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‘Street Child Liberia’ Wants Local Support For Family Business Scheme

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Liberian business community is being asked to urgently provide financial and material assistance to Street Child Liberia in order to make an exceptional impact in its efforts to reduce poverty among the poor in the country.The appeal made by Street Child Liberia’s Program Director Michael John Bull, last Sunday, in Chocolate City, Gardnersville, when his organization delivered grants, totaling U$22, 610 to the parents of the 211 children in its program.Director Bull said the provision of the grant was part of Street Child of Liberia Family Business Scheme that provides financial assistance to parents to enable them provide sustenance for their children.“Once we have put the children in school,” Bull said, “our concern is how to sustain the family so that the child who was once on the street, does not return to the street, he said. “Therefore, through Street Child UK, Street Child Liberia is able to provide the funds, after the beneficiaries were carried through two days of [training in] what it entails to start and sustain a business.“So, we offer a business support program, the Family Business Scheme,” he said, “but to get majority of the poor to benefit from the program, the Liberian business community must show interest and support us.”He told the Daily Observer that these business opportunities are expected to create a secure and sustainable future for the child or children, whose parents are being supported.“If we can get this program funded by the local business community,” he said, “it will make a lasting impact on the effort to help poor parents keep their children in school.”Other ambitious projects, he said, include the support for 400 amputee children to whom Street Child Liberia would be providing prosthetics, along with medical care for their upkeep.“This involves children who have suffered amputation,” Bull said. “The amputation could have come through any other means.”He said Street Child Liberia will sponsor more than 400 street children in school after uniting them with their parents.last_img read more

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11 In, 6 Out

first_imgLiberia’s former football giant, LISCR FC, has hired two new technical staff – head and deputy coaches in preparation for the new season.LISCR FC has also signed up 10 players to complete the difficult puzzle of maintaining its morale in the top flight as well as building a winning team for the 2014/2015 LFA League.According to LSCR FC ‘s media officer, Numennie Williams, the team has hired former Monrovia Breweries manager, Francis Sarploh as head coach, replacing Gabriel Johns and its former administrative manager and interim head coach Zayzay Kollie as the Deputy Coach.“Getting Sarploh is a real takeover for LISCR,” said the team’s public relations officer. “Sarploh approaches coaching with an added passion and tenacity than what he did during his impressive career at the Breweries.”He added: “Deputy Coach Zayzay Kollie played in the top flight and ably served as interim head coach – he still has fantastic physique, fantastic technique, and a fantastic brain.”The Gardnersville based outfit has retained long serving physical trainer Prince Kolleh and one of their own, Cooper Fannah, as Administrative Manager.In an exclusive interview yesterday he said LISCR FC has signed up its former potent striker Dominic Jlateh from Red Lions including ex-Red Lion’s midfielder and defender Abraham Barshall and Grosso Sloboh.The Breweries’ gangling defender Blidi Jackson, midfielder Stephen Seamah of NPA Anchors and Mighty Blue Angels’ desperate striker Thomas Myers have also joined the Ship Boys.The remaining hired players include midfielder Allen Njie from 3rd division club Pepper FC as well as midfielders Terrance Jones (on loan from Gardnersville FC) including defenders Momo Kiadi and Lasannah Kanneh.The new signees are expected to blend with skipper Mohammed Varney, Carlos Sanney and others to unleash a successful spell.“Majority of the players we have signed are youthful and have a long way to go. We remain confident that they will give us what we need this season,” Numennie opined.Mr. Williams had divulged that Coach Sarploh would be officially revealed soon, including the 10 new signees.He disclosed that LISCR FC has dropped six players, with one been move down to Gardnersville FC.Players who contracts were expired and could not be extended include Farmolu Kamara, Savanus Morris, Titus Doemah, Momo Gorlafaley and Dominic Savage – while, Nicholus Zoe has been sent to its feeder team – Gardnersville FC.The Ship Boys, since 2011 has been faulty in the title race in any of the three LFA’s tournaments, — but still remain the 2nd most successful team in Liberia’s contemporary football with 8 trophies to show their efforts.Presently, FC BYC come sailing in as the most successful team two of the three competitions, winning the LFA League and the Super Cup thrice, but grasped the FA Cup (knockout) once. FC BYC’s feeder team – BYC II also won the FA Cup once.FC BYC followed by LISCR are the current football giants in the top flight not considering the likes of Barrolle, IE and the Liberia’s Black Star, which has been out of the title race 0 years old.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Animal Rights agencies conduct 1st neuter campaign

first_imgA volunteer with one of the animals that were treatedThe Rosewood Foundation Guyana in collaboration with the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) and Paws for a Cause on Sunday carried out the first ever neuter campaign for the year, which saw many animals being treated and spayed.Organised at Eccles, East Bank of Demerara (EBD), over 40 animals were vaccinated and given free post op medications. Persons were instructed to bring their pets to get them checked for any infections and to conduct a general check-up.Guyana Times was told that while volunteers would have led the operation, Veterinarian Dr Nardeo Bassoodeo was onsite to share his expertise. Many pet owners visited the location in the early morning hours to capitalise on the event.One woman explained that this activity provided accessible treatment for pets and should be continued in other communities.“It’s great. I got my two dogs checked out. They weren’t up for it at first but the guys there were really professional and knew what to do so if this can continue, it would be a good thing to have,” she stated.It was indicated that while this is the first venture of the year, Paws for a Cause is hoping to schedule such operations in other communities.This publication would have spoken to the founders of the organisation just a week ago, where it was posited that there is a great need for animal care and the eradication of abuse to pets and domesticated animals.One of the founders of Paws for a Cause, Marcia Tucker, had said that there are many cases of animal neglect across the coastland, to which the organisation was established to provide safer homes and better living conditions. Persons are advised to report cases of animal abuse to their foundation and intervention will be taken to assist these animals.last_img read more

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Advertisers come to ‘Kid Nation,’ but viewers are leaving

first_img“Kid Nation,” the CBS reality program that had trouble attracting advertisers because of early criticism of its kids-alone-in-the-desert premise, has nearly tripled its number of advertisers since the series premiere, though the audience has continued to shrink. In the program’s third episode, broadcast Wednesday, several marketers that had stayed away from the show bought advertising time, among them McDonald’s, PetSmart, Lysol and T-Mobile. Those spots increased the number of advertisers supporting the show to more than 20, up 60 percent from a week ago and nearly triple the number on the series premiere. As advertisers arrive, however, they are finding fewer viewers. According to estimates from Nielsen Media Research, the third episode of “Kid Nation” drew 7.4 million viewers, down from 7.6 million a week earlier and 9.4 million for the series premiere. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the crucial group for advertisers, the number of viewers fell to 3.2 million last week from 4 million in its debut. The lone bright spot in viewership has been among children. The number of 2- to 11-year-olds watching “Kid Nation” rose to an estimated 787,000 in the third week from 777,000 for the series premiere. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityA McDonald’s executive said Friday that the company had decided to advertise on the show after finding that its content fit the company’s family-friendly message. “We believe `Kid Nation’ brings families together and provides entertainment and a fun, shared experience for both children and parents,” Anja Carroll, director of media for McDonald’s USA, said in an e-mail message. Some of the advertising commitments were made before the show went on the air. A spokeswoman for PetSmart said it had agreed to buy its commercial time in the third episode in August, before the premiere. “Kid Nation” began drawing criticism from child advocates and causing jitters among advertisers well before the program arrived in September. The show takes 40 children, ages 8 to 15, and has them live in a New Mexico ghost town for 40 days without adult supervision, to see if they can build a working economy and society. But after taping of the show ended last spring, the mother of one girl who had participated complained to New Mexico state authorities about the living and working conditions and said several children had been injured on the set. CBS acknowledged that one girl had been burned on her face while cooking and that three children had accidentally drunk bleach from an unmarked soda bottle. The New Mexico attorney general’s office began an inquiry into whether the program had violated state child-labor laws. A spokesman for the attorney general said last week that the inquiry was continuing; CBS, which during the taping denied access to a state labor department inspector, said it had violated no laws. A CBS spokeswoman said Friday that the network “is pleased with the performance of the show.” No injuries have been shown on camera during “Kid Nation,” although there were some tense moments during the third episode when one child led a group that was harassing some obviously agitated cattle. The third episode also included some less-than-friendly behavior. CBS censors bleeped out a string of vulgar words shouted by Greg, the 15-year-old from Nevada who is one of the oldest participants, during an argument with some of the younger children.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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DONEGAL FAMILIES THANKED FOR ‘MAKING A CHANGE’

first_imgThe “Make 1 Change” Campaign launched in January this year was a huge success and had its Recognition Evening on Wednesday last.Make 1 Change, an initiative of the Parent Hub, Donegal asked parents in the county to make a New Year’s Resolution to do one thing differently with their children to add to the quality of family life. Over 160 families from all over Donegal returned their Resolution Slips which were entered in a free draw.Over thirty families committed to having a family movie night once a week with a similar number of families agreeing to go on a family walk once a week.Other changes families agreed to commit to included having a family board games night, enjoying more outdoor activities together, going swimming together, reading together, less shouting at home and pressing the “pause button” when needed. Helping each other more, reducing the use of TV and electronic devices and praying together also featured in the changes that families wanted to make.Families were invited to the Recognition evening where Mary Roche gave a very interesting talk on the use of Picture Story Books and Reading with children.The families were presented with their prizes which had been sponsored by the Cineplex, Letterkenny; Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Tearooms; Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey; The Eclipse Cinema, Bundoran; Surf and Turf, Bundoran; the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town; Leisureland, Redcastle and Arena 7, Letterkenny.Prize winners were the Meagher family, Ramelton; Tinney family, Letterkenny; Hegarty family, Letterkenny; Clarke family, Lifford; Mc Glinchey family, Raphoe; Mc Dermott family, Donegal Town; Mc Cracken family, St Johnston; Gallagher family, Churchill; Duffy family, Barnesmore; Magee family, Ballybofey; Ward family, Kerrykeel; Mc Dermott family, Mountcharles; Mc Shane Family, Kilcar; Mc Fadden family, Bunbeg and Mc Adoo family, Portsalon.The Parent Hub would like to congratulate all the prize winners and wish them well with the changes they have made to family life and indeed encourage all families who committed to making a change to keep it up.The Hub would also like to thank all the Sponsors and all the schools and community groups who distributed information about the Campaign.It is hoped to run a “Make 1 Change Campaign” again next year and to encourage all families throughout the county to get involved. DONEGAL FAMILIES THANKED FOR ‘MAKING A CHANGE’ was last modified: April 13th, 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:donegalMake A Changelast_img read more

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ACTORS JEREMY IRONS AND SINEAD CUSACK POP INTO GLENTIES MUSEUM

first_imgALL the political heads are in Glenties for the summer school.But no-one expected acting royalty.Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack popped into the town’s museum for a nosey. This hasn’t gone down too well in Ardara – where one local wag has insisted they were actually headed there….until they ran out of petrol! ACTORS JEREMY IRONS AND SINEAD CUSACK POP INTO GLENTIES MUSEUM was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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Council debates finance director

first_imgMONTEBELLO – New Montebello City Councilman Jeff Siccama wants to bring back the position of finance director, despite an estimated salary to the cash-strapped city ranging from $135,000 to $163,000 a year. At Wednesday’s regular meeting, Siccama requested the council’s support to re-create the position and bring the item back on the Feb. 8 agenda for a vote. But with a mid fiscal-year budget review scheduled for February by the finance department and treasurer, the council agreed to hold the item over until after they could evaluate the city’s financial situation. Siccama defended his idea against arguments from Councilmembers Rosie Vasquez and Bill Molinari that creating the position was an unnecessary expense. “The reason why is to raise revenue as far as investment is concerned and doing investment consultation,” Siccama said. “It’s like an internal audit or a policing of finances to see how the money has been used, to see where it went. We need fresh eyes in there.” The position was eliminated in 2000 amid a city reorganization as a way to save money, said City Administrator Richard Torres. Controller Michael Tam has been responsible for the same duties since, at a lower wage. “The job descriptions are virtually identical,” Torres said. “The requirements are the same. The only differences are that Tam isn’t a department head and he doesn’t have to attend City Council meetings. He reports to the director of administrative services, but the day-to-day job is the same.” Vasquez argued strongly against creating the position, saying an independent auditor already checks the city’s books every year. “According to the municipal code, it’s a duplication in services we don’t need,” Vasquez said. “I’m not sure what’s the purpose of this. There’s no difference in Tam’s job. “A director would be hired as a department head under the city administrator and basically it would be another layer of bureaucracy. The money for it would come from the general fund. It’s not budgeted.” Molinari said a record of the city’s financial activity is already available through the independent auditor. The city’s independently-elected treasurer acts as an internal auditor as well, he added. “If \ took a few months to look over the books, he’d see we have a record of where the money has been spent,” Molinari said. “When we eliminated the position, we eliminated the funding for it. “We’ve saved over $1 million since we got rid of the finance director. My question is, is this necessary when we have such serious budget constraints as we do?” According to Siccama, the city could find a finance director for closer to $120,000 with salary and benefits, rather than the estimated $135,000 to $163,000 range quoted by city staff. “It won’t cost the city that much,” Siccama said. “I’m not sure what Tam gets paid, but he’s really more of a watcher of money. What are his qualifications? “I just want to further enhance the city’s financial situation.” Torres, whose annual base wage is $125,000, said although the city had not yet performed a salary review, the salary quotes mentioned in the agenda were conservative estimates. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LGFA: ST EUNAN’S AND TERMON STARLETS ON TOP AT ULSTER U12 BLITZ

first_imgUP and coming girls’ footballers from Termon and St Eunan’s were tops in the Ulster Ladies Football Development Blitz at Garvaghey, Tyrone, on Saturday.The Donegal representatives defeated all the teams they met on the day – and drew with each other!  LGFA: ST EUNAN’S AND TERMON STARLETS ON TOP AT ULSTER U12 BLITZ was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:St EunansTermonU12 girlslast_img read more

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Jordan: Raiders need to shape up

first_img Quarterback Kerry Collins doesn’t expect things to change drastically without Moss, but he knows the Bills will play differently. Buffalo has one of the top defenses against the pass. That’s where Jordan comes in. He wants more carries, and made that clear this week. The only game Oakland won — 19-13 over Dallas on Oct. 2 — Jordan ran 26 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. He believes if he gets more touches, he can have similar performances every week. “I have said it before, 23 to 26 carries and I’ve gotten the job done,” Jordan said. “And if you look at our record, 1-4, our one victory was 26 for 126. To win games in the NFL you have to run the ball.” Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey certainly can relate to Oakland’s struggles. The Bills began the season 1-3 before winning the past two weeks. Last season, Mularkey’s first as an NFL head coach, Buffalo bounced back from an 0-4 start to finish 9-7 and contend for a playoff spot. The Bills, who lost a 13-10 heartbreaker at Oakland last year, are looking for their first road victory of the season. Raiders coach Norv Turner isn’t ready to agree with Jordan that Oakland will be the league’s biggest embarrassment if it misses the playoffs. Even the teams predicted to be at the top of the standings don’t always find a way on Sundays, he said. “My experience is, you win one, you win two and it does get easier,” Turner said. If last week is any indication, the Raiders’ improving run defense will have its hands full again. Willis McGahee ran for a career-high 143 yards on 29 carries in the Bills’ 27-17 victory over the Jets. Oakland, meanwhile, allowed LaDainian Tomlinson to go off for 140 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving. Tomlinson also threw his second touchdown pass of the season. Kelly Holcomb, a backup for most of the last decade finally getting his shot, became only the fourth Bills quarterback to win his first two starts. He replaced struggling J.P. Losman. Holcomb is sustaining long drives and moving the ball, and the Bills have 45 first downs in their last two games after managing 59 in the first four. Mularkey calls himself a “big believer in body language,” and he can tell his team never quit during last season’s struggles and again this year. He constantly is evaluating the mood of his club. “Well, I wouldn’t recommend it for anybody,” he said of what it takes to turn around a team. “We’d really planned on having a faster start and didn’t. But we kind of got back on track because guys have not wavered in their belief in what we’re doing. “You know when a team has questions about itself and this team really never has.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For several years now, the Raiders have been hurting themselves with silly penalties and other mistakes. Jordan spent the past four seasons as Curtis Martin’s backup with the New York Jets, a team that prided itself in keeping penalties to a minimum. So, this is a drastic change for Jordan. “Like I say every week when we lose, we move the ball up and down the field on teams, but we just can’t finish the drives because we end up beating ourselves,” Jordan said. Moss probably is out this week after the receiver bruised his ribs, strained a groin and bruised his pelvic area in a hard fall while trying to make a leaping catch late in the first quarter of last Sunday’s 27-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers. “We’re expecting him to play,” Bills linebacker London Fletcher said. “They’re 1-4 and he’s a competitor. You see them at 1-4 right now and wonder how that’s happened.” OAKLAND — LaMont Jordan knows the reason he joined the Oakland Raiders: to complement Randy Moss and help turn around one very frustrated franchise. Now, sitting at a disappointing 1-4, Oakland considers today’s game with Buffalo a must-win, and Jordan insists this team will be the NFL’s biggest bust if the Raiders don’t shape up in a hurry. “It’s to the point now where, this is, what, Week 6? If you get to Week 10 and you have six or seven losses, your season’s pretty much over,” Jordan said. “Let’s just look at the reality of the situation. I don’t plan on having my season being over come Week 10 or Week 11. I could see if we didn’t have the players in the locker room, but the bottom line is, we have the players in this locker room. “The playoffs is the minimum. I would hate for us to sit here at the end of the year and say we were the most underachieving team in the NFL, because if we don’t make it to the playoffs, we will be the most underachieving team in the league. And, quite frankly, it will be an embarrassment.” last_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Set for Air Force Invitational

first_imgIn Drake’s last time out, Joely Lomas won the Flight “B” singles championship at the Drake Invitational. Brills, Herder and Williams each advanced to the semifinals in each of their respective draws. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake women’s tennis team heads to Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday to play in the Air Force Invitational. The Bulldogs will have four players competing in the eight-team tournament, including juniors Summer Brills and Tess Herder and sophomores Joely Lomas and Kenya Williams.center_img Next up on Drake’s slate is the Missouri Valley Individual Championships on Oct. 8-10 in Evansville, Ind.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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