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‘Put Liberia First Business Campaign’ Launched

first_imgLIBA executives along with other members from Liberia and USA pose for a group photo after the pre-launchThe Liberian Business Association (LIBA-Liberia) and the United States chapter of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA-USA) have pre-launched a new business idea, “Put Liberia First Campaign,” to encourage Liberian-owned business entrepreneurs to support each other.Jackson George, executive director of LIBA-USA, who pre-launched the campaign, told a cross section of Liberian businesses that the campaign is also aimed at encouraging Liberians to support Liberian-owned businesses.Mr. George said the “Put Liberia First Campaign” will serve as a promotion tool to encourage business owners to prioritize Liberian-owned businesses, as well as products created by Liberians, on the market.At an elaborate meeting held yesterday in Paynesville by LIBA-Liberia and LIBA-USA, the executive director further said the interest of Liberian business institutions and entrepreneurs will “benefit from this unique opportunity that recognizes their efforts towards achieving quality.”In remarks, the president of LIBA-Liberia, David K. Sembeh, expressed frustration with the way Liberian businesses are treated.“It is pitiful to note that there are perceptions out there that we Liberians are not patriotic citizens, not nationalistic, and not supportive, especially when it comes to business; and it is true, so this campaign is to conscioustize us to move forward.“We want to set Saturday aside for this campaign and everyone here should serve as ambassadors out there and where Liberian businesses can feel the impact of other Liberians,” he said.However, Mr. Sembeh said the campaign is not intended to push out foreign counterparts, “we are not against them doing business in the country, but we want to make sure that Liberians take back their economy.”For her part, M. Leelai Kpukuyou, secretary general of LIBA-Liberia, urged Liberians to support Liberian owned-businesses.“Go to a Liberian restaurant to eat, visit a dry cleaner, be able to get in touch with Liberian travel agencies, and construction companies wherever we can in order to support our own economy,” she 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

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Bryant saves his best for last

first_imgFor More Info Bryant bombarded the Clippers with 40 points in the second half – the second highest point total in a half in Lakers history. He once scored 42 in a half in March 2003. His biggest shot came with 11.4 seconds left, a running jump shot that snapped a 12-1 Clippers run. The Clippers were briefly up 109-108 with 25.0 seconds left when Elton Brand scored over the Lakers’ Kwame Brown. In his second game back from a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul, Bryant hit a game-winning 6-foot jump shot with 11.4 seconds left and exploded for 50 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to give the Lakers a 112-109 victory in front of 20,154 Saturday night at Staples Center. • Photo Gallery: 01/07: Lakers vs. Clippers LOS ANGELES – If the Lakers and Clippers are connected this season as borderline playoff teams without serious chances of winning a championship, the Lakers at least have one thing the Clippers don’t: a show-stopping, logic-defying superstar with the ability to take over basketball games and do things that often border on impossible named Kobe Bryant. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Clippers had a possession down 110-109 with 11.4 seconds, but a turnover from Shaun Livingston gave the Lakers’ Smush Parker an uncontested fast-break layup to put the Lakers up 112-109. On the Clippers’ next possession, Cuttino Mobley made a 3-point shot that came after the final buzzer. Mobley finished with a season-high 36 points, and Brand had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant scored 11 consecutive points with three 3-pointers in a 2:01 span to start the fourth quarter and give the Lakers an 89-82 lead. But after that, the scrappy Clippers hung around and engineered a 10-1 run to pull to 108-107 with 48.6 left. Midway through the third quarter, it hardly looked as if Bryant and the Lakers could pounce on the Clippers the way they did. The Clippers led by 13 midway through the third quarter and were up 82-78 heading into Bryant’s quarter, the fourth quarter. The Clippers had never beaten the Lakers three in a row in Clippers history until they won on Nov. 18 with a 97-91 victory. Historically, the Lakers have beaten up on the Clippers more than any other team. So compared with the body of their matchups, the past few games have been an aberration. The Lakers held a .750 winning percentage (124-42) against the Clippers heading into Saturday’s game, and the Lakers just lost two series to the Clippers in 1992-93 and 1974-75, when the franchise was the Buffalo Braves. Hardly a day goes by in which the topic of Clippers injuries doesn’t come up between Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy and reporters. That subject came up again on Saturday and became most apparent with the team’s defense of Bryant. The Clippers started rookie Daniel Ewing on Bryant, then switched to second-year guards Shaun Livingston and Quinton Ross. Typically, Corey Maggette defends Bryant, but he is out with a separated ligament in his left foot. “He’s somebody that puts a lot of pressure on Kobe to play defense – that’s the biggest thing,” Dunleavy said. “When you run into someone on the schedule with a really good player, you want to make him expend energy on both ends of the floor.” joe.stevens@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 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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OPEN SEASON FOR CRIMINALS AS JUSTICE MINISTER SNUBS DONEGAL

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has slammed the news that NO new Gardai will be coming to Co Donegal despite the recent spate of criminality.No new Gardai will be coming to Donegal.The Dail was told that there are currently 412 Gardai and 29 Garda Reserves serving the entire county.But Deputy McConalogue says this is down from 466 in recent years. And the Fianna Fail TD said once again that Donegal is a special case because of its close proximity to the border.“The Minister for Justice is just not listening to the fact that Donegal is a special case and recent weeks has shown that once again.“The Minister says that he will continue with intelligence-led operations ro combat crime but that is only one aspect of policing.“The bottom line remains that there is no greater deterrent to criminals than to see Gardai on the street. “The reality is that numbers for Gardai in Donegal have reduced from 466 to 412 which is around a 12% reduction.“That is sending out all the worng messages to criminals that they can just use the border areas to come and go.“We have seen evidence of this in recent weeks with incidents along the border,” he said. OPEN SEASON FOR CRIMINALS AS JUSTICE MINISTER SNUBS DONEGAL was last modified: December 13th, 2013 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 McConalogueGardaiJUSTICE MINISTERlast_img read more

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