Robert A. Sirleaf will contest the Senate seat for Montserrado County, following a petition he accepted Monday.A group of citizens last Monday in the Samuel K. Doe (SKD) Community on Bushrod Island, petitioned Mr. Sirleaf to contest the 2014 Special Senatorial race.Accepting the citizen’s request at a press conference Wednesday, July 16, Mr. Sirleaf told the gathering that “with abiding faith in the Almighty, and belief which is deeply-rooted in the will of our people for progress, today, I Robert A. Sirleaf announce my candidacy for Senator of Montserrado County; and we will go on this journey as an independent candidate.“I will strive to reach across our differences in age, gender, religion and political parties because we should not be divided by these. I will listen to them, listen to their dreams, their hopes, their aspirations and together we will think forward to make those a reality,” he pledged.According to him, rural and urban Montserrado are not separated by age, gender, religion or political views.“Thinking forward and working together over the next nine years, “I will continue to close the opportunity gap and build a stronger, more prosperous county, a county we can proudly call one Montserrado,” Sirleaf added.He said the post gives him “hope that is tangible; hope through change that you can see, hope you can feel; hope that speaks through actions and less through words.”The 2014 Montserrado senatorial hopeful explained further that he has tried to show that any positions of privilege can be, and should be used to improve the living conditions of “our people,” knowing that caring for others does not only change lives but makes oneself better.“I care that a public servant must put the interests of the people first, always serving the cause of the people rather than the cause of oneself,” he emphasized.In addition, Mr. Sirleaf said our youth, like other young people around the world, will not only have a chance to play and be healthy in body, but will also go to community centers with high-speed internet and computers where they can sharpen their minds and expand their horizons.Mr. Sirleaf said after citizens have serve their country, the country must repay them with special care and attention, and treat them with respect, recognition and dignity upon retirement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Association of Realtors is scheduled to report on existing home sales, which represent four-fifths of the total home market, today with expectations of a 2.5 percent decline. The Federal Reserve has been raising short-term interest rates for nearly two years, and those increases are finally starting to trigger a sustained rise in long-term borrowing costs. The rate on 30-year mortgages hit a nearly four-year high of 6.60 percent last week. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that he believed the housing market, which has been a key driver of the U.S. economy, was cooling but that it appeared to be a “very orderly and moderate kind of cooling.” But some economists are worried that the slowdown could be more severe, mirroring the disruptions caused when the stock market bubble burst in early 2000. Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, a brokerage firm in Darien, Conn., said sales of new homes are coming at the expense of existing home sales as buyers respond to aggressive incentive offers builders are using to move unsold homes. Once existing homeowners realize they will have to lower their asking price to make a sale, this could cause a sharp drop in sales prices around the country, Schiff said. The backlog of unsold new homes rose by 2.4 percent to a new record of 565,000 homes on the market at the end of April. It would take 5.8 months to deplete that backlog at the April sales pace. Home sales were strong in all parts of the country last month except the Midwest, where sales fell by 1.1 percent, the second straight monthly decline. Sales were up 8.2 percent in the Northeast, 7.8 percent in the South and 2 percent in the West. Many economists believe the slowdown in housing will be gradual as long as inflation pressures remain moderate enough to allow the Fed soon to take a pause in its two-year campaign to push interest rates higher. In other economic news, orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 4.8 percent in April, the largest amount in three months, as aircraft orders plunged by 32.2 percent and demand for computers and other electronic products dropped by the largest amount in nearly six years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The median price of a new home sold in April was $238,500, up just 0.9 percent from a year ago, far below the double-digit price gains sellers were enjoying last year at the peak of the housing boom. “Housing is holding up better than we had thought given how much mortgage rates have gone up, but we still expect it to weaken as the year goes forward,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York. Wyss said he expected home sales would drop by 10 percent this year and that construction of new homes and apartments would be down by about 8 percent. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average finished an erratic session posting a modest gain of 18.97 points to close at 11,117.32. The housing slowdown is coming after five years in which sales of both new and existing homes hit consecutive sales records as buyers enjoyed the lowest mortgage rates in four decades. WASHINGTON – Defying forecasts of an imminent slowdown, sales of new homes shot up in April to the fastest sales pace this year. But prices were up only slightly, and the backlog of unsold homes hit a new record. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that sales of new single-family homes increased by 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.198 million units, the highest rate since last December. Economists, who had been forecasting a sales decline in April, said the increase had been skewed by the fact that the government lowered sales activity significantly in prior months. Also, they noted that the number of unsold homes remaining on the market at the end of April rose to the highest level on record, an overhang that they predicted would depress prices going forward.
Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Dec. 15, 2015), we look at whether the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team will sweep every team before it in this year’s NCAA season. With FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, we explore the rise of Kristaps Porzingis and whether we can compare him to Dirk Nowitzki. Plus, we try and understand a metric that’s earning college football coaches hundreds of thousands of dollars. And a Significant Digit on Odell Beckham Jr.’s almost-record-breaking number of touchdown receptions.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Benjamin Morris on why last season’s Huskies were so good.Nick Martin on the metric earning college football coaches millions.Odell Beckham Jr.’s magic touchdown caught on pylon camera. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
The wife of Val James, the first American-born Black player to play in the National Hockey League, said, “I cried for a week” after reading the first 77 pages of her husband’s new book, “Black Ice: The Val James Story.”The level of racism James endured in a 13-year career—mostly in the AHL, plus just 14 games over two seasons in the NHL—stunned Ina James, who thought he had a grasp of the scope of hatred her husband experienced.“My first question was, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ “ she said to The New York Times.When she cried as she spoke those words, James said, “This is why I didn’t tell her.”James’ book details in depth the racism he encountered in the 1980s as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. For instance, after a game in Boston in ‘82, angry fans blocked the team bus of the Sabres, who had two Black players that season. The fans pelted the bus windshield with a beer bottle into the windshield, called James a vile name and demanded he exit the bus.Angry, James headed for the door. But coach Scotty Bowman ordered him to return to his seat.A shoulder injury ended James’s career in 1988, and no one noticed, just as his entry into hockey history was not acknowledged at the time. The fact that no one seemed to notice he was gone did not bother James; he was mentally fatigued from all he put up with over his career in the AHL and NHL.“There is the only way I can explain it for people who don’t understand that feeling,” James, 57, said. “Let’s start with women. What’s the worst thing you can call a woman? Imagine having one of those words thrown at you every three seconds for 60 minutes. Now multiply that 40 road games a year.”In the book, James recounts a story in Salem, Va., in 1981 when a teenager brought a watermelon to the game to give to him.The Times interviewed Warren Skorodenski, a former Springfield, Mass., Indians goalie who spent five seasons in the N.H.L, who said he recalls some Springfield, Mass. Fans dressing in Ku Klux Klan hoods and linesmen had to spend stoppages of play to retrieve bananas thrown on the ice at James.“It was disgusting,” Skorodenski said. “To be in his shoes, I just couldn’t imagine.”As a Black person growing up playing hockey on Long Island, James was a rarity—and that’s where the racism first started. He said in his book that disgusting slurs were hurled at him when he was 13 during a youth tournament in Michigan.“When I started skating, I set out to be a hockey player, not a black hockey player,” he wrote. “However, the two concepts quickly became intertwined. And not by choice. From early on, there were some people who were determined to prove that being black and being a hockey player were mutually exclusive.”When a shoulder injury ended James’s career in 1988, he seemingly vanished. He was emotionally drained, he said. James returned to Long Island for about a year after retirement before relocating with his wife Niagara Falls, where they have lived mostly in obscurity.He said he contemplated writing a book right after he stopped playing. But he was not ready…until now.“I had to deal with it in my own mind, and pretty much forgive,” James said. “That’s the only word that comes close to it. Just to cleanse my own mind of it all, and to think.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMinister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon Washington Misick holds the prestigious position now of Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank; he was appointed to the post last month during the closing ceremony of the 46th Annual Board of Governors Meeting held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Next May, the Turks and Caicos Islands will now host the annual gathering of the CDB regional board of Governors. Minister Misick as the new Chair of the CDB Board of Governors said: “The ongoing proactive engagement among leaders is invaluable; bringing new possibilities and benefits that go beyond national and even regional boundaries.”
Celebrated works of 11 masters of the 19th and the 20th century, including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau, splashed across larger than life HD screens, came alive at a first of its kind multimedia art exposition in the Capital with a promise to transport viewers into a whirlpool of colour, sound and emotions.The grand spectacle, titled ‘The Drifting Canvas’, was thrown open to art connoisseurs, enthusiasts and mainstream audiences by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who inaugurated the exposition at Delhi’s Select Citywalk Mall recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeginning with the anteroom, the exposition provides an electrifying and immersive experience to visitors keen on knowing the life stories of the artists featured in the exhibition and historical context of ‘The Drifting Canvas’, a joint initiative of Bengaluru-based art platform Esperienza and Russian art cluster Art Play. “The world’s best art has been presented through multimedia at a highly-recognised venue and nearly 40,000 people are expected to visit it,” Mahesh Sharma said. The exposition has come to Delhi after travelling to more than 12 countries. In addition, the exhibition, which continues till June 15, allows audiences to experience 3D art wearing special glasses.
Korean Pop stepped in India way back in 2012, when Psy sensationalised peppy beats and vivacious dance moves through his global hit ‘Gangnam style’. Soon after Psy’s hit, the K-pop wave became dormant, only to come back with a bang in 2016. Thereafter, prominent K-pop groups like EXO and BTS gained popularity in the country, clearly indicating the revival of K-pop. In India, where Bollywood and English music dominate, the rise of K-pop and the emergence of its fan base is an intriguing journey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut what actually caused the sudden acceleration of K-pop? Students at the Korean Cultural Centre said: “K-pop is a complete package. You can witness dancing, singing, and visuals all in a power-packed performance and that’s what gives K-pop the popularity it has.” Many K-pop followers also believe the ‘style’ and ‘personality of the k-pop stars – like the boys of the BTS – is very appealing and people tend to follow them. Also, the lively beats compel them to tap their feet, making it their favourite option to enjoy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut for sure, it has some drawbacks. “One of the drawbacks K-pop has is the language barrier, which sometimes nullifies the feel and the aura of K-pop,” said the K-pop academy’s dance instructor Hyeongju Cho.” Indian students are quite familiar with K-pop style since they’ve watched many videos on internet and TV. They are very accustomed to the dance and try their best to cover it but the language is the only barrier,” he informed.Despite athe odds, the art is becoming popular and is no longer confined to a particular region. More than two lakh Indians are following K-pop and the number is increasing every day. Seeing the popularity, K-pop Contest India 2018 initiated by Korean Cultural Centre, India, buckles down to reach out to other Indian music enthusiasts.K-pop Delhi regional round, which aims to select the Indian representatives for K-pop event in the world was held on June 16. The event was graced by the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India – H.E. SHIN Bongkil, Director of Korean Cultural Centre India. Among 1216 participant from India, 95 Delhi participants were able to make it to the regional round. Beside Delhi the regional rounds also happening in Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Bengaluru, Odisha, Hyderabad, Mizoram and Manipur till June 30. The winners will participate in India Grand Finale round at Siri FortAuditorium on July 9 at 06:00 pm. The winners will have the final stage in Korea.India and Korea are linked in two ways, be it the historical blood relation with the ‘Kim’ dynasty or the alike choices and taste for music.Director (Korean Cultural Centre) Kim Kum-pyoung believes such competitions and initiatives are a great step towards strengthening the cultural exchange between the two countries. Also, the competition will implicitly flatter the South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his visit to India next month. But most importantly it is going to be a sheer delight for the K-pop lovers.