Businesswomen in District #15, Montserrado County, have pledged their support to the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in the 2017 general and presidential elections.They made their pledge recently in Caldwell at a town hall meeting, where they gathered to discuss economic and other national issues that affect their businesses.“We the businesswomen in Caldwell assure Veep Boakai of our support for the 2017 presidential race. You can count on us,” they indicated.Spokesperson Madam Haja Gray believes that “if the VP is elected as President, he will help them become self-sufficient, productive and efficient in catering to their families.”Madam Gray sells slippers, shoes and dry goods in Caldwell Market.According to her, there are lots of things the UP government has done for them, especially at the grassroots level in the business sector and as such, citizens of the country must elect VP Boakai to continue the legacy of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Madam Gray said: “We are willing to support him to the fullest.”After pledging their support, Madam Gray vowed that they are ready when given the necessary support to help tackle unemployment as well as stabilize the economy.She further stated that the businesswomen can turn the country’s economic turmoil around if given the needed push from government which she said would enable them to contribute their quota to stabilize the country’s currency.“We are not against foreign competition, but we want support to be able to compete with foreign businesses,” she added.Also speaking, head of Thumbs-Up Women Business Association, Ruth Parker, urged the businesswomen to make more efforts to grow their businesses.Parker noted that developing a strong, coherent, transparent and supportive policy on entrepreneurship needs a comprehensive consultative exercise on the topic.“The opportunity for our businesses to succeed and grow supports our future potential for increased employment, growth and prosperity,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Marcus Vick was too elusive, and the relentless defense of No. 3 Virginia Tech proved too tough to handle for a spirited Maryland team bent on revenge to top host Maryland 28-9. Vick ran for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown, and the unbeaten Hokies pulled away in the second half on Thursday night. Mike Imoh had two touchdowns for Virginia Tech (7-0, 4-0 ACC), which scored 21 straight points after halftime to keep alive its hopes of playing for the national championship in January. The Terrapins (4-3, 2-2) came in with a three-game winning streak and hopes of avenging a 55-6 defeat to the Hokies last November, but Vick wouldn’t let it happen. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the WeekLakers routed The Lakers were routed 105-94 by Denver, the same team they will play Nov. 2 in the season opener. Nuggets coach George Karl turned over the team to assistant Scott Brooks and sat in the stands. Karl wanted to give Brooks practice for when Karl will serve a three-game suspension at the start of the season. The Lakers never led and were outscored 35-13 with their starters on the court. Center Chris Mihm once again struggled to stay in the game and was called for four fouls in 18 minutes. Devean George (11 points) shot well off the bench. : Ross Siler NBA getting physical The NBA is considering a league-wide standard for physical exams following the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier. Individual team doctors from each of the NBA’s 30 franchises currently determine the physical exams for their players. Thompson enters plea Former South Carolina defensive lineman Moe Thompson pleaded guilty Thursday to lesser charges in his burglary trial, seven hours into jury deliberations. Thompson pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree burglary and two counts of petty larceny. He faces up to 15 years in prison. He faced 15 years to life in prison if convicted on original charges of two counts of first-degree burglary and petty larceny. The NCAA said Thursday that it will continue to study new dimensions for the 3-point line, a wider lane and a restricted-area arc during certified men’s tournaments such as the Maui Invitational. In men’s basketball, the lane would be widened by a foot rather than the 1 ½ feet used last season. The arc will be drawn 3 feet from the center of the basket, a foot farther than last season, and the 3-point line will be 20 feet, 9 inches a foot longer than the current 3-point line. Women’s teams will experiment with a longer 3-point line, drawn at 20 feet, 6 inches, for the first time, and the 10-second violation to get the ball across half court. There currently is no 10-second line in women’s basketball. The NCAA has rejected Bradley University’s bid to be taken off a list of colleges whose American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos will be banned in postseason play starting next year. Adidas said it will not require Arkansas State basketball player Jerry Nichols to wear its shoes, but hopes that he will accept an offer to look through its footwear collection in an attempt to find a suitable product. Nichols said he suffered an injury in Adidas shoes and wants to wear Nike shoes while playing for the Indians. Arkansas State has a contract with Adidas, and athletic director Dean Lee told Nichols he had to wear the footwear. Nichols has skipped practices since Monday. Wilma on the way The Florida Panthers’ game Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators could be postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Wilma, with a decision to made today by the teams and the NHL. The Nationwide Tour’s Miccosukee Championship in Miami was canceled. 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USC tennis coach Peter Smith will be the featured speaker Tuesday at the Long Beach Trojan Club monthly meeting. Smith, who directed USC to a Pac-10 title tie last year in his second season as Trojan coach, has coached for 17 seasons at Long Beach State (his alma mater), Fresno State, Pepperdine and USC. His career coaching record is 307-151. The Trojan Club meets at the El Dorado Park Golf Course, 2400 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $25. For information and reservations, (562) 425-6270. ‘Betsy’ for sale Shoeless Joe Jackson’s favorite bat his prized “Black Betsy” is about to hit the auction block. The bat, made of hickory and weighing a hefty 40 ounces, will be sold by Sotheby’s on Dec. 10, the auction house said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!