Kenyans join in mourning Mama Oliech

first_img“Mum is in a better place. It is sad but I’m happy she is resting now,” the striker said when the news broke.I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing on of Mama Oliech this evening. My heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Mary Auma, and indeed all Kenyans. May our Lord bless and comfort all of you during this time of grief. #RIPMamaOliech— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) July 20, 2018Oliech used a fortune to treat his mother when she started ailing from cancer during his days in France and took her abroad for treatment where she stayed for close to two years.“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing on of Mama Oliech this evening. My heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Mary Auma, and indeed all Kenyans. May our Lord bless and comfort  all of you during this time of grief. #RIPMamaOliech,” President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted.I extend my deepest sympathies to Denis Oliech and his family for the loss of thier beloved mum.I pray that God grant you and your family strength during this dark https://t.co/eKWMHQlxKo heartfelt condolences 🙏#RIPMamaOliech— Ogada Olunga (@OgadaOlunga) July 20, 2018Striker Michael Olunga who is regarded as the most prime candidate to take on Oliech’s shoes in the national team said;“I extend my deepest sympathies to Denis Oliech and his family for the loss of their beloved mum. I pray that God grant you and your family strength during this dark moment. My  heartfelt condolences. #RIPMamaOliech,” the striker currently back at his base in China said.On my own behalf and that of the entire football fraternity, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dennis ‘the Menace’ Oliech, following the untimely passing on of Mama Mary Auma. (1/2)— Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) July 20, 2018Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa added; “On my own behalf and that of the entire football fraternity, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dennis ‘the Menace’ Oliech, following the untimely passing on of Mama Mary Auma.”A host of other leaders and celebrities also sent in their condolence messages through their various social media platforms.My deepest condolences to Dennis Oliech, the entire Oliech family and the soccer fraternity following the passing on of Mama Oliech after a long illness. We stand with the family in prayer at this time of grief. May her soul forever rest in eternal peace.— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) July 20, 2018My deepest condolences to Dennis and the entire Oliech Family on the demise of their mother, Mary Auma. Not only did Mama Oliech nurture a star footballer but she also grew her business into a household name through sheer determination. May she rest in peace. #RIPMamaOliech pic.twitter.com/g1996LjvC6— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) July 20, 2018Dennis Oliech could be anything ya’ll may call him but he has been nothing short of a blessing to his mother. My heartfelt condolences goes to the man who I am sure will live many many years.#RIPMamaOliech— Kwale Gooner 🇰🇪 (@Sam_Lulli) July 20, 2018Tusker FC Board,staff,technical bench and players would like to pass their sincere condolences to Denis Oliech on the passing of his mother Mama Mary Oliech. Its a sad development our thoughts and prayers are with the family.May her soul rest in peace.— OfficialTuskerfc (@TuskerFC_club) July 20, 2018My heartfelt condolences to Dennis Oliech and the entire family for the loss of their beloved mom, Mama Oliech. May the lord comfort you during this difficult time. Rest with the Angels mama— Suzanna OWIYO – OGW (@SuzannaOwiyo) July 20, 2018My deepest condolences to the entire family of Dennis Oliech on the passing of Mama Oliech. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.May God give you the peace that you seek.— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) July 20, 20180Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dennis Oliech’s mother Mary Auma. PHOTO/Courtesy MediamaxNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20- Kenyans led by President Uhuru Kenyatta flocked social media to mourn the death of former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech’s mother Mary Auma, more commonly known as Mama Oliech who passed on at her home on Friday evening.Auma who is also known for the famous ‘Mama Oliech fish restaurant’ had been ailing at her Nairobi home and according to reports, she was taken ill in the morning before she succumbed later in the day.last_img read more

Firm checks out books at a profit

first_imgLIBRARIES: Municipalities are hiring private companies to operate a traditionally public service. By Julia Silverman zTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS MEDFORD, Ore. – A big, red “Closed” sign has been plastered across the front door of the library here since mid-April, when Jackson County ran out of money to keep its 15 branches open. In a few weeks, though, the sign will come down and the doors will be flung open again, now that the county has come up with an unusual cost-saving solution: outsourcing its libraries. The county will continue to own the buildings and all the books in them. But the libraries will be managed by an outside company for a profit. And the librarians will no longer be public employees and union members; they will be on the company’s payroll. Library patrons might not notice much difference, but the librarians will, since the company plans to get by with a smaller staff and will have a free hand to set salaries and benefits. “The average citizen, when they walk into the library, they will see well-trained, well-educated, customer-service-oriented people working in the library,” said Bob Windrow, director of sales and marketing at Germantown, Md-based Library Systems and Services, or LSSI, the company taking over. “They won’t know who is paying their salary, and they won’t care. They care whether the library is open adequate hours, and are they getting good service.” For years, state and local governments have been privatizing certain functions, such as trash collection, payroll processing and road maintenance. But contracting with an outside company to run a library is a relatively new phenomenon, one that has been gaining in popularity as communities from Jackson County, Tenn., to Redding, look for ways to save money. “This is a shift from the public trust into private hands,” said John Sexton, an out-of-work Jackson County librarian who has interviewed with LSSI for his old job. “Libraries have always been a source of information for everyone and owned by no one.” Some bibliophiles fear that the library, under distant, corporate management, will be less attuned to local interests when buying books and will stock the shelves with lots of best-sellers. “Does this company understand local needs?” asked Loriene Roy, president of the American Library Association, which opposes library outsourcing. “We have long regarded libraries as different. We deal with intangibles. We are not profit-driven.” Riverside County, one of California’s fastest-growing regions, is widely seen as the pioneer in library outsourcing. The county signed with LSSI in 1997 and has stuck with the company; a 2002 study found that Riverside County library patrons were generally pleased with the services. In just the last year, Texas cities San Juan and Leander, California cities Redding and Moorpark and the Jackson-Madison County library system in Tennessee have joined LSSI’s ranks. In Bedford, Texas, outside of Fort Worth, Mayor Jim Story cast the tie-breaking vote in August against allowing LSSI to take over the libraries. “The salaries were going to be pretty low, and I was afraid that that would lead to high turnover of their own employees,” Story said. “Plus I did not think that they would have the manpower to handle the quality of service that we now have in our library. I wasn’t willing to that risk.” Back in Oregon, Jim Olney, director of the Jackson County Library Foundation, considers himself a union supporter, but said: “Look, if it is either close the libraries or outsource them, we’d rather have outsourcing. Sometimes you have to go for the difficult choice because there is no easy choice.”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

DD Motoring: Gary Jennings & Rory Kennedy victorious at Galway Rally!

first_imgFive-times-title for KennedyOn Sunday evening Gary Jennings co-driven by Letterkenny’s Rory Kennedy brought his Subaru Impreza home first overall on the opening international rally in Galway to retain his title there.Donegal’s Declan and Brian Boyle were his biggest opposition and on the opening stage there was only two-tenths of a second between them and Jennings. Advertisement The next generation of rally fans waiting for their heroes to arrive at the Galway Rally at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidThe Boyles were putting it up to Jennings until the car developed an intermittent electrical fault followed by a puncture which was to drop them out of the running for an overall win.On Saturday evening Gary had a commanding lead of a minute over the rest of the field.On the opening stages of Sunday morning, north-east of Galway near Tuam, Gary’s path home to victory left his champagne on ice for a while as Sunday morning’s first two stages were cancelled because of very heavy overnight frost.Rory in his office, keeping an eye on the road conditions as they drive through the cancelled stage because of ice on Sunday in Galway. Photo Brian McDaidGary had a trouble-free weekend despite the wintery conditions of the opening rally. Advertisement Following last year’s win in the Galway Rally Gary and Rory had a disaster of a year with mechanical bothers and offs, so the victory at the weekend was back to winning ways for this popular crew.Rory takes up the story on Monday evening over a cuppa in rally HQ in Letterkenny, Boyce’s café where else of course! Now called McGettigans XL.Trying to hide the odd yawn from two weeks work in Galway preparing and competing to secure his teams win, Rory’s mind is still buzzing following the win. There was something very special for the Letterkenny man to be on the winning team this weekend in Galway.Gary Jennings and Rory Kennedy on the Galway Rally this weekend which they win for the second time in a row. Photo Brian McDaidIt’s over twenty years ago since Rory notched up his first outright win with the great Bertie Fisher.This weekend Rory was back on the old stages that haven’t been used since him and Bertie were winners there. Those great days in a very successful blue Subaru Impreza were never far from his mind.The loyalty of a perfect stranger to rallying at the weekend brought it all home to Rory. A local farmer on one of the stages lined up half a dozen palettes on their side in the door way of his shed with a warm Irish welcome, (Failte) to the 2017 rally and also to remember the great Bertie Fisher.Not on his notesRory had every stone ditch, every water table, every inch of shiny tar noted as he had done all through his professional career, but this heartfelt message on the palettes meant so much so close to the time of the late Bertie Fishers death on the 22nd of January, 15 years ago which was to strike a cord with Rory who was part of the team with Bertie in so many successful rallies in Ireland.A heart felt message for Rory Kennedy on one the stages of the Galway Rally at the weekend reminding him of his great and late team mate Bertie Fisher.Unknown to the farmer, Rory’s introduction to rallying was not unlike the farmer’s admiration of Fisher as Rory started out also as a big fan of the late Bertie Fisher.Rory can remember it as clear as if it was yesterday watching the Donegal Rally with his father, the late Jim Kennedy as Bertie Fisher blasted through Glen Village in a Mk1 Ford Escort only to put the car off on to it’s roof down the road a bit. As a young cub Rory watched the spectators physically lift the battered Escort back on to the road, and continue to work at the car as best they could.Bertie was out of the car and now standing right beside Rory as the frantic work to get the car straightened out progressed.Rory also remembers so clearly the watch the Bertie Fisher was wearing that day – it had the shape of a steering wheel on the face of it with a centre piece and spokes on the glass. As Rory’s hero got sorted out and went off down the stage in his now very modified escort, Rory said to himself “some day I am going to be a part of that.”Rory did manage to roll a couple of cars on his way to the top, anyway what is it the way that saying goes – “you can’t make a omelette with out cracking a few eggs”… or even cracking a few rally car shells for that matter!Journey backGary and Rory lifted their title for a second year in a row on the Corrib Oil Galway rally on Sunday evening and soon it wasn’t long before Rory was now behind the wheel of his own “Ferrari Red” BMW to make the 150 mile return journey home to Letterkenny.On Sunday evening Rory met a fleet of Feda O’Donnell’s buses transporting Donegal scholars back to their home away from home to the city of the tribes.Their careers in life about to start in Galway with their third level education. As Rory is driving home he is thinking of his own career and where it all started for him many moons ago.Glen men by four hit GalwayIn 1975 four Glen men headed on a wintry February weekend to the Galway International Rally.A brand new Donegal registered red and black Opel Kadett Coupe 1200S (ZIH 160) was on one of its first outings serviced by a yellow and black Opel Kadett estate.Humble beginnings A recreation of the old Opel Kadett in which Rory Kennedy officially started his rallying career as a young service team member for the late Andy Hegarty on the Galway International Rally in the 70s.The youngest of the Glen men was only 14 or 15 years of age and it was the first time he was away from home on his own.The lights of Galway seemed a lot brighter to this lad than what he was used with in Letterkenny.Local Opel Dealer in Letterkenny Andy Hegarty, a native of Glenswilly was competing in the rally and brought with him one of his chief mechanics Con McDaid, also a fellow Glenswilly man to service.Andy Hegarty and James Cullen in the Opel Kadett of the 1970’s in Galway which a young Rory Kennedy was a young service team member onOn the notes for the rally that weekend was an up-and-coming navigator, also a Glen man but not from Glenswilly, he was from Glencar, his name was James Cullen, who would go on in his rally career to become one of Donegal’s most successful rally drivers.The youngest of the crew was too young to legally drive so he settled in the passengers seat of the old service car, a battered Opel Kadett Estate.The Late Andy Hegarty who rallied an Opel Kadett on the Galway Rally in the 1970’s which was the introduction for a very young Rory Kennedy into rallying as a member of the Service TeamHe was just your typical youth of the seventies, Bay-city Rollers haircut, Wrangler jeans and jacket, and Adidas runners.This was Rory Kennedy in 1975 on his first official duty in his rallying career. A Glencar boy servicing on the Galway International rally.That year part of the rally run through part of the night, and Rory remembers seeing the great Ford works team buzzing around.I suppose little did he think one day Rory would be in that same position and not only winning the rally, but wining it twice with Bertie Fisher once with Mark Higgins and twice with his present team mate Gary Jennings.There is a special appeal to rally fans going to the Galway Rally.Rory Kennedy recalls going to spectate on the Galway rally with Hugh Tinney and the late Davy Wasson where they seen the great Rodger Clarke drive to victory in the works RS 1800 Ford Escort Mk 2.And finally…As Gary Jennings and Rory Kennedy recorded their victory this week it would not be possible if other things didn’t come into play within their team both in servicing and out on the road with the gravel notes teams, also for family members that work behind the scenes to organise accommodation and to sponsors that believe and continue to support the team through sponsorship.And outside the team the marshals that make the trip up from Donegal to stand out in the rain and wind, and try their best to guide spectators to safe locations. They are all a part of the travelling tribe that make the pilgrimage to Galway every year to provided everyone with another year of safe rallying.Happy Motoring Folks and Well doneDD Motoring: Gary Jennings & Rory Kennedy victorious at Galway Rally! was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian BoyleDeclan BoyleGalway RallyGary Jenningsrallyrory kennedylast_img read more

DDTV COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MILFORD GAA CLUB DO THE DOUBLE DIP FOR DONEGAL

first_imgDDTV: They certainly got the weather as members of Milford GAA club did the Double Dip for Donegal at Rathmullan beach last evening.Among those diving into the water were principal Alma Kavanagh, sister of Donegal star Rory, as well as local councillor Michael McBride. All funds go to the players training fund. Click play to watch Donegal TV’s video of the event.  DDTV COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MILFORD GAA CLUB DO THE DOUBLE DIP FOR DONEGAL was last modified: September 15th, 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:donegalDouble DipGAAMilfordRathmullanlast_img read more

Nigeria strike late to defeat South Africa, march onto AFCON semis

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Bongani ZunguNigeriaSamuel ChekwuezeSouth AfricatopTroost-Ekong Nigeria are into the AFCON 2019 last 4. (PHOTO/Courtesy)AFCON 2019Nigeria 2-1 South Africa Cairo International Stadium, CairoWednesday, 10-07-2019Nigeria reached the semi finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following a hard fought 2-1 victory over South Africa on Wednesday.The Super Eagles took a half time lead through Samuel Chukweuze but conceded in the second half via a Bongani Zungu header before winning it in the last minute of normal time. Defender Troost-Ekong scores the winning goal on the night.With a semi final spot on the line, both sides started cautiously, trying to avoid taking any sort of risks.It was South Africa who dominated the early proceedings but were failing to create anything meaningful in the final third.Midway through the opening half, Nigeria started to grow into the game, asserting themselves onto proceedings.They were eventually rewarded on 27 minutes as they took the lead through Samuel Chukwueze. After a brilliant run down the left, Alex Iwobi cut the ball back for the young star who slotted in at the near post on the second attempt after his initial effort was blocked.Bafana Bafana tried to find an immediate response but looked suspect at the back, to Ahmed Musa’s pace down the left as the winger continuously found himself with ground to run into.Chukweuze who was a menace of sorts for the South African defence made space for himself on 42 minutes as he dribbled his way into the area but as he tried to apply the telling touch, Dean Furman slid in and made a late tackle that saved the day.South Africa had a chance to level matters at the stroke of half time but Lebo Mothiba sent his free kick into the wall after Pacy Tau was fouled just outside the box by the industrious Etebo.By half time, South Africa were looking a shadow of the side that eliminated Egypt in the round of 16 but Nigeria were happy to go into the interval with the 1-0 lead.Four minutes into the second half, Etebo had a free kick tipped onto the cross bar by Ronwen Williams before South Africa cleared their lines.Chukwueze continued tormenting Stuart Baxter’s side and on 57 minutes, he beat his man down the right and sent in a low cross which eluded everyone before it went over for just a goal kick.As the game wore in, Bafana Bafana started finding spaces to move into but were lacking in their final ball.South Africa eventually equalized with 20 minutes of normal time to play as Tau sent a free kick into the box, deflected off Odion Ighalo’s back before Zungu headed it into the top corner. Initially, the goal was ruled out for offside but after a VAR check, it was awarded.As the game neared its end in, both sides opened up to try and execute the kill.First, Iwobi sent a left footed strike over before Tau shot tamely at goal at the other end.A minute to the 90, Troost-Ekong won it for the Super Eagles. The big center-back connected neatly with Simon Moses’s corner after Williams failed to fist the ball away.In the end, Nigeria held on to register a victory that sees them march onto the semi finals.For South Africa, it is the end of the road and will have to wait a while longer for a second AFCON triumph. Their only win came at the 1996 edition and are yet to taste victory once again.The other game played on Wednesday-Senegal 1-0 BeninThursday’s fixtures-Ivory Coast vs Algeria @7pm-Madagascar vs Tunisia @10pmComments last_img read more