An ongoing go slow action at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation in Nimba County has reportedly left the plantation vulnerable to residents who are allegedly tapping the trees overnight for their personal benefit.The farm is managed by the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI).The Workers Union President Sarkpah Mahn told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the entire plantation including the security department has stopped work in demand for their five months’ salary arrears owed them by management.“At present, all sectors at the plantation are closed, while the employees say they are waiting to hear from the government relative to their pay,” Mr. Mahn said.Even though there have been no reports of any damage to any of the company facilities, the security condition remains a concern to the residents owing to the mounting tension, an observer said.The Operations Manager, Benjamin Saye, said on March 2, that the management was working in collaboration with the local district authority to see to it that the Community Watch Forum takes over the security of the plantation until the situation is resolved.The recent saga began when the government took the plantation from its previous owner, LIBCO, through the court for “bad labor practice” in 2013.Since that time, the workers have complained of delays in receiving their wages and their monthly rice supply.Cocopa has a little over 1000 workers with 400 tappers.The management has blamed the situation on the plantation to the decline in the price of rubber on the world market.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After lending books for a generation, the old Canoga Park library is preparing to start a new chapter as the west San Fernando Valley’s latest upscale eatery. The Community Redevelopment Agency is soliciting proposals for a $15- to $25-a-plate restaurant to take over the sleek, 1950s-modern, Owensmouth Avenue structure that’s listed as a City Historical Monument. The metamorphosis from book barn to swanky hot spot is among the most dramatic transformations under way at a handful of surplus library branches. As Los Angeles’ $210 million library modernization program delivers striking new branch libraries across the city, its older buildings are finding innovative new uses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “The city has gone through this impressive modernization program, but many of its former libraries are lovely small structures, historical or not, that could have active new uses that contribute to their communities,” said Ken Bernstein, director of preservation issues at the Los Angeles Conservancy. “The Canoga Park library shows there’s an opportunity to actually use a former city facility to contribute to economic revitalization and improve nightlife in Canoga Park.” Since the city embarked on the library modernization program with $178 million in voter-approved bonds in 1998 – which have now grown to $210 million – it has rebuilt 28 branch libraries and is erecting eight brand- new ones. While most libraries were rebuilt on their original lots, a handful of sites were taken out of service because the land had shortcomings, like being in a residential neighborhood or lacking parking. Three have been sold off – Canoga, Westchester and the Will and Ariel Durant branch in Hollywood. The CRA bought the 6,500-square-foot Canoga library for $1.1 million in 2005, just as the new Canoga Park Library opened around the corner. Three others – Cypress Park, Ascot and Hyde Park – were about to go to auction with starting bids at about $550,000 until City Council offices intervened earlier this month. Residents in Cypress Park envision a youth or community center at the 1927, 3,080-square-foot wood frame structure on Pepper Avenue, while those in South Los Angeles are looking at other uses for two libraries in their neighborhood. “We’ve talked about a young adult center, job training. … The needs are so tremendous,” said Tony Perez, a spokesman for Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes the Cypress branch. “We’ll convert it into something, we’re pretty confident.” But the quaint buildings come with old-fashioned problems that can be too costly to fix. Most are not up to date with the latest codes and would need to be accessible to the disabled. Councilman Bernard Parks’ office said it would take $1 million to upgrade the 1960 Hyde Park branch on Crenshaw Boulevard, according to one estimate, so it will probably just be sold. The small, boxy shape of the old Will and Ariel Durant branch in Hollywood had made it a poster child for the city bond program because it was so small, a library spokesman said. Most of the new libraries are 10,000 to 12,000 square feet – triple the size of the old ones. “They’re darling buildings, but they just weren’t adequate to serve the population we are now serving,” said City Librarian Fontayne Holmes. The money raised from selling off old libraries goes toward stocking new libraries with books, furniture and equipment not included in the bond funds. Holmes said it takes about $500,000 to outfit one of the new branches with all it needs. But so far, the most interesting reuse to many has been the CRA’s proposal to put a fancy restaurant in the old Canoga branch. Canoga Park residents have watched their community build its way back from the devastating 1994 Northridge Earthquake, which cast the final blow on what had been a declining community troubled by crime. Infused with $20 million in CRA money since then, the area anchored by Sherman Way has been slowly reinventing itself as a Main Street-style venue with antique shops, two live theaters and a jazz club. Residents have longed for an upscale eatery to help truly turn Canoga Park into the neighborhood they envision. “We’re very anxious and hope it’s happening soon,” said Mary Paterson, vice president of the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council and executive director of the Canoga Park Improvement Association. “Of course, myself, I want some vegetarian options.” Ideas range from Brazilian to sushi, and the CRA has extended the proposal deadline to Saturday to find just the right fit. CRA’s West Valley administrator Leslie Lambert said there’s been a lot of interest in the old library since it was put up for sale. “In a case like ours, there was a lot of interest by office people who wanted the building – that really is not what the community wanted,” she said. “The night life is sort of burgeoning in Canoga Park and what we really need is a restaurant. It will really stimulate the legitimate nighttime activity. It’s like an upgrade, really.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tom Rennie is joined by the former Leeds and Middlesbrough striker, Noel Whelan, to react to Aitor Karanka’s sacking at the Riverside, just days before their crucial Premier League clash with Manchester United.Noel also has his say on the ‘save our season’ encounter between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad.The former Manchester United & Southampton midfielder, Alan McLoughlin, is also on the show, to look ahead to the rest of the weekend, including Tottenham v Southampton.
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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleMany students in the college’s automotive programs have gone on to work in specialized, high-wage jobs at local auto dealerships, Peebles said. Student enrollment has risen steadily in the last three years, with about 1,000 studying in the college’s Advanced Transportation Center. Randy Peebles, dean of the business and technology division, said the college’s relationships with industry leaders, Michigan’s Northwood University and trade organizations have helped the college qualify for grants, as well as made them attractive to corporations that invest in the college’s programs. Northwood is the only university in the nation that offers bachelor’s degrees in automotive and automotive management, which Cerritos College students could earn through a joint program. samantha.gonzaga@ presstelegram.com (562) 499-1284 NORWALK – About 90 juniors and seniors from the ABC, Norwalk-La Mirada and Bellflower Unified school districts are the first crop of students to take technology automotive courses at Cerritos’ College’s Regional Occupational Program. Made possible by a $450,000 state grant, the program introduces high school students to the technological side of the auto-repair industry. It’s one of the new innovations hitting Cerritos College’s automotive technology and manufacturing programs, thanks to a recent flood of grants and auto industry donations. The most recent contribution – $25,000 from Nissan Foundation last month – brought the dollar amount to about $1.2 million. The new money is earmarked for automotive education programs and projects such as the Southland Cerritos Center for Transportation Technologies, a state-of-the-art center for the study of alternative fuel technologies and a design lab that local manufacturers could use.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – A 206-acre brush fire in Placerita Canyon was fully contained Monday, but some firefighters remained as a precaution, authorities said. The fire started on the historic Walker Ranch, near a recent arson late last week that was quickly extinguished by Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, county fire officials said. That information has been handed over to Angeles National Forest Service officials who are investigating this latest blaze, just south of Placerita Canyon Road and west of Sand Canyon Road, forest spokesman Stanton Florea said. The fire started about 4 p.m. Saturday on land untouched by the Cross Fire last month and the enormous Foothill Fire two years ago. About 130 firefighters had the blaze 80 percent contained by Sunday night and fully contained by daybreak, Florea said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleAbout two dozen firefighters remained on patrol to watch for embers, Florea said. A picnic spot in the nature center was damaged, but no one was injured, said Sherry Rollman of the Angeles National Forest. Some crew members suffered heat exhaustion, Florea said. A firefighter was stung by several bees, but no serious injuries were reported, Chris Freeman of the county Fire Department said. The cause of the blaze was under investigation. Swift said someone threw a flare from a car into the dry brush Thursday that started a small fire. “I had to put out the fire,” Swift said. “It was going to start moving and grooving.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty rookie error Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti And despite having Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at his disposal, Emery was keen to keep Nketiah at the Emirates.The 20-year-old, who scored twice in England Under-21s’ 3-2 win over Turkey on Friday, said: “The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence-boosting for me that he had me in his plans.“But I felt like it was a good step for me to come to Leeds.“I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place. statement appointed Eddie Nketiah has revealed Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted to keep him at the club for the 2019/20 campaign.The 20-year-old has scored three goals in his first five games for Leeds since completing a season-long loan on transfer deadline day. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty Images – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more on target latest update deals 2 Nketiah added: “He’s been brilliant. He’s a bit of a mentor. He messages me, asks me how I am, how I’m finding things up in Leeds.“He’s given me advice and I always try to learn from him because he’s had a great career. I’m really grateful.“It’s a dream come true to have one of your heroes speaking to you. He’s such a nice guy and a modest guy for the career he’s had.” targets Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is a big fan of Eddie Nketiah Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman “There were a lot of options, there were options for me to go to Germany but me, my family and the club decided Leeds was the best place.”Nketiah has hailed the impact Arsenal legend Ian Wright is having on his career.Wright scored 185 goals during a seven-year spell with the Gunners in the 1990s. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 Eddie Nketiah will be hoping to score the goals to help fire Leeds to promotion this season
rookie error Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Man City made light work of their trip to Ukraine Man City began their latest bid to claim a first ever Champions League title with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.The two sides know each other well, they’ve been drawn in the group stage together for three consecutive years, but the Ukrainians had no answer for City’s brilliance. Getty Images – Getty Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship deals BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez combined for the opener, with the Algerian blasting home when the midfielder’s shot cannoned off the post and into his path.Then Mahrez returned the favour by setting up Gundogan for City’s second just before half-time.Pep Guardiola was forced to play Fernandinho at centre-back due to an injury crisis, but his fringe players all stepped up to demonstrate City’s incredible depth.Gabriel Jesus, forced to play second-fiddle to Sergio Aguero so far this season, rounded things off to help the Premier League champions negotiate what could’ve been a tricky fixture with total ease. AFP stalemate But, in truth, Madrid didn’t deserve anything from the game, and Thomas Meunier ensured the scoreline accurately reflected the game by rounding off a stunning team move in injury time.There was late drama in the other heavyweight clash of the evening as Atletico Madrid came from two goals down to snatch a late 2-2 draw against Juventus.Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi gave the visitors a seemingly unassailable lead before Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera mounted a late comeback.Earlier in the day, Spurs suffered the same fate as Juventus by squandering a two-goal lead to Olympiakos. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas targets 3 Elsewhere, another team with serious injury problems pulled off a remarkable result as Paris Saint-Germain sealed a dominant 3-0 victory over Real Madrid.Former Madrid star Angel di Maria struck twice before half-time to ensure Thomas Tuchel’s men did not miss any of their regular front three: Neymar, Edinson Cavani or Kylian Mbappe.Things could’ve been different if Gareth Bale’s sensational goal wasn’t ruled out by VAR, with the ball brushing his hand in the build up. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest statement 3 3 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS AFP Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Di Maria haunted his former club Herrera helped save the day for Atletico on target Here are all the results from a dramatic night of Champions League action…Club Brugge 0-0 GalatasarayPSG 3-0 Real MadridOlympiakos 2-2 TottenhamBayern Munich 3-0 Red Star BelgradeDinamo Zagreb 4-0 AtalantaShakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Man CityAtletico madrid 2-2 JuventusBayer Leverkusen 1-2 Lokomotiv Moscow
Guardiola could be on his way back to Barcelona next summer getty images “I want to stay, I don’t have any reasons to move.“I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people think I am going to resign for these results and being nine points behind [the leaders Liverpool], the people do not know me.“I like to have this challenge, I love to be in this position. If the club wants [me] next season I want to be here 100 per cent.“I want to live in this city because I know lovely people here and I want to work and live with them and I want to be here.” Barcelona are preparing to snap up Pep Guardiola if he decides to leave Manchester City at the end of the season, reports claim.According to the Sunday Mirror, the Spaniard could could leave in the summer should certain conditions of a ‘break clause’ in his contract be met by the LaLiga giants.City have struggled this season and Guardiola recently admitted he thought his side were ‘way behind’ the likes of league leaders Liverpool, and even Manchester United. City have reportedly lined up Poch as Guardiola’s replacement Getty Images – Getty 2 The 48-year-old, who has won titles in Spain, Germany and England, is said to be weighing up his options but he could be swayed by the fact his wife Cristina returned to Barcelona with one of their three children last summer.During his four years at Barcelona from 2008-2012, Guardiola’s side swept aside all in their path, winning two Champions League titles, before he moved to Bayern Munich.And despite Ernesto Valverde’s side sitting at the top of the LaLiga table on goal difference, many in Catalonia do not see his long-term future at Camp Nou.The report suggests City are bracing themselves for his exit and are now eyeing up former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement.However, Guardiola recently dismissed suggestions he could leave the club, saying: “No. It is not true. I spoke about that a few weeks ago, about my intentions for the club.” 2
Liam Cooper is set to miss the rest of Scotland’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.The Leeds United defender picked up a groin injury during his side’s league clash with West Brom on Tuesday.He has now been ruled out for up to six weeks, meaning he’ll miss this month’s double header with Russia and San Marino.The Leeds captain will also struggle to recover in time for next month’s fixtures with Cyprus and Kazakhstan. It leaves Grant Hanley, Michael Devlin and Charlie Mulgrew as the only centre-back options in Steve Clarke’s current squad.Leeds United said on their website: “Cooper has picked up a groin injury, which will keep the Whites skipper out for up to six weeks.”
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