Annie Doe Foundation Empowers 26 Women

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgA group of 26 underprivileged women in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, have been empowered with tailoring skills for self-employment.All the women, between the ages of 20 and 64, who are mainly from the Sugar Cane Farm Community in the city, have never had any prior tailoring skills before they began the training which lasted for six months.Before presenting certificates of achievement to the women, Mrs. Saya Doe-Sio, Chair and Founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), said all that she, her family and sponsors are doing is to show the love of Christ to everyone, irrespective of status.“Jesus reminds us that what we do for the least of our brethren, we do unto Him.” We have inner fulfillment knowing that the lives of these women will no longer be the same. The Board of the ATDMF and all its international sponsors take pride knowing that our efforts are helping to improve women’s capacity in Liberia for the better,” Mrs. Doe-Sio said last Friday during the certification program.She told her audience, most of who are familiar with her very humble beginnings in the same Sugar Cane Farm Community, that like many Liberians with similar backgrounds, she knows what it means to live without ones basic needs being met.Based on their newly acquired skills, the women and other women have the potential to do as well as their male counterparts, but need equal opportunity to do so. She urged the public to do business with the women, who had some of their handiworks on display. “You see the very beautiful dresses of various designs made by each of them. They are prepared to sew your school and other uniforms,” she asserted. The ATDMF chair and her family, who are based in the United States, disclosed that the first cycle of training had cost the foundation US$30,000, including machines, teachers’ salaries and supplies (fabric, threads, etc).As she handed certificates to the women, she stated that her Foundation will give a startup kit, including sewing machine, to each of them.“We are seeking contracts for uniforms for these women. You may please contact Mr. Eric Peters 0775590886 or 0886510624,” Mrs. Doe-Sio pleaded. Before she presented the women and showcased some of their handiworks to the audience, Ms. Geneva Garr, the sewing program instructor, told the audience that the last six months with the women had been “very rewarding.” “Some days when we came to class, we had to put teaching aside and share stories of the struggles going on in our individual homes. We even had to make peace between people who were not on speaking terms in the class,” she narrated as most in the audience nodded their heads in approval. Ms. Garr stated that she started the class with 30 women, but along the way one died and three dropped out, while the 26 “stood the test of time and completed.”She pledged US$200 towards the continuation of the sewing program.A representative from the Buchanan City Mayor’s office said they are impressed with what the Foundation is doing for the women and children of the city. Francis Sio, husband of Saya, spoke of God’s goodness to his family, which led them to come back to share “His goodness” with fellow Liberians. The crowd later joined Mr. Sio and sang a familiar praise song. During a mini-fundraising section of the program, a senior official of Liberty Party, Israel Akinsanya, pledged L$100,000 to both the vocation and regular academic programs on behalf of his political party. Henry Dunbar, Jr., a friend of the Sios and sponsor of the Foundation who also came to Liberia from the US for the program, pledged US$500. He said that based on what he had seen of the Foundation’s work, when he gets back to the United States, he will encourage his fellow sponsors and others to do more for the Foundation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5 arrested after guns, drugs bust

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgFive males inclusive of a juvenile were arrested following a Joint Services operation at Ekura Creek, Canje River, Berbice on Tuesday which unearthed five shotguns, a pistol and three live rounds along with 12 kilograms of cannabis.The almost 16-hour operation involved 14 ranks inclusive of two Senior Officers, one from the Guyana Police Force and the other from the Guyana Defence Force.The team first went to a location at Ekura, where two camps with several occupants were seen, but on seeing the ranks, the men escaped into thick vegetation leaving behind three single-barrel shotguns.Several miles further up the creek at Wakie, the ranks descended on two other camps with six males, one being a 15- year-old; however, one escaped.A search of their camps revealed a 9mm pistol with three live rounds, two single-barrel shotguns and the processed cannabis along with a five-acre cannabis field with plants ranging from one inch to three inches in height.The camps and the dried cannabis were destroyed by fire while the guns and ammunition were taken as evidence.last_img read more

Region 3 REO admits flouting rules

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img– Region did not return unclaimed cheques to Consolidated FundA heated exchange ensued at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), with the Regional Executive Officer (REO) for Region Three being forced to defend the Region’s murky procurement practices.The Auditor General’s 2016 report had flagged instances where contracts were not being awarded to the lowest bidder, a fact that the PAC pointed out resulted in missed opportunities to save money.REO Denis JaikarranIn addition, the fact that the Region held on to some 19 cheques without returning them to the Consolidated Fund was put under the microscope by the PAC. PAC member Juan Edghill questioned REO Denis Jaikarran on this.“Could the REO indicate to us why these 19 cheques totalling $8.8 million were still on hand as of September 2017? And could he indicate to us when were they refunded, if they were?” he asked.Jaikarran’s protestations that the cheques were eventually refunded did not sway the Committee, with Chairman Irfaan Ali questioning whether he knew the rules. In response, Jaikarran claimed that contractors were “not coming forward to uplift them”.“Yes, the cheques were on hand,” Jaikarran admitted. “But all would have been refunded to the Consolidated Fund … I’m advised that those cheques were kept on hand despite the fact that they should not have been there, because persons were not coming forward to uplift them.”According to Section 43 of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003, at the end of each fiscal year, any unexpended balance of public monies issued out of the Consolidated Fund shall be returned and surrendered to the Consolidated Fund.Article 216 of the Constitution of Guyana also states, “All revenues or other (sums of) money raised or received by Guyana (not being revenues or other sums of money payable by or under an Act of Parliament into some other fund established for any specific purpose; or that may, by or under such an Act, be retained by the authority that received them for the purpose of defraying the expenses of that authority) shall be paid into … (the) Consolidated Fund.”However, the Auditor General’s Report had stated that an inspection of the Sub-Treasury’s safe revealed that there were 19 cheques totalling $8.887 million which were still on hand at the Sub-Treasury Department in respect of 2016.The Audit Office had recommended that the Regional Administration institute measures to ensure full repayment to the Consolidated Fund of all amounts remaining unpaid at the end of each financial year in compliance with the FMA Act.That very report had flagged the fact that the Consolidated Fund of Guyana is in the throes of a heavy overdraft showing that at the ending of 2016. The Fund reflected an overdraft of $67.5 billion and the cash book, $86 billion.last_img read more

Leeds United new boy Adryan ready to make a mark on the Championship

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgLeeds United new boy Adryan has revealed he is loving life at his new club and wants to make his mark on the Championship.Adryan joined Leeds during the summer transfer window, arriving at Elland Road from Flamengo on a season-long loan with a view to permanent deal next year.The Brazilian turned out for Leeds’ development side this week, gaining valuable game-time in a 3-2 defeat to Ipswich.And now the 20-year-old has set his sights on having an impact on Leeds’ first-team, starting with their encounter against Birmingham this week.“I’m so happy with Leeds, but I need to work and play. They are so happy with my presence here and I need to play,” Adryan told Leeds United TV.“We are working so hard this week to play very well at Birmingham.” Leeds United new boy Adryan 1last_img read more

Manchester City line up v Burnley: Blues boosted by return of captain

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img Manchester City celebrate 1 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to return for the reigning Premier League Champions, while striker Stefan Jovetic may also feature for the Blues.James Milner has been used as a striker for City in their last two matches, which has yielded six goals for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.But, should the Chilean opt to make changes, Jovetic could lead the line against Burnley on Sunday.Frank Lampard, Fernandinho, Aleksandar Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta are also in contention to start as City aim for a club record tenth successive win in all competitions.Here’s how Manchester City could line up against Burnley…GoalkeeperPellegrini has the luxury of two top quality goalkeepers in Joe Hart and Willy Caballero, but the England No.1 is likely to keep his spot on Sunday. The Blues have kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches in all competitions.DefenceCity could make three changes with skipper Kompany available again after a two game absence with injury. Zabaleta, an unused substitute against west Brom on Sunday, and Kolarov would make obvious replacements at full-back.MidfieldLampard and Fernandinho could partner one another in City’s engine room to allow a rest for talisman Yaya Toure, while Milner could return to a more familiar role in midfield.But, with no Aguero up front, Silva is likely to keep his place as City’s creative lynchpin.ForwardDzeko and Aguero remain sidelined but Jovetic could return after being an unused substitute against West Brom on Boxing Day.last_img read more

For the record

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgA story Wednesday incorrectly reported that the renovated Griffith Observatory will feature Laserium shows. In fact, the Planetarium Theater will have a laser-video production system. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FIFA 19 new celebrations and tutorial, ft Ronaldo, Pogba and Neymar

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_img Ronaldo removed from cover of FIFA 19 and replaced by De Bruyne, Neymar and Dybala Latest FIFA 19 News Hang Loose: Hold L1, Hold Right Stick Up Then Down (PS4) Hold LB, Hold Right Stick Up Then Down 12 Milly Rock – Jesse LingardThe ‘Milly Rock’ celebration simply entails Jesse Lingard performing the Milly Rock dance. Reality Check in-form stars IN FORM STARS One player from every Premier League club who deserves a FIFA 20 downgrade 12 One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgraded rating on FIFA 20 Kiss The Ground: Hold L2, Hold Right Stick Right (PS4) Hold LT, Hold Right Stick Right (Xbox) MatadorThe ‘Matador’ celebration consists of your player mimicking the gesture of a matador holding a red coat out for a bull. 12 Milly Rock: (Exclusive to Jesse Lingard) Press X (PS4) Press A (Xbox) New additions include trademark celebrations from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Mo Salah and Neymar.Scroll down to see the new FIFA 19 celebrations, and tutorials on how you will be able to perform them on both PS4 and Xbox One. FIFA 19: Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Watford stars make TOTW 24 12 Number One – Cristiano RonaldoThe ‘Number One’ celebration consists of Cristiano Ronaldo holding up one finger to gesture that he is the best. FIFA 19: Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea stars make TOTW 12 Crocodile: (Exclusive to Antoine Griezmann) Press X (PS4) Press A (Xbox) Number One: (Exclusive To Cristiano Ronaldo) Press X When Comfortably In The Lead (PS4) Press A When Comfortably In The Lead (Xbox) 12 One player from every Premier League club who deserves FIFA 19 ratings upgrade 12 Double Siii: (Exclusive To Cristiano Ronaldo) Press X With A Teammate Nearby (PS4) Press A With A Teammate Nearby (Xbox) Hang Loose – NeymarThe ‘Hang Loose’ celebration is a dance often performed by Neymar. Giddy Up – Paul PogbaThe ‘Giddy Up’ celebration will make your player take sidesteps in a bizarre horse-riding reference. FIFA 19: Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea stars make TOTW Little Brother: Hold L2, Double Tap Circle (PS4) Hold LT, Double Tap B (Xbox) Phone It In – Gabriel JesusThe ‘Phone It In’ celebration consists of your player making a telephone gesture. Tottenham wonderkid left laughing after huge error Matador: Hold R2, Hold Right Stick Down Then Up (PS4) Hold RT, Hold Right Stick Down Then Up (Xbox) REFRESH STATS NO GOOD Griezmann signs Pogba on FIFA and jokes the kit looks good on him Little Brother – Kylian MbappeThe ‘Little Brother’ celebration entails your player standing still and folding his arms. 12 12 NeighbourhoodThe ‘Neighbourhood’ celebration will make your players come and crouch together, posing in front of the camera. Phone It In: Hold L1, Hold Right Stick Up (PS4) Hold LB, Hold Right Stick Up (Xbox) Kiss The Ground – Mo SalahThe ‘Kiss The Ground’ celebration will make your player kneel down and kiss the pitch. Neighbourhood: Hold L2, Flick Right Stick Down Twice (PS4) Hold LT, Flick Right Stick Down Twice (Xbox) Several new celebrations have been added to FIFA ahead of their new release: FIFA 19.The next iteration of the game is set to come out on September 28, but the latest goal dances have already been leaked. Crocodile – Antoine GriezmannThe ‘Crocodile’ celebration will make Antoine Griezmann snap his hands together vertically like a crocodile’s mouth. SICK AS A PARROTT Giddy Up: Hold L1, Press R3 (PS4) Hold LB, Press R Stick (Xbox) FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players Watch the full video of all the celebrations in action from Kazooie94 below. MEN OF THE MOMENT 12 CHANGE There are many new celebrations in FIFA 19 Double Siii – Cristiano RonaldoThe ‘Double Siii’ celebration is Cristiano Ronaldo and his nearest teammate both performing CR7’s trademark jump together. 12 DROPPED 12 WHAT A SIGNING last_img read more


Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgJason BlackStopover in Skardu was wonderful, a fantastic opportunity to get up close with the locals in the town and capital of Skardu District, in Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan.Skardu is in the 10 kilometres wide by 40 kilometres long Skardu Valley, at the confluence of the Indus and the Shigar River.Skardu is at an altitude of nearly 2,500 metres (8,202 feet) .by Jason BlackThe town is surrounded by grey-brown coloured mountains, which hide the 8,000 metre peaks of the nearby Karakoram range. There are three lakes in the vicinity: Upper Kachura lake, Lower Kachura Lake, and Sadpara Lake. This small village placed at the end of civilisation for mountaineers on route to Broadpeak K2 Gashu brum 1 & 2. The locals here have embraced the mountaineers over the years as they realise its importance as it boosts the economy. Freely waking around were met with a very friendly wave & salam malaiku (hello) as both sides of the main street approx 1km long trading chemists ,drapery, electrical, fresh fruit stalls, motor mechanics and butchers with freshly hanging meat as seam to operate seamlessly.Yesterday the final provisions for base camp and high camps were bought locally , spending the evening putting rice potato veg meat snacks teas coffees & so much more were all stored safely in large blue barrels.Similarly the tents, gas and cooking equipment along with our oxygen & masks of high altitude were all tested and assembled. Today once clearance came through the jeeps loaded with the hard wear left for the famous road from Skardu to Askole and in the morning early we also will follow on the 6 hour journey. Form Askole were operating self sufficient camping & cooking as we move up the 80km trek on the Baltoro glacier to our final destination K2 base camp.Once there, I’ll give an update. JASON BLACK’S K2 BLOG: RELIEF AS TRANSPORT PERMIT ARRIVES FOR BASECAMP was last modified: June 30th, 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:donegalJason BlackK2last_img read more

How Warriors’ bench celebrates Steph, Klay, Durant scoring outbursts

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgStephen Curry cannot wait for the Warriors’ next film session. So it would not be surprising if he breaks down the footage privately.The reason? Sure, Curry might both marvel and critique his own performance in Monday’s win over the Chicago Bulls. He will likely bask in Klay Thompson’s 52 points and NBA-record 14 3-pointers. Curry wants to pay attention to something else, though.“It’ll be just watching everybody’s reaction on every single shot that Klay made,” Curry said. “That’ll probably …last_img read more

Boeing, Embraer roll out new jetliners

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgThe MAX 9 is the second version of the new, more fuel-efficient versions of the 737 to roll off the production line and is designed to carry up to 220 passengers with a range of 3,515 nautical miles (5837kms).The rollout comes as the smaller MAX 8 is due to enter service in the second quarter of this year with the MAX 9 to follow next year.Boeing said the second aircraft would begin system checks, fueling and engine runs on the flight line before entering flight tests in the coming weeks.”The 737 MAX team continues to do a fantastic job getting us to these important milestones right on schedule,” Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said in a statement. “Our primary focus is delivering an aircraft that has the legendary reliability our 737 customers depend on, plus the optimized flexibility and range capability they desire.” The extended range of the MAX’s mean they can be operated on trans-Atlantic flights, opening up new possibilities for airlines. Norwegian Airlines, which has bought 108 MAX 8s, will start flying the 186-seat aircraft from Ireland to new US destinations, including Providence, Rhode Island, and Stewart International Airport, about 100 kilometres north of New York City, this year.But Boeing is being beaten in terms of sales at the bigger end of the single-aisle market by Airbus’s A321 neo, which can fly 3699 nautical miles (6850kms) with sharklets, seats up to 236 passengers and will be used by Norwegian to open up new routes between major European cities and the US in 2019.Analysts estimates sales of the A321 neo are at least three times those of the 787-9 MAX.Enter the MAX 10X.Boeing Commercial Airplanes marketing president Randy Tinseth confirmed on his blog this week that Boeing was actively engaged with airlines about the 737 MAX 10X and had already extended business offers to some customers.He said the aircraft, which would use the CFM LEAP-IB engines also used by the MAX 9, would be the most profitable single-aisle aircraft the industry had ever seen.“Compared to the A321neo, the MAX 10X would offer the same capacity, lower costs (5 percent lower per seat and 5 percent lower per trip) and more range,’’ he said. “This would be a relatively minor development program. The MAX 10X would follow the MAX 200 and MAX 7, with entry into service in the 2020  time frame.”Also rolling out Tuesday was Embraer’s E195-E2 regional airliner, expected to enter service in the first half of 2019.The E195-E2 has three additional rows of seats compared to current E195s and can carry 120 passengers a two -class configuration or up to 146 in a single class. The Brazilian manufacturer says It can fly 450 nautical miles (833km)  further than its predecessor on trips of up to 2,450 nautical miles 4537km).“The E195-E2 has the potential to significantly change the fleet profile of airlines around the world,’’ said Embraer Commercial Aviation chief executive John Slattery. “With a 20 per cent lower cost per trip and a cost per seat similar to larger aircraft, the E195-E2 becomes the ideal aircraft for regional business growth as well as low-cost business plans and complementing existing mainline fleets.” The E2 program has 275 firm orders with 415 options and purchase rights.Embraer will use two aircraft for the certification program, one for aerodynamic and performance tests and the other to validate maintenance tasks and the interior.last_img read more