about the book, go to and search for “Kola Forest.” For information on the author, visit this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Who Are The Krahns?

first_imgKrahn Cultural Dancers – Courtesy of Africani SankofaAre they linked to the Igbos, Ashanti, Akans And Yorubas in West Africa?In West African history, we learn that three (3) languages evolved by 1 AD in the Niger Delta. These historians named: Mande, Voltaic (Mel) and KWA. The prominent Mande languages in West Africa are the Mandingo, Soninke, Woninke, (Lorma, Kpelle, Mano etc. in Liberia) . The Voltaic (Mel) language group is predominantly Mossi and resides in Burkina Faso, but spread into other neighboring countries- as is the case with other language groups.Ancient African-kingdoms Courtesy of Global SecurityMost Western historians continue to inform us that the Krahns in Liberia, migrated from the Ivory Coast. How can a group of people migrate from their own land and back to the very land all at the same time? The land of the Krahns extends from the Ivory Coast all the way to the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Liberia. In fact, the Krus/Klaos, Grebos, the Bassa, all these dialectical groupings belong to the same family. Do you know that the Sea side Grebos located in Maryland County called themselves Krai-Gborho? Interestingly, there is a Krahn section in Grand Gedeh County called Gborho.The Western historians misinformed us when they wrote that around the 16th Century, the present day Krahns migrated from the Ivory Coast. This indeed is not true. When the French Colonial power created an artificial boundary, the Cavala River was used as an official boundary between their colonialized African subjects. The Krahns belong to the KWA groups in Africa.Krahn Mask – Courtesy WikipediaIn Liberia, the KWA speaking people can be found in 11 counties out of 15 and yet they are unaware of their connectedness as one ethnic group.1. Gbarpolu County, Belle (Kuwaa);2. Grand Gedeh County, Krahn3. River Gee County, Grebo (Glebo or Klipo)4. Sinoe Counties, Grebo, Kru and Sarpo5. Grand Kru County, Grebo and Kru or Klao6. Maryland County, Grebo7. Nimba Counties, Gbee and Krahn8. Grand Bassa County, Bassa, Gbee9. Montserrado County, Bassa, Dei;10. Margibi County, Bassa11. River Cess County, Bassa, GbeeKrahn People of Liberia and Ivory CoastWho are the KWA PEOPLE? Better yet–linguistically, like the Mande and Voltaic people, who are the ANTECEDENTS of the KWA PEOPLES in West African history?According to West African history, the Mande language group founded the first two major Empires, namely: Ghana (its prominent King was a Soso man called- Sumanguru. He was killed in battle against Sundiata.This ushered in the Mali (Mandingo) Empire. The Voltaic (Mel) did not found an Empire- civilization of importance. Why?The third largest and most powerful West African Empire was Songhai. The hundred million-dollar question is: Who are the descendants of the Songhai people in West Africa today? History is mute on the answer to this question.The Kwa languages are divided into two groups. The larger Nyo group comprises 35 languages situated in southern Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. It includes the Akan Language cluster (more than eight million speakers); the Anyi and Baule languages (almost three million speakers), mostly in Côte d’Ivoire; and the Guang language cluster (about half a million speakers), mostly in Ghana.The remaining 10 Kwa languages are termed “left bank” because they are spoken to the east of the Volta River of these languages, the Gbe cluster (of which Ewe is the best-known member) is by far the largest, with some eight million speakers. ( KWA language group of West Africa is inextricably linked to the People of Songhai Empire. The name of their prominent King was– Assibai. The name as-si-bai, is a Gao word which means: “the unexpected. ” King Assibai’s Kingdom was captured by Mansa Musa, King of Mali Empire. King Mansa Musa personally toured prosperous Songhai Kingdom and met the defeated Assibai. King Assibai paid homage to King Mansa Musa, thus sparing his life. But King Mansa Musa took two(2) sons: Ali and Sulieman as royal hostages. The boys were in captivity for decades until the death of Mansa Musa. They broke free and founded the Songhai Empire. Ali the older brother became king.Map of Songhai EmpireThe Songhai people honored Ali with the Gao word: “SOONI” (pronounced as- Zoo-ni which means in Gao “to remove somebody from water. To rescue from drowning) . The prefix — “soo” means to remove. And the suffix — “ni” pronounced as “nee” means – water, rain or river. Other examples of Gao language as repository exist in history books. Niger- “good/ delicious water, became a Country. “Bani” is another Gao word I came across while reading West African history. It is a used by the Gao people to describe the area where the Niger River split up to form a huge tributary-moat city in the middle of the river. Once again, the prefix “Ba” pronounced as bah means “father” , the suffix- ni as stated above means, water, rain or river. Hence. “Bani” means father of rivers. This is a brief overview of KWA PEOPLES contributions to West African history that many are not aware of.Recommendation There is a need for African nations, especially Western African nations, to invest in Research within their respective University History Departments, to conduct an in-depth studies and understanding of precolonial African History. Western scholars did well, considering, that most of them didn’t understand nor speak the languages in Africa and yet they were able to develop volumes upon volumes of text books on African History. We have an obligation as African scholars, to write the ‘true’ History about Africa.Conclusion According to some Western historians and such medium as, Kwa languages are classified as a branch of the family consisting of 45 languages spoken by approximately 20 million people in the southern areas of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, and Benin in the extreme southwestern corner of Nigeria .Yes indeed, the KWA groupings in Liberia, are genetically and linguistically linked to the Igo, Ashanti, Akan, Yoruba, etc.  Dr. Barry Fell & Edo Nyland were correct in their research when they reflected in the following: “Igbo is in the family of Niger-Congo languages called Kwa by European linguists, which includes many Nigerian and West African languages like Ashanti, Akan, Yoruba and Benin (Edo).  Igbo, I find to be closest to the original mother of that language family. In fact my finding is that in order to not let the Igbo know that it was their language that birthed the others, the linguists invented the word Kwa, which was originated from Akwa Nshi (Igbo for ‘First People’, also the local name of the Nigerian monoliths that represent First People on the planet (“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots ( Marcus Garvey).SourcesDavidson, Basil, 1966, Africa in HistoryDeGraft-Johnson, J. C., 1954, African Glory – The Story of Vanished Negro CivilizationsDe Villiers, Marq & Hirtle, Sheila, 2007, TimbuktuHarris, Joseph E., 1972, Africans and their HistoryMckissack, Patricia & Fredrick, 1994, The Royal kingdom of Ghana, Mali and Songhay – Life in Medieval AfricaRobinson, Calvin R, Edward W; Battle, Redman 1987, The Journey of the Songhai People About the Author:Edmund Z. BargblorEdmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an educator. He is a graduate of Cuttington University in Liberia, Howard University in the United States, and the Israel Institute of Technology. He is a former deputy managing director of the National Port Authority of Liberia. He can be reached at this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. tourism film annexes Canadian landmark

first_imgAlthough brief, the appearance of the Horseshoe Falls in a U.S. tourism promotion effort is likely to also vex Canadians, who long have fought to distinguish themselves from their larger and more powerful neighbor to the South. The political boundary is not marked with a line through the Niagara River that divides the two countries and connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The distinction, however, is clear to most who have visited the Falls looking for a picture postcard photo to take home. But it seems to have escaped the notice of the producers and those at the State Department and Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Protection agency who presumably vetted the video before endorsing it and posting it to their Web sites. In a separate “making of” video, Jay Rasulo, the chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, speaks over the falls footage about the importance of showing would-be tourists “the great sites, the great vistas that they dream about all their lives when they dream about America.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Oh, Canada! The USA is closer than ever. The Bush administration appears to have annexed a major Canadian landmark as part of a slick new campaign to promote U.S. tourism and welcome foreign visitors to America. A Disney-produced promotional video released last week by the departments of State and Homeland Security highlights majestic American landscapes, from New England’s colorful fall foliage and the Grand Canyon to the Rocky Mountains and Hawaii’s pounding surf. Backed by a soaring orchestral soundtrack, shots of those attractions are interspersed with the smiling images of people of all creeds and colors. The video, “Welcome: Portraits of America,” is to be played at select airports in the United States – starting at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston – and at U.S. embassies abroad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.About four minutes into the seven-minute production, viewers are treated to the impressive sight and sound of water roaring over Niagara Falls before the screen shifts to the Lincoln Memorial. In showing the natural wonder, Disney’s filmmakers, however, chose the Horseshoe Falls, the only one of Niagara’s three waterfalls to lie almost entirely on the Canadian side of the border separating western New York state from southern Ontario province. Making matters worse, a visitor to the U.S. would not even be able to get the same view of the falls in the video because the scene was shot from a vantage point in Canada, according to Paul Gromosiak, a Niagara Falls, N.Y., historian and author. Also, he said the video leaves out the two cascades that actually are on U.S. territory, the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. “This is not the United States, this is 100 percent Canada, shot from the Canadian side,” Gromosiak said after reviewing the video at the request of The Associated Press. “This is an insult.” last_img read more


first_imgThe man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight people in Inishowen will be sentenced today.Shaun Kelly appearing at an earlier court sitting. Pic copyright North West Newspics.Shaun Kelly, 25, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit court last week but had his case put back until today. Kelly, from Hill Road, Buncrana, pleaded guilty at the last sitting of the same court in July.Judge John O’Hagan has invited a representative from the families of each of the eight people killed in July 2010 to give a victim impact statement in court today.MAN TO BE SENTENCED IN INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH TODAY was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtcrashdonegalShaun Kellylast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAYDowntown CupFintown Harps AFC 1 Glenea United Reserves 1 In cold wintery conditions the first half remained scoreless at Pairc Acla, Glenea coming close a few times but Stephen McGrath doing well in the Fintown nets. Gary McHugh had a shoot on target with 10 minutes left in the first half but the Glenea keeper pulling off a great save. The second half was much the same until the final five minutes of the game when Fintown’s Brian Delaney scored after a cross from the wing by Aaron Thompson. In the final minute of injury time Glenea’s Ryan McFadden scored the equaliser to share the points.Referee: Marty CurranGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2Keadue Rovers had a good win over Tullyvinney in this fixture which was reversed from Tullyvinney to Keadue on account of an unplayable pitch. It was an ideal day for football. Keadue had the brighter start and David Ward had an effort pushed over the bar on five minutes. Tullyvinney’s first chance came on sixteen minutes when their striker was put through and he lobbed the keeper but the ball went just wide. In the twentieth minute, following good work from Donal Rodgers, Alan Rodgers shot just wide from a good position in the box. Halfway through the first half Tullyvinney took the lead when, following a good ball down the left, a good cross into the box was missed by both defenders and forwards but following in at the far post, David Gardener shot from an awkward angle high into the net. On thirty five minutes Adam Neely’s headed effort for the home side was saved while after that Tullyvinney could’ve been two up when a headed effort hit the crossbar. By the end of the half play was opening up at both ends and on the stroke of half time Keadue equalised when Adam Neely shot to the net after good work from Donal and Alan Rodgers. At the start of the second half Keadue upped the tempo from the off creating a few openings but not converting them. Donal Rodgers was unlucky on fifty six minutes when he lobbed the keeper from long distance but the ball went just over the bar. Tullyvinney were content at this stage to hit on the break and both teams made a number of substitutions. Keadue took the lead on seventy three minutes when a cross from the right was fumbled by the Tullyvinney keeper and Donal Rodgers was on hand to fire home from a few yards out. Tullyvinney did push forward in the last fifteen minutes but the home keeper wasn’t forced into any saves and the Keadue rearguard stood firm to hold out for a good win.Best for Tullyvinney were David Gardener and Dermot Shields. Best for Keadue were Conor Greene and Adam Neely. Referee: Kevin Doherty.SUNDAY Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 Cranford United 0This game was switched to Cranford Park due to the inclement weather. Cranford started brightly with Kyle Black and Arthur lynch unlucky before Kevin Mc Brearty crossed for Ross Porter to hammer home between a number of home defenders to give Lifford the lead. The second half brought more pressure from Cranford but the Lifford defence, which was well marshalled by David O Herlihy, held firm. On a swift breakaway 1-0 became 2-0 when Alan Gethins broke clear to score. The home team had a number of chances to get back into the match after this but Lee White made some fine saves. Mark Neeson and Alan Gethins were best for Lifford with a team effort from the home side. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Watson Hire Division One Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Drumoghill F.C. 3Drumoghill FC left Rab’s Park with all three points with a good win over Kerrykeel ‘71 with the home side only having themselves to blame. Kerrykeel played against a strong wind in the first half and dealt well with it playing some good football stopping Drumoghill from playing and using the long ball. On the stroke of half time Drumoghill took the lead when Brian Coll’s free kick found its way into the bottom corner. It was two nil on forty six minutes when a high ball over the Kerrykeel defence wasn’t dealt with and Liam O’Donnell finished well. Kerrykeel had a few half chances fall to Johnny Friel and Paddy Mc Grenaghan before Drumoghill got their third on sixty eight minutes, O’Donnell again on target after a poor ball out from the Kerrykeel defence. Kerrykeel got one back on seventy five minutes with Paddy Mc Grenaghan heading home a Fergal Friel cross. Kerrykeel threw everything at Drumoghill in the closing stages and Marty Mc Ateer hit the post in the dying seconds but Regan in goal was in fine form.Team performances from both sides. Referee: Ed MooreDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYDowntown CupFintown Harps AFC 1 v 1 Glenea United ReservesArranmore United P v P Ramelton MarinersOld Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 v 0 Cranford United (Reversed)Watson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 3 Drumoghill F.C.Castlefin Celtic P v P Cappry RoversDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 11-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupGlencar Celtic v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic v Fintown Harps AFCRamelton Mariners v Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic v Orchard F.C.Gweedore United Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesOld Orchard Saturday Division OneCastlefin Celtic Reserves v St. Catherines ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers v Donegal Town ReservesSUNDAY 12-01-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United v Lifford CelticSt. Catherines v Cranford UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic v Milford UnitedGweedore Celtic v Donegal TownRathmullan Celtic v Curragh AthleticWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic v Keadue RoversKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Bonagee UnitedCappry Rovers v Gweedore UnitedEany Celtic v Dunkineely CelticDrumoghill F.C. v Lagan HarpsCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United v Copany RoversDeele Harps v Glenree UnitedDrumbar F.C. v Whitestrand UnitedConvoy Arsenal v Raphoe TownDunlewy Celtic v Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 5th, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more


first_imgDaniel and Kristina.Majella O’Donnell has revealed she would rather be at home watching Daniel take part in Strictly Come Dancing than watching him live.But it’s not because Majella doesn’t want to support her husband – she’s just too nervous!Majella O’DonnellThe singer takes to the floor again tonight where he will take on the role of Danny Zuko from Grease to do the Cha Cha. Majella revealed “He is literally dancing five feet in front of you. I was terrified if I looked at him and he catches my eye that it might put him off and distract him and if h goes wrong what will I do?“I’d rather be at home on the settee like when you watch a football match when you’re up and down and up and down making a cup of tea, or having a glass of wine.”The Kincasslagh man is gaining in confidence after a very nervous first week.Book-makers are also cutting his odds after judges suggested that there may be a dancer lurking inside Daniel! NERVOUS MAJELLA – I’D RATHER BE AT HOME THAN WATCHING DANIEL! was last modified: October 10th, 2015 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:BBCdaniel o’donnelldonegalStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

Warriors Live: Five answers about Pelicans, plus in-game updates

first_imgScroll to the bottom of follow our live feed during the game.For the second straight game, the suddenly vulnerable Warriors are on the road facing a winless team. The question is whether Golden State can avoid a repeat of what happened in Oklahoma City on Sunday when it takes on the 0-3 Pelicans in New Orleans Monday night?The Pelicans haven’t won a game yet, but among their losses are an opening night overtime loss in Toronto against the defending NBA champs and Saturday’s …last_img

USDA to issue second tranche of trade payments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will proceed with its second tranche of trade relief payments to American farmers as a result of retaliatory tariffs, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said.“We just have gotten authorization on the second tranche. We’ll be getting it ready hopefully at the end of this month or early December,” he said.In May, the USDA announced it would again provide payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), valued at $16 billion.The first round of payments was issued in August and Perdue indicated a third tranche may not be necessary.“We’re very hopeful that the China negotiations can come to a favorable conclusion. The numbers that we’re talking about right now would be very beneficial to our agricultural producers. We’re hopeful that trade would supplant any type of farm aid needed in 2020,” he said.MFP provides payments to eligible producers of:Non-specialty crops, including alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat.Dairy (milk): $0.20 per hundredweightHogs: $11 per headFor non-specialty crops, assistance is based on a single-county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county. Acreage of non-specialty must have been planted by Aug. 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.Producers affected by natural disasters who filed prevented planting claims then planted an MFP-eligible cover crop, with the potential to be harvested or for subsequent use as forage, qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acreage of cover crops must have been planted by Aug. 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.last_img read more

Boxcar Spreading Beyond iOS, Onto Mac, Windows & Android

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology All the time on the Web, things are happening. Comments are being left, blogs updated, messages sent, tweets tweeted, and so on. If you’re an information junkie, then you don’t want to know later, you want to know now.One way of knowing now is setting up a mobile notification app, like Boxcar, to let you know the moment everything happens when you’re out and about. But what about if you’re sitting at your desk? For that, the company has just released a desktop version of Boxcar for the Mac and the app is soon on its way to a number of other devices and platforms. The company announced that Boxcar for Mac, a desktop version of the popular mobile iOS app that brings push notifications for a variety of services to your desktop, is available. (Think Twitter, Google Buzz, email, Twitter lists, Reddit, GitHub and several more.) But why would you want a desktop version? Boxcar CEO Jonathan George had a simple explanation.“We built it because we were tired of picking up our phones all the time to see what messages we’d gotten,” said George.George admitted that, for now, users running both aps will get notifications on both their mobile phone as well as their Mac. “We’ll  get smarter about where we deliver messages as we build out the product,” said George. “Since we have a native app on the desktop, we can detect presence. With the users permission, we can discover whether the screensaver is running, how long ago the user last typed, whether or not the mouse has moved. All can be used to create a presence detection system that will allow us to discover where to send the messages to at the right time.”The Mac desktop app is available to download from the Boxcar website and will be available at a later point in the Mac App Store.Even more exciting, for you non-Apple types, is that Boxcar is spreading its wings and moving on to other lands – Windows, Android and even Honeycomb, to be precise. George says that a Windows version, as well as an Android version, is coming in the next couple of weeks. For you TV fiends, a Google TV just might be in production a little bit on down the line too. Freak out, Android information addicts – Boxcar will soon come for you too. See? mike melanson Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

World Cup win has taught me the importance of hard work, says Unmukt Chand

first_imgPeople plan a lot in life, but destiny sometimes takes a different turn. India U-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand ‘s story has been no different.Drafted into the Delhi Daredevils outfit after an impressive debut season in the Ranji Trophy in 2010, Unmukt was yorked by Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga for a duck.Critics didn’t take a second to declare him unfit for the top level, yet on Saturday when other batsmen found the going tough at Centurion, he hit a whirlwind 40 off 27 balls to help Daredevils post a substantial score in their CLT20 encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders.Ankit Bawne was the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s original choice to lead the U-19 squad in the 2012 U-19 World Cup in Australia, but he turned out to be overage and Unmukt was named skipper. As luck would have it, after a not-so-impressive outing right through the tournament, India rode on Unmukt’s century in the final to lift the trophy.The Delhi lad feels destiny and hard work go hand in hand and one shouldn’t be complacent.”The last 12 months have been really good for me, but I don’t believe in resting on my laurels. I have been working extremely hard. The World Cup win has taught me the importance of hard work and increased my hunger. The urge to excel and go that one step extra is what drives me. Satisfaction brings saturation and that shouldn’t be the case,” he told Mail Today from South Africa.Everyone wanted a piece of Unmukt when he returned from the World Cup in Australia and the opener says that while he enjoyed the limelight for a while, sweating it out on the field was what made him most comfortable.”I was lucky to be the captain and winning the trophy was a team effort. Honestly, I did like it when everyone was talking about us and we were the toast of the nation. I am most comfortable on the cricket field. After taking a couple of days off, I was back at the training ground,” he said.Unmukt says that life hasn’t changed for him after the triumph in Australia.”People today recognise me when I am out on the street and want to take pictures with me. But then, reality is that the adoration came with winning the tournament So I behave how I used to. I know who my friends are and also know who I can go to when I am going through a tough phase. I have matured a little, but that has come with the experience I have gained over the last two years.”I have been called for a lot of public speaking and seminars. I use it as an opportunity to grow in confidence and value things in life,” he said.The moment Unmukt landed in Delhi, his college’s decision not allowing him to sit in the examination sparked a controversy.He feels that things could have been done differently.”Honestly, I feel things were hyped and could have been solved quietly. But I want to thank the media nevertheless because this makes things easier not only for us, but also for sportspersons in the future,” he said.Commenting on living out of a suitcase since the World Cup, Unmukt says: “I love the hectic schedule. Be it the World Cup, the India A tour to New Zealand or the CLT20 in South Africa now. I feel now is the time to push myself that extra bit. Obviously it feels good to be home, but cricket is my priority.”advertisementlast_img read more