first_imgFulham have signed 16-year-old forward Muamer Tankovic from Swedish side IFK Norrkoping for an undisclosed fee. Tankovic is a Sweden Under-16 international and scored twice in a match against Wales in May.Inter Milan were among several European clubs who were monitoring the player, who has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage.AdChoices广告last_img

first_imgThe youth vote was a major factor in the election of President Barack Obama, but two years into his presidency, it seems he’s losing that support.A recent AP/mtvU poll showed support for the president is waning among students nationwide. The poll shows he now has an approval rating of 44 percent among college students, down from 60 percent in May 2009.Of those polled, 27 percent reported being unhappy with his administration, up from 15 percent two years ago.“Voters aren’t happy with the economy and aren’t happy with high unemployment,” said Katherine Cook, chairwoman of the USC College Republicans. “Many who supported Obama two years ago feel like Obama hasn’t delivered on the hope and change he promised.”However, the political director of the USC College Democrats, Micah Scheindlin, said Obama’s lagging numbers in the polls is normal.“Politics is cyclical,” Scheindlin said. “You’re always going to see a president go down in popularity once they actually start governing.”Expert’s say Obama’s support has decreased because of high unemployment rates, opposition to the economic stimulus and the healthcare overhaul, which might present Republicans with the chance to win back the majority in Congress on Nov. 2.In an effort to prevent this, the president has hit the campaign trail, stumping on behalf of several Democratic candidates locked in close races. One of these stops will be at USC, where Obama will rally support for incumbent California Sen. Barbara Boxer.These rallies, many of which are occurring at universities, might help the president, Cook said.“[Obama’s university visits] may just be the deciding factor in several close Senate elections, and Obama needs all the Democrat seats he can get in order to continue pushing his agenda in Washington,” Cook said.Though his approval rating is dropping, many USC students said they still support the president.“People are losing trust in Obama because they want quick results,” said Felix Oje, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering. “It’s because people are looking at where we are right now and attributing that to who’s [in office] now, but [the recession] was bound to happen since four years ago.”Christopher Pryor, a junior majoring in creative writing, agreed.“He’s doing a solid job,” Pryor said. “There’s always going to be people who are cynics and people who are advocates.”Although the economy and high unemployment continues to weigh on students’ minds, many USC students said they were most concerned about Obama’s healthcare reform.“The healthcare bill surprisingly passed both the House and the Senate,” said Melanie Houselog, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering. “Unless the Republicans manage to take over Congress and change this bill from ever taking effect, I truly believe that Obama has royally screwed over the United States of America.”She added that her main opposition to the bill included the allocation of money in healthcare and the lack of attention to seniors.“I really don’t know if Obama won because he had so many candidates blindly following him or because people wanted to be a part of history,” Houselog said.last_img read more

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 ‘bowled over’ with Brett Lee partnership July 7, 2020 becomes main club partner of Southampton FC August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Coingaming Group sports betting subsidiary,, has confirmed that it has appointed Brazillian football star Denilson to be the new official brand ambassador of the bookmaker.  The 2002 World Cup winner is set to offer his wealth of football knowledge to punters across Brazil ahead of the CONIFA European Football Cup 2019, UEFA Nations League finals, FIFA Women’s World Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America.  Joe McCallum, Director of Sportsbook,, said: “Denilson is one of the most famous faces in football, remembered for his wizardry on the pitch and winning the ultimate prize in the famous yellow shirt of Brazil.“His footballing knowledge, prowess and personality matches our own fun, fast and fair philosophy and customer ethos, and we’re delighted he’s joined us to launch some stunning offers ahead of a fascinating and exciting summer of sport.”In celebration of the footballer’s arrival to the company, is launching a new promotion entitled ‘Denilson’s Carnival of Cups’ which will see the famous Brazilian present players with a wide array of promotions, including free bets, price boosts and specials on all the biggest games in June and has recently been named as the headline sponsor for the upcoming CONIFA European Football Cup 2019 tournament. The tournament represents a collection contested territories, unrecognised nations and minority people and that runs from 1st to 9th June.last_img read more

first_imgThe people of Tokyo deserve to be “fully briefed” on why Olympics chiefs have switched two events at next year’s Games to a different city.International Olympics Committee (IOC) coordination commission chief John Coates made the comment at the start of a three-day meeting in Japan’s capital.The IOC has moved the marathon and race walking to Sapporo because of concerns over the summer heat.Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, is against the decision.“We owe it to the people of Tokyo to make sure they are fully briefed,” said Coates.Earlier in October, Coates said the decision over the marathon and race walking was final, and partly down to issues at the World Championships in Doha.Some 28 of the 68 starters withdrew from the women’s marathon, despite the race being run at midnight in an effort to counter the hot and humid conditions.However, Koike has asked the IOC for more detailed reasons.“We consider it an unprecedented turn of events to make such an abrupt proposal with no consultation or discussion whatsoever with the host city Tokyo,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea will look to get their Premier League title push back on track when they take on Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.Ahead of the game, Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and gave a team news and injury updateUnfortunately, the Blues boss revealed that first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss tomorrow’s game after picking up an injury in training this week.The ‘muscular problem’ isn’t thought to be too serious but Mourinho has every faith in Petr Cech, with the long-serving Chelsea stopper set to keep his place in between the sticks having started during the 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in midweek.The only other piece of team news from Mourinho was to confirm that Cesc Fabregas will sit out the Hull game through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season during last weeks defeat to Newcastle.Mourinho told the clubs website: ‘Fabregas obviously has been amazing for us and is playing fantastically well but he is suspended tomorrow so we don’t think about him. We trust the other person that will have a chance to play, and Fabregas will be fresh to play against Derby.’‘Courtois had a little problem in training, a little muscular problem and he’s not available for tomorrow. It’s a chance for Petr and a chance for Mark to be on the bench so we’re more than comfortable.‘We have played Petr in three Champions League matches and every Capital One Cup game and he has always had our confidence. He has absolutely nothing to prove to me, to the club, to his team-mates or to the supporters.‘It’s an easy, simple situation for him: go and play, which is what he has done his entire career. It’s very comfortable for me, for the players and for the fans to know our goalkeeper tomorrow is Petr Cech.‘It’s his natural habitat to be in goal and not on the bench. That’s why since the beginning of the season I have kept saying it’s perfect for me to have Petr in the squad.’ Chelsea head into this weekends action sitting six points clear of second-placed Manchester Cityfollowing last weeks disappointment at St James’ Park, so the West Londoners will be hoping to at least maintain that advantage with a win over the Tigers tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgDone deal. 🖊We have reached a new four-year contract with Head Coach John Harbaugh.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 24, 2019″I’m very excited with this contract, the opportunity to continue our work here, and I’m humbled by it,” Harbaugh wrote in a statement. “I am thankful for the support from the Ravens, especially Steve Bisciotti. We’re working hard to make the 2019 Ravens the best we can be. We have an excellent team foundation, and we have a great organization with smart, hard-working people.”Statement from Head Coach John Harbaugh:— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 24, 2019Harbaugh has posted a 114-78 record (including playoffs) in his career with the Ravens. He won the Super Bowl in 2013. Related News NFL trade rumors: Jaguars interested in acquiring Ravens QB Joe Flacco The Ravens are locking up head coach John Harbaugh.The Super Bowl-winning coach received a four-year extension, Baltimore announced Thursday. Baltimore finished 2018-19 with a 10-6 record, winning the AFC North. However, the squad fell short to the Chargers 23-17 in the first round of the playoffs. Ravens will not retain OC Marty Mornhinweglast_img read more

first_imgWhether pre-K or pre-Med, Olympia’s Club Z! tutoring helps with sliding grades, new school transitions, maintaining sports GPA requirements, and overall study skills for students ages four to sixty.The majority of students sign on for help with math and reading, though Club Z! offers tutors in any subject needed.  Traditionally, after setting up a baseline in one-on-one meetings, the student will meet with their tutor twice a week for 60-90 minutes.  The duration of tutoring depends on the subject or need.  Test preparation sessions will be intensive meetings through the testing date whereas transitional or traditional sessions vary.  Says owner Angela Grant “everything revolves around the child.”Overall, high school or college students will work with their tutor for the duration of the class, whereas younger children’s tutoring varies by need.  One local student has worked with Club Z! continually beginning in second grade until graduating high school this year.Such long-term mentoring is not unusual, especially if the student and their tutor develop a close, productive relationship.  Having a staff of over 50 tutors ensures that there will be a tutor available whose personality, skill-set, and training best aid every student.One thing taught to every student, regardless of age, ability, or subject matter is how to study.  Good study skills “bring sanity to every household,” Grant states, “so you don’t have to work so hard” to achieve success.  Through a program called “Learning Built to Last” students are offered customized study programs, built on the type of academic process best suited to them.  Whether the need is for advanced academics or simply managing time, homework, and sports…and still maintaining a family and social life.  Club Z! has a plan for everyone.Enrollment with Club Z! is a simple process, with no contract required.  Billing is done on an hourly basis and all work is performed one-on-one with the student.  The initial consultation with their staff can help establish what expectations, steps, and timeframe might be called for, and lay the groundwork for progress.For questions or to arrange a private consultation, Club Z! can be found online or by calling 360.436.6615. Facebook15Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgFacebook154Tweet0Pin0The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a night no Los Lobos fan will want to miss! The band’s wordsmith Louie Perez once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” After four decades, three Grammys, the global success of “La Bamba,” and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in a garage in 1973.When they get in the studio, the results are every bit as culturally rich, musically rocking and lyrically provocative as they were back in the day. The band’s new album, Gates of Gold, is their first full length studio album since 2010’s Tin Can Trust (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and second with Savoy/429 Records. The dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes and eclectic blend of styles on the 11 track collection has resulted in an American saga in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner.Executive Director Jill Barnes commented, “I jumped at the idea of booking this legendary group and bringing decades of loved jams to the heart of downtown Olympia and our community of music lovers”.Exclusive FRIENDS of the Center presale begins Tuesday, May 14 at noon.General tickets on sale Tuesday, May 21 at noon.Become a FRIEND of the Center with your donation today. Read more on the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 360-753-8586, or online at the Washington Center for the Performing Art’s website.DATE: Tuesday, October 1 2019TIME: 7:30 pmVENUE: Washington Center Main Stage, 512 Washington St. SECOST: Tickets: $35 $53 $79 $99For more information about upcoming events please visit the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more

first_imgHip-Co King Takun J is headlining a new track hitting the airwaves this week that is pushing the envelope and tapping the consciousness of Liberian youth with the anti-corruption message. The song “Gbagba Is Corruption” is based on the children’s book Gbagba written by Robtel Neajai Pailey, illustrated by Chase Walker, and published by One Moore Book (OMB). The track forms part of a grant Pailey secured from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to pilot Gbagba in schools across Liberia with an initial donation of 1,500 books. Takun J was commissioned under the grant to write and record the song.  Grant implementer One Moore Book (OMB), which publishes culturally sensitive children’s books for countries with low literacy rates, plans to disseminate copies of Gbagba to 10 rural schools this year, as well as monitor the implementation of a teacher’s guide developed in consultation with Liberia’s Ministry of Education.“Gbagba Is Corruption” joins the canon of anti-corruption songs popularised by politically conscious musicians such as Takun J, who blends Liberian colloquialisms with Hip-hop beats. He was an obvious ally in bringing the children’s book Gbagba to a wider audience. Now played on radio stations in Liberia, with a strong online presence across the globe, “Gbagba Is Corruption” is also available for free download at the OMB website,, which focuses on governance and transparency issues in West Africa, has funded the Gbagba pilot because it “believes the fight against corruption needs to start with teaching children the values of accountability and integrity, which opens the space for an honest discussion of how corruption adversely affects them in their homes, schools, local communities, and within the national landscape on a broader scale.”Gbagba, meaning ‘trickery’ in the Bassa language, was published to critical acclaim in 2013 as part of OMB’s Liberia Signature Series. It was subsequently launched in Monrovia, Liberia in February 2013 at the University of Liberia; Washington, DC (USA) in November 2013 at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS); and London, England in December 2013 at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).A Liberian writer and researcher, Pailey said: “I wrote Gbagba because I wanted to start a ‘revolution from below’ by giving children the verbal tools to question the confusing ethical codes of the adults around them.” Since its publication, the anti-corruption children’s primer has been adopted by the Liberian Ministry of Education as a supplemental reader for 3rd to 5th graders.Gbagba has been featured in the New York Times/International Herald Tribune, The Washington Informer Newspaper, Voice of America, Pacifica Radio’s ‘Africa Now!’, Vox Africa’s ‘Shoot the Messenger’, Transparency International’s UK blog, and the Royal African Society’s blog.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_imgThe President, in her recent Annual Message to the Legislature admitted  that a paltry (measly, worthless) 25% of government’s purchases come from Liberian-owned businesses.  This is, unfortunately, a tacit admission that this government has failed to encourage its own  people in business.  But there is more to it.However, let us deal first with the government’s own responsibility in the premises–why? Because the government, as in most countries, including the United States, is the biggest  employer and contract giver.  It is also that ONE BODY that wields ALL the political power in a country.  And, just so we know, it is that POWER that can make ANYTHING happen in any country. In other words, it is the government that gets done what it wants done.Daily Observer staff members, and many in the public, have often observed in small, medium-sized or big businesses–that there are always government officials hanging around these businesses—doing what? Begging for favors, or having been summoned to receive a handout or gift.When the Daily Observer got into trouble with a certain major Lebanese businessman in 2007 for exposing the sale of a rotten commodity, we learned that this particular businessman had NEVER visited the Ministry of Commerce.  It was, instead, the Ministers of Commerce—in the Samuel Doe, Charles Taylor, National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) regimes–and probably even before–that went to this Lebanese businessman’s office.  He did not have to go to the Ministry of Commerce, because  there were NO questions, only answers—packaged generously and neatly in brown envelopes, to be picked up by the Ministers themselves–nobody else.But make no mistake! This has been going on for a very long time. That is why Liberia is not yet developed, but backward.  The Daily Observer has often told the story of Moshe Meyer, who built the Ducor Hotel.  When in 1972 President Tolbert added Tourism to the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the Minister G. Henry Andrews invited tourism developers from around the world to present proposals to develop Liberian tourism.  Moshe Meyer returned, with some great proposals.  When we recalled that it was he who had built the Ducor, we asked him what had happened?  Why had he, instead, developed tourism in La Cote d’Ivoire?Mr. Meyer’s reply: He saw Liberia as the perfect place to launch tourism in West Africa because of her vibrant economy, her rich culture and her unique geographic position, THE Roberts International Airport was where Pan American Airways  touched down first in Africa, before going on to any other African capital, including Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.  BUT the problem: After the Ducor was opened, President Tubman sent them to the other government offices to do the follow-up work for Tourism development. But everywhere he and his colleagues went, the officials in charge wanted a cut “up front.”  “We didn’t have that kind of money; so when we found out that President Houphouet and his government were serious, we settled in Ivory Coast, built Hotel Ivoire, the Towers and the Ivorian Rivera.”Liberia lost out  completely!And we are still losing out, because of our selfishness, corruption and our patent lack of PATRIOTISM and  SERIOUSNESS.THE SAME THING IS STILL HAPPENING.  It is as though we have learned NOTHING all these five decades.  Remember, 1964 was 50 years ago!  How long does it take for a people to learn?The foregoing sums up the government side.  What about ourselves as ordinary Liberians?  Are we different? Or are we just like our past and  present  officials?  How many of us have borrowed from our friends and relatives and refused to pay back?  How many of us have borrowed money from banks and failed to pursue our professed  businesses, and failed to pay back?The Liberian Business Association (LIBA) and  Central Bank Governor J. Mills Jones are among the few who are striving to give Liberians a new opportunity.  We are told that so far, the beneficiaries are paying their LIBA  debts.Let us pray that this new beginning will make a substantial and sustained difference and that one day, at long last, Liberians will be empowered to take the lead in business in their own country.Part two to follow tomorrow.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more