Soul Fresh To Blaze Monrovia Again

first_imgAfter the huge success of their first show, which ended with the group being awarded a Honda, HipCo duo Soul Fresh, is again set to blaze Monrovia, with a new show dubbed “HipCo Fiesta”.The event will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 1, 2015. The venue is Bernard Beach, Sinkor, outside Monrovia.JB, who is the group’s leader, said “we are hosting this show not only to party with our fans but to give them out thanks for the level of support that they have given us.”He added that talented fans will have the opportunity of sharing the same stage with them and winning fabulous prizes, while apologizing to fans for some technical problems they might have encountered during the group’s recent video launch, “Hostage”.“But trust me it’s settled, and we are fully prepared for this ‘HipCo Fiesta’ in all aspects,” he said.He also said the group plans to usher in a different kind of performance, and has promised to give fans the best entertainment possible, explaining that during the show fans would be educated about the LMA voting code and how they can vote for the group.He said entry fees for the show is L$300 and that as a token of appreciation, a one dollar Cellcom scratch card, along with one VCD, will be given to each fan who attends the event.He said that popular artists in the industry, including Sweetz, Blue Link Crew, Quincy B, Lil Bishop and many more will attend the fiesta. Also in attendance will be Liberia’s two finest comedians, John and Paul. “I’m grateful for all the sponsorship and to the caring fans for always been with us in achieving our goals,” he 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

YES Receives US$11,084 Grant from U.S. Embassy

first_imgYouth Exploring Solutions (YES), a nonprofit youth organization, has received a grant of US$11,084.00 from the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia, through the U.S. Department of State Federal Assistance Award. The grant supports ‘Building a Sustainable Liberia’ project, which is a follow-on project of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Community Solutions Program that had been piloted on a small scale basis in six schools located in Paynesville and Fendell.The goal of the project is to establish an environmentally aware culture in Liberia through research, education and action utilizing a youth-led sustainability movement in the areas of energy, water, food, waste and ecology. With the grant YES will extend ‘Building a Sustainable Liberia’ project to five additional schools in rural Montserrado County, a release said.According to YES founder and executive director, Stephen B. Lavalah, the project will reduce carbon footprint at the individual and corporate levels; decrease unsanitary conditions in schools and communities; increase awareness of environmental issues; improve access to local and high quality food sources free of pesticide and genetic engineering; create waste management strategies through innovation that reduces, reuses and repurposes waste to be an asset; and increases biodiversity for the prosperity of habitats and ecosystem facilitation.“Together with all stakeholders, we will create an eco-system of innovation by establishing five environmental clubs, develop edible school gardens, organize monthly intergenerational town-hall meetings styled ‘Energy Assess Talk’; institute quarterly water defender seminars; and setup monthly environmental reforestation and restoration initiatives,” he said.The project will also include availability and usage of trash bins; techniques to reduce carbon footprints; strategies to influence environmental policies; safety tips; tree planting initiatives; and awareness about World Earth Day, World Environment Day, and International Day of the Forests and Trees.He also indicated that at the end of the project implementation period, the first-ever Liberian Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF) will be organized to showcase sustainable action projects in selected schools.“On behalf of volunteers of YES, whose personal contributions have helped YES one way or the other, we express our deepest gratitude to the Government and people of the United States for being the first to furnish our offices and the very first to provide a grant that allows us to implement a landmark project” Lavalah said.“America’s support to accredited grassroots organizations like YES have manifested her commitment to building a sustainable Liberia by empowering every man, woman and child to achieve their full potential,” he noted.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 apologies; AFC’s Imran Khan on ensuring wife counted as delegate

first_imgScene from a previous AFC meetingAlliance For Change (AFC) member Imran Khan has come out in staunch defence of wife and Women For Change (WFC) Secretary Tamara Khan, whose exclusion from the delegate list reportedly prompted threats to shut down the party’s upcoming conference.According to Khan, in a statement on his social media page on Wednesday, his defence of his wife is not owing to personal reasons but comes from a principled position. He claimed that after her name was initially included, it was removed without due process.“Mrs Khan was duly included on the WFC list of delegates for submission. Shortly prior to the submission of the WFC delegates list, Mrs Khan’s name was removed and replaced with another name. It was brought to her attention that her name was removed. The removal was done arbitrarily and dubiously, without consultation with the WFC executive.”Khan, also the Government’s Director of Public Information, described his wife’s exclusion as “ludicrous”, since the WFC ought to have submitted a delegate list with its own secretary. And according to Khan, the matter having been brought to the attention of the party’s Management Committee is likely to be resolved shortly.“Any suggestion that I made representation that my wife be included on the WFC delegate list simply because she is my wife is false and ludicrous. My wife is the duly-appointed Secretary of the WFC and for her to be wilfully excluded as a delegate is an absurdity,” he said.“I have absolutely no apologies to make for representing the interests of my wife on the basis that she, in her own right – on the basis of the position she holds within the WFC – is entitled to be a delegate. I would do same for anyone who suffered similar attempts at removal if they held an executive position and were duly entitled.”Meanwhile, Khan maintained that he himself was chosen as a delegate to the scheduled AFC National Conference. According to him, he was nominated by the Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Regional Management Committee. This comes amid reports that Khan was in fact not nominated.It was previously reported that Khan informed executives from his party of his intention to seek an injunction to halt the National Executive Conference (NEC) if his wife was not put on the delegate list.AFC Executive Member Beverly Alert had said at the time in a brief interview that the management committee was handling the situation. What is unlikely, she noted, is the party giving in to threats.“I can tell you the management committee, of which I’m a part, did receive messages from Mr Khan, along those lines. But the matter is being handled … I don’t see the management committee giving into any threats. But (we’re) examining processes, because we’re a democratic party and at the end of the day, the democratic process will be subscribed to,” she declared.Much will be at stake for the AFC at this conference. For some time, there has been speculation from political analysts about divisions in the party, with some members supporting Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to return as President David Granger’s running mate at the next General and Regional Elections.However, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had at a press conference in May announced that he would be challenging his colleague for the post of Prime Minister at the upcoming national conference.According to the Public Security Minister, if elected, he would be “up to the task”. He had informed the media that leadership selection in the AFC is based on democratic principles, which are nothing new to political parties locally and internationally.“I have already indicated my interest. There are others I am certain who will indicate their interests. And so it is going to be interesting, and it is good to have instead of political parties, the regular rivalry between leaders that you would have in the democracies…so yes, we will be looking forward for it and that will be decided there at the national conference,” Ramjattan had said.Minister Ramjattan had noted that the electoral process at the upcoming conference will be the deciding factor as to who be running as the prime ministerial candidate at the next General And Regional Elections.last_img read more

Northern Lights College To Receive Government Funding For Training

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights College (NLC) is receiving $150,000 to support training for workers affected by temporary decreased production at the Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp Mill.The funding, which the government announced today, also gives those in other communities in the Northeast to to access additional training while they experience the economic downturn.“Government is committed to helping former workers at the Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp Mill prepare for their future,” said MLA for Peace River South Mike Bernier on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “Training will support not only the workers but the community and economy in the Northeast, which is why this funding is so important.”A community adjustment team is working with the college to build a plan for training that will fit the school the most.“This funding is vital both to communities and the workers affected by the slowdown in the economy,” said Dr. Loren Lovegreen, NLC vice-president, academic and research. “Our college is dedicated to working with all the stakeholders to provide the best training opportunities possible at the Chetwynd and Fort Nelson campuses.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Board vote not aimed at students

first_imgIn one of its first official acts, the board voted on Resolution 42, introduced by President Monica Garcia, and co-sponsored by Yolie Flores Aguilar and Richard Vladovic with the Orwellian title “Healthy Families, Healthy Students.” The resolution, carefully couched in the terms of being for the benefit of students, mandated that all cafeteria employees in the district work at least a four-hour day and 800 hours per year, ostensibly “to enable the last child in line to have 20 minutes to eat their lunch.” On its face, the resolution seems innocuous; the cafeteria workers will work a little longer, the lines will be a little shorter, and the kids will have at least 20 minutes to eat. Neither the resolution nor the board discussion illuminated how mandating longer hours for all cafeteria employees was necessary for shortening lines from which, presumably, only a few employees would be serving food. But that wasn’t the real purpose of the action – not even close – so why even pretend to make it seem to make sense? The real reason for the resolution was to extend full medical benefits to the cafeteria workers who are members of the Service Employees International Union Local 99 (the same local whose former president pleaded guilty to conspiracy and embezzlement in the Martin Ludlow case). The resolution was not aimed at developing “healthier students,” but rather at generating financial benefits for SEIU’s members. In short, to offer to part-time employees, who have worked an average of three hours a day, that which millions of full-time workers in California and throughout the country don’t have – full health insurance. The vote was couched in terms of being one for “social justice,” a matter of fairness to those unskilled workers who serve our children food, and who would like medical insurance and health benefits. There is no doubt that California’s and the nation’s health-care systems are broken, and that millions of people deserve medical insurance. But fixing that ill of society isn’t the LAUSD’s job. If “social justice” is the criterion for board action, why not give those employees raises, rent subsidies, transportation allowances, etc.? In the real world beyond the Never-Never Land of government, employees who work three hours a day don’t get full medical coverage anywhere. IN the aftermath of Sen. Larry Craig’s bathroom adventure, the word “hypocrisy” has been pretty much worked over by pundits, late-night talk-show hosts and water-cooler conversationalists. The absurdity of a Bible-thumping politician, who has a long record of railing against the gay lifestyle, being caught in flagrante delicto, was so transparent that the easy jokes flew across the political spectrum. But we needn’t look over the Rockies to Minneapolis or north to Idaho to discover political hypocrisy that would be laughable if it weren’t so disappointing and disheartening. This July, a slate of candidates took office at the Los Angeles Board of Education committed to effecting serious change. Committed to making education and kids’ success the primary focus of their attention, they were to be Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s partners in “shaking up the system.” How troubling then that at one of the first meetings of the new board, the same mentality of assuaging and satisfying nonstudent constituencies that has prevailed at the LAUSD for eons seems to be holding sway once again. The faces may have changed, but the dysfunctional practices remain. The president of SEIU Local 99, who came before the board to argue for Resolution 42, intimated that to vote against the resolution would be racist since it benefits primarily “black and brown” workers. As if craven political machinations weren’t enough, the race card was thrown in for good measure. Fiscal responsibility and limited resources weren’t up for discussion. So what did most of the new “reform” slate do? You remember, the one committed to putting kids first, the one committed to husbanding the resources of a school district that is perpetually low on funds, the one that railed about schools with textbook shortages. All but one voted for the resolution and its $37 million annual (at least for now) costs. One of the new members had the chutzpah to comment, when told that the funds weren’t in the budget, “We’ll find the money.” In a multibillion-dollar budget like the LAUSD’s, they probably will find it. But it will probably come at the price of a program such as art and music education (already nearly gutted) that doesn’t have a well-organized union behind it. Or the funds will be looted from a program that only affects kids and their achievement, not one that has organized minions who can promise campaign workers and funds for the next election that board members are inevitably contemplating in an era of term limits. It is a sad commentary that only two board members – Marlene Canter and Tamar Galatzan (one of the newly elected members) – had the backbone to stand up to the tidal wave of demagoguery and political payback that overwhelmed the board. These events suggest that we are back in the same boat that we’ve been in before, with a board majority that cares less about kids than about lots of other things that have very little to do with kids or the quality of their education. There isn’t any humor in our local display of hypocrisy, and it will damage many more lives than a meeting in a Minneapolis restroom. David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks are the president and vice president of Community Advocates Inc. 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‘Crystal Palace are NOT interested in Charlie Austin’, insists Alan Pardew

first_img Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin 1 Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has hit out at his predecessor Neil Warnock for suggesting the club should sign Charlie Austin.Warnock, who managed Austin during his time in charge of QPR, told talkSPORT this week that he advised the in-demand striker to join the Eagles in the January transfer window.“I love Crystal Palace and I love QPR,” said Warnock.“I have said to him ‘for me Charlie, the way you play, you will get a lot of opportunities at Palace’.“They need a striker definitely and he would fit the bill he would score goals.”But Pardew ruled out any move for Austin and took a swipe at Warnock’s managerial record at Selhurst Park.“Neil Warnock? Neil Warnock was manager here and he didn’t do very well so I am not really interested in his opinion,” said Pardew.“Charlie Austin is of no interest to us.”last_img read more

Farmar’s layup cools off Devils

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAnother game, another clutch shot. Farmar made all four of his free throws in the final 20 seconds to give UCLA a rare win at Arizona on Thursday. But another game, another injury or two. Arron Afflalo left with a bruised hip after falling hard to the court after he made a shot and was fouled. Center Lorenzo Mata got hit in the nose and it could be fractured. He’ll have an X-ray today. Mata had to shed his bloody No. 14 jersey and play with No. 44 the rest of the game. Mata might have to play with a facemask against Washington State on Thursday. Afflalo scored 21 points – he made all 12 of his free throws – but didn’t play in the final 1:58. He landed on his hip and backside after getting fouled. He made his shot but Darren Collison shot the free throw for him. He went to the scorer’s table to check in near the end of the game but coach Ben Howland ushered him back to the bench. Afflalo was checked afterward and didn’t think he’d miss any time. He was just about the last healthy Bruin. “It’s just a couple of bruises, something ice will take care of,” Afflalo said. “I’m just sore. It’s nothing long term.” For More Info • Photo Gallery: 01/07: UCLA vs Arizona State After Kevin Kruger drained a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to give Arizona State a one-point lead, Farmar went to work. He took the ball from one end of the floor to the other, drove through the lane, found some room on the left side and scored on a layup with 3.6 seconds left despite playing on a sprained ankle. And 17th-ranked UCLA escaped with a 61-60 victory over Arizona State – winless in the Pac-10 – Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 8,940 at Wells Fargo Arena. “I was just trying to be aggressive and trying to do whatever I could to help the team win,” Farmar said. UCLA (13-2) improved to 3-1 in the Pac-10 and swept the Arizona schools for the first time since 1997. Arizona State has suffered back-to-back last-second losses. Lodrick Stewart made a 3-pointer to give USC a win Thursday and then Farmar gave UCLA the last-second win Saturday. Kruger tried a last-ditch attempt when he heaved a shot from midcourt, even though there was about two seconds left when he shot. Arizona State also had a timeout left but didn’t use it to set up a play. The Sun Devils (6-7, 0-4) were up 29-23 at halftime but couldn’t close the game. Farmar scored nine points and Josh Shipp added 10. Farmar’s layup in the waning seconds wasn’t his only big shot. Farmar also scored on a shot in the lane with 35 seconds left to give UCLA a 59-57 lead. The Bruins made shots when they needed to but they shot 36 percent from the field and made just 1 of 15 shots. “That was just a tremendous gut-check win,” Ben Howland said. “I thought we came out kind of flat. Part of that is fatigue. Part of that is coming off a huge win in Tucson. And part of that is that they came out and really took it to us early.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Jordan Farmar’s right foot is usually stuck in an ice bucket these days. Maybe that explains why ice is flowing through his veins. last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny mother-of-two has denied she told her 10-year-old child to steal a product from the EuroGiant store at the Courtyard Shopping Centre.Letterkenny Court.Melissa Byrne of 18 Whitehorn Grove, Gortlee, said she gave her child €20 to go in the store and buy a heater. However, the court heard that the child went in the shop, retrieved the heater and then left it beside the door.Melissa Byrne then lifted the product and proceeded to walk away from shop.She claims she thought her child had paid for the heater with the money she had given him.The court heard how all of the activity was recorded on CCTV and that Ms Byrne was stopped from leaving The Courtyard Shopping Centre with the item by security staff.She was subsequently arrested for handling stolen property.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said his client was deeply remorseful for what happened and deeply ashamed at what has happened because her children were involved.Mr Gallagher claimed his client thought her child had paid for the heater with the €20 she was given.Mr Gallagher told the court, “We accept what happened was wrong, my client has found herself in some very difficult and traumatic circumstances of late and is looking after the children on her own.“She deeply regrets what has happened and is both remorseful for it and ashamed that her children were implicated in this nasty incident.“She gave her child €20 and she thought he had paid for it, but obviously he didn’t and that’s were the issue arose.“She wants to put this sorry episode behind her and move on.”Judge Paul Kelly said he wanted to find out more about her background and ordered a probation report to be carried out on the defendant.He adjourned the case until May 7th.WOMAN DENIES GETTING HER TEN YEAR-OLD CHILD TO STEAL was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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:ChildcourtCourtyard Shopping CentredonegalEuroGiantletterkennysteallast_img read more

Diploma not the only prize

first_imgThe biggest surprise for Lopez was how much support she received from Pierce faculty and staff. “There are so many people here to help the students,” she said. Pierce student Galen Osborne, 18, of Los Angeles also will be transferring to a four-year college this fall, to play football and major in computer or sound engineering. He enrolled at Pierce last fall and took classes year-round, budgeting his time and balancing work, football practice and school. “Your whole life opens up,” he said. “Community college will get you where you want to go, but you’ve got to put in the energy.” (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three years ago, Fatima Lopez was a newly divorced single mom looking for a way to support her son, Christian, now 7. She had married young and knew her high school education hadn’t been the best. A college degree was the next logical step, but she was intimidated by the thought of enrolling in a four-year university, particularly after being out of school for several years. So she chose Pierce College. “There was no other way,” said Lopez, 24, of Canoga Park. “I’m not (artistically) talented, I’m not business savvy. I knew I had to have a college education to make a good living for myself and my son.” On Wednesday, Lopez walked through Swisher Park with 450 other graduates, ready to transfer to California State University, Northridge. But instead of becoming an elementary school teacher – her original goal – Lopez, who earned a 3.52 grade-point average at Pierce, now dreams of becoming a college professor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I am leaving here so confident and well-prepared for CSUN,” Lopez said. “I even found out I could have gotten into UCLA, and I never would have even considered applying for it.” More than 5,000 students are expected to attend commencement exercises at the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District this week. Mission, Pierce and Los Angeles Valley held their ceremonies on Wednesday. Some students are graduating with associate’s degrees and transferring to four-year universities. Others have completed certificates that will enable them to get promoted, switch careers or enhance their job skills. “Most of our students make huge personal sacrifices in order to achieve their goals,” said Angela Echeverri, a biology and chemistry professor at Mission who also serves as Faculty Senate president. “They have to balance their educational pursuits with many other things: families, a job, personal obstacles, language barriers, even financial shortcomings.” last_img read more

Sadness at passing of Mary Blake, Letterkenny

first_imgThe peaceful death has occurred of Mary Blake (nee Molloy), 30 Wolfe Tone Place, Glencar, Letterkenny and formerly of Rosemount, Letterkenny.Mary’s remains are reposing at the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest from 7.30pm today Wednesday 2nd November 2016 with removal at 8.30pm to her daughter Sally and son-in-law Sean Maloney’s residence at 30 Wolfe Tone Place, Glencar, Letterkenny.Funeral from there on Friday 4th November 2016 going to St Eunan’s Cathedral for requiem mass at 12 noon and burial afterwards in the family plot in Conwall cemetery. Family time on morning of the funeral please. Flowers welcome or donations in lieu to Arch View Lodge Residents’ Comfort Fund or to Mary’s Meals, c/o her son, Paschal Blake, Funeral Director, Stoney Arch, New Line Road, Letterkenny.Sadness at passing of Mary Blake, Letterkenny was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 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)last_img read more