Raji: ‘Time for Our Youths to Compete in Africa, Others’

first_imgMustapha Raji says he will bring changes to improve football if electedThe Liberia Football Association (LFA) went to elections in April, but the outcome was interrupted when one of the candidates filed an injunction to stop further proceedings, because his concerns filed at the LFA Protest and Appeals committees were ignored. The case will now be decided by the court. Mr. Mustapha Raji secured 16 votes shy of the 18 needed to have won hands down. In this interview, Raji, who was the favorite, explained his love for the game and while he believes that he deserves the support of stakeholders to reach his dream as president of the LFA. Excerpts:Daily Observer: Mr. Raji we know you had hoped that the elections on April 14 could have settled the leadership of the LFA. Now there is still a good chance for you to earn the title when the run-off is finally decided by the court. But my question is: why do you think that you deserve to be elected president of the LFA?Mustapha Raji: Thanks for the question. I have followed or I have been involved in Liberian football since I was twenty-five years old. I have owned clubs as far as I can remember and have sponsored young players. As president of two clubs in the league (LISCR FC and Gardnersville FC), I understand what it takes to build a team and players. I think with that experience, I can ascend to the leadership of the LFA and make a greater impact on our country.DO: Running a football club or two football clubs as your experience indicates is quite different from running a national federation, have you thought about the challenges that are associated with a national association? For example, you will need qualified individuals to staff the Secretariat of the LFA and you will not need to micromanage the LFA, that is to say, you will not have to control every part or dictate what everyone at the LFA should do.MR: I am glad you brought this question out. Remember that at a club president I have a system set up that those who I have employed work according to their job specification. There are none of my workers at both LISCR FC and Gardnersville FC that will give you any hint that I exhibit any undue control over them. My coaches will tell you how I give them the chance to do their work. I am running for the LFA leadership because I believe any technician employed there deserves the administration’s support.DO: Mr. Raji if you become successful and elected president of the LFA, what will be your immediate focus?MR: I am glad that you are identifying issues that are yet to become realities. With the present status of Liberian football, including the league and Liberia’s poor position on the continental and international scenes, I will have to meet with stakeholders, including the Executive Committee of the LFA to do some real thinking. We want Liberian youths to participate in the tournaments organized by CAF. Yes, we want our girls to be at the Female Championships on both CAF and FIFA levels and therefore we need to support it. Yes, we will have to expose our coaches to increase their technical knowledge. Yes, we’ll have to support our referees in their assignments at both and away. Yes, we’ll have to seek additional financial support from the business community. Yes, we’ll have to work out other arrangements…so you can see that we will have a whole lot on our hands to do. They will include community football, U17 football across the country, beach football and many other initiatives that we will work on both for the short and long-term. I am asking the electorates to give me the opportunity to lead and support what I have followed and spent my resources for nineteen years. This is the climax of my involvement in soccer administration and I need their support to make my dream real.DO: If you are elected president of the LFA when the court finally decide for the elections to continue will that signify that you are better than your opponents? Could you bring any of the candidates closer for Liberia’s sake?MR: These are wonderful questions and my take is I have asked the stakeholders to vote me to power. We need to work together to achieve what we want for Liberia, and I hope that has answered your question. I have known Mr. Musa Shannon and Mr. George Solo for many years. These are wonderful people and I am glad for their passion to change the future of Liberian soccer for the better. If I am successful as president of the LFA, I will bring them to my kitchen cabinet. They are great people and I appreciate them.DO: Now our final question: what promise or promises will you make to the Liberian people that could be your gift to them in your first term in office if you are elected president of the LFA?MR: If I don’t be careful with the questions you ask, I will overdo myself. And in fact, I appreciate your questions and that’s why I am always comfortable with the media since we are in it together. It is obvious that every FA’s goal is to be at the next Nations’ Cup and the next World Cup. We have a president who has an unbeatable and enviable career in football. I think he deserves either of the tournaments you mentioned. If I am elected president of the LFA, it will be our goal, all of us. In fact, thank you for bringing it up, I will engage President George Weah to take the game to the people. Together, including the media, the players, the coaches, every one of us will discuss and work toward the targets you mentioned. All I am asking for is for the stakeholders to give me the mandate as the electorates gave President Weah the mandate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Protesting ‘Redundant’ Arcelormital Workers Resume Work

first_imgThe decision was reached following the intervention of Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf in Ganta, Nimba County, when he brokered a peace deal between the two parties.Redundant workers of ArcelorMittal Liberia have agreed to cut off their protest actions against the company and resume work as the management has promised to reinstate them to the workforce as well as pay employee benefits, a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs has said.According to the release, the decision was reached following the intervention of Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Ganta, Nimba County, when he brokered a peace deal between the two parties.An Internal Affairs Ministry’s press release said that the meeting, called by Minister Sirleaf, brought together the leadership of the protesters, representatives of ArcelorMittal management, and Nimba County Superintendent David Dorr Cooper, with each of them making significant inputs.Early Thursday, protesters in Grand Bassa and Nimba counties set up roadblocks on the train track which the company uses to transport iron ore from Nimba County to the port of Buchanan, in demand of their benefits or reinstatement to the workforce.Kingston Nyandibo, head of the redundant ArcelorMittal employees, said in a meeting that the workers and some of their family members embarked on the protest “because all efforts aimed at addressing their plights with the management have failed.”Nyandibo informed Minister Sirleaf that those affected include 769 workers, categorized as 363 employees, 366 contractors, and 40 others who were considered “illegally dismissed.”According to the protesters’ leadership, their redundancy was effected in 2015 and 2016 due to a drop in prices of iron ore on the international market, with an understanding that the company would recall them if prices rose again.“Instead, when prices improved beginning 2017, the company chose to hire a new batch of workers, which was in total disregard to the redundancy clause,” said Joseph G. Kaye, a spokesperson of the protesters.Kaye said they have been pursuing the matter with the company since May 2018.But Marcus S. Wleh, Head of Government Relations assigned with Arcelormital, has meanwhile appealed to the protesters to grant a two-week period for the company to sort out the relevant documentations that would lead to finding a permanent and amicable solution to the problem.Also, Minister Sirleaf assured that he will work with other government entities, including the Ministry of Labor and National Bureau of Concessions, to resolve the impasse.Based on Minister Sirleaf’s intervention, Nyandibo promised to immediately communicate with his colleagues as well as travel along the train track, pleading with his colleagues to remain calm and abort all protests.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bert Bowes student Kane Schreiner competes at Provincial Track and Field Championships

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On May 30 to June 1, Bert Bowes Middle School sent one student to Kelowna to compete at the Provincial Track and Field Championships.Top athletes from each Provincial zone competed at this event.According to Jen Harrison, of Bert Bowes, Kane Schreiner placed 9th in the 800 metre and 11th in the 400 metre.- Advertisement -Harrison says she is proud of Schreiner for his effort this season, making it as a contender with the best of the best.“I am very proud of Kane. He is running with the best of the best and has worked hard this season, which has paid off in terms of him being a contender with the best.”last_img

Wanted: Proposals For Construction Of Site C Dam

first_imgThe RFQ includes the building of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels, and a concrete foundation for the generating station and spillways.“It is standard practice for major infrastructure projects to initiate procurements concurrent with environment and other regulatory processes” according to Communication Relations Manager Dave Conway.Contractors interested in carrying out the work will have until May 30th to put their proposals in.- Advertisement -The proposal is posted on the BC Bids website.last_img

Nairobi County sets aside Sh1bn for upgrading of five Stadia

first_img“We first want to focus on the grass root grounds which have been in deplorable condition so that they can be able to host the Kenyan Premier League matches,” she said.Besides Dandora, Other stadia like Ziwani Grounds in Starehe, Woodley in Kibra, Riruta in Kawangware and Kiumbuini will also be upgraded.Upon completion, Woodley will have highest capacity of 8,000, Dandora will be able to accommodate 5,000 while Ziwani will be a 4,000 seater-facility.Nairobi County Executive Committee for Education, Youth, Gender and Sports, Janet Ouko. Photo/MOSES MUOKIOuko has committed to oversee a smooth upgrading of the grounds and ensure that they are completed within five months.This comes even after the Nyayo National Stadium is yet to be completed after the Government pledged to build stadia in seven counties.The Nairobi City Stadium, one of the oldest facilities in the country, has been closed down since 2015 after the Kenyan Premier League deemed it unfit to host the matches, and Ouko reiterated that they also have plans on face-lifting it.“We have also seen that it’s not okay to leave City Stadium as it is now, so in a short while some works will commence at the stadium,” She said.In December, 2016, the then Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero had announced that Sh200 million was set aside to fund renovation works at City Stadium.However, two years down the line works at the Stadium that was home for Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia is yet to begin.-By Jemimah Mueni-0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dandora Stadium is under renovation. Photo/MOSES MUOKINAIROBI, Kenya, May 22- The Nairobi County Government has set aside Sh1 billion for the upgrading of five stadia that have been in deplorable conditions, excluding the City Stadium.Speaking while launching the uplifting of Dandora Stadium on Tuesday, Nairobi County Executive Committee for Education, Youth, Gender and Sports, Janet Ouko said the stadia will be renovated to meet the required FIFA and CAF standards.last_img read more

Pep welcomes trophy challenge despite fixture pile-up

first_imgBut Liverpool, who sit four points clear of City in the Premier League, have just two competitions left to worry about after a much-weakened side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves on Monday.“If everyone is fit and not injured we can cope with it,” Guardiola said.“The problem is if you have 10 injured players, it’s almost impossible. When everyone is fit, it’s better. Without that competition, if we had just one competition to play in, I could play with the same 11 or same 12.“Now everyone is involved. The players don’t know who will play against Burton. Then after four days we have another final at home to Wolves.”Guardiola said he would rather be fighting on multiple fronts as he believes momentum can apply across all competitions.“I prefer it, definitely,” he said. “I like to be in the four competitions as far as possible. When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season I was sad.”Guardiola revealed conversations are ongoing regarding the possibility of extending Vincent Kompany’s contract. The club captain’s existing deal expires in the summer, when the Belgian is also due a testimonial after more than a decade with the club.“We are considering it, we are talking about that,” Guardiola said of a possible new deal.“I would like it. He’s our captain. Eleven years here. We saw in the last two games the huge quality and personality he has to play. The only problem with Vincent is one — his injury problems.“One-against-one absolutely we are better with Vincent. Every central defender has his own quality but there’s no doubt Vincent has something special with his charisma, winning the duels. It’s incredible. He’s one of the best central defenders I’ve ever seen. The problem is whether he’s fit.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are still in the running for four trophies © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – Pep Guardiola says he welcomes Manchester City’s multi-pronged trophy assault, even though title rivals Liverpool have only the Premier League and Champions League to focus on.City face Burton in the semi-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday, days after demolishing Rotherham 7-0 to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup.last_img read more

Liverpool ‘close’ to signing £30m-rated Loris Karius replacement from Serie A

first_imgAfter several seasons of inconsistency from Simon Mignolet, the Reds boss turned to fellow countryman Loris Karius.However, after his calamitous performance in the Champions League Final, the former Metz keeper looks set to be replaced.And, according to the Daily Mirror, Strakosha is the man they want.The 23-year-old has established himself as first choice for the Serie A side, playing all 38 games in the league for them last season. REVEALED targets The Lazio shot-stopper is ‘close’ to joining Liverpool in a £30 million deal Latest Transfer Rumours Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, according to reports.The Albania international, who is rated at £30 million, hails from Athens and is one of several shot-stoppers being lined up by Jurgen Klopp. 1center_img At £30 million, he is seen as a far cheaper alternative to Roma shot-stopper Alisson Becker and Atletico Madrid glovesman Jan Oblak.Despite being more experienced than Strakosha, the aforementioned duo would certainly not come cheap; Oblak for example has an £87 million release clause.It is believed Lazio already have a replacement lined up in anticipation of their current keeper’s seemingly imminent departure.Olympiakos star Silvio Proto is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to bring him to the Stadio Olimpico ahead of next season. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED targets moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more

Donegal-Derry border protests: ‘Let’s unify and send a clear message’ – Cllr

first_imgInishowen Councillor Jack Murray has urged the public to ‘unify’ and join widespread demonstrations along the Donegal-Derry border later tonight (Weds) ahead of a major EU summit tomorrow (Thurs). Border Communities Against Brexit will stage protests across the border on Wednesday night, with action simultaneously taking place in Bridgend, Muff, Killea, Clady, and Lifford.EU and UK officials resumed Brexit talks today in the hope of reaching a deal that can be agreed by leaders at a key summit tomorrow. Speaking to Donegal Daily before the protests, Cllr Jack Murray said it was ‘vitally important’ that people made their concerns heard.He said: “The people of the border community will not tolerate a hard border because of the consequences would be absolutely devastating.“Border Communities Against Brexit will be holding a protest along the 38 crossing points and it could be a very symbolic message that could unify the people of the border communities and one that could send a clear message to Brussels and to the British government.“This has nothing to do with party politics, it is about the free movement of people across the border. “I grew up outside Bridgend, only a couple of miles from the border, and people from the area and around Inishowen would be frequent visitors of Derry City, which would essentially be our local city“A lot of people would socialise there, people work in the area and vice versa. It is just a way of life and people don’t even think about crossing the border in the way that they do.“It has huge economic and social factors and if there was a hard border it would be catastrophic for the people of Inishowen and Derry.“So, I would urge people to come out and support the rallies tomorrow night, which have been successful in the past because it is for the greater good.”Donegal-Derry border protests: ‘Let’s unify and send a clear message’ – Cllr was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Belief in Hell Lowers Crime

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A psychologist has determined that belief in hell reduces the crime rate.A finding like this might belong in the “Well, duh” category, but more interesting is the interpretation: what does the correlation mean?  Science Daily explained how a research team led by Azim F. Shariff decided to check the intuitive idea that worry about afterlife consequences tends to make people behave better.  They studied crime data covering 26 years from 67 different countries, and found that hope for reward in a blessed heaven is not enough; that hope by itself is actually a predicter of higher crime rates.  The fear of hell is what changes behavior:“Supernatural punishment across nations seems to predict lower crime rates,” Shariff said. “At this stage, we can only speculate about mechanisms, but it’s possible that people who don’t believe in the possibility of punishment in the afterlife feel like they can get away with unethical behavior. There is less of a divine deterrent.“For instance, last year “Shariff reported that undergraduate students were more likely to cheat when they believe in a forgiving God than a punishing God.”  He published this in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.  (There is not, apparently, an International Journal for the Religion of Psychology.)The article recognized that “these are correlational data, and so caution should be taken with the conclusions.”  Correlation is not the same as causation.  As for what the findings might mean, the article did not explore whether heaven or hell have any basis.  Instead, it and the researchers appear to have assumed that beliefs about heaven and hell evolved by a kind of cultural selection.  “The new findings, he added, fit into a growing body of evidence that supernatural punishment had emerged as a very effective cultural innovation to get people to act more ethically with each other.”That statement does not elaborate on what, or who, caused supernatural punishment to “emerge,” or why hell would prove more effective than heaven, when PhysOrg just announced a contrary finding, that “Carrots, not sticks, motivate workers.”  Furthermore, assuming the psychologists are evolutionists (a safe assumption), they did not explain why evolution would select for ethical behavior in the first place.  After all, another PhysOrg article had just stated that “Evolution by definition is cold and merciless” (see 6/08/2012 entry).  Ethical behavior or cooperation should, it would seem, be regarded as contrary evidence to “evolution by definition.”Maybe there really is a hell.  Did anyone consider that?  There is credible eyewitness testimony.  Maybe that’s why it acts as a deterrent, because it’s true.  A good scientist should examine all the evidence.  Since fear of judgment appears to be a natural trait of humanity, it would seem natural that a solution exists.  Fortunately, there is one.last_img read more

Unprofitable grain prices continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grain prices continue to be low, stressful, and unprofitable for Ohio and U.S. producers. While March CBOT corn last summer on July 13 had reached $4.62, it has spent little time above the $4 since October. It then fell to $3.64 mid-November. Corn basis levels continue to be historic and record setting. Producers in Ohio are experiencing those levels due to the state seeing demand exceed production. Ethanol plants are a constant demand that appear to be committed to remain in production for the long term. In addition, the weather extremes seen in western and northwest Ohio last summer pulled down corn production for Ohio. Feed plants in those areas will work hard to source their corn as they will be in strong competition with the ethanol plants long into the summer.While the year is new and fresh, the harsh reality of lower grain prices is old and stale. Grain producers long for much better prices for corn and soybeans. Many producers cannot make money with corn below $4 and soybeans below $9. While grain prices are sharply below those seen two to four years ago, input prices are not. Land owners are yielding little to lower cash rents. In recent years customers in many different Ohio counties report taxes have more than doubled. Fertilizer prices have dropped in recent months. Used equipment prices have seen big drops in the past year.Details from numerous important dates in December 2015 will continue to dominate market news and price activity in coming weeks. Newly elected Argentina president, Mauricio Marci, came into office on Dec. 10. His election several weeks earlier dominated the news, providing lots of price volatility especially for soybeans. March CBOT soybeans made new contracts lows, reaching $8.47 the day following Marci’s election. Analysts thought his pro-business stance, in sharp contrast to the previous socialist government, would push soybeans from Argentina’s producers into the market. Marci had proposed the lowering of grain export taxes and a currency devaluation in Argentina. That combination could bring up to 20 million tons of soybeans to the market in coming months.Dec. 14 was the next important date. Argentina President Mauricio Marci was to begin detailing his campaign promises now that he has been elected. Grain prices in November and December had additional volatility due to the huge uncertainty of how grain export taxes would be changed. Prior to Dec. 14, different levels of tax relief for corn, soybeans, and wheat had been floated. There were even ideas of reduced soybean export taxes that varied week by week into the future. Then the talk of currency devaluation brought much uncertainty. The amount of U.S, dollar currency Argentina held in reserve would play a role in the actual implementation of Argentina’s currency devaluation.Dec. 16 was the final date of importance, this date regarding the U.S. Fed. Many have assumed an interest rate increase would take place, and it did. An future increase is likely with additional increases in the next 12 months. Better than expected U.S. jobs reports this fall give credence to an improving U.S. economy and concerns of inflation returning to the forefront.The passing of these dates will bring additional details along with price movements for corn, soybeans, and wheat. One word alone will bring more uncertainty. Weather. While not new, keep this in your memory bank. El Niño. The current El Niño is the strongest one in the past 20 years. Some use the word, “monster,” to detail its current status. It could influence weather events for the next decade. It is scary when most think of weather in weeks or months, not years.Midwest two-week weather forecasts in mid-December called for above normal temperatures. Grain producers have had very few days since harvest with the desired temperatures to run the fans in grain bins. Cold grain has a much better chance to condition properly for the winter. This very unusual weather factor could prove to be of major influence for the next three months.last_img read more