Mission Alliance to Renew 5-Year Plan with UMC, DCS

first_imgThe Norwegian partner to the Department of Community Services (DCS) of the Liberia Annual Conference Mission Alliance has committed itself to continue supporting the Church through DCS for the next five years in its development drive.The Country Director of Mission Alliance to Liberia Rune A. Oygard said Mission Alliance Liberia is an Evangelical Diaconal mission organization that is engaged in an extensive work to support the poor, disabled and the marginalized people in Asia, South-America and Africa.He assured that they will continue to work with the Department of Community Services in the areas of community development with components like education, healthcare, income-generating activities and livelihood.He said they will closely work also with local authorities, organizations and communities to ensure that the target groups participate and have ownership to their projects.He spoke over the weekend in Gbarnga City, Bong County at a two-day Round Table Stakeholders discussion for the extension of the community Integrated Education Program held at a local resort.He expressed his organization’s support to the Church through the Department of Community Services of the Liberia Annual Conference to go into a five-year agreement as they give funding from the people of Norway to better the living conditions of the poor, disabled and the marginalized.The Department of Community Services ran four programs through the support and funding from Mission Alliance and Norway in 2008, beginning with its first program called the Community Development Program (CODEPRO) in the 15 counties through the construction of hand pumps, schools, clinics and other social services. They also instituted the Community Integrated Education Program (CIEP) in 2011, and the Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) in 2012 as well as the Giving Hope to a Child Norway Program.In a related development, the Mission Alliance Country Director indicated that there is a criteria for the selection of partners with preference for faith based partners, compatible strategy, compatible thematic areas, ability to work effectively and achieve results and organizational capacity.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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Debris in drainage pumps costs City Hall $$$ to rectify

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Thursday highlighted that debris in drainage pumps across the capital city, continues to cost the Council millions to rectify.This was according to City Engineer Colvern Venture during a press conference held at City Hall, when sections of the city flooded on Thursday due to heavy rainfall.“These pumps most of the time are down because of debris getting into the pump foot and as such is costing the Council millions of dollars to have these pumps repaired, so I am emphasising that the residents and persons to desist from disposing of their waste in canals or waterways in the City,” he said.Venture noted that two of the City’s pumps are currently down due to the sameSection of the city under waterclogging issue.He informed that the South area of the city was flooded. “It was evident in South Ruimveldt, North Ruimveldt and also we had in Alexander Village, East and West Ruimveldt where we had a lot of waters in those areas”.According to him, the issue was compounded by the sluices being closed at the time in those areas.Among the things being done to reduce the water levels in the city, the Engineer noted that the drains were cleared and the sluices were subsequently opened.His statements came at a time where sections of the city were again sheeted with floodwaters due to the heavy rainfall experienced on Thursday morning.Children were seen making their way to school while decked in their water boots to protect their feet from flood waters.In the meantime, persons who could not have avoided the waters found themselves wading through to carry out their daily activities.This was the case on Main Street, Georgetown where employees made their way through the waters to get to their various workplaces.Believers who were in need of prayers and counselling even braved the flood waters to enter the different churches around the city which were also flooded.Route 42 (Timehri to Georgetown) minibus operators who were also affected by the floodwaters were as much as removed from their bus park on High Street, opposite Ashmins Trading for a second day due to the situation.last_img read more

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Huskies win – force Friday night game 7

first_img [asset|aid=1096|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=07f6edc7ef9e3dcfb2446ee750532a37-bob-walters_1_Pub.mp3] Walters seemed to enjoy his game, and didn’t look at all out of place in his first game of junior hockey. “It was awesome playing with Payden, he’s a good hockey player, and made everything easy” he said. Click here to listen to a highlights package from game six: [asset|aid=1097|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=07f6edc7ef9e3dcfb2446ee750532a37-Huskies Win 5-2 to the North Peace Navigators _1_Pub.mp3] And so, the stage is now set for a game seven showdown. But, there’s no rest for the weary, as it goes on Friday night. The game will be the fifth in six days for both teams, with the winner heading to Whitecourt for game one of the finals on Saturday.Advertisement Staring elimination in the face, the Huskies headed to Peace River on Thursday night, looking to steal a win back, after a disappointing overtime loss on home ice in game five. Showing the intensity proportionate to the situation, and some urgency that may have been lacking on Wednesday night, the pups had a slow first few minutes, but soon turned on the jets. 9 minutes into the game, Cody Kalb broke open the scoring, when he banged a Jordan Walters rebound past Bretton Stewart. Just 40 seconds later, Steven Fast converted a two-on-one with Kole Norris, and the Huskies were awake. Kole Norris would wrap up the first period scoring, when he fired a shot past a sliding Adam Boytinck and past Stewart, to give the pups a 3-0 lead after one.- Advertisement – Just seven seconds into the second period, Gerry Young took a long shot on Zack Blain, with the rebound coming right to Kyle Richardson who buried it, to give the Navigators just the start they needed. Nine minutes in, Robbie Sidhu fired a weak shot that found its way past Bretton Stewart, to regain FSJ’s three goal lead. And, with two minutes left in the second, Gerry Young found his way back onto the score sheet, when the Huskies failed to clear their zone on a penalty kill, leading to a nice behind-the-back pass from Selleck Bunn to Young, who cut the lead to 2 goals. Two minutes into the third, Cody Kalb scored his second of the game, and 11th of the playoffs, when he banged home another rebound, again restoring a three goal lead, and seemingly putting the Navs away. While Peace River would get two more chances on the powerplay, including a double minor to Jesse Disher, the penalty kill stood tall, allowing very few chances and penetration from Peace, and relying on some solid goaltending from Zack Blain as well. With the exception of Gerry Young’s second period goal, the Fort St. John penalty kill played strong all night, killing five of six opportunities, compared to just three for the Huskies.Advertisement Fan support for the Huskies so far this playoffs has been struggling, and the team will definitely be looking for an energy boost from their faithful, as they try to once again fight off elimination, and win one more game, to advance to the league finals. Game seven goes Friday night at 8pm, at the North Peace Arena.center_img One of the three Husky powerplays came in the final two minutes of the game, allowing the team to simply play keep-away, and run down the clock, for a 5-2 win. Coach Bob Kalb was certainly happy with the solid effort from his team on the night, which he says brought the compete-level needed for an elimination game. [asset|aid=1095|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b879e751cfc6b24be6f3beee65f1b888-bob-game6_1_Pub.mp3] While Robbie Sidhu scored his third goal as a Husky, it may have been Jordan Walters who stole the callup spotlight. Walters started the game on a defensive pairing with Payden Wongstedt, and played in every situation, clearly instilling confidence in the coach.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Stewart is hoping for 2002 repeat

first_imgOn Sunday, Stewart was dominant at Daytona, but a wreck with Kurt Busch cut his day short and he ended with a disappointing 39th-place finish. Stewart has never won at Fontana, one of four tracks that has eluded him, but he brings a reliable Home Depot Chevrolet. Chassis No. 20 won three of the last eight races in 2006, including successive wins at Atlanta and Texas. “What you do at California is solely based on what you and your team can do with your race car, not what drafting line you’re in or how the car behind you is going to affect your next move,” Stewart said. “I enjoy going to California because I really feel that’s where our season starts. “That’s a track where you don’t really worry about what everybody else’s car is doing. You worry about what your car is doing.” Drivin’ thru There are a couple of reasons why Kyle Busch likes to compete at California Speedway. Never mind that he holds the track Cup qualifying (188.435 mph, 2005) or that he scored his first victory at Fontana (Sony HD 500, 2005). FONTANA – If history is any indication, this could well be Tony Stewart’s year to win his second Nextel Cup Series championship. In 2002, his title season, Stewart left Daytona with a last-place finish, yet managed to claim the crown after the 40th race. center_img He became the youngest-ever Cup pole winner at 19 years, 9 months and 24 days and the youngest Cup race winner at 20 years, 4 months and 2 days. Both of the records were previously held by Donald Thomas and stood for more than 50 years. “I like the `flatness’ of California,” Busch said. “I grew up on a relatively flat track at the Las Vegas Bullring, and I’ve done well at New Hampshire and Phoenix, so I guess it just suits my style of driving.” But that’s not the only reason. “I was able to sit on the pole two years ago, and we won a race there, too, so we’ve had some real good luck at California,” he said. “I’m looking forward to California because we can run well and it’s a West Coast race, so I’ll be able to get In-N-Out Burger, too.” He’s back Ron Hornaday Jr., a former Palmdale resident, drives a Chevy Silverado for Kevin Harvick on the Craftsman Truck Series and will race Friday night. He has competed 13 times at the Fontana track – seven in the Busch Series, four in the Trucks and once in the Winston West and Cup. It’s a return to the area where he established his reputation. “Going to California is always good for me because of the fans; the race track is close to my hometown,” Hornaday said. “In the last California race, we lost the master cylinder and had no brakes. Heading into the second race with a seventh-place finish at Daytona, is a good way to start the season off.” 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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Ozil to travel with Arsenal to Singapore

first_img0Shares0000Too soon to say goodbye? Mesut Ozil, who had a disappointing World Cup with Germany, will be with the Arsenal squad for their visit to Singapore © AFP/File / Luis AcostaLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 16 – Mesut Ozil will travel with Arsenal for their pre-season tour of Singapore, the Gunners’ new head coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday.Following the shock early exit of Germany from the World Cup, playmaker Ozil has been on holiday and has yet to return to pre-season training, with Emery instead working with those Arsenal players not involved in Russia 2018. Emery, appointed after the long-serving Arsene Wenger stepped down at the end of last season, saw his first game in charge of the North London giants end in a relaxed 8-0 win over non-league Boreham Wood on Saturday, with new signings Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi both involved.The Gunners boss confirmed Monday that, in addition to Ozil, Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny and Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi, who were also eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage, would play a full part in the Singapore tour, with Arsenal travelling on July 22.“All the players are the same,” Emery told Arsenal Player.“They have the same holidays. I know Iwobi, Elneny and Mesut Ozil. He’s coming with us to Singapore the first day,” the Spaniard added.Arsenal will play Paris Saint-Germain, Emery’s former club, and Europa League holders Atletico Madrid in Singapore as part of the International Champions Cup.Ozil came under fire for his lacklustre displays at the World Cup, where 2014 champions Germany finished bottom of their group.It followed criticism of the 29-year-old’s performances during the latter stages of last season, with former Arsenal defender Martin Keown accusing him of not “giving everything”, having signed a new contract in January.But Emery, speaking on Thursday, said: “For us Mesut is a very important player…today he is on holiday and I want him to relax good and I want, when he comes back with us, to start with a good mentality.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Watch: Neymar scores ludicrous goal for Barcelona against Villarreal

first_imgIt was his second and Barcelona’s third as the Catalans looked like cantering to another easy La Liga win. 1 Lionel who?Barcelona are showing no signs of struggling in Lionel Messi’s absence, but then again it does make it easier when you have Neymar and Luis Suarez at your disposal.The former produced a stunning individual goal against Villarreal on Sunday, sumptuously flicking the ball over a hapless defender and volleying home. Best summary of Neymar’s goal, from @LaTdP : “You can’t even score that goal on the Playstation. It doesn’t exist!”.— Lee Roden (@LeeRoden89) November 8, 2015 Neymar last_img read more

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Jones pleads guilty, pleas for forgiveness

first_imgJones and her mother embraced afterward, the elder Jones telling her daughter, “Good job.” The two then climbed into a black limousine with one of Jones’ attorneys and drove away without taking questions. “It’s bittersweet,” said Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. “Any time a potential American hero admits to cheating us sports fans, people who watch Olympic games, it’s bittersweet.” Friday marked a stunning fall from grace for the 31-year-old Jones, once the most celebrated female athlete in the world. She captivated the country with the audacious goal of winning five gold medals at the Sydney Olympics. Though she fell short – only three of her five medals were gold, the other two bronze – her winsome smile and charming personality made her a star. Seven years later, she is broke, her reputation is ruined and she is looking at prison time. Jones is the biggest name to be brought down so far in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative scandal. But home run king Barry Bonds also has been linked to BALCO, and a grand jury is still investigating whether he lied to federal investigators. Bonds denied ever knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. In testimony before a grand jury in 2003, Bonds said he believed a clear substance and a cream given to him by his trainer were flaxseed oil and an arthritis balm. In court, Jones, seated at the defense table and speaking in a clear voice through a microphone, said she lied to a federal investigator in November 2003 when he asked if she had used performance-enhancing drugs. “I answered that I had not. This was a lie, your honor,” she said. Jones said she took steroids from September 2000 to July 2001 and said she was told by her then-coach Trevor Graham that she was taking flaxseed oil when it was actually “the clear.” That’s a performance-enhancing drug linked to BALCO, the lab at the center of the steroids scandal in professional sports.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe three-time Olympic gold medalist pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs, and announced her retirement after the hearing. Jones also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme. Outside the U.S. District Court, Jones broke down in tears as she apologized for her actions, saying she understands she has disappointed her friends, family and supporters. “It’s with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust,” Jones said, pausing frequently to regain her composure while her mother stood behind her, a supportive hand on her daughter’s shoulder. “I have been dishonest, and you have the right to be angry with me. I have let (my family) down. I have let my country down, and I have let myself down,” she said. “I recognize that by saying I’m deeply sorry, it might not be enough and sufficient to address the pain and hurt that I’ve caused you. “Therefore, I want to ask for your forgiveness for my actions, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.” JURISPRUDENCE: Sprint star admits to lies in court and retires. By Jim Fitzgerald THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – For years, Marion Jones angrily denied using steroids. On Friday, she admitted it was all a lie. last_img read more

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Jay Leno headlines evening of entertainment

first_imgNEWHALL – They might not make it to the couch, but the Sound Vibes show choir from Hart High School can add “appeared with the King of Late Night” to their resumes after March 23, when Jay Leno will headline a night of comedy and music at the school. The performance is a fundraiser for the families of violinist David Ewart and Meadows Elementary School sixth-grader Ryan Baker, and will be held in the Hart High School auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. David and Mary Berg have been working with several neighbors to organize assistance for the two families. David Berg, who is a segment producer for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” thought his boss might want to lend his talents to the causes. “He said some people in my neighborhood were burned and maybe we could help them out,” Leno said. He’s familiar with the area, having done fundraisers for the athletic departments at Canyon and Hart high schools. Asked if he was going to mine the Santa Clarita Valley for local material, Leno laughed: “It’s not like we’re flying out to Fargo.” “The sad thing is that it sometimes takes things like this to bring a community together,” Leno said. “Nowadays, everything is available on iPod or text messages. I grew up in a small town in New England and once a month we had a town meeting. Nothing got done, but at least you gathered. “The only time I’ve ever seen my neighbors is when we had a Neighborhood Watch meeting because there had been a robbery. These are both terrible circumstances that we’re raising money for, but it’s really no different than an Amish barn-raising. People really go come around to help each other.” Leno’s brand of comedy has been labeled “family-friendly,” but he prefers to think of it as just finding a common funny bone to give everyone a chuckle. “I’m sort of old-school,” he said. “I learned from Jack Benny and Bob Hope, comedians who tried to make everybody laugh. I see comedians who work just dirty, or just Hispanic or black audiences. To me, funny is funny. I grew up in the era of Bill Cosby, who could make anybody laugh because he found common experiences. I try to work as broad a base as I can.” The Sound Vibes will perform along with other musicians, including renowned violinists Bruce Dukov and Karia Popov and singers Leslie Garman and Ryan’s father, Tim Baker. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction and raffle. Items from “The Tonight Show,” along with gift baskets and other items will be featured. Tickets are $50 for open seating, $100 for assigned seats. Tickets are available by calling Josy Block at (661) 254-8412. For program advertising, contact Mary Berg at (661) 259-2877. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Leno has a reputation for helping raise money for charitable causes, auctioning off celebrity-autographed motorcycles to help victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as those affected by last year’s hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He endows a scholarship for automotive restoration (one of his passions) at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., and donates proceeds from his books to nonprofit causes. He credits his philanthropy to a deep-seated, simple belief that people should help other people. “My favorite book is ‘A Christmas Carol,”‘ he said. “I read it every year and it always affects me. Scrooge was as good as his word. People ask me if I could come out and tell some jokes, we could raise some money. It’s fun for me. I like to tell jokes. I’m not a great humanitarian. If I’m available, of course, I’ll do it.” Ewart, his son Michael and father, Hugh, were critically injured Dec. 20 when an early morning fire destroyed their Valencia Hills home. Treated at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital, Hugh has returned home to Portland, Ore., and David and Michael are making steady progress. Ryan Baker, 12, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a disease he has struggled with for the past six years. He’s received extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but doctors at UCLA Medical Center now say a bone marrow transplant is needed to save his life. Both families are faced with extensive medical bills that will exceed insurance payments. last_img read more

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