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The late Bishop Mai Roberts, Faith Healing Temple of Jesus ChristA Virtuous Woman, served as Bishop, Faith Healing Temple for many yearsBishop Mother Mai Barclay Roberts, Pastor emeritus and Bishop of the Faith Healing Temple of Jesus Christ of Bushrod Island, Monrovia, has died.This sad event occurred just past midnight on Monday, January 28, 2019 at her Congo Town residence in Monrovia. She was in her 98th year.Bishop RobertsBorn on October 21, 1921 to the union of Associate Justice Anthony Barclay and Mrs. Sarah Raynes of Sinoe County, Mai was among a number of young Liberian girls whose parents sent them to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where they attended the St. Joseph Catholic School in Freetown. These young Liberian girls included Mai’s sister, Ms. Elizabeth Barclay; Ms. Wilhelmina Bryant, who later married Mr. Dukuly and became Mother Dukuly, founder of the Faith Healing Temple of Jesus Christ; and Ms. Martha Sherman, daughter of Liberia’s first rubber tycoon, James (Jimmy) Francis Cooper. Martha later married Liberia’s first mining engineer, Arthur Sherman.Following her return from Freetown, Mai was wedded to Mr. Charles B. Roberts, who later became a top official in the Ministry of Public Works and Utilities, later a top official in the Department of Public Works and Utilities (now Ministry of Public Works).Mr. Roberts later served as Personnel Manager and later Administrative Manager of LAMCO, the giant Liberian iron ore mining company of Yekepa, Nimba County of the 1960, 70s and 80s.The union of Charles B. and Mai Roberts was blessed with several children and foster children, including Mrs. Ida Roberts Johansson, Juanita Roberts Ramirez, Charles B, Roberts, Jr., Wokie Mai Roberts Weah, Emelda Garwo, Hannah Daniels, Martha Campbell, Sandy Roberts, Fatima Roberts and many others.Following her marriage, Mrs. Mai Roberts was sent to New York, United States of America, to study Beauty Culture. On her return she started her own beauty salon and was later appointed by President W.V.S. Tubman as Director of Beauty Culture Schools under the Department of Public Instruction (now Ministry of Education). This program spread to the then existing five counties of the Republic—Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Maryland and Grand Cape Mount.Mrs. Mai Roberts later established a successful family-owned ice cream business named “Nimba Frost,” supplying delicious homemade ice cream to supermarkets and local vendors. Nimba Frost soon became well-known for its African flavored ice cream made from sour sop juices.Mrs. Mai Roberts commenced her pursuit of spiritual leadership in 1971 when she joined her St. Joseph schoolmate, Mother Wilhelmina Dukuly, at the Faith Healing Temple of Jesus Christ. She became a full-fledged member in 1973 and in 1975 was ordained a Minister of the Gospel.In 1975 Mother Roberts became Assistant Pastor at FHT and in 1986 she succeeded Rev. Mother Dukuly as Pastor and Spiritual Leader of the church. On October 29, 2006, just after her 85th birthday, Mother Roberts was elevated to the position of bishop, becoming the first female bishop in the Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ, a group of churches established in 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, with which the Faith Healing Temple is affiliated.During her over three decades of ministry, Mother Roberts’ message to the congregation and to the nation has remained consistent: “Jesus heals; Jesus cares; Jesus saves; and God loves you.”Several months before the Liberian civil conflict started, Mother Roberts was directed by God to leave her Congo Town home and move to the church’s compound in Bushrod Island. When the fighting erupted, Mother Roberts refused to leave Liberia, as so many others were doing. Despite the advice of so many, including her children, to leave Liberia, Mother Roberts insisted on obeying God’s instructions that her place was with the people. The FHT became a place of refuge during the horrific civil war for hundreds of men, women and children. Everyone who came was welcome, regardless of tribal, ethnic, political or religious background. Mother Roberts provided spiritual leadership and guidance during this trying period.The Liberian nation mourns this virtuous nonagenarian and national spiritual leader.She leaves to mourn her loss several children, grandchildren, great grand and great, great grandchildren. Many who are part of the Liberian Diaspora, including nine grandchildren of Swedish nationality, are planning to come home for the final rites.According to daughter Juanita Ramirez and son, Charles B. Roberts, Jr., funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– inaugural teaching conference launchedTertiary educators are currently meeting to discuss options and initiatives that can be implemented in the local education system that would cater for a dynamic and changing environment.UG Deputy Vice Chancellor,Dr Paloma Mohamed MartinThe opening ceremony of the two-day inaugural teaching conference kicked off on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown where scores of educators turned up to tackle the challenges of teaching in a multi-faceted society.A section of the gathering at the inaugural teaching conference launched on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel, GeorgetownUniversity of Guyana Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr Paloma Mohamed Martin highlighted that existing university students and potential students were dealing and will have to deal with a level of complexity that was hyper dynamic and technologically constructed.“They are dealing with the redefinition of self, space and time in a way that we will never be able to fully comprehend. They are dealing with a level, with constant disruption in a way that we would have to teach them how to handle and so if that is the student of the future, who is the teacher of the future going to be? Is it any of us in the room? Is it any of us who is thinking about that and what do we do about it?” Mohamed Martin stated.She explained that almost 3000 students graduate annually since that was all the University could physically cater for. Those students are generally urban-centric and are mostly Guyanese.“Investment in education is going to be what we have to do, but the question is if we are dealing with the changing student, changing environment, the complexity, what is the best investment for education and what is the best impact and where do we spend our energy? Thinking of the changing migration patterns of the country, what we have going on right now – forced migration, environmental migration, circular migration, political migration across our borders, those students are going to be very different in the future; they are going to be culturally different, language different, they are going to be very different,” the Deputy Vice Chancellor noted.Dr Mohamed Martin further emphasised and reiterated the need for the expansion of the country’s education system which would cater for students from varying backgrounds and cultures.“And what does this mean for the University of Guyana, and the feeder for the UG, which is all across the education system? It means we have to think about how to deliver to various parts of the country, about 30,000 people a year over the next 20 years. So how do you go from 3000 to 30,000? This is a question we are grappling with and I would like to hear some things about that in the next few days,” the educator stated.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry noted that the inaugural teaching conference was opportune for the sharing of ideas on the future of higher education in Guyana.She added that the initiative was one which allowed for a “constructive mechanism for preparedness for evolving growth and being able to adequately address the imminent evolution with intellectual profession and technological skills that will maximise benefits as well as ensure sustainability…”
GLENDORA – A Glendora police officer could soon be doing undercover surveillance and kicking down doors for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, thanks to an agreement approved this week by the City Council. A Glendora officer will join the DEA’s Southwest Border Initiative Task Force, which intercepts drugs and targets Mexican and Colombian drug-trafficking organizations, said Jon Goldberg, assistant special agent in charge for the DEA’s Los Angeles field division. The DEA has several task forces that bulk up their resources by using local officers, he said. Under the agreement, the city continues to pay about $100,000 annually for the officer’s salary and benefits, said Glendora Police Chief Charles Montoya. However, the Police Department gets access to DEA databases, officers and “asset forfeiture” money – money seized by the task force from crime rings, Montoya and Goldberg said. “Agencies can make millions off their participation,” Goldberg said. “It’s not unusual for some of the smaller police forces to receive more in asset forfeiture than they see in their annual budget.” Montoya downplayed the money aspect in explaining the reason to relinquish an officer to the task force. “The rationale is that it provides our officer experience, and we’re able to draw on the resources of the federal government and the DEA in local investigations,” Montoya said. “We’re a small department,” he continued. “If there is some type of large drug organization \, we’re able to call on their resources – their people and databases – since we’re a player on the team.” He declined to name which officer would work on the task force, but said there are no plans to hire a replacement. The benefit to the DEA is access to extra people and local knowledge, said Goldberg. “The job is hard enough with budget cuts,” he said. The task force is based in Los Angeles, where large shipments of drugs flow in from “the porous Southwest border,” but the group roves where the leads take them, Goldberg said. “There is no average day on the task force,” Goldberg said. “One day they might be on surveillance all night, one day in the office following up on leads, one day serving search warrants and kicking down doors.” The goal is to “totally dismantle or destroy” the targeted drug cartel, he added. Several local cities are already involved in the task force, including Baldwin Park, Whittier, El Monte and Monterey Park, Goldberg said. Other cities have provided support in the past, including Pasadena, West Covina, Covina and Pomona, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RAPHOE LOCAL NOTESRaphoe Family Resource Centre:International Women’s Day 2015 Raphoe Family Resource Centre invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day with us on Friday 6th March from 11am to 12.30pm.On display will be art works from a selection of classes that take place here in the Centre showcasing inspirational women in their lives.Paediatric First Aid Training The Family Resource Centre is running a free workshop on Paediatric First Aid on Thursday 16th April from 10.20am-12.00pm. The workshop is suitable for parent/guardians, grandparents, childminders, babysitters and anyone interested in learning or refreshing lifesaving skills. To book a place please contact Laura on 074- 9145796/0873641503 or email email@example.comEarly booking is advisable.Community Employment OpportunityThe Family Resource Centre has a vacancy for a Youth Support Worker (19.5 hours per week) through Donegal Youth Service Community Employment Project. Applicants must be eligible for Department of Social Protection Community Employment (terms and conditions apply). Please contact your local DSP Office to ensure eligibility. For further details or an application form please contact Lee Stephenson, Community Employment Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service on 074-9129630 or send CV (with PPS No and Date of Birth to Lee Stephenson, CE Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. You can also call into Raphoe Family Resource Centre, Unit 3, Marathon Building, William Street, Raphoe. Tel. 074-9145796/0873641503 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgSinead McGavigan School of DanceThere are still a few places remaining for the Hip-hop, Street, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Freestyle dancing in the Family Resource Centre on Tuesday evenings. 4-7 year olds from 6.30-7.30pm and 8-12 year olds from 7.30-8.30pm. Cost is €5 per session. Having a birthday party? Need a room / hall to have your meetings?Raphoe Frc CAN PROVIDE ROOM /HALL HIRE AT A VERY REASONABLE RATE. Kitchen facilities are also available. Accessible to all. For further information telephone Laura on 0749145796.Afterschool Programme:Monday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Computer Club 3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Computer ClubTuesday; 3-4pm 3rd & 4th Classes Homework Support;4-5pm 5th & 6th Classes Drop-in;Wednesday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support;4-5pm 3rd-6th Classes Computer Club7-9pm Secondary School Youth CaféThursday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support.Little Smiles with big DreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking GroupWanting to become fit or fitter in 2015? Don’t’ like to walk alone? Joining Raphoe Walking group could be the answer! The Walking group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa.Date for your diary:The Family Resource will be hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday 7th May on recognising and understanding self-harming. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. To book a place please contact Laura on 074 9145796/087 3641503.Young Carers GroupAre you a young carer? Do you help to take care for someone at home who has an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement? The Loft Youth Project hosts a Young Carers Group for 12-18 year olds on Saturday mornings at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. For further information please contact 074 9129630 or 087 1255246.St.Eunan’s National School Enrolment 2015Enrolment Forms are now available in the school office. Parents are now asked to enrol their child by 27th March. Birth Cert, Baptismal Cert and PPS No are required for enrolment.Raphoe Friday Seniors Club:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692.Raphoe Badminton ClubRaphoe Badminton Club’s Annual Badminton Tournament commences on Thursday 26th February in the Recreational Hall with usual events run. Finals will be played on Friday 13th March. For further details contact Joe Magee (074) 9145451 (after 7.00pm), Sammy Magee (074) 9145444 or check out the Raphoe Badminton Club page on Facebook.Slimming WorldDo you want to achieve your weight loss dreams in 2015. Well now you can with our new Streamlined Extra Easy Plan, even easier than before. And power up your weight loss with our new weight loss boosting eating plan. If you would like to know more, come along to one of our warm and friendly groupsEvery Thursday night at 7pm in the Volt hall RaphoeOr contact Geraldine on 0863348048 I look forward to seeing you soonSt, Marys Gaelic 4 Mothers & OthersSt. Marys Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Starting back 4th March @ 8:15 pm if you are 18 years and over and would like to get fit, learn a new skill, have fun and meet new friends then this is the team for you! New players ALWAYS WELCOMEVariety AuctionA Variety Auction will take place in Donoughmore Church Hall, Liscooly on Saturday 21st March at 1.00pm. Items for sale include livestock, hay, straw, silage, meal, coal, briquettes, bric-a-brac, cake stall and teas. Everyone welcome.World Day of Prayer will take place in Donoughmore Church, Liscooly on Friday 6th March at 8.00pm. Come along and bring a friend.Blood Donor ClinicThere will be a Blood Donor Clinic in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th March from 3-5pm & 7-9.30pm. Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. Donor Line-1850 731 137.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to email@example.com or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD LOCAL: LISCOOLEY TO HOST VARIETY AUCTION was last modified: February 28th, 2015 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:donegalRaphoe notes
A former solider has been jailed for six months after being found guilty of repeated breaches of a safety order which banned him from making contact with his ex-partner.Letterkenny Court.Dawid Maciag of 14 Glencar Park, Letterkenny denied five breaches of the safety order which was taken out after complaints by the woman. She told Letterkenny District Court that she was in fear of him and how, on two occasions he went to a domestic violence refuge she was staying in and on three occasions approached her when in different locations in Letterkenny.Maciag said the decision to end the relationship was not the woman’s saying: “It’s not her choice. It should be our choice.”Judge Paul Kelly told Letterkenny District Court that he would “have no confidence that if he were released that he would not go straight back to the door of this woman”.The safety order was issued on May 28th last and the breaches relate to incidents on August 9th, 10th, 30th and September 5th and 8th.The woman, speaking through a Polish interpreter, told the court that she was afraid to leave the house because she thought he would be there waiting for her. She said she was too afraid to leave the domestic violence refuge and too afraid to live in her own home.She felt that he was watching her when she was leaving the house and the would pretend the meetings were a coincidence. On one occasion she was going to church and five minutes after she left home she saw Maciag in the street waiting for her.He started talking to her and she was begging him not to talk to her. She told him to go away but he did not listen and had a conversation as if nothing had happened and there was no complaint from her.She said the relationship had finished but he begged her to come back and he said he would do anything for her. She said she did not get to the church and had to return home. She told him she had a nervous breakdown and was on antidepressants which she was taking so she could get back to normal. She was “completely broken” and she wanted him to leave her, she said.“I am in constant fear and I am afraid of everything and afraid what happens when I leave (the refuge),” she said.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Maciag believed the charges were due to pressure from close friends and family of the woman. Judge Kelly told Maciag that the reasons behind the safety order were irrelevant and that the case related to the allegations that he had broken the safety order on five occasions.Maciag said he was very concerned when he met her because she was very stressed and was on tablets and did not see the sense of life. “I did not feel there was fear towards me. She is afraid of her family husband of her sister, from my point of view she has nothing to worry about and she should not feel there is any danger from me.”He said he did not accept the relationship had ended. Judge Kelly said it was 100 per cent clear that Maciag was guilty of all the offences.He said he seems remarkably obstinate and persistent and feels his own view of the woman “and the background to the cases entitles him to ignore several court orders and he seems content to continue to do so”.He sentenced Maciag to three months in prison on two of the five counts which are to be served consecutively.FORMER SOLDIER JAILED FOR HARRASSING EX-GIRLFRIEND was last modified: September 21st, 2015 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:BARRING ORDERcourtdonegalletterkennysoldier
Rangers have announced the passing of club legend Johnny Hubbard, who has died at the age of 87.The South African starred for the Light Blues over a decade in the post-war period. 1 After leaving his home in Pretoria to sign for Bill Struth in 1949, he went on to lift three league titles and the 1953 Scottish Cup during his Ibrox stay.He was dubbed the ‘Penalty King’ because of his lethal conversion rate from the spot.He tucked home 65 out of 68 penalties for the Glasgow giants, including a run of 22 successful kicks.In total he made 238 appearances for Gers, netting 106 goals and he remains the only foreign-born Rangers player to net an Old Firm hat-trick following his 1955 treble against Celtic. Everyone at #RangersFC sends their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Johnny Hubbard after the former Light Blues winger passed away peacefully today at the age of 87: https://t.co/6EEsvL59t2 pic.twitter.com/gz2RqhsOxj— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 21, 2018He remained a regular visitor to Ibrox after his playing days and Rangers chairman Dave King admitted Hubbard will be sorely missed.Gers chairman Dave King said in a statement: “Everyone at Rangers sends their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Johnny Hubbard after the former Light Blues winger passed away peacefully today at the age of 87.“All of us at Rangers are deeply saddened by the news that Mr Hubbard has passed away. He was an inspirational player for Rangers and was also one of our most passionate supporters.“Mr Hubbard wasn’t just a great Ranger, he was also a wonderful person. He was a gentleman and will be missed terribly by everyone connected with our club.“Our thoughts and our sympathies go to Mr Hubbard’s family but perhaps they may take some comfort in knowing he is a genuine Rangers legend.”
Well known Irish architect, environmentalist and media personality Duncan Stewart will be visiting Donegal next week for the launch of the SECURE energy efficiency project at Glenveagh National Park.The conference will focus on how we can foster smarter energy communities through the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. The event hosted by Donegal County Council will take place at the Glenveagh Visitors Centre Wednesday 9 November. This conference will see the official launch of the SECURE project, which is being led by ERNACT and part funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme. The project aims to study, transfer and pilot new solutions to improve energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources in public housing, buildings and infrastructure in the participating regions. The participating regions include Donegal, Leitrim, Derry and Strabane, Finland, Sweden, Faroe Islands and Canada.Paddy Mullen, Facilities Manager with Donegal County Council said: “We are delighted to have someone of the calibre of Duncan Stewart attending this conference. Duncan has spearheaded the environmental cause in Ireland for many years and his passion and commitment to getting people to take notice of what is happening to our environment is inspiring. “We all need to play our part, to think outside the box and to see what we can achieve by working smarter and by working together to reduce our carbon footprint and making all our facilities more efficient.” Next week’s conference will see participants from each of the participating regions visit Donegal and, according to Paddy Mullen, this type of transnational project has a lot of benefits for the county.“We have a great opportunity to pool our ideas, experiences and learning with other regions that share similar characteristics to Donegal. “For example, many of these regions are rural in nature with a widely dispersed population and they have an abundance of natural resources that can facilitate energy efficiency and innovative renewable energy solutions.”The SECURE project has ambitious targets to meet. Each region will establish a Smart Energy Community in a village, rural area or neighbourhood and a programme of activities will be completed in these communities to engage and empower citizens to become energy leaders. The programme will also seek to build up local authority expertise and this will be supported by transferring 15 energy solutions, increasing energy efficiency by 5% in at least three public buildings and installing alternative or renewable energy solutions in public infrastructure.Other speakers at the conference will include Caitriona Strain from Ernact, Michael O’Brien from the Northern & Western Regional Assembly, Emma Norton from the Ecology Action Centre in Canada, Ruth Buggie from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Donal Doyle from RPS Group Plc and Mary Daly from Letterkenny Institute of Technology. The conference will take place from 9.30am to 2pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016 in the Glenveagh Visitor Centre and admission is free but booking is essential. Book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Environmentalist Duncan Stewart set to bring smart energy ideas to Donegal was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 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)
Tags: Joseph OchayatopTP Mazembe Joseph Ochaya becomes the third Uganda to sign for TP Mazembe (file photo)After months of speculation, Uganda Cranes left-back/winger, Joseph Ochaya has finally completed a move to Congolese giants TP Mazembe.The former KCCA star-player has been linked with the move since falling out with his Zambian club Lusaka Dynamo.Ochaya decided to terminate his deal with Lusaka two months ago, sighting non-payment issues and has since been linked with a move to the Lubumbashi money-bags.At Mazembe, he is believed to have signed a two year deal that will see him play his trade for the 16 time Congolese champions until 2020.“The TPM is pleased to announce the signing of Joseph Benson OCHAYA, read part of the statement on the club official website.He joins Sulaiman Mutyaba and Patrick Ochan on the list of players to have featured for five time CAF Champions League winners (including the African Cup of Champions clubs).Mazambe is Ochaya’s fourth professional club after previously featuring for Navibank Saigon (Vietnam), Asante Kotoko (Ghana) and recently Zambia’s Lusaka Dynamos.About TP Mazembe:Tout Puissant Mazembe, formerly known as Englebert, is a Congolese football club based in Lubumbashi.Their home games are played at Stade TP Mazembe situated in the suburb of Kamalondo. Its nickname is Les corbeaux (theravens) despite having a crocodile with a ball in its mouth on the team crest.TP Mazembe drew an average home attendance of 11,888 in the 2015-16 Linafoot season.CS Don Bosco serves as a feeder club to the team.Mazembe are among the major sports clubs in DR Congo and one of the most successful football teams in Africa ever. They became the first Congolese club with 300,000 followers on Facebook, their main social media page.Tout Puissant Mazembe was founded in 1939 by benedicitine monks of the order of Sanctimonious Saint that directed the Holy Institute Boniface of Élisabethville (Lubumbashi).To diversify the student activities for those that did not consecrate themselves to the priesthood, the missionaries decided to set up a football team, named Saint Georges FC, after the patron of the Troop. This team affiliated itself directly in the first division of the Royal Federation of the Native Athletic Associations (FRASI for French Fédération Royale des Associations Sportives Indigènes) founded by the Belgian King. At the end of the season, Holy Georges placed 3rd.In 1944 the young scouts went on the road and FC St. Georges was rechristened Saint Paul F.C. Some years later, the incorporation of certain foreign elements in the Institute would make the missionaries abandon the team management. The team took the name of F.C. Englebert after its sponsor, a tire brand. The qualifier “Tout Puissant” (Almighty) was added to the club’s name after it went undefeated in winning its first league title in 1966.After the independence of Congo, (June 30, 1960) Englebert restructured itself. In 1966, they realized the treble (national championship, Coupe du Congo and Katanga Cup).In 1967 and 1968, it won the African Cup of Champions. The team would be finalist four times successively in (1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970). Mazembe was the first team to successfully defend the African Champions Cup. This feat was finally repeated in 2003 and 2004 by Enyimba.After 18 years of absence, it returned to the African scene thanks to 38-year-old governor Moise Katumbi Chapwe.In November 2009 the team won the CAF Champions League against Heartland 2–2 on aggregate, winning on the away goals rule.By winning the CAF Champions League, they qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. In their first match in the quarter-finals they lost 2–1 to Pohang Steelers of South Korea despite taking the lead in the first half. Following a 3–2 defeat to Auckland City in the fifth placed match they finished the tournament in 6th place.In 2010 they retained the 2010 CAF Champions League, and in December they became the first African side to contest the final of the FIFA Club World Cup after defeating both Pachuca of Mexico 1–0 in the quarter-finals and Internacional of Brazil 2–0 in the semi-finals. In the final on 18 December, they were defeated 3–0 by Internazional of Italy.In 2015, TP Mazembe secured their fifth title in the competition after defeating USM Alger of Algeria 4–1 aggregate in the 2015 CAF Champions League Final.Comments
JP LandmanHas Zimbabwe reached a watershed? What has changed in that country?What has changed is the seemingly innocuous decision to allow Zimbabweans to use any currency of their choice in their daily lives – South African rands, British pounds, US dollars, euros and what have you.In reality this was already done on the ground, but legalising has allowed for the widespread use of foreign currency in Zimbabwe.One of the first steps on the road to recovery for countries in decline and with inflation rates similar to Zimbabwe’s is to replace their own monetary unit.The problem lies with the old currency – too much of it is printed, which in turn increases inflation and, as inflation grows, the situation is exacerbated even further.In the end even hospitals and schools are not working any more.Inflation is enemy number one. To tackle inflation, the currency must be changed. And the easiest way to do this is simply to take another country’s currency instead of your own. Panama has gone that route, using the US dollar as its local currency.Another method is to create a new currency and to keep its value stable by keeping enough foreign currency in reserve. Brazil has done this by pegging its new currency to the US dollar and ensuring that enough is kept in reserve to maintain the relationship.In both instances, inflation dropped drastically – in Panama as low as the inflation rate in the US.I admit that when Zimbabwe made the announcement, I thought it would be a typical half-hearted decision doomed to fail. For one, they avoided the more difficult decision to create a new currency. But it seems I was wrong.Replacing the Zimbabwean dollar on the ground continues apace. And those citizens without foreign currency simply engage in the exchange of money.Not using the Zimbabwean dollar has had a couple of consequences.The minister of finance announced that no more money will be printed to finance the budget. From now on, government will only spend money generated by taxes. Discipline of the highest degree – spending only what you have collected.Secondly an announcement was made that state assets will be sold to boost foreign currency reserves.The immediate result of these two decisions is a likely drop in inflation – the first step to recovery.It all depends on whether these decisions are actually put into action, of course. Zimbabweans face a serious test. But they have started well by making the right kind of decisions.The next step would be to recognise and protect basic property rights. Minister of finance Tendai Biti has already indicated that economic recovery will not be possible if the confiscation of farms continues. Without a strong property rights base, even the sale of state assets will fail.Mugabe’s speech in which he asked for foreign assistance – although receiving wide coverage – is by and large irrelevant. Foreign assistance cannot replace the hard work which should be done by Zimbabweans themselves – halting inflation, reinstating property rights and winning the confidence of investors, especially fellow Zimbabweans.Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans will return to the country if these three conditions are met. That will be the real turning point. If these basic requirements can be achieved, a foreign assistance programme will, in turn, make a difference.Part of this assistance package must be the insistence on and support of an election under international observation.Changing to a new currency is therefore not as innocuous as it appears. It can bring about change that can only be good: financial discipline, lower inflation, reinstating property rights and investment.These are still a long way ahead, but at least the decision to change to a new monetary system holds more promise than anything else of the last eight years. Let’s see if it brings about the turning point for Zimbabwe after all.JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. He consults to SA largest private wealth business, BoE Private Clients, and works with several SA corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital.Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA. Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends.He is also a popular speaker who has addressed diverse audiences locally and internationally and enjoys consistently good ratings.He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).