Find the Money and Secure Liberia’s Interior

first_imgThe House of Representatives has summoned Police Commissioner Chris Massaquoi to appear and explain the alleged absence of security personnel, especially the police, in Liberia’s interior.Lofa County Representative Moses Y. Kollie raised the alarm in the House last week and expressed fear that the people of Salayea and Zorzor Districts were at risk of attacks from armed robbers and other mischief makers due to the absence of police in the interior, especially Salayea and Zorzor.But we believe that the House has it wrong.  It is not the Police Commissioner they should be summoning but the Finance and Justice Ministers—the Finance Minister because he controls the nation’s purse strings and can better explain why government is not sufficiently financing thePolice and the Joint Security so that more officers and other security personnel may be deployed throughout Liberia’s interior.  The House should summon the Justice Minister to explain why the Ministry has not been pushing for more funding for security operations in the interior. If they have been pushing, we have not heard the noise.Yet this is the same government that is calling on professionals to opt for service in the interior instead of crowding the cities, Monrovia in particular.The government knows, and we have said it many times editorially, that it has the responsibility to make the interior habitable by carrying development to the rural parts to make life more livable.  We are talking about electricity, pipe-borne water, modern housing, low and medium-cost, Internet access, shopping and other facilities.Thankfully, headway is being made to wire the whole interior with electricity, through La Côte d’Ivoire, beginning with Grand Gedeh, Nimba and Bong Counties.  Hopefully within a year or earlier, power will reach Lofa and beyond.But there is much more to be done to make the interior more livable.When it comes to commerce, here is where LIBA, the Liberian Business Association, must take the initiative by encouraging its members in all 15 counties to seize the opportunities at hand.  There is need for grocery shops, modern shops, boutiques, even supermarkets as well as modern motels and hotels.  LIBA members should begin exploring tourist opportunities within each county.  Take the waterfalls in Ganta, Nimba County, and in Patawee, Bong County, behind Cuttington University. But there are the forests and other sites in each county that can be explored.  We suggest that LIBA should engage local and foreign tourist experts who can explore the Liberian interior and advise the Association on how to encourage its members in this avenue of investment.There is the whole business accommodation facilities for which the whole Liberian interior is crying.  Here is an opportunity for farmers to make money by supplying such businesses with food.  Here is a chance for our farmers to invest in chickens and eggs, other meats such as goat, sheep and beef (cattle); as well as non-traditional vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber and tomato.But lest we forget, this editorial is primarily about making Liberia’s interior secure so that people may live in peace.  The Liberian government must invest in its Joint Security force and supply them with the motor vehicles, communication equipment and other logistics it needs to do a more effective job to help the people live in peace and security.The Immigration aspect of security is not to be forgotten.  Liberian borders, as porous as they are, we run the risk of being overrun as a nation by foreigners, unless we can control the influx of aliens across our borders.Here we are reminded of the urgent need for national identification. But that is the subject of another editorial. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen organizes golf tourney

first_imgPALMDALE – Following in the footsteps of a former teammate, Quartz Hill High golf standout Ayla Friga is organizing a golf tournament to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Friga is organizing the tournament for her senior project. Ali Erdman, a former Quartz Hill standout who now plays at the University of California, Riverside, organized a similar event last season benefiting breast-cancer research. The Ayla Friga Classic will be held March 11 at Rancho Vista Golf Course. The tournament will start at 8 a.m., and will be followed by a raffle and auction featuring rock and sports memorabilia. The San Jose State-bound Friga felt compelled to raise money for Make-A-Wish after speaking with her uncle Jonathan Caine, a keyboardist for the 1970s and ’80s classic rock band Journey. For information or to sign up for the tournament, call (661) 272-9903, Ext. 112, or (661) 942-9199, or e-mail ladypro13@yahoo.com or afriga89@yahoo.com. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Friga said Caine told her how his band became involved in Make-A-Wish, writing and performing a song for a boy who was near death. “The money goes to Make-A-Wish for a child who’s dying so they can still have some happiness,” Friga said. “It helps the families too because they get to remember the good times they had.” Items of note that will be available for auction include an autographed Epiphone electric guitar autographed by Journey and a Samick acoustic guitar autographed by REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick band members, among other classic rock musicians. “There’s a lot of wonderful charities out there, but when a child is dying and you can help them with their last wish, I can’t think of anything more important,” Tom Friga said. The $100 tournament entry cost includes greens fees, a cart, breakfast, range balls, a raffle ticket and an awards banquet. last_img read more

NEIL GALLAGHER WILL REMAIN ON AS A DONEGAL PLAYER FOR 2015 CAMPAIGN

first_imgNeil Gallagher says he has no intention of retiring from inter-county football.Donegal midfielder Neil Gallagher has dispelled rumours he’s set to retire from inter-county football by declaring himself available for selection for next season.While a successor to McGuinness has yet to be appointed, it will no doubt give candidates hoping to get the job a massive boost as they plan for next season.It had been suggested that Gallagher may hang up the boots following the departure of McGuinness, but the Glenswilly man says he’s not ready to walk away just yet. The midfield powerhouse enjoyed a fantastic year for Donegal, and was earlier today named as an All-Star nomination for 2014.He’s almost guaranteed to get an All-Star alongside Kerry’s David Moran at midfield.Gallagher told Donegal TV, “It has been some journey over these last four years.“I can only speak for myself at the minute, but I’ll be battering away anyway and playing out the club championship. “If the new manager wants to pick me, the grand. There are a lot of us around the 31 or 32 bracket.“You saw Christy Toye there, who missed a year out and came back and had a great year. He’s the same age as myself and there plenty of football still there.The news will be a great boost to Donegal fans who are in desperate need of a lift following the departure of McGuinness last Friday evening.NEIL GALLAGHER WILL REMAIN ON AS A DONEGAL PLAYER FOR 2015 CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAInter-countyNeil GallaghernewsPredecessorretirementSportlast_img read more

Bynum looks to contribute ‘Big’ minutes

first_img No letting up The Lakers were back at work on their full-court pressure defense, both in the video room and on the floor, with Jackson saying he always has preferred the style of play and expects to make much use out of it this season. “There’s a time when you’ve got to give it up sometimes when it runs you into mistakes or takes you out,” Jackson said. “But we think that for us to be any good, we’ve got to figure out a way to defend a team somewhere upcourt.” On past Lakers teams, Jackson said the first priority was getting back on defense with Shaquille O’Neal chugging down court. Now Jackson is even having Brown and Mihm work on trapping off the inbounds pass on the opposite end of the floor. “It’s always felt comfortable to me because I was on a team that used full-court pressure in New York,” Jackson said. “And we didn’t have outstanding speed, we didn’t have outstanding size, and we were still able to play full-court pressure because we knew that that’s what had to be done.” Pippen gone The Lakers’ coaching staff looked a little less legendary , with Scottie Pippen returning home from his job as training-camp consultant. It has not been decided if Pippen will return later in the season, but Jackson said his former player enjoyed his work. Asked if he could see Pippen working somewhere as an assistant next year, Jackson added: “If he wants to. I think he’ll have opportunities to do a variety of things, color commentating or coaching.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m going to get playing time, I believe, because we only have, what, three big men,” Bynum said. His numbers are off, but not by much. The Lakers are looking at a frontcourt rotation of Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown, Slava Medvedenko, Brian Cook and possibly Corie Blount, with Lamar Odom moving to power forward from the backcourt on occasion. If any of those players gets into foul trouble, Bynum reasoned, he could be forced into action. He spent the summer working out, hopeful of making an impact as a rookie, only to suffer the abdominal injury his first week of camp. “It was extremely disappointing, because I was doing pretty good up until the fourth day, when I got hurt,” Bynum said. “To be sidelined by some kind of pulled muscle, it looks like you’re fine, there’s nothing appearing that’s wrong, people ask you why you don’t play and stuff like that. You just can’t.” The Lakers are reluctant to set a timetable for Bynum’s return but have not ruled him out of their Oct. 23 exhibition game against Charlotte in San Diego. “Actually, I think I can contribute more than I thought I could,” said Bynum, who joined his teammates on the practice court Friday for the first time in a week before heading back to the sidelines at the start of contact drills. Even while Phil Jackson has bemoaned Bynum’s lack of game experience coming out of high school and discussed the possibility of sending him to the NBA Development League, the 17-year-old center has done a little roster math and tried to watch and learn as best he can. center_img :He was able to take part in only four days of training camp before being sidelined by an abdominal strain. He won’t play in an exhibition game for another week, at least, and possibly longer. Yet Andrew Bynum’s expectations for his rookie season have grown during his short time with the Lakers. last_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: MURDER SUSPECT IS ARMED AND UNSTABLE

first_imgWanted: McLaughlin is armed and mentally unstableCOMMUNITY ALERT: Dissident republican Kieran McLaughlin, the chief suspect in the murder of Barry McCrory, is armed and mentally unstable and may still be in the Inishowen area of Co Donegal.Gardaí and PSNI officers also believe that McLaughlin may try to enter the Derry City area again to carry out further attacks.They believe he was responsible for the stabbing of a man in the Creggan area of Derry last Tuesday. Mr McCrory was shot dead at his apartment in Shipquay Street on Thursday morning.Anyone who sees McLaughlin should not approach him and dial ‘999’ immediately.A search in the Burnfoot and Muff areas of Inishowen has continued this afternoon after an overnight incident where Gardaí and Irish Army personnel surrounded a house in the Brae Road area, believing McLaughlin was there.Gardaí say the operation in the area remains ‘live’ and searches are ongoing. Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray called on the community in Donegal to remain extremely vigilant. COMMUNITY ALERT: MURDER SUSPECT IS ARMED AND UNSTABLE was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry McCroryBurnfootInishowenKieran McLaughlinsearcheslast_img read more

Sensational membership offer at Letterkenny Community Centre

first_imgLetterkenny Community Centre are offering patrons the opportunity to avail of a number of fantastic new membership packages before the end of September.  Management at the popular fitness facility have devised a number of brilliant membership packages with 10% off ALL memberships.The offer has been on-going for a number of weeks, and memberships have increased ten-fold, but time is running out. The incredible offer ends on September 30th, so anybody interested in getting in good physical condition over the winter are being encouraged to take out their membership out now!Letterkenny Community Centre have a vast array of professional fitness experts working within the facility.There is a diverse range of classes available that caters for all – and with full access to their state-of-the-art gym, it is too good an offer to refuse!A spokesman for Letterkenny Community Centre said, “Our membership offers have been well received by the general public thus far. “The offer ends next Friday, so there’s still time for you to avail of one of our membership packages.“We’ve got one month, three month, six month and 12 month memberships on offer with 10% off ALL.“We’ve established ourselves as a market leader in the fitness industry over the years, and we’ve got dedicated professional fitness experts that are there to help everybody of all shapes and sizes.“We’ve got a whole series of different classes available that range from Circuits, Morning Mix, Tums&Bums, Zumba, Cardio Body Pump and Core Conditioning.“So we cater for all, and there’s plenty of variety in the classes on offer, and every member has full access to our gym. So if you’re interested in availing of one of these incredible offers, then call today on (074) 912 2761.Or visit their Facebook page by clicking on the link below.www.facebook.com/Letterkenny-Community-Centre-314338611913284/?fref=tsSensational membership offer at Letterkenny Community Centre was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

National Book Week Forum 2014

first_imgNational Book Week Forum launchesThe South African Reading Foundation (SARF) in partnership with OR Tambo International Airport, Brand SA and the University of Johannesburg will launch the second annual National Book Week Form forum on Tuesday, 2 September 2014.The theme for National Book Week South Africa this year is “going places” which illustrates that reading books can take us places both in terms of one’s career , socially, as well as through the travelling one does in each story. The sub-theme for our forum is Intellectual Swag which means it’s cool to be intelligent. This concept allows us to counter negative stereotypes associated with reading books and has proven to increase the appeal of the activity amongst youth.At the National Book Week Forum business leaders, authors and celebrities will come together to discuss how books have assisted them to progress in their careers as well as how we can spread a culture of reading books in South AfricaGuest speakers for the day will include: CEO of Shanduka Group Ms Phuti Mahanyele, Author Mr Shaka Sisulu, Author Ms Gugu Ndima, OR Tambo International Airport Brand and Comms Manager Mrs Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Brand SA Director: Strategic Marketing & Comms, Wendy Tlou, Media Personality Ms Pearl Thusi (MC), Actress Ms Nolo Phiri and Chairperson of the SA Reading Foundation Tebogo Ditshego.About the South African Reading FoundationThe South African Reading Foundation (SARF) is an organisation which encourages young South Africans to read books and also creates access to reading material. Through social media initiative @ReadabookSA, SARF has attracted over 30,800 followers on Twitter and has become the most followed book club in South Africa.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, and young to not so young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.  Note to EditorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, helping to improve its global competitiveness. It also aims to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, contributing to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities, whether big or small. The campaign is driven by Brand South Africa.More resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit SouthAfrica.info and Media Club South Africa for further resources that can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Join the conversation Follow Brand South AfricaTell us how you Play Your PartFacebook: www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfricaFacebook: www.facebook.com/PlayYourPartTwitter: @Brand_SATwitter: @PlayYourPartSAWebsite: www.brandsouthafrica.comWebsite:  www.playyourpart.co.zaContactFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Locals may be banned from Goa casinos

first_imgPanaji: Locals may find themselves unwelcome in playing areas of the casinos from 2019 once the Goa government appoints a gaming commissioner to regulate operations, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. A casino policy would be unveiled this month, he said in the Assembly on the final day of the monsoon session. He also said that offshore casinos operating in the Mandovi river off Panaji would be relocated to special designated zones which will be notified in the policy. “As a policy, Goans will not be permitted to enter the casino playing areas. Only visiting tourists shall be permitted. A mechanism in this regard will be put in place once the gaming commissioner is appointed and appropriate rules for regulation shall be formulated,” Mr. Parrikar said. “Licences for offshore casinos will be issued provided they grant their willingness, within a year from the date of policy being declared, to shift their operations to notified designated zones,” Mr. Parrikar said, adding that the six operating offshore casinos, would be allowed to complete the relocation process. “Licences for casino operations being granted in the designated zone can be considered for a tenure of 10 to 15 years taking into account the huge investment required for such projects,” Mr. Parrikar said. At present Goa has six offshore casinos operating from the Mandovi river, and nine onshore casinos at five star resorts.last_img read more

Ratliffe says Fajardo ‘best Asian player’ he’s ever faced

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Pocari’s warm environment key to Rivers’ easy adjustment Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo is a man of many achievements having amassed three MVPs, five Best Player of the Conference trophies and countless other accolades.On Friday, the jovial giant may have gotten one more, though this time it didn’t come with a piece of hardware.ADVERTISEMENT Ratliffe has plied his trade in Korean Basketball League and also played in the Jones Cup.In their Game 4 matchup, it was evident that Ratliffe had his trouble against Fajardo.Sure he did score 36 points against Fajardo’s 22, but he missed 10 of his 24 shots and labored in the post against the PBA’s best big man.“It’s mutual respect, I think he respects me and I respect him,” said Ratliffe. “I’ve seen him off the court a couple of times and it’s nothing but friendly conversations.”Ratliffe first played for Star in 2016 and he returned in 2017 for the Commissioner’s Cup, and one of the first players to welcome him back was Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img And the former University of Missouri Tiger said he wants to come back to the PBA in 2018 to continue his friendly rivalry with Fajardo.“I’m looking forward to playing against him, he’s a great talent, huge individual, and he’s very mobile for his size,” said Ratliffe. “That’s what I respect about him, he’s not just a big lazy guy… I think he’s like an import, I think he’s better than most imports that come here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Fajardo has earned the admiration and respect of Star’s bruising import Ricardo Ratliffe, who described him as the “best Asian basketball player” he’s ever faced.Ratliffe would, as if on cue, always bump his fists with Fajardo every time the San Miguel center steps on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just got a lot of respect for him, I said earlier that he’s the best Asian I’ve ever played against,” said Ratliffe after his Hotshots lost to Fajardo’s Beermen, 109-102, in the semifinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I played with some of the best players in the world in different countries so he’s definitely the best player I’ve ever faced against in Asia.” 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

UEFA ramps up women’s football funding by 50%

first_imgUEFA has announced it will increase the amount of funding it supplies towards women’s soccer in a bid to continue its rise in popularity.UEFA has committed to a 50 per cent increase in financial backing through its Women’s Football Development Programme (WFDP) – rising to a total of €150,000 (£131,000/$173,000) per year to each of its 55 member associations from 2020.The WFDP forms part of the UEFA HatTrick programme, which has been funded by revenues from European Championship competitions since 2004, allowing projects to be invested in from elite to grassroots levels of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! UEFA’s pledge comes in support of the #WhatIf campaign, an initiative launched five months ago by the organisation Women in Football, which strives to change attitudes towards women working in football.Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President, said: “The potential for women’s football is limitless and it is with this in mind Uefa has taken the step to increase the funding available to the national associations to help improve the women’s game across the continent.”Head of Women’s Soccer at UEFA, Nadine Kessler, added: “The pace of this sport’s growth is impressive, and our increasing investments clearly show how dedicated we are to accelerating this pace. We are getting ready to take on the next challenges and reach new heights.”Women’s soccer’s popularity is on the rise, with UEFA’s 2017 European Championship tournament bringing in a worldwide audience of 178 million viewers, as well as record attendance figures of over 240,000.last_img read more