Playing for Fun and Exercise

first_imgFootball plays a large part in the lives of both young and old Liberians, and especially with Liberia producing the only person to emerge as a World Player the important role of the game cannot be overlooked.The establishment of an old-timer football league in the country, which allowed former professionals and amateur players at the age 40 to participate for physical recreation, offers many benefits, ranging from simple enjoyment to improved health and social interaction.In the just ended ECOWAS Integrity and Solidarity Old-timer Football Tournament, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan was the skipper for the Barnersville Old-timer team.The winger cum striker’s side whipped Paynesville old-timer 8-7 in a penalty shoot-out after the 70 minutes ended 2-2.The likes of former Lone Star players Sam Chebli and Janjay Jacobs were teammates to the Minister with Chebli on the extreme right while Janjay was in front of the goal.Paynesville showcased the likes of former Lone Star players Kelvin Sebwe, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie and Papie Sumo.Inarguably a fling from Ngafuan to Chebli gave Janjay early head up in the 8th minute. Papie Sumo struck the equalizer in the 14th minute, but before the break Sam Chebli increased the tally from a sublime pass from the Foreign Minister.Twelve minutes to stoppage time, the Minister was substituted and six minutes later, Kelvin Sebwe squeezed the rotation.Debatably, the Minister’s absence in the semi-finals against Lakpazee on Sunday might have caused the 2-1 defeat. Prince Harrison and Stephen Nimely in the 5th and 60th minutes threw Barnersville out in spite of the consolation goal by Wearl Venn in the 13th minute.Earlier, the tournament’s favorite Alpha Old-timer was spanked 2-0, courtesy of Ben Saydee and Rufus Neufville in the 2nd and 28th minutes.   Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe wouldn’t push enough to get either an equalizer or a win and there was no one to convert his three encouraging crosses.Many Alpha players said that the absence of Sen. Amb. George M. Weah, Finance Minister Amara Konneh, NOCAL boss Dr. Nathaniel McClain and others caused their defeat.Labour Minister Neto Lighe’s Sinkor Old-timer was also thrown out in a lottery kick after the field-of-play ended goalless.Howbeit, Bame clinched the ECOWAS Cup, having whipped Lakpazee Old-timer 4-2 in a lottery shot after 70 minutes of entertaining football ended 1-1.According to the former Secretary of Alpha, Bryant McGill aged people are actively engaged in the game in order to reduce the likelihood of a person developing many chronic diseases.Bryant named some of health benefits of playing soccer as increased aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health; lowering body fat and improving muscle tone; building strength, flexibility and endurance; increasing muscle and bone strength and improving health due to shifts between walking, running and sprinting.He said another benefits to old-timer footballers is teamwork. It also enables the old timer to share; help them to ‘think on the run’ and increases concentration, persistence and self-discipline.“Through old timer football we make new friends and subsequently get employment,” Mr. Bryant said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Projects: How the money flowed

first_imgNearly every defense contractor that Southern California lawmakers boasted securing federal funding for over the past three years also made political contributions, according to a review by the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. In the review of 32 private firms in Southern California that won money in federal spending bills since 2003, all but two made political donations to national or local lawmakers through their top executives, political action committees or Washington, D.C., lobbyists. The companies gave more than $10.8 million nationally, with about $200,000 going to Southland lawmakers who championed their specific projects. The companies, in turn, got more than $203.8 million in funding for everything from construction of unmanned aerial vehicles to fiber optic research. “It has become a pay-to-play system,” said Keith Ashdown, spokesman for Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan budget watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. “If you want to get federal contracts or earmarks, you have to support and financially back those in Congress. It doesn’t always mean you get want you want, but it opens the door.” All of the contributions were within the legal limits, and the earmarks have not sparked any allegations of misconduct. But two recent high-profile Congressional influence-peddling scandals are putting such dealings under a microscope, highlighting what insiders say is a pervasive culture where money opens doors on Capitol Hill. “All of this is now under scrutiny, and everybody is scared to death,” said Winslow T. Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. The newspaper review targeted projects that Southern California lawmakers announced they helped secure funds for since 2003, and used Federal Election Campaign reports and PoliticalMoneyLine.com, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public disclosure Web site, to analyze campaign contributions. While millions of dollars were secured for public universities and local military bases, area congressional members also brought between $32 million and $106 million annually to defense contractors performing work in their districts. Donors ranged from multibillion defense contractors such as Boeing and Northrop Grumman to smaller local companies. Recipients included longtime champions of defense projects such as Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Long Beach, whose district is home to C-17 transport plane production, and lawmakers who lead key committees such as House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego. They also included local lawmakers who rarely get involved in national defense issues, such as Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs. Donations ranged from $250 to $20,000. “It’s a very easy game of compound interest. You give thousands, you get millions,” Ashdown said. Southern California lawmakers maintain the donations did not influence their decisions to seek appropriations, and the companies said the contributions were made with no expectation of a return. Chang Industries in La Verne, AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia and City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte won a total of $38 million in federal appropriations over the past three years with the help of Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora. Over that period, the companies contributed more than $50,000 to lawmakers – about $20,500 of that to Dreier. Dreier, tapped by House Speaker Dennis Hastert to design new ethics rules last week, did not return a call seeking comment. In an e-mailed statement a Dreier spokeswoman called the companies Dreier supports “beyond reproach.” AeroVironment did not make company officials available for comment, but the other companies said their donations had nothing to with winning federal funding. Napolitano helped win $6 million for United Technologies, a Connecticut firm with offices in her Pomona district. A recent $1 million contract will be spent upgrading certain atmospheric monitoring systems for older Los Angeles Class Navy submarines, with work being done locally. The company, in turn, made more than $1 million in political contributions, including $5,000 to Napolitano. “I want jobs in my district, and I don’t push people to contribute,” Napolitano said. “I actually made a phone call for them, and that was the last time I heard from them. I don’t expect anything. I’m working to represent my district. I don’t do it for the favors or for the money. “My working premise is, `I don’t buy, and I don’t sell,’ ” she said. “There is a lot of backroom dealing and that is not how I work. The people need to elect (candidates) who are honest and ethical. I havealways held myself as an honest person, and I don’t `quid pro quo’ anyone.” United Technologies spokesman Scott Seligman said in a statement that the company donates to candidates “with whom we have common goals, such as removing barriers to trade, maintaining a strong national defense and space exploration.” Wheeler, a former aide to Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., who worked for years on defense appropriations, said that despite what lawmakers and companies say, the wheels of Washington are greased with campaign contributions. “A competent congressional staff will check on whether or not a manufacturer made a contribution last year, and that will typically affect the enthusiasm with which the office seeks an earmark for the following year,” Wheeler said. While openly discussing fundraising is forbidden for both staff and lawmakers as well as contractors, “both sides understand it’s going to occur,” he said. It’s a characterization Southland lawmakers and their aides deny. But many acknowledge that Congress has a public perception problem that’s going to be tough to change. “I would love to see a system of reform that could take us to the meaningful elimination of contributions from private interest groups,” said Lewis. “But we’re not going to be able to, that’s the problem.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

POLICE LOG for December 14 National Grid Protestors Injured Owl School Bus

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, December 14, 2018:Police moved National Grid locked out employees back to “their normal spot” on Ballardvale Street. Police remains on scene until a detail arrived. (7:20am)A Railroad Terrace homeowner spoke to Animal Control Officer about animal burrowing in her garden. (10:17am)Police and Fire Department responded to report of a trash truck fire near Market Basket on Main Street. (12:43pm)A caller stated he was behind Bus #4 and it appeared the axil was separating from the bus. Police contacted North Reading Transportation, who contacted driver. Everything checked OK. (1:33pm)A motorist found an owl laying in the roadway on Forest Street. Animal Control Officer responded. Owl flew away. No issue. (3:24pm)Police located a blue Schwinn bicycle near a rock wall on Middlesex Avenue. Police will contact DPW if bike is still there by Monday morning. (9:49pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 15: Police Called Over Pizza Delivery Dispute; Bad Crash At Woburn St. & Lowell St.; Injured FawnIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for May 18: Wilmington Man Arrested On Drug Charge; Bullet Found On Main St.; Dry Ice Experiment Confused With Gun ShotsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Govt official caught redhanded taking bribe

first_imgDinajpur’s Parbatipur upazila fisheries officer was arrested from his office while accepting Tk 200,000 bribe on Tuesday, reports UNB.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) identified the official as Rezaul Karim Sarkar.A five-member ACC team caught Sarkar red-handed when he was receiving the cheque at his office around 1pm, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.last_img