The city of Monrovia has been waiting in anticipation for the announcement that would signal the start of the annual Liberia Marathon. The first ever Marathon in Liberia was held in August 2011 and this year in continuation of that tradition, the third edition of the Liberia Marathon will be held on August 31. The Marathon is a 26.2-mile professional race that brings people together to run for various causes and ideals. A special 10-kilometer race for non-professional runners and participants in wheelchairs and those using crutches will also take place simultaneously.To kick off the event, an official Launching ceremony will take place on Saturday May 31, at the Monrovia City Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. According to Eunice Dahn, Race Director of the 2014 Liberia Marathon, the Launch serves as the official start of registration for runners. The general public is invited to the Launch and everyone who registers on May 31st gets a 25% discount on the registration fees. However, registration will remain open until August 16th, 2014. The Liberia Marathon is an open, inclusive and professional public event that helps transform how Liberians and others see the country. It also provides a catalyst for commercial and charitable activity and lays the foundation for a major competitive international event. This year’s Marathon is being organized by a strong team of committed and dedicated volunteers who are working tirelessly to plan and host this incredible event. They come from all walks of life and contribute their time, skills and resources to ensure that the Marathon is a safe and successful one.The Liberia Marathon Trust, a local non-profit organization, manages the Liberia Marathon and partners with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Athletic Federation. It is supported by the Monrovia City Corporation, the Armed Forces of Liberia the Liberia National Police, as well as a host of other government ministries and agencies and the local media. A wide range of first class companies such as Lonestar Cell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, RLJ Kendejah Resort and Villas, and AquaLife are sponsors this year’s marathon. The slogan of this year’s marathon, “Taking the Lead” is all about setting personal and national goals and working towards achieving them. The story of Liberia’s own journey toward sustainable peace, growth and development resonates well with values of that drive the marathon as a sport: integrity, endurance, commitment, preparation, positive thinking and a competitive spirit.Eunice Dahn, who happens to be the first ever Liberian Director of the Liberia Marathon, said the fact that Liberia is able to organize such a world-class race is an indication of its potential to achieve, to grow and to develop and as such, this year’s marathon is also about exploring and maximizing the potential of the country and its citizens. Everyone, from all walks of life, regardless of challenges in physical ability, are encouraged to register and participate in the 2014 Liberia Marathon. “Taking the Lead is about the initiative required of us to move ourselves and our country forward,” says Eunice. “And like any long journey or race, it begins with the first step.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Outgoing Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Desmond SearsOutgoing Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Desmond Sears on Friday underscored the importance of Government and the Opposition working together to swiftly resolve the political issues affecting the nation, as the Commission’s Annual General Meeting opened at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown.Although he noted that the current political climate is not “largely” affecting businesses, he called for a speedy resolution of the matters relating to the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ’s) ruling, which includes the Head of State, David Granger meeting with Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo to appoint a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to allow for polls to be held here soon.The former Private Sector Commission Chairman remains cautiously optimistic that the political directorate will come to some compromise, adding that it is a given that everyone agrees that there needs be fresh elections in which case the people of Guyana and investors alike are, therefore, hopeful that political stability will be maintained until such time.The business climate, he said, with the exception of oil and gas related activities, will remain largely unaffected by political circumstance.“I, therefore, wish to take this opportunity to urge our political leaders to resolve these issues of national importance in a swift manner and in the best interest of Guyana,” he added.The former Chairman said that political instability is known to affect growth through physical and human capital accumulation. As a consequence, Sears pointed out, “It is of paramount importance that a situation of political instability or crisis be averted at all costs. These situations dampen investors’ confidence and private investments become slump or stagnated”.He reminded that such situations also weaken the country from an international perspective, something which he believes can be resolved at the polls.New executivesMeanwhile, at the Commission’s 27th AGM, Captain Gerald Gouveia was elected as the new Chairman of the PSC. The new Vice Chairman of the Private Sector body is Komal Singh and Secretary, Ramesh Dookhoo. In addition, Ramesh Persaud was elected to function as Treasurer for the PSC.At Monday’s post-judgement hearing, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders urged that President David Granger meet with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to come up with a consensus on the way forward and as such, postponed the date to issue consequential orders on the No-Confidence Motion to July 12, 2019.Following the June 18 rulings, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders urged the two sides to meet to find a consensus before last Monday’s hearing for consequential orders. However, Granger sent an invitation to the Opposition Leader on Friday for them to meet after Monday’s hearing.Jagdeo, a former Head of State himself, has already expressed his willingness to meet with the President. In fact, he said he is prepared to meet with Granger “at any time and on a daily basis if needs be”.This comes on the heels of the CCJ ruling that the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, was flawed and unconstitutional.
More than a thousand people, groups, and communities have signed up to be heard, but only 400 of more than 2,100 applicants who applied will be allowed to participate.Those groups given approval include communities located along the pipeline route and those with a direct interest in the project.Another 12-hundred-50 will be allowed to submit a comment letter to the panel, but won’t be able to participate directly in the hearings.- Advertisement -Caitlyn Vernon of Sierra Club BC says hundreds have been denied participation under new federal rules that came into effect two years ago.She says all British Columbians deserve to have their say on the fate of the project, which will nearly triple the capacity of Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline to a Burnaby terminal.
0Shares0000Alisson is set to join Liverpool for a world-record fee for a goalkeeperROME, Italy, Jul 18- Liverpool have completed the signing of Alisson Becker for a fee of Sh8.8bn (£67mn), subject to the Roma goalkeeper passing a medical, according to Sky in Italy.The 25-year-old travelled to England on a private jet on Wednesday evening and will undergo a medical with the Reds in the next few days. Sky in Italy understands the Brazil international has already agreed personal terms and will sign a five-year deal at Anfield.Alisson is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper in history, with Liverpool surpassing the Sh4.6bn (£34.7mn) fee Manchester City paid for Ederson in 2017.Alisson will become Jurgen Klopp’s fourth signing of the summer, joining fellow new arrivals Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield.The Brazil international, who featured at the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer, made 49 appearances for Roma last season.He was part of the side that suffered a 7-6 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League.-By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Investigators identified seven children who were molested on the streaming video, Gonzales said. Four molesters are among those charged, prosecutors said. Thirteen people have been indicted in nine states on charges that include possession, receipt, distribution and manufacture of child pornography. The states are: Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. The other 14 have been charged in Australia, Canada and Britain. One person remains at large. The investigation began with an arrest in Edmonton last May. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a unit of the Homeland Security Department, led the U.S. investigation. Undercover agents gained entry to the chat room and identified the 27 people, initially through their screen names, officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Participants in an international Internet chat room transmitted live visuals of child molestation and traded thousands of pictures of child pornography, federal authorities said Wednesday in announcing charges against 27 people. U.S. and international authorities have charged 27 people who took part in the Kiddypics & Kiddyvids chat room. The youngest child seen in pictures or video was less than 18 months old, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said in announcing the results of the 10-month investigation. The defendants include Brian A. Annoreno of suburban Chicago, who prosecutors say molested an infant and transmitted it live to a viewer in the Canadian city of Edmonton. Annoreno was in federal custody, and it was unclear whether he had an attorney. “The behavior in the chat room and the images sent around the world … are the worst imaginable form of child pornography,” Gonzales said at a news conference in Chicago.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Two days earlier, both teams were eliminated in upset losses in the second round of the Southern Section Div. I playoffs. The top-seeded softball team (27-5) fell 3-2 at Bishop Amat of La Puente, and the third-seeded baseball team (25-4) lost 4-3 in 12 innings at Agoura. “The baseball team did a lot of talking but Jordan had a lot of strikeouts,” Valencia’s Alyssa Garza said. “They couldn’t touch her. They just got lucky. It happens.” Both seemed to be enjoying themselves, but there was little doubt the exhibition was a competitive venture that both teams badly wanted to win. “This has been planned for about two weeks and the girls were talking a lot of smack, so we were like, `OK, bring it,”‘ said Casey Mulligan, the baseball team’s four-year standout who has committed to Cal State Fullerton. “I would have had a shutout except it was Casey’s error that allowed them to score a run,” Shults said with smile. Just 11 strikeouts shy of the Daily News coverage-area single-season strikeout record, Valencia High softball ace Jordan Taylor struck out 19 in her final appearance of the season Thursday to boost the junior’s total to 435 – but it won’t count. The performance came against Valencia’s baseball team in a just-for-fun seven-inning scrimmage, so Newbury Park’s Sandy Otgies’ 1983 record of 427 is safe for at least one more season. The baseball team won 3-1 but managed just two hits – and Taylor certainly made her point. “I’ll give it to her. She’s good – but not good enough to beat the boys, though,” said Justin Shults, who pitched 6
Chile are into the Confederations Cup final after the semi-final with Portugal in Kazan was decided by Claudio Bravo’s penalty shoot-out saves.Bravo saved poor spot-kicks from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani as the much-maligned Manchester City goalkeeper proved to be the match winner.Chile were faultless from the spot as Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez scored.The South American champions had come closest to winning the contest in open play when Vidal hit the post in the penultimate minute of extra-time and Martin Rodriguez struck the bar with the follow-up.Portugal had earlier escaped when Iranian official Alireza Faghani opted not to ask the video assistant referee to review a challenge by Jose Fonte on Francisco Silva, which should have been a penalty.Germany and Mexico meet in the second semi-final in Sochi on Thursday. The final takes place on Sunday evening in St Petersburg, with a third-placed play-off in Moscow earlier in the day.Bravo was called into action early on against the European champions, denying Andre Silva. Cristiano Ronaldo was the provider, but Bravo smothered Andre Silva’s attempt to convert.Chances in front of goal were few and far between as the sides cancelled each other out.Two came in quick succession, but the goalkeepers ensured the deadlock remained. Rui Patricio denied Eduardo Varga after he took a touch before firing towards goal. And then Bravo stood up to repel Ronaldo’s shot after 58 minutes.Vidal fired over from 25 yards for Chile before Cedric Soares intercepted a cross from Alexis Sanchez intended for Vidal.Ronaldo had a shot deflected for a corner and then headed wide from Soares’ cross with six minutes of normal time remaining.Sanchez came closer still in the fifth minute of extra-time. But the Arsenal striker, after finding space 10 yards out, headed narrowly wide from Mauricio Isla’s cross.Chile might have had a penalty in the second period of extra-time when Silva went by Fonte after latching on to Sanchez’s pass. Fonte took the substitute down and appeals were dismissed. The referee did not refer the decision.Chile came close to brushing off the disappointment as Vidal’s rapier-like strike from the left edge of the area came back off the post.Rodriguez prodded the ball goal-bound, but it was too high and the game went to penalties.Vidal converted the first spot-kick and Bravo guessed correctly on each occasion he faced a Portuguese taker as Ronaldo was left to watch his team’s title hopes come to an end.WATCH Bravo save three penalties above….
Shay and Becky are expecting their first baby together.Donegal soccer sensation Shay Given is celebrating after announcing he is to become a dad again.The Lifford man, 39, announced he is to be a father again for the third time.The Stoke City star’s agent confirmed that Shay and girlfriend Becky Gibson are expecting their first child together. The Irish shot-stopper already has two children, Shay Jnr, 9, and Sienna, 6, with estranged wife Jane.His agent Mark Devlin confirmed “Shay and Becky are extremely happy together and are very excited about becoming their new arrival int the world.“From my point of view, I’ve never seen Shay as happy as this and I wish them all the happiness in the world.”After coming out of international retirement, the Stoke City player has been named on Martin O’Neill’s Euro 2016 panel. Shay regularly returns to Donegal and it is understood that his dad Seamus and the rest of his family have met Becky.BABY DELIGHT FOR GOALKEEPER SHAY! was last modified: August 21st, 2015 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:babydonegalLiffordShay GivenStoke City
CINCINNATI — Toronto Blue Jays fans fell in love with Kevin Pillar thanks to the center fielder’s ability to climb outfield walls and make catches that ended up on highlight reels.San Francisco Giants fans now understand the feeling.Pillar made the first spectacular catch of his tenure with the club on Saturday in Cincinnati, climbing the eight-foot wall in center field at Great American Ball Park to steal a home run away from Reds rookie Nick Senzel.PILLAR IS UNBELIEVABLE pic.twitter.com/Mt …
2 February 2015African equity capital markets (ECM) posted their highest level of activity in the past five years in 2014, with a significant increase in both transaction volume and capital raised compared to the previous year, according to a report issued by financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on 2 February.PwC’s inaugural publication, IPO Watch Africa 2014, found that $11-billion (about R128-billion) was raised in 2014 in equity markets across the continent, almost equal to the $11.1-billion raised in the whole of 2012 and 2013. During 2014, initial public offering (IPO) activity also increased overall in number from 20 to 24 IPOs, and doubled in terms of capital raised to $1.7-billion from $0.8-billion in 2013.The report analyses equity capital market transactions that took place between 2010 and 2014 on exchanges throughout Africa, as well as transactions by African companies on international exchanges.“The performance of African markets was strong in 2014, with an increase in equity capital market activity of 40% in terms of volume of offers and 100% in terms of capital raised when compared with prior year activity,” said Nicholas Ganz, PwC Africa capital markets leader.“We noted a few instances of management following a dual-track approach aimed at maximising value for existing shareholders, and consistent with the growth in other forms of capital raising activity across Africa.”The report shows a significant share of capital was raised in markets outside South Africa, with Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listings accounting for only 32% and 44% of total IPO capital raised in 2013 and 2014, respectively, a notable departure from its more prominent position in prior years.Coenraad Richardson, PwC South Africa capital markets partner, noted a counterpoint in respect of further offers (FOs): “While IPO activity across the continent increased its share vis-a-vis the JSE, FOs remained dominated by capital raising in South Africa, which accounted for 87% of proceeds in 2014.“This is a reflection of the depth and stability of the South African listed company and investor base, underpinned by a securities exchange regulatory framework ranked number one in the world by the World Economic Forum’s 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Report.”Overall, further offers activity during 2014 increased by 50% in terms of the volume of transactions and doubled in terms of capital raised to $9.3-billion from $4.6-billion in 2013.On a sector basis, the financial services sector (which includes property), industrial products and services, and consumer products dominated the market, with the financial services sector representing 57% of combined IPO and further offers volume during 2014. Growth in these sectors reflects shifting economic and social demographics, namely an increase in urbanisation and an emergent middle class across the African continent. By contrast, the resources sectors collectively represented a comparatively smaller proportion of 2014 activity.In addition, a total of $1.2-billion of further offers capital was raised by African companies on international exchanges since 2010. In this context, these include those companies seeking to expand their investor base by way of a secondary listing, as well as those raising further funds from existing international listings.The JSE safely retained its position in 2014 as the most active African market in terms of both total equity capital markets transaction volume and proceeds. The Tunis and Nigerian stock exchanges held the second position in terms of volume and proceeds raised, respectively.Building on the strong performance of the previous year, 2015 is expected to be a positive year for equity capital markets activity in Africa. This is driven largely by a combination of expectations for continued exits by private equity investors, reforms to certain capital markets legislation, and growing investor confidence in and familiarity with African markets.Source: APO