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first_imgPresident Weah autographs soccer ball as Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs Dewey Gray looks onA delegation from Norway has paid a courtesy call on President George Manneh Weah at his Foreign Ministry Office on Friday, March 23, 2018, in Monrovia, an Executive Mansion press release said yesterday.The aim of the visit was to allow the President to sign on the “World Ball” which is used at the “World Ball Tournament” to promote peace and development.President Weah commended the Norwegian delegation for their visit and expressed his profound gratitude on behalf of the Liberian government for the role the Government of Norway continues to play in contributing towards the development of Liberia.The President acknowledged the strong partnership that exists between both countries and underscored the need to further strengthen such partnership for the benefit of both countries.L-R Pres Weah – Ms Jacobsen of Norway MOFA- Amb Ingrid Buli Norweigian Ambassador to Ghana-Thomas Stromme Norwegian Senior Adviser-Min DewePresident Weah welcomed the initiative to sign the “World Ball” in an effort to promote peace and development and intimated that as a former Peace and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he will support any initiative that seeks to promote peace, reconciliation, and development.The President noted that sustainable peace and reconciliation are cardinal aspects of development and the bedrock of true democracy.During the visit, Madam Elizabeth Jacobsen, Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway informed President Weah that the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg and several other world leaders have signed on the World Ball for national and international development.According to her, as President Weah signs on the ball on behalf of Liberia, it will be taken back to Norway for other world leaders to sign and be used for development.“World Ball Tournament,” is for both boys and girls under 18. The tournament comprises of about 2,250 teams from all over the world, including Liberia.President Weah and Ms Elisabeth Jacobsen posed with soccer ball“We hope that we all can join hands in supporting the World Ball Tournament to achieve this single development goal,” Madam Jacobsen said.She informed President Weah that following the affixing of his signature, she and members of her delegation will take the “World Ball” back to Norway for other world leaders to sign on it for national and international developments.Madam Jacobsen assured President Weah that as he signs the “World Ball”, they all can join hands for the next tournament in August 2018 for sustainable development.The delegation comprised of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Madam Elizabeth Jacobsen, Ms. Ingrid Buli and Mr. Thomas Gromme, Senior Advisor of World Ball at the Norwegian Embassy in Accra, Ghana, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMin. Sirleaf said for several months, the ministry has observed that many county superintendents are constantly in Monrovia, without submitting any written excuse to the offices of the minister or his deputies.Urges them to respect their respective caucuses Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf has warned all superintendents to desist from abandoning their posts and to seek permission before taking a trip anywhere outside of their assigned perimeters.Minister Sirleaf’s warning was contained in a statement he delivered recently at the opening of a three-day conference on National Boundary Dispute Resolution and Local Governance Orientation, held in Ganta, Nimba County.He said for several months, the ministry has observed that many county superintendents are constantly in Monrovia, without submitting any written excuse to the offices of the minister or his deputies.“All county officials are encouraged to remain in their areas of assignment, because your absence has the propensity to create problems for the running of the county,” he said.Minster Sirleaf stressed that county superintendents are always in the habit of traveling from their assigned counties to attend workshops without notifying authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).The participants, including chiefs, superintendents and other core of officers“All other county officials, including the city mayor, traveling from their areas of assignment must inform their superintendents prior to leaving their posts for any personal matter,” the minister warned.He called on superintendents to respect their lawmakers as they play an active part in the running of the counties.“I encourage all of you to give due courtesy to the county legislative caucus and individual lawmakers,” he said.With support from The Carter Center, Government of Sweden, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Internal Affairs organized the conference for superintendents and traditional leaders, to address boundary disputes among counties and build the capacities of newly-appointed local leaders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) said for the sugar industry to prosper in the future, it is readily apparent that other income earning streams have to be added.“Our Union strongly subscribes to the position that the industry needs to transform itself from being a ‘sugar’ to ‘sugar cane’ industry,” GAWU stated during its recent presentation on the future of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) to the Government of Guyana.According to the Union, the entire sugar cane plant will be utilised to widen the range of the industry’s products, thus adding a number of profitable revenue streams. Apart from transitioning the industry from a “sugar” industry to a “sugar cane” industry, a sustained modernisation programme, taking into account the adoption of realistic ventures, using sugar products, must be formulated.GAWU said the main contributor to added-value to sustain the sugar industry in the long-term will be co-generation, noting that the lone co-generation plant at Skeldon, in spite of its short-comings, has great value.“The CoI (Commission of Inquiry) recommended that the Skeldon Co-Generation unit be returned to GuySuCo and a reasonable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) be negotiated with GPL, a view we also subscribe to,” the Union stated.In addition to cogeneration, GAWU said there exists a ready market in Caricom for a total of 200,000 metric tonnes of refined sugar.The Union posited that the higher prices, in contemporary times, only serve to add to the project’s feasibility. It added that the recent indication by an Indian investor to take over Skeldon’s operations with a view, among other things, to establish a refinery, serves to remind of the significant sums that can be earned in this venture.GAWU also strongly supports the maximisation of GuySuCo’s existing capacity, along with further expansion in this regard given the profitability of product lines.“The opportunities for new product brands are numerous. Critical to this venture is the need for a robust product development and a marketing programme with clear vision and focus. North American and European markets ought to be pursued with energy. Efforts on the Geographical Indicator will boost marketing of branded products,” the body noted.The production of bulk alcohol is also another viable business venture and another distillery in the country could be established next to a sugar factory, GAWU stated.The Union also pointed out that fuel alcohol production from molasses is also another opportunity to enhance revenues and reduce imports.The Union further proposed that the Corporation should examine the sale and production of a darker form of brown sugar.“In North America, similar sugar is being marketed as a form of health food. Marketing is once more a critical factor to success,” GAWU stressed.Reducing costGAWU also recognised that GuySuCo is confronted by high operating costs and reduction is imperative to ensure competitiveness.GAWU noted too that the Sugar CoI report also affirmed the view that GuySuCo was not adhering to known and best agricultural practices.GAWU added that research is also a critical element in the cost reduction drive, as well as the adoption of best practices.Perilous pathTo assess the sugar industry solely on the basis of finance can lead the country down a perilous path, GAWU explained.GAWU further stated that any closure and sell out of the estates can very well see many ordinary working Guyanese being pushed on to the breadline with little hope for the future and increasing desperation to survive.The Workers Union posited that such a situation can become troubling for the National Insurance Scheme as many of the redundant workers would have already qualified for pensions when the contributor base would be shrinking.Moreover, it said the contagion in the banking sector is another serious consequence that must be borne in mind as many workers have been able to secure mortgages and other loans and maybe unable to service those debts. Additionally, the reduction in income also has deleterious effects for the commercial sector and all in all Government’s revenues and employment in our country would be reduced.Another more significant effect, GAWU noted, is the societal issues that would emerge in the form of criminality, destitution, suicides, divorces and other such ills.GAWU said the education of workers children can also be affected and this does not augur well for future development.GAWU outlined that given its wide scope, decisions cannot be made in a slipshod manner as the consequences and repercussions can be serious, if not disastrous, for the nation.“In view of the obvious, the necessity for a socio-economic study cannot be overemphasised. Such studies are an indispensable tool to policymakers in arriving at sound and well-thought out decisions which are in the interest of the people,” GAWU stressed.Meanwhile, People’s Progressive Party point man on the economy, Irfaan Ali said he is highly disturbed with the actions of Government in concluding the stakeholders’ forum without a social impact assessment, economic feasibility and full diversification studies.“It is inconceivable that the Government would want stakeholders to present options and solutions without these fundamental studies. The AFC on the parking meter issue pointed to the lack of a social and economic impact study, but saw no need for these studies for the sugar industry. It is obvious that the Government is guided by purely political expediency and at the expense of thousands of families,” Ali noted.The parliamentarian said this is an assault on families and communities in the sugar belt.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers held their annual awards ceremony on Saturday evening.The Flyers had a phenomenal 2015-2016 hockey season, winning the Coy Cup for the second year in a row. The victory helped soften the blow after the team was disqualified from the North Peace Hockey League playoffs after a mix-up with their roster.A total of eight awards were handed out on Saturday. Jeff Shipton was named the team’s Playoff MVP, while Rick Cleaver was deemed the team’s Most Valuable Player during the regular season. Cleaver was also the team’s Top Scorer during last season’s campaign. At the other end of the rink, Brady Busche got the nod as the Flyers’ Top Defensive Player.- Advertisement -Former Fort St. John Huskies goaltender Travis McLean picked up the Rookie of the Year trophy. As far as gentlemen go, Joey Massingham was awarded the team’s Most Gentlemanly Player trophy. The team’s Most Dedicated and Most Popular player awards were handed out to Andrew Payou and Troy Hunt respectively. Flyers Most Dedicated Player Andrew Payou. Photo by Chris Newton. Flyers Most Dedicated Player Andrew Payou. Photo by Chris Newton. Flyers Best Defensive Player Brady Busche. Photo by Chris Newton. Flyers Best Defensive Player Brady Busche. Photo by Chris Newton. Flyers Playoff MVP Jeff Shipton. Photo by Chris Newton. Flyers Playoff MVP Jeff Shipton. Photo by Chris Newton. Flyers Rookie Of The Year Travis MacLean. Photo by Chris Newton. Flyers Rookie Of The Year Travis MacLean. Photo by Chris Newton. The Fort St. John Senior Flyers team trophies. Photo by Chris Newton. The Fort St. John Senior Flyers team trophies. Photo by Chris Newton.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The New Totem Archery Club held their 3D Redding Spot Cash Shoot this Saturday.The shootout saw 50 residents compete in nine divisions at the club’s outdoor shooting range.The highest score of the day belonged to Tell Szoo’ as he managed to get 1080 points. Katrina Jodin was the highest scoring female as she finished with 912 points. Isla Friesen took home the Peewee division scoring 1005 points.- Advertisement -Results from the shootout are shown below:Men’s Compound Unlimited:Tell Szoo’: 1080Chase Martin: 1077Men’s Compound Fixed Pin:Advertisement Jesse Germain: 1035Basil Szoo’: 1023Men’s Traditional:Gil Davis: 966Lorne McBeth: 818Women’s Compound Unlimited:Eva Goertzen: 460Sandy Parker: 337Women’s Compound Fixed Pin:Katrina Jodin: 912Velynda Szoo’: 900Women’s Traditional: Advertisement Susan Davis: 722Carly Friesen: 594Master 50 Compound:Cor DeBoon: 1016Mike Welsh: 980Cub Compound: Jack Fochuk: 982Corbin Lind: 972Peewee:  Isla Friesen: 1005Timothy Goertzen: 997last_img read more

first_imgBy Christine Rumleskie Morgan says that kind of self-confidence is a vital step in the recovery process. While there is no fee for the campers, it costs organizers around $2,500 for each child to attend. The organization is also developing a “Burn Fund Building” in Vancouver that will offer support and services to burn and trauma survivors, their families, and the public.Cpt. Morgan says the Burn Fund also provides financial support to victims for things like travel expenses. He gives the example of a burn victim from Fort St. John, who needed help traveling back home. [asset|aid=2717|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cbd624288d0ee6e419b63c62dac4d896-Brent Morgan 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Morgan says he hopes this year’s Charity Ball will generate enough money to help sustain those crucial programs. The formal Firefighters Charity Ball will be held at the Pomeroy Hotel on Saturday, April 10th. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m., with a dinner and dance to follow.The night will feature live music by Dayna Manning and Adam Winn. There will also be silent and live auctions and door prizes. Morgan says one of auction items includes luggage and a gift certificate for WestJet flights. Tickets are $75 each and are available at the Visitors Information Centre and Marc Joseph and Trends Clothing until Tuesday, April 13th. After that, tickets will only be available at the Fort St. John Fire Department, by cash or cheque.center_img Local firefighters are battling burns by slapping on their best dancing shoes.The Fort St. John Fire Department is spearheading its second annual Firefighters Charity Ball, with all proceeds to go to the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.- Advertisement -Local Captain Brent Morgan sees firsthand how the money transforms the lives of burn victims both young and old.He explains that one of the Burn Fund’s most influential programs is the annual ‘burn camp’ for kids, that is held in Paradise Valley, just north of Squamish. [asset|aid=2716|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cbd624288d0ee6e419b63c62dac4d896-Brent Morgan 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER – Over objections from administrators, trustees granted a reprieve to Rio Hondo College’s environmental technology program, after a strong show of support from academics, politicians and public and private agencies. Among those weighing in as in favor of keeping the program were Los Angeles County supervisors Mike Antonovich and Gloria Molina, who sent trustees letters expressing support for it; the American Society of Safety Engineers; various professors from Cal State and USC; and several environmental and engineering professionals. Trustees voted 4-1 Wednesday night to table a motion to eliminate the program, which deals with hazardous substances, governmental regulations that pertain to these substances, and the protection of human health and the environment. Students who complete the program can go into a variety of jobs in such areas as air and water pollution control, hazardous materials and waste management, chemical spill response and site remediation and restoration, according to the program’s brochure. “If you take this program away, it would be like a slap to my face,” student Christopher Casillas, 23, told trustees before the vote. “I need this. This is my time to do this, and I want to go somewhere with this.” College officials said they recommended eliminating the program after its enrollment dipped this semester to only 29 students in four classes. But environmental technologies professor Victor Muniz, who runs the program, told trustees those enrollment figures were “misleading and patently false.” “We have 65 students spread across four classes,” he said. “We are not like other programs. We have an established record of retaining 87 percent of the students that enter the program.” He said 100 percent of those who complete the program go on to get jobs in a related field. “It is the last fully diversified, multi-disciplined \ program in the Western states,” Muniz said. College officials also had claimed that local industries would not tap into the program or the training it provides. They said most of the needed training is done on the job. Not so, said representatives from several private engineering firms, as did officials from the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts and the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, among others. “Much of Santa Fe Springs is industrial,” said firefighter and current environmental technologies student Robert Hughes. “Many of our firefighters have gone through this program. When we graduate, we’re going to make a difference in the community, so it’s a very important program.” The letters and testimonials were enough to convince Trustee Garry Couso-Vasquez, who also is chief of the Montebello Police Department, to vote to table the motion. “It hits home … when you hear firefighters say they need it, students say they need it, and professionals say they need our students,” he said. Trustees Gary Mendez and Andre Quintero suggested the college hold an environmental summit this year, adding that staff should also come up with a “plan for success” for the program to increase enrollment. The trustees recommended the program be re-evaluated in one year. “I fully expect everyone who spoke here tonight will participate in a serious and deliberate way to help us understand the opportunities out there in environmental technology,” Quintero said. “We want to make sure we’re training students appropriately for jobs,” he added. “We want to make sure students get the education they need for the opportunities they desire.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

first_img0Shares0000Ernesto Valverde is wary of potential banana skins against Roma on Tuesday © AFP / LLUIS GENEROME, Italy, Apr 9 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Monday he expects a Roma backlash in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.The Spanish league leaders have one foot in the semi-finals after romping to a 4-1 first leg victory in the Camp Nou last week as Roma proved partly the architects of their own downfall in scoring two own goals. But Valverde isn’t counting his chickens against a side that hasn’t reached the semi-finals since 1984.“I’ve been doing this long enough to know that extraordinary things can happen in a game,” said Valverde at Monday’s pre-match press conference in Rome.“It’ll be the same kind of game as the first leg, but they’ll have even more intensity.“History says that, at our level, it’s hard to score against us, but we can’t think that they don’t have a chance or they won’t try.“A mistake, an excess of confidence, they could cost us dearly and we are at the doors of the semi-finals.”He added: “We can’t think we’ve already won, it’s all to be decided. We got a good result at Camp Nou, we have the advantage, but we need to play as though it were 0-0.”Roma managed to stifle Barca star Lionel Messi in the first leg, which was a source of pride for their coach Eusebio Di Francesco.“Everyone was saying he wasn’t fit and suddenly he scored a hat-trick (in La Liga) on Sunday,” said Di Francesco.“This means we managed to limit his movement between the lines. We have to reduce the space around him as much as possible, wherever he pops up on the pitch.”Di Francesco has been boosted by the return of Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who missed the first leg due to a muscular problem, and Turkish winger Cengiz Ünder, who was not in Barcelona either.“I’m someone who always wants to play, even in pain,” said Nainggolan. “I decided to leave room for others, who were in a better condition than me, but now I’m better again.”Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets is a doubt as he recovers from a fractured toe, but Valverde can count on the attacking duo of Messi and Luis Suarez.“Every team and coach wants to stop the best players from hurting them. We have Messi, and that has an effect on the opposition,” said the Barcelona coach.“They did well in the first leg, but we know he can always find the key to be decisive. Then of course we’ll have to be wary of (Edin) Dzeko and others.”Barcelona last reached the semi-finals in 2015 when they won the title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo 1 Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing a stunning £250m package in an attempt to lure Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo to the French capital, according to the Sunday Times.The whole deal, broken down into a world-record £109.2m transfer fee and the rest in wages, is an improved offer after the French champions had an £87.3m bid for the 30-year-old rejected in the summer.If the deal materialises, it would make Ronaldo the first £100m player and would be a major blow for Manchester United after their well-documented pursuit of their former pin up boy.Ronaldo is already the sport’s highest paid player with an annual salary north of £15m after tax, but PSG are allegedly ready to improve his earnings to finalise any move.It remains to be seen whether the Portuguese striker, who has been with Madrid since 2009, is weighing up the idea.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Members of Taft High School’s Academic Decathlon team won further accolades Monday when they were honored by the state Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for taking the national title this year. Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, presented the team with an official state resolution on the Assembly floor. “What an achievement this is,” Pavley said. “We’re very, very proud of them. I don’t think the state realizes, between El Camino Real and Taft, what a disproportionate share and what an unbelievable accomplishment that is for the San Fernando Valley.” Taft’s victory in April was the school’s third national championship over the competition’s 25 years, while nearby rival El Camino Real has won four national titles. The team competed against schools from 37 other states in San Antonio this year. Team members particularly appreciated the recognition because of the amount of work that went into preparing for the competition. They often spent 35 hours a week on weeknights after school and weekends studying. Team member David Lopez, a senior, said academic competitions often don’t get the recognition that athletics do. “I do think it’s well-deserved, because we definitely put in a lot of hours and a lot of nights of hard work,” Lopez said. “I’m glad to see not only do we see the fruits of our efforts, but other people also appreciate the immense work we’ve done.” The team was similarly honored locally last week with a rally at the school where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local officials praised them as parents, teachers and other students cheered. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.comlast_img read more