Youth Chair Commends USAID For Road Rehabilitation

first_imgThe chairman of the youth of the Doe Administrative District in Nimba County has hailed the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for rehabilitating the 21km feeder road linking Gogain on the main road to Tapita with Zuaplay and Dounpa in the Doe Administrative District.Mr. Langar made the commendation in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Tappita recently.He believes that the ongoing rehabilitation work will bring relief to residents of the district, which has been cut-off from the rest of Nimba owing to the deplorable condition of the stretch of road.Chairman Langar, as the brain behind the development of the district, congratulated the people of America whose money is being implemented through the construction of roads and other meaningful development now impacting the lives of the locals.“I am very satisfied with the level of work done so far and I believe that upon its completion, the road will be one of the best feeder roads in Nimba,” he said.He disclosed that already, the earth-moving equipment on the road have completed about 10 kms of the side clearing, while 2.5 kms of the road have been graded since the project commenced in April this year.Mr. Langar has meanwhile called on well meaning Nimbaians, especially those hailing from Tappita Statutory District where the Doe Administrative District is situated, to join him in the development advocacy of their district.On April 26, 2015, USAID broke ground for the rehabilitation of the feeder road connecting Gogain to Zuaplay and Dounpa to enable farmers to reach the market with their produce.This stretch of the road has been in deplorable condition since it was opened up by logging companies in the mid 1970s. Nearly all the creeks along the route are being covered with wooden bridges, something that posed death threat to commuters.That is one of the feeder road projects being undertaken by USAID through the U.S.- sponsored Food and Enterprise Development/FED, which is supporting farmers in food production in Nimba.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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Bassa Defeats Nimba

first_imgOver 1,000 fans and sympathizers of Grand Bassa County, in their dominant blue, joyfully chanted that ‘Dumboy is better than GB,’ in appreciation of their team’s narrow win against Nimba County yesterday at the crammed Antoinette Tubman Stadium.This is the third crucial win for Bassa to prove supremacy over Nimba in 16 years – and a similar song was sung at each victory.In 1990, Bassa beat Nimba to lift their inaugural football trophy and 24 years later – in 2014, Bassa again whipped Nimba 2-1 to win her second trophy; and yesterday marked the third triumph.At the crowded stadium, football defending champions, Grand Bassa County whipped Nimba County, 4-2 in a lottery shot, after 33 minutes entertaining football ended goalless.Yesterday’s goalless extra-time game was in conclusion of Tuesday’s 90-minute match which was rescheduled owing to poor visibility determined by referee Sam Kortee, the players and Match Commissioner Yanqueh Borsay.Bassa’s tactic was attacking as a way to defend, as well as swapping their goalie for the lottery shot which paid off. The Gbehzohn Boys had more attempts at goal and controlled the ball 55% more than their opponents.A scramble ball in the 25th minute amongst Nimba trio Mustapha Lomell, Irvin Gbotoe and William Siegbeh in the box ended wide and it was the last saving grace for the Mountainous boys.Earlier, Bassa’s Kweku Mensah’s ball hit the woodwork and Frederick Dennis’ header was saved by goalie Prince Marwolo.In the 29th minute, Bassa’s top goalie Sekou Bayoh was substituted for Daniel Davies.The end of the extra time was greeted by wide chants from both fans and it continued with seesaw shouts.Bassa winger David Paye gave his side hope when he netted the first lottery shot. Disappointingly, Nimba skipper Meapen Dolo and striker Irvin Gbotoe missed their kicks, courtesy to goalie Daniel Davies.Bassa marksman Frederick Dennis scored the winning goal, to bang Nimba County, 4-2.This is the first time for Nimba to drop in the quarter finals in five years.Nimba County won the trophy in 2010 and 2012 and settled as runner-up in 2012.In 2013, Nimba County fell in the semi finals; and in 2014 as runner-up, where Bassa whipped Nimba County 2-1.Meanwhile, in today’s games, Grand Kru will host Montserrado in kickball; and Lofa meets Gbarpolu.The games will start at 2:00pm.According to the semi finals’ kickball fixture, Nimba will meet Grand Bassa, and in football, Bassa is expected to settle score with Bong.It may be recalled that in the opener in Buchanan, Bong whipped Bassa 2-0.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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Ramjattan urges Police hierarchy to be professional

first_imgGPF undergoing capacity buildingAs the Guyana Police Force (GPF) continues with efforts to reform its operations, the capacity building department of the Force’s Strategic Planning Unit was commissioned on Monday and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan calledPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanon the hierarchy of the law enforcement agency to build on its leadership and professionalism.The Minister gave this encouragement at the police officers’ training centre in Eve Leary, Georgetown, where he said that under the United Kingdom’s Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP), the GPF would be able to implement the reforms.“Our Police Force needs an improved capacity and capability in the area of professional strengthening in leadership, which will empower the Force to initiate reforms and to strategically plan out for the realisation of these objectives,” he notedRamjattan expressed appreciation for the UK’s support in assisting the security sector, calling the nation one of Guyana’s allies. The capacity-building department was opened as Britain continues to carry out its objectives by providing assistance under the SSRP.Referencing the recently-halted Police promotions that followed the commencement of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged assassination attempt against the President, the Public Security Minister noted the need for an overhaul of the guidelines that govern the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force.“Indeed with all that has happened recently and highlighted in the news concerning our Police Force, especially its upper echelons, there is need for strategic rethink,” Ramjattan asserted.UK experts Paul Mathais and Andy Odell are in Guyana to offer support in matters of security and to assist in the sector’s reforms under the guidance of Presidential Advisor under the SSRP, Russell Combe.After he carried out an assessment of the reforms that were needed within the local Police Force, Combe handed over his preliminary findings to the Guyana Government in June 2017. One of the advisor’s key focal points related to the prison system where it was noted that many prisoners were on remand for longer than the prison sentence they would receive if they were convicted.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn also addressed Monday’s commissioning of the department. He informed the gathering that the launch was just one of several initiatives planned over the next few months to assist the country’s security sector.“It also adds to the support we are giving to other areas of the security sector – the Prison Service, Defence Force, and specialised agencies such as the Special Organised Crime Unit,” Quinn disclosed.“We also expect it to support and sustain relevant reform programmes and the implementation of those reform action plans for broader security reform within the Police,” the Ambassador added.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine welcomed the addition to the unit, indicating his willingness to see the realisation of strategies recommended under the programme.“More and more, every sector of society is depending, requesting, demanding improved services from the Police Force,” he told the participants.An initial training exercise with stakeholders followed Monday’s launch and two officers from the Surinamese Police Force were present to support and train locals, along with the UK experts under the Strategic Planning Unit’s Capacity Building.It was during a meeting with former British Prime Minister David Cameron in September 2015 that President David Granger requested that the multimillion-dollar SSRP be revived.After this request, an analysis was subsequently conducted on the current state of the local security sector and how the UK Government could assist Guyana.As part of the implementation phase, UK security expert Combe was first recruited on a one-year programme where he guided and advised the Guyanese Government on reforming the security sector.last_img read more

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Fans worldwide flock to bookstores for final volume of Harry Potter

first_img• Video: Harry Potter predictions for book 7 LONDON – Readers waited in sheets of rain and blazing sun Friday, from Sydney to Seattle, to get their hands on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final volume in the schoolboy wizard’s saga. In a now-familiar ritual that is part sales frenzy and part Halloween party, bookstores in Britain were flinging open their doors at a minute past midnight to hordes of would-be warlocks, sorcerers and ordinary, non-magical Muggles. Shops throughout the world were putting the book on sale at the same time, and the United States will follow as midnight strikes Saturday in each time zone, from 12:01 a.m. EDT. J.K. Rowling, who created the magical lad in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” a decade ago, was giving a midnight reading to 500 competition-winning children in the grand Victorian surroundings of London’s Natural History Museum. For many of the keenest fans, the place to be was Waterstone’s bookstore on Piccadilly in central London. Dozens of die-hard fans sheltered under umbrellas and plastic ponchos, undeterred by torrential rain. Some passed the time by jotting predictions for the final novel in notebooks, while others encouraged passing drivers to “Honk for Harry.” “This is the biggest Harry Potter party in Europe, so it’s worth the wait,” said Laura Halinen, 23, from Kuusankoski, Finland. Rowling’s books about the bespectacled orphan with the lightning-bolt scar have sold 325 million copies in 64 languages, and the launch of each new volume has become a Hollywood-scale extravaganza. Chellie Carr, 17, a fan since the age of 9, said she had pestered her mother to bring her to London from her hometown of Okemos, Mich. “For all the other books she said, `No. It’s just a book.’ But for this one, she said yes,” said Carr, who wore a homemade black cloak lined in green for Slytherin, one of four houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. “Deathly Hallows” has a print run of 12 million in the United States alone, and Internet retailer Amazon says it has taken 2.2 million orders for the book – 47 percent higher than the pre-order for the sixth volume, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Britain’s Royal Mail says it will deliver 600,000 copies on Saturday – one for every 43 households in the country; the U.S. Postal Service said it would deliver 1.8 million copies. “It is completely crazy,” said Deborah Tilley, a spokeswoman for Britain’s Waterstone’s bookstore chain. “It has never been quite this busy.” From London to Los Angeles, Potter-mania spans the globe. Tel Aviv’s Steimatzky bookstore was due to open at 2:01 a.m. local time Saturday (a minute after midnight London time), defying criticism from Orthodox Jewish lawmakers for opening on the Sabbath, when the law requires most businesses in Israel to close. In India, stores were opening at dawn for special Harry Potter parties. In Bangkok, British ambassador David Fall was to hand over Thailand’s first official copy of “Deathly Hallows” to the first customer in line at the Emporium Shopping Complex. The mall was decked out with a re-creation of King’s Cross Station’s platform 9 , where Harry and friends catch the Hogwarts Express to school. Phnom Penh’s Monument Books – Cambodia’s only outlet for the book – expected its allotment of 224 copies to sell out within hours. Excitement was building in the United States, which gets the book a few hours later than most of the rest of the world. Enthusiasts, some rereading previous Potter volumes, lined up in sunshine outside book stores in Los Angeles and New York. Portland, Maine, was going all-out with a 12-hour Mugglefest to celebrate the book’s launch. Fans wearing robes and carrying wands were riding the Hogwarts Express into a re-creation of Kings Cross station, and an old red-brick warehouse foundry along the city’s waterfront was converted into the magical shopping street Diagon Alley, where Hogwarts students buy wands and other magical paraphernalia in Rowling’s books. Security for the launch is tight, with books shipped in sealed pallets and legal contracts binding stores not to sell the book before the midnight release time. In Ireland, 2,500 people who bought tickets for a launch party at Eason’s bookshop on Dublin’s O’Connell Street had to sign contracts to be admitted into the store at 11 p.m. “It’s been hard work,” said children’s book buyer David O’Callaghan, who is dressing up as a werewolf for the occasion. “We’ve had to sign an embargo, and every customer has signed an embargo, and we send all the signed forms off to an auditor – he’s the equivalent of Voldemort – who says things like, `The signature on account number X214 does not match.’ But it’s all worth it when you see 2,500 people in O’Connell Street, dressed up and waiting for their book.” Despite the security, spoilers have sprouted on the Internet, including photographed images of what appeared to be all 700-plus pages of the book’s U.S. edition. Publishers would not say whether the leaked pages were genuine. In France, the daily Le Parisien played spoiler, telling readers how the final installment ends, in a small article which it printed upside down. The book’s French publishing house, Gallimard Jeunesse, condemned the newspaper’s revelation, saying it showed “a total lack of respect for J.K. Rowling” and “disdain for readers.” As many as 1,200 copies were shipped early in the United States by an online retailer, and The New York Times and The (Baltimore) Sun published reviews of the book ahead of the release. Rowling said she was “staggered” by the embargo-busting reviews and called on fans to preserve the secrecy of the plot. “In a very short time you will know EVERYTHING,” she wrote on her Web site. The six books have been building to a final confrontation between Harry and his evil nemesis, Lord Voldemort, scourge of the wizarding world. Fans are on tenterhooks because of the prophecy, revealed in Book 5, that one must inevitably kill the other. Amber de Jager, 19, from Rijswijk in the Netherlands, said she expected “relief, but a lot of tears as well” when she finished reading. “I think it will have a bittersweet ending,” she said.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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Tech Spending 2015: Focus is on Cybersecurity

first_imgCybersecurity tops 2015 CIO priorities. [Image by University of Maryland, Merrill College of Journalism]Cybersecurity it 2015’s top priority for most CIOs.  That’s according to a recent survey by the brokerage company Piper Jaffray. “CIOs clearly have heightened concerns from the many security breaches that occurred in 2014, resulting in an inflection in overall security spending.”While 65 percent of businesses expect to grow their overall IT spending by at least 2 percent this year, 75 percent say that they’ll be spending more on security.  37 percent are looking outside their organizations to third-parties to manage their security needs.Andrew Nowinski, vice president and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, told CRN that “I think the high-profile breaches alone definitely made CIOs more cognizant of the holes they [need to] patch in their environment,” Nowinski told CRN. “The breaches have highlighted the need for an increase in spending, and some of the repercussions that a lot of these breach entities suffered, including the loss of business, has made it clear how damaging a breach can be.”Enterprise software is another category of spending that’s expected to see strong growth in 2015.  Piper Jaffray is estimating that budgets for cloud-based application will grow by 6 percent.  On-premise spending will grow by 2 percent.Storage remains a high priority for CIOs, but it’s position as a top priority is down to 51 percent this year, compared to 54 percent who listed storage as a high priority last year.last_img read more

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Marketing Day: Facebook testing headlines, win a ticket to SMX, Instagram fights fake & more

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Facebook testing headlines, win a ticket to SMX, Instagram fights fake & more Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Facebook is letting 5 publishers test headlines, images, copy in organic postsAug 29, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe company says it wants to provide publishers with more visibility into how their organic content is performing.Don’t take it from us. Here’s what SMX attendees say!Aug 29, 2018 by Marketing LandAttending a conference is an investment. You expect sessions, keynotes and clinics that unearth tactical nuggets you’ll implement to launch or improve your marketing efforts. Search Marketing Expo – SMX® East is an intense, 2-day search marketing deep dive. You’ll learn brand-safe, actionable tactics from leading SEO and SEM experts.This SEO nerd says its OK to ask for linksAug 29, 2018 by Andrew DennisContributor Andrew Dennis shares recent tweets made by Google public Search Liaison Danny Sullivan and looks at how they’ve helped SEOs get a better understanding of what’s OK when it comes to link building.Are social platforms finally growing a conscience?Aug 29, 2018 by Laura CollinsContributor Laura Collins examines changes being made by social media platforms to improve both the user and advertiser experience.Instagram fights back against fake accounts & bad actors with new safety toolsAug 29, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesAccounts with large audiences will soon have ‘About this Account’ information that publicly lists the date the account was created, ads it is running and more.Take our Amazon advertising survey — Enter to win a ticket to SMXAug 29, 2018 by Ginny MarvinTell us how you or your clients are approaching Amazon’s advertising offerings in our brief survey.Facebook opens up its ads pixel to a limited number of GroupsAug 29, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesOnly a small number of Groups have access to Facebook pixel right now, but a broader rollout is planned in the coming weeks.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:IBM’s Michael Trapani: AI may never understand a great meal, but it understands performanceAug 29, 2018 by Barry LevinePreviewing his MarTech Conference presentation, Trapani sees AI not as a team leader, but as a team specialist.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:Do the Damn Work for Pitch-Perfect Messaging, LinkedIn11 of the Best Mind Mapping Software to Brainstorm Better Ideas, Hubspot4 Steps to Scaled Agile Marketing, Marketing Insider Group5 Ways to Write Better Blog Post Titles, AnimalzNewsletter Examples: How to Craft Irresistible Newsletter Content, AWeberRun a video brand campaign that generates leads, Think With GoogleThe Case Against Net Promoter Score, Post FunnelWhere is Amazon Headed? A Quick Synopsis from the Q2 Earnings Report, Seer InteractiveThe post Marketing Day: Facebook testing headlines, win a ticket to SMX, Instagram fights fake & more appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Facebook testing headlines, win a ticket to SMX, Instagram fights fake & more Posted on 30th August 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Marketing Day: Facebook testing headlines, win a ticket to SMX, Instagram fights fake & moreYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

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Facebook Wants You To Help Eradicate Ebola

first_imgRelated Posts lauren orsini Tags:#charity#ebola#Facebook#social change#social network A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Mark Zuckerberg has done his part to fight Ebola, and is now encouraging Facebook users to do the same. When Zuckerberg donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola, his post was “liked” nearly 300,000 times. To help those hundreds of thousands of people who care about eradicating the disease, Facebook will publish a donate button across the top of its users’ News Feeds starting Thursday.See also: Docker May Be A Great Developer Tech, But It Doesn’t Cure Ebola The donate button will sit on top of users’ news feeds for a week, Recode reports, and will offer donation options for three different charities: the American Red Cross, the International Medical Corps, and Save the Children.Aside from the donate button, Facebook will also be donating 100 wireless hotspots to first responders in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Africa holds about 100 million Facebook users, or roughly half of Africa’s entire Internet-connected population, and this will increase the company’s efforts to get the entire continent online.Photo by the European Commissioncenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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ESPN signs Sunny, Bobby Deol to endorse Premier Hockey League

first_imgSunny with Bobby DeolThe closest Sunny and Bobby Deol have got to playing hockey is using the stick to crack skulls on screen.Still, considering the woeful awareness about the sport in India, that’s a lot.Or so thinks sports channel ESPN which signed the Deol brothers to endorse the Premier Hockey,Sunny with Bobby DeolThe closest Sunny and Bobby Deol have got to playing hockey is using the stick to crack skulls on screen.Still, considering the woeful awareness about the sport in India, that’s a lot.Or so thinks sports channel ESPN which signed the Deol brothers to endorse the Premier Hockey League that kicked off in Hyderabad on January 13. Besides shooting promos, the actors will be seen playing out their sons-of-the-soil role to push the game.”Hockey is India’s sport,” says Bobby when asked why they weren’t pushing cricket.Er, hockey is a colonial legacy too.last_img read more

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Sakshi Dhoni’s little angel’s name is Ziva

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s wife Sakshi on Monday revealed the name of her baby girl on Twitter.  She tweeted, ” Welcome to the world beautiful Ziva! Mumma and Daddy adore you! Thanks for all of the well wishes!Another tweet said that Ziva means ”radiance, brilliance, light, God, brightness.”Welcome to the world beautiful Ziva! Mumma and Daddy adore you! Thanks for all of the well wishes! #BabyZiva Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@SaakshiSRawat) February 9, 2015 Sakshi gave birth to Ziva in Gurgaon’s Fortis Hospital on Friday, February 6, 2015. Sakshi was expecting the baby in March but the deliver took place one month earlier. Reports say that baby weighs around 3.7 kgs.With only a week ahead of World Cup, this certainly comes as an exciting news for the couple and fans across the world.The couple got married on July 4, 2010.last_img read more

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