first_imgFormer Holy Trinity High School footballer, Jordan Foote, lost his battle with bone cancer this morning. Foote who had his leg amputated last December died at 10 o’clock in the University Hospital of the West Indies. His mother, Nadine Sutherland, said the 18-year-old died with members of his family by his side. “His last moment was peaceful as he saw everybody he wanted to see,” she explained. Foote passed away in the company of his mother, brothers, cousins and his former coach Devon Anderson.last_img read more

first_imgThe World Bank has expressed dismay over the manner in which agriculture is neglected by African governments across the continent.Though a few countries on the continent are making headway in agriculture, the WB said many others, including Liberia, are yet to invest substantially to improve the sector.The regional taskforce team leader of the World Bank West Africa Project, Abdulai Toure, said the Government of Liberia should now see the need to commit more funding to the sector in order to make it more vibrant and productive.  The agriculture sector, with more investments, is capable of taking Liberians out of poverty. The WB team leader noted that the Liberian government should invest in human capacity, technology and provide financial programs that will solely be dedicated to agriculture. If these are done, he noted, the sector would transcend from its present state of under-performance to a better level that will bring improvement to the living conditions of the people.The WB official made these comments over the weekend when he addressed a joint press conference along with Agriculture Minister, Dr.  Florence Chenoweth, at the Ministry’s head office in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.  Mr. Toure, along with a team, was in the country to access the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease and to see how the bank could help through the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP).  He also took the opportunity to pay field visits to WAAPP project sites in the country.  Mr. Toure stated that Liberian government’s failure to promote agriculture contravenes the Malabo Declaration, to which it is a signatory. The Malabo Declaration is an agreement among African leaders to spend at least 10% of their national budgets on agriculture.   He noted that he was impressed with the level of work that is being done by WAAPP, especially its cassava production in Bomi County.Minister Blames Legislature, Government  Minister Chenoweth, for her part, expressed frustration over government’s failure to adhere to the Malabo Declaration blaming the Legislature for not paying attention to the sector.  She said the Liberian government has not supported the sector, which has the potential to absorb as many employees, especially young people, as possible with the potential to contribute substantially to Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product, (GDP).She said there is, and has always been the need for the Liberian government to shoulder its responsibility and support the agriculture sector.  Minister Chenoweth however disclosed that the government, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has pledged a commitment of investing US$35 million in the sector in order to boost its capacities and productivity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe day hasn’t come yet when someone finds the video on his or her computer screen to be the equal of that he finds on his television, and even with technology moving faster than a flu virus, it may not be here anytime soon. But as the success of YouTube and its grainy video, ubiquitous camera phone pictures and repeats of “Lost” on your teeny tiny iPod screen, the vehicle is less important than the product. There’s more of everything for 2007. The site has doubled its capacity, which will allow as many as 400,000 people to see the games at one time, up from last year’s 175,000. There will be up to 56 games available from the first round to the Sweet Sixteen. The tourney begins March 15. The size of the basic video screen has also been increased, from last year’s pixel size, 320 by 240, to 480 by 360. For those who wouldn’t know a pixel from a pixie, it means a bigger picture. There have also been improvements in digitization that will improve resolution. “We’ve made some significant upgrades,” Joe Ferreira, Vice-President of Programming and Executive Producer for CBS SportsLine, said. “Ever since last year, there’s been a lot of improvements overall in (computer) video. I don’t think people would say they’d rather watch a game on their computer. The TV experience is still better, and it will continue to be in the short term. “But there’s an expectation now for good content that you can’t get on television, and that’s what is driving the technology. What we learned last year is that there are a lot of people out there watching the game (on TV in their market) and on-line at the same time.” The “Boss Button” will be back that allows viewers at work to hit a single key and revert to a home page. The “waiting room” is also back, which lets visitors see when they might get access to the site. There will be usage checks, too, so that someone can’t log on and then go out to lunch; they get bumped after 30 minutes if they don’t respond to a prompt. There will also be a CBS SportsLine exclusive wrap-around halftime show, highlight packages, and the audio feed from Westwood One radio broadcasts. Games being televised live by CBS will be blacked out. The “free” Web casts are designed, of course, to drive traffic to CBS SportsLine, which turns the increased eyeballs into more advertising revenue and brand familiarity. The printed word still is a large facet of the Internet – it only seems like everyone person in the world has his or her own blog – but it’s video that will determine the long-term winners and losers in the industry. To that end, CBS and CBS SportsLine have created a VIP Ticket for “Match Madness on Demand” that only requires one sign-up at CBS SportsLine. It will improve one’s place in the digital line. Coming soon: The Digital Hot Dog! RANDOM NOTES: The Angels have decided to have two TV broadcast teams this season. Steve “Syrup” Physioc and Rex Hudler will do 100 games and Jose Mota and Mark Gubicza 50. The Angels will air 100 games on Fox Sports Net West and 50 on KCOP (13). Broadcast assignments are to be determined … For those who missed it, the Dodgers have added Jerry Reuss to its radio team. He’ll do 37 games partnered with Rick Monday … Former Dodgers also getting new gigs include Dusty Baker, as a studio analyst at ESPN, and Eric Karros as a studio and game analyst for Fox. Fox has also hired Joe Girardi and Mark Grace for similar roles. See, it takes a lot of people to replace Steve Lyons & NBC has hired just-retired NFL running back Tiki Barber as an analyst on its Sunday night NFL telecasts and as a contributor on the “Today” show. CBS has hired recently retired Steelers coach Bill Cowher as a studio analyst … ESPN has two specials airing this month on its outlets as part of Black History month, one a history of African-American quarterbacks based on the new book “Third and a Mile,” by New York Times sportswriter William C. Rhoden, and another on John Carlos and Tommie Smith. The NFL Network has two similar specials airing Feb. 21, one on African-American quarterbacks and the other a roundtable hosted by Tony Dungy on African-Americans in NFL history … Yeah, it’s all-star weekend for the NBA and TNT, but the required viewing will be a race between TNT host Charles Barkley and 67-year-old referee Dick Bavetta. For Charles’ sake, I hope there’s a betting line. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The next generation of streaming live video is around the corner with the latest edition of “March Madness on Demand.” CBS and its partner CBS SportsLine debuted the comprehensive coverage of early NCAA tournament games in 2003 as a free service, and it became a resounding success for the emerging technology when it was offered free last season. Everyone likes free. There were digital “lines” to get into the “stadium” site and watch the telecasts, but more than enough traffic to allow hardcore fans to see games that weren’t being televised in their home market. The site had five million unique visitors for last year’s package. last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – No longer will people have to wonder whether those old stamps in the bottom of the drawer are still good for postage. Nor will they have to cobble together a collection of small stamps to add up to a new price. The Postal Regulatory Commission is recommending a new type of stamp – it’s been dubbed “forever” – that sells for the first-class rate and remains valid to mail a letter no matter how much rates go up in the future. On Monday, the commission also recommended a 2-cent increase in first-class rates, to 41 cents, a penny less than the post office had sought. The panel also would sharply scale back the price of heavier letters. “Adoption of this proposal is good for the Postal Service, postal customers and our postal system,” commission chairman Dan G. Blair said at a briefing. That means the price of sending a two-ounce letter would actually decrease from 63 cents to 58 cents. The proposal also recommended a 2-cent boost, to 26 cents, in the cost of mailing a post card, also a penny less than the Postal Service had sought. Blair said the proposals were scaled back because the higher rates the Postal Service proposed would have raised more income than necessary for the service to break even in 2008. The proposal also suggested changes in a variety of other rates including a 17-cent surcharge on “odd-shaped” mail that cannot be processed using letter-sorting machines. William Burrus, president of the American Postal Workers Union, called the overall decision “a major victory for the American people.” He said the union had argued for the smaller rate increase. The matter now goes back to the board of governors of the Postal Service, which can accept the recommendations or ask for reconsideration. If accepted, the new rates could take effect as soon as May. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A forever stamp would not carry a denomination, but would sell for whatever the first-class rate was at the time. For example, if the 41-cent rate takes effect, forever stamps would sell for 41 cents. If rates later climbed to 45 cents or more, the price of the forever stamp would also go up at the counter or machine, but those purchased before the change would still be valid to mail a letter. So there would be no need to buy small-denomination stamps to add to envelopes. Currently, first-class mail costs 39 cents for the first ounce and 24 cents for each additional ounce. While the first ounce would rise to 41 cents under the proposal, it would cost just 17 cents for each additional ounce. last_img read more

first_imgHowever, the former Harambee Stars head coach has ruled out any chance of Mathare signing experienced players even in feature, believing in building a young team.“You can do nothing on a player who is out of contract because it depends on the offer the player gets from other clubs. I am confident of maintaining the team next season because most of them have long contracts running,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport on Tuesday after the team’s morning session at their Goan Institute training ground.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi passes a tactical point to his players during their match against Posta Rangers on April 17, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi, who has also coached Sofapaka and Tusker FC, challenged other KPL sides to believe in youthful players and give them playing time even though it might cost them some points.“It is wrong not to have trust in these kids. We need to take risks and clubs must trust the young generation in order to have great teams tomorrow rather than bring old players from other county to play.’’Former Laiser Hill Academy captain David Owino echoed his coach by ruling out any transfer move next season.Owino is one of the players featuring in the KPL for the first time and has been consistent in midfield for Mathare.“The possibility of me moving to another Premier League side is close to impossible, for now I can only consider an internationally move. For now I am concentrating in the playing for Mathare,” Owino asserted.At the beginning of his second spell at Mathare early this year, Kimazi’s side faced a setback when major players left the club in mass exodus to force the renowned coach resort in to building a new team.Mathare United, who will be seeking to avoid relegation, next hosts Zoo Kericho at the Ruaraka Spots Club on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi gestures during a past Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has no regrets settling for a young squad this season despite performing dismally in the first leg of the 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL).Kimanzi, the most qualified coach in the East African region with UEFA Level B license, has experienced a bumpy first leg to see the 2008 KPL champions languish at the relegation zone, sitting second last at the bottom of the 18-team log with 17 points.last_img read more

first_imgGiggs, a former captain of his country, told Sky Sports last month that Wales was one of the jobs which could tempt him back into football.The 44-year-old earned 64 Wales caps during his distinguished playing career with Manchester United, who he managed for four games on an interim basis in 2014.He subsequently worked as an assistant at United for two years under Louis van Gaal but left when Jose Mourinho took charge in the summer of 2016.Giggs has been without a club since then, although he held meetings with Swansea about their vacancy in the autumn of 2016, before the Swans ultimately went in another direction.Asked last month if he would consider the Wales job, Giggs told us: “Of course I’m interested.“I played for Wales, I’ve said that I want to go back into coaching, and that is obviously one of the top jobs.“I played for United, I played for Wales, those are the two jobs. I’ve not spoken to anyone at the moment but I’d definitely be interested.”Coleman enjoyed a very successful spell in in charge of Wales, memorably leading them to the semi-finals at Euro 2016.However, Wales will be absent from the World Cup in Russia this summer, their bid for qualification having fallen just short when they lost 1-0 at home to the Republic of Ireland last October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs is the most decorated player in United’s illustrious history (AFP Photo/Carl Court)LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 12 – Ryan Giggs has been interviewed for the vacant Wales national team manager’s job, according to Sky sources.Wales have been without a manager since Chris Coleman stepped down in November to take over at Sunderland.last_img read more

first_img 6 Michael Owen – Swapping Real Madrid for Newcastle United is not the obvious career path, but it worked out OK in the end for Owen. His four-year spell at St James’ Park was punctuated by injuries and the Geordies probably never saw the best of him, but he’d done enough to earn a free transfer move to Manchester United when his contract expired. And, although he may have been a bit-part player at Old Trafford, he still ended his time there with his only Premier League winners’ medal. 6 6 6 Martin Keown – Keown played 22 games in three years at Arsenal in the mid-80s, and had a loan spell at Brighton in the middle, before being discarded for just £200,000 to an Aston Villa side that narrowly avoided relegation to the Second Division the previous season. But seven years later, via Everton, he returned to north London to become a stalwart of the Gunners side that won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups. Daniel Sturridge – OK, it’s hard to make the case that a move from Manchester City to Chelsea was a retrograde step, certainly not in 2009 anyway, but it was a way for the then 20-year-old to try to earn himself first-team football. He was never quite able to establish himself or fulfil his potential at Stamford Bridge, however, despite a decent medal haul, and it’s only since joining Liverpool that he’s developed into one of the Premier League’s most feared front-runners. Click the arrow for five stars who went backwards to go forwards – This picture pretty much sums up Jack Rodwell’s spell at Manchester City Samuel Eto’o – Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, the now 33-year-old was bombed out by Real Madrid in 2000 after making only three appearances in almost four years at the Bernabeu. After proving his potency at Mallorca however, he was signed by Barcelona for €24million and went on to win three La Liga titles, as well as the Champions League twice. Not so much Hala Madrid, as Haha Madrid. Jack Rodwell this week completed a £10million move to Sunderland from Manchester City.It will offer the 23-year-old a chance to kick-start his career following an ill-fated two years at the Etihad Stadium, but you can be sure it’s not quite where he thought he’d be when he left Everton in August 2012 for the team that had won the Premier League title for the first time three months previously.Now we don’t want to upset Sunderland fans – they’re a huge club in their own right – but they ain’t Manchester City, are they? But this move could turn out to be the best thing to happen to a player who was rated one of the best midfielders in England during his teenage years.And if you need further proof, take a look at these five players who went backwards to go forwards.You know what to do, just click the arrows… Diego Forlan – He famously couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo during his time at Old Trafford – except against Liverpool! – but, after leaving the north-west for Spain, he couldn’t stop scoring. He netted at a rate of better than a goal a game for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, helping the latter win the Europa League in May 2010. And later that summer, he was named the best player at the World Cup in South Africa. 6 6last_img read more

first_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have made an excellent start to the season Latest Championship news Darren Moore’s West Brom are the division’s top scorers EFL result Phil Parkinson’s Bolton have made a solid start to the season With the table taking shape everyone is having their say on who will win the league, secure promotion, and be relegated this season, and’s famous Super Computer has been wheeled out to make it’s own predictions.But what does the Super Computer say? Find out below…24. Reading (relegated)23. Queens Park Rangers (relegated) 5 Getty impact Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer 7. Sheffield United6. Swansea City (play-offs)5. Derby County (play-offs)4. Brentford (play-offs)3. West Bromwich Albion (play-offs) ROUND-UP goalless Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img REPLY 22. Hull City (relegated)21. Rotherham United20. Ipswich Town19. Birmingham City18. Norwich City17. Millwall16. Bolton Wanderers stalemate 5 Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues It’s been a woeful start to the season for QPR Promotion favourites Stoke are struggling for form under Gary Rowett The Championship season is six games old and the table is starting to take shape.Joint leaders Leeds and Middlesbrough are the early pace-setters as the only two teams who have yet to been defeated, while relegated Swansea and West Brom are in and around the play-off places. 5 Stoke, also relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, are finding life harder with just one win from their six matches, while QPR, Ipswich and Reading make up the bottom three.We now have to take a two week break as international football returns, but make sure you tune in to the talkSPORT network when the Championship returns on Friday, September 14, with West Brom’s trip to Birmingham LIVE on talkSPORT 2. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 5 GREAT NEWS 15. Sheffield Wednesday14. Blackburn Rovers13. Bristol City12. Wigan Athletic11. Aston Villa10. Nottingham Forest9. Preston North End8. Stoke City 5 2. Leeds United (automatic promotion)1. Middlesbrough (champions)last_img read more

first_imgLANCASTER – A $126.6 million construction project to add car-pool lanes between the Antelope Valley Freeway and Interstate 5 will stay on schedule, despite a $45.6 million increase in expected costs. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted Thursday to include that project and several others in a plan that shifts $618 million in state and federal funds to keep work moving forward despite hefty price increases. “We’re so pleased with that,” Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts, an MTA board member, said of the project’s inclusion in the plan. “That’ll take care of us.” Adding car-pool lanes through the I5-14 interchange is the “main mission” for north Los Angeles County, Roberts said. Roberts said the new lanes are vital for serving Antelope and Santa Clarita valley commuters, tens of thousands of whom crowd the interchange daily. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The connector project is in the design stage. Transportation officials are trying to expedite it for a tentative completion date of mid-2009. The connector would make commutes easier for residents of the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys by easing congestion and providing continuity of the car-pool lanes on both freeways. The connector is among seven major highway projects planned for this decade for which MTA officials say costs have collectively increased by more than $1.15 billion from original estimates. MTA officials said rising costs of construction materials, blamed on booming global construction, and real estate are among the reasons for the increase. Southern California’s construction boom also has kept contractors busy and prompted fewer of them to bid competitively on major highway projects. Recently, construction projects over $5 million have averaged fewer than two bids each, officials said. !dtpo st!Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal bride left her new husband blushing – after she laid down the law to him during her wedding speech.Teacher Sarah-Ann McClafferty initially had wedding guests thinking she was going to be the perfect ‘stay-at-home’ wife as she quoted the Good Housekeeping Guide 1955. But cooking, cleaning and making cupcakes were the last thing on guests’ minds when her wedding speech was finished.What happened next left new husband, Garda Damian Mulkearns, a little lost for words.To quote Sarah-Ann herself – “I hope you like your new boss.”Any brides-to-be looking for a few tips should simply click on the vide to play! DONEGAL BRIDE’S HILARIOUS WEDDING SPEECH LEAVES HUSBAND LOST FOR WORDS! was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGarda Damian MulkearnsSarah-Ann McClaffertyWedding Speechlast_img read more