The Government of Liberia has declared Wednesday, March 11 as the National Decoration Day, and is to be observed throughout Liberia.In a proclamation, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said it is befitting that a day is set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead who have lived and died in the interest of the Liberian nation, thereby keeping ever alive their deeds and invaluable contributions to society and the state for onward march to progress.The President through the Foreign Ministry said the Legislature of the Republic of Liberia realized that such an important event in the history of the nation should be constantly kept in the minds of citizens of the land to inspire them to larger measures of service and patriotism.By that, the statement of proclamation notes that on October 24, 1916, the Legislature approved an act declaring the second Wednesday of March in each year as Decoration Day to be observed as a national holiday.By virtue of the authority vested in her as President of the country, President Sirleaf declared the day as a national holiday to be observed throughout the country, ordering the flag to be flown at half-mast from all public buildings, military camps and private residences from 12:01 to 5:30 post meridian.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Aagon F. Tingban has expressed satisfaction with the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) graduating about 70 percent of students from the Science and Agriculture department.Minister Tingban made the disclosure on Saturday, December 12, as the Nimba County Community College graduated 167 students with Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in 14 disciplines from three departments, including Business and Public Administration, Liberal Arts, Social Science, and Science and Agriculture.The ceremony was the college’s first commencement convocation since it was established on September 19, 2010.Observing that many universities and colleges around the country graduate more students in business disciplines as compared to the sciences, Min. Tingban described as “impressive” the fact that NCCC students showed more interest in the Science and Agriculture College. With many agricultural activities ongoing in Nimba, including the cultivation of vegetables and other cash crops as well as tree crops, many students admitted that they see better employment opportunities in the agric sector once they graduate, especially coming from what many described as a ‘well-equipped’ training program at NCCC. In October this year, USAID Food and Enterprise Development program inaugurated a modern science laboratory at NCCC, as was done with several other County Community Colleges around the country recently. The laboratory has no doubt enhanced the capacity of the NCCC’s agriculture department. The President of NCCC, Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway Gono, boasted about her students’ performances, adding that student population has grown from 438 in 2011 to 1388 in 2015.Meanwhile, Minister Tingban said, in order to revamp the education sector by taking it from ‘mess to best,’ the Ministry needs about US$200 million. According to him, the Ministry of Education has nine major priorities to tackle and, in order to tackle those priorities; they will need about US$200m.He outlined some of the challenges as shortage of trained teachers, the lack of enough textbooks, school chairs and desks, revamping early childhood education and girls’ education, among others.He said if the money were available, the Ministry will be in the position to train more teachers, fund girls and early childhood education, build more infrastructures and equip them by creating better learning atmosphere for the students.This first graduation was dubbed, “Kwaa Dorlea” which means “let’s go ahead,” in Dahn/Mano. The occasion brought together an array of government officials headed by Vice President Joseph Boakai, who served as the keynote speaker and several other high profile academics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An early morning fire at Wisroc, Linden on Thursday has left a family of six homeless. The fire started shortly after midnight, inside the three-bedroom, one-storied concrete home, which Dwayne Fraser shared with his wife and four children. The visibly distraught Fraser told this publication he was not at home when the fire started. He explained that his wife and children were at home, and upon his returning shortly after midnight, came face-to-face with the tragedy. Fraser said that at the time only one of the rooms was on fire. He said it is unclear if that is where it started. “When I got home like quarter past, the fire was already in them children room and it was dark. I barely got home in time to save them because they were trapped inside the room.”The badly damaged house in which the Fraser’s residedAn adjoining shop where the family sold meat was also damaged; however, they managed to salvage several of the freezers, which were pulled from the blaze.Fraser explained that he took his wife and children to the Linden Hospital Complex where they were observed and discharged; they sustained no major injuries. The man further related that the family is now unsure where they would be staying since they only managed to escape with the clothes on their backs.His mother who owns the home resides overseas and was given the sad news by Fraser on Thursday. He explained that while it is not news that anyone would welcome, he encouraged her to be strong.By the time the Linden Fire Station responded the house was already burnt.Fraser has estimated his losses in the millions.
0Shares0000KINGSTON UPON HULL, December 25 – Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that his squad are ready for the rigours of the festive period as they prepare for Thursday’s Premier League trip to Hull City.After suffering consecutive home defeats against Everton and Newcastle, United have improved with a run of four wins in three different competitions. They now face back-to-back away matches after Christmas, with a trip to Norwich City following their game at the KC Stadium.United then host Tottenham Hotspur on January 1, but although Moyes acknowledges that the schedule is not ideal, he is growing in confidence about his group’s ability to cope.“Away games are always much harder than the home games and you have to make sure that we go and do the job right,” said the Scot, whose side approach Thursday’s game in eighth place in the table.“We’ve done the job quite well away from home this season so far, so we’ll try to keep it going, keep the away form up and hopefully pick up some points.“It’s felt like we’ve had to use the squad over the last month as well and we’ve had it most of the season.“But everyone at United is used to it. We look forward to the games and we’ve got a big squad and they’ll all be used over this period.”Moyes has hinted that Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick could return from respective thigh and Achilles problems over the festive period.Captain Nemanja Vidic has also recovered from illness and a calf problem, while striker Danny Welbeck is fit despite suffering a knock to his knee in the 3-1 win over West Ham United at the weekend.However, midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be out for six weeks following surgery to his wrist.Hull have only conceded three goals in their eight home matches and Moyes will not be taking Steve Bruce’s side lightly as a result.“That’s a great record for Hull. You’ve either got to score plenty of goals or not concede goals — it’s one or the other,” he said.“I’m sure for Steve, if they’ve got a good base and they’re hard to beat it’s something you can build on and hope you get the odd goal that wins you the games. It’ll be a tough game.”Bruce believes it is only a matter of time before United become a force to be feared under Moyes.United have struggled for consistency in the first half of their first season without Alex Ferguson at the helm, but the former United captain says that that was always to be expected.“It would have been difficult, whoever had taken over,” Bruce said.“Sir Alex must be in every closet, behind every door you open. Whoever had taken over would’ve have needed a bit of time.“Thankfully, they’ve shown what kind of club they are, giving David a six-year-deal.“They will give him time and rightly so. It is never easy to follow somebody like Sir Alex, with the record he’s got.”Bruce, who won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups during nine years at Old Trafford, said he was pleased to see former Everton manager Moyes given the chance to take charge of the defending champions.“He’s an outstanding manager, David, and it’s just a matter of time before things click into place,” said the Hull coach.“He’ll have to put his own stamp on it, like anyone in management. You need your own stamp on things.“He’s proved over the years what a good manager he is. He’s a football man and all of us in the game, us British ones at least, are delighted the big, top job has gone to somebody like David, because he deserves it.”Bruce is expected to keep faith with the same team that started in Hull’s last three games — 1-1 draws at West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City, either side of a 0-0 draw at home to Stoke City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Maradona, 53, says Oliva stole hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of watches, diamond earrings and other jewelry from him in Dubai, where he works as a sports promoter and where they lived together on Palm Jumeirah, a palm tree-shaped artificial island.Oliva denies the charges and accuses Maradona of hitting her.She was arrested late Wednesday at Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires after the United Arab Emirates issued a warrant for her.The pair were spotted in Rio de Janeiro last month, where according to gossip magazines they tried unsuccessfully to patch things up.Oliva, who is herself a footballer in Buenos Aires, said Maradona had paid for her to travel to Rio and meet him “because he loves me.”Maradona for his part said Oliva had cheated on him as well as stolen from him, and called on her to return his property.“If she returns my things, the problem’s over,” he told TV program Intrusos.Otherwise Oliva will face “consequences,” he vowed, saying they had been fighting over the matter for five months.The United Arab Emirates, where Maradona pressed charges against Oliva, does not have an extradition treaty with Argentina, said her lawyer, Jose Vera.He called the threat of extradition “extraordinary” given the nature of the charges and blamed his client’s dramatic arrest on “the high profile of the accuser.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BUENOS AIRES, July 18- Diego Maradona’s ex-girlfriend said the football legend had set a trap for her, denying she stole jewelry from his Dubai mansion as an Argentine court released her on bail.“Maradona set me up. He knows I didn’t take anything from him,” 22-year-old Rocio Oliva said with a broken voice as she left the Buenos Aires courthouse where a judge granted her conditional release after formally charging her for theft.
With support from the business community and housing advocates, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to put a $1 billion bond measure on the Nov. 7 ballot to fund construction of affordable rental housing and help first-time homebuyers. The bond measure joins a list of 13 measures already on the state ballot, including a $2.85 billion state housing bond request. City leaders are also considering putting a $1.5 billion bond measure on the ballot to pay for street paving. If the city housing bond issue is approved by 66 percent of voters, Los Angeles property owners would pay an average of $15 per year per $100,000 assessed value, or $45 annually for a house valued at $300,000. “For the price of a Frappuccino per month, we can turn the tide of traffic, pollution and housing,” said Council President Eric Garcetti, who has led the effort for the housing bond measure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Every 20 cents we put in produces a dollar, so it’s a great investment.” Business groups, homeless advocates, unions and developers have lined up to support the bond issue, saying the lack of affordable housing has impacted all areas of the city – from the poorest residents who can’t find reasonable rentals to companies whose workers leave the region because they can’t afford to buy a home. “As a lack of work force housing is impacting our communities, companies are not willing to locate or expand in Los Angeles, nor are they able to retain employees because of this deficiency,” said Michelle Garakian, assistant director of program and policy with the Los Angeles Business Council. The groups argue the high cost of land and construction material makes it virtually impossible to build affordable housing without some public assistance. Already the Homes for L.A. Families campaign has raised more than $600,000 from businesses, developers and unions, and expects to raise $3 million for outreach and television ads. L.A. is among the few cities that have attempted a housing bond measure. San Francisco voters narrowly defeated a proposed $200 million affordable housing bond issue there in 2004. City voters have generally supported bond measures, approving nine since 1989 to raise money for public libraries, police and fire stations and the zoo. Property owners now pay around $51 per year $100,000 assessed property value on their taxes to fund those city bonds, or roughly $154 for a house valued at $300,000. Together with property taxes, bonds for school construction, community colleges, flood control and water improvements, city property owners pay about $1,155 per $100,000 in assessed property value. The $1 billion housing bond would be split this way: $250 million to provide rental housing for the formerly homeless and residents earning less than $20,800 annually for a family of four. $350 million to provide rental housing for residents earning less than $55,450 annually for a family of four. $250 million to provide first-time home buyers assistance to families earning less than $104,000 a year for a family of four. The rest would be spent according to a work plan established by a citizen and administrative oversight committees. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LOS Angeles City Council members know that they’ve got an uphill battle convincing voters to give them an extra term in office. That must be why they’ve resorted to lying in campaign mailers. Proposition R, the dishonest ads say, is a solution to City Hall’s dirty politics, rather than an example of them. Indeed, to hear Proposition R supporters tell it, putting half-baked restrictions on lobbyists alone will clean up the sleazy practices of the city’s politicians and end the pay-to-play corruption that infects City Hall. The proposition’s backers go so far as to claim that limiting council members to three four-year terms will make sure “that no one can serve for life.” This is patently false; council members are limited to two terms right now so they can’t serve for life. They all know better, and the best Sonenshein can do is argue the ads don’t seem “way out of line” compared to the level of deceit practiced in some elections today. What a recommendation! If the council truly wanted to clean up city politics, a better reform might be one that requires truth in political advertising. But that’s unlikely to happen, considering that the truth isn’t on the side of these politicians. In this case, a true advertisement would expose the dishonesty behind Proposition R, showing that it’s nothing more than a con by those who want to hold on to their fat paychecks and cushy jobs. And that’s no lie.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system It gets worse. The mailers also invoke the recent scandals surrounding the Fleishman-Hillard public relations firm’s overcharging of the Department of Water and Power, indicating this couldn’t have happened under Proposition R. Again, not true. The change in ethics reform doesn’t address this type of contracting, just lobbyists. And ethics experts say that the so-called reforms actually would weaken current ethics laws designed to limit lobbyists’ influence. That’s why City Controller Laura Chick asked for her name – used without permission – to be taken off the mailers, and decided to come out strongly against Proposition R. It’s a sad commentary on the state of politics today that such reputable people as former Mayor Dick Riordan, the head of L.A.’s League of Women Voters and political science professor Raphael Sonenshein not only endorse this proposition but defend the advertisements trampling on the truth.
According to Washington County Sheriff Roger Newlon, several officers responded to a medical call at 108 South Fair Street on Sunday night.Two 13-year-old boys were found unresponsive and transported to the St. Vincent Salem hospital.It was suspected drug use was involved and police obtained a search warrant for the home.Salem Police Detective Scott Ratts said Officer Tim Miller is still investigating the incident.Newlon said information obtained at the scene during the search led police to locate Logan Miller, who was wanted for a probation violation.“While we were finishing up [on Fair Street] we received information [Miller] was possibly at Cobblestone Hotel,” said Newlon. “We found out he had been staying there for the past few days. They had switched vehicles and we received information and we went to arrest Logan.”Newlon said police arrived at the Cobblestone Hotel about 12:30a Monday.“Miller apparently saw us pulling in and slipped upstairs,” said Newlon. “We located him upstairs and arrested him.”Newlon said his sister was spotted coming out of a room at which time police discovered items that could be used to make Meth and other drugs.Newlon said Pekin Town Marshall Jeff Thomas and the City of Salem Police Department assisted. Abell is being held on a $1400 cash bond and was charged with a B Misdemeanor, visiting a common nuisance; an A Misdemeanor; possession of a synthetic drug; and an A Misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance. Logan Miller is in jail on a $3900 cash bond and was charged with a violation of probation, which was the original warrant.He was also charged with an A Misdemeanor, possession of a synthetic drug; a D Misdemeanor, visiting a common nuisance; an A Misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance and a Level 6 Felony, possession of manufacturing paraphernalia.Lauren Miller is being held on a $5500 cash bond and is charged with a Level 6 Felony, maintaining a common nuisance; an A Misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance, a Level 6 Felony, possession of a syringe, an A Misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia; an A Misdemeanor possession of a synthetic drug. Information obtained during a search warrant Sunday night led to the arrest of three Salem residents who were in possession of drugs while renting a room at the Cobblestone Hotel on Salem’s east side.Logan Miller, 24; his sister, Lauren Miller, 26 and Ethan Abell, 20, all of Salem were arrested early Monday morning and booked into the Washington County Jail on a variety of drug-related charges.
A business student who used a sophisticated device to over-ride a credit card machine to steal €2,550 worth of clothing has been jailed for four months.Raphael Momoh pleaded guilty under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act to stealing the clothing from Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny. The 28-year-old father-of-three was caught by Gardai after a sophisticated investigation tracked down Momoh and other men.Letterkenny District Court was told that Momoh placed his mobile phone beside a credit card machine when making the transactions.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison explained how an APP on the phone instructed the credit card machine to authorise a signature payment for the goods.Two transactions, one for €1,307.50 on July 11th, 2018 and another for €1,250 the following day on July 12th were made using various credit cards.On July 12th a staff member from Evolve Menswear contacted Garda to say a fraud had taken place and CCTV footage was viewed.Evolve MenswearThe suspects, including Momoh were identified and a search was launched for the men.An operation was put in place and the men’s car was identified in Creeslough and the men were arrested.Most of the clothing was recovered in the car as well as a number of payment cards.The court was told that Momoh admitted using bitcoin to purchase the fraudulent credit card numbers online.Barrister for Momoh, of Fitzwilliam Crescent, Tallaght in Dublin, Mr Patrick O’Sullivan, said his client held his hands up to the crime form the start.Although born in London, Momoh has been living in Ireland since he was 10 and works on an irregular basis in office administration.He had enrolled to undertake a degree in business and psychology and is hoping to take up that course soon.“He is certainly not going to put himself in a situation where he is going to get involved in something like this again. His time away from home and from his children has been difficult for him,” said Mr O’Sullivan.Judge Paul Kelly said this was a hugely sophisticated and well-organised crime which left the shop with a considerable loss.“He was well aware of what he was doing and what he was getting himself into,” he added.He jailed Momoh for four months on each of the two charges to run concurrently and backdated the sentence to when the accused went into custody on July 4th last meaning he was free to go.Man who used credit card device to steal €2,550 of clothing is jailed was last modified: November 19th, 2018 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:courtdonegalevolve menswearfraudGardailetterkennyRaphael Momohtheft
Server virtualization is now a reality for most companies. 80 percent of companies report that they’ve virtualized more than 50 percent of all of their servers. And only 5 percent of companies report not having used virtualization at all. But, while server virtualization brings with it many benefits, it also brings along with it significant requirements for storage.Eric Burgener, VP Product Management at Virsto Software, said that “unexpectedly high storage costs have delayed or derailed virtualization projects more than any other single issue.”34 percent of organizations say that they totally underestimated the added costs related to storage that they would face after moving to server and desktop virtualization. Similarly, 28 percent of those organizations that built a private cloud deployment say that they also underestimated the additional storage that they’d require. Those are the results of a recent survey made by DataCore.The DataCore report also found that organizations that have adopted virtualization have had to increase their storage budgets. But even after that, they still continue to report significant problems related to storage, including performance, bottlenecks, downtimes, and business continuity. In fact, 32 percent say that their storage infrastructure is slowing down their system performance. 32 percent also say that their systems have gone down due to storage-related problems. 23 percent say that challenges around managing storage infrastructure has made it more difficult to execute on efforts to ensure business continuity.Another report by Quantum throws additional light on the problems IT shops are having with managing storage. 90 percent of organizations say that the introduction of virtualization has made the tasks of storage management and data backup more challenging. The Quantum report found that 41 percent of organizations using virtualization say that they are struggling with issues related to data growth. One quarter of companies find that it’s necessary to totally re-architect their storage infrastructure to support the demands of virtualization.