first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Angie Brooks International Center for Women’s Empowerment (ABIC) has turned over 10 of 11 motorbikes to the female motorcyclists’ association, the All Girls Motorcyclists of Montserrado County.During the turning over ceremony yesterday at the UNDP compound in Monrovia, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programmes, Cleophas Torori said that the donation was intended to empower the beneficiaries to help themselves.He said the 11 motorbikes cost a little over US$40,000 which is part of UNDP’s support to the post Ebola recovery of Liberia.“The motorbikes we are donating are to improve and build up the career of female motorcyclists to let them earn their living,” Mr. Torori explained. He encouraged other women and girls in the country to focus on their future by finding something very important to do.The Executive Director of the Angie Brooks International Center for Women’s Empowerment, Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh, described the ceremony as a dream that has come true for the female motorcyclists.She said they are not only receiving the motorcycles but will be trained to use the bikes to do business, because an arrangement has been made with the Liberian National Police (LNP) to protect them while carrying on their daily transport business. “Our main focus at ABIC is to empower women by supporting them and foster the next generation of Liberian youth through our Intergenerational Legacy Initiative,” Cllr. Chesson said.One of the bike recipients, Nathaline Saah said, “I started riding bikes from New Georgia to the main junction over the past eleven months. What prompted me to join this business is since I graduated from high school in 2010, I have no job, so I made an arrangement with someone in the community to help them ride their bike and I was reporting LD$1,500 or LD1, 000 every week.”Ms. Saah said being a female motorcyclist, she is proud even though she faces several challenges in traffic while performing her work.“Many days the male passengers don’t pay our money when we take them to their destinations, and our male counterparts treat us like we are all men but we try to let them know that all of us have to work so we must ride our bikes,” she said.She took the opportunity to encourage her fellow female bikers to make use of the opportunities around them by finding something very important to do with their lives and for those who don’t have the opportunity to join those who ride motorbikes or do other businesses.On behalf of her friends, she thanked UNDP and ABIC for empowering them to be able to make something better to help themselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, December 10- Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga crisis deepened on Saturday after suffering their tenth defeat of the season in losing 2-1 at fellow strugglers Werder Bremen to drop to second from bottom.Having started December at the foot of the table, Dortmund can finish 2014 back at the bottom if Freiburg score and pick up a point against Hanover 96 on Sunday. Dortmund continue to have the most defeats in Germany’s top flight at the season’s halfway stage with just 15 points from 17 games as Bremen claimed only their fourth win of the season to climb off the foot of the table.Borussia coach Jurgen Klopp insists they are not relegation candidates, despite their league position.“I wouldn’t write us off yet,” Klopp insisted with the Bundesliga to resume at the end of January following the winter break.“We have three weeks to prepare ourselves for the second half of the season.“We must, and we will, improve, we have shown a lot of weaknesses in the first half of the season, but we’re not as weak as that. We need to charge our batteries and fight back in the new year.”Borussia, who face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League, fell behind with just three minutes gone when Bremen’s 19-year-old striker Davie Selke curled in a superb goal from 15 metres out.Selkie then turned provider by outsprinting Dortmund captain Mats Hummels to put in a great cross which Bremen midfielder Fin Bartels converted on 62 minutes.Hummels pulled a goal back when he headed home unmarked a corner from fellow Germany international Ilkay Gundogan on 69 minutes, but it was no more than a consolation.– Huntelaar extends Schalke stay –Second-placed Wolfsburg fought back to claim a 2-1 home win against mid-table Cologne later which trimmed Bayern Munich’s lead at the top of the table back to 11 points.Defender Dominic Maroh gave Cologne a shock lead after just 11 minutes before Dutch striker Bas Dost equalised five minutes later.Brazil defender Naldo, who scored Wolfsburg’s equaliser in their 2-2 draw at Dortmund on Wednesday, then headed the winner from a corner 12 minutes from time.Bayer Leverkusen stay third after coming from behind for a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.Eintracht captain Alexander Meier converted a penalty to make him the league’s top scorer with 13 goals in 16 games before Leverkusen’s Germany winger Karim Bellarabi equalised seven minutes from time.Roberto di Matteo’s Schalke 04, who have drawn Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, stay fifth in the table after being held to a goalless draw at home to Hamburg in a poor display.There was some good news for Royal Blues fans before kick-off as Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar extended his contract until 2017 having scored 66 goals in 116 Bundesliga matches.Stuttgart remain above the bottom three places after their goalless draw at home to Paderborn.Augsburg fought back for a 2-1 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach, who took the lead after only two minutes when Max Kruse converted a penalty before midfielder Markus Feulner and striker Raul Bobadilla scored either side of half-time.The result leaves Augsburg sixth while Gladbach drop to fourth.On Friday, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern broke more league records as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben scored in their 2-1 comeback win at Mainz after Colombia midfielder Elkin Soto had given the hosts’ a shock first-half lead.The Mainz result saw Bayern claim a new record for the fewest goals conceded in the first-half of the season as their defence have leaked just four goals.At the season’s halfway stage, Bayern’s 11-point lead is a new record, beating their own joint best mark of 10.Bayern have also equalled their own record for the highest goal difference at the halfway point of plus 37, the same they managed in 2012/13, the season they last won the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgIsrael made sure the champagne remained on ice in Cardiff after frustrating Wales to a goalless draw.Wales only needed a win to guarantee themselves a place at Euro 2016 in France next year and it looked as though they would when Aaron Ramsey’s shot was saved at the near post.Israel managed to keep Gareth Bale silent for the match and without him, Chris Coleman’s men lacked the attacking spark to break down a stubborn defence.Simon Church thought he had won it in the 94th minute but his header was ruled offside and Wales will now have to wait until October 10 away to Bosnia to confirm their place at a first major tournament in 58 years.Wales started with the sole intention to appease the party atmosphere in the Cardiff City Stadium as Ramsey went close twice in the first five minutes.However, despite dominating possession and playing the majority of the first period in the Israeli half, Wales struggled to create any clear-cut chance and were restricted to long range shots from the likes of Hal Robson-Kanu.It was more of the same after the half-time break with Wales passing and probing, waiting for an opportunity to present itself to them, but often frustrated as Bale’s run and shot sailed over the crossbar.Wales were presented with a magnificent chance to break the deadlock on 56 minutes when Orel Dgani pulled down Robson-Kanu on the edge of the box but Bale’s free-kick did not dip enough and went over.Andy King had the best chance of the game minutes later as Ramsey swung in a corner towards the back post but his header was straight at Ofir Marciano in the Israel goal.There was almost a shock at the other end with seven minutes left when Tomer Hemed’s flicked header caused Wayne Hennessey to make his first save of the match.Church almost produced a moment of magic in the 94th minute but his header was correctly ruled out for offside thus delaying celebrations in the Welsh capital, for a couple of weeks at least. Gareth Bale 1last_img read more

first_imgBEIRUT, Lebanon – Israel and Hezbollah fought bloody ground battles and exchanged fierce air and missile strikes Friday – including bombing raids that severed Lebanon’s last major supply link with Syria and the outside world, and the guerrillas’ deepest rocket attack inside Israel to date. Loud explosions resounded in Beirut early today as Israeli warplanes renewed their onslaught, carrying out several strikes on southern suburbs, local media said. Israeli helicopters, meanwhile, attacked suspected Hezbollah positions in the southern city of Tyre, according to residents. After days of desultory diplomacy, Washington said it was near agreement with France on a U.N. cease-fire resolution, possibly by early next week. But Israel and Hezbollah showed no signs of holding their fire. Israeli aircraft on a mission Friday to destroy weapons caches hit a refrigerated warehouse where farmworkers were loading fruit, killing at least 28 near the Lebanon-Syria border. And three Hezbollah rockets landed near Hadera, 50 miles south of the Israel-Lebanon border; 188 rockets rained on other towns, killing three Israeli Arabs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Given the determination of both Hezbollah and Israel to look victorious when the conflict finally ends, the worst of the fighting may still lie ahead with the militant Shiite guerrilla fighters perhaps making good on their threat to rocket Tel Aviv and Israel launching an all-out ground offensive, pushing northward to the Litani River. Israeli military officials said Friday they completed the first phase of the offensive, securing a 4-mile buffer zone in south Lebanon, though pockets of Hezbollah resistance remained. Defense Minister Amir Peretz told top army officers to begin preparing for a push to the Litani, about 20 miles north of the border – a move that would require Cabinet approval. Peretz vowed his forces would complete “the whole mission” of driving guerrilla fighters out of missile range, a defiant response to the Hezbollah leader’s threat to launch missiles into Israel’s largest city. Israeli airstrikes destroyed four key bridges after dawn, severing Beirut’s final major connection to Syria and raising the threat of severe shortages of food, gasoline and medicines within days. The attack in the Christian heartland just north of Beirut killed four civilians and a Lebanese soldier. Israel said it targeted the bridges to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah from Iran through Syria. Those weapons include not only missiles, but sophisticated anti-tank missiles said to be responsible for most of the 44 Israeli soldiers killed in more than three weeks of fighting. However, aid workers said the destroyed highway was a vital conduit for much-needed food and supplies, with Christiane Berthiaume of the World Food Program calling it Lebanon’s “umbilical cord.” “This (road) has been the only way for us to bring in aid. We really need to find other ways to bring relief in,” she said in Geneva, Switzerland. Hospitals were in danger of closing soon because medicines, hospital supplies and fuel for generators was fast running out. Staples like milk, rice and sugar were growing short across the country. Lines at Beirut filling stations stretch longer by the day. Dr. George Tomey, acting president of the American University of Beirut, said its Medical Center, one of the prime and best known medical facilities in the Middle East, will stop receiving new patients as of Monday, except for emergency cases. Dr. Ghassan Hammoud, who runs a 320-bed hospital packed with war wounded in the southern port city of Sidon, said he may have to shut down within 10 days. On the 24th day of the conflict, the State Department said Friday that the United States and France were nearing completion of a U.N. resolution designed to halt the fighting in Lebanon and to set out principles for a lasting cease-fire. “We are very close to a final draft with the French on a text,” the department spokesman Sean McCormack said.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

first_img Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 Bury’s future is still looking unclear But the Shakers’ future remains in the air with the local Safety Advisory Group meeting on Thursday to consider whether the club meets all the requirements necessary to safely stage EFL fixtures at home ground Gigg Lane for the 2019-20 season.The EFL said in a statement that the league has the ability to suspend Bury’s fixtures under Regulation 28.2 should the SAG confirm the club does not have the sufficient resources and facilities for its opening fixtures and/or it fails to provide all the outstanding information and documentation.EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans said: “This is an incredibly difficult and complex situation for all those involved, in particular the staff, players and supporters of the club.“We fully recognise the value and importance of the club to the local community and its fans, and will continue to work proactively and diligently with the ownership, as we have done over an extended period of time to try and ensure Bury FC has a long-term future as a member of the EFL.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions latest REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY New job LATEST Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals Bury’s fixtures could be suspended ahead of the 2019/20 season, the English Football League has announced.The crisis-hit club were given a 12-point deduction ahead of the League One campaign after entering a Company Voluntary Agreement over unpaid debts. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star FAREWELL Getty targets Bury were promoted last season and entered the CVA after a winding-up petition over unpaid debts was adjourned at the High Court last month.Club chairman Steve Dale said that the future of the cash-strapped Shakers would be safe after agreeing the CVA, but there has been at exodus this summer with manager Ryan Lowe and last season’s promotion-winning squad leaving Gigg Lane.last_img read more

first_imgNicky Clark and Lee Ashcroft scored the goals as Dunfermline continued their recent revival with a 2-0 win at local rivals Raith.Dunfermline are now unbeaten in seven games in all competitions and moved out of the bottom two of the Scottish Championship with this victory at Stark’s Park.Raith goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert produced a superb save to prevent Ashcroft opening the scoring in the 10th minute, but he was powerless to stop Clark netting in from a third successive corner soon after.Raith, who had drawn five of their previous six league matches, battled for an equaliser but it was Dunfermline who looked likely to increase their lead and Michael Moffat and Clark (twice) had opportunities to make it 2-0. The visitors need not have worried about those missed chances, though, as Ashcroft turned home Kallum Higginbotham’s driven cross following another corner with 12 minutes to go to seal the win.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday afternoon just after 2 o’clock, a drug investigation by the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section (DES) and the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section) led to a felony arrest. Arrested and charged was Jacob D. Tarter, 25 of Bloomington:Dealing Heroin, Level 3 FelonyPossession of Heroin, Level 4 FelonyPossession of Cocaine, Level 6 FelonyMaintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony3 Felony Warrants ~ 1) Probation Violation on original charge of resisting law enforcement, 2) Probation Violation on original charge of battery resulting in bodily injury, 3) Violation of Pretrial Release on original charge of False Informing. Troopers located Jacob Tarter in his vehicle, at the Ferguson Dog Park on Stone Mill Road, just north of Bloomington. Tarter was observed there conducting what appeared to be a transaction. As ISP Troopers approached the area, Tarter was taken into custody.Tarter was wanted on three active felony warrants through Monroe County.He was found to be in possession of approximately 9 grams of heroin and 1 gram of cocaine. Anyone with illegal drug information is encouraged to contact the Bloomington Indiana State Police Post at 812-332-4411. Your tip can remain anonymous and could save lives!Officers assisting with the investigation included ISP DES, Sgt. Greg Day, Trp. Jeremy Cox and Trp. Mark Clephane.Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#business#web center_img In my ZDNet blog, Web 2.0 Explorer, I’ve launched an Indiana Jones-like quest to find the Great Disruptive Web 2.0 Start-Ups of our era. I’m on the hunt for two separate types of disruptive start-ups:1) disruptive technologies that could change the Web – like Google did.2) non-geek services built using Web 2.0 technologies. These will be disruptive because we don’t have many of them right now and Web 2.0 won’t hit the mainstream until we do.If you think you have a disruptive start-up, or you know of one, please email me: readwriteweb AT gmail DOT com. richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgTechCrunch has the scoop on a big new feature launching tomorrow evening at the tech-blog meme aggregator Techmeme (minus buzz words, it’s a news tracking site). The new Techmeme leaderboard will list the top 100 blogs that have appeared as headline links on Techmeme over the past 30 days. The page will be at, which is currently password protected. In a preview image, posted below, TechCrunch was the top blog on Techmeme last month and Read/WriteWeb was #6. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… That said, it is a black box. No one knows for sure how the stories are selected and ranked on Techmeme. That’s both a strength and a weakness. No black box ranking system will ever serve all ranking needs in any industry.Techmeme vs. TechnoratiMichael Arrington said tonight that the new leaderboard means that blog search engine Technorati no longer has a leg to stand on, because the Technorati 100 was the company’s last important differentiating feature. That’s a fine thing to measure in 30 day increments, but it’s also important to acknowledge that not all blogs are equal in Techmeme. It is a black box, but it certainly appears that some big blogs carry a whole lot more weight than others. If my personal blog links to some one else’s blog post, that post will not be shot onto Techmeme. If TechCrunch, Engadget or Read/WriteWeb link to some one’s blog post, the journey for that blog post to make it to Techmeme is going to be a whole lot shorter. The threshold for some blogs to make it onto Techmeme is much lower than it is for most others. That means that this metric of headline leadership over 30 days may be a self-perpetuating matter. You were on Techmeme a lot because you’re on Techmeme a lot. Arrington says the list will change frequently because of the 30 day intervals – but we’ll see. The Technorati 100 only counts inbound links from the past 6 months, but when the top of the top changes on that list it’s big, big news. That list doesn’t change very much and I’ll be interested to see how much the Techmeme leaderboard changes.What about the rest of the world?Other questions that should be asked include the following: Related Posts What does this mean for the rest of the world outside of the US? Techmeme is barely a global phenomenon; it crawls to near halt outside of the blogging hours of the United States. The Technorati 100, on the other hand, includes scores of blogs that aren’t even written in English – but have massive readership. Who’s on Techmeme?Many people wrongly believe that the blogs that appear on Techmeme are hand picked by site creator Gabe Rivera. In fact, after an initial seeding of the index when the site launched in 2005, Rivera only touches the content on the site to fix problems that arise. Blogs are added to the Techmeme index, more or less, by being linked-to by other blogs that are already indexed by Techmeme. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s not nearly as closed as many critics allege. A list based on reciprocal links isn’t a complete list. Gender and other biases, different blogging subcultures and any number of other factors make a Techmeme-type leaderboard inevitably limited in its scope. I think Gabe Rivera acknowledges that. When I asked him just what he aimed to do with the leaderboard, he said:“Well, it’s designed primarily to identify Techmeme’s most frequent sources, a much-requested feature. Techmeme focuses on the tech industry, so indeed, you won’t be able to pit GigaOM vs. Perez Hilton using the Techmeme leaderboard. I betting that’s OK with Techmeme readers.”I also asked him how the leaderboard could compete with Mahalo and he admitted that there was no stopping Mahalo, but that’s another story. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#web We’re in great company on that list, and it looks better than the Technorati 100, where we’re now at #22 – but this Techmeme leaderboard will face some criticism as well. I love Techmeme, I’ve checked it multiple times an hour since it launched in 2005, but below are my thoughts on this leaderboard. That’s just fine, there’s not too much harm in the limits of the site’s scope – though another standard of leadership that’s dominated by white men in the US is not really what the world needs, in my opinion. We’ll still aim to climb higher and higher on the Techmeme leaderboard – but there’s plenty of room for other standards of measurement in leadership, in as much as that’s even necessary. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I disagree. This Techmeme leaderboard cannot replace Technorati. Even if the Technorati 100, the list of the most linked-to blogs on the web, does suffer from spam as Michael Arrington asserts – the solution is simple. Just as displays blogsearch results only from blogs that have a certain number of subscribers in the company’s feed reader, Bloglines, so too Technorati can find a simple way to vet the quality of the links it’s counting.More importantly, Technorati offers a topical blog index that’s useful outside of the limited subject matter covered by Techmeme and its off-shoots Memeorandum, WeSmirch and BallBug. Want to know who the most linked-to blogs about real estate are? About knitting? Technorati offers a valuable, if very imperfect, answer to questions like that. Just visit a URL like and industry leadershipAn appearance on Techmeme will drive many bloggers’ traffic through the roof. For a big news blog, though, showing up on Techmeme isn’t about traffic. Read/WriteWeb gets more traffic than Techmeme, for example, but not nearly as much as Digg. Digg is a traffic driver. Techmeme is about link-respect from blogging peers. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick “Hey check out this video!,”; says an old friend by Google Talk IM. Well sure, you think, I’d love to see a video from you – it’s been a long time! Maybe you got an IM like that this afternoon, too. Maybe you got six.There’s nothing wrong with clicking on such a link, but when the site that loads as a result,, asks for your Google Talk username and password in order to view the video – then you should know that trouble is afoot. Surprisingly, a whole lot of tech savvy people fell for it today. Update: The Harvard Crimson says it has unearthed the person responsible for the Viddyho worm.Daniel Carroll reported tonight on the Harvard Crimson newspaper’s site that he did a little tracing backwards, further than other reporters on the story had, and found that a San Franciscan named Hoan Ton-That appears to be responsible for the site that was harvesting the user credentials of worm victims. Ton-That’s web hosting account has been suspended, Carroll reports that he’s learned from the company. The alleged author of the worm didn’t respond to his requests for comment but has a twitter account here and apparently was in this author’s home town of Portland, Oregon just last week. (We were not plotting the attack together, I swear.) Ton-That’s Twitter bio reads: “Anarcho-Transexual Afro-Chicano American Feminist Studies Major” – which sounds like either an immature joke or a pretty bad ass bio to us. The Tech IssuesWe do think there are some big issues to discuss here, too, though.The fact that many otherwise tech savvy people are falling for this trap shows that legitimate experiments in user authentication (like OpenID) still have a whole lot of explaining to do and secure APIs need more adoption. This could just as easily have been Facebook or Twitter that hijacked your Google Talk account – we give them our passwords and just trust that they won’t.center_img Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more