Liberian Colloquial—–A Need to Legalize It

first_imgSince the inception of mankind, the need to communicate has become increasingly important. Especially, with what the world has become, a global village, the urge to communicate has extremely increased. The emergence of the social media is a backup to the quest for communication.  A journalist will inform you about the joy he or she accrues when feedbacks are received from a publication or broadcast. Animals and insects far below the intelligence of man device means to also communicate. You become amazed watching videos or documentaries on how animals communicate especially when pursuing preys, looking out for others in danger zones, caring for a new born and many other instances. Have you been eager to transmit information but could not due to language barrier? I know how disgusting it becomes.The Liberian Language CaseThe official language of Liberia is English. English is the lingua franca for speakers of different indigenous languages. Liberia has over fifteen (15) spoken traditional dialects. There are variances in dialects or languages and communication.  In their Culture Profile No. 19, 2005 Liberians- An Introduction to their History and Culture, Robin Dunn-Marcos, Konia T. Kollehlon, Bernard Ngovo, and Emily Russ informed that Spoken Liberian English has three major varieties. One is spoken by well-educated people and is used in political and social speeches, conversations, and education. This conforms to the English Grammar. The second Liberian English is the nonstandard English (colloquial). This does not follow the rules of English Grammar and usage. Liberians who speak this variety are, by and large, less educated and do not strictly observe conventional rules of grammar and usage. Many of them dropped out of elementary or secondary school. The third variety of Liberian English is spoken primarily by Liberians with little or no formal education, including market vendors, Soldiers (this has immensely changed with the level of education of the new army), unskilled laborers, and those who reside in rural areas.For many years, discussions have continued to reverberate on the need to introduce a local language that will uniquely be widely spoken across Liberia by different tribes like the case of the Twi language in Ghana. Some advances were made to introduce Kpelle (one of Liberia’s popular dialects) as a formally accepted local language. As the move intensified, Kpelle soon found itself being taught as a course at the Liberia College of the University of Liberia and other universities. Presently, the Kpelle language remains an optional course for studies at the University of Liberia. This initiative stemmed from two major factors among others. The first factor was meant to introduce a language that almost every Liberian would speak. The reason was to ease the challenge of language barrier among the populace including the literate, semi-literate and illiterate. Additionally, the second rationale was intended to institute a local language that is unique to Liberia and has a common belonging. It was proffered with the opinion that Kpelle has the largest number of native speakers and was (still is) the largest ethnic group. Consequently, it would had been easily spoken by almost all Liberians. Unfortunately, this goal was not actualized.Reasons for the Failure of Kpelle as a National LanguageOverlooked of Educational Levels The educational level of every citizen should be highly considered in a plan that directly affects them and especially when that program is deeply connected to comprehension. The makeup of a country makes an introduction of a language unique to that country. Liberia has the educated, semi-educated and uneducated. The introduction of Kpelle to the population was understood from the classroom perspective. The dialect was introduced in some schools especially the University of Liberia. It is very unlikely for a person that has no knowledge of classroom type of learning since his or her childhood and up to adulthood to begin learning a language via classroom. Additionally, there are little possibilities for a semi-educated to return to class and begins learning a new language after missing out on school for a prolong period of time. Furthermore, the language was not widely introduced to primary and secondary schools so that pupils grew up learning it. Generally, one will conclude that the language was positioned for the educated people because they had the intelligence and will-power to learning it. This simply represents a foundational failure as the base of easily and massively introducing the Kpelle language across Liberia became exceedingly limited to the educated few attending University.Lack of Tangible ProgramsInstituting a general language for a country is very different from an individual or a hand-full of people learning a language. The establishment of a vibrant institute that supervises programs is very significant in ensuing that citizens learn a language. In his book “ Some Terms From Liberian Speech,” Warren L. d’Azevedo gave acknowledgements to Bai T. Moore and Jangaba M. Johnson, two Liberians who were then jobbing with Liberia’s Ministry of Information and Cultural Affairs and Tourism for their support in advancing the promotion of the Liberian dialects especially Kpelle. This is mentioned to stress the role the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism had to perform in the introduction of Kpelle.Commercial ActivitiesIn his paper on Seminar Topic published in the Perspective, Sonkarley T. Beaie asserted that the Kpelle dialect failed to become a national language because it was not used in many commercial activities. To some extent, I do concord with his assertion. If the marketers that were conversant with Kpelle would have spoken the dialect often during transactions, some good results would have emerged.Reasons and Steps to Establishing the Liberian English as a National LanguageForeigners wıth little or no idea about Liberia, usually question me about the general local language Liberians speak. Obviously, I am pushed to mention Liberian English or Colloquial. Definitely, one can safely asserts that there is no other formally accepted language that almost every Liberian speaks besides the English language. In an article produced by the Cornell University ILR School named, Some Terms from Liberian Speech, Michael Evan Gold catalogued a work by Warren L. d’Azevedo which gave a general overview of the Liberian English and some terms. This is how the author described the language: “I enjoy speaking and listening to Liberian English. Words that are passive in American English are active in Liberian English. Words that are only specific and concrete in American English are metaphorical in Liberian English. I suppose that part of the reason is that Liberian English makes use of fewer words than American English, so that each Word must do as much work as possible, stretch to as many cases as conceivable”.Sometimes I quiz myself whether we (Liberians) are aware of the widely spoken nature of the Liberian English by diverse groups? Have we thought to standardize or formalize the language? The Liberian English usually called Liberian Colloquial gets its root from the English Language. Even though it is just an oral language, it diversified over the period. There were inclusion of other words, the disregard of English Grammar, the light and mispronunciation of words from English and many other changes. It has made the Liberian ascent very unique in Africa. If you are not a Liberian or have not learnt the language, it is very difficult to understand even though its origin is English. From personal experiences and experiences of others, people tend to love it due to its unique quality. There are close comparable of ascents among Sierra Leoneans, Ghanaians, and Nigerians. This is the same for francophone countries. Distinctly, the ascent of Liberians is very unique and incomparable.Legislative ApprovalThe Liberian Constitution is not bluntly clear as to how a language should be instituted as a national language. Article 41 of the Liberian Constitution states “The business of the Legislature shall be concluded in the English Language or when adequate preparations shall have been made, in one more of the languages of the Republic as the Legislature may by resolution approve.”  The English language is known as the language of Instruction in every sector. Article 41 also apprises that when preparations are made in one of the languages, the legislature may approve it in order to use the approved language as a means of instruction. In as much all branches of government are equal, the Legislature stands as the first branch of government and has the authority by the power of the constitution to enact legislations. Furthermore, it stands as the direct representative of the citizens. If a language should be approved by the legislature as its language of instruction, it automatically becomes a national or sub-national language. The legislative approval will also give the language a legal backing. This does not in any way infer that the Liberian English should be used as a language of instruction in the legislature or other branches of government and places of high intelligence. This is just to indicate that for the language to be formally considered a local language spoken by almost everyone, it needs legislative approval.Changing the name (Liberian English or Colloquial)Many will argue that the name (Liberian English or Colloquial) is not ingrained into the Liberian society and culture. It is not deeply attached to Liberia.  A name that symbolizes, resonates or is highly connected to the Liberia culture or people should be carved. This is something that also requires the public participation.Create the ScriptThe Liberian Colloquial is not a written language because there is no standard or formally accepted script. The language is only spoken. The creation of a script that makes the language different from the English language (even though it already sounds different) is welcomed. Additionally, the creation of a script should involve detailed research, taking into consideration people from every sector of the Liberian Society who speaks it.Institution of ProgramsThe creation of programs is an important factor to ensuring that the language is learnt to a greater extent. Programs established should consider that the country has students, educated, semi-educated, and uneducated people. To have a widely spoken local language, these four groups of people should be considered in creating the programs. The students will most likely improve their knowledge in the language when it is introduced in schools. Additionally, national competitions and other programs will aid in the process. The semi-educated and the uneducated individuals’ places of work, social activities and other major activities should be identified. Programs should be directed to those places. Programs that are simple and practical as much as possible should be created to enhancing their knowledge of the language. The fact remains that Liberian English is spoken by a greater number of the population. The matter of transition that was a weakness for Kpelle should not be a difficulty for the Liberian English.Commercial ActivitiesIf you have visited market centers in Liberia, you do not need to be informed that Liberian English is the major language of communication among marketers to marketers and marketers to buyers. Liberian English is the language of exchange. This is very important to the institution of a language.ConclusionThis article does not in any way disregard the teaching of the various local dialects especially to the younger generation. Furthermore, it does not push for the Liberian English to become the main mode of communication in places of intelligence (schools, offices, government, intellectual gathering and others) but seeks to recommend that the Liberian English becomes a local language that is formally accepted and spoken by almost all Liberians in their daily lives. I could have wished the same for any of the local dialects if it had possessed the unquestionable characteristics and features of the Liberian English. I wish that parents can also teach their children the dialects of their tribes. This furthers the cause for community communication and solidarity, in addition cultural practices and sense of togetherness.Encouragingly, the unique qualities and simplicity of the Liberian English among Liberians thus become a valid argument to have it as Liberia’s recognized local language. The Liberian English is spoken by many Liberians from diverse backgrounds. Moreover, it is informally considered the general local language. As policy makers think in the direction of a local language, let them be reminded that the Liberian English has many of the characteristics that suit a recognized local language.About the authorZubah Kollie Yennego, Jr. is a Student at Marmara University, İstanbul, TurkeyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Safe City system will not violate human rights”– Govt

first_imgThe Public Telecommunications Ministry on Friday assured members of the public that it’s Safe City Project, which saw the installation of scores of cameras around Georgetown and the country’s main ports of entry, will not violate human rights.Since its commissioning back in July, persons have raised concerns about their personal data being accessed through the project, but the Ministry has laid all these fears to rest. According to the Telecommunications Ministry, facial recognition technology will only be deployed at the official ports of entry including the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, the Eugene F Correia International Airport in Ogle, East Coast Demerara, and at the Moleson Creek Ferry Crossing, East Berbice-Corentyne.It said that the cameras set up in public spaces are very different from those installed at the ports of entries. In fact, while those on the streets are “of extremely high quality” they are not equipped for automatic face recognition.The Government has no plans to install face recognition cameras in the streets of Georgetown in the “foreseeable future” according to the Ministry.“We also wish to assure the public that personal data stored by agencies such as the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Guyana Elections Commission and Guyana Revenue Authority, have not been and will not be shared under this project. In fact, the laws and regulations that govern these agencies prevent unauthorised sharing of such data”, the Telecommunications Ministry stated.The Ministry went on to assure that access to the CCTV network of cameras is only possible by authorised security personnel who are stringently examined before they are assigned to the Command Centre.In addition, their operations will be guided by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) being developed by the consulting team of UK security experts.The SoPs will comprise of adherence to an agreed set of security standards and operating practices, with strict, limited and supervised access to the operations of the Command Centre. Strong penalties are also in place for persons who breach these requirements, the Ministry pointed out.On the other hand, it was noted that the Safe City Project operates on an independent Government-owned fibre optic network managed by the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), an umbrella agency of the Telecommunications Ministry.“It has no points of entry or gateways for any third party – individuals or companies. This network is physically independent with all trunking and cabling standing alone. It is physically isolated from the eGovernment platform which provides connectivity to Government institutions, agencies, schools, health and other public facilities,” the Ministry stated.On July 26, the multimillion-dollar Command Centre in Liliendaal was activated with the intent of monitoring criminals, suspects, and vehicles involved in crimes.Back then, subject Minister Cathy Hughes explained that it was two years ago that this project, through the country’s National Broadband Strategy and Programme, was started and is funded by the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank and implemented through the services of Huawei.last_img read more

Man killed in row over water

first_imgOne person is now in Police custody following the murder of a Georgetown resident in Water Street, Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday morning.Dead is Mark Ifill of Norton Street, Georgetown.According to eyewitnesses, at approximately 10:45h on Tuesday, Ifill – who was described as the neighbourhood “junkie” – was stabbed to death by a Bagotstown resident.Investigators at the crime sceneBased on reports received, Ifill was filling bottles of water along a pathway which led to the house of the accused.The 31-year-old accused reportedly approached him and demanded that he remove from the location and “stop fulling water”. However, Ifill ignored him and continued to fill his containers and load them into his wheelbarrow. This enraged the alleged perpetrator who reportedly started a fight with the now dead man.This newspaper understands that the two were engaged in a fist fight for a few minutes when a gun fell out of the accused’s clothing. The alleged perpetrator reportedly attempted to shoot the “neighbourhood handyman”, but soon realised that he had no bullets.As such, the fist fight continued and a neighbour reportedly went out to ‘part the fight’, telling the two men to “take a break”,The men stopped fighting and Ifill reportedly went back to filling his bottles until a woman described as “the sergeant’s wife” told him to leave. Ifill then responded: “Okay, madam. I respect you, so I won’t full water here.”Upon hearing this, the accused rushed into his yard, but was stopped by the same woman – who is also his neighbour – and she reportedly tried to calm him down before letting him go home to his pregnant wife and five children.The neighbour reportedly told the suspect to think about his family before doing “anything stupid”. She also cautioned him that “the junkie ain’t got nothing to lose” but he does –referencing his pregnant wife and children.Nevertheless, the alleged perpetrator refused to heed the woman’s advice and went into his home, armed himself with a knife, and went out to confront the “junkie” again.It was during this ‘face-off’ that Ifill hit the accused numerous times with a bat, as he tried to defend himself against the knife in the hands of the perpetrator.However, this attempt by the now dead man proved futile, as he was stabbed once to his abdomen and succumbed shortly after, since no one in the neighbourhood wanted to transport him to the hospital in their vehicle.The Police were informed and the accused was detained, after he reportedly hid the murder weapon.The accused is said to be no stranger to breaching the law, since he was involved in another incident back in 2012 which left the then 26-year-old Mark Solomon of Nonpariel, East Coast Demerara (ECD), dead. (Ramona Luthi)last_img read more

Kante’s goal secures Palace coup for Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000N’golo Kante of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with Ross Barkley of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – N’Golo Kante showed signs he is growing into his more advanced midfield role with a composed finish that gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has been criticised for moving Kante out of his more familiar position in front of the back four, with Jorginho filling the holding role. As a result, Kante’s effectiveness this season has been questioned, but the former Leicester City man impressed as he struck the 51st minute match-winner that helped the Blues tighten their grip on fourth by opening up a five-point gap to Arsenal.Kante followed a perfectly timed run to meet David Luiz’s chipped pass  with a clinical finish to cap a dominant display by Sarri’s side against London rivals Palace.Chelsea’s failure to add to Kante’s third league goal of the season will have given Sarri some concern, though, and would have proved costly had Palace substitute Connor Wickham not skied a late chance over the bar.-Reshape forward line The Italian manager reshaped his forward line by including Olivier Giroud as the central striker — a decision that handed Alvaro Morata another reminder of his place in the strikers’ pecking order at Stamford Bridge.The Spaniard was among the substitutes, while Giroud’s inclusion freed Eden Hazard from his recent duties as a false nine, allowing the Belgium international to return to his more familiar position on the left of the front three.But despite dominating, particularly in the second half, Chelsea’s chances remained limited.– Hazard warning –Hazard quickly made the most of his freedom to drift in from the flank, testing the Palace defence with a number of runs from deep.The Belgian’s 34th-minute run towards the home penalty area drew a foul from Cheikhou Kouyate and led to the game’s first real opportunity.Willian’s curling free-kick from 25 yards took a deflection off the defensive wall before clipping the outside of Vicente Guaita’s right-hand post.The Palace goalkeeper did well to punch the resulting corner clear, but Willian almost caught the Spaniard out with a fierce low shot from distance.This passage of play suggested Chelsea were beginning to assert themselves but Palace’s belief had clearly been strengthened by their victory at champions Manchester City eight days previously.The home side appeared happy to concede territory in the hope of hitting Chelsea on the break and it was little surprise the game remained locked in stalemate at half-time.It did not take long, however, for Sarri’s side to breach the Palace defence at the start of the second half with Luiz injecting the moment of creativity needed to find a way through.-Pick his passThe centre-back was allowed time to pick his pass and his perfectly weighted chip fell into the path of Kante who had made a positive run towards the penalty spot.The France international controlled the ball on his chest before hitting a left-foot shot that flew wide of Guaita’s dive.Having dominated long periods of the game before the goal, Chelsea assumed total control after Kante’s opening goal.Guaita was called to save yet again from Willian after the Brazilian was set up by a clever Hazard backheel before Giroud saw his second effort of the game ruled out for offside.Wickham’s 89th-minute chance gave Sarri’s side a late scare but this was a comfortable Chelsea win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgIRISH tourist chiefs have recruited singer Daniel O’Donnell in a bid to bring tourists from Britain to Donegal this summer.The online campaign is aimed at re-branding the county as ‘Daniel O’Donnell Country’.The move is being pioneered by DiscoverIreland which promotes the country as a tourist destination to the British. The advertising blitz has Daneil at the centre of it.One advert reads: “Daniel O’Donnell is one of Donegal’s most famous natives. An Irish singer and television presenter, Daniel has become a household name in Ireland and across the world.“With over 10 million records sold, Daniel’s charismatic and engaging stage presence has made him a huge success and a beloved favourite of his native County Donegal.Daniel considers the North West of Ireland and in particular, Co. Donegal a must-visit for any tourist. The county’s exceptional landscape includes Europe’s highest sea-cliffs, mesmerising scenery and dozens of deserted white sandy beaches. “County Donegal prides itself with a strong sense of traditional culture and heritage that has influenced Daniel O’Donnell and his music.”Daniel is currently touring England to rave reviews.DANIEL HELPING TO BOOST DONEGAL TOURISM was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by gregShare 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:daniel o’donnelldonegaltourismlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal cop has told for the first time how he sold drugs and went to jail for his crime.Peter DalyPeter Daly emigrated to New York where he became an NYPD officer in the 1970s.Now an RTE  radio documentary reveals how he stole and resold drugs from the biggest seizure in US history, earning him a ten year sentence in prison with mobsters and thieves. Born in 1933, Peter grew up in Ballyshannon, where his father was a GP.He moved to New York at the age of 19 and volunteered to fight in the Korean War.When he returned to New York, he got an American citizenship and joined the Police Academy in 1961.Peter started off as a beat cop on streets of New York. He recalls in the documentary how he and his colleagues would bunk off and sleep in coffins in a mortuary rather that being on patrol. He moved up the ranks to the NYPD’s Special Investigations Unit, an elite group that probed into the gangsters of New York’s criminal underworld.In 1970, Peter’s unit uncovered 100kg of heroin and cocaine in a drug seizure bigger than the famous French Connection. Retired authority personnel in the documentary say it was more likely that 105kg, or even 110kg of drugs was found. The extra kilograms were sold on by Peter and his crew of crooked cops.Peter returned to Ballyshannon as his crimes were revealed to the US courts. He was safe from extradition in Ireland, but a visit to a relative in England turned sour as police swarmed his hotel in Liverpool.From a prison cell in the UK’s Pentonville Prison, Peter’s efforts to avoid extradition failed.He stood before a grand jury in the US in 1975, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison because his ‘Irish stubbornness’ meant that he would not tell on his accomplices and reveal information. It was Peter’s silence and refusal to cooperate with detectives that earned him respect among the tough gangsters of US prison. He befriended thieves and mafia bosses who protected him during his five year incarceration.Nowadays, Peter Daly is known as an 80-year-old gentleman in the town of Ballyshannon. The documentary chronicles how such a Donegal man could have become immersed in the corrupt world of New York at the time.As his past is revealed in this documentary, Peter justifies his actions, “You had to be a thief to catch a thief.The documentary was made by fellow Ballyshannon man Marc McMenamin. Peter Daly – Good Cop/Bad Cop? airs on RTE Radio 1 on September 14th 2013.CROOKED DONEGAL COP OPENS UP ABOUT HIS CRIMINAL PAST was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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


first_imgSadly he never quite made it home to his native Donegal.The late Hughie McElwee RIPWe recently ran an article on Fanad man Hughie McElwee and how, despite leaving his native Donegal in 1953 to travel the world, never forgot his roots in Ballyheerin.Hughie passed away this week aged 94 leaving nothing but fond memories of all those touched by one of life’s true gentlemen. In honour of his life, we have decided to republish the article which was kindly written for us by Hughie’s grand nephew Sean Matthews. “Hughie McElwee hasn’t been home to his native Donegal in more than 60 years. But the 94 year old still keeps up to date with al that is happening in his native county. He is one of thousands of Donegal people who have lived their lives abroad. “Since leaving his native Donegal in 1953 Hughie McElwee has never forgotten his Irish roots in the small village of Ballyheerin on the Fanad Peninsula.“Despite travelling and working in mines from the Yellow Knife in Canada to becoming co-founder of Mt Isa Irish Club in Northern Queensland, Australia, Hughie is evidently reminded of his native Donegal by the family pictures and portraits which adorn his living room. “Now living in Auckland, New Zealand, Hughie is still recovering from a hip replacement and heart pacemaker.“Hughie recently celebrated his 94h birthday at home with friends and family who came from as far as the United States and England after spending over ten weeks in hospital describing it “as one to remember which helped me get things back on track.”“An avid reader, Hughie enjoys a glass of red wine every evening and according to his best friend Jim Gallagher, also from Frosses, Donegal “Hughie’s is a homely Irish home which is always welcoming to anyone.”“Daniel O’Donnell always visits when passing through which brings a sparkle to his eye but it is his generosity that Hughie is known for.“Jim fondly remembers a moment in the early 1970s when “Hughie kindly paid two weeks rent for a homeless mother and her young family who met on the streets after being kicked out for rent arrears”. “Born in 1919 into a family of eleven including five brothers and four sisters, Hughie first worked as a farm labourer in the North, before emigrating to Scotland and England where he joined the Royal Air Force in 1946 for six years.“After a brief spell in Canada, his next journey took him to Australia which “in them days took five weeks and conditions out in sea were quite difficult compared to today,” says Hughie.“After a brief stop in Perth and Sydney, Hughie along with other fellow travellers made their way to the Mt Isa mines where they built the Irish mining club from scratch. Hughie proudly shows me his inscription on a framed photo commemorating the building of Mt Isa.“Emmigrating across the Tasman Sea to Auckland in the early 1960s was a bit of a culture shock and quite different to what it is today as Hughie jokingly says “I was quite lucky in them days because all the pubs closed at 6pm but I had a key to the nearby city hotel so me and my friends were ok.” “Hughie never married nor returned to Donegal and now resides in a nursing home in Auckland, and is always keen to relate stories of his past days.“He has one remaining sister Bridie who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire and both are in regular contact including a close network of Irish friends but is still “proud to be Irish and from Donegal.”DONEGAL MAN HUGHIE FINDS A PEACEFUL RESTING PLACE AFTER A LIFETIME OF TRAVELING was last modified: September 17th, 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:deathdonegalFanadHughie McElweeNew Zealandlast_img read more


first_imgTHE Milford Ladies team ensured their Ulster journey lasted for another week as they claimed their place in next Saturday’s semi-final with a comprehensive win over St. Joseph’s of Antrim on a scoreline of 7-5 to 2-9.Played in front of a large and enthusiastic home crowd, Milford started the game nervously and were two points down after ten minutes.After that though it was all one way traffic towards the St. Joseph’s goal as Milford set about dominatinating the game. Amber Barrett and Aisling McBride were causing chaos for the St.Joseph’s full back line while Caoimhe Barrett was pulling the strings from centre forward.The move of the first half came when Claire Murray brilliantly performed a double block which resulted in a sweeping move up the field and less than ten seconds later the ball was in the back of the net for Milford’s 4th goal.Two more were added before the break to leave the half-time score 6-2 to 4 points.As expected St. Joseph’s came back strongly in the second half as they chased the game and the Milford defence withstood the siege brilliantly while the forwards added another 1-3 to ensure that they were always just that too far ahead. St’ Josephs did score two goals in the last five minutes but at that stage the game was already won and Milford were looking forward to next week’s semi-final against the winners of Donaghmoyne and Strabane Siggersonns.Every player gave a brilliant performance and special mention should be given to Joey McFadden who decided at the last minute to forgoe her friends wedding in order to fill the vacancy left in goal due to the unfortunate absence of Denise Gallagher. LADIES GAA: MILFORD WIN AGAIN TO QUALIFY FOR ULSTER SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 13th, 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:LADIES GAA: MILFORD WIN AGAIN TO QUALIFY FOR ULSTER SEMI-FINALlast_img read more


first_imgA family were forced to abandon their holiday to Co Donegal after they were abused and had their camper van pelted with eggs by local thugs.Eoin McMahon and his family had travelled to the Inishowen Peninsula for a family holiday last weekend.The family arrived at a scenic area known as the Pollen Bay in Ballyliffen and decided to stay for the night after their children began to play at a local playground. However their tranquil evening was destroyed when thugs attacked them by hurling abuse at them and even pelting their van with eggs.Dad Eoin, from Waterford revealed “We pulled into the Pollen Dam area and we thought it was a lovely place and the kids were enjoying themselves in the playground.“We decided to stay the night because everything was going so well. The kids went to bed and myself and my wife were about to do so when we were disturbed by lads in cars playing really loud music.“I think I took them by surprise when I went out with a flash light but they got very annoyed. “They drove off but they came back a while later and parked up at the back of the van and began to pelt the van with eggs and shout abuse.“In the end my wife just said to me that it wasn’t worth it and we left,” he said.To add insult to injury Eoin’s camper van got stuck in a laneway the following morning after they had been forced to move on a few miles up the road.Eoin said despite his nightmare, he will not be put off returning to Donegal.“We have been to Donegal many time and this is the first time something like this has happened. “I suppose you get thugs like this everywhere you go but it will not put me off coming back to Donegal,” he said.Locals in Inishowen are shocked by the treatment dished out to the McMahon family.Susan McMonigle of the Ballyliffen Local Development Company said she hopes those behind the attack are caught.“This undoes a whole lot of good work. The people who meted this out to Eoin and his wife have destroyed out reputation today. It is not the way people are treated in Ballyliffen and I hope it will never happen again. “Ballyliffen is one of the most friendliest little places you could go to and everyone who comes here says that,” she said.EndsFAMILY’S CAMPER VAN ATTACKED BY THUGS IN INISHOWEN was last modified: September 22nd, 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)last_img read more

The house where Mandela lived

first_imgThe Mandela House was restored at a cost of R9-million and re-opened to the public in March 2009.Nelson Mandela moved into the house in 1946 with his first wife, Evelyn Mase, and in 1958 brought his second wife, Winnie, to live in the house with him. (Image: Mandela House)Brand South Africa ReporterWinnie Madikizela-Mandela stepped into the front door of her tiny house at 8115 Vilakazi Street in Orlando West on Thursday, and re-lived some painful memories.The Mandela House was restored at a cost of R9-million and re-opened to the public in March 2009. Madikizela-Mandela, her two daughters Zinzi and Zenani, and family members were present at the re-opening.Nelson Mandela moved into the house in 1946 with his first wife, Evelyn Mase, and in 1958 brought his second wife, Winnie, to live in the house with him. He returned briefly to live in the house on his release from prison in 1990. He said in Long Walk to Freedom: “It was only then that I knew in my heart that I had left prison.”MemoriesMadikizela-Mandela led struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile, various diplomats and other officials through the house, recounting memories of living there as she went along.Afterwards she wrote in the visitors’ book: “Today is historical to the family, the preservation of our legacy could not have been better retained for posterity … We are proud of the achievements that have been made by the team.”The R9-million restoration was undertaken by Soweto Heritage Trust, with donations from Standard Bank and Anglo American of R2.25-million each.Curator Ishmael Mbhokodo, who accompanied Madikizela-Mandela on the tour, which excluded the media, said he felt she was extremely emotional but would not give in to tears in a public place.‘This humble dwelling’Zinzi Mandela-Hlongwane read a short speech from Mandela, who wasn’t present: “The heritage of this humble dwelling is of course one of struggle and sacrifice, but it is also one that demonstrates the ability of the human spirit to triumph over adversity.“It is the heritage not only of one family, but that of all the people of Soweto and of our nation, who refused to bow down to tyranny or succumb to bitterness.”Thousands of visitorsThe Mandela House, which attracts thousands of visitors each year, has been returned to its former humble, three-roomed lay-out, with concrete floors and the corrugated roof visible from inside.A wall of display cabinets are filled with documents and certificates. A kitchen dresser rests against one wall, a painting of Mandela on another, while a large photograph of Madikizela-Mandela ironing is visible as one steps into the front door. An old cast-iron coal stove sits against the wall of what was the kitchen.Video and audio recordingsThe site now boasts a visitors’ centre with ablution facilities and a small museum. The yard is enclosed in brick walling on one side and round steel fence poles, making it possible to look in on the house and small garden. Paving and low face brick walling demarcate the garden, which contains several trees of significance to the family.Trustee Tina Eboka said the members of the Mandela family provided the trust with invaluable insight and support in the restoration of the house and the displays inside the visitors’ centre. “We are also grateful to the family for its help in unpacking and understanding the uniqueness of the site and what life was like during those years,” Eboka said.The house is largely bare of furniture, giving it a deceptively spacious feel, despite its smallness. Marius van Blerck of the trust says all the original furniture has been stored, and the displays in the house will be changed and added to over time.‘It was a safe haven’About 100 people milled around the site while the tour of the house was being conducted. Sixty-four-year-old Mlungisi Nhlapo, who attended school with Mandela’s sons in Swaziland, came from Mofolo to attend the opening.The house, he said, “brings those good bad memories back. This is where we used to hibernate, it was a safe haven.”Sixty-five-year-old Selma Mkhabela and her husband, who have lived across the road from the Mandela House for 33 years, dressed up for the opening, waiting patiently to get a glimpse of Madikizela-Mandela. “This is wonderful to me,” Selma said, referring to the restoration process. She reminisced about the party Mandela held when he returned from prison in 1990.Vilakazi StreetThe restoration of Mandela House is only a small part of a much bigger intervention in Orlando West. The Vilakazi Street precinct, when finished, will encompass a large triangle of rejuvenation of the area, with four gateways marking the entrance to the precinct, which has been described as an “outdoor living museum”.The area is also significant because it’s where students took on the apartheid police on 16 June 1976, and where the set of photographs of the 12-year-old dying Hector Pieterson was taken, an image that came to symbolise the repressive actions of the government. The nearby Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial commemorates the sacrifice that Hector and other students made on that day and the days that followed.The project will take the present ad-hoc arrangement of paving, lighting, kerbs, signage and landscaping in Vilakazi Street and standardise them. A number of trails around the precinct will be created.‘If these walls could talk’Mayoral committee member for community development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said that “if these walls could talk, they would tell a story … of the brutality of the past regime … of how this house was raided, how this house was once petrol-bombed by the forces of darkness.“This brutality did not break our spirit as a nation,” Mayathula-Khoza said. “U tata u Madiba symbolises our triumph as a people. We triumphed because of the sacrifices he made, but he also taught us that we should not adopt a triumphalist approach. He taught us reconciliation, and nation building. This house today embodies all that u tata U Madiba stands for.”Gauteng premier Paul Mashatile said before the tour of the house: “We meet here today to witness the launch of a world-class tourism facility that, in many ways, is a fitting tribute to the icon of our liberation struggle and one of the founding fathers of our democracy, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and his family.“The house also stands as a monument, reminding us of our unhappy past but also … reminding us of the power of reconciliation and nation building.”Mandela House is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, and Sundays from 9.30am to 4pm. Entrance is R40 for adults, R20 for scholars and seniors, and R5 for children under 6. Non-South Africans pay R60. For more information, visit you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more