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first_imgAs far back as anyone can remember, there have been myths and storytelling about cats believed to have ‘witchcraft’ abilities. And now a small community in Mount Barkley believe they have seen one for themselves.Cats, like the one pictured above, are held accountable for their actions whenever they ‘misbehave,’ like stealing fish form someone’s pot, or making vulgar sounds in the night while everyone is trying to sleep.A stray cat that appeared in the community months ago had everyone talking about it in the early mornings because the cat, “always screamed and cried like a real child through the entire night, breaking everyone’s sleep. Day break, you’ll see the cat hiding alongside people’s houses to steal their fish or other food that was left unprotected.” The cat was defined as a ‘witchcraft cat.’In historic studies, cats are thought to be mysterious creatures with supernatural powers and of course, for some Liberians, they can also be really great pets, or an edible dish served on a platter of pepper sauce and ketchup.“Yes, we want everyone to see what the cat has done and that cats are bad. People should stop having them around, especially when they are in witch,” stated Boi, who pranced around with a cat nailed on a cross.Many community dwellers have claimed that whenever the cat comes around, bad things, such as the loss of loved ones, fire outbreaks, etc., happen, “and when you check around, you’ll see the thing (cat) running away. So today, we decided to catch the cat,” Boi added.Meanwhile, voices of all genders and ages screamed and laughed as the cat was paraded from one community to the next, and later roasted and eaten. Some people even insisted that those that had toyed with the dying cat, whose circulation had been cut off from being tied to the cross, also be punished for touching it.The fate of the cat was witnessed after the Daily Observer ran across the scene of men, women and children running and laughing behind each other towards a grassy area. There the cat’s neck was broken, snapped back; and then it was doused in what looked like gasoline and set ablaze as people watched.“Me pah, I can eat cat. Once the cat is dead, all the witchcraft activity is not inside it anymore, so it will be OK for us to eat it when the fire goes down. We will clean it fine, parboil it and you will see,” added an onlooker, who seemed pleased with the remains of the cat as some on lookers walked away.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – The accused ‘witchcraft’ catlast_img read more

first_imgThen the Huskies scored two more times in the first with goals from Robbie Sidhu and a short handed goal from Cole Calliou.In the second the Vipers scored only one goal, but the Huskies quickly answered back less than a minute later with a goal from Cody Hildebrand.The third period was much the same as the second with Sexsmith scoring a goal and the Huskies answering back with an empty net goal just before the buzzer from Robbie Sidhu.- Advertisement -The Huskies will now play Dawson Creek next Saturday at the Memorial Arena.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000The kit donated by Celtic Foundation in conjunction with apparel manufacturers New Balance was presented in a colourful ceremony by Dafabet Business Development Manager Chris Harley.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 -Scottish football giants Glasgow Celtic have donated kit to Nairobi Soccer Academy in their effort to aspire young footballers across the African continent.Celtic enjoys huge following in Kenya having given Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama, his break through into the lucrative English Premier League when Southampton signed him from Belgium’s Germinal Beerschot in 2013. Kenya in particular has been the biggest beneficiary with Nairobi Soccer Academy, coached by former Harambee Stars midfielders, Titus and Simeon Mulama, being the latest recipients.The kit donated by Celtic Foundation in conjunction with apparel manufacturers New Balance was presented in a colourful ceremony by Dafabet Business Development Manager Chris Harley.Simeon Mulama, who turned out for Mathare United and AFC Leopards praised Celtic Foundation’s efforts for its gesture saying it will motivate young players to pursue their dreams.“We believe in soccer development and are so happy seeing key players in the sports scene coming to assist and ensure our kids are better equipped to conquer the world,” Mulama said.Dafabet’s Harley, who spoke on behalf of the foundation and New Balance assured the parents of Nairobi Soccer Academy players of continued support from both the institutions.“We intend to make sure that over 500 hundred junior teams benefit from this initiative from the first phase of this project which we are really grateful to Celtic foundation and New balance,” Harley stated.The presentation was preceded by a match between the parents of the academy players and Dafabet staff against Nairobi Soccer Academy team, which the later won 2-1.Celtic Foundation has so far kitted 50 youth teams in Kibera, 12 junior teams in Kisii and six teams in Kayole through the facilitation of leading betting firm Dafabet which set shop in Kenya last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Willie Hayes was a Vietnam veteran who proudly served his country, won several medals and earned himself a plot at a veterans’ cemetery upon his death two weeks ago. But there was one problem: As far as the U.S. government was concerned, it buried Willie Hayes nearly four years ago. An apparently homeless man who went by the name Willie Hayes and had the same Social Security number, military record and birthday was buried at the cemetery in 2003. The family of the recently deceased Hayes was stunned to find out about the apparent impostor, and cemetery officials are asking some perplexing questions. “If he didn’t serve in the Army, he shouldn’t be there,” Hayes’ brother, Sylvester, said. “It’s not fair to the veterans.” MYSTERY: A cemetery plot of a recently deceased veteran is occupied – by a man with his Social Security number. By Frank Eltman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS This much is certain: The Willie Hayes who died two weeks ago at 59 served in the Army in Vietnam, earned several medals and worked at a printing business. His family provided cemetery officials with overwhelming documentation of his military service and identity that show he is the rightful owner of a plot at Calverton National Cemetery. But virtually nothing is known about the other Willie Hayes. He was buried Christmas Eve 2003 in the Long Island cemetery, two months after dying in a Bronx nursing home. No one came forward to claim his body, and the nursing home staff thought he was homeless. A spokesman for the center did not return a call for comment. There appear to be no relatives to interview and precious few clues about his past. If it is determined that the man was an impostor, his body will probably have to be exhumed and put in a pauper’s grave in New York City. “I’ve got 200,000 people buried here, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” Calverton director Michael Picerno said. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, the family has all the information, all the documentation, so these things never happen.” Officials are exploring several scenarios in trying to solve the mystery. One is identity theft – the man who died in 2003 could have stolen Willie Hayes’ personal information and went to his grave as an impostor. Another is that the man in the grave was a veteran named Willie Hayes, but his Social Security number and personal information somehow got mixed up with those of the other Willie Hayes. No one knows what happened in the weeks after his death in 2003. But his file ended up including the other Willie Hayes’ personal information. He received a dignified ceremony befitting a Vietnam veteran – only no one was there to accept the American flag that draped his casket. That stands in stark contrast to the large contingent of relatives who mourned the other Willie Hayes recently. He was a dialysis patient and apparently died of a hemorrhage. While the sleuthing continues, the white granite tombstone for the man who died in 2003 has been removed; the grave site for the man who died in September is awaiting a tombstone. He was buried Oct. 5 in an altogether different part of the cemetery.160Want 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

first_imgThird class of Lurgybrack National School.This school year more than 300 national school children are benefiting from the advice and experience of volunteers from Donegal County Council, who are teaching Junior Achievement programmes in their schools.These volunteers have helped the children gain a better understanding of the world they live in.Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s leading enterprise education organisation and Patricia Friel Co-ordinator of the programme in Donegal has said that she is delighted to have Donegal County Council involved. “Donegal County Council has supported this programme for a number of years now and it is great to have them on board. The volunteers from the Council, who are mostly employees, bring a different dimension to the programme and it is great for the children and the schools to get to know the Council staff so well and vice versa. Each volunteer works with one school at a time and delivers a specific programme over a six week period”Christina O’Donnell, a clerical officer in the Community, Development & Enterprise section of the Council taught the “Our City” programme in St. Patrick’s National School, Lurgybrack, Letterkenny with Ms. Green’s third class.Christina together with her students built a new city. The students constructed paper buildings and mapped out a city on the correct zoning. They also wrote class newspaper articles, planned their own restaurants, and examined the importance of the banks role in doing.“It is not just about teaching the children about how things actually work but it is about giving them the confidence and empowering them to use their own ideas and their own thoughts to shape how they would like their city to be and what is important to them. “It was great to see the children working together, developing and sharing their ideas and bringing their city to life” says Christina.There are 10 employees from Donegal County Council volunteering with schools throughout the county and any school interested in participating in this programme should contact Patricia Friel on pfriel@jai.ie COUNCIL INSPIRES A NEW GENERATION OF CIVIC LEADERS was last modified: February 14th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: HOUSE Wine Bar & Tap Room is located No.21 Main Street, in the heart of Letterkenny, central Donegal, which in itself is a real delight, with a range of some 50 different wines, and also nominated for “Best Wine Experience” at the Gold Medal Awards 2015.Stroll up the stairs and ring the bell to be welcomed into a world of contemporary-style, with sofa seating and vintage canopy. The menu, as befits a traditional wine bar, is simple, Breads, Crackers, Cheeses and Irish Meats as well as a new delightful new edition to the menu – Hot, tasty and crispy fresh Oven Stone Baked Pizza’s which are priced  at only €10 respectively.Mother’s Day is on Sunday 6th March this year, a day that, in addition to a mountain of cards and chocolate, a glass of wine and a reminisce with Mum can be expected.Treat your Mom  this year and indulge in some fresh Pizza, with a cheese & meat board on the side and to compliment your food, enjoy with an ice old Kinnegar or Merlot.With a fabulous selection to choose from, some serious, some easy-drinking, some sparkling and all delicious, All Mom’s receive complimentary glass of HOUSE wine this year Sunday at HOUSE Wine Bar & Tap Room. It is the sort of place that you think you have discovered all by yourself…To reserve a table please call Shaun: +353863445108Email: housewinebarandtaproom@gmail. comFacebook: https://www. facebook.com/ housewinebarandtaproom/ENJOY THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY AT HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM was last modified: March 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmenthouseMother’s DaynewsTap RoomWine Barlast_img read more

first_img1 //storify.com/talksport/emre-can-trying-to-be-sebastian-coates-get-in-my-s.js?border=false[View the story “‘Emre Can trying to be Sebastian Coates. Get in my son!’” on Storify] The cultured German midfielder has recovered his best form in recent weeks center_img Emre Can has tended to split Liverpool’s fan base this season.The cultured German midfielder was often the scapegoat for a series of poor Reds performances at the start of 2017.But the 23-year-old has recovered his best form in recent weeks to lead the Merseyside club’s assault on the top four.And the versatile player took his recent ascent to another level – literally – after scoring a sensational bicycle-kick winner against Watford.The result leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men in control of their top four destiny with three games to play, and it’s all because of Can’s incredible acrobatics.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online….last_img read more

first_imgA CHILD support network has angrily condemned childcare providers who are charging parents for services which should be free.Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC) is this week inviting parents to contact the DCCC offices to get clarity on valid charges for pre-school education under the Free Pre-School Year.It has again been brought to the attention of DCCC that parents of children in the free pre-school year are being charged for additional services marketed as a requirement of their child’s enrolment in the early childhood service and also for children with special educational needs. DCCC is highlighting that some of these charges are breaching the early childhood services contractual agreement with the Childcare Directorate and are urging parents to access information from DCCC.The Free Pre-school year, under the Governments Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, is a universal service for all children regardless of individual need or circumstance.According to Donegal County Childcare’s latest census figures, over 2,500 children in Donegal participate in the ECCE scheme annually. The scheme is offered across over 150 community and privately managed early childhood services across the county.Under the terms of the ECCE contract, participating service providers must provide the pre-school service free to parents. An additional fee can only be charged as an ‘optional extra’ and this includes arrangements such as additional time outside the 3 hours per day or for activities which would generally not be regarded as a normal part of a pre-school service such as outings, food, dance or music sessions.Under no circumstances can an additional charge be placed on a free pre-school place to facilitate a child with a disability or special educational need. As a rule, all additional extra notices to parents should carry an approval stamp from Donegal County Childcare.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager has condemned the behaviour of childcare services participating in this practice and said today:  “It is damaging the reputation of all early childhood services – the majority it has to be said – who are compliant with the terms of their funding contract.“Although I acknowledge that there are significant funding constraints on pre-school services and in particular inadequate capitation levels for children with special educational needs – the core of the problem will not be addressed by passing the charge on to parents.“The Government claims to have provided a free pre-school year – if the sector cannot provide a free service to parents on the grant they receive, then they should voice this clearly to their public representatives who have a duty to bring this message to Government. The early childhood sector either locally or nationally has nothing to gain by sweeping this problem under the carpet. “Parents, just because their child has additional needs or because their local pre-school has higher running costs than another should not be expected to pick up the tab for what is being extolled as a success story for all children and parents. Either it’s free or it is not – either it is universally available to all children equally or it’s not – simple as that.”DCCC are urging parents to contact the office to speak with a Development Officer if they are unsure about any additional charges in relation to the free pre-school year on 074 9123442 , by email info@donegalchildcare.com or by accessing a range of information on the DCCC website www.donegalchildcare.comREVEALED: DONEGAL PARENTS BEING CHARGED FOR CHILDCARE SERVICES WHICH SHOULD BE FREE was last modified: May 29th, 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:Donegal County Childcare Committeefree pre-school placesovercharginglast_img read more

first_imgDonegal County Council is being urged to reduce a speed limit outside a local primary school.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghLetterkenny Town Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said he welcomes the confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, that local authorities have the power to reduce speeds, in respect of a national road in an area surrounding a place such as a school.He said he is now calling on the council to address this very serious issue and respond accordingly by implementing a reduction of the road speed limit at Illistrin National School. Deputy Joe McHugh, T.D. “I have been repeatedly raising the issue regarding Illistrin National School and the danger of an exit from the school grounds onto a busy national road. I submitted a Parliamentary Question to Minister Varadkar for clarity regarding the issue of variable speed limits in respect of a national road.“The Minister has confirmed that where is it considered necessary and appropriate, the onus is on local authorities to take responsibility for any special speed limits which they set.”Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said himself and Deputy McHugh have met with parents from the school as they have been highlighting the dangers for students entering and exiting the school grounds and campaigning for a change to the speed limit and safety for their children.“The important thing is that we avoid anyone getting hurt and we urge Donegal County Council to move swiftly to reduce the speed on the road at the school. “The reduction in speed limits can be periodic to reflect school opening and closing hours and when the school is closed for holidays etc. The setting of special speed limits could also be appropriate at many other National Schools in the county, the safety of our children is paramount” COUNCIL URGED TO USE ITS POWER TO REDUCE SPEED AT ILLISTRIN NS was last modified: February 14th, 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghdeputy joe mchughDonegal County CouncilIllistrin NSspeed limitlast_img read more

first_imgSouths Africans love to shop. And increasingly, as internet access and the number of online retailers grows, they’re doing it online, logging on to buy everything from books to wine to electronic equipment.Image: Wikimedia CommonsBrand South Africa reporterSo where are South Africans shopping online? Here’s a roundup of some of the popular sites.Air tickets? See Domestic flights in South AfricaLiving overseas? See Buy South African goods abroadOnline auctionsbidorbuy.co.zaOn bidorbuy, individuals and companies can sell goods either at fixed price or in auction format. The 10 top performing categories on bidorbuy are Coins & Notes, Computers, Cellular Phones, Jewellery & Watches, Electronics, Gemstones, Household & Office, Antiques & Collectables, and Photography and Gaming.GroceriesPick ‘n Pay Home ShoppingAvoid the drudge of the supermarket queues – do your grocery shopping from the comfort of your keyboard.WoolworthsWoolworths’ full catalogue is available online, allowing you to browse for groceries, clothing and gifts.Books, music, DVDsTakealot.comSelling everything from books, CDs and DVDs to movie tickets and electronic equipment, Takealot.com is one of South Africa’s biggest and most successful online retailers.Exclusive BooksThe online shop of one of South Africa’s biggest bookselling chains.LootLoot have expanded their range to include CDs and DVDs, as well as a full range of discounted books.MusicaSelling CDs, DVDs and mp3 downloads, Musica has more than 50 000 titles to choose from.Electronics and gadgetsDigital PlanetWith thousands of computers, cameras, cellphones and other electronic products in stock, Digital Planet has all the gadgets you need.NGR Computers Online WebstorePromising a “low-cost, efficient, personalised computer hardware shopping experience” online.FlowersNetfloristOffering a same day delivery service for orders placed before 12:00, Netflorist is South Africa’s largest flower and gifting service.WineNot just for South Africa – the finest South African wines are now delivered anywhere around the globe. Check out:CybercellareWineWineClub South AfricaWINEmag.co.zaWine of the Month ClubEvent bookingsComputicketOnline ticket sales for movies, theatre and live events, festivals, sporting events, and city to city bus trips.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more