first_imgIn lower Margibi County, at least 13 candidates, including incumbent Senator Clarice Jah of the Unity Party; Saah Gbollie, former Margibi County representative and National Patriotic Party in the 52nd legislature; and UL Prof, Dean Ansu Sonii, were all vying for the single senatorial post. Prof. Sonii ran as an independent candidate, while Jah and Gbollie were seen as the front runners for the county’s senatorial seat.At the Rock Church School, about a mile from the Camp Edward Binyan Kesselly Military Barracks, polling got off to a very slow start. Voters from the surrounding communities, including Dwazon, Gbengba town, and the barracks, trickled in to cast their ballots.Few hours later, what appeared to be chartered vehicles, began bringing voters in. One of the bus drivers, Mustapha Kamara, told the Daily Observer that he had taken some of the voters from Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville City, Montserrado County.“I was parking in Redlight when they came to charter me to bring their partisans to vote here in Margibi,” he said.Kamara’s admission validates complaints made earlier this year in some quarters that people were being trucked in from other parts of the country to register and increase the voting population of certain candidates.  This was widespread in the 2011 General and Presidential Elections, which President Ellen Johnson won for her second and final term.Our reporter further observed that some of the voters, who were brought in to cast their ballots, were drinking a white creamy substance. One of them told the Daily Observer: “We have to get in zico (a Liberian slang among young people, meaning ‘high’ or ‘tipsy’) before we can go and cast our vote.” However, the election officers did not allow them in until they had left their bottles behind.Further up the highway, in Margibi, is a very small community school at Marshall Junction, where another polling center comprising five rooms, was located.The election officers, even though they had no police officers to help them properly organize the process as was the case at Rock which had at least four police officers, still managed to keep the voting process orderly.  Voters were seen observing the ‘2-3 feet apart’ preventive distance between voters put in place by the National Election Commission(NEC) against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has so far killed more than 3000 persons in Liberia. The election had to be postponed twice for fear of the disease further spreading.It was the same slow turnout and cars bringing voters in, one of the polling officers who didn’t want to be named told the Observer. He, however, couldn’t say where they were being transported from.Off the highway and deep into Lower Margibi County, in Folley Town, the issue of health measures was thrown out of the window. Voters were “skin on skin” as they stood in the queue.At all of the centers our reporter visited, none had any of the 4700 thermometers and 10,000 hand sanitizers which Mr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, head of Incident Management System (IMS), announced would be available at all the polling centers around the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLucia Johnson, a customer of the Bank, was taken by surprise as the management of the bank presented her a brand new motorbike at the bank’s Red Light branch.As part of efforts aimed at expressing appreciation to its loyal customers while engendering a good savings culture in the country, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Saturday, October 5, 2019, awarded one of its customers with a brand new motorbike in its savings promotion, “Save and Win.”The winner, Lucia Johnson, a customer of the Bank, was taken by surprise as the management of the bank presented her a brand new motorbike at the Bank’s Red Light branch.The event, which brought together other UBA customers, the management of the bank, as well as several business people from the Red Light Market, was supervised by the National Lottery Authority.Following the announcement of Madam Johnson as the winner by the National Lottery Authority (NLA), the legal body responsible for all raffle draws in the country, other customers grew interested in the campaign, commending the Bank for giving back to its customers and helping to encourage the culture of saving in Liberia.UBA Liberia Managing Director Olalekan Balogun, who presented the keys, explained that the promotion is meant to appreciate and encourage every Liberian to adapt to a culture of saving.He said, “One of the things that we are trying to do here today is to show appreciation and to encourage a saving culture in Liberia.“We found out that a lot of our people do not know that saving can provide benefits to people that usually save their income. So, today is one of those things that we are trying to do here and once you save with UBA you stand to benefit,” he added.According to Balogun, the Save and Win promotion is just the beginning of bigger opportunities for UBA’s customers. All you need to do is to save your money for the period, and you will stand a chance to benefit.”In response, Ms. Johnson said the reward was a surprise, adding: “I feel very good. This is unexpected.”Ms. Johnson then thanked the UBA management for the promotion and for helping to change her life.Madam Johnson has been a customer of UBA for the past two years and is running a small business. The ongoing promo, which commenced on September 1, 2019, is expected to run until January 30, 2020, where the final winner will walk away with a brand new kehkeh (tricycle).According to the Bank, every month, a lucky winner will be rewarded with one motorbike through a raffle draw and a kehkeh (tricycle) for the final draw, which totals to four motorbikes and one kehkeh (tricycle) for the entire period.The criteria to participate in the draw is for all existing and new customers to deposit or build their account balance to US$300 or L$50,000 from the beginning of the month without withdrawing until the end of the month to automatically qualify to win a motorbike through a raffle draw.And to win a kehkeh, one would need to deposit and maintain the same amount of US$300 or L$50,000 until January 2020. According to the bank, those interested in joining UBA can open a savings account in any UBA branch across the country, and start saving to stand a chance of winning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDonegal Youth Choir Auditions are being held this weekend.The choir is growing from strength to strength since its formation just a few years ago and is a great outlet for young adults to build confidence and explore their creativity.The group has enjoyed numerous performances throughout Donegal in venues such as An Grianán Theatre, Balor Arts Centre and The Abbey Centre. Members have also had the opportunity to work with members of the Irish Youth Chamber Choir. Led by Sara Laughlin, the choir rehearses on Sunday afternoons in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and has members from across the County. Open to boys and girls from ages 14 to 25, membership is by audition.The choir is currently auditioning for new members. Auditions will be held on Sunday 15 September in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, from 2 – 3.30pm, and you are required to prepare one piece to perform at the audition.If you enjoy singing and would like to be a part of this vibrant young group then come along and audition!• Open to 14 – 25 yr olds, male and female • A great opportunity to meet other singers• Improve singing technique and performance skills• Build confidence• While an ability to read music is desirable it is not compulsory to become a member.• Enjoy a range of performance opportunities. The VEC also have Junior (7 – 10yr olds) and Intermediate Choirs (11 – 13 yr olds) in Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Dungloe and Carrick.For further information, contact Donegal Music Education on:-074 917 6293 / email musiceducation@donegalvec.ie / www.dmep.ieARE YOU DONEGAL’S NEXT SINGING STAR? was last modified: September 10th, 2013 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:auditionsdonegal youth choirRCClast_img read more