Christopher Neyor’s Open Letter to President Sirleaf

first_imgJune 13, 2014Her ExcellencyEllen Johnson SirleafPresidentRepublic of LiberiaMonrovia, LiberiaDear Madame President:I have been reliably informed of your venomous statement on more than one occasion that you will destroy me so that your son Robert A. Sirleaf can have an easy path to the Senate seat for Montserrado County and eventually to the Presidency of Liberia in the 2017 election to succeed you. Your threat to destroy me comes at a time when there are media reports of your son, Robert frantically trying to buy off all the Montserrado County’s senatorial candidates and promising cash for others to abandon their political parties to support his candidacy for Montserrado. Your threats to destroy me emanates from the fact that I have grass root support and I cannot be purchased even with Robert’s millions. Despite these threats, I will remain a formidable candidate for the senate race.I take your statement as a serious threat to my person because in our part of the world when a President with all the power of the State wants to destroy a citizen, the order is usually followed to the letter.  Destroying a citizen can take many forms including made up accidents, poison, fabrication of stories that attacks one’s integrity or loyalty to the State (sedition, terrorism, etc.) or any combination of these plus more. I know you and your son are capable of this because we have gone down that road before when including when he tried to frame me as anti-American and had me under 24hr surveillance when I was removed from NOCAL. Madame President, you swore in your oath of office as our President to uphold the constitution, which guarantees the protection of life, liberty and property of every citizen.Because of the seriousness I attach to your statement (which could be reason for impeachment in a non-imperial democracy), I am forced to issue this Open Letter to you so that our citizens and international friends can beware of how far you would go for one son to the detriment of your own administration and our country.I cannot fathom why you would come after me with such vengeance, Madame President, one who has considered you a mother, admired you, have membership in the same church with you, utilized his own resources and connections to support you politically and was a shining star in your first term. Is it because I am the son of another Liberian mother from the rank of the marginalized?I met with you on April 24 at your Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in presence of your Chief of Staff Dr. Edward McClain and informed you of my intent to honor petitions to contest the Montserrado County Senate seat in the October 2014 Special Senatorial Elections in order to help the National Legislature be more responsive to the critical issues of the country. You inquired why I wasn’t running for the Rivercess senate seat instead and I explained among other things that I was born and raised in Montserrado County to a father who came from Morweh in Rivercess and I was a registered voter in Montserrado. You stated it would be a difficult task for me but I told you that elections is about number and from survey, I had the number to win in the county. You told me then that others had approached you for the same seat and that you would do your own survey and see whom to support. I said that was fair enough for I was just informing you out of courtesy but not necessarily for your support.Since I left your office that day and began consultations with cross section of Montserrado citizens, you have been doing everything to undermine my participation in the election in favor of your son whom you did not reveal to me that he intended running for the same seat. You have been trying hard to coerce officials of your government who are supporting or sympathizing with my anticipated candidacy to work with your son instead even when some advised it would not be a good idea for your son to contest the Montserrado County senate seat.Madame President, democracy brings all qualified candidates into an election and the voters determine who they believe is the best candidate suited for a post. It would be a violation of the constitution and elections laws to coerce or entice support for your son to be elected senator. I am very much aware of your plan to have your son become “senator at all costs”, have him made President Pro Tempore of the Senate and then position him for the 2017 presidential election to succeed you. Your son, if he has given up his US citizenship and legally become a Liberian citizen again, is entitled to run for any position if qualified under our election laws but let the voters make the choice whom to support and elect. It would be a violation of your oath as President to misuse your office to make your son senator and eventually president of our country, especially when your own performance as President does not leave much to be desired now.I wonder why you harbor so much bitterness against me, Madame President. In addition to your remarks to destroy me, you have also stated emphatically that you will make sure I am NEVER elected senator of Montserrado County. Why Madame President? Is it because as CEO of NOCAL I refused to give in to you and your son Robert’s adventurism to exploit the oil resources for your own benefits? I think the public should get to know why you are so bend on “destroying” me and trying to legitimize the already unconstitutional power you have given to your son Mr. Robert Sirleaf.You are very much aware that I tutored you and Robert on fundamentals of oil and gas and informed you of the potential wealth of the emerging Liberia petroleum sector, the hard-to-resist temptation of millions of dollars demanding those of our citizens with the highest integrity in its management and advised you to give the sector more attention. From the time Robert was appointed to the Board of Directors of NOCAL in 2010 and he realized the millions involved, he started to position himself overnight as an oil and gas expert and instructing me on how we could make a lot of money. When I didn’t go along, he began to undermine and intimidate me as CEO as well as then Chairman of the Board Clemenceau Urey.When I started the reform process at NOCAL learning from the errors of most of the African oil-producing countries and formulating a foundation for empowering Liberians through lucrative local content participation in this new extractive sector, you know that Robert interjected that it was unwise politically to allow citizens to have money like that, especially when the 2011 elections was around the corner.You were fully aware that Robert began to portray himself as the de facto head of NOCAL and began soliciting huge amounts of money from individuals and companies with interest in acquisition of oil blocks. Some of these companies approached me and I brought those to your attention only for Robert to tell them not to pay attention to me because I was going to be removed after the 2011 elections and he was going to become Executive Chairman (which was later proven right). Oil blocks were promised to these people of which you are fully aware and millions was brought in irregularly for the campaign with cash brought in on private jets and taken to your home.I brought to your attention that $2 million had been offered to me in bribe with a request that I do not take certain executive action against an oil company. I quoted to you portion of my remarks when I took over NOCAL few months earlier that no amount of money would be big enough to make me betray you and our people. What I got out of that was your ridicule of me before the Petroleum Technical Committee in the Cabinet Room at your office that I was parading myself as the most perfect man in the government boasting that I could not take bribe. Justice Minister Christina Tah and your Legal Advisor Cllr Seward Cooper (now NOCAL Board Chairman) were among those at that meeting. They can bear witness. Most of those at that meeting told me later how shock they were with your characterization of me.Madam President, the interest and protection of the wealth of Liberia is more important to me than personal wealth. Far too long, Liberians have suffered from bad economic management of their natural resources and your administration, unfortunately, has not moved any further from the past. Unarguably, mismanagement of public resources is at the zenith during your administration.Out of desperation, Robert tried to wickedly tag me as anti-American following a speech I made to the Liberia Business Association that diversification in future allocation of oil blocks was in our long term economic interest, a strategy agreed to and promoted by even American advisers. There was nothing anti-American about that, realizing the United States is our closest friend, prime source of economic support and currently have about 80% of contracted oil blocks. I was glad that our international partners and Liberians did not buy into such mis-guarded and unsubstantiated propaganda.Robert got furious that the international watchdog Global Witness had referred to me as a “reformer” appointed by you to clean up NOCAL in its damaging report of September 2011 on corruption in the Liberian oil sector.  The credit was to you that you had seen it fit to finally appoint a reformer at NOCAL but that didn’t go down well for your son who sent his friend and one of your trusted ministers after me, instructing that I made untrue statements to Global Witness. I still have those ugly emails exchanges with that friend who is still a minister today.As your Energy Advisor, with your approval, I started quiet diplomacy with the Nigerian Government including then President Yar Adua’s office and the Petroleum Resources Minister to resume crude oil allocation to Liberia. The diplomacy continued when President Goodluck Jonathan took office. The convincing reason we gave to the Nigerians and later to the Kuwaiti was to use the proceeds from the allocation transaction to reduce the high cost of electricity in Liberia until we have in place more affordable power generation sources. Both for Nigeria and later Kuwait, when those sensitive negotiations I initiated and spearheaded was about to close, you put your son, Robert in charge of the closing as the Special Envoy. The Nigerian oil allocation intended to support lower electricity bill has been flowing now for years yet electricity cost in our country is the highest in the world. Not a penny from the allocation has gone to LEC fuel expenses and cost of power continues to be unaffordable to most of your citizens in areas where electricity is provided.Every time I met with you as head of NOCAL, your constant remark was we were sitting on tons of money in NOCAL bank accounts. I responded every time that the monies were earmarked for capacity building and social interventions like the projects we were doing around the country impacting the lives of our people. One of Robert’s closest confidants tried to convince me to take $4- 5 million out of NOCAL’s account to give you as campaign contribution. He intimated to me that all my colleagues were doing that but I told him they would have to account some day but I cannot even give it a thought to do such.Interestingly, I was the only head of a major state enterprise that was removed after your 2nd term inauguration though by all accounts you knew of my stand against corruption and my insistence on productive performance at NOCAL. It was not surprising when that same confidant of your son Robert came to me after my removal and said; “You see why I was telling you to give the old lady some money during the campaign?” The confidant is still alive and around.Despite all that, God has been good to me and the company I established after leaving NOCAL, the Morweh Energy Group, is doing well. Though I make no income internally, I bring in what I earn overseas and employ Liberians in my office and my home, give away to scholarships and other social causes and pay various taxes including office lease (Coast Guard), payroll and income taxes. For the past two years, you and your NPA MD have given me the runaround for port land my partners and I want to lease in Buchanan to build an oil and gas logistics base that will provide opportunities for Liberians and Liberian businesses to profitably participate in provision of goods and services to exploration drilling operations now going on in Liberia.Madame President, you know the value of a logistics base and the opportunities it provides to local citizens for business. I got at NOCAL three months before exploration drilling commenced and there was no preparation for a logistics base. I took you on one of the oilrigs where you noticed Ghanaians were providing catering and other services and I warned you that we had to do something about a logistics base. The highlight of your state visit to Angola in 2011 was a tour we made of the Luanda oil and gas logistics base. Since I left NOCAL, the initiative for a logistics base was stalled until I mobilized seven other Liberian investors and international expertise to construct the base upon lease of appropriate land at the Port of Buchanan from the NPA. Two years and counting, the land has not been granted though you tell me you support the project but then have your NPA head told to not do it. Yet millions of dollars are pumped into the Ghanaian economy for each oil well drilled in Liberia while our young people go unemployed, the education system is a “mess” according to you and people continue to live in unbelievable slums, most of them around Monrovia. This is just fundamentally wrong.You have confided to some that I think you are a fool to grant approval for this vital national project when I had badmouthed your son, referring to the time in a NOCAL Board meeting when he was insulting and I told him the truth that he knew nothing about the working of the oil business and he would be cause for you not having a good legacy. You rather let Ghanaians and Ghanaian companies benefit from jobs and contracts on oil rigs operating in Liberia using the Port of Takoradi as logistics base than having a Liberian spearhead the building of one here in Buchanan for the benefit of our economy because of your vindictiveness.You and your son, Robert have a complete stranglehold on the economy, depriving and punishing any Liberian who dare or desire to have an independent mind and who refuse to participate in looting the country of its resources. Closing the economy to perceived enemies is preventing job creation in Liberia!Had the House of Representatives not imposed a freeze on oil blocks, Robert would have sold all of our remaining oil blocks by now. I know as a fact that he has lined up companies most of who have contributed heavily to the Robert Sirleaf Foundation for award of oil blocks. In your interview with FrontpageAfrica, you even confirmed contributions made by companies to the Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation, while Robert was serving as Executive Chairman of NOCAL and Senior Advisor to the President of Liberia demonstrating how you and your son were trying to concentrate all the oil money into the hands of your family.One can understand why that new oil and gas act drafted by your son left out provisions for defined citizens participation and oil revenue management mechanism but emphasized only the giving away of oil blocks, exempting future awards from the Liberian PPCC law. Have you read the draft act?  It was a mockery when you openly praised your son for “completing his task” in “reforming” NOCAL with submission of the draft oil and gas act to the National Legislature just before his resignation from NOCAL due to public and international pressure. Robert resignation is also a joke because it is an open secret that he still calls the shot at NOCAL. Well, actually, he does at every agency where money and natural resources are involved including trying to give away Wologisi after the Western Cluster fiasco.The primary purpose of a government is to protect and empower its citizens but as President of our country, all I have experienced at close range with you is a selfish desire to protect and empower only your family where your son Robert Sirleaf and your sister Jan Barnard are given power our constitution does not assign to instigate appointments, dismissals and amass ill-begotten wealth. You are good at showing two faces, one to the international community where you have been awarded medals and accolades and degrees and the other to your people at home where you have shown disdain and manipulation and deception and malice. You have been unable to reconcile the country because of your history of vindictiveness and putting Liberians against each other.Why I am doing thisI am sure this open letter is shocking to you, knowing my quiet nature. I am not doing this because I just want to be Senator for Montserrado. I am prepared to withdraw from the race once I know we have a winning candidate who will not compromise the hopes and aspirations of the suffering people of Montserrado County…and you know that candidate is not the son you are trying hard to legitimize as your successor. The people of Montserrado deserve better and this is why I decided to get in the senate race to ensure that their interests are fully protected.I am writing this because our country and the international community need to know who you truly are from someone who knows you well, having interacted with you on many matters of state where your decision and actions betrayed the people’s trust. I am writing this because at such a time when so many Liberians are crying out for skills building and college graduates cannot find internships or meaningful employment, when roads to slum communities are almost impassable during this raining season, when there is massive budget shortfalls due to corruption and incompetence which you have admitted to, when so much is at stake for the country requiring the best of leadership to put us back on course, you have made a decision to spend most of your time to be Campaign Manager for your son, Robert to become a senator at all costI have prayed about this Open Letter to you and I have a sense of relief in my spirit that this is the right thing to do for the good of our country. You and I are members of the First United Methodist Church and serve on the Annual Conference Advance Committee. In keeping with Scripture, I brought your deceptive behavior to attention of our pastor and the bishop. The bishop spoke to you about my concerns but you downplayed it as usual, saying you had nothing against me.Madame President, this is not just against me, it is against the country. You uprooted from the government and around you those with the best integrity and competence to help you move our country further. John Morlu, Nagbalee Warner, Tiawon Gongloe, Alfred Brownell, Wilson Tarpeh and your own co-Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee are among those you have made enemies simply because they tell you the truth and will not betray their country and people to enjoy the spoils of corruption for a season.Sando Moore, Liberia’s foremost photojournalist, who hails from Bomi with you and was instrumental in your reelection was told by you not to attend your 2012 inauguration simply because he had a difference with your son Robert. It was just fundamentally wrong for a president to come down this low to prevent a Liberian and a top journalist from attending inauguration because of a disagreement with the president’s son. NOCAL’s ad in his IMAGE magazine was pulled down as a result.I fully understand the consequences of this Open Letter to you. I know you will come after me with vengeance utilizing all the apparatuses of the State. I am prepared for all eventualities.I want you to succeed Madame President because when you succeed, the country succeeds, but it seems you don’t want yourself to succeed. For some strange and inexplicable reason, you take decisions that are inimical to your own government just to satisfy your son or your sister. You and your son Robert Sirleaf are driving our country down a cliff. Even your international supporters are gradually seeing that your governance is horrible and they are beginning to distance themselves from you.A leader should be all-powerful to do good but at the same time restrained from doing evil. The new Liberia we are trying to build on the blood of over quarter million of our fellow citizens who lost their lives in the civil upheaval is one where we do not sit and watch the country go down that path of destruction again. We must all speak out for in doing so, our country will be freeing itself of presidents who abuse our rights and misuse our resources for their own selfish interest.Madam President, you have the right as a mother to support your son for senator. But you do not have the right to threaten to destroy me or any other Liberian, or coerce anyone in the process. Your son must convince Liberians to vote for him on the merits not on the basis of using the power of the presidency to make him senator and then president at all cost. In this new Liberia, that is not going to happen. I do not take threats to my personhood lightly, especially coming from an all-powerful, imperial president. It is high time that vindictiveness is stopped!I pray that God softens your heart and you change course for your own good and that of the country. I will be watching. I have much more to publish including email you begged me to destroy when I was at NOCAL.Sincerely yours,ChristopherZeohn NeyorChristopher Z. NeyorFormer President & CEO, NOCALPresident & CEO, Morweh Energy GroupSenatorial Aspirant, Montserrado Countycc: African Union Mission, Monrovia      ECOWAS Representative Office, Monrovia      SRSG, UNMIL-Monrovia      US Embassy, Monrovia      Delegate of the European Commission, Monrovia      Embassy of Norway      The Liberia Council of Churches      The Moslem Council       National Traditional CouncilShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Den G Refutes Claims of being Under ‘Contract’ with T-Bund Studio

first_imgThe management of Liberian Record Label-T-Bund Studio-TamFinda Records says it wishes to set the record straight relative to an article published in the March 21, 2014, edition of the Daily Observer newspaper.The article, featured in the entertainment column Lib Life, is captioned: “Den G from Normal Singer to Hit Maker.” Daniel T. George—stage named Den G— is a Liberian artist under contract with T-Bund Studio-TamFinda Records.On August 12, 2013, Den G signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the studio. This MOU gave the record label exclusive rights to manage and promote his talent locally and internationally at no cost to him.Consistent with provisions of the MOU, Den G is under strict obligation to adhere to the terms of the agreement, but the recent publication connecting him to one Alice Yawo as his manager without prior written consent of T-Bund Studio-TamFinda Records is considered a violation that undermines the ‘intent of the agreement.’According to the Daily Observer, “Den G recently received the news of a lifetime, something that dozens of talented Liberia-based artists have not been able to establish in their career, he has a manager,” which confirms the point management is driving at. By his failure to recognize the content of the agreement Den G has exhibited “bad business practice, which has the propensity to hamper growth of the Liberian entertainment industry,” a release said. According to the release, consistent with Article Five of the agreement, artists are under obligation to seek approval of their actions by management prior to embarking on any activities they plan to carry out; including seeking talent promotion.Reacting to the action of his artist, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of T-Bund Studio-TamFinda Records, Tamba W. Bundor, expressed surprise and regretted Den G’s “move.”Concerning the level of impact on the entity by the action of Den G, one of the record label’s outstanding talents, Bundor emphatically said, “no impact whatsoever, because artists will come and go, and the label remains. Our capacity to attract artist is visible and that is what is important.”Den G was registered by T-Bund Studio-TamFinda Records with the Liberia Musical Union as a member and copyrighted all his songs.When the Observer contacted Den G, he admitted to the MOU that is between him and T-Bund Studios. However, he stated: “Well the MOU states that if at any time any of the parties wants to move on from the MOU that party has the right to do so having served a one-month written notice to the other party involved.He stressed that T-Bund didn’t sign him and so regret that they would be having problems with him asking someone to be his “promotional manager.”“We didn’t have any formal contract. I had told T-Bund about Alice, who is my promotional manager and they agreed. But after seeing the article that the Observer had done, they started accusing Alice of ‘stealing from them,’ as if they my managers,” he stressed.Den G, stated that they are only getting mad now because he is getting “hot and someone is coming in to help him, they are now jealous. Better things are coming out now, so they are trying to find faults.”He clarified that Alice didn’t sign me and she is only his “promotional manager. Based on these people’s attitude, I am going to walk out of this MOU,” Den G stressed. For her part, Alice Yawo, said Den G has concluded to part company with T-Bund Studio.“I am Den G’s Manager and whatever agreement Den G had with T-Bund Studio is no longer in effect,” she stated.  She further said what she was told when she came into the picture is that Den G and T-Bund Studio agreed to promote each other and there were no pieces of information discussed to me about T-Bund Studio managing Den G, it was just promotion.She emphasized that she would never disrespect T-Bund Studio because they invested a lot in Den G’s career. “But since all of this arrived T-Bund Studio has not contacted her although she left them her number. “I am all about respect and I am a very business minded person. If you feel I was the cause for Den G breaching his contract than call me.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Christianburg, Lodge, Annandale continue to dominate

first_imgThe Ministry of Education Ground was once again home to Under-18 football action as round two of the Guyoil/Tradewind Tankers Tournament concluded on Monday evening.Round two action kicked off on Sunday afternoon with Vergenoegen and Marian Academy taking the field to battle. It was an even contest for the first 10 minutes until Vergenoegen found their groove. The scoring began with Troy Skeete’s goal in the 13th minute whilst Ronaldo Macey netted the second in the 47th minute. Brentnol Bobb added a third in the 50th and was followed Skeete with his second in the 56th minute. Chris Smith’s back-to-back goals took Vergenoegen to 6, but Marian Academy were only able to reply with one.Christianburg Secondary inflicted another high-scoring thrashing on Sunday, this time on Dolphin Secondary. The complete team effort saw six players adding a goal to their names on the score sheet: Randy Pickering, Mickel Adams, Andre Meyers, George Stephen, Decklon Lee and Felix Innis. Their excellent scoring was coupled with an even harder-working defence which completely barred Dolphin from the goal on every opportunity they had. Their teamwork powered them to a 6-0 win.Lodge Secondary recorded their second victory of the tournament after annihilating Uitvlugt Secondary. After Rasheed Evans got the scoring started in the 14th minute, both Thriston Gordon and Dorwin George contributed two apiece for Lodge’s tally of 5. Uitvlugt, on the other hand, only produced one goal from the boot of Mickel Mckend.Annandale Secondary also returned for their second win of the tournament versus Charlestown. Playing their usually aggressive game, Carlos Agard’s lone goal for Charlestown was not enough to match Annandale’s three in the heated contest. Roydell Maxwell netted one in the sixteenth, and his teammate came out blazing in the second half with one in the 49th minute and the other in the 54th to secure Annandale’s win.On Monday afternoon, St Rose’s got their redemption after a first-round loss to The Bishops’ High. In their second match, they met Queen’s College and were able to silence their confident opponents. Kahil Farrington contributed two whilst Ravon Bayley and Isiah Thomas produced one each for their 4-0 win against Queen’s College.The final match of the round saw The Bishops’ High and Queenstown Secondary being paired to do battle. However, the intense match-up saw not a single goal as both teams failed to hit their target. This resulted in them settling for a draw after their stalemate.last_img read more

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Spurs keeper Lloris charged with drink-driving

first_imgLloris was pulled over in a routine stop at 2:20 am (0120 GMT) in Gloucester Place, central London.The 31-year-old was reported to have failed a roadside breathalyser test and has been released on bail to appear at Westminster magistrates’ court next month.After spending seven hours in a cell, Lloris, a married father of two, returned home on foot and refused to answer questions from reporters.“A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1,” a Metropolitan Police spokesperson told AFP.“Hugo Lloris, 31, of East Finchley, was charged with drink driving on Friday, 24 August.“He has been bailed to return to Westminster magistrates’ court on Tuesday, 11 September.”France won their second World Cup with a 4-2 final win over Croatia, although Lloris was guilty of a bad mistake that allowed Mario Mandzukic to score in the Moscow title match.He had kept clean-sheets in France’s semi-final win over Belgium and their quarter-final success against Uruguay.Lloris signed a new Sh19mn (£150,000)-per-week deal at Tottenham during the summer as he was rewarded for another fine season.After leading France to their World Cup triumph, Lloris returned to domestic action with Tottenham.He featured in their opening two Premier League matches as Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Newcastle and Fulham.Lloris is due to play for Tottenham in their league match at Manchester United on Monday.He has been with Tottenham since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the north London club.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris charged with drink-drivingLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has been charged with drink-driving after the Tottenham keeper was stopped by police in the early hours of Friday morning.Just weeks after playing a key role in France’s World Cup glory, Lloris’s reputation has been tarnished by his late-night antics.last_img read more

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McGETTIGANS GROUP ANNOUNCED AS FINN HARPS MAIN SPONSOR FOR 2014

first_imgFinn Harps has announced that the McGettigan’s group Ireland and UAE will be the club’s main sponsor for 2014.The Dubai based company, which was founded by former Donegal person of the year Jim McGettigan, will be Harps principal commercial partner during the club’s 60th anniversary year.The launch of the sponsorship agreement took place at McGettigan’s Bar in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Monday evening, and was attended by an array of well-known Harps faces past and present, including legendary all-time scorer Brendan Bradley. McGettigan’s Pub was first opened in Ireland in the 1960’s on Queen Street in Dublin by Jim McGettigan. Since that day, the business has grown from Dublin, moved to Dubai and last November expanded with the acquisition of the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.Finn Harps acting chairman Sean Quinn said “Everyone at Finn Park is thrilled that a successful Donegal company like McGettigan’s will be working with us during our diamond jubilee year.  They are a highly reputable company that have created a recognised international brand, and who continue to provide excellent employment opportunities for Irish people both at home and abroad.  On behalf of our committee, volunteers and supporters I would like to welcome the management and staff of McGettigan’s for the coming season.”2010 saw the very first McGettigan’s Irish Pub in Dubai open its doors at Jumeirah Lakes Towers.  Eighteen short months later, the McGettigan’s story in Dubai expanded with the opening of both McGettigan’s Irish Pubs at Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Airport.Unique décor, delicious Irish food & drink, the best Irish and international entertainment and sporting events are the ingredients that have made McGettigan’s Irish Pubs such a success in the United Arab Emirates. McGettigan’s proudly wears the tagline “The Modern Irish Experience”, as it reflects modern Irish food, culture, sports and music. The brand is steeped in Irish family history and is using this history and experience to bring a real flavour of Ireland to a global market.Jim and Dennis McGettigan see opening in Letterkenny and becoming main sponsor of Finn Harps as extremely exciting developments for the brand.  CEO Dennis McGettigan said “Over the past 3 years we feel we have represented Ireland fantastically in Dubai, we have promoted Irish music, culture and cuisine to the global Ex-Pat community in Dubai. Moving back home and investing in the area where it all started for my father is an extremely proud moment for us as a family.  Jim is a proud Donegal man so this is always where his heart has been.”McGettigan’s Pub in Letterkenny opened on 29th November 2013 at the Clanree Hotel, Derry Road, after the McGettigan’s group took over the management of the hotel. McGettigan’s Pub will continue the brands tradition of serving award winning food and entertaining guests with some of the best local bands performing every weekend.  McGettigan’s have brought the modern Irish experience back on home soil and are looking forward to supporting Donegal’s senior football club. McGETTIGANS GROUP ANNOUNCED AS FINN HARPS MAIN SPONSOR FOR 2014 was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:finn harpsletterkennyMcGettigan’sSponsorslast_img read more

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first_imgTAMPA, Fla. – Jimmy Garoppolo and his 49ers center, Weston Richburg, share a common bond beyond just the football snapped between them.It’s not their fashion flare, not when Garoppolo wears Jordans and Richburg pulls on cowboy boots. It’s not their facial hair, not when Garoppolo’s five-o’clock shadow is dwarfed by Richburg’s manly mustache. It’s not their demeanor, not when Garoppolo is more good cop and Richburg more bad cap.And yet, as the season opens Sunday against the Buccaneers, …last_img read more

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When a scuffling Giants offense was shut out at home on June 24 against the Rockies, manager Bruce Bochy decided to make a change.Bochy moved first baseman Brandon Belt from the middle of the order all the way to the top, bringing one of his slowest players to a slot traditionally reserved for speedy table-setters.At the time of the switch, Belt owned a .359 on-base percentage but had just 29 RBIs in 74 games. He was effective at drawing walks and working deep counts, but …last_img read more

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The Fabulous Prizes of SXSW: Free Phones, Plane Tickets, Vacations & Cars

first_imgHow do you get noticed at the jam-packed tech extravaganza that is this week’s South by Southwest Interactive event in Austin, Texas? How about giving away free cars and flights around the world? A number of startups in the location tech market appear to be trying to one-up each other with bigger and better give-aways at the event. It’s sure to make some people moan “tech bubble!” while other folks will just say “Yipeee! See you in Fiji!”Who’s giving away the most fabulous prizes? There will probably be many more contests unveiled over the next few days but here are three we’ve gotten pitches for already.Austin’s home town favorites Gowalla and AT&T are giving away more than 20 Samsung Captivate phones and Southwest Air is giving away 25 free roundtrip flights at check-in locations around town. (Look for the emblem above.) Gowalla just released a new version of its iPhone app this afternoon and will use SXSW to unveil a new feature called Gowalla Rewards. Location-based social networking competitor Foursquare, which blew up at least year’s SXSW, just unveiled a new local deals feature this morning as well. Short mobile video sharing service SocialCam, featherweight travel service AirBnB and flight search startup Hipmunk are giving away airfare and a week on a private island in Fiji to someone who records themselves doing something silly on SocialCam.Location check-in service Whrrl is giving away $125k in prizes to people who visit a variety of parties after signing up for its ironically named Austin Underground Society. Prizes will include 50 Las Vegas VIP packages, 20 copies of the Funny Or Die flick “Take This DVD and Shove It”, a ticket to and hotel for the Twitter 140conf in New York and two Audis!Location may be hot and SXSW may be a great place for startups, but it’s going to be a very crowded and noisy week. Maybe fabulous give-aways will help some startups stand above the crowd. It might seem a little crass, but you probably wouldn’t complain if you found yourself enjoying an island vacation in Fiji or driving a new car.Team ReadWriteWeb will be in Austin as well. We’ll be giving away free heart-felt handshakes to our favorite readers, commenters and friends. Especially any of you who would like to take us to Fiji with you. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web last_img read more

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Does sweat hold the key to the future of health wearables?

first_imgTags:#biomarkers#biotech#featured#Kenzen#patches#quantified self#sweat#top#wearables FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Related Posts The team at Kenzen have created ECHO H2, a wearable that includes two components: a hardware-based continuous sports monitor, and the flexible H2 Smart Patch. ECHO is based on groundbreaking technology developed for aerospace and medical research in Switzerland. This rechargeable device combines a number of sensor technologies and algorithms that provide real-time feedback on sports performance and vitals.ECHO captures previously inaccessible measurements like skin conductivity and 3D motion.  H2 is a disposable adhesive patch that, when connected to the ECHO monitor, enables wearers to monitor hydration, lactic acid and calorie levels using sweat analysis. It can be worn on the calf or abdomen for up to one week.A corresponding app enables the user to monitor levels and export data to other fitness apps.“Combining sweat analysis with powerful wearable technology can really advance precision medicine, help people understand where they are in that spectrum from “well” to “sick” and even measure the impact of different therapies.  That’s how diagnostics become very personalized, precise and allow for timely intervention. Wearables need to offer a combination of measurements that really help understand a person’s health (heart rate, blood pressure, hydration level, core body temperature, cortisol, glucose, lactate levels and more). All these things need to be continuously analyzed together over a period of time to provide you the information that will help to predict and prevent illness.”Sousa believes that wearable sensors are the key to precision medicine, noting “There are things in sweat that are very difficult to measure in blood. Say, measuring hyponatremia —  or low sodium level in the blood — is much easier to measure in sweat and can be done continuously in a non-invasive way.”ECHO H2 is yet to go to market as the company continues hardware development. However, with companies like XSensio, BSX Technologies and Halo Wearables engaged in related efforts to track hydration, the wearables market could become overcrowded very quickly. But for those wanting greater insights into their physical health, Kenzen offers a great opportunity for self-analytics. Elite athletes are increasingly looking for ways to optimize their training and increase their competitive abilities.  Companies such as Misfit and Adidas are developing wearable devices to enable athletes to maximize their sporting ability-through collecting an extensive range of analytics including stride length, cadence (for cyclists), muscle fatigue, heart rate and lung capacity.One of the more interesting means to gain health and fitness data is sweat. San Francisco 49ers and FC Dallas are piloting sweat analysis biosensors and the Miami Dolphins’ sports science department conducts a thorough sweat analysis of each player as “players who have too much salt in their sweat have a tendency to cramp easier.”See also: Stanford says future wearables could diagnose diseases earlierKenzen is a start-up utilizing patented biosensors, sweat analysis, and predictive analytics with the aim of pre-empting dehydration, cramping, and injuries. In 2016 Kenzen won the Future Athlete category at the NFL’s 1st and Future Event, a start-up pitching competition hosted by NFL, Stanford and TechCrunch.I spoke to the CEO of Kenzen, Dr. Sonia Sousa to find out more.  She explained:“Sweat has a ton of important biomarkers and knows just as much about our health as blood. For example, if you look at the diagnostics around cystic fibrosis, sweat analysis is the gold standard for disease detection. Replacing costly and painful lab-based blood tests with non-invasive sweat analysis would bring endless benefits for precision medicine and personal health.”Monitoring and analyzing sweat, in conjunction with other parameters, can reveal important biomarkers like sodium that can help predict and prevent major health issues connected with nutrition. For example, people who are hypertensive can watch their salt intake based on ongoing sweat analysis. Measuring levels of hydration are also relevant to people working in extreme conditions, mining and factories, kitchens and hot places here fluid loss through sweating can lead to dehydration.However, traditionally the question of how to monitor sweat has been a barrier to sweat analytics. Sweat is traditionally analyzed at performance labs. required testing before and after a work out nad several weighing sessions for hydration analysis. Samples are captured on a piece of gauze from multiple areas of the body. The chemical analysis of those samples takes hours or days.Wearable sweat analytics How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Cate Lawrence Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

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SC rejects miners’ plea on coal transportation

first_imgThe Supreme Court has rejected pleas by miners in Meghalaya to let trucks move coal in transit before a transportation ban came into effect.The deadline for transportation of extracted coal was being extended since April 2014 when the National Green Tribunal banned rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya. But after at least 16 miners were trapped in a flooded mine at Ksan in the East Jaintia Hills district on December 13, the apex court refused to allow the transportation of extracted and assessed coal beyond January 31. On January 15, the court further said there would be no transportation of coal lying at sites.The State Coordination Committee of Coal Miners and Dealers’ Forum had subsequently filed a petition for allowing their trucks that were in transit as on January 15 to transport their coal and also to pass through government check posts and weigh bridges to their respective destinations.The court also did not entertain the plea of another miner who wanted to transport coal he had procured legally from a dealer.The court is likely to hear on March 28 a petition by one Lber Laloo for lifting the ban on coal mining by the NGT.The Supreme Court hearing coincided with Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma informing the Assembly that over 1,000 cases of illegal coal mining have been registered since the NGT ban came into effect.Meanwhile, on Monday an overloaded coal truck overturned in the district, reportedly killing four people. According to district SP V. Singh, the driver lost control due to high speed. But, he said, the local police did not find any bodies.last_img read more

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