TVWAN comp winner to travel to watch Rugby World Cup

first_imgOkoro was announced last week as the winner of TVWAN’s Rugby World Cup Competition draw. There were more than 22, 000 entries for the competition.He won two return tickets with four nights accommodation and tickets to the grand final at Twickenham Stadium.Okoro said he couldn’t process his son’s passport in time so he will be travelling alone.The father of two kids will leave this Thursday for the United Kingdom and will be staying at the Rydges Kensington hotel in London.“This was just so unexpected. I can’t describe this feeling. I only sent in one entry for the competition and I never thought I would win it,” said Okoro.He added that he has only travelled out of the country once and that was to Australia in 2011.“I’m really excited. I still can’t believe I won this competition,” said Okoro.The icing on the cake for Okoro is that he is an All Blacks supporter.“Yes I love the All Blacks and can’t wait to watch them play. My favourite players are Sonny Bill’ Williams and Dan Carter and now I will get to watch them play up close,” said Okoro.last_img read more

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District Commissioner Outraged over Lawlessness in Tappita

first_imgThe Administrative District Commissioner of Doe District located within the Tappita Statutory District, Mr. Samuel Wehyee is outraged over the continued lawlessness within his district.Speaking to the Daily Observer on Monday, he said the acts of lawlessness within his district are posing serious threats to security for both the local authority and the citizens in general.Mr. Wehyee is infuriated over the recent murder of a 25yr old man who was stabbed to death in Dounpa town by his friend identified as Chris Slamiah on January 30th at the football field.Commissioner Wehyee said that on the night of 28th January, the perpetrator, Chris Slamiah and the victim, Dadah Vaye got into a confrontation during a wake keeping and during the argument Dada bit the perpetrator Chris on his face.He narrated that after the confrontation, the matter was taken to the Township Commissioner who sent the wounded person to a clinic for treatment pending an investigation.Commissioner Wehyee explained that while the case was pending until Chris recovered from the bite, Chris took a kitchen knife to the football field where Dadah was playing on Friday January 30th and stabbed Dadah four times in the chest, neck and stomach killing him instantly in retaliation for biting him. “After stabbing his friend to death, he fled into the bushes and was later arrested in a nearby town and taken to the police station in Saclapea,” said the Commissioner.Mr. Wehyee added that immediately after the boy died, his parent went after the parent of the perpetrator to take revenge on any of the family members.He maintained that, during the tension, a house belonging to the perpetrator’s family was broken down and their rice kitchen in their village set ablaze.“In the process, 14 members of the perpetrator’s family fled into the bushes for several days before reporting themselves to authorities in another town which is located far from where the incident occurred.Commissioner Wehyee’s frustration is apparently due to the escalation of killings with impunity in the area.  Those who were involved in killing a man in Zua Town in late November were reportedly released from prison in Sanniquellie.It can be recalled that late last year, a man was tortured to death in Zua Town by a country devil and its followers after the man allegedly broke the town’s rule.Dounpa, where the boy was stabbed to death has a common boundry with Zua Town where the 58 year old man was tortured to death last year.The commissioner explained that the five persons arrested in connection with the torture and killing of the 58 year old man last year were recently seen going about their normal activities after being freed from Sanniquellie jail.He said the wave of lawlessness and killings in the district is causing fear among the citizens and restricting their freedom of movement.“We are afraid with this kind of lawlessness in the district because we do not have any security to accompanying us to the crime scene. There are only nine police officers in a large district like Tappita which comprises four administrative districts including Gbi – Doru. Kparblee, Doe and Boe and Quellah,” he said.“Even as we speak, our local office staffs including the messengers, clerk and other officers, are not on payroll and we cannot press on them,” he concluded.A police source at the Nimba Police Detachment has confirmed the stabbing incident and said that the perpetrator had been transferred to a local police station and is undergoing investigation. But unconfirmed reports reaching this paper said that the perpetrator was severely beaten by mobs upon his arrest.Dounpa and Zua Town in early 2008 were at loggerheads in land disputes during which several citizens were wounded in single barrel gun fights.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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Liberia Economy Goes Cashless Soon

first_imgHowever, the CBL in a statement said that it has neither the authority nor the capacity, and neither does any country except for the United States, to print US dollars for infusion in the economy. — CBL leads transition, emphasizes Mobile Money transactionsThe Liberian economy is on the verge of going cashless; thanks to the vision of the new leadership of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to ensure that some of the many financial problems that the country faces are resolved.With this, the CBL says Liberians should now be bracing themselves to embark on Cashless Transactions, one of many best international financial practices across the world.According to CBL Director for Payment, Miatta Kuteh, this endeavor is one of the major initiatives that the bank is embarking upon to help improve the country’s monetary policy.A cashless economy is one wherein financial transactions are not conducted with money in the form of physical banknotes or coins, but rather through the transfer of digital information (usually an electronic representation of money) between the transacting parties.Going cashless not only increases convenience, but financial experts say it also helps authenticate and formalize the transactions that are done. This helps to curb corruption and the flow of black money; which has resulted in an increase of economic growth. The advantage of going cashless involves reduced expenditure incurred in printing and transportation of currency. However, that expenditure is handed over so service providers, such as mobile money and other digital service providers who would charge a fee for each transaction, as a way to maintain cashless financial platforms.So far, cashless transactions have allowed consumers to access to their money in savings virtually from anywhere in the country. Bank-issued cards and mobile money platforms have proven their convenience in many use cases from the mid to upper levels of the economy, such as SMEs to schools, supermarkets and other well-known merchant organizations who now receive tuition and other payments.However, certain sectors of the economy, such as those in the public transport sector still find cashless transactions a bit cumbersome because the transaction process is still too slow. Also, many health centers still do not accept cashless payments. At best, few have an automated teller machine (ATM) or a banking kiosk on site to make it easier for customers to get cash to pay their bills. But these are simply opportunities for innovationIn some advanced economies, cashless transactions have given rise to concerns about consumer privacy.According to experts, the success of Liberia’s pursuit of a cashless economy will be underpinned first and foremost by affordable and reliable electricity, then innovative technology solutions backed by strong cyber security policies, as well as the market growth to make the investment worthwhile.A cashless economy is one wherein financial transactions are not conducted with money in the form of physical banknotes or coins, but rather through the transfer of digital informationMrs. Kuteh, who spoke on the ELBC Super Morning Show on Monday, December 2, 2019, said it is now compelling that Liberian move to digital payments because of where the world is going and the country is part of what “we called the West African monetary institute as well as the Association of West African Central Banks, so all of the initiatives that are currently ongoing around the world; in our south region we can’t be excluded.”She added that the CBL has over the years made several efforts towards what “we called financial inclusion.” According to her, financial inclusion means if you have a bank account or you have a mobile money account and you are using it. That means you are included in the formal financial sector.“Why is it important to be included in the formal financial sector? Having a bank account is like having a doctor; we all cannot do without a doctor because one day you will get sick. You know being included in the financial system allows one to get access to loans, credit and all of that.“So it is important for us to look at digital payment from a financial inclusion perspective. That means you are formally in the financial sector you have access to finance, access to credit and all of that means you have a bank account or a mobile money account, [which] means you are included in the financial system.”In the past few years, Mrs. Kuteh said, the unprecedented growth of mobile financial services in sub-Saharan Africa has defied all expectations. Kenya is often cited as a leading example of digital transformation, followed by Ghana.The Assistant Director for Regulation and Supervision, Supuwood Tarpeh, reiterated that financial inclusion has been the ultimate goal of the CBL for the last five years. “So, this has not come as a surprise to us, given the fact that we are trying to do more publicity for digitization, which means it’s at the implementation stage now.“I will hasten to say that we all understand the liquidity squeeze in Liberian dollars right now, but I think is an opportunity for us to have alternative means of payment and we all understand the haling of currency in Liberian banking system.“So it is good for us to start thinking about other alternative means to using cash; if we don’t have cash, we think we are broke,” he said.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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Field of dreams to nightmare

first_img“The city has an obligation to recover and conserve taxpayer funds,” said Chandra Spencer, the city’s attorney. The attorney representing the Von Der Ahes said the couple made a settlement proposal to the city, the city countered verbally Wednesday, and the Von Der Ahes are considering their next move. If an agreement cannot be reached, the case would head back to court some time this month. “I think there’s an interest to get this resolved before then if at all possible,” said Hunt Braly, the Von Der Ahe’s attorney. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The city has spent more than $120,000 in its efforts to force a Saugus family to remove a grassy baseball field from a neighboring parcel they own and restore it to its natural state. The Von Der Ahe family has spent nearly $50,000 on the matter and must decide whether to reimburse the city’s expenses or gamble on taking the case to court, where costs could rise. “It is a shame that any landowner should be subjected to this type of litigation when the whole intention was merely to help the kids learn the game of baseball,” homeowner Charles Von Der Ahe said. Von Der Ahe built the practice field in a low-lying area beside his home in the Circle J Ranch neighborhood. The youth baseball coach spent roughly $10,000 laying sod and installing pop-up sprinklers – with nary a backstop, light or bleacher in sight. He laid out bases only during practice. Neighbors tipped the city in January 2005 that Von Der Ahe was marking out the field, and the city ordered him to stop. Von Der Ahe continued and practices followed. The city says the land had been designated open space by the original developers of Circle J. The city told Von Der Ahe the field was illegal, disruptive and a violation of city code. He disagreed, providing a sheaf of documents supporting his view. In August 2005 a judge sided with the city, saying the diamond was not legal in the open space area and ordered Von Der Ahe to remove it. The Von Der Ahes spent roughly $3,000 ripping it out and $35,000 on attorney’s fees. The parties agreed future uses of the lot will be limited and a conservation easement could be created. Repaying the city’s costs is all that remains. last_img read more

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Peace River North Teachers Association pushing for separate harassment policy for LGBTQ students

first_imgApproximately 20 districts already have separate polices that forbid the harassment of LGBTQ students.  The policy will be discussed further at the next Committee of the Whole meeting on May 5. Jim Lovell was speaking on behalf of the PRNTA last night at the meeting. He says that the harassment that gay, lesbian, or transgendered students endure goes beyond bullying and believes that if this were a racial issue a stand alone policy would be adopted.“From my perspective at the school one size does not fit all. I just think if we at the school were hearing the ‘n-word’ directed at our Nigerian students 10-20 times a day we’d be looking at that in a really serious fashion and probably adopt a policy to prevent that. If we had really negative comments going towards our Aboriginal students 10-20 times a day we would do that. I just believe that this small group is the most marginalized and it’s not just bullying, it’s hate.”Lovell adds that other districts have a separate policy when it comes to the harassment of LGBTQ students. He says adding one for School District 60 would show the students that their concerns have been properly addressed.- Advertisement -“20 other school districts have recognized that and have adopted separate stand alone policies for their gay kids. I think it would be a sign of recognition. I think it would be a symbolic motion by the board if we had a small stand alone policy to help those kids.” Lovell states.Lovell, a teacher at North Peace Secondary School says that he’s had students who have been significantly affected by comments made towards them. He states that while there are efforts to support gay students they do not go far enough.“I think for the kids it shatters them. I’ve had kids that have been suicidal. I’ve had kids that have left the system because they can no longer be in the system because of the hate,” he explains. “Some students when they graduate will not stay in this community. This isn’t a bad community; homophobia is in every community but they just didn’t feel any support here. I think all students deserve that educational support and safety within the school system. I don’t think we provide it. We try but I don’t think we provide it on a consistent basis in our school district and I think a stand alone policy is a very small step towards that.Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Puppy Love at Zoofood During Their ‘Adopt a Dog’ Event

first_imgFor more information, visit the In the Woods Animal Rescue Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On October 26th, locally owned and operated Zoofood hosted an event called “Adopt a Dog.”Teaming up with the non-profit organization, ‘In the Woods Animal Rescue’.Zoofood provided the location making this event possible.- Advertisement -The store held the perfect atmosphere for attracting a crowd, everyone was drawn to come in and hang out with the volunteers and dogs.“In the Woods Animal Rescue” was founded by Sheryl Woods six years ago and its existence relies solely on volunteer hours as well as donations.There were several familiar faces helping out this weekend from around our Fort St. John community.Advertisement This event this weekend took place from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.During the time, there were twenty dogs to meet, each one looking for a loving, forever home.The pups all had personalities of their own, which clearly shone through because, by only one hour into the event, ten of the twenty dogs had already been adopted.The puppy love was real down at Zoofood last Saturday.Advertisementlast_img read more

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After Roma, Liverpool face Battle of the Bridge

first_imgLiverpool will take on holders Real Madrid in their eighth European Cup final appearance on May 26 in Kiev.But first the Reds have to ensure they feature in next season’s Champions League.Third-placed Liverpool are six points ahead of fifth placed Chelsea, but they would give renewed hope to the Blues if they are beaten at Stamford Bridge.A Liverpool win this weekend would make it impossible for Chelsea to catch them, ensuring the Reds will qualify for next season’s Champions League with a game in spare.Even a draw in west London would effectively seal their top four place because Liverpool have a vastly superior goal difference.Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the final day of the league season would do the job before Liverpool focus on their European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company.Three draws in their past four league outings against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke — partly the result of Klopp prioritising Champions League progress — have allowed Chelsea to close to the gap.Antonio Conte’s men have three league games remaining to Liverpool’s two, meaning if the Londoners win their remaining fixtures they will, at worst, finish level on points with the Champions League finalists.For Klopp’s peace of mind and to rest a tiring squad with a growing injury list, guaranteeing qualification on Sunday is the ideal scenario.With that in mind, Klopp has no intention of resting key players like former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino this weekend.“We have two semis again against Chelsea and Brighton and then we have two weeks. The league is equally important (as the Champions League,” Klopp said.“We can make life easier for us by winning at Chelsea.“It is not we can decide about leaving one out. We cannot play players who are not available.“From Wednesday to Sunday in terms of turnaround is OK. The whole season is a constant challenge. We have fought hard for our position in the league.“Of course it is a big advantage for Chelsea not playing in the week.”– ‘Good opportunity’ –Chelsea have no margin for error as they look to end a troubled season on a high by finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup final against Manchester United.The deposed champions are five points behind fourth placed Tottenham, with both teams having three games to play.Regardless of whether or not Chelsea finish in the top four, it seems likely manager Antonio Conte will leave at the end of the season.Conte has feuded with the Chelsea hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans last summer and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri this week became the latest manager to be linked with the Italian’s job.Even so, Conte remains focused on getting Chelsea back into the top four after a run of three successive league wins.Hopeful of taking advantage of Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Conte said: “This could be a good opportunity for us.“As I said a lot of times in the last three games, if we want to keep the hope alive we have to win. We have to get three points.“Liverpool are a good team. It won’t be easy, but if we want to keep alive the hope, we have to try to win, to get three points on Sunday.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Roberto Firmino is expected to be asked to shake off tiredness from the Champions League semi-final because Liverpool need three points against Chelsea on Sunday © AFP/File / Alberto PIZZOLILONDON, United Kingdom, May 4 – Fresh from booking their place in the Champions League final after a dramatic night in Rome, Liverpool’s European heroes return to the fight for a Premier League top four finish when they face Chelsea on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side are still on a high following a 4-2 defeat at Roma on Wednesday that clinched a 7-6 aggregate success in the Champions League semi-finals.last_img read more

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ALL NEW RENAULT MEGANE COMES TO HIGHLAND MOTORS, LETTERKENNY

first_imgPromoted postThe all-new Renault MeganeThe Renault Group recently launched the fourth generation All-New Mégane, which is now available from Highland Motors in Letterkenny, priced from €19,490 or €155 per month.The new five-door hatchback, which has received a 5 star Euro NCAP rating, will be available in Expression, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, GT Line Nav and GT Nav trims. The all-New Mégane will be available with fuel-efficient, low-emission powertrains.There are two Energy TCe turbocharged petrol options of 1.2 litres/130hp and 1.6 litres/205hp (GT). The turbodiesel alternatives are the 1.5-litre 110hp unit, with manual or EDC transmission, and a 1.6-litre dCi unit developing 130hp. The CO2 of the manual dCi 110 is just 96g/km, while at the other end of the scale the TCe 205 GT will be capable of 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of more than 230km/hAll-New Mégane is lower, with a longer wheelbase and the widest front and rear track in the class – to give it even more dynamic and balanced proportions. The taut, precise appearance of the car is emphasised by broad, sculpted shoulders and wheels of up to 18 inches.All-New Mégane’s distinctive front and rear lighting signatures are permanently lit when the engine is switched on. Unique-in-class features in All-New Mégane include a configurable 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) colour instrument display, R-LINK 2 connectivity systems via either a 7-inch landscape or 8.7-inch portrait tablet, Multi-Sense technology to personalise the driving experience and, on the GT version, 4Control four-wheel steering. All-New Mégane’s cabin has high-quality, soft-touch materials. There is an unmistakable cockpit feel to the car thanks to the design of the centre console. Upholstery on the sculpted, accommodating seats has been inspired by leather goods and stylish furnishings. Discreet top-stitching on the seats and door panels further underlines All-New Mégane’s quality.GT-Line: an even sportier lookThe sporty and dynamic appearance of All-New Mégane is even more evident on the GT-Line versions. Specific front and rear bumpers, elliptical chrome exhaust tailpipe and a profiled diffuser hint at the car’s sporty character and there are dark metal 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.In 2017 a Hybrid Assist diesel-electric powertrain will be added to the range, based on the Energy dCi 110 unit. Renault is targeting a class-leading CO2 figure of 76g/km, with fuel economy in the NEDC combined cycle below 2.9 l/100km. The GT range will be extended in 2017 with the addition of a new 1.6-litre dCi 165 unit, with a new 7-speed EDC transmission.All-New Mégane allows owners to personalise the driving experience via Multi-Sense. Accessed via the R-LINK 2 display, Multi-sense features customisable driving programmes, which adapt engine sounds, steering response, engine power and the LED ambient lighting. In the GT version the button is labelled R.S. Drive, and gives instant access to Sport mode. (Full details on Media Press USB) All-New Mégane is available from €155 per month at Highland Motors with Renault Finance with 3% APR, 3 years servicing and 5 years warranty. This offer is available on cars ordered and registered before 31st August.Highland Motors, Mountain Top will be holding a Launch Event for the All-New Mégane on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd July. An additional offer of 5000km of Free Fuel will be given to any customers purchasing an All-New Mégane on either of the launch days. So why not drop in to Highland Motors or Call them on 074 91 28777 to Book a Test Drivewww.highlandrenault.comALL NEW RENAULT MEGANE COMES TO HIGHLAND MOTORS, LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Highland MotorsletterkennyRenault Meganelast_img read more

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Ballybofey man found with drugs and ‘tick list’ at home

first_imgA young man was found in possession of €460 worth of cannabis and a ‘tick list’ when Garda raided his home in Ballybofey.Gary Chambers appeared at Letterkenny District Court facing a number of charges. Gardai visited Chambers home at Carrick Crescent, Ballybofey and found the cannabis and the tick list.Chambers was not there but was at an address at The Beeches in Ballybofey.He was arrested and detained and made full admissions to Gardai.At a later date on December 29th, 2012, he was spotted by Gardai walking in the middle of the road and was highly intoxicated.He refused to get off the road, was arrested and then urinated in the Garda patrol van which cost €60 to have cleaned.His solicitor Mr Kieran Dillon told the court that he had been under the influence of undesirable influences.He said that when he drinks he accepts that he behaves badly.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report and adjourned the case until June 21st.Ballybofey man found with drugs and ‘tick list’ at home was last modified: April 24th, 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)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NOTES

first_imgAn action packed week end of football lies ahead for the Donegal club in Boston. All three teams (seniors, Junior As and Junior Bs) have booked a place in the semifinals!First to take the stage are our Junior A team. They play either Connemara Gaels or Aidan Mc Anespies, a game to be decided this evening! Throw in Sunday  at 12pm.The second game of the day is over on field B, where our Junior B team meets Kerry. Throw in at 1.45pm At 2.30pm the senior team meets with Galway in what will be a tightly contested match for a place in the finals on August 26th.Follow us on twitter @donegalboston or facebook @ DonegalGFC Boston for live updates during all of Sunday’s games.Many thanks to all the teams who participated in our annual golf tournament last Saturday. A special word of thanks to Liz and all at the Cape Cod Country Club in Falmouth for helping to make the day run smoothly and also to Tony and his hard working staff in The Center Bar, Dorchester. Prize Winners:1st :Sean Cassidy & Kevin Skippy O Donnell (@ 4 under)2nd :Michael Caldwell & Johnny  Friel3rd :Ricky Rush & Ritchie Vaughan4th : Colm Murphy (Closest to pin on #9)Michael Caldwell (Closest to pin on #15) Congratulations also to Anthony Mc Croary & Kieran Mc Gee who won the raffle, which they kindly donated to the club. Much appreciated guys!GAA NEWS: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NOTES was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NOTESlast_img read more

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