Thought Leadership: Forward with Africa

first_imgHaving established that all our people want is development, it follows that someone has to lead the charge. What kind of development do we need and want? In what sequence do we implement the different aspects and levels of development, and at what pace? We have established in our Development series that at the technical level, development means different things to different nations. The priorities will differ. That means that every nation-state has to define development for itself. We cannot import Nation X’s definition of development. Although we may borrow elements of it, those elements have to be prioritized according to our needs and the context of our environment. Blanket formulas for development handed down from elsewhere will not work. They cannot be super-imposed on us – not even if a few million dollars are thrown at us. One cannot pay a Liberian woman a million dollars to wear an ill-fitting lappa suit to church.So how do we determine how we implement development? We need leadership. Our solutions will have to start from within. We will need to first clean house at home and set some priorities for ourselves. We will need to better manage what we have before we go elsewhere to bring anything else in.Economically, it would behoove us to determine our opportunity costs. Wouldn’t it be less expensive for us to grow our own food than to import it? Shouldn’t we begin to prioritize the Made-in-Liberia brand? There’s just one problem. CORRUPTION, the mindset of our people. Corruption was never just a government thing. Government simply became a showcase for corruption. The disease is a national pandemic, and this is where the leadership aspect will apply most forcefully. This is where THOUGHT LEADERSHIP will rule the day. When we say Thought Leadership, we talk about inspiring change in the mindset of the people. That means from corruption to brand integrity. From dependency to self-sufficiency; not just in food but in everything. From foreign domination to Liberianization. From indiscipline to discipline. From African Time to Universal Central Time. From consumerism to production-ism. From apathy to collective commitment. From receivership as a nation to leadership as a nation. Yes, it will be a rebranding of ourselves and of our nation-state. Thought leadership will need to be the new foundation upon which we build any development. Otherwise, any development will be unsustainable, and breakdowns will become a daily occurrence. Looking forward, though, these phenomena must go on to apply continent-wide. Thought Leadership must inspire intra-African trade. Brand Africa must become a priority. And why do we need Thought Leadership now more than ever? Because the battles that divide us are psychological before they manifest as physical. We need leadership that will inspire the continent-wide realization that we sink or swim as an African continent. This is a very exciting prospect for the future of the African continent. And yes, it is absolutely possible in our lifetime! But who will those leaders be that will collaborate to form a Consortium of Thought Leadership focused on the unity and advancement of the African continent? Then again, while collaboration will be crucial, it may just take one man or woman to lead the charged. That is not strange. We think of Madiba; Martin Luther King; Barack Obama; Joseph Jenkins Roberts, our own first Liberian thought leader; William V.S. Tubman, father of the concept of African Unity and of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) that is now the African Union (AU). It is not that these men were flawless. No. It is that they had a leadership-worthy vision in their time. They inspired and built foundations for nations; continents.Who will Liberia’s next thought leader be? Who will lead the continent of Africa into the greatness for which it is destined?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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Tom Brady says ‘I still have more to prove’ in Instagram post

first_imgAir quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Steve Kerr fined for verbally abusing referee in Sacramento ejection More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline after throwing an interception late in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Whether Tom Brady will return as quarterback of the New England Patriots next season is still an open question. But the 42-year-old on Wednesday gave another indication that he isn’t done playing football.In an Instagram post to fans, Brady said “I still have more to prove” following a season that ended with the Patriots failing to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2015.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption “In both life and football, failure is inevitable,” he wrote. “You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again.”New England’s season ended with a 20-13 loss in the wild-card round to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. A six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Most Valuable Player of the NFL title game and three-time winner of the league MVP, Brady could become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when his contract ends in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4That has placed team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick on the clock to either bring back Brady for his 21st season or watch the franchise’s greatest player depart from the only team he’s called home.Belichick said this week that there isn’t an established timeline to resolve Brady’s status, but he acknowledged that his case is unusual. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ “Everybody’s situation is different,” Belichick said. “Certainly, Tom is an iconic figure in this organization. And nobody respects Tom more than I do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Traffic lights are still not working

first_imgDear Editor,In March, I wrote to point out that the traffic lights controlling the junction of the Rupert Craig Highway and Sheriff Street were not working. These lights are still not working.In response to my letter, a section of the media invited a comment from Chief Works Officer, Mr Geoffrey Vaughn, who said that these lights would be replaced within a few weeks. More than two months have elapsed since then.I also referred to the fact that the traffic lights controlling the junction of the Ogle Airport Road and the Railway Embankment Road have been left permanently flashing even at peak traffic hours.Both of these situations are extremely dangerous but, it seems, continue to be ignored in spite of Mr Vaughn’s promises. When, may I ask, will the Public Infrastructure Ministry have these lights operational or do we have to wait for someone to be seriously maimed or killed?Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW: TORONTO VS GUELPH

first_imgThe return of Donevan has open things up for left side hitter Michaela Hellinga. Hellinga has tallied over 20 points three times in 2018, and double-digits kills in seven of the last eight contests. Jessica Gormley and Hazal Atkins are additional threats for the Gryphons as they both averaged over 2.3 points per set. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team will battle the Guelph Gryphons in an OUA quarter-final match-up this Saturday March 3 at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport at 1 p.m. In Toronto’s lone meeting against Guelph this season, Dormann was dominant. She post a career-high 23 kills for 26 points, only 0.5 short of her career-high, in a five set victory on the road. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Freshman Rayn Perry stepped in as the main setter for Toronto in the latter half of the campaign. She missed the first half of the season due to injury, but she is averaging 9.23 assists per set in her last five matches. Advanced tickets are on sale here. The match will also be streamed live on OUA.tv. Story Links The Blues finished second in the OUA East division with a 15-4 record. They capped off their season on a seven game-winning streak, only losing once in their final 10 matches. During that run, Toronto took down current playoff teams Western, Queen’s, York, Waterloo and Guelph.center_img Fourth-year senior Anna Feore and rookie Jenna Woock are other Varsity Blues to watch in this contest. Both standouts registered over 2.7 points per set this season. Feore, who lines up on the opposite side of Dormann, sits second on the team in kills (2.31) and total attacks (8.05) per set. The Gryphons placed third in the OUA West division with a 9-10 record, but that disguises the current roll they are experiencing. The fourth-year arts major has made an impact on both sides of the ball. She’s posted over 16 points in seven of the 10 matches in 2018, which includes a 15 kill, eight block and 23 point performance against the Varsity Blues. Third-year right side Alina Dormann continues to be a huge catalyst for U of T. The life science major finished the regular season leading the OUA in kills per set (3.66) and sits second with 4.6 points per set. She has averaged over 15 kills per match in the last nine games. Guelph’s season was the definition of two completely different stories. They started the year on a five-game losing streak and went into the Christmas break with a 1-8 record. In the New Year, the Gyrphons were rejuvenated, posting an 8-2 record the rest of the way. The biggest reason for the sudden flip, was the return of middle blocker Libby Donevan.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Koepka returns to world No. 1 after fourth major title

first_img0Shares0000Koepka has now won four major titles © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Patrick SmithPARIS, France, May 20 – Brooks Koepka returned to the top of the world rankings on Monday after his nerve-jangling second straight US PGA Championship victory at Bethpage Black.The 29-year-old American has now won four major titles in his last eight starts and is the first man to ever hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time, ahead of his tilt at a third successive US Open crown next month. He edged ahead of previous world number one Dustin Johnson at the summit, after his compatriot failed to chase him down in New York on Sunday, finishing two strokes adrift, having been seven behind at the start of the final round.It will be Koepka’s ninth week as the world’s top-ranked player.Justin Rose slipped down to third due to Koepka’s rise.World top 201. Brooks Koepka (USA) 11.00 average pts (+2)2. Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.93 (-1)3. Justin Rose (ENG) 8.75 (-1)4. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 8.125. Justin Thomas (USA) 7.426. Tiger Woods (USA) 7.397. Francesco Molinari (ITA) 6.988. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 6.719. Xander Schauffele (USA) 6.1710. Rickie Fowler (USA) 5.6711. Jon Rahm (ESP) 5.5212. Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.42 (+1)13. Paul Casey (ENG) 5.34 (-1)14. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 5.11 (+3)15. Jason Day (AUS) 4.94 (-1)16. Tony Finau (USA) 4.78 (-1)17. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 4.70 (-1)18. Bubba Watson (USA) 4.3319. Webb Simpson (USA) 4.0220. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 4.01 (+1)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Loan star Carroll helps Hammers nail Fulham

first_imgThe 23-year-old took less than 60 seconds to show why his aerial power makes him such a threat with a crucial flick in the build-up to Kevin Nolan’s opener and, after Winston Reid increased West Ham’s lead, he caused panic in the Fulham defence before Matt Taylor’s goal.Carroll’s premature exit from Anfield, just 18 months after Liverpool paid a club record £35 million to sign him from Newcastle, doesn’t seem to have damaged his morale judging by this influential display and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will hope the tight hamstring that forced his new signing off after 68 minutes isn’t serious.England boss Roy Hodgson will also be concerned about Carroll’s fitness ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.While Allardyce had thrown his new signing straight into the starting line-up, Fulham manager Martin Jol waited until half-time to bring on his high-profile new recruit and by then it was too late for Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, signed from Manchester United on Friday, to have any significant impact on the result.It was a dream debut for Carroll, who showcased his strength in the air in the first minute as he rose to direct a header towards Ricardo Vaz Te. When Vaz Te moved the ball onto Nolan, the midfielder’s strike gave Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer no chance.Fulham, who included debutant Kieran Richardson on the left of midfield after his move from Sunderland, never recovered from that setback and New Zealand defender Reid doubled West Ham’s lead with a powerful header from Taylor’s corner in the 29th minute.Carroll made his presence felt again four minutes before half-time when three Fulham defenders were drawn towards the striker at a set-piece. Carroll didn’t make contact with the ball, but Fulham couldn’t clear either and Taylor took advantage as he drilled his shot past Schwarzer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, September 1 – Andy Carroll made an immediate impact at West Ham as the Liverpool reject inspired his new club to a 3-0 win over Fulham at Upton Park on Saturday, but the England striker’s debut was marred by a hamstring injury.Carroll was making his first West Ham appearance after being shoved out on loan for the season by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who doesn’t believe the burly targetman is a good fit for his smooth passing style.last_img read more

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Residents honoured at 11th Annual Fort St. John Community Awards

first_img“I want to thank you all so much for the nomination and the award, I will always call Fort St. John home in my heart, and some of my greatest joys in my life include interactions I’ve had with my community whether it be at the cafe or the art gallery.”The Youth Award was presented to Hunter Faminow who kept his acceptance speech short and sweet.“I don’t have a fancy speech, thank you so much. Keep volunteering, youth really matters.”After a brief intermission that included another acoustic set from Wynn, Grey Cup winner and former CFL All Star Doug Petersen delivered the evening’s keynote address.Advertisement “Its a strong sense of community (Fort St. John), and family that were celebrating here tonight that drew me back here. My sense of identity is tied to this area, I don’t feel like a faceless individual in a large suburban center. Here I know my neighbors, and they know me.”After Petersen’s speech, the Recreation Award was the next to be given out, with the winners being none other than the event’s opening speakers – the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee.“Thank you to our families, the people that sacrifice the time at home. We go missing for a large part of January-February, out in the middle of a lake. We dedicate a lot of time away from our children, girlfriends, wives, spouses and everything in between. So thank you for letting this happen.”28 residents were nominated for the Humanitarian Award, which was awarded to Kim Wilson and the rest of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society.“Our community gives back to this community, its been said throughout tonight and you’ve heard some great stories about our community. This award is not deserving to us, it is really deserving to everybody, to all the other 28 recipients who were a part of the humanitarian award. I wish we had 28 of them to give out because you all deserve this and from the bottom of my heart I would give up this award to all of you because you make this community better, so thank you.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Lido Theatre was packed to the rafters on Thursday night for the 11th Annual Fort St. John Community Awards.The winners were selected after nominations were sent in to the City in February and March. A four-member panel consisting of Pool Manager Karin Carlson and Councillors Gord Klassen, Trevor Bolin, and Larry Evans then rated each of the nominees to choose the eventual winner.The evening began with one of two acoustic performances by local firefighter and CBC Searchlight Top 100 finalist Adam Wynn, before the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee spoke to the audience about the incredible showing from the community in support of the Crystal Cup, which has been held on Charlie Lake every year since 2012.- Advertisement –The Literacy Award was the first of the evening’s awards to be presented, which was given out to Kim Boettcher. Boettcher wasn’t at the gala so the award was accepted on behalf by her friend Jane Drew.“I was very honored to be nominated for this community award, along with all the other very deserving people in this category, congratulations to all of you. When we work collectively in the area of literacy everyone benefits as literacy skills help open doors to a better future.”The Cultural award was presented to Catherine Ruddell. Ruddell was unable to attend the gala as she is currently in Italy, so her sister accepted the award on her behalf.Advertisementcenter_img Mayor Lori Ackerman was on hand to present the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award, with Adam Reaburn being named as this year’s recipient.“The award for me is really about Moose FM, without their support we couldn’t do what we do. The 14 people that are there every day make it possible to do the things we do. Also the community, as an independently owned radio station we are one of six left in the country, so the community has allowed us to continue to operate coming on 15 years now. Of course I have to recognize my wife and daughter who put up with all the stuff I get myself into, so thank you.”Mayor Ackerman concluded the event by thanking each and every member of the community for their contributions. Referencing  both Faminow’s speech and a talk delivered by a guest speaker at the Community Development Institute’s guest speaker series, Ackerman spoke about the importance of youth in the Energetic City.“One of the ways to kill your community is forget the youth. We will always remember”last_img read more

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The Valley Exposed: Porn and Health

first_img No legislative help Kerndt said advocates, including the Los Angeles-based AIDS Health Care Foundation, have had difficulty finding a lawmaker to author tougher legislation. Foundation President Michael Weinstein said his organization has talked with many legislators but none has signed on. “This is a worker health-and-safety issue, a women’s issue, a human-rights issue,” Kerndt said. “This is the last at-risk population exposed unnecessarily to the risk of HIV and a host of other sexually transmitted diseases.” John Schunhoff, county Department of Public Health chief deputy director, said the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and county health officials have supported efforts to make the industry safer, but so far have opted against sponsoring a bill. “We have to pick our battles,” Schunhoff said, although he noted health officials still might weigh in if there is an amended bill this session. “If there is an opportunity of our becoming more active and to really make a difference, we’ll do so,” he said. `Not in the real world’ Sharon Mitchell, a founder and executive director of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation in Sherman Oaks, said condoms should be used, but mandating them could backfire. Mitchell said “renegade” performers could just go underground and even give up the current monthly voluntary testing. “They’ll run for the hills,” Mitchell said. “This is a population, you tell them to do something, and they won’t do anything. “We’re not in the real world, we’re in the world of porn.” Mitchell, a former adult-film star who helped launch nationwide regular testing in the porn industry for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases after an HIV outbreak in 1998, also questioned the political will to enforce tougher regulations. “People want their potholes filled. Who’s going to pay for inspectors to sit around and watch people put on a condom?” In the past decade, 17 adult-entertainment performers have tested positive for HIV, including two male performers who infected a total of nine women. Testing caught six others before the virus could be passed on, she said. Tavrow – who hosted a UCLA round table last fall on the issue with academics, lawyers, legislators’ representatives, and porn producers and performers – said a state law is overdue. “Everyone knows from a health (perspective) this is a slam dunk, but there is just so much sensitivity,” Tavrow said. “Few legislative offices see a large grass-roots constituency for it. Senators and Assembly members say, `What’s in it for me? Will this win me votes?’ A lot of people are worried to be painted with the porn brush, as it were. They don’t want to come out as `Mr. Porn.”‘ State Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, who chairs the Senate’s Health Committee, said the subject is an important workplace issue. But she said there has been little support for tougher legislation because health officials have been unwilling or unable to do the work required, HIV activists haven’t rallied behind it and hundreds of other measures compete for lawmakers’ attention. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, whose district office is in one of the largest porn-production clusters in the Valley, declined to comment on the issue. Under current state code, employers face civil penalties for failing to protect employees from possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens. But Len Welsh, acting chief of the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said his agency has difficulty enforcing the regulation in the porn industry because most performers are not full-time studio employees. “We’ve had round-table discussions how to get at it and no one seems to have a good answer,” Welsh said. “It’s one of those things like immigration: Everyone agrees it’s a problem, but no one has a solution.” Kerndt said the California Department of Public Health could tighten enforcement if legislators demand it. But Matt Gray, a Sacramento lobbyist for the Free Speech Coalition, an adult-entertainment trade association based in Canoga Park, said the industry already employs reasonable safeguards for performers and notes that even condoms are not fail-safe. Lawmakers also have little interest in opening a debate that would include First Amendment and censorship issues, Gray said. “Only places like communist China step in and try to regulate how people have sex,” he said. Condoms-only policy Wicked Pictures in Canoga Park is one studio that has maintained a condoms-only policy. “How do you make that decision and then unmake that decision?” Steve Orenstein, Wicked’s president and owner, said of porn studios’ 2004 announcement of the policy. “A bunch of companies stood up and said, `Here’s what we’re going to do,’ and today we’re the only ones still doing it.” Vivid Entertainment, the region’s largest adult-entertainment company, uses a condom-optional policy in which female performers decide whether to use safe-sex practices. Company officials said they’re comfortable with the policy because performers are regularly screened for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. “The reality is that there are not many girls who request condoms and we don’t look at girls who do (request them) any differently then girls that don’t,” said Steven Hirsch, Vivid’s co-chairman. “We use the girl who best fits the part.” But Bob McCulloch, a Woodland Hills attorney who represented actor Darren James in 2004 when he tested positive for HIV, said condoms are the only way to make the industry safe. James tested negative for HIV on Feb. 12, 2004, before performing unprotected sex acts for an adult film in Brazil. He tested negative for HIV again on March 17, 2004. Between March 17 and April 9, 2004, he performed unprotected sex acts with 13 female partners who previously had tested negative for HIV, according to a final report published in the January issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. On April 9, James tested positive for HIV. Three of the women he had unprotected sex with also later tested positive. “This is not a preventative system,” McCulloch said. “It’s a `reduce your damages’ system. The system currently is designed to sacrifice a small number of people who, no question about it, are going to get it, and then limit the damage. “It’s a system that has damage control, but not prevention.” beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three years after an HIV outbreak rocked the San Fernando Valley’s adult-entertainment industry, Los Angeles health officials say production studios have failed to maintain rigorous safety standards and are imperiling hundreds of performers. While no cases have been reported since four adult-movie performers tested positive for HIV in April 2004, health officials say they are increasingly concerned that nearly all studios have dropped – or never even adopted – strict condoms-only policies. Worried about the potential for another HIV outbreak, a coalition of public, nonprofit and academic health leaders has been lobbying state lawmakers to tighten regulations. “The reality is, an HIV epidemic could happen tomorrow,” said Paula Tavrow, adjunct assistant professor in the community health sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We have no safeguards in place to prevent that.” The 2004 outbreak prompted studios to impose a temporary moratorium on production. Amid calls for government regulation, many also required performers to use condoms during filming even though studio executives worried about a potential loss in revenue because of the restrictions. Some were concerned that condoms would ruin the on-camera aesthetic of films’ sex scenes. Today, however, industry officials say almost all studios have reverted to condom-optional policies and instead rely on periodic health screenings – a practice their lobbyists defend as effective and comprehensive. But Dr. Peter R. Kerndt, director of the sexually transmitted disease program with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, says periodic screening is inadequate. Officials note that the male actor believed to have transmitted HIV to three female performers through unprotected sex in 2004 also had been regularly tested. “They’ve totally relapsed,” said Kerndt, who has provided technical support to the coalition lobbying for tighter legislation. “It’s like it never happened. There’s little regard and no protection for the people who work in this industry.” last_img
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Premier League round-up: Ex-Man United star’s solo strike defeats Man City

first_img Mame Biram Diouf celebrates 1 Former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf produced a moment of brilliance for Stoke as they shocked reigning Premier League champions Man City with a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.The Potters put on an exemplary display in defence as Manuel Pellegrini’s men failed to find the back of the net on home soil for the first time in the league since February.And they could have had more goals too if Victor Moses and other Stoke stars had taken their chances in an impressive triumph.In the first period the hosts saw Samir Nasri go close with an early opportunity while Yaya Toure clipped the bar with an effort on the cusp of half-time, but it was Mark Hughes’ Potters who took the lead.Diouf hasn’t had much Premier League success having failed to make an impact at Old Trafford and only managing three goals in a spell with Blackburn Rovers, but a fine solo strike, after gathering the ball in his own half, saw him leave Aleksandar Kolarov and Fernandinho for dead before sliding a shot past Joe Hart.He could have had another just after the hour-mark but a cross from Peter Odemwingie just evaded his outstretched boot.But as hard as Man City tried they could not find a way past Stoke’s miserly backline.Elsewhere, Crystal Palace snatched a dramatic late point Wilfried Zaha netted five minutes into injury time to make the score 3-3 in their absorbing clash with Newcastle United.The Magpies hadn’t managed to win either of their previous two games this season and an early goal for the visitors made their chances of finally getting a win significantly slimmerA Marouane Chamakh strike was well tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Tim Krul but, with his defence caught sleeping, Dwight Gayle, fresh from a hat-trick in midweek against Walsall, was able to nip in and hammer home.Newcastle levelled eight minutes before the break as summer signings Daryl Janmaat and Emmanuel Riviere linked well on the left side of the penalty area with the Dutch World Cup star eventually forcing the ball beyond Julian Speroni.But just two minutes after the break Jason Puncheon fired in an exquisite volley from his own flick-up to hand Palace the lead for a second time.The Eagles lost Chamakh to an injury and their inability to finish their chances nearly cost them as Rolando Aarons headed in his first competitive goal for the Magpies to bring the scores level again before Mike Williamson tapped in a third after a curling Aarons strike came back off the upright.But Zaha, making his second debut for the club after joining them on loan from Manchester United, made up for an earlier disallowed goal by arrowing his late shot into the back of the net to send new manager Neil Warnock wild on the touchline as they earned a share of the spoils.Swansea City continued their stunning start to the season as they beat a poor West Brom side 3-0 thanks to goals from Nathan Dyer (2) and Wayne Routledge.The deal to re-sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, which saw Ben Davies move to Tottenham, now looks to be an inspired piece of business as he once again assisted a team-mate for the third time this campaign.Nathan Dyer often causes defences problems and, as he battled his way to goal, the Icelandic star’s perfect backheel set him away into the penalty area and, after beating Ben Foster, the winger slipped the ball in from an acute angle.And Swansea’s other winger, Wayne Routledge, got in on the act after 24 minutes as he executed a sensational improvised and acrobatic half volley from the edge of the area to make it 2-0.West Brom weren’t at the races at the Liberty Stadium and after the hour Dyer notched his second when he sped onto Sigurdsson’s fine through-ball and dispatched with aplomb to seal all three points.It could take a lot more than the signing of Sebastian Blanco to perk up Alan Irvine’s Baggies who seem set to struggle this year.New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will be pleased with his team’s display as they beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park for his first win in the St Mary’s hotseat.Hammers fans were disappointed Roy Hodgson had once again snubbed Mark Noble when naming his England squad in midweek and the midfielder repaid their faith in him by clattering a deflected effort beyond Three Lions goalkeeper Fraser Forster to hand the hosts the lead.But, just moments before half-time, the Saints levelled as Morgan Schneiderlin found himself on the end of a free-kick. His first powerful strike was blocked by the sprawling Joey O’Brien but his second attempt was a fine curled shot which found its way into the back of the net through several bodies.The Frenchman, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham previously, added a second after 66 minutes when he prodded the ball home from James Ward-Prowse’s cross following a clever corner.And Graziano Pelle tucked in a third with a powerful but controlled strike following an excellent team move from the visitors in east London.Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers earned their first win of the new season as they claimed a 1-0 triumph over Gus Poyet’s Sunderland.Harry Redknapp’s men grabbed the lead in first-half injury time as Leroy Fer, who hit the crossbar earlier in the match, headed the ball down from Joey Barton’s corner and Charlie Austin was on hand to larrup a left-foot strike into the net from ten yards and held on at Loftus Road for victory.last_img read more

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Route 6 receives state’s thanks

first_imgPortions of the route run along Sierra Highway from Santa Clarita through the Antelope Valley. California joins Pennsylvania in officially recognizing the historical significance of this route, which served as the main street of many cities and towns. Nebraska and Connecticut are also working to recognize the historical significance of U.S. Highway 6, Runner said. The effort to recognize the route actually began as a class project in 2000, when three high school students in Washington state asked a neighbor, Russ Lombard, for a project idea. He suggested the route, which he had traveled as a youngster in Pasadena. The project grew into the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, for which Lombard serves as president. Former Lancaster Mayor Fred Hann serves as the association’s executive director for California. Hann’s interest in traveling the nation’s historic routes kept leading him to references to Route 6 and to the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Hann asked Runner to author the state resolution. “I feel good about it,” Hann said of the state Legislature’s recognition. “It’s a milestone for the program.” At Hann’s urging, the cities of Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Lancaster have all placed signs noting the historic route. Hann said Los Angeles County is looking at placing signs on its portions of the route and hopes to be able to persuade Kern County officials to follow suit. Hann, a retired firefighter, is trying to build interest in the old route to draw tourists and motorists in much the same way Route 66 has become an attraction. The route has been known by many names over the years, including the Roosevelt Highway, after President Theodore Roosevelt, and the Midland Trail Roadway. Its official title is the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, named after an organization of Union Civil War veterans. According to the association, the highway began in the 1920s as a short route between Provincetown and Brewster, N.Y. Over the years, it was extended westward, eventually ending in Long Beach. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Add the state of California to the list of government entities recognizing historic Route 6, a transcontinental route that passes through the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. The Legislature passed a resolution, authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, recognizing the route’s role in the development of the Golden State. The recognition is being sought by civic leaders hoping to promote the economic development and cultural preservation of cities, towns and rural communities along the route. “The recognition of this highway is important to the development of California,” said Runner, R-Lancaster. “I encourage Californians to take a drive along U.S. Highway Route 6 and experience a piece of California’s history.” U.S. Route 6 stretches 3,650 miles – from Long Beach to Provincetown, Mass. – making it the nation’s longest, continuous highway. last_img read more

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