‘Sports is a Unifier,’ Says Veep Boakai

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai says sport is a unifier and therefore the country can be better united through serious engagements in the various sporting disciplines.In an interview on a local radio yesterday, Ambassador Boakai said though he did not have the opportunity to play sport, soccer being his preference, the intrinsic value of sports makes it more expedient to be used as a medium to unite people.He revealed that he would be traveling to London, England, sometime in October this year to bring back a banner for Arsenal fans in Liberia.Ambassador Boakai also said he would receive a 16-20-seater team bus that he would donate to the national soccer team, Lone Star.“I will also bring back set jerseys from Arsenal to organize fan clubs for the team in the various schools in the country,” he stated.Ambassador Boakai is an ardent Arsenal fan. Though he touched on many issues of his life and how he has always been a leader even during his high school days at the College of West Africa (CWA), the interviewer went through extra lengths to draw him out, compelling him to explain the circumstances that led to his meeting his lovely wife, Mrs. Katumu Boakai, with a chuckle, as it was heard on the radio yesterday.It is instructive to note that many sporting bodies, including basketball, boxing and track and field are not provided with enough financial support for their development.Recently, a 12-member team of junior Liberian track and field athletes could not participate in the ECOWAS Track and Field games held in neighboring Guinea because there was no money for the trip.It is shocking that Ambassador Boakai is aware of the value of sports, but many top government officials have refused to see and therefore unwilling to provide the needed financial and material support for all the sporting codes in the country.It may be recalled that the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe won the hearts of Liberians when he devoted much resources to sports, with the result being players like George Weah, James Salinsa Debbah, Chris Wreh and many others who went to become famous in Europe.On the home front the Samuel Kanyon Sports Complex, began by the late President William R. Tolbert but completed by President Doe, is evidence of his legacy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boss refusing to comment on striker’s return to West Brom

first_imgUwe Rosler is remaining tight-lipped over Saido Berahino’s return to West Bromwich Albion following his loan spell at Brentford.The striker made a great start to life at Griffin Park and scored four goals in eight appearances, but his time at the club was cut short this week.He was recently dropped by Bees boss Rosler for venting his fury on Twittter after being taken off during a defeat against Leyton Orient.Rosler said: “We and West Brom made a statement that he went back for personal reasons. Personal reasons can be different things. I respect that.“I will only comment on Brentford players. Saido is no longer a Brentford player, so I think [only] West Brom should comment on the issue.”See also:Striker Berahino returns to AlbionBerahino helps Bees destroy CarlisleBerahino delivers again for BrentfordBerahino targets play-offs with BrentfordWhat next for Brentford after their mad March?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 13, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180413_RyanMartinWarm air continues to surge north across the state today. Temperatures will be a good 10-15 degrees above normal, fueled by strong south winds averaging 15-30 mph. However, clouds will be on the increase today, as we get closer to moisture from our approaching frontal boundary. That moisture should hold off in most places until tomorrow.Significant rains are here for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday we have combined rain totals of .1”-2.5” with coverage at 90% of the state. To get into the upper part of the range, you will need to have a few stronger thunderstorms, and we think that the best shot at those will be in west central and NW Ohio. There is a fairly good strong to severe weather threat for late tomorrow afternoon and overnight, and a second chance late morning to midday on Sunday. Rains will come and go tomorrow, and we expect some significant holes in the coverage to be seen through mid-afternoon. But, then things fill in a lot more, the closer we get to the cold front itself. Behind the front, significantly colder air blasts in Sunday late afternoon and evening. In fact, we expect lingering moisture to change over to and end as some sloppy wet snow Sunday night, and we can’t rule out on and off wet snow for Monday. Strong northwest winds will be at 15-30 mph overnight Sunday night and Monday, and temps will be back to 10-12 degrees below normal at least, perhaps 15 degrees below normal in spots. The map above shows total precipitation through Monday morning.While clouds and cold air dominate Monday, we should see better chances for sunshine Tuesday, but it stays cool.The cool air holds through most of the rest of the week. AT midweek on Wednesday we have a light rain back in the forecast, with showers over northern Indiana that produce up to .25” of liquid. We do expect rain, not snow from this event. South of I-70, we see nothing, and may even see some sunshine. We are dry to finish the week.AT the end of the 10 day period, we have our next front arriving for the 22nd with rains of half to 1.25” For the extended 11-16 day window, we have 2 more systems, one on the 25th with .25”-1” rains, and finally, a strong low coming out of the plains for the 28th with .5”- 1” rains. Coverage from all three systems will be around 70% to 80% of the state. This forecast, as it currently sits, continues to have not quite enough dryness in-between systems to see significant field work through the end of April.last_img read more

It’s Official: The Verizon iPhone

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology It’s finally here. The Verizon iPhone. The announcement today in New York City effectively ends AT&T’s three-year exclusivity as the phone’s sole U.S. carrier. The Verizon iPhone will go on sale early next month.Lowell McAdam, Verizon president and COO opened the announcement by touting the strength of the Verizon network. “We’ve made great broadband the hallmark of our service,” he said. “We have a history of pushing the envelope in network innovation.” McAdam was then joined on stage by Apple’s COO Tim Cook, making the long-awaited partnership official.The Verizon iPhone will have “all the features you expect” and will work on Verizon’s CDMA network, the company’s equivalent to 3G. This means the Verizon iPhone won’t be taking advantage of the LTE network that the company has been building and that it showcased last week at CES.Existing Verizon customers will be able to pre-order their iPhones on Feb. 3, and on Feb. 10, everyone will be able to order them – online and in Verizon and Apple stores. The iPhone will cost $199 for the 16 GB version and $299 for the 32 GB phone – and as with AT&T, this will require a two-year contract. Included with the Verizon iPhone, however, will be the ability to generate a mobile hotspot, connecting up to five devices.That’s something that isn’t currently available to AT&T iPhone users. While today’s announcement ends the battle between the two carriers over which company can offer the iPhone, it hardly puts an end to their competition. AT&T has long sneered at Verizon’s ability to match its data speeds. But AT&T has struggled to keep up with iPhone users’ heavy data consumption, and made the decision with the release of the iPhone 4 to restrict new customers to a limited data plan. Verizon, for its part, seems confident enough in its infrastructure that, according to The Wall Street Journal, it plans to offer iPhone customers unlimited data. There was no word at today’s press conference, however, about data caps or pricing for data plans.Verizon says it expects to be able to provide an iPhone to all its customers that want one. After the long wait for the iPhone, we’ll see if Verizon customers – and disgruntled AT&T customers – grab one now, or if they wait just a few more months, when Apple is expected to roll out an iPhone 5. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web audrey watterscenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utd

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers concedes he could lose James Maddison to Manchester United in January.Since his arrival in the Premier League, the England U21 international has continued to impress, with reports suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to land the playmaker. Rodgers, who became manager of the 2015-16 Premier League champions in February this year, conceded that keeping hold of his £70m-rated star man may prove difficult. He said: “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. “There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Breaking: ESPN Shutting Down Grantland Effective Immediately

first_imgESPN promotion for Grantland Sports.Grantland/ESPNUpdate 2: Simmons has weighed in on the situation. He called the treatment of his former colleagues “simply appalling.”I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 30, 2015Update: According to James Andrew Miller, all of Grantland’s writers will have their contracts honored. Furthermore, the network “intends” to use the sports writers on other platforms.All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015 espn grantland shut downGrantland/ESPNEarlier: ESPN sports and pop-culture blog Grantland, which was founded back in 2011 by former employee Bill Simmons, is being shut down by the network. Simmons parted ways with ESPN back in May, and Chris Connelly had been in charge since.The Worldwide Leader announced the news Friday via the following statement:Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun.  We are grateful to those who made it so.  Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.  Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.Reaction has been pouring in from many in the industry. ESPN’s handling of @Grantland33 and its staff post-Simmons has been, to be blunt, a train wreck. That staff deserved much better.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 30, 2015Writing seemed to be on the wall the past few weeks, but still a major bummer nonetheless https://t.co/d9qJlNpTbK— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 30, [email protected] gave some of my favorite writers a chance to do whatever the hell they wanted to do for a long time. That’s great.— HALLRAISER (@edsbs) October 30, 2015The decision to end @Grantland33 was a very recent one according to sources at @espn— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015I have read Grantland every day since launch. There is going to be an real hole in my life with it gone. I’m so sorry for everyone involved.— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) October 30, 2015More as we learn it.last_img read more

Report: Tennessee’s Marquez North Not Enrolled In Classes For Spring Semester

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorMarquez North did not live up to expectations as a junior, catching only six passes in seven games this season, but he still may have played his last game in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that North is not enrolled at UT this semester. While it has not been confirmed that he will test the NFL Draft waters, one would assume that is the move for North now. Beat writer Dustin Dopirak shared more on Friday.… Obviously, others have reported that North has hired an agent and entered the draft. We have not been able to confirm that.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016Tennessee athletics has said repeatedly all this week that it does not know North’s plans.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016His high school coach, Mike Palmieri, told me last night he hadn’t heard anything about North leaving.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016But right now, the one thing we can say definitively is that North is not enrolled for the spring semester.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016One more note on North, just so you guys know I’m trying. The NFL doesn’t release the names of underclass draft entrants for another week…— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016… and it won’t confirm or deny any players who have declared before that time.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016North’s apparent decision to leave college is a strange one. He does have the size to be a big target at that level—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds—but the production wasn’t anywhere near what was expected out of him. We should know more about this situation in the coming days.[KnoxNews.com]last_img read more

Chinas economic growth cools amid trade tensions

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s economic growth slowed in the quarter ending in June, adding to challenges for Beijing as its tariff battle with Washington escalates.The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.7 per cent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 6.8 per cent, the government reported Monday.Key drivers of growth including spending on construction and other investments were weakening even before the dispute with Washington erupted. Forecasters have expected a slowdown since Beijing tightened lending controls last year to rein in surging debt.Growth was “generally stable” but “the uncertainties of the external environment are mounting,” said Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics.Chinese leaders have expressed confidence their $12 trillion-a-year economy can survive the tariff war with U.S. President Donald Trump. Beijing is resisting American pressure to change industrial policies Washington says are based on stealing or pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology and might threaten U.S. industrial leadership.But forecasters said the downturn is likely to deepen as Beijing tightens financial controls and trade tensions worsen.“There are risks that Chinese growth will slow more abruptly,” Citigroup economists said in a report.Washington imposed an additional 25 per cent tariff on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6. Beijing retaliated with similar penalties on the same amount of U.S. imports. Washington fired back last week with a threat of 10 per cent tariffs on an additional $200 billion list of goods.Trade contributes less to China’s economic growth than it did a decade ago but still supports millions of jobs. Even though Trump’s first tariff hike didn’t take effect the current quarter, exporters say American orders started to fall off as early as April.More broadly, anxiety about tariffs “is already dampening business confidence and delaying investment,” said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics in a report.Unless the two sides restart negotiations, “the conflict will escalate further, with major economic implications for themselves and the global economy,” said Kuijs.Of greater concern than trade is “slowing domestic demand within China’s economy,” said Tom Rafferty of the Economist Intelligence Unit in a report.China is the No. 1 trading partner for its Asian neighbours and buys oil, iron ore and other raw materials from Australia, Brazil and elsewhere. Chinese consumers are an increasingly important market for food, clothes, electronics and other goods.Investment in factories, housing and other fixed assets decelerated in the latest quarter. It rose by 6 per cent in the first half, down 1.5 percentage points from the first quarter.Chinese leaders are in the midst of a marathon effort to encourage self-sustaining growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on exports and investment.Beijing has responded to previous downturns by flooding the state-dominated economy with credit. But that has swelled debt, prompting concerns about risks to the banking system. The ruling Communist Party has made controlling financial risks a priority this year, suggesting it will resist easing lending controls.Consumer spending has risen more slowly than planned, leaving economic growth dependent on debt-supported investment.Retail spending in June rose by 9 per cent over a year earlier, a half-percentage point higher than in May. The increase was driven by rapid growth in the sales of higher-end consumer goods such as cosmetics and audio-video equipment.Forecasters say if threatened tariff hikes by both sides are fully carried out, that could cut China’s 2019 growth by up to 0.3 percentage points.Mao, the statistics bureau spokesman, declined to say how much the dispute might hurt Chinese economic growth.“But generally speaking, trade frictions unilaterally started by U.S. will have an impact on the economy of both countries,” Mao said.last_img read more

Fort St John Chapter of the ALS Society holds Walk to End

first_img“It went really well, actually. We ended up raising, I think there’s still money coming in, but we ended up raising $43,963.”Out of that amount, Charlie Lake Elementary School managed to raise $12,000 in funds.The event featured food, music, games, raffles, and activities for the entire family.All money raised from the Walk goes towards helping support patients, families and caregivers that are fighting ALS. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chapter of the ALS Society held their second annual ‘Walk to End ALS’ on Sunday, June 2.Over 200 walkers met at the corner of 100 street and 100 Avenue to take part in the Walk.Walk Coordinator, Audrey Jones, says the walk went really well, managing to raise close to $44,000 from this year’s walk.last_img