Seafaring Tuvalu make it

first_imgThis is the story of Tuvalu who finally made it to Port Moresby. Their voyage began on Tuesday this week with three long days out at sea on a boat to Fiji and then on to Port Moresby, arriving just last night.Permanent secretary of the Team Tuvalu, Talavi Iona said it had been a long journey but their determination to get to the Games brought them here safely and in time.“We’ve had no rest. We were delayed by a few days because of bad weather but we finally set sail to Fiji and then made our way here. We’re all excited to be here,” said Iona.Tuvala have 113 athletes and officials here for the Games and will be taking part in sports including boxing, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.last_img

U.S. Banker Praises RCFI Initiative

first_imgThe operations manager of the U.S. Bank National Association has commended the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, for introducing the Rural Community Finance Institutions (RCFIs) in the country. Mr. Momodu Kemokai observed that the RCFI, the first of its kind established in the country through the economic empowerment initiated by Dr. Jones have begun showing positive impacts on the lives of rural dwellers.“I spent one week at each of the RCFIs in rural Liberia, interacting with the staff and people of those communities they serve. And in all honesty, all that I hear is commendations and praises for the establishment of the RCFI in some of the remotest parts of the country, Mr. Kemokai recounted.He said some politicians and opponents of the RCFI concept link the noble initiative to politics, but due to its popularity and embracing of the idea, it has created political advantage for Governor Jones should he decide to run for the presidency as it has been rumored.“From a public policy and social change perspective, I see it differently, because RCFIs now have created an economic impact on the rural communities in line with the government’s financial inclusion policy,” According to Mr. Kemokai, since the communities are brazenly (openly) receptive to the idea of the RCFIs, “then we should take politics out of the idea, because it is obvious that Governor Jones has shown leadership here.”“We all must do all we can to ensure that the existing RCFIs remain operational, and new ones must be established all over Liberia. We should all contribute and champion the survival of these rural financial establishments,” he urged.Mr. Kemokai was hired by CBL Administration as consultant through the Agriculture Cooperative Development Initiative/Volunteers in Oversees Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) to provide technical support to rural financial institutions. He is assigned to supplement the effort of the CBL to train 30 recruits to manage and operate rural banks, work with bank staff to increase the number of persons in rural communities with access to financial services as well as help increase the number of rural loans and support savings mobilization.ACDI/VOCA is a private, international development non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C, United States with the mission to promote economic opportunities for cooperatives, enterprises and communities through the innovative application of sound business practices.As evidenced by what the RCFIs have accomplished, according to Mr. Kemokai, the entities are conveniently and efficiently serving the rural communities in many ways where public servants no longer have to wait for a pay team from the Ministry of Finance or other banking services. In his final report, Mr. Kemokai commended the CBL management team and staff for embracing the venture by continuing to provide technical support and oversight to the RCFIs. He thanked Afriland Bank, which is providing training, operational, and technical support to them. He expressed the belief that Dr. Jones has proven that he understands the plights of the poor rural communities and that the way to lift them out of poverty is to give them access to financial and banking services.Currently, RCFIs receive government employees’ salary payments for disbursement through direct deposit from the Central Bank as well as provide international and local money transfers and even pay Liberia Electricity Bill.The U.S. banker recommended that CBL computerizes all RCFIs to ensure that the entire system is monitored where customers should be educated on the savings and logistical need for the RCFIs.As an additional empowerment tool, Mr. Kemokai said CBL should channel some of the microfinance loans through the RCFIs and develop a savings led approach to financial inclusion rather than giving loans.Michael Ogun, Deputy Director for Banking Regulations and Supervision of the CBL lauded Mr. Kemokai for his efforts to provide basic training to RCFI staff.He pledged that CBL will take into serious consideration recommendations put forth by Mr. Kemokai to ensure that RCFIs’ facilities are improved.David Parker, Chief of Party, ACDI/VOCA, expressed gratitude to CBL and Mr. Kemokai, also pledging to continuously work with them as partners to improve the lives of Liberians and their economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies split back to back meetings with Navigators to finish regular season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN B.C. – The question heading into this weekend for the Fort St. John Huskies was how did the team stack up against the NWJHL’s best with the playoffs just around the corner. Playing much improved hockey since the new year the Huskies got their answer as they salvaged a split of two games with the North Peace Navigators.The Huskies fell in the first game on Saturday by a score of 5-1. While the score may appear lopsided it was not an accurate representation of the contest played out.“The turning point was a stupid penalty in the second period,” Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander said. “They went up 3-1 and we kind of sunk back a bit and didn’t have the same energy after that point. It’s not like we played a bad game. I thought we played a pretty good game but that was the turning point right there.”- Advertisement -Yesterday things went more the Huskies way as they came out with a 5-3 win. Aside from a sloppy start to the second period where the Navigators scored twice to erase a two goal deficit, Fort St. John again put forth a strong game and showed they can be contenders heading into the playoffs according to Alexander.“We can play with anybody in the league. That’s a really good hockey team over there; they’ve proved it all year long. That was a big game for them. That was first place on the line and we took that away from them. Going forward that’s big for our confidence because we needed to get a win like that to prove that we can play against a top tier team in this league,” he said.Playing two games in less than 24 hours the Huskies gave goaltender Brody Nelson a rest in favour of Logan Edwards. Edwards repaid the coaches faith with a number of big stops throughout on the way to a 38 save performance.Advertisement “We’ve talked about time and time again where Logan has had his ups and had his downs but tonight Logan was on. It’s been a testament to the work he’s put in. Since Brody’s been here he hasn’t had as many games as he was accustomed to at the start of the year but the kid doesn’t complain. He puts extra time in all the time and he’s first at the rink. It looked good on him to go get that win,” Alexander said.Scoring in Saturday’s game was Josh Robinson.Finding the back of the net in Sunday’s tilt for the Huskies were Jordan Harder (2), Cayle Bell, Ryan McDonald, and Kody Disher.Next for the team is the start of round one of the NWJHL playoffs against the Sexsmith Vipers. Dates for the series have not been finalized at this point, however it is expected game one will go down Thursday night at the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bert Bowes evacuated after firecracker set off

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Recording of the All Candidates Forum in Fort St. John

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Carroll pulling out all stops

first_imgColeman played quarterback in high school, so he makes an ideal Young, although he doesn’t want anyone calling him Vince Young in practices. “My name’s Coleman,” he said. “The only thing he mentioned was the Beef Bowl,” Matthews Jr. said. “He said he was so full, he took some (meat) home and then since it was the college thing to do, he threw some on the windshield of a car.” Matthews Jr. said he didn’t follow his father’s footsteps during Sunday’s visit to Lawry’s restaurant. “That steak was too good to waste,” Matthews Jr. said. Carroll reiterated he’s not interested in NFL openings, even though the New Orleans Saints, a team that might move to Los Angeles, fired Coach Jim Haslett on Monday. “I can’t say any more than I’ve said to make it clear I’m not interested,” he said. Carroll sympathized with all the fired head and assistant coaches. “It’s a very difficult day for a lot of people, not just the head coaches,” he said. Carroll decided USC will not hold its walk-through today at the Rose Bowl, instead opting for campus. He wants to keep the routine as identical to a home game as possible. “It will be exactly the same as a Friday (during the regular season),” Carroll said. The rains did not slow down quarterback Matt Leinart in practice, who remained sharp despite the conditions. “Matt’s been on fire, he’s thrown every ball on target in the rain the past two days,” Carroll said. 818 713-3615 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Talatonu Maualuga, the father of USC linebacker Rey Maualuga, died from cancer on Monday. Rey Maualuga last visited his father over Christmas break but said his condition made it difficult to communicate. “The only words my dad could say were `Good morning,’ ” Maualuga said. Maualuga practiced Monday and is expected to play in the Rose Bowl. He will return home to Eureka, Calif., on Thursday. Relatives from Antelope Valley and Long Beach visited him at practices this week. “When I go out on the field, I try to put distractions aside,” Maualuga said. Matthews, the son of former USC linebacker Clay Matthews, said his father never really talked about his own Rose Bowl memories. center_img LOS ANGELES – There’s an abundance of speculation on how USC can stop Texas quarterback Vince Young and what fancy defense coach Pete Carroll will concoct for the Rose Bowl, but the Trojans plan a simple approach Wednesday. “We’re just emphasizing tackling and wrapping up,” linebacker Clay Matthews said. “That’s why we have (tailback) Michael Coleman at quarterback, so we can just worry about making good tackles.” last_img


first_imgIn a special report on the Special Olympics team travelling to Athens in the summer, we profile our very own Oliver Boyle.Oliver Boyle from Portnoo is one of the 126 athletes who will represent Ireland at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will run from the 25th June to 4th July 2011 in Athens, Greece.Oliver will compete in 11-a-side football at the Games and is currently busy training and preparing for the Games. He has been involved with Special Olympics since 1986; however he took a break from 1993 to 2001 when he started back playing sport for Special Olympics. He is involved with the Donegal Football Special Olympics Club. Oliver enjoys making friends throughout the country, learning new things in sports and helping others to better their game, travelling around Ireland playing football and being with his team.This is not his first time to represent Ireland on the international sporting stage. He travelled to the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in China where he won gold. He won gold for Ulster basketball in 2009.Along with his team, he won division 2 twice, division 1 three times, national cup three times, shield once, FAI Cup 2008 and gold in the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick.A highlight for him was competing in the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Game final between Ulster and Munster. The game ended up going to a shoot out with the outcome being Ulster winning 4-1 after a 1-1 draw. Before joining Special Olympics again in 2001, Oliver was in the painting business and at the weekends worked as a bouncer for the Abbey Hotel in Donegal. Then one day, a friend of Oliver’s approached him to join the Donegal football team. This changed his life for the better. It got him back involved with Special Olympics again and back into training and meeting friends.He is looking forward to travelling to Athens. It will give him the opportunity to see a different country, and to meet the Greeks. He is hoping to arrive back in Ireland with a gold medal. But most of all he is looking forward to walking out along with his team to represent Ireland.His hobbies and interests include music, DVDs, travelling, Man United, Playstation, X-Box and reading. His favourite sporting hero is Eric Cantona (Man United) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona). He has many favourite songs but two in particular are “Purple Rain” by Prince and “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen. His favourite actress is Megan Fox. His favourite television programmes are CSI and Shameless. His favourite films are Braveheart, Gladiator, Avatar, Rocky, The Terminator and Fast & Furious to name a few!SPECIAL PROFILE: OLIVER GETS READY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN ATHENS was last modified: August 10th, 2017 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Simplify, simplify

first_img 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For starters, the plan would eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes – a change that especially hits those of us in high-tax states like California. More alarming, still, are plans to replace the home-mortgage deduction with a credit equal to up to 15 percent of the interest paid on a home – with a regional limit set by the Federal Housing Administration. The problem is, the current limit for most of California is just $312,989 – well below the California median home price of $568,000. These are concerns that can, and must, be ironed out – because worthwhile though tax simplification is, if it puts an undue burden on certain regions of the country or on the middle class, it’s a nonstarter. It shouldn’t take a full-time accountant to competently fill out a tax form. And our economy shouldn’t waste billions of dollars and countless hours in productivity slaving away over bureaucratic IRS paperwork. For these reasons and more, President George W. Bush’s tax-simplification panel’s recommendations are welcome. But overhauling America’s tax structure is a process that shouldn’t be done at all unless it’s done fairly. That’s why the panel’s recommendations will need to be closely scrutinized before becoming law. In theory, simplifying the arcane tax code and eliminating its loopholes – which favor the wealthy, who can hire tax lawyers and accountants – is a worthy goal. But there are elements of the Bush plan that raise concern, especially for residents of California and other “blue” states. last_img read more

French-born ‘trash’ artist Arman, 76

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PARIS – Armand Pierre Fernandez, the French-born sculptor known as Arman who was a leading figure of the New Realism movement, has died in New York, his family said Sunday. He was 76. Arman died Saturday at his home in Manhattan after a battle with cancer, his daughter, Marion Moreau, said. Best-known for his large “assemblages” that turned everyday objects into sculpture, Arman helped found the New Realism movement with sculptor Yves Klein in the early 1960s. French President Jacques Chirac mourned the passing of “a tireless creator,” who worked passionately with constant curiosity and enthusiasm. “This is a very large figure in contemporary art who has left us,” he said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Born in Nice in 1928, Arman studied at Paris’ Ecole des Arts Decortifs and the Ecole du Louvre before moving to the United States in the ’60s, where he eventually obtained dual nationality. Exhibited at the world’s great museums, Arman also created sculpture out of burned objects, items found in garbage cans and destroyed items, such as violins and pianos that he cleverly reattached atop pedestals. His funeral was to be held Thursday in New York, with a ceremony the same day in Paris. last_img read more

Doubles Teams Win Two Matches On First Day Of Drake Invitational

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team’s picked up two wins in doubles play during the first day of the Drake Invitational at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.The doubles team of Finley Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)  and Freddie Powell (Poole, England) opened the day with a 6-3 win over North Dakota’s Nejc Sitar and Lukas Buth. The pair advanced to face Nebraska’s Victor Moreno and Isaac Nortey, falling 6-3 as the Huskers advanced to the finals of the ‘A’ Doubles bracket. On the other side of the bracket, Bayo Philips (Houston, Texas) and Barny Thorold (Loughborough, England) had a first-round bye and defeated Creighton’s Mac Mease and Stratton Brown, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals. However, there they were tripped up by eventual bracket winners Patrick Whaling and Chase Johnson of Gustavus Adolphus, 6-4.The second day of the Drake Invitational is set to begin Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center with four brackets of singles action. Print Friendly Version ‘B’ Doubles Bracket Story Links ‘A’ Doubles Bracket last_img read more