Disabled Frown Upon Exclusion

first_imgLiberian disable community wants “inclusive” participation in the emerging oil and gas sector, George K. Flomo has said.Mr. Flomo represented ‘disables’ of Margibi County at ongoing Nationwide Public Engagement on the Draft Petroleum Law spearheaded by the House of Representatives and the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).The program was hosted in Kakata City, Margibi County with representatives from various districts in attendance.Highlighting the plights of disables yesterday Mr. Flomo who is also a disable frowned on their continue exclusion from the oil and gas process, stressing, “We also have the potential and need to be part of this process.””There has been no time that persons with disability have been appointed or called to participate in these processes. Talking about scholarship for advanced education to work in the sector, disables have been neglected. Taking about the draft law to govern the sector, there is nothing spelled out about persons with disability. We think that should be corrected immediately as the lawmakers solicit the inputs of the people,” he said.Mr. Flomo was amongst over two hundred delegates invited to discuss and make personal inputs on the draft legislation.Responding to the quest of the disables, the NOCAL delegation including Jonathan Sengbew welcomed their inputs, adding that most of the work involving the sector “requires able-body people.”However, NOCAL assured the disables of doing everything possible to include qualified disables in the working of the sector.Speaking at the start of the program, House Speaker Alex J. Tyler lauded the efforts of the county and people, stressing the importance of the forum to the development and sustainability of Liberia’s peace.“We are here to discuss about what we going to do to make oil a blessing and not a curse. We need the people’s participation so that when we find oil, we can be placed in a better position to manage the resources to develop our country,” he said.Also making remarks, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper praised the House for an initiative to take the draft legislation to the people.“The wider participation of the people in this process is welcoming and I promise to do the same on my legislative tour across the county.“This oil thing will not just affect this generation now but our unborn children will also benefit. It’s important that we Liberians are prepared in order to manage the industry when full operations start, Senator Cooper indicated.The draft legislation seeks to replace the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy as lead ministry to the Ministry of Petroleum (MoP).According to the document, all revenue collected from the oil and gas sector before oil is found will be deposited in the Government’s Consolidated Fund in accordance with the Public Financial Management law.“All contractors, their subcontractors and respective employees shall be subject to taxes, user fees and custom duties in accordance with the Revenue Code. Liberians are to have the first priority on employment opportunities. The companies must provide training programs in various aspects of petroleum operations for Liberians,” the draft legislation maintained.Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue disclosed that Rivercess and Grand Bassa counties are the next venues for the consultations and at the same time encouraged citizens of both counties to form part of the discussions in the coming days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Temperatures well above normal, could break records this weekend, meteorologist says

first_img“It could be broken (Saturday), it will be very close.”Wray added: “Being eight, nine degrees above normal is fairly significant.”Much of British Columbia is bracing for record breaking temperatures this week, a heat wave driven in large part by a ridge of high pressure moving its way up from the Gulf of Mexico.“It a really, really strong, entrenched ridge of high pressure,” Wray says.Advertisement Pack your sunscreen, grab your shades, and raid the stores for all the water, ice cream and popsicles you can find — the heat this weekend is likely to break records.Meteorologists are forecasting highs of 29 C for both Saturday and Sunday in the Fort St. John area, well above normal highs of 21 C for this time of the year.Environment Canada meteorologist David Wray said Fort St. John is likely to set a new temperature record on Sunday, but said Saturday will be the day to watch the mercury as it rises.- Advertisement -The current temperature record for June 27 is 30 C, set in 1928.The highest temperature on record for June 28 is 27.8 C, set in 1950.“We are expecting highs of 29, which is quite warm, not too far off the record highs,” says Wray.Advertisement “This type of pattern we start to see this time of year.”Temperatures are expected to peak Sunday afternoon in the South Okanagan and East Kootenay, where the mercury will hit 40 C and higher.Back here in the Peace, Wray says we can expect a little bit of a reprieve on Monday and Tuesday, where a cool, low pressure air mass will move in and drop temperatures between 24 and 27 C.There could be a chance of a thunderstorm or two, Wray added, that will also help cool things off.The reprieve will be short lived, Wray predicts, with another high pressure ridge expected to swoop in on Wednesday, and pushing the mercury back up through the rest of the week.Advertisementlast_img read more

From Allegri to Benevento: Tops and flops in 2017/18 Serie A

first_img– Tops –Massimiliano AllegriThe 50-year-old Juventus coach once again proved to be the master strategist despite criticism for orchestrating a style of play deemed less attractive and exciting than rivals Napoli.Allegri nevertheless kept one step ahead of his rivals with a chameleon side which he changed 37 times in 38 games to fit their rivals.In addition to winning the psychological battle against Napoli, Juventus boasted the top defence with just 24 goals conceded, finishing with 95 points, second only to Antonio Conte’s 102 with the Turin side in 2014.Allegri has won the league and Cup double in each of his four seasons with the Turin giants becoming the first coach in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.Ciro Immobile, Mauro IcardiLazio’s Immobile and Inter’s Icardi finished the season as joint top Serie A scorers with 29 goals.In the midst of the gloom surrounding Italian football after their failure to qualify for the World Cup, Immobile enjoyed a period of renaissance with the Roman side.The 27-year-old followed up his excellent 2016-17 season with 29 goals from 33 games, despite a right thigh injury seeing him miss much of the end of the season.Inter captain Icardi was similarly hampered, by a knee injury from January, but accounted for nearly half of his side’s 66 goals, and on Sunday claimed his 100th for Inter as he helped them to snatch the final Champions League berth at the expense of Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico.Gonzalo HiguainThe 31-year-old Argentina forward proved a star performer for Juventus despite facing criticism during a lean period without scoring.The former Real Madrid player arrived for a club-record 90 million euros from Napoli two years ago, and has scored 55 goals in two seasons.His 16 in Serie A this season included the winner in the last-gasp 3-2 win against Inter Milan which proved the hammer blow to Napoli’s title ambitions.Maurizio SarriChain-smoking coach Sarri came close to leading Napoli to a third Serie A title after 1987 and 1990 but in the end lost the psychological match with Juventus.After beating Genoa in mid-March, Sarri said: “If it were down to me, I’d go all the way to the Palace and take power.” The Palace, as he saw it, was the Allianz Stadium in Turin. And Napoli successfully stormed it in April with their first win at Juventus in nearly a decade.It was to be the high point of the title challenge as Napoli failed to win their following two games and, despite amassing a club-record 91 points, Sarri’s future at the San Paolo Stadium is now in doubt amid criticism his starting 11 had become too predictable.Napoli finished runners-up for the second time in Sarri’s three seasons.– Flops –Andre Silva, Nikola KalinicAC Milan front men Silva and Kalinic both proved expensive flops after arriving as part of the club’s 200 million euro transfer splurge last summer, fuelled by their new Chinese owners.Portuguese international Silva, 22, joined from FC Porto for 38 million euros plus bonuses, but scored just two goals.Croatian international Kalinic, 30, arrived from Fiorentina for 25 million euros but could only muster six goals in 30 appearances, including one in Sunday’s final game against Fiorentina.BeneventoBenevento’s miracle promotion to Serie A last year quickly turned to a nightmare for the minnows from outside Naples.They made history by becoming the first European team to lose 14 league games in a row before claiming a first point in a 2-2 draw with AC Milan in December when their goalkeeper scored in injury time.The club were relegated with four games to spare.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri celebrates with the Serie A championship trophy at the weekend © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, May 21 – The 2017/18 Italian Serie A season finished on Sunday with Juventus crowned champions for the seventh straight year and 34th time in their history.AFP Sport looks at the tops and flops of the league campaign in Italy:last_img read more

Zapata cautious in Singida United approach

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo Zapata reacts during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 5- Last year’s Super Cup losing finalists AFC Leopards will be eager to start their campaign this year with a bang and progress all the way up for a consecutive time when they take on Tanzanian side Singida United in the last quarter final on Tuesday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. AFC tactician Rodolfo Zapata is confident that the team has the ability to move all the way to the final and has called on his charges to give their all against Singida and inch closer to their target. “There is no pressure at all. This is a party that we need to enjoy. We are Leopards, the biggest team in this country and we need to go in to the pitch and represent our supporters well,’ the Argentine tactician said.AFC are facing a Singida side which did not perform as well as they should have expected in the recently concluded season, finishing fifth in the standings with 44 points, a massive 25 behind champions Simba SC.They have won only two of their last 10 matches, losing four and drawing a similar number. Both their wins were against Njombe Mji and Maji Maji who were both relegated after finishing in the bottom two slots.Despite the poor record, Rodolfo is not taking the match lightly.AFC Leopards striker Marvin Omondi leads team-mates in celebration during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“This is an international competition and it’s different from the league. I expect them to come very tough because of the prize that is there at the end of the day. For us, we have prepared very well and I am happy that the players have responded to my coaching,” the tactician said.“Since I took over the team we are unbeaten and we need to keep working in this way. This is a good opportunity to show our skills and what we can do,” added the tactician who took charge of the team at the beginning of last month.At the same time, Zapata has rued the absence of skipper Duncan Otieno who is away with the national team at the four-nation Heroes InterContinental Cup in India while Ezekiel Odera has been rued out with illness.“It is sad to miss the two because they are very important players for us especially Duncan with the leadership he brings to the team. We are a small team with young players and when such key figures miss, it is sad. But it is no excuse, we will go there and do our best,” Zapata affirmed.AFC come into the tie fresh from a 2-1 win over Shabana in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield in Kisumu and the argentine coach hopes the team can maintain the winning streak against the Tanzanians and edge closer to the final.Zanzibar head coach Suleiman Hemed Morocco applauds before a previous CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Singida will be coming into the tie under the tutelage of former Zanzibar national team coach Suleiman Hemed who comes back to the country after considerable success at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup last year leading the islanders to the final.Hemed, nicknamed Morocco takes over from Dutchman Hans van der Pluijm who ditched Singida for moneybags Azam FC at the end of the season. This will be his first game in charge.“I just took charge of the team three days ago when I signed the contract. My first training session with them has been here in Kenya and so I can’t say much about the team. Also, I don’t know much about Leopards so that makes this a very hard game for us,” Hemed told Capital Sport.Also, among the familiar faces that will be on Singida’s line up will be Shafik Batambuze, a former Tusker FC title winning player. His last meeting with AFC was in Tusker’s penultimate game of the 2016 season where he scored the lone goal that handed the brewers the title.The winner of this tie will face Gor Mahia in Thursday evening’s semi-final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Guardiola says winning is ‘addictive’ as City hold off Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Toughest title: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola holds aloft the Premier League trophy © AFP / Glyn KIRKBRIGHTON, United Kingdom, May 12 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said winning is “addictive” after his side held off a titanic challenge from Liverpool to clinch a second straight Premier League title.City became the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League title by coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 on Sunday and pip Liverpool by a solitary point. City remain on course to complete the first ever domestic treble in English football in the FA Cup final against Watford next weekend, after goals from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan saw the visitors recover from Glenn Murray’s shock opener.“Winning is so addictive and in a few days we have the FA Cup,” said Guardiola.A 14th straight league victory for Guardiola’s men ensured Liverpool’s long wait to win a first league title since 1990 continued despite a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Anfield that saw them post the third-highest points tally in Premier League history with 97.Guardiola described retaining the Premier League as the hardest of his eight top-flight titles as a coach.“We won in Spain and in Germany, but that is the toughest one,” said Guardiola, who won three league titles at each of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“This league, the best managers are here, incredible players, especially this rival we faced this season. (It) gives more credit to what we have done.”For 83 seconds after Brighton scored Liverpool fans were able to dream, but City showed why they are champions and have racked up a remarkable 98 points, just two shy of their record century of points last season.Liverpool applied as much pressure as they could with their own nine-game winning run to end the season and went in front early against Wolves to raise the tension inside the Amex Stadium.“We have to say thank you to Liverpool because they helped us to be even better than last season,” continued Guardiola.“We push each other so close. They did an incredible season, but we did a little bit better so that’s why we are champions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa exile continues… midfielder AXED for Southampton clash

first_img1 Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa exile continues with Remi Garde confirming he has left the youngster out of his squad for a second successive game.Grealish was dropped to the Under-21s after he was pictured partying with friends following Villa’s 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on November 21.He was subsequently omitted for last weekend’s defeat at home to Watford, which left the Midlands side seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League.But, despite Villa’s struggles, Garde has decided not to recall the highly-rated 20-year-old for Saturday’s trip to Southampton.“He has trained this week with the Under-21s because it was the plan. He knew that,” said Garde.“I know when he might return, he knows as well and when he will I will tell you.“Like every player Jack made a mistake and he has to pay the consequences for that. If another player does something wrong he will have the same treatment.“Jack is young and will be back because when he is fully committed in his job he will be a good player.”With Ciaran Clark suspended and Micah Richards struggling with a knee injury, Jores Okore is expected to return in defence for Villa at Southampton.Forward Gabby Agbonlahor could also make a comeback after a month out with a calf problem. Garde added: “We are still in a bad position – not a crisis – we know we have to win games and didn’t win the last one, we’re disappointed because we should have had better result (against Watford).“The performance of the players pleased me but we made too many mistakes to win.” Jack Grealish last_img read more


first_imgLATE BREAK DEALS: FROM Liberty Travel, Letterkenny: Grab this fantastic bargain before its too late, depart on 13th April and stay for 14 nights in 4* Sea Pearl Hotel on B&B basis for just €299 per person for Adults & €199 for Kids.The Sea Pearl Hotel is now firmly established as a favourite with Irish holidaymakers in Kusadasi and caters for singles, couples and is particularly popular with families. You can choose to spend your day around the large lagoon style swimming pool, where there is always something happening, or relaxing in one of the quiet garden areas away from the excitement. Whatever your taste this hotel boasts an abundance of facilities to suit your holiday needs.April is a great month to visit Kusadasi if you enjoy pleasant temperatures and want to avoid the scorching sun of the summer months and the crowds of tourist that are attracted by it. You can expect pleasant temperatures of around 18°C during the day, dropping to a cool 11°C on an evening. Places are limited so book NOW to avoid missing out! Liberty Travel Unit 1 Larkin House, Letterkenny, County Donegal+ 353 (0) 74 91 88380info@libertytravel.ieCarolyn@libertytravel.ieTRAVEL: TWO WEEKS IN THE SUN FOR THE PRICE OF ONE was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:TRAVEL: TWO WEEKS IN THE SUN FOR THE PRICE OF ONElast_img read more

News patriarch McClatchy, 85

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2When C.K. McClatchy died in 1989, James again became board chairman. He was named publisher again in 1995 and retired last year. Asked recently how he wanted to be remembered, McClatchy said, “Put down that I was a newspaperman.” SACRAMENTO – James Briggs McClatchy, former chairman of the board of McClatchy Newspapers and the patriarch of a prominent family of journalists, died Friday of complications from an infection following surgery, the company announced in a statement. He was 85. McClatchy was the great-grandson of a founding editor of The Sacramento Bee and the son of the founder and first editor of The Fresno Bee. They are part of a group of newspapers that has become the nation’s second largest with McClatchy’s recent $4.5 billion purchase of the Knight Ridder chain. James McClatchy was born in Sacramento on Dec. 17, 1920, the eldest son of Carlos and Phebe McClatchy. He began his newspaper career in 1947 as a general assignment and education reporter for The Sacramento Bee. He later worked in the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau. In 1980, he became chairman of the board. In 1987, his brother, C.K., became chairman, while James was named publisher of McClatchy Newspapers with responsibility for general corporate planning and acquisitions. last_img read more


first_imgCOAST Guard volunteers have rescued a kayaker she was swept out to sea off Donegal today.An Irish Coast Guard spokesman said the woman was caught in strong tides at the mouth of Lough Foyle.Greencastle Coast Guard teams responded to the emergency with the Foyle Ferry also assisting. The volunteers were able to bring the woman to shore where she was met by relieved members of her family who had helped to raise the alarm.Meanwhile the Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter was scrambled to north Donegal after three people were cut off by the tide near Ards Friary.Volunteers from the Mulroy Coast Guard also went to the area – but the three people were able to make their way ashore.   DONEGAL COAST GUARD VOLUNTEERS PRAISED AFTER RESCUE was last modified: April 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ards FriaryGreencastlekayakerMulroy Coast Guardrescuelast_img read more

The Rise of Mobile Search Engine Optimization

first_imgguest author 1 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The mobile Web is growing at a tremendous rate and it’s likely that mobile usage will take over desktop usage in the next decade. Mobile users don’t just expect rich, optimized mobile experiences, they also want to execute searches on their mobile device and receive fast, relevant results to their queries. To meet this demand, marketers and publishers have had to explore the brave new world of mobile search engine optimization. The Relationship Between Mobile Sites and SearchGuest author Gregg Wyland is the SEO Practice Manager of Siteworx, Inc. in Reston, VA. Gregg helps companies align their content management processes with proven best practices for improved organic search results, and has over 11 years of experience in all areas of the Web, including search engine optimization, product management, project management, email marketing and graphic design.Understanding how users interact with mobile sites can influence a finely tuned mobile search approach. Location is given more priority in mobile search results. Most mobile users will search based on location (where they are) and a need to find a person, place or thing. Their searches could look like, “I need to find a restaurant, school, gas station, etc.” or some landmark which is nearby. Users will likely look for maps, directions and a phone number on a mobile site and here you could take advantage of a device feature like click-to-call by ensuring phone numbers are linked. That said, location is a huge factor in mobile search and location-based features will get more sophisticated as the devices evolve. Search Engines Treat Mobile Sites DifferentlyIt’s important to understand that there are unique indexes geared toward mobile users, like Google Mobile, Taptu, Yahoo Mobile and Bing Mobile just to name a few. Like all search engines, these strive to produce the most relevant search results. Many times, the most relevant result is not a mobile website (at least not yet). Search engines may show non-mobile pages, and may actually format a desktop Web pages to “look” mobile. Developers can avoid this by inserting an “alternate” tag on your website pages to direct Google to your actual mobile pages (for example: ).But make sure to redirect mobile visitors to relevant mobile-optimized pages. It’s the content on the page that counts. Having a redirect to irrelevant content won’t make your users any happier, and Google won’t like it either. Also note that even though Google Mobile will return desktop sites in search results, it prefers mobile-optimized sites. As more mobile-optimized sites are indexed, there will be less of a need for Google to include desktop results.Keep in mind that limited screen real estate on a mobile device means fewer search results are displayed per page. So identifying concise and relevant keywords for a mobile site becomes even more important to help push a site higher in search results. To ensure that content is relevant, conduct mobile-specific keyword research to identify content that is of primary interest to mobile users. Google has a mobile keyword tool within Google AdWords that offers keyword suggestions.Mobile SEO Best Practices Generally, search engine optimization for a mobile website is similar to optimizing a desktop website. Relevant and fresh content will keep users interested. Be sure to use unique, descriptive and readable titles. Meta descriptions should be unique and have a strong call to action.In addition to all of the above recommendations, there are some baseline tips for mobile SEO best practices that may seem obvious, but often are forgotten:Make sure your mobile site doesn’t limit access to just mobile devices (because search bots are not mobile devices).Create and submit a mobile sitemap.Be sure to optimize your site’s performance to render fast results for users and search engines.Make sure your mobile URLs are viewable on a mobile device (Google will not deliver them in results unless they are compatible with published mobile markup standards such as XHTML Basic 1.1, XHTML MP 1.2 and WML 1.3).Register your mobile site on Google Places, which recently unveiled a location-based recommendation engine called Hotpot.Assessment Tools For Mobile SitesKnowing how a site actually looks to users is the best way to find issues. There are several free mobile phone emulators that show how a website looks from a mobile device, including dotMobi, i-mode, and XHTML Mobile Profile (Firefox plug-in). Although these tools are good, nothing can take the place of viewing how a site renders through as many different devices as possible. There are also validation tools such as the Mobile-friendly W3C XHTML Validator and the TAW mobileOK Basic Checker. These validators will perform various tests on a site to determine its level of mobile-friendliness and identify errors and suggested changes by category and level of severity. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more