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first_imgRamires leaves Chelsea for China; Pato arrivesLONDON (AP):Brazil midfielder Ramires left Chelsea yesterday as compatriot Alexandre Pato arrived in London to join with the Premier League champions.After more than five years at Chelsea, Ramires signed for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. The transfer fee, reported by China’s official Xinhua News Agency to be around £25 million ($36 million), is a record for Chinese football.Chelsea are set to add Pato to their squad until the end of the season. The forward flew in from Brazil to complete an expected loan move from Corinthians.Durant hits 44 points for ThunderNEW YORK (AP):Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points, including the basket that tied the game in regulation time, and the Thunder went on to win 128-122 in overtime at the New York Knicks on Tuesday.The Knicks put up a gallant showing without injured leading scorer Carmelo Anthony but the Thunder won to maintain a 13-game lead atop the NBA’s Northwest Division, ahead of Portland, which had a home win against Sacramento.Among other results, the Los Angeles Clippers held on to win narrowly at Indiana, and Toronto tied a franchise record with its ninth straight win, defeating Washington.Oklahoma City’s Durant hit the tying jumper with 16.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven points in overtime.last_img read more

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Students Urged to Pursue IT Degrees

first_imgDr. Michael P. Slawon, Director General of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), has encouraged students to pursue higher education in Information Technology (IT).Dr. Slawon, addressing students on the campus of BlueCrest University College in Monrovia over the weekend, said the world is now advancing to the extent that technology has become the language of commerce. He called on the students to take advantage of this and pursue IT education to a higher level.Slawon added: “This is why we often travel to different parts of the world to look for universities or colleges such as BlueCrest to come to Liberia and help government to (provide) IT knowledge.” He commended the students for their wise decision to enroll at BlueCrest to acquire degrees in the IT sector, which he said is in theirs and the country’s best interest.Slawon said many other students have graduated with so many degrees in disciplines other than IT, but were yet to find jobs.He challenged the students who enrolled at BlueCrest to remain focused, noting that they were on the right side of the government.By enrolling at BlueCrest, Dr. Slawon said the students have chosen an academic career that will take them to places where they will achieve their potentials.BlueCrest Country Manager, Rameswar Mehrotra, admonished the freshmen students to make maximum use of the knowledge the teachers have acquired to teach them at BlueCrest.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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Ombek edge out Manyatta to reach Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Nyanza final

first_imgThe last match of the day played under sunny conditions saw Ben Ogot send the Red Devis ahead at the quarter hour mark with a brilliant goal after weaving past two defenders to unleash a cracker in the box for the opener.The Red Devis nearly doubled the lead in the 25th minute when Davis Okoth curled in a cross to find Charlse Olunga in the right position, but the forward was denied by Manyatta keeper Byron Ochieng.Ombek will meet Awendo Academy in the final on Sunday. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONManyatta conceded a set-piece in the 33rd minute after Red Stars’ Peter Ogina was fouled at the edge of the box by Ibramim Ochieng. However, they squandered the opportunity after Lameck Ngala hit the wall.The second half belonged to Manyatta who dominated as they pilled pressure on Red Devils with their meaningful chance coming in the 60th minute. Benson Ochieng was brought down in the box by Red Devils defender Alex Ombok.Surprisingly the centre referee ruled for an indirect free-kick inside the box instead of a penalty. Geoffrey Otieno blazed over the set-piece to fade their hopes of finding an equaliser.-By Rosemary Onchari-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ombek Red Devils from Homabay County eliminated Manyatta from Kisumu to reach the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom final. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKISII, Kenya, Dec 9 – Ombek Red Devils from Homa Bay will square it out with Awendo Academy in the final of the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Boys category after edging out Manyatta from Kisumu 1-0 at the Gusii Stadium on Saturday.To reach the final that will be played on Sunday, Awendo beat Nyamira Super Eagles 2-0 in the first semi final.last_img read more

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TRANSFER ALERT! Bayern to battle Arsenal and Man United for Real Madrid star

first_imgBayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, claim reports in Spain.The Colombian star is set to be sold by the Spanish giants this summer after a substandard campaign at the Bernabeu and former manager Carlo Ancelotti is eager to bring him to Bayern when he takes charge in July.James excelled under Ancelotti in his first season at Real as he carried on where he left off from the 2014 World Cup by registering 17 goals.According to AS, Bayern have contacted James’ agent, Jorge Mendes, over a possible deal as they aim to nudge ahead of Arsenal and United in the queue to land the 24-year-old.Mendes is due to meet Real president Florentino Perez in the coming days to discuss James’ future in the Spanish capital, but it is looking increasingly likely that the playmaker will be sold this summer. James Rodriguez in action for Real Madrid 1last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgPalmdale Repertory Theatre presents the Tony-winning comedy-drama “Mornings at Seven,” 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E., Palmdale. Tickets: $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors, students and military personnel. Call (661) 267-5684. “Retro Vacation Slide Show,” culled by Charles Phoenix from garage sales and elsewhere, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15. Call (661) 723-5950. Cedar Street Theatre will perform Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 29 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center’s J.P. Eliopulos Family Theater, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Local author Diana Beard-Williams will discuss and sign her mystery novel “Unfinished Business,” 1 p.m. Sunday at Barnes and Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Pianist Jim Wilson will perform with a cinematic multimedia montage, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, or $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Travelogue on western Canada will be presented, 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Desert Opera Theater will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” 8 p.m. Feb. 10-19 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20, or $16 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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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YOUNG DONEGAL FARMERS PENALISED IN UNJUST FINANCE BILL – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says a number of measures contained in the Finance Bill will have a detrimental impact on farmers in the county.Charlie McConalogue TDHe claims he Bill must be amended to reflect the changing face of Irish farming, or risk destroying viable businesses.Deputy McConalogue commented, “The clause in the Finance Bill on agricultural relief is not only unrealistic and unworkable, it will act as a major deterrent for the new generation of farmers. Many young farmers in Donegal have to seek work outside of their farms to make ends meet. Government inaction on the beef crisis, which has seen prices plummet over the past year, has added to the financial burden on many farm families, forcing them to take on other jobs where possible to ensure a future for themselves. “If this Bill is not amended, hundreds of part-time farmers in Donegal will be excluded from the reduced stamp duty rates. This could see many younger farmers losing out because they are hit with the high tax rates associated with taking on the farms from their parents or other relatives. The Finance Bill requires active farmers to spend more than 50% of their working time on their farms, however the changing farming landscape has made it a necessity for many farmers to also have an off-farm job to generate a sustainable income.”He added that the Bill should discriminate against farmers who have been forced to take outside work to make ends meet.“It is extremely important that the Finance Bill does not discriminate against genuine part-time farmers, who because of the Government’s failure to invest in agriculture and support farming communities, are forced to take on outside work to make a living.“Fianna Fáil will be tabling an amendment to the Bill, which will protect genuine part-time farmers from excessive stamp duty payments”.  YOUNG DONEGAL FARMERS PENALISED IN UNJUST FINANCE BILL – McCONALOGUE was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalfarmersFinance Billlast_img read more

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Bernanke stirs interest rate fears

first_imgWASHINGTON – Wall Street gulped and stocks plunged Monday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke decried recent increases in inflation and pledged action if necessary to make sure surging energy prices don’t make things worse. If the Federal Reserve follows through, that probably will mean higher interest rates, just when investors thought the Fed was about finished with its two-year rate-raising campaign. For millions of Americans, rising borrowing costs would make it more expensive to buy a home or a car or to make other big-ticket purchases. It also would make payments more expensive on all the debt people have racked up – from credit cards to loans for education, vacations and other things. On Wall Street, Bernanke’s fresh inflation warning sent the Dow Jones industrials sliding 199.15 points to close at 11,048.72. It had dropped even more, 214 points, two weeks ago on May 17. So far this year, inflation at the consumer level has been elevated in large part by rising energy prices, Bernanke said. As measured by the Consumer Price Index, “core” inflation rose at an annual rate of 3.2 percent over the last three months and 2.8 percent over the past six months. “These are unwelcome developments,” he said. Fed policymakers pay close attention to “core” inflation figures to get a better sense of how prices of lots of other goods and services are behaving. As these core measures have marched higher, economists have worried that surging energy prices are feeding into higher price tags for more and more items. Oil prices, which hit a record high of more than $75 a barrel, are hovering around $73 a barrel. Gasoline prices have climbed, topping $3 a gallon in some areas. To combat inflation, the Federal Reserve has boosted interest rates 16 times since June 2004. The Fed, which meets next on June 28-29, has said that coming rate decisions will rely heavily on how barometers on economic activity and inflation look. Economists said Bernanke’s remarks increased the likelihood that the Fed will bump up rates again, to 5.25 percent. “He is sending a signal that further rate increases are likely to stem some of the upward drift in inflation.” said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Bank of America’s Investment Strategies Group. A few economists, however, still think the Fed might leave rates alone later this month to assess economic conditions. The economy, which grew at a brisk 5.3 percent pace in the opening quarter of this year, is slowing to a more moderate pace, Bernanke said. Higher energy prices are playing a role by making some consumers more cautious in their spending. Another factor is a cooling housing market.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Higher borrowing costs also will pinch Americans invested in stocks and bonds – be it through their 401(k)s, mutual funds or other investments. “For the average American, their economic lives will become slightly less comfortable while interest rates rise,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. Nationwide, inflation is still a big risk, even though the once barreling economy is now slowing, the Fed chief said. In deciding the Federal Reserve’s next interest rate move in late June, Bernanke said, he and other Fed policymakers will give the inflation outlook a very close look. They “will be vigilant” to ensure that the recent pattern of higher readings in core inflation – which excludes food and energy prices – is not sustained, he told an international monetary conference here. Bernanke offered his most extensive assessment of current economic conditions – he said the economy was “in a period of transition” – and the challenges facing Fed policymakers. Not once did he mention the possibility of the Fed taking a pause in its two-year-old rate-raising campaign. last_img read more

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MARY SWEENEY’S GRANDCHILDREN BRING HOME THE BACON!

first_imgAnna, Connie, Beth, Eimear, Sean, Luke, Michael. All young Sweeneys’.Also included in the photo are Emma Bulugn and Mary Sweeney aka Nana Mary!Mary Sweeney recently gave seven of her grandchildren piggy banks to do a collection for the Fergus Cleary Romanian appeal.The aim was to buy goats and hens for families known to Fergus in Romania and between them the children collected a total of €213.70 over a six week period.The money was collected from their pocket money, loose change that came into their paths and so on. Every car and pocket was not safe from the loose change scavengers!They were very proud handing over the money to Emma Bulugn, the Romanian representative, at the weekend. MARY SWEENEY’S GRANDCHILDREN BRING HOME THE BACON! was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalFergus Cleary’s Romanian AppealMary SweeneySwilly Drivelast_img read more

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Kizza lone strike hands KCCA FC victory over Bul FC

first_img Tags: Busoga UnitedKCCA FCMustafa KiizaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop KCCA FC players celebrating their only goal in the win over Busoga United on Tuesday.Uganda Premier League Busoga united 0-1 KCCAFUFA Technical Center, Njeru Tuesday, 03-09-2019Youngstar Mustafa Kiiza scored the lone goal of the game as KCCA edged Busoga United 0-1 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.This was the second win of the season for the Kasasiro Boys while the second loss for Busoga united.Kiiza scored through a free kick in the 38th minute.The hosts will have themselves to blame for failing to convert at least one of the chances they had on the day with Dan Sewava the main culprit.Ali Kimera the Busoga United custodian also denied Erisa Ssekisambu and Mike Mutyaba a chance to see the back of the net.Joseph Kafumbe a KCCA academy graduate was handed his debut on the team.Kafumbe who replaced Jackson Nunda, nearly scored with his first touch but Kimera parried his shot away for a corner kick.The result leaves KCCA with six points after two games while Busoga United have no point garnered yet.Busoga will take on Bright Stars in their next fixture on Saturday while KCCA will visit Maroons on Friday.Busoga United XIAli Kimera, Ismah Kawawulo, Douglas Muganga, Isaac Isinde, Shafik Kakeeto, Ivan Wani,George Kasonko, Jeromy Kirya, Joel Madondo, Dan SewavaKCCA XICharles Lukwago, Musa Ramathan, John Revita, Samuel Kato, Gift Ali, Jackson Nunda, Mike Mutyaba, Erisa Ssekisambu, AllanComments last_img read more

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Half-time: Exeter 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR’s pre-season campaign is underway in glorious sunshine at St James Park.Rob Green produced an early save to deny Exeter’s Jake Gosling but the first half was largely dominated by a Rangers side that included Luke Young.Veteran full-back Young, who is looking to salvage his career following a long struggle with a hip condition, served up a decent cross from the right which was headed wide by Bobby Zamora.Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephane Mbia both had efforts saved by Grecians keeper Artur Krysiak before the lively Armand Traore was unlucky not to score for Rangers after a skilful run.The visitors will make wholesale changes at the interval, with new signing Danny Simpson set to make his debut for the club and Andrew Johnson in line to feature following a long-term knee injury.First-half QPR team: Green, Young, Onuoha, Hill, Traore; Wright-Phillips, Mbia, Granero, Hoilett; Jenas; Zamora. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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