After 366 days in 2013, we have begun a New Year. With barely five days into 2014, many citizens have already begun to expect more of the government this year.In every sector of government, Liberians want change and new ideas that will benefit their country and its economy.The Daily Observer’s reporter toured Monrovia yesterday to hear from citizens concerning their expectations from government in 2014. Unsurprisingly, everyone had different expectations.Moses Forkpah, a resident of the Fiamah Community in Sinkor, said that this 2014, government should pay more attention to the financial sector. Mr. Forkpah called on them to see how banking institutions can be improved in the services they render to the public.“The Banking sector in Liberia is very important, so the kind of services rendered should be up to international standards because there will always be guest in the country and they cannot be inconvenienced,” he explained.“Over the years, the financial sector of Liberia has improved tremendously, but more has to be done. Our Bankers need more education on how to deal with customers and clients as well,” Mr. Forkpah said.He also said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf should take bold steps in the reduction of corruption, adding that the President and her colleagues should also take a more detailed look at concession agreements.“It would also be in the country’s interest if the President encourages more investors in the country because if they come to Liberia, there would be other responsibilities given to them. When I say responsibilities, I mean they would help improve other areas the county is still struggling with. Areas like water, health, electricity and employment,” Mr. Forkpah concluded.Mrs. Beatrice Holt, a resident of the Old Road Community, said the government has to put in place more policies to combat the high rate of teenage pregnancy.She said teenage pregnancy in Liberia remains a serious issue that has hampered the improvement and well-being of the nation’s young girls“Our young girls these days are ruining their future for no reason. This is bad for our country. These young girls could be future leaders and decision makers; that is why they have to be protected and educated on what is right and how they should lead a healthy life,” Mrs. Holt asserted.The Gender Ministry has done a lot to help these young women, but the minster needs to expand upon her good work and tackle the issue more aggressively. Women are important to every society and we cannot sit by and watch our young girls ruining their chances of becoming role models in the African setting,” she said.For his part, Mr. Chucks Chosen, owner of the Chucks Chosen Business Center on Carey Street said if Liberians want a changed society, Liberians must look up to God first.He said Liberians must learn to accept that without the help of God, Liberia will not experience a change in this New Year.However, he noted the Government of Liberia should improve on its education system because it is through education Liberia will have good leaders for the future.‘This Government should see how it can implement better policies to improve the education system. Teachers should be paid their proper salaries, and students should be given the necessary items needed for successful learning,” Mr. Chosen explained.We also spoke with Mrs. Watchen Bruce, the Chief of Party of the International Executive Services Corps (IESC), who said she would like to see the government working in close relationship with private sector in 2014.She said that with such a partnership the private sector would be able to achieve its intended goals.“Since IESC’s work is to help expand businesses across the country, we want to collaborate with government to improve access to finance. We also want to build the capacity of business owners,” Mrs. Bruce detailed.“We want to help people know how to maintain their businesses and get steady profits so they can witness a physical manifestation of their achievements. This is being achieved through a program called Investing for Business Expansion sponsored by USAID. Closer partnership with government is very important to these kinds of initiatives,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
And what a setting to start off their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaign when they line up at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Sunday to host Mathare United in what will be the stadium’s first top flight league match in close to four years.“It is such a huge dream for us on Sunday to finally play our first league match. It has been a long time coming and finally the chance is here. We have prepared very well though the pre-season period has been short, but I feel we are ready for the KPL,” Manoah, himself with vast coaching experience said.Manoah understands his players might have the urge to make an impression at home, but says he has calmed their nerves telling them to take it a step at a time and ensure they play to the best of their ability.Vihiga United head coach Edward manoah during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“Our first game is at home and that can be very tricky. The fans will come out in their droves to support us and the players will definitely want to make an impression. Sometimes this might force them to have lots of nerves which are not necessary,” the coach said.“I have talked to them and instructed them to take it easy and play like a normal game. We are playing a tough team (Mathare United) and we can’t afford to have mistakes. We should not get over-excited as well,” the tactician further states.Vihiga have brought in relatively new faces in their January transfer business with the exception of Andrew Murunga who has a vast experience in the KPL ranging from Tusker FC, KCB the defunct Karuturi Sports and Ushuru.The club has also acquired the services of Ugandan defender Jonathan ‘Dante’ Mugabi who was released from Sofapaka.“I am quite pleased with the squad that we have and the new players brought in. We have a very good balance and I don’t have a doubt they will do the work for us,” added the coach.Vihiga United midfielder Charles Okwemba vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Boniface Muchiri during a GOtv Shield quarter final clash at the Nyayo Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaManoah says his side’s primary priority as they start life in the top flight will be to retain that status and not necessarily pressure themselves into higher targets.“We have worked so hard to get here and it wouldn’t be justice to all the people who have put in work is we return to the NSL after one season. We want to be realistic with our targets; our aim is to remain in the league and that is what we are working on,” Manoah added.“I don’t want to put pressure on these young boys. The only thing I have asked of them is to give 100 percent in all the matches. We also hope to start well and pick as many wins as possible in the first leg to avoid fighting off to stay afloat late in the season,” the tactician further opined.The Western Kenya based side last season showed that they can handle KPL opposition, dumping out defending champions Tusker FC from the GOtv Shield with a 2-0 win in the quarter finals and narrowly losing 1-0 to eventual champions AFC Leopards in the semi finals.Vihiga United new signings:Michael Isabwa (Kariobangi Sharks), Andrew Murunga (On loan from Kakamega Homeboyz), Geofrey Oputi, Vincent Wonder (Palos FC), Ali Kesi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Fernandez Tera (FC Talanta), Jonathan Mugabi (Sofapaka), Victor Ayugi (KCB), William Oricho (Kibera Black Stars), Wycliffe Kabaji, Vincent Kagasi, Daudi Saisi (Unattached).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Charles Okwemba celebrates with teammates after scoring one of the two Vihiga United goals in a GOtv Shield Quarter final clash against defending champions Tusker FC on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 2- After three straight seasons of ‘very near yet so far away’, Vihiga United finally achieved their dream of playing in the top flight having topped last season’s National Super League to earn automatic promotion.As they prepare to make a bow and take their place on Kenya’s golden football table, head coach Edward Manoah says the team is under no pressure to make an impression.
The big chief from Kerry might be a little outnumbered by these Donegal fans from Stranorlar!These young residents of Tircallen, Stranorlar have got together to show their support to two Donegal teams by kitting out the end of their lane. And even their friend Big Sitting Bull is getting in on the act.It can be seen on the road just after Kilross on the way to Stranorlar. What can we say – the GAA spirit at its best! COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: YOUNG FANS TAKE NO ‘BULL’ IN STRANORLAR! was last modified: September 16th, 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:donegalGAAStranorlar
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “The slowdown in November will give builders an opportunity to clear out standing inventory,” he said. Multifamily starts jumped 34.1 percent from October to 4,616 permits, but activity was off 36.1 percent from a year ago. The report also showed that: In the Los Angeles/Long Beach area, builders were issued 851 single-family permits, down 19.2 percent from a year ago and up 3.3 percent from October. Permits were issued for 1,471 multifamily units, down 25.7 percent from a year ago and up 35.1 percent from October. For the year’s first 11 months, 23,510 residential permits have been issued, 1.4 percent fewer than a year ago. New home construction activity in California during November nearly matched its 2004 level, and while it took a big drop from October, this year should end up just as robust as the last, an industry tracker said Tuesday. Sinking affordability, rising construction materials costs and workers being drawn to the Gulf Coast resurrection effort could impact the state’s home-building sector next year. Last month, builders pulled 14,021 permits for houses and apartment and condominium units, 23.6 percent fewer than a year ago and 5.3 percent under October’s level, said the Sacramento-based California Building Industry Association. In November, builders were issued 9,405 permits for single-family homes, down 18 percent from last year and down 17.2 percent from last month. Nevin notes that in the year’s first 11 months, permits were issued for 145,119 single-family houses, about 5,000 more than a year ago. The Inland Empire continues to be the state’s strongest home-building area. So far this year, there have been 47,308 housing permits issued in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, down an annual 2.2 percent. Robert Rivinius, the association’s president and chief executive officer, said that while production has been strong over the past several years, it hasn’t caught up with demand. And he’s concerned that low affordability rates in most communities will further limit new construction. Rivinius said it is time for the Legislature and local agencies to come up with plans to reduce fees. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., agrees. Builders in the Inland Empire face “onerous” fees, he said, and those in some of the outlying areas of the county sometimes are confronted by anti-development groups. “You are at the point where affordability is a problem,” Kyser said. “We’ve had enough conferences. It’s time to get down to the business of solving it.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 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!
Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University men’s basketball head coach Darian DeVries has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.Joining the Bulldogs for the 2019-20 season will be Nate Ferguson, Issa Samake and Joseph Yesufu.Ferguson is a 6-foot-7 forward from Lemont, Ill., Yesufu is a 6-foot guard from Bolingbrook, Ill., and Samake is a 6-foot-7 forward currently enrolled at nearby Grand View Christian.Samake, who is originally from the African nation of Mali, led Grand View Christian to the Iowa 1A state championship last year while averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. “We love Issa! He is a terrific young man who is just scratching the surface of his basketball abilities,” DeVries said of Samake. “He is a local guy that our community will enjoy watching grow over the years within our program. Issa is the definition of a ‘flip-up’ guy. As a guard, you can flip the ball up anywhere close to the rim and he will be able to get it and throw it down. He will be able to add much excitement to our offense with his athleticism and help improve our defense as well.”Ferguson averaged 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season at Lemont High School while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three-point range. He helped his team finish with a 19-9 record to earn conference runner-up and IHSA Class 4A Regional finalist honors. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Nate join us,” DeVries said. “He is a guy that can impact our team in multiple ways both offensively and defensively. He has great instincts on defense regarding being in the right position to make plays; and offensively, from being a great passer to the ability to knock down shots. He has a versatile skill set that will hurt defenses in more ways than one. The Ferguson’s have a history of Bulldogs within their family, and we are glad they decided to add one more!”Yesufu posted 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season to help Bolingbrook High School win 22 games.”Joe is an outstanding young man who comes from a great program at Bolingbrook High School under Coach Rob Brost, who has coached multiple Division I players,” DeVries said. “He has a skill set that extends beyond the basketball floor. He is an incredibly hard worker, unselfish, disciplined, tough, and a winner. He is an incredibly humble young man and we are excited to add someone to our program who embodies those intangibles day in and day out. On the floor, he will be a great addition to our backcourt. He is a great ball handler and can make shots. Joe is the best of both worlds from a basketball and a team culture perspective.”
There are great celebrations at Lough Eske Castle this week after the CARA Organic Beauty Spa was named as Ulster’s Spa of the Year 2019.The award was announced at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards, which was attended by CARA Organic Beauty Spa Manager Haley O’Neill and Spa Therapist Caitriona O’Donnell, who accepted the prize on behalf of the whole talented team. Established in 2009, the Irish Tatler Spa Awards represent the highest national accolade for Ireland’s best spa and wellness destinations. The Irish Tatler Spa Awards set industry benchmarks in quality, aiming to encourage and celebrate excellence in Irish spa services and treatments.The Lough Eske Castle CARA Organic Beauty SpaDónal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle said “We are absolutely delighted for Haley, Caitriona and all the team here at CARA Organic Beauty Spa. “To receive an award like this is a great accolade and a result of the team’s hard work and devotion to all of our guests at CARA Organic Beauty Spa. The spa team work tirelessly to provide our guests with the best treatments and service possible, this great care and attention has been a major contribution to our continued success at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards.”The Thermal Suite at Lough Eske Castle Delight as Lough Eske Castle Spa is named Best in Ulster was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardscara organic beautyLough Eske CastleSpa
Youth development is a key area to ensure South Africa’s socio-economic wellbeing; to this end the Fountain of Youth is helping underprivileged youth to prepare themselves to take the reins.Their motto is “Cultivating seeds of the future – they shall blossom to bear new seeds for the future.”Fountain of Youth, or foYU, aims to provide young people with skills necessary to shape their own futures and that of our countryBy designing and implementing projects and programmes that focus on youth skills development, entrepreneurship, career guidance, crime prevention and health awareness Fountain of Youth, or foYU, aims to provide young people with skills necessary to shape their own futures and that of our country.Matome Mahasha, founder and managing member of the Gauteng-based Fountain of Youth says: “Because I had the experience of using education as the key to my own success, I wanted to share this experience with other less fortunate kids so that they can know that there are Black South Africans who have been able to get ahead in life … because of striving for excellence and disciplining themselves to achieve well academically.”The organisation is volunteer-driven, recruiting and training people in Galeshewe township near Kimberley in the Northern Cape as wel as Soweto in Gauteng. It reaches out to ex-convicts and unemployed skilled craftsmen and women to participate in their arts and crafts job creation project.Fountain of Youth also looks to build awareness of issues such as human rights for youths with disabilities, environmental issues, water literacy and Ubuntu, an Nguni concept meaning humanity or kindness to fellow humans. This is a key value the organisation hopes to instil in the young people it mentors.YOUTH PROGRAMMES“Since the establishment of Fountain of Youth, the organisation has put together at least nine main programmes,” says Mahasha. “The first programme was kickstarted in June 2011 during the youth month in Galeshewe.”The Amandla Awethu young women development and empowerment programme empowers young women to improve their status in societyAmong the programmes is a Reunification of Homeless Children and Youth initiative, which looks at counselling homeless children and their reintegration into society, after-school support and support for affected families.The Youth Skills Development and Career Preparedness programme features career expos and career guidance activities, and skills development and training workshops to prepare young people for success.The crime prevention programme works at reducing youth involvement in crime by empowering them to generate their own income.The programme includes a Youth Against Crime forum, a youth community work initiative, and an ex-offenders’ reintegration programme featuring entrepreneurship training.Fountain of Youth’s entrepreneurship programme provides small business mentorship. The programme arms ambitious young people with business skills to kick start their own ventures.The Amandla Awethu young women development and empowerment programme empowers young women to improve their status in society. Initiatives like the Young Mothers Development and Empowerment are aimed at helping young mothers provide for and take proper care of their children and improve their living standards.YOUTH PROJECTSThe Vulnerable Children, Youth and Family Services project offers household assessments and empowers parents with skills to provide for their families.Other projects focus on sports, arts, and culture to persuade young people to live longer, healthier lives.Amandla Awethu Future Leaders & Achiever club was initiated by Fountain of Youth’s Youth Leadership project. It mentors promising youngsters for leadership positions, and to practise successful peer networking.Through their Local Economic Development Youth Support programme the organisation bridges the gap between employable youth and government departments and companies offering jobs.The organisation is volunteer-driven, recruiting and training people in Galeshewe township near Kimberley in the Northern Cape as wel as Soweto in Gauteng“The organisation has aligned a substantial number of its activities and works to those of all spheres of government and is committed to collaborating with civil society organisations from different sectors in order to promote sustainability, lifelong learning and the spirit of the civil society movement,” says Mahasha.He adds: “Although I have been involved in development work for over 10 years, being part of an organically embryonic organisation such as Fountain of Youth NPO has brought as much fulfilment to my life as all those we encounter.”FINDING FUNDING“Fountain of Youth NPO presently does not receive any donor funding although numerous solicited proposals were submitted with no immediate success,” says Mahasha.The organisation urges all donors or philanthropists to sponsor some of the children from Soweto who benefit from the work of the foundation.For details on how to donate or sponsor these children, you can visit the organisation’s support-us page on their website or call them on +27(0)74 107 4585.
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Nothing we have ever built can ply water as efficiently as the humble jellyfish. This video shows the pressure systems created with each of its thrusts, with vortices of low pressure (blue) rolling from the front of its bell-shaped body that meet up with the bulge of high pressure (red) that forms behind it. This pressure gradient pulls the jellyfish through the water with little exertion. Research on jellyfish propulsion over the past 2 years revealed a key design feature that makes this translucent beast so efficient: bendiness. (This was confirmed by building robotic jellyfish—the bendy models left the stiff ones behind.) But are jellyfish the only animals to have discovered the magic of bendiness? A new study examined the propulsive limbs of 59 animal species, from the flukes of killer whales and the wings of moths and bats to the winglike feet of sea slugs. Not only is bendiness ubiquitous, but it is finely tuned. No matter if a creature lives in air or water, whether it propels itself with skin, feather, or gelatinous flaps, the propulsive limbs of all animals seem to have the same bendy design constraint: About one-third of the length of the structure flexes during steady motion, and the bending angle ranges from 15° to 40°. This narrow “morphospace,” described online this week in Nature Communications, can’t be the result of shared genes. The same solution was reinvented countless times. Instead, the finely tuned bendiness of fins and wings is just good design, discovered again and again by evolution. Being stiff is literally a drag.
Olivier Giroud’s first goal under Maurizio Sarri sealed Chelsea’s progression to the Europa League knockout rounds with a 1-0 win at BATE on Wednesday.France striker Giroud headed in Emerson Palmieri’s cross in the 52nd minute to decide a tentative contest and break his club drought dating back to May.BATE, who hit the woodwork three times, would have been deserving of a point, but will now seek to revive their hopes in their next meeting with Vidi, who edged PAOK 1-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That result means the Blues, having racked up a fifth successive competitive victory, must wait until the Greek side’s visit later this month to confirm top spot in Group L..@_OlivierGiroud_ #BATEvCFC pic.twitter.com/GhY786y8uC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 8, 2018Two goals down inside eight minutes at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, BATE were unfortunate not to be ahead early on home soil as Dmitri Baga crashed a long-range shot against the post.Chelsea soon settled into a dominant share of possession without ever looking like making the breakthrough before half-time.Giroud had fleetingly threatened with one header before the break and it was in similar circumstances that he opened the scoring, convincingly meeting Emerson’s cross at the near post.Only another moment of misfortune prevented BATE from responding quickly, with Nikolai Signevich’s close-range effort coming back off the underside of the crossbar, before an unmarked Aleksey Rios skied an even more promising opening.Eden Hazard was withdrawn just after the hour and with him went the last of Chelsea’s minimal attacking verve as they settled for an uninspiring, albeit important, 1-0 victory after the upright denied substitute Evgeni Berezkin.3 – This is the first time Chelsea have started three English players (Cahill, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek) in a European match since April 2014 vs Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (Cahill, Terry, Cole). Homegrown. #BATEvCFC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2018What does it mean? Scoring confidence for Chelsea strikersBlues boss Sarri suddenly has competition for his centre-forward spot with Giroud following the lead set by Alvaro Morata against Crystal Palace and finally finding form in front of goal.794 – Olivier Giroud’s goal for Chelsea was his first in 794 minutes of action for the club, since netting against Liverpool in May. Relief. #batche #EuropaLeague— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2018Emerson provides amid short supply of opportunitiesIn a match of few clear-cut chances, Emerson’s wicked delivery from the left for Giroud’s winner stood out as a moment of overdue quality.Loftus-Cheek a let downIt may be a case of two steps forward and one back for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who struggled to make any kind of impression on the match despite his team’s wealth of possession, marking a stark contrast to his hat-trick heroism in the reverse fixture. Key Opta Facts- BATE have lost on each of the three occasions they have hosted an English side in Europe.- Chelsea have won four consecutive games in European competition for the first time since April 2012, when they went on to win the Champions League.- Maurizio Sarri has won all 10 of his Europa League group-stage games as a manager, with his sides scoring 28 goals while conceding just four in return.Three Englishmen started for Chelsea against BATE (Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill, Ruben Loftus-Cheek), the most for the Blues in European competition since April 2014 versus Atletico Madrid (Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Terry).- Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea since netting against Liverpool in May – he had gone 14 games, 793 minutes and 24 shots without scoring.What’s next?Chelsea host an improving Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, while BATE have a break before next weekend’s clash with FK Gorodeya in the Belarusian Cup. read more