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Inspired By Desire

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first_imgIn our latest edition of LIB Life special coverage to women in the creative sector, we welcome Marjean Sherman, the founder of Monrovia Fashion Week (MFW).Sherman was inspired by her desire to put Liberian fashion on the map after noticing that so many other African countries had fashion week events, but that Liberia was missing in action.After moving back to Liberia in November 2010, two years later in April of 2012, Marjean organized her first fashion show in her native land. She called it “Couture on the Blue”.The event was held at the Golden Gate Hotel and was sold out. The audience was impressed with the unique planning of the event and the beautiful African couture on display. The incredible success of her first event inspired her to organize Monrovia Fashion Week. “I did some research and saw that many African countries were having fashion weeks, but this was not happening in Liberia. So I decided to do the same. My goal was to give Liberian fashion practitioners better national and international recognition on a grand scale,” Sherman explained.In the early part of March 2013, as Marjean began visualizing her dream, she held the first MFW meeting and was able to bring on board like-minded people to toward the event and assist in the planning of the first edition of MFW. “As you can imagine, it took a lot of work, coordination and dedication to realize the vision,” she told LIB Life.Organizing the show was only one part of the job. The struggle was getting the right sponsors who would be willing to give the targeted amount of funding since the first edition was expected to run for five days. It was not an easy victory, but the team work hard, got some sponsors to make the event a successful one. “Self-motivation was the one thing that inspired us to do the events despite the persistent challenges of getting sponsors,” Sherman recalled. “Three years later, funding remains our biggest struggle; so I have been forced to scale down each year because of lack of major support,” she lamented. Another challenge she had to deal with was finding good models. She and her team did everything humanly possible to make sure that the models they selected were further trained to perform on an international level. “I’m not a person that settles for mediocrity; and so the team did a series of model casting calls to get the best. It was not an easy task,” Sherman noted. “But we knew that the ones we selected could compete. All we needed was to guide and train them to become better.“Designers too, were counseled to create pieces that people would be shocked to see, and we made sure the sewing was done perfectly as well,” she explained.Despite the challenges that persist, Marjean has been able to achieve her dream of founding MFW.Since then, MFW has grown to the extent that it is the biggest annual fashion event in Liberia, showcasing new designers, fashion lovers, fashion journalists, photographers, stylists and retailers. The event was recently nominated for The Best Fashion Event of the Year at the upcoming 2016 West Africa Fashion Awards (WAFA). “The record of past editions has been impressive and praiseworthy regardless of the funding problem, and I’m happy that we were nominated for WAFA.“At last I have tried to raise the standard in the fashion industry in Liberia and to expose our talent to the world. So far, we have been fortunate to be aired on International TV all across Africa on Spice TV, and have been featured in several international blogs and magazines,” Sherman noted.Like our two previous featured, Marjean was born in Liberia, but spend most of her life in the United States where she acquired her high school education at Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a Business degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Inconnu swimmers nab several medals at Swim BC ‘AAA’ Provincials

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first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Seven athletes from the Inconnu swim team were in Victoria last week, competing in the Swim BC ‘AAA’ Long Course Provincial Championships.For four of the team’s seven athletes, this was their first time competing at the Swim BC AAA Long Course provincial level of competition. After an intense five days of swimming, the club ended up placing 27th out of 45 teams at the swim meet. Two of the athletes placed in the top 8 “A” Final, while members of the team placed in the top 16 “B” Final in their events.Brittany Welsh won gold in the Girls 14-15 age group 50m backstroke, and silver in the 100m. Welsh also qualified to compete at the Canadian age group Nationals in Calgary later this summer in the 200m Backstroke. Eric Louie narrowly missed the podium in the 14-15 Boys 50m Butterfly, where he placed 4th.- Advertisement -In total, the swimmers set six new club records at the competition:Jayden Forster in the 15 & over girls 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:53.17.Brittany Welsh in the 15 & over girls 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:23.27.Cameron Louie in the 11-12 boys 200m Breaststroke with a 3:12.58.The 11-12 Boys relay team consisting of Owen Lang, Alexander McDonald, Tytan Carson, and Cameron Louie set club records in the 4x50m Freestyle and Medley relays, as well as a first time record ever established in the 4×100 Freestyle relay. The team swam a 2:06.07 in the 200m Freestyle relay, a 2:22.74 in the 200m Medley, and a 4:50.67 in the 400m Freestyle.At the open water competition at Thetis Lake on Monday, July 11th, Brittany Welsh and Jayden Forster competed in their first-ever 5km open water swim.The next big event for the team will see Kierra Semeniuk, Nicolas Eyles, David Shipalesky, and Cameron Louie representing Inconnu as part of the Caribou Region at the BC Summer Games beginning July 21st in Abbotsford.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man wanted for male sex worker’s murder

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first_imgDead: Noel LutherThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday issued a wanted bulletin for 38-year-old, Kanand Ojha, who is wanted for questioning in relation to the 2015 murder of a male sex worker.The sex worker, 20-year-old Noel Luther, died after he was shot on Carmichael Street, Georgetown in the vicinity of the Bishop High School on July 22, 2015.Ojha’s last known address is listed as Lot 2 First Street, Meadow Bank, East Bank Demerara (EBD). This is the second time the Force has issued a wanted bulletin for the man’s arrest.After the incident in 2015, Police issued a wanted bulletin for the arrest of Ojha and another man, Ron Forde. Forde was in 2017 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the crime after he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.It was previously reported that Luther, the male sex worker formerly of D’Urban Street, Georgetown, was providing his services when he was confronted by Forde and Ojha. Reports indicate that Ojha had solicited the services of Luther but was, however, unsatisfied with the said service he received.As such, later that said evening, the businessman returned to Carmichael Street and attempted to solicit the services of another sex worker. He reportedly requested that the client not be transgender and stated that the previous client had robbed him.The new client given to the businessman was allegedly transgender, which again angered the businessman who once again returned to Carmichael Street. Upon his return, the businessman reportedly spotted Luther and accused him of robbing him. In a fit of anger, witnesses reported that Ojha returned to his vehicle but again returned this time with Forde.It was at that time that Luther and the businessman got involved in an argument when he was shot to his chest. Ojha and Forde, after committing the act, reportedly escaped the crime scene in a red CR-V. Luther was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation but he was pronounced dead on arrival.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Ojha is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 226-6978, 225-8196, 226-2870, 911 or the nearest Police station.Wanted: Kanand OjhaWanted: Ron Fordelast_img read more

Kenya thrash Ethiopia, storm CECAFA quarters

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first_img0Shares0000The Kenya Under-20 national team line up for a group photo before a previous CECAFA matchNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Kenya’s Rising Stars have progressed to the quarter finals of the CECAFA Under-20 Championship after thrashing Ethiopia 4-0 in their final Group B match at the FUFA Technical Centre in Jinja on Thursday afternoon.Kenya led 1-0 at half time after Steven Otieno found the back of the net a minute to the break through Steven Otieno. A steamrolling performance in the second half saw substitute Austine Odhiambo make it 2-0 after 68 minutes with his third goal of the tournament before Ulinzi Stars forward John Njuguna made it 3-0 with a quarter of an hour to go.With four minutes to go, Benson Omala stepped off the bench to score the fourth.Stanley Okumbi’s boys progress top of the group with seven points having beaten Zanzibar by the same margin in their first match of the tournament before drawing 2-2 with second placed Tanzania on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aston Villa defender Jose Angel Crespo joins Rayo Vallecano on loan

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first_img Jose Angel Crespo Aston Villa have shipped out flop defender Jose Angel Crespo on loan.The rarely-seen Spaniard has joined La Liga side Rayo Vallecano until the end of the season.The 28-year-old joined from Spanish team Cordoba last summer when the Villa squad underwent another overhaul but he’s rarely been asked to contribute, even with Villa in turmoil.The former Sevilla, Racing Santander and Verona man represented Spain at numerous youth levels earlier in his career.But he’s started just one Premier League match this season – the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City in October. 1last_img

MANCHESTER UNITED STAR WAYNE ROONEY EAGER TO SUPPORT MARK FARREN TREATMENT FUND

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first_imgManchester United player Wayne Rooney has become the latest high-profile star to lend his support to the Mark Farren Treatment Fund. The kind-hearted England captain contacted former Old Trafford teammate and Derry native Darren Gibson to find out what he could do to help.Rooney was made aware of the issue via social media and was touched by Mark’s heart-breaking story and immediately wanted to do something to help. Farren’s family revealed that Gibson was in contact with them and confirmed that Rooney was keen to lend his support to the treatment fund after becoming aware of Mark’s situation.Seamus Coleman, James McClean, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are just a few of the huge number of professional footballers who have rowed in behind the fundraising campaign set-up for former footballer Mark.The campaign has surpassed its initial target of £30,000 which was needed in order to send Mark to Mexico to undergo revolutionary treatment in which they hope can save the former Derry City striker’s life.An charity game in aid of Mark last night between a Derry City XI and Glenavon FC raised £7,000. The Derry City side was made up mostly of players that played during their epic UEFA Cup run in 2005/2006.A huge crowd turned out for Farren who served both clubs with great distinction throughout his career.The grand total for the Mark Farren treatment fund has almost raised an incredible £40,000.  MANCHESTER UNITED STAR WAYNE ROONEY EAGER TO SUPPORT MARK FARREN TREATMENT FUND was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Manchester UnitedMark FarrennewsSportWayne Rooneylast_img read more

Kaiser crushes past Rubidoux in 52-7 rout

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We did a lot of good things tonight,” he said. “It is pretty hard to find anything wrong in this one and I usually can find something.” The Cats cruised out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and were up 35-0 at the intermission without breaking a sweat. Senior wide receiver Ernesto Madrigal was the first to find the end zone, racing 66 yards on a reverse on Kaiser’s first play from scrimmage. Javier Macias booted the first of his seven extra points and the rout was on. The Falcons even had trouble when given good field position. Reiley Edwards ran back the ensuing kickoff 68 yards to the Kaiser 38, but three plays resulted in a minus-8 yards. Kaiser failed on a fourth down on its next possession deep in its own territory and Rubidoux took over at the Cats 17. But the Falcons gained just 1 yard, then missed a 31-yard field goal. Rubidoux (1-6, 0-2) managed only one first down in the opening half and it came on a Kaiser penalty. The Falcons tallied only 74 yards total offense and had a negative yardage total until a 23-yard pass completion with 6:43 left in the game. Even veteran coach Dick Bruich, known as a perfectionist with intensity to match, had trouble finding a flaw in his team’s performance. FONTANA – Numbers don’t lie. Kaiser was never challenged. This time the victim was Riverside Rubidoux which never threatened the defending Sunkist League champions in losing 52-7 Friday at Fontana High School. Kaiser (5-2, 2-0) rolled up 496 yards of total offense, 456 of that coming on the ground. Senior Lonyae Miller led the charge, rushing for 215 yards and five touchdowns on just 13 carries before leaving for good after the Cats first drive of the third quarter. center_img The Cats answered right away with Miller running 80 yards on the first play from scrimmage, making it 14-0. He added a 3-yard run in the closing seconds of the first quarter, extending the lead to 21-0. It could have been worse, but Bruich substituted freely the entire second half with 11 different players figuring in the lofty rushing total. “We work hard all week in practice, then it’s time to come out here and show what we can do on Friday nights,” Miller said. “We can’t let up, that’s when injuries happen.” Kaiser had an equally easy time last week, beating Jurupa Valley by the same score in its league opener. But Bruich scoffs at the notion of his team letting down. “They know better than that. They don’t get a chance with me,,’ he said. Bruich credited senior Jamaal Smith and the rest of the Kaiser linebackers for the tenacious defensive effort. “It would be hard to single out one guy,” he said. “That unit played a very solid game.” Rubidoux’s lone score came against a unit of backups with 56 seconds left. 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

Spending decisions tell a lot

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first_imgAn ever-growing “Star Wars” memorabilia collection. A Suzuki GS500 motorcycle. Buying good used furniture instead of new. Investing in one’s education. Faithfully putting away the bulk of each raise into a savings fund. An engagement ring. All these things make the list of the best (or is it worst for some?) spending/saving decisions readers say they have made. In a column last month, I invited readers to share some of their decisions. The point is that there is no universal “best” or “worst.” What matters is that you spend your money for what truly makes you happy, and that you compensate for any personality trait that may lead you astray (for example, if you want to spend more money than you have). Let’s hear from readers, beginning with Mary Kay Zappia of Dayton, Ohio: From Dave Garthoff, of Akron, Ohio: “Best decision was buying an engagement ring in 1954. Dorothy said yes and we’ve been happily married for over 50 years now. Cost? I don’t remember now, but who cares? Value? Priceless!” Finally, from a reader in Yorba Linda, who shall remain anonymous: “I collect ‘Star Wars’ memorabilia. It really is a sickness because I spend about $400 a month. Do I think my collection will go up in value? It’s irrelevant because I don’t plan on selling it, ever. I now value my collection at more than $125,000. I’ve been collecting hard-core for about 10 years now. Just imagine how much I’d have if I’d invested that money elsewhere? “Now, I love collecting. It’s something to be passionate about, which makes me happy. My goal is someday to afford a larger home (much larger) so that I can display my collection. This love of my collection and my goal to display it properly have helped me focus on the importance of my family. As men, we all get tempted by other women. When temptation calls, I remind myself that I don’t want to lose my family (or my collection!). We all know how disastrous a divorce can be financially. So I consider the amount I spend on my collection a small investment in ensuring my continued financial well-being.” Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at askhumberto@aol.com. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “While I can afford to buy new furnishings from quality retail establishments, I choose to shop for quality furniture advertised in the newspaper under “used merchandise.” I have found great savings on designer and quality items from people who merely want to redecorate, and dispose of their furnishings for a fraction of what they paid.” From Bob Pillsbury, of Tucson, Ariz.: “I graduated from college in 1957 and went to work as a bridge engineer with what is now the Federal Highway Administration. The first year, we got a cost-of-living adjustment of about $20 a paycheck. My wife and I decided we really didn’t need the additional $20, so I signed up to put most of the raise into U.S. savings bonds. This practice was continued until I retired some 33 years later. These funds became the seed money for a successful investment program that continues today.” From Grace McIlvain, also of Tucson: “The best spending decision I ever made was to go to law school. I was 34 years old, and my husband and I had very little income and few assets. I had no help from scholarships or any other source. The next three years were definitely a struggle. I wouldn’t want to go through them again. But believe it or not, I got through law school without borrowing a dime! I worked part time during my second and third years and full time during the summers. “Thirty years later, I am semiretired and have substantial savings. I have traveled to many exciting parts of the world. I live in a modest town house and have enough money to meet all my needs. And I had an extremely interesting career and can now pick and choose the part-time work I do.” From Ben Chavez, of San Antonio: “I am 20 years old and am planning to go to nursing school full time next semester. I am what you would consider a natural saver. I have splurged once. It all happened about four months ago – I fell in love. When I met her, she was all I could think about. Well, it’s not a woman; it is a 2005 Suzuki GS500 motorcycle. It cost $5,000 brand new. I had the money saved up and I just decided to lay it all down. I often think I could have invested the money, saved it for college or other things, but for the amount of enjoyment it is bringing, I can say it was worth it.” last_img read more

Donegal economy boosted by Airbnb guests

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first_imgDonegal hosts attracted thousands of Airbnb users to the county last year and generated millions of euro for the local economy, according to the latest report from the service.A report released by the home-sharing site this week shows that 30,000 guests in the past year came to Donegal and the North West through the service, with the Wild Atlantic Way providing a big attraction for visitors.Airbnb accommodation available in the county ranges from spacious houses with seaside views, gypsy wagons and cosy cottages. Local hosts often share stunning views of Donegal’s coast to attract guests, including Slieve League and the Northern Lights. The report estimated that Airbnb users and hosts have generated €12million for the North West between September 2015 and August 2016.The cultural offerings and unique landscape of the county make it unique to visitors, the report found, with Donegal being famous for its rugged landscape, fishing ports and tweed textiles.The average Airbnb guest spends 42% of their money at local community businesses. Plus, visitors ate almost 1 million dinners in regional and rural Ireland.One of the biggest draws to the Airbnb service is the local knowledge that hosts have about the county. Some 85% of guests who chose Airbnb did so because they wanted to live like a local. Speaking about the Home Sharing: Empowering Regional & Rural Ireland report, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD said: “This report shows that the home sharing economy is opening up unique places and generating economic value in regional locations. By providing alternative accommodation options for visitors in rural villages and towns, we can help to grow tourism and have a positive knock-on impact on other businesses in rural Ireland.”Donegal economy boosted by Airbnb guests was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal man found guilty of abusing four young schoolboys

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first_imgA Co Donegal man who sexually abused four young schoolboys more than 20 years ago is behind bars after finally being brought to justice.Scott Turner, 44, who is originally from Letterkenny, was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow of the vile offences which took place at addresses in Clydebank between December 1991 and November 1998. Two of Turner’s victims were 11 when he began abusing them and the other were aged seven and eight.The court heard that one of Turner’s victims who is now 31 blurted out what happened to him and the police were contacted.Turner denied the charges against him and claimed they had never taken place.Prosecutor Jim Keegan QC said: “The accused lives in the Republic of Ireland. He resided in Scotland during the time of the offences.“He has two previous convictions for minor offences and has never been in custody before.”Judge Craig Scott placed Turner on the sex offenders’ register. And told him: “You have been convicted of significant offences.”Sentence was deferred until November 29 at the High Court in Edinburgh in order to obtain background reports.Donegal man found guilty of abusing four young schoolboys was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more