Akon will be in Liberia today, according to a release from Bridge, and many are hoping that his visit will not only shine more light to the fact that the Liberian government is doing everything to help the educational system, but will also connect Liberia with what Akon has been cooking, known as “Akon Lighting Africa.”Indeed, parts of Liberia are completely dark and due to the criminal activities of many who have been illegally stealing LEC current, causing the loss of thousands of dollars in revenue, some who have electricity illegally have watched their ‘hookups’ being disconnected.I recently visited Hill Town, Bomi County, where a not-for-profit organization called More Than Me has one of its six schools given to them by Bridge. The school has about 122 plus girls and 179 plus boys (the number has risen since this article was written). One thing that struck me about the school was the fact that it had a lot of infrastructure problems – no chairs or desks, ceilings and smiling faces. More Than Me has spent more than US$5,000 to renovate it and so far there is a huge difference.More Than Me has 12 capacity leaders for their seven schools, two per school. The role of these individuals is to build the capacity of teachers, train on site, improve learning and to watch over their teachers.Recently during my tour at Hill Town elementary, I met Aiessate Cooper, the only girl child in the 6th grade. According to her father, who is also the principal of the school, his daughter was brought to the school when it was clear that More Than Me would be taking over the school.Meanwhile, the environment is not safe for the children without light. Some students arrive on campus as soon as ‘day break,’ when the sun is just setting, having walked for miles.Light is essential and also a security measure in preventing things that can only happen when it is dark from reaching pupils who arrive at school that early. Villages like Hill Town and the only school there that teaches students from ABC to the 6th grade are keeping their fingers crossed that Akon’s project will reach them.As of now, More Than Me supplies its school electricity using a generator that drains its resources. And due to bad road conditions and distance, sometimes the school is unable to get items necessary for its operations.Meanwhile, the new initiative “Light to learn” will be bringing Akon to Liberia as a guest of Bridge Partnership Schools, the Ministry of Education and other partners to initiate this new project aimed at popularizing and growing the right to use affordable energy resources to foster quality learning even in remote villages.“Join us on October 20-21 at J W Pearson, Monrovia; and Zuluyee, Nimba County. All 24 Bridge Partnership Schools have been preparing to compete in Regional and National competitions where the top 4 finalists will compete as the STAR of the show! Who will the 2 winners be,” Gboko Stewart posted on facebook.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Peace Region could receive another 50 to 80 mm of rain this week.Environment Canada has issued a statement that heavy rain is expected over northeast B.C. Beginning late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday morning. The forecast calls for 50 to 80 mm of rain.The majority of the rain is expected to fall over central and southern parts of the Peace region. So far the models have been a bit inconsistent with rainfall amounts and exact locations. However, the pattern indicates a high probability for heavy rainfall over the Peace region starting late Thursday night and continuing throughSaturday morning.- Advertisement -With more rain in the forecast, The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Peace region.Although most river systems in the Peace have dropped back down to the water levels prior to the flood event on June 25-28, soil conditions remain saturated and streams are expected to respond quickly to this additional precipitation. River levels in the region are forecast to rise, with the potential for high flows from Friday into the weekend. The amount that rivers rise will depend on the amount and location of rainfall received.
THE victory of Santa Clarita residents over a planned gravel-mining pit Tuesday is an object lesson in the value of community leadership and organization. What makes it all the more poignant is how it contrasts with the raw deal the Granada Hills community got the same day in a 30-year extension at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill. How could two similar situations turn out so differently? It all boils down to politics. In both cases, the communities had legitimate health and quality-of-life concerns. Mines and dumps, they argued, just don’t mix with homes and people. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Santa Clarita, the elected representatives actually represented the community, waging a war against the mining company, Cemex, and spending $8 million to get the expansion plan scaled down or stop it altogether. The unified face of the community and its elected officials finally wore down Cemex, which announced Tuesday that it would seek a compromise. It’s too early to know that, indeed, a full victory will come from the announcement, but it’s miles from the outcome of the similar situation in Granada Hills. Generations of Los Angeles city and county officials claimed for years to be on the side of the community, which opposed an expansion of the dump and sought its closure. The difference is that while officials were telling residents they recognized their plight, they were actually complicitous in the sellout. On Tuesday, instead of getting good news as Santa Clarita residents did, Granada Hills residents heard that county supervisors had signed off on a deal for the city and county operations to be combined at Sunshine Canyon, something that helps the operator, but does nothing for the community. It’s no consolation, but the two disparate outcomes do serve to illustrate how politics can either help or hurt the public.
0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Spanish league football match against Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 22, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Oct 22 – Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hassle free 3-0 victory over Eibar on Sunday.Madrid have struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, dropping points in four of their previous six home games. However, Eibar did most of the damage for them as Paulo Oliveira’s own goal and a goalkeeping mistake from Marko Dmitrovic to allow Marco Asensio’s shot through his grasp handed the European champions a 2-0 half-time lead.Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to pick up FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award in London for his goals in helping Real land a Champions League and La Liga double for the first time in 59 years earlier in the year.Yet, the Portuguese’s off colour La Liga form this season continued as it was Asensio who shone as his partner up front with Karim Benzema rested.“It is obviouly better when Cristiano scores, but I am not worried,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.“The season is very long and if he is top scorer in the Champions League then bit-by-bit (his form) will return in La Liga.”Asensio teed up Isco inside two minutes only for Dmitrovic to parry the Spanish international’s tame effort.Real’s defending in the first period left a lot to be desired, but Eibar showed why they have only managed to score three times all season as their final ball continually let them down in dangerous areas.And the visitors didn’t help themselves at the back either when Oliveira flicked a header into his own net from another Asensio delivery.Asensio then scored his first goal in two months with a low strike from Isco’s cut-back that Dmitrovic should have stopped.Those two combined once more for Real’s first chance of the second period, but again Isco placed his finish too close to Dmitrovic.Zidane had the luxury of bringing Benzema and Marcelo off the bench.And they combined to round off the scoring as Marcelo drilled the Frenchman’s pass into the bottom corner eight minutes from time.– Gameiro rescues goal-shy Atletico –Victory moves Real back above city rivals Atletico Madrid into third after Los Rojiblancos ground out a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo earlier on Sunday.Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on October 22, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAAtletico’s attacking options while they wait for Diego Costa’s return in January have been much criticised in recent weeks, particularly after a 0-0 draw at Azerbaijani champions Qarabag on Wednesday left their chances of reaching the Champions League last 16 in peril.However, on his first league start of the season, Kevin Gameiro fired home a loose ball from a corner from close range on 28 minutes for the only goal of the game.“I’ve come through a difficult time,” Gameiro, who missed the start of the season through injury, told BeIN Sports Spain.“Now that I am able to play, I can help the team and score goals.”Despite the sparse crowd at Balaidos caused by the closure of a stand on security grounds, Celta swarmed forward after the break.Jan Oblak produced fine saves to deny Iago Aspas and in stoppage time from John Guidetti, while Aspas also clipped the bar with a free-kick.Villarreal’s revival under new coach Javier Calleja continued with a 4-0 thrashing of Las Palmas.Second-half strikes from Cedric Bakambu, Mario Gaspar and Nicola Sansone added to Ximo Navarro’s own goal helped move the Yellow Submarine up to sixth.And Leganes sit fifth after Claudio Beauvue scored the only goal to beat off-form Athletic Bilbao 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Henry’s dream return last October to manage Monaco, the club where he established his reputation as a top class striker, turned into a nightmare.Having been part of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at the World Cup — where they reached the semi-finals — he lasted just over 100 days after only four league wins.“Call me crazy if you want, but I love football and I believe I can be a successful coach,” he said.“I’m not thinking about the pain, I’m not thinking about failure. I don’t like easy.Thierry Henry’s phone did not ring for four months after being sacked by Monaco however since then he has received five job offers none of which he has accepted © AFP / VALERY HACHE“I like to lead and it’s on me to make it happen. The same when I joined Arsenal as a player, the same when I went to Belgium with Roberto. It’s an evolution.”– ‘Communication and honesty’ –Henry, who was a member of the France squads that won both the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 title, said although he has been contacted over jobs, he has yet to find the right fit.“My phone didn’t ring for four months after I left Monaco and then all of a sudden I got five calls,” he said.“Some were not what I was looking for and some were as a number two.”“I won’t do a number two job because I want to be a number one.”Henry, who has spoken with basketball and athletics coaches since being fired to gain extra insight into coaching top level athletes, says it is frustrating having to wait around for another opportunity but he is convinced football coaching is where his future lies.“I came out of it fully reassured that’s what I want to do, zero doubt about it,” he said.All Henry asks is for transparency from his employers.“Communication and honesty from the start is key,” he said.“What’s the job? Is the job to stay up, is the job to win the League or be in the Champions League?“But how and what is success? Is success improving players? Ultimately, results are the most important thing, but I want to improve players as well.”0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry’s miserable tenure at Monaco has not dimmed his ardour to have another chance to prove himself as a top manager © AFP / YANN COATSALIOULONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – France football legend Thierry Henry is keen for another chance to prove he can be a successful manager despite his unhappy brief tenure at Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 42-year-old — Arsenal’s record goalscorer — told the Daily Telegraph that although his phone did not ring for four months following his sacking, things have picked up since then and he has received five offers.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PROPOSITION 34 is the gift state legislators gave to themselves back in 2000 – and it’s kept on giving ever since. Back then, politicians billed the measure as containing tough, new campaign-finance restrictions. They neglected to mention that it would replace tougher measures already on the books – thus loosening, not tightening, campaign-finance law. Seven years later, The Sacramento Bee has analyzed the impact of Proposition 34 and discovered that it’s arguably made the system more corrupt. Because the measure limited how much contributors could give to politicians, the special interests now funnel their money through the political parties instead. But the parties, which have become hotbeds of extremism due to gerrymandering, are probably an even greater obstacle to reform than the self-serving politicians themselves. They are institutions of obstruction, thriving on rancor and gridlock. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLet voters learn from this one: Just because it’s called “reform” doesn’t mean it will make the government any better.
“If the Chargers are eventually forced to leave San Diego, there can now be no doubt that Mike Aguirre will be to blame,” Fabiani said in a statement. The team had until Feb. 8 to gain city approval for a ballot measure that would allow the Chargers to build a new stadium along with a housing and retail complex on the 166 acres that surround Qualcomm Stadium. The team is considering whether to continue pursuing the development proposal, Fabiani said. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Chargers are prohibited under the terms of their lease from talking to other cities about a new stadium until Jan. 1, 2007, but Fabiani hinted that the team would like to explore options within San Diego County before then. The Chargers’ announcement will also fuel speculation that the team could be headed to Anaheim, which is in negotiations with the NFL to build a stadium-retail complex next to Angel Stadium. Chargers owner Alex Spanos has been a primary benefactor to Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle, a former state assembly speaker. Billy Witz, (818) 713-3621 firstname.lastname@example.org The Chargers’ bid to build a new stadium in San Diego took a step back Monday when the team said it is abandoning its attempt to get an initiative for a stadium development project on the November ballot. In announcing the move, Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani blamed the city’s financial and political scandals for the team’s inability to attract an investment partner and pointed a finger squarely at city attorney Mike Aguirre, with whom he has publicly feuded in recent months.
CINCINNATI – Smokers already feeling pressure from increasing cigarette costs and workplace smoking bans are now feeling squeezed from another direction – health insurance premiums. A growing number of employers – private and public – are charging employees who use tobacco more money for their health insurance coverage. Employers hope that the higher charges will motivate more employees to stop smoking, resulting in improved health and lower health care costs for the companies and their workers. Meijer Inc., Gannett Co., American Financial Group Inc., PepsiCo Inc. and Northwest Airlines are among the companies already charging or planning to charge smokers higher premiums. The amounts range from about $20 to $50 a month. “With health care costs increasing by double digits in the last few years, employers are desperate to rein in costs to themselves and their employees,” said Linda Cushman, senior health care strategist with Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and services firm. Other companies or insurance plans have offered workers financial rewards for exercising, dieting or other healthy behaviors. Some have started on-site fitness programs and are paying for gym memberships. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates $92 billion in lost wages annually in the United States from smokers who die prematurely. In addition, the economic cost of smoking includes $75.5 billion per year in direct health care costs. “In addition to employers having to pay out more in health care costs, public opinion is now solidly on the side of eliminating smoking and workers are realizing increasingly that they are having to pay for others’ lifestyle choices,” said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit agency representing more than 200 of the nation’s large employers. Gannett Co., the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, this year began charging its employees who smoke an extra $50 a month for the company’s insurance coverage. “We have some strong feelings that smoking is really bad for employees, and a healthier employee is better for us,” said Tara Connell, a spokeswoman for the McLean, Va.-based company. PepsiCo Inc., based in Purchase, N.Y., has been charging employees who use tobacco $100 annually for a couple of years, and Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer Inc. started charging smokers $25 a month this year. That fee is dropped if smokers complete a smoking-cessation program, said Meijer spokeswoman Judith Clark. Cincinnati-based American Financial Group holding company and its subsidiaries waive the $37.92 monthly fee for a year if smokers make a good-faith effort and complete the company’s stop-smoking program, said Scott Beeken, a vice president with the Great American Insurance Group subsidiary. If the employee starts smoking, the fee would be reinstated the next year. About 35 workers were expected to enroll if the voluntary program had not included the financial incentive, but 325 have signed up so far. “The charge probably was a motivating factor,” Beeken said. Public employers also are requiring smokers to pay for their habit. The state of Alabama on Oct. 1 began charging $20 a month extra per employee insurance contract. The charge applies if anyone covered under a contract – such as a spouse – smokes. Georgia charges $40 a month for smokers covered under the state’s health plan. Employees caught lying on their insurance form about whether they smoke could lose their insurance for a year. The state health plan kept having cost overruns due to rising costs and high use, said Georgia state Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons. “We know smokers cost more as far as health care goes,” said Gary Matthews, deputy administrator of the Alabama State Employees’ Insurance Board. “We are putting the burden on them to take responsibility for their own health.” Employers say the surcharges are incentives rather than penalties, but that’s not the way many smokers see it. “Where is it going to end?” asked Jim Clark, a smoker and owner of Strauss Tobacconist in Cincinnati. “Are they going to start saying you can’t wear a blue shirt on Monday or drive a green car on Thursday?” Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute, says making smokers pay more for insurance and take more responsibility for their health choices is not inherently wrong, but he worries about the precedent the surcharges might set. “They could be the first step down a very dangerous road,” Maltby said. “Do we really want to live in a world where employers penalize us for everything in our private lives that isn’t healthy?” he said. Some employers have turned to even stronger measures to discourage smoking. Weyco Inc., an Okemos, Mich.-based medical benefits administrator, fires employees who smoke even if it is on their own time. Jim Wendling, a 45-year-old employee for Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., recently acknowledged on Kroger’s health survey that he is a smoker. Even though Kroger doesn’t charge smokers more for insurance, he fears that the survey could be the first step in that direction. “I personally don’t think a company should tell employees what to do when they are not at work,” Wendling said. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant She said the practice of smoker surcharges is becoming such a significant trend that this year, it will be part of Hewitt’s annual survey of companies’ current and future health care plans. Cushman said a general benefits survey of 950 U.S.-based employers last year showed that at least 41 percent used some form of financial incentives or penalties in their health care plans. She estimates that at least 8 percent to 10 percent of the businesses probably aimed some of the incentives or penalties at smokers and says that percentage is growing. “With smokers costing companies about 25 percent more than nonsmokers in the area of health care, it just makes good business sense,” she said. The companies imposing the surcharges are mostly self-insured, with employers and employees sharing the insurance premium costs.
ŠKODA Ireland have revealed Irish pricing and specification details for its new five and seven-seat KODIAQ SUV with prices starting from a competitive €28,795.The ŠKODA KODIAQ will launch in Ireland in March with three trim levels (Active, Ambition and Style), five engine and transmission options and fourteen different exterior colour options. A seven seater option will also be available for just €1,000 more than the standard five seat model.That entry level Active trim level includes a host of impressive features, including 17” Ratikon Alloys, Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Climatronic air conditioning and the clever Smartlink+ technology for Smart Phone integration with the infotainment system. The Ambition trim level offers a host of additional features such as 18” Triton Alloy, Keyless Engine Start, Silver Roof Rails and Front & Rear Parking Sensors. The top of the range Style trim level includes additional features such as 19” Triglav Alloys, Keyless Car Unlock & Keyless Engine Start, Full LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery, Interior Ambient Lighting, a rear-view camera and 8” Columbus Navigation system.Speaking today, Cathal Kealey, PR Manager at ŠKODA Ireland commented; “We have seen unprecedented interest in the new KODIAQ and with the competitive prices and impressive specification announced today we are confident that customers won’t be disappointed.If customers would like to see this impressive new SUV in dealerships before it goes on sale in March, they can visit www.skoda.ie and check out where this car will be available to view over the coming weeks”.The ŠKODA KODIAQ comes with a host of connectivity features such as Smartlink+, the smartphone integration system containing Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto which is available as standard on all models. The Columbus Navigation & Infotainment system which is standard on the Style trimline also comes with an additional 4G LTE SIM card slot to enable a high speed Wi-Fi hotspot within the car (data plans sold separately) and a host of additional connected services from ŠKODA Connect. ŠKODA Connect: Mobile Online Services offers enhanced real time route planning, real time parking and petrol prices in the locality, customisable newsfeed, weather, customisable points of interest, in addition to other online services.A second ŠKODA Connect solution which is also standard on all trimlines offers additional functionality like remote access to the vehicle via the new ŠKODA Connect Mobile App in addition to a number of additional driver assistance solutions.One such driver assistance feature is the Emergency Call (e-Call) function which will automatically call the emergency services once an airbag is activated to further improve occupant safety.A full range of ŠKODAs are available at DMG Motors in Donegal Town.Prices revealed for new ŠKODA KODIAQ at DMG Motors was last modified: February 9th, 2017 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:DMG MOTORSSkoda
A Judge has slammed a man who used his girlfriend as part of a ‘honeytrap’ to lure and mug a 15-year-old boy.Thomas Mongan ordered his girlfriend to contact the innocent boy to pretend their relationship was over. He ordered the girl to tell the teenager that they had broken up and that she was single.When the boy turned up to meet the girl outside a local school in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, he was jumped on by up to four young men including Mongan.The terrified teenager was punched in the eye and had his phone worth €500 stolen by the gang.When the victim ran away, Mongan, of 13 Taobh An Sruthain, Buncrana shouted after him “The next time you’re getting stabbed.”Mongan, now aged 21, pleaded guilty to the attack at Glencar, Letterkenny on November 23rd, 2014.The following month, on December 23, the young victim was in the local Courtyard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny, when he was again approached by the accused.Mongan had heard the young boy and his mother had made a complaint to Gardai and the thug warned him he would “slit his throat” if he didn’t withdraw his statement.The defendant’s solicitor, Patsy Gallagher, told Letterkenny District Court that there was a very favourable probation report for Mongan who was charged with robbery and assault.He admitted that Mongan was battling an addiction to alcohol and was now living with his grandparents.He said his client had now compensated the boy for the loss of his phone and had also paid him €500 in compensation for the attack.He said Mongan is now trying to get on with his life and has the offer of work in Dublin.The court heard that the injured teenager is from Letterkenny and is currently a student in Galway.Judge Paul Kelly said he had read the victim impact statement which detailed the physical, financial and emotional impact the unprovoked attack had on him.He said he had no option but to treat this case with the severity is deserved.He said “This was a planned, premeditated, violent assault on an innocent young man. It was a terrifying experience for him.”He sentenced Mongan to four month’s imprisonment, suspended for a period of one year on his own bond of €250 and warned him to be of good behaviour.Man who used girlfriend as ‘honeytrap’ to mug boy, 15, escapes jail was last modified: October 3rd, 2018 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:buncranacourtGardaihoneytrapletterkennyThomas Mongan