VP’s Farm Produces Seed Rice for Liberian Farmers

first_imgMass harvest on the 53-acre rice farm cultivated by the Vice President (VP) of Liberia has gotten underway in Gbarma, Gbarpolu County with the farm hiring over 100 workers per day.The farm was cultivated by VP Joseph N. Boakai in order to boost the Ministry of Agriculture’s Seed Rice Multiplication Program in the country.Speaking to reporters following the tour of the farm, VP Boakai said, food security is a crucial matter for the nation and people. He added that though the nation was struck by the deadly Ebola virus disease, good things are also happening on the other side of the country.The Liberian Vice President said that the agro sector is the bedrock of any economy and the answer to Liberia’s unemployment problem lies in this sector.He said the seed rice will be given to the Ministry of Agriculture for distribution to Liberian farmers across the country to boost their rice production capacities.Vice President Boakai pointed out that following the harvest of the rice, the field will be transformed into an oil palm farm, something he said will provide long-term jobs for people in that part of 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

Harris Fomba Tarnue Appointed BWI Principal

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed Mr. Harris Fomba Tarnue as Principal of the Booker Washington institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County.He replaces Mr. Alexander Melvin Massey who served as Interim Principal of the institute for two years.The appointment of Mr. Tarnue is in consonance with Article Four– H of the Charter creating the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) which gives the President of Liberia, who is also the Chair /Ex-officio of the institute’s Board of Governors, the authority to nominate a principal to the Board of Governors after which the Board shall revert to the President of Liberia for a formal appointment once the Board has acted upon the nomination.On December 2, the BWI Board Governors accepted President Sirleaf’s nomination of Mr. Harris Fomba Tarnue as Principal of BWI.Mr. Tarnue’s appointment came as a result of a Civil Service Agency-coordinated competitive vetting process mandated by President Sirleaf to choose the most qualified candidate from among several examined applicants to serve as Principal of BWI. His appointment takes immediate effect, a press release 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

Chelsea target Kepa pays Athletic Bilbao buyout clause

first_img“At 12:02 p.m. (1002 GMT) on Wednesday, August 8, La Liga informed our club that the player, Kepa Arrizabalaga, had met the conditions to unilaterally break his contract that linked him to Athletic Club,” the Spanish side said in a statement.“The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited.“Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club.”In Spain, instead of the buying club paying the selling club the amount set by the contract, the player must buy himself out.This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga to release the player. La Liga then pass the money onto the selling club.Chelsea’s move for Kepa comes with Belgium number one Courtois strongly linked with Real Madrid, having yet to report to training with the Premier League club following the World Cup.Kepa has played 53 times in La Liga for Bilbao over the last two seasons, and made his international debut in a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in November 2017.He was also in the Spain squad for the recent World Cup in Russia as back-up to David De Gea, but did not get any playing time.Kepa signed a new long-term contract, which increased his release clause from 20 million euros, with Athletic in January to end speculation linking him with a move to Real. The European champions are instead on the verge of completing a reported 35-million-euro deal for Courtois, who was voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup.Courtois, who spent three seasons at Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014, has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital.However, Real coach Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on the speculation following his team’s 2-1 victory over Roma in the final game of their US pre-season tour on Tuesday.“I always say that I’m not talking about players who’re not at Real Madrid,” said Lopetegui. “Keylor (Navas) is our goalkeeper and there are no other goalkeepers I can talk about except Keylor, Kiko (Casilla), Andriy (Lunin) and Luca (Zidane).“Keylor is phenomenal, he has our full confidence and is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He’s delighted to belong to Real Madrid and we’re delighted with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kepa Arrizabalaga is on the verge of moving to Chelsea in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMadrid, Spain, Aug 8 – Athletic Bilbao said on Wednesday that Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his 80-million-euro ($93 million) buyout clause, paving the way for the Spain international to join Chelsea as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.The 23-year-old is expected to replace Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge for a record fee that would surpass the 72.5 million euros Liverpool paid Roma for Brazilian Alisson last month.last_img read more

Messi is not a leader for Argentina- Maradona

first_img0Shares0000Diego Maradona was Argentina coach as a team featuring Lionel Messi was eliminated by Germany in the last eight of the 2010 World Cup © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOPARIS, France, Oct 13 – Lionel Messi “is not a leader,” said Diego Maradona of the current Argentina talisman in an interview in Mexico.“It’s useless to try and make a leader out of someone who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game,” Maradona said on Fox Sports. “Before speaking to the coach and players he will be on the PlayStation. Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader,” Maradona said as he answered questions in a stumbling voice, sometimes seeming to contradict himself.“He is the best in the world along with Cristiano [Ronaldo],” Maradona said. “But he’s not a leader.”Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986, said Messi, who was again unable to emulate that feat in Russia this summer was expected to be “the saviour of the fatherland.”“Let’s stop making a god out of Messi. Messi is Messi for Barcelona, but playing in an Argentina shirt he is another Messi.”Maradona, who is in Mexico coaching second-division Sinaloa, said that if he was Argentina coach he would “not call on Messi” before adding “never say never.”“You have to take the leadership away for him to be the Messi we want him to be,” Maradona said.Messi, who is 31, has not played for Argentina in three low-key friendlies since a 4-3 loss to eventual champions France in the first knock-out round at the World Cup, but has not officially retired from the national team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Russia says spy poisoning, not incomplete stadiums, hurting World Cup

first_imgThe nerve agent attack in England sparked mass expulsions and a decision by Britain and a few of its allies not to send officials to the June 14 opening.It marked the first known use of chemical weapons in western Europe since World War II.“Our main problem rests abroad — not with infrastructure,” said Sorokin.“Any incident, whether it occurred naturally or was created artificially, is being used to put pressure on World Cup organisers.”Sorokin said there was “nothing we cannot finish on time” despite work still remaining at six stadiums and airports in the smaller host cities.But he accused Moscow’s critics of trying to use the fallout surrounding the poisoning to drive down attendances at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s prestige event.“I think the intention was there, but it is not working,” said Sorokin.– Diplomatic barbs –Moscow and London have been trading diplomatic barbs almost daily since Skripal and his daughter Yulia fell ill in Salisbury on March 4.Britain accuses Russia of poisoning Skripal in retribution for passing on state secrets to London.Russia’s foreign intelligence chief Sergei Naryshkin on Wednesday called it a “grotesque provocation” concocted by UK and US security services.The diplomatic crisis does not appear to have dampened international interest in the first World Cup ever held in eastern Europe.Football’s world ruling body FIFA said Tuesday it was happy foreign demand had accounted for a strong 53 percent of the 1.7 million tickets purchased to date.Yet sales in England have been atypically weak.FIFA distributed a new batch of 400,000 tickets between March 13 and April 1.Fans from England accounted for less than one percent of that figure and have purchased just 31,000 tickets to date.Their fears have been compounded by an attack by hundreds of Russian hooligans on English supporters in the French port of Marseille during Euro 2016.Sorokin told the Sport Express news site he had discussed Russia’s security measures with British embassy staff in a bid to appease English concerns.“We explained everything to them in detail,” said Sorokin.But he said there would be no extra precautions for either England’s squad or its fans.“Each team will receive equal, full protection,” added Sorokin.The other cloud hanging over the tournament has been Russia’s past history of racist behaviour in both domestic and European competition.The extent of the problem was underscored when France’s Ousmane Dembele and Paul Pogba were targeted during their 3-1 friendly victory over Russia in Saint Petersburg last week.Sorokin told Sport Express that police were still looking for the perpetrators and had made no arrests.“We need to do public outreach so that people understand that by doing such things, they are damaging Russia,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexei Sorokin, the organising committee chief for Russia 2018, believes Moscow’s critics are using a spy poisoning controversy to heap pressure on World Cup organisers © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 4 – Russia World Cup organisers are more worried about Moscow’s latest diplomatic standoff with the West than stadiums being completed on time, said top official Alexei Sorokin.Sorokin, chief of the Russia 2018 organising committee, told the Kommersant newspaper the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was “not helping” preparations.last_img read more

West Ham set to move for Newcastle boss Benitez

first_imgWest Ham co-owner David Sullivan remains on good terms with Benitez.Benitez is believed to have a £6m release clause in his Newcastle contract and wants assurances about his transfer budget before committing his long-term future to the club.The 58-year-old remains in discussions over a contract extension in the north-east, as his present deal has only 12 months left to run.Benitez has earned plaudits for guiding the Magpies to an impressive 10th-place finish in the Premier League, capped by a 3-0 romp against Chelsea on the final day.Sky Sports News also reported on Wednesday that West Ham had met with representatives of former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, although it is understood wages are a major stumbling block.The Hammers confirmed earlier in the day that David Moyes would not return to his role as manager following the expiration of his six-month deal.Hammers co-owner David Sullivan said: “We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next 10 days.”West Ham are also interested in Paulo Fonseca, manager of Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.-By Sky Sports–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, pictured in August 2017, downplayed the fight between his players Jamaal Lascelles and Mohamed Diame, saying he had seen worseLONDON, United Kingdom, May 17 – West Ham are planning on making a move for Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez.The Spaniard almost became Hammers boss in the summer of 2015 before they were gazumped by Real Madrid.last_img read more

Dancing toward Turin

first_imgST. LOUIS – After three years of skating on her own and going nowhere, Melissa Gregory gave herself a deadline: If she didn’t find a new ice dance partner by Sept. 1, 2000, she’d give up the sport and go to college. At 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2000, Denis Petukhov landed at the Denver airport for a tryout. Gregory finally had her partner and, they soon discovered, much more. Married for almost five years now, the couple is a favorite to earn a spot on Team U.S.A. for the Turin Olympics at this week’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships. “It was fate,” she said Monday. “We just didn’t know it at the time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe dance competition begins today and ends Friday, with three spots on the U.S. Olympic team up for grabs. The men’s and women’s competitions begin Thursday, with three spots open in each of those events. Gregory had won the junior U.S. dance title in 1998 with another partner, James Shuford. But Shuford decided soon after that he wanted to do other things, and Gregory spent the next three years looking for a replacement. She had tryouts with other Americans, but they never felt right. Then one of her mother’s friends saw a posting on a skating Web site from Petukhov, a Russian who’d won a silver medal at the 1997 junior worlds and a bronze in 1998. He, too, was looking for a new partner. “We started talking via e-mail for a couple of months. Then we decided to bring him over for a tryout,” Gregory said. “From the first time we skated together, we just knew.” Though the couple clearly had chemistry on the ice, love was the last thing on their minds when they paired up. Finding a way to communicate was challenge enough. Petukhov didn’t speak much English when he arrived, and Gregory knew little Russian. They used a broken mix of both languages at first, but Petukhov knew enough English after two months to hold conversations. center_img “We were too concerned about our futures,” he added. Within a few months of pairing up, though, Gregory and Petukhov realized the feelings they were portraying on the ice were the same ones they had in their hearts. “It was so whirlwind that we didn’t even think about it until we were already in the middle of it,” she said. “After a few months, we’re already in love. It was like, `Wow, what’s going on? I can’t believe my life right now.’ ” The couple got engaged at Christmas, and were married on Feb. 2, 2001. “I have more memories in the last five years than in the last 10 years,” he said. And one of their favorites is of Feb. 22, 2005, the day Petukhov was sworn in as a U.S. citizen. “The feeling of being free, doing what you want to do, express yourself in any way. There are so many opportunities,” he said. “When you walk off the plane, you can really feel it. `Wow, I can do anything that I want. I can open a restaurant. I can go to school. I can do anything.’ “ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

The Press Pass – Sunday, May 14

first_imgNeil Ashton is joined by Michael Calvin and Andy Dillon to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They discuss another weekend of Premier League action, including Chelsea winning the title, the confirmation of Hull’s relegation, and Tottenham’s last ever game at White Hart Lane.Plus, the trio take a look at the recent Football Leaks story about Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and turn their eye to the Football League play-offs.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

‘Jack Grealish wouldn’t get a game for Tottenham’, says ex-Aston Villa star

first_img three-way race RANKED LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED targets Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders believes Jack Grealish would be a waste of a signing for Tottenham, saying the 22-year-old wouldn’t get a game if he moved to the Premier League club. Jack Grealish – will be a Tottenham player by the end of Thursday? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood told talkSPORT on Thursday morning that Spurs would be the perfect place for Grealish to thrive and take his career to the next level.But Saunders believes he would struggle for regular game time if he moved to north London.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday, the Welshman said: “I can only think that Daniel Levy has thought, ‘they are in desperate trouble financially, they’ve got to sell before they can get anybody in’.“‘So, let’s just wait until they’re in even bigger trouble and we’ll nick in at the end and get him’.“But then, all of a sudden, the rich owners have come in and things have changed.“From Jack Grealish’s point of view, when you look at Spurs’ midfield players he’s up against – Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son, Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli, Eric Lamela, Lucas Moura…“How is he going to get a game?“Yeah, he’s got potential and he might fancy his chances there, but they would be signing a player who isn’t going to get in the team.” 2 2 With only a few hours until the transfer window deadline, the Grealish saga is rumbling on.Reports on Thursday afternoon claimed Spurs had tabled a £30million bid for the midfielder.But Villa are determined to keep hold on their star asset and are understood to be ready to hand the youngster a new an improved contract to keep him at Villa Park.Saunders believes Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy fouled up by waiting too long into the transfer window to make a bid.However, the ex-Villans star believes a move to Spurs wouldn’t have worked out for Grealish anyway. TOP WORK moving on center_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com IN DEMAND Getty Images – Getty LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more


first_imgThe owners of a Donegal bike hire company claims it is the victim of a campaign of intimidation and sabotage aimed at putting it out of business.BIKE IT is being forced out of business.Bike It, which is based in Dungloe, was set up last year to give tourists a chance to see The Rosses by bike.But the company claims there has been a “sustained campaign” to close them down. They claim that a number of expensive advertising signs have been pulled down and broken up while thousands of leaflets advertising the business have also gone missing.Owner Michael Connolly, who runs the business with his sons, says he is completed frustrated by what has happened.The matters have been reported to Gardai and he is asking whoever is responsible to stop.“My sons and I put a lot of time and effort into providing a service for tourists to the area and are extremely disappointed at the attitude and behaviour of some individuals whose only intention is to vandalise and destroy the efforts of others who are trying to make a contribution to the local community. “We were given permission by the local town committee to advertise our business from the local tourist office which we were very grateful for.“We erected a sign outside the door of the tourist office door which was well secured to the wall and within hours it was ripped down. Other signs have gone missing from various other locations also.“The matter is been investigated by the Gardai and I am appealing to the public for any information relating to this crime,” he said. BIKE HIRE COMPANY CLAIMS IT IS BEING PUT OUT OF BUSINESS BY VANDALS was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bike Itdonegaldungloesabotagetourslast_img read more