United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, says in order to compete in the modern global economy, there is a need for Liberia to have a state-of-the-art telecommunications sector.“We need the ability to connect with the entire world, for the private sector, for the government, and for individuals to be able to succeed. We believe all this can be achieved through a vibrant telecommunications sector,” Ambassador Malac said.Speaking at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication when she paid a courtesy call on Minister Frederick Norkeh, Ambassador Malac said a modern telecommunications sector would give the country’s economy a boost as government tries to rebuild the nation after 14 years of civil crisis.“That is why it is important that Liberia rebuilds its economy and the country becomes a part of the global economy.To do this, you need a modern telecommunications system,” she said.She said the telecommunications sector is just one of the many things that need to advance in Liberia for it to participate in the modern world.She indicated that Minister Norkeh has some very good ideas and a lot of good plans concerning where he wants to take the ministry and the telecommunications sector, but warned that there are still a lot of pieces that need to be put together and that it takes time for it to be built.When asked whether the government’s projection for the future were too ambitious and would cause embarrassing project shortfalls, she responded “it is important that governments don’t spend money they do not have because it is not a good position to be in.”“Sometimes it hard when you are impatient to make things happen and the money is not there, but sometimes it good to take a step back and figure out what is possible when the funding is not available and find other means to get the financing,” the US Ambassador said.“We would like to see the private sector involved in a number of activities that the government itself is currently involved in, but that has its own challenges as well,” she added.Minister Norkeh said that Ambassador Malac’s visit was one of the usual visits that she pays to his ministry, and that she actually wanted to know some of the challenges and achievements the ministry had experienced since her last visit.He said the U.S. has been providing assistance to his ministry, especially in the area of capacity building, and that the meeting was intended to discuss how best the U.S. could help in the fiber-optic installation process.“We have been having problems in the fiber-optic installation process. The U.S., being a premier country in this kind of technology, has offered to help Liberia,” Minister Norkeh concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Another suicide bomber detonated a dump truck containing a 200-gallon chlorine tank rigged with explosives at 7:13 p.m. three miles south of Fallujah in the Albu Issa tribal region, the military said. U.S. forces found about 250 local civilians, including seven children, suffering from symptoms related to chlorine exposure, according to the statement. Police said the bomb targeted the reception center of a tribal sheik who has denounced al-Qaida. Four other bombings have released chlorine gas since Jan. 28, when a suicide bomber driving a dump truck filled with explosives and a chlorine tank struck a quick-reaction force and Iraqi police in Ramadi, killing 16 people. The U.S. military has warned that insurgents are adopting new tactics in a campaign to spread panic. The most recent such attack occurred Feb. 21 in Baghdad, killing five people and sending more than 55 to hospitals, a day after a bomb planted on a chlorine tanker left more than 150 villagers stricken near Taji, 12 miles north of the capital. A previously unannounced suicide car bombing in Ramadi involving chlorine killed two Iraqi security officers and wounded 16 other people, including 13 civilians, on Feb. 19, the military said Saturday. The military said last month that U.S. troops found a car bomb factory near Fallujah with about 65 propane tanks and ordinary chemicals it believed the insurgents were going to try to mix with explosives. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman, called it a “crude attempt to raise the terror level.” Chlorine, which irritates the respiratory system, eyes and skin at low exposure and can cause death in heavier concentrations, is easily accessible. It is used for water purification plants, bleaches and disinfectants. The primary effect of the chlorine attacks has been to spread panic. Although chlorine gas can be fatal, the heat from the explosions can render the gas nontoxic. Victims in the recent chlorine blasts died from the explosions, not effects of the gas. Friday’s strikes underscore the increasingly violent struggle for control of Anbar – a center for anti-U.S. guerrillas since the uprising in Fallujah in 2004 that galvanized the insurgency. In the past year, some major Sunni tribes have broken with the al-Qaida-linked insurgents – a move that has led to a new sense of optimism among U.S. officials in Anbar. Al-Maliki on Tuesday made his first trip to Anbar province, meeting with influential clan chiefs whom the U.S. and the Iraqi government are cultivating. He expressed optimism the violence could be stopped and promised the area would not be forgotten as U.S. and Iraqi forces focus on a security sweep to stop the sectarian violence in Baghdad. Bombings and shootings Saturday targeted police patrols elsewhere in Iraq, killing five policemen, including two who died after a suicide car bomber struck the checkpoint they were manning near a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad. At least 34 other Iraqis were killed or found dead in attacks throughout the country, including five civilians shot to death in separate attacks in Diyala province northeast of the capital. Officials also said the director of the Sunni Endowment for mosques in Diyala, Fouad Mahmoud Attaya, was abducted earlier this past week by gunmen in Baqouba and an investigation was under way. A U.S. soldier was shot to death in fighting in the provincial capital of Baqouba, the military said. On Friday, a roadside bomb killed a soldier and wounded three others on a foot patrol south of Baghdad, the military said. Gunmen abducted a radio newscaster and his driver in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad, the station’s director said. Karim Manhal, a newscaster with Radio Dijla, and his driver were seized by four masked men in the Jami’a neighborhood near the station’s headquarters, director Karim Yousif said. A female staffer who was with them in the car was released, he said. Radio Dijla, named after the Arabic name for the Tigris River, was created in 2004 as Iraq’s first independent talk radio station. Meantime, Australian Prime Minister John Howard declined to commit to a timeline for withdrawing the country’s 1,400 troops from Iraq. “Great progress has been achieved, but there is still work to be done,” Howard said during a news conference with al-Maliki. “As you know, I don’t set speculative dates. There is nothing to be achieved by that.” Howard, a staunch U.S. ally, arrived in Baghdad after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in southeastern Iraq because it filled with smoke, according to the Australian Associated Press. No one was injured. On Saturday, protesters angry about U.S. policy in Iraq marched by the thousands in Washington, D.C., and in smaller numbers in other U.S. cities and overseas. Tuesday marks the four-year anniversary of the Iraq invasion. “Too many people have died and it doesn’t solve anything,” said Ann Bonner, who drove to Washington through snow with her family from Ohio. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Three suicide bombers driving trucks rigged with tanks of toxic chlorine gas struck targets in heavily Sunni Anbar province, including the office of a Sunni tribal leader opposed to al-Qaida. The attacks killed at least two people and sickened 350 Iraqi civilians and six U.S. military personnel, the U.S. military said Saturday. A power struggle is mounting between insurgents and the growing number of Sunnis who oppose them in Anbar, the center of the Sunni insurgency, which stretches from Baghdad to the borders with Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The Anbar assaults came three days after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, traveled there to reach out to Sunni clan chiefs in a bid to undermine tribal support for the insurgency. The violence started about 4:11 p.m. Friday when a driver detonated explosives in a pickup truck carrying chlorine at a checkpoint northeast of the provincial capital of Ramadi, wounding one U.S. service member and one Iraqi civilian, the military said in a statement. Two hours later a dump truck exploded in Amiriyah, south of Fallujah, killing two policemen and leaving as many as 100 residents with symptoms of chlorine exposure ranging from minor skin and lung irritations to vomiting, the military said. Iraqi authorities said at least six people were killed and dozens wounded when the truck blew up in a line of cars waiting at a checkpoint. The U.S. did not confirm the Iraqi report. Ahmed Kuhdier, a 32-year-old taxi driver, said the blast sent up a plume of white smoke that turned black and blue. “Minutes later, we started to smell nasty smells. I saw people coming from the explosion site and they were coughing and having trouble breathing,” he said.
Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.
Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital (ADD) moves into social justice programming by launching ADD’s first ever Town Hall.The event will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm at the Montalban Theater in Los Angeles, CA. This is the first of a recurring series of conversations and town halls on social justice issues affecting urban communities, marginalized segments of society, and youth in disproportionate ways. This Town Hall will focus principally on criminal justice reform and policing.The live event will be moderated by professor, author and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry, whose popular weekly commentary show ran on MSNBC for 4 years. Harris-Perry will lead a discussion with a distinguished group of nationally recognized speakers and panelists including Ben Crump, President of the National Bar Association and lawyer for Trayvon Martin; Jon Rapping, Professor, MacArthur “Genius,” former public defender, and founder and president of Gideon’s Promise; Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union; Gregory Thomas, President of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; Dr. Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter, Ty Dolla $ign and others. Nick Cannon will also serve as audience moderator for the evening.“There are few topics more pressing in American society, in particular for minorities and youth, than policing and criminal justice reform,” said Russell Simmons, co-founder of All Def Digital and longstanding social activist. “We want to meaningfully explore this complex issue — from a variety of view points — with some of the most recognized experts in the field today leading the discussion. Our hope is to bring a topic to the forefront that seemingly only gets raised against the backdrop of violence, in a forum where we can inform, educate and understand different perspectives – but hopefully lead to some unified coalition around actionable change. We believe we have assembled an extraordinary panel and know Melissa Harris-Perry and Nick Cannon will do a brilliant job as we launch our Town Hall series.”ADD’s Town Hall will be an invite-only event, including prominent members of the community, elected officials, celebrities, professionals, activists, and students. To express interest in attending, please submit your name and organization to alldeftownhall.com. The event will be available for viewing on Facebook Live. Additionally, components will be released online via ADD’s distribution network across social video platforms like Facebook and YouTube.“We’re proud to be expanding our live and digital programming efforts with a small but important step into social justice,” said Sanjay Sharma, CEO of All Def Digital. “As our audience has continued to grow, spanning Millennial and Gen Z across race and ethnicity, so too has our role in urban youth culture. We will leverage our digital platform to help nationally recognized experts get in front of younger audiences to discuss issues that they care about, and are often disproportionately affected by.”All Def Digital (ADD) is the leading media company for urban-centric youth culture. ADD produces and distributes original content through its own media properties, social channels, traditional and premium television, theatrical motion pictures, live events, and brand partnerships through its newly established in-house creative agency and studio, ADHD. ADD is the fastest growing media brand in urban youth programming, touching over 100 million fans monthly across YouTube, Facebook and its other distribution channels.Jeru Tillman serves as executive producer of the All Def Town Hall.
The NFL’s conference championship weekend is finally here. In the video above, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine breaks down the two matchups. Share on Facebook
Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop talks to the media on Feb. 23 for the first time since his surgery on his left shin. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorNot much has gone right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team this year, making it all the more difficult for sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop as he goes through rehabilitation after surgery on his left shin.The Buckeyes lost arguably their most dynamic player following a 76-75 loss to Purdue on Jan. 5. Bates-Diop sat out that game and coach Thad Matta informed the media in the postgame press conference that the forward would redshirt and be out for the year. Since that game, Bates-Diop has had surgery and his recovery is ahead of schedule.But the injury could have been devastating.“It was getting close to what could’ve been a compound fracture, which — Kevin Ware, Paul George — that’s what would’ve happened,” Bates-Diop said. “Don’t know when it would’ve happened, but if I would’ve kept playing, it was a possibility. It was already decided I wasn’t playing, but when they said that, there was no chance I was coming back.”The 6-foot-7 forward from Normal, Illinois, had been dealing with the injury since the summer when another player made hard contact with his shin. He came back and still wasn’t 100 percent, so the team mandated that he receive X-rays. “(The coaches) could tell something was wrong,” Bates-Diop said. “I wasn’t playing like myself. I was playing at a high level in the summer, until I did something wrong.” Bates-Diop then suffered a right ankle injury against Providence on Nov. 11. He missed five games with that injury, but it wasn’t until December that his shin began bothering him again. Bates-Diop recalled stopping abruptly versus Youngstown State on Dec. 20 when he felt a pain shoot through his leg. From then on, his injury didn’t progress any and he was shut down for the season.Through the season Bates-Diop said he was near full health. He admitted on Thursday that wasn’t the case.“I told you guys that I was close to being 100 percent. I was not,” he said. “I lied. I was never 100 percent. I was never close.”Bates-Diop said that he had a rod placed in his left leg from just below the kneecap down to just above the ankle. He has two screws in his leg, one in each spot to anchor the rod. He said that the one near his ankle will likely be taken out. He was supposed to be on crutches for two to three weeks but was only on them for one week.As far as conditioning and lifting is concerned, Bates-Diop is working on upper-body strength, so by the time summer rolls around he can jump into skill drills.On top of all that, two weeks ago, Bates-Diop’s brother collapsed during practice and was transported to the hospital, causing the Buckeye to head home. His brother was discharged from the hospital days later and Bates-Diop said his brother returned to school Thursday for the first time.While that was going on, OSU has fallen to 15-13 and 5-10 in the Big Ten before it plays No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. Bates-Diop said one of the most difficult aspects of his injury is knowing he can’t contribute to a team who’s struggling mightily. “It’s been very hard,” he said. “Just dealing with everything I’ve been personally through and then the team. It’s been a rough few months … since New Years.”Bates-Diop was averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds before the injury. He said that he has taken a new role on the sidelines and has a new perspective outside the game that other players don’t have — something he’s hoping to carry over to next year.“I think mental preparation toward the game. I was playing at a high level. I can get that back,” he said. “But looking from the outside in, now I can change my mentality from the game. All that stuff I can teach these guys, especially the younger guys on what to do and what not to do.”
Kylian Mbappé managed to win the Ligue 1 title with Monaco the last year and this year, he did the same thing with PSG – but Unai Emery admitted that initially, the player wanted to leave to Spain.After a terrific previous season, Mbappé had a lot of options where to go and Emery admitted that at first, PSG weren’t his first choice as he wanted to join either Barcelona or Real Madrid.The former Sevilla coach spoke about this transfer as he said, according to Sports Keeda:Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“When I met his father, and himself, at home, the player wanted to go to Madrid or Barca, and it was the club and me who told him that he had to be in France.”“Historically, this type of French player, who was just 18 years old and was starting to show up, was leaving France, and as a Frenchman, you must be proud to have Mbappe at PSG.”“The French must be happy that he stays in France, because before the players like him, like [Thierry] Henry, went to England or Spain.”
An annoyed Alan Shearer reckons next week’s international friendly with the United States has been turned into a Wayne Rooney testimonialThe FA has recalled former Three Lions captain Rooney for his first international game in two years.The friendly at Wembley next Thursday will be Rooney’s 120th and final appearance for England.The Manchester United legend will later donate some of the proceeds from the game to a charity.But Shearer can’t understand why the FA couldn’t have simply just invited Rooney to attend as a spectator instead.“It is great for Wayne to have the chance to say goodbye to fans at Wembley,” Shearer told The Sun.“But it is an honour to play for England. England should not have to honour you.“Given Wayne retired from international football 15 months ago, if the FA really wanted to give him a send-off, why could they not invite him to the game as a guest?Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That would make more sense than saying: ‘Thanks for playing for England, Wayne, here’s another game for you.’“It is great that the FA want to pay tribute to his career and raise funds for his charity. But they should not turn an international match into a testimonial.”Former England striker Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 appearances at international level between 1992 to 2000.After the game against the US, England will then host Croatia three days at Wembley for a UEFA Nations League clash.pic.twitter.com/v5tWGOQMp9— England (@England) November 4, 2018