The founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), Mrs. Saya Doe Sio, along with her husband, Francis K. Sio and others, has shown the love of Jesus Christ to kids in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, by washing their feet with warm water as Christ did in the Bible. After washing each of the 150 children’s feet with soap and water, the Sios and others slipped on the pupils’ feet new pairs of white socks and shoes.Mrs. Sio stated that the washing of the kids’ feet symbolizes “humility.” According to Sio, who is chairman of the ATDMF, the shoes were donated to her foundation by Samaritan’s Feet, a US-based Christian organization, which brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ along with new pairs of socks and shoes.Speaking with the Daily Observer over the weekend, she stated that her foundation is Christian-based and as such was doing what the Lord Jesus Christ had taught His followers to do. In the 13th chapter of St. John, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and told them to do so for each other. Mrs. Sio stated that the founder of Samaritan’s Feet gave her foundation 250 pairs of shoes for the kids in Liberia.The ATDMF founder further said that the foundation’s goal is to expand the distribution of the shoes until every boy and girl can have a new pair of shoes.She started with kids of the ATDM Academy, which is a semi-elementary school, which her foundation owns and operates in the port city of Buchanan.The ATDM Academy is a free-of-charge primary school for kids in Buchanan. The school now runs from nursery to grade 2. It supplies students with uniforms, text and note books, pencils and pens and book bags. The staff and teachers of the academy are paid from donations received by the Sios. Mrs. Sio told the Daily Observer that her foundation’s mission is to empower today’s generation for a better tomorrow by providing free primary Christian-based education to underserved and marginalized communities in Liberia.“Every Child deserves the right to a sound education. Our goal is to stop the epidemic of high illiteracy rates among children in marginalized communities by providing free primary Christian education to over 200 young Liberians from Pre K through 6th grade,” she explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jason tests the new strip of pathwayTHIS is the new eco-friendly path being tested on Errigal which could bring more tourists to Donegal’s famous mountain.The ‘test’ path is just six metres long and two metres wide.Everest hero Jason Black says the path through to wetter parts at the start of the Errigal walk will be welcomed by many. “It’s a test foundation to the proposed path to help with the real wet issue of getting from the carpark to the base of the mountain as most tourists and locals alike climb it in standard runners,” said Jason.“This in time should help encourage more to enjoy this iconic mountain. I do appreciate a lot have mixed views on this but really it’s no pleasure in its current state and discourages tourists and locals – young and old.“The objective is the matting allows the ground to survive in its natural state allowing water saturation and turf growth and the mess in time acts as a bind giving a firmer underfoot path like structure.”Jason added: “Time will tell.” NEW MUD-FREE PATHWAY TO ERRIGAL COULD BRING MORE TOURISTS TO DONEGAL was last modified: November 25th, 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:ErrigalEverestJason Blacktest path
A number of Donegal’s fire stations are opening their doors to the public this week to mark National Fire Safety Week.Open days have been planned at Letterkenny, Stranorlar and Buncrana Fire Stations for the public to learn about the work of the fire service and about fire safety.This is a special chance for people to meet the crew, check out the range of fire engines and appliances and learn a bit more about staying safe from fire. The Letterkenny Fire Station Open Day takes place on Sunday 6th October from 2-4pm.The Stranorlar Fire Station Open Day is on Monday 7th October from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.Buncrana Fire Station will host their Open Night on Wednesday 9th October from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Meet your local firefighters at station open days in Donegal was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Carla Viktor, 25, will be competing for the crown of Miss Earth in Austria. The pageant winner is to be crowned on 5 December 2015. (Images: Miss Earth South Africa)Well wishes are pouring in for Carla Viktor, the 2015 Miss Earth South Africa, who will soon be competing for the Miss Earth crown, the international beauty with a cause pageant.Some 92 contests from around the world will compete in the 2015 Miss Earth pageant. They will gather on 18 November in celebration of Miss Earth’s Crystal Year in Eco-Friendly in Vienna, Austria to promote environmental awareness. Viktor, who grew up in Hartbeespoort in North West, and her fellow competitors will focus on climate change through the 5Rs, namely: re-think, reduce, reuse, recycle and respect.The finals of this 15th annual event will take place on 5 December in Vienna. The host country is home to the Austrian alps, which cover 62% of Austria’s total land area. It is also on this continent that COP21 will take place in Paris, at the same time.Watch why Carla Viktor is an environmental warrior:GLOBAL TREE CAMPAIGNMiss Earth South Africa spearheaded a global challenge to the Miss Earth contestants around the world, the local group said. The South African office launched the #BigO2Challenge internationally ahead of the United Nations COP21 conference.This initiative started as a local semi-finalist campaign by Carla Viktor, Milanie Cilliers and Celetia Reynders. Through the tree-planting campaign, individuals, corporates, schools, and the general public were encouraged to get involved and plant trees, with the message: No Trees = No Humans. Miss Earth South 2015 Africa Carla Viktor (in middle) lends a hand to plant trees to show her care for Earth.Ahead of the biggest climate change conference to date, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21, Miss Earth South Africa challenged Miss Earth ambassadors around the world to plant 21 trees on 9 November, marking 21 days before the opening session of the conference.“Climate change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes,” said Catherine Constantinides, the executive director of Miss Earth South Africa and a Play Your Part ambassador, “and it’s up to us to realise that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow. Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.” Miss Earth South Africa 2015 Carla Viktor says deforestation can be combated by planting trees and building awareness about the environment.Miss Earth South Africa planted 21 trees with Wildlands & Wildroot Environmental Consultants in Mamelodi, Pretoria East and 21 trees with Thornbirds Conference & Wedding Centre in Eikenhof, South of Johannesburg.Willowridge High School planting 21 trees in support of the @missearth_sa #BigO2Challenge #missearth2015 pic.twitter.com/F0UOauI58G — Milanie Cilliers (@Milanie_C) November 9, 2015 Potchefstroom Municipality in North West pledged to plant 21 trees, as did the George Campus of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and Kuilsrivier and Durbanville in Cape Town, all in Western Cape. “Not only does (the challenge) combat deforestation, it creates a sense of active participation and raises much needed awareness for this important cause,” Viktor said.Thousands of trees were planted in one day in over 40 countries for the #MissEarth2015 #BigO2Challenge! pic.twitter.com/SyPBv7uHNo — Miss Earth (@MissEarth) November 10, 2015 The campaign was a success, with people joining in and planting 21 trees in countries as diverse as Angola, Austria, Australia, Belize, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Fiji, France, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.PLAY YOUR PART AMBASSADORS Carla Viktor wears her dress for the international 2015 Miss Earth competition.Having won three consecutive gold awards for National Costume, Sonwabile Ndamase of Vukani Fashions was again asked to produce a unique garment that expressed what it was to be South African. Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part ambassador, said his objective had been to create the vision Viktor had of what it meant to be South African.Her wardrobe was styled by designer Vohni Muthubi. Muthubi grew up in Venda in northern Limpopo.“I want to create a range that is elegant and fun, that expresses youth and appeal, and that is uniquely Miss Earth South Africa, Carla Viktor,” said Muthubi. “This opportunity presents me with an organic opportunity to create something natural, with an environmental message.”WELL WISHESViktor is ready to champion the Earth with a stamp of approval from Minister Edna Molewa of the Department of Environmental Affairs. “Through your international work, you continue to make our country proud. I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world,” Molewa said.Commentators on social media also rooted for Viktor ahead of the international competition:@carlaviktor farewell breakfast. Wishing you all the best in Austria. #MissEarth2015 pic.twitter.com/m9ipm4l4RR — Imperial_Toyota (@Imperial_Toyota) November 10, 2015 @lead_sa @missearth_sa @carlaviktor @ChangeAgentSA @Abramjee @EllaBellaC @Derek_Hanekom @BEMolewa @CityofJoburgZA bring home the world title — Paballo Katleho (@kp_paballo) November 10, 2015 You’re going to rock it @missearth_sa @carlaviktor Have a blast and know we’re behind you every step of the way! X https://t.co/HXGeeOKfW9 — Thobile Chittenden (@ThobileITT) November 14, 2015 Good luck to @carlaviktor @missearth_sa as she leaves for Austria for the 15th International #MissEarth pic.twitter.com/2OyBvEl36b — Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 10, 2015 To learn more about Carla Viktor, read her biography here.
On the hot road to this village in the deepest south of France, we passed the forbidding, barren mountain where Lance Armstrong, the cyclist, took a giant step toward becoming Lance Armstrong, the sporting myth. It was 12 years ago this summer. Riding hard, Armstrong fiddled with the collar of his bright yellow Tour de France leader’s jersey and tugged its back, getting comfortable in the saddle for one of his trademark attacks.Then, a few minutes later, he was off, literally like a rocket, leaving rivals for dead and making the towering Mont Ventoux look like little more than a speed bump.The physical strength he showed that July 13 at the 2000 Tour was mind-boggling. And there were so many other equally mind-boggling moments in the other six Tours he won.I was there for some of them. The power of Armstrong on the bike, the mix of steely charm and cold, single-minded determination, was like nothing I’d ever seen- both then and since.Which is why it’s even more mind-boggling to think that none of this really happened. Gone. Expunged. Erased by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its finding that the bulk of his career was built on lies and banned performance-enhancing drugs.The utter destruction of the Lance Armstrong myth, the man seemingly so tough that he not only beat cancer but won the world’s toughest bike race a record seven times, is going to take quite some time to digest.Other commentators will talk about how this will affect the cancer survivors Armstrong inspired and the foundation he set up to fight the disease. And only the most cynical will say that that side of Armstrong should crumble along with his status as a sporting icon.advertisementThey will examine how the fall of the only rider who held a candle to Eddy Merckx as cycling’s biggest ever star will affect the sport and the Tour and whether the yellow jerseys Armstrong took back to his Texas home should go to other competitors.The answer there should be ‘none.’Let the titles remain vacant- a black hole in the record books for the black hole in the 1990’s and 2000’s that many riders, presumably now including Armstrong, stared into- realizing that the only way they were going to succeed in the drug-addled sport was by pricking themselves with syringes of EPO or swallowing drops of hormones like so many others.Yes, they were cheats. But there were many victims of the doping culture, too, seemingly including Armstrong, who burned so badly to be more than simply an athletic young kid from a broken home in Plano, Texas.There will be discussion about the fairness of the process that led USADA to ban Armstrong for life and strip him of nearly everything he won.Some will argue that Armstrong simply tried to protect what’s left of his name and reputation by turning his back on USADA, portraying himself as the victim of what he says is its witch hunt.And they are already saying that we shouldn’t have allowed ourselves to be sucked in by Armstrong in the first place, because sporting performances which look too good to be true probably are.That is grossly unfair to all those athletes who don’t dope. And that horrid cynicism kills not only our pleasure in watching sport but the very idea that people can do mind-boggling things.They can. According to USADA, Armstrong no longer can be said to have won the Tour seven straight times. But we should all fight tooth and nail for the ambition that perhaps one day, someone could and that they could do it clean. Otherwise, why get out of bed in the morning?Now on holiday in some of the same parts of southern France from where I reported on the Tour, I ask myself where did we go wrong? And did we go wrong?I remember a journalist once asking Armstrong about the color of his socks and I think, “Should we have asked tougher questions?”In light of what USADA dug up, yes. But the doping questions were asked over and over and his answers were invariably the same: I train hard, have nothing to hide and how mad would I have to be to pump drugs into a body that barely survived late-stage cancer?In hindsight, the notion of Armstrong apparently risking his health with doping is one of the most mind-boggling aspects of USADA’s findings.And during the years he was winning, we were told Armstrong’s drug tests kept coming back negative. Until the evidence started to mount, it was hard to argue otherwise.advertisementThere were the those, the courageous and enterprising ones, who dug as deep as possible into the growing suspicions that Armstrong wasn’t being completely straight, and a few others who faced his wrath by speaking out.But the truth is also that witnesses of Armstrong’s apparent cheating didn’t come forward in the same numbers and with the same weight that USADA says they have now.In short, what we had was Armstrong, with his incredible tale of survival performing incredible feats on a bicycle.It was good while it lasted. That ride on the Ventoux. The day in the Pyrenees when he snagged his handlebar on a spectator’s bag, fell, picked himself up and rode with fury. On and on. One memory after another.But it all means absolutely nothing now.Gone. Didn’t happen.Mind-boggling. Armstrongs Chronology1992: Turns professional after 1992 Olympics.1993: Wins the world championship, the USPRO championship and a stage in his first Tour de France.1996: Enters the year as the top- ranked cyclist in the world. In October, he undergoes surgery to treat testicular cancer.1999: Wins first Tour de France title. It was first of his record seven Tour titles. In 2004, Armstrong was accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in a book written by David Walsh and Pierre Ballester.2005: Announces in April he will retire from pro cycling after the Tour. French sports newspaper LEquipe reports tests on six urine samples allegedly taken from Armstrong during the 1999 Tour were positive for blood-boosting EPO.2006: Was cleared of doping allegations.2009: Returned to competitive cycling and finishes third in the Tour.2010: In May, Landis admits he was using performance-enhancing drugs when he rode on the US Postal Service team and accused Armstrong. Betsy Andreu, former Armstrong teammate, claimed that Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in a hospital room in 1996 while battling cancer.2011: Announces retirement in February. In May, his former teammate Tyler Hamilton tells CBS News that he and Armstrong had taken EPO together during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours de France.2012: On August 20, a federal judge dismisses his lawsuit, leaving him three days to decide if he would fight USADA’s charges.