Former Grand Kru Senator, Cletus S. Wotorson has said that the successful administration of football programs in the 1980s was due to the effective implementation of good ideas.He told the Daily Observer in an interview Tuesday in Monrovia that sports administration needs individuals with experience, technical knowledge of the game along with effective administrative skills, with equitable use of funds.“When I took over the Liberia Football Association as vice chairman,” Wotorson said, “I saw the need to implement ideas to improve the game.” He took over from the late Willis D. Knuckles, Jr., who resigned due to ‘policy differences’ with then LFA chairman President Kanyon Doe.Wotorson had been successful at the Liberia Basketball Federation, (now Liberia Basketball Association), as its president.While President Doe was interested to invest in the national team, Knuckles was however interested in establishing structures throughout the country.Wotorson said, “Knuckles had great administrative ideas and therefore I carried out their implementation.”He said he completed the formation of sub-committees in the various communities in Montserrado, along with LFA Sub-Associations in all counties of Liberia.He paid tribute to members of the LFA Executive Committee, including the late Dunstan McCauley, Philip Robinson, Paul E. Mulbah, Gideon Gadegbeku, the late Marcel Bertin, Francis Lawson and the late Rosa Doe.“Macaulay played college football and also traveled to England to play for Man U and he brought those experiences to help us at the LFA.“Philip Robinson was coach-player of the national soccer team and later became assistant minister for sports.“Mulbah was a former president of Mighty Barrolle and an ardent football enthusiast and therefore his knowledge of the game was beyond doubt.“Gideon and his brother Philip played for Youth Leaders and they were known for their skills and knowledge of the game.“Bertin was a former coach and FIFA referee and so with such men as part of the Executive Committee we were out to do our best,” he said.“My administration continued to place emphasis on the youth,” Wotorson said, “and we used the sub-committees to organize leagues in the U 10-12; U13-16 and the U17-20.”He said the LFA limited the transfer of players for three years, and later encouraged transfer which accompanied with a reasonable amount of money.“We used the Inter School Sports Association (ISSA) to implement our programs in high schools,” he said. “And we began female football where Senator Geraldine Doe was one of the key players to emerge.” The ISSA was run outside the LFA.By 1986, the Liberia Football Association had reached a milestone of 50 years and Wotorson had kept faith with the soccer public by exposing Liberian clubs and the national team to international competitive matches.And it was during the 50th anniversary celebration that three teams from the Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Cameroon were invited to celebrate.“From Cameroon came Tonnerre Klara Club of Yaounde,” Wotorson said, “and at the end of the tournament George Weah’s performance was so impressive that the Cameroonians signed him on for his semi-professional contract.”Few years later, George Weah had been adjudged the best in Africa, Europe and the World.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The deplorable condition of roads in rural Liberia continues to cause problems for farmers as truck drivers often shy away from transporting farm produce to Monrovia, especially during the rainy season. Mid October is officially regarded as the end of the rainy season, but with lingering rains, rural farmers fear that their produce may perish before reaching the market. Drivers traversing rural Liberia reported that the deplorable condition of some farm to market roads increased the wear-and-tear of their vehicles to the point that it is not worth venturing into farming communities to collect produce.From deep in the rural parts of Lofa, Nimba, Sinoe, Maryland and River Cess Counties and other parts of the southeast, truck drivers expressed their frustrations about the muddy roads, dilapidated bridges and deep potholes that they encounter while traveling to and from these areas. Additionally, they revealed that some of the bridges in these areas are made of logs, which are extremely risky to drive on. The drivers also told the Daily Observer that in such areas they have to gather logs from the bushes to reinforce those hazardous bridges in order to gain access to the towns. “Areas like Tappita, Sanniquillie, Sinoe, Maryland, ZorZor to Vomjama, River Cess, and the rest of the southeastern region are really difficult places to travel especially when it rains,” said Adonis Kolenka, a commercial truck driver. The effects of the bad roads connecting rural communities have reduced the amount of agricultural produce on the local market, which Liberians substitute for rice, the nation’s staple food. The situation has also affected the profits of produce sellers, especially those that sell fruits and vegetables. Local farmers and farm produce traders told the Daily Observer that the high cost of transporting produce as a result of bad farm to market roads has caused most of their farm produce to rot. “If we do not agree on the amount drivers charge us our goods will spoil in our hands while awaiting for another driver and not many drivers come here to us,” Peter Karblee, a farm produce trader from River Cess narrated. “We are not making much from our businesses because many of the vegetables and fruits remain with us and get rotten. This is bringing more hunger to our families. As for me, this is all I do to sustain my home,” lamented vegetable and fruit seller Madam Rose Smith.Fruits, vegetables and other farm produce supply the body with a host of beneficial minerals, fiber and phytochemicals (chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants) the body needs to maintain optimal function. The scarcity of these can result in nutrient deficiencies and poor health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Middlesbrough v Everton is LIVE on talkSPORT 2 CLICK HERE TO STREAM MIDDLESBROUGH V EVERTON LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 15:00GMTEverton are looking to put more pressure on the top six by securing a win over relegation strugglers Middlesbrough, and you can follow all the action LIVE on talkSPORT 2.The Toffees are just five points behind Manchester United in sixth, and know a win will make them serious contenders to gatecrash the Champions League places in the remaining weeks of the season.And Ronald Koeman will fancy his chances against the team who are the lowest scorers in the top flight by some margin, and who could find themselves in last place at the end of the weekend if results don’t go their way.So, who has been selected for the match? The confirmed teams are available, in full, below…Confirmed line-ups:Middlesbrough XI: Valdes, Chambers, Bernardo, Gibson, Da Silva, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Traore, Negredo, StuaniSubstitutes: Ayala, Leadbitter, Guzan, Downing, Ramirez, Guedioura, GestedeEverton XI: Robles, Coleman, Ashley Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Davies, Gana, Schneiderlin, Lookman, Lukaku, BarkleySubstitutes: Jagielka, Kone, Lennon, Barry, Valencia, Stekelenburg, Holgate 1
LANCASTER – An economic master plan, put together to help guide Lancaster’s development, calls for establishing more sites to house relocating businesses, running a “branding” campaign to build up the city’s image among residents and businesses that might choose Lancaster sites, and partnering with schools to prepare future workers. Approved Tuesday night by the Lancaster City Council, the plan calls for a four-pronged approach: reducing the Antelope Valley’s imbalance between housing and jobs, developing a work force prepared for 21st century jobs, revitalizing local commerce and promoting a sense of community. Officials describe the plan as a framework for later action. “If you don’t have a plan, you’re going to run around in the dark,” said Councilman Jim Jeffra. “We are in the fiscal condition where we can do these things.” To help spur job creation, city officials intend to create sites where the proper environmental and technical permits are already available. Officials said they need to do so or businesses will go to other places where the development process has been simplified. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We need more sites in Lancaster,” said Vern Lawson Jr., the city’s director of economic development. “That’s not just a role for government. We want to be a partner with developers.” For industrial development, the focus will be on the Fox Field corridor area between the Fox Field airport and the Antelope Valley Freeway. City government is acquiring nearly 100 acres from Los Angeles County government to use for drainage improvements, which will free up more land in that area for development, Lawson said. An incentive offered in the 1990s in Lancaster – $2,000 per job – may also be revived to attract employers. Incentive funds could be used toward streets, sewer lines, water lines and other improvements that would be needed to develop a business site. The plan recommends working with school districts to promote work-ethic training, vocational training and internship programs. The plan also suggests starting “boomerang” programs to try to lure back educated young people who left the Antelope Valley to get higher education. Such programs could include scholarships, in exchange for a fixed term of service in the city, or start-up grants for those wanting to start a new business or practice. The plan also calls for city officials to facilitate the creation of training programs to meet employer needs. “If you want to attract high-paying jobs, you have to have the work force with the right abilities,” said Councilman Andy Visokey. “You can’t expect businesses to come here without the skills.” The “branding” campaign might be launched next year in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Lancaster cityhood. The city’s logo and many of its marketing materials were created years ago and need to be updated, officials said. “Branding is an important part of our economic future,” said Councilman Ron Smith. “You have to put that brand into the minds of the people who bring the high-paying jobs.” Officials will consider establishing a developer fee that would link new housing starts to economic development. Under the concept, housing developers would either create business parks and shopping centers as part of their projects or pay a fee to the city toward sites for job producers. “It’s not just good for the people buying homes; it’s good for the developers as a selling point,” Smith said. Establishing such a fee would have to be done in consultation with developers, Smith said. Gretchen Gutierrez, executive director of the Antelope Valley chapter of the Building Industry Association, said her organization is researching that concept to see if any other cities have used it and, if so, with what degree of success. “Yes, we’re more than happy to have discussions on this,” Gutierrez said. “However, we would not like to see the entire burden place on new development. If everybody is going to benefit, then everybody should have a slice of the financial responsibility.” Visokey said he has concerns about any new fee and would want more information before considering the idea. “When I see a fee, I raise an eyebrow,” Visokey said. “How many fees can we put out there?” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dundee United defender Bilel Mohsni has been included in Tunisia’s preliminary squad for the World Cup.Mohsni suffered disappointment on Friday as United’s Premiership hopes were ended by Livingston but has now been boosted by news that his bid to play at this summer’s World Cup remains on course.Tunisia boss Nabil Maaloul has named the centre-half in his 29-man preliminary squad.The 30-year-old will have the change to impress in warm-up fixtures against Portugal and Turkey before Maaloul cuts his squad to 23 players. Last month, Tangerines boss Csaba Laszlo had said he remained hopeful Mohsni would be on the plane to Russia as Tunisian management had been keeping a keen eye on his progress in Scotland.
13 October 2011South African retail chain Woolworths has entered into a joint venture with listed Nigerian firm Chellarams Plc that will see the two companies open three Woolworths stores in December, with plans to open seven more over the next two years.Two stores will open in Lagos, one at The Palms and the other at Ikega, while the third store will open in Polo Park in Enugu State in Nigeria.“We are confident about our investment in Nigeria and we are very pleased with the growth prospects of the Nigerian market,” Woolworths International executive John Fraser said in a statement this week. “The country has a large population with significant and growing middle and upper income groups.“We have found the right partner in Chellarams Plc to grow the Woolworths brand in Nigeria.”Accelerating African expansionThe joint venture is part of Woolworths’ plans to accelerate its expansion into other African countries. “Joint ventures with local partners such as Chellarams Plc is the new business model for our expansion plans in other African countries,” said Fraser.“We have moved away from the franchise model we had in the past in some African countries.“It’s not only a better profit model for Woolworths, but it’s also better for customers.”The company used such a joint venture model last month when it partnered with businessman and former franchise partner Ali Mufuruki to open stores in Tanzania and Uganda.Woolworths aims to open 16 stores in African countries this year taking the total number of stores to 60 in the current financial year.The new stores will be larger than current ones, with retail space increasing by 42% in the current financial year and by an estimated 145% over the next three years on the continent.Woolworths has had a presence in African countries for over 10 years and currently has stores in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.Woolworths also intends to open stores Angola.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
I’ve been in a mood lately. A little restless. A lot ready for something new. And while I now know that this is good news, I didn’t always feel that way.I have a history of restlessness in my life. A personal life that has taken more twists and turns than the girl who grew up on an isolated Tennessee farm could ever have expected, and a career that has morphed into a life spent as a certifiable introvert, whose job is all about people.And it’s all good.But getting here hasn’t been without uncertainty, struggle, missteps, wrong steps and pain. The good news? There’s more of that ahead. (Um… yay?)Because I’ve been around the block a few times, I now realize that growth doesn’t happen without change – and change inevitably involves facing the unknown, taking some risks, and the possibility of failure.So as I’ve sat with my current restlessness, and have begun to explore paths to move ahead, I’ve thought back over the sidesteps, steps backward, and giant (scary) leaps forward in my career (and life). The only constant thing has been change.Thankfully, my attitude toward change has evolved.My first job was an amazing opportunity to learn, grow and build. However, after six years, I’d hit the end of the rope, and even though I was bored, I didn’t feel the freedom to make a change since my career was secondary in our household. As a result, I’d probably still be working there if my then husband had not accepted a relocation opportunity. Unfortunately, I’d become complacent, so change ultimately happened TO me.The next seven years was full of professional growth and achievement in a job that I loved, but for too many reasons to recount, my personal life kind of fell apart. I knew it was past time to make some big changes, but I felt defeated and worthless. Thankfully, change FOUND me, and even though I was scared to death, I grabbed at the lifeline when it was thrown to me.Three years later, I’d been through the most challenging and rewarding part of my career, being a part of an executive team that successfully turned around, and profitably sold a company. That would have been an ideal time to move on, but I’d become comfortable. Instead of listening to my gut and paying attention to a million signs pointing to the need for change, I didn’t budge. Until the decision to make a change was made FOR me.This unexpected change turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me.As a result of my (perceived) safety net being removed, I was forced to take steps to get unstuck, get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and move into the driver’s seat in my own life.It took me almost 25 years to realize that I wanted to own my path. It took me almost 25 years to be willing to step out in faith and trust in my experiences, my instincts, and the people around me who want to help me succeed. It took me almost 25 years to realize that I didn’t want change to happen to me, to find me, or to be made for me.Now, I know that I want to choose my change. And then when I do, I must jump.What’s it like to take that leap of faith? Steve Harvey sums it up pretty well in this clip: I feel the need… the need for change.I feel the need… the need for growth.What’s next? More of what I love to do – speaking at conferences and corporate events; training leadership, human resources, and recruiting teams; and coaching emerging leaders, executives and entrepreneurs who never want to stop growing and developing.What will be new? Expanding the opportunities to encourage, equip and empower leaders through creating content and resources, the addition of expanded coaching programs, and development of online courses.I’m excited. I hope you’ll join me on the journey.Maybe it’s also time for you to choose your change – and jump. I’m ready. Are you? Originally posted on Unbridled Talent.
This morning, I challenged over 650 SHRM members and employment lawyers to elevate our profession. SHRM must fill a broader space than just the practice and procedures of HR.First, we must be the voice of “all matters work.” For example, on issues affecting older Americans, Congress goes to AARP to take the pulse of people over 40. In the same way, legislators should come to SHRM to shape policy on issues that affect every person who works, and every organization that employs them. SHRM is already well-known on Capitol Hill, but primarily among Congressional staff. Now we want to hear our name in the mouths of legislators themselves.We will also be a voice of courage. And we will back it up with action, unafraid of today’s tough issues. We have already been out front on #MeToo; we will also tackle immigration, pay equity, health care, tax reform, and everything else we need to protect people—their dignity and their paychecks.SHRM cannot quietly influence policy from the sidelines. We will be in the game and calling plays. We will approach advocacy from the grassroots, through our Advocacy team and our almost 300,000 members, and from the treetops—our nation’s largest employers. Although you may not always agree with everything we do, you can be sure our position will elevate our profession and create better workplaces.Finally, we will be the voice of nonpartisanship—not to be confused with bipartisanship. We aren’t always going to look for a middle ground, or the most politically expedient choice. We may agree with one side or the other on different issues, or we may forge a third way, bringing the partisans along with us.Starting today, you will hear SHRM speaking and acting in all three of these ways. In your advocacy work and in your day-to-day practice, I urge you to speak and act the same. This is how we elevate our profession and our Society—as experts on people and work and as a social force that can change the world.
richard macmanus Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. For those of you reading this via our website, note that you can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email.Note: If you would like to sponsor the Weekly Wrapup – which gives you a banner ad in our feeds as well as on site – please contact the editor for pricing details.Web NewsOpenSocial, Facebook Ad Network, MySpace HyperTargetingLast week was all about Google’s OpenSocial, a project that will tie together Google, MySpace and other social networking platforms in a common widget development environment. This week the discussion raged on. By the end of the week it had boiled down to two themes:1) OpenSocial isn’t quite as “open” as it makes out to be – check out Marshall Kirkpatrick’s post for more. Also see Bernard Lunn’s post on the privacy implications of OpenSocial. In summary, OpenSocial seems to be less about open standards, and more about Google setting the standards. Nevertheless, it also has a lot of things going for it – see Sean Ammirati’s post Google’s Kevin Marks Discusses OpenSocial at Defrag to find out Google’s plans for OpenSocial.2) Facebook isn’t in a rush to join OpenSocial; indeed this week they focused primarily on pushing out their new advertising network. See Josh Catone’s coverage of Facebook’s ad plans. Also Josh wrote about why Facebook shouldn’t fear OpenSocial.On the advertising front, there was action from MySpace this week too. The world’s largest social networking site announced that it would be launching a new advertising program called “HyperTargeting,” which uses profile data to target ads to users.This week we ran a poll asking: Will Facebook Join OpenSocial? See a summary of the comments here. The results at press time:Yes 44%No 46%Open What? 10%No GPhone, but Google Announces Android The other big Web news of the week: after months if not years of speculation, Google announced that they are not in fact developing a single phone, but rather an ostensibly open-source mobile operating system called Android.Other Web tech news this week:IAC to Split Up, Announces Major Ad Deal with GoogleMajor Newspapers Consider Ad AllianceMySpace Voted Most Likely to Be Blocked at WorkSumner Redstone: YouTube Won’t Pay The RentYouTube Releases Multi-file Uploader, Raises File Limits to 1 GBWeb ProductsBlogcosm Challenges Technorati, Techmeme to Parse the BlogosphereBlogcosm is a new company aiming to build a directory of the blogosphere. From the mundane to the esoteric, the company wants to provide users with a rich data set about any particular blog of interest or the vertical market it is in.Marshall Kirkpatrick met founder Scott Lawton, an old time geek from Massachusetts, this week at the first annual Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. Blogcosm built a blog directory of all the speakers at Blog World Expo and the blogs they write for, as a case study. Check our post for more, but note that the current Blogcosm site is very basic and doesn’t have any of the sophisticated features the founder talked up in the post.Where the Cool Photos Hang Out Remember when Flickr used to be the elite hang out of the visual digerati? By initially embracing talented photographers, Flickr developed a reputation as the place to go to check out amazing amateur and professional photography on the web. But then Yahoo! came along and encouraged users of its Photos service to migrate to Flickr, opening the site up to anyone and their vacation pictures. Has Flickr become boring and mundane? Where should we turn to now to find all the cool photos?Flickr is still a great photo hosting platform used by a large number of amazing photographers, but cutting through the increased noise can be a chore. The six sites in this post will help you locate the more artistic photos out there on the web, without having to wade through any photos of Aunt Millie at the beach.TrueKnowledge Demos Its Semantic Search Engine Venture funded UK semantic search engine TrueKnowledge unveiled a demo of its private beta this week – and Read/WriteWeb was one of the first to publish a review. TrueKnowledge looks like an interesting site to watch. One cannot help but think of the still-unlaunched Powerset, but it’s also reminiscent of the very real Ask.com “smart answers”.You can find many other startup profiles in our Startups category.AnalysisHow a Startup Inspired HP’s Print 2.0 Strategy Big computing company HP was promoting a strange concept at the Web 2.0 Summit in October: Print 2.0. At first R/WW editor Richard MacManus couldn’t figure out what this meant. Web-based printers? Some new form of inkless paper? Curious to know more, while he was at the Summit Richard met up with HP’s Antonio Rodriguez – formerly of startup Tabblo, now Director of Research and Development for HPÄôs embedded web-to-print group.The Social Enterprise – What Works, and What Doesn’t Alex Iskold asks why should enterprises go social, and what are the compelling reasons for adoption?On the surface there are immediate benefits, but from experience we know thatconsumer technologies do not directly map into the enterprise. In this post, Alex exploredthe reasons for the social enterprise, looking at what social technologies fit and raisingvarious concerns related to adoption.E-Government Meets Web 2.0: Goodbye Portals, Hello Web ServicesGartner recently released a couple of reports on how web 2.0 technologies are being used in e-Government. The reports are entitled The E-Government Hype Cycle Meets Web 2.0 and Government and Web 2.0: The Emerging Midoffice. Both are about how modern e-government efforts are moving away from the ‘one stop shop’ portal approach that characterized early efforts, and are turning more towards mashups and (to quote the first Gartner report) “a number of mostly adventurous initiatives with blogs, wikis or islands in Second Life.” But it’s the ecosystem of Web Services – and the reusability of content and services that Web Services enable – that really excites Gartner about web 2.0 in e-government.You can find more R/WW analysis posts here.EventsThis week the Defrag conference was held – and it got some rave reviews. For an overview of the conference, check out Sean Ammirati’s post: Five Themes From the Defrag Conference. See also Charles Knight’s live-blogging of the event on AltSearchEngines.R/WW Network Blogslast100 Our Digital Lifestyle blog last100 this week looked at the new NPR website. Daniel Langendorf wrote that “I’m in music heaven again. The new site uses a slick Flash pop-up player that’s super-easy to use and, as an added bonus, works across all NPR properties.”Alt Search EnginesThis week AltSearchEngines was busy live-blogging Defrag. But also there’s a feature post about people search engine Wink, which this week released advanced profile controls, giving people complete control over the contents of the search result for their name.Read/WriteTalkSean Ammirati of Read/WriteTalk interviewed Kaliya Hamlin – a.k.a. Identity Woman. She’s recognized as one of the thought leaders in user centric identity, having helped organize Identity Commons and lead the Internet Identity Workshop.That’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting