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first_imgTwelve youths have acquired computer skills from the Antoinette Tubman Community School (ATCS) in Crozierville, Lower Montserrado County.The eleven-month intensive training program held in computer technology was climaxed with a well attended ceremony on Saturday, December 14, in the courtyard of the school.In a special statement, the publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer newspaper, Kenneth Y. Best, promised to bring the people of Crozierville and its surroundings advanced computer training as well as an adult literacy program.“With the cooperation of our friend, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia, we will launch the advanced computer training and the adult literacy program very soon,” Mr. Best told the gathering.According to him, the two distinct training programs will be hosted on the theme, “Each One Teach One,” which would “help you prepare yourselves for the job market.”He added that acquired computer knowledge is being used by many people to transform lives in other parts of the country; including the Township of Crozierville.One of the sponsors of ATCS computer-training program, Rocheforte Weeks, called on Liberian youths to help bring about the necessary transformation to the nation through the learning of computer science and other skills.According to Mr. Weeks, the youths can transform the country by taking up the challenge to prepare themselves through attaining knowledge.Following the certification of the graduates, Mr. Weeks urged the youth of Crozierville to take advantage of education for self-empowerment, adding that the computer skills acquired will help them achieve their goals.At the occasion, the Commissioner of Crozierville, Mr. Jones Thorpe, appealed to the government to train people in their respective communities to meet up with the challenges of the job market.According to Mr. Thorpe, the transfer of people from one community to another for jobs was a serious problem affecting the rebuilding process of the country.    He then expressed gratitude to those who supported the training program, graduates, and executive staff of the computer-training program for their efforts toward the success of the township of Crozierville.He further admonished students of the ATCS computer-training program to remain resilient in their quest to acquire sound computer knowledge.The marketing manager of the Daily Observer newspaper, Bai Best, also spoke on the importance of computer skills to the new graduates. He called on them to be focused as they go about acquiring computer skills. He cautioned them not to only be convinced by the act of typing, which he said was not all to acquiring computer knowledge.He further called the graduates to take advantage of the various computer applications to easily access information through the use of the internet.The IT specialist and coordinator of the computer-training program, Yarkpai Keller, thanked the YMCA and the Weeks family for their contributions in empowering the youths of Crozierville.Mr. Keller said courses offered in computer science included an introduction to computer system, Microsoft office packages, which also included ms-access, ms-word, and data base creation and management tools as beginner courses for the training program.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe death has occurred of Benjamin M. Darpoh, stipendiary Magistrate of Gardnersville, Montserrado County.  Mr. Darpoh died on Monday, November 13 at the S.O.S hospital in Congo Town after a protracted period of illness. He was in his 70th year.Mr. Darpoh was the last chairman of the Public Utilities Authority (PUA) before its dissolution in 1975. The PUA was a behemoth (large and powerful) state owned enterprise that comprised the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC); the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC); the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LTC); and the Liberia Broadcasting Corporation (ELBC).He also represented the government of the Philippines as its Consul General in Liberia.Affable, enterprising and driven, Ben Darpoh had a very successful career in the public and private sectors of Liberia. The positions of trust he held were General Manager of the erstwhile Liberia Iron and Steel Corporation, Deputy Chair of PUA under the chairmanship of Mr. Taylor E. Major and Deputy Commissioner of the then Bureau of Maritime Affairs, now the Liberia Maritime Authority.He was a product of Kart State University in Ohio, USA where he earned the Bachelor of Telecommunications Technology in 1973 and the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia where he took the Bachelor of Law in 2009. He attended St. Patrick’s High in Monrovia.Among his classmates of St. Patrick’s elementary in the 1950s were Elias Saleeby, James E. Pierre, the late Augustine Johnson (Tambakai Jangagba), the late Waldron Greaves, T. Mark Johnson (the Oachie Coochie man of ELBC), Dewitt S. T. Roberts, brother of Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh (formerly Rudolph Lorenzo Roberts), David Dennis, Arthur Dennis, the late Joe Gibeon of LEC and John Alexander Smith.In the mid 1970s in partnership with the late Michael K. Doe, the B and M Driving School in Monrovia was established, the first of its kind in the country. Ben also organized the first drivers’ workshop held at the Monrovia City Hall in a bid to upgrade the skills of the automobile drivers in the country in conjunction with the Liberia National Police.The Darpoh family led by their late father, Mr. Jonas K. Darpoh, was notable in the  Bakery business. Older Monrovians can remember “Darpoh Bread” on Camp Johnson Road. Ben Darpoh was also proprietor of the popular pastry shop in Logan Town, which made delectable pizzas from the mid 1990s until the start of the final round of hostilities in the civil war, which ended in 2003. In addition, he opened the Darpoh International School in Logan Town and was expanding it to include vocational and technical training before his demise.To mourn his loss are three siblings, Godfred Tetteh, Grace and Victoria; his widow McCleod Turkett Darpoh and son Benjamin Darpoh, Jr., three children born from other courtships and a host of other relatives and friends, and his eldest brother, the eminent and fearless journalist Rufus M. Darpoh, who predeceased him in 1994 resulting from effects of torture he endured at the infamous Bella Yella prison in the late 1980s due to his news reports which the military government felt were not in its favor.Funeral arrangements and date will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Affable, enterprising and driven, Ben Darpoh had a very successful career in the public and private sectors of Liberia. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgGattuso re-unites with Matano who coached him during his stint at Tusker FC in 2011 and hopes to re-ignite his former self after being dropped by Gor Mahia in June last year.“He has been training with the team and the coach believes he is a player who can really help us especially in midfield with his experience,” AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule told Capital Sport.The club has also snapped up another midfielder, Joseph Kuria, who was released by Posta Rangers at the end of last season. Kuria joined Posta after a one-year stint in Nakuru with Ulinzi Stars but failed to crack into Sammy Omollo’s starting squad.The 31-year old Bekoe won the Ghanaian Premier League and the domestic cup with Asante Kotoko in 2007. He has also featured for Hearts of Lions, Petrojet in Angola as well as Berekum Chelsea in his native Ghana. Photo/COURTESYAlso joining the 13-time KPL champions is Ghanaian striker Eric Bekoe who lands in Nairobi from Ghanaian Premier League side Sekondi Hasaacas.The 31-year old Bekoe won the Ghanaian Premier League and the domestic cup with Asante Kotoko in 2007. He has also featured for Hearts of Lions, Petrojet in Angola as well as Berekum Chelsea in his native Ghana.He made his debut for Ghana by coming off the bench in a friendly match against Mexico on March 26, 2008 and played in the first World Cup Qualification games of his country against Gabon and Libya.Meanwhile, Mule says the club is chasing one more signature of a third choice keeper before closing their transfer business.“We gave out Mukolwe on loan to Wazito and so we have to get a third keeper. Overall, that should be it for us and I think we have assembled a very strong team which will challenge for titles this season. Nobody should write us off,” the club boss noted.-Friendly matches-AFC Leopards team posing for a team photo before the match. Head Coach Robert Matano opted to start with Gabriel Andika in goal in favour of regular Ian Otieno. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, AFC Leopards is looking to play Ugandan champions Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) as well as Sudan’s Al Hilal in friendly matches before their CAF Confederations Cup campaign.Al Hilal will pitch a 10-day camp in Nairobi from January 29 while KCCA will be in the country on the first weekend of February.“These will be very good matches for us to gauge ourselves against quality opposition. We have our first league match on February 4 but we want to ask KPL if they can push it so we play these two games. If not, I think we will just play one,” Mule noted.AFC Leopards start their CAF Confederations Cup campaign on February 10 against Madagascar side FOSA Juniors and the club is waiting on a thumbs up from CAF on the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega before declaring it their home ground.“We wrote to FKF and asked them whether the CAF inspectors can have a look at Bukhungu and give us permission to use it for our home matches. If they give it an okay that is where we will play. If not we will have to play in Machakos,” Mule noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000 Gattuso re-unites with Matano who coached him during his stint at Tusker FC in 2011 and hopes to re-ignite his former self after being dropped by Gor Mahia in June last year.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11- Former Gor Mahia FC combative midfielder Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth has joined AFC Leopards on a two-year deal as head coach Robert Matano handed him a career lifeline.last_img read more

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first_imgEverton are understood to have agreed a deal to sign Nigerian starlet Henry Onyekuru.The 20-year-old has been tracked by a host of clubs having topped the Belgian goalscoring charts last season.He fired 22 goals in 38 games for KAS Eurpen and was recently called up the Nigeria national squad.Arsenal were interested in signing Onyekuru but he has instead opted to join Premier League rivals Everton.The Toffees triggered the £6.8m release clause in his contract and he is believed to have completed a medical at their training ground on Monday evening.Onyekuru is expected to spend next season on loan at Anderlecht as he does not yet qualify for a work permit in the UK.He will become Everton’s third summer signing, following the arrivals of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen. 1last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL soccer star Seamus Coleman has emerged as a shock €10M target for Liverpool, reports in England said this morning.Kenny Dalglish is lining up an audacious January move for the Killybegs youngster.Coleman was bought for £60,000 from Sligo Rovers in 2008. However, the versatile right-sided player could command more than £8m in the transfer window. He signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Everton last January, and is understood be on a contract in the region of £25,000 a week.Liverpool have the financial clout to make a move for his services, though, and Coleman fits the bill of young, home-grown talent from this part of the world that Dalglish is looking to recruit.Everton’s Belgian midfielder Fellaiini signed a new deal with the club yesterday, and urged his employers to make sure they keep hold of young talent like Coleman.The Irishman was so impressive last season that he was voted onto the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist by his peers. Injury halted his start to this campaign, but he has shown glimpses of his previous form, although he is yet to fully break into Giovanni Traattoni. LIVERPOOL’S SHOCK €10M BID FOR DONEGAL STAR SEAMUS was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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first_imgSIX out of seven so-called ‘experts’ have today tipped Kerry to beat Donegal in the All-Ireland Football Final.Among a panel in today’s Irish Independent tipping Kerry is former Mayo manager James Horan.Only Colm Keys on the panel has gone for Donegal, predicting a 1-14 to 0-14 win. All the rest however have gone for Kerry.Horan, who quit after the replay semi-final defeat to Kerry in Limerick, said Kerry would win by a point 0-14 to 1-10.Martin Breheny gives it to Kerry on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-15, Eoin Liston says it will be Kerry 1-13, Donegal 0-15 and Vincent Hogan gives it Kerry 1-16, Donegal 0-15.Tomas O Se also goes for Kerry on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10 and Eugene McGee gives it Kerry 1-16, Donegal 1-14. All of the pundits had tipped Dublin to beat Donegal in the semi-final.Only Keys from that result is going for Donegal this time around.Horan however insisted: “Because they are such good technical footballers, Kerry just have an ability to adapt to situations in games. It’s why I think they will win it. Their rate of progression can surpass where Donegal are.” COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: ‘EXPERTS’ INCLUDING JAMES HORAN TIP KERRY FOR ALL-IRELAND GLORY was last modified: September 20th, 2014 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:ALL IRELAND COUNTDOWNall-irelanddonegalKerrypredictionslast_img read more

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first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Madison Bumgarner missed the first two months of last season with a fractured pinky. Jeff Samardzija missed the final two months of the year with shoulder inflammation.For years, Bumgarner and Samardzija could reasonably be expected to throw 200 innings per year and last season, their combined total failed to reach that threshold.A helpless feeling of watching from the dugout didn’t sit well with either pitcher, but only one is being asked to change his approach this spring. …last_img read more

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first_img12 September 2008South African multinational information communications technology (ICT) company Datatec has acquired a 50.01% stake in Inflow Technologies, an Indian ICT distribution business, giving the group a foothold in the rapidly growing south Asian country.“India is a very large and fast-growing market offering strong prospects in our sector, with a lower cost of entry compared to many other developing markets and potentially higher returns and greater organic investment opportunities,” Datatec CDO Jens Montanana said in a statement this week.Inflow Technologies is a value-added distributor focusing on technology enablement and distribution of security, storage and networking products, solutions and services. The firm has alliances with 22 global technology vendors, including CheckPoint, Nokia, McAfee Ironport, Websense, Radware, NetApp and Quantum.“Our investment in Inflow is another important step in our international strategy to increase our exposure to the world’s major emerging markets which has recently seen our presence grow in markets such as Africa, the Middle East, Turkey and Brazil,” Montanana said.The Indian company has a presence in nine key Indian cities and employs over 130 people, earning revenues of US$32-million in the last financial year. The company also has operations in Sri Lanka and Singapore.The purchase will also provide Datatec, headquartered in Sandton, with a platform to add additional vendors and strengthen their Westcon subsidiary.Westcon is a global distributor of advanced networking and communications convergence products from vendors such as Cisco, Nortel, Avaya, Checkpoint and Nokia in North and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, and contributes some 71% of the earnings of Datatec, which is listed on the JSE as well as AIM in London.The remaining 49.99% of Inflow Technologies will continue to be held by management and other existing shareholders.“This investment, along with access to global best practices of Datatec in value added distribution, gives us greater ability to grow our market share, make alliances with new technology vendors and expand into new geographies,” said Inflow Technologies CEO Byiu Pillai.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgThere are 4.5-million stories in Johannesburg, the city of gold. At the Unbelievable Truth you get to hear some of the most entertaining. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission) • Joburg, South Africa’s Empire City, strikes back • Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa • Bringing home Nat Nakasa, the ‘Native of Nowhere’ • Harry Kalmer and The Bram Fischer Waltz • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage Sulaiman PhilipTo some, Johannesburg is a city of bad role models, unwelcome images and political incorrectness. To its denizens, especially those whose art is informed by this city of gold, it is seemly and human. The Unbelievable Truth, a series of talks by resident Joburg artists, kicks off on 2 October at 42 Stanley Street.Fashion forward 44 Stanley is buzzing. Stylish hipsters flash tattooed arms as they sip craft beer or fair trade coffee, silently working at expensive laptops while hovering waiters stir the air. A table of insurance executives enjoying an escape from their airless office sip white wine, tinkling ice the backbeat to conversations about children and commissions.This is an ordinary day at the trendy square of décor shops, artisanal workshops and restaurants, but to Ann Toerien and Rian Malan, each and every one of these people could have a fascinating story to tell.Today Malan, a journalist and writer, and Toerien, a music expert, are much too busy to pay attention to the conversations going on just outside the glass doors. Inside the sun is not as bright and the silence of the empty room makes it easier to work.Approached by the organisers of the Joburg City Festival to create an event to celebrate Afrikaans, which would be performed on the fringes of the arts fest, in two short, frenetic days the pair went from the seed of an idea – a literary event similar to London’s 5X15 and New York’s The Moth storytelling events – to roping in poets and musicians in time to meet the programme print deadline.“Rian suggested something along the lines of The Moth and 5X15, events he took part in. We took that idea, tweaked it, then I called friends and persuaded them to take part,” explains Toerien. The Afrkaans event, Optelverse (Pick-up Poems) challenged poets to write a poem a musician could set to music, and musicians to take an existing poem and set that to music. Optelverse celebrates poetry and its ability to give wings to emotion.This simple premise led to the idea for The Unbelievable Truth, four themed evenings about life in Johannesburg. Speakers have 15 minutes to tell a story about their Johannesburg; themes include male and female experiences of the city, and the city’s influence on South African music. The first evening, on Thursday, October 2, is titled Written in Cement – Joburg Authors Telling Their Stories About Johannesburg.Writer and journalist Bongani Madondo, appearing on two different nights, will talk about trying to leave the city and being drawn back by its beating creative heart. He will also talk about his crush on Brenda Fassie and how MaBrrr changed South African music forever.Rob Allingham, former archive manager of Gallo Records, will play his favourite Joburg songs and delve into the history of Boere music and its amazing popularity in Johannesburg in the 1940s, and how Afrikaans musicians like Dawid de Lange could sell a million copies of a single in places like Mozambique. Kleinboer, billed as the Afrikaner Charles Bukowski, will talk about his life in Hillbrow’s seedy underbelly“Joburg gave birth to characters and cherished them,” Toerien begins. People like Marguerite Albrecht’s grandmother, the Dankie Tannie who ran the Southern Cross Foundation for years. “She bought a coffin on sale and it stood in her parlour for years before it was used.”Malan once described his candid and unflinching memoir, My Traitor’s Heart, as a love song to South Africa. Malan’s voice is honey and cigarettes and too many late nights. “The great thing about this country, and especially about Joburg, is that our truths annihilate even the strangest fantasies invented in other places. That’s why Joburg can and should become a world capital of story-telling.Next to him Toerien nods in agreement. The more sensible of the two, it was Toerien who took Malan’s idea, shaped it and breathed life into it. “We wanted to create an event that celebrated all the cultures of this city, all of South Africa. The challenge was finding people who could stand up and entertain, not waffle. And they had to be Joburgers.”“Storytelling is the new rock n roll,” Malan says, his tone suggesting he might moer anyone brave enough to disagree. “It’s totally democratic, in that anyone can do it. But also elitist, because only some can do it well.  But above all, Unbelievable Truth is about bridging the gaps that still exist between us. The power of stories bringing us to the realization that we are the same, that we were all shaped by this amazing city.” he continues, his words matching the rhythm his fingers drum on to the table top.He sounds like a true believer, intense and unbending, convinced of his truth. For this reason he is not allowed to speak to the invited artists. “Rian can be,” Toerien pauses, trying to find the perfect adjective, “overwhelming. People are nervous enough without having to deal with him. So I do all the organising.”Toerien’s earthy, full-blooded laugh is nervous yet confident, poised and hyper all at once.If The Unbelievable Truth is a success, even a small success, Malan and Toerien are planning monthly evenings where guests can share their stories. Out of this simple premise they want to collect South African stories about loss, love and other impossible pursuits.last_img read more

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first_imgNokia has teased the successor to its first Android smartphone, the Nokia X. The phone is rumoured to be called the Nokia X2 and will improve faster internals for improved performance. The company is teasing the device on its Conversations blog and has set up a timer for its release, which indicates that it will be launched on June 24. Nokia has even posted a tag line “Green with envy”. The site has also posted a florescent green image of what looks like the side spine of the device.As for the specs, the phone is expected to feature 1GB of RAM, a bump from 512 and 768MB found in the current generation of Nokia X smartphones. Perhaps it will also feature a faster CPU, better camera and a bigger display. The phone is also expected to sport a dedicated home button so that standard Android functions are no as confusing as they are on the current line of Nokia X smartphones.last_img read more