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ECOWAS 40th Anniversary Tournament Saturday

first_imgA two-day old-timer football tournament has been set beginning Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary celebration of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Willis Knuckles Sports Stadium in Zubah Town, Duport Road, Paynesville.Dubbed “The ECOWAS 40th Anniversary Soccer Tournament,” is part of a series of integration activities lined up to reflect on the success stories of ECOWAS towards enhancing local participation and promoting economic and social integration among member states including Liberia.On May 28, 1975, 15 West African countries met in Lagos, Nigeria, to sign the ECOWAS Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Lagos.  These fifteen countries were Benin, Burkina Faso (then known as Upper Volta), Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The ECOWAS Treaty, which created the Economic Community of West African States, was intended to promote cooperation and integration within West Africa and to eventually establish an economic and monetary union.The tournament is organized by the Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, Amb. Babatunde Ajisomo in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Participating old-timer teams are traditional rivals, Alpha and Independence as well as Barnersviile – the current champions of the Liberia National Old-timer Association (LONA).Other participating teams include Paynesville, Sinkor, Bame, Lakpazee and Bench FC.According to reports, the teams will feature celebrities such as Senator George M. Weah, Joe Nagbe, and T. C. Gould of Alpha; James Debbah, Frederick Cole, Alexander Cheneken Freeman, and Friday Jean Roberts of Independence and Bank Manager John Davies and Sam Chibli of Barnersville.Others include Kelvin Sebwe, Neto Leighe, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie, Dionysious Sebwe for Paynesville; Ben Saydee of Bame and AFL Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn Jr. of Lakpazee among other celebrities.According to Saturday’s fixture, Independence will host Bench FC, beginning at 10:00am and Bame meets Alpha in the second game. In the 3rd and fourth games respectively, Lakpazee faces Sinkor and Paynesville lock horns with Barnersville.On Sunday, the winners of the four games will clash during the semi finals and subsequently the quarterfinals and then grand finals.According to the organizer, the tournament will be graced by the Minister-in-Charge at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia- Amb. Babatunde Ajisomo, among other Ambassadors, diplomatic missions, and high ranking officials of government and the ECOWAS Community.A brief program will be held before the games and will be followed by an official kickoff by Amb. Babatunde Ajisomo. 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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Sampaoli admits Argentina were “emotionally broken” in Croatia defeat

first_img“I am the one who needs to make the final decisions on these things. The key to our defeat lies with my responsibility,” said Sampaoli.“I had to devise a plan for this match. If I had set things up differently, things might have turned out much better. I don’t think it’s realistic to put the burden on Caballero.“I thought that we were going to put a lot of pressure on Croatia and put a lot of pressure on them in their part of the pitch. But after they scored we were emotionally broken and we didn’t have any footballing arguments to change the course of events.”Sampaoli only took over last year, becoming Argentina’s fourth coach in as many years.They only just qualified for the tournament in Russia, as a Lionel Messi hat-trick sealed victory in their final match of South American qualifying in Ecuador.The Barcelona great has been a peripheral figure so far in Russia though, while his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals in two games for Portugal.But former Chile boss Sampaoli says that Messi’s struggles are more down to the quality of his team-mates.“I think Cristiano is a great player, you can look at all he has achieved for his club and his country,” said the 58-year-old.“Right now we shouldn’t compare these two players. The reality of the Argentina squad clouds Leo’s brilliance. He is limited because the team doesn’t gel with him as it should. We as coaches need to realise these things and try to deal with them and I’m the one that needs to accept it.”Argentina, who are looking to lift the trophy for the first time since the Diego Maradona-inspired glory of 1986, haven’t been knocked out in the group stage since finishing behind England and Sweden in 2002.But even victory over Nigeria may not be enough, especially after two late strikes from Croatia midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic left them with a poor goal difference of minus three.“When you don’t have momentum it’s very difficult to move forward. Some of the players didn’t manage to play with my system,” accepted Sampaoli.“I’m very hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn’t set up my team in the right way.“We need to take advantage of this last (group) match, we need to fight for it and hope to get into the next stage.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s national football team coach Jorge Sampaoli,NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 21 – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli admitted his side were “emotionally broken” after conceding the first goal in their 3-0 defeat by Croatia on Thursday, which left their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.The two-time world champions need to beat Nigeria in their final Group D match on Tuesday and for other results to go their way to have any chance of reaching the last 16, after Willy Caballero’s dreadful error allowed Ante Rebic to send Croatia on their way to victory and into the knockout stage.last_img read more

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Continuation school helped student excel

first_img “You know, when you’re pushed to do something, you want to rebel,” the Canyon Country teen said, explaining why he once resented school. “But at Bowman they leave it on your shoulders. If you’re going to do it, you do it.” That’s when school started clicking. He applied himself in class and then saw his grades soar. As a result, his life at school improved. He said it felt different. Bowman counselor Lori Wilson said when students arrive on campus, they’re told that their education is solely their responsibility, and that parents and teachers can’t do the job for them. “You have to now make the decision as an educationally responsible adult that this is what you want to do,” Wilson said. “And that’s exactly what he did.” Wilson noticed how school came together for the student, who later became student body president. She called his progress remarkable. Now with a solid grade-point average, Norwood began to consider college. He took college entrance exams, filled out applications and waited for results. Soon a big, fat envelope from Louisiana’s Grambling State University arrived in the mail. And Norwood was on his way to college. Today he’s a sophomore with a political science major. He wants to pursue sports law. Dermot Norwood, 40, said he used to tell his son that life was hard because he made it hard. One day that message sank in. The teen realized life was easier when rules were followed, and his life went back on track, his father said. “Colby is a true success story, but it doesn’t come as a surprise, because we always knew he had the potential,” Dermot Norwood said. “He just had to decide to use it.” Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – He could be the poster child for the typical college student. He studies hard. Talks politics with classmates. And even has a pile of laundry to do. But school for Colby Norwood wasn’t always this way. The 19-year-old from Canyon Country struggled in the classroom during elementary school and junior high. His choice of socializing over homework landed him at a continuation school while others in his eighth-grade class headed to graduation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita After two difficult years at Valencia High School, school officials recommended he transfer to Bowman High School continuation campus, because of his poor grades. And then everything came together. “I changed my attitude toward school and life,” he said. At that point, Norwood realized the importance of an education and knew he could only count on himself to get it. He said before Bowman, he rejected help offered by educators. But at the continuation school, classwork was handled differently and getting it done was up to him. last_img read more

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WANT TO BECOME AN ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN – DONEGAL ETB HAVE TOP COURSES

first_imgPROMOTED POSTDonegal ETB are now accepting applications for both Year 1 & 2 Accounting Technicians Courses which start in September.Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work in all levels of finance. They are involved in the day to day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. There is strong employer demand for accounting technicians both locally and nationally.The accounts technician qualification is level 6 on the national framework of qualifications and the course is academically demanding.A qualified accounts technician will also receive exemptions should he/she decide to undertake further professional accountancy exams.You are invited to attend “walk in” information sessions on accounting technician courses which will be held on Monday the 4th July and Tuesday 5th July at 11:00 AM in Donegal ETB training centre in Ballyraine Letterkenny”. Donegal ETB have been running accounting technician courses since 2011 and have had students come in the top ten student results nationally.Interviews for year 1 accounting technician places will take place on the Wednesday 6th July.The Year 1 subjects are Financial Accounting, Taxation, Management and Law and Ethics.Year 2 subjects are Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Taxation, Management Accounting and Integrated Accounting Systems.The Accounting Technician qualification is a bridging qualification and mature applicants may apply based on age and experience. Applicants under 21 must have leaving cert with a pass in English and maths or accounting. If you are unable to attend information session and are interested in accounting technician course please email roryrushe@donegaletb.ie. WANT TO BECOME AN ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN – DONEGAL ETB HAVE TOP COURSES was last modified: June 28th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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EASTER EGGS TO MELT AS TEMPERATURES SET TO REMAIN HIGH ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgDonegal is set to bask in brilliant sunshine for at least another two days with temperatures in many places across the county to reach 20c today.The familiar sound of lawnmowers trundling across gardens and ice-cream cone machines breaking down was evident from Bundoran to Rathmullan in the past couple of days.And although there is a heavy chance of patchy showers for the weekend, Met Eireann say temperatures will remain well above average of this time of year. There is already talk that this April could be in line to be one of the driest for many years.Thousands of people are expected to flock in and out of the county from today onwards with the arrival of the Bank Holiday weekend.Gardai have already issued warnings asking people to slow down on the roads.Routine Garda checkpoints will be manned as well as the mobile speed camera vans to ensure that people are keeping safe on the roads. Dozens of Easter activities are planned for across Donegal including numerous Easter eggs hunts (the one in Glenveagh is our favourite with at least 200 hidden eggs!)The good news for anyone planning on hitting the beaches around Donegal’s coast is that all our Blue Flag beaches have kept their awards and remain well kept.And while you’re out and about, donegaldaily.com wants to hear from you.If it’s a video clip or a wacky picture that you come across in the next couple of days, send it to us and we’ll put it online.We can be contacted on info@donegaldaily.com EndsEASTER EGGS TO MELT AS TEMPERATURES SET TO REMAIN HIGH ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 21st, 2011 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:Eastersunshinelast_img read more

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HARPS GET REVENGE ON WEXFORD WITH DESERVED CUP WIN

first_imgFinn Harps extracted revenge on Wexford Youths following last week’s league defeat by beating the southerners 2-1 in the FAI Cup at Finn Park tonight.Sean McCarron scored the winner from the penalty spot.The game exploded into life in the second half after a somewhat incident-free opening period.Harps grabbed the lead in the 55th minute through a rare Keith Cowan goal. Some great work by Gary Merritt saw his cross find the central defender who headed home to make it 1-0.Damian McNulty almost made it 2-0 with a super header ten minutes later but Wexford ‘keeper Graham Doyle pulled off a terrific save.It was 2-0 with ten minutes to go when Harps were awarded a penalty after Brian Nolan took down Paul McVeigh inside the Wexford box.Sean McCarron fired home the spot-kick and it appeared that Harps were home and dry. But a super volley from Eric Molloy from a Dermot Carmody cross gave Harps a nervous last five minutes.However, Peter Hutton’s side closed up shop and took an overall deserved victory. HARPS GET REVENGE ON WEXFORD WITH DESERVED CUP WIN was last modified: May 31st, 2013 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:finn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

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Local water utility gets place in plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Based on existing water system infrastructure and water service boundaries, the MOU between CLWA and NCWD allows both agencies to more efficiently provide water services through redistribution of water service areas,” the report said. In October 2004, LAFCO proposed that Newhall Water be dissolved, stating the district was redundant because its service areas overlapped with those of other water sellers. NCWD pipes water to noncontiguous areas among Newhall, Saugus, Canyon Country and Castaic. LAFCO commissioned Stetson Engineers, Inc. to study water service throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, a right the agency has under the Cortese/Hertzberg Act of 1999. The draft report is up for public review in December, and could appear before the LAFCO commissioners in January. “LAFCO was pleased with our actions, and did not have any negative findings to support a merger of us with someone else anymore,” Newhall Water board President Maria Gutzeit said. She said it is important the agency remains independent. “If we have boundary adjustments, if we have mergers or not, the most important thing is that we have a publicly elected water retailer in this valley,” said Gutzeit, who just won re-election. “We should be separate from CLWA. “I don’t think everything is going to stay the same for 20 years, but I don’t think anything is going to change for a good while.” But skeptics believe the agency remains under threat. CLWA, which controls more than half of the local water supply, has supported the studies. “They’re going to start looking to get rid of the district,” said Joan Dunn, a Newhall board member who her seat last week at the polls. “CLWA is going to try to be the water guru of the area. They might not do it the first year just to prove they’re not going to do it, but it’s going to happen.” Others saw LAFCO’s move as bending to development interests – Newhall Water’s majority once contend the region’s water estimates are skewed to promote growth – a view LAFCO Executive Officer Larry Calemine has dismissed. “A ‘water monopoly’ of CLWA is not a bad thing to happen,” said Newhall Water board member Barbara Dore, who believes it makes sense to transition toward a single water company as development blurs the lines between local communities. “That said, I’m not going to go out tomorrow and get a vote on it.” The draft report studied infrastructure, efficiency, service area gaps and rates at the valley’s four water retailers: Newhall; Santa Clarita Water; Valencia Water Company, which serves the city of Santa Clarita and communities west of Interstate 5; and Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 36, which serves 12 square miles in Hasley Canyon and the unincorporated community of Val Verde. Among its recommendations: Newhall Water needs to improve infrastructure and revenue. The utility has developed a master plan to address these issues, though its progress should be reevaluated within the next four years. “We’ll probably just stick with that and hopefully it will run smoothly for the future,” Gutzeit said.” Also, NCWD should serve the upper Tesoro area; and defined borders be redefined for Valencia Water and its neighbors Newhall Water, Santa Clarita Water and county waterworks. The four agencies should consider rate structures that encourage water conservation, the report said. Currently, county waterworks has the highest rates, followed by Newhall, Santa Clarita, and Valencia. Newhall’s tiered structure offers price incentives for conservation. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The agency overseeing jurisdictional boundaries has left a place for the Newhall County Water District, a small public utility it had considered dissolving to streamline water delivery in the Santa Clarita Valley, a draft water study said. The was no mention of shutting the 50-year-old water company serving about 9,000 customers in the Oct. 21 draft of the Santa Clarita Regional Comprehensive Water Study obtained by the Daily News. Rather, the report compiled for Los Angeles County’s Local Agency Formation Commission found the issue with overlapping service areas between the NCWD and Santa Clarita Water, a utility operated by state water wholesaler Castaic Lake Water Agency, were mostly resolved in a Sept. 19 Memorandum of Understanding. Under the agreement, Newhall Water ceded some areas to Santa Clarita Water and claimed some parcels over an 80-square-mile section of Canyon Country. last_img read more

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Football Fall Practice Report: August 23

first_imgWilkins looks to continue where he left off last years as he earned second-team All-PFL honors after rushing for 834 yards and nine touchdowns in just nine games. He eying to become Drake’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Scott Phaydavong in 2007.  Print Friendly Version Gallery, Saubert and Zlabis are the Bulldogs top-three returning receivers. Saubert, a tight end from Hoffman Estates, Ill., has received plenty of preseason accolades after leading the team with 55 receptions, 580 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Gallery and Zlabis ranked second and third, respectively in receiving yards and receptions. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team is in its final week of fall camp and just completed its 16th practice Tuesday morning. In addition to returning Lemke and Snow, the offensive line will welcome back fifth-year senior Aaron Melton, who missed nearly the whole 2015 season due to injury after earning All-PFL honors in 2014.center_img This week’s practice report spotlights the Bulldog offense. Drake returns six starters, including fifth-year seniors Eric Saubert and Zach Zlabis, senior Keegan Gallery, Ryan Lemke and Conley Wilkins and junior Grant Snow. The Bulldogs open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 when they host Quincy at Drake Stadium. The biggest question heading into fall camp was who was going to take over as starting quarterback after losing three-year starter Andy Rice. Head coach Rick Fox named fifth-year senior Cody Thibault as the starter earlier this week after competing for the job with senior Andrew Clifford and junior transfer Grant Kraemer during the first two weeks of practice. Thibault made three starts last year and threw for 563 yards, while leading the Bulldogs to a win over PFL-foe Stetson.last_img read more

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A new standard for Eureka High

first_imgAnd so much more.It’s a concept known as the InsideOut Initiative and one that is sweeping the nation and gaining a foothold in several states.And it’s one that Eureka High is … The emphasis on teamwork has never been preached as much as it is being these days at Eureka High.It’s not a new concept, just a different emphasis. Less of a revolution, more of an evolution.A sort of cultural evolution.“It’s about character development,” Athletic Director Kristie Christiansen said. last_img read more

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Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax Credit

first_imgWaiting for grid parityThe solar industry is contributing $18 billion a year to the U.S. economy, and by 2016 it will be generating enough electricity to power 8 million homes and offset the carbon emissions of 10 million cars, the SEIA said.But if the ITCs are allowed to expire, the gains in the industry will be put at risk before the cost of solar reaches parity with traditional energy sources, the statement from Thompson’s office said.The SEIA said that 97 percent of the total solar capacity in the U.S. has come online since the ITC was extended in 2006. The tax credit encourages companies to make long-term investments in technology, lowering costs to consumers, the group said.In an article posted at Morning Consult, one industry analyst said that a reduction in the commercial ITC to 10 percent would cause utility-scale solar to “collapse.” The approaching cut in the ITC is already causing a slowdown in large-scale solar projects because the ITC can’t be claimed until a system is up and running, which typically takes some 2 to 4 years. A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would extend a key federal tax credit for solar and wind energy systems until 2021, five years later than its scheduled expiration for residential systems. UtilityDive reports that Representative Mike Thompson, a Democrat, called the investment tax credits (ITC) essential to the growth of the U.S. solar market.“The ITC is one of the most important tools we have that supports the deployment of solar energy in the United States,” Thompson said in a written statement. “Since 2006, when the residential and commercial ITCs first took effect, employment in the U.S. solar industry has grown to 175,000 jobs at more than 8,000 solar companies. It has a proven track record of success and it’s important that we extend it.”In addition to solar and wind equipment, the credit also applies to fuel cells and ground-source heat pump systems. The 30 percent residential credit is currently due to expire on December 31, 2016.The bill, HR 2412, would extend two key provisions of the tax code — Section 25D (residential) and Section 48 (commercial) — both currently valued at 30 percent of the cost of qualifying projects. Unless Congress acts, the residential credit goes to zero and the commercial credit falls to 10 percent by the end of next year. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, on which Thompson serves.last_img read more