Cummings Receives Endorsements in G. Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi Counties

first_imgMr. Cummings waves to a crowd of supporters in Gran Cape Mount County.Promises to give voters “The Liberia you deserve,” if elected president. By Alvin Worzi & Leroy M. Sonpon, lllResidents of Grand Cape Mount County have assured the presidential hopeful of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings, of their support for the October 10 presidential and legislative elections. The residents made the promise on Friday during a tour of the county by the ANC standard bearer.“We are delighted to see a presidential candidate being concerned about our wellbeing and so we want to assure you of our commitment to campaign for you throughout the county to ensure that ANC wins the 2017 elections. ANC support to the disabled community remains a sign of good leadership for the people of Liberia,” a representative of the disabled community in Bo Waterside told the ANC standard bearer. “Ensuring victory for the ANC remains a priority of the disabled community, most especially residents of Grand Cape Mount County. We are confident that the leadership of the ANC if elected will change Liberia and the living conditions of everyone,” he concluded.Fanta Sheriff, representing the health workers of Tewor District, said, “Electing you (Mr. Cummings) as president of Liberia will transform the existing conditions of the Liberian people, looking at your humanitarian background. We want to assure you of our commitment to winning the 2017 elections.” Ms. Sheriff continued: “We want to also appreciate you for your support towards the health sector of Cape Mount and the country. We are kindly asking you to help build staff quarters at the hospital to ensure that doctors and nurses have a better staff section.”Responding, Mr. Cummings promised that if elected, “We will change Liberia so everyone can benefit from her abundant natural resources and we will not allow a few group of people to continue to enjoy them. We cannot continue to live in a country where few people enjoy the wealth of the general public.” According to Cummings, Liberia continues to pay its lawmakers more than the United States government pays her lawmakers, which he said is one of the issues responsible for the continuous struggle of the Liberian people. “Only the country’s resources can change the situation around for the good,” he said.As president, Cummings said “The ANC government will ensure that electricity, running water and youth empowerment are addressed. After 170 years, Liberia and Liberians deserve better and you can make that change, come October 10, at the polls by electing Cummings. I want to promise that if I am elected president, I will work hard to create real change, the change you can trust. I can give Liberians the Liberia they deserve if I am elected.” According to the ANC standard bearer “We will also empower our people by creating job opportunities, providing them with skills training and development, and attracting investors, who will create highly labor-intensive industries that provide a high number of low skill jobs that our people can fill in.” Mr. Cummings said the ANC government will begin by transforming Liberia into an inclusive economy for the country to be self-sufficient, adding that “We must ensure that women, youth and physically challenged individuals are given the opportunity to work and earn their livings.”In Bomi County, while touring the facilities at the Government Hospital, Mr. Cummings thanked the hospital staff and workers for their sacrifice and dedication to helping the people of Bomi, and made a presentation of his vision that would lead to the rebuilding the healthcare system, if he is elected. “Our nation learned many lessons from the Ebola epidemic, including the need for a strong and affordable healthcare system. My administration will prioritize preventative and primary health care. We will also work hard to ensure that all Liberian children have access to immunizations. Our administration will also source medical advancements and technologies from around the world so that hospitals like yours can properly treat patients,” he said. This year, the Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) has provided medical supplies worth US$565,000 to rural hospitals across the country.After the visit to the Liberia Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Mr. Cummings held a town hall meeting and was welcomed by Mr. Aaron Divine, an ANC representative candidate, and Mr. Joshua Passawe, the ANC’s Bomi County chairman. Mr. Passawe lauded Mr. Cummings’ clean background, stating “Mr. Cummings’ background is free of corruption and full of successes. I know that he can deliver real results and bring real change to Liberia. He is the only one that can truly fight corruption and develop our country.” Elder and council member Mr. Fai Z. Johnson said that Mr. Cummings has already won the hearts and minds of the people of Bomi County due to his many philanthropic efforts to the people.Cummings also held meetings in Gbarma, Bopolu, and Henry Town attended by an array of local stakeholders, including elders, market women, and youth leaders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mayor defends travel spending

first_imgThe report goes on to say that while away on City business, Mayor Bruce Lantz charged meals to the city’s credit card, but did not collect the $100 per diem that council usually gets to cover those kinds of expenses.In a telephone interview on Thursday, Lantz clarified why he used the credit card rather than claiming the per diem.[asset|aid=2845|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ae6227a4a3d5e0665896b5824a4a433d-Lantz 2_3_Pub.mp3] The report says that at the March 12th meeting, Mayor Lantz agreed to repay any expenses on the card that were ‘improper’ or not supported by receipts.Advertisement [asset|aid=2846|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ae6227a4a3d5e0665896b5824a4a433d-Lantz 1_8_Pub.mp3] At that same meeting, Councilors voted unanimously (with Lantz himself abstaining) to perform a formal audit on the Mayor’s Visa and expense statements from 2009 to date.Lantz says anything that he does is transparent, so the audit really doesn’t bother him at all. By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – A special council meeting has prompted Mayor Bruce Lantz to defend his spending habits.On April 12th, Council added items to its ‘non-allowable’ spending list, including perks like alcohol and movie rentals.City staff reiterated that any changes made stem from a meeting that was closed to the public on March 12th.Energeticcity.ca & Moose FM made a Freedom of Information request to find out what transpired at that meeting, and a report outlining the closed council session was recently released.The meeting began with the City Manager explaining that there were some issues regarding the Mayor’s credit card use, as well as his attendance at meetings and travel itinerary changes.Advertisement Those expenses were not listed in the minutes.However, Lantz says that he repaid those expenses “within an hour of getting an invoice from the City.”The report goes on to say that the Mayor had recently neglected to attend a meeting with the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation, in Edmonton.But Lantz says when he arrived in Edmonton, he got a phone call regarding a personal family crisis. He says once he knew he wasn’t going to attend the meeting, he told City Manager Dianne Hunter. He says he informed her that he would repay the City back for all of the expenses associated with his travel.The minutes from the meeting, however, indicate that other Councilors voiced their concern at not having been notified.Advertisement Photo: Mayor Bruce Lantz says he has already paid the city back for any personal items that he put on the City’s credit card – file photo.last_img read more

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Kenya deserved to win, says Ethiopia coach

first_img0Shares0000Ethiopia head coach Abraham Mebratu at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani during a training session on October 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Ethiopia head coach Abraham Mebratu has lauded Kenya’s performance against his side on Sunday saying the hosts deserved to win their Group F 2019 African Cup of Nations qualification tie.Stars were in imperious form at a fully packed Kasarani Stadium hitting the Walya Ibex 3-0 courtesy of goals from Eric Johannah, Michael Olunga and skipper Victor Wanyama. Mebratu who had hoped to pick three points from the tie and put his country’s AFCON campaign back on track has blamed poor tactical concentration for his side’s loss.“We conceded the first two goals because of lack of concentration. In the first half we were not okay and we did not play well, but we improved a bit in the second half. But, wecouldn’t score and that was the problem,” the tactician said.Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga attempts to find a way past Ethiopia’s Anteneh Tesfaye and Aschalew Tamene during a 2019 AFCON qualifier at the Kasarani Stadium on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe added; “The penalty we conceded changed everything and my players’ confidence dropped. We couldn’t fight after that. Congratulations to Kenya and I think they deserved to win.”Pending on a decision from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over Sierra Leone’s participation in the qualifiers, Ethiopia remained second in the standings with four points off four matches while Kenya moved to seven at the top.If Sierra Leone are booted from the qualifiers, Ethiopia will remain with a point and will work to beat Ghana at home and hope Kenya beats Ghana away for them to have a chance of qualifying to next year’s Cup of Nations.Nonetheless, Mebratu hopes that Sierra Leone are admitted back into the qualifiers to ensure they hand them a realistic chance of qualification.Ethiopia head players at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani during a training session on October 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“So far, there is no official communication from CAF about Sierra Leone. As far as we are concerned we still know they are in the competition and we are still on the patch for qualification. It is not yet finished. We have two more games; at home against Ghana and away to Sierra Leone and I hope we can win,” the tactician said.The next round of qualification matches will be played next month. Ethiopia will play Ghana’s Black Stars at home while Kenya will square out with Sierra Leone in Nairobi.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NEWS – VICTORIES AT SENIOR AND UNDER-AGE LEVELS

first_imgSt Eunan’s U-14 girls squad had a good win in ConvoyThe Seniors and Reserves both came away from Towney with wins on Sunday to move clear at the top of the table. The Seniors have no game this week, the Reserves will travel to Gaoth Dobhair on Saturday evening with a 7:30pm throw-in.The Juniors suffered another defeat last weekend away to Ardara and travel south again this Friday night to face Naomh Conaill.Best of luck to Rory, Eamonn and Ross as Donegal go in search of a third Ulster SFC final appearance in a row against Down in Breffni Park on Sunday at 2pm. Those that ordered tickets off Charlie can collect them in the Clubhouse on Thursday (20th) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. The Senior ladies were narrowly defeated by Termon at the weekend and will take on Glenfin in the Championship on July 7th in O’Donnell Park. Best of luck to Kaneshia McKinney, Rose and Catherine Boyle who are part of the Donegal Senior Ladies panel that will take on Monaghan in the Ulster semi-final on Saturday.The Girls U-14s won their second game of the campaign with a comprehensive 6-10 to 0-01 victory away at Convoy on Thursday evening.Convoy took the lead with the first score, but the St Eunan’s girls responded well, with some superb performances right throughout the team, with most squad members playing a part at some stage in the game.Squad training resumes on Wednesday at O’Donnell Park at 6.30pm. All players are asked to return their fundraising sponsorship forms for the Feile at this training session. An under strength U14 boys Div 1 team lost their county league semi-final to Bundoran in Ballyshannon on Monday night by a single point. They take on N. Padraig, Muff in a championship play-off scheduled for next Tuesday (25th), just 3 days before they travel to The Loup in Derry for this year’s Féile Peil na nÓg. The Div. 2 team are at home to Glenswilly on Wednesday night (19th) in their championship semi-final. They will also take part in next week’s Féile as hosts in Div. 5 to St. Anne’s from Dublin.The U12’s hosted Termon for Go Games on Monday night and are at home again this week to Milford. The U11’s travelled to Killygordon on Monday and are on their travels again this week as they head for Convoy.The U14 Hurlers defeated the Letterkenny Gaels in the B League Final at O’Donnell Park on Saturday. Leading by a 2.01 to 0.01l at half time the lads had to cope with a determined Gaels side who levelled coming into the final minutes. A free in injury time from Conor Kelly restored St Eunan’s lead but it took a brilliant save from keeper Cathal Kilcullen at full stretch to win it for the lads. Congratulations to all the players and management.In an excellent day of Hurling Shane O’Donnell and Paul O’Donnell took first and third places in the U12 County Skills competition earlier on Saturday at the Letterkenny Gaels pitch.Best wishes to Colm Flood, Conor Mc Veigh, Prionsais O’Lionnáin, Eoin Friel and John Ireland who are part of the U21 County Hurling panel playing in the Ulster Shield Final this Wednesday in Celtic Park, Derry at 7pm. They defeated Fermanagh last Wednesday to reach this final. U16 and minor hurling training continues every Tuesday at 5pm. There were 5 winners that matched 3 numbers in this week’s Lotto draw and they win €20 each. The numbers drawn were: 10-11-18-20. Liam McColgan, Newtown; Pat Peoples, Glendale Manor; Eric White c/o Adrian (all Adrian), Martin Blaney, Carolina Park and Barney Doherty, Foxhills (both card). Next week’s jackpot is €3,350.GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NEWS – VICTORIES AT SENIOR AND UNDER-AGE LEVELS was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NEWS – VICTORIES AT SENIOR AND UNDER-AGE LEVELSlast_img read more

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Cardinals lean on Soward for fresh start

first_img Soward seems confident the Cardinals’ severe defensive problems are behind them. “We’ve addressed the defensive side of the ball from Day 1,” he said. “We’ve worked a lot on tackling – putting 11 hats on the ball. We’ve spent an hour-and-a-half each day on both offense and defense.” The Cardinals looked sharp in last Friday night’s scrimmage, scoring a half-dozen times against Rialto, while holding the Knights to two scores. But it was just a scrimmage. Nevertheless, Soward was pleased with what he saw from shifty tailback Alonzo Smith (5-8, 160) and left-handed sophomore quarterback Robert Fuller in what Soward calls his “Fun ‘n’ Gun” offense. Soward also has high hopes for two-way lineman Terrance Humes (6-6, 340), wideout Ian Funn (6-1, 180) and utility players Shermond Johnson and Mike Fields. Soward said Fields reminds him of Michael Hawkins, the Eisenhower player who earned Sun Player of the Year honors in 2000. Hesperia is no easy mark. The Scorpions went 7-3 last season under Kistner, who formerly caoched at Bloomington. Hesperia is led by running back/defensive end Aaron Mosley (6-2, 210), wideout/cornerback Aaron Pickens (5-11, 185), two-way lineman Silver Barbosa (6-0, 240) and running back Alvin Curry (5-9, 195). Soward knows Kistner well, as both are friends of Chaffey coach Beach. “We’re all friends,” Soward said. “We all sit around and talk football and Robert (Kistner) has a real intelligent football mind. “It’s going to be fun. The game’s at their place and they’re fans will be fired up.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So while he has a healthy respect for Hesperia and its coach Robert Kistner, it stands to reason that Soward, the new San Bernardino High School football coach, isn’t petrified about making his coaching debut today at 7 p.m. at Jay Reed Field (Sultana High School) against Hesperia. “I’m not intimidated at all,” Soward said. “Big games don’t bother me.” Marcus Soward started at defensive back for Arizona State against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Before that he played in big games at both Eisenhower and Cajon high schools. center_img Neither does seeking the counsel of elders. When Soward began his teaching career, he sought the advice of his former high school coach, Chuck Pettersen. Pettersen coached Soward (then known as Marucs Bogans) when Soward was a junior at Cajon, a year before Pettersen left for Pacific. “He was looking for a job and I didn’t have anything for him but one thing I advised him to do was to not look at the elementary (school) level,” Pettersen said. “Coaching and elementary-school teaching don’t go too well together. You can’t get the release time (from school) to make it work.” Soward now teaches English at SBHS. San Bernardino had some potent offensive weapons last season but struggled mightily on defense en route to a 4-7 record. After the season coach James Harden was replaced with Soward, who had assisted under under some good football minds in Tom Hoak at Eisenhower and Carl Beach at Chaffey College. last_img read more

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1st BRICS bank loan to India likely for solar project: Kamath

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaShanghai, Feb 28 (PTI) The New Development Bank set up by BRICS countries aims to lend up to USD 2 billion this year starting in about two months and the multilateral lenders first loan to India could be for a green solar energy project, its president K V Kamath said.”For this year, if we can approve one-and-a-half to two billion dollars I will be happy. We are six months into setting up the bank. We do not want to take steps which are too fast,” Kamath told PTI.While the bank is in the process of finalising its set of loans to green projects from each of the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — Indias first loan could be for a solar project, the eminent banker hinted.”The projects we are looking at are all green projects. They are primarily in solar. A variety of initiatives were placed before us by the government,” he said.Kamath, 68, said the bank is also looking for water projects and thereafter road projects to fund. The bank will release the first set of loans by April this year.”These are primary steps for us. We will understand what is the larger context that is playing out in India and follow that strategy. We have no pre-set mind,” he said.About how NDB can back the Make in India campaign, he said “our key role is of a catalyst. Multilateral bank can not meet the entire development effort. It is how you innovate and add value and bring together markets and other players in the baking in system make a difference,” Kamath said.advertisement”We will work with the country and what they think is priority,” he said, adding that the signals suggest that the members states are articulating green projects.”We are happy to work along on green (projects),” he said.The NDB became fully-operational yesterday after it signed an agreement with China to place its headquarters in Shanghai, according the bank a legal status under Chinese regulations.Established with an initial subscribed capital of USD 50 billion, the NDB has a total paid-in capital of USD 10 billion. Its founding members have already brought-in a capital of USD 1 billion as initial contribution.Reserver Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, who witnessed the signing of the headquarters agreement, termed the bank a “worthwhile venture” by the five-member bloc.”It is a co-operative effort between all the BRICS countries. Let us see how it develops. Lots of hopes embedded in it for greater cooperation among BRICS countries,” he said.Rajan was in Shanghai to attend the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors.India, expected to grow at 7 or 7.5 per cent this year, is the only BRICS member that posted a better economic growth than other members, including China. (More) PTI KJV ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

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Illegal arms racket: Indian shooter, Slovenian arms dealer arrested

first_imgThe Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has arrested a Slovenian national for supplying illegal arms to an absconding retired colonel’s son accused of selling arms and hunting. The foreign national is suspected to have been running the racket in connivance with some Indian sports shooters.A shooter has also been arrested by DRI in this connection.Directorate of Revenue Intelligence sleuths arrested Slovenian national Boris, who along with his two associates, including Indian sports shooter Amit Goel was intercepted at Delhi’s IGI Airport. All three persons were produced in Patiala House court and remanded to judicial custody.Boris was travelling by Turkish Airlines from Ljubljana Slovenia via Istanbul and was carrying 25 illegally imported lethal weapons. The quantity and value of the arms and ammunition were misdeclared to Customs. When this was detected a massive probe was launched to unearth the racket.Boris tried to clear the weapons by misusing scheme and weapon import policy meant for Indian shooters. Investigations have revealed he has taken money from the sales of weapons back to Slovenia several times. Sources said during the interrogation of Boris, it was revealed that he has travelled to India several times in the past, and that this was his third trip this year.Boris would bring world’s renowned fire arms like Glock, Beretta, Arsenal, Benelle, Blaser to India from Slovenia and undervalue the weapons and misdeclare to make huge profits after selling weapons in India. He was also doing marketing for certain brands.Fresh import of foreign fire arms is restricted in India but there is an exception for sports shooters. Boris and Prashant Bishoi, with the help of shooters like Amit Goel, would allegedly import the weapons in semi-knocked down position, which would go undetected, only to be sold at a very high rate to non-sports persons later. The imported weapons were lethal and some of them had no use in sports but were meant for security purposes only.advertisementDRI sleuths had on Saturday raided the Meerut house of his associate Prashant Bishnoi, son of a retired Army colonel. Bishnoi is suspected to be Boris’s associate in the illegal weapons trade in India. Sleuths are trying to ascertain how many more visits Boris made to India, who were his clients other than Bishnoi and how many weapons he has supplied in India so far.DRI sleuths had swooped down on Prashant Bishnoi’s house in Meerut and seized hundreds of illegally imported weapons and around two lakh cartridges. Huge stock of wild animal skins, including a leopard which was reportedly killed in the jungles of Uttarakhand earlier this month and skulls of endangered animals were also seized.Around 100 kgs of raw meat, suspected to be of endangered animals, was also seized. Investigations revealed Bishnoi, who is still absconding, is the son of a retired Indian Army colonel. A massive manhunt is on to find Bishnoi. Wild Life Department and police in various states have also been roped in.The larger arms racket is primarily being probed by the DRI with help of other central intelligence agencies.Only professional shooters have special permission to carry weapons with them on international flights, which why it is suspected that this is a well organised arms racket. No permission was taken from the authorities to import such weapons but were smuggled in parts in knocked down position.The challenge for enforcement agencies is to track down all the unaccounted weapons suspected to have been bought by highly influential persons. Sources said Delhi Police is also likely to probe the case from the arms angle.last_img read more

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Susan Lucci To Be Honored By Arthur Ashe Institute For Urban Health

first_imgThe Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health will host Sports Ball 2015, their 21st annual black tie & sneakers gala, on Wednesday, October 21st at Guastavino’s, 409 East 59th Street in New York City.Susan Lucci, star of “Devious Maids,” Emmy award-winner for “All My Children,” New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur; Tim Morehouse, Olympic Medalist, Fencing, & Founder, Fencing in the Schools; Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum; Ivan D. Smith, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and Dr. John F. Williams, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, will each be honored at Sports Ball with the Leadership Award. Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is also being honored for their global commitment to health and well-being.Budd Mishkin, NY1 News Host and Cheryl Wills, award winning NY1 News Anchor and author, will host the gala.“Our 21th annual gala is a milestone occasion and we are honored to celebrate it by honoring the legacy of our founder Arthur Ashe – the late tennis champion and humanitarian,” says Ruth C. Browne, CEO of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. “Like Arthur, each of our honorees is a trailblazer and they exemplify their commitment to making the world a healthier and more equitable place.” 
The funds raised at Sports Ball support the Institute’s innovative community health education programs and research initiatives. Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, in partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, just two months before his death from AIDS and in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable causes. Arthur knew that many diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection and insufficient health education.Leading sponsors for Sports Ball 2015 (list in formation) include American Express, AstraZeneca, BNY Mellon, Healthfirst, Korn Ferry, MetLife and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Each guest will receive a pair of Reebok sneakers compliments of the Institute. The evening includes interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction.Individual Sports Ball tickets are $1000 per person and tables are available for $10,000-$50,000. For additional information about Sports Ball and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, call 718-222-5953 or visit www.arthurasheinstitute.org.last_img read more

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