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

Real reward Solari with permanent contract

first_imgSolari has led Real to four wins out of four since being installed on a caretaker basis following Lopetegui’s abrupt sacking last month.And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded he has established the best ever start for a Real manager.After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.The upturn has left Madrid only four points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Europe.Solari, who spent five years playing for Real, was promoted from his role in charge of Castilla, the club´s B team, after Lopetegui had overseen a miserable run that included just one victory in seven games.The last of those, a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Barcelona, proved the final straw for club president Florentino Perez but the team have rebounded under their new coach.Solari is Perez’s 13th manager in 15 seasons across two seperate periods at the Santiago Bernabeu.“He has done excellently,” Madrid club director Emilio Butragueno said on Sunday night. “We are very happy with how things have gone.”Few could argue with the results, which have now earned Solari the chance to prove himself over a longer period.– ‘Great opportunity’ –Santiago Solari rejects comparisons with former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane © AFP/File / TORU YAMANAKAHe indicated in his opening press conference that he was open to keeping the job full-time.“It’s a great opportunity and it’s a great club,” Solari said. “I don’t just say that now as coach of the first team. I’ve been here with other teams, I’ve played and sweated in the shirt of this club.“Madrid is bigger than all of us but it touches us all with its greatness. I want to be a part of it.”Zinedine Zidane also stepped up mid-season from coaching Castilla in 2016 and led the team to Champions League glory five months later.Solari has played down the comparisons with Zidane, who commanded instant respect owing to his glittering playing career and long-established status at the club, enhancing his status as a Real legend by winning three consecutive Champions League crowns.“He’s one of the greatest things we’ve ever had at this club,” Solari said last month. “He’s very calm, a great coach and nobody can compare to him.”The challenge for Solari will be to manage the dressing room when results take a turn for the worse.After the international break, Madrid´s generous run of games continues with league matches against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, none of whom currently reside in La Liga´s top half.They will also play Roma in Italy and CSKA Moscow at home in the Champions League, two games likely to settle who goes through top of Group G.Solari was only allowed two weeks as an interim coach according to Spanish regulations, meaning Sunday´s trip to Celta Vigo was always likely to precede a decision on his future.It proved an impressive final audition as Madrid struck a 4-2 victory, with Solari having to adapt to a handful of injury problems during the game.“We´ll go to the death with him, he’s a great coach and of course we want him to continue,” Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola said afterwards.This will be Solari´s maiden job in charge of a first team.Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Joachim Low had all been linked to the position, with fresh approaches still possible next summer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s interim coach Santiago Solari appointed on a permanent basis after a record start © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Nov 12 – Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui.“Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated.last_img read more

BURTONPORT ACTION GROUP IN DANGER OF CLOSING

first_imgThe Burtonport Action Group is in danger of closing after a poorly-attended AGM failed to elect a new committee.The existing Management Committee incluidng the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurers, stood down and said they are not standing for re-election.However, no-one came forward to replace them. Last night’s meeting was told there are two people who are prepared to act as head of Arts and Company Secretary.It was agreed that an additional meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23rd October at 7:30 in the welcome Centre.A spokesman said that if no-one volunteers either at that meeting, or indicates in advance that they are prepared to fill these roles, then the Company will be wound up and the Welcome Centre will close with immediate effect.If you value the Welcome Centre please attend the meeting or if not able at least advise if you willing to take on one of these roles. (message on Face book, email burtonportactiongroup@hotmail.com or text to 0831447243) BURTONPORT ACTION GROUP IN DANGER OF CLOSING was last modified: October 13th, 2012 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:Burtonport Action Grouplast_img read more

Sensational membership offer at Letterkenny Community Centre

first_imgLetterkenny Community Centre are offering patrons the opportunity to avail of a number of fantastic new membership packages before the end of September.  Management at the popular fitness facility have devised a number of brilliant membership packages with 10% off ALL memberships.The offer has been on-going for a number of weeks, and memberships have increased ten-fold, but time is running out. The incredible offer ends on September 30th, so anybody interested in getting in good physical condition over the winter are being encouraged to take out their membership out now!Letterkenny Community Centre have a vast array of professional fitness experts working within the facility.There is a diverse range of classes available that caters for all – and with full access to their state-of-the-art gym, it is too good an offer to refuse!A spokesman for Letterkenny Community Centre said, “Our membership offers have been well received by the general public thus far. “The offer ends next Friday, so there’s still time for you to avail of one of our membership packages.“We’ve got one month, three month, six month and 12 month memberships on offer with 10% off ALL.“We’ve established ourselves as a market leader in the fitness industry over the years, and we’ve got dedicated professional fitness experts that are there to help everybody of all shapes and sizes.“We’ve got a whole series of different classes available that range from Circuits, Morning Mix, Tums&Bums, Zumba, Cardio Body Pump and Core Conditioning.“So we cater for all, and there’s plenty of variety in the classes on offer, and every member has full access to our gym. So if you’re interested in availing of one of these incredible offers, then call today on (074) 912 2761.Or visit their Facebook page by clicking on the link below.www.facebook.com/Letterkenny-Community-Centre-314338611913284/?fref=tsSensational membership offer at Letterkenny Community Centre was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 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:10cardioCoredealfitnessLETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTREMembershipnewsOFFStrengthlast_img read more

Barcelona ‘to offer star player to Chelsea in exchange for Eden Hazard’

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Barcelona will try to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea this summer in a player plus cash deal, according to reports.The Catalan giants wish to bring Hazard to Spain after six seasons at Stamford Bridge, though they face competition for Belgium international’s signature from LaLiga rivals Real Madrid. TOP WORK The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer news However, Barcelona remain keen on the former Lille star, and a report by Onda Cero – quoted in Sport – claims the Camp Nou club are prepared to offer a player plus cash deal to Chelsea in an attempt to bring Hazard to Catalonia.According to the report, Ousmane Dembele, the France forward, is the player Barca are said to be willing to sacrifice in exchange for Hazard, just a year on from the 21-year-old’s arrival at Camp Nou from Borussia Dortmund. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Hazard, the forward, has already hinted at a potential departure from west London, saying last week: “After 6 wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different, certainly after this World Cup.“I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.“You know my preferred destination.”These comments have led to a scramble for Hazard, though Real are said to be unwilling to match Chelsea’s valuation of the 27-year-old. targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Dembele capped his debut season at Barcelona by winning the World Cup with France Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Hazard’s future as a Chelsea player is uncertain RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 IN DEMAND Dembele, who was part of France’s World Cup winning squad, made just 23 appearances in all competitions last season after suffering a hamstring injury in his first league start that ruled him out for four months. He returned in January but quickly picked up another injury that kept him out for a further month, but he was back to score against Chelsea when Barca knocked the Blues out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage.last_img read more

Women’s Golf Primed for MVC Championship on Sunday

first_img Print Friendly Version A YEAR AGOThe Bulldogs finished in 10th-place at the 2016 MVC Championship with a score of 955 (317-312-326). Glennie led the Bulldogs with a score of 230 (75-75-80), finishing tied for 15th place. Brooke Miller posted a score of 248 (82-81-85). DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team is preparing to play at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Sunday (April 16) through Tuesday (April 18). Live Results The Bulldogs were tabbed to finish eighth in MVC pre-championship poll, voted by the league coaches. Drake is led by sophomore Grace Dunn, who is averaging a team-low 77.5 per round. She has been the team’s top finisher in three tournaments and recorded a career-best 216 (71-70-75) at the Bradley Invitational earlier this month. Junior Madison Glennie, who has a 77.8 average per round, struggled early this spring but has gotten back on track the last two tournaments with a pair of top-10 finishes. In her last five rounds, she averaged 75 per round compared to 83.3 the first six rounds of the season. Story Links The 54-hole event hosted by Southern Illinois at the Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. will utilize tee times each of the tournament’s three days starting at 9 a.m. The winner of the three-day tournament will advance to the NCAA Regionals.last_img read more