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‘State of Emergency a Blockade to Liberia’s Economy’

first_imgHundreds of Liberians using the highway connecting Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties have complained that the blockade by the Joint Security as a result of the State of Emergency announced by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is seriously impeding their movements. They also complained that it will harm the nation’s economy.The citizens made the disclosure Thursday, August 7, to our reporter who toured the Klay area, where the Joint Security team has a checkpoint.In an interview with some of these citizens, most of whom are business people and commuters, moving between Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, they said the State of Emergency will damage economic growth for this year, if some of the measures are not reduced in favor of business people.They noted that from the economic and business perspective, the State of Emergency is a concern to them because it is going stall economic growth.“The fact is that once your country is under a State of Emergency, which in itself is a disincentive to foreign investors who will not be inclined to choose Liberia until it is lifted,” Maima Kromah, a Liberia businesswoman, who was taking a taxi loaded with goods from Monrovia to Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, indicated.A resident of Bomi County, Musa Foday, stated that local investors are already in a state of paralysis. “They will not be inclined to move ahead during this State of Emergency,” he opined.The traders argued that although the President is trying to stop the further spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia, the timing of the State of Emergency is not ripe. They believe she should have long since declared the emergency back in March when the disease first broke out.“We agree that she is using her power as the President; but people in rural Liberia need food and other things for their families. So tell me with this kind of situation right now on the this road, how are we going to feed them?” Madam Kromah wondered.The businesswoman projected that if the emergency extends into December, which is the Christmas season, it will have a severe effect on the nation’s revenue intake.All the other merchants who spoke with the Observer proposed that the government of Liberia needs to determine a strategic plan in the fight against the Ebola virus. They said the plan must make enough room for the business sector to operate, with very limited restrictions.President Sirleaf late Wednesday, August 6, declared a State of Emergency through the Republic, to be observed for 90 days (three months).In declaring the emergency, the President said the government will institute extra-ordinary measures including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges as mandated by the Constitution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City considers Hall of Fame

first_imgTalk about a West Covina sports hall of fame has been around for years, said Mayor Mike Touhey. “We want to do another walk of fame elsewhere where we can immortalize some of our important residents and community activists, so maybe we can talk about doing two projects,” said Touhey. Freeland said that if approved, the project could be paid for with money from the city’s Art in Public Places fund. Established in 2004, the fund generates money from commercial or residential developers that do not install public art displays at their projects. The remainder of the estimated $75,000 to $135,000 for the project could be covered from loans from the city’s general fund, Freeland said, which would be paid back as more in-lieu art project fees are received. The Lidle family is thrilled at the possibility of Cory being honored at Big League Dreams, said family spokesman Dave Bletcher, who coached Lidle throughout his youth baseball days in West Covina. “All of his youth ball was here, and he never forgot,” said Bletcher. “Every coach out here that would call him, whatever they wanted, he would do. He would come out to talk to the kids, go on trips with us.” If the council approves the project, city officials hope to complete it in time for the opening of Big League Dreams, scheduled for seven months from now. The sports complex – which will cost West Covina about $57.1 million over 30 years – will feature six replica ballfields modeled after real Big League parks and be available to youth baseball and softball leagues from throughout the area; volleyball courts and an indoor soccer pavilion; and a playground and family restaurants. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Late Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle – along with other products of West Covina youth baseball – could be recognized with a public art exhibit at the new Big League Dreams sports park, city officials said Monday. The City Council was scheduled to discuss options at its meeting tonight for a proposed West Covina Baseball Hall of Fame at the multimillion-dollar sports complex, which is going up at the site of the former BKK Landfill near Amar Road and Azusa Avenue. Preliminary plans call for a bronze statue of Lidle, 34, who died late last year when the small plane he was flying in crashed into a Manhattan high-rise. The proposed installation could also feature the names of Big Leaguers who got their start in West Covina, including Lidle’s Yankee and South Hills High School teammate Jason Giambi, Giambi’s brother, Jeremy, and former Dodger Jay Johnstone. Names of current and former professional ballplayers could be engraved in bricks and placed in a wall or as part of the pavement of the exhibit, said Chris Freeland, assistant to City Manager Andrew Pasmant. last_img read more

Northern Lights College offers new awards courtesy of Storm Resources

first_img“By recognizing a student’s academic achievement as well as providing financial assistance, these awards will go a long way in supporting the success of our students,” she added.In the 2014-15 academic year, the NLC Foundation awarded approximately $500,000. 5 new annual awards by Storm Resources Ltd. have been introduced to post-secondary students of Northern Lights College, totaling $9,000 together.They are:A $1,800 Storm Resources Education Award for Aboriginal Women, which is open to any female Aboriginal student enrolled at a full-time program.Two $1,800 Storm Resources Oil and Gas Field Operations Scholarships, which are open to any student enrolled in the Oil and Gas Field Operator program.And two $1,800 Storm Resources Oil and Gas Field Operations Scholarships, open to any Aboriginal student enrolled in the Oil and Gas Field Operator program.The deadline for students who wish to apple to the above awards for the September 2015 academic year is January 25, 2016.- Advertisement -“Storm recognizes the role education plays in the ongoing development of British Columbia’s northern communities,” said Carol Knudsen, the Manager Corporate Affairs of Storm Resources Ltd.“We feel privileged to be involved with NLC’s student awards program and value the opportunity to contribute to the communities in which we do business.”Donna Kane with Northern lights College Foundation said they are “pleased to be able to administrate this new awards program on behalf of Storm Resources.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool transfer update! Signing PSG star would be a gamble, claims Vickery

first_imgtalkSPORT’s South American football correspondent Tim Vickery believes it would be a gamble for Liverpool to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.The Reds are understood to be closing in on an £8million deal for the 30-year-old, in a bid to bolster their attacking options.The Merseysiders have been linked with Burnley striker Danny Ings and West Brom youngster Saido Berahino during the January transfer window, but it appears the Argentine international tops the list of Brendan Rodgers’ targets.The Anfield boss missed out on now-Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri, while their current top-goalscorer is skipper Steven Gerrard, who leaves for MLS outfit LA Galaxy in the summer.However, Vickery has questioned Lavezzi’s potential arrival, claiming he would only provide a “short-term” solution for Rodgers.“There is interest [from Liverpool],” Vickery told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “I would see this one as a little bit of a gamble.“Although it’s only £8million, he is coming up to 30 so he doesn’t really have much of a sell-on value. Also I know English clubs have looked at him in the past and one of the things that have put them off, if I can use an expression Graham Taylor used all those years ago, is his ‘re-fuelling’ habits.“You wonder if he is a player who is going to be around at a high level when he is 35. I would see it as a short-term, stop-gap solution at best.”last_img read more

Man Utd, Man City face clash of ice and fire

first_imgWhile the Old Trafford pitch benefits from under-soil heating, there are concerns about icy conditions outside the ground and the 76,000 fans due to attend have been encouraged to arrive early.The white-hot rivalry between the clubs means the temperature is guaranteed to rise once the teams take to the field for the 175th Manchester derby.League leaders City are gunning for a record-equalling 14th successive top-flight win and can put a huge 11 points between themselves and second-place United if they prevail.But United are seeking to set a record of their own by notching up a 41st home match without defeat and City manager Pep Guardiola is wary of his old foe Jose Mourinho’s ability to roll with the punches.“Until now we cannot complain in terms of results and especially the way we have played,” said Guardiola, who was the last away manager to win at Old Trafford in September last year.Manchester United are seeking to set a record by notching up a 41st consecutive home match without defeat and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (L) is wary of his old foe Jose Mourinho’s (R) ability to roll with the punches © AFP/File / Anthony Devlin, Ian KINGTON“When you see in every game the statistics — not just the way we play — we are better in terms of potential goals, possession and chances conceded.“But I think United are fantastic on that. When the statistics are good they win and when they are not good they are able to win 3-1 (against Arsenal) at the Emirates, one of the most difficult stadiums.“They conceded 33 shots and they won 3-1. Few teams in the world are able to do that. That’s why you have to be careful. You can control, you can do many things good, but then they have the talent to do that.”As sublime as City’s football has been since the start of the season, they have had to work much harder for their victories in recent weeks.– Mourinho lights fuse –Home-grown midfielder Jesse Lingard, a central figure in Manchester United’s recent run, has plenty of respect for Manchester City, but believes they can be harried out of their stride © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISIn their last three league wins — 2-1 successes away to Huddersfield Town and at home to Southampton and West Ham United — they had to wait until the 83rd minute or later to score the winning goal.They then lost at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in mid-week and although it was a nothing game for City and Guardiola selected a weakened team, it brought a record-breaking streak of 20 straight wins to an end.United have won their last four games and followed up last weekend’s clinical 3-1 win at Arsenal by beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 on Tuesday to follow City into the Champions League last 16.Yet recent history favours City, who have won on four of their last six visits to Old Trafford in the league, including an earth-shattering 6-1 victory in October 2011.Mourinho, typically, has tried to rile Guardiola, questioning his former Barcelona nemesis’s right to wear a yellow ribbon in solidarity with jailed Catalan separatists and accusing City’s players of diving.“They are a good team. They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball,” said the United manager.“They have a good dynamic in attack, they have creative movement. They have amazing players, they have a fantastic coach, they have lots of good things.“If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily. You know, a little bit of wind and they fall.”City midfielder David Silva has been passed fit after sitting out the trip to Shakhtar with a knock, but Vincent Kompany is a doubt and City are guaranteed to be without John Stones and Benjamin Mendy.Paul Pogba is United’s major absentee through suspension, which is likely to bring the tigerish Ander Herrera into Mourinho’s midfield.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City are gunning for a 14th successive league win and can put a huge 11 points between themselves and second-place Manchester United if they prevail © AFP/File / GENYA SAVILOVLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Manchester United and Manchester City will have to contend with snow and sub-zero temperatures — as well as each other — in Sunday’s Premier League title showdown at Old Trafford.Snow is forecast to fall across northwest England in the hours leading up to kick-off and temperatures are set to drop to -1 degree Celsius (30 Fahrenheit).last_img read more

AFC’s Kaheza ready to sting former side Simba

first_imgHe joined AFC Leopards at the beginning of this season and has so far featured in three matches, starting in last Thursday’s 2-1 win over Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu.“I am really excited to be back home and more so playing against Simba because they are my parent team and I would like to do my best against them. They are a tough team and I think this will be a great challenge for me but I am ready for it,” Kaheza told Capital Sport on Sunday morning after the team’s second training session here in Dar.He added; “I want to ask the home fans to come out in large numbers and see their home boy play. It would be great to play infront of them again.”The speedy forward has also cautioned his teammates to be alert when playing against Wekundu wa Msimbazi saying they are a tough nut to crack having featured against them during his time at Maji Maji.AFC Leopards forward Marcel Kaheza talks to his teammates during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during a training session on January 20, 2018 ahead of the Sportpesa Super Cup. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Simba is a big team here in Tanzania and they have huge support. On the pitch, they are a solid side with very speedy players and we have to play with a lot of caution. They are good in attack and if we defend against them well, we have a chance to win the game and progress,” noted Kaheza.On whether he will celebrate if he scores against his parent team, Kaheza is making no promises.“You never know, this is football. It can happen,” he jokes.Meanwhile, skipper Robinson Kamura expects a tough game from Simba and the tournament in entirety, but says his charges are aiming at getting to the final at least and have a shot at getting a chance to play against English Premier League side Everton FC.Kamura expects Tanzanian teams to come out strongly and contest for the title with Kenya’s representatives Gor Mahia having won the first two competitions.“I know Tanzanian teams will come out very strong because they also want to get that chance. I expect a very competitive tournament from all teams and we should be ready to give our best,” the skipper noted.AFC Leopards skipper Robinson Kamura during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during a training session on January 20, 2018 ahead of the Sportpesa Super Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “We have prepared well and physically we are very fit because back at home the league has picked up. Mentally we are ready to battle for this title and I know if we work hard with my teammates, we can get a good result.”On the expected challenge from Simba, Kamura says;“Simba is a tough team, they are playing in the Champions League and have that vast experience. They will also have the home support but for us, we have our eyes fixed on our target and we will work towards that.”AFC Leopards reached the final of the maiden edition held here in Dar in 2017, losing 3-0 to Gor Mahia in the decider. Last year, they never made it past the first round after losing 4-2 on post match penalties to Singida United.If AFC will win against Simba who are one of the tournament favorites basing on their form, then they will meet the winner between Bandari and Singida United in the semi finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards forward Marcel Kaheza passes the ball during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during a training session on January 20, 2018 ahead of the Sportpesa Super Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 20 – Striker Marcel Kaheza, on loan at AFC Leopards from Tanzanian outfit Simba, says he is excited ahead of a match-up between the two sides on Wednesday in the first round match of the 2019 SportPesa Super Cup at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.Kaheza was loaned to AFC by the Tanzanian giants after finding playing time tough to come by following his second coming. Having previously played for the Simba junior team, Kaheza joined MajiMaji and scored 14 goals last season before Simba snatched him back.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Vehicle company seeks Service/Workshop Manager

first_imgJob Vacancy: A Letterkenny-based business is recruiting for a Service/Workshop Manager with previous experience in the industry. We currently wish to recruit an experienced and dynamic Service Manager to join our team based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Reporting to the General Manager, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in driving our business forward. Key duties and responsibilities to include:Ensuring maximum efficiency and profitability in the Service Department whilst providing a high level of customer satisfaction. Ensuring that all service, warranty and repair works are carried out to the highest standard at our on-site and off-site locations. Ensuring the effective management of all resources in the Service Department. Ensuring that Health Safety regulations are complied with and high standards of housekeeping and security are achieved and maintained within the workshop and surrounding areas. Maintaining excellent working relationships with our distributor and manufacturer. Maximising commercial opportunities for the Service Department. Contributing to the development of plans, policies and procedures as required to ensure the achievement of all tasks in an efficient and timely manner. Maintaining an effective control of costs in line with agreed objectives by regular examination and review of management accounts and budgets. Undertaking additional related responsibilities as required. Desirable experience and skills :Proven experience of running a successful service workshop (preferably using the software programme Autoview) is essential. Sound business acumen, and the capability to control costs and increase profits. Strong technical knowledge. Proven people management skills and leadership ability. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Desire to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction. Proven ability to work to high standards. Strong IT and administration skills. Ability to work calmly under pressure. Possess a full and valid driving license.Salary: Negotiable depending on experience with pay reviewsTo apply for this role, email your CV to clearly stating in the subject line : Service Manager 401  Job Vacancy: Vehicle company seeks Service/Workshop Manager was last modified: August 31st, 2017 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:jobService ManagerVacancylast_img read more

Supermarket manager stole €315,000 to feed his gambling addiction

first_imgA supermarket manager who stole more than €315,000 from his employer to feed his gambling habit put more than 100 jobs at risk.Wayne Johnston put hundreds of thousands of euro through his Paddy Power online betting account to feed his addiction to betting. Johnston appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal charged with theft at Cost Cutters Supermarket in Ballybofey.The father-of-two worked with the supermarket from 2006 but when he was put in charge of all purchasing and staff in 2009, the trail of thefts began.The thefts began with small sums but soon mounted up and in one year he stole more than €300,000.Details of exactly how Johnston, who is originally from Thurles in Co Tipperary, stole the money from his employer was not given during the case.The court was told that the thefts had a huge personal effect on the owner of the business, Michael Doherty.He said he learned that money can be replaced but nothing will ever take away the stress and worry as well as the sleepless nights and mental torture that himself and his family suffered.And he added that without the support of suppliers and partners, the jobs of 100 people would have been in danger.“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same person again. I lost a part of me,” he said.The accused told how Mr Doherty was more than just an employer to him and that they had developed a friendship outside of work.“When the gambling took over I was guilty and embarrassed for taking Michael’s money,” he said.He added that he never thought of the bigger picture and how it might put the jobs of one hundred people in jeopardy.“I’m so sorry for what happened. I was very embarrassed and ashamed and I didn’t realise I could have closed doors to his business. I knew I was taking the money but did not realise the damage I was doing to him or his mother and father,” said Johnston.He said he is now getting treatment for his gambling addiction and his wife Michelle is now in charge of all the family’s finances.His wife gave evidence saying that the family now speak openly about Wayne’s addiction and if he is ever feeling vulnerable.The accused said he now has plans to try and back the money to Mr Doherty saying he is prepared to pay €600 each month for the next 30 years as a way of compensating his former employer.Johnston, who is in his 30s, is currently working for a courier company and his employer is aware of the court case.Barrister for Johnston, Mr Colm Smyth, SC, suggested to Judge John Aylmer to impose a heavy suspended sentence over the head of his client to ensure he does not re-offend and attempts to pay back te stolen cash.Judge Aylmer said he would like to hear the opinion of Mr Doherty about the proposed compensation plan offer and adjourned the case until May 4th.Supermarket manager stole €315,000 to feed his gambling addiction was last modified: April 29th, 2018 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:BallybofeybettingCost CuttercourtgamblingGardaionlinerobberysupermarketWayne Johnstonlast_img read more

Mesut Ozil was dropped for West Ham game after ‘row’ with Unai Emery

first_img Arsenal boss Unai Emery talks with Mesut Ozil after substituting him against Chelsea. 1 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won whoops smart causal silverware latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil was dropped for the game against West Ham after a row with new manager Unai Emery, report ESPN.The Gunners star was mysteriously absent from the matchday squad at the Emirates as they took on the Hammers. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade revealed tense Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings It was initially reported the German midfielder was suffering an illness, with influenza credited in some places, but his absence is now believed to have been for a different reason.ESPN reporter Joao Castelo-Branco has reported Ozil had a training ground bust up with Emery during the week.Meanwhile it’s also believed the player quit training after the argument leaving his Spanish boss no option other than dropping him for the West Ham clash. predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Popular Premier League News Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man Citylast_img read more

City Council to beam us in

first_imgFor years, a frequent complaint about City Council meetings, held downtown, is that they are just too far from the San Fernando Valley and most other neighborhoods for residents to participate. That complaint could be a thing of the past, with teleconferencing from Van Nuys City Hall to downtown City Hall for council meetings starting today. “The time for the Valley to have its voice heard during council meetings has arrived,” said Councilman Greig Smith, who proposed the plan. “We can make certain your collective voice reverberates throughout City Hall and the entire city of Los Angeles.” Smith aide Mitch Englander said officials hope there is wide public use of the system, so it can be expanded to other areas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Los Angeles is the first city to even try something like this on a regular basis,” Englander said. “If it is successful here, the councilman hopes to see it expanded to other areas of the city where people want to have a say on how the city is functioning.” Under a six-month pilot program, residents can go to Van Nuys City Hall, fill out a speaker card and address the council on any item on the council agenda, as well as during the public-comment period. Smith and other Valley-area council members have been trying to build momentum for the program by notifying community groups about its availability. Joe Vitti of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment is urging his members to take advantage of the program. “Are you frustrated by the time and traffic to get to downtown Los Angeles to testify?” Vitti asked in a mailing to Valley VOTE members. “Los Angeles is the first city in the country to offer this opportunity – (but) it will be canceled if the citizens do not participate.” Vitti said he hopes residents will use the system as a way to be heard on local matters. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 IF YOU GO Teleconferencing will be held at Van Nuys City Hall, Second Floor, 14410 Sylvan St. The City Council meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, this Friday’s meeting has been canceled because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. 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