2014 WC: Nigerians shun Super Eagles

first_imgNigerian fans have shunned the chance to support the Super Eagles in Brazil next year, as there is no reported rush for World Cup tickets from the world’s most populous black nation, despite the certainty that the Eagles will make it to the event. FIFA put 220,000 tickets up on sale in the second phase of ticket sales from 10am on Monday, and reported that all the tickets were sold within seven hours. MajorityHowever, the body reported that the majority of the tickets were bought by Brazilians, with Americans, Australians, England and Argentina being the next four countries with highest purchase figures. The tickets were sold on a first come, first serve basis. FIFA have warned that their site, FIFA.com, is the only online sales platform for tickets for the 2014 World Cup.  OfferedAny ticket products being offered by other companies or on other platforms are not part of, or related to, the official ticket sales programme. The next World Cup ticket sales phase starts on the 8 of December, after the Final Draws and match schedule have been known.last_img read more

UBA Wins Humanitarian Bank 2014

first_imgThe United Bank for Africa (UBA) Liberia Limited has been named as the “Humanitarian Bank of the year 2014” for the role it continues to play in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).The honor was bestowed upon UBA by the International Learning Institute (ILI) and its subsidiary, Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, at the Champions of the Year Annual Award 2014. The ceremony was held last Saturday at a local resort in Monrovia.Several personalities, institutions and groups were also honored for their outstanding contribution to the fight against the virus.“We are very grateful to be awarding UBA as the Humanitarian Bank of the Year, for standing by the Liberian people.  This bank donated over US$400,000 to the national taskforce through the President, and also provided some logistics to enhance government’s efforts.”We have nothing to give you, UBA, but to recognize you in this public manner for your contributions. Only our good Lord will repay you for this generosity,” Chief organizer Mildred Dean said.UBA’s head of corporate communication and Services, Douglas M. V Jones, who received the award, noted that all of their contributions were not intended to win an award, but to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility to the government and the Liberian people.Mr. Jones said Ebola, like other natural disasters and pestilences, has no boundary, and as such, it was of more necessity for everyone, including UBA, to rally around government to defeat the virus.He noted that the bank began to get involved in the fight when its chairman, Tony Elumelu, decided to make donations to the three Ebola hot-spots, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, during the heat of the outbreak.“That was the time for us to do something to save the lives of our brothers and sisters that were dying on a daily basis,” he said.Mr. Jones noted that the bank was compelled to act because it was not only after banking profits but also the responsibility to look after humanity.“When the bank flourishes in good times, it should also be able to stand up in bad times and this is exactly what UBA was doing.”He also disclosed that UBA and the government have reached an agreement known as, ‘Social Corporate Compact.’ The agreement is to help in the post Ebola reconstruction process. The bank is wholeheartedly waiting to help in whatever way it is needed, he declared.UBA in November 2014 made an additional donation of US$300,000 to the Government of Liberia to help in the Ebola fight. This came after the UBA and its chairman had previously made several donations to the government and the National Taskforce.In September 2014, the bank also made an initial donation of a pick-up truck as logistical support to government’s efforts and promised to keep observing the situation and make additional donations when it became expedient.In her response, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf termed the donation as reinforcement of good partnership between Liberia, the UBA and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which she further described as “long standing partnership benefiting all sides.”She praised UBA’s strong commitment to Liberia’s recovery and assured the bank that its interventions in Liberia, especially in the Ebola fight, had had a great impact on Liberians.She reminded UBA’s top management of the post-Ebola reconstruction era as financial institutions partnering with Liberia will greatly be needed in this direction.UBA Liberia, which is a subsidiary of UBA Plc in Nigeria, was incorporated as a private limited liability company in October 10, 2006. Upon the formal launch of its first branch on Bushrod Island, the bank promised quality and professional services as well as a robust roll-out of branches throughout the country.UBA obtained its banking license from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) in July 2008. The chairman of the group is Tony Elumelu, who runs the group from its headquarters in Nigeria.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Outpouring of help, love for family

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Esther, Jonathan and Heather suffered minor injuries – but Hugh, Michael and David suffered severe burns. David, 48, remains hospitalized, but doctors say he’s making good progress. Michael was due to come home Saturday, riding in a limousine courtesy of an enormous network of strangers who have come forward to help this family that has given – and, now, lost – so much. “The morning of the fire, I walked over there and it struck me that here was a family who went to bed the night before like everybody else, but when the morning came, their lives were changed forever,” said Josy Block, whose home office has since become a clearinghouse for information, donations and items to help the Ewarts start over. David Ewart’s days were always filled with activities that centered around his family and friends, as well as his world-renowned music. His typical day might end with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl but would be preceded by a batting-cage session, a PTA function and a lunch date to help a friend. “We were always in awe of him. That’s why we feel compelled to help him now,” said Michele Crawford, a close friend of David. “He would have a thousand things to do, but he’d always make you feel like you were the most important.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – David Ewart is living “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The musician whose violin knows no bounds – gracing the stages of the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as Wiley Canyon Elementary School and the jungles of Peru – might not know right now how many lives have been changed by his goodness. But that goodness is being returned to him threefold after his own life changed dramatically Dec. 20. Early that morning, Ewart’s Valencia home burned to the ground, sparked by candles left burning after a Christmas party the night before. Ewart, his parents Esther, 77, and Hugh, 81, and his children Michael, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Heather, 11, escaped through a second-story window at the rear of the house. center_img Since Dec. 21, a network of people estimated at 10,000 strong has emerged around the world, sending prayers, good wishes and donations of both goods and finances to help the family recover. Requests for clothing and gifts were fulfilled within 24 hours. Grocery gift cards arrived in the mail every day. A national home improvement show is considering replacing the gutted home. And musicians have filled violin cases with money to help with medical bills that could exceed $5 million. “It’s phenomenal the calls and letters that come in,” Block said. Collections have been taken up at exercise clubs, theaters, baseball fields and service club meetings. Students at Hart High School collected more than $8,400 in a one-day drive. The YMCA passed the hat to the tune of $1,500. A network of families willing to provide meals has been set up and one volunteer is in charge of coordinating visitors for the burn victims once they come home. A request for furniture to replace that lost by the family was filled within two days: Couches, beds, desks, tables and chairs were offered before there was a chance to find a space to put them. Ewart’s fellow musicians, the staff at Buena Vista Home Entertainment and the Environment of People Foundation – where he serves as a board member – have researched the hundreds of projects on which he worked, replacing music scores and replenishing his library. “The minute I heard what happened, I called in sick to work and raced to the hospital, but of course, I wasn’t able to see them,” Crawford said of the family. “Right away, we started collecting Christmas gifts and clothing for the family, giving people rides to the airport and feeding two households.” Michael suffered second- and third-degree burns on nearly half his body; David was burned severely over 31 percent of his body, including his back, chest and shoulders; Hugh, released from the hospital Dec. 31, was burned on his face. Those who know David were thrilled to learn that the magical hands that bring his violin to life are fine. He is almost well enough to transfer out of the intensive care unit and the family’s Web site – www.geocities.com/fmabbott@sbcglobal.net – notes he’s already reminding visitors to make sure the kids’ school projects get finished. “People rallied around David because he was a driving force in the community,” said Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Deputy Gerri McCorkle, who ran the local sheriff’s holiday toy drive and sent the resident Santa Claus to see the Ewarts’ kids on Christmas Eve. “He had parties for his neighborhood and was active in sports; he was a very public person,” McCorkle said. Block struck up a friendship with the Ewarts’ pastor from the Newhall Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Greg Garman visited the burn victims and provided information to keep loved ones across the community informed. As Block started her daily bulletins, her e-mail list grew from a few to a few hundred, then thousands when it was linked to musician unions, alumni organizations and church prayer chains. And the makeshift support group has thought of everything, including coordinating friends and strangers to replace the family’s photo collections. Scrapbook enthusiasts have come together to put together pages of the Ewarts’ past, asking neighbors and friends from the children’s soccer and baseball teams to comb their photo archives for pictures that might include the Ewarts. Those without pictures to contribute have created themed pages for holidays, sports and performing arts, as well as other family events. “I’ve been saving things I think David will need,” Crawford said. Her personal project is a “While You Were Sleeping” scrapbook to include things that happened in the community – from the groundswell of support to day-to-day activities – that Ewart missed while he was in the hospital. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com last_img read more