SWAL Elections Postponed

first_imgThe pending elections of the Sports Writers of Liberia (SWAL) scheduled on Jan. 24 has been postponed by the Elections Commission due to some discrepancies in the listing of its membership , the commission’s chairman Momolu V.O Sirleaf announced yesterday.Chairman Sirleaf took the decision after the commission had a brief but crucial meeting with candidates, outgoing officials and other stakeholders of SWAL at the Press Union of Liberia’s headquarters in Monrovia. The elections are now slated for Feb. 7, 2014.The listing discrepancies were unearthed by the Elections Commission as a result of a protest filed by one of the presidential aspirants, Mr. Leroy Sonpon who suspected manipulation.Chairman Sirleaf said of the 134 names presented 16 are not members, while 15 registered members were deliberately or accidentally left out.Sirleaf said to make the election process freer, fair and transparent there was a need for the election to be postponed so that the membership list could be better scrutinized and those left out included.He said the listing would be a reconciliatory listing, meaning every registered member, whether financially obligated to the institution or inactive for a while will all be included.He indicated that the new listing should be sanctioned by the outgoing president, Fumba Kanneh, chairman of the membership committee, and the Secretary General, Roland Mulbah, who is contesting the presidency.The new official list, he said should be presented to the commission Monday Feb. 3, 2014.Meanwhile, in his protest letter to the chairman of the elections commission, Mr. Leroy Sonpon made reference on the discrepancy, especially the addition of some non-members while other active members’ names were left out.   He therefore craved the commission’s intervention to investigate and determine the validity of the list to promote the intent free, fair, transparent and independent elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘LRA Employees Solicit Bribes to Reduce Tax on Imported Goods’

first_imgFlashback- CCTV footage shows Weeks (3rd from Left) at his counterProsecution’s third witness in the ongoing bribery case involving two customs officers assigned with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) yesterday told Criminal Court ‘C’ that employees there solicit bribes from businesspeople to reduce taxes on goods they shipped into the country.Abraham Gumbaja Sinayoko told the court that while trying to get his goods out of the Freeport of Monrovia, he was advised to hire the services of a broker, which he did by hiring one Varney Johnson.“I gave all my shipping documents to Johnson, which he processed, but came back to ask for US$4,658 that I should pay to the LRA,” witness Sinayoko alleged.After processing the document, the state witness explained that he prepared a manager’s check in the said amount on December 28, 2015, and gave it to his broker.“Johnson told me that we were to come back on December 28 in the afternoon to reassess the documents. When we returned, he introduced me to one Joseph Weeks, [an] LRA customs officer,” Sinayoko told the court.Weeks and Linda Sumowood were both assigned at the Customs Business Office at the Freeport of Monrovia. Both are charged with multiple crimes, including economic sabotage, bribery and criminal facilitation after they were allegedly caught on the CCTV footage receiving US$500 as a bribe from broker Johnson on behalf of Sinayoko.According to Sinayoko, he met Weeks, who asked whether “I know anyone at the LRA head office that I can call to change the reassessment.”Sinayoko claimed he responded in the negative.“Weeks then said to me that if he were to do the reassessment, no one would reverse his decision,” Sinayoko said.Later, he claimed that Weeks went back to his office and brought a piece of paper of which he assured him (Sinayoko) that his reassessment had reduced the amount to US$2,300.“I said to Weeks that the amount was too high for a 20 foot container and he asked me to pay US$1, 000,” Sinayoko told the court.“Weeks also informed me that the risk involved was too high, besides, he was going to give something to one Zayzay, who he claimed was his boss, in order for him to approve the re-assessed document.“I asked him why I was paying the US$1,000, but he said, because of the risk, he was taking to reduce the money,” Sinayoko alleged.Sinayoko also claimed that after hours of negotiating with Weeks about the US$1,000, it was reduced to US$500, which he gave to Weeks through Johnson.“I attempted giving the US$500 to Weeks, but he said that they cannot take money from consignee, but rather through the broker, and I did,” the state witness alleged.He claimed that after Johnson gave the US$500 to Weeks in his presence, a gentleman who had ‘watched the situation’ said, “You are under arrest.”The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nigeria first qualifiers for AFCON round of 16

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo outjumped the Guinea defence to score the winning goal © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jun 26 – Nigeria became the first qualifiers for the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations when they beat Guinea 1-0 in Alexandria on Wednesday with Kenneth Omeruo scoring the only goal.Centre-back Omeruo headed a corner into the net on 73 minutes to earn the Super Eagles a second straight Group B victory after beating Burundi by the same score four days ago. Nigeria have a maximum six points, Madagascar and Guinea one each and Burundi are pointless in the group. The Burundians and Malagasies meet on Thursday.Although the Super Eagles are not guaranteed to finish first, they are certain of a top-two finish and a place in the next round.Guinea star Naby Keita started his first match since being injured playing for Liverpool at Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final last month.He received some rough treatment and was substituted midway through the second half just before Nigeria broke the deadlock.Samuel Kalu, who collapsed while training last Friday with severe dehydration, replaced Moses Simon deep in stoppage time.Although the countries have made 30 appearances between them at the Cup of Nations, this was only the second time they had met, the first was a 1-1 draw in Ethiopia 43 years ago.Both coaches had been unhappy with their first outings against debutants, as Nigeria pipped Burundi 1-0 and Guinea led and trailed in a 2-2 draw against Madagascar.Nigeria’s German coach Gernot Rohr made five changes, including dropping veteran captain John Obi Mikel with Ahmed Musa wearing the armband.Guinea midfielder Naby Keita battled with Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEBelgium-born Guinea coach Paul Put, who took outsiders Burkina Faso to the 2013 final, made three alterations, including the promotion of goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone.Guinean Francois Kamano had an opportunity to threaten Nigeria midway through the opening half in 30 degrees celsius (86 fahrenheit) heat, but blazed a free-kick over the bar.Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo, who came off the bench to score the goal that beat Burundi, broke clear just after the half-hour mark and his angled shot flew into the side netting.Keita was treated roughly by the Nigerians and complained to the Angolan referee after being crudely sandwiched by two opponents.The 24-year-old Liverpool midfielder needed medical attention several times late in the first half.Nigeria were more assertive as the second half progressed and an interception prevented a Musa pass after a great run finding the unmarked Ighalo.Peter Etebo then stung the fingers of Kone from a free-kick that the goalkeeper parried and a defender cleared.Coach Put decided that Keita was not sufficiently fit to last a full match in the heat and replaced him with Lass Bangoura on 71 minutes.Two minutes later Nigeria took a deserved lead as Omeruo, one of three survivors from the 2013 Cup of Nations-winning team in the squad, nodded a corner past Kone.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

UCLA interviews Walker; Temple coach Golden pulls out of consideration

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker interviewed with chancellor Gene Block this morning and Temple coach Al Golden pulled his name from consideration as UCLA’s football coach search continued into its fourth week. Walker met with Block and several other administrators, sources said, in an early-morning interview. Walker, who served as UCLA’s interim coach in the 17-16 loss to No. 19 BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, wasn’t done with his interview process for the day, though. Washington coach Tyrone Willingham was scheduled to meet with Walker this afternoon to discuss the Huskies’ vacant defensive coordinator position, sources said. That interview was more of an informational one, sources added. Meanwhile, Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said Golden told him this morning he was no longer involved with UCLA. “He called me this morning to say despite the exceptional opportunity, he was going to stay at Temple,” Bradshaw said. “That was nice news for us.” Golden is 5-19 in two seasons at Temple.last_img read more

INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS

first_imgInishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division ReportsCarn Res 2-4 Clonmany Res The home side started well and opened the scoring on 7 minutes when a quick free by Niall McLaughlin found Matthew McLaughlin to fire low to the corner from fifteen yards.Clonmany responded well and forced seven or eight corners but the Carn defence dealt capably with them.The visitors did level things on the half hour when Niall McLaughlin broek on the left and crossed for Conor Doherty’s looping header to sail over JJ Doherty in the home goal.Within minutes they had taken the lead when Aiden Doherty saw his shot from the edge of the area take a wicked deflection on its way to the net. Carn started the second period well and got back on terms on the hour when McLaughlin’s cross broke to Matthew Doherty and he fired home from eight yards.But Clonmany retook the lead again after Mclaughlin broke on the left and crossed for Conor Doherty to squeeze the ball home despite the best efforts of James McCloskey.They sealed the tie late on when McLaughlin broke again on the left and crossed for Aiden Doherty to slot home at the back post.Sea Rovers 0-7 Glengad Res Glengad maintained their position at the top of the table with this facile victory over a Rovers side who look destined for the drop at this stage.The visitors opened the scoring on seven minutes when Gary Kelly crossed for Michael Gallagher to fire past Dean McLaughlin from close range.They doubled their lead midway through the half after Kelly again found space to cross for Brian Doherty to fire home from ten yards. Rovers mounted a stern defensive rearguard to keep the score at two until the break.Glengad upped the tempo on 56 minutes and added a third after Stephen Mclaughlin converted a penalty awarded for handball. Within two minutes a defensive error allowed Gary Kelly to run clear and slot past McLaughlin from ten yards.Kelly then latched onto a long ball to finish well from twelve yards before the same player completed his hat trick when he headed home a Seamus Doherty cross on 68 minutes.They completed the scoring late on after Michael Doherty’s long range effort deceived keeper McLaughlin to complete a miserable day for Rovers.Culdaff Res 1-3 Cockhill ResCockhill started this game the better and after a corner both Michael Coyle and Martin Bradley had efforts cleared off the line. Ryan Duffy then went close with a twenty yards effort which clipped the outside of the post.It was no surprise whenCockhill opened the scoring after Declan Kearney’s free kick fell to Martin Bradley who fires low past George Houten from eight yards.Culdaff upped the tempo and got back on terms on 32 minutes after Michael McLaughlin fed David O Connor and he lifted the ball over the advancing Lee McCarron in the visitors goal.Cockhill reply with Houten denying Duffy and then saving the rebound from Jim McDaid.On the stroke of half time Cockhill regained the lead when Duffy beat the offside trap to race clear and slot past Houten from twelve yards.Duffy had the first effort of the second period when he fired just wide from twenty yards before the home side came well into the game. Both Declan Noone and Barry Fitzpatrick had efforts in succession well saved by McCarron .On 54 minutes McCarron made a brilliant double save when he denied Michael McLaughlin before recovering to save William Hutchinson’s follow up.Cockhill then broke on 62 minutes with Coyle clear of the home defence but he blazed over.On 80 minutes the visitors defence misjudge a high ball and when O Connor challenges keeper McCarron it was deemed to be a foul and all were astounded when O Connor was red carded for what seemed an innocuous challenge. Play swung to the other end and when Houten advanced to collect Ryan Duffy nipped in to poke the ball home.QPS Res 2-3 Aileach ResThis was an excellent game between two well matched sides which could have gone either way.After an even opening period Aileach opened the scoring on 21 minutes when Ruairi Bradley’s corner was punched out by Brian Lynch to Liam Burke who slammed the ball to the bottom corner from the edge of the area. But the home side were on terms within minutes when John McCloskey flicked on a corner for Shaun McIvor to slot home from close range.They went close then when a dipping shot from Paul Hegarty just cleared the bar.The point took the lead on the half hour when McCloskey beat three men in a mazy run and fed Seannan McColgan who drew keeper McGeady before slotting low to the corner.Aileach responded well and levelled before the break when Burke broke from midfield and squared for Georgie Kelly to fire low to the corner from the edge of the area.The game tightened up considerably in the second period and on the hour mark Fergal Buchanan fed McCloskey but he fired to the side netting.On 71 minutes Burke’s superb shot on the run brought a brilliant tip over save from Lynch and from the corner Darren Gallagher headed over.The visitors then struck for the winner on 80 minutes after James Wallace advanced on the right and crossed to the back post where Bradley was on hand to slot home from eight yards.Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier DivisionPPtsGlengad818Aileach513QPS613Culdaff712Cockhill710Clonmany89Carn85Sea Rovers70Sunday January 20th Fixtures: Reserve Premier at 11amCockhill V ClonmanyL PorterSea Rovers V CuldaffR McDermott Carn V QPSG.McLaughlinGlengad V AileachJJ LaffertyINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS was last modified: January 14th, 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:INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTSlast_img read more

Man attacked takeaway with eight foot plank after being refused access to toilet

first_imgA man who attacked a fast-food takeaway with an eight-foot-long plank of wood when he was refused entry to toilets has been jailed.Dean Kelly, 21, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with criminal damage. Kelly entered the Tasty Bites Takeaway on April 19th, 2016 and was intoxicated.He ordered food but began fidgeting with a light fitting and was asked to stop before being told that the toilets were not working.He kicked in the door of the toilet before being refunding his money and asked to leave the premises.However, he returned with an eight-foot-long plank of wood and began attacking the premises.He then lifted up a cash register and smashed it on the ground causing overall damage of more than €800.He injured his eye during the incident and was later found by Gardai waiting at a bus-stop and taken to Letterkenny garda station.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had an issue with alcohol but had turned his life around.He had been in Castlerea Prison on robbery offences but had been transferred to Loughlin House because he had shown a willingness to be rehabilitated.“He is a different man today,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Paul Kelly asked if Kelly could pay any compensation to the business but his solicitor said he was not in a position to do so at present.Judge Kelly then sentenced the accused to three months in prison to run concurrently with his other sentence.Man attacked takeaway with eight foot plank after being refused access to toilet was last modified: October 3rd, 2017 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:attackBallybofeycriminal damageDean KellyGardaiplankTasty Biteslast_img read more

Ex-Giant Hunter Pence in town with Rangers to face A’s

first_imgOAKLAND — Hunter Pence slept in his own bed in San Francisco Sunday, got a good night’s sleep, then headed out for a cup of coffee in the morning.“Nobody recognized me though,” Pence said Monday before the Texas Rangers opened a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. “They already forgot.”Not likely, given Pence’s contributions to two World Series championships as a member of the Giants. After hitting .224 with two home runs and 24 RBIs last season in limited time, Pence departed …last_img read more

Fitbit buys Pebble as wearables consolidation continues

first_imgDonal Power Related Posts Fitbit is reportedly buying the troubled Pebble smartwatch in further consolidation in the flagging wearables market.Full details and dollar value of the deal hasn’t yet been made public but the two firms, which were said to be in the final stages of a tie-up prior to Thanksgiving, have now reportedly inked a deal.And with the rocky state of consumer wearables this is just the latest in a consolidation trend that is expected to continue to reconfigure the industry.Leading up to the deal Pebble was suffering from staff cutbacks and delays to the launch of its latest smart watch.And though Fitbit remains the top wearables company worldwide, it too has been struggling as seen by its recent forecast that anticipates poor sales in the holiday quarter,The Verge examined why the Fitbit acquisition of Pebble makes sense in the short term.Goode says that the consolidation trend is exemplified by the number of digital health apps that larger companies have recently acquired, often for their data gathering potential more than their hardware.“Ever since the notion of the quantified self first became a thing with these digital trackers, their perceived value has been largely dependent on how much data they could gather, and how companies could use that data,” said Goode. “If a company is struggling to sell hardware, it could always sell off its platform or its data.”She also attributes the Pebble acquisition to Fitbit looking to diversify away from fitness tracking and boost assets other than just hardware.“It’s not about the hardware, but about acquiring talent, software, and a homegrown smartwatch platform,” she says. “Owning a smartwatch platform would help diversify Fitbit’s product lineup if it chooses to go further down the smartwatch path.”Fitbit taking out competitors it can hitShe also suggests that Fitbit has managed to absorb its biggest competitor that it can afford. Pebble is within Fitbit’s price range while other wearable makers like Apple, Garmin or Xiaomi are beyond reach.Pebble burst onto the consumer wearables scene in 2012 with a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign for its smartwatch and strong early sales.However, it has reportedly been struggling mightily for the last year as its Pebble Time 2 watch suffered a release delay and the company announced it was laying off 25% of its staff.And Pebble isn’t the only troubled company in the consumer wearables market. Google announced its latest version of Android Wear software is delayed until 2017. And LG, Huawei and Motorola – three major manufacturers of Android Wear watches—in turn delayed launching new watches this autumn.A recent study by International Data Corp.  found that worldwide volumes of shipped smartwatches fell nearly 52% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Tags:#Android Wear#Apple Watch#Fitbit#Garmin#Internet of Things#IoT#LG#Pebble#smart watch#Xiaomi Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

References: Breastfeeding Nature’s Best

first_imgThis post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. Exclusive Breastfeeding World Health OrganizationSo much great information was shared last week by Rose Marie Straeter, MA, RLC, IBCLC, Breastfeeding – Nature’s Best. If you missed it, the recording is located on the event page. The references for this webinar are listed below.To enable mothers to establish and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, WHO and UNICEF recommend:Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of lifeExclusive breastfeeding – that is the infant only receives breast milk without any additional food or drink, not even waterBreastfeeding on demand – that is as often as the child wants, day and nightNo use of bottles, teats or pacifiersReferences:  Breastfeeding – Nature’s BestWorld Health Organization Exclusive breastfeeding.American Pregnancy Association, Promoting Pregnancy Wellness.Ball, T. M., & Wright, A. L. (1999). Health Care Costs of Formula-Feeding in the First Year of Life. Pediatrics, 103, 870-876.Chabrol, H., Walburg, V., Teissedre, F., Armitager, J., & Santrisse, K. (2004). Influence of mother’s perceptions on the choice to breastfeed or bottle-feed: perceptions and feeding choice. Journal of reproductive and infant psychology, 22 (3), 189-198.Chuang, C., Chang, P., Chen, Y., Hsieh, W., Hurng, B., Lin, S., & Chen, P. (2010, April). Maternal return to work and breastfeeding: A population-based cohort study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47 (4), 461-474.Dick, M. J., Evans, M. L., Arthurs, J. B., Barnes, J. K., Caldwell, R. S., Hutchins, S. S., & Johnson, L. K. (2002). Predicting early breastfeeding attrition. Journal of Human Lactation, 18 (21), 21-28. doi: 10.1177/089033440201800104Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture. (2001). The Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding: A Review and Analysis (13). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.Fairbrother, N., & Stanger-Ross, I. (2010). Reproductive-aged women’s knowledge and attitudes regarding infant-feeding practices: An experimental evaluation. Journal of Human Lactation, 26, 157-167. doi: 10.1177/0890334409352853Falco, M. (2010). Study: Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars.Hill, P. D., Aldag, J. C., Zinaman, M., & Chatterton, Jr, R. T. (2007). Comparison of milk output between breasts in pump-dependent mothers. Journal of Human Lactation, 23(), 333-337. doi:10.1177/0890334407307575Pamela D. Hill, Ph.D., RN, CBE, FAAN, Jean C. Aldag, Ph.D., Michael Zinaman, MD, and Robert T. Chatterton Jr, Ph.D. Comparison of Milk Output Between Breasts in Pump-Dependent Mothers J Hum Lact. 23(4):333-337.Hurley, K. M., Black, M. M., Papas, M. A., & Quigg, A. M. (2008, April). Variation in breastfeeding behaviours, perceptions, and experiences by race/ethnicity among a low-income statewide sample of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants in the United States. Maternal Child Nutrition, 4 (2), 95-105.Jones, G., Steketee, R. W., Black, R. E., & Morris, Z. A. (2003). How many child deaths can we prevent this year? Lancet, 362, 65-71.Kent, J. C., Ramsay, D. T., Doherty, D., Larsson, M., & Hartmann, P. E. (2003). Response of breasts to different stimulation patterns of an electric breast pump. Journal of Human Lactation, 19, 179-186. doi:10.1177%2F0890334403252473Li, R., Fridinger, F., & Grummer-Strawn, L. (2002). Public perceptions on breastfeeding constraints. Journal of Human Lactation, 18, 227-235. doi: 10.1177/089033440201800304Mohrbacher, N. (2011). The magic number and long-term milk production. Clinical Lactation, 2(1), 15-18.Mossman, M., Heaman, M., Dennis, C., & Morris, M. (2008). The influence of adolescent mothers’ breastfeeding confidence and attitudes on breastfeeding initiation and duration. Journal of Human Lactation, 24, 268-277. doi: 10.1177/0890334408316075Rowe-Murray, H. J., & Fisher, J. R. (2002, June). Baby friendly hospital practices: cesarean section is a persistent barrier to early initiation of breastfeeding. Birth, 29 (2), 124-131.US Department of Health and Human Services. (2011). The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.last_img read more

When faced with a hurricane, Cooperative Extension is here to help families prepare and recover

first_imgHurricane Michael recently left a trail of destruction across the Southeast, leaving communities and families devastated.  Cooperative Extension is here to help in response to critical times during a natural disaster like a hurricane.With a nation wide system, the Cooperative Extension service can share pertinent information through Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) from states that experienced the impacts of a hurricane; helping the Extension Educators identify and respond to the needs of families and communities.Research-based information from Cooperative ExtensionDisaster HandworkPreparation for a HurricaneHurricane Prep: What to Put in Your ‘Go Bag’If You Don’t Leave – Establishing a Safe Place Prepare for Hurricane Season with Plenty of Non-Perishable FoodsPrep Your Pets for the Stormy Weather of Hurricane SeasonRecovery from a hurricaneUF Launches One-Stop Resource for Disaster Prep, RecoveryFlorida Cooperative Extension Responds to Hurricane Michaellast_img read more