Over the weekend, three different youth groups across Nimba County Electoral District #2 under the banner, “Friends of Jimmy Bokay” donated educational materials and other assorted items, to various schools and other targeted communities in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.According to founder, Jimmy N.C. Bokay, the donated items included several boxes of reading materials, four sets of jerseys and four footballs to the four high schools in Sanniquellie. The high schools that benefited from the gesture are St. Mary’s, Sanniquellie Central, Seventh Day Adventist and Levi H. Martin Baptist.The Friends of Bokay also donated 10 bags of cement to each of the ongoing Dahnlorpa Youth Palava Hut project and the Goto Yarpea Development Project and two 25kg bags of rice to the Yarpea Self-help Road Rehabilitation project. The 10 mile road project is being undertaken by locals using their bare hands, cutlasses and axes to fell trees for building bridges in the absence of yellow machines used to construct farm-to-market roads in the area. Meanwhile, Mr. Bokay said the friendship club also presented an undisclosed amount of cash as tokens of appreciation to the Nimba County Football Team, the Sanniquellie Youth Forum and the ongoing reconstruction work at the county sports pitch headed by local construction firm, Jungle Water Group of Investment.The beneficiaries through their various spokespersons expressed gratitude to Mr. Bokay and the leadership of “Friends of Bokay” for the gesture.The schools were especially grateful for the books, and promised to use them for the intended purpose. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
APTN National NewsA former First Nations police chief has been sent to jail for his involvement in a ‘kickback’ scheme.Glen Bannon, 57, was the chief of the Anishinabek Police Service for 10 years since it was founded in 1994.He was responsible for purchasing and selling police vehicles.Bannon would then direct police business to a car dealership in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.In return he received vehicles and electronics.Bannon will now spend one year in jail for breach of trust and accepting secret commissions.
Sullivan at Election Central. Photo by Ashley Snyder / APRN.Alaska appears to have followed the national trend and elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate. But Democratic Sen. Mark Begich isn’t conceding and it’s likely the race won’t be decided until next week.Download AudioRepublican Dan Sullivan was ahead by almost 4 percentage points at the end of election night. He thanked his volunteers and told them he wasn’t making a victory speech.“Door Knocking! Phone Calls! You guys made it happen!” Sullivan said, to loud cheers.Begich went home before midnight, saying he’s hopeful his massive outreach in rural Alaska will pay off. Jim Lottsfeldt ran a $10 million superPAC supporting Begich. He maintains the uncounted early and absentee votes will break their way.“Oh it’s not over,” Lottsfeldt said, echoing the senator’s words to supporters from a few minutes before. “Begich has never had a result that was good for him on election night. It always goes down to the wire. I think in about 10 days when all the votes are counted, we’ll see. “All precincts had reported by early this morning. More than 22,000 ballots remain uncounted, and more are arriving in the mail. But with Sullivan ahead by more than 8,000 votes, the uncounted ballots would have to favor Begich by a huge margin if he’s to stay in office.In a written statement before all the precincts reported, the Begich campaign said the Democrat would make a statement about the race after all the villages had reported “and when the number of outstanding absentee and questioned ballots is clear.”
“I didn’t think it (participation) would have led to this and all what took place, so everything has been unexpected. I am really surprised, I didn’t know that anything like this was going to happen,” he exclaimed. “From the moment I came through the airport, my family and school was there cheering me on, and it was just a feeling of excitement and feeling good to know my school can support me like this; whatever happened, they still have me as a winner, and I feel good to know I can make my country proud and my family and school happy,” he told The Gleaner. Mayhew, who has only been in the sport for over a year now, revealed that the track was not the best. “The environment at the track wasn’t perfect to get the best times. All the competitors’ times were slower than their best in training, so that really affected everyone. But I tried my best although the track wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t enough to win the race. “But I am 13th in the world, and that is awesome,” he beamed. “A lot of support was there. There were few Jamaicans, but everyone supported me because they love Jamaicans, and that was one of the factors that caused me to get my best time, and I really feel good and hope for the best in the future,” he continued. “My motivation is to make everyone proud and put my best in everything I do. I feel I can make it. I know I have the potential as I am doing the sport for 12 months and qualified for the Youth Olympics with lack of training and factors needed to perfect the sport. “But I am going somewhere in life, and that’s a challenge. I will keep on doing what I am doing to make everyone proud,” he said. Charlemont High School gave Daniel Mayhew a hero’s welcome for his performance at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway recently, with an open march celebration at the Linstead-based institution on Monday. The march started almost on the highway and the students travelled for little over a mile en route to the school, where the 17-year-old got an even greater reception from the waiting school populace, with banners and pictures of his achievement decorating the school. Mayhew became Jamaica’s first Junior Winter Olympics representative, finishing a creditable 13th in the monobob competition at the Games. “I thank Charlemont High School for putting it (celebration) on. The feeling I got was extraordinary, I felt so happy knowing I wasn’t a winner on the podium and I come home a winner because of the support everyone has shown me,” said Mayhew. SURPRISED