LTA Rides to Finish Line

first_imgThe Liberia National Cyclists Association, (LINCA) got a surprise sponsor that not only believed in them but showed up to urge them across the finish line on Sunday as over 30 cyclists competed for this year’s national title.The Liberia Telecommunications Authority partnered with the Ministry of Youth & Sports to give the LINCA a boost they really needed to prepare for the annual event and LTA Chairman Angelique Weeks showed up just before they got underway. “It’s great to see the youth involved in an event like this,” she told the crowd “most of the time we focus on soccer and there is so much more we can do in other sporting areas to encourage development.” LINCA President Jerry Freeman said, “The teams are so grateful to LTA, they followed through and showed up to encourage us also.”Acrobatic riders dazzled the crowd outside the SKD Stadium prior to the race.  Each county was represented by two riders in a ten lap race that took them down the S.D. Cooper Road all the way up to the Paynesville Junction and around again. William Johnson, representing Gbarpolu County, emerged as this year’s winner, riders from Cape Mount County and Nimba came in second and third.The LTA Commissioners are getting ready for senate confirmation hearings later this month. Confirmation for Chairman Weeks will mean four more years at the helm of Liberia’s regulatory authority, the Weeks Commission took office in 2009. —Contributed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Granger’s cancer now in remission

first_imgAlmost one year after being diagnosed with cancer, President David Granger is said to be in remission.This was announced by Ambassador of Guyana to Cuba, Halim Majeed following the Head of State’s most recent visit to that country for a medical check-up at the Centre for Medical, Surgical Research (CIMEQ).President David GrangerPresident Granger returned to Guyana Tuesday night, having completed a medical evaluation over the past few days.The medical specialists have expressed complete satisfaction with the state of the President’s health.They have also explained that his ailment is now in remission.In complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared, although cancer still may be in the body.Granger was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer that develops in a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. The announcement was made on November 14, 2018.In keeping with strict medical procedures of the Cuban health system, President Granger is expected to return for another scheduled routine medical check in January 2020.Thereafter, the next evaluation will be in June 2020.Meanwhile, Granger has iterated his gratitude to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, the Government of Cuba, and the CIMEQ medical team which has been responsible for his treatment in Cuba, over the past months.last_img read more

Five vehicle collision on north Taylor Hill a result of slippery conditions

first_imgIt all began with just one vehicle hitting the black ice and loosing control, say Stebbing.“Some other vehicles I believe stopped to try and help, and then another vehicle ended up in a collision with them – kind of creating a chain reaction,” explains Stebbing.Stebbing says the extent of injuries is minimal.- Advertisement -“We took some precautions with some of the injured to make sure there wasn’t anything underlying, and B.C. Ambulance took a number of people to hospital to be checked out,” Stebbing goes on to say. “But we believe that it was relatively minor injuries, especially considering the slickness of the roads and the number of vehicles involved.”The incident was initially reported a little after 9:00 a.m. on March 11, 2015.The response was a joint effort between the Taylor and Fort St. John fire departments.Advertisement The incident required three tow trucks, police, firefighters and B.C. Ambulance before the highway was reopened later in the day.last_img read more


first_imgEvolve Menswear celebrated ‘World Down Syndrome Day’ by calling on some of their top models to take part in a photo-shoot at the popular retail outlet.World Down Syndrome Day was celebrated all across the globe last Saturday.Management at Evolve Menswear decided to mark the occasion in style by getting John Patrick Gallagher, Seamus Gibson, Luke Kingston and Shaun McCosker to model the new Spring arrivals at Evolve. EVOLVE CELEBRATE WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY BY GETTING THEIR TOP MODELS IN FOR A PHOTO-SHOOT was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Businessevolve menswearFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Bush refuses to postpone Medicare Part D deadline

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsActivists, backed by Democratic leaders, want to extend the deadline to Jan. 1, without penalties. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, argued that Latino seniors are at particular risk of missing the May 15 cut-off date because of language and cultural barriers. One in every three eligible Latinos has yet to sign up, she said. “We should extend the enrollment deadline, take away the fear of the penalty and give Medicare beneficiaries more time to check their facts, know their options and make informed decisions about Part D,” Solis said. Among Southland Republicans, only Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, said he would support an extension. He said the new Medicare program has been maligned by critics and said he believes that seniors are only now realizing the benefits. “I know that you can’t extend it in perpetuity, (but) everyone that is eligible should have access,” he said. “This is a good program.” WASHINGTON – With the deadline for picking a Medicare prescription drug plan only five days away, Southern California Republicans stood Wednesday behind President George W. Bush in his refusal to grant an enrollment extension. “Deadlines are set for a reason,” said Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, echoing Bush’s assertion at a Florida retirement community last week that deadlines “are important.” Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, concurred, adding, “Sometimes, people need deadlines to get things done.” Monday is the deadline for enrolling in the Medicare Part D program without penalty. While Bush has argued that the deadline is a necessary incentive for seniors to sign up, critics complain that widespread confusion has made it difficult to enroll. (202) 662-8731160Want 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

Civil servant got €22,000 for passing on information to private investigators

first_imgA civil servant was paid more than €20,000 for passing on confidentialinformation on hundreds of people to private investigators.Rory Lenihan, a former clerical officer at the Department of SocialWelfare in Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. Lenihan, a father of five, pleaded guilty to 12 sample charges ofstealing information from social welfare recipients and selling themto two private investigators.The court was told that this information including the location ofthose involved as well as their loans, etc were then passed on tovarious banks and solicitor’s offices.Senior counsel Alex Owens, representing the Director of PublicProsecutions, said that in total Lenihan was accused of 41 chargesamounting to a total theft of €21,898.Mr Lenihan, who reached his 50th birthday today sat in courtsurrounded by members of his family including his sister who gave acharacter witness for her brother.The court heard how in September 2010, Lenihan’s supervisor PaulBradley became suspicious of his behaviour when he stayed at his deskand used the phone during his lunch-break.The computer system, known as Infosys, required a username and aspecial password for employees to log into.Mr Bradley informed his supervisor Des Kernan and an internalinvestigation was launched which included the checking of files whichLenihan was checking on as well as cross-referencing phone numberswhich he was calling.Mr Bradley and Kernan approached Lenihan and he admitted that he waspassing on information and receiving some payments in return.The extraction of material had lasted from January 2008 until October, 2010.In total Lenihan, whose address was given as Ballaghderg, Letterkenny,was paid €23 for information on each person, money which would be paidby credit in lump sums to his Ulster Bank account in Donegal Town.He was paid the money by two private investigators, a John Buckley,based on the Navan Road and a Brian Foy, which a business address inLeixlip.Detective Garda Peter Cullen said the investigation was a complex onewhich he had been working on for between three and four years.He said he was aware that from examining Lenihan’s bank records formthe time that he faced various financial difficulties.The accused man’s sister Maria gave evidence in the case regarding herbrother’s upbringing.He said the family had owned a shop in Dublin and that they were avery law-abiding family who had never been in trouble.She told how her family were standing beside their brother as he was agood man, who excelled at sport, was a good father and a good personwho had made a mistake.The court was told that Mr Lenihan had no previous convictions.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said this was a criminal act carried outby someone who wasn’t a criminal.He added that his client was the only one before the court despite thefact that two others were directly involved and the information hadbeen passed on to various financial institutions.“It seems to me that Mr Lenihan is the one carrying the can for theactions of two other people who were at least aiders and abetters. Hewould not have given the information if he was not called andfinancial inducement offered.“These two other gentlemen, for some reason best known to the DPP,were not. I hope they’re not rinigng some other poor unfortunate civilservant looking for information.“His friends, family and parents are devastated. He’s the man whostole and got sacked from his department and cannot be trusted. He isa pariah to a large extent.“Sometimes the doing of the crime far outweighs any punishment thatcan be given and he will be punished until the day he dies. I ask youto consider that and the impact the publicity will also have.“I will ask you to view him not as a criminal but as a man who hascommitted a stupid criminal act for what – for €21, 000? These werethe actions of a desperate man in financial straits. I don’t see whatit would be achieved in sending him to jail,” said Mr Nolan.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until Friday for sentencing.Civil servant got €22,000 for passing on information to private investigators was last modified: January 25th, 2018 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:Civil servantcourtGardaiinformaitonletterkennyRory Lenihanlast_img read more

Stop Gender-Based Violence

first_imgBrand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and children and urges all to unite to end this crippling social ill in our society.In a statement released earlier; President Ramaphosa said; “This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience.”The President further added; “We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear – not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame”In 2019, the Presidency signed the Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with various civil society formations and has directed that urgent attention be given to its implementation, particularly on immediate measures around support to victims and access to shelters and places of safety.Brand South Africa emphasises that it is an everyday reality that citizens need to face and mobilize community members, to take a stand, stop and report abuse of any kind. Everyone has a responsibility to act against the endemic behaviour that goes against who we are as a nation.Let us all play our part.Call the Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).last_img read more

South African career women disrupt their industries

first_imgWomen spoke about seeking opportunities in their pursuit of turning their dreams into realities – and encourage women to help each other.Clare Vale says she was doing a BMW advanced driving course in 2003 when she asked about racing. “I asked my driving instructor if he thought that I could ever be a racing driver. He said: ‘You can but it would take a lot of practice.’” That comment planted a seed in her mind, says Vale. (Image Melissa Javan)Melissa Javan“Crash, fix and repeat.” This may be the motto in the motor racing industry but, said drifter Clare Vale, it could also apply to the business world. Vale was one of the speakers who shared her story at the Leading Women Summit held at Montecasino in Johannesburg.The summit coincided with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017. The second annual Leading Women Summit was hosted in collaboration with MTN Business South Africa and Forbes Woman Africa. The theme this year was “Disrupting the norm”.Women who were seen as disruptors in their industries shared their journeys. Speakers included Caroline Wöstmann, the winner of the 2015 Comrades and Two Oceans marathons, and 17-year-old Kiara Nirghin, the South African schoolgirl who won the Google Science Fair in the US in 2016.Seek opportunitiesVale, who is known as the First Lady in Racing, said she started training to become a racing driver in 2003, when she was 41 years old. Before then she had never been to a motorsport event, even though she loved cars.“I don’t think talent is the most important thing. Opportunity is very important. We need to seek out opportunity,” she said. “Where we see other women seeking opportunity, we should reach out to help them.”Vale uses social media to promote her love for drifting. Other women who have an interest in the sport connect with Vale online.Motor racing was a masculine industry, she said. “Within any male-dominated industry, you have to work harder to prove yourself. The truck industry is the same as the racing industry.” Vale owns a truck-hiring business.She is also the ambassador of Continental Tyre South Africa’s global road safety project. All women should do a defensive driving course, Vale said. “If you learn the skills, you’ll know what to do when someone drives in front of you.”And she had some advice: “Remember to do things like checking your tyre pressures regularly.”Watch Clare Vale show how drifting is done:The power of social mediaNomndeni Mdakhi, founder of the public relations and events company Edits Communications, spoke about how she used Instagram to send positive messages to young women. “My signature says I’m a change agent.”In 2016, Mdakhi said she started a challenge on Instagram called #30DaysOfAwakening. She chose this platform over other social media options because she loved visuals. “I use this platform to communicate with girls daily. My platforms are where girls will get positivity.“A lot of girls need your advice,” she said. “They need some kind of access to you. The power is in social media.”Through this initiative she decided to host an #EditsTalks workshop to meet some of the young women who engaged with her online. She posted about it on 1 March 2016, and got 100 emails in return. Mdakhi had not expected such an overwhelming response.Her campaign led to an invitation to join a panel discussion on the opportunities that existed in Africa.Watch Nomndeni Mdakhi talk about her first workshop:Changing the African child’s narrativeSibahle Mtongana said she enjoyed a challenge. “I love to take a different route that has not been taken by anyone else.” She grew up with a love for British television chefs, such as Jamie Oliver. “I found that there is a world of food available through television.”Known as Siba, Mtongana said her mother did not like the idea of her doing home cooking as a profession. “They (her parents) gave me a year to decide on what I wanted to do (something other than being a chef).”At the time, Mtongana said, there were no local cooking shows on television.She set off to study food and consumer sciences in Cape Town and nine months after graduating, she applied for a job as an assistant food editor at Drum magazine. Mtongana said she later asked the magazine’s management if she could move to Johannesburg, because she had a fresh angle for her cooking pages: she wanted to showcase recipes made by celebrities.The idea was a hit and was followed by Drum’s television cooking show. Through this, Mtongana and her talent caught the eye of the Food Network Channel, which offered her a job.Mtongana’s cookbook, My Table, was published in December 2015. She told the audience that her cookbook was the best sold cookbook in history at Woolworths. “I had no publisher that helped me. I did the cookbook by myself.”Recently appointed global impact ambassador for Stop Hunger Now, she uses her social media platforms to talk about this campaign.“I feel like I’m changing the narrative of the African child – that we are not takers, we are contributors,” Mtongana concluded.Watch Siba Mtongana on the Food Network Channel:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Goa tourism to crack down on illegal vendors

first_imgGoa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar held a high level review meeting on Monday and directed the department to formulate new rules to empower authorities to crack down on illegal operations along the coastal belt of the State.The Minister directed officials to crack down on illegal shack operators, water sports operators, vendors and tourism stakeholders. A joint action committee is proposed to be constituted comprising of representatives from the Department of Tourism, Goa Police, and Captain of Ports to study and frame the necessary guidelines.At the review meeting, the police said in May, 594 cases of unauthorised tourism activities had been booked as against the 484 between January and April 2017. Mr. Ajgaonkar has asked authorities to ensure shack allotment process is completed by August 15.last_img read more

Serena Williams ensures meeting with Roger Federer will have an edge

first_img“What a thrill it is to play Serena here tonight,” he told the crowd. The mixed doubles are contested in a short-set format with tiebreaks at 3-3 but that still means two matches in a day for the four players. “I’ll stay on the bike and keep the engine on,” Federer said.“I had a really late night last night on New Year’s Eve,” he said, adding after a pause: “No I’m joking.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES That tied the scores in the mixed team event at 1-1 with just the doubles to come. The match will be the first time the two 37-year-olds, who have with 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them, face each other. Earlier, in the men’s singles at the mixed team event, Federer dispatched Frances Tiafoe, 6-4, 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionOnly the group winners advance to the final, so the closing doubles could ultimately decide the winner of a group that also contains Greece and Britain. Federer and Bencic are the defending champions.Williams led 4-1 in the first set before Bencic fought back to win the next five games. After that slip, Williams took the next two sets. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome target Tour de France in 2019 Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States smile during their mixed doubles match against Stefanos Tsitsipass and Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Serena Williams ensured her first ever on-court meeting with Roger Federer would have a competitive edge as she fought back on Tuesday to win her singles in the Hopman Cup.Williams dropped the first set but recovered to beat Federer’s Swiss team-mate Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a definitely a relief,” Williams said. “She played really well. I knew I could play better.”“It’s super exciting,” Williams said, looking ahead to her meeting with Federer later in the day. “I just feel honoured to be on the same court as him.”“He has had a fantastic career and it’s not done yet. We are the exact same age and anything he’s done I want to do.” “We have been there since the Nineties. Regardless of what happens, this is a moment I will always cherish.”In the early match, Tiafoe stayed with Federer until the tenth game when the Swiss broke to win the first set. From there Federer cruised to victory. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more