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GVL Assesses Damage Following Butaw Violent Protest

first_imgDays after protesters stormed and vandalized the premises of Golden Veroleum Liberia in Butaw, Sinoe County the company said it has commenced assessing damages and will complete its work in the coming days. GVL renewed its commitment to local communities in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.“A team of technicians have been dispatched to Sinoe to assess the level of damages caused,” GVL spokesman Stephen Binda said in a statement. In addition, the company said it has commenced discussions with the Sinoe and Grand Kru Legislative Caucuses, the Liberian National Police in a bid to resolve the matter. With the assessment, Binda said the company’s monthly payroll for employees would be conducted as usual. The company described the violence and looting as a great loss to both GVL and its Butaw community.Binda said while it acknowledges the intervention of government in the matter, GVL has not been officially offered the use of the Sinoe County Development Fund. “It is not our intent to use the county development fund to repair damages,” Binda said. “We absolutely would not accept these funds for any repairs whatsoever. If we are asked to use these funds for damage repair, we would utilize the CDF to the desire of Sinoe citizens and use it directly for urgent county purposes, such as schools, clinics and road building and repair. We will not under any circumstance use the county development fund for any damage repair. Our thought and belief is the county development funds are strictly for the people of Sinoe and not GVL.”On Tuesday of last week, members of the Butaw Youth Association staged a violent protest demanding an immediate meeting with a top GVL official. The company management requested to schedule the meeting for an appropriate time, as it was in the midst of a management coordination meeting.Entrances were later blocked by the Butaw Youth, preventing vehicles and employees’ movement, while stones were thrown at managers and facilities. Several company vehicles were damaged, while others sustained body injuries and properties were looted, causing dozens of GVL employees to flee into nearby bushes for safety.The genesis of the complaint by the Butaw Youth stemmed from an ongoing boundary dispute between Butaw and the neighboring community of Murrysville. GVL indicated in a previous statement that its corporate policy and international standards dictate that the company will not expand into areas with boundary disputes.“Due to the boundary dispute we do understand the frustration with the slow progress in Butaw,” said Binda. “We too have been frustrated by this, however, we have a very clear policy of not entering in disputed areas and this will not change.” 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 man was detained and later identified by witnesses as one of the robbery suspects. At 5:54 p.m. Tuesday, the station got a call about a robbery that just occurred at the Rockview Dairy, 1584 Imperial Highway in La Mirada. Sheriff’s Sgt. Tara White said the robbers took $111. One of the deputies saw the Cruiser and followed it. White said the car entered a parking lot in Buena Park. She said the driver pulled over a few yards away and was arrested. The deputies evacuated the restaurant and detained the other suspect without incident, White added. Car wash will aid Adame family LA MIRADA – Deputies evacuated a Denny’s restaurant in Buena Park when an armed suspect in a La Mirada robbery ran inside Tuesday night. The man and the driver of the getaway car, a white 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, were later arrested. John Barrows, 18, and Adam Charles Mitchell, 21, were booked on suspicion of robbery and were being held at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station in lieu of $100,000 bail. Deputies also recovered money and a TEC-9 pistol put in a trash receptacle in the women’s restroom, according to Capt. Patrick Maxwell. The money was hidden under a cone that warned patrons of wet floors, he added. Maxwell said the suspect who ran into the Denny’s tried to mix in with the customers and to walk out with them as the restaurant was being evacuated. But Maxwell said deputies had seen the man through the window and knew who he was. A car wash to help defray the funeral costs for 2006 California High School graduate Jose Luis Adame Jr. will be staged from 9a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church, 9920 Mills Ave. The cost is a minimum $5 donation. Police said Adame, 19, was driving a Nissan 300 ZX on Monday night when he lost control, hit a palm tree, a traffic signal standard and overturned. He died at the scene. Benton School enrollment open LA MIRADA – Benton Middle School, 15709 Olive Branch Road, is accepting applications for the upcoming school year. The first day of instruction is Sept. 5. Some applicants may require permit approval from the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District office. For more information, call (562) 943-1553. Chamber mixer set for Sept. 5 SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly business card exchange from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call (562) 944-1616. Recreation classes to start Sept. 10 WHITTIER – The city is offering new classes, beginning Sept. 10 at various locations in the city, including the Community Center, and Palm and Parnell parks. New classes include tumbling for cheer, color pencil portraiture, oil painting for kids, and tamale making. Continuing classes include arts and crafts, fitness, cheerleading, ballroom dancing, martial arts, music and skateboarding. Fees range from $13 to $150. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sam Allardyce appointed new Sunderland manager on two-year deal

first_img1 Sam Allardyce Allardyce will become the first person to manage both Sunderland and north-east rivals Newcastle.The 60-year-old said: “I have enjoyed my break from football and now I’m raring to get back. I met with Ellis and we spoke at length about the club and his ambitions and I knew I wanted to be part of that. “I hope to be able to help to bring the stability and success that everyone wants.“Of course it’s a challenging job, but it’s something I have experience of in the past.  I’m looking forward to working with the players and of course I will be relying on the help of the Sunderland supporters, whose tremendous passion I have experienced first-hand.  I can’t wait to get started.” Chairman Ellis Short expressed his delight at the appointment and rejected suggestions Allardyce needed to be persuaded to take the job.He said: “I am very pleased to welcome Sam to our football club. “Sunderland is a club he knows well and he was the obvious best choice for the job. He has vast experience of managing in the Premier League and an understanding first-hand of the north east and the passion of our fans, which will stand him in great stead.“I would like to assure our fans that once Dick made us aware of his intention to leave, Lee Congerton oversaw an organised and structured recruitment process, that bore very little resemblance to what has been described in the media. “For example, this was a very popular job, proactively sought after by a large number of managers – contrary to much of what has been portrayed. The process was made easier by the fact that Sam was such an obvious choice.“The other misconception is that Sam had to be persuaded to join us; nothing could be further from the truth. From the very beginning, he understood the importance of this job and showed great enthusiasm for the role and a desire to be part of moving this club forward.” Sunderland have announced the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager on a two-year deal.The club revealed the news on Twitter following the departure of Dick Advocaat last week. ALLARDYCE APPOINTED: Sam Allardyce has been appointed as the new manager of #SAFC. http://t.co/efniZpTfuw pic.twitter.com/H6d3SleqDQ— Sunderland AFC 🔴⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) October 9, 2015last_img read more

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Immigration laws tougher elsewhere, study reports

first_imgSensenbrenner said he was particularly impressed by Japan’s employer-sanction laws – a maximum of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. In 2004, the study found, Japan held 55,351 deportation proceedings that resulted in more than 42,000 deportation orders.“Japan’s tough sanctions against employers of illegal (immigrants) are effective in preventing illegal immigration. Therefore, the House’s efforts to stiffen penalties against employers hiring illegal workers can help shut off the job magnet that lures millions of immigrants to enter the U.S. illegally,” he said.Immigration-rights activists dismissed the parallels, particularly between Japan and Switzerland, as ridiculous.“All of these countries have such an incredibly different context in which they operate,” said Marshall Fitz, director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in D.C.“Japan is an island. Switzerland has a tiny economy,” he said. “That jump to the `therefore,’ that’s astounding they would even let this be issued in a press release.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com(202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Japan, Switzerland, Egypt, Sweden and Mexico have tougher immigration laws than the U.S., says a study commissioned by the author of a controversial House bill that would criminalize illegal immigrants. The report, issued Friday by the Law Library of Congress, also examined Brazil in a six-country survey aimed at examining the ramifications of proposed laws now under debate in Congress dealing with America’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., pointed to the findings – particularly those in Japan and Switzerland, both with strict anti-illegal immigration laws and enforcement – as proof that getting tough on illegal immigrants works. All except Brazil provide criminal sanctions ranging from three months to three years for illegal entry and presence, the study found. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“With all the blustery rhetoric coming from opponents about a `harsh’ and `Draconian’ House bill and the pontificating coming from foreign officials about how the U.S. should structure and enforce its immigration policies, I note that five out of the six countries studied – including Mexico – make illegal entry and unlawful presence a criminal offense,” Sensenbrenner said in a statement.“In reality,” he said, “the House bill would bring U.S. immigration law more in line with most countries.”The measure passed last year by the House would make it a felony to be in the U.S. illegally. Currently, unlawful presence is a civil offense.The measure also would beef up sanctions for those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and give the green light to building a fence along 700 miles of Mexican border.The Senate remains in a political logjam over several proposals that, unlike the House version, offer some type of legal status to illegal immigrants.last_img
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INCREDIBLE! Lincoln City stun Burnley to reach FA Cup quarter-finals – report

first_img Sean Raggett heads home the winner for Lincoln Lincoln City stunned Burnley to become the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Sean Raggett’s dramatic last-minute header secured the National League leaders an historic 1-0 win at Turf Moor.It was fully deserved too, with Danny Cowley’s side producing a brilliant battling performance against their Premier League opponents.Burnley have won nine of their 14 top-flight games at home this season and named a strong XI to take on the Imps, who are 80 places below them in the football ladder.But the Clarets could find no way past their superbly-organised visitors and were left shell-shocked with one minute left when Lincoln made the breakthrough.Sam Habergham’s corner was headed back across goal by Luke Waterfall and Raggett rose highest at the back post to nod the ball over the line.There was a nervous finish as Burnley piled on the pressure in stoppage time, but Lincoln held on to keep their remarkable FA Cup adventure going.The Imps, who had seen off Ipswich and Brighton earlier in the competition, are the first team from outside of the Football League to reach the last eight since QPR in 1914.Sutton will now bid to make it two non-league teams in the quarter-finals on Monday, when they host Arsenal – a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT. 1last_img read more

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European Football Show Podcast on talkSPORT 2, March 2 2017

first_imgNat Coombs & Andy Brassell are joined by experts from around Europe to discuss the latest football stories and look ahead to the weekend’s action.last_img

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Wal-Mart to slow pace of new stores

first_imgWal-Mart Stores Inc. will slow the pace of new store openings next year in what analysts called a nod to Wall Street calls for greater focus on rekindling faltering sales and earnings growth at its existing 6,700 stores worldwide. Wal-Mart also told analysts Monday, the first day of its two-day investor meeting, that it would sharply reduce the rise in capital spending next year, helped by a flattening in inflation of construction and land costs and by opening fewer new stores. Wal-Mart said it remains committed to expansion. But analysts said the change was a step toward meeting Wall Street expectations that Wal-Mart, after years of rapid growth, now focus on improving sales and profitability at existing stores to revive a dormant share price. Its shares rose more than 3 percent in midday trading Monday. The share price has hovered mostly below $50 since early 2001. And for five years, it has failed to match 2001 highs over $60. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“It’s somewhat of a shift. Is it a major earthquake shift? No. But it’s the start of a shift where they could indeed move to capitalize on what has already been built,” said retail analyst Don Gher from Coldstream Capital Management in Bellevue, Wash., which manages about $1 billion in assets including Wal-Mart shares. Fund manager Patricia Edwards said even a small move was a welcome step in the right direction. “They need to focus on building the business they have instead of starting new ones,” said Edwards, a portfolio manager and retail analyst at Wentworth, Hauser & Violich in Seattle, which manages $8.2 billion in assets and holds 51,000 Wal-Mart shares. Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart has been expanding its retail space at 8 percent per year, but that number will be 7.5 percent next fiscal year, the company said. Its fiscal year runs through Jan. 31. Wal-Mart expects to open 305 to 330 U.S. stores in fiscal 2008, which starts next Feb. 1, compared with 332 to 340 this year and about 340 the year before. Wal-Mart International, operating in 13 countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe, will open between 320 and 330 new stores next year after 270 to 275 this year. Wal-Mart remains committed to growth, but real-estate projects “are now being subjected to a more rigorous prioritization process,” Wal-Mart Vice Chairman John Menzer told analysts. In February, Menzer said Wal-Mart planned to open more than 1,500 U.S. stores in the coming years, without providing a more specific timeline. Wal-Mart Chief Financial Officer Tom Schoewe told analysts that the company will increase capital spending between 2 percent and 4 percent in fiscal 2008. That is down from 15 percent to 20 percent growth this year. “Our long-term goal is to continue to have our capital expenditures grow at a rate equal to or less than sales growth,” Schoewe said. Wal-Mart sales at stores open at least a year, known as same-store sales, have been trailing those at smaller rivals such as Target Corp. Last month, same-store U.S. sales were up 1.3 percent at Wal-Mart and 6.7 percent at Target. In response, Wal-Mart is remodeling about 1,800 of its roughly 2,000 Supercenters, which combine a discount store with a full grocery section, to make them more appealing by adding amenities such as wider aisles, faux wood floors, cleaner restrooms and trendier merchandise in electronics, apparel and home furnishings. September sales were impacted in part by disruption from those remodeling efforts, said Eduardo Castro-Wright, head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores. Castro-Wright told analysts that same-store sales so far this month were running about 1 percent higher, saying remodeling and slower sales of women’s apparel kept the number down.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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The Brutal New Dating Trend Is . . . the “Several-Night Stand”

first_imgAre you dating?  A couple?  Neither?  Both?  Who knows?  But you do know if you ASK, it’ll ruin everything, so you don’t.  You just torture yourself.  That’s dating now. Apparently, the big trend in dating now is the “several-night stand.”  That’s where you hang out with someone a few times a week . . . get-it-on with them . . . but you never define your relationship at all. Modern dating is like 93% mind games.last_img

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Shoplifting Suspect Shot Dead by Former Security Guard

first_imgThe night manager of an Illinois Walgreens was having problems with a woman he suspected of shoplifting, so he called someone who lived around the corner and used to work for a security firm.The ex-guard arrived at the Northwest Side store within minutes Wednesday night and started struggling with the 46-year-old woman, finally pushing her to the floor and shooting her once in the head, according to a law enforcement source. She was carrying five boxes of leggings and a black T-shirt.The gunman picked up a single shell casing, walked out and drove off in his SUV, police said. He remained at large Thursday afternoon, though police say they know his name and where he lives, less than two blocks from the. He once worked for Monterrey Security and has a record of arrests on drug, assault and impersonating a federal employee charges. A police report says nothing about the woman being armed… Herald&Review- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Using Windows Phone 7: Differences for Mac & PC Users

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Outside of Quickplay, the organization of the various menus and options is less confusing. It’s pretty obvious that “collection” means my stuff, and “phone” is what’s on my device, for example.The software is busy providing tips, however, like “did you know that pictures from your phone can be uploaded automatically to photos.live.com?” I find tips annoying, personally. Just do it already! Of course, not everyone wants their photos online (even if the privacy settings were set in advance for you so you were the only one who could view the photos). But a better use of this space, if necessary at all, would be an action item that reads: “Check this box to automatically upload photos to Live.com. You can change this later in the Settings,” or something of that nature. You should be able to switch the setting on immediately, from the tip itself, without being directed to the settings. Otherwise, the software should leave you alone. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#Op-Ed#Product Reviews#web For Windows users, there isn’t a Microsoft Connector for iTunes, even though many PC users have iTunes installed and use the software with their iPods and iPads. PC users are expected to use Microsoft’s own Zune software instead. This is an interesting strategy on Microsoft’s part because it assumes that no Mac users would want the full Zune experience and no PC users would prefer syncing with iTunes. I think that’s misguided, to be kind. In truth, I think this narrow-minded viewpoint about Mac vs. PC users is outdated – not everyone is a zealot for one platform or the other, you know. We like to have options. I wouldn’t mind a Zune for Mac program, personally, especially since Zune offers a Wi-Fi sync feature.But since this house is equipped with Windows PCs, too, I fired one up to see how the other half lives.Zune Software for PC UsersThe Zune PC software was a hefty download and long install, but not much worse than I’ve seen with the first installation of iTunes, to be fair.The interface, inspired by the “Metro UI” (user interface) of Windows Phone itself, delivers the same stylings as on the phone, but on a wider screen. I feel it works less well here than on the phone, at least on the main screen of the Zune software – the feature called “Quickplay.” This feature is designed to provide quick access to recent and favorite content.But the screen, especially for new users, seems too busy – why are those pictures displaying? How did it determine these were my favorite bands? Quickplay is an interesting experiment in user interface design, but should probably not be the first thing users see upon the first installation and launch of the software. The “summary” page for the phone would be a more traditional, and in my opinion, better option. Speaking of Zune’s subscription feature, it’s just not well-developed in comparison with competing services like those from MOG, Rdio and Spotify. Thankfully, Rdio is available for Windows Phone 7 now and Spotify is on its way. MOGgers, like myself, are out of luck. (Another reason why I can’t fully leave Android at present. MOG, get it on it, please!)You can’t do much with Zune Pass while mobile, either, besides playing and pausing music. You can’t favorite tunes, build playlists, subscribe to others’ playlists, or anything else. On the desktop and the Web, you can do much more. Zune even has an online “social” platform where you can friend and follow others who have similar tastes. It’s odd this was not extended to mobile.ConclusionWhile the few items I’ve mentioned are critical, on the whole, the Zune PC software is not bad. The main issue for me is that the sync needs to run faster, but I have not yet ruled out a problem with my PC on this (it is older, has USB 1.0 ports, for what it’s worth). Plus, I’m sure you could make a list of iTunes annoyances which was just as long as this. In addition, although I didn’t care for Quickplay, you may feel otherwise – you may even enjoy the serendipitous discovery it provides.But in the end, I don’t like that Microsoft is intent on providing different experiences for Mac and PC users. That’s not to say it should discontinue its iTunes Connector for Mac, but that should be an alternative to the Zune software, not the only option.Microsoft should also spend more time with Zune Pass, and make it more of a competitive option. If anything, Microsoft was ahead of the game here, offering subscription music before it was popular. But now that services like Rdio and Spotify are making headlines, Microsoft has stalled on its development of Zune Pass, allowing third-parties to outdo the experience Microsoft has actually baked into its mobile operating system itself. How very Microsoft!Although nothing about Zune Pass was mentioned as coming in the Mango update, I would love to be surprised with a wholly revamped service later this fall. In the meantime, I want my MOG back. I want my Wi-Fi hotspot. I want my speedy Wi-Fi sync for Mac. In short, I want my Android.Sorry, Windows Phone. You’re pretty, but I need you to be powerful, too. I’ll check back in with the platform after Mango to see how it’s improved. But for now, Windows Phone is being relegated back to secondary status. sarah perez Ah, but this is Microsoft after all, home of Clippy. Helpfully guiding users through their software has not typically been their forté.For example, in the Marketplace, the tip here warned me that these apps below were for Windows Phone 7 only, which was entirely unnecessary, considering that my phone was plugged in and syncing at the time. Did it not know what device I had? Another waste of space. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement One major issue I experienced while on Windows was that the syncing seemed to take much longer than the same sync on the Mac, or an iPhone-to-iTunes sync of the same content on either Mac or PC. I’m not quite sure what the holdup was.It’s important to get syncing right, too. If you’ve ever been rushing out the door, only to realize you forgot to sync your iPhone, you know how painful it is to watch a sync in progress in iTunes. It was so much worse in Zune on Windows, at least in my experience.That said, there is at least a Wi-Fi sync option available, but it only activates when your phone is plugged into a wall outlet and not in use. You cannot trigger it to start from your phone itself. This feature assumes that everyone syncs their phone at night, before bed. I sync mine during the day, before I leave the house, so I have new podcasts to listen to while traveling. Again, it’s a case of Microsoft thinking for me, and not getting it quite right. It’s a shame, because a Wi-Fi sync feature is an outstanding differentiator for the Zune software.Another unique feature for Zune is the “Channels” feature, which lets you subscribe to automatically refreshing lists of songs within a given genre (e.g. “Pop”). It’s not a bad feature at all, if you’re not particular about your music or just like to stay on top of what’s popular. However, given that I was a Zune Pass subscriber at the time, I don’t understand why these Channels were not available as streams, but only as downloads. Why on earth would I want to have to constantly wait for songs to download if I’ve already bought the streaming music subscription?Besides, I don’t want to lose space on my device to songs I’m only sampling. Great idea, but poor execution. As a part of an experiment to really understand the value and the shortcomings of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, I recentlymade the HTC HD7 my primary device. The only exception to this is when I travel, when a mobile hotspot (such as is provided by my Nexus S) is a necessity. I don’t know that this experiment can last much longer, however, because today’s Windows Phone is simply not powerful enough for my day-to-day needs. When the “Mango” update (due this fall) is released, that may change.In the meantime, I spent a little time playing around with the desktop software side of the Windows Phone experience, which is notably different depending on whether you’re a Mac or PC person. Different, however, doesn’t necessarily mean better or worse, I’ve found.On the MacAs a Mac user myself, I initially found Microsoft’s Windows Phone Connector for Mac surprisingly good. This desktop software allows a Mac end user to sync their phone with the music, videos, photos and podcasts from iTunes and iPhoto. In regular use (I sync several times per week, for podcast updates), I’ve had zero trouble with the software, in terms of crashes or bugs. The only exception was the first time I attempted to install the WP7 update called “NoDo” – it didn’t take and I had to start over. Other than that, the experience has been on par (or, in terms of podcast sync, even better than) using DoubleTwist, a similar tool which lets me sync my Android to iTunes. Windows Phone Connector is very easy, capable and fast.But unlike DoubleTwist, it lacks wireless sync, sadly. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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