Veteran coach Bradley Stewart believes the current Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions are gifted with talented players, but points to faulty thinking and decision-making for inconsistent performances and poor results.”Young players will one day play up here. Another day, they play down here. Until we can get the majority of our players to be thinking the same way, we are gonna have problems,” he said of teams in the competition.Stewart, a former assistant coach for the Reggae Boyz, is now in his second season in charge of Calabar High. Before that, he won the Walker Cup title at Jamaica College.The coach maintains that he is hopeful of Calabar’s chances this season, considering that about half of last year’s team have returned.He said Calabar’s strengths are coordination and passing, but again blamed inconsistent defending in games.The Red Hills Road-based school remains unbeaten with two wins and two draws, and lie in second place in Group A on eight points, two behind defending champions Jamaica College, who they drew 2-2 with in their first game this season.WEAKNESS AMONG TEAMS”What I would suggest is that consistency is not necessarily a strength of schoolboy players. When you look at St George’s College, they were able to beat a team 9-0 in the second match. They still won the [other] game, but by two goals against a team that is not regarded as championship contender,” assessed Stewart.He added: “When you look out in the country for example, Cornwall College demolished a team 8-1, then drew the other game 1-1. So there seems to be a inconsistency among young players – how they themselves see the game, how they see opposing teams. A lot of times, this factors into how they approach games.”The coach also criticised aspects of refereeing in the match where Calabar drew 1-1 with Clan Carthy High, which was played at the Alpha Boys’ football field last Friday.
Pushing myself She added: “I am looking forward to an exciting 2016.” Shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year Award. World Championships 100m hurdles gold-medal winner Danielle Williams who clocked a personal best 12.57 for gold in the event in Beijing last summer was runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. The People’s Choice Award for Performance of the Year went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team. Novlene Williams-Mills, who anchored Jamaica to the gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m and who has successfully fought off breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Newly crowned RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2015, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, say winning the prestigious title means a lot to them, adding they will be looking to represent Jamaica well, and seek more global success this year. The RJR Sports Foundation’s annual awards ceremony was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Friday night. Bolt won his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, lifted her third Sportswoman of the Year title. Last year, Bolt returned from an injury-plagued start to the season to dominate the men’s sprints at the IAAF World Championships. He won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium where he had previously set world records in the 100 and 200 metres. “Six-time athlete of the year in Jamaica is always an honour,” Bolt told reporters. Personal best He pointed out that he is looking forward to a stress-free year, but was mindful of the demands ahead. “It’s just about trying to stay focused this year and staying on top of things and making sure everything runs smoothly … pushing myself, but also being aware of everything that is going on around me,” he added. Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce, the three-time Sportswoman of the Year, also received the Sagicor Iconic Award at the function. The MVP Track Club star won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as copping the Diamond League 100m title. “I am feeling blessed and I am feeling honoured,” she said. “For me winning an award is a signal that you did something right in 2015, and I am really honoured and blessed and grateful to be able to collect a third Sportswoman of the Year Award here,” Fraser-Pryce said.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): The player who is all the talk at Manchester United right now isn’t listed on the 31-man squad on the back of the team’s match-day program. There’s even a section currently up on United’s website, posing the question many are wondering: Who is Marcus Rashford? Well, he is the 18-year-old rookie striker who has saved under-pressure United coach Louis van Gaal from even deeper scrutiny and who could be a potential star of the future at Old Trafford. Playing in his first match for United’s senior team as a late injury replacement, Rashford scored twice against FC Midtjylland to lead United’s recovery in a 5-1 win that qualified the team for the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. With an injury crisis coursing through Van Gaal’s squad, Rashford is likely to be starting up front against Arsenal in a globally anticipated English Premier League game in front of nearly 80,000 spectators on Sunday. It’s something of a whirlwind for a player who, before Thursday, had never started a game above under-19 level and signed a professional contract at United only in 2014. Now he is the club’s youngest ever scorer in European soccer. Van Gaal is clearly excited about Rashford’s potential, but is being cautious. “It is fantastic (for him), but you have to be consistent and we are looking for consistent strikers,” Van Gaal said after the Midtjylland game, slightly puncturing the jubilant mood. “There are not so many on this earth.” Of course, these are early days for Rashford and there are plenty of examples of where great starts to careers at United didn’t come to fruition. For every Wayne Rooney, who memorably scored a hat-trick in the Champions League on his United debut, there is Federico Macheda — the Italian who scored on his first-team debut in April 2009, but has been on an unsuccessful tour of the English lower leagues ever since. Rashford looks to have the composure and technique to go places, though. Born and raised in Manchester, he comes from the same junior club — Fletcher Moss — that spawned former United players Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison. He has captained United’s Under-19 team and was the top scorer for the Under-18s last season. Against Midtjylland, he liked to get involved in play rather than just prey on the shoulder of the last defender. But his predatory close-range finishes for his second-half double showed a goalscorer’s instinct. “In the first half he ran too much out wide,” Van Gaal said, “and I said he needs to be in front of goal to score.” Rashford is arguably United’s sixth-choice striker — behind Rooney, Anthony Martial, James Wilson, Will Keane and emergency targetman Marouane Fellaini. Those five are either injured or on loan (Wilson) so Rashford is likely to start against Arsenal, a game United needs to win to keep in touch with the top four. “I watched him last night and he was quite impressive,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I know all of their players — Rashford I didn’t know.” He’ll know more about the kid come Sunday evening.
KINGSTON: Telecommunications provider Digicel has announced a lifetime contract with sprint legend Usain Bolt on the heels of his historic accomplishments at the just-ended Olympic Games in Brazil. Digicel has declared Bolt its chief speed officer (CSO) after he completed his unprecedented three-peat to cement his place in history as one of the world’s greatest sprinters. Bolt won gold in the 100 and 200 metres as well as the 4x100m for the third time in three successive games to finish with nine gold medals and close off a glittering Olympics career. “The unique ‘job for life’ comes in tandem with the agreement of a lifetime partnership between Digicel and Usain Bolt – an honour only a very small number of the absolute greatest athletes in the world have ever achieved and a first for Digicel,” the telecommunications company said in a release. The Digicel statement did not outline specific details of the contract except to point out that Bolt would be expected to interact with the company’s customers. Bolt’s relationship with Digicel dates back to when he was a teenager competing in school games in Jamaica. “I’m very humbled. It’s been an amazing journey with Digicel. They have been there for me since I was 17 years old, and now we will be together forever,” said Bolt. “As Digicel CSO, I am opening a new chapter and will be making it my mission to ensure that speed stays at the top of the agenda.”
“Especially for the youth in track and field because I think injury has always been a problem for youth coming up, and I also would like them to get better care. I also would like to stick with the track and field and stay as close as possible to track and field, so that’s one thing,” he explained of his retirement plans. Bolt was responding to questions on his first day on the job as Digicel’s chief speed officer, at the Digicel’s regional headquarters, downtown Kingston. The iconic sprinter, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever, said, “I will also be working with Digicel to make sure I keep the high standards of the past.” He stressed that it was important to leave the sport while on top. “For me, I have done everything I wanted to do. I have accomplished all my goals. When you accomplish all your goals, there’s no reason to stick around in a sport when you don’t have the drive, or you don’t have no more goals. You should just leave the sport,” he pointed out. BETTER CARE Nine-time Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt, says upon retirement, he will be giving back to the sport, as he looks to open a sports clinic here in Jamaica. The world’s fastest man of all time, who has been unbeaten over three successive Olympics, will now turn his attention to the IAAF World Championships in London next year, after which he is expected to retire officially from the sport, at age 31. Bolt is the only track and field athlete to defend his Olympic titles at three successive Games. “I have reached the top of the Olympics, and I think it’s time for me to get out of the sport and help in any other way I can possibly help, so that’s what I am gonna do,” he reasoned. When asked by The Gleaner if he saw his career reaching the dizzying heights it has, Bolt said hard work and belief paid off. “I have outdone myself. As a country boy growing up, I never thought that I would be at this level, and it’s just one thing my dad always told me – to work for what I wanted, and that’s what I did throughout the years with everything I won,” he outlined. “I just kept on setting goals for myself, and I have outdone myself, and I feel proud and happy with what I have done,” said the athlete from Sherwood Content, Trelawny. “One of the things that I am working towards is trying to open a Sports clinic in Jamaica. That’s one thing that’s always on my mind,” he told the media.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree said yesterday West Indies would be wary of an unpredictable Pakistan side, as they chased victory in the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series.He told journalists here that Pakistan were a dangerous unit and said West Indies would have to play well if they were to top the hosts in the games, which run from September 23-27 in the United Arab Emirates.”Pakistan are very similar to us in terms of their consistency or lack of it,” Badree told reporters.”One day, they give a brilliant performance just like us and the next day there is a lot to be desired. On their day, they can demolish any opposition. We are wary of that challenge.”We respect every opposition that we come up against and we are going to do the same against Pakistan, and we are going to prepare well and execute our plans as best as we can, knowing they are a very dangerous team.”MISSING PLAYERSWest Indies will not be at full strength for the series, especially with a few of the players who were members of the T20 World Cup-winning squad last April now missing.Darren Sammy, who captained the side to that triumph in India, has been axed by selectors, while Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell are unavailable for varying reasons. Also, batsman Lendl Simmons was overlooked for medical reasons.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has taken over leadership of the squad, while the uncapped Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran, along with Chadwick Walton who played the last of this two T20s two years ago, have been called up.”It is a different team from the team that played the World Cup. We have a lot of new guys, a few guys making their debut on this tour,” said the 35-year-old Badree.”We have been here before, many of us. The heat is quite different to what we are accustomed to. We came a bit early realising we need to acclimatise, so within the next week before the first game against Pakistan, we will be well adjusted and fit and all players will be 100 per cent ready for the challenge.”The two opening games – on September 23 and 24 – are set for here in Dubai, with the final game on September 27 carded for Abu Dhabi.”I’ve been here in the PSL (Pakistan Super League). I’ve played with Islamabad United, the team that eventually won the competition, so I’ve got quite a bit of experience here,” the Trinidadian noted.”The pitches seem to be very good for T20 cricket and that’s what you’re looking for – good games, competitive games. Like I’ve said before, a number of the guys have been here before – the likes of (Sunil) Narine, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Kieron) Pollard etcetera – so we’re looking forward to some very good games of cricket.”Of course, we’d like to win this series and remain one of the best T20 teams in the world.”
Anthony ‘baba’ Nunes’ three year-old colt, BIGDADDYKOOL, announced his arrival on the big stage earlier this year when he captured the Lotto Classics for the Governor’s Cup in May. A month later the young horse was second in the Jamaican derby after an exciting battle to the wire with FUTURE KING for Jamaica’s most prized race, although both horses ended being disqualified.However, despite taking on some of the best thoroughbreds on the local circuit, in the Lotto Classics, such as ORPHEUS and JAMAI RAJA, and horses like FUTURE KING in the derby, the three year-old colt will face his toughest test to date when he lines up for the Superstakes, against defending champion FRANFIELD, reigning horse of the year SEEKING MY DREAM, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, PHINEAS, A THOUSAND STARS, JAMAI RAJA among others, this weekend at Caymanas Park.But veteran trainer, Nunes, is confident the young horse has what it takes to win the $1 million purse on Saturday.”It is the first time he (BIGDADDYKOOL) is going to run against the top A class older horses like SEEKING MY DREAM and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR so it’s left to be seen if he can manage them. But I am pretty confident in him he’s a really nice colt and he certainly stays the trip and he has mature extremely nicely since the St Leger and we have high hopes for him,” Nunes told the Gleaner.’Baba’s biggest concern is that his main contender has not raced in over two months, and he thinks this could have an effect on the outcome, but nevertheless he remains very optimistic of his chances.”But he has trained nicely and I think he can overcome it (A class, older horses). In my mind you are always going to have question marks until the race runs. But ideally I would love to have get a race four weeks before but it didn’t happen and that is how it is in horse racing sometimes, things don’t work out the way you plan. But as far as me preparing him for this race with that in mind I have no complaints,” he told the Gleaner.Nunes has won the event on three occasions and would love a fourth, he also wants to give Trinidadian owner Stephen Narinesingh his first Superstakes win.
PHOENIX, Arizona, (CMC): Jamaican Andrew Ramgeet rode a double to grab a share of the lead at Turf Paradise while his son, Andre, had a single winner as they made their presence felt at the southwestern United States racetrack here Saturday. Ramgeet Sr captured race five with 2-1 chance Bet the Harbor and followed up by taking race six with 4-1 bet Rhetorical. Andre, meanwhile, found success in the first event of the day’s eight-race card when he booted favourite Passed Due to victory. With the brace, Andrew Ramgeet moved alongside Scott Stevens on 49 points, with David Lopez 14 behind in third. The veteran rider opened his account when he partnered with five-year-old Bet the Harbor to beat the four-year-old and upwards by a neck. Going 6-1/2 furlongs, Bet the Harbor trailed out of the gates but snatched the lead on the first turn under pressure from Sunset Brandy and Wannablikegrandpa. Ramgeet and Bet the Harbor pulled away in the stretch but were then forced to stave off the fast-finishing Three Fast Sevens, to reach the wire first. In another 6-1/2 furlong trip in race six, Ramgeet Sr and eight-year-old chestnut gelding Rhetorical got the better of the four-year-old and upwards by a neck. The pair raced well back early on, grabbed the lead at the eighth pole and drew off before holding off favourite Flat Gone at the wire.
Thompson ran 7.02 seconds in an outdoor 60m and was powerful in anchoring the MVP Track Club to a comfortable win in the 4x100m at Saturday’s Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay. “I am feeling good. Training is going well so far, and that is the main focus – to put in the training and go out there and perform as best as I can,” said Thompson before going into her outlook and approach to the rest of what will be another important season. “It’s a long season and things are going well for the World Championships, and my main focus is to stay focused and injury-free, and when the championships comes up and the national trials, I will take it from there,” said Thompson. “I think I have improved, but there is more room for improvements,” Thompson said. “As a double Olympic gold medallist, I would say I have a slight advantage but everybody is training. Everybody wants to win and you have to work hard.” FLOW’s head of marketing and products, Carlo Redwood, was clearly elated with the Thompson partnership. “We are very excited about this, we have been working on this for a little while now, wanted to get a brand ambassador that was new, fresh, was a high achiever who made all of us proud and she is a very special talent but not just that, also the individual – she is very real, very down to earth and we love that about her,” Redwood said before noting that in addition to commercial and marketing elements, the partnership will also extend to charity and outreach efforts. RECENT SPRINTS Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson says that she is approaching the new season with greater confidence and is not shying away from the favourite title heading into the IAAF World Championships. “I think I have more confidence going towards the World Championships. As a double Olympic gold medallist, I would say I have a slight advantage, but everybody is training and everybody wants to win, and you have to work hard,” said Thompson. Jamaica’s sprint darling. It’s a new position for Thompson, who will now walk on to every track with a target on her back these days. It isn’t the only thing that is new for the 24-year-old, who, yesterday, was revealed as the new brand ambassador for multi-platform communications company FLOW. “It is a wonderful feeling and I am happy to be on the FLOW team and to be their brand ambassador,” Thompson said yesterday during a press point at FLOW’s store on Half-Way Tree Road. “I cannot believe the progress that I have made. This means a lot to me, and I will continue to work hard to do my part to be on top as well.”
LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia also got a bronze with David William Pelino in the men’s jumbo doubles, while Aribado had a silver with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida in the women’s jumbo doubles and another bronze in the women’s doubles.That hiked squash’s contributions to the Philippines’ medal haul to six, after one silver and five bronze medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ PH gets first bronze in pencak silat Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments Robert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado each claimed bronze medals in the singles’ events of squash in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur.Garcia ranked third in the men’s singles as Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow ruled the event to win the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia also got the silver, while Singaporean Samuel Kang Shan Mu shared the bronze with Garcia.It was the same case for Aribado in the women’s singles, as Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia took home the mint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Compatriot Rachel Mae Arnold settled for silver, while Aribado and Sneha Sivakumar of Singapore both had bronze.Garcia and Aribado earlier competed in the mixed doubles event, copping the bronze medal. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe last time Eduard Folayang got knocked out, he bounced back and became a world champion.It’s hard not to bet on the Filipino MMA star to redeem himself after suffering a KO at the hands of Martin Nguyen on Friday night in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It was a brutal loss for Folayang, who laid flat on his back after walking into a crushing right hand by Nguyen in the second round.Folayang, who relinquished his lightweight title, vowed to make his way back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: Nguyen knocks out Folayang for ONE lightweight title “I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition,” said Folayang, who commended his foe and good friend Nguyen. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared,” he said. “Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn’t end here.”In December of 2014, Folayang was dealt with a devastating defeat when he took a flying knee and soccer kicks to the head from Russian Timofey Nastyukhin.READ: Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed The 32-year-old Folayang went on a four-fight streak since then, including a stunning stoppage of Japanese legen Shinya Aoki in 2016 to earn the lightweight belt.“The odds were not in my favor last Friday. Nevertheless, Team Lakay and I will exert our best efforts to wave our Philippine flag more triumphantly in 2018.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Magic Johnson on why he won’t ask Lonzo Ball to change his shot MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Blatche hints at return 10 days before World Cup qualifiers begin “I resigned to assume a bigger role, which is to handle not only the women’s volleyball team but Perpetual Help’s volleyball program as a whole,” said Cariño, who succeeded Sammy Acaylar as coach.Acaylar, who was promoted to athletic director last year, also kept his head coaching position with the men’s team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Perpetual Help already has a strong volleyball program and I’m here to just continue it and hopefully make some improvements,” said CariñoAcaylar has high praise for Cariño , whom he described as his ‘protégé. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Macky Cariño has been named executive volleyball director and women’s coach of University of Perpetual Help.Cariño, who resigned as coach of College of St. Benilde’s women’s volleyball team, which he guided to a championship in the NCAA two seasons ago, will now be in charge of Perpetual Help’s volleyball program.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Everybody knows he (Cariño ) is my protégé and I’m confident he can do the job well, maybe even better,” said Acaylar, who is a multi-titled mentor.Arnold Laniog will call the shots for the Lady Blazers on an interim basis.The NCAA volleyball season begins on Jan. 4 next year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Making her attempt extra special is she will do it in her beloved hometown of Cebu.The biggest race in the country will be staged in the Queen City of the South for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTabal and reigning Milo Marathon king Jeson Agravante lead over 32,000 running enthusiass and professional athletes of all ages. Around 800 elite runners qualified to the National Finals over 300 are competing in the full marathon event.Primed to give the Tabal and Agravante a run for their money are race veterans Eduardo Buenavista, Eric Panique and Cristabel Martes. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kings extend Bulls’ skid to 8 games with close win Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mary Joy Tabal, the Philippines’ first Olympian runner, goes for history when she defends her crown in the 41st National Milo Marathon on Sunday.The 28-year-old Tabal, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been the undisputed Milo Marathon queen and this time, she tries to become the only participant to win the prestigous event five consecutive times.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Gun start is at 3 a.m. for the 42k run, the 21k run is set at 4:30 a.m., 10k is at 5 a.m., 3k at 5:30 a.m. while the 5k run is at 5:35 a.m.The race begins at Cebu Normal University and ends at Cebu City Sports Complex.The event marks the conclusion of the 16-leg qualifiers.The fastest 42k finishers will be rewarded as a total of P500,000 each awaits the champions.ADVERTISEMENT
Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Golden Tigresses head coach Kung Fu Reyes said it was, ironically, Adamson head coach Air Padda that gave them the motivation against the Lady Falcons.“The players wrote the articles where coach Air said that UST won’t win relying on just one person alone,” said Reyes in Filipino. “They had a different response when a different coach made the same observation.”After UST labored just to get the second set, the Golden Tigresses had a steadier path come the third set.The Golden Tigresses were in firm control of Adamson in the third set leading 10-3 early on, although this was an error on Lady Falcon Chiara Permentilla’s part, Alina Bicar then had two straight service aces to give UST a 16-9 lead.Rondina finished the match with a game-high 22 points while Carla Sandoval added nine.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Undermanned University of Santo Tomas blanked Adamson University, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, to earn its second win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Jema Galanza led Adamson with 10 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Russians face unfamiliar wait for first Olympic gold Leaning on Cherry Rondina anew, the Golden Tigresses improved to 2-2 and created a massive four-way logjam at the third spot with the Lady Falcons, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University.Hit with injuries, UST played without two key players in libero Rica Rivera (leg) and hitter Milena Alessandrini (shoulder).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlessandrini’s absence meant that UST had to find a replacement for the 11.7 scoring average the Filipino-Italian rookie brings to the table for the Golden Tigresses.UST’s offensive spark, apart from Rondina, came from Dimdim Pacres, who had 13 points against the Lady Falcons. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
MOST READ Sabanal also scored a unanimous decision win over fan favorite Rika Ishige in her ONE debut, showcasing her striking prowess as she went toe-to-toe with the Thai star before pummeling her in the third round.The other two Filipinos on the fightcard, however, weren’t as fortunate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBrazilian jiu-jitsu expert Garry Tonon downed Filipino bet Richard Corminal in an emphatic display of his striking abilities, scoring the technical knockout win at the 3:40 mark of the second round.Thai contender Kritsada Kongsrichai also hardly broke a sweat against Robin Catalan, hitting the belly-to-back suplex to end the match at the 1:40 mark of the first round. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Photo from ONE ChampionshipIn front of a rowdy crowd in Bangkok, Jeremy Miado and Angelie Sabanal delivered stunners Saturday at ONE: Iron Will at Impact Arena in Thailand.With little to no expectations on his side, Miado knocked out Muay Thai champion and hometown bet Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke with a thunderous right cross at the 1:29 mark of the first round in their strawweight clash, which also served as a co-main event for the card.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew This card featured an exciting main event where Bibiano Fernandes edged two-division champion Martin Nguyen to retain his ONE Bantamweight Championship via split decision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rockets sail past Pelicans, set franchise record with 59th win
Senegal team embrace prior to the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker )SAMARA, Russia — As Senegal’s new generation pursues its own World Cup success, coach Aliou Cisse said there’s plenty to work on — and he should know.Senegal’s last appearance in the World Cup came in 2002, when the team reached the quarterfinals. Cisse was the captain of that squad.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Senegal opened the tournament in Russia with a 2-1 victory over Poland and followed that with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Japan.“We were not very good, frankly,” Cisse said. “I think the best team on the pitch was Japan, I have to be honest.”Senegal, making its second World Cup appearance, shocked the field in 2002 by beating defending champion France in the tournament opener. Senegal advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Turkey.Colombia made the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil, falling to the hosts 2-1. It was the furthest the nation had advanced in soccer’s premier tournament.After a 2-1 loss to Japan in its opener in Russia, Colombia appeared as if it had regained its Brazilian form with a 3-0 victory over Poland. James Rodriguez, the Bayern Munich star who was a substitute in the team’s opener because of a calf injury, set up two goals against Poland.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Now with Cisse as coach, the Lions of Teranga will play their final group stage match against Colombia on Thursday in Samara with a spot in the knockout round at stake.“We need to improve the impact. We need to be more aggressive on the ball,” Cisse said. “At this level it goes very fast. We need to have more concentration. We need to be more rigorous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJapan and Senegal lead Group H with four points apiece. Colombia has three and could advance if it beats Senegal, and both could go through with a draw if Japan loses. Poland has been eliminated.The top two finishers in the group will go on to play opponents from Group G — either England or Belgium. Those teams play Thursday for the top spot in their group. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Colombia suffered a blow when midfielder Abel Aguilar was injured and taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half against Poland. Mateus Uribe took his place in the match.The team said Monday that Aguilar would undergo additional tests to determine the extent of the left adductor injury.HISTORYThe teams have met just one before, in a 2014 friendly in Buenos Aires. It ended in a 2-2 draw.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Bitter loss to Germany made Sweden ‘stronger,’ coach says Rodriguez has six goals and four assists in seven World Cup games, and many are eagerly awaiting his first goal in Russia.Coach Jose Peckerman was taking a similar approach to Cisse heading into the final group match.“We need to play at an extraordinary level to beat a tough team,” he said. “Mentally, we’re in a good place, but we need to continue to improve, because we are ambitious, and we hope to continue in this World Cup.”BAND OF BROTHERSPekerman dedicated the team’s victory over Poland to Carlos Sanchez, who was the target of a death threat after receiving a red card in the opener against Japan.Sanchez could return to the team for the group finale as Colombian authorities investigate the threat, which referenced the murder of Colombian defender Andres Escobar following an own-goal at the 1994 World Cup.“We play with a lot of responsibility and a lot of dedication and so forth, but these things shouldn’t be said lightly. And whether it’s confirmed or not, this is something that is very painful,” Pekerman said.DANCING MACHINESenegal has grabbed attention at the World Cup for a joyful warmup routine that looks more like a dance than a workout. The team’s synchronized moves include a bit of chanting before the players huddle together in laughter. A short video of the routine has drawn more than a million views on Twitter.AGUILAR’S INJURY Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
View comments Westbrook’s triple-double was his third this season — all in the last four games — and the 107th of his career, matching Jason Kidd and trailing only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138). Kidd took 1,247 games to reach 107, while Westbrook needed only 760.The 19 rebounds were one off Westbrook’s career high, set in last season’s finale against Memphis. And when the star guard addressed the media long after the game ended, he spoke more from the heart than he often does.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I am extremely blessed and humbled to be able to go out and play and compete in the NBA,” Westbrook said. “Just to be named with Jason Kidd and Magic and Oscar and those guys, I could have never dreamt about being able to even sit here talking to you guys. I take everything in and never take anything for granted.”Jerami Grant added 21 points, one shy of his career best, on 8-of-12 shooting for the Thunder, who have won 13 of 16 after an 0-4 start. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Thunder: Wrap up a four-game homestand Friday against Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next APPRECIATING WESTBROOKDrew’s job is to scheme ways to stop opposing stars like Westbrook, but that proved nearly impossible on a night when the Thunder guard was on top of his game.“He’s an elite point guard and he does it every night, so I take my hat off to guys that do it every night,” Drew said. “He does it at a high level every night. He’s a complete player. He’s as complete as they can be and he’s relentless with his attack. He’s a phenomenal guard.”Thunder coach Billy Donovan liked how Westbrook read the game and made the correct play, time after time after time.“Everything that he did tonight flowed out of our offense,” Donovan said. “When the floor was spaced correctly, it gave him opportunities on double-teams to make some reads. … He did an incredible job organizing and running the offense.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Asked before the game about the trade set to send Korver to the Jazz, Drew declined comment. Korver was at the arena when he learned of the deal, which still needed to be approved by the NBA. … Sam Dekker (left ankle sprain) missed his 10th straight game, and George Hill (right shoulder sprain) sat out his ninth in a row. … David Nwaba missed his second consecutive game with right knee soreness and was replaced in the starting lineup by Larry Nance Jr. … Tristan Thompson’s streak of four straight double-doubles ended. He had four points and two rebounds.Thunder: Alex Abrines made his first start of the season but went 1 of 9 from the field. … Nerlens Noel played despite a bruised calf and scored eight points. … Paul George struggled with foul trouble most of the game but had 18 points. … The Thunder drew their 353rd straight sellout, the NBA’s third-longest active streak and tied with Sacramento for the 10th-longest in league history. … Oklahoma City won 95-86 at Cleveland on Nov. 7.UP NEXTCavaliers: Complete a two-game road swing Friday at Boston. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 25 points, while Collin Sexton (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Cedi Osman (14 points, 10 rebounds) each had a double-double. The Cavaliers agreed to trade Kyle Korver to Utah after the team had arrived at Chesapeake Energy Arena, leaving them with only nine players in uniform. Eight got into the game.Oklahoma City trailed 55-51 in the third quarter when Westbrook started a 13-0 run with a 3-pointer. He capped it by assisting on a dunk by Grant with 5:36 left in the period that completed the triple-double and put the Thunder up 64-55.By the end of the quarter, the Thunder led 73-62 and the Cavaliers got no closer than nine the rest of the way.“I just thought they physically wore us down,” Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. “They wore us down and our execution wasn’t as good in the second half as it was in the first. We kind of looked like we were tired in that second half. They took away our ability to move and to try to make plays.”Cleveland took advantage of early offensive sloppiness by the Thunder to twice go up by 11 points, the latter time at 38-27 after a 3-pointer by Osman with 7:01 left in the second quarter. Oklahoma City used a 20-6 run to get back in the game, which was tied 47-all at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Damian Lillard sets Portland-record 10 3s in close win over Magic Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket around Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Oklahoma City won 100-83. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook was more introspective than usual Wednesday night.The 2017 MVP moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory.ADVERTISEMENT
“This opportunity is not a step down, sideways, backwards, somehow different than the men’s game,” Fisher told a room full of media at a downtown hotel, insisting the WNBA isn’t a steppingstone. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today.”Executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler didn’t look far in finding a replacement for Brian Agler, who resigned last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Our coach’s search was short but sweet,” she said. “The first person who came to mind was Derek Fisher. Derek has been a huge supporter of the Sparks, but even more importantly, he’s been a huge supporter of the WNBA from day one. He would leave his practice and fly and watch us play.”Toler said that during her 20 years as GM she would discuss the team with Fisher and seek his advice and suggestions. Los Angeles Sparks newly named head coach Derek Fisher takes questions from the media during a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a “short but sweet” search to find the new coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Turns out he has been sitting in the courtside seats for years.Derek Fisher was introduced Friday as coach of the team that he watched play at Staples Center while helping the Lakers win five NBA championships as their point guard. It’s Fisher’s second stint as a head coach in the pro ranks. He was fired from the New York Knicks in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fisher said it took a while for him to come to terms with the fact that he was “overly fixated with what other people thought about my experience in New York as opposed to what I felt about my experience in New York.”Fisher peppered Toler with what she said were “about 2,000 questions” before agreeing to take the Sparks job. He indicated the homework was necessary after his time with the Knicks.“What I learned is, if there is not clarity in purpose, vision and mission from ownership to management to coaches to players to staff, it doesn’t work,” he said. “Some of the basketball things are irrelevant if ownership, management, staff, players, if we are not aligned in the way we see going about our jobs and achieving our purpose and our mission.”Since leaving New York, Fisher has worked as a TV analyst. He said he explored jobs with college and men’s pro teams but the timing wasn’t right.He also experienced upheaval in his personal life. “I want more,” she said.Besides Parker, the Sparks have another former league MVP in Nneka Ogwumike and hope to re-sign guard Chelsea Gray.“We have chemistry,” Parker said.Parker noted she first met Fisher when she was 8 or 9 and her older brother’s agent was based in Arkansas, where Fisher is from.Fisher was fired in New York after going 40-96 in 1 ½ seasons while working under then-Knicks executive Phil Jackson, who coached him on the Lakers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “He’s invested,” she said.Fisher becomes the 12th coach in franchise history. He takes over a team that went 19-15 in the regular season this year before losing in the second round of the playoffs.Agler resigned without explanation after four years that included winning the WNBA championship in 2016. He had an 85-51 career mark with the Sparks.“I don’t know why he wanted to. I didn’t ask,” Toler said. “When someone wants to resign, it’s not my job to talk them out of it.”Former league MVP Candace Parker was on hand to welcome Fisher. She waved her right hand in the air, showing off her WNBA championship ring that made a clunking noise when her hand hit the table.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In June 2015, he and former teammate Matt Barnes got into an altercation at the home of Gloria Govan, Barnes’ ex-wife who is now Fisher’s fiancée. In June 2017, Fisher was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle flipped on a Los Angeles freeway. He and Govan weren’t injured.Govan and two of Fisher’s children from his first marriage were on hand Friday.“The book is not finished yet,” Fisher said. “I feel like this is an opportunity for me to continue writing my coaching book and I’m excited to do it here in LA with the Sparks.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Jalalon, Barroca anchor smothering Magnolia defense in Game 2 win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States smile during their mixed doubles match against Stefanos Tsitsipass and Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Serena Williams ensured her first ever on-court meeting with Roger Federer would have a competitive edge as she fought back on Tuesday to win her singles in the Hopman Cup.Williams dropped the first set but recovered to beat Federer’s Swiss team-mate Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “What a thrill it is to play Serena here tonight,” he told the crowd. The mixed doubles are contested in a short-set format with tiebreaks at 3-3 but that still means two matches in a day for the four players. “I’ll stay on the bike and keep the engine on,” Federer said.“I had a really late night last night on New Year’s Eve,” he said, adding after a pause: “No I’m joking.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It was a definitely a relief,” Williams said. “She played really well. I knew I could play better.”“It’s super exciting,” Williams said, looking ahead to her meeting with Federer later in the day. “I just feel honoured to be on the same court as him.”“He has had a fantastic career and it’s not done yet. We are the exact same age and anything he’s done I want to do.” “We have been there since the Nineties. Regardless of what happens, this is a moment I will always cherish.”In the early match, Tiafoe stayed with Federer until the tenth game when the Swiss broke to win the first set. From there Federer cruised to victory. ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college That tied the scores in the mixed team event at 1-1 with just the doubles to come. The match will be the first time the two 37-year-olds, who have with 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them, face each other. Earlier, in the men’s singles at the mixed team event, Federer dispatched Frances Tiafoe, 6-4, 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOnly the group winners advance to the final, so the closing doubles could ultimately decide the winner of a group that also contains Greece and Britain. Federer and Bencic are the defending champions.Williams led 4-1 in the first set before Bencic fought back to win the next five games. After that slip, Williams took the next two sets. View comments Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome target Tour de France in 2019
Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pasig-Grindhouse, led by Ababou and Fil-American prospect Josh Munzon, won the preseason tournament after beating San Juan, 21-15, in the finals. Taylor Statham and former National University Bulldog Troy Rike are also part of the Pasig team.Ababou, an original member of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team, played seven seasons in the PBA before Columbian Dyip surprisingly let him go after the 2018 season.The one-time UAAP champion and MVP out of University of Santo Tomas said he’s grateful for the opportunity to play in the 3X3 league after he was left unsigned in the PBA.The likes of Alvin Pasaol, University of the East’s offensive menace, and Kib Montalbo, the defensive ace who just wrapped up his final year with the De La Salle Green Archers in the 81st Season of the UAAP, are just among the young guns the players to watch out for.Other notable collegiate stars are Larry Muyang of the Letran Knights and Anton Asistio, who helped the Ateneo Blue Eagles repeat as UAAP champions in his final season.Games will be played either at SM Megamall or SM Fairview and will be shown live on ESPN5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “And if we’re able to host the Challenger Cup and there’s a very good chance Fiba will grant us that right to host the Challenger Cup, as a host country they will allow us to field six teams in that international tournament, six Philippine teams playing in that tournament will rack up a lot of points,” he added. “All we need to do is to hold more and more international tournaments here in the Philippines this 2019. So 2019 will be a very busy year for 3X3.”Twelve city-based teams will be slugging it out in the first conference, the President’s Cup.The squads are the Bacoor Strikers, 1Bataan, Bulacan Kuyas, Cebu-Max 4 Birada, Manila Stars, Marikina Shoemakers, Pasig-Grindhouse Kings, Quezon City-Zark’s Jawbreakers, San Juan-Go for Gold Knights, the Valenzuela Classic, Vigan Baluante, and Zamboanga Valientes.Former PBA veterans in Gabby Espinas, Ronjay Buenafe, Dylan Ababou, Mac Cardona and Larry Rodriguez to name a few will be testing their skills on a different basketball stage where the game is played on a much-faster pace.After the press conference, a preseason tournament was held at Ynares Pasig to help the teams get accustomed to the rules and style of play in 3X3.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re just so excited and happy that there is a concrete step for us to achieve our dream of sending a team to the Tokyo Olympics and this league will generate the most number of points for our country,” league owner Ronald Mascariñas told reporters.“I’m just so happy that our initial batch of players are really strong and this will be a real treat for the fans. Former professional and collegiate standouts are participating in this league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCreating a 3X3 league boosts the country’s objective of garnering ranking points to qualify for the Tokyo Games.“Without this league, there will be no hope. Let’s say goodbye to our Olympic dream for 3X3. So this is our only way for our country to have a chance because with 12 teams playing, every time they play they rank up points for the country,” Mascariñas said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Tim Cone sees his former players in Tey Teodoro: ‘He just caught my eye’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSome of the country’s collegiate stars and former pros will be in action in the Philippines’ inaugural 3X3 league which tips off on February 16.The Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3X3 was officially launched on Monday in a press conference. The league was formed with an ultimate goal of qualifying in the maiden 3X3 event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES “I give a lot of credit to our bigs,” Russell said. “They set screens and got me open, got me downhill. Once you get downhill, any player that can get downhill and see the floor like that and see the rim wide open, the sky’s the limit.”Russell’s 27 points are the most in a fourth quarter in the NBA this season. Russell also had four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, breaking Allen Crabbe’s single-season record of 201, set last season. Russell has 202.“Once you get in that groove it’s hard to get you out of it,” Russell said. “No matter what defense a team throws at you, you’re going to find a way to get it done. That’s kind of what it was.”Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points off the bench, and none more important than his game-winning layup after Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III stepped out of bounds with 5.5 seconds left.Hollis-Jefferson took the inbound pass from Joe Harris and looked for Russell, who was being double-teamed. With the clock winding down, Hollis-Jefferson drove from near the 3-point arc and went around a Kings defender near the hoop to score.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Jarrett Allen added 13 points and seven rebounds for Brooklyn. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 points.It was a much-needed boost for Brooklyn, which had lost the first three games of a seven-game trip. The Nets were also struggling to hold onto seventh place in the East before Russell led the comeback.De’Aaron Fox scored 27 points for Sacramento. Bagley had 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting for the Kings (35-35). Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes scored 17.Two days after beating woeful Chicago 129-102, Sacramento was well on its way to a lopsided win over a contending team in the East before things slipped away.“We relaxed and were very casual,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “Didn’t run back on defense, turned the ball over a ton and took a lot of jump shots because we thought it was going to be easy.”The Kings led by 28 points and shot 51.6 percent from the floor.TIP-INSNets: Jarrett Allen picked up a technical foul in the first quarter. . Allan Crabbe missed his third consecutive game with a sore right knee.Kings: Buddy Hield went 0 of 8 beyond the arc and remains nine 3s shy of the franchise single-season record of 240, set by current Sacramento assistant general manager Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04.WASTED TIMEOUT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief UAAP volleyball: Lady Warriors end 4-game skid, match last season’s wins MOST READ Atkinson was so frustrated with the Nets that he called a timeout 20 seconds into the second quarter, moments after Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer that put the Kings ahead 41-25. Atkinson was quite animated during the break as he spoke to his players before getting up and walking away. It worked briefly, until the Kings scored 20 straight to open the third quarter.“The coaching was terrible,” Atkinson said. “The zone was terrible. I used up my timeouts. They never responded. We put a group of players out there that have a great bond and a great spirit and were working their tails off behind closed doors. It was 100 percent on them. That’s player ownership.”UP NEXTNets: Play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday.Kings: Host Dallas on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining, and the Nets rallied from 28 points down in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings 123-121 Tuesday night and snap a four-game losing streak.“We were at our wit’s end, it was kind of desperation,” Atkinson said. “It was a little bit like, ‘Let’s conserve our main guys and kind of play it out.’ I wasn’t expecting an amazing comeback, I just have to be honest. And then slowly but surely we started cutting the lead.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBrooklyn was sluggish and out of sync for three quarters before Russell sparked the Nets’ biggest comeback of the season.After scoring 17 points in the first half and going without a point in the third quarter, Russell shot 10 of 15 in the fourth quarter, repeatedly burning Sacramento’s defense with quick drives to the basket. He scored 16 straight points during one stretch while getting plenty of help from his teammates. Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell celebrates as he walks off the court after the Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 123-121 in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California — Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson tried just about everything to kick the Nets into gear. There were quick timeouts, angry, animated discussions with his players and even switching from man to zone defense.When nothing else worked, D’Angelo Russell and a handful of Brooklyn reserves took over and carried the Nets to an improbable win on their longest road trip of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The bureau of immigration and naturalization (BIN) yesterday begins a distribution of letters of employment, identification card and a feet wear to 234 graduate officers in Monrovia. Turning over of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) class one to the administration, Colonel Adolphus B. saywah (BIN) chief training officer said “training is the eyes opener” of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization service by which officers abide by. Mr. Adolphus B. saywah said, 250 men and women was part of the training but added that 16 failed to meet up with the training cateria prescribes by (BIN). He has thanked the heads of BIN and the government of Liberia for their continued support from august of this year.Mr. saywah describes this class as one of the most success graduating officers of the (BIN) due to what he term as full support from the national government and other arm of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization he added.He added that this was the first time for the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization to recruits this numbers of men and women to serve their country (Liberia).Acting commissioner for (BIN) Cllr. Lemuel E. A. Reeves urged the newly employed BIN officers to work according to the law that guards the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.“Mainly the laws of alien and naturalization,inorder to gui the law that govern the BIN will be distributed to every officers of this graduating class for many reasons.Mr. Reeves said, “I hope that the (BIN) laws will be like a HOLY BIBLE”, stating that it was important for every officers to live in the confined of the laws and code of conducts in discharging their normal duties.According to he, many officers have diminish themselves for little or nothing from foreigners in and around Monrovia, something he describes as embarrassing for the heads of (BIN).Mr. Reeves said, a measure for salary before assignment has been put in placed along with other equipment needed for operation before departing to the various borders.He noted that the need to straightening the borders line was important as inspection in these areas because it the major responsibility for officers like the newly employed officers.According to the United Nations mission in Liberia (UNMIL), special advisor for (BIN) said, “you must be discipline and responsible on duty as officers formed at the borders line wanting to work perfectly for your country.Every component that is Administration, Operation and Naturalization will need you at any time, commit yourself for work at the (BIN), but he said the code of conduct should be observed at every time for operational line,” he asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Housing Authority (NHA) has given 28 Title Deeds to residents of the Old and New Matadi Housing Estates people.Speaking yesterday at the official program in the Old Matadi Community, the Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Samuel W. Thompson, said the program is part of the President’s home ownership initiative that we have been pursuing for the people of Liberia.The Managing Director explained that “today we are presenting just the first batch of the deeds to the residents, giving them title to the property. Some have paid for property and some are eligible for weaver based on the number of years they have lived here in keeping with the President’s directive.”According to Mr. Thompson, some of the people have taken mortgage loans from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment and those deeds will be turned over to the (LBDI), due to their pledged to the Bank.“We have finalized all of the deeds to those that are in the country. We have plans to construct additional estates in Lofa, where we have land, and also the Brewerville area.” Mr. Thompson said the process is intended to provide some of the people their deeds as they deserved to have access to their land deeds and the NHA can clearly say that they met the necessary requirements to own it.He used the occasion to encourage those who are yet to receive their deeds to be patient in the process and assured them of having access to it in the shortest possible time.“We have covered 28 out of 268 deeds; we will continue to reach out to all of the other residents and ensure that those that the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has survey receive their deeds as part of the President’s continued support to the people and the country,” Mr. Thompson explained.The Managing Director explained, “You can obtain the land in many ways; you must have lived in the house for at 20 years and above and at the age 60, and you can also own it by paying for it. Let me also encourage other people to take advantage of the opportunity.” He called on the recipients to further register and probate their deeds, as this process involves all the owners.Some of the recipients include: J. Fallah Moses, Joyce Mawolo, Ansu Kallon, Edwin Tucker, Garmai Koikoi, Samuel Dorbor, Amos Andrew, James Johnson, Roland Stevens, Myers Dorbor, Albert Nyanibo, Abraham Kettor and Michael Dean.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The president of the Central Bank of Liberia Staff Association (CEBSA) has assured his colleagues that every member’s voice will be heard at all times as long as he stands to serve as their president and with adequate support from them (the workers).Mr. D. Bouleigh Cooper said though effective communication is not easy, but he will do all he can in his power to ensure that cordial working relationship exists between the workers’ association and the CBL administration.The president of CEBSA made the statement on Saturday, January 18, at the induction ceremony of his leadership in Monrovia.He acknowledges that though there has been some level of cooperation between the administrations and the workers of the bank, but he wants to take that (working relation) to another new dimensions.CEBSA president indicated that his administration will continue to expand and improve a good working relationship with the administration in seeking the common welfare of the CBL as well as it employees.Mr. Cooper, who is also the sixth sitting president of CEBSA used the occasion to appeal to the CBL management to ensure that incentives that will motivate staff to do more for the entity should paramount.The Central Bank of Liberia workers’ union president reminded his colleagues that CBL was “all” they have.“We need to take our jobs seriously, professionally that will reflect the signal and loyalty to our bosses,” Cooper told CBL employees.According to him, there are much to put on the table (creating a vibrant working environment for staff, administration) than to receive.Also speaking at the program, the managing director of Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), T. Nelson Willaims, II, urged the leadership of CEBSA to be focused and committed to their job.Serving as installing officer, the LPRC boss said to serve is not easy but with commitment and transparency CEBSA can improve the entity (CBL).Mr. Williams urged the executives of CEBSA to be a good leaders; adding: “You must be a good servant to the people.”He further acknowledged them to be steadfast in seeking the welfare of their members.For his part, Leroy Z. B. Nuah, former president of CEBSA, who gave the overview of the association said that during the time of the National Bank of Liberia, it was then called “National Bank Social and Athletic club” (NBSAC).According to the president emeritus of CEBSA, NBL Social and Athletic club in collaboration with the management of the Bank held year-end beach party, where each year employees from various departments were honored for most dedicated, most hard working and most punctual employees of the Bank.He said following the establishment of the CBL, there was no organization that could represent the voices of the staff as it was done at NBL, until July 2004, when the late Executive Governor, Charles E. Green, thought it wise to re-establish the social club at present day CBL.Adding that the sole purpose of the club was to bring together staff during happy and sad moments and also advocate for them.Meanwhile, the first election of CEBSA was held in 2004, 2007 second election and third election in 2013, which brought Copper and his administration into power. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One of the underlying causes responsible for the constant student unrests on the campuses of the University of Liberia and other higher institutions of learning in the country has been attributed to political interferences, according to Prof. Geegbae A. Geegbae, Dean of the Business College of the University of Liberia.The Economics Professor said political interferences in terms of admissions, mobilization of youth to get involved in politics at the expense of their studies have serious repercussions for education. He also stated that these constant unwholesome actions on the part of student prolong their stay on campuses.Though Prof. Geegbae failed to delve further into the nitty-gritty of the political interferences, our reporter said it has been established in time past that external political factors from some officials of government have led students to stage riots in the so-called name of advocating for social-justice for the ‘voiceless masses.’Prof. Geegbae made the assertions when he served as guest speaker at the graduation of the over 250 participants from the 2014 cycle of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) over weekend.He spoke on the topic, ‘The Challenge of Providing Adequate Professional Training for Public and Private Sector Employees for Efficient Service Delivery in Liberia’s Reform Agenda: The Role of LIPA.’The UL Dean of Business College further stated that once an institution of higher learning, like the UL, shifts from an educational or professional mode to a political mode, it becomes difficult to get it back to its original state.“They set trends that are unhealthy for growth. It is important and necessary to develop norms and values that prevent political interferences in academic matters,” Prof. Geegbae said.For his part, the Executive Director of LIPA, Oblayon Blayon Nyemah, Sr., said from the background of civil service reform, the civil service has been in disarray, while patronage permeated every sector of our public life making it difficult, if not impossible to deliver efficient services to the Liberian people.He said the post-conflict government inherited a moribund civil service; personnel were ill-trained, inadequately compensated and as such de-motivated and therefore the service seized to be the main machinery of the government bureaucracy as far as service delivery is concerned.“However, the plethora of reform initiatives undertaken by the new civil service administration, complemented by the tripartite coordination of the Governance Commission and LIPA, signals a renewed commitment to reinvent the machinery of civil service bureaucracy,” Mr. Nyemah said.The conferral officer of the 2014 First Training Cycle graduates, Amb. Commany Wesseh said Liberian manpower is worrisome because poor foundation and most of them bribe their way through to get degrees.Amb. Wesseh, who is the Minister of State without Portfolio, indicated that most university graduates do not know the different between the pronoun ‘I’ and the plural ‘are.’He urged graduates of the 2014 First Training Cycle to see themselves as new servants but must stop from clerical positions instead of Assistant Ministers.“It is better to start from the foundation in your offices than Director or Assistant Ministers, because if you are sacked you won’t know a damned thing,” Mr. Wesseh said.He added: “Don’t also be a Senator as soon you finished school, it’s better to rise to any position.”Meanwhile, registration for the 2014 2nd Training Cycle is in process and would end on Monday, 4 August 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has showered praises on the Government of the People’s Republic of China for what she described as taking the biggest move in the fight against Ebola.Speaking while officially receiving the donation from the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, President Sirleaf said the Chinese assistance goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when Liberians are facing truly what could be described as a “national tragedy.”The Liberian leader said the donation is a very big boost in the fight against the virus in the country. “Today we have a big boost in what we are going to do, because what has come from China will enable us address some of the things that are being lacking in the fight. Some of such things include Personal Protection Equipment and instrument for judging the level of fever. These are now in good supplies. With that we are made stronger in our response. We are able to combat this in a bit more preparedness and readiness.”She lauded the steadfastness and true friendship of the Chinese government who have, even in the middle of its own crises, thought it prudent to identify with Liberians and others at this critical time.“China has always been a good partner to Liberia. We have bilateral programs that support many of our development endeavors including education, agriculture, health, justice and peace keeping. But this assistance that has come today goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when we are facing truly what could be described as a national tragedy,” she said.She also noted: “Mr. Ambassador, I want you to convey to your President the appreciation of the government and people of Liberia and to re-assert our strong partnership, our solidarity even in your time of trouble when you are facing flood, you have stopped to recognize our need and have come to our assistance.”She further stressed, “We have friends all over and many of our friends are helping, but we want to extend thanks and appreciation to all of our partners who are responding, but as I say, China has gone one step further, not only that it sent items that are so desperately needed, but it recognized the urgency of it and sent it directly on a plane so that we have access to it in this great time of need.”While the Chinese gesture is quite joyous, President Sirleaf, however, said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.”China has not only talked the talk, which has been the case so far since what is known as the biggest outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union (MRU) region, but has walked the walk with donation worth over US$1 million in anti-Ebola drugs equipment.A Chinese cargo plane, on Monday, August 11, arrived in the country with a consignment of drugs, personal protective equipment, thermometers and sanitizers among others, to help support the Government of Liberia’s efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus.Chinese Ambassador, ZHANG Yue, quoting his country’s President Xi Jinping, said China and Africa are good brothers and partners and at this difficult moment, the Chinese people and government feel the pain and suffering of the Liberian people that’s why they urgently made the donation.He noted that as the Ebola virus spreads quickly and constituting great challenges to the country, china decided to once again respond quickly to the appeal of the World Health Organization (WHO) by providing this batch of emergency aid materials to meet the urgent need of the Liberian people.The Chinese government is also poised to send three health experts to help provide the basic expertise and the training of local health workers on the uses of the donated assorted materials.This comes at a time when the entire country is at a standstill and Liberians have no hope of how to combat the virus that has claimed the lives of about 500 people, while the world continues to watch and talk with no immediate concrete actions forthcoming.The Chinese government has also boosted the fight against the Ebola virus in the MRU region with similar donations to Guinea and Sierra Leone worth US$3.3 million to help contain the epidemic.The Ambassador further noted that Ebola should not be seen as a national or regional issue, but a global challenge. He called on the international community to work along with the affected countries deal with the epidemicYou cannot move from one community to another when there is a sign that you are affected. When you do that you put people, including your family members and friends, at risk. This disease can be attacked and in certain cases defeated if you follow the instructions. Please listen to save the life and lives of your families, friends and associates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Authorities of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) yesterday began a weeklong capacity building exercise involving state lawyers (prosecutors) throughout the country. The aim is to adopt new strategies that would help to reduce penalties applied to certain crimes committed under the state of emergency.The training is supported by the United States of America (USA). The government proclaimed a state of emergency beginning August 6, 2014, under Article 86 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, under which certain constitutional rights and freedoms of the people are suspended.The measure, according to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was to help in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The training is being held at the Montserrado County Administrative Building in Bentol City, under the theme: “Effective Prosecution under the State of Emergency.”For example, a person found guilty of petty larceny misdemeanor (crime), which is usually punishable by 30 days or up to a year in jail, will, under the new arrangement, be immediately released after filing a bond.Other offences, including murder, armed robbery and rape will not be exempt under the effective state of emergency strategy.Speaking yesterday during the opening session, Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo recollected that prosecutors won more cases at the Supreme Court level, during the August Term of Court, which was overshadowed by the Ebola virus and the imposition of the state of emergency.“We lost only one case at the Supreme Court level at that court term. We did well,” she declared.Cllr. Blamo did not mention the one case that was lost at the High Court.She said reducing overcrowding at prison facilities throughout the country was one of the major issues that will be discussed during the forum.“We will be discussing means of stopping people from going to jail during this state of emergency,” adding “This does not mean that we will not be sending people to jail. We will be sending to jail those accused or convicted of murder, rape and armed robbery.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United States Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac have dedicated a state-of-the-art 25-bed Ebola field hospital constructed in Charlesville, Margibi County, by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to provide care to healthcare workers, both international and Liberian, who may be infected with the Ebola virusKnown as the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), the facility would be considered as a safe haven for healthcare workers in the country who are on the frontlines of the fight against Ebola. The construction of the field hospital was financed by the American Government and implemented jointly by the U.S. military and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The dedication ceremony of the facility was held in Charlesville, near the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County last Wednesday, November 5, 2015. The MMU, which is primarily for healthcare workers as well as the 4,000 U.S troops expected to be deployed in the country, is in addition to 17 Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) that are under construction across the country as a result of the U.S. intervention in Liberia.The facility is being staffed by a team of specialized officers from the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, which is playing an integral role in the overall US government response. The USPHS Commissioned Corps is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joined U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac to dedicate the newly constructed 25-bed field hospital to be used solely for the treatment of healthcare workers who may become infected by the Ebola virus disease.Speaking during the ceremony, President Sirleaf said the hospital represents a major contribution in the fight against the virus in Liberia. It also represents a true spirit of partnership between both governments.“This facility represents a major contribution to the country’s fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease that has hit our country so hard. This represents a true spirit of partnership and leaves hope for a structure that will enable Liberians fare for themselves when the partners shall have left after Ebola.”She described the US government as a partner who recognizes and responds to the needs of the Liberian people and that the fruit of the partnership reaches out to the people it is meant to benefit.President Sirleaf lauded healthcare workers for their sacrificial services to the country and its people by confronting a disease they knew very little about. She expressed happiness that those healthcare workers who may be infected can now receive quality care and treatment with a high hope of survival.She also lauded the American government and people for coming to the aid of Liberia at a time when international response to the Ebola crisis was at its lowest ebb. She expressed the hope that the country is well on its way to beating back the further spread of the disease.The Liberian leader noted that Liberians themselves are the main force preventing the further spread of the deadly virus, due to their adherence to measures announced by the Government, and for supporting all the measures meant to tackle the further spread of the disease.Ambassador Malac, said the current role of the U.S. Government in Liberia’s fight against Ebola, including the construction of the treatment facility, is a symbol of the strong U.S.-Liberia relations and partnership.“The U.S. is proud to be supporting Liberia and it is expected that our support will go further than the emergency period and interventions. I am glad that healthcare workers who may fall sick to Ebola can now get quality treatment right here in Liberia,” the Ambassador emphasized.She indicated that Liberia had made progress and will continue to make progress in the fight against Ebola until the virus is finally eradicated from the country. She thanked the AFL and Liberians in general for their cooperation with the U.S. and other partners working in Liberia.Since the outbreak of the virus, health workers have been the hardest hit with over 70 falling prey to the disease. These include Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants and Nurses. The construction of this facility, though it may be considered belated, will serve as a ‘safe haven,’ for these health workers who are still on the frontlines and dedicating their lives to the service of humanity.Providing an overview of the facility, the Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, noted that the MMU is multifunctional and was reconfigured to meet the mission requirements specific to infectious disease treatment in Liberia.“Although this is a clinical care unit, not usually intended for an infectious pathogen, the DoD and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps worked in partnership to reconfigure the facility to function as an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).“In addition, experts from Medecin Sans Frontieres (MSF) were consulted on the reconfiguration, illuminating the multi-sector approach in support of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia and the United States Agency for International Development Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team, which is overseeing the overall U.S. Ebola response in the region,” he said.Admiral Giberson said seventy officers, with diverse clinical and public health backgrounds, will bring safety and security to the brave men and women who are serving as frontlines heroes, and continue efforts of USAID, DoD, the government of Liberia and international partners to build capacity for additional care in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Few politicians have the courage, capacity and ability of Bharrat Jagdeo; people shower praises on his leadership against the Government for early elections. “He is we boy”, they say. There is virtually no comparison to Jagdeo on either side of the political divide. There is hardly any charismatic alternative in the Opposition PPP save one who is engaged in the legal battle for constitutionalism. That is the overwhelming view of people around the country as the Opposition Leader carries the struggle for constitutional rule and early elections.As almost everyone noted in a survey I am conducting on varied issues, other political leaders would have abandoned this intractable struggle long ago; it is a tough fight with insurmountable challenges. But Jagdeo has stayed the course, and for this, the party’s supporters, and even some on the other side, are most grateful. Even his critics and some within the party who oppose him lauded his fight for elections. They themselves recognise they lack the skills and acumen to lead a struggle the way he does. As people commented, the man has the mettle to lead a fight for adherence to the Constitution and democratic governance. There is hardly any Opposition to his strategy to get early elections.The Caribbean Court of Justice ruled almost two months ago that elections must be held, in accordance with the Constitution; the Constitution dictates elections be held within three months of a successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion. The motion was passed on December 21. A court challenge put a pause on the date. The pause ended on June 12 with the final verdict of the CCJ; the pause was lifted on that date. However, the body that is responsible for holding the elections says it is not ready. From December to now, some seven months later, preparations for elections have barely started. The President says he will not call elections until GECOM says it is ready. The CONSTITUTION says the President fixes a date and GECOM will advise if that date is practical. The Opposition Leader is carrying the struggle like no other to enforce the verdict of the court for early elections. Other Opposition figures from outside the party have also joined in the battle for respect of the Constitution.People (party supporters and some on the other side) love Jagdeo; anyone who does not accept this fact is fooling themselves and they lauded his leadership. As people noted, Jagdeo has inherited a leadership (General Secretary of the PPP) some four years ago just after the party was reeling from “two defeats” in general elections. They say the party was perhaps at its worst position when he took over the mantle. Jagdeo has worked conscientiously to restore the party’s shattered stocks like when he was President. He carried the party to two landslide victories in local elections. Whether he can lead the party to victory in general elections is too early to tell as the focus right now is on an election date.Will the struggle by Jagdeo and others for constitutionally due elections pay off? All legal scholars are unanimous that elections must be held. The overwhelming view among the population at large is elections must, should, and will be held as per the Constitution. But as the President stated a few days ago, GECOM has to advise him when it is ready so he can announce a date. That announcement from the GECOM Chair could come soon after Chief Justice George’s ruling on August 14. The CJ herself is also likely to reiterate the view and order elections.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram(On the ground amongvoters)
Over a month after dredge “Draga” sank at Pieremap Falls, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), efforts are now moving apace to salvage the wreckage.The vessel bearing registration number SD 3398 and owned by Crown Mining is expected to be removed from its present position in a matter of days.The operation is being untaken by the Natural Resources Ministry and several agencies including Crown Mining, to have the wreckage removed from the Mazaruni River since it is dangerously positioned.According to a statement issued by the Natural Resources Ministry, a crew of workers has built a specialised pontoon which will be used to bring to the surface the partly sunken dredge. The pontoon has three hydraulic winches and is 28 feet wide, 68 feet long and four feet deep. It has 18 compartments.“The plan is to fill the pontoon with water and then secure it to the sunken barge. The water will then be pumped out of the pontoon, which will cause it to rise up, taking the Draga with it. The pontoon when empty will have a lifting capacity of 180 tonnes,” the release stated.However, while the crew is at the site attempting to execute the plan, several challenges are now being encountered.The officials explained that the speed of the water at the top of the Pieremap Falls, coupled with a prolonged rainy season, is making the job even more difficult since the works entail underwater cutting.The works will soon be executed as the water levels drop, making the operation less dangerous. “The Ministry of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the situation in collaboration with the Maritime Administration Department,” the release added.
As planets orbiting the sunOur solar system’s come undoneWe’ve deviated from the pathForgotten logic, ignored the mathOur ego’s blind us to the factsWe’ve broken all of our contractsThere is no “I” in the word “team”We’ve lost all hope, refuse to dreamWe talk but don’t communicateWe just make noise and act irateWe judge our friends before they speakWe see the thoughtful as the weakWe’ve replaced merit with our greedWe lack the passion to succeedWill the future’s foundation ever be built?Will I turn away and hide from guilt?I know that I must share the blameCarry my part of our joint shameOur sins are not always apparentWhat’s in our minds is not transparentWe dodge, we jump, and we deviateWe avoid the truth and embrace hateMy vision reaches as far as my noseMy foolish pride leaves me exposedWe contribute to the degradationWe mock ourselves and hurt the nationWe are people of words who do not actThe time has passed to display tactShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tactical workout ahead of the 2017 AFCON and the 2016 CHAN qualifiers which should have begun on Monday, April 21, was suspended over the lack of super players.The “pick and choose” of these cream of local players are giving Coach James Salinsa Debbah severe headache, particularly in the absence of the domestic cream of players.It seems that the two weeks’ tour on some 1st and 2nd practice grounds which led to the selection of 10 players from BYC FC were not enough to seal the final 24 local players to kick off the training.Reports say that the crucial call-up of players is finally hinged on an eight-day football league, known as Coca-Cola Top 8 Tournament.The tourney which begins on Friday, May 1 to Friday, May 8, at the Blue Field, with eight top teams, includes onetime arch rivals, IE and Barrolle.The other six participating teams include BYC, FC Fassell, Nimba United, NPA Anchors, Watanga FC and Aries FC.It might be laughable in the absence of a domestic league for a coach to pick players from a “Special Tournament” but the exclusion of some other top teams from the tourney is laughable.The clubs’ omission might have been either “deliberate for a payback of sour relationship” or “calculated attempt to deny other players of wearing the national team jersey to have their first run.”However, LFA Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah in defense of leaving out of one of the top teams, LISCR FC, said the selection was done by the LFA’s Competition Committee.The Competition Committee’s Chairman, Ansu Dorley, who is the chairman of the First Instant Board, responsible for the certification and de-registration of clubs also added the selection was done based on merit.Interestingly, LISCR FC is comparatively one of the two best teams in the first division, with a double championship, knockout and super cup titles and other titles.LISCR FC is also the 2nd most organized team to BYC while FC Fassell is still struggling to be third despite their big spending. The third most organized team is inarguably Nimba United.Nevertheless, besides the stoppage of the domestic league, another problem that would delay the “pick and choose” of players would also be absence of a Deputy Coach – who could technically prop the head coach in recruitment.Meanwhile, with 46 days to go to the Togo mission, there are lots of hesitations that the Debbah’s boys would spin the wheel of the qualifiers in the country’s favor.Even though, Coach Debbah has mentioned 40 overseas-based players to blend with the topnotch locals, truthfully with the crash in our economy owing to the hit of the Ebola Virus the actualization of more than five players to play in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers would be a miracle.Many football connoisseurs have considerable doubtful that the employment of inexperience Coach Debbah; the delay in the selection of players, lack of deputy coach and the unpleasant relationship with the LFA and the Liberian government coupled with the ‘No Money Syndrome” would question if Liberia can qualify since we last appeared in 1996 and 2001.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Grand Cape Mount County Health Team (CHT) has reported 14 deaths and 75 persons quarantined for allegedly coming into direct contact with suspected Ebola patients in the area.The report says that from January 1 to 6, the CHT recorded 14 deaths, which took place in Tienii, Gbesseh, Jorjoama and Camp #3 in Tewor District, where the virus is said to be prevalent.Mr. Samuel Zayzay, Surveillance Officer for the county, gave the troubling report at the County Ebola Taskforce coordination meeting held in Robertsport last Wednesday, according to information reaching the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, Imam Mohammed A. Paasewe, County Superintendent, also disclosed that local authorities in collaboration with the CHT, national and international partners have set up Ebola awareness and prevention measures to fight the virus.In a related development, the Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said the government had sent a six-man technical team to the county to beef up the strength of the local Ebola Taskforce in eradicating the virus from the county.He said government’s decision to dispatch the team to the county was because of the constant outbreak of new Ebola cases there and the need for greater efforts to curb the virus.The six-man team will work with the CHT and local and international partners in fighting the further spread of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The student population of Nimba County has something to smile about this New Year as the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and the Nimba County Community College seal a MOU to collaborate in providing access to quality education for students in the county.AMEU and NCCC over the weekend signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Dual Degree program (DDP) with emphasis on the English and Mass-Communication disciplines. The program which is considered a pilot academic project will be offered on the campus of NCCC in Sanniquelie.It presents a unique partnership between both institutions and provides a rare pathway for students enrolled at NCCC to earn quality, accessible, and affordable Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The DDP is expected to commence in September of this year with two baccalaureate degree programs from AMEU.The MOU was signed on Friday, January 9, at the Ezzat Eid Resource Center on the Campuses of AMEU. The President of AMEU, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac and NCCC president, Dr. Yar D. Gonway-Gono, signed for their respective institutions.The DDP is based on a formal agreement between AMEU and NCCC under which students will spend three to five years completing requirements of both institutions. Students will be awarded an associate degree from the community college and a bachelor from the University. The program also has a vision to help transform the deplorable education system in the country and place it on a proper footing for advancement of the youth who make up over 60% of the nation’s population. The beneficiaries of this program, though beginning with Nimba students, are those young people outside the nation’s capital where such opportunities tend to be concentrated.AMEU envisages an ambitious plan that is on the verge of transforming the education system of the country and provide quality education to a larger student population, many of whom are in the leeward counties, Dr. Isaac noted.This will also help to alleviate the pressure on students who in an effort to come down to Monrovia to obtain higher education have to hustle for school fees, transportation, shelter and fend for themselves.The AMEU president noted that he was happy and excited that the collaboration had gotten underway. He narrated that the DDP vision was conceived when he attended the World Innovative Summit for Education (WISE). Two months ago while on his way back from the US, he had the opportunity to attend the WISE in Qatar where educators from all over the world gathered to brainstorm about innovative ways to impact and reach a larger student population globally, said Dr. Isaac.WISE is an initiative of the Qatar Foundation (QF). It spends millions of dollars each year on the WISE with organizers inviting thousands of educators from different countries.“At the summit, we were challenged to become innovative about how we deliver education to our home institutions and think about new ways to develop education.One way we decided to make use of the knowledge we gained at the WISE is through collaboration like this, Dr. Isaac said, adding , “unfortunately, leaders in education in Liberia think the best way is to collaborate with foreign institutions. “It is so easy for us to call up institutions that we attended or we know of, most times big names, and collaborate with them.”“One thing we are not doing well is to collaborate internally, not just institution of higher learning, but with high schools as well. Even agencies and ministries of government do not collaborate as they should. There are a lot of things that we at the Universities and colleges can do to solve most of the problems we face in our education system when we collaborate with others,” declared Dr. Isaac.So while on his way back from the summit he decided to email Dr. Gonway-Gono and Dr. Levi Zangai of Bassa Community College. “And I told them we can bring AMEU to your campuses, because nothing is stopping us, just our thinking. We can start small with one or two programs so that your students, when they graduate, will not have to come to Monrovia unless they want to or unless we are not offering the program of their interest.”Dr Gono responded positively and the conversation started. She visited us first and we talked and she invited us over and they agreed to collaborate not just in the chosen disciplines, “but in other areas we are going to explore so that we can strengthen our capacities. So both faculties can have conversations and maybe we can do joint research and student exchange programs as well.He admonished his colleagues from other universities and colleges in Liberia to take advantage of the WISE program. He noted that the summit is free of charge, Qatar Foundation pays for everything.Dr. Gono, truly overwhelmed at the signing ceremony, commended her counterpart for conceiving the vision. “As an administration I have really been worried about the future of my students. So when this opportunity came I was really overjoyed,” she said.She indicated that the students at NCCC are very enthusiastic about education. “Our students, I can say, are over ambitious. They are eager to learn. They always want to do something. I can’t rest since we began talking about this program because they are always in my office inquiring about when the program will begin, said Dr. Gono, who won best Community College president of 2014. NCCC was also chosen as the CM of 2014.Meanwhile, the DDP is intended to help address two major national development issues. Firstly, the overarching problem of Liberia brain-drain and the need to decentralize socioeconomic development, especially access to higher education. The complexity and scale of the “brain-drain” exacerbated by the civil crisis and the current demand for decentralized social services requires integrated solutions to build around human development.It has been well established that in order to accelerate effective and efficient service delivery across Liberia, government and its partners, with the private sector included, need to develop and strengthen the capacity of county and local institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two organizations of the Chinese Town of WENZHOU, WENZHOU Evening News and Charity Association have collectively provided 200 bags of 25Kg rice and 40 gallons of vegetable oil for Ebola survivors in Bong Mines.Each beneficiary received 25kg rice and two gallons of vegetable oil.Tang Ling Ling, a spokesperson of the WENZHOU Evening News and Charity Association, extended condolences to people who lost their loved ones during the Ebola crisis and said the assorted food items are meant to identify with Liberians.Ebola is a dangerous disease and everyone in the world knows its consequences on any country in which it breaks out, she said.She told survivors and others that while they sympathized with families of the deceased they decided to also show practical concern to the survivors.As a result, she said they collected money for the items from the people of WENZHOU to identify with Liberians especially in China Union’s operating area in Bong Mines.China Union General Manager, Yuan Jun Luo, in a statement, recalled that Ebola broke out in March last year and began spreading in July up to August with the peak in September.He commended hospital workers, including those in Bong Mines, for assisting in getting Ebola under control in the country.“Fighting Ebola is not the only thing that we the Chinese have to do, but will also help Liberians to address the economic issues,” Mr. Yuan assured.He cautioned Liberians not to downplay preventive measures, but constantly practice them so as to avoid the recurrence of the disease.A representative of the recipients, Pewu Mulbah, commended the Chinese group for the gesture and urged them not to forget the inhabitants of Bong Mines as they are reportedly faced with severe hunger.According to Mulbah, they were unable to make their farms in Bong Mines area due to the Ebola crisis. He acknowledged China Union for not abandoning its operations during the crisis.He also recalled that China did more to assist them during the Ebola crisis, and as a result survivors decided to remain in Bong Mines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is set to increase its workforce to more than 4,000 Liberians by 2016, Mr. Stephen Binda, head of GVL’s local communications, told journalists yesterday at a local restaurant in Monrovia.“Presently we have employed 3,501 Liberians and that figure will increase to over 4,000 by 2016,” Binda said, and explained that GVL is set to complete a mill that will produce palm oil products in Tarjuowon, Sinoe County.Liberians who resided in the company’s areas of operation can rest assured that their interests are paramount to GVL, Binda said adding that the company wants to accelerate the economic progress of Liberians who are employed with GVL. He told several editors at the meeting that GVL has invested over US$1.5billion in its operations and therefore accurate information could lead to more investments in Liberia.Binda pointed out that since GVL began operations in Sinoe County, several developments, including the opening of a Total Gas Station and two local banks, have taken place in the county.“This has come about because GVL has created trust in the people and the over three thousand employees now have encouraged other essential businesses to operate in Sinoe,” he said. He appealed to the local media to work along with GVL to provide balanced information to the Liberian government, its employees, Liberians and its corporate partners. Binda said the success of GVL is basically linked with that of Liberia, “because when many thousands of Liberians are employed, they can have a better future for themselves and their families and Liberia will be better off.” He said GVL is committed to ensure the rights of all Liberian citizens in its areas of operation and will respect local, national, and ratified international laws and assured Liberians that the company will provide equal opportunities for all Liberian employees and workers, and embrace diversity regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation or union membership. Binda concluded that GVL will recognize communities who engage the company to develop their land and they will receive priority of initial opportunities in line with GVL’s internal Human Resource Policy. The meeting was attended by Mr. Virgil Magee, GVL’s head of Communications. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Though she has been in Liberia for less than three years, the head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ms. Karin Landgren, who is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative to Liberia, has realized that the underdeveloped nature of Liberia and the impoverished state of its citizens is the result of rampant corruption in the country, especially in the public sector.She said corruption has impoverished Liberia, broken its people and kept a majority of the citizens perpetually poor.The UNMIL boss said corruption which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once termed as “public enemy number one” and “vampire to the country’s development,” has created mistrust of public officials by the citizens which was clearly evidenced during the early stages of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.Ms. Landgren made those comments during a Partners’ Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) yesterday at the LACC’s headquarters on UN Drive, Monrovia.The Round Table seeks to solicit policy, moral and especially financial support for LACC’s three- year strategic plan that was launched last year by Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai.Corruption is affecting every facet of the Liberian society, Ms. Landgren observed, making specific references to the Liberian school system and the country’s security sector (notably the Liberian National Police), which will take over as UNMIL gradually draws down.She urged the government, through LACC, to crack down on corruption in order to liberate Liberian citizens from abject poverty and underdevelopment. This will also help in building a mature, responsive and vigorous citizenship, advised Landgren. She suggested the possibility of promoting a national discussion on corruption indicators.The SRSG indicated that the fight against corruption can only be won when every Liberian begins to see the act as socially unacceptable and seriously embark on the public pursuit of accountability.Ms. Landgren also called on government to identify priority projects to its partners that would have lasting impacts on the country’s development.President Sirleaf, in her remarks, acknowledged that two things holding Liberia back from achieving its development goals are corruption and capacities. “Capacities because many times we set goals and people, without doing anything wrong, just don’t know what to do to carry out what we are supposed to do,” she said.But beyond that are those who do not feel that corruption is wrong, those who find it as the only way to send their children to school or the only way they can live, said President Sirleaf. She acknowledged that corruption is mainly being perpetrated, especially by high profile officials, as a result of greed.“We still have as part of this culture [of corruption] or systemic nature, greed. There are those who do not have to do it, because they have the means to take care of their livelihood and to meet their basic needs, but they continue to want more, more and more and will go (to any lengths to cheat) and this is where we get the violations, fraudulent actions in the procurement system, judicial system and in the making of arrangements. We all need to do something about this.”Partnership countries need to respond to their tax payers’ money through their institutions. They have got to be able to say how the money put into Liberia’s development has been used, said the President. She asked all the partners at the Round Table Discussion to be open. “Please be recognized; please work with the LACC that is making an honest effort to address this problem,” she pleaded.President Sirleaf expressed joy over news that the national legislature has begun to have serious reservations about the issues of corruption in the country. “I’m so pleased to have heard [that coming from] a member of the Senate. They have expressed concern about corruption. I now look to them to work with me to set the example and to make sure that we are able to do what we are supposed to do as leaders of this country to address this problem that is undermining all the efforts that we are making to achieve our development goals.The President said she hoped the media would continue its watchdog role.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Liberia will host the first of four global humanitarian hub events, known as the Voices to Action (VTA) in Sanniquillie City, Nimba County, from September 2-3. The conference is intended to address global humanitarian challenges that affect local communities and how these challenges can be mitigated by prioritizing local solutions.VTA is an initiative of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and Liberia was fortunate to be one of the four countries, the only one in Africa to be selected by the global humanitarian body to host the events.The VTA will enable voices of communities concerned to be collected through the series of humanitarian hub events around the world, the first of which will be taking place in Sanniquellie next week.The ever increasing humanitarian crises across the globe, especially the just waning Ebola crisis that devastated the entire Mano River Sub-region, are now compelling major global humanitarian organizations to re-strategize in order to make greater impacts through their responses in the lives of the most vulnerable people at the local community levels.Announcing the VTA confab in Monrovia over the weekend, Fayiah Tamba, Sectretary-General, Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) said participants will include community members and leaders, Red Cross volunteers, staff and partners, civil society organizations (CSOs) actors and government representative. They will discuss local needs and reflect on how to strengthen community-driven action, be it individual initiatives or community partnerships.In the fight against the EVD in Liberia, it was proven that the bottom up approach, which saw the communities taking the initiatives and playing outstanding roles in the fight, was the best approach that eliminated the virus.“We saw that empowering communities is crucial to delivering sustainable assistance. This was clearly evident during the fight against the EVD.”Mr. Tamba noted that the LNRCS is pleased to host the first humanitarian hub event for VTA, and to share the experiences, concerns and needs of communities in Liberia to the highest sitting of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.The LNRCS’ needs and ideas identified at the event will be compiled into a report and discussed with world governments at the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland in December this year, said Tamba.This international conference, which is held every four years, provides a non-political forum for government decision makers and Red Cross and Red Crescent to discuss the most pressing humanitarian challenges and needs and come up with solutions.The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health and provide care and relief from disasters and other emergencies.“In Liberia,” Mr. Tamba indicated, “the LNRCS is present in every county and over 95 districts and continues to build stronger communities and address challenges of healthcare, Disaster Risk Reduction, Youth Development, Women’s Empowerment, food security and livelihood in the communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lofa County Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, Steve Zargo, is calling on the student community of Lofa County to know their role before getting involved in national development.Making the call when he served as keynote speaker and chief launcher at the 2nd semester scholarship fund drive of the Lofa University Students Association of the University of Liberia (LUSA-UL), Sen. Zargo said the decision that students make today will determine if Liberia will improve or decline in national development as Africa’s oldest republic.“If Liberia must be preserved then the status of ignorance and deceit must be uprooted,” Sen. Zargo said.Speaking on the theme “The Role of Students in National Development,” Sen. Zargo, who is the founder and first president of LUSA-UL, said Liberia is in need of national development therefore it needs students as national developers.“Premium must be placed on quality education, for it alone promises national salvation and national development and I am calling on you students not to be misled in the up-coming 2017 Representatives and Presidential elections,” he admonished.Senator Zargo gave a check of L$50,000 to the association as his initial contribution to the scholarship fund.The program brought together several officials of government and eminent citizens of Lofa County, including the Secretary General of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Rep. Clarence Massaquoi, who presented a check for US$500 as his contribution.Other officials, including Rep. Eugene F. Kparkar, and Julie F. Weah who were represented by proxies, Justin Korvayan and Central Bank Legal Counselor, Cllr. Joseph Jallah pledged an amount of L$30,000, L$15,000, L$20,000 and L$10,000, respectively.The student association also recognized Mr. Francis Carbah for his numerous contributions to the student community whenever he is called upon.Carbah thanked the students for the recognition and for upholding the image of the county at the university and the national level and pledged an amount of US$400 to the association’s fund drive.The organization thanked the Lofa County officials for their continuous support and assured the officials and students that LUSA-UL will remain transparent and accountable in order for its members to enroll into school this semester. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Your Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, Your Excellency Joseph Boakai, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia; Your Excellency Alex J. Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Honorable Ministers, Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Agencies and International Organizations, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.I wish to thank you, President Johnson-Sirleaf, for inviting me to Liberia. And thank you, especially for the singular honor of this State dinner. My staff and I have received very warm reception since we arrived in Monrovia this afternoon.Madam President, I wish to celebrate you this evening. You are a jewel to Africa. You are for me, personally, a great source of inspiration. There is no better way for me to round up the celebration of the International Women’s Day than to be here in Monrovia to visit with my elder sister, Africa’s first female President. At the African Development Bank, we are particularly grateful to President Johnson-Sirleaf for chairing the High Level Panel on Fragile States. Her depth of knowledge and intellectual insights, undergirded by solid global and African experience, helped us all to wake up: to realize that we must not look at fragility as a permanent state of nations; but rather, use fragility lenses in understanding the challenges faced by countries undergoing democratic, social and political transitions. Madam President, just over one year ago, I sat in the hallowed chambers of the African Union during the African Union Summit and listened attentively to you as you exposed this new approach. I was convinced that indeed, for Africa to move forward, we need women in top leadership positions. The elegance, the poise, the humane nature, the pulse of your heart were felt all over the hall. No wonder the world listens to you – we feel your heartbeat for development. I congratulate you on your recent appointment by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, as Co-Chair of the High Level Panel on the Sustainable Development Goals. Madam President, you are Liberia’s best gift to the world for our common good.Your Excellency, I commend you for steering Liberia towards political stability and economic recovery in spite of the decade long conflict. That is why we at the African Development Bank will do everything possible to support you and Liberia. Reconstruction, peacebuilding and state building take time, but I can assure you that this beautiful country of Liberia is on the right path. Liberia is a resilient nation. Over the period 2006 to 2015, Liberia had good macroeconomic performance: GDP growth rate averaged over 7%, inflation was brought down to within single digits, and total external debt reduced from US$ 4.7 billion to US$ 412 million. And just when the country was enjoying better macroeconomic stability, the Ebola crisis hit. The cost was enormous: 4,800 beautiful Liberian souls were snuffed out by the disease and communities were devastated. Businesses and the economy took a beating, as real GDP growth shrank to just over 1.8%, from a high of 8.7% in 2013. Adversities come in life, but the ability to overcome them is what marks out great leaders. President Sirleaf-Johnson, you displayed amazing leadership. Within one year, the Ebola Viral Disease was eradicated in Liberia. Liberia was the first among the three Mano River Union countries to be declared Ebola free. The African Development Bank provided $56 million in budget support to combat the crisis. Let me pay a special tribute to all the people of Liberia: across all communities, you all stood up and today you stand tall out of a major adversity. That is the Liberian spirit- the spirit of resilience!That is why the African Development Bank stands fully on the side of the Liberian people in your drive to keep moving forward. The Bank has always been here, through the thick and thin, the ups and the downs. Since 1967 when it started operations in Liberia, the Bank has financed operations to the tune of over US$ 1 billion. Overall, the Bank’s current portfolio in Liberia comprises 17 operations for a total commitment value of US$ 383 million, with the infrastructure sector (roads, energy, and water and sanitation) accounting for 53% of total commitments. Yet challenges still remain and there is more to be done. For example, only 2% of the Liberian population has access to electricity and about 50% are living in extreme poverty. It is in response to these challenges, which are common across the whole of Africa, that the African Development Bank has now sharply focused its work on five top priorities for Africa, which we call the High 5s: Light up and power Africa; Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. These are all well aligned with Liberia’s priorities, hope and aspirations of Liberia, as articulated in the Agenda for Transformation.As blood is to the body, so is electricity to the life of any economy. However, over 645 million Africans currently do not have access to electricity. Today, 700 million Africans do not have access to clean cooking energy, with 600,000 dying each year, mainly women and children, from indoor pollution due to reliance on fuelwood, charcoal and biomass for cooking. Africa is simply tired of being in the dark. That is why the African Development Bank has developed the New Deal on Energy for Africa to accelerate universal access to energy by 2025. Under the New Deal, the African Development Bank plans to invest US$12 billion in the energy sector over the next five years and we hope to leverage US$40-50 billion into the energy sector. We are also establishing a “Bottom of the Pyramid Energy Financing Facility” to provide clean cooking stoves and support energy access for the poorest segments of the population in African countries. And we are starting right here in Liberia, where electricity access rate is 2%. The Bank approved US$200 million financing for the Cote d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone -Guinea regional electricity interconnection project. Upon completion, this project is expected to increase the electricity access rate in Liberia and reduce the cost of electricity from 58 US cents per kilowatt hour in 2013 to 15 US cents by 2020. The second High 5 is “Feed Africa”. Africa currently spends over US$ 35 billion in food imports every year, even though the continent has 65% of the world’s total arable land. The Bank is now embarking on a bold effort – together with other development partners- to totally transform Africa’s agricultural sector. Our goal is simple: ensure that Africa become self-sufficient in food and turns itself into a global powerhouse in food and agriculture. Our focus will be on agriculture as a business, to add value to agricultural commodities, diversify economies and turn rural areas into new zones of economic prosperity. Liberia has huge agricultural potential – from rubber, cocoa, cassava and rice. And there is no reason for Liberia to be importing rice at over $100 million annually. Madam President, let us make Liberia fully self-sufficient in rice. It can be done and it will take less than four years. I am pleased to let you know that your Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Moses Zinnah, did his PhD thesis research under my supervision in the early 1990s. We looked at the technology potentials for rice in the Sierra Leone and Guinea. Today, he is your Minister of Agriculture. I am confident that he will perform and with your support help drive Liberia to become self-sufficient in rice within four years. In this regard, I commend you, Madam President, for setting up and personally chairing the Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council to drive the implementation of the transformation agenda. The Bank will strongly support this major initiative to ensure a resurgent agriculture sector. Already the Bank is supporting the development of an electronic wallet system that will allow farmers across the country to access improved seeds and fertilizers via electronic vouchers on their mobile phones – a successful initiative that I launched in Nigeria, as the Minister of Agriculture, before my election as President of the Bank.Our third High 5 is to “Industrialize Africa”. Africa currently accounts for just over 2% of the world’s merchandise exports. Many African countries, including Liberia, are over-dependent on commodity exports and are therefore subject to global commodity price volatilities. Africa must create industrial growth engines that will propel it to become competitive in value addition and manufacturing. The Bank will continue to support the private sector and financial market development in Africa in order to foster rapid industrialization, and help Africa move to the top of global value chains. That is why the Bank is currently supporting the Program for Trade Support Institutions in Liberia (PATSIL) with a grant support of about one million dollars, to further strengthen institutional capacities of the Liberian Chamber of Commerce, the National Ports Authority and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Our fourth High 5 is to “Integrate Africa”. Africa currently accounts for only 2% of global trade and intra-African trade is just about 12% compared to 69% in Europe, and 53% in Asia. Regional integration is therefore critical for boosting economic growth in Africa. Our collective destiny is tied to breaking down the barriers separating us. The Bank will continue to invest heavily in high quality regional infrastructure—especially rail, transnational highways, power interconnection, information and communications connectivity, air, inland waterways and maritime transport. The integration of the Mano River Union is a priority for the Bank to improve access to basic infrastructure services, foster increased trade, competitiveness and regional security. That is why the African Development Bank approved US$ 106 million for the Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Program to support the construction of 277 km road network to link Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. The fifth High 5 is “improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. We will focus on improving access to water, sanitation, public health care infrastructure, education and skills development, and programs to create jobs for Africa’s rapidly growing youth population. The Bank is currently developing a Jobs for Africa’s Youth Initiative which will target 50 million youth over ten years and support the creation of 25 million jobs for the youths across Africa. Already, the Bank approved in December 2015, US$ 1 million financing for the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Project in Liberia. This project – which I am delighted will be launched this month – will support the creation of 40 new sustainable businesses, 40% of which will be women-owned, and build the capacity of 2,400 students to better prepare them for the labor market. To further strengthen social resilience of Liberia, and support speedier recovery from the impacts of the Ebola crisis, the Bank is co-financing with the U.S. State Department the $2.7 million initial seed capital for Post Ebola Social Investment Fund, which was approved in October 2015 for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The fund will increase access to basic infrastructure and financial services for 5,000 Ebola survivors, 2000 orphans, and 6,000 micro and small enterprises. Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, Liberia has come a long way. I am confident that the future looks bright for Liberia. I will like to assure you that the African Development Bank will always be your partner of choice. As the African Development Bank starts next week the 14th replenishment of the African Development Fund – so we can provide more concessional loans and grants to low income countries such as Liberia – the resilience story of Liberia is one that must be heard. That is why I thank you very much Madam President for agreeing to be a champion for the African Development Fund replenishment and for deciding to be with us in Abidjan next week for the discussions. As Albert Einstein said “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. Liberia must keep its balance – and Liberia must keep moving forward. And as it does, the African Development Bank will always be there to support you.Your Excellency, Madam President, I now raise my glass to toast to your good health and continued success, and to an even stronger partnership between the Republic of Liberia and the African Development Bank. Long live the Republic of Liberia! Thank you very much and God bless you all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The chairman of the newly formed Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP), Moses Y. Kollie, has termed it a dream-come-true for his party to have a political heavyweight like the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, join its ranks. “This is a big fish that the LPDP has caught and we are grateful for this day,” he said.He noted that the party is forever willing to collaborate with others as this is the only way the ruling party will have no chance of getting victory in the 2017 elections.“Our arms are open to collaborate with people who have the same dream and aspiration of the LPDP. We are willing to collaborate with everyone.“The only party the LPDP is never willing to work with is the UP. If we do we will be compromising what we stand for and this we are not willing to do,” he said.Tyler’s declaration of membership was also graced by stalwarts of other political parties such as the All Liberian Party (ALP), the National Patriotic Party as well as scores of members of the National Legislature.Senator Sando Johnson of the NPP spoke on behalf of his party. He said the NPP is willing to collaborate with the LPDP to ensure that the UP is defeated massively in 2017.He lauded the Speaker for such a bold decision which he said is in the right direction. This sentiment was also echoed by former Senator Theodore Mono, chairman of the ALP. Momo is also a former stalwart of the UP.Speaker Tyler recently resigned from the UP, where he served as an executive member, due to what he termed as “policy differences.” His resignation was greeted with mixed reactions with pundits describing it as a big blow to the UP.He termed the LPDP as Liberia’s hope and the root to the country’s development.According to him, the LPDP has what it takes to move the Liberian state to higher heights, looking at its vision and the caliber of people that are leading the party.Officially declaring his membership for the party at a well attended ceremony held at the LPDP headquarters in Monrovia, Speaker Tyler said “The LPDP is Liberia’s hope and the prosperity for Liberians.”He further said, “And so, executives of the LPDP and partisans of this great party, I hereby submit this application for membership and pray that you will accept me as a humble member of your party. I want to assure you that I believe in your party’s rightful national direction and vision and I promise to do all that is in my ability to fulfill them.”He said with the LPDP, the time is right to take Liberia to where it belongs, noting that his passion for Liberia’s development and progress is so great.Since leaving the UP, the House Speaker said, the ceremony was meant for him to break silence on the barrage of rumors circulating in the Liberian public about his next destination politically. “I’m now a member of the LPDP because I feel this is where my dream and aspirations for the Liberian people can be realized,” he said. “Liberia is the only country that I have and the only country that I cherish. My vision for a collective Liberian dream is profound.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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The Principal Investigator on the Ebola Natural History Study in Liberia Dr. Mosoka Fallah has called on Liberians to embark on the same spirit used during the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak through its communities engagement to eliminate rabies from Liberia. Dr. Fallah made the statement yesterday at the celebration of World Rabies Day under the theme: “Educate, Vaccinate and Eliminate’ held at the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville.He said even though rabies is a killer disease, it can be prevented and completely eliminated in the country if citizens rise up against it as it was done during the Ebola outbreak.Dr. Fallah noted that to eliminate rabies is for pet owners to ensure that their dogs are vaccinated against rabies.He advised that in order to eliminate rabies from killing less than 15 year old children, inter sectoral meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture and health must work together to pay for the cost of immunizing dogs.“It’s important for these things to be put in place because Liberia doesn’t have a good surveillance system therefore we must use the measures that was enforced during the EVD outbreak to save the lives of our people,” Dr. Fallah said.He encouraged awareness campaign programs to educate communities on the danger and the preventive measures on how to help communities eliminate rabies in the country.He pointed out that this venture is necessary because if citizens are not educated about the danger and the prevention of rabies they will not know what to do and how to prevent it .Meanwhile, Roseline George, Deputy Director for Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health, disclosed that statistics indicate that there are 779 dog bites cases in the country with Montserrado County accounting for the highest cases of 444 incidents.The issue of addressing rabies is very significant to the country because there are many citizens affected with cases of rabies that have led to the deaths of several young people.To eliminate rabies the Ministries of health, agriculture and World Health Organization and others, have introduced vaccines to be used to treat victims of rabies, and the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville is the center for the exercise.Dr. Garba Ahmed of the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) County Team Leader of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) encouraged Liberians to report cases of rabies and must also take their dogs to be vaccinated.“We need to work together to end rabies and this can be done if everyone works to create awareness and then going to the health facility for vaccination,” Dr. Ahmed said.Several speakers at the occasion spoke of the danger of rabies if it is not treated and called on government and partners to decentralize the immunization process by taking the awareness and treatment to other counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
High Court marshals on Tuesday afternoon moved to levy on assets of the New Building Society (NBS) as lawyers for former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Maurice Arjoon sought to enforce the $59 million court decision.The $59 million was awarded to Arjoon in a judgement against NBS for his wrongful dismissal from the financial institution.More details in January 24 edition of the Guyana Times.
…as EU-FLEGT agreement to be finalised by mid-yearStricter monitoring regulations and better market access for the logging sector is on the horizon as the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is expected to finalise the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) as a part of the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU-FLEGT) initiative, by the end of June 2018.GFC head, James SinghThe GFC said when the agreement is finalised it would create greater access and more lucrative market opportunities for Guyana’s forest products to the EU and other markets.A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside the EU. The purpose of a VPA is to ensure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources. The agreements also helps timber-exporting countries stop illegal logging by improving regulation and governance of the forestry sector.The Commission added that they are also embarking on initiatives to expand local and regional trade of forest products by improving marketing, product development and quality.Guyana joined the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. The FLEGT system mandates countries to use the Wood Tracking System to tag logs and their stumps so that when it reaches the point of export it could be traced backed to the origin to ensure its legality. The system is not new to Guyana since they have been mandating loggers to tag their produce, so they can track them to ensure it is within their licensed agreement.The EU FLEGT Regulation of 2005 empowers the European Commission to negotiate (VPAs with timber-exporting countries; under these agreements, VPA partner countries ensure they only export to the EU legal products carrying FLEGT licences.Forest InventoryThe last time an inventory was done on the forest was in the 1950s and according to the GFC, having an inventory is critical towards better management of the resource. Hence, the reason for setting aside $120 million for the commencement of a national forest inventory.“With so much importance attached to the forest both in terms of timber production and more importantly the whole issue of climate change and environmental services, the Government has recognised the need to conduct a national forest inventory. The allocation (of $120 million) is to commence phase one of a three-year process,” the GFC notes.The monies, according to the Commission, will be utilised to develop modern inventory methodologies, the reporting platform, data collection design, sample plots and pilots of over 200,000 hectares of forest.According the Commissioner of the GFC, James Singh, with the establishment of the forest inventory, Guyana would be moving towards harvesting based on species rather than just filling a quota hence resulting in the better management of the precious forest.“The forest inventory gives you a sense of what the resource base is so if you know what the resource base is, you can market properly, we can plan our operations and we can have a long-term plan rather than cutting on what is available. It also helps with the better management of the forest,” he explained.The GFC noted that the inventory is critical to supporting the Green State Development Strategy.
The Guyana Police Force on Monday issued a wanted bulletin for a 34-year-old man for questioning in connection with obtaining money by false pretence.Wanted: Floyd Andrew PrimoFloyd Andrew Primo of Lot 80 D’Urban Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was accused of collecting a large sum of money from Leslie Glen between November 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.Persons with information that can lead to the arrest of Primo are asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 226-2870, 229-2655, 229-2289, and 911 or at the nearest Police Station. All information, the Police stated, will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
After several protestsFollowing recent protest action, part-time sweeper/cleaners of public schools in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice), have welcomed a decision to have their positions regularised. Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Regional Representative Maurice Butters related the news to several workers, who were happy that their plight had finally been addressed by Government.Butters shared information from a circular which was sent by Permanent Secretary within the Education Ministry, Vibert Welch, dated March 8, 2018, which indicated that consequent to the review of the hours of work for sweeper/cleaners, aFlashback: Sweeper-cleaners during the protest in front of the Education Ministrydecision has been taken to regularise the employment of part-time workers employed in public schools across the 10 Regions.It stated that approval was granted for sweeper/cleaners to be paid the minimum hourly wage rate of $312 each hour they work; that they be guaranteed 12 months’ pay; that their working hours will not exceed 8 hours per day and five days per week, and that they will be allowed to work at least 20 days per month for the entire calendar year.The sweepers/cleaners will be granted at least 12 working days annually as paid annual leave, which will be utilized during school breaks. Prior to the decision, the sweeper/cleaners were paid $24,740 monthly, and worked four to six hours per day.Butters said while he is happy with the decision, the circular is vague and does not specify when or how the system of regularisation will be implemented. He stressed that there has been no word on same from the Region 10 Democratic Council (RDC), although he personally delivered the circular to the office since Saturday last. Butters said despite several attempts, he was unsuccessful in getting word from the Regional administration as to the way forward, as he stressed that new employment letters are now necessary for the workers, in moving forward. The employees also indicated that they wished for all these to be sorted out before the start of the new term, as Butters emphasized that he will continue to press for a meeting with the regional administration.Sweeper/cleaners from Linden and Georgetown have been protesting Government for better wages since last year. The workers went as far as staging a protest at the Ministry of the Presidency, Finance Ministry and the Education’ Ministry’s Department of Culture Youth and Sport, demanding that their cries be heard.
…as 2-week UK funded inter-agency training concludesBy Jarryl BryanWith the conclusion of anti-corruption training that had involved investigators drawn from different agencies, United Kingdom white collar crime expert Sam Sittlington cited the need and possibility for more training to be provided.He made this statement during the conclusion ceremony of the UK funded, two-week long training exercise. Sittlington, who is an adviser to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), zeroed in on some of the areas the ranks covered during the training; including preserving the continuity of technical evidence such as computer.“Over the course of the past two weeks, the participants have been involved in learning about fraud investigations, typologies, body language of suspects, tryingInvestigators from several law enforcement agencies pose for a group photo. In the front row, from left: the two UK-based trainers; acting Crime Chief Paul Williams; SOCU Adviser Sam Sittlington; and Senior Adviser to the President, Lieutenant Colonel Russell Combeto identify if someone is a believable liar or unbelievably lying or both.”One aspect, besides power point exercises, involved Sittlington and the trainers presenting ‘facts’ about themselves, which the participants in practise had to decipher the truthfulness of. The SOCU adviser noted some other aspects of operational training when handling fraud probes that the investigators were exposed to.“In terms of the fraud investigations, they learned about the fraud model, they learned about independence, how to conduct their investigations with integrity without conflict of interest. They learned about expertise, how to gather their evidence, they learned about scope of investigations and proportionality.”“They learned about reporting and how their case files may go to the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) or Police legal adviser. And then, of course, dealing with technical support and how you deal with computers if you’re seizing computers and other technical equipment, how it is done properly and how you should deal with continuity of evidence,” he related.Trans-national crimeMeanwhile, acting Crime Chief Paul Williams noted the usefulness of partnering with experts from different jurisdictions. Observing that local authorities don’t have the answers to everything, Williams said that an important part of training is acknowledging the culture of the jurisdiction and the existing gaps.He spoke of the severity of trans-national crime. According to Williams, mutual assistance is essential to tackling this scourge. Williams charged the ranks to speak out whenever they observe breach of ethics, even from those in authority.It is understood that the training was arranged by the UK High Commission through its Special Adviser attached to the Special Organised Crime Unit. Training was conducted by two UK experts who are experienced in anti-money laundering and white-collar crime investigations.Trainees were drawn from several law enforcement agencies, including SOCU, the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU), the Criminal Investigative Department, the State Asset Recovery Unit and the Financial Intelligence Unit.There have been several training initiatives for locals where UK specialists have been involved. Last year, local immigration officers underwent the Risk and Liaison Overseas Network (RALON) training conducted by the UK’s Immigration Enforcement International.The training had covered three fundamental issues: the overview of human trafficking, the enhancing of interview skills when dealing with arriving passengers and overall increased awareness of the latest trends and concerns in the wider Caribbean.The UK has done much of its security sector collaboration through the security reform project, which began in 2007, was scrapped in 2009. It was subsequently reintroduced after talks with the administration.Government believes that, once implemented, Guyana’s security sector will be significantly strengthened; and, hopefully, this will lead to a reduction in the number of illicit activities that take place.President David Granger has also said there is need for a stronger Police Force, one that is better equipped with all tools necessary to function adequately.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, urged the community leaders of Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) to take their responsibility to their communities and fellow residents seriously as he noted that they have a duty to work with every community member to improve their quality of life.The State Minister was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of the Community Leaders Leadership Forum on Sunday evening, at the Belladrum Secondary School.Minister Harmon said that community leaders and community development organisations play an important role in the consolidation of local democracy and governance through the local government administration, as well as fuelling the momentum towards development. Noting that the theme, ‘Working together for the upliftment of the community’ is most appropriate, he said that the community leaders must understand, appreciate and be committed to resolving the issues that the communities face.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon chats with members of the community“We, as Government, recognise that we cannot foster true development in communities across Guyana by the mere infusion of resources from the top but rather with the full and effective involvement of community based organisations that are mandated to undertake community initiatives for the benefit of all residents of the community, which makes them the best conduit through which information, resources and development activities can be channelled from the Government to the community. Simply put, community development organisations are the best channels for effective administration and communication between the Government, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and the people,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Noting that Guyana has a rich history of people centred, people focused, and people driven community initiatives, Minister Harmon said that over the years, numerous self-help groups, cooperatives and community based groups have emerged as change agents within communities. These institutions have made and continue to make immeasurable contributions to the development of communities across Guyana, but Minister Harmon said that a more collective and cooperative effort is needed to address issues in the community.“I hope you will decide on a way to create greater synergy with central Government, RDC and the NDC in the area of policy, programmatic interventions and other activities that the community would like. I would also like this forum to reinforce the unquestionable virtue of collaboration for the use of limited resources to develop the community and to create the environment for a strong, effective, self-sustainable community through collective endeavours. It is important that at the end of this forum, you as community-based organisers should no longer see yourself as a mere community activist but rather, as developmental partners working in collaboration with all levels of Government to ensure the good life for all particularly the members of your community,” he said.Chairman of the NDC, Emile Wilson in an invited comment, said that community members are pleased with the progress that has been made in several of the villages since this administration took office. He noted that the cooperation and support that have been given to the communities in the Region by the administration must be commended and applauded.After the opening ceremony, residents were given the opportunity to raise their concerns with the minister, many of which were addressed on the ground.
David Rose Special SchoolFollowing an investigation after a teacher of the David Rose Special School was accused of injuring a student of the institution, the Education Ministry has ruled that the incident was an accident.Guyana Times published an article on Wednesday in which the mother of an eight-year-old child attending the institution accused the teachers of abusing her child.The woman alleged that about two weeks ago, her son came home with a burn on his hand. Upon questioning him, she was told that he was burnt by the teachers. As such, she lodged several complaints at the Welfare Department.After the article was published, the Education Ministry, in a statement, said it wasThe child’s burnt handaware of the incident and the matter was investigated.According to the Ministry along with an investigation, a meeting was conducted through engagements with the Special Education Needs Officers, teachers of the David Rose Special School, the parents of the child, welfare officers and representatives of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU).The Ministry stated that the incident involved a glue gun and was not a deliberate act but rather an accident.“The incident with the glue gun was an accident and not as a result of any deliberate wrongdoing of the teacher. The teachers were cautioned about being even more careful when using these kinds of equipment around pupils.”Meanwhile, a number of conclusions emerged from the discussions, which indicated that an arrangement was agreed upon to have the parents and the teachers meet once per week, so as to become acquainted with the intervention strategies to foster a better teacher-parent relationship. Also, the teachers will have an opportunity to become aware of the parents’ strategies for dealing with the child.Additionally, staff development sessions are scheduled to be held with teachers of the school on building teacher-parent relationships. At the meeting, the child’s parent and teachers were also made aware of their roles and responsibilities in this process.“The Ministry will never condone any behaviour that puts the nation’s children in harm’s way and will ensure that the school is a very safe space for our future leaders,” the statement on Wednesday further noted.The mother of the child told this publication that her son went home on three occasions and demonstrated to her what two teachers would normally do to him. He claimed that he was hit to the head and mouth with a stick.Only recently, the woman alleged that another teacher attached to the institution saw her and told her of all the instances her child was abused by the other teachers. She also mentioned that the teacher told her that the complaints made by her autistic child were true.When Guyana Times had contacted the headteacher, Dionne McKenzie, for a comment, she refused to speak and subsequently hung up the telephone.
– calls for ability to reassign boundaries to be transferredFollowing the recent restructuring of 14 Local Government Areas by the Communities Minister, a People’s Progressive Party Commissioner at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is recommending that the power to do so henceforth reside with the commission.According to PPP Commissioner Robeson Benn in a statement on Tuesday, Minister Ronald Bulkan’s actions raise key questions, which include whether the Commission can afford to stand aside and do nothing. According to Benn, the Commission cannot, and he therefore proposes that the issue of re-districting andGECOM Commissioner Robeson BennGECOM’s role be put on the agenda.“There was a perception that with impending/upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) 2018, efforts were underway to redraw the electoral map in favour of the ruling or incumbent party, resulting in a distortion of the political intent of the voters of an LAA and a reduction in fair representation of electors,” Benn wrote.“Since gerrymandering is done with the intent of maximising supporters’ votes while minimising those votes of an opponent, it is partisan, and therefore undemocratic and abhorrent. Moreover, and worst yet, the decisions and actions arising out of the installation of a gerrymandered Council are mostly likely to be unrepresentative and despotic, posing risks to the governance of the area and the body politic concerned.”Benn recommended that GECOM be assigned the role of determining elections’ boundaries. He also advocated a name change for the entity… to the Guyana Elections and Boundary Commission (GEBC)“GECOM, as a Constitutional Commission, cannot afford to continue to (be subject to) allegations of lack of transparency, or as ‘the poodle’ of the incumbent in power – whichever party that incumbent may personify.”“GECOM, also, should not continue to be exposed to litigation risks, directly or joined, in relation to simple, avoidable, and transparent practices which enhance its role as the electoral body. It is already embroiled in controversies related to the 2015 National Elections and the Ganga Persaud Petition to those elections,” Benn reminded.In June of this year, an order to remove constituencies from 14 areas was gazetted at the behest of Bulkan. Since Local Government Elections are fast approaching, the Opposition has since accused the Government of gerrymandering. It is something Bulkan has denied.“We are very concerned with attempts to tamper with the (Neighbourhood Democratic Council’s) NDC’s Local Government bodies to gerrymander boundaries to suit (A Partnership for National Unity) APNU,” Opposition LeaderCommunities Minister Ronald BulkanBharrat Jagdeo had said at a previous press conference.“They want to gerrymander the boundaries by splitting an NDC like that, creating two new NDCs so they can win in these areas. That is what is happening now because they fear another crushing defeat,” he had added.The creation of the new towns and NDCs was said to be part of the Administration’s policy and vision of fostering national development via regional and local empowerment, given Central Government’s stated commitment to a philosophy of decentralised governance; but the PPP thinks otherwise.The APNU/AFC suffered a crushing defeat in 2015 at LGE when the PPP received 30,000 more votes than both parties. The PPP also won 48 of the 65 NDCs and tied in seven others. In summary, the party won or tied with 55 of the 65 areas that were contested. They also won three towns, except for the newly created ones.
“We must change the perception that persons have about the capability of public health nurses. You must be the agents of change for the benefit of all … patients must leave satisfied.”UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw GriffithThis was the charge delivered by Advisor to the Public Health Minister, John Adams to the 27 nurses graduating from the University of Guyana’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Programme. Adams was speaking at the annual award ceremony hosted at the Pegasus Hotel on Sunday evening.He told the nurses that as agents of change, they must educate others in order to make a difference within the public health sector. This, he noted, will involve a willingness on their part to continue to build their own capacity as they strive for excellence as health-care professionals.“That step will not only benefit you, but boost the Ministry of Public Health and the country, as a whole … It will bring you on par with your colleagues in the Caribbean since qualifying yourself in the various health fields will certainly aid Guyana in achieving Goal 3 of SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] – ensuring a healthy life and well-being for all. The acquisition of these skills will surely benefit you and the country, once it is utilised properly,” he is quoted as saying by the DPI.Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry, Linda Johnson, said the award ceremony speaks volumes for those who have graduated.“It is indeed an undeniable fact that the progress of any health-care system is through the development of nurses via higher education. Globally, nurses are the centre of almost every health-care team and they make an enormous contribution to the health of any nation … as graduates that emerge with a degree in nursing, your experience and added knowledge are valued assets,” Johnson said.The Chief Nursing Officer also charged the nurses to map out and develop new approaches to nursing care, health promotion and disease prevention. She advised them to secure leadership role opportunities within the sector in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learnt.In his remarks, UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith encouraged the nurses to embrace the values of respect, integrity and excellence and to be exemplars of all three attributes.
– Winifred Haywood re-elected as NA MayorNew Councillors were on Wednesday installed in two of the three municipalities in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The town of Rose Hall has both a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, while New Amsterdam has a new Deputy Mayor, after Winifred Haywood was re-elected Mayor. The new Mayor of Rose Hall is Chattregoon Ramnauth and Deonauth Harrynarine is the Deputy Mayor.Newly elected Rose Hall Mayor, Chattregoon Ramnauth (seated centre) with members of the new CouncilThe new Mayor of Rose Hall says high on list of priorities will be to ensure the town has an improved garbage collection system. “The garbage collection system has to be more effective,” he said. Ramnauth also said the Council will not be increasing property taxes under his tenure as Mayor.However, several streets will be rehabilitated along with the drains.The Mayor-elect said a plan to ensure that residents pay their property taxes at the existing rates is in the making, with a campaign to be launched in January next year. He said financial statements of the Council’s accounts will be printed and placed at prominent locations as from next year.The 69-year-old Mayor-elect further stated that he is looking forward to the cooperation and support of all Councillors.The full Council is Mayor Ramnauth; Deputy Mayor Harrynarine; Arthur Fraser, Roydel Lewis, Elvis Punch, Vedwatie Ramnarine, Arjune Sammy, Rakhram Srikishen, David Fraser, Winston Hole, Boybert Bisram, Gaitree Sheonarine, Igram Rodney, Dave Budhu and Sandra Chisholm.Meanwhile, lead Councillor for the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Winston Hope congratulated the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor.Hope said the APNU side of the house is there to work together for the development of the town. He said they will support any programme which they think will benefit residents of the township.Meanwhile, in New Amsterdam, Winifred Haywood was re-elected Mayor, while the town has a new Deputy Mayor in Wainright McIntouch.APNU has 10 seats on the Council; the People’s Progressive Party, three; and the Alliance For Change (AFC), one.The full Council is Pullian Shultz, Buster Wright, Sheenta Lambert, Quacy Isaacs, Zabarally Armogan, Olga Stephens, Patrica Lynch, Winifred Haywood, Esan Vanderstoop, Keith Myers, Wainright McIntouch, Nalini Tahal and Kirk Fraser.Mayor Haywood said it is her hope that the new Councillors will serve faithfully.
The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has resorted to public donations to raise funds for the restoration of the dilapidated City Hall, and donation boxes will be placed at strategic locations for contributions.Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine said in a statement that persons will be able to contribute to the restoration activity since there has not been much progress in recent times.“We want persons to be able to contribute towards saving City Hall if they wish to…City Hall is an important piece of Guyana’s history and there has been lots of talk about rehabilitating the structure, but not much has materialised. I, however, would like to be the one to see City Hall get the attention that is needed so that the structure could be returned to its once prestigious state,” he said.Just last week, Narine gave members of the diplomatic community in Guyana a tour of the city’s dilapidated structures in a bid to solicit funds for City Hall’s restoration. In addition to City Hall, the diplomats also toured the Stabroek Market Wharf, which is on the verge of collapse. A few other sites which were toured included the Municipality Day Care Centre and the City Constabulary Training Centre.On July 8, the Council moved a motion to see the establishment of a Restoration Fund Committee to help fast track the rehabilitation process of the historic building. Although nine committee members were elected, Mayor Narine had informed that this committee will be extended to include other stakeholders such as the private sector, the Chambers of Commerce, the National Trust, the Department of Tourism, civil society, and others.Back in February, the European Union (EU) had handed over a document to the Mayor in relation to the restoration of City Hall’s deplorable structure and ways in which the space can be utilised to garner independent revenues.EU Ambassador to Guyana Jernej Videtic made the presentation to which he stated that some £280,000 was expended to craft the document, bringing new ideas to the restoration project. He noted that some plans include using the historic building as a tourism spot where it can be booked for special events to earn money.The M&CC had pegged the overhaul of the City Hall building at over $400 million. However, other sections have deteriorated further and the administration had opted to constructive a temporary building for staffers.
After months of complaintsAfter numerous complaints were lodged about the difficulties being faced to traverse hinterland roads, contractors were finally mobilised to begin rehabilitative works.The state of hinterland roadsIn a recent engagement, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman made this announcement, having identified that the prolonged rainy season amplified challenges to manoeuvre along the dreadful thoroughfares.“We have seen some hinterland roads or forest roads suffering some deterioration. I’m advised…that we have seen a prolonged wet season and more intense rainfall which has proven to be challenging for us,” he said.The Natural Resources Minister had established a partnership with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and Public Infrastructure Ministry to share responsibility for the maintenance of hinterland roads. Presently, works have already commenced in a few areas.“Some road works have commenced. Certainly, contractors have been mobilised. GGMC, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure are now sharing responsibility for hinterland roads.”In June, the regional administration of Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) had embarked on rehabilitative works on the Linden-Lethem trail after citing similar issues.Mayor of Lethem, David Adams had informed that the remedial activities had brought significant relief to the road users who have been suffering in the recent months.Road users, particularly minibus operators plying the trail were complaining of the deteriorated condition of the trail which had become almost impassable. Mayor Adams had said that no major works could be done on the trail during the rainy weather. During this season, extra attention needed to be paid to the trail between Mahdia and Mabura, which was in dire need of repair works.The minibus operators had lamented the deteriorating condition of the trail which they are forced to use to transport passengers and goods as a means of earning their daily bread.They described the trail as a “death trap” and bashed the Public Infrastructure Ministry for paying zero interest in conducting long-term repairs to that trail which is the only access to those areas. Those minibus operators were forced to park their buses for a period of time.Further, when they resumed work, they were unable to get into the mining town with their buses and as such, were forced to take passengers up to a point on the trail and then transfer those passengers and goods and other items to All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and pick-up trucks. These were able to get through the silt and into the mining town.This arrangement persisted for several weeks but resulted in hardships on those passengers and business owners who had to offset the double cost to reach into the mining town. Residents were also facing hardships as businesses were forced to inflate prices to offset the transportation cost and as such, they had to pay higher prices for goods.
Guyana-Venezuela border controversyThe United Nations Secretary General António Guterres’s decision on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy could take as much as two years to be handed down if needs be, Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said on Wednesday.Providing an update on the matter, the Minister said that nothing new has happened since the Good Offices Process ended on December 31, 2017 and a commitment was made to clearly outline the way forward by the Secretary General.The Secretary General undertook to make a decision after a process which ended on December 31. “It is possible of course that he could take two years to answer…We are still waiting on the Secretary General to carry out his responsibilities,” Greenidge told Guyana Times on Wednesday.However, the Minister said given the circumstances by which he was invited to carry out his mandate under the 1966 Agreement, Guterres was fully aware of theForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeurgency of this matter.“And the fact that when the Guyana Government called on him to intervene, it wasn’t only because Venezuelan troops were on our borders, but because the continuation of this controversy caused by Venezuela claiming that the 1899 Treaty was null and void was having an effect on Guyana,” he added.“The Secretary General would know that during personal discussions with his personal representative, we made it very clear that our main concern was to embark on the process identified under the Geneva Agreement, but one that required an urgent resolution…And I don’t think we have to beat him over the head every week to tell him that,” Greenidge continued.Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Jardine-Waddell had told sections of the media that after the Personal Representative to the Secretary General, Dag Halvor Nylander submitted his report on enhanced mediation efforts, the UN Head would decide the next step.“December 31 wasn’t the date of the decision. December 31 was when the process ended….Having received the report from his personal representative, the Secretary General will now make his decision and inform us of the decision,” Jardine-Waddell was quoted as saying.There have been reports that Secretary General Guterres could inform the two countries of his decision before the end of March 2018.“He didn’t have to inform us on December 31st; that was the date when the process ended,” Waddell reiterated.Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had given an undertaking that 2017 would have been the last year of mediation to end the border controversy. If that process failed, the controversy would be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.Guyana maintains that the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award that settled the boundary issue between Guyana and Venezuela was full and final. But Venezuela has, for several decades, registered its diplomatic and military objection to Guyana’s development of its natural resources onshore and offshore.Venezuela, with almost 40 times the population of Guyana and a territory that is several times bigger, purported to claim in 1968 the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn.On the military front, Venezuela’s navy in October 2013 seized the Malaysian-owned seismic research vessel, <<
Workers attached to the Albion Sugar Factory on Thursday took to the streets to protest against the absence of a wage increase since the coalition Government took office.The workers were last given a wage increase in 2014 and as such, they are calling on the Government to deliver on its campaign promises.Stephen Indertatt, a representative of the Albion Estate fertilising gang, said during the coalition Government’s campaign programme, the nation was told that should they win the elections, sugar workers will benefit from a 20 per cent wage hike.He said although receiving nothing for the past three years, they are demanding aSugar workers at the Albion Sugar Estate on Thursday15 per cent wage hike for 2018.“Presently sugar workers are in dire need of increased wages. We need the Administration that is in power to intervene because they had promised us 20 per cent… They left us with zero.”Indertatt, who was part of Thursday’s protest action outside the Estate’s administration block, said Government has indicated its intention to increase the wages for other workers but has said nothing about them.He said Government is treating sugar workers like dogs, while they continue to give full support to the productive sector.Thursday’s strike attracted saw almost 100 per cent of harvesters and more than 75 per cent of factory workers.The strike also got support from the cultivation, mechanical tillage department and the field workshop. Workers from the central field workshop also took part in the strike on Thursday.“When [the Guyana Sugar Corporation] GuySuCo heard about this strike they were very upset. They say that we did it at Blairmont and that was okay but at Albion which a bigger estate that produces about 21,000 tonnes of sugar per week, we cannot afford to allow them to strike. So they invited us to a meeting on Wednesday,” the Union representative stated.He said the Union will attend the meeting. “We are hoping that they can come to the table with something to offer because these will do what it takes to ensure that they have something,” Tambron added.He explained that the workers have indicated to the union that they had enough and the union is finding it very difficult to hold them back from protesting.GuySuCo, he said, is setting the stage to show that the sugar industry is a failure as they did that at Rose Hall. The factory can grind but what they did is to allow the field to become overgrown.
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Female hockey players between the ages of 11-14 are encouraged to get in touch with the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association. The FSJMHA is considering putting together a girls hockey team should there be enough interest.Those interested are encouraged to visit the FSJMHA website, or the hockey office inside of the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Players wanting more information can contact Darla Jackson at 250-261-0791, or Marissa Jordan at 250-927-2176.- Advertisement –
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers continued their perfect start to the NPHL season on Saturday night.The Flyers hosted the Falher Pirates at the North Peace Arena, and got off to a great start courtesy of a goal by Rick Cleaver. Ryan Carter and Cody Hildebrand both tallied assists on that goal.The Flyers continued their dominance into the second period, as Rick Cleaver, Ryan Carter, Robbie Sidhu, Brady Busche, and Brennan Giroux each scored to put the Flyers up 6-4. Busche, Carter, Hildebrand, Sidhu, Josh Bruha, Daylen Pearson, Dan Pappin, and Shawn Halliday all added assists on those five goals.- Advertisement -Giroux and Devan Greyeyes added to the Flyers’ tally in the third period, helped by Marcus Juister and Brady Busche respectively. Though the Pirates managed to score once again, the Flyers held on for an 8-5 win.The Flyers are back in action on Thursday night when they head to Grande Prairie for a game against the Athletics. Puck drop is at 8:30.
A mechanical breakdown has closed the wave pool at the North Peace Leisure Pool. The city says it is working to fix the problem, but it isn’t sure when the pool will be opened again. However, the lap pool and hot tub are still open.- Advertisement –
Spring may be around the corner, but the RCMP is warning drivers to take caution on the city’s roads.The Fort St. John RCMP will be increasing police presence on the city’s roadways to combat speeding as well as drinking and driving.Corporal T.F. Woodall says there were 15 motor-vehicle related deaths in this area, from January to March of last year. – Advertisement -He says the added enforcement is a precursor to when road conditions improve in the spring. [asset|aid=1048|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=489fc79ef702198c1f8402f4dad89584-Woodall 1_1_Pub.mp3] Woodall says despite the tight legislation on drinking and driving, people still drive intoxicated. He says the extra enforcement will target those who choose to drive under the influence. Advertisement [asset|aid=1049|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=489fc79ef702198c1f8402f4dad89584-Woodall 2_1_Pub.mp3] However, Woodall adds officers have been seeing a lot of designated drivers during road check stops in the area. And, he says those people are recognized and congratulated by the RCMP.
For more on this story, click hereUpdate as of 11:40am – Highway 49 has been re-opened in both directions. At this time the RCMP have not released any information about this accident. When we get more details we will pass them along.At this time we have very little information about an accident that has closed Highway 49 near Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -The road has been closed in both directions from Dawson Creek to about 10km east of Dawson Creek because of a collision. Detours are available on Hwy 3 (Rolla Road) north to Road 210 and on Hwy 3 (Rolla Road) south to Hwy 2.If you have any information or photos to share, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post more information as it becomes available.
Photo: Crews from both Charlie Lake and Fort St. John spent several hours fighting the fire – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca Pinkerton says he estimates the damage caused will cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars. – Advertisement -A fire at the Charlie Lake Meat Shop has caused extensive damage to the building.The fire broke out at the shop at Quigley Road and the Alaska Highway around 9:10 p.m. Saturday night.The fire was caused by a heating source for the shop’s water pump. The heating source had turned and was against the wall, says Al Pinkerton, the fire chief for the Charlie Lake Fire Department.Five trucks were called out to the scene. Three were from Charlie Lake and two were from Fort St. John.It took more than two hours to put out the fire.Advertisement
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Several people suffered only minor injuries despite a major crash near Chetwynd.Chetwynd RCMP say the Monday morning collision occurred when a small two-door sedan went through a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 97 and 29 South around 9 a.m. The car then hit a full size pickup truck that was towing a travel trailer.They say everyone in the vehicles, including several children, were taken to hospital with minor injuries, but both vehicles were completely destroyed.- Advertisement -Police are reminding drivers to be cautious when travelling during the summer camping season when traffic may be heavier than normal.
The day is meant to be an opportunity to make peace in our own personal relationships, as well as to reflect on and take action to end the larger conflicts of our time. Participants are encouraged to gather at the Northern Alberta Railways Park at 11:15 a.m., where acting mayor Bud Powell will read a proclamation on behalf of the City of Dawson Creek. The march will then proceed to Peace Park, where students and teachers from Notre Dame School will perform the “Song of Peace.” A “Peace Prayer” will then be read, followed by the raising of the United Nations flag.Rotarian Fred Feddema said the local clubs have recognized the International Day of Peace with an event for the last 10 years or so.“One of Rotary’s ideals is to foster fellowship and good will throughout the world, and so peace is one of the avenues we try to promote,” he said. “We try to encourage peace amongst ourselves and our neighbours, and certainly other countries.”- Advertisement -Peace Park was built by the Dawson Creek Beautification Committee as a tribute to international peace.The International Day of Peace, or “Peace Day,” was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, and the first Peace Day was celebrated in September, 1982. In 2002, the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.Peace Day is celebrated by millions worldwide with events ranging in scale from private gatherings to public concerts and forums. The public is encouraged to participate by doing something as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation, or by getting involved in larger events.Advertisement
The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) has recorded over 700 fires already for the year, but this number is a reduction when compared to the statistics of that same period for 2018.Students experiencing the rescue truckThis was revealed by Divisional Officer of Operations for the GFS, Gregory Wickham during the Fire Prevention Week activities at D’Urban Park on Friday.“To date, we would have seen a deduction in the number of fires. We have, for this year so far, 700 plus fires. Last year, we would have gone over that by about 150 so indeed, there is a reduction,” Wickham informed.Divisional Officer of Operations, Gregory WickhamSpeaking on the types of incidents they would have analysed so far, residential fires topped the list, followed by grass fires. During the dry season, careless dumping of lighted materials, such as cigarette ends, would have contributed to these events.“We had a whole lot of those fires which were residential and then coming in the second position would have been grass fires or what we call rubbish fires. When the place was very hot, for some reasons, persons were carelessly disposing of lighted cigarette ends which would have lent to these grass fires,” he conveyed.For Fire Prevention Week 2019, D’Urban Park was transformed into an informal learning setting, where stakeholders were educated about the dynamics of fires and the functions of the fire service.Fire tenders and scores of firefighters were present at the site, ready to give advice. On display were a wide selection of tools and safety gears which are used by the GFS. While some stakeholders were surprised by the degree of effort it takes to carry out these operations, some were thrilled at the experience.According to the Divisional Officer, these activities help to lower the alarming figures.“It would help us in our stats first, and then when we get the understanding, we do open opportunities for persons to do investigative work so that we’d be able to put in place systems to prevent reoccurrences of those types of fires.”Members of the public and school-aged persons were briefed on practices which they should avoid on a daily basis.“Participating in those events, you learn a whole lot on firefighting and fire prevention. The purpose of this fair is to capture a wider cross-section of persons, our students especially and members of the community,” Wickham insisted.Last April, the “dry spell” experienced during that time had resulted in approximately 48 bush fires within the township of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community. The fire department had issued warnings to members of the community to desist from lighting bush fires.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BERKELEY – Ryan Anderson converted a three-point play with 1:01 remaining and California ended a six-game losing streak by beating slumping No. 15 Oregon 63-61 Thursday night. The Golden Bears (13-12, 5-8 Pac-10) held Oregon (20-6, 8-6) scoreless for the final 4:31 of the game, including misses by Bryce Taylor and Chamberlain Oguchi in the final seconds. David Teague scored a career-high 32 points to help the Boilermakers end a five-game losing streak. At Purdue 81, No. 24 Indiana 68
WHITTIER – Officials from the California Transportation Commission now plan to recommend full funding for the widening of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway between the Orange County border and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. Last week the Commission said it would only advise that half of the $387 million still needed for the $1.2 billion project be allocated, causing an uproar from various agencies and cities involved. But late Monday CTC staff amended their recommendations, agreeing that not fully funding the project “may be a hardship for the implementing agencies,” said Mitch Weiss, deputy director of the CTC. “After talking with the different agencies that will be affected, the Commission decided they wanted to make sure enough money was available to implement the project,” Weiss said Tuesday. The money will come from a transportation bond passed by voters in November that directed $4.7billion for highway improvements throughout California. Originally, the plans called for widening the freeway from the Orange County border in Buena Park to Bloomfield Avenue. But officials in La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk have been pushing for years to extend the project all the way to the 605. The plan now is to widen the I-5 Freeway from six to 10 lanes between Buena Park and the 605, with a car-pool lane on each side. Sixteen years ago those city leaders formed the I-5 Joint Powers Authority to find the funding for the extension. So far, they’ve acquired $800 million, but in order for all the work to be accomplished, they have said they need an additional $387million. Officials claim that stretch of the I-5 is one of the most congested sections of highway in the Los Angeles basin. As both a representative from the Joint Powers Authority and city manager of Santa Fe Springs, Fred Latham said now the project can finally go forward. “I’m very pleased,” Latham said. “It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride. We were led to believe that they were going to recommend full funding a couple of months ago, then last week they said they’d only give half. Now I’m pleased again.” Much of the pre-construction work has already been completed, including the environmental impact reviews and initial designs, he said. The nine-member CTC will vote today on the recommendations. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“These are brands that they love and trust. And when they find them in a Six Flags, it increases their confidence level even further that they’re going to have a terrific day at the park.” Magic Mountain is one of theme park chain Six Flags’ premiere thrill parks. But on top of teenage thrill seekers, the company is hungry to attract families to its Valencia park. The fact that major brands want to partner with Six Flags is not surprising, given that park visitors are a captive audience of consumers. Along with bringing in new concessions, the park is getting a face-lift, cleaning up in hopes of attracting parents with kids and giving them reasons to come back. While teens have long made up the customer base, drawn by the thrill rides, the park wants adults who are likely to spend more on food and concessions. Work on the park includes a complete refurbishing of a 95-year-old Grand Carousel and a resurfacing and striping of the parking lot. Buildings at the Six Flags Plaza are also being painted, and two coasters that fell out of favor with riders and the park’s owners are being dismantled. The nation’s theme park market is growing, with total consumer spending expected to go from $11.2 billion in 2005 to $13.4 billion in 2010, according to a report released last year by PricewaterhouseCoopers. For Six Flags, the cross-branding strategy is new. Before Mark Shapiro became the company’s CEO in December 2005, individual parks handled their own corporate alliance agreements, and the only company-wide deal was with Coca-Cola, Goldberg said. Shapiro created a corporate alliances division to land deals with major brands, and now in addition to Coca Cola Co., Kodak, Cold Stone Creamery, Nintendo and Heinz, Six Flags partners include Home Depot and Papa John’s Pizza. Magic Mountain in Valencia starts daily operation March 17. Visitors will be given a Kodak photo card, which they can hand to photographers tagging along with the park’s Warner Bros. characters. Visitors will access the photos over the Internet when they get home. Cold Stone Creamery will open a shop in the park in early spring, said Sue Carpenter, spokeswoman for Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. Attendance at Magic Mountain was 2.8 million in 2005, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Attendance dropped about 25 percent in the last half of 2006, which Shapiro blamed on uncertainty surrounding a possible sale of the park. Now, the park is no longer for sale, and the company is hoping the cross-branding strategy will increase the park’s profitability. “I think it will probably pay off,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “Because probably people haven’t been to Magic Mountain for a while, so there is always the interest factor. And the economy is good, so they have money to spend.” Kyser called Six Flags’ cross-branding strategy “very savvy marketing,” and said it will help the company. “They can cement a reputation for being a family-friendly place,” he said. In past years, Magic Mountain has held a number of events that attract families. Those have included its Gospel Celebration and Hallelujah Jubilee concerts. It has areas for children, but the park is known more for its 15 heart-pounding rides. The park does plan to expand its offerings for children. Six Flags has capitalized on the kid-friendly appeal of British TV show Thomas & Friends, the Australian band The Wiggles and skateboarder Tony Hawk to build play areas and rides centered around them at its parks. Magic Mountain does not have any of those attractions this year, but it is working on getting some or all of them in the park in the near future, Carpenter said. Six Flags, the world’s largest regional theme park company, was facing $2.1 billion of debt last year. But in January, it announced a sale of seven parks for $312 million, bringing its total number of North American parks to 21. In the meantime, CEO Shapiro and his executive team are continuing to look for brand names to partner with. “This year is really the first year that Mark’s team will be able to have an impact on a full operating season,” Goldberg said. “So this is really the year that you are going to see the family-friendly strategy go into effect.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5253 Magic mix Six Flags is entering into a cross-branding strategy with more than just Coca-Cola. New alliances include: Cold Stone Creamery Kodak Heinz Nintendo Wii Home Depot Papa John’s Pizza160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Families visiting Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain this spring will find plenty of brand-name ice cream and photographers ready to snap their pictures with Bugs Bunny on Kodak cameras as the theme park works to spruce up and reinvent itself. It’s all part of corporate owner Six Flags Inc.’s family-friendly strategy, in place this year for the first full season. Brand names are playing a big part in the new strategy. Cold Stone Creamery will dish out the ice cream, Kodak will do the photos, Heinz will be the official ketchup and the Nintendo Wii will hold the title of official video game console, which means park visitors can play Nintendo’s Wii for free. “When people come to our parks with their families, they want to find products and services that they’re familiar with,” said Wendy Goldberg, spokeswoman for Six Flags.
The Miller and Etiwanda girls basketball teams will host CIF Division I state playoff games tonight – a season that exists for an increasing number of San Bernardino County and Inland Valley basketball teams. The No. 2-seed Rebels will host No. 15 Los Angeles Dorsey tonight while No. 5 Etiwanda will take on No. 12 Perris After pouring their hearts and souls in to the CIF-Southern Section season and making that the main goal, the teams are faced with a post-postseason. How much effort and emphasis can be placed on a tournament that is normally just a bonus round? “It’s anti-climatic after this,” Ayala coach Mel Sims said after winning the section championship on Saturday night. “This is what you work for right here. The rest is icing on the cake.” The Norco girls, for example, were crushed after their loss to Miller in the sectional finals. The Cougars had their sights on a CIF-SS title, but came up five points short. Now, they’ve been given the No. 3 seed in D2 and could have a potential matchup at Ayala, which plays Sanger Thursday, on Saturday. Ten local teams advanced to the state playoff level, with No. 16 Kaiser boys – which plays at No. 1 Los Angeles Fairfax – and No. 11 Arroyo Valley – which heads to No. 6 Los Alamitos – playing tonight in D1 as well. All games tip off at 7 p.m. The state tournaments are filled with more area teams than ever, making for a bit of an unusual dilemma. The winner of that game would play at Pauley Pavilion on March 17 with a trip to the state finals in Sacramento on the line. In the past, that line of thinking just hasn’t been realistic for area teams. Diamond Ranch won a first-round state playoff game last year. There are some powerful area teams that certainly seem capable of replicating that feat tonight. But any team making a run at the state title – Miller and Ayala being the leading local candidates to do so – would be practically unprecedented. The 1986 Chino girls basketball team was the D2 state runner-up. Before that, the Banning boys finished second in 1982. Those are the only two area teams to reach the state basketball finals. But with the record success for girls basketball in the area – this year had more CIF finalists than ever – is it time for area girls teams to start setting their sights higher? Tonight’s games should start to provide the answer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Palmdale previously recruited teachers from Canada in the mid-1990s and Spain in 2000. The recruiting trip to Spain caused some controversy as the board split 3-2 on a vote to authorize it, with some trustees complaining that the district could find qualified bilingual teachers closer to home. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the vote was 5-0. Trustee Sheldon Epstein, who was in the minority in the 2000 vote, said he didn’t have a problem recruiting teachers in Mexico. District officials said they are looking in the United States for teachers, but can’t find the number and type of teachers they need. There is a shortage of teachers in general, especially among those with the expertise to teach math and science, officials said. “We do find qualified instructors in the U.S. We are currently recruiting in New York, the Northwest and Midwest, but they don’t typically have bilingual people in certain areas,” Gallizzi said. PALMDALE – The Palmdale School District will recruit bilingual teachers from Mexico under a program aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The goal is to find nine teachers who would work at Los Amigos School, where students are taught in both Spanish and English, and at the district’s junior highs in the 2007-08 school year. “We are short teachers. We are short bilingual teachers. This is one place to find them,” interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. The Exchange Teacher Visitor Program is the result of a 1961 federal law that aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges, which assist the U.S. State Department in furthering its foreign policy objectives, a district staff report said. Epstein said Palmdale is competing with other areas that have growing Latino student populations. “It’s a case of supply and demand, and the supply is low. We have to look at other options,” Epstein said. The Mexican teachers must possess the proper teaching credentials in their own country and obtain a California credential once they arrive here. They also must take a language-proficiency exam to show fluency in English and pass a basic skills test for new teachers. A worker visa also is required, Gallizzi said. The Palmdale district will help those chosen find a place to live and familiarize them with the community, said Pauline Winbush, director of certificated personnel. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The blaze was ignited by flames that spread from a stolen car that was set ablaze, said Miller. “It was intentionally set, so that makes it arson,” he said. The car was a 2004 white Honda Civic that had been stolen from Riverside County, said John Nicoletti, spokesman for city of Anaheim. He said investigators had been in Riverside County all Monday working leads and were also reviewing security tape from Highway 241 to try to identify who ditched the car. “We’re looking for anybody who was traveling along the 241 toll road early Sunday that may have any information about seeing people around a vehicle such as that,” Nicoletti said. A red-flag alert for fire danger had been issued going into the weekend, and the forecast of winds, extremely low humidity and heat proved true as Southern California stayed on pace to have the driest winter in decades. ANAHEIM – A fierce blaze that whipped through brush lands among neighborhoods of multimillion-dollar homes during the weekend likely foreshadows an intense wildfire season as Southern California emerges from an abnormally dry winter, firefighters and forecasters said Monday. “With the current conditions we’re seeing, if we do have fires, we’re looking at real extreme fire behavior,” said Capt. Steve Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority. Even as firefighters predicted full containment of the 2,036-acre Anaheim Hills fire by 6 a.m. today, crews Monday had to jump on new blazes – 5 acres in Camarillo and about 10 acres in Los Angeles’ rugged Griffith Park. A 1,005-acre blaze that began Sunday in rural Riverside County was expected to be surrounded Monday evening. The Anaheim Hills blaze broke out Sunday and forced hundreds of people to temporarily leave their homes as hot, dry Santa Ana winds spread it over an area equal to about three square miles. One house was damaged and two outbuildings were destroyed. Another home initially reported as damaged was not harmed, Miller said. The last time it was this dry was in the 1923-24 season when 2.5 inches of rain was recorded through March 22, 1924. Only about 2.4 inches of rain have fallen in downtown Los Angeles since the July 1 start of the rain year, and forecasters said it was unlikely there would be any rain in March. Normal annual rainfall in Los Angeles is 11.43 inches. Santa Ana, Orange County’s seat, received only 1.81 inches of rain between July 1 and March 11 – about one-fifth of normal. At least four Orange County cities hit record highs Sunday, including Fullerton with 97. At 92 degrees, Los Angeles was one degree shy of breaking a record set in 1916. Temperatures to the east in Riverside County reached 104 degrees Sunday, a fire spokeswoman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a compromise that avoided a lawsuit and showdown over affordable-housing requirements in Warner Center, a developer agreed Friday to include 42 lower-rent apartments in a proposed 438-unit complex. The deal is far less than the 109 affordable apartments the city had sought from Simms Commercial Development. The city also wanted to require Simms to pay $1 million in traffic fees and make street improvements, all in the name of traffic reduction. But Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area, said he agreed to the compromise after City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo told him the city was on shaky legal ground. “I’m reluctantly accepting it,” Zine said. “If it was my option, it would be denied and we would maintain the commercials and industrial in that place.” For more than two years, Ronald Simms has sought to bulldoze the site of the Valley Indoor Swap Meet at 6700 Eaton Ave. and build a 438-unit complex. But the project stalled in 2005 as city leaders tried to slow a building boom in Warner Center. Nearly 3,000 new residential units were approved in the neighborhood in less than two years, raising concern that the area would lose its jobs-housing balance and be inundated by traffic. To slow down residential construction while the city rewrites the Warner Center Specific Plan, the City Council voted to require that after the center hit 3,000 residential units, developers would pay traffic impact fees and set aside 25 percent of any new residential units as affordable. Simms argued that the requirement was expensive and illegal because the city can’t show that offering 109 affordable apartments would reduce traffic congestion. Under the agreement finalized Friday, Simms will set aside 42 affordable units — based on 20 percent of the 210 units that exceed Warner Center’s 3,000-unit cap. Simms also will pay only around $50,000 in traffic fees because he will get credit for traffic lights and street improvements he’s building at the site. “We have a compromise that not everybody is happy with, but it is a compromise. There will be affordable housing, there will be a trip-fee payment,” said Ben Reznik, an attorney representing Simms. “He just felt he needed to get it behind him. He felt the system didn’t treat him fairly.” All other new residential projects in Warner Center will still have to provide 25 percent affordable housing. Simms’ affordable units will rent for $1,463 for a one-bedroom apartment and be available to people who make 120 percent of the county’s median income. That amounts to $58,000 for a single person and $83,000 for a family of four. “All I’m trying to do is keep the balance. I want this area to be affordable to the working people,” Zine said. “The associates at Macy’s and Nordstrom are not making sufficient dollars to rent the apartments that are currently established in Warner Center. The rents are too high.” Indoor Valley Swap Meet vendors also protested against the project, saying the city would lose space for small-business owners. Vendor Richard Lee said he’s been at the swap meet for 14 years and his children just started businesses there. The residential project will “replace 300 to 400 vendors and businesses with 400 apartments for new families,” he said. “There’s a big human element to this.”— Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN people put their minds to it, there’s just nothing they can’t do. Proof of this is a new way to save power through the brewing of beer – an experimental system developed by scientists and Australian brewer Fosters. Australians do love their beer, and finding a way to save energy through the use of brewery wastewater while they do it combines innovation with national necessity. If beer can be green, what else is possible? Air-conditioning units that run on the energy produced by your husband’s window-shaking snores? A deep-fry cooker that supplies your french-fry habit and fills up your gas tank? Who says being green can’t be fun? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Though visitors to Phil’s Supermarket can’t actually buy groceries, they can guide their avatars (online parlance for a user’s digital personification) through the store to explore products, watch cooking demos and see the latest food and health news. The idea is to help people navigate the real world of food by letting them preview a store, accessing nutritional data and other information on various products, seeing a showcase of just-launched items or scoring coupons. “The average consumer only spends 22 minutes food shopping,” said Lempert, who launched the site Monday. “That’s not a whole lot of time to see new products. But what I hear from consumers is that they want to hear about what’s new and exciting.” Lempert expects to have 100,000 products on the site by the end of summer. Visitors can “taste” many of the products, then offer reviews. How meaningful those reviews are, of course, depend on whether users have tried the product in the analog world. Beyond wanting to know more about their food, consumers also want to know more about its safety. On display this week are products such as G & K Services’ line of ProSura clothing. Intended for food service workers such as meat cutters and chefs, these clothes are like hand sanitizer you can wear. Though the clothing resembles the white cotton garments common to butcher shops and professional kitchens, ProSura products have chlorine chemically bonded to the fibers, claiming to kill microbes that touch them. G & K marketing manager Christine Fischer says that for many companies this level of sanitation probably isn’t necessary, but they see it as a way of demonstrating to customers that they are willing to spend extra to ensure the safety of their food. And spending on sanitation might be smart money. According to a Harris Poll Online released Monday by FMI, just 66 percent of consumers feel at least somewhat confident in the safety of supermarket food, down from 82 percent in 2006. The food industry has been hit by a number of recent food safety problems, including E. coli in spinach and melamine contamination of pet food and animal feed. FMI spokesman Bill Greer says the study reflects that. So business could boom for companies such as PureCart, which makes a sort of disinfecting carwash for shopping carts. But despite consumer concerns, PureCart president Jim Kratowicz says products such as his still have a tough sell. Consumers want clean carts, but companies worry about sending the wrong message. “What are grocers telling me? They’re telling me they have dirty carts,” he said about the message consumers may imagine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Standing in a long line at the grocery store soon might get you through the checkout faster. That’s because a British company has designed a system to track and predict the movements of supermarket shoppers using thermal imaging. A computer tracks data from infrared cameras, then immediately advises when and where additional cashiers are needed. “The idea is that the more pleasant the checkout experience, the more you will buy,” said Nick Stogdale, senior sales manager for InfraRed Integrated Systems’ Smartlane product. The system is being tested by two U.S. chains. Smartlane was one of many new food-related technologies on display at this week’s Food Marketing Institute show, where speed, ease, sanitation and a touch of theater ruled. Take the case of rotisserie chicken, one of the most popular items in the fast-growing prepared foods category: The latest crop of chicken roasters – those ubiquitous ovens that endlessly twirl crisp, golden chickens at stores across the nation – are designed not just to cook, but also to capture your attention with good looks and funky design. Hence, the Multisserie, an upright, clear, cylindrical oven by Netherlands-based Fri-Jado that spins the chickens on end, like a giant top. “We try to bring a very high show element to it,” marketing director Ernst Goettsch said Sunday. The same thinking also influenced the design of Montreal-based Hardt’s Inferno Rotisserie, which offers a crowd-pleasing self-cleaning function that looks like a sprinkler gone wild. “The more a supermarket can do to create a show or to create a restaurant-style experience, the more sales they make,” said Michael Griffin, a vice president of sales for Hardt. For those who prefer their food slightly pixelated, food industry analyst Phil Lempert has teamed with Kraft Foods and the National Grocers Association to launch a virtual supermarket in the online fantasy world known as Second Life.
Prosecutors alleged the systems were sensitive and labeled NOFORN, or barred from the view of foreign nationals. Defense attorneys argued that Mak had given presentations on the information on the disks at symposiums that were open to foreigners. Defense attorney Marilyn Bednarski, who called the government’s case against Mak “an alarmist overreaction,” argued that the government did not place restrictions on the information on the disks until several months after Mak’s arrest, so he could not have known about it. Staples said a person must first apply to the State Department for a license to send out the information, and Mak never did, despite his intensive training in how to handle classified and sensitive information. Staples told jurors that in 1989, the State Department barred the export of any military technology to China, and that “barely nothing on these disks could be sent to China.” After the verdicts, Staples said that Mak never sought permission for the presentations. SANTA ANA – A naturalized U.S. citizen from China was convicted Thursday of sending sensitive information on submarine technology that he worked on at a defense contractor job in Orange County. Chi Mak, 66, of Downey was found guilty of five counts of conspiracy to violate export control laws and other charges. He also was convicted of two counts of attempting to send sensitive material to China, acting as a foreign agent without notifying the U.S. government and making false statements to federal agents. Mak faces up to 35 years in prison, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Staples. Under sentencing guidelines, that amount would probably be less, but it will still be “a substantial” prison term, he said. The eight-woman, four-man panel deliberated less than three days. Mak, an electrical engineer at Power Paragon in Anaheim, was accused of conspiring with his relatives to send an encrypted computer disk to China in October 2005 that contained information on the Quiet Electric Drive power system designed to make submarines quieter, as well as a solid state power switch for ships. Mak and his wife, Rebecca Chiu, were arrested in their Downey home shortly after his brother, Tai Mak, and his wife, Fuk Li, were arrested on Oct. 28, 2005, at Los Angeles International Airport, as they prepared to board a plane. Prosecutors allege that Tai Mak had an encrypted disk so that the information within would not be found. Mak told agents who later questioned him that he had given documents relating to research for the U.S. Navy to his brother so that Tai Mak could select engineering books for Chi Mak while his brother was in Hong Kong, according to the indictment. Tai Mak’s son, Billy Yui Mak, who is accused of encrypting the material, was arrested later. The other family members are scheduled to go to trial on June 5. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
As the NDIT says, the parking lot currently operates at capacity, but does not generate any revenue. In the 2011 Airport Business Plan, upgrades to the parking area were estimated at $1.7 million, and upgrades to the airport near Fort Nelson were part of the infrastructure projects for which residents recently approved the borrowing of over $50 million. Tenders are due by August 22, 2013.- Advertisement –
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Syria has never yet qualified for the World Cup.An upbeat mood spread from regime-held Damascus to the nearby rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta and as far as the northwestern town of Binnish in Idlib province, now largely controlled by jihadists.“I cannot describe my happiness… I hope that peace will prevail across Syria,” said Lara Hanna, 35, who watched the game in a Damascus coffee shop with her husband and their daughter.Syrian football fans watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Iran and Syria in rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta on September 5, 2017 © AFP / ABDULMONAM EASSAIn Eastern Ghouta, a group of football fans gathered in a farm to watch the game while others followed from home.“Of course we wanted the national team to win,” even if Syria is divided into “the opposition and the regime”, said 30-year-old Abu Badr.“The team represents all of Syria and we hope they will win in the play-offs and go on to qualify for the World Cup,” he said.Both regime backers and their foes said Monday’s equaliser, which placed Syria in third place in Group A, tasted like a victory.Syrian soldier Saeed Ereiji, 34, who wore the national team’s shirt over his military trousers, could hardly contain his joy.– ‘Tastes of victory’ –“We are so happy with the team’s performance” at the away game in Iran, he said.“Although we are allies in politics with Iran, this is football and they (Syria) gave the best they had,” he added.In the town of Binnish, Omar Hajj Hamdan, 21, watched the game with his friends in an ice cream shop.“We are very happy today. The draw tastes of victory,” he said.“There is no link between politics and sports. It’s wrong to say that we should not back the national team because it represents the regime,” he said.For some Syrians divided by war, the national team that equalised Tuesday with Iran plays for the whole country © AFP / LOUAI BESHARA“The national team plays for Syria, not for Bashar,” he added, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Many had complained online that the team represented the Assad regime, which brutally repressed peaceful anti-government protests at the start of the conflict in March 2011.Six years on, the conflict has spiralled into a complex civil war that has killed more than 330,000 people and forced millions from their homes.Hours before the game began, the streets in Damascus went silent, with no cars or passersby in sight.Most stores were shuttered as football fans flooded to coffee shops and restaurants to watch the game, which state television broadcast live.At Al-Jalaa stadium in western Damascus, more than 3,000 people gathered to celebrate, many wearing the team’s red and white colours, shouting “Syria… Syria”.Hundreds more fans watched the game on a big screen in the capital’s Ommayad Square, among them university student Amjad al-Hariri.“The most beautiful thing is to see Syria united and doing well,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Syria football fans watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Iran and Syria on a large screen at the Al-Jalaa stadium in Damascus on September 5, 2017 © AFP / LOUAI BESHARADAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, Sep 5 – Syrian government backers and rebel supporters alike roared with joy on Tuesday when Omar Al Soma scored a 93rd-minute goal, giving their national team a 2-2 draw with Iran.The goal secured a spot for Syria in the Asian play-offs towards a possible qualification for the World Cup 2018 and sparked rare celebrations at home, where a brutal six-year war has killed hundreds of thousands.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia winger Samuel Onyango during a training session at teh club’s base in Camp Toyoyo on February 8, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9- Having directly been involved in 12 of Ulinzi Stars’ 37 goals last season, finishing off as the club’s second best scorer, Samuel Onyango hopes he can replicate and even better those digits as he starts life at his new club Gor Mahia.The Former Sony Sugar man was in decent form, recording six goals and six assists in the league despite the fact that Ulinzi finished at a low seventh. “Every player’s ambition is to better your previous performance and having come to a team such as Gor Mahia’s calibre, that has to be the target. It is good joining Gor because it is a different challenge and another step in my career,” Onyango told Capital Sport.The winger who broke into the national team thanks to his form at Ulinzi made his competitive debut at Gor coming off the bench in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Nakumatt in the league opener, having watched their KPL Super Cup win from the bench.Onyango admits it wasn’t a walk in the park gelling into the team but his performance from the Nakumatt game and in training gives him hope that he is on the right track.Gor Mahia’s Wellington Ochieng, Ernest Wendo and Godfrey Walusimbi during a training session at the club’s base in Camp Toyoyo on February 8, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It has been tough because I was almost two weeks late joining them in pre-season but I have worked hard to get to the same level. Physically I feel I am okay but I still have to learn because the coach is different, tactics and the philosophy is different and I am glad I am getting used to it,” he further opined.Onyango who scored three goals for Ulinzi Stars in their CAF Confederations Cup first round exit last year hopes he can have a similar goal scoring impact for Gor as they kick off their Champions League campaign with a preliminary round tie against Leones Vegeteranios of Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.“Playing continental football is not just like any other game; it is a huge platform and the most important thing is about self belief. If we can believe in our abilities and put in the hard work, I believe we can achieve anything,” Onyango noted.Meanwhile, skipper Harun Shakava has urged the club’s management to ensure the players’ motivation is high in terms of match winning bonuses despite the fact that the club’s sponsors withdrew at the start of the year.“When the motivation of the players is high, then they get to give their best on the pitch. I want to ask our management to look into that matter because as players we want to make history,” Shakava noted.He added that the team’s primary ambition is to make it into the group stages of continental football despite the fact that they have a tough path. If they fail to make it in the Champions League, they will have a second chance when they are drawn in the Confederations Cup play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Ending their long wait for a win at their London rivals is just the latest sign of the progress made under Pochettino.And it was even more impressive as they came from behind as a huge error from Hugo Lloris gifted Alvaro Morata the opening goal when the Tottenham goalkeeper misjudged a cross in the 30th minute.Christan Eriksen’s sublime long-range strike drew Tottenham level in first-half stoppage time.Alli took centre stage to end a barren run with two smart finishes in the 62nd and 66th minutes.Tottenham could even afford the luxury of doing the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from a three-week layoff with ankle ligament damage 16 minutes from time.It was a sweet moment for Alli, who has endured criticism for some erratic performances this season.“He’s a great talent and I have no doubts about him. Young players need room to breath,” Pochettino said.“There’s pressure on their shoulders. But he has nothing to show to me or Tottenham.“It’s more about the expectation being so high. I’m so happy for him.”After a long run of poor results in away fixtures against their top four rivals, Tottenham finally proved they can win when the stakes are highest.Pochettino, yet to win a trophy with Tottenham, said: “After 28 years it is important to win here. It’s a happy day for everyone – fans, players. We feel very proud.”Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted Eriksen’s equaliser was a hammer blow after his side had dominated for much of the first half.“The goal at the end of the first half it wasn’t good for us and our confidence. We deserved to go in 2-0 up but football is this and Eriksen scored a fantastic goal,” he said.“Second half we tried to score again but Tottenham have been more clinical than us. In this season we are not so clinical and then we lost the game.”– Conte rues Chelsea flop –Antonio Conte watched his Chelsea side beaten 3-1 at home by Spurs Sunday but won’t concede the top four is beyond the Blues © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASFailing to qualify for the Champions League could trigger Conte’s departure at the end of the season after he spent much of the campaign feuding with the club’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.But Conte wouldn’t concede Chelsea are out of the race for the top four.“For sure we lost a great chance today to reduce the gap with Tottenham,” he said.“There are seven games to go and we have to do our best until the end. At the end of the season you finish in the position you deserve.” 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Eden Hazard vies with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1 – Mauricio Pochettino saluted Dele Alli as Tottenham ended their 28-year wait to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. Defeat for Chelsea shattered their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League as Tottenham opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Jordyn McCartney.According to RCMP, McCartney was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on May 13.McCartney is described as:CaucasianBrown HairBrown eyes5’2″/ 150 lbs- Advertisement -There is a concern for her well-being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information in regards to McCartney’s whereabouts, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisement
The RCMP are calling a presser in Winnipeg at 1 p.m. CT to give an update on the manhunt for the B.C. homicide suspects. #cbcmb— Austin Grabish (@AustinGrabish) July 31, 2019Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod have been charged in connection with the death of Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake and are suspected of also killing Lucas Folwer and Chynna Deese. The RCMP have not released details about when the pair will be officially charged in the deaths near the Liard Hot Springs of Folwer and Deese. GILLAM, M.B. – RCMP in Manitoba will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. central time to outline the reduced search for two homicide suspects from B.C.According to reporters in Gillam, the RCMP will outline the reduction of search efforts in Northern Manitoba. Other reports suggest military aircraft have already left the area and the RCMP are now back to using RCMP aircraft.Police on the ground in Gillam have just confirmed that Canadian Armed Forces have pulled out of the search for Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmegelsky. They’re now relying on their own plane and private choppers to do more ‘strategic’ flyovers in the area.@9NewsAUS— Alexis Daish (@LexiDaish) July 31, 2019- Advertisement -The search near Gillam has been underway since July 22, 2019, and to date has not produced any sightings of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.The RCMP say they have checked over 500 homes in the Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation. Investigators have now received over 260 tips in the past seven days. None have established that the suspects are outside of the Gillam area.Advertisement
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1 Carles Gil celebrates his first goal in English football Aston Villa momentarily put their Premier League woes to one side with a solid 2-1 FA Cup fourth round victory over Championship pace-setters Bournemouth.Before kick-off Villa fans had been buoyed by the news that midfielder Fabian Delph had extended his contract at Villa Park until 2019, however it was the Cherries who made the brighter start of the teams.Though Andreas Weimann went close on nine minutes, heading Hutton’s inch-perfect cross just wide – with many fans thinking it had gone in – Paul Lambert’s side struggled to impose themselves on the game in the opening 45 minutes and the away side were able to play their composed, passing game.Eddie Howe’s side almost took the lead on 19 minutes when Shaun MacDonald rounded goalkeeper Shay Given, before having his shot cleared off the line by Jores Okore. Villa responded immediately with Weimann going close at the other end, but Okore had to have his wits about him again ten minutes later when he denied Yann Kermorgant, who had been played through by Eunan O’Kane.The Villa players looked happy to hear the half time whistle but emerged a different side 15 minutes later.Two minutes after the break, Carles Gil was released by Christian Benteke and unleashed from close range, going narrowly wide of the right post.Gil wouldn’t have to wait long for another chance to score his first goal in English football, however, and on 50 minutes scored arguably the goal of the fourth round. Villa were on the counter when Gil picked up the ball on the right wing and, after cutting inside, the Spaniard broke the deadlock with a curling shot into the top left corner from at least 25 yards out.Bournemouth responded by bringing on their top goalscorer Callum Wilson. As they pushed forward in search of an equaliser, Villa had to dig in with defenders Okore and Hutton both picking up bookings.The Cherries left themselves open at the back, however, and after managing only one goal in their last six games, Villa scored two in one half when they doubled their lead 70 minutes in. Hutton, who had been a constant threat with his overlaps down the right, played a dangerous ball across the area which reached Weimann who steered home with his left foot.Again, Bournemouth pushed forward and went close on a couple of occasions before an excellent injury-time move ended with Adam Smith picking out Callum Wilson who made no mistake in netting past Given from close-range.Unfortunately for Bournemouth it came too late and Villa deservedly progressed into the FA Cup fifth round.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Real Madrid are considering a shock summer bid for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. (Daily Star)David de Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has denied speculation the Manchester United goalkeeper has agreed a deal to move to Real Madrid and confirmed he has started negotiations over a new deal at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is eyeing a summer swoop for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. France international Gignac, 29, is out of contract in the summer and is refusing to sign a new deal at the Stade Veledrome. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United or Manchester City will have to hand Dani Alves a three-year deal at £100,000 per week if they are to sign the full-back on a free. The full-back is out of contract at Barcelona at the end of the season. (The Sun)Andre Schurrle says he did not want to leave Chelsea. The midfielder joined Wolfsburg in a £24.6million deal on transfer deadline day, allowing Chelsea to meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules and sign Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado. (Daily Star)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Pearson remains Leicester City boss despite speculationWest Ham couldn’t cope with ‘direct’ Man United, says AllardyceExclusive – Piers Morgan: ‘Wenger is finished at Arsenal. Bring in Klopp!’Exclusive – Ex-Everton star concerned about Barkley’s formNewcastle midfielder Colback should not have been on the pitch, bemoans Stoke boss HughesCarver calls for Newcastle to be more professional
“This award comes through hard work and hard work pains. I didn’t do this alone, with the help of team-mates, office and staff, I get this as the best player,” an emotional Kagere said as he picked the award, presented by Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia.Kagere kising he trophy after being named the SJAK Most Valuable Player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKagere had a brilliant season with K’Ogalo in his second return, directly contributing to 18 goals, scoring 14 and assisting four. He was the first runner up to Michael Olunga in 2015 when the two partnered to deliver the title unbeatenKagere won the accolade ahead of team-mate George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Golden Boot winner Masoud Juma from Kariobangi Sharks.Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper John Oyemba picks his keeper of the year award from State House’s Dennis Itumbi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Golden Glove went to Kariobangi Sharks goal keeper, John Oyemba who managed 16 clean sheets, beating Kakamega Homeboyz custodian David Juma (15) to second place while Posta Rangers’ Patrick Matasi (15) was third.Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohammed was named the Defender of the Year, ahead of Posta Rangers’ Jockins Atudo while Godfrey Walusimbi made the podium by finishing third.Gor’s Musa Mohammed receiving the defender of the year award from Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa (center). Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the Midfielder of the Year category, Blackberry waded off stiff competition from Nzoia Sugar FC’s Lawrence Juma who was runners-up while Michael Madoya from Zoo FC settled for third.Masoud won the Gooden Boot after notching 17 goals this season, Kagere took the runners-up award after scoring 14 goals while the third position saw Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt FC) and Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars) share the accolade after netting 13 goals each.Kariobangi Sharks striker Masoud Juma receiving the Goolden Boot Award from AIPS President Gianni Merlo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAZoo FC striker, Nicholas Kipkirui was named the New Young Player ahead of AFC Leopards’ Vincent Oburu who was second while Nzoia Sugar FC defender Brian Otieno was second runners-up.After transforming Sofapaka FC to finishing second in the KPL, Ugandan tactician Sam Ssimbwa scooped the Coach of the Year Award ahead of Kariobangi Sharks’ William Muluya who was runners-up after guiding the newly promoted team to third place in the league.Mike Mururi was second runners-up after guiding Kakamega Homeboyz to fifth position in the league.All nominees received Sh300,000 courtesy of the National Sports Fund with all winners taking home a 49-inch smart television, runners-up were awarded a fridge while third place finishers went home with a microwave all courtesy of sponsors LG Electronics.WinnersMVPMeddie KagereGolden GloveJohn Oyemba – Kariobangi SharksDavid Juma- Kakamega HomeboyzPatrick Matasi – Posta RangersDefenderMusa Mohammed – Gor MahiaJockins Atudo- Posta RangersGodfrey Walusimbi – Gor MahiaMidfielderGeorge ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo – Gor MahiaLawrence Juma- Nzoia Sugar FCMichael Madoya – Zoo FCNew Young PlayerNicholas Kipkirui –Zoo FCVincent Oburu –AFC LeopardsBrian Otieno – Nzoia Sugar FCGolden BootMasoud Juma – Kariobangi SharksMeddie Kagere – Gor MahiaKepha Aswani – Nakumatt FCJacques Tuyisenge – Gor MahiaStephen Waruru- Ulinzi Stars0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Meddie Kagere receives his MVP award. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere was the big winner of the night picking the ultimate prize after being crowned the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) 2017 Footballer of the Year in a glittering ceremony held at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi on Monday night.Local football royalty gathered at the black-tie gala to bow to their new king who takes over from last year’s winner Kenneth Muguna having played a pivotal role in steering K’Ogalo to their record 16th title.
0Shares0000Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde thinks that manager Antonio Conte is Chelsea’s biggest strengthLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had only kind words for Andreas Christensen despite his costly error in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.Willian gave the Blues the lead after twice hitting the post at Stamford Bridge, but a misplaced pass from the Dane allowed Andres Iniesta to tee up Lionel Messi for an away-goal equaliser. “It was a great performance, an incredible performance,” Conte said after leaving club captain Gary Cahill on the bench to go with Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, and Cesar Azpilicueta in central defence.“He is only 21 and it is great he can play with that maturity. He was one of the best players. He played a top game and I am very pleased for his performance.“I don’t remember a great save from Thibaut. They had the one chance in the first half with Paulinho and then the second half with [Luis] Suarez.“I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players made a great effort. They followed the plan, the programme we prepared.“They showed themselves to be a really strong team, a fantastic team, but we showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively but at the same time when you continue to have the right feeling with the ball to create the chance to score I think that we can try to do something incredible at Camp Nou.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will embark on a new career with LA Galaxy in the Major Soccer League after cutting his contract short at Manchester United © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 30 – Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic by declaring his departure from Manchester United a “sad” moment for European football.The former Paris Saint-Germain striker secured a move to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy last week after United agreed to cancel his contract three months early. Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his first season at Old Trafford, but struggled to recapture his best form after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during a Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht last April.The 36-year-old Swede managed only one goal for United after making his comeback in November, with his final appearance for the club against Burnley on Boxing Day.“For me, it’s always sad when the big players go in the direction of the end,” United manager Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.“I remember for example Luis Figo, after his last match, with me and with Inter Milan.“I always remember it as one of my saddest moments because I always feel very, very sorry when the big ones finish or go to the last period of their careers.“Zlatan is a huge big player that European football is losing now and forever because he will not be back to this level.”However, Mourinho added: “This period with Galaxy, these couple of years, will be very good for him and American football.”– Shaw option –Meanwhile Mourinho indicated Luke Shaw could win a reprieve despite his recent fierce criticism of the defender.Left-back Ashley Young has been struggling with a knee injury, suffered while on England duty, as United prepare to face Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday, with Shaw his likely deputy.Shaw played in United’s most recent match, a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Brighton on March 17, but was substituted at half-time and then pilloried by Mourinho afterwards.The Portuguese manager accused Shaw of not defending well enough, and giving Brighton too much room down the right flank.Shaw is known to be angry with the way he has been treated, but Mourinho insisted the full-back had not been frozen out.“If he’s available, Luke Shaw is always an option,” Mourinho said. “Ashley Young was available to play against Brighton and I started with Luke Shaw, so that’s not a problem.”Reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero will miss the Swansea game after suffering a knee injury during Argentina’s 6-1 defeat by Spain in Madrid on Tuesday.Romero has been United’s FA Cup ‘keeper this season, but is a major doubt for the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on April 21 after injuring his right knee in a collision with Diego Costa.“Romero is injured, and I think he will be for a few weeks,” Mourinho, whose second-placed side are currently a huge 16 points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City, said. “I think in the end he was lucky because it was a strong contusion (bruise) and will take a little bit of time to recover.”Mourinho and Swansea counterpart Carlos Carvalhal are the only two Portuguese managers in the Premier League, and have a long-standing friendship.Carvalhal, who has taken Swansea three points clear of the relegation zone since arriving at the Welsh club in December after leaving second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, described Mourinho as the “king of coaches”, before the two men enjoyed a cordial phone conversation on Thursday.“He said I opened the door for more Portuguese coaches to leave which is something I know is true,” Mourinho told reporters.“I speak with him a couple of times every week. Last night I spoke with him a little and thanked him for his nice words. It is one thing to think something, but another to say it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“The announcement of Mediapro being assigned Serie A’s television rights raises so many doubts that it’s necessary to verify its legality before any significant offers can be presented,” Sky Italia said in the statement.In February Mediapro outbid Sky for domestic television rights to Serie A, agreeing to pay 1.05 billion euros ($1.3 billion) a year for the period 2018 to 2021, but Sky argued that the Spanish company was not in a legal position to make an offer.The suspension means a further extension of the deadline for the assignment of offers from broadcasters interested in buying Serie A rights beyond the original limit of April 21.“Sky has invested in Italian football for a number of years, reaching millions of homes, families and enthusiasts, and given great satisfaction to all its subscribers and the clubs within a competitive system, while respecting Italian rules and laws,” the statement continued.“Because of our desire to keep contributing to the growth of Italian football … while respecting the values of a free market and all laws, Sky has turned to the courts which, after immediately suspending Mediapro’s tender, will give its verdict on May 4.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Action from Sunday’s Rome derby in Serie A between Roma and Lazio © AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Apr 16 – A Milan court on Monday suspended Spanish group Mediapro’s tender for television rights for Italy’s Serie A matches for the next four years until May 4.Sky Italia said in a statement it had requested that the court verify whether Mediapro’s tender respected Italian laws.
His press briefing came just hours after Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain, was named as sporting director.Enrique, 48, will replace Lopetegui, who was fired by Rubiales when the coach announced he had signed to take over at Real Madrid.The national team’s then sporting director Fernando Hierro stepped in to replace him and led Spain to the last 16 where they lost to hosts Russia on penalties, before stepping down after the tournament.Enrique was Barcelona coach for three years from May 2014, leading the Catalan giants to the tr 0Shares0000Ex-Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique pictured during a press conference at the Joan Gamper Sports Center near Barcelona on April 18, 2017, ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg against JuventusMADRID, Spain, Jul 9 – Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was appointed Spain’s new coach on Monday after previous incumbent Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup.“Luis Enrique’s appointment as coach for the next two years was approved unanimously,” Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish football federation, told reporters. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winner at Bournemouth © AFP / Ben STANSALLBOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom, Nov 3 – Marcus Rashford’s dramatic late winner capped Manchester United’s fightback as they maintained their recent revival with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.Rashford’s close-range finish came after Anthony Martial’s effort had cancelled out Callum Wilson’s early opener for Bournemouth at Dean Court. It was United’s third victory in their last four Premier League games, extending an upturn in form that was started by the home victory over Newcastle United when Jose Mourinho’s side recovered from a two-goal deficit.The result will strengthen Mourinho’s belief his side are on the up, although the United manager could easily have been contemplating a defeat had the home side made more of a succession of early chances.Mourinho had expressed his confidence before this game that United’s position in the Premier League table would look very different heading into the second half of the season.“I think by the end of December, which is the end of the first half of the Premier League, I think we are not going to be in the position we are now. We are going to be in a better position,” he said.If the Portuguese’s prediction is to come true, United must shake off the inconsistency that has so far undermined their efforts this season.This was a start, particularly as Bournemouth had begun the season so impressively.Mourinho will know, however, there must be much more to come if they are to revive their challenge for a top four place.Romelu Lukaku was a surprising absentee, with Mourinho revealing before the game the forward had not travelled to the south coast after picking up an injury the day before.“In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days,” Mourinho said.“So Lukaku has not come and we decided to start with Alexis (Sanchez).”Lukaku had started on the bench against Everton six days previously so his starting place was far from guaranteed – he has not scored in nine games for his club.But Mourinho decided not to risk the Belgian with Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Juventus looming.– Sustained pressure –Sanchez got the nod ahead of Rashford, a starter against Everton, but the Chile international had little chance to shine during the opening stages when Bournemouth could have sealed the points.The visitors struggled to cope with Bournemouth’s pacy front players and Eddie Howe’s side exploited the lack of organisation in the United backline, forcing the lead in the 11th minute after a period of sustained pressure.Wilson was denied by David De Gea and Junior Stanislas’s shot deflected wide before United finally cracked after failing to deal with the resulting corner.Luke Shaw headed clear but Mourinho’s side were guilty of failing to put pressure on the ball, allowing Stanislas to drill in a low cross that was turned home by an unmarked Wilson.United finally clicked in the 35th minute when Sanchez showed his worth.The former Arsenal forward won the ball in midfield, with the help of his arm, according to the Bournemouth players, and played it wide to Ashley Young before advancing into the box to collect the return and set up Martial for the 35th minute equaliser.Mourinho’s side were fortunate to be level at half-time but after the restart, they improved the longer the game went on and should have claimed a decisive second goal after Young struck the bar with a free-kick.The ball fell to Rashford whose close range shot was blocked by Nathan Ake.However, Rashford made amends in the final seconds when he turned in Paul Pogba’s cross from close-range.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
So after Nie gave birth to Amber last December, she was determined to leave a better record, a daily diary through imagery. She slips her Canon PowerShot SD450 digital camera into a diaper bag anywhere she goes and has snapped more than 6,500 photos in nine months. “I grab it all the time – if she’s just doing something really cute, maybe playing with a toy or grabbing a shoe in a shoe store,” Nie said. “I don’t really delete any. Years from now, I want to remember the bad face she made,” not just the smiles. Thanks to cheap and easy-to-use recording devices – digital cameras, camcorders, camera phones – today’s kids are forming the most documented generation ever, as parents, relatives and friends capture forever the first, second and hundredth smile. The challenge will come in managing all the data and making sure they get migrated and cared for along the way. “There’s going to be little escaping the embarrassment that comes with having that many baby photos and videos,” said Steve Jones, a communications professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “On the other hand, what a great thing for this generation to have.” The research company InfoTrends estimates that 67 percent of U.S. households had digital cameras last year, up from 42 percent in 2004. Today’s children will get a glimpse tomorrow of what everyday life was like – how their parents dressed, what furniture and paintings were in their homes – not just during birthdays and special occasions when past generations were more apt to pull out their film cameras and pose in their best outfits. “With digital you can just keep on taking to get the one you want,” said Amy Short, a nurse in East Alton, Ill. “I definitely take a lot more of my son of just everyday, laying around or sleeping or just little things.” Virginia Merritt of Newnan, Ga., laments that she has few records from her life past 8 months, including when she started walking. “I just have what my mom remembers,” she said. So for Evan, who turns 1 on Sept. 25, Merritt made sure to keep a list of firsts on the Web site TotSites, including first use of a sippy cup (Aug. 8), first fever (April 8) and first passing of a toy from one hand to the other (Feb. 12) – categories generally not found in traditional, printed baby books. She also posted sonograms from her pregnancy at Baby Crowd, a Web site for expecting parents. But all this documentation may carry a price if parents, in spending so much energy creating and preserving a digital archive, fail to enjoy living the moment. And will future generations even have time to look through stacks of CDs containing tens or hundreds of thousands of photos? And even if they do, will individual memories become less precious because there are so many? What if disk drives fail or software formats change, rendering photos unreadable by tomorrow’s computers? Will CDs even work? Think of those reels of 8 mm home movies with no projectors for viewing them. “If you look at your parents’ or grandparents’ belongings, you can find old negatives ? and negatives are still reproducible,” said Greg Miele, a Bethesda, Md., father of two, ages 9 and 17. “Yet if you have a hard drive fail on your computer, it’s all over. It’s a huge risk to maintain your photographs in a digital medium.” After two years of shooting digital, Heidi Grunwald has started returning to film, overwhelmed by the prospect of cataloging all the photos too easily snapped. “It’s taking a lot of enjoyment out of photography,” said the mother of a 9-year-old. “I find myself not even using the camera, thinking that if I take photographs of this school event, I’m now going to have to spend a whole week processing them. Why do you need all those pictures? Who’s going to look at them all at the end of the day?” Many parents acknowledge their kids may never want all the photos, but they say they’d like to have them available just in case they want them – particularly as they become parents themselves. “Now that I have children of my own, I would love to see baby pictures of me to see if my daughter looks like I did, what characteristics I share,” said Thea Jankowski of Saint Charles, Ill. Until that day comes, many of the photos are being distributed to family and friends via e-mail and photo-sharing Web sites – in some cases exposing their child’s most private moments to the entire world. Some parents buy additional disk drives to archive photos, burn them on CDs or keep copies online – not always mindful that photo sites often make it difficult to retrieve the original, high-resolution versions necessary for quality prints. Jennifer Lucas, of Frankfort, Ill., makes prints of the best photos and keeps them in a traditional album. She keeps the rest by month on CDs. “Looking back at what my parents have of me, there might be 20 to 30 pictures from my entire first year,” Lucas said. With Jack, born four months ago, “we already have hundreds documenting everything he’s already done. Chances are those discs are never going to be looked at again when he gets older, but they will be there in case.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Anick Jesdanun THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – For her 30th birthday, while she was still pregnant, Lindsay Nie received from Mom an album filled with her baby and childhood photos. She enjoyed the trip down memory lane – recalling, for instance, the wooden slide she had in her room and the way she used to play on it. But she also noticed many gaps in the collection, in some cases months or even a year in length.