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first_imgAbraham Pelham, considered Liberia’s top fashion designer with a client portfolio that includes President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, recently had a sold out fashion show aimed at raising funds to provide 2000 rain coats for disadvantaged Liberian children.On July 19, 2014, scores of high profile personalities including the President graced the Monrovia City Hall ballroom to see the latest fashion opus by Abraham Pelham.According to Pelham, the proceeds from his charity fashion show will ensure that at least 2000 Liberian children are suited up with rain gear for the rainy season. Who wouldn’t want even a strip of fabric designed by Pelham? Among the crowd favorites was a dress priced at US$3,000, with very elegant hues of lime green embedded in its fabric. Surprisingly, but not a shock to any of Mr. Pelham’s clients, every garment at the show was sold, one of which was auctioned for a deal – US$1,500.  In addition to his gorgeous dresses, Brussels Airlines donated a first-class roundtrip ticket Monrovia-New York that was auctioned at US$5,000.“In Paris we see the kids prepared for the rain, but why aren’t our kids in Liberia prepared? It really bothered me and I was going to do a little show for my friend but then the idea hit me, we should bring awareness to this,” he said during an interview with LIB Life.It takes a lot to notice the little things in Liberia and Mr. Pelham’s charity initiative could go a long way for many children who have to walk distances to school under the rain.  “When I tell this story I get very emotional,” Pelham continues. “I came to Liberia almost a few months ago to do a training program involving children, but I had to work in Buchanan as well. I’ve never been here during the rainy season; there are a lot of things that I forgot about. On my way to Buchanan I saw children under the rain. It’s like we’re getting immune to what we see, when it’s constant it becomes a part of life, like a fabric of life. We don’t know where the next president will come from and I don’t know who the next vice president will be, it could be anyone of these kids on the road under the rain and the amazing thing about it is, despite the rain, it will happen.”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_imgMr. Editor:One of the best treats you could give me on my birthday will be to publish my views in your widely read newspaper. Thanks for the space.Today Friday, November 14, 2014 marks my 50th birthday anniversary, but I am observing this milestone in my life with mixed reactions.Indeed, I am grateful to God for sparing my life to see this day, but I am also imbued with excruciating pains to see the dreadful trend in which Liberia, our mother land is taking.How disheartening it is to see Liberia retrogresses in achieving its development goals. What a pity that in a country of abundance of resources, a vast majority of Liberians still live in abject poverty while a privileged few enjoy unprecedented luxury?Many government officials entrusted with the mantle of authority to effectively manage the resources of the nation for the great benefits of all Liberians have over the years engaged in the systematic corruption which has heightened poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.Without the shadow of doubt, the case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to two basic reasons: Firstly, because the policymakers and planners in Liberia are almost always playing “deaf ears” to analytical views from critical thinkers expressed to see Liberia’s development enhanced; and secondly, bulk of the Liberian people have decided to play the role of spectators rather than play pro-active role in the nation building process.It is a pity that Liberia can show hardly anything, speaking in terms of development, after 167 long years of independence.The blunt reality is that Liberia will probably observe two or more centuries of independence without accomplishing any development if Liberians from all walks of life fail to reconcile their divergent views, and strategize the way forward to national growth and development.Let me close with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther Kings’ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” 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_img0Shares0000Substitute Michy Batshuayi’s late winner at Ajax put Frank Lampard’s side level with the Dutch champions on six points in Group HAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct 23 – Chelsea showed that their young side were ready for the European stage on Wednesday after Michy Batshuayi’s late winner fired them to a 1-0 Champions League win at Ajax that puts them square in the fight for the knockout stages.Batshuayi struck in the 86th minute to seal a hugely impressive win in Amsterdam that puts Chelsea level on six points with last year’s semi-finalists at the top of Group H. Valencia will have the chance to draw alongside their group rivals with a win at Lille later on Wednesday.Frank Lampard’s side had to ride their luck in the Johan Cruyff Arena, with Quincy Promes’ first half tap-in ruled out for the tightest of offsides and Edson Alvarez hitting the post with a diving header near the hour mark.However, a youthful Chelsea showed they could compete with Europe’s top sides despite losing Eden Hazard in the summer, going toe-to-toe with one of the continent’s most dynamic attacking teams in a tight contest before winning their sixth straight match in all competitions.In a match littered with sloppy passing in the final third, it was substitute Christian Pulisic who provided a moment of quality to slot a low cross across the area that Batshuyai got to first.The Belgian’s finish squeezed in off the crossbar to send Chelsea’s players and fans wild and provide Ajax with their first defeat of a season that had seen them continue with the form that bewitched Europe last season.It was just the third shot on target of the match that saw Ajax’s attacking talent Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech held at bay, while academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham led the charge at the other end.Lampard spoke very highly of Hudson-Odoi on Tuesday and the winger was a threat on the left, even though the youngster was wasteful when he got the ball.The 18-year-old gave the ball away in attacking positions a number of times in the first half and fired a very presentable chance wide in the 27th minute when a Marcos Alonso cross dropped to him in the area.The only shot on target in the opening period came from Mount, who played a neat one-two with Hudson-Odoi before forcing Andre Onana into a smart save at his near post.However it was Promes who came closest to opening the scoring when he pounced on Hakim Ziyech’s deflected shot to tap home, only to see the goal ruled out as he celebrated with his teammates and supporters.The home fans could hardly believe their luck when Alvarez’s header bounced off the upright after the break, as Chelsea’s defence briefly wobbled before regaining composure and becoming the second team this season to shut out flamboyant Ajax.Lampard sent on Pulisic and Batshuayi for Willian and Abraham and the move paid off handsomely, with American Pulisic, himself just 21, laying on his attacking partner for a huge winner.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_img1 Divock Origi Divock Origi has revealed Brendan Rodgers was a key factor in him joining Liverpool.The Belgian striker moved to Anfield for £10m back in the summer of 2014, before being loaned back to Lille for the season.Since then Rodgers has come under fire after Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup and appear set to miss out on the Champions League.But Origi has defended his future boss and praised his ability to develop young talent.“The manager is one of the reasons I came to Liverpool – he’s someone who has proven he knows how to work with young players, knows how to develop young players and also lets them play,” Origi told Liverpool’s official website.“When you see how the coach and the staff work with the young players – how Sterling, for example, has learned over the years and how Ibe is now integrating with the team, it is very interesting. It is very nice to have seen that this season.“For me, it’s about giving 100% every time on the field and I think the rest will come. I will just try to learn and I am sure everything will be OK.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Local Enterprise Office, formerly Donegal County Enterprise Board, is running a series of eBay training events for businesses and business start ups within the county.Now the Donegal public can find out all about eBay – and how to make cash or track down an item!Michael Hughes, Ireland’s leading eBay trainer will deliver a three hour illustrated “Introduction to eBay “ in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 1 May.His presentation will feature live demonstrations on how to search for an item on eBay, place a bid, buy and pay for an item using PayPal and how to list an item for sale on eBay. He will also identify eBay’s top sellers worldwide, share insider tips and tricks, point out the latest trends, best-selling categories etc.Michael Hughes was the first eBay trained and approved Education Specialist on the island of Ireland and the first 5 star Instructor (the highest ranking possible) in the UK or Ireland. He has helped individual companies drive export sales on eBay of over €1 million per year.Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise, says “We have run a series eBay programmes in the past as a result of which a number of local companies have been recognised as eBay Top Rated Sellers. Given the challenges facing indigenous entrepreneurs I would encourage as many local business people as possible to attend.”Prospective attendees must pre-register by emailing danny.mceleney@leo.donegalcoco.ie by phoning 074 9160735. Further high level eBay training events are planned as a follow up to this event. ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT eBAY IN DONEGAL BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK! was last modified: April 25th, 2014 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:clanree hotelcourseDonegal Enterprise BoardeBAYLEOlast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Quartz Hill Town Council President Ed Frommer said he was saddened but not surprised by the outcome. Frommer said he would like to see the county do a study looking at where the runoff water is coming from and make those responsible for that runoff contribute to a solution. “Development has added to the water flow,” Frommer said. “Those people should be paying for what we’re getting.” Last winter, dozens of homes, businesses and garages – even the Quartz Hill library – flooded during a series of storms. Fuming residents blamed the flooding on new homes and businesses built upstream in Palmdale, but Palmdale officials said they’ve spent millions on flood-control facilities in recent years. Palmdale officials said they require new subdivisions’ catch basins to take in more storm water than what flows onto the property naturally. QUARTZ HILL – Property owners overwhelmingly rejected paying an annual assessment to help finance an underground drain that would channel the storm runoff that regularly inundates Quartz Hill streets and buildings. In a mail-in election, formation of a drainage assessment district was opposed by 409 property owners out of the 698 ballots that were returned. The mail-in ballot had gone out to 1,876 property owners, according to Don Wolfe, the county’s director of public works. The assessment would have charged most homeowners $45 to $94 a year. The assessments would have paid for a two-mile-long storm drain, nearly 6 feet in diameter at its widest point, that would have been buried beneath 50th Street West from Avenue M-4 to Avenue K-8. “We not going to give up on it,” said Norm Hickling, field representative for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who had pushed for the vote. “We’ll look at the data from this election. We’ll talk with the community to find out what they liked, what they didn’t like, and go from there.” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the vote was a missed opportunity for Quartz Hill residents to assist in addressing the flooding problem. “I think we do a very good job of mitigating, but it won’t eliminate all water heading to a bowl and that’s what Quartz Hill is – a bowl,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “There is a shared responsibility here. Everybody has to be part of the solution.” Attention will now turn to a pair of advisory vote measures on next Tuesday’s ballot aimed at gauging Antelope Valley citizens’ interest in either creating a new flood control district or in joining the existing Los Angeles County flood control district. The vote is not binding, but rather is intended to measure the level of public support for what could be a long process. Measure J asks voters whether they support creating an Antelope Valley flood control district. The district, expected to take three years to four years to create, would be financed with annual property assessment estimated to be about $150 to $200 per lot. Measure K asks whether voters prefer to be annexed into the existing county district, which now ends at Avenue S. Annexation would take two years to three years. Annual lot assessments are estimated to be in the range of $125 to $175. If there is interest, a committee would be formed to look at what type of flood control facilities should be put into place. More detailed engineering work, projected to cost in the range of $3 million to $4 million, would have to be conducted before a formal vote, with firm assessment costs, could be put before property owners. In 1995, by a 4-1 margin, voters struck down a proposed flood control district that would have covered all of the Antelope Valley. Opponents had argued that such a district would create an unneeded bureaucracy and that a joint powers agreement between the cities and Los Angeles County would be more practical. Efforts to fashion such an agreement, however, have failed. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 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


first_imgExploration Films has done it again: it just released Part III of its popular documentary series on Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution.  Former evolutionist Jobe Martin and narrator David Hames take viewers on a quest around the world for animals both ordinary and exotic that have design features that challenge evolutionary theory.These films are a lot of fun to watch.  The producers have hit on a winning formula: amazing facts, a little humor, good visuals, and challenging thoughts.  Jobe Martin bubbles with excitement at each creature: mussels, horses, ostriches and much more.  He not only explains why evolutionary theory cannot account for these animal champs, he shows how their abilities enrich the world and our lives, and has a way to explain complex things in a way even kids can enjoy.  This terrific family film is nearly twice the length of the original.  Get the whole set and turn off the Charlie-worshipping science channels with their endless just-so stories.  You’ll learn facts with these films and have fun watching.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_img12 February 2010 President Jacob Zuma has announced a number of new measures to help boost South Africa’s education system, saying education and skills development were at the centre of the government’s policies. Delivering his State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma said that as from this year all grade 3, 6 and 9 students would write literacy and numeracy tests that were independently moderated. The government aimed to increase the pass rate for these tests from the current average of between 35% and 40% to at least 60% by 2014, he said. “We want to improve the ability of our children to read, write and count in the foundation years,” Zuma said. “Unless we do this, we will not improve the quality of education [in the country].” In addition, each school would be assessed by officials from the Department of Basic Education and would be given an auditable written report. Measures were also in place to assist South Africa’s teachers, such as providing them with detailed daily lesson plans. Learners would also be provided with easy-to-use workbooks in all 11 languages. “Our education targets are simple but critical,” Zuma said. “We want learners and teachers to be in school, in class, on time, learning and teaching for seven hours a day.’ He urged parents to co-operate with the government in making this a success. Among the performance areas that would be closely monitored were the number of matriculants qualifying for university entry as well as the maths and physical science pass rates in matric. This followed a continuous decline in South Africa’s matric results, to a 60.6 percent pass rate in 2009. Zuma said the government wanted to increase the number of matriculants qualifying to enter a Bachelor’s degree to 175 000 a year by 2014. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgThe post-relational document database CouchDB reached its milestone 1.0 release today. Couchio, the corporate sponsor of the free open-source project, boasts that speeds in the new release are up 300% over version 0.11.0.In addition to the speed increase, Couchio cites the following new features:Microsoft Windows supportAuthentication system – write CouchApps without having to create a user modelReplicator options – flexibility to use replication to build custom systemsThe authentication system, which will make development easier, is probably the most significant of these features.We covered the NoSQL last year in our article Is the Relational Database Doomed? Certain web applications, such as web based instant messaging, have scalability needs that push the limits of existing SQL solutions, so NoSQL solutions like CouchDB have emerged. CouchDB has powered the web based IM client Meebo since 2008, according to Couchio. According to software architect Enda Farrell, the BBC is building a content management system using CouchDB.Another advantage to using CouchDB is offline access. CouchDB is designed for disconnected use, meaning it could be used to make web apps usable offline and have them sync with a database server while online. Some web developers are calling for support for CouchDB in the HTML5, which has support for offline storage and SQL already. Others are already building portable “CouchApps” using CouchDB and HTML5.CouchDB’s SQL based competitors include VoltDB (covered here) for scalability and SQL Lite for offline use.Other notable NoSQL projects include Cassandra and MongoDB. Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts klint finleycenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more


first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Judge hits 29th homer, tying DiMaggio’s Yankee rookie mark Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton takes a pit stop as Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel drives past during the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on June 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / VALDRIN XHEMAJSPIELBERG, Austria—Formula One’s governing body is confident that the most controversial moment of a gripping title race is officially resolved, after Sebastian Vettel completed the formality of publicly apologizing to archrival Lewis Hamilton for driving dangerously.This weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix will show if the rift between the fiercely competitive multiple world champions has really been healed, or whether the pressure of race day could bring it back out into the open on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vettel, who has four world titles to Hamilton’s three, escaped further punishment from the FIA this week after they ordered a review of his deliberate collision with Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix two weeks ago. An irate Vettel swerved into Hamilton, albeit at slow speed, because he thought the British driver had slammed his brakes on recklessly late, right in front of him, seconds earlier.It was another incident that underlined how, despite 45 Grand Prix wins, the vastly experienced Vettel is prone to moments of uncontrolled volatility. Yet Hamilton, for all his brilliant driving, retains a steely edge to his driving that some — such as Vettel and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg over the last three years — consider overly provocative.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDespite the view that he was in the wrong in Baku, Vettel effectively escaped with a slap on the wrist.Having met with Vettel and Ferrari’s team principal Maurizio Arrivabene at its headquarters in Paris, and with the addition of an apology from the German driver on his personal website, FIA president Jean Todt deemed that the time penalty given to Vettel during the race was sufficient punishment. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The heated clash took the spotlight away from the fact that Hamilton arguably missed out on victory — finishing one spot behind fourth-place Vettel — because he had to change his car’s faulty headrest at the same time Vettel was in the pit lane serving out his time penalty.Mercedes has dominated recent seasons, but 2017 has been difficult for the team.Mercedes has notably had to deal with tire issues related to the disparity between the front and real axels causing an imbalance highlighted in practice and qualifying.“The sweet spot (of the car) is still difficult to find,” Wolff said. “Clearly, we are not the only team who took time to understand the combination of the new regulations and tires.”All of this contributes to the exciting aura of uncertainty hanging over this year’s championship.With Mercedes showing signs of weakness, Ferrari is gaining in confidence as it chases its first drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen — Vettel’s current teammate — won in 2007 and its first constructors’ title since 2008.All of this is great news for a revamped F1 which, in its first year of new ownership, is committed to winning back fans for good.“There is great respect between Mercedes and Ferrari, not only because of the challenging battle on track but because we are pushing for the same goal: to see Formula One flourish,” Wolff said. “The new owners could hardly have asked for a better start to this new era than this epic battle between Mercedes and Ferrari.” Hamilton, scheduled to attend a news conference later Thursday in Spielberg, may feel that Vettel got away lightly considering that the difference in points remains the same.Vettel leads him by 14 points after eight races, so the apology arguably makes little difference in terms of the standings.Hamilton’s Mercedes team, curiously restrained in its criticism of Vettel two weeks ago, is trying to tackle different issues.“Every great Formula One season is marked by a great rivalry,” Mercedes’ head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “As calm as it started, it was only a matter of time until the rivalry would eventually become more fierce and controversial.“We have moved past that moment now and it is a closed chapter,” Wolff continued. “Our focus since Baku has been on our own shortcomings, reviewing both the design and procedures around our headrest which cost Lewis the win two weeks ago.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more