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

Huskies and Kings clash in Game 2 tonight

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies resume their second-round NWJHL playoff matchup with the Grande Prairie JDA Kings Tuesday evening.The Huskies hung on to defeat the Kings in Game 1 of the series on Saturday evening, as the team nearly blew a 5-0 lead.“We need to play with energy for a full 60 minutes,” said General Manager Jeremy Clothier. “Going into an opponents rink in the playoffs is a completely different than the regular season. However, if we approach it like we did in the season and play a full game, we will be fine.”- Advertisement -Pups forward Sebastian Powsey will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his fibula in Game 1.Tuesday’s Game 2 tilt in Grande Prairie gets underway at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Angels making defense a high priority

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Physical examinations will be performed today for Angels position players, who also need to make sure their gloves are in proper condition. The Angels were the worst fielding team in the American League last season, committing 124 errors for a .979 fielding percentage. The miscues led to 80 unearned runs after the Angels led the league in that category in 2005 with just 45 unearned runs. Fielding will no doubt be a priority in this camp as the first full-squad workout is set for Tuesday. The most notable change will be the larger glove used by Chone Figgins as he tries to overcome fielding issues at third base. Figgins had 16 errors last season, 10 of which came in 34 games (2801/3 innings) at third. “I’m very comfortable with the system and with what (fielding coach Alfredo Griffin) does with the infielders,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got some work to do because we’re going to have different chemistry on the infield with rookie (Howie) Kendrick at second, Figgy at third and (Casey Kotchman), Kendry (Morales), (Robb) Quinlan or (Shea) Hillenbrand at first.” Even though defense will be a priority, there are no plans to add additional drills. “There’s nothing more we can do to pound these guys with it,” Scioscia said. “Obviously we need to do things better on the defensive side. The solution comes in different forms and hopefully this year it will be with the addition of (Gary) Matthews (Jr.), with Figgy getting comfortable at third base and stability at first base.” A return to the type of defense the Angels played in 2005 just might be the difference in advancing to the postseason. “Defense certainly had an impact,” Scioscia said. “The number of unearned runs we gave up was off the charts. center_img “But if we had played erratic defense (and) hit anywhere near where we should have the first month and a half, it could have been a different outcome.” Matthews made his first appearance in camp and already is feeling right at home. “I’ve been playing in this division for a while now,” Matthews said. “I already know these guys and know the players here and the personnel. It’s really like coming in and getting ready to go.” The San Fernando Valley native was worried that returning to the area might be a distraction, so he took some precautions. The first was to move to Southern California during the winter so that the start of the season would not also be his homecoming. Jered Weaver and Bartolo Colon played long toss with each other from about 120 feet, although they are on much different return paths. “Jered was very encouraging,” Scioscia said. “He feels good. We’re moving forward with him but it will be tough to say when he might be on the mound.” Former umpire Steve Palermo will be in camp today for a morning meeting as the Angels are kept abreast with rules changes, the first in baseball since 1996. The most talked about change is that a position player now will be suspended 10 days for intentionally scuffing a baseball. Games delayed by rain that are tied after five innings no longer will be replayed but will be resumed from the point they are stopped. Players are not allowed to step into a dugout to catch a foul popup but still can reach into a dugout. In another change that likely has its roots in the 2005 American League Championship Series involving the Angels, a batter can advance to first base after a dropped third strike only if he hasn’t left the dirt area around home plate in any direction other than up the first-base line. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pomeroy Sports Centre offers hockey games for students on Friday

first_imgStudents aged 8 – 11 can take part in a game at the east arena from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., students aged 12 – 15 can then follow suit in the east arena from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., while students 16 and over are asked to come into the west arena from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.”In addition to this, public skating hours on the Oval have been extended by two hours,” the centre writes in a press release. “This session will run from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. This skate is open to all members of the public and helmets are encouraged.”The centre adds, “There will be co-ed drop in hockey for children and youth ages 8+. Please note that there is no required skill level to participate in drop-in hockey, but full gear must be worn.”- Advertisement -There are fees associated with these activities, with the youth rate (6 – 18) at $2.50 for skating and drop-in sessions.For more information, contact the city’s Recreation Programmer at 250 794 3262.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, October 21

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are plotting a shock £20m bid for former star Gerard Pique. Louis Van Gaal is still desperate to sign defensive re-enforcements and has put Barcelona’s Pique at the top of his wanted list. (Daily Star)Liverpool have joined the chase for Porto teenage midfielder Ruben Neves. Portugal Under-21 starlet Neves, 17, has been watched three times by the Reds this season. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are in talks to sign Croatia star Marcelo Brozovic from Dinamo Zagreb. (Daily Star)Chelsea scouts have again watched Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula. The Belgium-born star, 22, was bought for £6million from French rivals Guingamp last year and is now rated at £25m by the Ligue 1 top dogs. (Daily Mirror)Rio Ferdinand could be offloaded by Queens Park Rangers  in January. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Balotelli is no Suarez but he WILL come good for Liverpool, insists RodgersExclusive – We’re still talking! Rodgers insists Sterling saga has not damaged Hodgson relationshipExclusive – Stoke star defends Moses after Monk ‘cheat’ claimExclusive – Liverpool boss Rodgers backs Redknapp, branding QPR sack talk ‘incredible’Exclusive – Begovic flattered by Real Madrid talk but insists: I’m happy at StokeNani to extend Sporting Lisbon loan deal? Man United winger ‘happy’ in homelandMan City and Man United on alert as Alves prepares for Barcelona exitMourinho casts doubts over Chelsea’s January transfer window activity‘When hell freezes over!’ – Arsenal forward laughs off Tottenham switch rumourslast_img read more