Meet Upcoming Jewelry Designer Diana Wiah

first_imgHaving worked in the nongovernmental sector for more than three years and overcoming some of life’s worst nightmares, like her parents’ breakup and a difficult childhood, Diana Wiah is now trying to take her jewel design career to another level. Where she is now wouldn’t have been possible without her decision to make a move she considers significant in starting her career.According to Wiah, as life continued to show her its negative side, she woke up one day and decided to apply for a Voter Registrar position with the National Election Commission – ‘just to have something doing.’This was the first time she ever had an opportunity to work for herself, after trying for many years with no results. “I cried at first when I got the job because I was in a total financial crisis. I was just strong enough to overcome my dark days. Immediately after the contract with NEC ended, I started a little business with my pay,” she said. Her business was selling “ladies’ materials,” which included selling clothes, shoes, earrings and anything that adds to a female’s charms. The profit she made from the business of “selling ladies’ materials” was able to help her financially as she was now capable of settling most of her problems, like her university arrears. From Love for Fashion to Raw Talent With the help of another job at the African Development Associates, Diana’s love for female wearing morphed into a love for African fashion. This love led to her to discovering a hidden talent, raw in its makeup – designing African-inspired fashion accessories. But at times, latent talent can surface in the midst of life’s other necessary endeavors. You see, Diana was still busy at work, and school, when her talent came knocking. “At that time, I had so many things going on in my life. Work, family issues and school ate up my entire time, leaving me with nothing left for my talent,” She added. Also in the midst of these opposing forces that mysteriously lead you to your destiny, a cataclysm can occur to test your mettle. Along Came Ebola…and a Helping HandEbola hit Liberia and the Mano River Union basin like a bat out of hell. Everybody was on edge. Suddenly, everything changed during the Ebola outbreak. You couldn’t even visit your neighbor, let alone shake his/her hand. To keep her peace, Diana turned to making African inspired fashion accessories, in theform of necklaces, earrings, and bangles, for inspiration and strength.“I started to make earrings and necklaces for my personal use, which was admired by lot of people because they were neatly fixed and well designed.”In just a few days’ time orders for her jewelries were coming from all and sundry; they even doubled the following weeks, which motivated her to increase production and most importantly, her creativity.“When production rose, I started looking for areas where I can place my jewelries to increase sales, but things were not working. One day, while selling I came across a lady name Laurentine Bass who was so impressed with my products and later on promised to arrange a meeting for me at Royal GrandHotel. During the meeting, the hotel’s management admired her jewelries and immediately offered her a place to sell them. Also, she was offered the cashier position at the hotel’s restaurant by the manager’s wife, Mrs. Helen Eid Hariz.“Right now I’m making good sales on a daily basis and the demand for the products is increasing, with lots of orders come from abroad lately,” Diana narrated.Challenges in the Midst of SuccessHer honeymoon was short. Kinda still is. Despite her recent business success, Diana had to accept losses from people who hired her to design jewelries, but don’t want to pay her.“That is a serious problem I’m having with my Liberian buyers, most of them don’t pay me after taking the products. Every day, out of a kind heart I just let them go without paying,” She noted.Another challenge that is still rocking Diana’s world is having her jewelries on sale at locations that are well visited by both local and international buyers. “I have approached many business people, but the result is discouraging,” she continued. “I will keep on trying because I want people from different parts of the world to proudly rock my hand made design products.” While Diana passion’s for fashion started of late, her strength lies in her ability to overcome challenges and bring out new designs daily. Apart from Royal Grand Hotel, Afropolitan boutique at the corner of Benson and Newport streets, owned by Tania Sherman Kesselly, also sell Diana’s products. Diana Wiah is a product of the college of West Africa in 2008. In 2013 she graduated from African Methodist Episcopal University majoring in management and accounting.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_imgGARDAI are urging extreme caution on the roads this morning after an overnight storm, with strong gales continuing to batter the county.There are reports of trees down in Leck, Letterkenny, Redcastle and Ardara. The Blaney Bridge is also closed and Arranmore ferries disrupted.Drivers of high-sided vehicles are being urged slow down as cross-winds on the Gap between Donegal Town and Ballybofey are causing difficulties. The dreadful wet weather will continue throughout the day.The storms could even bring snow tomorrow, especially to higher ground.Garda traffic corps officers are carrying out a number of safer driving patrols across the county today.The ESB are currently attempting to reconnect power to over 100 homes in Stranorlar and Malin Head. More than 2,000 homes in Donegal Town as well as homes in Fanad and Lettermacaward are also without electricity.  WEATHER LATEST: TREES DOWN AND POWER CUTS AS GALES BATTER DONEGAL was last modified: January 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:WEATHER LATEST: TREES DOWN AS GALES BATTER DONEGALlast_img read more

New judge appointed in DeLay trial

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – A new judge was selected to preside over Rep. Tom DeLay’s conspiracy and money laundering trial Thursday, after another judge became the second to step away from involvement in the case because of political contributions he has made. Administrative Judge B.B. Schraub, a Republican who was to have selected the judge for the case, withdrew after Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle filed a request to have him removed. Two days earlier, District Judge Bob Perkins was removed from the case at DeLay’s request because of his contributions to Democrats. Schraub asked Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson to name a judge to preside over DeLay’s trial. Jefferson selected semiretired Senior Judge Pat Priest of San Antonio, a Democrat. Earle, however, filed a motion requesting Jefferson be removed from the case moments after Jefferson’s office distributed a letter naming Priest to the job. The validity of Priest’s assignment by Jefferson was not immediately clear. 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 State documents examined by The Associated Press show that Jefferson’s 2002 campaign treasurer, Bill Ceverha, also was the treasurer of DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee. The PAC is a codefendant in DeLay’s case. Ceverha was a defendant this spring in a civil trial brought by Democrats who lost state legislative races to Republicans in 2002. Jefferson also was elected to his seat with the help of a $25,000 donation from the Republican National State Elections Committee, a group at the heart of the money laundering charge against DeLay. And he received $2,000 from a DeLay-run PAC whose executive director is a co-defendant. Lawyers on both sides in DeLay’s case have argued that political contributions by judges have harmed at least the appearance of impartiality. But in a state where judges are elected and free to contribute to candidates and political parties, it could be a challenge to find a judge who meets both sides’ definition of impartial. Prosecutors believe Schraub to be “completely fair and impartial, with a sterling reputation of honesty and integrity,” Earle wrote. “However, as the recusal of Judge Perkins reflected, such is unfortunately no longer the standard in our state for the judiciary.” DeLay is charged with illegally funneling corporate campaign contributions to Republican candidates for the 2002 legislative races. The Texas Republican was forced to step down as House majority leader after being indicted. last_img read more

Michael Rigas pleads guilty in Adelphia case

first_imgNEW YORK – A son of Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas pleaded guilty Wednesday to a financial crime, ending a Manhattan case that portrayed the family-run cable television business as a house of fraud before it plunged into bankruptcy. Michael Rigas, 51, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to a charge of making a false entry in a company record, eliminating the need for his retrial on much more serious securities fraud and bank fraud charges. Rigas, who now works for another cable company, was Adelphia’s former executive vice president for operations. After entering the plea, Rigas declined to comment. He was scheduled to be sentenced March 3. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Earlier this year, John Rigas and another son, Timothy, were sentenced after they were convicted of using the company’s funds like a bank teller machine as they hid more than $2 billion in company debt. John Rigas, 80, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Timothy Rigas was sentenced to 20 years. Both are free pending appeal after their lawyers raised a novel issue of whether the government should have been required to call an expert witness to explain accounting principles to the jury. Former Adelphia assistant treasurer Michael Mulcahey was tried with the Rigases but was acquitted of all charges. A plea agreement signed by Michael Rigas indicated that the federal sentencing guideline range would be six months to a year in prison. Judge Jed S. Rakoff said the charge also carries a potential fine of $250,000 or twice the amount lost or gained from the crime. Rakoff agreed with the government that the charge was a felony but defense lawyer Henry DePippo said he considered it a misdemeanor. As he entered the plea, Rigas said he “knew it was wrong” when he certified on Dec. 1, 1999, that he had properly investigated the source of funds used to purchase Adelphia common stock when he knew that he had not. Adelphia filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002 after disclosing that it had $2.3 billion in off-balance-sheet debt. Comcast Corp., based in Philadelphia, and Time Warner Cable, a unit of Time Warner Inc., are buying Adelphia’s cable assets for $12.7 billion in cash and 16 percent of the common stock of New York-based Time Warner’s cable subsidiary. Adelphia, the country’s fifth-largest cable television company, has more than 5 million customers in 31 states and Puerto Rico. It was formerly based in Coudersport, Pa., but moved its headquarters to Greenwood Village, Colo., in the wake of the scandal. Last month, John and Timothy Rigas were indicted in Philadelphia on charges they and other family members didn’t pay $300 million in taxes. Michael Rigas, who was not charged, did not report $239 million in taxable income, according to the indictment. 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

Newsgator Shuts Down Its Online Feed Reader

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts frederic lardinois The most important part of the announcement actually comes at the end of the FAQ about the transition. NewsGator argues that its enterprise products have grown at a record pace in the last 18 months. The company also announced that its Social Sites product already has over a million paying users. Under these circumstances, offering a free online news reader probably didn’t make any sense for NewsGator anymore. Free Desktop Readers Will Live OnIt’s important to note that the company will continue to develop and support its free desktop and mobile readers, though NewsGator Go! for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile will no longer be available for consumers after August 31. NewsGator’s browser toolbar and desktop notifier will also be discontinued. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#RSS & Feeds#RSS Readers#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… NewsGator, the company behind the popular FeedDemon and NetNewsWire feed readers, just announced that it will shut down the NewsGator Online Reader on August 31, 2009. The company will provide users with instructions on how to migrate to Google Reader. NewsGator’s desktop and mobile feed readers already support synchronization with Google Reader. Until today, though, users could choose between syncing with NewsGator or Google Reader. New versions of FeedDemon and NetNewsWire for the Mac will be available today. A new version of NewsGator’s iPhone app will also arrive in the App Store soon.NewsGator Focuses on the EnterpriseThis move probably makes a lot of sense for NewsGator, as the company can now focus more on working with its enterprise and government customers. Running an online RSS reader is pretty resource intensive. For the most part, NewsGator was only duplicating Google Reader’s features anyway, though it did offer a number of features that Google doesn’t yet offer in its online RSS reader. last_img read more

Ethnic Minorities in the Military

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCover photo image: Creative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Third Army celebrates start of Hispanic American Heritage Month, September 15, 2011]By 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 50% of the U.S. population will be made up of ethnic minorities. Are their social and psychological needs different than those of the predominately European American majority, particularly during family separations such as deployment?In a 2010 article, Behnke, MacDermid Anderson, and Weiss published the results of a study comparing ethnic groups and their views of the resources available to them during times of stress (such as deployment or other separation from family) and their resulting intention to leave the military [1].Of the 14,791 participants in the study (married with children), ethnic participant groupings were as follows: 10,829 European/American; 1,987 African-American; 1,111 Hispanic/Latino; 864 Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Resources considered included:Material resources – pay grade and family income.Family resources – personal time, family health benefits, support for children, child care, and military family support programs.Work-related resources – satisfaction with workload, assignments, quality of leadership.Social resources – military member support from the military community.The researchers found that minority groups faced with family separation were almost twice as likely to consider leaving the military when compared with European Americans. The researchers also found important similarities and differences among minority groups related to separations (such as deployment) and available resources:There were no differences among ethnic groups when considering the relationship between family separation and family or work resources.For Latinos and Asian Americans the influence of material resources, pay grade or family income, was more significant than for other groups.The relationship between family separation and social resources was almost twice as strong for Asian Americans than for other groups.For all groups, the importance of family resources was as important as work-related resources when considering remaining in the military.As clinicians working with ethnic minority groups in the military, it is important not only to consider that a client is part of an ethnic minority, but that their individual mental health needs may vary according to their particular ethnicity. For all ethnic minorities, working with the family is particularly important – insuring that there is adequate and stable support from home. Family support may have a large part to play in a military member staying in the military and providing a stable livelihood for the family.References[1] Behnke, A. O., MacDermid, S. M., Anderson, J. C., & Weiss, H. M. (2010). Ethnic variations in the connection between work-induced family separation and turnover intent. Journal of Family Issues, 31(5), 626-655. doi:10.1177/0192513X09349034This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Akali Dal comes out in support of farmers

first_imgWith paddy harvesting picking up and stubble burning on the rise in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal has come out in support of the farmers, saying it will not let them be victimised for burning crop remains.The State government had imposed a ban on stubble burning to check pollution and other health risks.‘Will not allow cases’SAD president Sukhbir Badal said the party would not allow any cases to be registered against farmers for burning stubble in despair after failing to get any assistance from the State government to tackle this problem.“Our stand is clear. It is the responsibility of the government to help farmers to manage crop residue due to the huge cost involved in this task. In case it is unable to do this it cannot harass, threaten, penalise and register cases against farmers,” he said in a statement.Mr. Badal also urged the Congress government to announce a financial package for the farmers immediately.last_img read more

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Horn ready for rematch

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blu Girls stun Aussies, take on top-ranked Japanese next Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (left) clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)Jeff Horn is ready to tangle with Manny Pacquiao again and prove that he really won their “Battle of Brisbane” last Sunday.Shrugging off Pacquiao’s decision to back calls asking for a review of the unanimous decision handing him the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown, Horn said Thursday the ring is the proper venue to settle the dispute.ADVERTISEMENT A heavy underdog, the 29-year-old survived a near knockout in the ninth round to stun the 38-year Filipino legend with his roughness and aggressiveness.The result has been widely questioned, with many believing Pacquiao should have won.The Fighting Senator on Wednesday backed a formal request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board for the WBO to review the decision.“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” Pacquiao said in a statement issued by his office.“I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “I am ready for a rematch,” said Horn during a ticker-tape parade held in his honor in Brisbane. “If he wants to come back and do it again, we will do it. That’s up to him, he’s got the option.”Thousands joined the celebration, where the former schoolteacher said he doubted if Pacquiao had personally backed a call to review the outcome of last Sunday’s title bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I don’t actually believe that would be Pacquiao actually even saying that himself,” the Australian told Channel Nine.“Maybe it is his team around him. But Pacquiao seemed very humble in the way that he lost and thought the decision was correct.”center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection MOST READ In the twilight of a 22-year pro career in which he won 11 world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao had called for a rematch upon arrival in General Santos on Monday.If ever, the call for a review will go nowhere.The WBO tweeted on Wednesday: “The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws which is not the case in Pac vs Horn.”In Brisbane, with chants of “Hornet! Hornet!” ringing out, the Australian boxer was handed the keys to the city and told thousands of supporters he was ready for the next challenge.“Thank you all for turning up and supporting me and my dreams and, as you can see, you never give up.“I went through a tough round nine, pushed hard through and we got there” he told the crowd. “We got that world championship.” There was no doubting the fight’s outcome among fans who came out to greet their hometown hero.“(It was) an absolutely amazing performance. He (Horn) definitely, definitely, definitely won,” one supporter told Sky News. —ROY LUARCA, AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh named in domestic violence case by sister-in-law

first_imgIndia all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been named in a domestic violence case by his brother’s wife Akanksha Sharma, according to news and entertainment portal Spotboye. The case has been registered in Gurgaon.Akanksha, who appeared on the popular reality show Bigg Boss last year, is married to Yuvraj’s brother Zoravar. A Gurgaon court has sent a notice to the cricketer’s family regarding the same.Akanksha has claimed that she was subjected to “mental and financial torture” after her marriage to Zoravar in 2014. Her lawyer, Swati Singh Malik, confirmed that the case has been filed.”Yes, Akanksha has filed a case of domestic violence against Yuvraj, Zoravar and their mother Shabnam,” Malik said.”Look, domestic violence does not mean just physical violence. It also means mental and financial torture, which can be attributed to Yuvraj.”Yuvraj was a mute spectator to the suffering caused to my client by Zoravar and his mother.”When Yuvraj and Zoravar’s mother was pressurising Akanksha to have a baby, Yuvraj too had joined in to do the same. He too told Akanksha ‘to have a baby’. He was hand-in-glove with his mother.”Yuvraj would even tell her that she should obey his mother because she was the most superior person in the house,” she added, “Really, that lady is extremely dominant. Zoravar and Akanksha were at her mercy for every decision.”Yuvraj even told Akanksha that if she does not toe the line then she has no place in that house,” Malik concluded, but not before adding, “The notice has been sent.”advertisementMalik also said that Shabnam Singh had recently filed a complaint against Akanksha for recovery of some jewellery in all likelihood. “This recovery could possibly be of some jewellery, it’s not of money,” she said, according to the report.”There was domestic violence on emotional and financial grounds too. Let me elaborate. Akanksha was asked to get up at 5 am and make tea, when there were three cooks in the house. She was not given any money, neither by Zorawar, nor by his family for everyday expense,” Malik added.last_img read more