Promoted Maverley-Hughenden will look to step out of the Red Stripe Premier League’s relegation zone when they face neighbouring Waterhouse in a battle of the Washington Boulevard-based teams at Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew, today, starting at 3:30 p.m. Neither team is doing particularly well with Maverley-Hughenden struggling in eleventh place on 24 points and Waterhouse sitting on 28 points in eight position. The Maverley team are yet to beat their neighbours this season, losing 2-1 and drawing 1-1 in their two previous meetings. With seven games remaining before the conclusion of the third and final round of preliminary games, Maverley-will have to come all out for a win. It will be a tall task for the Anthony Patrick-coached team as they have not won in the last ten games. Maverley’s last victory was a 1-0 result against Arnett Gardens on November 18. Meanwhile, Waterhouse have been unbeaten in the last seven games, and are growing in confidence since Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey replaced Marvin Tate as coach late last year. In the day’s other game, Humble Lion will face Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Today’s games 3:30 p.m.: Maverley-Hughenden vs Waterhouse at Constant Spring 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre Tomorrow’s games 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC at Barbican Complex 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Jamalco at Edward Seaga Complex 3:30 p.m.: Reno F vs Portmore United at STETHS Complex 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United at Anthony Spaulding Complex
The Officer-in-Charge of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Liberia, Stevenson Seidi, has disclosed a plan by which Providence Island will be declared a ‘World Culture Center’, but only if the Government of Liberia can ratify the Hague Convention. Providence Island is the place the first group of former slaves landed in 1822, from United States of America. Signed in 1954, the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Properties is to protect cultural sites in the event of armed conflicts and the notion of military necessity.Mr. Seidi said that there are numerous benefits Liberia stands to gain for the protection and promotion of its cultural heritage as long as the convention is ratified by the government.He added that once the convention is signed, Liberia will benefit from six important opportunities, including the approval and preservation of cultural sites, which will in turn be of chief scientific value and a wealth of knowledge to the public.“The ratification ensures social and cultural continuality between past, present and future generations. It also encourages and provides resources for employment,” he explained. The program, held at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, on Capitol Hill, Monrovia on Wednesday, May 27, is the beginning of a two-day workshop under the theme: “Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict”.Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, a former Minister at MICAT, said that it is essential that the public begins consultation with members of the Legislature and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in order to ensure that Liberia is a signatory to the convention.He added that it is about time that Liberians from all walks of life helped in protecting their culture and concentrating on teaching cultural values to their children, adding that Liberia can reclaim its cultural heritage through education across the country.Rev. Bowier disclosed that the reason Liberia is not a signatory to UNESCO conventions is because in 1908 the government at the time had a problem with tribal people. “When the government gave a directive,” Bowier narrated, “the native people would go and ask their elders what to do, which would result, in most cases, in the opposite of the government’s directive. Therefore, the government put a halt to the Poror and Sande societies during that period, deploying the Liberia Frontier Force (now Army) inland from the border, where they they were previously assigned. “The struggle with the tribes made us lose most of the cultural materials. But today some are in museums in the United States as well as in Europe, due to our recent political struggle,” he said.Senator Conmany Wesseh said the senate remains committed in approving the UNESCO convention, but the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism should be able to justify the reason for the ratification. He said the Legislature would also like to know why has Liberia not signed this and other importnat conventions up to now. “We need to train our children in the nation’s culture practices so that it becomes a daily priority in the lives of our younger generation,” Sen. Wesseh said.He added that when a nation values its culture then the people of that nation becomes unified.The Director for costum and culture at the Ministry of internal Affairs, William Jallah said that “Culture is the only property that our grandparents left behind and there is a need to have it protected.”He added that it is their continued responsibility to teach Liberia’s culture, especially so to the younger generation, encouraging them to pursue their ancestral identity.“We hope that the initiative will be extended to all the 15 sub divisions of Liberia, sparking a culture revolution among our people.”He said that sadly parents are to blame for not being able to teach their children the value of their culture, which could give them an identity as a people. “Our forefathers in their days were obligated to teach us the beauty of this nation’s culture. But nowadays parents are slow in teaching Liberia’s culture to their children.”He stressed that the Ministry of Education needs to work with relevant authorities, including traditional stakeholders, to develop a culture program for school-going children. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Joey CoStarJoey CoStar is a 27-year old Liberian musician raised in the U.S. Citing Chris Brown, Maleek Berry, Drake, Ty Dollar Sign as influences, he said he has been actively pursuing his career for the past 7 years. But don’t for once think that he is a copycat.“What I have learned is you can either try to copy others to get into the industry and have a short music career, or be different, be yourself and make history,” he said.After a lot of near misses and hits, a history making moment is what the Liberian music industry is in need of to establish its place among the great artist and music producing nations in line with her age and history in Africa and the world. CoStar believes he can be the one to do just that.Speaking to the man you will soon love to hear, he said his love for music was groomed from interest. “When I noticed myself reading about the music business, watching videos and interviews, recording music 24/7 and the huge reaction I was getting from people, I then realized I was obsessed with being successful in this industry. I haven’t looked back since!”Not scared of the competition, Joey CoStar believes his drive will set him apart. “I realize I have a purpose and message in my music; to be sharp on my game and deliver well on my purpose. For me competition can’t really exist. To stand out I have to focus on being me and enjoying what I’m doing.”But for an artist to make a difference, the industry demands creativity, for which he said, “God gave me the great ability to be creatively relatable through my music. I thank God for that. I want people to hear a relatable message that they can feel connected to, knowing that they are not the only ones going through it. Also I want people to escape their daily worries and dance, laugh and celebrate with my music and the message.”For now, Joey CoStar just wants to be himself, be that guy whose music you can run to for any mood you are in. “My strategy is to stay true to who I am, be consistent and appeal to the world so we can bring the world’s attention to Liberia. Next step is continuing to build a following all over the world and go on tour. I have a project coming very soon called ‘The passport.’”Putting ‘The Passport’ together, JC said he connected with his producers, vibed to the beats, and lyrically paint a vivid picture of things occurring in his life. “I have recorded about 40 songs, so me and my team will pick the top 8-12 songs to put on the EP. I’m in a place in my life of trying to find the balance between family and music. So in my music I express a lot of how the commitment of music has been affecting my family, faith, finance and friends. I also speak a lot of encouraging words to all of us that need a little encouragement to push through tough times.”He said his motivation for the project came from life’s ups and downs. “Music creates everyone’s mood, good or bad. So I enjoy entertaining through my music.”The next Liberian artist to blow in a big way said his biggest inspiration in his young career was winning three Central Pa Awards, performing at the Liberian Entertainment Awards in 2012, collaborating with Soca superstar Zoelah, and being recognized by American super group Pretty Ricky.But he is not one to let it all go to his head. He is still grounded despite the hectic nature of the industry, and finds time for self and family. “I get so busy all the time that when I get some free time with family I cherish it!”The Bachelor’s degree holder in Business Marketing has big plans for the next few years, including being a world renowned urban pop artist and entrepreneur of a few global businesses which, he said, calls for a strong mind, faith and perseverance, “as success is not a destination but a process.”To the up and coming, those dreaming of getting into the industry, Joey CoStar’s advice is: “Dream it, believe it, pray on it and lastly work for it. No excuses; no one owes you anything. Create your own destiny.”Joey CoStar brings individuality and a different look and eyes to Liberian culture.Born on July 1, 1990 in Monrovia, JC said his mother and father were able to get them out of Liberia during the height of the war. “By God’s grace we arrived in a brand new country with no family and no money, but a dream to live a more meaningful life. I always promised my parents that I will be a product of the concept of starting with zero and ending up on top of the world.”We believe you will, Joey CoStar! We do! Watch this space…Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Outgoing LACC chair, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr.The days of Cllr. James Verdier at the Liberia Anti-Commission LACC have finally come to an end, as the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 announced with immediate effect, the appointment of controversial Cllr. Charles Gibson as officer-in-charge of the anti-corruption body.According to a letter in the possession of the Daily Observer, Minister McGill said with a mandate from President George Weah, Gibson is to serve as the Officer-in-Charge of the LACC until further notice.This is not the same Cllr. Charles Gibson who was nominated to the Justice Minister post in 2018 but later rejected by the Senate, having previously been suspended from practice by the Supreme Court for duping his client. That Gibson was appoint by the President as chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).“The President has instructed that you serve as the Officer-in-Charge of the LACC, and mandates you to take charge of the tasks and functional responsibilities of the office thereof until further notice,” a portion of the letter signed by McGill said to LACC’s Charles Gibson.The former Chairman of the LACC, Cllr. James Verdier has over the months, been on a slippery ground with the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government on a number of issues, including policy differences.Recently, Verdier had an interview with Darlington Tokpa, Radio France International (RFI) correspondent in Liberia, in which he said that President Weah’s administration is seriously undermining the fight against corruption in the country, His comments did not go well with McGill and others that are so close to President Weah.He said funds intended for the Commission and a host of anti-graft institutions have not been disbursed to them as should be by the CDC government.Verdier further pointed out that majority of government officials, mainly those working at the will and pleasure of President Weah are yet to declare their assets since they came into their respective offices.He said Weah is in support of the alleged deliberate failure on the part of the government officials each to declare their assets and adhere to the tenets of democracy in the governance system simply because he has failed to mount pressure on them neither has he set a good example, himself.With Verdier not being in very good graces the administration, because of what he realized was its deliberate attempt to strangulate the LACC by denying it funds to operate, made him more bolder to state the facts and be damned regardless, political observers told this newspaper.With Gibson’s knowledge of the challenges, he would be starting with the assurance in McGill’s letter that informed him of “His Excellency (President Weah) expression of trust in Gibson’s ability to make a meaningful contribution in his area of responsibility.”Cllr. Verdier, who was appointed by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, served his tenure which began on February 24, 2014. He replaced Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison, but his being outspoken about corruption in government has drawn much attention, according to those who are familiar with his temperament.Perhaps the government does not have trust in the titles of a managing director or executive director, because since Weah’s government took over, at least three of his managing directors, deputy managing directors for Administration, and now executive director have now replaced MD at the National Housing Authority and his deputy, now Officer-in-Charge (OIC), and LACC’s Gibson assuming the leadership there under the same OIC title.It is the consensus of many Liberians that unless the government supports the LACC with its required funding and political will, the new administration would be frustrated in the discharge of its duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A team of environmentalists on Sunday visited the Assembly of God Church in Kuru Kururu, on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, where several plants were donated to members in observance of World Earth Day 2018.Pastor Gladston Bagot (right) receiving the plants fromDr Dwight WaldronReceiving the significant donation was Pastor Gladston Bagot from National Tuberculosis Programme Manager, Dr Jeetendra Mohanlall and Guyana Livestock Development Agency (GLDA) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Dwight Waldron.Dr Mohanlall explained that there were many benefits of plants which undoubtedly help to achieve the objectives of a healthy lifestyle. He encouraged the church to nurture and make use of the plants.The donation comes as a follow-up activity since Drs Mohanlall and Waldron as well as other doctors from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation conducted a health outreach at the institution where scores of persons benefited from dental services among others.The team’s mission is to spread health awareness across Guyana.However, Dr Mohanlall told Guyana Times that the initiative of donating the plants, which started four years ago, was something which was done annually.He added that the team targeted the church as he believes doing so will have an impact on the small village on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.
Micah Richards has joined Fiorentina in a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.The powerful right-back is the longest serving player at the Etihad Stadium but has seen first-team opportunities limited due to injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta.The arrival of Bacary Sagna at Man City on a free transfer made his position even more precarious and now he is looking to reignite his career in Serie A.He joins Ashley Cole, who signed for Roma after leaving Chelsea, in Italy. Micah Richards 1
One of Donegal’s most beautiful towns, is asking its residents to help keep it tidy – by hosting a Strawberry Dash Fun Run this weekend!Dunfanaghy is one of the busiest towns in Donegal, and has a steady influx of tourists visiting the area every weekend throughout the year.So it can be a challenging job at times to keep the vibrant town TIDY! However, the tidy towns committee in the area are hosting a Strawberry Dash Family Fun Run to help raise some finance to help keep the scenic coastal village nice and tidy during the busy summer months ahead.The race will take place this Sunday – July 3rd.There will be a 5K run, walk or push depending on your fitness levels, while there will also be a 1K run for the kids!The committee are asking for donations on the day to help with the costs of keeping Dunfanaghy tidy. The best part of the event, is that all participants will be treated to Strawberries and Cream afterwards!!5K FUN RUN FOR DUNFANAGHY TIDY TOWNS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 30th, 2016 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:5kDunfanaghyFun Runtidy towns
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “If it’s warmer down there, if they don’t get the coastal fog, we see our numbers go up,” said Bret Banks, the district’s operations manager. The South Coast air basin, which includes portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, had 84 days that exceeded the federal standard. The San Joaquin Valley had 72 days over the standard. “The Antelope Valley’s air quality is overwhelmingly influenced by wind-blown air pollutants from the south coast basin – and other upwind urban areas – into the region,” said Chuck Fryxell, the A.V. district’s air pollution control officer. “As emissions continue to decline in the L.A. basin, the Antelope Valley will continue to reap the benefits in the form of cleaner, more healthful air.” This year is the first year in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has switched from measuring ozone from a one-hour period to averaging it over an 8-hour span. Under the old reporting standard, there would have been one day of ozone excess instead of 31, district officials said. This year was Antelope Valley’s sixteenth without a Stage 1 smog alert. A Stage 1 alert is called when the level hits 0.20 or higher. During a Stage 1 alert, elderly people and children, as well as people of any age who have heart or lung ailments, are urged to stay indoors. LANCASTER – A blistering hot summer is being blamed for pushing up the number of days Antelope Valley’s smog exceeded the federal health standard. The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District reported that the region’s ozone levels exceeded the federal standard of 0.08 parts per million on 31 days this “smog season,” compared with 24 days last year. The smog season runs from May to October. The smoggiest day this year was Aug. 6, when an ozone reading of 0.127 was recorded. The increase is being attributed to the hot weather that hit much of Southern California, including the Los Angeles basin. Most of the Antelope Valley’s air pollution blows in from metropolitan Los Angeles through Soledad Canyon, and over the Tehachapi Mountains from the San Joaquin Valley, so worsening smog there usually means worse smog here. Air quality officials say Antelope Valley smog is far less than it was in the 1980s. The valley’s worst smog year was in 1981, when seven Stage 1 alerts were declared. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Deputy Pat the Cope has accused the Government of reneging on its promise to provide €35m in funding for mental health services in 2017.The Donegal TD said this promise was made at a time when mental health services are under considerable pressure, with many patients failing to avail of support and waiting times growing in length.“The Minister for Health Simon Harris initially said at budget time that €35m would be invested in mental health services next year. However less than a week later Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee outlined that just €15m of the allocation would be spent in 2017,” outlined Deputy Gallagher. “The Government has essentially halved the funding earmarked for mental health services next year. This is despite the fact that there has been significant under-investment in mental health services in recent years, twice in the last three years the mental health budget has been cut or under spent.“Staffing levels in child and adolescent services are currently 48% below recommended levels, while staffing levels across the board are 21% below target; I support the call by the Mental Health Reform for a complete review of the funding allocation for the mental health services in 2017 and for the Government to prioritise mental health services.”He said significant work is needed to bring our mental health services up to the standard required and needed to meet demand.And yea dded “This cannot be achieved without adequate funding and genuine support on the part of the Government. Currently the Government is planning to increase mental health funding by a measly 1.6% in 2017, as opposed to a 7.4% funding increase across the health sector. This clearly shows that mental health services simply are not a priority for Fine Gael. “I support the call made by Mental Health Reform for an urgent review of funding for mental health services in 2017. The Government should bring forward a multi-annual service plan for the mental health sector in order to achieve this and to specifically ring fence funding for improving health services.”Government is not taking mental health seriously – Pat the Cope was last modified: November 1st, 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)
BREAKING NEWS — The 49ers are pretty good this season.You knew that. But did you know why?The net passing yards per pass play metric, Gomer.Just as mountaineers have an innate desire to climb the next peak, just as sprinters train for months to shave a quarter-second off their time, just as barrel jumpers obsess over the 15th vessel… … so statisticians endeavor to prove what has been proven beyond all doubt in new, various and sundry manners.On Tuesday, Michael Salfino and …