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Liberian Athletes’ Reunion Planned for Philadelphia

first_imgA three-day all Liberian athletes reunion will take place in Philadelphia, USA, June 13-15 and participants are expected from throughout the United States, Europe and Africa.The participants will include officials from the Ministry of Youths & Sports, the Liberia Football Association, current and former footballers, basketball players, Karate and Track & Field athletes, entertainers, sport promoters, sport journalists, and enthusiasts. According to a press release, the conference will conclude with a strategic concept document that will provide some direction for the improvement of sports in Liberia.Other events during the conference: Friday, June 13th is the welcoming ceremony; Saturday morning (June 14) is the General Assembly; Saturday (June 14) sporting activities. East vs. West team, East A vs. West A (younger/active athletes) and East B vs. West B (comprising the older/veteran players); Saturday (June 14) evening is the award banquet; Sunday (June 15) is the cultural festival and farewell cocktail.According to the organizers, 291 individuals have so far consented to attend and more are expected and interested participants should email liberianathletesreunion@gmail.com before May 24, 2014.It said the re-union will be held every year at a particular location and the next venue will be decided at the end of the conference.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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LIPA Certifies 25 Newly Recruited MFDP Directors

first_imgThe Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) last Friday certified 25-newly recruited directors of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector, known as Induction Training Course for Directors.The intensive weeklong orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally induce them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission were part of the lecturing staff in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The 25 newly recruited directors are Kpambu P. Turay, Dede D. Sandiman, Alice Williams, Gbawou C. Kowou, IV, Sidiki A. Quisia, D. Emmanuel Williams, II, Zoegar Q. Janyes, Comfort Erskine-Elliot and Lorpu Pewu-Sworh.Others were Alphonso B. Teah, Frederick B. Krah, Romeo D.N. Gbartea, Nathan F. Reeves, II, J. Mac-Nixon Flomo, Benedict D. Roberts, Bobby E. Musah, Gweh G. Tarwon and Varmu A. Reeves. The remaining directors include Ojuku T. Nyenpan, Jeremiah Barkemeni Sackie, Anthony G. Myers, Habib M. Sherif, Jesse B. Korboi, Theophilus Addey and William C. Mansfield.The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to including Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services.The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the Directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which  are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic  Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, spoke strongly on what he called gaps in the national government and budgetary constraints being faced by LIPA.Mr. Nyemah said LIPA is also facing logistical constraints,  arguing that for over five years there have been no vehicles for senior directors and there isn’t a bus for the general staffers.The LIPA boss urged the trainees to take on the challenge of being principal directors because they are the highest-ranking civil servants. “You are the ones the country depends on to make decisions;  it is not the political leaders, because they are not stable,” he said.The LIPA Director General said  LIPA is trying to give the Civil Servants an approach that compasses steps and glades because there are numbers of factors that make up a good civil service; one can has the academic qualifications but lacks the skill set to do a practical piece of  job.“All civil and public servants once recruited must benefit from orientation about the Civil Service Standing Order, Procurement Laws, Code of Order and other courses before going for confirmation and being employed,” the LIPA boss said. “This was a system that the country had but due to the many disruptions and interruptions in the country, governance of democracy has a big question mark on some of the unique practices.”He added: “If we want an effective, efficient and honest civil servants, they all need to pass through the walls of LIPA like as is done in other West African countries.Dr. David Kialain, a consultant at the Governance Commission (GC), urged the Directors to be professional in their jobs, a point made by the Deputy Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Othello Wah.For his part, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh,  hailed the GC, CSA and LIPA for the merger of the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Development Planning.He urged the newly recruited Directors to avoid employing ‘bag boys’ and only employ  staffers from within the Ministry who should only be College or University graduates.Minister Konneh also admonished the Directors to work assiduously and professionally for the betterment of the country and the Ministry.Directors Zoegar Jaynes and Alice E. Williams, speaking separately on behalf of the Directors, thanked LIPA for the training as well as the CSA and GC, and assured Minister Konneh of their determination to do conscientious and honest work.However, besides the training of the 25 newly recruits Directors of MFDP, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).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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Ex-cop slapped with attempted murder charge

first_imgA former Policeman of Charlestown, Georgetown, was on Thursday charged with attempted murder and appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Lloyd Hoyte, a father of seven, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on November 27, at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he discharged a loaded firearm with intent to maim, disfigure or disable Martin Atwell.Defence Attorney Adrian Thompson told the court that his client is attached to a security firm and at the time of the incident his client was only trying to disarm the virtual complainant, Atwell, in a scuffle when his firearm went off. He stated that the VC was accidentally shot in the process.The Attorney further made an application for bail, stating that the VC only suffered minor injuries and his client was willing to abide by any conditions imposed by the court.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers indicated to the court that he has no objections to bail but asked that conditions be attached.Hoyte was granted bail in the sum of 0,000 and ordered to return to court on January 9, 2017, for report and fixture. In addition, he was ordered to report every Friday to the officer in charge at the East Ruimveldt Police Station.last_img read more

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Sheriff to review slow response to missing woman

first_imgSEATTLE – A sheriff has ordered a review of the 911 calls made about a woman who spent more than a week missing before search crews found her trapped in the wreckage of her sport-utility vehicle. King County Sheriff Sue Rahr’s order comes after Tanya Rider’s husband complained that he had to fight to get authorities to launch a search for his wife. Tom Rider said he asked the sheriff’s office last weekend to use cell phone technology to try to find his wife, but was told she couldn’t be categorized as a missing person because she wasn’t a minor, suicidal or mentally ill. Authorities found the Maple Valley woman after detecting the general location of her cell phone Thursday morning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rahr said her department gets up to 700 missing persons reports a year, and the vast majority involve people who fail to come home on time or “an adult who wants to leave on their own accord.” Rahr said she takes Tom Rider’s concerns seriously. “I want to know if he tried to report this and we made a mistake,” Rahr said. “If we made a mistake, we’re going to address that.”last_img read more

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Firefighter’s widow focuses light on plight of contract workers

first_img“I’m going to direct my staff to look into the possibilities of doing something for her,” Feinstein said. Likewise, said Boxer spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz, “We have staff in D.C. and California looking into this issue.” Wells-Groff sued when the U.S. Justice Department denied her claim for about $250,000, noting her husband was employed by a private firm under government contract. U.S. firefighting agencies contract through private firms for hundreds of pilots, planes and helicopters to reduce costs and avoid liabilities. One federal court judge in Wells-Groff’s legal battle agreed her husband had been a public safety officer and, as such, was due benefits. But an appellate court overturned the decision. On Oct. 1, she asked the Supreme Court to review the decision. The Supreme Court typically takes months to decide whether to review a case and faces no deadline, said Michael Brook, Wells-Groff’s attorney. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Christine Wells-Groff of Santa Rosa is getting the attention she has sought for six years in her quest to right what she considers an injustice to some of the nation’s firefighting heroes. The Justice Department denied Wells-Groff federal death benefits because her husband, Larry Groff, was a contract firefighter – not a government employee. She has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal. But on Friday, Rep. Barbara Cubin of Wyoming, a longtime Republican lawmaker who has come across other such cases, said she plans to introduce legislation that would allow survivors of federally contracted pilots who die in the line of duty to receive benefits under the U.S. Public Safety Officer Benefits program. “These men and women risk life and limb for our country, just like any other public safety officer,” Cubin said. “Their families should not be left without any means of support just because insurance companies refuse to provide reasonable coverage and the federal government refuses to step in.” In addition, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are exploring ways to help Wells-Groff, whose husband died in a midair crash while fighting a Mendocino County wildfire in 2001. Direct employees of federal, state and local agencies automatically receive the benefit as an incentive to work dangerous jobs. California set up a similar program for its contract pilots after Groff’s death. It’s unclear whether the legislation would retroactively cover Wells-Groff and other survivors of pilots killed in previous firefighting crashes. More than 160 aerial firefighters have died nationally in the line of duty since 1958. Cubin said she intends to pursue the legislation during the current two-year session of Congress, which runs through 2008. Feinstein and Boxer, both Bay Area Democrats, are probing why Wells-Groff has had to wage a six-year court battle for a federal benefit that has taken her all the way to the Supreme Court. last_img read more

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‘We’re here to attack!’ – Dortmund boss sends rallying cry for Liverpool clash

first_imgThomas Tuchel has made it clear that Borussia Dortmund have travelled to Anfield for victory, when they take on Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday.The Germans are at a slight disadvantage heading into the second leg tie on Merseyside, with Divock Origi netting a vital away goal at the Westfalenstadion.However, few have written the Bundesliga giants off, as Tuchel can arguably call upon the strongest group of players in the Europa League.The 42-year-old believes his players may have been affected by the intense atmosphere in Dortmund last week, with Jurgen Klopp’s return to the Westfalenstadion, and he has insisted his team will attack from the off this time round.“There was a special situation with Jurgen coming home and you can’t deny the energy this gives to you or takes away from you,” said Tuchel.“The overall circumstances are different. Perhaps the players were inhibited in the first leg but going into the second leg it will be different.“We know what we have to achieve: to score. We are here to attack and here to take risks.“We don’t want to score one, we want two or even more. We want to see what is possible in terms of our potential.”With Liverpool 90 minutes away from another European semi-final, it is expected that Anfield will transform for the night, building an intense atmosphere which will push the Reds on to victory.However, Tuchel is not scared of the impending game, claiming that he and his players are relishing the opportunity to play at Liverpool’s famous ground.“It is the first time I have been here but everyone knows about the Kop, the history and the red kits,” the German added.“It is difficult to describe exactly how I feel. I think back to when I was a kid and there were a handful of shirts you knew about and one of those was Liverpool’s.“The game will be watched by millions and we need a special approach and special performance tomorrow. We are ready.” 1 Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel last_img read more

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MISSING KAYAKERS FOUND SAFE AND WELL

first_imgThree kayakers who had been reported missing have turned up safe and well in Inishowen.The mother and two children had ben reported missing by another relative on the Crana River near Ned’s Point.However the trio turned up safe and well this afternoon up river form where they were last seen. The rescue 118 helicopter had been launched but was stood down when the party was found. MISSING KAYAKERS FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 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:Crana RiverkayakersNed’s Pointlast_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: FAMILY APPEAL TO MURDER SUSPECT TO HAND HIMSELF OVER TO POLICE

first_imgThe family of on-the-run murder suspect Kieran McLaughlin have appealed to him to hand himself over to police.DCI Ian Harrison appealing to McLaughlin to hand himself in. Photo: Lorcan Doherty PhotographyAt a hastily arranged press conference held this evening in Strand Road police station, the detective leading the investigation, Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, made a personal appeal to McLaughlin to contact him directly.DCI Harrison said the suspect’s family were “in bits” and were supporting the police appeal for him to come forward. He also issued a telephone number  – o2871210775 – for McLaughlin to contact police directly.DCI Harrison said: “This whole incident has caused a significant degree of concern within the local community. We are liaising closely with Mr McLaughlin’s family and they wish to see this come to a peaceful conclusion – and that is our wish also. So tonight, Mr McLaughlin, if yo are watching please contact us o2871210775 and help us bring this to a peaceful conclusion.“We don’t want to see any more risk posed to you or the wider community and if you make contact  with us we will facilitate your ease of passage into the police station.“We have one grieving family and another that are distressed because we wish to speak to their father. “We are not prejudging you, Mr McLaughlin, and I speak to you now directly, please make contact with us. It is of concern to us that there potentially is a firearm on the streets of Derry tonight and I again ask you to please come forward and give your account of what happened on the 10th of October. Please contact o2871210775 and officers will happily to talk to speak to you tonight.DCI Harrison concluded: “The McLaughlin family are supporting the police appeal. I have spoken to the wider family and, to be honest, they are in bits at the moment. It is causing a great degree of distress to them. They want their family returned safely to them and that is our intention also.”McLaughlin (58), from the Galliagh area, has been on the run following the shooting dead of Barry McCrory (35) in a flat in Shipquay Street on Thursday morning last. Police took the unusual step of naming and releasing a photograph of McLaughlin as the person they wanted to speak to in relation to the killing.BREAKING NEWS: FAMILY APPEAL TO MURDER SUSPECT TO HAND HIMSELF OVER TO POLICE was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by johngerardShare 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:appealfamilymurdersuspectlast_img read more

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Di Matteo ‘to bring £35m Napoli striker to Chelsea’

first_imgChelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo will make a £35m swoop to bring Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.And it is claimed that if the deal for the Uruguay international stalls, Di Matteo could splash out £45m on his supposed second choice — Porto’s Brazilian striker Hulk.Tipped to sign a striker.Chelsea are also tipped to complete the signings of Marseille full-back Cesar Azpilicueta and Wigan’s Victor Moses.The Daily Mail say Yossi Benayoun fears he is being priced out of a move away from Chelsea, who are said to want £3m for the midfielder.Meanwhile, Rob Green’s place in the QPR side could already be under threat, according to the Daily Mirror.The goalkeeper, who joined Rangers after deciding to leave West Ham this summer, made a mistake which led to the opening goal in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat against Swansea.It is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes is now showing an interest in former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc.The Poland international, 32, is a free agent after quitting Fiorentina and would apparently be keen to move to the Premier League.The Mail report that Fulham look to have pipped Newcastle to the signing of FC Twente’s Brazilian defender Douglas after agreeing a £4.5m deal.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Citizens of Toledo approve the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt Buchenroth and Matt ReeseThe Lake Erie Bill of Rights was passed by the citizens of Toledo in a special election held on Tuesday, Feb. 26. According to the results from the Lucas County Board of elections, the measure was passed by a vote of 61.4% to 38.6% with only 8.9% of voters turning out to the polls.There was a failed attempt to get this on the 2018 November ballot in Toledo. The effort to get LEBOR on the ballot was supported by out-of-state interests but it could have a very real in-state impact for a wide range of businesses. LEBOR opens up the possibility of thousands of lawsuits against any entity that could be doing harm to Lake Erie. This includes agricultural operations.“Farm Bureau members are disappointed with the results of the LEBOR vote. Our concern remains that its passage means Ohio farmers, taxpayers and businesses now face the prospect of costly legal bills fighting over a measure that likely will be found unconstitutional and unenforceable,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Nevertheless, Farm Bureau members remain committed to finding and implementing real solutions to the lake’s challenges.”LEBOR grants rights to Lake Erie and empowers any Toledo citizen to file lawsuits on behalf of the lake. It gives Toledoans authority over nearly 5 million Ohioans, thousands of farms, more than 400,000 businesses and every level of government in 35 northern Ohio counties plus parts of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada. LEBOR was passed despite the prevailing legal opinion that many of its provisions are unconstitutional.“It says the lake should be free of pollution and things that could harm the lake. It makes the lake act as a person almost who can bring charges against people for harming it,” said Leah Curtis, director of agricultural law for Ohio Farm Bureau. “There is a concern that agriculture would be one of those industries that would be charged or sued with these lawsuits that could potentially come out of this charter amendment. It could really apply to anyone —not just agriculture — anyone who does something that might end up harming the lake. It could be a leaky septic system or other industries that may have permits that put limitations on what they can and cannot do. The Lake Erie Bill of Rights also invalidates those permits if those permits allow for any harm to Lake Erie. It has wide reaching effects. It has issues for lots of areas.”The day after LEBOR was approved by Toledo voters, Wood County farmer Mark Drewes filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality and legal status of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. Drewes’ suit was filed in the Federal District Court for Northern Ohio.Drewes Farm Partnership is a family crop operation in Custar with a significant history of being dedicated to improving water quality. Drewes is on the board of directors for The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and a long-time member of Ohio Farm Bureau.“Mark’s farm is an example of the right way of doing things,” Sharp said. “He’s employing a variety of conservation practices, water monitoring systems, water control structures and uses variable rate enabled equipment and yet he’s vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits. We are proud that our member has stood up against this overreach, and his efforts will benefit all Farm Bureau members, farmers and protect jobs in Ohio.”OFBF has historically engaged in precedent setting court cases that potentially affect its members. Farm Bureau will actively assist Drewes and his legal team throughout this litigation to ensure members’ concerns are heard. OFBF’s legal staff will monitor developments, lend agricultural expertise and provide supporting information about agriculture’s efforts to protect water quality.Drewes is represented by the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, which has extensive experience fighting against onerous government action.“The Charter Amendment is an unconstitutional and unlawful assault on the fundamental rights of family farms in the Lake Erie Watershed — like the Drewes’ fifth generation family farm,” said Thomas Fusonie, a partner at Vorys and one of the counsel for Drewes. “The lawsuit seeks to protect the Drewes’ family farm from this unconstitutional assault.”The suit argues LEBOR violates federal constitutional rights, including equal protection, freedom of speech and is unenforceable for its vagueness. A request for preliminary and permanent injunction was also filed seeking to prevent enforcement of the law.“Farmers want and are working toward improving water quality, but this new Toledo law hurts those efforts. Mark Drewes understands this, and it’s Farm Bureau’s job to back his important actions on behalf of Ohio farmers,” Sharp said.last_img read more

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