Arnett plan to keep Waterhouse down

first_imgReigning Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions, Arnett Gardens FC, are planning to keep Waterhouse on the canvas when both teams meet in the secondpreliminary stage at Waterhouse Stadium tomorrow.Arnett are currently in third position on 32 points, while Waterhouse are at the bottom on 15 points after 18 games in the 12-team league.With a gap of 17 points, Arnett Gardens have no intention of giving Waterhouse a chance to crawl up from last position.As far as the man in charge of the ‘Junglists’ is concerned, it is simply a case of, ‘when a man is down, keep him down’.”We will try to keep them down as they are a dangerous team,” coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday.”In previous games, Waterhouse dominated Arnett. We beat them in the first round and we are looking forward to continue this on Sunday,” added Waite, who guided Arnett to three national titles.Arnett will be without hard-tackling midfielder Renae Lloyd, as well as Damari Deacon due to red cards issued in their encounter against Tivoli Gardens two weeks ago, but Waite remains confident that the team will leave Drewsland with a positive result.”Lloyd will be a loss, but if you notice this season started without Renae Lloyd, the other player (Jason Moore), who will fill the slot had been doing well before Lloyd returned to the team,” the veteran coach noted before sharing his anticipation of the game.”Yes, you always have to look forward to a clash of this magnitude, despite where the teams are in the standings. And, it is always a fierce rivalry. We will not underestimate Waterhouse, although they are having a bad season, so far,” Waite maintained.”In their last game, they scored four goals but gave up the same, so there are loopholes in their defensive system, which we aim to exploit. We (Arnett) have won three games in a row and are aiming at four straight,” he concluded.last_img read more

PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia

first_imgView comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Blackwater bounced back from a 117-96 loss to TNT last Wednesday which snapped their three-game winning run.“We had lots of energy today both in the offensive and defensive ends,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We dictated the tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth that’s when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest.”The Picanto managed to chip away at Blackwater’s mammoth lead in the fourth, scoring 35 in the period when the Elite fielded in their reserves during the game’s garbage time. #KicksStalker: LeBron’s first shoe set for a comeback Henry Walker had a team-high 25 points to lead Blackwater to go along 11 rebounds and seven dimes.JP Erram put up a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double and also blocked three shots while Michael Digregorio came one rebound short of a double-double as he finished with 16 points and nine boards.Geron Johnon led Kia with 28 points but turned the ball over nine times.CONTRIBUTED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-Blackwater dismantled Kia, 118-97, and kept its hold of the eight seed in the PBA Governors’ Cup standings Friday at Ynares Center here.The Elite dominated the Picanto from the get go, pushing the lead to as big as 70-31 at the half to improve to 4-4 while sending the Picanto to a league-worst 0-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘Best in history’ Ronaldo put to test by Messi in ‘clasico’

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Ronaldo has no doubt closed the gap with Messi after he led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles in the last two seasons. But for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, this past decade is still set to bear Messi’s mark.“If it wasn’t for (Ronaldo), Messi would have won twice as much,” Torres said Wednesday. “What Ronaldo has done in the age of Messi says a lot about him.”Ronaldo will need to be at his best on Saturday because anything other than a victory will deal a huge blow to Madrid’s title defense before the season reaches its midway point.Madrid enters the match in fourth place and trailing Barcelona by 11 with a match in hand. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are in second and third.“Given the situation we are in we are obligated to win,” Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said.Messi had one of his most memorable performances at Madrid last season when he scored his second of two brilliant goals in stoppage time to silence the Santiago Bernabeu.Madrid got revenge with wins of 3-1 and 2-0 in the Spanish Super Cup in August, when Barcelona was reeling from the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, however, quickly rallied his team and the Catalan club has not lost since, a run of 24 matches. With Neymar gone, Valverde has succeeded in tightening up Barcelona’s defense.“It would be important to win for everything that would represent, since the match is so special, and we are playing at their ground,” Messi said. “There would still be a long way to go for the league title, but a victory would be a nice before the Christmas break.”Here are some other potential keys to the “clasico.” In this file photo, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo connects with an overhead kick during the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. APBARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo has made his claim. Now he has to live up to it.Ronaldo will face Lionel Messi on Saturday for the first time since the Portugal forward declared himself “the best player in the history” of soccer after equaling the Argentine’s five Ballon d’Or awards this month.ADVERTISEMENT Basking in the spotlight of a glitzy ceremony under the Eiffel Tower, Ronaldo felt confident enough to put himself at the pinnacle of the sport, ahead of Messi and other greats like Pele and Diego Maradona.“You will go and say that I have a big head, but when you’re at the top, it’s normal that you’re criticized,” he told France Football. “I am the best player in history, in both good and bad times.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPersonalities aside, Ronaldo has a tough case to make.He and Messi both have four Champions League titles, but Messi’s eight Spanish league titles double Ronaldo’s tally for Madrid and Manchester United. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Striker Luis Suarez has rediscovered his scoring touch at just the right time for Barcelona. After only scoring three times in the first 11 matches, Suarez has six goals in his last five league games. They will need him even more with backup forwards Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu injured.Karim Benzema has only scored two goals in 11 league appearances for Madrid this season. The drop in production has contributed to Madrid’s stumbles, leading many fans to lament the exit of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.Jordi Alba has flourished going forward into the hole that Neymar used to occupy. The Spain left back is a favorite of Messi to weave together short-passing combinations that unlock packed defenses. His matchup against Madrid right back Dani Carvajal should be key.Gareth Bale is playing for his future. Recurrent injuries have cost the Wales winger his spot in Madrid’s starting lineup, with coach Zinedine Zidane preferring the playmaking — and sturdier legs — of Francisco “Isco” Alarcon. Bale returned after his latest injury layoff to help Madrid win the Club World Cup, but as a second-half substitute. He is likely to have that role against Barcelona and will need to make the most of the minutes he gets.Thomas Vermaelen was considered a lost cause. That was until defenders Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano got injured, giving the Belgian another chance to find his spot in Barcelona’s rotation. Vermaelen has played six consecutive matches, a personal record for him at Barcelona. Injuries limited him to 11 league appearances in two seasons before he was loaned out to Roma last year. Now that he is back, the former Arsenal player will be critical to Barcelona’s chances of stopping Ronaldo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thirdy not surprised over manong’s stellar NLEX debut Messi also has the edge in their head-to-head duels. Messi has outscored Ronaldo 19-17 since Ronaldo joined Madrid in 2009. Prior to that, Messi scored in a 2-0 win over Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final.The Barcelona-led Messi has also had a clear advantage over Ronaldo’s Madrid. Messi has helped Barcelona beat Ronaldo’s side 13 times, to eight wins for Madrid and seven draws.Overall, Messi holds the “clasico” record with 24 goals in 36 matches. Ronaldo is one goal shy of matching Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano’s 18 goals against Barcelona.The camera-shy Messi insisted again when he was recognized for leading the Spanish league in goals last campaign that he put more value on team titles than individual honors.“Titles are our goal,” Messi said. “If individual statistics are there also, that’s even better, but they are not the objective.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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UFC to open ‘world’s largest MMA center’ in Shanghai

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein said that there are 10 Chinese fighters on the UFC roster but he hopes there will be 10 times more in future.“We wanted to come to China and make an investment in this market,” said Epstein.“Half of our business is outside the US so international growth is incredibly important to us.“China has become a top-five market for us in any metric that we look at and has the potential to be larger than the leader right now, which is the United States.”Kevin Chang, vice-president of UFC in Asia-Pacific, called the Shanghai center “a defining moment for UFC in Asia” and said it will also serve as the organization’s headquarters in the region.ADVERTISEMENT Cavs’ All-Star forward Kevin Love could be out until after new year The announcement was made four days ahead of UFC’s first event in Beijing — last year Shanghai hosted UFC’s maiden fight card in mainland China.The new center will be three times the size of UFC’s original performance institute in Las Vegas and boast facilities for fighters and fans over two floors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt will include two Octagons, a boxing ring and equipment such as underwater treadmills, together with a team of full-time experts.Top promotions are setting their sights on China, where MMA’s rapid growth and the country’s ancient martial arts traditions are fuelling predictions that it could become the sport’s next frontier. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum UFC made a major play for the potentially huge Chinese market on Tuesday, saying it will invest $13 million to open the world’s largest MMA training and development base in Shanghai.Performance Institute Shanghai will open in mid-2019 and help nurture the next generation of Chinese mixed martial arts fighters, the United States-based UFC said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Power is for Business

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said the essence of providing electricity in a given area is to help promote businesses that lead to improved living conditions for residents as their economy booms. According to the President, Yandohun Town, Lofa County, where a 60 Kilowatt Micro-Hydro Power Plant was dedicated, should be of no exception.Speaking at the dedication ceremony of the Micro-Hydro Power Plant in Yandohun, Kolahun district on Wednesday, February 19, the Liberian President cautioned residents, especially women, to make maximum use of the electricity by engaging in businesses that would increase their incomes and improve their lives.The President mentioned ice making, cold water processing, and rice mills as examples of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with great investment potential. She challenged the people to form a cooperative in achieving this, which would lead to more SMEs.“Do not just use this electricity to dance under light every night; it’s your opportunity to make use of your blessing. The only way you can help government fight poverty is by getting involved. This is why the hydro has been built here,” the President told a joyous crowd. “We want women to be involved in businesses because it would help empower them and improve the lives their families. You can buy an ice box and get yourself engaged in selling ice, or even buy a cooler and start to sell cold water to passersby on this road,” she added.The newly dedicated 60 Kw Micro-hydro power project is an initiative of the Government of Liberia through the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), and funded by the World Bank. The project costs around US$540,000.00; covering civil works, electromechanical equipment, a powerhouse, transmission, distribution, customers’ internal wiring and connection for the three beneficiary communities.The hydro current serves three rural communities, including Yandohun, Dangalahun I and Dangalahun II, all in Kolahun district. It presently provides reliable and affordable electricity to over 169 customers; comprising households, businesses and social institutions. Customers will pay only LD$200.00 a month regardless of how much power they consume. The power is supposed to run 24/7.The Micro-hydro power system is being managed, operated and maintained by a community management team trained under the newly established Yandohun Electricity Development Cooperative, Incorporated.The Residents of the Yandohun expressed thanks to President Sirleaf, the World Bank and the many technicians who made the construction of the project a success. They lauded government for providing them with access to affordable electricity and giving new opportunities to improve their lives.A resident of the town, Mr. Willy Kuagbah said: “This is a very important day in the history of Yandohun. I just want to express thanks to our President for this project. This electricity will help us greatly, especially our school children.”Another resident, Hannah Kamara noted, “We no longer sleep in darkness. When evening hours arrive you see everyone anxious to come and see the new face of our town under light. Our children will be happy to study their lessons upon returning from the farm because of electricity. We are very grateful to our President.”She continued, “The President said that we should get into business. I have a plan to build a modern video club if I can get a loan to start it. I want for government to start looking at ways to give us loans in Yandohun like the Central Bank is doing in other areas.The Executive Director of RREA, Augustus Goanue said the project is very unique and serves as a model for similar communities in Liberia. “Because of various socio-economic benefits associated with this project, it will greatly contribute to the RREA’’s purpose of facilitating and accelerating the economic transformation of rural Liberia,” he noted.He said in 2008, President Sirleaf approved then Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Eugene Shannon’s request to establish a prototype Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) following the drafting of the first ever National Energy Policy of Liberia.Meanwhile on February 8, 2009, Fanny Missfeldt-Ringius of the World Bank, Kristin Stroup of Energy and Security Group and the RREA boss visited Yandohun to assess the damaged 30-kW Micro-Hydro Power plant originally constructed by a Peace Corps Volunteer called Gary Duncan in 1979 with funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Upon their return, a project called “Catalyzing New Renewable Energy in rural Liberia” was submitted to the World Bank for funding, which was subsequently approved. The objective of the two phase project was to help government implement a significant portion of the NEP by establishing the RREA as a functioning agency able to mobilize new renewable energy services and investment for rural areas to meet demand in a technical, reliable and affordable manner.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOL, FAO to Launch US$492k Aquaculture Project

first_imgThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and partners will on July 5, 2016 launch an Aquaculture Project valued at US$492,000. The initiative is an effort to address the challenges and constraints of youth unemployment – cited as the reason the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports requested technical support from the FAO. The Technical Cooperation Project, titled: “Creating Aquaculture Enterprise for Youth Employment, Poverty Reduction and Food Security,” is meant to build the capacity of 600 vulnerable youths in aquaculture development in Margibi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties.The project is aligned with the FAO’s Strategy Objectives 2, 3, and 4, focusing on rural development. It is also aligned with the United Nations Development Framework (UNDF) Pillar II: (Sustainable Economic Transformation), while at the same time contributing to the FAO’s Country Program Framework (CPF) for sustainable agriculture development.Meanwhile, On June 27, 2016, 40 youths from across Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties will benefit from a ten-day aquaculture training seminar on the provision of economic development through youth employment, entrepreneurship, and improved nutrition and poverty reduction.The training seminar is an extension of the first seminar, which was conducted in Compound 2, Grand Bassa County, from June 13th to 23rd, 2016. The ten-day seminar will bring together officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Bureau of National Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture along with young Liberian entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders.The objective of the training session is to develop small business management skills, gender wealth creation opportunities, and develop the potentials of young people for sustainable aquaculture entrepreneurship. Participants of the seminar are expected to acquire improved methods of fish farming and hatchery management techniques, and better business development strategies. A training guide which was developed at the end of the first session will be used as a reference tool for youth aquaculture in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Turning Back

first_imgThe political contest for the House of Representatives in the upcoming presidential and representative elections is gaining momentum on a daily basis with women vowing not to neglect their ability to lead their constituencies.To gear up for the race, 50 female aspirants mainly from Montserrado County over the weekend benefited from a capacity building workshop organized by the Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association (LIFLEA) at a resort in Paynesville and funded by Kvinna till Kvinna, a Swedish-based NGO operating in Liberia and other parts of the world.The workshop was conducted under the theme, “Increasing women’s participation in political and peacebuilding processes.” LIFLEA Deputy National Coordinator Madam Betty B. Broh expressed confidence that the women aspirants will make a significant impact in the October electoral process.“We believe that these women are capable of providing the needed representation for their respective constituencies. They are already doing so in their various communities and districts at large,” Madam Broh said.The Constitution of Liberia guarantees every mature citizen, including women, the right to play a part in the political system either by vying to govern or accepting to be governed, she said, adding that women’s participation in political affairs by contesting for elected positions is a must. “Centuries ago, women were in the back seats, waiting for men to decide even the fate of their existence. Now, it is the time for us to work alongside our male counterparts so they too will be able to understand that we have a lot more positive things to contribute to the reconstruction of our broken systems,” Madam Broh pointed stated.Meanwhile, the daughter of the late Representative Saah Moses Tandapolie of District #11, Montserrado County, Siah J. Tandapolie, announced her candidacy for the representative seat in the district to fulfill the dream of her late father for the people of the district.“The people of District #11 believe in the ability of my family to provide them proper representation in government, because my late father laid the foundation,” Ms. Tandapolie told the women.She spoke of her preparedness to face both male and female opponents, promising to defeat them at the poll.Tandapolie was confident that the district residents will “blow her political trumpet,” because of what her father did and because she is following in his footsteps.“My people will tell you more about my personal life changing initiatives where I have provided electricity to schools and homes in the district with no cost attached,” she said.She has meanwhile called on all eligible voters in the district to turn out for the voter registration exercise and should in no way sell their VR cards for any amount.Another female aspirant of Montserrado District #2, Rev. Sawonie H. J. Mombo, said she is in the race to unseat the incumbent Sekou Konneh, “because he has failed to justify why the people of the district elected him in 2011.”Other aspirants who spoke of their quests to take over the mantles of their districts’ leaderships were Madam Grace B. Yates of Montserrado District #9; Mrs. Pauline W. Nyanford of Montserrado District #11; and Dehkontee D. Sheriff of Montserrado District #2.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Burkina Faso Super Model Supports Liberia and CEO of UNIFORM

first_imgGeorgie Badiel- ‘I love this country’ – Advertisement – Georgie Badiel is striking and has been walking runways since she was in her late teens. In spite of this, she’s an advocate and supports the equality of girls and women all over the world, including her two adopted daughters in Liberia.A couple of months ago, Georgie’s relationship with the CEO of UNIFORM, Chid Liberty, was revealed on social media as she was seen supporting his efforts, supplying uniforms to children in Liberia whose parents cannot afford them.The Daily Observer learned that well over 10,000 children have so far received brand new uniforms through Chid Liberty.“We hope that by next year we would have uniformed over 50,000 children. I am proud of Chid and his partners,” she added during her visit to Liberia.During the couple’s visit to Liberia a couple of weeks ago, they were seen together, confessing their love for each other; even holding hands during the interview, with Chid supporting all that Georgie had to say.“I love this country. I first came here last year,” the stunning model stated.What many did not know during her visit is that Georgie is the proud mother of two adopted girls living in Liberia; an eight year-old and a 14 year-old.“I have been supporting each of them for about eight years now. During my visits, I spend time with them; I adore them. I truly adore my teenage daughter who needs more attention than when she was younger,” she added.According to Georgie, she has been to Liberia more than twice and jubilates over the fact that Liberia is one of her place of interest now.“This time around I came to Liberia as Chid’s girlfriend and to also support his company UNIFORM, which has been amazing for giving uniforms to kids. I grew up fortunate but unfortunate because my sisters were designers and made my uniform, but I had friends who did not have that opportunity. There was a time they couldn’t go to school because they didn’t have uniforms,” she added.According to Georgie, “what Chid is dong is so amazing because education is a must.”Meanwhile, Georgie surprised us when she talked about one of Liberia’s upcoming female models. With much praise and exhilaration, Georgie showed a sense of pride in Liberia’s fashion sector.“We cast one of the most beautiful Liberians during UNIFORM’s shoot for their look book. Her name is Chanel; she ran the campaign for uniform and killed it. I believe so much in a girl that can walk on an international runway, and Chanel has that potential.“At 14 my father told me he could not afford my school and I should find something to do and I thought what, at 14? Someone told me that I can be a model; and in 2003, I became a beauty queen. After becoming Miss Burkina Faso, I decided that it was time that I walk on the same runway as Naomi Campbell,” she added.In as much, Georgie believes that women should never use their bodies or sexuality to get further in their career. “It is just a waste of time,” she added.“I tell girls that having sex with people who are there for business like the photographers who shoot look books, will always get them in trouble and will never assure that what they are giving their bodies away for will work,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Bank Appoints New Vice President for Africa

first_imgMr. Hafez Ghanem, WB new Vice president for Africa. The World Bank (WB) has appointed Hafez Ghanem as the bank’s new vice president for Africa, effective July 1, a release has said. Ghanem succeeds Makhtar Diop, who has been appointed as the bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure.According to the release, Ghanem, a development expert with over 30 years of experience, will lead an active regional portfolio consisting of over 600 projects, totaling more than US$71 billion.Under Ghanem’s leadership, WB will continue to support inclusive growth and poverty reduction by financing projects that boost human capital, support private sector development, raise agricultural productivity, improve access to infrastructure, build resilience to climate change and promote regional integration.“Priority will be given to projects and programs that provide economic opportunities for youth and that promotes gender equality,” the release said. The bank will also intensify its work in fragile and conflict-affected states.Ghanem brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked in more than 30 countries in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and Southeast Asia. Previously, the bank’s Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Ghanem led engagement in the region through a portfolio of ongoing projects, technical assistance and grants worth more than US$13 billion.As Sub-Saharan African countries strive to accelerate growth, eradicate extreme poverty and better integrate into the global economy, the World Bank Group remains a committed partner that can be relied upon to bring innovative approaches to development and financing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EnCana threat-letters likely written by the same person

first_imgPhoto: Both RCMP and hand-writing experts believe that both threat-letters were written by the same author. Handwriting expert David Babb said the inverted saucer shape of the letter T crossings in the letters suggests the writer is keeping their anger in check.An independent forensic document examiner and handwriting expert says the two EnCana threat-letters have the same author. – Advertisement -According to Vancouver-based newspaper The Province, Forensic Examiner David Babb says it’s highly probable both letters were written by the same person. He says the construction of the letters had tremors in them, which suggests neurological damage of some kind. He also notes the author appears to be focused and possess average intelligence.On Wednesday the 15th, the Dawson Creek Daily News received a letter, which RCMP members believe to be from the same author as the previous note sent last year. The threat-letter came shortly after the sixth bombing to the area south of Dawson Creek.The two page note stated EnCana Corp., has three months to beginning shutting down operations in the Tomslake area, ending the letter with a cryptic warning, “Don’t Delay.”The Province reports that University of Alberta sociologist Paul Joosse believes the latest letter was not written with the author’s dominant hand.Advertisement RCMP Sgt. Tim Shields said police have yet to conduct an official handwriting analysis. Meanwhile, there have been ongoing reports that police are using excessive tactics with their investigations. The Dawson Creek Daily News reports that Sgt. Shields says the role of the police is to do whatever is legal, moral and ethical to investigate, stop and prevent crime. But, the newspaper says it and other media outlets has received complaints that the RCMP or INSET members are harassing and accusing members of the community. Advertisement Shields did not deny these incidents occurred, but he said that these tactics help eliminate people of interest.To see The Province’s article, Click HereFor The Dawson Creek Daily News article, Click Herelast_img read more

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