first_img“A Strange Sunrise in Eden” was the theme which the Rev. Toimu A. Reeves, Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, the nation’s oldest church, chose for his sermon on the Sunday following a Rice Riots on April 14, 1979.It was a captivating theme that many who listened to that powerful, prophetic preacher’s sermon remembered.The celebrated Liberian footballer, James Salinsa Debbah’s decision to switch from Liberty Party (LP) to the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has nothing to do with April 14.  But his sudden switch was, like that fateful date in Liberian history, most certainly surprising–and strange. Remember that during the 2005 presidential campaign Salinsa courageously, and to the surprise of many, spoke out against the presidential bid of his football colleague, George Weah, declaring, as eventually did the majority of  Liberians,  that Weah was “unfit” for the presidency.Debbah threw his weight behind Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, though he later joined Liberty Party, whose standard bearer was his fellow Bassonian, Charles Walker Brumskine.  During the 2005 campaign, however, Debbah, due to his football popularity, swayed many youth to Ellen’ side.  It is possible that he may have remained with Ellen’s Unity Party (UP) had she offered him a good position in government, such as Minister of Youth and Sports.As one began reading  Observer Roving  Correspondent Leroy Sonpon’s Tuesday story announcing Debbah’s sudden switch to the CDC, one could not help but guess that it was all pure politics, and that something grand was afoot (going on).  For these things don’t just happen for nothing.Surely enough, later on in the story came the bombshell: Debbah has senatorial ambitions and became angry with his party, (LP), for sidelining him in favor of House of Representatives Member Jeh ByronBrown to be the senatorial candidate in the forthcoming legislative elections!Debbah has now developed confidence in the mass appeal of Weah’s CDC, believing that it can help him win the Bassa senatorial seat currently being held by the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Gbezohngar Findley.Herein then lies another definitive affirmation of the historic political dictum, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” Weah, whom Debbah rejected in 2005, has now become Debbah’s political ally in his bid for the senate seat.Can Debbah or Jeh Byron Brown win the incumbent, who has become the most powerful person in the Senate? That is for people of Grand Bassa to decide.  In this forthcoming election, they must determine   who would better and more effectively serve their interests–a senatorial novice, who will now be Junior Senator to the newly elected Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence or Findley, who has been in the Senate since 2006, rising in seniority to assume the most powerful position of leader of the whole place?  Bassonians will have to decide whether to settle for a beginner, who will now become the county’s new Junior Senator, or whether they will vote to hold on to their overwhelming Senate seniority, which Grand Bassa has not enjoyed since Charles Walker Brumskine during the Taylor administration and Edwin A. Morgan during the Tubman era.The people of Grand Bassa will also have to decide whether Senator Findley has been good for them or whether the time has come to try someone else.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFortuna creamed the cream city, dispatching Ferndale 47-13 Saturday at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field to claim its sixth straight Milk Can.“It’s a great rivalry, it’s a friendly rivalry and we want to make sure it continues,” Fortuna head coach Mike Benbow said. “It’s just a great game and we’re happy to win it.”Fortuna started the game slow throwing a first drive interception. Ferndale’s Landon Gomes jumped a route and intercepted Zac Claus’ second pass of the game.Ferndale tried seized the …last_img

first_imgThe raw 7.03-carat blue diamond found atSouth Africa’s Cullinan Mine before it was cut and polished.(Image: Sotheby’s) A miner carrying the legendary Cullinan Diamond discovered in 1905.(Image: Bryson Burke)Khanyi Magubane A 7.03-carat blue diamond discovered at the legendary Cullinan Mine in South Africa has broken a world record after it sold for US$ 9.4 million (R81-million) at an auction in Geneva, Switzerland.The amount exceeded the pre-sale maximum estimate of $8.5-million (R73-million).Hosted by auction house Sotheby’s, the sale of the diamond – classified as a “fancy vivid blue” – has been recorded as the highest price offered for a gemstone at an auction.The new owner of the prized possession, Hong Kong collector Joseph Lau Leun-Hung, bid telephonically during the tightly contested sale, which lasted 15 minutes.Lau Leun-Hung has since exercised his right to name the diamond, now known as the Star of Josephine.Classified by the Gemological Institute of America as “internally flawless”, the cushion-shaped diamond was sold as part of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Sale series, and comprised a number of classical pieces.Another popular piece was a pink pear-shaped 5.29-carat diamond, which sold for $2-million (R17.3-miilion), and a marquise brilliant-cut vivid yellow diamond, weighing in at 18-carats.According to the Times of India, the demand for big-sized stones is gaining momentum in Asian and western markets including Hong Kong, Japan, China and the US.“Auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s are fuelling the consumer confidence around the world. While the world is reeling under recession, the sale of the blue diamond has revived the hope for the diamond industry,” said Bharat Gosai, a leading diamond expert, during an interview with Times of India.Also present at the sale was Johan Dippenaar, the chief executive officer of Petra Diamonds, the company that bought the Cullinan Mine from diamond miners De Beers last year. Speaking to Sotheby’s, Dippenaar said, “The renowned Cullinan Mine continues to captivate the world with spectacular diamonds, building on its legacy as the source of some of the world’s most famous gems.“This has been a very successful partnership with Sotheby’s … and has provided the perfect platform to garner international recognition for a gem of this caliber.”Sotheby’s international jewellery department chairperson for Europe and the Middle East David Bennett spoke highly of their partnership with Petra.“We are particularly thrilled with the price achieved for the exceptional fancy vivid blue diamond … its has been very exciting and rewarding to work so closely with Petra Diamonds and to follow the progress of this remarkable gem over the last few months and through to its auction success on the international stage.”In total, the Magnificent Jewels Collection sold 266 lots for a whopping $35.7-million (R309-million).Diamonds for AfricaThe Pretoria-based Cullinan Diamond Mine, with its long history of legendary blue diamond discoveries, dates back to the early 1900s.On June 25 1905, the world-famous Cullinan Diamond was discovered there by mine superintendent Frederick Wells. On a walk through the mine he picked up what he thought was a large piece of glass. When it turned out to be a 31.08-carat diamond, Wells was given a $10 000 (R86 000) reward for the discovery.Sir Thomas Cullinan, the mine’s owner, went on to sell the stone to the then Transvaal government, who in turn presented it to King Edward VII for his 66th birthday.The king sent the stone to be cut by master diamond cutters the Asscher brothers in Amsterdam. The final process of polishing the Cullinan Diamond was completed in 1908 and was subsequently cut into nine pieces.Some parts of the Cullinan Diamond can be found in English Crown Jewels as well as the personal gemstone collection of the Royal Family. To date, the Cullinan is still recorded as the largest uncut diamond ever found.Other famous finds from the mine include the 755-carat Golden Jubilee, the 600-carat Centenary, and the 530-carat Great Star of Africa.Since the 1905 find, more than 120-million carats have been mined at Cullinan. It is still in operation and producing about 25% of the world’s gem-quality diamonds.Public tours are conducted at the mine for those wanting to visit the historic site.Tourists interested in the underground operation of the mine are treated to an underground tour, where tour guides explain the process of diamond mining.Visitors are taught about the extraction of diamonds from the earth and the process of diamond cutting.Sharing an African visionPetra Diamonds, the company that owns the Cullinan Mine, has acquired a number of diamond mines across Africa, and has since been recognised as one of the biggest independent diamond mining groups in the world. It also owns the Koffiefontein, Helam, Sedibeng and Star mines in South Africa.In other parts of the continent, Petra Diamonds has acquired a 75% stake in the Williamson Mine in Tanzania.According to company reports, it has reached an agreement with De Beers to buy the Kimberly Underground mines.With the threat the illegal diamond trade poses to the industry, Petra Diamonds has committed itself to only working with companies that are a part of the Kimberly Process, which promotes the dealing in conflict-free diamonds.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesGovt to review mining in SA Economic boomtime in Angola Turning the jobless into jewellers Kimberley goes for Gold Useful linksPetra DiamondsSotheby’s Williamsons Diamond MineDe Beerslast_img read more

first_imgAs I reflect back on the last ten years I have spent writing a daily blog post here, I am grateful for the friends I have made here, the people who read the Sunday newsletter each week and send me their notes and thoughts.I am thankful for the support from this community of people who care about selling well and with integrity, who want to do good work and recognize that those words imply something more than quality, and who care about building a life of their own design.I write every day, but it doesn’t make sense to publish anything here on Thanksgiving Day in the United States, other than my deepest gratitude for the people who care enough to read my work.Thank you!Anthony Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Languido, Miranda nail Milo 42k finals slots Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Powerhouse squads Ceres Negros and Kaya Makati took a step closer to the four-team Finals Series with gritty wins on Saturday in the Philippines Football League.The Busmen leaned on a 27th minute goal from Bienvenido Marañon to subdue Stallion Laguna, 1-0, at Biñan Football Stadium, while Kaya slipped past Global Cebu, 2-0, at University of Makati.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kaya, with 44 points from 25 matches, is four points behind Meralco Manila which has already secured a place in the Finals Series, while Ceres remained in third with 42 points in just 19 matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag. A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) loses the ball as he collides with Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles (0) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, Texas—The Toronto Raptors have struggled to close out games against good teams this season.They solved that Tuesday night, getting 27 points from DeMar DeRozan while holding off the Rockets 129-113 despite a couple late runs by Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Masked man: Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straight MOST READ DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks after Harden’s big play to make it 120-107 with about three minutes left and send many of the home fans toward the exits.Harden had 11 assists and six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more assists in every game this season.The Raptors scored the first five points of the second half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points midway through the third on Lowry’s 3-pointer.Toronto led by 21 before Houston made five straight points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. That was the start of a nice run for the Rockets, and they used a 9-3 spurt after that to cut the lead to 97-87. Harden made four points in that span, and Eric Gordon capped it with a layup.Houston led by eight points during the first half, but the Raptors used a 45-point second quarter to take a 76-64 edge into halftime. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak.“We weren’t sharp,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Sometimes you let down and it’s hard to turn it back on. We tried, we got close in the second half, but we just didn’t have enough.”Houston scored six straight points, including three free throws from Harden, to make it 108-103 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.Delon Wright made a free throw for the Raptors soon after that, and OG Anunoby connected for Toronto’s first field goal in more than three minutes on a 3-pointer with 6:25 remaining. After Wright’s layup, Kyle Lowry stole the ball from Harden, and DeRozan finished on the other end with a dunk to make it 116-103.Harden got Houston going again with a four-point play. The free throw was his 19th, setting a franchise record for most foul shots without a miss in a game.ADVERTISEMENT Just as important, DeRozan thinks he knows the key for Toronto holding leads going forward.“Liking this feeling,” he said. “You’ve got to love this feeling so you don’t got to go out there having too many of them close games that you lost, feeling upset, got to wait until the next game. You’ve got to want to continue to have this feeling and that should work out everything else.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutToronto led by 12 at halftime and had to repeatedly shut down rally attempts from the Rockets.“Consistency in this league is a hard thing to grab, and that’s what we’ve got to reach for, grab for each and every night,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “If we could bottle tonight, the energy, the toughness, the togetherness we had tonight, it (would be) special.” LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh hasn’t coached a game in Ann Arbor yet, and he already may be the coach with the highest approval rating with his fan base in the country. Michigan hasn’t been shy about promoting their alumnus head coach either. This morning, the program dropped a short video on Instagram discussing Harbaugh’s “energy and passion,” which senior linebacker Desmond Morgan calls “authentic.” We’re just over a month away until the season kicks off, Michigan fans. Get pumped.last_img

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20.The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton, and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax.Swoop will add six weekly flights between Hamilton and Edmonton and between Hamilton and Winnipeg on June 25.Service between Abbotsford and Edmonton will begin July 25 with three flights a day. The airline will have a total of 45 weekly flights.WestJet announced plans for the no-frills discount airline last year.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal over jurisdiction in the latest stage of a long-running effort by Innu First Nations to sue mining giant Rio Tinto.The government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the appeal after Quebec’s highest court ruled that the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam and others could sue the company and its Iron Ore Co. of Canada subsidiary through Quebec courts.The attorney general of Newfoundland and Labrador has argued that Quebec courts are without jurisdiction in the matter because the mining operations are in Labrador.The Innu launched the lawsuit in 2013, seeking $900 million in compensation because the mine was built without their consent.They claim the mine, in operation since 1954, has caused environmental damage, displaced members of the community, and prevented them from practising their traditional way of life.The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John say they’re disappointed the Supreme Court will hear the challenge as it amounts to another delay in their lawsuit. The Canadian Presslast_img read more