Montserrado County’s District # 17 Representative, Mr. William V. Dakel, has called on citizens of the district, especially those he considered as ‘praise singers,’ to contribute to development in the district.At a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a multi-purpose headquarter in district 17, including Red Hill Field Community in Lower Virginia, outside Monrovia, Representative Dakel Monday, January 13, stated that gone were the days when people in district # 17 only sang praise songs for others while they sat and watched major developmental projects taking place in their district without them making any contributions towards the process.The lawmakers added that over the years he has observed that many citizens of the district— especially some of the youth— only sit and criticize and don’t want to support developmental initiatives.According to him, while what is right should always be said because it demonstrates true democracy, “don’t hide any wrong doing for anyone; because ills that affect the community also affect us as individual Liberian citizens. Let’s all be contributors to the success of the country,” he asserted.During the ground breaking of the headquarters, the lawmaker said when completed, the project would serve the people of the district.Mr. Dakel explained that funds used for the construction of the district headquarters came from the Montserrado County development Fund (MCDF). In addition, he told citizens of the district to always address their concerns before their lawmakers without fear or favor, adding that it is their right to do at any time; especially when it is done in a peaceful manner.Also speaking at the occasion was Montserrado County Superintendent, Florence Brandy, who commended the China Union for helping the county to carry out its development projects. She indicated that the union remains one of the contributors to supporting projects of the county.According her, the union provides US$875, 000 annually to the county development fund as their contribution.She also urged the youths of the community to stand against violence and put education first. Mrs. Brandy stated the need to be prepared for the future should be their motivation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An accident victim named Roland Reeves of Fortsville Ward, St. John River City in Grand Bassa County is crying for help to restore his health and family survival.Explaining his ordeal, Mr. Reaves told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that he and other passengers escaped death when a truck marked BT-3532 hit and destroyed his taxi cab marked TX-2069 recently.As a result of the accident, his car is beyond repair, while the driver of the truck, not named, escaped and has not been seen since July 4, 2014.According to Mr. Reeves, the truck hit and turned his car over as he was making a u-turn to Hartford Old Road from Buchanan while the truck was also recklessly plying in the same direction.According to Mr. Reeves, the police officers of the National Police Traffic Division of Grand Bassa went on the accident scene and took the diagram.Since then the traffic police have done nothing. He said they have only told him that they have not yet found either the driver nor the owner of the truck.Mr. Reeves said the car was the only source of income to cater to the well-being of his family, especially his school going children.He narrated that since his car got damaged beyond repair, even though no one was killed, yet he had treated those injured including himself, at his personal expense. He has thus been finding it very difficult to maintain his family.His children, he said, have not been able to go to school due to the lack of finance and other means of support to sustain them.He is therefore appealing to the police, county authorities, headed by Superintendent Etweda Cooper, and the county Legislative Caucus to sell the truck so he can buy another car to sustain his family.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Director of the National Police (LNP) Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi is warning his officers ahead of the special Mid Term Election to stay away from involvement in political activities or drastic action will be taken against them.Col. Massaquoi, addressing members of his Senior Staff on Tuesday, said the SOP of the LNP will affect any officer that engages in political activities during and after elections, stressing that such involvement will undermine the neutrality of the LNP.The LNP boss said the LNP as a law enforcement institution has moral and legal obligations to provide protection for all candidates during elections and reminded the officers to be cognizant of their civil responsibility to their country.Director Massaquoi said any officer seen campaigning or engaging in electoral activities will face the full weight of the Police Duty Manual for their action.Chapter Ten of the Police Duty Manual states that, “By virtue of the membership of the Liberia National Police and in affirming commitment and independence in serving the community at large, no member of the LNP shall join or play an active role in the organization, non-official securing or holding of executive position in any political party or organization; however, he/she may freely exercise his/ her right to cast vote in an official election in Liberia.”“We are not politicians, and so we are not to get involved in political activities and our actions must be in line with our responsibility as a law enforcement institution”, Director Massaquoi emphasized.At the same time the LNP is urging the public to stop carrying civil matters to the police for investigation. The Police boss said civil matters must be handled by the courts and not the police.He encouraged police officers assigned to various Zones and Depots to be professional in their interaction with the public and desist from acts that have the tendency to undermine their professionalism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Contact with Megan’s mother has been infrequent; she began visiting Jennifer at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla when she was 12. But the four-hour drive often reduced visits to only once a year, she said. While mother and daughter are now close – their bond strengthened by writing weekly letters and phone calls – Hall said the missed holidays and special occasions like the birth of her own daughter makes her mother’s absence seem more devastating. Hall and her toddler-age daughter Courtney visited Grandma Jenny and delivered their well-wishes in person Friday, through a statewide “Get on the Bus” program that unites children with their incarcerated mothers near Mother’s Day. This year’s buses traveled hundreds of miles, carrying 600 children to 17 cities. The program started in 1999 and has grown. A similar Father’s Day program will launch next month. In Chino, the first of five buses rolled onto the dirt-and- gravel grounds of the California Institute for Women around 9a.m. Friday. With its neat, one-story brick buildings, swing set and jungle gym, the prison could be mistaken for a school – except for the double fences with razor wire. The lounge where families gathered is similar to any lunchroom – rows of tables and chairs and vending machines line one side. Friday, the younger children rushed toward the container of toys and books on the other side. Sara Navarrete, 15, and younger brother Robert, 11, traveled from Riverside to Redlands to board the bus that would take them to their mother, Tanya De Bruce, who will be released in 2012. She is in prison for armed residential burglary. The Navarrete siblings are excited to see their mom – their last visit was a few weeks ago, which “was a lot \ fun,” Sara Navarrette said. Their joy is slightly tempered because they are missing school and had exams to take. Make-up tests await them next week. Their mother’s extended absence has forced Sara into the role of mom and sister – laundry needs to be done, homework has to be completed. “Robert tries to help when he can,” Sara Navarrete said. Their grandmother lives with them and cousins are nearby, but the stable presence in their young lives is their father – a fact that De Bruce is thankful for. De Bruce, 35, understands that her action and poor decisions have cost her dearly – lost time with her family, unable to witness milestones in her children’s lives, like the first school dance, getting a driver’s license and first loves. Several of the women expressed remorse over lost time with their family. Some admitted that they regretted their actions, like Liliana Caballero, incarcerated for petty theft. Francine Gonzales said that she is serving time for her “second strike.” Her next offense could land her in prison for a longer time. “I tell my kids not to go to jail like me,” Gonzales said. Much of conversation among families mirrored those of families not separated by prison bars. Favorite movies, soap operasand school work and grades were among topics discussed. Leticia Jauregui is serving a three-year sentence for robbery; her husband is also in prison and her two boys – ages 5 and 7 – are in the care of her sister-in-law. Jauregui will be released in 2008 but she worries about the effects on her boys. Her older son Joseph is quiet and more thoughtful and younger son Gilbert is a chubby bundle of smiles. “I want to be there for my kids,” she said. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Mother’s Day in prison• Video: Mother’s Day CHINO – Megan Hall has celebrated 16 Mother’s Days without her mother. The San Gabriel Valley native – born in Arcadia, raised in Temple City and later San Dimas – has spent the day without her mother since 1991 when Jennifer Hall, now 49, shot and killed a boyfriend. The woman is serving 22 years to life and is eligible for parole in two years, said Megan Hall, 25.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic 1 Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic is set to sign a new deal with Inter Milan, ending speculation of a potential move to Manchester United.Handanovic was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, with the club expecting David De Gea to join Real Madrid.But that deal fell through and the Spaniard has now signed a new four-year contract with Louis van Gaal’s side – although his future is likely to be the source of further speculation this summer.Handanovic’s contract was due to expire in the summer, leading to reports he could move to United in a free transfer if De Gea does eventually return to Spain.But the 31-year-old glovesman is now set to sign a new £7million contract with Inter, with Sport Mediaset reporting the Slovenian will commit his future to the club until 2019 in a deal worth around £1.8m a season.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to 5,700 high school students nationwide, including 18 from the San Fernando and surrounding valleys. They are: Jenna Oestreicher of Agoura Hills; Jeffrey Kurges, Burbank; Emily Kallen, Calabasas; Stephanie Lillibridge, Canyon Country; Jackson Lau, Chatsworth; Jasmyn Nolasco, Granada Hills; Charlene Dower and Maria Navarro, Lancaster; Amanda Holden and Elisa Sanchez, Littlerock; Glecy Baquirin and Sherynn Ghazarosian, Palmdale; Corinne Cho and Tabitha An, Reseda; Juhee Kim, Santa Clarita; Jason Wells and Melissa Bernardo, Saugus; and Justin Young, Van Nuys. A panel of judges chose them based on their financial need, academic record, ACT/SAT scores and school and community involvement. Penny Lane, a mentoring program for emancipated foster youth based in North Hills, is sending 20 children to summer camp in Big Bear. The nonprofit organization is seeking donations to help supply kids with hygiene equipment and camping gear. Two teenage brothers from Moorpark got their Eagle Scout awards at a ceremony last month at the Simi Valley Elks Lodge. Davey Freeman, 18, and Jeffrey Freeman, 16, have been Scouting since 1994 and 1995, respectively. Davey has earned 32 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. For a community service project, Davey beautified the campus of Moorpark High School and carved the letters “MHS” in a hedge. He plans to enroll at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and study law and society. Jeffrey earned 26 merit badges and also provided leadership for his troop. For his project, he added a drinking fountain at the Moorpark High School track stadium. His interest is in aerospace engineering. Send checks to Penny Lane Centers, Attn: Send a Penny Lane Child to Camp, 15317 Rayen St., North Hills. CA 91343. For more information, call (818) 332-8260 or see www.pennylane.org. The El Camino Parent Teacher Student Association will host the Woodland Hills Experience, a fundraiser for the campus, from noon to 4 p.m. today in the quad at El Camino Real High School, 5440 Valley Circle Blvd. Food sellers, providers of personal services and individual vendors from throughout Woodland Hills will attend. Admission is $1 for students and adults, free for children younger than 12. Retired geology professor Gene Fritsche is leading a series of fundraising hikes for the Geological Sciences Department at California State University, Northridge. The 10 hikes began Thursday near the Newhall Pass and will end June 19 at Cajon Pass. “Because the cost of education today is so high, many geology students need financial aid if they’re going to complete their degrees in a timely fashion and become the geologists of the future,” said Fritsche, 69, who retired in 2000. Send checks made out to the CSUN Foundation, with Geology Endowment in the memo line. Mail them to the Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8266. For more information on the hikes, see www.csun.edu/~hcgeo007/sgmhikeindex.htm. Dr. Dennis J. Slamon, an oncologist who lives in Woodland Hills, was the recipient Saturday of the David A. Karnovsky Memorial Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The award recognizes those who have changed the way doctors think about the general practice of oncology through clinical research. Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with tumors. Slamon is a professor of medicine, chief of the division of hematology/oncology and executive vice chairman for research at the UCLA Department of Medicine. He’s written or co-written more than 150 scientific publications, and President Bill Clinton appointed him to the President’s Cancer Panel in 2000. The Karnovsky award is named for a pioneer in the field of oncology. The Community Column is published Sundays. Submit items via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest transfer news Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Djene helped Getafe to an impressive eighth place finish in LaLiga LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TOP WORK The Foxes have already made three senior signings this summer, with Puel bringing defenders Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira, and James Maddison, the midfielder, to the King Power Stadium. 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Leicester are preparing an offer for Getafe defender Djene Dakonam, according to reports.Djene, the Togo centre-back, impressed in his debut LaLiga season last term, following his move to Spain from Sint-Truidense in Belgium this time last year. He made 36 appearances in total, helping Getafe finish eighth by conceding just 33 goals throughout the entire campaign. IN DEMAND RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Getafe president Angel Torres wants to receive Djene’s full release clause – reportedly £31m (€35m) – to sell the defender, while the player is said to favour a move to Sevilla as he wishes to remain in LaLiga rather than move abroad. moving on REVEALED Arsenal manager Unai Emery is said to have kept track of the 26-year-old in previous years, while Sevilla are known to be admirers of Djene, who can play on the right side of defence as well as in his natural centre-back position.However, Leicester are making the most serious move for Djene, with a £25million (€28m) offer being prepared by Claude Puel and co, according to AS. 2 LATEST Djene has a €35m release clause in his Getafe contract Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer
OAKLAND — Khris Davis hasn’t batted sixth in the A’s order since the 2016 season. But that’s where he’s hitting Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners as manager Bob Melvin hopes a different spot in the lineup can spark the A’s slumping designated hitter.With the A’s looking for their fifth straight win, Melvin has Davis hitting sixth in the order Wednesday, right behind Ramón Laureano, in the second of a two-game series against the Mariners at the Coliseum.Mark Canha will hit fourth …
2 July 2009 The employee offer will include, through an employee trust, all black permanent employees of SAB, its subsidiaries and the SABMiller group who are permanently resident in South Africa. It will also include those permanent white employees who are not normally eligible for participation in the SABMiller group share incentive plans. By seeking to promote sustainable economic growth and social development in South Africa, SABMiller says the deal will align the interests of the group’s South African stakeholders with its shareholders, and will maximise long-term shareholder value. “We were determined to design a transaction that would deliver truly broad-based and tangible benefits, and we believe this transaction will do that from the beginning,” said SAB managing director Norman Adami. “This deal is good for South Africa and good for SAB.” “We have structured this transaction to maximise benefits for all our stakeholders and to deliver genuine broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE),” SABMiller CEO Graham Mackay said in a statement this week. The BEE deal will not require any external bank funding, and will require only a small cash investment by licensed liquor retailers, liquor licence applicants and customers of ABI. Empowerment compliance These include black-owned licensed liquor retailers and liquor licence applicants, as well as black-owned customers of Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), the soft drinks division of South African Breweries (SAB), and the broader South African community through the SAB Foundation. The focus of the SAB Foundation will be to engage in community initiatives that provide benefits to historically disadvantaged South Africans, with a priority on women and the youth, particularly in rural areas. It will particularly support entrepreneurship development, which the company believes will deliver broader economic benefits for the country. “A meaningful dividend stream is expected to be paid to all participants for the whole of the 10-year transaction period, thereby delivering a significant economic benefit from the first year,” Mackay said. Retailer participants will be required to be a qualifying black person or a greater than 51% black-owned entity, as defined in terms of the country’s Codes of Good Practice on BEE, in order to participate in the offer. Qualifying participants Global brewing giant SABMiller has unveiled a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see approximately 10% in South African Breweries, worth approximately US$750-million (about R6-billion), being transferred to its employees and other participants. The deal will materially enhance SAB’s compliance with BEE codes and, in addition, seeks to support the normalisation of the South African liquor industry by supporting liquor licensing in South Africa. The cost of the deal to SABMiller is approximately $220-million (about R1.8-billion). At the end of the 10-year transaction period, participants will exchange their shareholdings in SAB for shares in parent company SABMiller. SABMiller, listed in London, was formed in 2002 when SAB acquired US-based Miller, and is now one of the largest brewers in the world. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
With more comfy chairs than a Monty Python sketch, Cathay Pacific’s superb new Hong Kong Business lounge offers an enticing oasis amid the frenzy of one of Asia’s busiest hubs.The design of The Pier Business lounge at Hong Kong International Airport’s north-west concourse is a template the airline is using in lounges from Tokyo to Bangkok and London as it tries to makes its customers feel better about flying with its “Life Well Travelled’’ concept.It is also the culmination of a detailed two-an-a-half-year project that looked at every aspect of passenger comfort, ranging from seating to acoustics and even the wavelength of lighting. “Basically, the design philosophy behind it is to really address the customer need,’’ says Cathay general manager product Leslie Lu. “So we have spent a lot of time ourselves on the interior design as well as how people use this space and what state of mind they are in when they come in.“A lot of times they are in transit or they are slightly early at the airport so they would have time to take a moment in our lounges to prepare for the flight and maybe grab a drink or even a light meal before they go on board.“We really want ensure that when they come in, they calm down and relax — an airport can be quite a stressful place — and at the same time we want them to rejuvenate after spending a bit of time here.’’The new 35,586 sq. ft (3306 sq. m.) business lounge was designed by London-based Studioilse and has seating for 550 people. It aims to emulate a Hong Kong street with fast and slow lanes that allow passengers to use it at their own pace.The airline’s push to get passengers into the right mindset begins as they walk through the door and smell a signature scent that includes ingredients such as jasmine and bamboo. The idea is to get customers to recognise Cathay spaces through smell as well as sight as well as to help them relax. The business lounge is designed in such a way that it moves from a higher-energy zone through a series of themed spaces to a low-energy relaxation area.It begins with a food hall aimed at travellers with the least amount of transit time and gives them options such as a barista-staffed coffee cart, self-service kiosks and fresh food such as sandwiches, cold cuts and salads.An adjacent version of the Hong Kong carrier’s popular noodle bars offers signature dishes such as Dan Dan and Wonton noodles and those seeking a drink can order one from the stylish, well-stocked bar. A range of seating to the right includes an area separated by glazed timber screens where people can relax and take in the airport vista through the lounge’s huge windows.Moving deeper into the facility uncovers a special treat: a quieter area designed specifically for the Hong Kong lounge as a tea house. The Tea House offers a range of premium teas prepared by a specialist and served in the appropriate tradition.The darker recesses at the end of the hall hosts a quiet area where people with longer transits can take a shower in one of 14 suites or stretch out on low lounges and catch some sleep.“For those who don’t have too much time then they can wander around the first section without going too deep into the lounge but for those who have more time, then naturally they will progress in to the quiet zone,’’ says Lu. “So it’s in way a very functional design and that’s really around, again, caring for our passenger’s wellness.’’Lu says a great deal of research went into every aspect of the various sections. “We have different music for different zones of this lounge based on the need and also the usage of that section,’’ he says.“For example in the teahouse, it’s calmer. The sleeping zone is, of course, as quiet as possible but if you go into the food hall or other seating areas, the music will be quite light and more upbeat —relaxing yet more energetic.’’Cathay’s decision to concentrate on natural materials such as cherry wood and limestone adds to the ambience as does the liberal use of plants and art work.A range of seating means everyone can find something comfortable to sink into.“We’ve done lot of workshops on the furniture just to make sure the dimensions, cushions, softness, hardness and space fits well with most of our passengers,’’ says Lu.One result of the research is that most of the chairs can rotate so if passengers know someone sitting next to them they can swivel to face each other. If they don’t, they can rotate a way to get a sense of privacy.The airline’s Solo Chairs — big green chairs with a shape almost like a cubical — come with a side table, jacket hook, a reading light and a power outlet for those who want to work.Other considerations included issues such as height; Lu points to a bench and notes that if it was too low people would stretch their legs out further and obstruct a thoroughfare.Consultants also tweaked the lighting to ensure the colour fits each zone, even to the point of taking into account reflections from nearby metal panels. “They will tell you this light is slightly green or blue, which I can’t tell, so this is putting people to sleep and hence you should put it in the relaxation zone,’’ the product manager says.Still other experts looked at the acoustics and ways of minimising noise. “We know the teahouse can be quite noisy, ‘’ Lu says. “So all the furniture here and especially the wall and the ceiling have been considered with acoustic materials, hence reducing any noise from the chairs or from the teapots.’’Cathay has put enough work into The Pier that it could easily be a first-class lounge. Possibly because of this, the carrier built an even more upmarket facility nearby to give top-tier passengers the extra luxury they expect.Offerings in the first class lounge include eight Day Suites with airport views a daybed and privacy curtains as well as a spa with personal massages, a dining room with full a la carte menu and six wood-panelled personal work suites.Steve Creedy flew to Hong Kong courtesy of Cathay Pacific..