Paybayee Pushes for Mehnsonon Unity, As Seletorwaa Inducts Officers

first_imgIn spite of the Ebola menace that forbids gathering of large crowds, residents of Yarwin Mehnsonon District in Nimba County, over the weekend, converged in their numbers at the home of Mr. Peter S. Doekpar on Duport Road, outside Monrovia, where they inducted into office their interim leadership.One the prominent sons of the district, the director of secretariat at the Land Commission (LC), MacArthur Paybayee, was thrilled by such a gathering, which was under the canopy of Mehnsonon Seletorwaa Development Association (MSDA). Seletorwaa is a Mano word  that means “Struggling for our land in the name of development.”Mr. Paybayee, in his keynote address prior to the induction ceremony, challenged the elected officers and other residents of the district to forge together in unity to achieve their development objectives.Mr. Paybayee said unity was necessary, particularly during this time when the Yarwin Mehnsonon District and most of its educated sons and daughters were lagging behind in development.Mr. Paybayee wants the educated ones to translate their academic achievement into development-oriented projects, because they all are obliged to work for the improvement of the district.In her brief induction remark, former Nimba County Superintendent Edith Gongloe Weh admonished the MSDA interim leadership to follow  Mr. Paybayee’s by bringing the inhabitants together despite the Ebola spread.  If they did this, then all other good and wholesome things would  follow.Those inducted into office were, Columbus G. Dorliae,  president, Erickson H. Kpontu, 1st vice president, Marshall Goinleh, 2nd vice presidentA member of the board of directors, Migbeh S. Gbarto-Dor, said the organization was founded in the 80s on the principle of love and unity among residents of the district for developmental purposes.The ceremony, which was climaxed with a fund raising rally, was attended by several high profile citizens who hail from Yarwin Mehnsonson. They included former Solicitor-general, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, the managing partner of TIALA Law and Associates, Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui-Gbeisay, Sr., lawmaker from the district, Rep. R. Mantenokay Tingban and two former superintendents of the county, Atty. S. Yarlor Saywon, and Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh. 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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Social Cohesion Ministry ushers in Phagwah

first_imgThere was a fusion of colours as well as cultures on Tuesday at the Umana Yana, Georgetown, as the Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport hosted a Holi programme ahead of the festivities on Thursday.A few persons enjoying the festival of coloursThe Hindu religious holiday, Holi, popularly known as Phagwah is usually celebrated on the last full moon of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month marking spring, which makes the date vary with the lunar cycle.A member of the Hindu Core Group, Prabhu Deva, shared the spiritual significance of the holiday. “Holi is a festival that signifies the beginning of spring. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season at the last full moon day of the lunar month of February/March. It also celebrates the beginning of spring season, however, every day in our lives can also be Holi, not just one day…all these colours that we use in Holi are very bright. Each one is so unique, so different, so individual and yet in the celebration of Holi, all of it comes as one. Philosophically, this signifies that the very sacred principle of unity in diversity,” he noted.Phagwah also has a religious meaning as it is based on a legend about King Hiranyakashipu who ordered his sister, Holika, to sit on a burning fire along with his own son, Prahlad, who refused to worship him.A dancer from the Indian Cultural Centre performing the KathakWhen the fire was lit, Prahlad began praying to Lord Vishnu and was saved while Holika burned to her death.While Hiranyakashipu and Holika came to represent evil, Vishnu and Prahlad came to represent good. The story shows the victory of good over evil, which is why it is tied to the festival.The Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, during brief remarks, urged Guyanese to celebrate the joyous festival while embracing its significance.“Phagwah is a festival that carries with it many noble messages, it reiterates the triumphant of good over evil…Guyanese usually celebrate this festival with much pomp and splendour but even amidst all the excitement, I want to urge persons to remember the true religious significance of Phagwah or Holi and to ensure it maintains its sacredness,” Norton posited.In attendance of the special event were Junior Public Health Minister, Karen Cummings; Junior Public Infrastructure Minister, Annette Ferguson; Indian High Commissioner to Guyana; members of the Guyana Police Force, students and representatives from Christian and Muslim Core Groups, among others.Attendees were entertained with several dance pieces and chowtal singing.The brief ceremony saw excited persons partaking in playing Holi at the conclusion.last_img read more

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Mitch Kupchanko finishes in 4th at Canadian Long Track Championships

first_img**SubmittedMitch Kupchanko of the Fort St. John Elks speed skating club competed in the Canadian Long Track championships the past week-end.  The meet was held in cold conditions in Regina    Kupchanko had a good meet, but one that started slowly.  In the first distance, the 1000M, a fall left him in 10th place.  The next distance was the 1500M where he came in third winning his first Canadian bronze medal.  Next he skated in the 500M event where he was also third.  In the fourth and final distance, the 3000M he finished in 7th.- Advertisement –    Overall Kupchanko finished fourth, overcoming early adversity.  He faces more challenges next week changing over from long track to short track at B.C. Cup #2, to be held in Fort St. John.last_img read more

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RCMP say rest stop explosion not related to EnCana attacks

first_imgThe $500,000 reward remains available and the RCMP and EnCana are still encouraging tips. If you have any information about these explosions, please contact your local police or call the dedicated tip line at 1-866-994-7473. Photo:  This is a photo of the fourth EnCana well site that was attacked on January 5th, 2009 – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caAs the investigation continues into both blasts, the RCMP are reassuring the public that the garbage can explosion on June 11th near Pouce Coupe does not appear to be related to the attacks on EnCana infrastructure in 2008 and 2009.- Advertisement -The RCMP continue to investigate the infrastructure blasts and say the investigation remains a priority, especially to the National Security Criminal Investigations program.Over 300 tips have been investigated to date; over 1,400 exhibits have been collected; close to 20 judicial authorizations have been obtained; over 450 people have been interviewed and over 250 investigators have been involved.The RCMP now say the investigation has spanned Northern BC, Alberta, Vancouver Island, Central and Eastern Canada as well as the United States, where inquiries were made with American law enforcement.Investigators still have been unable to determine if 85 sticks of Dyno Nobel “Vibrogel” and 24 blasting caps with detonation cords stolen on July 18th, 2008, from a seismic drilling site near Gwilliam Lake south of Chetwynd, BC, were used on the infrastructure explosions. The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team has taken over the investigation into the theft of the Vibrogel with the objective of locating the explosives, due to the threat to public safety.Advertisementlast_img read more

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25 years since heaviest February snowfall

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Following a record high earlier this week has come the return to this area this winter of something that has become rather unique: winter weather.Daytime highs are close to minus six, which is the regional norm for mid-February. We’ve also had consecutive-day-snowfall-posts, for the first time this month.Historically speaking, the timing fits: It was 25 years ago yesterday when the airport station recorded its heaviest single day February snowfall.- Advertisement -On the Feb. 11, 1990, it posted a total of 27.3 centimetres, and although it only resulted in a precipitation total of 17.4 millimetres, that’s also an airport station single day February record, dating back to 1943.The snowfall dump actually exceeded the monthly norm which is 25.3 centimetres and was part of a February total that year of 43.9.The area will be hard pressed to get close to either that total or the monthly norm this year, as Environment Canada has said, since this is an El Nino year, it is likely most of the precipitation the area receives this month, should be in the form of rain.Advertisement Which brings into play the rainfall numbers for the month, and we’ve already topped the average of 0.4 millimetres with a record amount for Feb. 6, even though it was only 0.7.However the single day February record is more than four times that, and it was set at four millimetres on the first of the month in 1995 — part of a February total that year of 6.9.Meantime, being an El Nino year also means record high temperatures are in play, and Tuesday’s high of 11.1 shattered the Feb. 9 record of 8.3, which had stood for nearly half a century, dating back to 1968.It was however, not the warmest February day on record at the airport station, as that dates back even further, to the Feb. 17, 1943, when the high was 12.9 — or as it was recorded then 55 Fahrenheit.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Zoo Kericho’s Mike Madoya joins Tusker

first_imgThe three were an integral part of the Zoo Kericho side with Madoya being named in 2017 as the players and coaches’ player of the year. The two contributed to 27 of Zoo’s 42 goals last season.Madoya scored 14 while Kipkurui hit the back of the net 13 times.Zoo Kericho’s Mike Madoya has joined Tusker FC on a three-year deal. PHOTO/Tusker FC.“I am delighted to be at Tusker. It is one of the best club’s in Kenyan history. My target at Tusker is to win the 2018/19 league and the Sportpesa shield,” Madoya told Tusker’s official website after penning his deal.The pint-sized midfielder is Tusker’s fourth signing of this transfer window, the brewers having already signed midfielder Clyde Ssenaji from Vihiga United, Nzoia Sugar defender Hillary Wandera and Rwandese striker Amani Muzerwa.“We have brought on board very quality players and that shows how much we are serious to vie for titles next season. We have not had good results over the last two years and we want to have a good team to win trophies,” Tusker FC CEO Charles Obiny told Capital Sport.Meanwhile, the club has already dropped the Ugandan duo of Robert Achema and Jimmy Kulaba, the latter having played one game, a domestic cup tie having arrived at the club in mid-season.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zoo Kericho’s Mike Madoya has joined Tusker FC on a three-year deal. PHOTO/Tusker FC.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Zoo Kericho have been dealt another major blow with their star player Mike Madoya joining 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC on a three-year deal, the brewers announced on Tuesday evening.Madoya’s exit is a blow to the Kericho based side which has already lost another talismanic player with striker Nicholas Kipkurui joining reigning champions Gor Mahia also on a three-year deal. Left back Isaac Kipyegon meanwhile joined AFC Leopards.last_img read more

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Debra Clark

first_imgSo when the rumbling stopped, I still had my robe in my hand and ran out the back as fast as I could, getting dressed as I ran down the driveway just in time to meet all my neighbors. As I looked at my home I saw the dinning room window that had blown in and would have probably killed me, if I had been sitting there. I am still here to talk about its. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I can remember it like it was yesterday. Normally I would be sitting at my dining room table having coffee. But for some reason I woke up late that morning. I was just getting out of the shower when it hit. I was wet and ran to my bedroom just in time to catch my TV flying off of my dresser right into my hands as if it was meant to be. I put it back on the dresser and grabbed my robe, then realized I cannot get to my front door because of debris. So I looked toward the back sliding glass door and just stood in the doorway, hearing crashing all around me, windows blowing in, block walls falling down. last_img read more

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Permanent remediation works to be carried out on Donegal school

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has today (Weds) provided an update on the remediation programme for Letterkenny Educate Together NS by Western Building Systems (WBS).The Donegal school was part of the second phase of the remediation programme by the government covering 40 schools.Seventeen schools, including Letterkenny Educate Together NS, are included in the second phase of the remediation programme. These have undergone detailed assessments over recent weeks.Engineers have advised that some permanent remediation work is required in each of these schools.  In the interim, some temporary engineering solutions and other precautionary measures are being put in place in some parts of some of these school buildings.Some 22 schools were included in the first phase of the programme over the course of the school summer holidays, with permanent engineering solutions designed for each school.This structural remediation work has been carried out in 14 of these 22 schools over the last six to seven weeks. This enables the precautionary measures in these schools to be removed as the work is completed. Structural remediation work in the remaining 8 of these 22 schools is due to commence later this year.Planned fire safety remediation works were carried out in these eight schools during the summer. This fire safety remediation programme will progress to the 14 schools which have undergone structural remediation.Minister McHugh said: “Good progress is being made on the programme for remediation works in the schools.“I want to thank the principals, patrons, boards of management, teachers, parents and pupils in these schools. It is with their support and cooperation while the work is carried out that we can restore their schools to normality.“I am deeply conscious of the disruption and difficulties that this issue has caused since last autumn. It is a complex problem that has required intensive analysis and tailored solutions following a detailed assessment by engineers.” School principals and patrons in all 40 schools are being briefed on progress of the remediation programme.Minister McHugh added: “Safety has always been at the heart of our response to the structural deficiencies that were identified in these schools. It will continue to be.“Any permanent or temporary engineering solutions or precautionary measures that are advised by engineers as a result of detailed assessment and analysis of these buildings are being undertaken.”Permanent remediation works to be carried out on Donegal school was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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UN rewards Alex renewal project

first_imgARP has been awarded for infrastructuredevelopment in Alexandra. (Image: Friends of Alex)  A project that’s uplifting living conditions in Alexandra, one of South Africa’s most densely populated townships, has received a prestigious accolade from the United Nations.UN Habitat, a United Nations agency that promotes the social and environmental sustainability of towns and cities, awarded the sought-after Habitat Scroll of Honour to the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) on 5 October 2009, to coincide with World Habitat Day.The Scroll of Honour celebrates initiatives that have made outstanding contributions in fields such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in post-conflict reconstruction, and developing and improving the human settlements and quality of urban life. It is for the latter category that ARP has been recognised.Gauteng executive committee member for local government and housing, Kgaogelo Lekgoro, flew to Washington DC in the US to receive the award.“We are delighted that we have been selected to receive this award,” Lekgoro said. “We see this as a vote of confidence in the policies that we have pursued as government.“We are working tirelessly to provide housing, security and comfort for our people,” he added.The award was first introduced in 1989 and takes the form of a plaque engraved with the name of the winning programme, organisation or individual and their achievements.Improving livelihoodsARP has been recognised for helping thousands of poor people move into better homes and boosting health, water and electricity services.“It was our unanimous opinion that the Alexandra Renewal Project should receive the award this year for its outstanding efforts in … improving the living conditions for its residents,” said UN Habitat.ARP was launched in 2001 by then South African president Thabo Mbeki. It forms part of the government’s Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Programme and the Urban Renewal Programme that Mbeki announced during his State of the Nation Address in February of the same year.Between 2001 and 2004 ARP completed 28 sub-projects in Alexandra. These included the building of 1 400 houses, upgrading electricity supply and providing power for 12 000 houses, refurbishing all 18 schools in the township, the building of a new police station in Alexandra central and improvements made to the nearby Wynberg police station.ARP has also relocated 8 500 families from the township to more comfortable spots within the city of Johannesburg, while about 7 000 families have been removed from the banks of a polluted Jukskei River in the township to better settlements.Among its ongoing work, ARP is involved in upgrading ablution facilities and improving roads and pavements in the township. It is also refurbishing Alexandra’s hostels, which were mostly dilapidated. In total, ARP is overseeing almost 100 upgrade initiatives in the sprawling community.Alex, as the township is commonly known, was estimated to have 350 000 residents in 2001, all squeezed into an area of about 800ha. It is situated east of Johannesburg and close to Sandton, one of Johannesburg’s wealthiest suburbs.Among this year’s seven other award recipients, UN Habitat recognised the Ugandan Women’s Efforts to Save Children organisation, for providing water, health and sanitation to orphans and vulnerable children in that country.Township improvement driveGauteng is South Africa’s smallest, yet most populous province. It’s also the country’s economic hub. Local government there is currently running a number of programmes to improve its many townships, most of which are overcrowded and lack critical infrastructure.A US$403 000 (R3-billion) programme, the 20 Priority Township Project (20PTP), was launched in 2006 to develop identified townships within the province into upmarket residential areas. Its focus is on Orlando and Zola – two sections of South Africa’s largest township, Soweto – as well as Boipatong, Bophelong Sharpeville and Sebokeng in the Vaal Triangle.Atteridgeville, Soshanguve and Mamelodi were identified as special focus areas by the city of Tshwane in Pretoria, while Katlegong, Kwatsaduza, Wattville, Daveyton, Tembisa, Refilwe and Rethabiseng, east of Johannesburg in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, are also receiving special attention.To the west of Johannesburg, Mogale City‘s townships – Kagiso, Munsieville and Mohlakeng – are also benefiting from 20PTP. Conditions in Ratanda, a township in the Lesedi District Municipality, south Gauteng, are also being improved.Gauteng has also approved the Tembisa and Winterveldt Urban Regeneration projects “in order to improve historical townships existing in the province”. Tembisa is situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, while Winterveldt is in Pretoria.As part of the 20PTP, most parts of Soweto have undergone major revamps in recent years, and thanks to the efforts of the city of Johannesburg, the dusty streets of that township and Alexandra have also been tarred.last_img read more

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Warriors rout Spurs to give Kerr 250th win

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Then, Kerr offered credit where he always does: to his uber-talented roster of All-Stars.Klay Thompson scored 25 points, 10 coming in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away, and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 17 points and eight assists in Kerr’s milestone night.“It’s been an amazing 3 ½ years and hopefully more to come,” Curry said. “… It’s a lot about him setting the identity and the culture around our team and just being a great people guy. There’s probably a better term for that. He just knows how to relate to each and every one of us players and his coaching staff and you’re building that ultimate trust throughout the organization.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Pelicans blow 28-point lead, top Nets in 2 OTs Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gestures on the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr shouted out Luke Walton for his help reaching 250 coaching victories in record time.Kerr trash talked old coach Phil Jackson, now the second-quickest to 250 wins behind his former Bulls player.ADVERTISEMENT Popovich stopped by the Warriors coaches’ office to see longtime pal Kerr, whose son Nick is now on the San Antonio staff as video coordinator.“He calls my son a spy. He said my son could be working for Putin,” Kerr said. “It’s that kind of conversation when we get together.”Joked Popovich: “He wasn’t at practice yesterday. He did whatever we did to prepare for Golden State, whatever that might be, so I told the guys to make sure, before we left the gym to get Nick Kerr’s cellphone so he couldn’t text it to Steve Kerr. He works for them but I don’t trust him a lick. I know he’s calling his dad.”UP NEXTSpurs: At Utah on Monday.Warriors: Host Suns on Monday looking for a 12th straight win in the series and also 12th in a row at home.center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Kerr reached 250 wins in 302 games to top Jackson, who made the mark in 346 games.“He had Michael Jordan for God sake, so I don’t know what Phil’s problem was,” Kerr cracked.Yet Kerr, the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year, received 39 victories during a leave of absence following complications from back surgery at the start of the 2015-16 season, when then-top assistant and current Lakers coach Walton coached Golden State.Draymond Green had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in another well-rounded outing — and his first technical-free game in the last three. Zaza Pachulia scored 12 points on his 34th birthday and Kevin Durant was limited to a season-low 10 points in a rare cold night from the floor at 3 of 9, but had six rebounds and dished out six assists.LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson led San Antonio with 20 points apiece, while Manu Ginobili had 13 points and six assists off the bench for the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Thompson had a quick five-point burst midway through the third.Curry provided a brief scare when he grimaced after appearing to get a foot tangled with Danny Green before a break at the 8:45 mark of the third. He was examined by athletic trainer Chelsea Lane and stayed in the game.“I’m fine … my ankle but I’m fine,” Curry said with a grin.This was a rough one for San Antonio after one of its best games earlier in the week.The Spurs lost for the third time in four games after putting up a 129-81 blowout at Phoenix on Wednesday night — San Antonio’s third-largest margin of victory.Draymond Green’s 3-pointer gave Golden State a 58-55 edge at the break. Then the Warriors took off.David West made all six of his shots for 13 points for Golden State off the bench facing his former Spurs team.“They’re the best team in the world,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, “so there’s lots of things to be impressed by.”TIP-INSSpurs: Patty Mills earned the start back in the Bay Area where he starred for mid-major power Saint Mary’s College. … Mills shot 1 for 5 from deep as the Spurs were just 5 of 27 from 3-point range.Warriors: Kerr joined three other Warriors coaches with 250 or more victories: Al Attles (557), Don Nelson (422) and Edward Gottlieb (263). … Green stood pat at 14 technicals after getting three in his previous two games. … With his 615th regular-season game played, Curry moved past Purvis Short into sole possession of ninth place on the franchise list. … Golden State brought G Patrick McCaw back from a one-game appearance in the G League, though Kerr said he might return Sunday to rejoin the Santa Cruz Warriors. McCaw had 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of his first G League game this season.OLD PALSlast_img read more

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