Cocopa Concerns House Plenary

first_imgThe Legislature has summoned the Ministers of Justice and Agriculture – Cllr. Benedict Sarnoh and D. Moses Zinnah, respectively – to meet in the House Chambers on March 8, to explain why operations at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation have been halted and over 1,400 workers have not been paid their five months’ arrears and other benefits.The House’s Plenary has also summoned the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Mr. Harrison Karnwea, the Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC), Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh and other members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Concession (IMCC) on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in the House’s Chamber.Plenary has mandated its Chief Clerk to send for these public officials to appear with all necessary and significant documents.Plenary’s decision was prompted by a letter from Nimba County District # 8 Representative Larry P. Younquoi, indulging the intervention of Plenary over fears that his kinsmen’s patience would run-out – meaning the County is on a time-bomb, if the Cocopa Rubber Plantation continues to delay the payment of the arrears of more than 1,400 workers.“What is even more disappointing is that this interim arrangement, headed by Hon. Harrison Karnwea (a Nimbaian), has refused to make disclosure to me, the direct representative of the area, as to what is obtaining on the farm,” said Rep. Younquoi, in whose district Cocopa is located. “Yet, I continue to get a signal that salaries are delayed beyond five months; housing allowances unpaid; health services refund unpaid, school facilities poorly managed and the planned paid-off of workers stalled,” he wrote.“Mr. Speaker and fellow colleagues, I wish to enjoin the consciences of this body to kindly intervene in this situation so as to avoid the situation deteriorating any further,” he said.It may be recalled that in 2012, the Government of Liberia turned the Cocopa Rubber Plantation over to the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI) – a local business entity through a Receivership Arrangement headed by Mr. Harrison Karnwea.However, the Management has failed to pay the workers for the last five months which has disrupted normal activities on the plantation, including the school and clinic located within the concession area.The workers are reportedly threatening to engage in a public protest to block the main road leading to the southeast of Liberia from Ganta in order to bring their plight to the attention of the government. The company’s offices have remained closed to the extent that, even security officers assigned with the company have stopped working until the management can pay their arrears.The Legislature’s intervention, observers say, is due to what happened at the plantation in 2014 when proactive actions were not employed in a similar crisis that resulted in a violent protest that caused the destruction properties, valued at thousands of United States Dollars.Latest reports from Ganta indicates that the families of the over 1,400 workers are planning a public protest to prevent vehicles from going to Liberia’s South East which goes through the plantation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pogba signs new two-year deal

first_img1 Florentin Pogba Florentin Pogba has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep the defender at St Etienne until 2018.Pogba, 24, elder brother of Juventus midfielder Paul, enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard last term, making 16 Ligue 1 appearances.“I thank the club, leaders, coaches and staff for giving me their trust,” he told the club’s official website.“I have made good progress since arriving at St Etienne. My start was a bit difficult because I was injured.“Then (manager) Christophe Galtier offered me the opportunity to play and I seized my chance.“I learned a lot off (fellow ASSE defenders) Loic Perrin and Moustapha Bayal Sall.“My only goal is to play. In St Etienne, I have great challenges ahead and I hope that the club will continue to move up.”last_img read more

Boxing offers a way out of a life of crime

first_imgThe African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha needs your help to keep youngsters off the streets. (Image: Lead SA)Township life has its harsh realities and those who have experienced them should try to uplift those youngsters who are at risk of being sucked into a life of crime, violence and drugs – Thembani “Terror” Gqeku, a former professional boxer, is that person.Gqeku runs the African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha, which he established in 2011 to get more youngsters off the streets. He was driven to open his boxing club after he saw two youngsters trying to stab each other.Khayelitsha is a partially informal township in Western Cape, located on the Cape Flats in Cape Town. The name is isiXhosa for “new home”. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa.“I was looking out of the window and saw two boys fighting with knives and I thought, ‘No, this is not right. Two people should not be fighting like this,’” Gqeku said.Gqeku is playing his part to develop his community and improve skills of those youngsters with whom he works. In his way, in his area, he is working to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan or Vision 2030.DISCIPLINEAlthough all townships have a reputation for violence and the youngsters need to know how to protect themselves, this is not the only thing they learn at the African Youth Boxing Club. “It teaches the youngsters discipline, style… how to survive in life and how to protect themselves,” said Gqeku.He took up boxing when he was just nine years old. It gave him a reason not to smoke, drink, or hang out with gangsters, as do so many other young boys in the township.Gqeku trains a total of 38 children, mostly boys, and aged seven to 15. Training happens six days a week but the schedule is informal. Children start arriving at 3pm and the class starts once enough children are at the gym.“If I get the boys into boxing, I get them out of crime… The boys who train with me, they think twice before committing crimes.”GYM DREAMSGqeku, who is unemployed and has five children of his own, runs the gym for free. “I’d love to have a kit for them,” he said. “My dream is that they can walk in the street and everyone will see that they are from African Youth Boxing Club.”Another need was for essential boxing equipment such as gum guards, boxing gloves, headgear and funds for the boxers to enter tournaments, he said. “When I think of all the challenges, I could cry but these are my boys and I will do anything for them.”He is not alone in his quest. South African township gyms have a long history of creating national and international boxing champions.Gqeku was named Lead SA’s Hero of the Month in September 2014. You can contact Lead SA if you would like to help African Youth Boxing Club.last_img read more

Facebook Now Running Virus Scans on Users’ PCs

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Earlier this week, Facebook and security company McAfee announced a partnership which offers Facebook’s 350 million users a free six-month subscription to McAfee’s security software. Interested parties can visit the Protect Your PC tab on the McAfee Page on Facebook to sign up for the deal. However, the most interesting part of this new partnership isn’t the online coupon, it’s the drastic change Facebook is taking to protect its network involving required virus scanning of user PCs. As of now, users whose accounts have been compromised won’t be permitted to log back into Facebook until their PC is scanned for malware and the infections are removed. Is Facebook overstepping its role by getting into the virus-scanning game? Or is this new move a brilliant strategy that will help make Facebook a safer place?Virus Scanning Now Required Prior to Login for Infected ComputersIn a related blog post, Facebook’s Jake Brill notes that one of the company’s biggest challenges is helping people whose accounts have been compromised by spammers. Users who have had their accounts hijacked are now being identified and are temporarily locked out from logging into the social network until they complete a verification process. Facebook sends the affected user an email to verify that they are the legitimate owner of the account. Unfortunately, most hackers are savvy enough to change the email address and security question after compromising your account, which means many users will still have to contact Facebook support. A better solution, as it turns out, is to make sure that users’ PCs are protected before they ever log in to the site. This way, Facebook can be sure that there isn’t any malicious software running on the user’s computer. Since many hackers are able to spread their malware on Facebook by way of an infected user’s computer, this new process assures that only clean, uncompromised computers are able to access Facebook. While Facebook isn’t running a scan on all PCs (yet!), the idea to run scans prior to granting access is one that comes from the world of business networks. Most companies that allow remote access to their internal systems either by way of a VPN, Wi-Fi, or an intranet site often also have security measures in place to verify that users accessing their network have malware-free computers. It’s not unusual for companies to run a scan as part of the user-account-verification process prior to login to check the computer for viruses and other malware, and to make sure that the computer is running the appropriate version of the company’s security software. Thanks to Facebook’s new partnership with McAfee, the company is basically doing the same thing businesses have done for years. However, unlike corporate networks, only Facebook accounts that have been compromised will be subjected to a scan prior to login. Is Virus Scanning Facebook’s Job?Obviously, the goal with this new policy is to protect Facebook users. Even one infected machine can have a ripple affect on the network as the hacker or spammer spreads their malware across the site through the compromised account. Still, some people may feel that Facebook is overstepping its role by requiring users to grant the company (by way of McAfee) the ability to download and run code on their machine which scans all the files stored on their hard drive. We would argue that those backing this argument may be just a little too sensitive to privacy concerns, but that’s a matter of personal opinion. A more valid point may be the fact that users are required to use McAfee software as opposed to their own already installed and configured security suite. (In truth, McAfee runs a web scan on your machine but like any web-based virus scan, code is downloaded and installed on your machine.) Unfortunately, current anti-malware programs have no mechanisms that can report to a website about the status of a user’s machine – that is, whether or not it’s infected or clean. Maybe it’s time that they should?A third opinion (and frankly, the one this author can get behind) is that this policy change is, in fact, a brilliant move by the company. No other social-networking service goes so far as to verify its users are entering their site with clean, virus-free PCs. And since Facebook is only scanning previously compromised computers, one could argue that it’s actually doing these users a favor. Despite years of warnings, a surprising number of Windows users still don’t run anti-virus programs on their computers. (Macs and Linux have less issues with malware – whether that has more to do with their inherently more secure nature or the unappealing small size of their install base is constantly debated). The problem has become so bad over the years that Microsoft finally released a free anti-virus program called Security Essentials which is available to anyone running a legal copy of Windows. Requiring this subset of uninformed users to shape up or stay out will certainly help the social network stay safer for the rest of its users. Nevertheless, cynics may wonder how much of Facebook’s decision was truly done in the name of security and how much was simply a desire to take part in what’s likely a very lucrative deal with McAfee. The security company is the other big winner here – it now gets its name in front of hundreds of millions of Facebook users, specifically the ones who need their help the most. Talk about targeted advertising! It should be interesting to see how big of an impact this policy change has on the safety and security of the social network over time. Assuming it has a notable impact, we may even see other social networks and online communities take the same measures in the future. Whether that would a good thing for the Internet as a whole is still open for debate. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Cavaliers hold off Wizards’ late comeback for 116-113 win

first_img“Momentum’s a scary thing,” Nance said. “When another team has momentum it doesn’t matter if you put the guys with the best plus-minus on the team in. Once it snowballs and gets rolling, it’s hard to stop.”Ante Zizic had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Nance added 13 points with 11 rebounds.The Cavaliers, who defeated Chicago on Sunday, won back-to-back games for the second time this season. Cleveland (11-41) had lost 18 of 19 before beating the Bulls.Bradley Beal scored 31 but Washington lost in Cleveland for the second time this season. The Cavaliers topped the Wizards 116-101 on Dec. 8, a game Cleveland led by 29 points.The other time the Cavs won consecutive games was Nov. 23-24 when they stunned Philadelphia and Houston. Cleveland also broke a nine-game home losing streak and won at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since beating New York on Dec. 12.Trevor Ariza had 13 points. McRae scored 15 points and Gary Payton II had 11 — all in the final quarter.McRae was a reserve on Cleveland’s 2015-16 team that won the NBA championship.HE SAID ITBeal had a simple theory on why the Wizards played so poorly until the final minutes.“We probably thought that Cleveland was terrible, and they came out and punched us in the mouth, just like they did last time,” he said. “You can’t overlook anybody. You’ve got to respect every team in the league.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “We were at like 32 seconds for three minutes, I swear,” Nance said of the harrowing finish.The Cavaliers seemed to be on their way to an easy victory most of the night. Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and Cedi Osman had 26. Cleveland matched a season high with 15 3-pointers and led 105-80 with 6:58 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThen the Cavaliers, who hit seven of 16 free throws in the final period, nearly fell apart as Washington’s reserves almost pulled out a stunner.The margin was trimmed to nine, but Cleveland still led 115-103 with 42 seconds remaining. Jordan McRae hit two 3-pointers and Tony Brown Jr. had a layup as the Cavs missed three of four from the line. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones approved for UFC 235 bout View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img MOST READ McRae’s two foul shots with 18 seconds remaining cut the deficit to three. Osman missed two free throws with 11 seconds left and the Wizards called a timeout to set up a chance to tie the game.Osman stripped the ball from Brown at the 3-point line and Nance dribbled out the clock.Washington’s starters were on the bench most of the fourth quarter and coach Scott Brooks kept them there for the last possession.“They earned the right to win the game,” he said of his backups. “These guys earned the right to get us to overtime.”The Cavaliers were relieved to head home with the win.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. (22) and Washington Wizards’ Trevor Ariza (1) vie for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Larry Nance Jr. wasn’t sure the clock would ever run out Tuesday night.The Cavaliers’ forward wasn’t the only one. Cleveland nearly squandered a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding off Washington’s comeback for a 116-113 win over the Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT THE NEXT STEPKevin Love will likely participate in contact drills this week. Cleveland coach Larry Drew has been impressed with how the All-Star forward has moved in offensive drills. The Cavaliers are off until hosting Dallas on Saturday, but Drew doesn’t anticipate Love will play this week. Love had foot surgery in November.TIP-INSWizards: C Ian Mahinmi (sprained right thumb) and F Sam Dekker (back spasms) returned after missing one game apiece. Dekker began the season with Cleveland and was traded to Washington on Dec. 8 as part of a three-team deal that included Milwaukee.Cavaliers: Had six players in doubles figures. Collin Sexton scored 12 points and Matthew Dellavedova added 10. … Sexton fouled Beal while the Wizards’ guard was hitting a 3 in the first quarter. Beal completed the four-point play at the line. … Osman was selected to the World Team for the Rising Stars game that will take place during All-Star weekend.UP NEXTWizards: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Spurs edge Mavericks in Dirk Nowitzki’s last NBA game

first_imgDallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki waves to fans after the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 105-94. This was Nowitzki’s last NBA game before retiring after 21 seasons with the Mavericks. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Dirk Nowitzki said goodbye to the NBA the same way he came into the league, smoothly draining a jumper over a defender to punctuate a passionate performance.It was only fitting that Nowitzki’s final shot came against the San Antonio Spurs, a team he terrorized in the regular season and postseason. This time, however, the tears it stirred were tears of joy.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “It was fantastic again tonight,” Nowitzki said. “Felt almost like a home game, honestly.”The Spurs couldn’t afford any sentimentality with playoff positioning at stake, and they didn’t show any. San Antonio raced to a double-figure lead and led by as many as 22 points.The Spurs finished seventh in the Western Conference as a result of Oklahoma City’s 127-116 victory over Milwaukee. They will face second-seeded Denver in the opening round of the playoffs.The regular-season finale turned out to be a win for everyone. San Antonio won, Nowitzki led the Mavericks in scoring and Popovich, the Spurs and San Antonio’s fans got to say goodbye to the future Hall of Famer.“He was having a lot of fun tonight, I was really happy for him,” Popovich said.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 16 rebounds and the Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-94 Wednesday night in Nowitzki’s final game.“Everybody, players, fans, coaches and staff got to witness history watching him play his last game,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He played a fine game, which was great. It’s not surprising.”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, logisticsNowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the finale of his storied 21-season career — all with the Mavericks. Nowitzki announced he was retiring Tuesday night following Dallas’ final home game of the season.Wednesday’s sell-out crowd cheered wildly each time Nowitzki entered the game or touched the ball and let out a collective groan when he missed a shot. He was serenaded with chants of “MVP!” throughout the game by the crowd filled with patrons wearing his No. 41 jersey. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It was appropriate that Nowitzki’s final game came against the Spurs, who he has had many memorable battles against. Perhaps the most memorable was the 2006 Western Conference finals against San Antonio. After the Spurs battled back from a 3-1 series deficit and a 20-point lead in Game 7, Manu Ginobili fouled Nowitzki on a layup with 21.6 seconds remaining. Nowitzki made the free throw to forge a tie and the Mavs went on to win in overtime on the way to the franchise’s first NBA Finals appearance.“If it’s not at home, this kind of works perfect,” Nowitzki said of San Antonio. “This team was always sort of the big brother. They were beating us and then we kind of found a way to get through them in ’06. To me, probably still one of the best playoff series I’ve been a part of and probably some of the best basketball in that series that I’ve ever played in my life.”Nowitzki was able to turn back the clock, shooting 8 for 21 in 32 minutes, including going 2 for 6 on 3-pointers. His final shot was a 20-footer over Spurs rookie Drew Eubanks with 49.7 seconds remaining.Dallas coach Rick Carlisle subbed Nowitzki following the shot, leading to an ovation of cheers and chants of “Dirk” and “MVP.”“It’s cool playing against Dirk tonight,” Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan said. “Seeing him out there and playing against one of the greatest of all time for the last time, it was cool. Hopefully, I got a good photo op.”Derozan finished with 19 points and Derrick White added 14 for the Spurs, who finished with a 49-34 record.Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee added 14 points each for Dallas, which was without Rookie of the Year candidate Luka Doncic.TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki averaged 15.3 minutes and started 20 games this season, the lowest numbers of his career. He started 24 games as a rookie while playing 20.4 minutes. … Nowitzki has played 38 games in San Antonio, tied for the third-highest total of any player. Utah legends Karl Malone and John Stockton each played 46 games in San Antonio. Denver’s Alex English played 39, and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon played 38. … Doncic missed three of Dallas’ final four games due to a thigh injury. He missed back-to-back games against Memphis with a bruised right thigh, played 32 minutes against Phoenix, and missed the team’s finale with a bruised left thigh.Spurs: Bryn Forbes finished with 10 points in 26 minutes. . San Antonio only had four players in double figures. MOST READ THANK YOU, DIRKThe Spurs played a 1 ½-minute tribute video in honor of Nowitzki, highlighting his 21 seasons in the NBA.Nowitzki looked up to watch the video on the big screen at the AT&T Center, but had to turn away as he began to cry.“The first 20, 30 seconds, I was kind of holding it (in),” Nowitzki said. “I was like, ‘That’s sweet,’ and then it just kind of all came out. I’m not sure why. Not only did they show highlights from my career, but they showed highlights from me beating up on the Spurs, which was even more incredible.”UP NEXTMavericks: The offseason.Spurs: First round of the Western Conference playoffs against Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PBA D-League: Petron-Letran halts Ironcon-UST’s unbeaten run LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more