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first_imgThe project director of TrustAfrica-Liberia, a pan African foundation with headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, has extended assistance to the Revival Temple Assembly of God Mission High School in Wood Camp and the Royal Christian Foundation Institute (RCFI) in the 72nd Neezoe community.Attorney-at-Law Kanio Bai Gbala presented five bundles of zinc to both schools that were recently affected by torrential rains and heavy windstorms which damaged three schools in Electoral District#3 in Montserrado County.The donation was in response to an appeal for help from the principal of RCFI, Siaka Wilson, after a storm had damaged the right wing of the school near his office. Wilson said an earlier appeal to some of the stakeholders and other prominent residents did not materialize. He further explained how the damaged section had delayed their instructional period by two weeks, but expressed gratitude to Atty. Gbala for his timely intervention, through which the damaged portion of the school has been repaired. “The project director for TrustAfrica-Liberia, one Kanio Gbala, came to our rescue. He gave us two bundles of zinc. The national principals association came with some funding,” Wilson told reporters over the weekend. He called on other well-meaning Liberians to emulate the good example of Atty. Gbala by at least visiting the campus to identify with the administration of the school during its predicament. While RCFI has repaired the damage and strengthened the roof against a recurrence, Revival Temple AGM is appealing for more assistance to complete the renovation works. Six classrooms were affected. Vice president for instruction Edwin Kalama said the incident has led to the merger of two classes in one room.Kalama said the situation is hampering the delivery of sound academic instruction to the students and noted the contribution of Kanio.“We have been communicating with other philanthropic institutions. We wrote them for assistance, but only Atty. Kanio Gbala came to our rescue. We were really surprised by his donation on the morning of the incident because we didn’t write or call him,” Kalama told reporters recently.For Atty. Gbala, the gesture is his “little way” of contributing to the country’s education sector. He then urged the authorities of the Ministry of Education to raise some support for schools that are still struggling in the aftermath of the storm in District #3. Atty. Gbala, a resident of District #3 is the founder and chief executive officer of the Friends of District #3, a philanthropic, educational and developmental group working to build unity in the district.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgProtesters blocked CARI’s Entrance, thus preveting workers from entering their offices.Employees and casual laborers at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 instituted a strike action, which paralyzed normal working activities. The protesters were demanding the re-in-statement of one of their colleagues, who they claimed was dismissed by the CARI Management without any “justifiable cause.”CARI Research Assistant, Arthur Wennah, was reportedly dismissed from work by the Caretaker Director, Madam Paulette Findley, for reason this newspaper has not established up to press time last night.Wennah, on Thursday December 5, 2019, told Radio Gbarnga that several assets belonging to CARI were reportedly taken away by one David Tokpah, head of the Natural Resource Department, who acted at that time as acting director in the absence of Madam Paulette Findley, CARI’s Acting Director General.Wennah told the station that at the time the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was here, some of the soldiers used the CARI’s facilities, but when UNMIL departed in 2018, the mission presented several items, ranging from generators, air conditioners, fencing wires, and chairs to the management of CARI for use.When Wennah disclosed that several missing items, including a 50kva generator, fencing wires and an air conditioner were all discovered by police being packed in the ‘Millionaire Quarter Community’ in Gbarnga over the weekend.But Police have not established whether these materials are part of the items that the peacekeepers donated to CARIMadam Towan Gbeinquio, Casual Laborers’ LeaderDavid Tokpah, the head of the Natural Resource Department, who is at the center of the allegation for reportedly removing those assets from the CARI premises, has denied having any idea about how the materials left CARI and got in the compound in Gbarnga.Tokpah also told Radio Gbarnga recently that while acting as Director General for CARI, the security guards assigned there advised him to remove those materials from the CARI’s premises to different location for fear of being gutted by fire since the dry season is already here.“We don’t want those materials to be taken away by criminals…, this is the reason why we took them to a safer location,” David Tokpah told the local radio station.CARI’s Acting Director General has meanwhile ordered the suspension of David Tokpah, who is at the center of controversy pending police investigation.CARI’s Management letter to police specified that the alleged missing items, include a 50kva generator, two fuel tankers, air conditioners, and some unspecified items, but police have not made any arrest. Howeve, they said they have launched a full scale investigation in the situation.However, Daily Observer’s investigation established that Arthur Wennah might have been dismissed for leaking information to police that led to the discovery of some assets that may be belonging to CARI that went missing few days ago.In separate interview on at the CARI compound, some of the workers said they instituted a strike action until the CARI Management re-instates their colleague, Arthur Wennah.The fuming workers set a road block at the entrance to CARI, preventing other workers from entering the compound.“We want management to re-instate Arthur Wennah, because we don’t see the reason why Wennah should be dismissed, when the person who allegedly took away the materials has been suspended. We will not stop until the government can hear about us. We want Wennah back to work,” the enraged workers shouted over their shoulders.At the entrance, they placed placards with the inscriptions: “We want our generator back David P. Tokpah; We are tired, Go Findley!!! Go David!!!, No Arthur!!  No Work!! Go David!!.“CARI has lost its taste to the people of Bong County as a result of political interference in the running of the institution. CARI is a research center, and it should be a research center; not a political research center,” said Augustine Y. Johnson Research Assistant at CARI.“The Act that established CARI sates that the director general of the institution should hold a doctorate degree in the field of agriculture, but Madam Paulette Findley does not hold doctorate degree in any field of agriculture,” Johnson said.When contacted, the acting Director General, and an official in the Research Officer for Crops Program, Dr. Quaqua Sumo Mulbah, said: “We are only appealing to the people to go back to work.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK – Tiki Barber sat with three executives at the front of Studio 3A inside NBC’s home base. His blue New York Giants jersey had been traded for a sharp blue suit on this first day of the rest of his post-NFL life. NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol and NBC News president Steve Capus were on hand for the official announcement that one of the greatest players in Giants history will be joining the family. Barber will serve as a correspondent for the “Today” show and as an analyst for “Football Night in America,” the studio show that precedes the network’s Sunday night game telecasts. “Coach Coughlin was nothing but great for me as a player, but the grind took its toll on me,” Barber said. “It mentally forced me to start thinking about what I wanted to do next.” He spoke about not being given any practice days off from Coughlin despite being so beat up so often that he could hardly move. “He’d get mad at me for going half-speed,” Barber said. “I told him, `Coach, I can’t do it. I’m going to be out here. I’m never going to miss a practice, but I can’t give what you want all the time.’ He understood. “I think he has to start listening to the players a little bit more and come out their way. We’re in full pads for 17 weeks, and with the amount of injuries that we had, it just takes a toll.” So the preparations started for the next chapter, which the Giants’ all-time leading rusher and receiver also hopes will include Olympics coverage, but Barber is interested in more than just sports. There were talks with various networks, but Barber said, “My dream has always been to be on the `Today’ show.” So here he is, armed with a three-year deal and ready to work with his friend, co-host Matt Lauer. “He’s so smart and drives himself so hard that I think he’s a perfect fit for our show,” Lauer said. “I want him going out and doing stories in the political season and giving us a different perspective on a candidate. I think it’s important to get him out on parenting stories, education stories, health stories. He’s 31 years old. Fitness. What’s it like to stay healthy? What it’s like to change careers?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I think he’s going to light up the screen,” Capus said. Barber lit up the field with 1,662 yards on the ground in his 10th season and made his third consecutive Pro Bowl.But he said the grind under head coach Tom Coughlin these last three years helped drive him out of the game at 31. last_img
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first_imgFox’s top-rated “American Idol” will run three times next week before returning March13 to a twice-weekly schedule. The winner will be crowned in May.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More “American Idol” dreams were dashed Thursday with the eliminations of four contestants – including a West Hollywood woman – on the record-breaking amateur talent contest. Alaina Alexander, Leslie Hunt, Nicholas Pedro and A.J. Tabaldo were voted off in the balloting, which drew about 32million calls and text messages. Sixteen hopefuls remain. Alexander, 24, the West Hollywood singer, was booted after her performance of the Dixie Chicks Grammy-winning anthem “Not Ready To Make Nice” left judges cold in competition this week. Thursday, Alexander was too tearful to get through the song again after she got her eviction notice. But the remaining “Idol” women gathered around for a group hug as a final farewell. There were few surprises in the round. Tabaldo, 22, was sent home after his rendition of Nina Simone`s “Feeling Good” was judged below snuff. Panelist Paula Abdul, though, didn’t agree with the decision. “Truthfully, this is a singing competition, (and) I don’t feel tonight reflects this.” The Simone song choice also proved unlucky for Hunt, 24, who also sang it this week and got a one-way ticket back to Chicago for her trouble. Pedro’s interpretation of the standard “Fever” received a cool reception from judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Abdul, who voted to put him out to pasture. “It’s about standing out in the crowd,” said Cowell, who said the singer, 25, suffered from a shortage of charisma. Thursday’s show featured a performance by “Idol” also-ran Kellie Pickler, who performed a song from her album “Small Town Girl.” last_img
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first_img“It is truly unbelievable,” he said of Lava Man’s matching John Henry’s 1982 Santa Anita Handicap repeat, which a 13-year-old O’Neill watched from the Santa Anita infield after riding three buses from his family’s Santa Monica home. What a story. As the O’Neill-Lava Man legend grows, though, the state’s leading trainer is working on a second story he finds no less charming even though it violates the one-horse rule. O’Neill is shooting for the Kentucky Derby with not one, not two, but three outstanding young colts. And it might even turn out to be four. If O’Neill shows up at Churchill Downs on May 5 with a threesome or more, he’ll jump out of the storybooks and into the volumes that define stardom for modern thoroughbred trainers. Think of Silent Tom Smith and Seabiscuit, Sam Rubin and Ron McAnally and John Henry, Roy and Gretchen Jackson and Barbaro. Doug O’Neill found his one horse when he put in a $50,000 bargain claim three summers ago for Lava Man, the wonder gelding who labored to win the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap for the second year in a row in front of 43,024 fans Saturday and run his winning streak in California to nine races. ARCADIA The sweetest racetrack stories link a man and a horse. Or a couple of men and a horse. Or a man and a woman and a horse. The key is, in classic tales of the turf, it’s always one horse at a time. center_img There may be poetry in the mute connection between a horseman and his animal, but there’s power in numbers. An hour before Lava Man and jockey Corey Nakatani won the Big ‘Cap, an O’Neill-trained colt named Great Hunter rallied with Nakatani to win the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes in the opener of his Kentucky Derby prep campaign. Great Hunter became O’Neill’s second 3-year-old stakes winner of the season. Notional won the Risen Star Stakes in Louisiana last month. And there could be another very soon. Liquidity goes to the Louisiana Derby next weekend after agonizing seconds to a pair of big Derby prospects at Santa Anita. The fourth O’Neill possibility is Merv Griffin-owned Cobalt Blue, who’ll try to earn a place setting at the barn’s Triple Crown training table when he runs in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in a couple of weeks. “This is really our first attempt at the Derby,” O’Neill, whose dreams of Kentucky a year ago ended when Griffin’s Stevie Wonderboy got hurt, said earlier this week at Santa Anita. “I’m blessed to have three or four 3-year-olds who, just on numbers, have run some of the fastest races this year. Unlike a horse like Lava Man (a reliable 6-year-old), you just don’t know how they’re going to develop and how they’re going to handle the campaign. So far, so good.” Suddenly, thanks to owner J.Paul Reddam (the Ditech.com and CashCall loans mogul from Laguna Beach) and a crack barn crew headed by his brother Dennis, Doug O’Neill is in a league with D. Wayne Lukas, Bob Baffert and Nick Zito, Derby-winning trainers known for their multihorse assaults on Louisville, and Todd Pletcher, who has a bunch of candidates to end his Derby oh-fer this spring. Only Lukas has actually won a Derby (Grindstone’s, in 1996) in which he had three or more starters. As charmless as this approach might sound, trying to win a Derby with an army could be a harder test for a trainer than banking on one horse. In part because the well-seasoned Great Hunter (by Aptitude), the light-framed California-bred Notional (In Excess) and the massive Liquidity (Tiznow) all are owned by Reddam, the O’Neill brothers have contrived to keep them from racing against each other in the preps. Great Hunter is supposed to run next in Lexington in the April 14 Blue Grass Stakes, Notional in the March 31 Florida Derby, Liquidity in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby (after which Liquidity would come home for the April 7 Santa Anita Derby). “Everybody’s got different theories about how to win the Derby,” Reddam joked in the Santa Anita winner’s circle Saturday, “so we’ll prep one five weeks out, one four weeks out and one three weeks out.” There’s method to O’Neill’s map work. You might think it stresses a horse, all this jetting around for the good of the team, but the 38-year-old trainer isn’t worried. “I think it’s good for a horse to get a little experience on the road, then come back here and freshen up,” O’Neill said a few days ago. “The (plan) we talked about at the end of last year is coming together. Keeping them away from each other, getting them some experience on the road, and having fresh legs coming up to the Derby. Knock on wood.” The Kentucky Derby chase looks as wide open as it ever has been at this stage, thanks to an upset in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth in Florida, where Nobiz Like Shobiz ran an erratic third to Scat Daddy and California-based Stormello. I’m putting 2-year-old champ Street Sense back on top of the rankings by default, and my top 10 includes three O’Neills and four Pletchers (Ravel, Scat Daddy, Any Given Saturday, and Circular Quay). It often goes like this for a good horse trainer. One big horse makes him famous, then more and more big horses flood in. In all Saturday, O’Neill saddled four winners at Santa Anita, one of which paid $64.60. Around mid-afternoon, somebody pointed out that he’d also saddled a half-dozen losers. “Where’s a bartender?” O’Neill replied, mock-upset. Good thing he was kidding. He’ll need his wits about him in the next two months as the complicated part of the O’Neill plot unfolds. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616 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

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first_imgSEATTLE – Warehouse retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. said Thursday its fiscal second-quarter profit dropped 16 percent, hurt in part by costs associated with revamping its consumer electronics return policy. Net income for the quarter ended Feb. 18 fell to $249.5 million, or 54 cents per share, from $296.2 million, or 62 cents per share a year ago. Last week, Costco announced a new return policy for consumer electronics devices including televisions, computers, cameras, camcorders, digital music players and cell phones. In the past, the company gave customers unlimited time to return those items, but the new policy shortens that window to 90 days. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a conference call with investors Thursday, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said the company conducted a detailed review of when customers were returning items such as televisions, which he said bring in about $2.5 billion in revenue each years.last_img read more

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city is once again inviting the public to provide feedback and ask questions on June 27th at 6:00 pm as they release the City’s 2015 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements.Interesting facts and information come about from the report as well, such as:1100 new likes on FacebookThe launch of a city appOver 45,000 trips down the waterslide at the North Peace Leisure PoolAlmost 13,000 people attended the U17 Wold Hockey ChallengeThe biggest point in 2015 though was the signing of the Peace River Agreement (PRA).That took place between the Province and the Community Measures Agreement (CMA) with BC Hydro. The PRA will help the city in managing capital projects for years to come and the CMA, a legally binding agreement, will mitigate the impacts of the $8 billion Site C dam project.- Advertisement -Citizens can view the report or download it from the city’s website.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Arsenal reportedly agreed a fee for Sanchez with City on transfer deadline day, only for the deal to collapse after Wenger was unable to complete a move for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Arsene Wenger moved to allay the fears of Arsenal fans on Tuesday saying he would replace both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil with world-class players should they end up leaving.Both Sanchez, who came close to moving to Manchester City on the final day of the last transfer window in August, and Ozil’s contracts are up at the end of the present season. Sanchez’s attitude and commitment to the club have been questioned by fans and some of his team-mates did not congratulate the 29-year-old Chilean after he scored a double in the 3-2 Premier League win over Crystal Palace last Thursday.Wenger, whose transfer dealings have been a sore point with sections of the Arsenal support, said he would also be on the look-out for players in the present transfer window.Mesut Ozil (left) talks to Arsene Wenger after joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in September 2013“We are open to any position for the exceptional player that can give us a plus. It depends a little bit on the injuries as well,” said the Arsenal manager on the eve of their match with reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.“On the other hand it depends if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are at the end of their contracts in June.“It will depend on that as well. We have to take the consequences of those decisions and respond to it.“How we cope with that, first of all we have not lost them yet, and secondly we will respond to that by bringing in players of top quality.“This club has lost many, many big players and has always responded well.”Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring a penalty during the English Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor in Burnley on November 26, 2017However, the 68-year-old Frenchman refuted suggestions he was targeting Chelsea’s Brazil centre-back David Luiz or French international midfielder Thomas Lemar from Monaco.The failure to sign 22-year-old Lemar back in August led to the collapse of the Sanchez move to Manchester City.“I don’t want to think about any special names, but these reports are wrong,” said Wenger, whose side are currently fifth in the table, six points behind Liverpool in fourth but with a game in hand.As for catching runaway leaders City, Wenger said there is the slimmest glimmer of hope for their rivals given their two recent performances — a 1-0 win away at struggling Newcastle United and then a 0-0 draw on Sunday against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.“They have shown signs of being less dominant,” said Wenger, whose side are 21 points behind City.“One of the teams behind need to have a perfect run and they (City) need to collapse a bit.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgWith Arsenal hosting West Ham on Saturday, the London derby against Manuel Pellegrini’s team — also losers in their opening games — offers Emery a chance to steady the ship.The Spaniard is in his first season at the Emirates Stadium after replacing Arsene Wenger and has moved quickly to alter the game-plan preferred by his predecessor.Where Wenger demanded Arsenal played an all-out attacking system that often left them vulnerable at the back, Emery favours a high-tempo pressing game.The former Paris Saint Germain boss also likes his goalkeeper and defenders to start moves with passing from the back, even when under pressure from opponents.This has led to Arsenal putting themselves in difficult positions at times, but Emery is adamant the issues are just teething problems that will soon resolve themselves.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams — whether you are playing against Manchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham on Saturday,” he said.“There are three points on this game. It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically.“After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”West Ham’s visit gives Jack Wilshere a chance to prove Emery was wrong to let him leave.Hammers midfielder Wilshere saw his 17-year stay with Arsenal come to an end in the close-season after Emery opted against giving the injury-prone England international a new contract.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” Emery said.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future.“On Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also. I think there is a good reception for him here.“Then we are going to play and we are going to think after that, for us to win. But I hope the best for his career.”West Ham’s need for the points is just as great as Arsenal’s after defeats against Liverpool and Bournemouth.Angry fans flooded out of the London Stadium well before the final whistle against Bournemouth, prompting Pellegrini to criticise the early leavers.The former Manchester City boss, aware that Hammers supporters spent much of last season protesting against their club’s owners, called on the fans to stand by the team.“It is not about how much I criticised the fans – it is how much the team needs the fans,” Pellegrini said.“I perfectly understand if you are losing 4-1 or 5-1 and you have got five minutes till the game finishes, maybe you leave early to your house. But losing 2-1?“At this moment the players need everybody together, the fans, the team, the manager, the owners – everybody.“Maybe the fans had a reason, but I just wanted to clarify how important the fans for the result of the games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs a win against West Ham on Saturday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Unai Emery insists Arsenal’s spluttering start to the season won’t stop him overhauling his team’s style of play.Emery has been criticised for changing Arsenal’s tactics too quickly after the Gunners were beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two Premier League games.last_img read more

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first_img Mirko Pigliacelli 1 Premier League new boys Watford are eyeing promising Italian goalkeeper Mirko Pigliacelli.The 21-year-old currently plays for Serie B side Frosinone but has been attracting attention from other clubs after a fine season between the sticks.According to reports in Italy, Watford are one of the sides who have been keeping close tabs on him all year and could be about to make their move for him, having won promotion to the top flight.However, they will face competition from AEK Athens for his signature when the transfer window opens.last_img

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