Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Wellington girls basketball team lost its first game of the season with a 53-31 defeat against Sterling, Saturday night at the Kingman Tournament Classic.After trailing Sterling 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Blackbears went on a 13-0 run to start the second quarter and would never look back. The Crusaders were down 35-16 at the half.Â The second half saw both teams trade baskets with plenty of reserves seeing playing time. The loss drops Wellington to 2-1. The Crusaders start league play next Tuesday when they host Andale.Kailey Jenkins led Wellington with 14 points. Sterling was led by Dani Dowell who had 20 points. No other girl was in double figures.We have updates of the Wellington boys basketball championship game of the Kingman Tournament on our twitter account cueballnewscow. Just log onto twitter.com and follow Cueballnewscow.Girls: Sterling 53 Wellington 31.Â Wellington: Jenkins 14, Hefley 3, Williams 3, Amrein 2, McComb 3, Ledesma 2, Lewellen 3, Hamel 2. Totals: 10 (3) 2-4 31.Sterling: Comley 6, Lambert 1, Nuest 6, Lambert 6, Wilson 2, Dowell 4, Fox 1, D. Dowell 20, Riffel 7. Total: 13 (5) 12-19 53.
Daily specials:Â Every month, there is a daily food special at Penny’s Diner.This month’s daily specials include:Monday – Jambalaya with corn bread.Tuesday – Turkey and noodle soup.Wednesday – Meat loaf dinner.Thursday – Salisbury Steak.Friday- Ham and Beans and cornbread.Saturday – Hot open Roast beef – Texas toast.Sunday – Quarter Leg Chicken Dinner.Also don’t forget about the Blue Light specials everyday including the grilled ham and cheese sandwich with potato soup and a drink; two hot dogs, french fries and drink; and the Grease Burger – which is two burger patties, cheeseburgers, lettuce, pickles, onions, fries and a drink. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€”Â Things are happening in the east lots of U.S. 160 and Woodlawn in Wellington. Really happening.Oak Tree Inn is expanding. Penny’s Diner is in full force. And the beleaguered parking lot known as the Warner Mall strip is getting a complete makeover. The old structure is coming down and the dilapidated parking lot is getting rebuilt.Oak Tree Inn, built in 1993, will be renamed Green Country Inn.By this time next year the are will be almost unrecognizable.So this Christmas, celebrate with them with a family dinner at Penny’s Diner. There are specials galore and a Christmas feast dinner for those of you unable to celebrate with their family.First let’s get to the news. As previously reported here,Â Oak Tree is expanding and will have two hotels. T.R. Lodging Enterprises, Inc. of Wichita, the owners of Oak Tree Inn, has announced that it will be building a 110 room new Oak Tree Inn that will house both railroaders and commercial transient traffic on the lot south of U.S. 160. The company will also maintain their current hotel of 80 rooms on the north side.The name of the current hotel will be changed from Oak Tree Inn to Green Country Inn.The reason for the expansion?â€¦ More railroad traffic.“Last week we had 120 railroaders a day, and I only had 80 rooms available,” said Noah List, Oak Tree Inn/Penny’s Diner manager. “We are transporting a lot of railroaders out of town at the moment to Haysville, Arkansas City, and Wichita”T.R. Lodging signed a contract with BNSF Railroad earlier this year, and one of the stipulations was to provide more lodging.“We have to get this lodging built by November, 2014 or we get penalized,” List said.In the meantime, Penny’s and Oak Tree Inn will continue to settle and operate through the holiday. Contact: Oak Tree Inn at 620-326-8191; Penny’s Diner at 620-326-6700.E-mail them at: email@example.com. Christmas dinnerPenny’s Diner, which opened in 1998, will stay put with the building of the new hotel complex.Penny’s Diner never closesâ€¦ ever. There are no locks on the door.So this Christmas Day, a special dinner will be prepared with turkey and all the fixings.“You will be amazed how many people come out for that,” List said. “During Thanksgiving we served 35 turkey dinners. When you are the only thing open in town during the holiday that happens.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The future location of the Wellington Middle School auxiliary gymnasium has been changed.At its Thursday meeting, the Wellington school board approved constructing the auxiliary gymnasium south of the east pod where the WMS Little Theater sits. The auxiliary gym was originally to be built on the lower level next to the cafeteria.People familiar with the landscape on the east side of the WMS complex know that there are two tier levels with the middle school sitting above and the track and many out-buildings below.PBA Architect in Wichita supplied three options to the board with cost estimates of where to new building will be constructed. Two of those options would construct the building below. It was estimated that not only these two options would be more expensive, but there were some significant logistical problems.Â For one thing, drainage would be an issue in the area, the architect said. Also, constructing a building next to the cafeteria would mean moving the main sewer and water lines. Just that alone could cost the school district more than $68,000, the estimates said.The new plan is to construct a separate building above, and to change the flow of the parking lot.â€œIt makes more sense having it above,â€ said Wellington board member Carol Hadorn. â€œFor one thing it will be closer to the main flow of activity.â€The auxiliary gym would include a walkway to and from the main building and could be used for after school programs and other community functions. It could also be opened when the main WMS complex is locked. Security cameras would be used when students file from the main complex to the new auxiliary building, Hadorn said.â€œIt wouldnâ€™t be much different than the ag building at the high school,â€ said Bob White, Wellington school board member.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢WHS Cum Laude programThe board unanimously approved new scholastic incentives called the â€œCum Laude Recognitionâ€ program as recommended by WHS Principal Adam Hatfield.The need for such action is becoming apparent as to the multiple number of potential Salutatorian and Valedictorian candidates looming on the immediate horizon, Hatfield said.Students could either accomplish Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude status. The requirements are as follows: Kansas Scholar*CompletionCompletionCompletion WHS Cum Laude requirements *Kansas Scholar Curriculum includes: English 4 years, Math 4 years, Science 3 years, Social Science 3 years, Foreign Language 2 years. AP Classes**NoneNone1 or more. Cum LaudeMagna Cum LaudeSumma Cum Laude ACT score232629 GPA3.5 or better3.5 or better3.5 or better **Wellington High School will offer two AP Classes beginning in 2015-16. AP Literagure and Composition; AP Calculus. The program will go into effect for the graduating class of 2019 , which will be next yearâ€™s freshmen.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Wellington junior high update:Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said Hillside Baptist Church officials have sent a letter of interest to the school district expressing interest in possibly purchasing the Wellington Junior High building. The group said in the letter the school district could still use the locker rooms and the auditorium for various events.The board members said they would like to pursue further discussions. Wellington Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth said a group representing the church has already toured the facility.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Employment changes:The board accepted the following employment transfers:Resignations:â€¢Heather Cline: Fresh Start Coordinator – effective at end of 2014-15 school year;â€¢Nancy Roth – Wellington Middle School counselor end of 14-15 school yearâ€¢Stephanie Smith- WMS assistant tennis boys coach.â€¢Katrina Dvorak – para educator at Kennedy Elementary.Hiring:â€¢Kisten Tussey – Welington Middle School math.â€¢Laura Hickman- WHS PE and health teacher and WHS assistant volleyball coach.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢In other board business:â€¢The board went into executive session for non-elected personnel for an hour. No action was taken thereafter.â€¢The Kansas Star Casino donated $42,001 to USD 353 for classroom purposes.â€¢The board will not renew its contract between USD 353 and Interlocal 619.â€¢Approval was given for three out-of-state trips during the spring and summer. The school district will pay $2,755 out of the Kansas Star All-star fund for a BPA trip to Anaheim, Calif. involving 11 students. On another trip, the district would pay for the van and fuel for the Wellington Art Club going to Dallas.â€¢The proposal to use the Wellington High School building for the Kansas Wheat Festival Ag Days was tabled so more details can be agreed upon.â€¢Roth said there are 462 new computers that have been purchased with 150 to go as part of the computer updated technology plan. All of the computer labs at the Wellington High School and Middle School have been updated.â€¢The board gave USD 353 food director Sandy Clift the authority to open discussions with Futures Unlimited with providing lunches to their students.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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I don’t ever remember their being such a controversy in the old days. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down MJE · 281 weeks ago Why are so few advanced classes available? I attended high school in another state, but in a district comparable in size to Wellington. We were offered more than 2 AP classes: US History, Physics, Chemistry, and two different English AP classes(a lit class and a composition class) . Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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== In Ventura, Joe Schmit won the mayor’s race 66-44 over Dustin Pachtinger. The three at-large council seats went to Dayyl Heinemann (101), John Quintas (93) and Cory Caldwell (63). CLEAR LAKE — There were no contested races for Clear Lake city government on this year’s ballot. At-large councilman Mike Callanan and First Ward councilman Mark Ebeling won another term. Gary Hugi, who served one term in an at-large seat from 2013 to 2017, was unopposed for the Third Ward seat currently held by Jim Boehnke, who decided not to run for a third term. == In Rockwell, Brian Koob and Larry Wentz won the two seats on the Rockwell city council. Koob had 136 votes, Larry Wentz had 102. Wendy Perrott finished third with 65. == Megan Quam beat Joanna Augustus 43-19 to fill the vacancy for mayor in Rock Falls See the full results of Cerro Gordo County here == The three incumbents won re-election to the Clear Lake School Board. Michael Moeller had 402 votes, John Brady 346 and Chad Kuhlers 289. Their challenger, John Raymond, collected 256 votes. Clear Lake School District voters also overwhelmingly approved the school district’s revenue purpose statement by a 469-56 margin. In the other municipal races that were contested on the ballot in Cerro Gordo County: == There was not a contested race for the Mason City School Board. Incumbents Lorrie Lala and Brent Seaton will be joined by Katherine Koehler and Kristine Cassel, who won their first term on Tuesday.
The goal was originally to raise funds for their operations, and competitions were held between different rescue teams that went head-to-head in off-road races.The first official championship was held in 1965 in the Mosfellsdal Valley, near the capital Reykjavik.Formula Offroad has since spread outside Iceland, particularly to other Nordic states, but it has also made its way to the US.– Expensive cars –One of the cars lining up for the Akrafjall race is dubbed Hekla, and it packed around 1,000 horsepower under the hood.Drivers must be careful with that kind of power however, it isn’t just for speed.The tracks “are not that long and they are difficult, you have to turn … so speed is not an option,” mechanic Arnar Bjarkarsson tells AFP.“The main thing is about power,” Bjarkarsson explains, noting that all those horses had to be tamed.Successful drivers can be tight-lipped about how to achieve that.“The more you train, the better you get,” Thor Palsson, winner of 2018 and 2019 championships, replied when queried by AFP.Drivers, who are almost all amateurs, are often more concerned with just finishing than getting a record time.“I have to be really progressive and thinking what I’m going to do and try to choose the best way to drive. And maybe it’s working or maybe not,” says Haukur Einarsson, a driver who also plays bass in a rock band.Meanwhile, trying to limit breakage isn’t only aimed at keeping drivers safe, but also to protect their wallets, as cars cost between five and 15 million kronur (around $40,000 to $120,000).In the early 2000s, international TV channels like Eurosport and the BBC were interested in torfaera, which drew sponsors as well.But with the 2008 financial crisis, sponsors became scarce, forcing drivers and their teams to rely more and more on themselves.Share on: WhatsApp Known internationally as “Formula Offroad,” a more direct translation of the Icelandic torfaera is “difficult driving” or “difficult road”Akranes, Iceland | AFP | After more than half a century, revving engines in the tough off-road sport known locally as “torfaera” still draw crowds who love the noise and daring drivers.It’s late summer and Akrafjall mountain, which looms over the small town of Akranes, has been turned into a temporary race track.Instead of asphalt, rocky terrain dotted with tufts of grass serves as proving grounds for the drivers of 19 purpose-built 4×4 vehicles.Known internationally as “Formula Offroad,” a more direct translation of the Icelandic torfaera is “difficult driving” or “difficult road”.Ahead of the fourth of five rounds of the Icelandic championship, the vehicles, which look like a cross between a jeep and a dune buggy, are being prepared for the challenge.At the wheel of “Bomban” (The bomb), 30-year-old Olafur Ingjaldsson is a bag of nerves before his first race.“But it happens so fast that you forget everything. They say you can go and 10-20 seconds later it’s over,” he tells AFP, in a effort to reassure himself at the same time.The drivers are only protected by a helmet, a safety harness and the vehicle’s reinforced roof.Racing up and down steep hills, the drivers try to pass through gates and earn points.Stopping or touching one of the gates results in points being deducted.Some drivers make the tracks, which include seemingly vertical hill climbs, look effortless, while others get stuck in the dirt or tip over, leaving their cars looking like a turtle on its back.– National success –The suspense draws several thousand spectators.Crowds are filled with families and tickets cost around 2,500 Icelandic kronur (around $20 or 18 euros).“The enjoyment is the excitement, hearing the noise and seeing people sort of trying the impossible,” said Tryggvi Thordarson, president of the Icelandic Motorsport Association, which governs torfaera.Starting in the early 1960s, the sport was born when fans of 4x4s working for Icelandic rescue services began to show what their vehicles were capable of in the hilly terrain.
If we can say one good thing about COVID-19 it is that it is creating more job opportunities when it comes to online retailers who are now struggling to keep up with demand.Amazon, in particular, says it is now looking to hire 100,000 workers and is willing to issue a $2 an hour temporary pay raise for all hourly employees. This means the majority of Amazon employees will be making $15 an hour or more at least through April.“We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,” said Dave Clark, who oversees Amazon’s warehouse and delivery network.In addition to hiring, the company has redefined their time-off policy for hourly workers. Workers have been told that they could take as much time off as they wanted in March but that they would only be paid if they had earned time off. Additionally, Amazon said it would pay hourly workers for up to two weeks if they contracted the virus or needed to be quarantined.The retailer is currently looking to hire workers at its warehouses, delivery centers, and its Whole Foods grocery stores and is seeking to fill both full-time and part-time positions.If you are interested in possibly working for Amazon click here.
The Governments of the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China signed two separate bilateral agreements aimed at enhancing the Liberian Government’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus, and helping the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) respectively.Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and China’s Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Yue signed on behalf of their respective governments.According to the first agreement, the Chinese Government provided the Liberian Government with a batch of medical materials as gratuitous assistance, one million Chinese Yuan (valued at US$162,310) as the Liberian Government continues to exalt efforts in eradicating Ebola.The Chinese Government, through the second agreement, also provided technical aid and training to the LBS at the value of more than US$1 million (6,500,000.00 Chinese Yuan). According to the agreement, the Chinese Government will dispatch four technicians (one for transmitter, one for audio frequency, one for generator and one interpreter) to Liberia, to provide technical instructions in the operation and maintenance of the facilities of the LBS and conduct technical training for its personnel. The Chinese Government shall also supply some necessary equipment and spare parts.During the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill, Foreign Minister Ngafuan, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian people, thanked the Chinese Government for its response to the fight against Ebola in Liberia and support to LBS.Describing China as a true friend, the Liberian Foreign Minister lauded his Chinese counterpart for the efforts and further stated that such signing ceremonies only testify to the solidity of Liberia-China relationships.He said the Chinese provision of the medical equipment towards the Ebola fight in Liberia shows that China is a “friend indeed”.Minister Ngafuan used the occasion to also laud China’s continuous assistance to LBS. He stressed the importance of effective communication which he said is the gap between what is being done and how it is marketed.He lauded LBS’ ‘great job in the rural parts’, alluding to the impacts the state broadcasting entity has in rural Liberia when the station is on but also when it is not on.For his part, Ambassador Zhang said, “We appreciate very much the efficient efforts being made by the Liberian Government since the outbreak of this virus and also the media that raised the social awareness about the prevention of this virus…At this critical moment, China as a friend to Liberia, is reaching out with a helping hand when our friend is in need during this period of difficulties.”The Chinese Envoy said he believes that the strong leadership of the Liberian Government and its people, with the cooperation of the International Community, will overcome of the Ebola virus.On the technical assistance to LBS, Amb. Zhang emphasized that it will further enhance the cooperation between the two countries in the area of telecommunications which he believes will improve the mutual communication and the mutual understanding of the peoples of China and Liberia.He also thanked the Liberian Government for its support and coordinated cooperation for such initiatives. The Chinese Ambassador then assured the Liberian Government that such cooperation will continue in building the capacities of the state-owned broadcasting entity.Reflecting on China’s wealth of experience on dealing with such national health emergencies, Health Minister Walter Gwenigale expressed his appreciation to the Chinese for their contribution towards Liberia’s fight against Ebola.The Health Minister also used the occasion to reveal that there have been no new cases of Ebola reported for the past weeks in Liberia.The Liberian Health Minister also listed some of China’s huge contribution to the Liberian health sector including the Tappita Hospital and the Health Ministry’s current headquarters in Congo Town.For his part, the Director-General of the LBS, D. Ambrose Nmah, on behalf of the entity’s board and its entire management expressed gratitude to China for its endless support to LBS which he said is far beyond what has been expected.He emphasized that the success of any nation depends on effective communication with its people. Director Nmah recalled China’s assistance to the LBS including aids to its television network and its expansion exercise nationwide as well as China’s ongoing effort in helping Liberia to transform from analog to digital before the June, 2015 expiry date.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Speaking at the Education Rally at the D’Urban Park on Friday, the Head of State said that all schools should be facilitated with quality teachers capable enough to provide quality education.President David GrangerPresident David Granger stated: “We are in a race between education and catastrophe and if we are not careful, we will end up in catastrophe,” noting the need for quality and qualified professionals in the education system.Also speaking on the issue, Education Minister Rupert Roopnaraine said that currently the work teachers do is underestimated and that the professionals need to be rewarded.“I said publicly on more than one occasion that I believe that we need to reward our teachers more than we do, because the work that they are doing is on the railway of the most vital work of the nation.”According to the Minister, “They are producing the Guyanese of the future, the Guyanese that you will need in the 21st century, this is what our teachers are charged with. There can be no more demanding and to my mind no more noble task, than the task confronting our teachers.”Having benefitted from a strong educational system, Roopnaraine said that he is aware of areas in the system that need urgent attention as it relates to the professionals.He urged teachers to commit themselves to the job that they are entrusted with and noted that there are areas in the system that are to be disposed of for improvement; all of that is currently being studied.“So I want to urge all of my colleagues and I am delighted that the President is here himself because him, like myself, benefitted from committed skilful teachers and I want to say that I think we understand some of the areas that need fortification and some of the areas where we need to dispose of entirely.”The teachers at the rally were enthusiastic of the recognition they received for the work that they do which they conveyed with loud applauds.
Special Statement to the Nation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Delivered Sunday, November 16, 2014 My fellow Liberians: Even as we continue to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve our national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, we must also attend to what will be a difficult job of recovery – recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction. This requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that is understanding of the prevailing challenges, and are resolved to respond by taking appropriate risks to get things done on time. It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead. And so today, I announce a number of changes to the Executive Branch of the Government. A few are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance. Others are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country. I am deeply grateful for the services and contribution of all of those we who have served or continue to serve. We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship. My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations. With these remarks, I am pleased to make the following initial appointments, others to follow at a subsequent time: Ministry of Public Works Mr. William Gyude Moore, Minister Mr. Roland Giddings, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Education Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, Minister Dr. Nancy Freeman, Deputy Minister for Administration Mr. Anthony Nimely, Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development National Investment Commission Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, Chairperson Ministry of Health Mr. George Werner, Minister Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection Mrs. Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister Mr. Peter Roberts, Deputy Minister for Administration Mrs. Sienne Abdul-Baki, Deputy Minister for Gender Mrs. Mardia Martin Wiles, Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning & Technical Services Mrs. Lydia Sherman, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Protection Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Wede Brownell, Deputy Minister for Administration Ms. Albratha Doe, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry of Transport Mr. Bushuben M. Keita, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Commerce & Industry Mr. Cyril Allen, Jr., Deputy Minister for Commerce Mr. Mohammed Turay, Assistant Minister for Industry National AIDS Commission Ms. Candace Eastman, Commissioner (replacing Ms. Wessehdi Sio-Njoh) Ministry of Youth & Sports Mr. Ramses Kumbuyah, Deputy Minister for Administration (replacing Ms. Jacqueline Capehart) Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy Mr. Zack Sharpe, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Information Mr. Andrew Tehmeh, Deputy Minister for Administration (to replace Norris Tweah who moves on to the University of Liberia) Ministry of Internal Affairs Ms. Gbemie Horace Kollie, Deputy Minister for Operations (replacing Mr. Ranney Jackson) Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Ms. Margretta Smith-General, Assistant Minister for Administration (replacing Mr. James Cooper) Liberia Broadcasting System Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie, Director General Mr. Patrick Honnah, Deputy Director General for Broadcasting Mr. Christopher Sellee, Deputy Director General for Rural Comms The special word on the change in the Ministry of Health. Dr. Gwenigale will continue to serve as Advisor until his planned retirement in February.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Russell Westbrook recorded his 32nd triple double of the season to power the Okalahoma City Thunder past the Minnesota Timberwolves © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Harry HowLOS ANGELES, United States, Apr 8 – The Golden State Warriors clinched the Western Conference’s top seed with a victory in their final regular-season contest at the Oracle Arena, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 131-104 on Sunday.Stephen Curry led the charge with 27 points and Kevin Durant added 16 as the Warriors won their fifth straight game. They wore throwback “We Believe” jerseys in a move designed to honor the past at Oracle, which has been their home venue for 47 years.The team is moving across the bay from Oakland to a facility in San Francisco where they will play next season.“Let me just say that for 47 years, Warriors fans have stuck with us through thick and thin,” Kerr told the crowd moments after the final buzzer. “Let’s be honest, most of those years have been a little thin.”The win gives them home field advantage throughout the West playoffs.The Warriors’ first-round opponent, which will be the eighth seed in the West, is yet to be determined.There is a chance it could be the Clippers when the playoffs begin next Saturday. They are battling Oklahoma City (47-33) and San Antonio (47-34) — both won on Sunday — for the sixth, seventh and eighth playoff spots in the West.Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets continued their three-point assault on the NBA as they drained a record 27 from beyond the arc in a 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns.The Rockets broke their own league single-game record with the help of 30 points from James Harden.It came just five days after they tied the mark, initially set against the Los Angeles Lakers in January, with 26 against the Sacramento Kings. They now have four of the top 10 three-point games.The Rockets made 27 of 57 threes and seven players hit at least two threes, including Eric Gordon who had a career-high eight, Harden who had five, and P.J. Tucker with four.Austin Rivers broke the record with 69 seconds remaining after Gary Clark had tied it two minutes earlier.Elsewhere, the Miami Heat edged closer to being eliminated from the playoffs for the second time in three seasons on Sunday after a 117-109 defeat to the Toronto Raptors.Miami entered the game with their destiny still in their own hands, knowing that victories in their three final regular season fixtures would carry them into the postseason.But an agonizing loss — they were leading by 13 at one point in the first half — means Miami were now sweating on results elsewhere to have any chance of progressing.Sunday’s loss left Miami with 38 wins and 42 defeats for the season.Miami icon Dwyane Wade, who could grace an NBA court for the last time when the regular season draws to a close on Wednesday, finished with 21 points.– Westbrook soars –In Minnesota, Russell Westbrook and Paul George combined for 54 points and Dennis Schroder had 14 in the fourth quarter in Oklahoma City Thunder’s 132-126 victory over the Timberwolves.Westbrook added 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his 32nd triple-double of the season as the Thunder remained a half-game ahead of San Antonio for seventh place in the Western Conference.“That’s just what he does,” said Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, who was given the unenviable task of guarding Westbrook.“He has great teammates around him that can make plays. He’s a playmaker himself. He’s aggressive, rebounds and can get to the rim.”Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 35 points, while Andrew Wiggins scored 24 and Dario Saric added 23.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)