‘Putu Remains Committed to MDA’

first_imgThe management of the Putu Iron Ore Mining Company (PIOM) has reassured the government and people of Liberia that it remains committed to the implementation of the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) it signed with government.The PIOM management stated that although in the last few months its activities were reduced it did not close down its operations, as had been rumored, according to a press release issued yesterday.The scale down in operations, according to the company’s CEO Christian Masurenko, was attributed to the Ebola outbreak. He pledged that PIOM will continue to meet its obligations to government and the communities within its concession area.Mr. Masurenko said he was giving the assurance because the scale-down in the company’s operations in the last few months has been “misinterpreted as closure.”The PIOM CEO stressed that unforeseen circumstances have negatively impacted the company’s operations resulting in delays in the implementation of its ventures.The press release made specific reference to the Ebola outbreak which it said continues to hamper normal working activities in the country, and also the steep decline in the world market price for iron ore which is impacting iron ore investments not only in Liberia but worldwide.With the level of progress attained in combating the EVD, coupled with the Liberian government’s efforts to stimulate the economy in particular, the mining sector, PIOM anticipates resuming operations in the shortest possible time, said the press statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Treaty 8 holding cross-sector cultures camp for Chamber members

first_imgThe Treaty 8 Tribal Association will be having a cross-sector cultures camp August 25-26 in Fort St. John. The event is being offered to members of the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce by donation in exchange for feedback from those taking part as to how the experience can be improved in the future.According to a Chamber release the event will provide an opportunity for businesses who are interested in employing, or doing business with local First Nations.The event is being organized based off of Treaty 8’s cultural employment strategy and will have a strong business, employment, and entrepreneurial emphasis.- Advertisement -Those wanting to take part can contact Alison with Treaty 8 at 250-785-0612.last_img

Crystal Palace expecting announcement on new American investment imminently

first_img Selhurst Park 1 Crystal Palace expect to soon announce new investment in the club from Americans David Blitzer and Josh Harris.The duo, who co-own the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, are reportedly close to completing a deal to take 18 per cent of the London club, equal to co-chairman Steve Parish, who will retain control on a day-to-day basis.Parish’s fellow Palace fans Stephen Browett, Jeremy Hosking and Martin Long, who alongside the former rescued the club from bankruptcy in 2010, will reduce their present 25 per cent stakes to 15.33 per cent.Speaking to the BBC, Parish, who is expected to prioritise redeveloping Selhurst Park, said: “(I am) really hopeful we can get it done.“I want to move fast and to do that you need big funds. I’m prepared to do my bit, the three boys who are involved with me are prepared to do their bit.“But we need to bring some new people in to accelerate it and make sure we’ve got everything we need. If I was a Palace fan, and I am, I’d be fantastically excited about the future.“I really want to see the club fulfil the potential it should have fulfilled. We’ve had our share of bad luck: it’s time we put the record straight.“There is a real buzz about soccer, football, in the US and we need to capitalise on it. So we’ll be back and forth here as much as we can trying to grab our fair share of support.”The investment from Blitzer and Harris – the latter, who was once credited with a serious interest in buying out Palace’s South London rivals Charlton in 2013 – is also expected to be spent on upgrading the club’s already recently-improved training ground, and scouting network.last_img read more

Dortmund will let Liverpool sign Bundesliga stars – one of these players?

first_img 5 5 1. Marco Reus – click the arrow, right, to see who else Liverpool could target – Reus has enjoyed a stunning resurgence for Dortmund this season 3. Matthias Ginter – click the arrow, right, to see who else Liverpool could target – Ginter is a 21-year-old centre back and is probably familiar to fans of the Football Manager video games as one of the ‘wonderkids’ available. Despite his age, he already has eight Germany caps to his name and looks set to become a top player. Ginter is a realistic target for Klopp and could be a better alternative to the unreliable Dejan Lovren. 5 4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – click the arrow, right, to see who else Liverpool could target – Aubameyang is currently the top goalscorer in Europe with an incredible 17 goals and is one of football’s hottest properties. However, he is arguably the most unlikely of Liverpool’s Dortmund targets having said it is his dream to play in Spain and that he and Reus have a deal that he won’t leave as long as Reus is still at the club. 5. Mats Hummels – click the arrow, right, to see who else Liverpool could target – Klopp made Hummels his captain at Dortmund and would love to have the World Cup winner under his stewardship again at Liverpool. Hummels has hinted this may be his last season at the Westfalenstadion but the Reds will need to battle off strong interest from Manchester United who enquired about the defender in the summer. 2. Roman Weidenfeller – click the arrow, right, to see who else Liverpool could target – Much speculation has been made of Klopp wanting to replace his underperforming no.1 Simon Mignolet with the Belgian yet to impress his new boss. Another World Cup winner, but he has lost his place in the starting XI and could consequently be available as soon as January. Weidenfeller would offer an experienced and trusted pair of hands for Klopp and would not come at an inflated price. Jurgen Klopp has been given the green light to raid former club Borussia Dortmund by the Bundesliga club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.Watzke confirmed there is no agreement in place between Klopp and his former club and any approach by Liverpool for a Dortmund player would not harm the relationship between the two parties.“One thing is clear, we at BVB have a very good relationship with Jurgen,” he told Die Welt.“I think there would be no conflict were there to be interest in one of our players at some point. He would contact us before (he contacts the player).”But which players would Klopp look to bring to Merseyside? talkSPORT looks at five players likely to take his fancy.Click the arrow above, right, to see who could be trading in the yellow of Dortmund for the Red of Liverpool. 5 5last_img read more

Arsenal blow: Cech and Koscielny OUT of Tottenham clash, confirms Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger called Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea at the Emirates ‘a cruel night’, while revealing both Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny will both miss Saturday’s north London derby.Koscielny missed Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat while Cech pulled up with a calf injury while running back from attacking a late corner, an injury which will keep him out “for a while”.Swansea came from behind to beat the Gunners, but Wenger insists his side dominated the game and deserved more.“It’s a very frustrating night,” said Wenger.“I feel it was a very cruel night for us because we dominated the game and had many chances.“They had two shots on target and two goals. On top of that I believe we were very unlucky with the referee in the first half on the first goal.“He was stood next to it and it was absolutely obvious but they took advantage of it and I think it was very unfair.”Joel Campbell opened the scoring for Arsenal but was replaced by Danny Welbeck in the second half instead of the poor Olivier Giroud, much to the audible displeasure of the fans.On that decision, Wenger said: “You want your fans to be happy but on the other hand you want to make the decision that you think is right, knowing that not everyone agrees with it.”last_img read more


first_img“I’m not super human, I’m just Alexandra from North London,” says Alexandra Burke.Yes, she is indeed ‘just’ Alexandra Burke from North London, but she’s also the 2008 winner of The X Factor, a three-time chart-topper on the singles chart (her debut, a stirring cover of Hallelujah, sold 105,000 copies on its first day of release) and the creator of a UK number 1 album, Overcome, that features collaborations with the likes of Flo Rida (on the amazing Bad Boys) Ne-Yo and RedOne.She can belt out a ballad with the best of them (as shown by her beautiful duet with Beyonce during The X Factor final) and she brings energy in abundance once the tempo shifts up a gear, as on her dancefloor-slaying 2012 collaboration with Erick Morillo, Elephant. She may not be super human, but in pop terms she’s not exactly of this world either. That’s not to say that Alexandra doesn’t work hard for her success. In fact, it’s this determination to succeed that’s come to define a career that started with rejection during the 2005 series of The X Factor, but which only made her eventual victory all the sweeter.A favourite to win from the start thanks to an obvious versatility and a voice saturated in emotion, her position as Britain’s favourite was cemented by her determination to take the opportunity the show gave her and kickstart a proper career, not just become a flash in the pan.With 1.5 million copies of Overcome sold worldwide and a sold-out national tour under her belt, it was the sort of success story that many of the show’s critics didn’t believe could happen.Once again though, Alexandra wasn’t complacent: “Literally straight after I performed The Silence on The X Factor [in December 2010] I started recording for the second album.” Keen to keep progressing as an artist, Alexandra knew she’d not only have to take more risks but also take more control over the follow-up album.So, as well taking part in writing camps that would go on to produce a number of the songs on what would become Heartbreak On Hold, she also executive produced the whole thing.“It basically meant that nothing got passed me and my say was the last and final say,” she says of her new role. “The amount of control I’ve had is unreal.” One of the first decisions she made on a personal and professional level was to be more honest and open with her emotions.While Overcome could only have been an Alexandra Burke album, the lyrics, while inspired by Alexandra and drawn directly from her diaries, were written by others.“With this album I just wanted to be totally honest. For me to be able to be the executive producer I had to make sure that I was more honest than I’ve ever been”. While most other pop stars looking to follow up a successful debut are made to rush their second albums, Alexandra took a year and half to take stock of what she’d achieved and set about putting her journey into music.There was also the small matter of a label change from Syco to RCA in the middle of recording to contend with. “I’d been with Syco since 2008 and then to have to leave and go somewhere else because it just had to work out that way, that was hard,” Alexandra explains.“Syco, for me, are my family. Anyone I work with, I see as a family member. I get that deep. They were all there with me from the beginning. To have to leave them was a bit of a heartbreaker as well. That’s why I named it Heartbreak On Hold – in that year and a half of recording I went through a lot in my personal life.”Like all great pop music Heartbreak On Hold effortlessly wraps lyrical sadness in songs that make you want to dance. It’s not by accident. “I’m that person who always wants to turn a negative into a positive because it’s just the way I think,” explains Alexandra. From the frustrated stomp of first single Elephant – a song written about a relationship that was slowly stalling and an immediate favourite of Alexandra’s because it “it just felt right” – to the exuberant throw-your-cares-away dance rush of second single Let It Go, Heartbreak On Hold is an album that acknowledges the hard times but offers a window of opportunity for people to forget about it all. “Yes it’s upbeat and uptempo and I want to get you dancing but I want people to understand the deeper meaning behind the album.”While Elephant and Let It Go both slot nicely into the current pop trend for dancefloor stompers, Heartbreak On Hold also displays Alexandra’s love for 90s dance, specifically the emotional house music of Robin S or the soul-inflected dance of Soul II Soul, as heard most obviously on the heart-burstingly bittersweet title track.Featuring a vocal that almost erupts with emotion (“I tried everything to get over you, trying to make it through but nothing ever seems to work”) it’s the kind of song that makes you want to dance while tears stream down your cheeks.R&B InfluenceElsewhere the “very sexy” Between The Sheets and Daylight Robbery bear a stronger R&B influence, whilst the fluttering synths and four to the floor beat of This Love Will Survive marries Alexandra’s survival extinct (“Sometimes if you really want something you’ve got to fight. It’s telling the other person ‘we will survive’”) to a beat that Alexandra rightfully says you’d have to be dead not to dance to.Then there’s the ballad. Of course there’s a ballad. A big, emotionally-charged blubathon that closes the album and features a lone piano and Alexandra’s raw emotion speaking directly to the listener, What Money Can’t Buy is possibly the best thing she’s ever done.It’s apt that the album ends with Alexandra at her most emotional. Written when she was just 18 years old, it’s a song that captures both her vulnerability and her strength, not only in what it expresses as a song but also in the fact that she fought to have the song on the album in the first place.Heartbreak On Hold isn’t just a collection of songs it’s a representation of Alexandra Burke, the artist. “This album is a lot more sexier and grown up. It’s deeper. I think and feel it has an element in there where it’s just more uplifting than ever. I’m just trying to give a bit more of my personality and how I see life, which needs to be positive,” she explains. That positivity is seriously infectious.And that positivity will surely be what she brings on stage to Donegal Live this Friday May 25th at the launch of Donegal’s favourite festival. Tickets to see Alexandra are only 15 Euro, Children’s tickets (under 10 years old) are 10 Euro or you can buy a weekend pass for the Festival at 25 Euro. For more information or to buy your tickets online go to promises to be the biggest weekend of live music in Co Donegal this year.INTERVIEW: AHEAD OF HER DONEGAL LIVE GIG, ALEXANDRA BURKE TALKS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE AND MUSIC was last modified: May 20th, 2012 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:ALEXANDRA BURKE TALKS ABOUT LIFEINTERVIEW SPECIAL: AHEAD OF HER DONEGAL LIVE GIGLOVE AND MUSIClast_img read more

USATF Announces Three-Year Media Rights Agreement With Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee

first_imgThe three-day event features more than 70 Olympians, including Team USATF two-time Olympic gold medalist triple jumper Christian Taylor, 2012 gold medalist long jumper Brittney Reese and 2016 bronze medalist 800m runner Clayton Murphy. Also announced Thursday, the star-studded women’s 100m hurdles lineup will include 2016 silver and bronze Olympic medalists Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin, as well as world record holder Keni Harrison. Click here for a complete roster as of April 20.   INDIANAPOLIS – As part of its ongoing expansion of viewership offerings, USATF on Thursday announced a three-year partnership with Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to own the exclusive media rights to the USATF Championship Series event. “The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is dedicated to showcasing athletic excellence on the international, university and high school levels,” said Drake Relays Director Blake Boldon. “This multi-year agreement with USATF solidifies the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee’s reputation as one of the premier athletic events in the world, and guarantees that fans can witness the finest athletes compete on the Blue Oval.” Beginning this year through 2019, USATF.TV will give fans digital access to meet coverage in cooperation with broadcast partner NBC Sports Group. USATF will also be a primary sponsor for the event.center_img “USA Track & Field continues to deliver on fans’ requests for more access to consume the sport,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “The Drake Relays, as part of USATF Championship Series, each year features some of the most talented athletes in the world. We are excited to have a larger role in this prestigious event.” Live coverage of Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee begins on USATF.TV +PLUS on Thursday, April 27 at 4 p.m. CDTT and will continue through Saturday, April 29. NBCSN will air select “Olympic Rematches” on Saturday, April 29, from 2-4 p.m. CDT. This two-hour NBCSN broadcast will also be available on NBC’s newly announced Gold Pass platform. Click here for a full live streaming schedule. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Softball Sweeps UNI In Doubleheader Tuesday

first_imgStory Links PDF Box Score UNI Game 1 Preview Next Game: UNI trimmed the deficit to 4-3 in the sixth inning. The Panthers scored their first run on a bases loaded infield single and then added two more runs on a two-run single by Brittney Roby. Smith, who entered in relief with the bases loaded, escaped further damage after Roby’s hit by getting a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Following Tuesday’s games, Drake stays on the road as it visits Illinois State for a three-game series, April 21-22. A doubleheader against the Redbirds is scheduled for Saturday with first pitch of game one set for 12 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched her sixth shutout of the season and improved to 14-2 with the win. Newman allowed six hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Roemmich and Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) each had two hits. Frank and Johnson each drew two walks and the team drew eight in the second game. Drake added two insurance runs in its final at bat. The first run came after Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) drilled a ball off the wall for a double as Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa), who led off the inning with a walk, scored. One batter later, Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) lined a ball to right center as Pena scored, but Smith was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Six Bulldogs finished with one hit each as the team had six total. Drake’s patience at the plate paid off with six walks, including three by Roemmich. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and four walks. Timmons improved to 11-4 with the win. Smith pitched 1.2 innings and allowed four hits with three strikeouts. She earned her sixth save. In the first game, Drake scored its first two runs with two outs in the second inning, courtesy of Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa). Alexander’s team-leading fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot was hit over the center field wall. PDF Box Score UNI Game 2 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University softball team swept UNI Tuesday night in a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader played in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Drake (32-9, 15-0 MVC) won by scores of 4-0 and 4-3 as the Bulldogs have won 18 consecutive games. Watch Live The Bulldogs’ patience paid off again, this time in the first inning of game two. Drake drew three consecutive one-out walks and with Smith up to bat, UNI’s pitcher Emma Olejniczak, threw a wild pitch as Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) scored. Two batters later, Maddox legged out an infield single as Johnson scored to give Drake a 2-0 advantage. In the second inning, Pena drew a bases loaded walk with two outs as Alexander scored to make it 3-0. Drake added to its lead in the fourth inning with back-to-back singles to start the frame followed by a sacrifice bunt by Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and a walk to Pena, her third of the game, to load the bases for Smith. Smith caught UNI off guard with a sac bunt of her own down the third base line as Roemmich scored for a 4-0 advantage. at Illinois State 4/21/2018 – 12 PM ESPN+last_img read more


first_imgGardai are examining what damage was caused and what was taken after a break-in to a post office in Glenswilly.Gardai at McFadden’s service station this morning. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The post office, which is part of McFadden’s service station at Breenagh, was broken into around 3am.Garda forensics are currently at the scene and the area is cordoned off. The outlet has ben broken into on a number of occasions in recent years.GARDAI INVESTIGATE POST OFFICE BREAK-IN was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gardaiglenswillypost officelast_img read more

South Africa’s new police watchdog

first_img16 April 2012 The new Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) will focus more on tackling corruption and human rights abuses involving the police than its predecessor, while making itself more accessible to the public, says the unit’s director, Francois Beukman. The new unit replaced the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) this month. Ipid is backed by a bigger budget, will recruit more investigators, open more offices, and put in place improved case management and performance management tools.Police oversight strengthened The Ipid Act strengthens police oversight in South Africa, requiring the national commissioner to move on Ipid’s findings by initiating disciplinary proceedings, and to report regularly on the progress of matters referred to police management. Under the new Act, the police must also report to Ipid any matter falling under the scope of investigation of the directorate. Speaking ahead of a presentation to Parliament’s portfolio committee on police in Cape Town on Monday, Beukman said the ICD’s shortcoming was that it had “tried to be a jack of all trades” on a limited budget, which often meant that it could not pay enough attention to human rights abuses and corruption. The additional R36-million allocated to Ipid for the next financial year brings its total budget to R196-million. The directorate currently has 139 investigators, who will also undergo training in areas such as DNA analysis, the investigation of sexual offences and torture, and forensic and ballistic evidence collection.More accessible to the public The new directorate will provide investigation advisory services and legal and litigation support, while ensuring that its investigations are properly measured on an ongoing basis. It will also run various community awareness programmes and media campaigns, and set up nine more satellite offices in order to increase its accessibility to the public. In addition to the current seven offices, three new ones will be set up 2013/14, in Ladysmith in the Free State, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga province. In 2014/15, a further six offices will be set up in Worcester, Vereeniging, Klerksdorp, Kroonstad, Bela Bela and Springbok. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more