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169th Independence Day Activities Commence Today

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first_imgThe Inter-Ministerial and Agencies’ Steering Committee on Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary has released the Calendar of Events to mark the observance.According to a Foreign Ministry release, this year’s anniversary will be celebrated in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, under the theme: “Consolidating Progress towards Transformation”.Liberia’s only medical doctor who is also a renowned biomedical research scientist, an inventor, and political activist at the same time, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, has been selected as this year’s National Orator.Dr. Nyan, who hails from Killepo-Towroken, River Gee County, holds a degree in human medicine from the Humboldt-Universität-University zu Berlin Medizinische Fakultät – Charité in Germany. He completed his post- doctoral fellowships at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in the United States of America. Trained in infectious disease research, Dr. Nyan has over a decade of experience working in public health systems in pathogen diagnostics and the development of affordable diagnostic tests for underprivileged communities.As a career accomplishment, Dr. Nyan recently invented a rapid multiplex quantitative diagnostic test that can detect pathogens such as Ebola, HIV, Zika, Plasmodum (Malaria), Yellow Fever virus, Dengue viris, Hepatitis B, C, and E, and West Nile virus, just to name a few.Activities begin today, Thursday, July 21, with the Golden Image Awards and Dinner which takes place at the Monrovia City Hall.On Friday, July 22, the Muslim community will host a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Prayer at the Jacob Town Central Mosque, Paynesville at 12:00 noon; while an Investiture Ceremony takes place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.; followed by a Reception for the Honorees hosted by the President of Liberia in the Foyer of the Ministry.On Saturday, July 23, there will be the turning over and dedication of projects in Monrovia and Paynesville, Montserrado County as well as Sinje, Grand Cape Mounty County. At 5:00 p.m., a Football Match featuring the Government of Liberia verses Civil Society takes place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.On Sunday, July 24, at 11:00 a.m., a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service will be held at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Broad Street, Monrovia.This will be followed by Street Soccer matches involving Zogos and Don Bosco Boys on Carey Street at 1:30 p.m.The Liberia Community Health Assistants Program will be launched in Marshall City, Margibi County; while the Buchanan Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation and Expansion Project will be dedicated in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.On Monday, July 25, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will continue to tour and dedicate projects in Montserrado and Margibi Counties; at 4:00 p.m., there will be an Interactive Youth Dialogue at the University of Liberia Auditorium on Capitol Hill.On Tuesday, July 26, Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary programs begin at 6:00 a.m. with the hoisting of the National Flag.At 7:45 a.m. the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and President of the Republic of Liberia will arrive and review the AFL troops at the Barclay Training Center. This will be followed by Honors to the National Colors.Official ceremonies in observance of the 169th Independence Anniversary will take place at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, Monrovia.Independence Anniversary activities continue on Wednesday, July 27, with the Launch of the Tourism Trade Strategy at the Monrovia City Hall at 11:00 a.m.; followed by a Children’s Socialization Day with the President at 12:00 noon.On Saturday, July 30, the President will continue her tour and dedication of various projects in Bomi and Gbarpolu counties which will climax this year’s Independence Anniversary celebrations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Newcastle legend expects tough test against Sunderland

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first_imgNewcastle legend John Anderson has told talkSPORT that he expect Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby to be a tight game.After back-to-back defeats in the capital, Alan Pardew’s men will look to get back to winnings ways against their fierce rivals Sunderland at St James’ Park.But, with a mounting injury list, Anderson believes the Mapgies will find it difficult to see off Gus Poyet’s side. “This was always going to be a tough month for us, and it started so well, beating Chelsea – the only team to do so this season. But we took a heavy beating at Arsenal last weekend and again at Spurs, and you know what Sunderland are going to do, they are going to target the young keeper early on,” he said.“I think it is down to other people to protect him, although there is only so much you can do, but I think it is going to be tight on Sunday, because Sunderland just can’t score goals, they’ve drawn ten games this season – eight of which were 0-0.“So they find goals hard to come by, and it is about how we approach the game. Do we become a little bit cautious and not throw too many men forward? I think derby games are so hard to predict. They always seem to throw up the unexpected. But think this weekend’s game will be very tight.”last_img read more

Ex-prosecutor gets jail for actions in Duke case

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first_imgReading his decision from the bench minutes after the end of two days of testimony, Smith said Nifong “willfully made false statements” in September when he insisted he had given the defense all results from a critical DNA test. Smith found that Nifong had provided the defense with a DNA testing report that he knew to be incomplete. The omitted data contained test results showing that DNA of multiple men, none of whom were lacrosse players, was on the accuser. When Nifong reports to jail at 9 a.m. Friday, it will end the criminal case that began when a woman told police she was raped at a March 2006 party thrown by Duke’s lacrosse team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DURHAM, N.C. – The prosecutor who led the now-discredited rape case against three Duke University lacrosse players was held in criminal contempt of court Friday for lying to a judge when pursuing charges against the athletes. Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III sentenced Mike Nifong to one day in jail. The former Durham County district attorney, who was already stripped of his law license and resigned from office, had faced as many as 30 days. “If what I impose with regard to Mr. Nifong would make things better or different for what’s already happened, I don’t know what it would be or how I could do it,” Smith said. Nifong showed no visible reaction when Smith handed down the sentence, and he left the courtroom with his wife, Cy Gurney. last_img read more

Man City 3-1 Barcelona: Gundogan double caps historic Champions League victory

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first_img3 Ilkay Gundogan: The German midfielder puts City back on level terms 3 The quality of football being played at the Etihad was well worthy of Europe’s top competition and Gundogan doubled his tally to make it three for City on 74 minutes.De Bruyne put through substitute Navas on the right, who squared the ball which struck Aguero on the arm before falling to the feet of the Germany international, who fired into the back of the net.Messi and co. tried to create late chances, but the Etihad crowd roared City on to victory, just 13 days after losing 4-0 in the Catalan capital. Ilkay Gundogan scored his fourth goal in two games to help Manchester City to a famous 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the Etihad.The summer signing from Borussia Dortmund put a torrid summer behind him when he added to Saturday’s double – v West Brom – to help Pep Guardiola’s men get revenge for the heavy defeat two weeks ago at Camp Nou.It was not plain sailing for the Premier League leaders, who had to come behind after Lionel Messi scored his 16th goal in 14 games against English opposition. The Argentinian star, who also took his Champions League tally to 90 goals, opened the scoring for Luis Enrique’s side on 21 minutes, completing a fine counter by the Catalan giants.Germany international Gundogan, who missed Euro 2016 due to a knee injury, put the hosts back on level terms before half-time. Kevin De Bruyne put them ahead shortly after the interval before Gundogan made it three to round off an impressive performance.It leaves City on seven points in Group C after four games, while Barca stay top on nine points as Celtic drew with Borussia Monchengladbach in the group’s other game.City had to prepare for the visit of the LaLiga champions without Claudio Bravo, who was sent off last time out against his former club, as Willy Caballero deputised. The visitors, meanwhile, were without Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba at the back and captain Andres Iniesta in midfield.The home side were appealing for a penalty inside 11 minutes, when Raheem Sterling attempted to skip past Samuel Umtiti in the box and he was harshly booked by referee Viktor Kassai for diving. And the visitors took the lead ten minutes later with a dangerous, pacey counter.After Sergio Aguero saw his shot blocked at one end, Barca burst down the other, with Neymar carrying the ball into the City end and coming in from the left flank. He found Messi on the edge of the box, who took a touch, got the ball out of his feet and neatly dispatched on his 100th Champions League start. It was nearly two within minutes when Neymar forced Caballero into making a fine save at his near post, while John Stones soon made a vital block to prevent Andre Gomes’ shot and the pressure stayed on with Suarez eventually glancing wide.City were back on level terms on 39 minutes when their high pressing forced the Barcelona defence into making an error. Sterling was put through on the right-hand side of the box and he unselfishly squared the ball to Gundogan, who finished past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The half-time whistle came too soon as the home side had momentum, Fernandinho firing another chance just past the post.Guardiola’s men started the second half as they finished the first and Sterling should have put them ahead, but his first touch let him down, taking him away from goal.That second goal came on 50 minutes when David Silva was fouled on the edge of the box. De Bruyne stepped up and Ter Stegen was wrong-footed and should have done better as the ball slipped past his fingertips.Buoyed by their goal, De Bruyne’s next set piece nearly found the stretching Nicolas Otamendi at the far post as it looked like City were wasting chances.But they lucky not to concede on 65 minutes when Stones’ error saw Suarez nutmeg Otamendi on the edge of the box before sliding the ball through to Gomes, who should have scored, instead striking the bar. 3last_img read more

‘You’ve got to be worried’ – Barton pinpoints Liverpool’s major problem

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first_imgJoey Barton has questioned Jurgen Klopp’s defensive plans following Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City this weekend.The Reds were humbled at the Etihad following Sadio Mane’s first half red card and eventually slumped to an embarrassing loss.Barton feels Mane’s sending off was slightly harsh, although he admitted he could see why referee Jon Moss was forced to make that decision, but he feels a bigger issue was the Reds’ defensive shape – or lack of it.Barton, co-hosting the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast alongside Jeff Stelling, said: “I was surprised when I saw Liverpool’s starting line-up. You’ve beaten Arsenal 4-0 at home and then you change your backline by taking [Dejan] Lovren out and putting [Ragnar] Klavan in.‘Klavan has not set the world alight as a Liverpool player and, when you’re going to the Etihad, you want your back four to be confident and connected and know where each other is. But after the sending off after they didn’t seem to have any relation to each other, they were all over the joint.“I don’t think they’d have won with 11 men, the way City were playing it would have been a tough afternoon for them, but you’ve got to be worried about how Liverpool defend.”last_img read more

Everton boss Silva insists no greater pressure on him after Moshiri’s comments

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first_img huge blow REVEALED Silva has insisted he is not under greater pressure ny his higher authorities Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade IN DEMAND “He gave us big support like he has always given, he is a supportive owner like the chairman also.“I want more and they want more, it is part of football. It reflects what we want to build and achieve in the future.“The project is to build a club with the capacity to be stronger step-by-step and can be ready to challenge for these type of ambitions.”After a run of just one win in eight Premier League matches, there is added scrutiny to get a result at home to Bournemouth on Sunday.Everton have been linked with a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi after the Belgium international had his loan at Valencia cut short. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Asked whether Moshiri’s comments had heaped extra pressure on him, Silva said: “No. When you take out the headlines you take out of context these type of words.“Of course with our owner and chairman we are talking every week, we don’t need a general meeting to contact each other.“I know their opinion and they know my opinion. I spoke (to Moshiri) before (the meeting) and I told him what our goal is for the second round (of the season).“It is clear we have to do better than what we did in the first round. Everton boss Marco Silva has insisted he is not under greater pressure after the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri declared their season “not good enough”.The billionaire expressed his dissatisfaction with the current campaign at the club’s general meeting on Tuesday.Moshiri, 63, has ploughed £250million into the club in the last three years.And despite he and chairman Bill Kenwright giving their full backing to Silva, it was made clear expectations had not been met – with the Toffees on the same number of points (27) as 12 months ago in the early months of Sam Allardyce’s short-lived reign. REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED BEST OF Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Football News REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM However, Silva, who has resorted to playing winger Richarlison as a lone frontman at times this season, played down the link.“We are aware of the market, we know what’s happened, but it is not something which is a priority for us,” said the Portuguese.“Because we spent some money last summer it is not easy spending big, big money in all the markets.“For us to do something in this moment it would mean another player would leave the club and it is not something in our mind.“If you do something it is because something has happened in our squad.” Silva is on the same amount of points as Allardyce was at this stage last term RANKED 3center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY three-way race Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Everton have been linked to Chelsea striker Batshuayi The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star no dice Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest Transfer News Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK REVEALED moving on Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more

Roots of the Ingredients at Food and Wine Festival on Living with the Land Ride

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first_imgShare This!The fruits and vegetables produced in the greenhouse section of The Land pavilion are a great resource for Epcot, being served in various restaurants. During Food and Wine, there’s also the added benefit of using the crops grown in The Land for a little bit of a preview of what to expect from the different food booths. Signs are scattered throughout the greenhouse part of Living with the Land that show you what dishes use the types of crops grown there at some of the booths. This is a fantastic opportunity to make the farm-to-table connection. Here’s just some of what you can see on the ride.last_img

Sub-Saharan Africa set for 6.5% growth

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first_img15 April 2008Sub-Saharan Africa experienced one of its highest growth rates in decades in 2007, with real gross domestic product (GDP) expanding by about 6.5% as a result of growing production from oil exporters and rising domestic investment and productivity across the region, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest regional outlook.“The growth was supported by successes in stabilizing economies and implementing structural reforms,” the IMF said in a statement last week. “Solid global demand for commodities, greater flows of capital to Africa, and debt relief has helped increase resources and lift growth.”According to the organisation, growth in sub-Saharan should again average about 6.5% in 2008, but with a widening gap in economic growth between oil exporters and oil importers.In addition, higher food and energy prices are expected to push regional inflation up slightly to about 8.5% this year.The IMF pointed out, however, that the region was better placed to withstand a worsening global environment as compared to the 1990s, with many countries in the region being less exposed to shifts in global economic conditions.“Smaller current account and fiscal deficits, lower inflation, reduced debt, increased foreign reserves, and strengthened policy frameworks have all helped make the region more resilient to external shocks,” the IMF said.External risksWith the global economy slowing down, global financial markets becoming unsettled and oil prices having risen to record highs, the IMF said that the external environment had nonetheless become unfavourable, increasing risk during 2008.“This marks a shift from recent years, when demand for sub-Saharan African exports was healthy, and nonfuel commodity prices were growing at double digits,” the IMF said. “Rising oil and food prices pose increasing challenges to many countries and risks to the inflation outlook.”The IMF warned that the exports of sub-Saharan Africa would be affected if high oil prices were accompanied by a pronounced slowdown in the global economy, resulting in weaker non-oil commodity prices.Also, while African markets have so far shown limited reaction to continuing turbulence in global financial markets, a reversal of portfolio flows could reduce external financing and hurt growth in a few countries.“In light of these risks, there is about a one-in-five chance in 2008 that growth in sub-Saharan Africa will fall to less than 5%,” the IMF said.Internal risksThe IMF pointed out that internal risks had also increased in some regions, with post-election violence in Kenya and unrest in Chad also affecting neighbouring countries and leading to food shortages and price hikes in some instances.The main medium-term challenge for sub-Saharan Africa was to accelerate growth and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), because while a growing number of countries enjoyed robust growth, only a few sub-Saharan African countries seem well positioned to halve poverty by 2015.Notwithstanding the improvement in economic growth since the mid-1990s, real per capita income was about the same as in the mid-1970s, the IMF said, pointing out that sustained per capita growth was necessary for the poverty rates in the region to drop.“In sum, while the recent improved economic performance in sub-Saharan Africa is encouraging, the region has a lot of catching up to do if it is to achieve the MDGs,” the IMF said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Twitter explores paid subscription version of TweetDeck as ad biz struggles

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first_img 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 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 With Twitter’s advertising business struggling, the company has begun looking at other means of making money.Twitter is exploring a paid subscription-based version of its TweetDeck app, according to photos posted to Twitter (of course) of a survey the company is running to gauge people’s interest. The Verge first reported the news on Thursday.“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.If Twitter does decide to roll out a paid version of TweetDeck, it would appear to mimic freemium services like Spotify and Hulu, where people on the free and paid tiers can access the same content but paying customers get extra goodies like an ad-free experience.TweetDeck is already ad-free, so that wouldn’t exactly be a bonus for subscribers. But new features cited in the survey include a mobile version of TweetDeck, the ability to bookmark content for later, a view of who checked out your profile page or unfollowed you, an option to import user lists, priority customer support access and advanced analytics tools.All of this appears to be strictly in the exploration stage. Twitter could just as likely decide to not roll out a subscription tier. But given Twitter’s recent struggles to grow its advertising revenue and the fact that Twitter currently does not derive any direct revenue from the people using the currently ad-free TweetDeck app on their computers, it just as likely could.From our sponsors: Twitter explores paid subscription version of TweetDeck as ad biz struggles HomeDigital MarketingTwitter explores paid subscription version of TweetDeck as ad biz struggles Twitter explores paid subscription version of TweetDeck as ad biz strugglesYou are here: Posted on 24th March 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

Alexis won’t be distracted at City – Wenger

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first_imgTransfers Alexis won’t be distracted at Man City, insists Wenger Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 20:04 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Manchester City A. Sánchez Arsène Wenger Arsenal Premier League Manchester City v Arsenal The Arsenal manager also refused to discuss any interest in a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling ahead of the game at the Etihad Stadium Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is sure there will be no distractions for Alexis Sanchez as he prepares to face his transfer-window suitors Manchester City this weekend.Sanchez 7/4 to score anytimeChile forward Sanchez appeared destined to make the switch to the Etihad Stadium in the close-season, but a deal failed to materialise reportedly because Arsenal could not land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a replacement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The long-term future of Sanchez remains shrouded in doubt with the 28-year-old out of contract at the end of the season.But Wenger says Sanchez’s mind will be fully on the task at hand when the Gunners travel north on Sunday.”I don’t see why it will be different against Man City,” Wenger said.Raheem Sterling Manchester City 101717The Frenchman was also in little mood to discuss rumours he was interested in a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling, replying: “The transfer window is closed, that’s not really an important subject.”Arsenal head to City nine points adrift of the unbeaten leaders, but having responded well to a costly loss at Watford with back-to-back league wins, and Wenger says his side will not “hide” against a free-scoring City team.”We are on a good run,” said Wenger, whose side drew 0-0 with Red Star Belgrade on Thursday to reach the Europa League knockout stages. “We have an opportunity to show we can deal with these games, and I am sure we can.”We have to prepare with clarity and focus, and give the maximum on Sunday.”We will try to play our game. We will not hide. You want to defend well and cannot only be focused on defending. We want to play and have the ball and create dangerous situations.”Sometimes the best way to defend is to attack. You have to rate the risk if you want to play football. That’s part of the game. Is it a bigger risk only to defend if a team is very strong when they attack?”You can win with any style, that’s what makes football interesting. As long as you’re strong in the style you want to play.”last_img read more