HIGHLANDS – The Hope for Highlands concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Count Basie Theatre on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.The concert is being presented by Brian Kirk and will feature the G Band, Pat Guadagno, Jukebox Criminals and Brian Kirk and the Jirks.Bob Small has donated the cost of the Count Basie Theatre so that 100 percent of all ticket sales are going toward Hope For Highlands. Small has organized a charity to provide residents with a direct, local channel for aid.“The needs of the Highlands community are immediate and will continue for quite some time,” Small said,“Like the rest of these small towns up and down my beloved Jersey Shore, the devastation to Highlands is no different,” Brian Kirk said. “My idea is to bring in musical acts that perform often in this town and give them a larger stage to present their talent while raising money for the place they love.”Highlands has been devastated with severe damages to more than 1,200 of its 1,500 downtown homes and almost all of its businesses. Highlands, the first stop on the Jersey Shore, is known for its spectacular restaurants, Sandy Hook, Historic Twin Lights and its fishing and clamming industry.The loss of these homes and businesses has had a ripple effect on the community beyond the norm because many of the residents worked and lived in the town. An economically challenged town before the storm, this community is now faced with not only the loss of their homes but many have also lost their jobs.The money raised will be administered by Hope for Highlands, set up through the non-profit Highlands Business Partnership under the direction of Mayor Frank Nolan and Councilwoman Rebecca Kane, the organization’s liaison.The effort was designed to have donations go directly to the people and businesses in Highlands that need it most, said Rick Korn, the Hope for Highlands committee chair.Highlands residents are eager to return home and Hope for Highlands has already begun providing goods and services needed to expedite the process.Reimbursement checks will soon be distributed for qualified applicants who produce paid receipts and plan to return home. Business merchants and restaurants are working diligently to reopen and get the residents back to work.There are presently nine of the severely damaged businesses that have been able to reopen, but there is many more to go.Tickets are $35. All concert proceeds will directly benefit Highlands residents and businesses.Additional information is available by visiting www. highlandsnj.com or calling 732-291-4713.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Workers Association (MOFAWA) yesterday donated some assorted items to victims of the Ebola virus at the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) on the Bushrod Island.The items donated included sacks of safe drinking water, several cartons of juices, Detol and other disinfectants as well as bales of used clothing, bed sheets and slippers.Making the presentation on behalf of his fellow workers, MOFAWA president Emmanuel Tableh said the gesture was the Association’s way of identifying with those victimized by the Ebola disease as they fight to survive the terrible virus during this critical period of the nation’s history.Mr. Tableh, who himself is a clinician, expressed the hope that though Ebola is a disease that inflicts pain and afflictions on its victims, yet with the collective humanitarian efforts and assistance of Liberians and the international community, the virus will soon be defeated.Mr. Tableh expressed appreciation to doctors, nurses and other healthcare givers who are on the frontline of the Ebola fight, for their tireless efforts towards the eradication of the disease. It is they who have helped reduce the transmission of the killer virus in Liberia.The spokesman then thanked his fellow employees of the Ministry for supporting this worthy humanitarian initiative and applauded the Ngafuan led- Administration for affording them the space to make this presentation. Receiving the items on behalf of the ETU, Dr. Atai Omoruto assured MOFAWA that the items would be distributed to the most needy victims. He expressed gratitude to the association’s leadership for the timely humanitarian gesture.While welcoming the Foreign Ministry’s team at the ETU, the Ugandan physician hailed its leadership for being courageous enough to walk into the center to make such a laudable and excellent donation, describing the initiative as appropriate humanitarian gesture.Dr. Omoruto said it is not the quantity that matters but the thought of identifying with people in distress in ETU centers. He extolled them as patriotic citizens with the passion to extend a helping hand to their fellow citizens victimized by the disease.She then admonished the association to continue to render such a humanitarian services as Liberia intensifies its battle against the Ebola virus.The Ugandan doctor further warned that despite the gains made in the fight against the virus, Liberians should not be complacent but continue to take seriously all precautionary measures in order to drive the virus totally out of Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Finance Minister Amara Konneh has told lawmakers of the House of Representatives that he and his team are making progress in the collection of government revenue despite the challenges contrary to allusions by those he calls “critics”.Minister Konneh told the Plenary of the Lower House that when he appeared before that august body on January 21 this year, the total revenue collected as at January 17, 2014 was US$278.3 million.The Finance Minister indicated that given the work that functionaries of the government have done together since that time, the total revenue collected as at May 12, 2014 is US$425.8 million, adding that this is a US$147.5 million increase since his last meeting of January 17, 2014.He made the assertions on Tuesday, May 13, during a public hearing at the House of Representatives as regards shortfalls in the National Budget of fiscal year 2013/2014.“This information,” according to the Finance Minister, “shows only one thing, that we are making progress in the face of challenging times.”“Permit me to remind us that when we submitted the draft Budget on April 30, 2013, the total estimated revenue was US$553 million. By the time the Budget was approved, that amount had risen by US$29 million to US$582 million,” he told lawmakers.He further stated that before the budget was approved, every one of them, including lawmakers, knew, that US$1.5 million captured as social contribution from offshore oil companies was not likely to come through because those estimates were not supported by the production sharing contracts.“However, we agreed that we should announce the US$582 million and then during implementation we will adjust the revenue envelope accordingly,” Minister Konneh explained.The treasury boss also added that when the budget was submitted, the exchange rate was L$75 to US$1.However, according to the Minister, because of the present exchange rate, which stands at L$90 to US$1, if the Liberian government collected all the revenues projected in the budget, there would be a “shortfall” of roughly US$7 million.Minister Konneh further explained to the lawmakers that with a noticeable slowdown in economic activities in the region, including Liberia, the country’s economy is exposed. He, however, maintained that in spite of these challenges, “we have taken several measures to mitigate the overall impact on the economy, and I have brought a detailed spreadsheet for your review, which shows what we have done.”Before the Minister began his explanation about the state of the nation’s economy, with the approval of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, he presented to lawmakers a spreadsheet, which indicated, according to him, that only US$167 million remains to be collected for this budget year.“I have highlighted areas where I believe your assistance will be invaluable to meeting the targets we consider to be realistic. I classified the areas as either “Uncollectible, Delayed or Risky,” Minister Konneh pleaded.According to the Minister, the total amount was estimated at US$70 million.He stressed that “for an economy that has survived largely on demand fueled by UNMIL’s presence and International NGO activities, no one needs to tell us that the withdrawal or slowdown of these major actors will have adverse economic impact on us.”“In 2010, aid accounted for over 127 percent of our Gross National Income (GNI), peaking at $1.4 billion. In 2011 and 2012 respectively, aid as a share of our GNI fell to 53.8 percent amounting to 4764 million, and 36 percent totaling $570 million, respectively. Moreover, the Government of Liberia’s slowness to ensure the operationalization of major concessions is hindering the reversal of the decline in aggregate demand in our economy. We can cry the slow progress and debate all we want, but that does not help us move forward,” Minister Konneh said.Meanwhile the Finance Minister reluctantly accepted responsibility for the revenue crisis. He added, however, that his acceptance does not suggest that he is the lone guilty party or he is inefficient or incompetent.The Finance Minister also failed to extend apology to the Legislature for the Finance Ministry’s press statement to lawmakers’ call for his resignation. In the press statement, it is said by some lawmakers, including Representative Isaac Roland that the Ministry allegedly used profanities on as they performed their legislative duties.After hours of closed-door discussion on the way forward, the legislature emerged with a decision to have the Minister apologize in seven local dailies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Angry ‘country devil’ followers early Wednesday, July 1, stormed the only police depot in Zorzor, Lofa County, setting free four pre-trial detainees. According to County Attorney Nuta Sumo, the attack occurred because a man (name withheld) accused of stealing a goat was sued at the Magisterial Court and subsequently detained.Cllr. Sumo said that at the end of the trial, the Stipendiary Magistrate of Zorzor City, found the accused guilty and ordered that he must file a bond to avoid detention.When the accused failed to obtain a bond the presiding Magistrate had no alternative but to detain him at the Zorzor Police Depot, narrated Cllr. Sumo.Reacting to the man’s detention, a group of angry citizens under the guise of the ‘country devil,’ attacked the Police Depot and released those detained.That action is unacceptable and is against the rule of law which Liberians have yearned for over the years, Cllr. Sumo said. He cautioned those involved to desist from such unlawful and violent acts.Some human rights activists in the area told the Daily Observer that the convicted jail-breakers have escaped and disappeared into villages and farms near Zorzor.Sources in Zorzor say that there have been serious disagreements among officials at the Zorzor district branch of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Lofa County Superintendent, Attorney George S. Dunor, expressed serious concern over the incident and warned county residents, particularly those in Zorzor, to desist from acts of lawlessness and violence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This week’s $70 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc by Royal Dutch Shell isn’t affecting the timeline for Pacific NorthWest, the representative told the Post.Follow this link to read the entire Financial Post report. Petronas and its project partners had initially delayed a FID last December, saying they were not “satisfied that Canadian LNG, and our projects in particular, was viable,” according to the Post.That attitude changed in the past few months as the company spent time proving up natural gas reserves in the north Montney region. They say this turned up 17.9 trillion cubic feet in the basin – exceeding its target.Pacific NorthWest is now negotiating lower costs with TransCanada – the company responsible for building the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project for the north Montney region.- Advertisement -The pipeline length had also recently been extended to 900 kilometres compared to its original 150 – with 100 km being offshore. This extension was made possible after consultation with First Nations, according to the Post.A Pacific NorthWest representative told the Post that the recently announced federal LNG tax break has “added to the certainty.”The project is still waiting for a decision from the National Energy Board on tolling for the pipeline, which they expect shortly, but say a permit from the Environmental Assessment Agency is taking “a lot longer than anybody anticipated.”Advertisement
Pep Guardiola’s side arrived in Switzerland on Monday full of confidence in the wake of Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Leicester which took them 16 points clear in the Premier League.But City have a score to settle in the knock-out stage of Europe after winning their group this term.“If ever there was a time that the team was to be comfortable in the competition, it’s now,” Kompany said.“I’m not going to say it’s a matter of time, because some teams never win it, but if it’s not this year, it could be next year or the next.“We’ll get there, I’m sure of it.”They lost to eventual winners Real Madrid in the 2015/16 Champions League semi-finals, then crashed out in the last 16 to Monaco last season.This term, Guardiola’s side have lost just once in 27 Premier League games — but Kompany played down any thoughts of a possible quadruple of Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League and League Cup titles.“The key thing I have noticed, and I am not saying if that will give us the four trophies or not, is the ability to switch on in this team,” said the Belgian centre-back.“There is no talk of the quadruple, but there is lots of talk of winning the next game… and the next… and the next.“I have never experienced this level of motivation, ambition and intensity throughout the team, but we have won nothing yet.”Kompany rejected the notion that City have struggled for confidence at Champions League level in past seasons.“I wouldn’t say we had an inferiority complex, but maybe a lack of experience in the past — for sure,” he said.“It’s a balance between not underestimating the weaker teams and not overestimating the stronger wins.“I don’t make a distinction between the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup. Can we win the next game? Yes, sure we can.”In the past, Guardiola has said City need to win the Champions League in order to be considered a top European team, a sentiment Kompany echoed.“It’s easy to make the statement, but going out and doing it means breaking into a well-established order,” said the injury-plagued 31-year-old.“Teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who often have gone far in the competition, many teams have tried to match them and failed.“We start with Basel tomorrow, it’s about measuring ourselves with the big clubs and beating them.”City manager Guardiola said Germany winger Leroy Sane has recovered after damaging an ankle ligament against Cardiff in the FA Cup at the end of January.“He has had one training session and he is young,” the Spaniard said when asked if Sane could play, while David Silva and Fabian Delph are also back training after injuries.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Captain Kompany urged Man City to finally launch a serious tilt at the Champions League title © AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZONBASEL, Switzerland, Feb 12 – Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insisted on Monday that the “time is now” for his team to make a serious mark in Europe, but brushed off talk of winning a quadruple this season.Runaway Premier League leaders City face Basel at St. Jakob-Park on Tuesday in their last 16, first-leg, Champions League tie with the return game on March 7 in Manchester.
Police have said scores more complainants have come forward since the case started, bringing the number of possible victims to more than 100.“You were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion,” Judge Clement Goldstone said as he read out the sentence in a court in Liverpool, northwest England.“Your behaviour towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil.”Bennell, who has already served three jail terms totalling 15 years for similar offences involving 16 other victims, stared at the floor and nodded as Goldstone handed down the sentence.Some members of the public began to applaud as he was sent down, but the judge ordered them to stop.He outlined how Bennell’s abuse had destroyed the enthusiasm his victims felt for football and caused them to suffer problems including suicidal thoughts, alcoholism and depression.Earlier in the hearing Monday, one of his victims walked over to the courtroom dock and calmly said: “Barry. Barry. Why?”During his six-week trial, Bennell was accused of committing “industrial scale” levels of abuse against vulnerable pre-pubescent boys in his care.Victims told how he had a “power hold” over them as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.Bennell’s latest crimes emerged in late 2016 when former Liverpool and Tottenham star Paul Stewart broke his 40-year silence and revealed how he was abused as a teenager, shortly after former Crewe player Andy Woodward went public with allegations against Bennell.The case has sparked wider allegations of sexual and physical abuse of boys at football clubs across Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, some of whom went on to become heroes of the terraces and international stars.Nearly 800 victims have come forward against more than 100 coaches, leading to accusations that some of the game’s most famous and loved clubs covered up allegations of abuse of boys in their care.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Abuse victims of former football coach Barry Bennell outside Liverpool Crown Court where he was jailed for 30 years with the judge calling him ~”sheer evil” © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Former British football trainer Barry Bennell was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday for abusing 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991, with the judge branding him “sheer evil”.Bennell, 64, who coached at Manchester City and other teams, was found guilty last week of dozens of child sexual offences, including indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery.
0Shares0000Liverpool’s Curtis Jones is congratulated by Jurgen Klopp after scoring the winning penalty against Arsenal © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool could pull out of the League Cup if the English Football League do not help with their hectic fixture schedule.Klopp’s side moved into the quarter-finals after an incredible 5-5 draw against Arsenal and 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory at Anfield on Wednesday. Liverpool trailed 3-1, 4-2 and then 5-4 in the final seconds before Divock Origi’s equaliser forced a shoot-out that was won by locally born teenager Curtis Jones.It was a superb advert for the tournament, but Liverpool might not be appearing in the League Cup again this season unless Klopp’s fears over a fixture pile-up are soothed.Match dates for the quarter-finals are scheduled for the week commencing December 16, when Liverpool will be in Qatar at the FIFA Club World Cup.And Reds boss Klopp said if a suitable alternative, the most likely being the week commencing January 6, the scheduled date for the first leg of the semi-final, is not found then they would refuse to play.“FIFA told us the Club World Cup will be there (Qatar) and we have to come there and we will do,” Klopp told reporters.“The Premier League tells us we have to play in the Premier League, which we do obviously.“The Carabao (League) Cup, if they don’t find an appropriate place for us – not 3am on Christmas Day – then we don’t play it.“If you have a fixture list where one team cannot be part of all the games, then you have to think about the fixture list.“Hopefully it starts now. I really think that’s fair, and this problem is obvious now.“We will not be the victim of this problem. We play tonight, we wanted to win it, we did that, and if they don’t find a proper date for us, then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through – or Arsenal play them.”It seems highly unlikely the EFL would run the risk of allowing Klopp to carry out his threat, considering the commercial and television appeal the record eight-time winners of the competition carry.But Klopp has put the ball firmly in the organisation’s court and given then plenty of warning of the potential consequences.Ironically, Liverpool feared they might be kicked out of the competition after fielding an ineligible player in the previous round against Milton Keynes Dons.But instead the Champions League holders were fined for playing Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who didn’t have international clearance.Meanwhile, under-fire Arsenal boss Unai Emery defended his decision to take off Mesut Ozil in the second half.Ozil, making only his third appearance of the season, had a hand in three of Arsenal’s goals, but Emery still took off the German midfielder.The move came days after Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka swore at fans when he was booed following his substitution against Crystal Palace.“We had decided beforehand (to take off Ozil). He worked well in 65 minutes. We are going to play on Saturday and in my mind there’s the possibility to use him again,” Emery said.“Ozil played very well. He played a very good match.”0Shares0000(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)
Nathan Redmond 1 Nathan Redmond is in the running to be crowned the Football League Young Player of the Year, alongside Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford and MK Dons’ Dele Alli.The England U21 winger has three goals and eight assists to his name as he has taken the Championship by storm.Redmond’s fine form has helped his Norwich City look to bounce back to the Premier League after relegation last season. The Norfolk side are guaranteed at least a play-off spot having only lost once in fifteen Championship games.The former Birmingham City star has always been mentioned in the transfer window and there has been strong interest over the years from Premier League sides including Liverpool.For Liverpool news and views, check out Talk Liverpool on Facebook
Check out this unstoppable volley from LA Galaxy’s Giovani Dos Santos.The former Barcelona and Tottenham forward has impressed since moving to California from Villarreal in 2015.It was the second goal in the Galaxy’s 4-2 win over New England Revolution at the weekend and what a goal it was. A cross into the penalty area was poorly cleared, as it fell on the edge of the box. Dos Santos met the ball, striding forwards to meet the ball and volley home from 20 yards – see above!See another goal from Galaxy’s 4-2 win here – Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard nets stunning solo strike