Kadiker Dahn’s Defection from Liberty Party: Wisdom? Or Something Else?

first_imgThe news last week that former Deputy Education Minister in the Unity Party-led government, Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, had suddenly quit the Liberty Party, which he joined only two months ago along with his 5000 followers from Nimba County, is bound to raise several questions.As we approach the pivotal election year of 2017, Dr. Dahn, like everyone else, began weighing his options. Shall he continue to affiliate with the ruling party that had, upon his return from doctoral studies in the United States, appointed him Deputy Minister of Education? No longer in that position, he still enjoys a good GOL Education post.Recently, Dahn suddenly decided to join Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party. Why do we say “suddenly?”He also must have heard that Brumskine had stated, already during the 2005 campaign, that it was time for a man from Grand Bassa to become president and “to eat dumboy in the Executive Mansion.”On February 17, 2017, Dr. Dahn jumped up, along with 5000 followers from his native Nimba County, and joined the Liberty Party. Why do we say he “jumped up”? Because that is exactly what he did.Did the ‘book doctor’ not know then that Brumskine’s desire, as a good Bassa man, to “eat dumboy in the Executive Mansion” was, however jokingly it may have been intended, a patently ethnic remark?Dahn also should have realized that as an opposition politician, LP standard bearer Brumskine is expected to seize every opportunity to criticize the ruling UP government. So why was Dr. Dahn surprised that Brumskine was “increasingly critical of the ruling party?” Dahn also said he did not like Brumskine’s description as “nonsense” a remark Vice President Joseph N. Boakai had made.What, may we ask, did Dr. Dahn learn about American politics during all the years he spent studying and working in the United States? Did he, in this digital age, when world news is instantly available on mobile phone, miss the most recent presidential campaign between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, which everyone described as very “nasty and vitriolic”? So Dahn’s criticism of Brumskine in that particular respect was at best flimsy, trivial, and devoid of political experience and maturity.It was also confusing. If he wanted to be defensive of the ruling UP, he should have stayed where he was.Here now is he, exactly two months later, April 17, 2017, taking yet another jump, back to the party in whose government he is still employed.He argued that the LP is ethnocentric and, in another reminiscent “jump,” remembered that just a few years ago Counselor Brumskine had pledged “to eat dumboy in the Mansion.”What had happened to Dahn’s analytical and research skills, which he should have mastered in his pursuit of the PhD? Had he realized LP’s ethnic proclivity (tendency) barely two months after he had joined?To buttress his decision to quit LP for UP, Doctor Dahn also claimed that “a wise man changes.” If he is that much a genius to have realized Brumskine’s negative peculiarities only two months after joining the party, why had he not figured that out long before—in all the years since Brumskine’s first plunge into the presidential race?Is Dahn’s sudden departure from LP to UP “wise”? Or is he simply seeking a greener pasture, after realizing that the LP terrain may not be that “green” after all?Will at least some of his “5000 followers” think that he had misled them? How many of them may follow him to his new pasture? In one of his many instructive songs, the late South African reggae star, Lucky Dube, warned: “The grass is greener on the other side until you get there and see for yourself.”It is said that Dr. Dahn is an aspirant for the representative seat of Buuyao Electoral District #5 in Nimba County. He must have harbored that aspiration before joining LP. Does he suddenly now believe that his chances of election are better under the UP banner?Or does Dr. Dahn suspect that, as the voter-rich Nimba County people did both in 2005 and 2011—they will swing once again to UP?Where does Senator Prince Johnson, who calls himself—and many Nimbaians believe him to be—the county’s kingmaker, stand in all this?But this is what makes politics a most interesting game. There is a lot to watch in this ensuing political season. In the case of this “wise man,” Kadiker Rex Dahn, it remains to be seen where his most recent “jump” will land him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fifth annual Crystal Cup to begin tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fifth annual Crystal Cup gets underway tomorrow evening. Opening faceoff for the tournament is at 6 p.m. with 10 games taking place at Charlie Lake.Among the teams taking part will be the Griffins who are the defending champions. The group has won the event three times overall and includes Fort St. John Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander.Among the events taking place will be a pancake breakfast Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. There will be pancakes for 200 people, or until supplies last. There will also be musical entertainment Friday and Saturday night starting at 7.- Advertisement -Making an appearance at the tournament will be Fort St. John alum Mark Hartigan. His professional playing career spanned 11 seasons and included Stanley Cups with the Ducks and Red Wings. Hartigan will be taking part in a ceremonial faceoff to begin the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. He’ll be spending most of Saturday with the children’s event at the tournament.last_img read more

Huskies fall in Grande Prairie

first_imgClick here to listen to a highlights package from Sunday’s game. [asset|aid=2161|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e118e5e28c11ba65077a7c975727e32d-Huskies lose 5-2 to the Grande Prairie Wheelers_1_Pub.mp3] For Fort St. John, it was just the third regulation loss of the season, dropping the Huskies to 11-3-1 on the season.   The pups remain in second place in the NWJHL, with games next weekend in Sexsmith (Fri Nov. 27) and Saturday home to Beaverlodge. With the game slipping out of reach, the Huskies tried to sate their frustration, with a few fights in the final minutes.   First, Cory Langdon fought Keith Comeau, then Carter Sali fought Kael King, then Cash Brinkworth fought Cordell Shmyr on the same play as Brighton Campbell fought Paul Laroque.  just 14 seconds remaining, the referee decided to run out the clock, giving the Wheelers a 5-2 win. “We just didn’t come to win” said Jeremy Clothier of his team’s performance.  Though the Huskies had looked better on Friday night in their 4-1 win over Peace River, Clothier suggested the result was symptomatic of deeper problems with the way his team is playing.   “We’ve been playing like this for the last little while, we’ve been squeaking out some wins, but this was bound to happen.” For Cory Langdon, the problem was simply.  “Lack of effort out there” he said, adding “We just kind of fell apart as a team.”  Clothier admitted the absence of Payden Wongstedt on Sunday hurt the team, particularly on the breakout.  “But, on the other hand, the team needs to be able to step up when he’s not there.   He plays with an edge all the time, so there’s going to be times when he’s missing.”   Clotheir said not too many of his players had come to play, but he did single out Moose FM player of the game Brighton Campbell for his effort on the third line.   “He made a couple of big hits, and got the puck turned over, and put it in the net.” Advertisement The Huskies were outworked by the Grande Prairie Wheelers on Sunday afternoon, and suffered their first loss in seven games. The first period was a fairly even contest, with neither team creating any terrific scoring chances.   There was a good pace, but not a ton of physical play, and a noticeable lack of intensity. In the second, the Wheelers ratcheted up their game, and earned the benefits.   Liam Moon opened the scoring on the powerplay, when he converted the rebound on a Rory Simigan point shot.  Two minutes later, another Simigan point shot was kicked out to Keith Comeau, who managed to spin and fire it past Ty Gullickson before the Huskies goalie could recover.  Simigan added a goal to his impressive night, when he fired a slap-shot from just inside that fluttered past Gullickson, and the Huskies were reeling. – Advertisement -Late in the period, Brighton Campbell finally got the Huskies on the board, after a good forecheck from the Huskies third line, leaving Grande Prairie with a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Huskies got exactly the start they needed in the third, when Dan Pappin fired his own rebound past an outstretched Kris Dika.  But, the Huskies couldn’t keep the intensity up, and the Wheelers managed to keep Fort St. John hemmed in the defensive zone for much of the rest of the game. Midway through the third, Cordell Shmyr scored two goals just 37 seconds apart, both the result of soft defending from the Huskies.  “We struggled in our own end again tonight, getting the puck out” Huskies Assistant coach Jeremy Clothier said after the game.  “We coughed the puck up way too many times, and gave them two or three chances to score every time.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A big-rig and a vehicle collided Thursday morning on the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway near the Peck Road exit, causing a brief lane closure, authorities said. No serious injuries were reported. The accident occurred just before 10 a.m. Schurr to host magic show MONTEBELLO – A magic show fundraiser to benefit academic programs at four elementary schools takes place at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Schurr High School auditorium, 820 N. Wilcox Ave. The fundraiser was organized by IMPACT, a student community service club at Schurr. Magician John Gabriel will perform. Proceeds will go to Schurr’s four feeder elementary schools. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, call (323) 887-3090. Military hallway gets a face-lift WHITTIER – The Whittier Historical Society Museum, 6755 Newlin Ave., will hold a pre-Memorial Day unveiling of the museum’s newly renovated and updated military hallway at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The name of Whittier soldier Brian Hughes, who was killed in 1967 in Vietnam, was recently added to the wall. Hughes had been corresponding with students at St. Mary’s Elementary School while he was in Vietnam. The day he was killed was the day the students received Hughes’s last letter. Hughes’s father, Elmer Hughes, will attend the event. For more information, call (562) 945-3871. Relay for Life set for Saturday LA MIRADA – The fourth annual Relay for Life, 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Benton Middle School, 15709 E. Olive Branch Lane. Numerous teams have paid $15 and will walk around the Benton track from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. At 9 p.m., luminaries will be placed around the field. Each candle-lighted bag will have a memorial message. The La Mirada Kiwanis Club will hold a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday. Closing ceremonies will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (714) 232-0103. Mexican breakfast at VFW post SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will serve a Mexican breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday to raise funds for local veterans. For $4, guests will get chili verde, rice, beans, eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee and juice. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Basketball league signups slated SANTA FE SPRINGS – Registration for the city’s summer adult basketball league will be held from Monday through May 25 at Town Center Hall, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. Games begin the week of June 18 and will be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Activity Center, 11155 Charlesworth Drive. Team fees are $485 for residents and $505 for non-residents. A minimum of $225 is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (562) 863-4896. Free legal advice is available SANTA FE SPRINGS – Volunteer attorneys provide free legal advise – by appointment only – every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Neighborhood Center, 9255 Pioneer Blvd. To make an appointment, or for more information, call (562) 692-0261. – From staff reports 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

Pogba wants massive pay rise – Report

first_imgThe Red Devils are reportedly willing to offer Pogba a new contract, with former United captain Gary Neville recently saying that the club should steer well clear of negotiating with his agent Mino Raiola.And now Okdiario (via Goal) claims that Raiola wants United to stump up Sh 3.8 billion (£30m) a year to tie Pogba down to a new deal at the club.That would see the France international taking home a weekly wage of over Sh 68 million (€600,000) a week if United agreed to the deal.There have been rumours that Pogba could move to Real Madrid over the summer with his contract at Old Trafford expires in 2021.By demanding a huge amount of money, Raiola is understood to be trying to force United into allowing Pogba to move to Real.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pogba wants massive pay rise – Report. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly seeking a massive wage boost if he is to sign a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.Pogba remains at Old Trafford despite the France star stating his desire to leave during the off-season transfer window.last_img read more

Huge boost for Arsenal ahead of Crystal Palace clash

first_img Jack Wilshere 1 Arsene Wenger has welcomed the return of Jack Wilshere, with the midfielder in line to return against Crystal Palace on Saturday after three months out through injury.The 23-year-old has not played for the Gunners since damaging his ankle in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates on November 22.“Jack is a bit ahead of schedule and has worked hard with no big problems, so it’s good to have him back,” said Wenger.“It is always difficult to come back straightaway. What is good is that [he is] already back [earlier than expected].“That injury was on the left ankle. He had all his problems on the right ankle.“It is a straightforward injury – once it’s healed, there’s no problem.”Wilshere is likely to be bench at Selhurst Park and may have to bide his time before regaining a regular starting spot.Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all in impressive form, while Francis Coquelin has made the defensive midfield spot his own in recent weeks, and Wenger admits there can be no guarantees of selection for anyone.“No matter who plays, you always worry first about the balance of the team, yes,” said the Frenchman.last_img read more

Roma eyeing January deal for Stoke winger

first_imgRoma are keen on a January deal for Stoke City winger Ibrahim Afellay.The Dutchman only moved to the Britannia Stadium in the summer after his contract with Barcelona expired.However, since making the switch, the 29-year-old has failed to establish himself as a regular under Mark Hughes.And that, according to Corriere dello Sport, has ignited interest from Roma as the January transfer window draws ever closer.The Italian club wanted Afellay in the summer but missed out to Stoke after holding talks with the player.However, Roma now believe the former PSV star could be persuaded to make a u-turn and head to the Italian capital this January in search of first-team football. Ibrahim Afellay 1last_img


first_imgGIBSONThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Joe Gibson, 260 The Cottages, Manorcunningham. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Removal from there on Tuesday morning at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Columba’s Church, Drumoghill, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o the Gibson Family.BONNER (DUBLIN) The death has occurred in Dublin of Brendan Bonner, Chapelizod, Dublin, and formerly of Gortahork. His remains will repose at his late residence in Dublin from 3PM Monday and on to the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chapelizod, arriving at 6pm. Funeral on Tuesday morning, with Requiem Mass at 10am, followed by burial in Palmerstown Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.McHUGHThe death has taken place of Jim Mc Hugh, Bavin, Kilcar. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Removal from there on Tuesday at 10.30am, for 11am Requiem Mass in St Cartha’s Church, Kilcar, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to ICU, Letterkenny General Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o John Carr Funeral Director, or any family member.O’BRIEN The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Gracie O’Brien, Ardsbeg, Gortahork. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral mass on Tuesday at 1pm in the Church of Christ the King, Gotahork, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.McGIRRThe death has taken place at Altnagelvin Hospital of Thomas Mc Girr, 45 Lawson Park, Ballymagorry, and formerly of St Johnston. Funeral from his late residence tomorrow, Monday, at 1.30pm for service at Leckpatrick Presbyterian Church at 2pm, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to Ward 44, Altnagelvin Hospital c/o Mrs Ruth Hay, Funeral Director, 100 Spencer Road, Derry.McGETTIGANThe sudden death has taken place of Paul Mc Gettigan, Main Street, Milford. His remains are reposing at his late residence at Lough Fern Heights, Milford. Requiem mass tomorrow, Monday at 11am in St Peter’s Church, Milford, followed by burial in Milford Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011 was last modified: October 2nd, 2011 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAYOCTOBER 2last_img read more

Beware of love interest at work

first_imgDear Readers, Viviana Zelizer, professor of sociology at Princeton University, is one of the most thoughtful scholars to examine the role of money in our lives. I interviewed her about her new book, “The Purchase of Intimacy” (Princeton University Press, 2005). Q: You say people worry that if workers get too chummy on the job, they will spend more time with each other than with their work. Does intimacy interfere with efficiency? Can it be a positive force? A: People worry about mixing work with personal relations. They worry that workplace ambition and competition will contaminate their friendships or love affairs, and they worry that any intimacy will contaminate the efficiency and rationality of the workplace. A: Absolutely. There certainly is a link and should be. As in other relations, in employer/worker relations there is a short-term component – What can you do for me today? – and a long-term component – What can I count on you to do for me in the future? The second we call loyalty and we better reward it. Q: How personal should employers get with their employees? A: Employers will contribute to a better work environment if they actually take an interest in their employees’ lives and understand what is affecting their job performance. For example, women have often suffered because male employers did not understand the difficulties imposed on them by arranging care for small children. As my book shows, this is changing as legal activists are pressing for greater recognition of those family responsibilities, for both women and men. Q: I know a woman who never selects a business partner until she has shared a meal with him or her and realized that they could get along on a personal basis. Is this good business practice? A: It is an ingenious way to find out whether you will be able to do business beyond today’s deal. In all sorts of industries people make deals over meals and meet potential business associates in restaurants or bars. A lot of business gets done over a meal and a handshake, or in the gym and the golf course. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at goodgirls@contentthatworks.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 One of the worst aspersions one can cast against a rising company official is that he or she slept their way to the top. Equally damning is the accusation of having put a lover on the company payroll. Contamination thus runs in both directions. Better to keep work and personal relations far apart. In reality, however, no workplace exists without personal ties, and yes, those personal connections can, in fact, increase productivity and general well-being of the workers. The problem is not in mixing work and intimacy, but the type of mix. Sometimes, intimacy not only destroys efficiency, but also exploits vulnerable workers, typically women. That’s why we have sexual harassment laws and other types of organizational prohibitions against the use of sexuality to determine matters of workers’ hire, pay, promotion, or dismissal. The question is not mixing sociability with work but fairness in workplace relations. Q: What is your advice regarding romance on the job? A: That’s a tough one. Family businesses, for example, often thrive on the intimacy of their members. What’s more, private secretaries and personal assistants can rarely be effective without considerable access to the private lives of their bosses. Nevertheless, in large companies and institutions close intimacy runs the risk of exploiting the vulnerable and rewarding the incompetent. So on balance I would endorse keeping intense intimacy off the job. Q: Is there a relationship between compensation and on-the-job loyalty? last_img read more

Keppel rallies for 36-32 win over Vikings

first_img Keppel improved to 3-0. Mountain View slipped to 0-3. The Aztecs got off to a slow start, turning the ball over and not executing plays. But down by 12 points with with only three minutes left in the game, senior Mike Edwards returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to give the Aztecs some quick points, and a chance to win it late. Keppel was led by wide receiver Billy Lam, who had two big catches for touchdowns. He also had an interception on defense. Quarterback Paul Lee finished the game with 158 yards passing to go along with two touchdowns. He also rushed for 66 yards. Mountain View was the hard- luck loser. The loss overshadowed a solid performance by running back Manuel Umana, who finished 181 yards rushing, and 46 receiving. He scored four touchdowns. ALHAMBRA — The Keppel High School football team rallied for a 36-32 victory over visiting Mountain View in a nonleague game Friday night. The Aztecs, trailing by two points with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter, took the lead when quarterback Paul Lee tossed a 52-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Billy Lam to take the lead and score the win. center_img 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