The chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Amara Konneh, has disclosed a number of projects the bank is about to undertake in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Mr. Konneh is also the Minister of Finance and Development Planning.At a press conference marking the 50th anniversary launching in Monrovia yesterday, Minister Konneh said LBDI will provide a 250 KVA generator to Phebe hospital in Suacoco, a digital medical database machine to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFK) in Monrovia, construct a computer lab on the main campus of the University of Liberia and finance the International Spelling Bee competition in the country where young people can explore their talents.The digital medical machine, according to Minister Konneh, will be used to record names of patients and all necessary information regarding each patient.He said the planned gesture to the Liberian people is in consonance with the bank’s corporate social responsibility.Minister Konneh said LBDI is not just an ordinary bank in the country, but one that affords all Liberians access to finance to enhance development.He noted that LBDI has done tremendous work for Liberians in the private sector, recalling the funding it provided the rubber sector last year.Additionally, Minister Konneh said, the bank is a friend to the private sector because of its support to businesses.The President of LBDI, John B.S. Davies, disclosed that his institution is in the process of installing an ATM machine in Monrovia to ease transfer services, noting that no customers will have to go to a teller for money but will receive funds through the machine.Activities marking the anniversary celebration will comprise of various activities, thanksgiving service, sports, and intellectual debates, Mr. Davies disclosed.The intellectual contest will feature Stella Maris Polytechnic University and the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) debating the topic, ‘’Legislating a Bank Account as Pre-requisite for Business Registration,’’ while former LBDI president Mr. Francis A. Dennis and Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh will discuss the challenges and prospects of ‘’Dual Currency’’ in Liberia.The LBDI President further noted that members of the Board are to also discuss strategic plans of the bank for the next five years and targeted actions that will impact infrastructure, agriculture and Small Medium Enterprises (SME), and how LBDI can engage the people of Liberia to deliver need regarding access to finance.Mr. Davies expressed the bank’s commitment to supporting the SMEs and Agriculture sectors, which according to him are the gateways to the country’s economy.Furthermore, he disclosed that LBDI will improve customer service by studying the prevailing conditions to employ new methods. One challenge to customer service at LBDI has been the constant breakdown of the bank’s system, which annoys customers most of the time.“As the bank celebrates its 50th anniversary, we remain strong, more robust and stand to be in the near future the largest bank in the country,” Mr. Davies said.According to him, the celebration is intended to look at the prospects and challenges, and to devise strategies that will help to address the challenges.Mr. Davies paid homage to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s leadership role in the country.’’The press conference at which Mr. Davies and Mr Konneh spoke also brought together Augustine Jarrett, Economic Advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of the LBDI Board of Directors and staff of the bank.Mr. Jarrett expressed appreciation to the bank for its valuable services and urged it to continue.LBDI was founded in 1961 but commenced operations in 1965 as the Liberian Bank for Industrial Development and Investment.Under an amendment in 1974, the name was changed to the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Those were “the words that saved my life,” Christopher Reeve said. For his remaining nine years, Dana Reeve was her husband’s constant companion and supporter during the ordeal of his rehabilitation, winning worldwide acclaim and admiration. With him, she became an activist in the search for a cure for spinal cord injuries. After her husband’s death in October 2004, Reeve said she planned to return to acting. “I am an actress and I do have to make a living,” she said. However, her mother died of complications from ovarian cancer and her own diagnosis came the next summer, two days after the lung cancer death of ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, a smoker. “I thought that after everything that she had gone through with Chris that she would have time to smell the flowers and be in the sun,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. “But apparently that was not meant to be.” Survivors include the Reeves’ 13-year-old son, Will; two grown stepchildren, Matthew and Alexandra; her father, Charles Morosini; and two sisters. Goldberg said Will was “in the loving care of family and friends” and that his mother had arranged for his future. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Officials would not discuss Reeve’s treatment or say when she entered the hospital. But Lewis said she visited her there Friday, when Reeve was “tired but with her typical sense of humor and smile, always trying to make other people feel good, her characteristic personality.” “The brightest light has gone out,” said comedian Robin Williams. “We will forever celebrate her loving spirit.” Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton described Reeve as “a model of tenacity and grace.” Christopher and Dana Reeve married in 1992. Life changed drastically for the young show business couple three years later when Christopher Reeve suffered near-total paralysis in a horse-riding fall and almost died. In his autobiography, “Still Me,” Reeve wrote that he suggested early on to his wife, “Maybe we should let me go.” She responded, “I’ll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You’re still you and I love you.” WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Dana Reeve, the singer-actress who married the strapping star of the “Superman” movies and then devoted herself to his care and his cause after he was paralyzed, has died of lung cancer, 1 years after her husband. She was 44. Although Reeve had announced her cancer diagnosis in August – to an outpouring of sympathy and support from admirers around the world – her death seemed sudden. As recently as Jan. 12, she looked healthy and happy as she belted out Carole King’s “Now and Forever” at a packed Madison Square Garden during a ceremony honoring hockey star Mark Messier, a friend. “Unfortunately, that’s what happens with this awful disease,” said Maggie Goldberg of the Christopher Reeve Foundation, where Dana Reeve had succeeded her husband as chairwoman. “You feel good, you’re responding and then the downturn.” Reeve, who lived in Pound Ridge, died Monday night at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center in Manhattan, said foundation President Kathy Lewis.
Calum Chambers in action against Doncaster Arsenal have confirmed that defender Calum Chambers has signed a two-year contract extension.The 22-year-old, who joined from Southampton in the summer of 2014 and spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, has committed himself to the Gunners until 2021.A statement on the club’s official website read: “Everyone at Arsenal is looking forward to Calum’s continued contribution to the club.”The defender has made just one appearance in the Carabao Cup for the Gunners so far this season. 1
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Riyad Mahrez wants the Foxes to guarantee he will be allowed to leave this summer before returning to training. (The Times)Mahrez’s advisers have claimed Leicester had already agreed to let him leave if a big club offered £50million, yet they still rejected Manchester City’s bid in January. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are reported to have made contact with Juventus over the possibility of signing stirker Paulo Dybala. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal have been linked with Barcelona youth striker Pablo Moreno, 15, after they lost Marcus McGuane to the LaLiga giants in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United and Manchester City are also interested in the Barca youngster – FULL STORY HEREJuventus are confident they will sign Liverpool’s Germany midfielder Emre Can, 24, when his contract expires in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Borussia Dortmund will reportedly demand £88million for Liverpool and Manchester United target Christian Pulisic. (Daily Express)The 19-year-old American starlet has refused to rule out a potential move to Man United – the club he supported as a boy. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are set to bid for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure this summer. Mauricio Pochettino was reportedly impressed by the 25-year-old in the Hornets’ 4-1 win of Chelsea on Monday, but Spurs could face competition with Liverpool and Arsenal also interested in the Frenchman. (Daily Mail)Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says rumours of a summer move to Real Madrid “do not interest” him. (Bild)West Ham are preparing to go head to head with Leicester to sign Manchester City forward Patrick Roberts. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Celtic and is rated at around £15million by the Premier League leaders. (The Sun)Liverpool will face competition from Inter Milan in the race to sign Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij – FULL STORY HERESol Campbell has reportedly held talks with Oxford United over becoming their new manager. (Daily Mail)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines: Stuart Pearce says signing free agent Patrice Evra was a “no-brainer” for West HamNorth London derby preview: Why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is already an Arsenal heroTottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: Who has scored most goals in north London derby? Top Premier League scorers revealedClaude Puel hopeful Riyad Mahrez will return for Leicester after Manchester City clashWest Brom’s Jay Rodriguez vows to clear his name following FA charge for ‘abusive and insulting words’ to Brighton’s Gaetan BongLiverpool news: Mohamed Salah’s incredible goal-to-game ratio in the Premier LeaguePhilippe Coutinho scored his first goals for Barcelona yesterdayAC Milan are ready to offer Ander Herrera a route out of Manchester UnitedWolves will look to snap up AC Milan striker Andre Silva – if they secure promotion to the Premier LeagueArsenal and Manchester United target Elseid Hysaj’s future with Napoli relies on the plans of manager Maurizio Sarri, according to the player’s agent
TODAY Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference, 8 a.m.-noon at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $55. Call (661) 259-3874. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Pros Networking Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24210 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (877) 242-9384. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Baywood Dental Group, 24121 Baywood Lane, Valencia. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. All Valley Le Tip Network will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY Anniversary celebration will feature music, giveaways and free food and smoothies, 7-8 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 28255 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Call (661) 702-1038. Groundbreaking, 10-11 a.m. at Todd Longshore Park, 28151 Whites Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 255-4939. Instrument Petting Zoo will feature orchestral instrument demonstrations, 7-8 p.m. at Borders Books & Music, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 284-6044. Beyond the Honeymoon class for engaged and newly married couples, 8 p.m. at the home of Dan and Carli Broyles. Call (661) 296-6826 for directions. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Special Olympicsoffers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer a beginners class, 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Community School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Cathy at (661) 257-4801 or Tammy at (661) 297-4463. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Business Wake-up Seminar will discuss “Recognition: Do the Right Thing,” 8-10:30 a.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Call (661) 702-6977.
Eji Kawashima’s late heroics rescued a point for Premiership basement boys Dundee United against Hamilton at New Douglas Park.With four minutes to go the Japanese goalkeeper threw himself to his right to keep out Ali Crawford’s penalty and ensure a tense battle finished level.Hamilton were then reduced to 10 men in injury time when Michael Devlin was shown a second yellow card for deliberately handling the ball.The first half was an uninspiring affair, with both sides struggling to carve out meaningful changes. The only moments of interest came in the final 10 minutes of the half, with Crawford driving through the middle following a good move, but firing a rising shot about a foot over the bar.A minute later good work by United’s John Rankin down the left put the ball into Simon Murray’s path, but his shot was kept out by Michael McGovern.The lively Crawford then raced through on the right only to be stopped in his tracks by Paul Paton.Hamilton began the second period on the front foot, with Grant Gillespie blasting wide and a Crawford corner being cleared just as Devlin looked prepared to nod in at the near post. But the hosts could not afford to switch off and were almost punished when a slip by Lucas Tagliapietra allowed Guy Demel to send McKay through, but his shot was well blocked.In the 54th minute United’s claims for a penalty when Coll Donaldson went down under a challenge by Tagliapietra were waved away by referee Steven McLean.Gramoz Kurtaj had the ball in the net for Hamilton after 58 minutes, but he had already been flagged offside as he latched on to Dougie Imrie’s ball.But, when Paton sent Imrie crashing to the turf inside the area as time ran out, Crawford was presented with the chance to settle the contest from the spot. However, Kawashima guessed the right way and kept out his effort.That save spurred on United and they might have snatched a winner, with the tireless Demel and Donaldson both seeing efforts blocked.And things went from bad to worse for Hamilton when Devlin was dismissed moments before the final whistle.
Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards which in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry (Dec 6) Team of the Year: Irish men’s European Race Walking Team Award WinnersAthlete of the Year: Robert Heffernan (Togher) Development Club: Nenagh Olympic AC Endurance: Robert Heffernan (Togher) Outstanding Official Award: Pat Kelly (St Abban’s) U20 Athlete: Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock – Louth) U23 Athlete: Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) University Athlete: Phil Healy (Bandon/UCC) Inspirational Performance: Cliodhna Manning (Kilkenny City Harriers) North Sligo athlete Chris O’Donnell North Sligo AC athlete Christopher O’Donnell was among the winners at the National Athletics Awards held in Santry yesterday.The Grange native was honoured as the top-performing male schools athlete after a number of national successes and after breaking the Irish junior 400m record at the European U20 Championships in Italy during the summer.Donegal coach Teresa McDaid was also honoured at the awards ceremony, while Rob Heffernan was named athlete of the year and the Irish men’s European race walking team was named team of the year.ATHLETICS Lifetime service to Athletics: Al Guy Track & Field: Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) Master Athlete: Mark O’Shea (Drogheda and District) Performance Club: Clonliffe Harriers Mountain Runner: Des Kennedy (Raheny Shamrock) Special Recognition Award: Deirdre Ryan and Paul Hession Service to Coaching: Hayley and Drew Harrison European Athletics Awards: Teresa McDaid, Paddy Marley and Donie Walsh Hall of Fame: Ray Flynn Schools Athletes: Michaela Walsh & Christopher O’Donnell Ultra Athlete: Eoin Keith (Sportsworld)
Guys dread Valentine’s Day, because they don’t know what to buy . . . or how to plan a date . . . or how to pick out flowers. But they know they have to do SOMETHING, so it’s a lot of stress. Here’s how much lower the bar is for women . . . According to a new poll, the #1 gift GUYS want to get for Valentine’s Day this year is . . . NOTHING. The survey only asked if they were married or not. And about a third of the guys weren’t. So some of them are probably just single and don’t EXPECT to get anything. 25% of women also said they don’t want anything this year. 43% of men plan to spend at least $50 on Valentine’s Day this year, compared to just 27% of women who plan to spend that much. The top five gifts women DO want to get are a card . . . candy . . . flowers . . . jewelry . . . and a massage. The top five gifts men want are candy . . . a card . . . BOOZE . . . breakfast in bed . . . and a book. Over 500 men were asked what they want, and 41% said they don’t want anything for Valentine’s Day. It’s possible a lot of those guys just aren’t in relationships though.
Police are considering whether to file charges against a Delaware man who chased down and pointed a gun at a man accused of stealing steaks from a College Square grocery store. Detectives are still investigating the incident and will consult with the attorney general’s office to determine if the 64-year-old man should be prosecuted, according to Sgt. Gerald Bryda, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.The incident began shortly after 1 p.m. Nov. 7 when a man entered the Acme and stole $145 worth of rib-eye steaks and frozen shrimp. An Acme employee chased the man, who got into his car and drove out of the parking lot. Another witness, unconnected to the store, saw the commotion, got into his vehicle and pursued the alleged shoplifter, Bryda said.The witness pulled into the path of the shoplifter’s vehicle and got out to confront him. At some point, the witness, who has a concealed-carry permit, drew his handgun and pointed it at the shoplifter’s vehicle, Bryda said, adding that the witness later told police the vehicle started to move and he was worried the shoplifter would run him over. The shoplifter backed up his vehicle and then sped away.- Sponsor – Meanwhile, police are seeking the public’s help identifying the shoplifter, who was able to get away. He fled in a dark-colored, older-model Chevrolet sedan with tinted windows and a damaged muffler. Anyone with information about the shoplifter should contact Master Cpl. Joseph Conover at 302.366.7100, ext. 3443. [Source: Newark Post] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple Pay#Apple payments#Mobile Payments Apple Pay is set to travel across the pond to the United Kingdom in the first half of 2015. However, the Telegraph reports that one of the UK’s biggest banks is concerned about “the amount of personal and financial information Apple wants to collect about its customers.” The bank’s objection goes against Apple executive Eddy Cue’s insistence that “we are not in the business of collecting your data,” as he announced at the keynote in September. Cue explained that during and after an Apple Pay transaction, “Apple doesn’t know what you bought, where you bought it, or how much you paid for it.” Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has given reason for users to be concerned about security. In September, a major photo theft revealed vulnerabilities in Apple’s iCloud security. See also: Apple To Increase iCloud Security Following Celebrity Photo TheftThe UK bank may be stalling, but the Telegraph reports that sources say “no major bank will want to miss out on Apple Pay,” given the amount of success it has had in the United States. Even if consumers still have cold feet, companies certainly do not. As of mid December, Apple Pay supported 90% of U.S. credit cards in terms of purchase volume.Screenshot of Apple Pay via September Apple keynote Related Posts lauren orsini Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology