LBS Honors 7 Employees, Volunteers

first_imgThe Liberia Broadcasting System has recognized the services of seven employees and volunteer broadcasters for their commitment and dedication to the national broadcaster in 2013.Those honored were Nathan Charles as the Most Outstanding employee of the year, James Aquoi Hardest Working employee, Morris Bargury , Anthony Vanwan, Moses Whenyou and Arthur Douglas were appreciated for their volunteerism to LBS.Sub editor James Akoi, and Television News Presenter Francina Peal captured the most dedicated employee and most improved employee of the year respectively.The Television Department also received the most outstanding department of the year while an office assistant, Morris Bayogar, was named the most progressive employee of the year.LBS Deputy Director General for Administration, Mrs. Hattie Hunder, said though the entire work forces collectively worked to bring the institution to its current status, the honorees were exemplary in executing their duties.LBS Director General, Ambrose Nmah, speaking during the program lauded the honorees and said it was his management’s own way of appreciating their services to the national broadcaster.Mr. Nmah said the honored employees in 2013 sacrificed relationships and friendships to do the Liberian people’s work in their respective departments with commitment and dedication to their duties.He also encouraged other employees to follow suit and aim at making LBS the best in Africa.LBS’s highest award, the Most Outstanding award was presented to Mr. Nathan P. Charles, a multimedia journalist.“He has ensured that our television news turned out to be second to none. Without waiting to be told, he takes the responsibility himself and the management is proud of Mr. Nathan Charles” the LBS boss noted as he presented the stations highest honor to Mr. Charles as he received a standing ovation from his work mates.Mr. Nmah said the LBS management appreciates the work of Mr. Charles because he takes on responsibility without being asked and has gained respect locally and internationally as evidenced by his leadership ability amongst his colleagues at LBS and on study tours to China, Japan, and London.Meanwhile, Journalists Nathan Charles has dedicated his honor to his ‘Mothers’ Gladys Badio and Roseline Toe for always giving him the courage to strive for excellence and being with him in prayer.Mr. Charles, a Press Union of Liberia 2012 Human Rights award winner, also  lauded his colleagues who have not disrespected him despite his age and were willing to take instructions from him at all times. He was filming the honoring ceremony when he was called and stated: “This is a complete surprise to me. It has motivated me to work harder,” he stated.Since April of 2013, Charles, who currently serves as a volunteer coordinator for TV news at LBS, has been a driving force for the rebirth after more than 25 years of the TV news on the Liberia National Television, LNTV.Speaking on behalf of the honorees, Anthony Varney commended the management for the recognition and challenged fellow honorees to maintain the honor. He also called for reconciliation between the management and some workers of the system.The program was held Friday at the system’s compound in Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Stolen Ebola Rice Case Resurfaces

first_imgNimba County’s stolen Ebola rice case, which was thrown out of court recently over the prosecution’s failure to present evidence, is said to have resurfaced and the suspects are expected back in court today.The case resurfaced after the Nimba Legislative Caucus mounted pressure on the Ministry of Justice to re-file the case for prosecution without delay.  Senator Thomas S. Grupee, Chairman of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, told the Radio Saclepea Morning Show last Tuesday that the Nimba County Attorney had been ordered to gather all evidence on the case for immediate prosecution.He said the act of stealing rice intended for Ebola victims was a very bad thing, and should be considered as “a crime against humanity”.  He demanded that those involved in stealing food intended for the sick or people in quarantine, should not go unpunished.Senator Grupee added that the caucus will not rest until all those involved are brought to justice to serve as a deterrent against such a shameful crime.On 31st October 2014 the Ganta Magisterial Court threw out the stolen Ebola Rice case involving four Nimba Health Workers and a business woman indefinitely, because the prosecution filed in a motion to have the case “Nulleprosequi” due to insufficient evidence.The prosecution, represented by Attorney James Boayou,  said he could not prosecute the case in the absence of the plaintiff, who is the County Health Services Director Ramsey Leesala.Ganta City Solicitor, Attorney Boayou, said “I declared the case Nulleprosequi until the complainer can come and explain the details of the case to me.”But Senator Grupee said they are making sure that the plaintiff, the Health Officer under whose custody the items were stolen, will be present at the court to back the case.Since the case was thrown out of court, nothing has been heard from the Nimba County Health Team from whose warehouse the items were stolen and who did not turn up for the hearing.There has been administrative wrangling between the leadership of Nimba and the county caucus over the handling of funds intended for the fight against Ebola.The tussle led to the subsequent dismissal of Teeko Yorlay from the post of Assistant Superintendent for Development after the case reached the plenary of the parliament where a vote of no confidence was imposed on him and Supt. Fong Zuagele.The County Health Team has come under criticism recently for what was alleged as single handedly managing the budget allotted by the government for the Bahn Health Center.The issue of the single handed management of the budget led the Bahn Health Board, headed by one Joseph Menlor, to resign because of what it claimed as non compliance, undermining and ostracizing.Even though, the County Health Authority said the money had been used to undertake some development projects for the Bahn Health Center, using the funds in the absence of the board with the accountant based in Sanniquellie, still created serious concern and suspicion among the citizens. The stolen Ebola rice case began on 1st October 2014 when the LNP Ganta Detail arrested a vehicle marked TP. 766 with about 200 bags of 25kg rice, 15 five- gallon containers of vegetable oil and 10 bags of beans.  These items were part of the food consignment donated to Nimba by the World Food Program (WFP) for those under quarantine from Ebola.The bags of rice were loaded on a mini truck headed for Saclepea from Sanniquellie when it was arrested by police in Ganta.  It was believed to be without a way bill.However, those accused of involvement in the alleged illegal removal of the rice, namely C. Paul Nyanzee of County Community Health Service, Director Var Bleh, Ware House Manager, Sarah Lawehyee, Kou Yelibor, County Mental Health Officer and  businesswoman Kou Kouh of Saclepea, had all been exonerated by the court and freed to resume their normal activities.They were arrested by the Liberian National Police on charges including criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy and theft of property and sent to court.In the same development, the Karnplay City Mayor was linked to another stolen Ebola food case involving bulgur wheat distributed by the ADRA in Karnplay.  She denied any link with the crime, but the stolen food items were discovered outside the ware house.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

42 Women to Graduate from Basic Soap Making Training

first_imgFollowing an intensive 3-month training in Soap making, at least 42 women from the Township of Cheesemanburg, Montserrado County, are expected to graduate any time soon.The pending graduation exercise will be the first of its kind in the Township, one of the prospective graduates has recalled.It can be recalled that in May this year, an extended auxiliary of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) “Ladies for Weah,” launched and financed the soap making project in the township to equip the women with basic skills that would enhance their economic livelihood.The training was, however, intended to target four women initially, but with the interest the women expressed, the trainees were increased to 42.Cheesemanburg is one of the oldest settlements in District #17, located along the Monrovia/Bomi highway. Although it is among rural communities in Montserrado, it is sparsely populated and some of its inhabitants lack basic services such as electricity, good road networks, clinic and safe drinking water facilities. Many of the inhabitants are predominately illiterate.The Daily Observer spoke to a cross-section of the prospective graduates, among them Madam Sando Johnson, Chair-lady of the women of Cheesemanburg. Madam Johnson hopes that with government’s intervention and support to the “Ladies for Weah,” lives of the residents will see a rapid transformation soon.While on an assessment tour of Cheesemanburg recently, the Daily Observer came across former Montserrado County Superintendent Rupel E. Marshall, Sr., who lives in the township and evaluates the status of the project. He expressed joy that the project was on course. He also said that the leadership of the project is soliciting external help to form the women into a cooperative, to seek national and international funding to build their capacities.The “Ladies for Weah” was originally formed to campaign for the election of President Weah, but has now transformed itself into a vehicle to provide economic empowerment to women and youth, especially those in rural communities.Besides the soap making project, the group is involved in several other projects, including two cassava farm projects in Pleemu Clan, Todee District, as well as training  the young people in Liberian cultural dances in Gbondoi Village, at the back of Ricks Institute. The project also introduced a back to school program for young female dropouts.Meanwhile, Arthur Johnson, a trainer, said: “I am here to train the women in basic soap making so that they will improve their lives and communities. We teach them how to make different kinds of soap that are used.“Following this training, we expect them to double up their efforts, in order to train other people in their communities so that they too can bring transformation to Cheesemanburg and other areas.“There is a profit in soap making and so I encourage all women to come on board so that they can be a part of the exercise from which they too will benefit,” Mr. Johnson Noted.One of the trainees praised Mr. Marshall and his team for their timely intervention and support to the women.Beatrice Quai said this will serve as one of the ways to reduce poverty in the township.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Events Happening this Saturday

first_imgHere’s what’s happening today. For more community events go to AM-04:00 PM Farmer’s Market09:00 AM Sub Zero Running Club – Group Run07:00 PM Ineligible Bachelors Comedy Show08:00 PM You be the Star 09:00 PM-01:00 AM Derrick Dance Club Dance All Day Event 5th Annual Photo Scavenger HuntAll Day Event NPSS Grad 1988 20 Year ReunionAll Day Event Links Open- Advertisement –last_img

Gilbert Bilodeau was the top Blizzard at the GP Challenge Cup Mountain Bike Race

first_img**SubmittedGilbert Bilodeau was the top Blizzard at Sunday’s Grande Prairie Challenge Cup mountain bike race. He had a 7th place with a time of 1:24:26 hours for the 4 lap event. Gary Hilderman was 9th at 1:25:22. The race was won by GP’s Werner Folsher at 1:10:40.GP won the day with 61 points to the Blizzards day total of 6. The defending champion Blizzards still lead with 292 points to GP’s 194 and DC’s 63.- Advertisement -Colter Young was 33nd overall in the Banff Stage race in Banff, Alberta, over the weekend. Stephen Ferris was 62nd. Both rode the ‘Invited Men’ class.www.ferrisfastcycles.comlast_img read more

Shaw services down in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek – UPDATE

first_imgUPDATE:  (last updated  at 1:48 p.m.) –  Choy says services should be restored by 2:20 p.m. Shaw does not have information on how the line broke, because the fibre-optic cable is owned by a third party.  However, internet and video services to both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John will be restored. Shaw internet customers in the Peace region could be without service for a while.A fiber-optic cable has once again been severed somewhere between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.- Advertisement -Spokesperson Newton Choy says the company still has to locate where the incident happened.Choy will be keeping the public informed throughout the day. Internet and video signals are down for customers in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.last_img read more

Dawson Creek residents head to the polls

first_imgHeavy Equipment Foreman Ron Gloslee and former City Councillors Dale Bumstead, Bud Powell, and Alvin Stedel are all vying to fill the position.The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the EnCana Events Centre. Make sure to bring two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.For more about the byelection, visit this page from the City of Dawson Creek.- Advertisement will post results from the byelection later on this evening.last_img read more

Zidane sidesteps talk of Neymar Real move

first_imgIt’s “normal that people talk,” he added, “but I am not going there, because we are focusing on the season and the rest we will talk about later.”Zidane’s squad take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26, looking to win the trophy for a third year in a row.Pushed about whether Neymar would fit in to the Real setup and would be compatible with Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane said, “the good ones are always compatible (with each other.”Real President Florentino Pérez has made no secret of his desire to recruit Neymar, sparking daily rumours of transfer moves for the Brazilian star who played for Spanish rivals Barcelona from 2013-2017 before moving to French champions PSG.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar would be compatible Real coach Zinedine Zidane says © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, May 11 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Friday sidestepped talk of a bid for the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar.“I dont know, I don’t think so. What we are thinking about at the moment is the Champions League final,” Zidane told a press conference when asked about a possible move for the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star.last_img read more

United celebrate Solskjaer’s appointment by returning to top four

first_imgIt was not vintage United as Watford had more shots on target and more corners than their hosts, but it was much needed after successive defeats against Arsenal in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup.But it was a good reminder, if one was needed for the new permanent manager, that there is plenty of hard work ahead if Solskjaer wants to make United contenders for the title again.His record over the 19 games in interim charge, and how he has lifted the mood around the club, had made his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s successor a foregone conclusion.The Stretford End was in no doubt about their former hero getting the job as a giant banner was unfurled as he emerged from the tunnel before he could take his position in the dugout.– Watford start brightly –But it was the visitors who started the brighter as Doucoure dragged a shot wide from a promising position while David de Gea had to claw away a header from Troy Deeney.Watford have an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon against Wolves next Sunday and a place at Wembley must have given the players a spring in their step as De Gea had to deal with further efforts from Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu.But it was their desire to go forward which proved their undoing as they were caught out by one of the counter-attacks that Manchester United have specialised in down the years.Deeney failed to get his pass beyond Luke Shaw and the left-back sped forward, before looking up and playing a perfect ball into the space behind the defence for Rashford to sprint onto and coolly finish past the onrushing Ben Foster.It was the ninth goal during Solskjaer’s reign for Rashford, who has blossomed in the last three months, and has replaced Romelu Lukaku as United’s main man up front.Foster, once of United, has been Watford’s best player this season, and he underlined why with a brilliant instinctive save to deny Martial from close range as United threatened to take control.Rashford was at the heart of their attacking play as he rounded Foster but from a tight angle could not find a team-mate.Watford continued to push forward after the break in search of an equaliser and Pereyra’s goalbound effort was pushed behind by De Gea, while Will Hughes curled another shot beyond the far post.It was no surprise to see Solskjaer respond with a double change as Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard were sent on and it worked a treat as the pair combined to tee up Martial, who scored from close range at the second attempt.Watford kept pressing and Doucoure scored in the 90th minute as he showed fabulous footwork inside the area to make things nervous, but it was a little, too late to ruin Solskjaer’s day.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Anthony Martial scored as Manchester United celebrated the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-1 win over Watford © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 30 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as permanent Manchester United manager began on a victorious note with a 2-1 victory over Watford on Saturday to move into fourth spot in the Premier League.Goals by Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial — Abdoulaye Doucoure getting a late goal for the visitors — took them above Arsenal and level on points with third-placed Tottenham, who play at Liverpool on Sunday, boosting Solskjaer hopes of achieving his first goal of securing Champions League football for next season.last_img read more

Manchester United boss refuses to rule out Premier League title charge

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the 1-0 win at arch-rivals Liverpool can re-ignite their Barclays Premier League title challenge.Wayne Rooney’s 78th-minute strike – the visitors’ only shot on target at Anfield – settled a game low on quality and chances.It left United within seven points of leaders Arsenal and Van Gaal has not ruled out a late charge for the summit.“We have a lot of matches still to go,” said the Dutchman.“We started 2016 very good with a lot of wins and I think this game will give a big boost to the players and the fans, and everyone in the environment of Manchester United.“We have to continue, which is not so easy. We have seen that today but we can do it because we show every week we can do it.”Asked whether it was his best day of the season, Van Gaal added: “No, I don’t think so. You have to see it always in perspective.“It is a fantastic win for the fans, for me and the players and it will give us a boost, and maybe in that perspective you are right.“There are matches we have played much better than today, and in that perspective I can’t say it is a good day because Liverpool were the better team in the first half and normally we are dominating games.“I have to admit we survived the first half because Liverpool were more aggressive, we could not create anything.“They have created in the first half three chances and that was surviving, but to beat Liverpool is always important.“When I see this game then I think we can still improve but it was still good enough to win at Liverpool away.”The fact United were able to leave Anfield with three points was largely down to David de Gea, who was by far the busier goalkeeper.However, although the Spain international was named man of the match, Van Gaal saw nothing but De Gea’s usual high standards.“He is always reaching a very high level so I am very happy, but I cannot say that today he has done a lot,” he said.“He has stopped the balls that he had to stop. Maybe the one with one hand (from Emre Can in the second half), maybe but I think he has to save it. I think a goalkeeper has to do it.“I demand it and I demand it also of the players. That is why he is playing for Manchester United.” 1 Louis van Gaal last_img read more