Amb. von Ballmoos Laid to Rest

first_imgThe mortal remains of Amb. Rudolf P. von Ballmoos was on Saturday, January 9, buried at the Kaiser Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Brewerville, outside Monrovia. He was Liberia’s Ambassador to the Court of Saint James in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. He also had concurrent accreditations to the Vatican and the Sovereign Military Hospitalier Order of Malta.Before the remains of Amb. von Ballmoos, who was the eldest of six von Ballmoos sons, was taken to the cemetery, a national funeral service was held at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmum Street, in the heart of Monrovia.Preaching the funeral discourse on passages from the books of Matthew and Hebrews, Rev. Dr. Erlene P. Thompson, read: “It’s appointed unto man once to die, after that the judgment.”Rev. Thompson told the audience that though the day was a difficult one for every Liberian gathered in the church, they should nonetheless accept it as “the will of God.”Speaking on the theme, “When the Clock Strikes,” the Right Rev. Thompson admonished the congregation that when it strikes, positions are lost. When the clock strikes, we have got to answer the call of death. When the clock strikes, there is no second chance. When the clock strikes, there is no work to be done.”She continued, “When the clock strikes, our hands can no longer move. When the clock strikes, our voice can no longer be heard. When the clock strikes, our position is given to another person.”According to Rev. Thompson, the death of another person should remind those alive that their days are drawing closer, too. However, what matters, according to the Methodist preacher, is dying in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is giver of life and who has assured His followers that they are sure to live again.“We must prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming. Like in Matthew 25:10, He is the bridegroom and could come at anytime without any of us knowing when.”Following the sermon, Acting Chief of Protocol, Mr. Charles H. V. Allen, read the Liberian official gazette in which the Liberian government described its fallen diplomat as an administrator, a patriot, career diplomat, statesman, devout Christian, dedicated and distinguished public servant. Paying the official tribute for the Liberian government, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elias Shoniyin stated, “The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning,” a verse from the book of Lamentations 5:15. Min. Shoniyin said that passage of scripture describes the government’s feeling since the passing of Amb. von Ballmoos. He stated that news of his passing was a shock to the government because of the monumental loss of his demise. “The late Amb. von Ballmoos was one of Liberia’s astute diplomats, who served his country with outmost dedication, commitment and loyalty. He was one of the outstanding new breed of Liberian diplomats, trained in the art and practice of economic diplomacy,” Min. Shoniyin stated. According to Min. Shoniyin, Amb. von Ballmoos’ performance in the nation’s economic diplomacy was “exceptional, bringing great economic dividends to Liberia and its people.”The Frist United Methodist Church, the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus, the Nebo, Lavala and Von Ballmoos families, also paid tributes. In her tribute to her father, Ms. Nicole Tinisi von Ballmoos, the only child of the late Ambassador, bade him farewell. She broke down in tears many times during her tribute. The late Ambassador began his public service career as a cadet in the Department of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from October 1979 to December 1982. In July 1986, he began his Foreign Service career under the tutelage of Ambassador Willie Givens at the Liberian Embassy in London, United Kingdom, as Second Secretary/Vice Consul and rose to the rank of First Secretary. He was later transferred to Geneva, to the Permanent Mission, as Counselor.The Chairman of the National Transitional Government, Mr. Charles Gyude Bryant, appointed him Ambassador to Ghana in 2005. He remained in that post until July 2013 when President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appointed him in 2014 as Ambassador to the Court of Saint James in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Ambassador von Ballmoos died at the Epsom General Hospital in Surrey, London, on Thursday, December 19. He was 56. He was born on July 9, 1960 unto the union of Mr. Rudolf von Ballmoos and Mrs. Anges Nebo von Ballmoos in Philadelphia, United States of America.He leaves to mourn his wife, Mrs. Angie Kolue Nyenemah Lavala von Ballmoos; five brothers: DeWitt Ben Bella (Rhonda), James (Mariam), Rupert, Rory (Claire) and Ron von Ballmoos (Anne) and a host of other relatives. Mrs. von Ballmoos, who didn’t speak at the church, had told newsmen and women on Tuesday, January 5, during the Book of Condolence signing in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that her late husband was a servant and a leader. She stated that her late husband served the nation to the end, adding: “I am a protégée of my husband’s service to nation.”In his acknowledgment, Mr. DeWitt Ben Bella von Ballmoos, brother of the deceased, thanked the government and others for the enormous outpouring of love, concern and gifts since the passing of the late Ambassador. Government officials attending the service were led by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, who were the first to view the remains of the deceased when the casket bearing his mortal remains was opened in the church.As a mark of last respect for the fallen Liberian diplomat, the President ordered that the National Ensign be flown at half-mast from all public buildings in Montserrado County from 8a.m. to 6p.m. on that day; and that while his remains were being borne to the cemetery for interment, his personal salute of 17 cannons be fired at intervals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: October 20, 2016

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Opposition submits list of nominees for post of GECOM Chairman

first_img…culled from first 3 listsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo over the weekend submitted a list of 11 nominees to the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.This came a mere two days after the meeting between himself and President David Granger where both agreed that the process of selecting a chairman of GECOM was vital and would be done within days.The names were submitted by the Opposition Leader via a letter from former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira to Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.The nominees include Annette Arjoon-Martins; BS Roy (Retired Justice of Appeal); Gerry Gouveia (Captain); Joseph Singh (Retired Major General); Kashir Khan (Attorney-at-Law); Krishnadatt Persaud (former Senior Magistrate); Lawrence Latchmansingh; Norman McLean (Retired Major General); Onesi La Fleur; Ramesh Dookhoo and William Ramlall (Retired Puisne Judge).The names submitted by the Opposition Leader were pulled from the initial three lists that were submitted in 2017 and rejected by President Granger, who went on to unilaterally appoint Retired Justice James Patterson.Businesswoman and author Rhyaan Shah, Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Christopher Ram, Prof. James Rose, Attorney-at-law, Nadia Sagar, Attorney-at-Law, Teni Housty and Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin whose names were on the previous lists have indicated that they were not willing for their names to be resubmitted for consideration for the post.The letter to Harmon also stated that the Ministry of the Presidency would already have the Curriculum Vitae (CVs) for each nominee on record.The Opposition Leader has also indicated that Teixeira and Anil Nandlall would represent him in the upcoming discussions on the proposed list of nominees.In addition, Jagdeo stated that he looked forward to the submission of the President’s selection of representatives as soon as possible.“Further, the Leader of the Opposition wishes to reiterate to the President his availability to meet at any time, and, is prepared to join the smaller group meetings, if required,” the latter stated.The Opposition is hopeful the consultations between the Government and its representatives would commence today (Monday).In 2017, the criteria set out by the President for someone to take up the position of GECOM Chair were as follows: the candidate should be a person who is qualified to be a judge of the High Court under Article 129 of the Constitution and under Section 5 of the High Court Act, Cap 3:02; that person should have been an Attorney-at-Law for a minimum of seven years; in the absence of 1 and 2 above, ‘any other fit and proper person’ should be appointed according to Article 161 (2) of the Constitution.The categories of persons specified above are necessary because such persons should have the following characteristics: wide electoral knowledge, capable of handling electoral matters because he or she is qualified to exercise unlimited jurisdiction in civil matters; will discharge his or her functions without fear or favour, that is, he or she will not allow any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality; will discharge his or her functions neutrally, between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants; will not be an activist in any form (gender, racial, religious, etc), and should also have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence in the discharge of his or her duty as Chairman.James Patterson appointed GECOM ChairmanHowever, the President defied all the criteria and unilaterally appointed Retired Justice James Patterson as the Chairman.This did not sit well with the PPP and as such, its Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha, challenged the appointment.At the time, President Granger had already rejected three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Jagdeo. These lists comprised a total of 18 names of former Judges, persons eligible to be judges, and prominent members of civil society.CCJ rulingThe case was sent to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to be heard and it was on May 8, 2019. On June 18, 2019, the CCJ ruled that the appointment of Patterson as GECOM Chairman was flawed and unconstitutional.CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, in the ruling, declared that before President Granger rejected persons nominated by Opposition Leader Jagdeo, reasons should have been given for the rejections in the interest of transparency.According to Justice Saunders, the President gave no specific reason for refusing to appoint a Chairman from the lists submitted by the Opposition Leader. Saunders noted that the President disapproved a third list, without giving a specific reason.last_img read more

Internet sales’ share on rise

first_imgInternet sales are booming at Vertical Branding, an Encino-based company that sells beauty and household products – in fact, without online sales, the business would fizzle. “It would be devastating to our company,” founder and CEO Nancy Duitch said, “as I think it would be to most companies today.” Duitch’s company makes 25 percent of its income online, and that share is growing. Like Vertical Branding, businesses everywhere are increasingly relying on e-commerce, according to the 10th annual survey of online shopping by Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation. The study released today revealed that Internet sales outpaced expectations of 20 percent growth to increase by 25 percent last year, from $176.4 billion to $219.9 billion. More than two out of three companies said their e-commerce business was profitable. “We haven’t scratched the surface of the potential of e-commerce,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, the primary author of the study, during a conference call announcing the findings. Mulpuru is a senior analyst at Forrester Research, the technology and market research company that conducted the survey. Sales of airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages led the pack with $73.4 billion, followed distantly by clothing, accessories and shoes, which took in $18.3 billion. Computer software and hardware fell from the No.2 slot to No.3 with $17.2 billion in sales. Consumer electronics came in at $9.8 billion in sales. The biggest growth in revenue came in pet supplies, which ballooned by 81 percent, and apparel, which jumped by 61 percent. Scott Silverman, executive director of Shop.org, called the apparel growth a milestone for online retailers. “If you were looking for a sign that online retailers have gone mainstream online, this would be the sign you are looking for,” Silverman said. Online transactions for retailers grew so much partly because retailers embraced technology that gives customers intimate knowledge of products before they buy. Web sites that show multiple color swatches, that zoom in on fabric as the user scrolls over them with a mouse, and that offer free shipping help break down reservations about not being able to examine an item in person. Sites that share customer reviews have seen a boost in sales, too. “These factors help reduce some of the hesitation consumers have about touch and feel,” Mulpuru said. And with speedy Internet connections installed in half of American households, many shoppers can run the software that allows this level of interaction. At Forever 21, a Los Angeles-based retailer, sales on the Web site are “very important,” spokeswoman Meghan Bryan said. “Ever since we launched in ’04, sales have been growing rapidly,” said Bryan, who declined to share details. The company keeps its site fresh by adding products every day and by replacing pictures of models every two months. Total online sales this year are forecast to grow up to 20 percent. The survey included input from 170 businesses. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL GETS READY TO JOIN THE CROSSFIT PALEO CHALLENGE!!

first_imgPromoted postJoin the Re-evolution of eating!! The 30 day Paleo challenge is being brought to Letterkenny by Neil Barrett MSc. (Master of Science in Human Nutrition) & Caitriona Feeney BSc. Hons. (Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food Science & Nutrition). With over 15 years’ experience between them working in a clinical nutrition environment, Neil & Caitriona are the only Nutritionists offering this programme in Donegal.With Paleo followers like Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lawrence & Matthew Mc Conaughey is it any wonder this way of eating is taking the world by storm.There are no pills, shakes, magic potions or quick fixes, it doesn’t even require exercise for amazing results.Paleo (caveman diet) is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats, fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed).This is a lifestyle choice & not a FAD diet like all the rest & that is why it is offered in a 30 day format, because, Neil & Caitriona firmly believe that once you see the dramatic results after just 30 days, you will not be able to return to your old eating habits.What does the Plan Include?➢ Induction presentation explaining the process – No obligation➢ One to one assessment➢ Ultrasound body composition analysis ➢ A plan tailored to suit your personal needs with all the meal ideas, recipes & information you will ever need➢ Ongoing personal & online support➢ Final Ultrasound body composition analysis to compare results➢ Ongoing support when your 30 days are over The FREE information night will take place in Mount Errigal Hotel on Thursday 9th of January @ 8pm, everyone is welcome & even if you have no interest in trying the plan please come along & pick up some healthy eating tips.Neil & Caitriona are so confident that you will see dramatic results, that, if after following the plan strictly for 30 days you are not happy you will receive a FULL REFUND!!For more information call Caitriona 087-7951159Or Visit www.crossfitletterkenny.com NutritionOr Email: nutrition@crossfitletterkenny.comDONEGAL GETS READY TO JOIN THE CROSSFIT PALEO CHALLENGE!! was last modified: January 8th, 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:30 day challengeCrossfitFeatureshealthLaunch campaignnewsRevolutionary Fitness sessionslast_img read more

Mulroy College student John Griffin receives Techno Teachers National Student Award

first_imgJohn Griffin from Mulroy College in Milford was the recipient of a certificate recognising his achievements in construction studies at the Techno Teachers National Student Awards.Awards go to the top three students who demonstrate outstanding skill in Materials Technology Wood, Technical Graphics, Design & Communication Graphics, Construction Studies and Technology.John was awarded second place in Leaving Certificate Construction Studies at Ordinary Level. He was presented was a certificate from Techno Teachers Chairman Tony Harrison and Dermot Carey from CIF at the annual awards ceremony in GMIT.Photo: Reg GordonMulroy College student John Griffin receives Techno Teachers National Student Award was last modified: March 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:john griffinMilfordMulroy Collegelast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgAll roads lead to Pairc Naomh Brid this coming Sunday for our Celebrity Bainisteoir match against St.Marys Rochfortbridge. Gates open at 1pm and the match starts at 3pm. Lets get the Green and Black flags flying high around the parish this week in support of Pippa and the boys. A large crowd is expected so come early to get a good spot and there will be parking available in the field across from the pitch. Bring all your friends and family and cheer the boys on to what we hope will be victory.Congratulations to David Walsh and the county team on their terrific Ulster Final win over Down on Sunday. Best of luck in the All-Ireland series. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported and took part in our Blind Date night at the weekend. It was a great nights fun and your support was greatly appreciated.GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 24th, 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:GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY ANNOUNCE ROUND 1 IN ‘BATTLE OF THE SWILLY’

first_imgAnyone interested in doing yoga?. If so, morning yoga classes for all levels will start on Friday, 20th of September in Glenswilly GAA hall starting at 10 o’clock to 11.15am under the tuition of Denise Diver and will run for 6 weeks. Registration for the classes will take place on Friday 13th of September from 10 o’clock to 11am at the club house. Denise can be contacted at 0862375619.The eagerly awaited senior championship quarter finals will take place this coming week-end. No doubt the pick of the games will be the Glenswilly men taking to the field against Kilcar. The meeting takes place in McCumhaill Park Ballybofey on Sunday 15th of September with the throw-in at 2.30. We urge the Glen supporters to turn out in huge numbers and positively cheers our lads on and help them to get over the line. Gary McDaid and his back room staff along with the team have invested a lot of time and energy in preparation to represent the club and parish and deserve all the support and help we can give them. So, we wish them all the best for Sunday and hope they achieve their goal.The Glenswilly U-16 team will face St Eunans in O’Donnell park on Tuesday evening the 10th of Sept. in the A championship. Throw in is at 6.45 pm and all support would be greatly appreciated. We wish the lads all the best. A date to keep in your diary is October 27th because this is the date for the “Battle of the Swilly”. The white collar boxing event between Glenswilly GAA club and Letterkenny Golf club will take place in the Silver Tassie . Both side are now training hard under the guidance of Danny Ryan and are gearing up to what will be a challenge of big ball verses small. A night not to be missed.The club house and hall are heavily booked up from September with drama on Tuesdays 5 to 7.45 pm, music Tuesday and Friday, whist in kitchen area on Thursday and yoga on Friday mornings, so, if anyone needs to use any of the facilities, you will have to contact any hall committee member in good time in order to be accommodated.The club would like to wish all the best to Michael Murphy in his call up to training with the international rules team and hope he will be selected to represent his country once again.We at the club wish to offer our congratulations to Jim McGuinness and his wife on the birth of their twin girls recently and are glad all went well and remains so. The winning numbers in this weeks lotto are 1,10,14 and 21.Match 3 winner is Stephen McDaid Glenkeragh. Next weeks jackpot is 3120 euro and the seller is Paul”sandwich” Gallagher.GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY ANNOUNCE ROUND 1 IN ‘BATTLE OF THE SWILLY’ was last modified: September 9th, 2013 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:Glenswilly GAA Club noteslast_img read more

DO YOU WANT TO TRY WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL WITH DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP?

first_imgKids and young adults taking part in wheelchair basketball in a gym.Under the umbrella of the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme, Donegal Sports Partnership host fortnightly wheelchair basketball sessions.The initiative targets players with a physical disability, is open to junior participants of all abilities and aims to provide fun inclusive basketball sessions.Sports wheelchairs are provided for participants so there is no requirement for equipment. The programme has been running for a number of years and Donegal Sports Partnership now hope that new players can be recruited. Participants are also welcome to invite siblings or friends to come along and join the sessions. The programme runs in Letterkenny and is based at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.If you or anyone you know are interested in participating or if there are any basketball coaches interested in lending their skills please do not hesitate to contact Thérèse Laverty (Sports Inclusion Disability Officer) on 074 (91)16078/16079 or via email sido@activedonegal.comDO YOU WANT TO TRY WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL WITH DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP? was last modified: April 14th, 2016 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

Daniel and Majella leave Scottish tourists stunned

first_imgA group of Scottish tourists were starstruck when Donegal’s biggest celebrity couple made a surprise appearance during their trip to Dungloe.A tour group with Black’s Coaches of Brechin, Scotland, stopped off at the Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre last month to see memorabilia and videos celebrating the iconic Donegal singer.What they didn’t expect was to see the man in the flesh – as Daniel and Majella came out to greet the group. There was much excitement among the passengers who had a unique opportunity to meet their idols and take photos. They spent up to two hours talking with everyone in the group. Daniel and Majella had decided to greet the eager fans after coach driver Scotty tweeted Majella with news that they would be arriving at the visitor centre.“Going to Daniels visitor centre tomorrow with a coach tour lots of excited fans” – said the Tweet which Majella liked.That small act turned into a once-in-a-lifetime event for the group, who were lucky enough to meet the man himself and his wife.After the exciting day, driver Scotty posted online to thank the O’Donnells and reveal that many of his passengers were still in shock. “He and his wife were so gracious,” one of the visitors also commented online.Looking back on the event, tour organiser and Daniel fan Ann-Marie Black told Donegal Daily: “Daniel phoned the Visitor Centre to say he would be in but it was kept secret. We were asked to go upstairs to the room where you watch a video that tells his life story. When he came in, everybody screamed and lifted the roof off.”“It was just delightful. It was really kind of him and his wife to come, and him meeting our passengers was exceptional.”There was one member of the tour who was unable to make it upstairs, Ann-Marie said, but Daniel went out of his way to go down to talk to him.“It just shows how much of a lovely couple that they are,” Ann-Marie added. “As a result of him turning up, we have organised a tour to see him live in Edinburgh.”Ann-Marie and her fellow fans are hoping that Daniel will remember their great encounter and say hello again the next time they cross paths.Daniel and Majella leave Scottish tourists stunned was last modified: November 14th, 2016 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