GoL Shuns Ex-Speaker Dweh’s Scam

first_imgThe Government of Liberia (GoL) has been alerted about two separate letters, dated August 19, 2016, signed by the former Speaker of the erstwhile Transitional Legislative Assembly, Mr. George S. Dweh, to authorities of the Republic of Taiwan suggesting bilateral discussions for the establishment of an economic trade link with the Government of Liberia.According to a Foreign Ministry release, Mr. Dweh is a former government official, who is not an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor has he had any official relations with the Ministry, neither is he an envoy of the President of Liberia.The government wishes to make it clear that Mr. Dweh has never, at any time, held meetings with any official of the Ministry on any matter relating to the Republic of Taiwan.The Government of Liberia takes this matter very seriously and, because of the gravity, has alerted the relevant security agencies to investigate the matter in order to avert a diplomatic faux pas with the friendly Government of the People’s Republic of China as well as to determine his motivation for this dubious overture.The Government of Liberia reaffirms its commitment to the “One China Policy” and its support to China’s concept of “one country, two systems” and every effort by the Chinese Government to achieve national reunification.Meanwhile, Dweh’s letters also informed the Taiwanese authorities of his ability to influence Liberian government officials and even suggested support for the opposition. One of the letters addressed to Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan, made reference to a letter he received following another he wrote onAugust 12, 2016 about the establishment of a trade mission in Liberia. The Taiwanese government sent a letter through the Liberian Embassy near Abuja, Nigeria, to the Government of Liberia, requesting for the establishment of a trade mission in the country.“What I am clearly indicating or driving at is that Taipei should not be intimidated by the presence of China’s diplomatic tie with Liberia or other West African states (so that) Taiwan will achieve her trade mission objective,” Dweh wrote.He also encouraged Taiwan to put in place a mechanism that will touch the lives of Africans on trade and economic bases by opening her business doors for Liberians to purchase quality but affordable goods of all kinds and also arrange a visa free program for Liberian businesses and citizens to have easy access to enter Taiwan.”He told the Taiwanese authorities that Liberia needs a country that will help her citizens after the 15 years of devastating civil war to improve the livelihood of the people.“We have the confidence and trust in Taiwan’s ability and capability on some of the goods and services that we have seen in Ghanaian and Nigerian markets and that’s why it will be very much important to consider her (Taiwan’s) trade mission to Liberia…”, Dweh wrote.In another letter dated August 19 and addressed to the Taiwanese head of mission in Abuja, Nigeria, Dweh wrote that there was the possibility for the Trade Mission to be established in Liberia, “because of my influence and contact both at the Liberian parliament and within the Executive as a former speaker of the House of Representatives…”The letter recommends to the Taiwanese to consider making investments in agriculture, mining and transportation and developing a strategy for its citizens or investors to travel to Liberia as well as Africa in general to do business in the three areas mentioned.When contacted, a spokesman for former Speaker Dweh told the Daily Observer that the accession of Liberia to the World Trade Organization has opened the way for member countries to do business with Liberia. He, however, said while trade missions are established by private individuals, it must meet the approval of the government; and so after Liberia’s accession to the WTO, Taiwan, which is a member of that body, sent a letter to do business with Liberia that is presently with the Ministry of State, with copies to the department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flyers stay perfect after OT win vs. Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Fort St. John Flyers continued their winning streak this past weekend on the road in Grande Prairie.Playing against the Athletics on Thursday night, the Flyers got caught as the Athletics scored first 58 seconds into the opening frame. Fort St. John battled back, and Robbie Sidhu evened things up with just over 6:30 left in the first assisted by Josh Bruha and Daylen Pearson.Fort St. John got a pair of go-ahead goals in the second period. Just over two minutes in, Brennan GIroux made it 2-1 with an unassistedd tally, before Cole Calliou added some insurance halfway through the second assisted by Pearson.- Advertisement -Grande Prairie had a pair of answers of their own in the third period, scoring with just 1:28 left to force overtime.In the 3-on-3 extra frame, it only took the Flyer 45 seconds to find the back of the Athletics’ net. Marshall Sidwell sealed the deal for the Flyers in sudden death assisted by Sidhu to keep the Flyers’ unbeaten streak alive.The Flyers are back on home ice this Thursday night as they face off against the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks. The warm-up starts at 8:00 p.m., with the puck drop at 8:30.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pac-10 basketball notes: Tourney to remain at Staples

first_img Hurricane Taylor: Shortly after making the Conference USA All-Freshman team at Tulane, Taylor Rochestie’s right knee was in tatters after he tore “every ligament except the ACL” during a pickup game. A few months later, the rest of his life was in just as big a mess when Hurricane Katrina hit. With New Orleans shut down and the campus shuttered, Rochestie found himself in College Station, Tex., where Texas A&M had opened its doors to Tulane’s basketball team. But when he began to look at the grueling rehab ahead, the prospect of doing it in a city that was struggling with basic services proved too daunting. Rochestie, who grew up in Santa Barbara, requested his release. The first coach to call him was Washington State’s Tony Bennett, then an assistant. Bennett, a former All-American at Wisconsin-Green Bay, saw in Rochestie, a little of himself a heady left-handed point guard with an outstanding shot and no fear. “He’s darty, quick, crafty, heady,” Bennett said. “I had a few people who saw him at Tulane say he reminded them of me.” Rochestie found himself buried on the bench at the start of the season, still getting his knee right. At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds but at ease with the ball in either hand, Rochestie has gradually gotten better, starting the last four games. Rochestie struggled defending USC’s Gabe Pruitt in Washington State’s 70-61 loss in the Pacific-10 Conference semifinals, though he did hit three 3-pointers in the final 8:08 in the Cougars’ futile rally. He had been coming off his best offensive games of the season. After scoring a season-high 21 points in the season-finale overtime win against USC, Rochestie played a near-flawless 33 minutes in the Cougars’ 74-64 win over Washington in the Pac-10 quarterfinals Thursday. He had 20 points, three assists, fourrebounds, two steals and no turnovers. “Sometimes I stop and wonder how I got here,” Rochestie said. “Here I am playing at Staples Center in front of my friends and family. I’m nothing but grateful the way everything has worked out. With the highs and lows I’ve been through, I just try make every day the best day of my life.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Staples Center will be home to the Pacific-10 Conference men’s basketball tournament for at least five more years, officials announced Friday. Fox Sports Net and Staples Center reached an agreement on a new lease that runs through 2012. Some Pac-10 coaches have expressed interest in a tournament that rotates to cities around the conference, but that won’t be up for discussion for a while with the new deal. “A lot of buildings and cities were after this,” said Tim Leiweke, president & CEO of AEG and Staples Center. “We agreed to let David Beckham play here, and that’s a huge bonus. This was an important decision for the Pac-10. It’s rich in cities like Anaheim, Phoenix, San Jose and Seattle.” Leiweke said he was in the middle of negotiating a $30-$40million deal Thursday when he interrupted the meeting to watch the end of the UCLA-Cal game, which Cal won in overtime. “That was one of the better sporting events I’ve ever seen,” Leiweke said. “The competition is so good in this tournament.” UCLA isn’t the only attraction anymore. USC is benefiting from the success of coach Tim Floyd and so is the Pac-10 Tournament. While UCLA’s loss wasn’t good for tournament organizers, it wasn’t the end of the world. USC’s win over Stanford ensured many Los Angeles fans would still sit in Staples Center seats. “The ‘SC’s program is coming on, and that’s a huge factor in our growth,” said Tom Hansen, the Pac-10 commissioner. center_img “We think this is the best venue to create what we set out to be – a first-class event for the fans, athletes and coaches,” said Mitch Huberman, the senior vice president for Fox Sports Enterprises. Staples Center has been home of the tournament since 2002, and the Pac-10 Tournament has been in existence for just sixyears. Other cities made bids to host the tournament, but LosAngeles didn’t appear to be challenged much, if at all. last_img read more

TYRONE MANAGER HARTE HITS OUT AT MAXI’S PITCH RUNS AHEAD OF ULSTER FINAL

first_imgMaxi CurranTYRONE manager Mickey Harte has all but called on the GAA to stop selectors running onto the pitch during SFC games – and had had a pop at Donegal selector Maxi Curran.In an interview with GAA journalist Declan Bogue, the Red Hand county boss was asked specifically about Maxi’s runs onto the pitch during games.“I just would like to let you know how things have changed,” said Harte. “In 2005, when we were playing Armagh in a critical game, the All-Ireland semi-final, (former selector) Tony Donnelly came up and stood beside me on the line for about 15 or 18 minutes, in the second half of that game until almost the end of it.”He continued: “He got suspended for it. And wasn’t allowed inside the wire for the All-Ireland final and the first game of the next season because he stood beside me for that period of time and that was not allowed. That’s a far cry from what I see at the minute. There has been some change somewhere, maybe it will change back.”Bogus pressed Harte if he felt there was a measure of what Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath termed as gamesmanship to the pitch incursions.Harte replied: “Well, all I will say is that I fail to see the necessity to be on the pitch as much as some people do.” Harte also rubbished claims that Tyrone and Donegal have a poor relationship over accusations made after a stormy 2015 minor championship game.“There are a lot of people speaking with wonderful authority about this vitriol that is supposed to exist between Tyrone and Donegal. They didn’t show us any evidence, they went on rumour and the rumour mill,” said the Tyrone manager.“They were prepared to talk about it as if it was the truth. That’s all been investigated and dealt with and there was no evidence. I don’t think any such vitriol exists between Tyrone and Donegal at all.”Meanwhile Monaghan – who Donegal beat after a replay in the semi-final – are finished for the season.Longford beat them yesterday at Clones in one of the surprises of the qualifiers. Derry also caused an upset by beating Meath in Owenbeg.It took a dubious penalty meanwhile for Mayo to overcome Fermanagh in Castlebar.Donegal take on Tyrone in Clones next Sunday with a 2pm throw-in to suit TV.Many Donegal fans who want to see the Minor final beforehand (noon throw-in) will need to be on the road early to see both games. TYRONE MANAGER HARTE HITS OUT AT MAXI’S PITCH RUNS AHEAD OF ULSTER FINAL was last modified: July 10th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalMaxi Curranmickey harteTyronelast_img read more

State agencies to provide more local data

first_imgLANCASTER – Legislation requiring state agencies to keep economic statistics on the Antelope Valley, providing a tool to lure businesses, was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Senate Bill 143, authored by Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, requires the Employment Development Department to provide Antelope Valley statistics on wages in general, prevailing wage, occupational wages, consumer price index, unemployment and median income. The bill also requires the Department of Finance to provide separate Antelope Valley statistics when information is available to do so. “This new law will start to distinguish the Antelope Valley as a separate economic region,” Runner said. “This will help attract more businesses to our region, as the data will demonstrate that we are more affordable and business-friendly than other parts of Southern California.” The governor signed the bill, but did so with the understanding that Runner would introduce follow-up legislation in January to address concerns about increased burdens on the departments and about confidentiality. Runner said there is some concern about accidental release of proprietary information. For example, if the Finance Department provided information on a particular industry in a ZIP code area with only one company in that industry, then confidential information would effectively be disclosed. Runner said he will follow through with legislation to address those concerns. SB 143 will become law Jan. 1. The bill was sponsored by the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. Supporters included the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and city officials in Lancaster and Palmdale. The data would help in regional planning for transportation, land use, education and economic development, supporters said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Oakland Raiders: How the Black Hole saved my life (well, sort of)

first_imgWill the Dec. 24 Raiders game be the last one played at the Oakland Coliseum? That prospect has me thinking about a surreal day many years ago.I had bought into a season ticket group when the Raiders were heading back from Los Angeles to Oakland. A reporter who worked for me, the late great Dan Reed, was pulling together some buddies to pay for one of Al Davis’ PSLs. But he needed one more to make the financing work for the personal seat license and season tickets.I overheard him in our …last_img

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still getting a lot of questions about Fertilizer Certification from farmers. Yes, this new regulation applies to you. You, being almost every farmer in Ohio. You have until September 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer.While there are exceptions, most of these exceptions would only apply to a very small farmer such as one who has 50 acres or less. This site gives more details on the legal issues: http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog-categories/environmental.For the purposes of this Training, “fertilizer” means anything with an N-P-K analysis — meaning yes this includes nitrogen if the co-op applies everything else and you only apply sidedress N. And if you take manure from a concentrated animal feeding facility — a great opportunity by the way — then yes you too need to be certified to apply that manure.Record keeping requirements start when you receive you yellow Fertilizer Applicator Certificate. Within 24 hours of any nutrient application, you must record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (lbs/A) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application Weather forecast for day following application.And you must keep those records of your nutrient application for three years. One very good place to get and print off weather records and a forecast is http://weather.gov.To find a program for this month – check at http://nutrienteducation.osu.edu. At this same website you may also get more information on the education program Ohio State University delivers and some clarification on the regulations from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.last_img read more

New Mac Pros Coming Later This Year

first_imgDoes this MacPro update have what it takes to satisfy the pro Apple users?Share your thoughts in the comments below!  UPDATE: Check out this video from Engadget.com: Here are the product specs we know:Unified thermal core12-core Intel Xeon processor, 256-bit processorComes standard with dual GPUs1,866MHz DDR3 memory, 60GBps performanceFlash storage with a read rate of 1.25 GBPsAMD FirePro graphic cards (X2), supports 4 simultaneous 4K displays4 USB 3 ports6 Thunderbolt 2 ports, 20Gbps throughput, 6 devices per port and backwards compatibleCylindrical in shapeAssembled in the USA Apple releases a sneak peek of the new Mac Pros. Check out the product specs here!Apple has announced a new Mac Pro to be released later in 2013 – 10 times faster than any hard drive you could put in a Mac Pro before.  Video editors, photographers and designers have been eagerly anticipating a new Mac Pro for several years now. When no mention of MacPros was made at the 2012 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference many pros just chalked it up to the end for this computing workhorse.However, Apple CEO Tm Cook said something “really great” was coming for the Mac Pro user in 2013 and this is it.  At the 2013 WWDC a sneak peek announcement of the new Mac Pro was made.last_img read more

Learn Color Matching and Retro-Cool Color Grading in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgDiscover the secrets of color matching and vintage color grading in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.Let’s take a look at the basics of color grading in Final Cut Pro X using the color board and matching shots with drastically different color. As you’ll see in the video below, it’s a fast and simple process.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and execute some vivid color-grading goodness! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you free assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Color Grading Assets How to Create a Retro Vintage Color GradeStep 1: Add Color Correction EffectOpen up the Effects Browser and Inspector. Add the Color Correction effect to your clip. In the Inspector, you can adjust the Global, Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights settings.Step Two: Adjust Exposure SettingsFor a retro vintage look, start by opening the Exposure settings and pulling down the Midtones. Then raise the Shadows a bit. Finally, lower the Highlights.Step 3: Adjust Color SettingsNext, open up the Color tab. You will want to cool your shadows by adding more blue. Simply drag the Shadows icon toward the blue in the color spectrum. Next you’ll want to warm up the highlights. Move the Highlights tab towards the yellows, oranges, and reds.Step 4: Adjust Saturation SettingsNext, boost the saturation in the Saturation tab. Adjust the Global settings to increase the saturation uniformly across the Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights.Step 5: Add Film GrainIn the Effects browser, add a Film Grain preset. In the Inspector, adjust the Film Grain Style to Realistic Grain.Step 6: Save and ApplyFinally, save your custom grade by pressing the Save Effects Preset tab. Now apply your new retro vintage grade to your other clips. Fine tune each clip separately to get a uniform look.Match ColorMatch Color is an awesome Final Cut Pro X color grading tool that instantly color grades a clip to match the color on another clip. You can quickly create a cohesive look by matching all of your shots using this technique.Select the clip you want to change. Under the Enhancements menu, select Match Color as seen above. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Option+Command+M. Next, scrub through the clip you want to match and click the layer. Final Cut Pro X will give you an instant color grading preview. If everything looks great, then click Apply Match.For more exclusive Final Cut Pro tutorials, be sure to check out the PremiumBeat FCPX page.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka Beats World No.1 Ashleigh Barty to Win China Open Crown

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Beijing: Naomi Osaka won a second tournament on the spin as she fought back from a set down to defeat world number one Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final on Sunday.The Japanese two-time Grand Slam champion emerged victorious after 110 minutes in chilly Beijing, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. On Saturday, after defeating holder Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals, the 21-year-old called her own serve “confusing”.And so it was in the sixth game when Osaka conjured up a double fault, then an ace, then another double fault against Australia’s Barty.Down the line 🔥 @Naomi_Osaka_ @ChinaOpen pic.twitter.com/mJWm6cI7MR— WTA (@WTA) October 6, 2019 The world number four, victorious in her home Pan Pacific Open last month, was broken when she planted a forehand into the net.The former number one appeared mildly uncomfortable with her shoulder, touching it and rotating it between points.Barty, 23, who had strapping down her left calf, wrapped up the first set in 34 minutes and frustration was creeping in for the Australian Open champion Osaka.But much of the crowd in Beijing was pro-Osaka and they were cheering when she broke Barty to move 4-2 up on the way to winning the second set.”Basically I was telling myself to keep fighting even though my attitude was really trash. This is a final, I’m really privileged to be here in the first place, so keep fighting.”“I really wanted to win here, I felt like I had something to prove.” @Naomi_Osaka_ reflects on her @ChinaOpen victory! pic.twitter.com/rOzX7LFPI3— WTA (@WTA) October 6, 2019 Osaka was in control now and broke Barty — who five years ago took a rest from tennis and played cricket — in the first game of the deciding set on the way to victory.This was a third title of 2019 for Osaka and fifth in her short career. Ashleigh Bartychina openjapanNaomi Osaka First Published: October 6, 2019, 5:25 PM ISTlast_img read more