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Foreign Ministry Gets New Passport Director

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has approved the appointment of Ms. Nyanda F. Davis as Director of Passports & Visas, a positioned she has acted in for the past few months.According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOF), the President‘s approval of the  appointment followed a recommendation from Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan for Ms. Davis to assume the position after effectively serving as Acting Director.The statement added that the President’s concurrence with the Minister’s recommendation is due to Ms. Davis’ career path as a young professional, and the testimonials of her level of dedication, commitment and ability to deliver on an assigned task.Her appointment will take immediate effect.Prior to her appointment to the new portfolio, Ms. Davis served as Deputy Director for Passports & Visas and, the release noted, she efficiently and effectively managed and supervised the administration of Liberian Biometric Passports both in Liberia and at Liberia’s diplomatic missions around the world.Before coming to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Davis served as Technical Analyst, President’s Young Professional, Office of the Minister of Finance where she analyzed Debt and Aid Management and served as Secretary to the National Budget and the Debt Management Committees, respectively, said the MOFA release.The new Passport Director, who is a graduate of the Cuttington University Graduate School, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and an undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (BA) from CU.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ronaldo scores hat-trick against Spain as World Cup lifts off

first_imgElsewhere on day two of the tournament in Russia, Egypt left out Mohamed Salah and suffered a gut-wrenching 1-0 defeat in the final minutes to Uruguay, while Iran snatched a last-gasp win against Morocco courtesy of an own goal.The Group B clash between Ronaldo’s European champions and 2010 World Cup winners Spain in Sochi was a red-letter day on the competition’s calendar and it did not disappoint.It was given added spice after the Spanish federation sacked Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament after Real Madrid announced he would be taking over at the Bernabeu following the tournament.Spain forward Diego Costa scored two goals against Portugal in Sochi © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaFormer Real stalwart Fernando Hierro has been thrown into the deep end as head coach, with little coaching experience and huge pressure on his shoulders.Hierro watched from the sidelines as his team edged ahead 3-2 in the second half after twice battling back from behind in the match in the Black Sea resort city.Ronaldo opened the scoring in the fourth minute from a penalty that he himself won and struck again on the cusp of half-time when Spain goalkeeper David de Gea failed to make a routine save.Both times Atletico Madrid’s Costa equalised and Spain took the lead through Nacho in the 58th minute, who struck the ball sweetly past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.Spain appeared to be in control in the closing stages but when Ronaldo was awarded a free kick on the edge of the area the stadium held its breath. The Real Madrid man took his time lining up the shot before delivering emphatically, curling the ball past the despairing dive of De Gea.– Salah not risked –In the first match of the day Urugyuan defender Jose Gimenez headed in an 89th-minute match winner as the South Americans defeated an Egyptian side sorely missing star player Salah in Yekaterinburg.Uruguay’s last-gasp victory leaves them and Russia in early control in Group A after the hosts thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament opener on Thursday.Jose Gimenez headed in Uruguay’s late winner against Egypt © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATSalah, who has been receiving intensive treatment on a shoulder he injured in the Champions League final, played no part in the match despite Egypt coach Hector Cuper saying beforehand that the Liverpool striker would be involved.After the defeat, Cuper said: “He did not play today because we wanted to avoid risk or danger, but I think that he will be fine for the next match.”FIFA said they were investigating why there were large sections of empty seats at the Yekaterinburg Arena. The attendance was 27,015 despite FIFA saying most of the tickets had been sold for the match at the 33,061-capacity stadium.In the other Group B match on Friday, Iran’s players stormed the pitch at full-time as if they had won the World Cup rather than just their opening match after an own goal from Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz gifted them a dramatic 1-0 victory in Saint Petersburg.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz, once of Real Madrid and Manchester United, insisted the chaos that has engulfed Spain this week offered little assistance to his team, but this victory certainly cranks the pressure up a notch.“Superman is only in the cartoons,” Queiroz said. “Nobody is superman. What can happen once in a while is when a group of people are united, can create super stories and super things.” Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson warned Lionel Messi’s Argentina will underestimate his World Cup debutants at their peril in Saturday’s Group D opener. Hallgrimsson said the Icelanders, who famously dumped England out of Euro 2016 on their way to the quarter-finals, were primed for their first-ever match in football’s global showpiece.“We’ve shown that if we work together as one unit, like we’ve been doing, then anything is achievable and it won’t come as a shock,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his hat-trick for Portugal against Spain in Sochi © AFP / Adrian DENNISSochi, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a magnificent hat-trick on Friday to rescue a point for Portugal against Spain in the dying minutes as the World Cup in Russia caught alight.Ronaldo’s 51st career hat-trick in the 3-3 draw cancelled out two goals from Diego Costa and a strike from Nacho just as Spain looked like putting their chaotic week behind them with a morale-boosting win.last_img read more

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LAX terminal-project cost climbs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCommissioners Alan Rothenberg and Valeria Velasco were absent from the meeting. “I am going to vote no because I think this is a misrepresentation,” Reyes-Patsaouras said. “I don’t see this as unforeseen conditions. I see this as errors and omissions. I hope there are no more of these modifications coming along.” Airport Commissioner Walter Zifkin said he supports the work because LAWA will recoup the funds from airlines using the Bradley terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. “I think it’s important that the airlines have reviewed this,” Zifkin said. “They support it, and they ultimately expect to pay for it.” In other action, the airport commission agreed to spend $1.4million to make a series of improvements to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening area in the Bradley terminal. Plans call for a new ceiling, lights, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning units, and fire alarms and sprinklers, according to an airport report. Plans also call for renovating the information booth and customs office area in the departures lobby in the Bradley terminal. Separately, the airport commission Monday also signed off on a $6.1million plan to install new lights over the next three years at LAX and city-owned airports in Ontario, Palmdale and Van Nuys. art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Airport commissioners agreed Monday to spend $17.2million to clear up a series of “unforeseen” problems discovered by construction crews working on the modernization of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The commission voted 4-1 to use the funds to fix 41 separate problems, including fuel-contaminated soil, old underground storm drains and faulty utility lines, said Dave Shuter, deputy executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that oversees the airport. “These changes … cover unforeseen conditions, aging infrastructure that needs to be repaired in connection with the project,” Shuter told the airport commission. Commissioner Sylvia Reyes-Patsaouras cast the lone dissenting vote on the cleanup project because she thinks the Costa Mesa-based construction consortium of Clark/McCarthy failed to properly study the Bradley terminal before construction began. last_img read more

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Men’s top 25: Colonials too much for Seawolves

first_imgat 16 Geo. Wash. 88, Stony Brook 60 Omar Williams scored 13 points in 16 minutes for the Colonials (13-1). George Washington is off to its best start since the 1953-54 season, when it also began 13-1. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Rashad Anderson scored 21 points, Josh Boone had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Huskies (15-1, 3-1) the Orange’s 12-game winning streak. Demetris Nichols led the Orange (15-3, 3-1 Big East) with a career-high 28 points, all but three in the second half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img 3 Connecticut 88, at 20 Syracuse 80 last_img read more

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Winding road takes QB from Iraq to Victorville

first_img During his Korea stint, he patrolled the one of the most hostile borders in the world. While in Iraq, he was once shot, a bullet-proof vest preventing him from serious injury. He was also riding on the back of aHumvee when a roadside bomb exploded seconds after the vehicle passed. A bad day on the football field doesn’t look so bad in comparsion. “That bomb was meant for us. No doubt about it,” Moore said. “It detonated late. We were very lucky. You can’t think too much about not coming back, but the thought does run through your mind, especially when something like that happens.” Moore, 22, is working on his academic and athletic career. He plans to transfer to a four-year university, but is still on call with the reserves until June of 2007. VICTORVILLE – Every morning Mark Moore, Sr., turns on the television and listens to the news while preparing to go to work as a postal carrier. There was a time he paid particularly close attention to what he heard. His son, Mark Jr., was part of an Army infantry unit deployed in Iraq. Having served in the Army for nine years didn’t calm dad’s fears one bit. “I worried every day about whether or not he would come home,” said the elder Moore, who never saw combat. “I would turn on the news hoping not to see him or hear his name. I hoped not to hear anything about what was going on there because that was the best news.” The younger Moore is currently a sophomore at Victor Valley College, the starting quarterback for the Rams. Before arriving in the the High Desert, he spent three years in the service, one in Korea and another in Iraq. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It could come at any time,” he said. “You never know. I hope I don’t have to go, but if I’m called I have to go because I still owe them some time.” Moore grew up in Moreno Valley, but moved to Dallas where he spent his eighth, ninth and tenth grade years. He returned to California for his junior year and played football at Valley View High School under Dave Hoover, now the head football coach at VVC. Moore returned to Texas and finished out his senior year at Cedar Hill High School, outside of Dallas. He was debating his future, a choice made more difficult because of a girlfriend in California. His father gave him the choice between going to college and enlisting in the military. Moore chose the latter, but not because his father pressured him to do so. It is a decision he doesn’t regret. “I learned a lot about discipline and staying focused,” Moore said. “Those are things you really can’t learn anywhere else. It made me grow up and gave me a different perspective on the world. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I didn’t go through that.” Moore’s first overseas deployment was to Korea in 2002, his decision to go somewhere he had never been. In April of 2003, he was in Iraq. His unit landed in Kuwait before entering Iraq, traveling north from Belad to Tikrit, staying in one of Saddam Hussein’s Palace’s along the way. Military life was not easy. He spent four months roaming the country with an armored vehicle that accommodated nine soldiers, not comfortably. The men slept on the ground outside the vehicle, limited to one ration and one container of bottled water per day, despite scorching desert heat. He admits the soldiers encountered hostile citizens who resented the Americans inhabiting their country. But there were others who appreciated their presence. Moore says one Iraqi gave him a piece of paper with a drawing of interlocking hands, with a flag of each country on each side. Underneath it was a message of support, thanking the troops. He still has it, along with many other momentos from the experience. Moore returned to the States in June of 2004 and pondered his next move. He had a good relationship with Hoover at Valley View, so he made a phone call to see if his former coach needed a player. He came in a little rusty, not having played in three years, but played well enough to take over the starting role halfway through the 2004 season. While he would prefer not to play quarterback, but has done so out of necessity. Hoover sees where the military experience benefitted his player. “He has a lot of heart and strong leadership skills,” Hoover said. “Sometimes he comes on a little strong for the other guys. But I wish all my guys had that kind of experience because he is more focused than most players who come in here out of high school.” Teammate Keith Stanley, who also spent four years in the Army, knows what being in the service can do for a person. “He is very detail-oriented,” Stanley said of his teammate. “He wants everything right. he’s mentally strong and he doesn’t back down.” Being in the military can help a young man mature, but so can being married. That’s the other plunge Moore took in March when he and wife Michelle eloped to Las Vegas. She also was attending Victor Valley, but the two met at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store where she worked as a cashier. Moore and several of his teammates went there to buy some gloves. “He came through my line and I asked him his zip code because we get them from all our customers,” said Michelle, a graduate of Silverado High School. “He said I could have his zip code, but he wanted my phone number. I wrote it down for him and he called me the same night.” Moore, who also has two older brothers and a younger sister, said his wife is his No. 1 fan. The couple, expecting their first child in March, live with her family in Victorville. She is working part-time and pursuing a degree in nursing, but attends every game within easy driving distance. The Rams have not fared well this season, losing four straight games after a win in the season opener. Moore has run for 256 yards and three touchdowns and thrown for 550 more, but has just one touchdown and five interceptions. Moore will next play Saturday at home against Antelope Valley on Saturday. Moore’s mother Pamela has been out to visit already and his father plans on being here at the end of the season when Moore closes the door on his junior college career. “I just want him to live a good, productive life,” Pamela Moore said. “He has always been a leader. Even when he was the youngest and the smallest, older kids gravitated toward him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ebrahim to travel to Yemen for hostage talks

first_img17 January 2014 International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim is scheduled to travel to Yemen for consultations over the release of South African hostage Pierre Korkie, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement on Friday. Korkie and his wife Yolande had been in Yemen for four years when they were abducted in the city of Taiz in May. The Al-Qaeda-linked militants responsible for the kidnapping released Korkie’s wife without ransom on 13 January, but are now demanding the equivalent of R30-million for his release. At the time of the kidnapping, Korkie was working as a teacher, while his wife did relief work in hospitals. She was released and returned to South Africa on Monday after South African disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers helped negotiate her release. The foundation has continued to negotiate with the kidnappers for her husband’s freedom. Yolande, who spoke to the media in Johannesburg on Thursday, said her husband is in bad health and needs urgent medical attention. SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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I-League matches begin on Saturday, yet no title sponsor in sight

first_imgDespite having concluded a three-year broadcast deal with TEN Sports for the I-League and the Federation Cup, IMG-Reliance is still groping in the dark for the title sponsor of the premier league of the country beginning on Saturday.And the chances of finding a sponsor in the next two days are extremely bleak. If IMG-Reliance, the commercial partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), eventually fails to find any, it would be the third straight year when I-League will be played without a title sponsor.Even the sale of broadcast rights was not a win-win situation for the AIFF at all. Although they were sold on multiple platforms, they did not include radio, an IMG-Reliance official confirmed.It is sad situation how IMG-Reliance completely forgot about radio, which remains one of the most followed media in a country of more than billion people.The only consolation for the AIFF – and IMG-Reliance – is that a deal with a regional television channel is set to be concluded on Friday.”We have got pretty less money than last year. We have almost finalised a deal with Kolkata-based Channel 10 for the regional rights but the amount is certainly not a patch on what we were expecting,” a IMG-Reliance official told Mail Today.Another embarrassment for the AIFF and IMG-Reliance was the last-minute pullout by TEN Sports from telecasting the Federation Cup, which concluded last week.When IMG-Reliance failed to find a producer for the second most important tournament of the country, the company desperately asked TEN Sports to do the production too.TEN Sports, owned by the Dubai-based TAJ Television, not only declined to produce but could not telecast the tournament in the absence of live pictures.Speaking about the Federation Cup fiasco, the IMG-Reliance official said that they were left in the lurch because they couldn’t finalise a production partner as TEN had said that they would not be able to undertake production work.For the I-League matches, IMG-Reliance has given the production rights to a Delhi based production house while the matches in Bengal will be produced by a regional production house.AIFF says it is helpless in this area as it has sold an unusually long, 15-year, commercial rights to IMG-Reliance for Rs 700 crore, starting 2010.All this shows a lack of home work and absence of proper planning while concluding various deals.IMG-Reliance is yet to crack the title sponsorship conundrum.It says that the lack of quality coverage and the fan following being limited to select cities are the main reasons for the tepid response from corporate houses.ONGC was the title sponsor for several years, but surprisingly even they are not interested any more even though their team has qualified for the I-League.The league’s popularity has nosedived and only matches in Kolkata, involving the Big Two – Mohun Bagan and East Bengal – seem to draw sizeable crowds while empty stands elsewhere.AIFF says it can’t interfere in IMG-Reliance’s affairs. “AIFF cannot afford to build its own stadiums and that is one of the reasons why we can’t organise majority of the matches under floodlights,” said an official.”Until sufficient infrastructure is created and we have control over it, we cannot satisfy the demands of the sponsors and broadcasters.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Kai Sotto, AJ Edu to rejoin Gilas Youth for Fiba U19 World build up

first_imgPSG striker Neymar suspended 3 matches after clash with fan Gilas Youth is pooled together with Argentina, host Greece, and Russia in Group C and will play its first game against the Greeks on June 29.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sotto, the 7-foot-2 center from Ateneo, is in the United States for a personal boot camp for Greece while the 6-foot-10 Edu plays NCAA Division 1 with University of Toldeo.“We’re practicing now, Kai and AJ are joining us first week of June,” said Arespacochaga in the report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe youth team will also play in a pocket tournament in Doha, Qatar before heading off to Heraklion, Greece.Arespacochaga said the team will also hold a training camp in Qatar’s capital coinciding with the pocket tournament. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kai Sotto and AJ Edu. Photo from Fiba.comMANILA, Philippines—Towers Kai Sotto and AJ Edu are set to rejoin Gilas Youth in June for the team’s preparations for the Fiba U-19 World Cup 2019 in Greece.According to ESPN5, Gilas Youth head coach Sandy Arespacochaga said the two towering youngsters are set to arrive early June just in time during the team’s training camp for the tournament that will take place from June 29 to July 7.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Watson in awe of Sarfaraz; Madrid, City in Champions League semis

first_imgShane Watson impressed with Sarfaraz Khan’s control over shotsSarfaraz Khan played a breezy cameo of 35 from 10 balls to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore’s score past 200 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.IPL 2016: Bruised Mumbai Indians eye comeback against confident Kolkata Knight RidersSunil Narine’s presence and a convincing win against Delhi Daredevils in their first game of the ninth season should give enough confidence to Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of a tough battle against Mumbai Indians.Injured Ashish Nehra to miss couple of games for Sunrisers HyderabadSunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner confirmed that Ashish Nehra will miss out on couple of games due to a groin injury he suffered during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Champions League: Ronaldo treble powers Real Madrid into semisCristiano Ronaldo’s fifth Champions League hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 comeback victory over VfL Wolfsburg that clinched a place in the semi-finals for a sixth successive season.Champions League: Manchester City beat PSG to reach first semifinalsManchester City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time after a superb curling shot from Kevin de Bruyne gave them a 1-0 second-leg win over Paris St Germain that sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory.last_img read more

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NEWSALERT-SC-CAUVERY 3

first_imgWhen there is a court order, it has to be complied with;When there is a court order, it has to be complied with; People cannot take law onto themselves, says SC. PTI MNL RKS UK ARClast_img

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