Stephen ‘Lane’ Hunt, Oklahoma City: November 1, 2015

first_imgStephen “Lane” Hunt, infant son of Brad and Rebecca (Erickson) Hunt,  was born on November 1, 2015 then departed this life on November 1, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla.His grandfather, Richard Erickson preceded Lane in death.Survivors include his parents, Brad and Rebecca Hunt of Meeker, Oklahoma, three sisters, Courtney Rose Hunt, Roselynn Jane Hunt, and  Lillee Marie Hunt, grandparents, Stephen Wade Hunt of Wanette, Oklahoma, Marilyn June Hunt of Cushing, Oklahoma, and Brenda Erickson of Wellington. Other relatives and many friends of the family.   Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at Rossville Cemetery near Meeker, with Rev Mike Mitchell officiating.  Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler, Oklahoma.last_img read more

Timberland Regional Library Letter to the Community

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryIn an effort to ensure the health and well-being of our communities, staff, and library patrons, Timberland Regional Library (TRL) is following the mandated stay at home order issued by Governor Inslee to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.TRL serves the communities of Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties. We move millions of items across these counties and serve thousands of patrons each year. As you can imagine, this means lots of touching and in-person contact. In order to limit these types of interactions, we are keeping our libraries closed until it is safe for our staff and patrons to return to our buildings.In order to continue to provide services to you, our staff have been working virtually over the past few weeks and have created numerous virtual services to continue serving our communities the best we can. Yes, our physical buildings are closed, however there are many wonderful online resources you can access 24 hours a day at TRL.org. Our staff are teleworking and presenting virtual programs such as Storytimes, issuing new e-library cards, answering questions with live chat, and helping our communities continue to enjoy our online library services- ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and more.Timberland Regional Library realizes the importance our staff have in our communities and know they play a huge part in our service to you. TRL is also working on our re-opening plan and changes that we will make to keep staff and patrons safe.TRLs Administration Team and Board of Trustees know our staff is important to our communities, and we are dedicated to keeping them safe during this uncertain and stressful time.Our Union Leadership has stated that, “AFSCME Local 3758 worked collaboratively with TRL Admin to find a safe and beneficial way for some staff to continue to work from home while ensuring that we were following local, state, and federal guidelines and orders on how to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. We are thankful TRL Administration prioritized staff and community safety during this difficult time. We look forward to returning to work when it is safe and reconnecting with our patrons and coworkers.“- Morgan Sohl, Local 3758 Supervisors Unit PresidentTo our staff, thank you for being creative and dedicated during this time. You are valued and appreciated.To our communities, we can’t thank you enough for your patience and support. We want to assure everyone that TRL is working during this time to deep clean our buildings, to create new social distancing measures, and continue to work on new ways to serve you virtually or with less contact until it is safe to do so. We cherish the relationships built over the years and look forward to seeing all of our valued patrons and staff back at their libraries very soon. We miss you!We ask our communities and patrons to continue to support our libraries, your communities, and our staff who are anxious to serve you in any way that they can during these uncertain times.We look forward to seeing you soon.Cheryl Heywood, Executive Director and the Administrative Teamlast_img read more

78-year-old Pedestrian Struck on Broad Street in Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Police, the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and the Crossroads initiative are all conducting an investigation into how a 78 year-old borough woman carrying groceries was struck and critically injured by a van at the southern end of Broad Street at the Pinckney Road intersection, in the vicinity of the Super Foodtown supermarket late Tuesday morning.The victim, who has not been identified, was taken by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, according to Capt. Thomas McDonough, with the borough police. Police Chief Darren McConnell said on Wednesday authorities have not released the victim’s name, pending family notification. Charles Webster, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, said the victim is listed in critical condition “with life threatening injuries.” As of Wednesday afternoon the victim’s condition remained unchanged, McConnell said.“This lady, from all indications, was in the right,” walking in a designated crosswalk at the time of the collision, said McConnell. Moving vehicles are required to stop when pedestrians are in a crosswalk.This is the third incident since April where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. But in the other two cases, police determined the pedestrians were in the wrong, crossing against the traffic signal or stepping out from between parked cars. In these cases drivers weren’t issued summons but one pedestrian was.The Crossroads team initiative, lead by The Two River Times, will hold an emergency meeting this month to discuss what advances have been made in studying specific intersections in Red Bank already under review and will add this intersection to the project, said Jody Calendar, executive editor/co-publisher.“Obviously, the group has to be briefed about the status of the county study of the intersections of Broad and Front Street as well as Broad and Monmouth,” she said. “But it’s clear this intersection must be added, as well as looking at the just as busy thoroughfare, Shrewsbury Avenue.”Chief McConnell and his department have stepped up enforcement, with additional officers assigned to monitor traffic as staffing permits, as they traditionally do this time of year and in cooperation with the Crossroads initiative. “We’re still finding a good number of violations,” mostly by drivers, he said.The leading violations police are issuing involve using handheld cellphones while driving. “There’s definitely a large uptick,” in those summons, McConnell said, making no apologies for that increase. “The only way to get compliance is with enforcement,” he said, but acknowledging compliance is often slow in coming, recalling when seat belts became mandatory.Calendar applauded the increased enforcement but said, “Solutions have to be found. We have lights at Broad and Front that tell both motorists and pedestrians to proceed simultaneously. In this case, there isn’t a light and the intersection has been deemed dangerous by motorists and pedestrians alike.”That busy and congested intersection, where County Route 520 and Broad Street and Maple Avenue/State Highway 35 all converge, has long been problematic, noted Mayor Pasquale Menna. “It is really, really difficult,” he said. And given that, “I really think the time has come for the review of the entire configuration,” of the traffic pattern in the area, mayor added.Menna suggested that the southern most portion of Broad, south of Wikoff Place, in the area of Foodtown, to the Broad Street/Newman Springs Road intersection might function better as a one-way with traffic only allowed to travel south. Such a reconfiguration of the roadway would need county government approval, however, as Broad and Pinckney are both county roadways in that area (extensions of Route 520), Menna pointed out.County spokesperson Laura Kirkpatrick declined to comment on Menna’s suggestion until authorities complete their investigation and Menna approaches the freeholders with his recommendation. An impediment to making any changes to the location would be possible objections raised by the owners of the supermarket, the Azzolina/Scaduto families, who have raised concerns in the past to any changes, Menna said.In response to those possible future objections Menna said, “That is really not a cogent argument when it comes to safety, especially when it comes to people who live in that neighborhood who walk.” Philip Scaduto, president of Food Circus Supermarkets, which owns the local Foodtown, took exception with the mayor’s assertions. “I don’t believe that to be accurate at all,” Scaduto said. “I don’t believe we’ve had any dialogue on that at all.”Scaduto also stressed his company has had a good relationship with borough officials and when any proposal is presented “We’ll sit down and talk about it.” To his knowledge Scaduto said he wasn’t “aware of any issues or complaints by anybody,” about traffic in the area of his store.Chief McConnell said, “That’s a problem intersection, a busy intersection,” and one where there have been other incidents of vehicles hitting pedestrians “to varying degrees of severity.” If county and borough officials are intent on looking for improvements in that area. “A traffic signal is a thought there,” he suggested. It would be relatively close to another signal a short distance south but that has been done elsewhere such as at the Maple Avenue/White Street/Water Street intersection. And “That, I think, would dramatically improve pedestrian safety at that intersection,” on Broad Street, McConnell said.Menna said there hasn’t been any further discussions or steps taken on pedestrian/traffic safety that have been raised with The Two River Times’ initiative Crossroads, intended to facilitate improvements in public safety.The county engineers’ study to look at improvements at two traffic signaled intersections is in the works, according to county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick Police have been less aggressive citing pedestrians, using warnings for jaywalking and other offenses, McConnell said.According to Webster, Michael Phillips, 42, Brick Township, was driving a 2012 Ford Econoline van, traveling west on Pinckney Road. Phillips was attempting to turn south on Broad Street, striking the woman. The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m., Tuesday, according to McDonough. The Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Team responded to the scene. Authorities are asking anyone with any information to contact Det. Eric Kerecman, with the prosecutor’s office, at 1-800-533-7443; or Red Bank Police Patrolman Thomas Doremus, at 732-530-2700.By John BurtonEditor’s Note: The Two River Times Crossroads initiative to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in Red Bank and the surrounding Two River Area is a consortium of the newspaper, government officials from Red Bank, Monmouth County and the state, as well as stake holders including Meridian’s Riverview Hospital and Newport Media Holding, LLC.last_img read more

Has Guardiola lost the Midas touch?

first_imgLONDON (AP):In one dugout at Etihad Stadium tomorrow will be a manager enjoying a six-match winning streak with his second-place team. In the other, a manager reeling from the biggest loss of his career and down in fifth place.Few at the start of the English Premier League would have predicted it would be Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with the edge over struggling Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola.But the top of the standings is confounding expectations in the second half of the season. City host Tottenham with Guardiola’s side trailing the second-place London club by three points and leaders Chelsea by 10 points.Having already ruled City out of the title race, Guardiola is now in a scrap just to secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four as he endures a difficult first season in English football.It was against Tottenham in early October when Guardiola experienced his first setback at City, with Pochettino ending the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s winning league start. Last weekend, he was humbled by a 4-0 loss at Everton, a career low for the Champions League-winning coach.Has Guardiola lost the Midas touch?”The coach has to adapt with the players, the players have to adapt with the coach,” Eric Abidal, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, told The Associated Press yesterday. “Tactically, and the methodology of Pep Guardiola is methodology from Barcelona … he needs time. They will win trophies.”City racked up six successive wins in the league before losing 2-0 at Tottenham on October 2. Since then City have dropped 18 points, winning seven of their 14 games as the shortcomings of the brittle defence and shaky goalkeeper Claudio Bravo have been exposed.City’s attacking options have been reinforced with Gabriel Jesus completing his move from Palmeiras in time to feature against Tottenham.And for the 19-year-old Jesus, Guardiola played a big part in deciding his next destination.”He was the only manager who called me, so I was very pleased,” Jesus said. “One thing I’ve noticed is that, like me, he is mad about football. He lives football 24 hours a day. I’m like that, too.”Tottenham could move six points clear of City by completing the double over Guardiola’s side.And for Pochettino, it’s not just about securing a second successive season in the Champions League, but delivering the north London club’s first domestic title since 1961.”We have to try to show that we can be real contenders for the Premier League, that’s the real challenge,” Pochettino said. “It’s more important that we can show ourselves, rather than show Manchester City.”We need to show ourselves we are capable of dealing with that pressure, and to try to win games to achieve big things.”Tottenham have received more positive news on defender Jan Vertonghen’s ankle injury. After initial fears the centre back could be out for three months, Tottenham now expect him back in six weeks.AT THE BOTTOMTwo of the teams in the relegation zone have tricky trips to top-four opposition.Paul Clement takes Swansea to third-place Liverpool tomorrow for a daunting second league game in charge of the bottom-place team.”It does not look hopeless,” the former Bayern Munich assistant coach said. “We are one point behind the team outside the relegation zone and not far behind the teams just above that as well.”Sunderland, who are above Swansea on goal difference, are at West Bromwich Albion. Hull are a point further up the standings going into Sunday’s game at leaders Chelsea.THIS WEEKENDTOMORROW7:30 a.m.: Liverpool vs Swansea10 a.m.: Bournemouth vs Watford10 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs Everton10 a.m.: Middlesbrough vs West Ham10 a.m.: Stoke City vs Man United10 a.m.: West Brom vs Sunderland12:30 p.m.: Man City vs TottenhamSUNDAY7 a.m.: Southampton vs Leicester9:15 a.m.: Arsenal vs Burnley11:30 a.m.: Chelsea vs Hull Citypoints standings P W D L GF GA GD PtsChelsea 21 17 1 3 45 15 30 52Tottenham 21 13 6 2 43 14 29 45Liverpool 21 13 6 2 49 24 25 45Arsenal 21 13 5 3 48 22 26 44Man City 21 13 3 5 41 26 15 42Man Utd 21 11 7 3 32 20 12 40Everton 21 9 6 6 32 23 9 33West Brom 21 8 5 8 28 28 0 29Stoke City 21 7 6 8 27 33 -6 27Burnley 21 8 2 11 23 31 -8 26B’mouth 21 7 4 10 30 37 -7 25West Ham 21 7 4 10 26 35 -9 25S’hampton 21 6 6 9 19 26 -7 24Watford 21 6 5 10 23 36 -13 23Leicester 21 5 6 10 24 34 -10 21M’borough 21 4 8 9 17 22 -5 20Crystal P 21 4 4 13 30 40 -10 16Hull City 21 4 4 13 20 45 -25 16Sunderland 21 4 3 14 20 40 -20 15Swansea 21 4 3 14 23 49 -26 15last_img read more

Eagles make it official, Nick Foles will get another start

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that Foles will remain under center, though it’s no surprise because Carson Wentz hasn’t been cleared to return from a back injury that has forced him to miss the last two games.“As he goes through this natural healing process and the rest and everything, our medical team will continue to evaluate him and we’ll see where he’s at,” Pederson said of Wentz. “Right now, Nick is the guy, and we’re going to finish at least this last game with Nick, and then we’ll evaluate next week again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe defending Super Bowl champs will earn the NFC’s second wild-card spot if they beat the Redskins and the Vikings (8-6-1) lose at home to the Bears (11-4).Wentz will stay on the active roster so there’s a chance he could return if the Eagles stay alive. It would be tough to bench Foles, however, if he continues to play at a high level. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Going back to Foles’ first stint in Philadelphia, he’s 22-7 as a starter for the Eagles since going 1-5 his rookie year in 2012 on a 4-12 team that cost Andy Reid his job as coach.Notes: WR Mike Wallace was activated from injured reserve and CB Josh Hawkins was promoted from the practice squad. CBs Chandon Sullivan and De’Vante Bausby were released. Wallace hasn’t played since he broke his right fibula in Week 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Those are obviously conversations we have to have,” Pederson said. “Those are tough decisions to make. I’ve said all along that Carson is our guy and if he’s cleared and 100 percent and ready to go, then we’ll address that at that time.”The Eagles have a chance because Foles again stepped in for Wentz and has been outstanding. Foles was the Super Bowl MVP 10 1/2 months ago after a spectacular performance against New England led Philadelphia to its first NFL title since 1960.He set a franchise-record with 471 yards passing against the Texans and tossed four touchdown passes. A week earlier, he led the 13 1/2-point underdog Eagles to a 30-23 victory on the road over the Los Angeles Rams.“He’s just an unbelievable player and an unbelievable person,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “His demeanor is so calm and he’s a really good player.”The Eagles are 8-2 with Foles the past two seasons, including the playoffs and a loss to Dallas in a meaningless game in Week 17 in which the starters only played one quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ LATEST STORIES Raiders win possible final game in Oakland, beat Broncos Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles celebrates as he runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 32-30. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles will get another shot to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs.Coming off a record-setting performance in a 32-30 comeback win over Houston, Foles will start when the Eagles (8-7) visit Washington (7-8) in a must-win game Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:48Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Induction Officer Warns Against Split in Nimba

first_imgDeputy Minister for Planning and Research at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Teah Nagbe, who recently inducted into office the Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, has sternly warned Nimbaians not to allow their county to be divided.Minister Nagbe stressed in a statement during the induction ceremony that “It will be a big mistake on the part of Nimbaians to allow their county to be split because other counties that did it are not developing as fast as Nimba.”According to Minister Nagbe, there are more large towns and cities in Nimba than in most counties in Liberia, and this is the result of allowing people of diverse backgrounds to congregate in huge numbers.He observed that those counties created from the original nine counties are struggling because they are sparsely populated, making rapid development difficult.Minister Nagbe indicated that the concentration of large populations in Nimba is also beneficial to Liberia because development of those areas accrue to more Liberians.He suggested to the Nimba Legislative Caucus and the county administration to persevere and erect junior high schools in all the major towns to encourage the young people dwelling there to go to school.He said residents will see reason to send their children to school since if the schools are within their communities and students will not have to travel elsewhere to receive higher education.Minister Nagbe cautioned the elders and youths to be careful about those politicians who will only advocate for positions that allow them receive the respect without having any regard for others.“When some are in position, they only want respect to go to them and not others, and as you administer the affairs of the county, be careful not to allow such people to divide you,” he admonished.He urged the Legislative Caucus of Nimba and the county administration to work together for the benefit of the county because the development potential of the county is highly visible.Even though Minister Nagbe made it clear that his warning was not predicated upon any rumor of divide in the county, Nimba County is beginning to see serious tribal division since the Unity Party led government came into existence in 2006.Senator Prince Johnson’s influence in the 2011 election led four Representatives and two Senators, all Gio to the Legislature from Nimba with three Representatives exclusively of the Mano tribe.On that basis, some members of the Mano ethnic group have proposed a division of the county into the Gio, the majority tribe, on one side, and the Manos on the other.For the purpose of maintaining and retaining legislative power in the county, independent sources have discovered that the Gios being in the majority have resolved to establish the “Gio Union” that promotes the political interest of any member of the tribe whether qualified for public office or not.Amid these unfolding events in the county, a Statutory District Superintendent of Nimba, Bartua Bartuah, has opposed the division of the county and called on compatriots to join him in opposing such a division.On local radio stations in Nimba, many residents have registered their distaste for ethnic division in the county and have strongly condemned such a political idea.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Legendary Guitarist Junior Marvin Visits Liberia Soon

first_imgLegendary guitarist, Junior Marvin, renowned member of the famous reggae group, The Wailers, is on the verge of fulfilling a dream long harbored by the deceased King of Reggae, and the visionary leader of The Wailers, Bob Marley.Junior Marvin, who for many years gave The Wailers the spicy instrumental tune needed to add flavor to their undying pieces of music, disclosed to the Daily Observer that he will be visiting Liberia very soon, and will do a live stage performance while here. And this, he said, is in fulfillment of the dream of their legendary leader, Bob Marley.During the interview, Marvin was a recent guest of Liberian international curator and singer, Sarah Gusten Marr, in England, where he had gone for the filming of the video for her song, Forgotten. Marvin disclosed in an interview during his visit, “Liberia is definitely one of first places I will come to perform, and that will be very soon.” He said Bob Marley had a dream to visit every country on the African continent before he met his untimely death in 1981; and he (Marvin) is on a mission to fulfill this dream of his former boss. Born in 1949 as Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr., Junior Marvin is a Jamaican born guitarist and singer. He said it is “definitely” in his “agenda” to come to Liberia and meet its wonderful people. He added that Bob had always wanted him and The Wailers to be a part of Africa’s history moving forward.He noted that Liberia is a very special country because of its name (Liberia) and because it was one of the first places made available for the repatriation of enslaved black people to get back to Africa. “This gave them the opportunity to develop themselves and the African continent through education, religion, infrastructural development,” he said.He further indicated that while here, he would want to be involved in philanthropic works that will bring smiles to Liberians, especially the children. Marvin is indeed due in Liberia soon because he is collaborating with international Liberian singer/songwriter, Sarah Güsten-Marr, on a video for her latest song “Forgotten” that will soon be release in Liberia.“Forgotten” typifies the sufferings that the country and its people have endured as a result of war and disease.The song is not meant to bring back bad reflections of the civil war but the writer and singer (Sarah) touches basically on this topic to extol the present state of Liberia on how they were able to overcome those misty days of wars and inhuman conditions. Sarah considers Marvin as a source of inspiration, especially for her music career, apart from being great friends. “Marvin has been a wonderful mentor for me, and I’m so glad that I’m working with him during the creation of ‘Forgotten,’ a song written for my country, Liberia, the country of my birth,” Sarah told the Daily Observer in an interview. The official music video is being shot at Sarah’s art gallery (Gallery GM) in the UK, and should be out officially some time soon.She also revealed that she is working on another project, the “Great Nelson Mandela Project,” with Marvin.Sarah Güsten-Marr was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1970. An orphan baby, she was adopted by German parents and brought up together with her two older sisters in West Africa, Germany, USA and Italy. The family educated all three girls to become citizens of the world. “This song is also to celebrate orphans across the world that might have gone through the same circumstances or even worse, that there are better days and they must strive to get out of their predicaments and make something meaningful for themselves and others around them too. I am an example of one of those orphans who was able to overcome all those eerie situations,” she said.Marvin’s Love for AfricaThe legendary guitarist said that he learned a lot while working with Bob Marley. While growing up in the United Kingdom, Marvin said he and other black kids never had the opportunity to hear about black kings and queens.“I’m a historian and I love history, but the history of black kings, queens and emperors throughout the continent was never revealed to me.“And I realized that black history was something that I would have to go and learn by myself. Because they will never teach me that in school and never encouraged me to know about myself and from whence I have come and where I’m headed,” he said.He therefore made it a personal endeavor to learn about his people and himself. Marvin indicated that he considers himself a true African though he has some Jamaican Indian and European blood connections.“Though I have some mixed Jamaican Indian and European connections, but my basic core is African. So anything that pertains to Africa is very interesting to me.” He indicated that his involvement with Bob Marley also brought him in close contact with some prominent black personalities such as the famous Marcus Garvey and Emperor Haile Selasie of Ethiopia.“Many people may not know but Bob and The Wailers, including myself as a member, were instrumental in the independence of Zimbabwe. We also went to Gabon, where we were invited, to play for President Omar Bongo’o’s birthday. The Wailers also visited Zimbabwe, while Bob also went to Ethiopia by himself,” he said.He added that all of these are meant to say that, “We have always wanted to be a part of the history of Africa.“The journey has to be continued because I promised Bob that I will make sure to do everything in my power to go everywhere in Africa, and Liberia is definitely one of those countries that I would love to visit and this will be very soon.”He disclosed that he is doing a new album which is titled: “United time is right; Africa is calling.” “This is a double title that urges Africans, both at home and in the Diaspora, to unite and take on the responsibilities of developing ourselves and the continent. No one will do it for us if we don’t do it,” he said.He told the rest of his colleagues in the Diaspora, many of who have forgotten the African continent, “A man that does not know his roots is like a dust blowing in the wind,” he said, adding, “We need to know our roots and we need to develop the continent as the United State of Africa. “Of course all the minerals and riches of the earth came from Africa, where life also started from. “We are tasked with the responsibilities to make sure that our children coming up now get the nourishment, not just for their bodies, but their minds and education is key in this direction.“Education is key; communication is also key, and travelling is also important as well. In this light Africa will be what it is supposed to be, but it is our responsibilities to make it happen.”Meanwhile, Junior left The Wailers in the spring of 1997 to pursue a solo career in, of all places, Goiania, Brazil. There he formed a group called Junior Marvin and Batuka.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU Hires 4 Int’l Technocrats

first_imgThe head of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, has notified the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, that EU is hiring the services of four international experts for a period of four years to help boost the renewable energy sector.She said in the first phase of the project, one of the experts will work as an international director of the Bureau of Electricity and Renewable Energy, who will provide technical support to the Assistant Minister for Energy alongside a national deputy director.Ambassador Intelmann said three senior experts in electricity regulation will be joined by three locally-recruited experts to jumpstart the Electricity Regulatory Function.“In one to two years, the regulatory function will develop into an independent agency in compliance with the Electricity Law of Liberia,” the Envoy added. She said the EU’s intervention aims to provide significant additional technical capacity to reorganize and make the Department of Energy of the Ministry of Lands efficient in addressing the challenges the electricity sector faces.“In this way, it will complement the significant grant funding the EU is providing to support the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency – the Ministry’s implementing partners – in their endeavors to respectively connect the whole of Liberia to the electric grid. They will also provide improved access to modern energy services in the rural areas of the country,” she added.Improvement in the energy sector of Liberia has been a concern over the years since Liberia graduated from a 14-year civil strife in 2003.The business community has been complaining that energy provided by the LEC, through World Bank assistance, is very costly and unstable.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in response to addressing the prevailing conditions in the energy sector submitted a Bill to the National Legislature in July 2015.The Bill entitled: “2015 Electricity Law of Liberia,” seeks to liberalize the energy sector in order to drive competition to improve access, quality and lower costs of electricity.In the Act, it is established that legal and regulatory framework for generation, transmission, distribution and retail of electricity for import and export are setup to create an enabling environment for private sector investment in the country’s energy sector.Considering the challenges associated with energy in postwar Liberia and the merits of the President’s Bill, the Senate in 2015 passed the Electricity Law of Liberia to liberalize and open the sector for private investment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Terry Fox Run to be held Sunday

first_imgThis year’s Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday at Northern Lights College. The run/walk event is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. and has a one kilometre run for children, as well as a five and ten kilometre distance.Pledge sheets can be picked up from Pomeroy Sport Centre. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out at the event. Anyone wanting to pitch in is encouraged to contact Ken Lane at 250-261-4860.The Terry Fox Run has been going on for 35 years. Last year’s Fort St. John event had 61 runners participating, and $1,555 was raised.- Advertisement –last_img

Clippers pull away for win

first_imgThe Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak and not only were victorious at home for the first time since January, but won for the first time in 13 days. Maybe Elton Brand was caught up in the moment. Maybe he was basking in his monster game of 31 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks, the latter tying a career high. But without prompting, he said, “We had the question all season long: Is this the turning point? Is this the turning point? This has to be the turning point. We have to play well. “We leapfrogged them, and now we have to catch the next team.” Brand was pointing out that the Clippers entered the day in the No. 10 position in the Western Conference behind Golden State. They moved up to ninth. Brand’s point was that only 27 games remain, and the Clippers cannot afford to wait any longer to make a move. Time is running out. “I’ve been asked at least four times, after a big win or road win, if this is the turning point,” Brand said. “This has to be it.” LOS ANGELES – Frogs didn’t fall from the sky. The moon did not turn blue. But a relatively rare phenomenon occurred at Staples Center on Saturday. The Clippers won there for the first time in February with a 103-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors. center_img Even though they won by 13 points, the Clippers hardly had control – until the fourth quarter. Through three quarters, there had been nine lead changes. With the Clippers up 83-81 with 7:54 left, they went on an 8-0 run to go up by 10, and Golden State did not recover. Corey Maggette scored five points, and Shaun Livingston had a three-point play during the critical run. Those two, Brand and Quinton Ross are the only Clippers in their normal rotation who aren’t hobbled by some sort of injury. Maggette had a solid game with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Livingston responded with 14 points and a career-high 14 assists. Maggette made his second consecutive start. “Corey had a great day in practice yesterday,” Dunleavy said. “He was playing very similar to how he played today. Defensively, he did a terrific job.” Most of Brand’s blocks came because his teammates were beaten by the speedy Warriors. But still, the fact that the Clippers held the Warriors to 90 points, when they average 105.8 per game, made it look like their defensive mojo could be back. “Elton did a great job of blocking shots and keeping up with them,” Livingston said. “When he does that, it gives us a chance to box guys out, get rebounds and get our hands on balls.” CLIPPERS NOTES: Sam Cassell is hobbled by an abdominal strain. He played 15 minutes, and although he is playing through the injury, it sounds as if it is more serious than initially thought. “I’m not up to par, but if I can give this team 10, 15 good minutes and Shaun some rest, I’m going to do that,” he said. “I’m not doing well right now.” … Chris Kaman missed a second consecutive game, and his ailment from “flu-like symptoms” was upgraded to “flu.” Dunleavy said he expects to see the center at practice today. … Tim Thomas left the game in the fourth quarter with back spasms. Joe Stevens can be reached at joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. 160Want 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