Lofa Association in Grand Gedeh Launched

first_imgA group of Liberians hailing from Lofa County residing in Grand Gedeh on New Year’s Day inaugurated the Lofa Association of Grand Gedeh.The group, headed by Mrs. Musu Tamba, said the Association was organized in July 2013 with the aim of building a community of united Lofa natives in Grand Gedeh.Mrs. Tamba said the group comprises more than two hundred members who are engaged in businesses across Grand Gedeh County.Members of the association include dealers in building materials, used clothing and household utensils among other commodities and those engaged in gold mining, according to Mrs. Tamba.She added that the Association seeks to empower its members by providing loans and other assistance to their fellow compatriots.She disclosed that the group also aims to impact the county’s economy by what she described as “the opening of fabulous businesses.”Mrs. Tamba, who is one of the leading building materials dealers in Zwedru, said members also rally to provide support to those who get married, graduate, celebrate birthdays and other achievements in their lives. The Lofa association also provides help to the sick and impoverished members, she added.She disclosed plans to engage in large scale farming in Grand Gedeh in the coming years.“Prior to the civil war, Lofa County was referred to as the breadbasket of Liberia. Now we have over two hundred of us living in Grand Gedeh and I know we can put Grand Gedeh on the map as the leading producer of bitter balls and pepper in the near future,” Mrs. Tamba said.She said they have a very cordial relationship with the people of Grand Gedeh and the county’s authorities. The launch of the Lofa Association of Grand Gedeh was attended by people from all walks of life, including Grand Gedeh Acting County Inspector Josephus Garley, a representative from the Zwedru City Mayor’s office, the Grebo, Nimba and business communities.Some of the members of the association have been working and doing business in Grand Gedeh for over 25 years.The Lofa association is an addition to a network of other tribal groups residing in the county. There are the Fulani communities, Nimba citizens, Grebo community and Kru associations in Grand Gedeh.The festivity, which included a parade through the principal streets of Zwedru and an indoor program, was graced by musician Patrick Tamba Kailando, a Lofa native who also performs his music in Guinea and Sierra Leone. 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_imgEUNAN TAMES BARNHILLWith the weather holding out longer than expected, local golfers once again queued for the opportunity to take to the luscious fairways of Barnhill and grasping the ideal scoring conditions was the much travelled Michael Costello [10] who, starting with a birdie at Glebe [2nd] followed by a bogey at Swilly [3rd] and a ‘blank’ at 6th, replied with birdies on back nine at Stack Yard [14th and 18th for a n inward nine return of 22pts and a winning score 42pt. total. In runner-up spot was the in-form player of the month, Eunan Mc Garrigle [12]. Starting somewhat waywardly with a double bogey at Hall Door [1st] and the same score at Greenhills [8th], Eunan recorded birdies on inward nine at 12th, 16th and 18th, but that ‘blank’ at Candalabra [15th] put paid to his chances of the win. In third place was J.P. Clarke [11] who, having taken the turn with 22pts, recorded ‘blanks’ at 12th and 14th before replying with a birdie at Bridal Path [18th to finish on 38pts. Gross prize went to Don Ponsonby [5] who, despite a ‘blank’ recorded at 3rd, fought back with birdies at 6th, 8th and par five 18th for 30 gross pts.Saturday 10th Open saw the ‘form’ player take top spot this time out, Eunan Mc Garrigle [12] with a magnificent 45pts. Recording a two over gross score [22pts] on front nine, Eunan returned an almost flawless inward nine of 23pts, one over gross, with the help of a birdie at 15th. In runner-up spot was cat 4 stalwart Malcolm Crawford [19] with an equally high score of 43pts. With a ‘blank’ at Sliabh Sneacht [4th] and a birdie at Aughaninshin [17th], Malcolm’s back nine of 24pts was enough to outpoint former club captain Tom Mc Donagh [21] whose 22pts on the way home gave him a finishing total of 40pts and a placing due to B.O.T. Saturday’s gross was won once again by Simon Stephens [3] with 34 gross pts., consisting of birdies at 7th, 10th, 11th and 14th, giving him a gross score of–2 [34].Sunday 11th confined competition was won by Michael Forde [14]. Following a birdie at 1st with a double bogey at 4th, Michael replied with an eagle three at par five Settlement [11th]  followed by a birdie at par three Barnhill [16th] returning a level par back nine and 24pts. Great return from a cat 2 golfer. Following closely in second was Darragh Heaney [13] with 42pts. Following his outward nine of 20pts with 22pts on back nine consisting of a birdie at 17th but regretting a double bogey at Cornagill [10th]. Relegated to third place by B.O.T. was Bryan Harkin [26] whose birdie at Inishowen [5th] was followed by a ‘blank’ at 8th.  Best gross score was returned by club Captain Gerard Duffy [5] who, with birdies at 2nd , 3rd and 4th followed by three bogeys for a level par front nine, proceeded to record his only blemish on back nine at 17th to finish with 35gross pts.The Social Club are bringing you the best in entertainment—–A NIGHT @ THE RACES.,Thursday October 29th at 9pm in Club House. Horses can be purchased at €10 each and purchasers name their own horse. We want people to buy horses and to attend on the night when there will be a ‘bookie’ present for betting on each of the 10 races plus an auction race. There will be prizes for the best race attire and other novelties and Browns on the Green will provide a light snack. Tickets can be purchased through club President Anne Condon or through the Mens, Ladies or Parent club members. Race cards will be distributed through these channels also. Members & visitors can also contact Anne through Facebook. Monies raised is going to pay for the tee box construction that is currently ongoing. We are also looking for Race sponsors – €100 per race. We currently have secured sponsorship for 6 of the 11 races so things are going well. Many thanks to all of you who will support this night of excitement & craic. Don’t forget to wear your racing colours [optional]Congratulations to Joe Coyle and Jack Patton, prizewinners at the recent outing of Mulroy Links played at Sandy Hills course, Rosapenna GC.GOLF NEWS: PLAYER OF THE MONTH EUNAN MCGARRIGLE WINS AGAIN AT BARNHILL was last modified: October 13th, 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:golfSportlast_img read more

Latest: Swansea City 0 QPR 0 – Rangers within sight of first away point

first_imgQPR goalkeeper Rob Green has produced a number of fine saves at the Liberty Stadium to leave his team within sight of their first away point of the season.He was off his line quickly to deny former Rangers man Wayne Routledge and did well to tip away Kyle Bartley’s header.Green was less convincing when he misjudged Gylfi Sigurdsson’s tame effort and the ball trickled narrowly wide of the target.But he redeemed himself six minutes before the break by diving to his left to brilliantly claw out Sigurdsson’s free-kick.At the other end, Niko Kranjcar curled a free-kick over the bar and Leroy Fer was unable to apply the finishing touch to a free-kick from Joey Barton.Fer later had Rangers’ best chance of the half but his header from Kranjcar’s cross was saved by keeper Łukasz Fabiański.And as the visitors finished the half strongly, the dangerous Eduardo Vargas fired wide.Green was called into action again after the restart, twice denying Wilfried Bony, first by saving from the Ivorian after he had been set up by Routledge and then keeping out his volley.Richard Dunne, available again after suspension, returned to the QPR side, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back and Mauricio Isla dropping to the bench.Kranjcar kept his place, while Bobby Zamora is still out. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Kranjcar, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Isla, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live updates: 49ers vs. Cowboys in preseason, Saturday night

first_imgJoin us to get in-game insights and analysis Saturday when the 49ers and Cowboys begin their preseason schedule at Levi’s Stadium starting at 6 p.m.With Jimmy Garoppolo (rest), top pick Nick Bosa (high ankle sprain) and high-priced edge rusher Dee Ford (knee) among those who won’t play for the 49ers, the focus turns to the backup quarterback battle between Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard, both of whom will see the bulk of the work Saturday.While Bosa won’t play, the 49ers will unveil …last_img read more

Apple Hiring a Team to Build “the Future of Cloud Services”

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts A new job posting on the Apple website indicates the company is looking for the position of “Cloud Systems Software Engineer.” The job, first discovered by Apple Insider, is a full-time job at the company’s Cupertino campus.Apple says it’s looking for an engineer “who has built high-performance, scalable and extensible systems.” That engineer will join the team that is building “the future of cloud services at Apple!” That exclamation is from the original posting, which in a nod perhaps to some of the questions raised by our Mike Melanson about what exactly constitutes “the cloud” has now been expunged of all cloudy references, replaced with the word “Web.” Of course, the name change is more likely a response from the super-secretive Apple. Indeed, the listing – in either its original or altered form – gives very little detail about what Apple is up to with “the future of cloud services.” Or the future of Web services, as the case may be. Of course, Apple has offered “cloud services” for quite some time via MobileMe. But there has been much speculation, including a story in The Wall Street Journal, that the company will launch an enhanced version of MobileMe this year that will include cloud storage for photos, music, videos and so on. According to those reports, an updated MobileMe would give users the option to stream their digital content to their iPhones and iPads, eliminating the need for local memory on those devices.With the recent launch of the Amazon Cloud Drive and its ability to stream music, both Apple and Google are certainly feeling the pressure to make a similar service available. Image via Apple Insider audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

#MeToo: Christian body assures fair hearing for Shillong sexual abuse victim

first_imgThe Congregation of Christian Brothers in India (CCBI) has assured “just and fair hearing” to a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy in Meghalaya capital Shillong almost three decades ago.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CCBI said the “Christian Brothers stand in solidarity with and in support of any survivor of sexual abuse”. This followed a Facebook post as part of the #MeToo movement against one of its members.In her post a few days ago, 40-year-old Mary Therese Kurkalang had named two Catholic priests – Brother Francis Gale of St. Edmund’s School and Brother Muscat of Don Bosco – as having sexually abused her when she was a child.The CCBI statement did not make it clear which of the two Brothers the congregation has referred to.“We are committed to a just and fair hearing to both the complainant and the alleged abuser, through a formal process as laid out in our protection policy – Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. This policy looks into all cases of abuse, past and present, so as to ascertain with compassion the truth and support the survivor towards achieving a peaceful closure while taking appropriate action against the alleged abuser, if found guilty,” the statement from Brother J. Johnson, society protection officer of CCBI’s Profession Ethics Commission, said.“Accordingly, a due procedure will be initiated as laid out in our said policy to take this serious allegation forward towards arriving at the truth and assisting the survivor with necessary help to attain due closure. Even as these internal processes are carried out, we stand committed to cooperating with the agencies of the law,” the statement said.Ms Kurkalang took to Facebook last week to write: “Three years ago, at the age of 37, I finally decided that I needed professional help and found a wonderful counsellor. Through the months of counselling, there is one session that stands out for me, where I felt literally like someone lifted this huge boulder lodged in my chest that was there since I was 5 years old.“What she said to me at that session was that as a child, from a broken family, an economically poor background, left to my own defences, I made the ‘ideal profile’ of the victim for a sexual predator. Even though as an adult, I understand and can differentiate that I was not responsible, it is hard to really feel and live that knowledge, to not blame myself. What my counsellor said to me that day answered the ‘why’ I have asked over and over again ‘why me’ and it gave me such huge relief to have finally found an answer that I knew to be true. It’s a long journey and an ongoing one to stay whole, balanced, sane as someone who was sexually abused through my childhood, age 5 till age 12.”She said she had attempted suicide thrice as a teenager and young adult, twice landing in hospital in a serious condition. “Through the years I have struggled to find comfort and sanity in spirituality, immersing myself in work, and later, in a close circle of friends I trust, these have helped me pull through. There will always be a part of me that is a big gaping hole of sorrow and darkness – of a childhood I did not know, of an innocence I never knew, of the fear and deep shame I have lived with for so long, and for not being believed, not being protected, and for the deep injustice I felt,” she said.She went on to name Brothers Gale and Muscat, recollecting the many ways in which they abused her.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving, Al Horford rally Celtics past Grizzlies

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSCeltics: Rookie F Robert Williams missed his second straight game with a left groin strain. … Horford’s five 3-pointers matched his career high set against Houston on Dec. 29, 2015. . Irving’s 13 assists matched his season best and was one short of his career high.Grizzlies: Gasol has made a 3-pointer in 12 straight games, one short of his career-best 13 in December 2017. … Brooks was 4 of 5 from outside the arc. … Gasol had 10 assists, marking the center’s 13th double-double of the season. . Memphis was 24 for 37 in the first half (64.9 percent), a season-best shooting percentage for a half.DEFENDING CONLEYBickerstaff doesn’t think Conley gets the respect from officials that his point guard deserves. Bickerstaff pointed to a play where he believed Conley was slapped on the arm on a drive to the basket. Bickerstaff said it was a game-changer, calling it a “huge missed call.”“I think it’s been a running theme in the conversations that we’ve had about the fouls that Mike Conley gets that aren’t blown. Mike Conley is one of the class acts in the NBA. He serves the respect of the officials. Time and time again, he drives to the basket, there’s contact made, but there’s no whistle. . He doesn’t get the respect that I feel that some of these other guys at his level do.”FATIGUE SETS INCeltics second-year forward Guerschon Yabusele played a season-high 16 minutes, including significant minutes in the fourth before Horford returned with 4:47 left in the game. “I’m not going to lie, I’m really, really tired,” he said.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit San Antonio on Monday. “At the half, Kyrie just challenged all of us to be better,” Horford said of the difference after Boston trailed 64-47 at intermission. “The coach as well. I felt like we came out with better energy, played much harder.”Irving’s halftime talk had to deal with his own game as well. He was limited to four shots in the first half and four points. That approach changed in the second half as Irving became more aggressive and got to the basket more often.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Offensively, I felt like they were trying to take the ball out of my hands,” Irving said, adding the Celtics were more active off the ball in the second half. “You don’t have to touch the basketball every single play down to be effective. You can be effective doing the little things. That’s what we did in the second half.”But there still was the matter of overcoming the 19-point deficit in the third quarter. Boston started it with an 11-2 run in the closing minutes of the third. Then, Memphis opened the fourth missing 15 of its first 16 shots. By that point, Boston had overtaken the Grizzlies. Memphis would hold a 97-96 lead before the Celtics rattled off a 12-4 rally that included a pair of 3-pointers from Horford to collect the win. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “We didn’t do a good job of defending the 3-point line,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after Boston was 9 of 18 behind the arc in the second half.“We allowed them to shoot 44 percent from the 3-point line (for the game), and that was the difference.”Marcus Morris scored 22 points for Boston, and Gordon Hayward had 14 off the bench.Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points, while Dillon Brooks added 19. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marc Gasol finished with 15 points apiece.“We couldn’t get stops,” Gasol said. “Normally, the way you stop the bleeding is by getting stops, and we couldn’t get stops. .And it felt like they made every shot down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Grizzlies: Visit Houston on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Warriors beat Blazers to avenge earlier loss this week LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Memphis Grizzlies guards Shelvin Mack, left, and Garrett Temple, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tennesee — Kyrie Irving didn’t get off to a very good start, so he and the Boston Celtics made sure to finish with a flurry.Irving scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Al Horford converted a pair of late 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and the Celtics erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-103 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Myanmar not implementing deal with Bangladesh

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister AMA Muhith has expressed his doubt about the Rohingya repatriation, saying the Myanmar government does not live up to its commitment, reports UNB.I’ve a lot of doubt about the Rohingya repatriation by the Myanmar government as they don’t keep their commitment,` he told reporters after a meeting with a delegation of British donor agency DFID at his office on Tuesday. Muhith said the DFID delegation discussed the issues mainly related to the Rohingya repatriation.The delegation members praised the Bangladesh prime minister’s steps over the Rohingya issue, he said.The finance minister said the delegation will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. `Although they wanted to visit Myanmar as well, the authorities denied them entry to Rakkhine state,’he said.He said the government has taken a move to rehabilitate the Rohingyas in Bhasan Char, an island in Noakhali. Those who entered Bangladesh before the recent exodus of Rohingyas will get shelter in Bhasan Char Island and their number might be about 300,000. We can’t take care of one million Rohingyas.”Muhith said an allocation will be made in the upcoming budget for this purpose as a proposal was sent to his ministry from the prime minister’s office. `But I can’t say about the specific figure of the allocation at this stage of budget preparation.”He said the disaster management and relief ministry will implement the Bhasan Char project for Rohingyas. Bangladeshi locals will also remain there as its habitants alongside the displaced Myanmar nationals.Mentioning that the entire world except China and Russia is supporting Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue, the finance minister said the crisis might not be resolved soon as Myanmar is not implementing the agreement signed with Bangladesh.Meanwhile, a delegation of Hindu community leaders along with religious affairs minister Matior Rahman met the finance minister at his office.About the outcome of the meeting with the Hindu delegation, Muhith said at the request of the delegation, he will make an allocation of Tk 1 billion in the next budget for the welfare of the Hindu community.But the money will be spent on different welfare projects following the government’s approval, he said, adding that the amount will be added to a previous allocation of Tk 1 billion under the Hindu Welfare Trust formed by the government.last_img

The Hilariously Botched Coronation Ceremony of Queen Victoria

first_imgQueen Victoria’s reign of 63 years was, until February 2017, the longest ever rule by a British monarch (now Queen Elizabeth II holds that honor). Yet however successful and glorious Victoria’s time on the throne might have been, her coronation was beset by disaster.When she was born, she stood fifth in line to the throne and an unlikely contender. However, her father along with his brothers and their heirs all died before William IV did on June 20, 1837, leaving Victoria as the next monarch.Queen Victoria aged 80, 1899.Victoria was 18-years-old at the time but it is reported that she conducted herself very regally and calmly.Despite being just 4ft 11 (not quite one and a half meters), she still managed to be seen and heard at the meeting of her privy council — even if she had to be seated on a raised platform to do it.A 1859 portrait of Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.Her coronation was held on June 28, 1838, almost a year later. Victoria kept a journal and wrote on her coronation day: “I shall remember this day as the proudest of my life.” As it turned out, she had great cause to be proud since she managed to get through five hours of bungling and mistakes with the grace and patience of a true queen.Victoria’s journey to Westminster Abbey was witnessed by an astonishing number of people, since the opening of the railways made it easier for people to reach London.St. Margaret Church, Westminster Abbey in London, England.Since the ceremony was so long, the queen changed her outfit twice. When not required before the main altar, Victoria and others would retreat into St Edward’s chapel. She noted in her journal afterwards just how appalled she was to find it in such a state:“I then again descended from the Throne, and then repaired with all the Peers bearing the Regalia, my Ladies and Train-bearers, to St Edward’s Chapel, as it is called; but which, as Lord Melbourne said, was more unlike a Chapel than anything he had ever seen; for, what was called an Altar was covered with sandwiches, bottles of wine etc.”Sir George Hayter’s view of the coronation.Part of any coronation involves the placing of the crown on the monarch’s head. While this seemed to go without any mishap, problems arose when the Archbishop of Canterbury tried to put the Coronation Ring on the queen’s finger. The ring was sized for Victoria’s pinky finger but the Archbishop tried to force it onto her fourth finger.According to Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian, poor Victoria really struggled to get the ring off after the ceremony and was forced to soak her hand in ice-water to try and reduce the swelling.Coronation of Queen Victoria by Edmund Thomas Parris.The Bishop of Durham apparently didn’t do much better since he gave her the ceremonial orb at the wrong moment.But the clergyman to make the gravest mistake had to be the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who accidentally turned over two pages of the Order of Service at once. Unfortunately, it was quite a crucial bit that he missed out, forcing him to call Victoria back so that he could do it again properly.Coronation of Queen Victoria by John Martin, depicting the Queen advancing to the edge of the platform to meet Lord Rolle.As part of the ceremony, peers of the realm were expected to come before the queen and pay their respects. Lord John Rolle was the largest landowner in Devon at the time and was 88 years old.As he started to ascend the steps toward the new queen, he not only fell over but rolled down the steps. Luckily, despite his infirmity, he was unhurt. He got himself up and started up the stairs again, determined to do his duty.Sir George Hayter’s coronation portrait of the Queen.Charles Greville, a diarist of the time, wrote of Victoria’s astonishing act of kindness upon seeing Rolle fall down:“[The Queen’s] first impulse was to rise, and when afterwards he came again to do homage she said, “May I not get up and meet him?” and then rose from the throne and advanced down one or two of the steps to prevent his coming up, an act of graciousness and kindness which made a great sensation. It is, in fact, the remarkable union of naiveite, kindness, nature, good-nature, with propriety and dignity, which makes her so admirable and so endearing to those around her.”The crown made for Queen Victoria.Victoria might have been gracious, but others were not so kind-hearted. Poor Lord Rolle found himself not only the subject of a painting by John Martin the next year which depicted the event, but also included in a poem by the humourist poet, Richard Harris Barham.In Mr Barney Maguire’s Account of the Coronation, Barham penned the following verse:Then the trumpets braying, and the organ playing, And the sweet trombones, with their silver tones; But Lord Rolle was rolling; — t’was mighty consoling To think his Lordship did not break his bones!According to historian Roy Strong, Victoria’s coronation was the last in a long line of botched ceremonies, since the Victorians subsequently put together a programme that has been used ever since.Read another story from us: Royal Family Scandal: The Friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian ServantWith Victoria on the throne for 63 years, they certainly had a lot of time to plan the next one properly.last_img read more