LFA Official Performs Poorly at Worst Confrontation

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) While the revitalized Liberia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Red Lions FC have expressed their preparedness to win their Friday’s 1/16th final match against their Algerian side, C.S. Constantinois, a higher LFA official, (name withheld), was prepared to wreck the players’ commitment.Sports writers watched in utter amazement as the official threw insults at the Ghanaian investor, who has spent thousands of United States dollars to get the team where it is today.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday, sports writers covering the LISCR FC versus Watanga FC FA semi-final tie, (Watanga won 3-2), were attracted to the official, who was not prepared to back down his insults at the Ghanaian investor.The LFA official, having thrown caution and respect to the wind, exposed his own weakness, and many soccer fans wondered how he even got to the LFA, or how was he elected as an LFA official at the last elections.“This attitude is unbecoming of an LFA official,” soccer fan James Weah, Sr., told the Daily Observer, expressing his disgust at the official’s nasty behavior.He said the official’s action is a shame to Liberian football, which has always encouraged level-headedness, especially at the highest level in ‘force majeure’ (unexpected) situations.“A formal complaint should go to the LFA’s Ethics and Grievance Committee to ensure that such a disgrace does not happen in football circles,” he recommended.A spokesman for the Ghanaian representative told the Daily Observer that while the LFA official’s action is regrettable, “We are resolved to help develop Red Lions FC so that Liberians will be proud of the team.”He refuted the LFA official’s accusation that the investor does not mean well for Liberian football, and was quick to add that it was not the most responsible way to address any form of misunderstanding, if there ever was any.He told the Daily Observer that the Red Lions management did not abandon or did not decide to withdraw from the CAF Confederation Cup.“We calculated the amount, close to US$70,000.00 for the Algerian trip and since our players are new to each other, we have not been achieving the successes anticipated.“We wrote letters, with the assistance of the LFA secretariat and sent them to corporate Liberia, including TOTAL, NOCAL and many others.“Our position was to raise the concern of the Liberian people and the business community to lend us a hand in the process.“It was never our intention to abandon the CAF Confederation Cup but for an official of the LFA to publicly insult our Chief Executive Officer has shown that the real motive is elsewhere,” he said.He explained that the management of Red Lions is determined to provide all necessities to the club, adding, “We are grateful for the involvement of relevant authorities to ensure that Red Lions defend the Liberian flag on Friday.”“Our CEO loves his team, and cares about the playing body,” he added, “it is true that he is a Ghanaian but it also true that the players of Red Lions are all Liberians.”He regretted the political grandstanding that surrounded reports about Red Lions being placed under new management, pointing out that football as a sport must be devoid of politics.He meanwhile commended LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji and the former president of Nimba United FC for their strong support and advice when Red Lions FC’s CEO had been abused and he was in a state of frustration, due to the lack of appreciation for his commitment to raise Liberian football to another positive level.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday February 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

YSR Congress releases 2nd and final list of candidates for Lok Sabha

first_imgYSRCP president YS Jaganmohan ReddyYSRCP official websiteYSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Sunday announced candidates for the remaining 17 Lok Sabha seats and all 175 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh.Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy released the second and final list of candidates after paying tribute to his father and former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy at his grave at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district.YSRCP had announced candidates for nine Lok Sabha seats late on Saturday.Jaganmohan Reddy will seek re-election from Pulivendula Assembly constituency, his family stronghold in Kadapa district.YSRCP has retained 40 sitting MLAs. It has given priority to backward classes, youth, experienced and loyalists.The list of Assembly candidates includes nine who worked in All India Services and 15 doctors. Out of the 175 candidates, 33 are below 45 years.Elections to the 175-member Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats are scheduled on April 11.last_img read more

B Chy suffers mild stroke

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury suffered a mild stroke early Friday, reports UNB.“Badruddoza Chowdhury suffered a minor stroke and he was advised to take a two-week full bed rest by his daughter and personal physician Shaila Sharmin Chowdhury,” said B Chowdhury’s press secretary Jahangir Alam.The BDB chief is now under best rest at his residence under the supervision of Shaila Sharmin, he said.Badruddoza Chowdhury urged the countrymen to pray for his early recovery, Jahangir Alam added.last_img

At least 16 killed as train hits bus in Russia

first_imgA handout picture released by Vladimir region branch of the Russian interior ministry shows the site of a collision, after a train slammed into a passenger bus that had broken down on a level crossing, near the city of Vladimir, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) east of the Russian capital, on 6 October 2017. Photo: AFPAt least 16 people were killed on Friday when a train slammed into a bus that had broken down on a level crossing east of Moscow, authorities said.Uzbekistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that 19 Uzbek citizens had died in the crash, but Russia’s Investigative Committee reported a lower figure.The accident occurred before dawn on Friday near the town of Pokrov, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) east of the Russian capital.”According to preliminary information, 16 people, including a child, have been killed,” the Investigative Committee said.”Other passengers, including minors, have been taken to hospital with various injuries. The number of dead and injured is being ascertained,” it said, confirming it had opened an investigation.The regional interior ministry said the bus broke down on the level crossing.The train, travelling at 90 kilometres per hour from the second city of Saint Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow, slammed into the bus at 3:29am (0029 GMT) on Friday.The train was 400 metres away from the crossing when the driver slammed on emergency brakes and sounded a warning alarm, but it was not able to stop before it hit the vehicle, Russian Railways said.- All victims on the bus -==========================All of those killed were on the bus, which was carrying 58 people, 56 of them Uzbek nationals.The remaining two were drivers from Kazakhstan.”There are no victims among the train passengers,” the interior ministry said.Images from the scene showed the white Mercedes bus had been almost completely torn apart with most of its roof ripped off and debris scattered across the tracks.The Uzbek ambassador to Russia was on his way to the scene along with other staff from the embassy, it said.A team of experts were flying to the region to offer assistance, it added.The foreign ministry of neighbouring Kazakhstan confirmed the two bus drivers, one of whom was killed, were Kazakh nationals.The train continued on its route at around 11:00am local time.- Accident mortality very high -The collision appears to be Russia’s most deadly accident involving a train since 2006 when 22 people were killed when a train struck a bus at an unprotected crossing in the southern Krasnodar region.In 1996, a train hit a school bus in the area of the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, killing 21 children and injuring 19 others. The driver was unable to see the bus early enough to brake because of a heavy fog.Russia’s road accident mortality rate is extremely high, although it has been declining over the past few years.Some 20,000 people died in car crashes in Russia in 2016.Seventeen people were killed in August when a bus carrying construction workers veered off a pier and plunged into the Black Sea.last_img read more

Virtual Reality experiences becoming big part of tourism campaigns

first_img Share Friday, January 6, 2017 NEW YORK — One minute you’re looking at the bright lights of Las Vegas from 150 metres in the air. Then, you’re bouncing in a safari in an African jungle. Finally, you’re navigating the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb on a stunning spring day.And you haven’t even left your living room.Virtual reality, sometimes called VR, is a growing marketing tool for the tourism industry, giving potential travellers the chance to sample cities and special events from the comfort of home.Travelweek jumped onboard the trend early, launching the Xplr VR App, which gives agents access to the technology to showcases destinations in VR to their clients. For more information, visit xplrvr.comNick Mattera, senior director of digital engagement at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, says offering a VR experience for the city, with its impactful visual content, made sense.“Virtual reality has had a huge impact” on tourism, says Mattera. “When we first started doing it, we wanted to have a few of those ‘wow’ experiences, experiences that give people the opportunity to think a little differently about Las Vegas.”There are now 30 videos on the association’s VegasVR app — from the aforementioned helicopter ride, to a Richard Petty NASCAR driving experience, and hotel and restaurant tours.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemRobin Ritchie, an associate professor of marketing at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, says Las Vegas is the perfect destination for virtual reality due to its seemingly never-ending visuals.“It’s a very content-rich, dense environment where no matter where you look there’s something interesting to see,” he explains. “We’re not talking about every small town here, there and everywhere getting involved in VR. It’s about immersing yourself in an experience and knowing, ‘I have to go there.”’Ritchie mentions a few Canadian cities where VR would make sense as a promotional tool, including Banff and Jasper in Alberta, Whistler, B.C., and Vancouver.Destination British Columbia developed its own VR content back in 2014, which it calls “The Wild Within VR Experience.”“It’s hard to imagine what a trip to British Columbia might be like — the nature, the scenery, and the wildlife — so we felt using VR was a great way to do that,” says Maya Lange, vice president of global marketing at Destination British Columbia.“What compels people to want to visit British Columbia is nature. It’s (now) something that can be tangible and you can really give people the sense of what it’s like to stand in the middle of a huge forest. It’s a pretty powerful feeling.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsLange admits it’s hard to find a direct correlation between the VR experience and an impact on tourism numbers, but she says this year they hit five million international visitors for the first time.Ottawa is also expecting a big boost in tourism in 2017 as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. While VR will not be a part of any official Ottawa 2017 events, according to Ottawa Tourism, two museums have collaborated with Ottawa-based VR company SimWave to create high-tech content.At the Canada Science and Technology Museum patrons will be able to go “inside” an old steam locomotive and “drive” it. SimWave will also collaborate with the Canadian War Museum to create a Vimy Ridge experience — where patrons can interact with the environment and soldiers during battle — as part of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Virtual Reality experiences becoming big part of tourism campaignscenter_img By: Devin Kinasz << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more