Recent years in Monrovia have seen a growing and very diversified preference for the use of African prints. This has now become the latest fashion trend in every part of Monrovia.It is obvious that more and more African designers have emerged in Liberia, taking their works more seriously, thus attracting Western customers to the African style trends as they take on mainstream fashion in and around Liberia.Indeed there is a wellspring of passion and drive towards the rebranding of African attire by a powerfully positioned generation of youth. Some do it as a hobby, others do it for business. Hawa Conneh is trying to make a business of hers. She taught herself everything she knows about fashion design, from hand sewing to the making of African necklaces. And for Hawa, it’s not just about being creative but also a form of empowerment. “Once you’re a hard working lady, you’ll become recognized in the society and people will respect you because of your hard work, your effort and time you put into making whatever it is that you’re doing a success,” she says. What gives this young designer the satisfaction is the fact that she can transform an already made product into a total different new look, and turn an idea into a beautiful creation like her signature necklace made of African cloth. Promoting her African culture has always been her dream as can be seen in many of her designs.Born on Sept. 7, 1986 in Gbarnga Bong County Hawa is a graduate of the Cuttington University with a BSc in Sociology. According to Hawa, she always knew she had a creative side to her; remembering how she created her first skirt from and shorts that was too tight for her which her mom had gotten her.“I remember in my early teens I really wasn’t comfortable wearing tight shorts and my mom had gotten me a pair of tight pants that I wasn’t comfortable with. So because I had the color of the cloth, I told myself I was going to cut it up and turn it into a mini skirt and when I got done with it, I couldn’t believe my very own self. It had turn out quiet lovely” she proudly said.What makes Hawa’s work unique is the dedication and patience she puts into her works. She explains that it takes a whole day to make up to three pairs of shoes going through a tedious process of having to take the entire pair of shoes apart and giving it a whole new make over in African style. Because of her busy schedule as an insurance professional, Hawa is left with no option but to use her Saturdays and Sundays to work on her designs.Driven by her passion and desire to succeed, Hawa dreams of owning an African factory in the future. She tells LIB Life that she sees her self as a factory owner in the future producing anything African related where she would be able to cater to more clients all around the world. So far, her only international clients are those in America plus her local clients. Meanwhile her work is mainly advertised by word of mouth and on her facebook page.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said it: the Lone Star’s success over Guinea Bissau last week “shows that things can happen once you have committed people undertaking a task.”For too long our National Squad has been the underdog in African football. Not that it could not play the game, but it lacked scorers and scoring power. And so, though our defenses have been strong, our weakness in scoring exposed us to the slightest chance the opponents seized; and lo, we lost.Alas, the commitment of all the stakeholders in this challenging feat has paid off handsomely. This newspaper, the Daily Observer, has long argued that our Lone Star team can succeed with all hands on deck, not just the Liberian Football Association (LFA). In an Editorial not too long ago we demanded that the Ministry of Youth and Sports take charge of sports in Liberia as it ought to, for one simple reason: our teams, be they football, basketball, tennis, swimming or track and field, wherever they go in the international arena, represent not just their individual associations, but the Republic ofLiberia. So who should be in the forefront leading, empowering, financing, encouraging and cheering? Surely not just the individual associations, but the government itself, led by its Ministry of Youth and Sports.We think it was a mark of shortsightedness that Mr. Bility decided, after he was elected LFA President, that football was the exclusive preserve of the LFA. Well, the others, including the Ministry, sat back and said, “Give the bulldog his bunch of palm nuts. He will regret in the end.” Can a bulldog eat a bunch of palm nuts? No, he will end up only with a bloody mouth and nose.So has the Lone Star ended experiencing one defeat after another? Yes, it was following that last defeat, when Togo crushed the Lone Star 2-1 that we published that final Editorial pleading with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to take charge of football that Minister Eugene Nagbe listened and got busy.We won the very next match, dealing Tunisia, an African football powerhouse, a stunning 1-0 defeat!Then came Guinea Bissau, which courageously, on our own turf at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, forced us to a one-all draw.But when the Lone Star showed up in Bissau for the rematch, we beat them 3-1!En route to the ATS for the victory celebration last Friday, the Lone Star was graciously invited by the President to her Foreign Ministry office, where she praised them for their prowess and triumphant performance. She touched all the buttons, commending all those involved for what she called their “commitment.” The real heroes, she declared, were the Lone Star Squad, including many who had traveled thousands of miles from their engagement with international teams, to join their brothers in the battle with Guinea Bissau; and the Squad’s brilliant and dynamic Coach, James Salinsa Debbah.Next on Ellen’s list of commendation was the LFA and its President, Musa Bility; and last, but by no means least, Minister Eugene Nagbe and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.President Sirleaf praised them all for their “commitment” through which, she said, great things can happen.Oh Liberia! Why can’t we all always be committed to the cause of our country? If we could all put our dear country first before ourselves, Liberia would be far, far ahead.Should we maintain this spirit of commitment, we would be able to meet every foe, including the Ivorian Elephants, and all others, as our National Anthem author Daniel B. Warner, proclaimed: “with valor unpretending.”“Long live Liberia, Happy land, a home of glorious liberty by God’s command!“A home of glorious liberty by God’s command!” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– as GBGWU calls for a national response to issueAs the issues regarding aluminium company RUSAL and its workers intensifies, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has now instructed the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to commence a technical review of the company’s operations.In addition to that, Trotman said a team from his Ministry will be travelling to the company’s interior operation to make an assessment because Government has received credible news from workers that RUSAL has been dismantling its equipment.“Is it telling us that they are shutting down their operations? Or is it telling us that we have to prepare to suspend their operations? So, I have asked for a technical assessment to be done and that is being done as of today (Wednesday),” he told Guyana Times.Trotman noted that Government is disappointed, distressed and disturbed by the turn of events regarding the RUSAL matter. While acknowledged that Government has been unsuccessful in its attempts to resolve the issue, he noted that good sense must prevail.The Minister noted that while Government would like to see its citizens earn a liveable wage and have a dignified working environment within which to operate, it is their objective to see investors come to Guyana and get a fair rate of return on those investments.However, he asserted that each of these companies must operate within the confines of the law that define the relationship they have with workers and the State. “The Government believes that it has done its part and the workers’ rights are paramount and must be respected. And Government prepares to stand with the workers or convince RUSAL that better can prevail.”Some disgruntled workers attached to the bauxite companyMeanwhile, President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), Lincoln Lewis, said the situation has become one of national importance and would require all trade unions, Government and the Opposition to work together towards bringing an end to this issue.“And for it to be a national response, we have to see President David Granger and Opposition Leader Mr (Bharrat) Jagdeo together sitting down with the unions to make a decision on this.”While RUSAL has threatened to close its operations here, Lewis said it is their right to do so, but noted that as long as they are here, they will have to respect the country’s laws and respect workers’ rights.Sixty striking workers were dismissed by bauxite company – Russian Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) – which is owed by RUSAL, for downing tools in protest of an arbitrary one per cent salary increase.On Tuesday, residents of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) in disagreement with the dismissal of the striking employees attached to the company retaliate by blocking the access road which leads to the company located at Aroaima.During initial deliberations, representatives of the company stated that they do not recognise GBGWU, which has been advocating for the affected workers.A meeting was later held with Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; and Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott; along with RUSAL’s representative Vladimir Permyakov and Director of Alumina and Bauxite Department at RUSAL, Sergey Kostyuk; met to discuss ways in which the issue can be resolved in an amicable manner.And after assurances by Government that the fired bauxite workers will be reinstated, RUSAL has refused to do so, signalling their intentions of having the 61 workers replaced by the end of the week.According to RUSAL, those who are not on the job have not received any payments and they have moved towards inviting persons who have a desire to join the company to do so.However, notices were issued to an additional 30 workers, informing them that they are not to turn up for work until further notice. According to the company, the company reserves are not as lucrative to investors as they were in the past.These statements were met with strong opposition from Minister Ally, who labelled RUSAL’s actions as unreasonable and unthinkable.
RUNNINGA Running Experience Club (AREC): Offering non-competitive fun runs Wednesdays at 6:30pm up to 5 miles beginning at Limerick’s Irish Pub, 5734 E. 2nd St., and Sundays at 8:00am up to 7 miles beginning at the parking lot on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Bayshore in Belmont Shore. Info: Todd Rose at (562) 252-6462 or firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the web site at www.arec-lb.com. SOCCERLynwood Women’s Soccer: Signups ongoing for 18-and-over league. Fee: $220 per team. Info: Nyla Glenn at (310) 603-0220, ext. 305. SOFTBALLSenior Slowpitch Softball: 55-and-older games Sundays at 8:30 a.m. at Joe Rodgers Field, 4701 10th St., L.B. Info: (562) 424-5266 or (562) 434-4693. SWIMMINGLong Beach Shore Aquatics Master’s Swim Club: Master swim practice from 5:30-7 a.m. and 5:30-6:45 p.m. Practice held at the CSULB pool. Info: www.shoreaquatics.com, email@example.com. TENNISDowney Tennis Club: Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to noon, as well as two Saturday Socials per month at Independence Park, 12334 Bellflower Blvd., Downey. Info: (562) 927-4820 or www.downeytennisclub.com. SWIMMINGLong Beach Shore Aquatics Masters Swim: Master swim practice from 5:30 – 7 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:45 pm, daily at the CSULB pool. Info: www.shoreaquatics.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Recreation Calendar runs Thursdays in the Press-Telegram. BASKETBALLLong Beach Storm Basketball: Ages 18 and up. Men and Women. Registration Feb. 11, 7 p.m. at Jordan High. Fee: $200 per month, $75 per week. Info: (562) 494-2000 or email@example.com FLAG FOOTBALLTop Gun Flag Football: Ages 18 and up. Registration open for five-man all-passing flag football leagues in Long Beach and surrounding cities. Night and weekend leagues begin in late January, and include playoffs with neighboring counties. Info: (877) 846-3178 or www.topgunflagfootball.com. To submit event notices for the recreation calendar, include dates, times, contact phone numbers, fees, and the final date the ad should appear in the newspaper. Information may be sent as follows: By mail: Recreation Calendar 604 Pine Ave., Long Beach, Ca. 90844. By fax: (562) 437-8914. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu believes the club’s players will like the management style of Tim Sherwood, should he be picked to replace Paul Lambert.The ex-Tottenham head coach Sherwood is the bookmakers’ favourite to land the top job at Villa Park following Scotsman Lambert’s sacking on Wednesday night.And asked if he thought his former colleague had the right credentials, Ehiogu told the Sports Bar: “I think so, yeah. He’s clear in his mind about what he wants and has got a personality that puts across his message in a way that the players will have to adhere to, and will like.“I only had a little bit of time around Tim Sherwood when he was at Tottenham and I found him to be very knowledgeable, quite authoritative, but funny as well. There are worse managers [out there].”
“For example, Casillas’s deal ends at the end of the season. It’s a very expensive contract,” he said.“We will scrupulously pay his salary until the end of the season. We have no alternative.”“But when the contract ends, it will free-up millions of euros.”Casillas, his country’s most-capped player with 167 appearances, had signed a one-year extension to his deal last July having left Real Madrid in 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000End of the road: Iker Casillas will leave Porto at the end of the season © AFP/File / FRANCISCO LEONGLISBON, Portugal, Mar 3 – Spain’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas will be released by Porto at the end of the season as the cash-strapped Portuguese giants look to cut costs.Francisco Marques, the Porto spokesman told A Bola daily, that the former European champions need to slash the contracts of their best-paid players.
Premier League round-up: All the 3pm action as Chelsea stage spectacular comeback in six-goal thriller
Chelsea captain John Terry scored a late equaliser in a six-goal thriller against Everton 6 Chelsea 3-3 EvertonChelsea maintained their unbeaten run since the departure of Jose Mourinho after staging a specular comeback in a six-goal thriller, stunning Everton at Stamford Bridge.Pardon the cliché, but it really was a game of two halves.After an uneventful first period, with few chances to speak of in an uninspiring opening 45 minutes, the Toffees left the reigning English champions shell-shocked with two early goals courtesy of a mishap from John Terry and an exquisite finish from Kevin Mirallas.Chelsea, though, showing more fight under their new manager, made a spectacular comeback to draw level, with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas getting their names on the scoresheet.Fitting with a riveting second half, it seemed as though Everton had stolen the three points from the Blues’ grasp in the 90th minute, as substitute Ramiro Funes Mori leapt into the crowd to celebrate what he thought must have been the winner.But, who else other than Terry, in the eighth minute of added time, stepped up, back-heeling past Tim Howard to break Everton hearts. 6 Southampton 3-0 West Bromwich AlbionThe Saints, watched by new £4m signing Charlie Austin, were in full control at the St Mary’s Stadium against a Baggies side void of ideas.A sublime David Beckham-esque free kick from James Ward Prowse gave Southampton the lead early on, and the 21-year-old, later in the first half, doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot.Ronald Koeman’s men were firmly in control at the break and it was more of the same at the restart.Dušan Tadi? later got his name on the scoresheet to confirm victory in front of the delighted home crowd, surely leaving Austin eager for action ahead of his debut with his new club. 6 Newcastle United 2-1 West Ham UnitedThe Hammers, high in confidence after their 3-1 drubbing of Bournemouth mid-week, were left rocked by a rejuvenated Magpies side, who moved out of the bottom three.Two goals, from Ayoze Pérez and Georginio Wijnaldum, put the hosts firmly in the ascendancy after only a quarter of the match having been played.Nikica Jelavi?, making a rare appearance under Slaven Bilic having been brought on after the break, took full advantage of an error at the back from Newcastle to give the away side hope of a comeback by grabbing a goal back.The recovery, however, was ultimately out of their reach in what was an afternoon to forget for West Ham but one to leave Newcastle optimistic as the season hots up. Manchester City 4-0 Crystal PalaceManchester City kept the pressure on Arsenal after victory over Crystal Palace sent them top of the table.Manuel Pellegrini made five changes from the side that struggled in the goalless draw with Everton four days ago, and it was a shaky start for the hosts.Crystal Palace should have taken the lead in the opening few minutes, but for an excellent save from captain for the afternoon’s clash Joe Hart.Predictably, though, the Citizens soaked up the pressure and Fabian Delph, having been handed a rare start, opened the score with a speculative effort from 30 yards that Wayne Hennessey should have done better to stop.And it got worse for the Eagles when another effort from outside the box, this time by Sergio Aguero, crept past Hennessey after a crucial deflection off the head of Scott Dann.Later, Aguero on a hat-trick, after driving forward from his own half, sent the ball across goal to an unmarked David Silva, and the Spaniard calmly finished, sealing the win to send City, perhaps temporarily, top of the Premier League table. 6 6 Bournemouth 3-0 Norwich CityBournemouth, who have struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League following promotion, eased to victory at the Vitality Stadium to go five points clear of the drop zone.It was an entertaining opening half, with Dan Gosling’s 10th minute header giving the Cherries a deserving edge over the visitors at half time.Declan Rudd was fortunate not to have been dismissed for his reckless challenge on Benik Afobe before the break, but this incident was a distant memory for the hosts as they continued to dominate proceedings.Bournemouth scored a further two against relegation rivals Norwich, who were simply second best all afternoon, to clinch the three points. 6
Is time up for LVG at Man United? Louis van Gaal’s future as Manchester United manager has been placed in further doubt after the Dutchman was left out of a promotional video to promote the club’s upcoming tour of China.Van Gaal’s job has been the subject of continuous speculation, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho strongly linked with a takeover at Old Trafford.The Red Devils chief is about to enter the final year of the three-year contract he signed when he succeeded David Moyes in 2014, but he was ominously left out of the 48-second clip on the club’s website to promote their summer tour of the Far East.The video featured 14 members of the current squad and several former players, including Shingji Kagawa and legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.The video for last summer’s tour to the United States featured Van Gaal prominently, but his position has come under intense scrutiny pressure this season with the team now out of European competition and well outside of the Premier League title race.United’s hopes of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification for next season were boosted by victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday and they face West Ham in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on April 13.But leaving Van Gaal out of the promotional video for the International Champions Cup games against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22 and Manchester City in Beijing three days later has added to speculation that the Dutchman’s time could be up. 1
A digital hub to attract small businesses to the village of Carrigart has moved a step closer.Carrigart Digital Hub is now seeking expressions of interest from anyone that may be interested to take a desk at the proposed new venture.This new state of the art digital hub is currently under negotiations with a number of parties, including Údarás na Gaeltachta and Donegal County Council. To activate funding, the group needs to ascertain the demand for desks.It is hoped that similar digital hubs could be set up across the county.For further interest, please see https://www.facebook.com/carrigartdigitalhub/posts/277738356008001New digital hub for Carrigart moves a step closer was last modified: April 21st, 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:Carrigartdigital hubdonegal
Well-known Letterkenny man Tony Duffy has decided to ahem, branch out into a new hobby.The An Post worker rarely goes out without his camera these days.Yesterday he caught these fine pictures of the laneway to Rockhill House in all its Autumn glory. Enjoy.LEAF IT OUT TONY! AUTUMN PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: October 27th, 2012 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:picturesRockhill HouseTony Duffy