LMA Takes Over Ganta General Market

first_imgThe Liberia Marketing Association has taken over the Ganta General Market as one of its branches in Nimba.The turning over ceremony, which was held at the Concern Women Center in Ganta, brought together a cross section of the elders of Ganta who had been in charge of the running of the market.“Before the war, the Ganta Market was part of the Liberia Marketing Association, but after the war the market had been run by the community until today’s turning over,” said LMA President, Lusu K. Sloan. She expressed happiness over the turning over of the market to the authority of the LMA as they have long been negotiating to get the market.“The Liberia Marketing Association is going to work closely with this market so as to develop it from the intake that will be generated from the market,” she added.“Despite being turned over, the Ganta Market still remains as an associate member until everything in the possession is turned over,” said the Board Chairperson Beatrice Dennis.The Ganta Market is still running under the makeshift shelter occupying a disputed land, which was declared eminent domain by President Sirleaf during the 2010 Independence Day celebration in Nimba.The new building, which is under construction by the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, is yet to be completed since three years after the project started.City Mayor Ben Dokpa praised the turning over ceremony as another beginning to bring development in Ganta. He thanked the elders and the leader of the Ganta Market for agreeing to be part of the mother organization, the Liberia Marketing Association, and urged them to work together to bring change in the market. Mayor Dokpa told the LMA head that the construction of the Ganta General Market under the stewardship of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund remains at a standstill because the engineer practically disappeared. “We have several bags of cement and other materials down, but the where about of the engineer remain unknown,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Escapee admits to robbery, escaping from lawful custody charges

first_imgThe 23-year old rape and robbery accused, Kishan Wilkinson, called “Kevin Wilkinson”, who had escaped the Cove and John Police Station, East Coast Demerara (ECD), lockups for a brief period on Thursday last, has been sentenced to two years in jail.Kevin WilkinsonWilkinson, who is a labourer and hails from Lot 271 Hope, East Enmore, ECD, was slapped with two counts of robbery under arms as well as one charge of escaping from lawful custody on Friday and appeared at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.Appearing before Magistrate Fabio Azore, Wilkinson admitted to the two robbery under arms offences, which stated that on February 20 he robbed Ramnarace Somar and on May 10, he robbed Kusilica Bhagwandin.He also pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody while at the Cove and John Police Station.Magistrate Azore sentenced Wilkinson to two years’ imprisonment for each of the three charges, however, the sentences will run concurrently.Wilkinson had been originally slated to appear in court on Thursday but the court clerk, it was reported, accidentally, sent his case file to another magisterial district, which delayed the hearing.However, as Wilkinson was being prepared for court, he escaped from custody at the Cove and John Police Station. The police then launched a manhunt for him and, after receiving intelligence, they went to his sister’s home where they were first met with some resistance, during which time Wilkinson tried to slip away through the alleyway but was nabbed.Two ranks who were reportedly in charge of guarding and monitoring Wilkinson before he made his escape from the police station were put under close arrest. The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) of the Guyana Police Force had commenced investigations into the matter but it is still unclear as to whether those ranks deliberately aided in Wilkinson’s daring escape or if they will be sanctioned for that incident.last_img read more

Forsberg debuts for Predators

first_imgForsberg, who has scored 23points in 14 career games against Minnesota, couldn’t help while paired with former Colorado teammate Paul Kariya and Martin Erat. Forsberg spent Friday packing and flying into Nashville and didn’t get much time to skate Saturday morning. “I was a little tired at the beginning there. Like I said, I was trying to make it a little too complicated, and I’m playing with a great line. So, there isn’t any reason at all we shouldn’t be good next game,” Forsberg said. Rangers’ Shanahan, Flyers’ Knuble hurt: Brendan Shanahan was hospitalized after a hard collision with Philadelphia’s Mike Knuble that left the New York Rangers forward unconscious on his back for several minutes. Shanahan skated toward the bench as Knuble came the other way. Neither player saw the other and they slammed shoulder-to-shoulder. Shanahan went flying backward and struck his head against the ice when he fell 7:27 into the third period of the Rangers’ 5-3 loss at Madison Square Garden. X-rays and a CT scan were taken on Shanahan at St. Vincent’s Hospital. All the tests were negative, but Shanahan was to be kept overnight for observation. The Rangers said he was awake, alert and moving all his extremities. Peter Forsberg is creating the buzz around town that the Nashville Predators wanted when they traded for the former NHL MVP. Winning with the star center will have to wait a couple more days. Marian Gaborik broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 11:59 of the third period, and the Minnesota Wild ruined Forsberg’s Nashville debut with a 4-1 victory over the Predators on Saturday night. The Predators put Forsberg into the starting lineup to help introduce him so Nashville could welcome the former MVP properly since he helped sell out this game in the past 48hours. They responded with a roaring ovation before the faceoff, and started chanting “Welcome Forsberg” in the opening minutes. center_img The right side of Knuble’s face was swollen, and the Flyers expressed concern he has broken bones around his eye. X-rays of his neck were negative and Knuble was allowed to accompany the team on the train back to Philadelphia. 160Want 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

Samuel Alito confirmed to Supreme Court

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. became the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, confirmed with the most partisan victory in modern history after a fierce battle over the future direction of the high court. The Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito – a former federal appellate judge, U.S. attorney, and conservative lawyer for the Reagan administration from New Jersey – as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who has been a moderate swing vote on the court. All but one of the Senate’s majority Republicans voted for his confirmation, while all but four of the Democrats voted against Alito. That is the smallest number of senators in the president’s opposing party to support a Supreme Court justice in modern history. Chief Justice John Roberts got 22 Democratic votes last year, and Justice Clarence Thomas – who was confirmed in 1991 on a 52-48 vote – got 11 Democratic votes. Alito watched the final vote from the White House’s Roosevelt Room with his family. He was to be sworn in by Roberts at the Supreme Court in a private ceremony later in the day, in plenty of time for him to appear with President Bush at the State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. Alito will be ceremonially sworn in a second time at a White House East Room appearance on Wednesday. With the confirmation vote, O’Connor’s resignation became official. She resigned in July but agreed to remain until her successor was confirmed. She was in Arizona Tuesday teaching a class at the University of Arizona law school. Underscoring the rarity of a Supreme Court justice confirmation, senators answered the roll by standing one by one at their desks as their names were called, instead of voting and leaving the chamber. Alito and Roberts are the first two new members of the Supreme Court since 1994. Alito is a longtime federal appeals judge, having been confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on April 27, 1990. Before that, he worked as New Jersey’s U.S. attorney and as a lawyer in the Justice Department for the conservative Reagan administration. It was his Reagan-era work that caused the most controversy during his three-month candidacy for the high court. Alito replaces O’Connor, the court’s first female justice and a key moderate swing vote on issues like assisted suicide, campaign finance law, the death penalty, affirmative action and abortion. Critics who mounted a fierce campaign against his nomination noted that while he worked in the solicitor general’s office for President Reagan, he suggested that the Justice Department should try to chip away at abortion rights rather than mount an all-out assault. He also wrote in a 1985 job application for another Reagan administration post that he was proud of his work helping the government argue that “the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.” Now, Alito says, he has great respect for Roe as a precedent but refused to commit to upholding it in the future. “I would approach the question with an open mind and I would listen to the arguments that were made,” he told senators at his confirmation hearing earlier this month. Democrats weren’t convinced, with liberals even unsuccessfully trying to rally support to filibuster Alito on Monday. “The 1985 document amounted to Judge Alito’s pledge of allegiance to a conservative radical Republican ideology,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said before the vote. They also repeatedly questioned Alito at his five-day confirmation hearing after he would not discuss his opinions about abortion or other contentious topics. At one point, his wife, Martha-Ann, started crying and left the hearing room as her husband’s supporters defended him from the Democratic questioning. “To Judge Alito, I say you deserve a seat on the Supreme Court,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. Alito’s path to the Supreme Court is infused with New Jersey connections. Born in Trenton as the son of an Italian immigrant, he attended Princeton University. He headed to Connecticut to receive his law degree, graduating from Yale University in 1975. His late father, Samuel Alito Sr., was the director of New Jersey’s Office of Legislative Services from 1952 to 1984. Alito’s sister, Rosemary, is a top employment lawyer in New Jersey. Alito was not the White House’s first choice – or even second choice – for the Supreme Court. Bush picked Roberts when O’Connor first announced she was stepping down last year. After Roberts was promoted to the top spot after Chief Justice William Rehnquist died, the White House against passed over Alito for the vacant seat, instead selecting White House counsel Harriet Miers. Miers’ withdrawal following a barrage of conservative criticism in late October finally brought Alito’s name to the forefront, although he then had to contend with constant references as “Scalito” or “Scalia-lite,” references to his judicial similarity to Justice Antonin Scalia. “I’m my own person. And I’m not like any other justice on the Supreme Court now or anybody else who served on the Supreme Court in the past,” Alito said at his confirmation hearing. ___ On the Net: Senate: http://www.senate.gov White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov Supreme Court: http://www.supremecourtus.gov 160Want 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

Vietnam War veteran Herman dies

first_imgHerman grew up in Los Angeles and studied sign painting at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and sent to Vietnam, where he served as a gunner in 1967 and 1968. Frank and Norma met at a dance at the Union Hall in Los Angeles. She was a student at Roosevelt High School; he was from rival Garfield High. They married in 1966, two weeks before he was due to report for duty. Returning to civilian life, he took a job as a sign painter. The couple had one son, Christopher, who grew up to become a Los Angeles County firefighter. Christopher Herman died in 1994 in a fire in Altadena at age 25. A memorial service for Herman will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Chapel Montebello, 931 S. Maple Ave. Burial will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary. Herman will be buried next to his son’s grave at Rose Hills. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2However, following a fundraising dance the post put on in his behalf in April, a thief or thieves burglarized the post, taking $1,500 raised from the event. An article about the theft that appeared in the Whittier Daily News triggered a flood of new donations for Herman and his wife. About 60 Marines from the Marine Reserve Training Center in Pico Rivera, who were moved by the article, donated $1,600. Herman belonged to the VFW Post in Pico Rivera for 25 years, often showing up there before dawn to mow the lawn and make repairs to the building. He founded the post’s annual “Black and White” fundraising dance and organized Christmas parties for local children. Herman, who loved smoking cigars and swapping war stories, also helped recruit to the post the new generation of war veterans who served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf War. “His biggest legacy is the love he had for those young people,” Norma Herman said. PICO RIVERA – Vietnam veteran Frank Herman, whose battle with cancer became a rallying cause for local veterans, has died, his wife confirmed. Herman, 62, died Saturday at the Veterans Administration’s West Los Angeles medical facility, where he had spent the past few months, said Norma Herman. “He died young, but he lived his life like he was supposed to – with purpose,” she said. “He always acted like he was 52 instead of 62.” Herman was active and well-known at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6315. When members learned he had cancer, they began raising money to help the couple pay for medical and other expenses. last_img read more


first_imgFinn Valley AC athlete Arlene Crossan in the Autumn of 2013 won the Irish schools combined events indoor title going on to lead the Irish Schools team in Glasgow.She continued to work hard with her coach Shauna Carlin and training group culminating in an impressive return in the Irish U-16 championship at Athlone IT on Saturday.Opening with a 5.34m long jump, followed with a winning hurdle personal best in a fluid 9.45  and up next was the high jump over at 1.59m close at 1.62m,a personal best and much improved 3kg shot tp 8.55m and a winning 800m showing at 2.23 a total of 3414 points which translates as a noteworthy performance. The Loreto Convent student will now face into 2014 with renewed confidence as she continues to work at improving technically and with coach support from former national long jump champion Shauna and former Irish record holder and champion Sean Carlin the future looks bright.Aine Kerr Convoy,also from that same training group was in a medal position going into the final event the 800 in her age group but the wheels came off in the last laps but there is no doubting her potential and medal possibility in the months ahead. SUPER ARLENE LANDS NATIONAL TITLE! was last modified: January 11th, 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:arleneArlene CrossanFinn Valley ACletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgGAA: The Donegal SFC returns this weekend after a 12-week break and there are some enthralling fixtures down for decision.In group three the clash of St Michael’s and Four Masters is the meeting of two sides expected to progress from their group. St Michael’s recorded a comfortable win in their opening championship encounter over rivals Cloughaneely while Four Masters edged out Glenfin.St Michael’s are sitting top of Division One and have enjoyed a fine campaign to date under the tutelage of Eddie Harkin.They earned a good win away to Glenswilly on Sunday and did so without the services of Donegal players Martin McElhinney and Daniel McLaughlin.Both McElhinney and McLaughlin are expected to be fit for the clash with Four Masters. Four Masters suffered a very disappointing defeat away to Ardara which now leaves them in the relegation mire as the league reaches nears its conclusion.They had earned an excellent result against St Eunan’s a week previous and were buoyant prior to the clash with relegation rivals Ardara.However, a flat performance ensured Ardara took all two points and it was from ideal preparation for this week’s Donegal SFC clash with St Michael’s.Four Masters will be hoping their star player Karl Lacey will be fit to play against St Michael’s.The 2012 Footballer of the Year was missing last weekend and if Four Masters are to pull off a shock this weekend they’ll need the experience and class of Lacey in the heart of their defence.Four Masters lost Paul Durcan to Ballyboden St Enda’s earlier this season but still have a team laced with quality. On paper it’s hard to look past St Michael’s, but Four Masters have great championship tradition and on their own patch will not make it easy for anyone.Four Masters put St Michael’s out of the Donegal SFC in 2012 after a replay and extra-time so they won’t fear Eddie Harkin’s side.St Michael’s have been in great form all season and are genuine contenders to win the Donegal SFC outright.St Michael’s will probably have too much firepower in the end for Four Masters but it will be a closely fought game. Verdict: St Michael’sDONEGAL SFC GROUP 3: FOUR MASTERS V ST MICHAEL’S PREVIEW was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCGAASportlast_img read more

Both sides in election courting Latino voters

first_img Still, Schwarzenegger’s campaign efforts include at least two ads running on Spanish TV – neither featuring the governor, who does not speak Spanish. One features young children playing with blocks that have the numbers 74, 75, 76 and 77 on them, while an announcer argues that the measures would benefit schools. Another ad features four people speaking about why they support each of the governor’s four initiatives. Officials with the Alliance for a Better California, the main labor-backed coalition fighting the governor’s agenda, also have been working hard to court the Latino vote. The alliance, which has featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in its television and print ads, has also mobilized Spanish-speaking union members to go door-to-door in urban neighborhoods. The group has also capitalized on Schwarzenegger’s ties to former Gov. Pete Wilson, who became unpopular in the Latino community after backing anti-immigrant measures, by featuring the two side-by-side or morphing into each other in ads and asking voters to stop the “Wilson-Schwarzenegger agenda.” Another Alliance ad features a schoolteacher discussing the effects Schwarzenegger’s measure would have on schools and then cuts to Villaraigosa urging voters to oppose the measures. Still, some analysts argue, neither campaign has been courting Latinos to the extent they have in past elections. Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonpartisan organization that studies and seeks to improve Latino political participation, believes both campaigns are focusing more on high-propensity voters – who tend to be white and affluent – than they do in a regular election when wider turnout is projected. “The political consultants are scared of voters that don’t have a clear track record on these issues, so they don’t do the kind of big turnout activities you do when it’s a race between candidates and parties,” Gonzalez said. “Just by the definition of this campaign, you don’t have the same amount of resources or attention or messaging going to Latino communities as, say, the white communities. That’s a function of dollars and cents. It’s also a function of a special election on insider-baseball-type initiatives.” Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struggles to make his case for reform measures on the Nov. 8 special-election ballot, he and his opponents have stepped up their battle for the state’s Latino voters. The governor taped a town-hall forum on Spanish-language Univision that aired statewide over the weekend, even as opponents launched their first Spanish-language TV ads featuring Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attacking the governor’s proposals. The high-profile events are just the latest campaign efforts aimed at courting the 2 million Latinos registered to vote in California, accounting for 14 percent of the statewide electorate. “We’ve been on the air with a seven-figure Spanish TV buy for the last three weeks,” said Todd Harris, the governor’s campaign spokesman. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “In the past week, the governor has been endorsed by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Coalition, the Hispanic 100, the Hispanic Business Roundtable. Very influential statewide Latino groups have been joining the governor’s reform campaign in droves.” Harris, who was involved in Schwarzenegger’s recall campaign, said this year’s effort has more staff and resources dedicated toward courting the Latino vote than did the 2003 campaign. Still, the governor faces an uphill battle luring the Latino electorate – which has traditionally supported Democratic and union causes. Several of the ballot measures supported by Schwarzenegger – including one that would limit union use of members’ dues for political causes and one that would increase the time it takes teachers to gain tenure – have drawn battle lines with the unions. And a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California last week showed that 76 percent of Latinos disapprove of the governor’s job performance. last_img read more


first_imgSwimmers from Loreto Schools all over the country gathered in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Thursday for the annual inter Loreto Schools Swimming Gala and the Senior girls from Loreto Letterkenny did their school and county proud by winning the Senior Freestyle Relay.The team of Ellen Doherty, Emma Harvey, Niamh McHugh and Emma Vaughan fought off strong competition from Loreto Kilkenny to come home with the Gold medals and the All Ireland Loreto Shield.These swimmers also had great individual swims with Emma Harvey winning Silver in the Backstroke, Ellen Doherty Bronze in the Breaststroke,Niamh McHugh Silver in Free and Emma Vaughan Silver in the Intermediate Breaststroke. The Junior Relay team of Emma Tinney, Sinead O’Kane, Cara Nulty and Eadaoinn Kelly also enjoyed success by coming third and received Bronze medals.Cara Nulty from this team won Bronze in the individual Breaststroke.The Intermediate Relay team of Sarah Duffy, Chloe Tinney, Georgia Keys and Maria Sierra also performed well and gained points for the school.With all this success the School team finished in fourth place overall. Well done to all swimmers and good luck as they travel to the Ulster Schools competition in Ballymena over the weekend. LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS LIFT ALL IRELAND SWIMMING TITLE was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 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:LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLSSWIMMING titlelast_img read more

Boss Laudrup salutes players after stunning Swansea victory

first_imgNew Swansea boss Michael Laudrup saluted his players after their blistering start to his reign.It was a stunning opening to the season from the Swans, whose 5-0 victory at QPR left the home crowd stunnedLaudrup said: “That was impressive. Winning the first game – on my debut and also the debut of the team in the second season in the Premier League – away 5-0 is something nobody could have dreamt of.“I’m very happy for the players. Last season I think the first away win was in January and it’s very important you know you can win an away game, because it gives you confidence for the rest of the season.“We hit the bar twice in the first half and I don’t think anyone can say that we didn’t deserve that result.“We all know there will be bad days, bad weeks and maybe even bad months, but it’s important to take results like that and use it.”See also:The QPR v Swansea City quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more