Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Perez rescues Zark’s-Lyceum to force do-or-die in D-League quarters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Joining the Philippines and Argentina are No. 8 Croatia and No. 9 France.Batang Gilas made the world championship after escaping Japan on a last-second basket on Friday in the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in China.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 crownThe team settled for fourth following a 60-54 loss to China in the semifinals and a 76-60 rout at the hands of New Zealand on Sunday.Fiba Asia U16 champion Australia, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Dominican Republic are in Group Al Mali, China, United States and Serbia round out Group B; while Canada, New Zealand, Egypt and Montenegro complete Group B. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines has its work cut out for it in the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup in June.The young Filipinos found themselves slotted among the top ranked teams in the world including host and No. 7 Argentina in Group D.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Manila Throwdown 2018 Individual Edition Finals is back LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is our sweetest championship because we waited so long for this day that we will win it again,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino.Bryan Bagunas fired 22 points after scoring 19 in the Bulldogs’ straight-sets win in Game 1 four days ago and was named Finals MVP.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 crown“We really instilled in our minds that this will be our time to get the championship. We told each and every one of us that we’re not going to give up until we win,” Bagunas told reporters in Filipino.Bagunas led the way but he wasn’t NU’s only weapon. The NU Bulldogs celebrate after winning their third UAAP men’s volleyball title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University survived Ateneo in four grueling sets, 25-20, 31-29, 22-25, 33-31, in Game 2 to sweep their best-of-three UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball Finals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.It took seven match points before the Bulldogs finally put the Blue Eagles away after falling short against them in the finals for the past three seasons and win their third volleyball crown overall.ADVERTISEMENT James Natividad added 18 points, including a hit that made it, 32-31, before an attempt by Ateneo’s Ron Medalla went out that sealed NU’s first title since winning back-to-back in Season 75 and 76.Newly-minted five-time MVP Marck Espejo finished with a game-high 30 points after only tallying two points in the opening set. Espejo kept Ateneo alive, saving four championship points.But while the Blue Eagles leaned heavily on Espejo, the Bulldogs drew solid outings from several players with the likes of Kim Malabunga, Madz Gampong and Francis Saura.Five of Malabunga’s 10 points came off blocks while Gampong and Saura chipped in eight apiece. Gampong came up with the game’s best defensive play when he denied Espejo with a single block to close the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo dominates San Beda, sweeps way to Filoil title But SJ Belangel’s triple in the 1:38 mark stopped San Beda’s march and gave the Blue Eagles a 73-59 lead.Tournament MVP Angelo Kouame then, followed up with a defensive haymaker coming up with an emphatic block on San Beda big man Donald Tankoua in the following possession for the Red Lions.“We fell short, and I know that my players really fought back in the second half, but a 19-point deficit against Ateneo, of all teams, that’s really a difficult situation to be in,” said Fernandez in Filipino. “Again looking ahead to the NCAA, this will be a good lesson for them.”“What happened to us against Ateneo was a learning curve and there are teams that really prepared against us and what Ateneo did to us other teams will also probably do that to us as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan A loss as disappointing as that one could easily dampen any team’s spirit, but for Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez that setback was a welcome development as they turn their attention to the NCAA.“This is a learning curve for us,” said Fernandez, whose team trailed. 45-26, at the end of the first half, at the Arena in San Juan. “I think this is one usual thing, we lost this game and we lost a championship so this is a lesson learned.”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 crown“We know what we have to do, we came back in the third and the fourth, and so we kind of adjusted.”The Red Lions, through their pressing defense, were able to chip away at Ateneo’s lead in the fourth even cutting it to as low as 11 in the final two minutes. MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda’s aspirations of becoming a repeat champion in the Filoil Preseason Cup fell apart when Ateneo showed its might in the championship game on Saturday.The Blue Eagles, the reigning UAAP champions, easily brushed off the NCAA champions Red Lions aside with a 76-62 beating for the title.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
“I could not even inform the coaches or NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) staff, and only a very tight circle of … my friends knew. I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody.”The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $28,000 for Mikel’s father, according to Nigerian police in the southeastern state where his father was rescued.But police spokesman Ebere Amaraizu told The Associated Press that Michael Obi was rescued along with his driver after a shootout and no ransom was paid. The two men had been held by the kidnappers for nearly a week after being abducted on a road while traveling from the central city of Jos to a funeral in the southeastern state of Enugu.Kidnappings for ransom targeting family members of wealthy people are common in Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of nearly 200 million people and Africa’s most populous country.Mikel, one of Nigeria’s most successful players, was at Chelsea in the Premier League from 2006-17. He moved to Chinese club Tianjin Teda last year.His father was also kidnapped in 2011, when the kidnappers demanded a $4 billion ransom from Chelsea.On that occasion, Michael Obi was kidnapped in Jos and rescued in the northern city of Kano, 190 miles away, 10 days later.Mikel said he desperately wanted to talk about his father’s latest kidnapping with Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr at the World Cup but thought it would upset the team, and so kept quiet.“I did not want my issue to become a distraction to the coach or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game,” Mikel said. “So as much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not do it. Thankfully he (Mikel’s father) is now safely released.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Mikel decided to hide the news from his teammates and coach so as not to destabilize the team and went ahead and played the game in Russia, the midfielder said in a statement released by his management company on Tuesday.Mikel’s father, Michael Obi, was rescued from armed kidnappers by Nigerian police following a shootout in a remote, forest area in southeastern Nigeria on Monday, nearly a week after his abduction.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 crownThat allowed the player to talk about the incident publicly.Police said Michael Obi, who was rescued along with his driver, had “recovered from the trauma of the kidnap.” Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial FILE – In this June 22, 2018 file photo, Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel waves to his team’s supporters after their 2-0 win in Group D over Iceland at the World Cup in Volgograd, Russia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel played in a crucial World Cup match against Argentina four hours after being told his father had been kidnapped for ransom back home and would be shot if anyone talked to the police.“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first,” Mikel said.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In a post on his official Twitter account later Tuesday, Mikel said his father was “recuperating with family.”It was the second time Michael Obi had been kidnapped in Nigeria.Mikel said he received a telephone call in St. Petersburg last Tuesday telling him of his father’s abduction as the Nigeria team was heading to the stadium to play in the World Cup against Lionel Messi and Argentina.Nigeria lost 2-1 after a late Argentina goal and was eliminated from the World Cup as a result. Mikel played the whole game knowing that his father was in serious danger.“I was emotionally distraught but had to make a decision about whether I was mentally ready to play the game,” Mikel said in his statement. “I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down.ADVERTISEMENT PayMaya forces semis rubber match vs BanKo after 5-set win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Komanisi went toe-to-toe with Jhack and paid the price after a crushing right hook sent him flat on his back in the second round of their fight held in East London, South Africa last September.The power-punching Cebuano, who is gunning for the vacant WBA title, boasts a record of 21 wins and 16 knockouts. His last five fights ended in KOs.Ortega, who is fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico, is no pushover with an impressive win-loss card as well, winning 26 fights against only 1 loss and a draw with 12 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Filipino fighter Jhack Tepora. Photo by Mark GiongcoKUALA LUMPUR—Jhack Tepora’s first world title fight could end quickly.Tepora, the undefeated Filipino featherweight, refused to offer any predictions for his upcoming showdown against Edivaldo Ortega in the main supporting bout of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse “Fight of Champions,” but he believes it won’t go the distance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It won’t last 12 rounds,” said Tepora in Filipino Wednesday while working out at a makeshift gym at Le Meridien Hotel.His trainer and older brother Jing-jing hinted that the knockout could come in the middle rounds, five to seven to be specific.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The probability of Jhack winning by stoppage is high given his reputation as a knockout artist.Jing-Jing also said Jhack thrives against fighters like Ortega and his previous opponent Lusanda Kominisi of South Africa, who have the same come-forward style. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Atlanta Hawks agree to deal with veteran Vince Carter “I want to bring a team that can compete and we can be proud of. In the process of completing the lineup, there were doubts on whether we can really compete with the players we requested.”READ: ‘Miracles can happen’ with Guiao as Asian Games coachGuiao added that their request for players “from other teams was denied” but did not elaborate.Guiao’s roster for the national team was supposed to be composed of Rain or Shine’s core, three players from NLEX and Gilas Cadets Abu Tratter, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras.While trying to complete his roster for Jakarta, Guiao said other teams like Iran will send its senior team to the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Yeng Guiao, the chosen head coach for the Asian Games, however, has another reason why the SBP decided against sending a Philippine team to the continental sporting event.READ: SBP makes U-turn, withdraws from Asian GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Guiao said he and SBP were struggling to form a competitive roster for the Asian Games and this was one of the factors why the governing basketball body withdrew from Jakarta.“If we can’t form a competitive team, why must we embarrass ourselves if we will go unprepared and not equipped,” said Guiao late Thursday in a phone conversation. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? READ: Clarkson, Standhardinger in Asiad lineup unlikely SBP’s decision was first relayed to Rain or Shine owner Raymond Yu and to Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia.Guiao said Rain or Shine accepted the decision after SBP president Al Panlilio explained what happened.“I told Rain or Shine that the country itself should thank them for their service because they went beyond their call of duty,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas pulled the rug from under the Philippine basketball community when it decided to withdraw from the 2018 Asian Games a few minutes before the stroke of midnight.SBP said it would focus on trying to recover the national team’s image after the brawl against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier led to suspensions of 10 players and two coaches and whopping fines for the organization.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments
Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIts inclusion in the Top 10 of the SPIA Asia is expected to add a big boost to the Philippine Superliga (PSL), especially with its Collegiate Grand Slam (CGS) set to start on Nov. 3.PSL chair Philip Ella Juico thanked organizers of SPIA Asia Awards and Conference, who named the PSL one of the 10 finalists in the Best Women Sports Event Category for its Awards Night on Nov. 19 and 20 in Bangkok.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Madayag wants to set example for young stars The PSL is the only finalist from the Philippines.Also in the elite list of finalists are the organizers of 19th AFC Women’s Asian Cup of Jordan, the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship of Thailand, the Asian Women’s Hockey Championship Trophy of South Korea and the BNP Paribas WTA Finals of Singapore.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“It is the Oscars of Sports in Asia,” said Juico, former chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, referring to the Hollywood film awards night.Juico said the nomination for the prestigious award came at a perfect time as they are about to roll out the grassroots-oriented CGS, featuring University of Santo Tomas, the University of the Philippines, University of the East, Far Eastern University, Colegio de San Agustin and La Salle-Dasmarinas. MOST READ
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ UAAP: UP barges into top 4 after stunning FEU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESPhoenix gained inside track for the last top four slot after rallying past Rain or Shine, 103-97, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.Calvin Abueva scored 18 points, including the game-clinching free throw with 14 seconds left as the Fuel Masters completed their comeback from 10 points down at the start of the final frame.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 Eugene Phelps also posted a double-double with 18 points and 20 rebounds for Phoenix, which claimed solo fourth with a 7-3 record, creating a half-game lead over Blackwater (6-3) in the standings.RJ Jazul hit a 3-pointer to give the Fuel Masters the lead for good, 91-90, with 4:48 remaining, capping a 17-6 run.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 ChrissChris Tiu tallied a game-high 24 points for the Elasto Painters, who dropped to 2-7.Import Terrence Watson had another subpar outing, finishing with only four points and seven rebounds before fouling out with still 2:19 left in the game. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
“With the injuries we have and with LeBron watching his minutes, we’ve got to get creative with some of our lineups and make sure we have groups out there that give us a chance to win still,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Ultimately, we’re trying to get a win each and every time out.”Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and Marc Gasol added 15 to help Toronto win its ninth consecutive meeting with the Lakers, extending a franchise record. The Raptors have not lost to the Lakers since Nov. 30, 2014. They also set a franchise record with their 20th victory of the season against a Western Conference opponent.Rajon Rondo scored 13 points but the Lakers failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 15 and 17 when they beat Chicago and won at Oklahoma City.Los Angeles overturned a 20-point deficit to win at Chicago on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Lakers kept it close through three quarters against Toronto, the Atlantic Division leader, but couldn’t hang on in the fourth as the Raptors started the quarter with a 13-4 spurt.The Lakers made 7 of 31 attempts from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — LeBron James is finding it hard to stay chill about his season-ending cooldown.Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Norman Powell had 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-98 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT “We gave ourselves a chance to stay around and stay in the game,” Walton said, “but to win against a good team on the road, for the most part, you’re going to have to knock down more than that.”Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shot 3 for 11 and scored seven points. He missed all three of his attempts from long range.“It just wasn’t my night,” Kuzma said. “You can’t be perfect all 82. I’ve got to be better, for sure.”Kuzma got an earful from his coach after he failed to defend a 3 by Toronto’s Danny Green in the third quarter.Toronto guard Malcolm Miller, who played 24 minutes in a G-League game earlier Thursday, made two 3-pointers in the fourth.The Raptors were without guard Kyle Lowry, who sat because of a sore left ankle and forward Serge Ibaka, who began serving a three-game suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on Monday night.The Raptors were up 65-54 at halftime and took a 90-84 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles has not won consecutive road games since victories at Miami on Nov. 18 and Cleveland on Nov. 21. … C Tyson Chandler missed his fifth straight game because of a sore neck, and G Lance Stephenson sat for the sixth time in seven games because of a sprained toe on his left foot. … James missed three straight free throws in the fourth. … The Lakers are 1-6 in March.Raptors: Gasol started in place of Ibaka, and Jeremy Lin started in place of Lowry. … Toronto signed F/C Eric Moreland to a 10-day contract. … The Raptors are 10-0 against Pacific Division opponents. 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The struggling Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games, further denting their fading playoff hopes.Earlier this month, after consulting with James’ personal trainer, the Lakers said James would play limited minutes the rest of the season and might sit out one of any back-to-back gamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s challenging for me mentally, because I’m so accustomed to being out on the floor, especially when I’m healthy,” James said. “This is the direction they wanted to go the remainder of the season, given the lack of success we’ve had with our ball club.”James played 32 minutes Thursday and has not played more than 33 in any of the past four games. His status for Friday’s game at Detroit is not known. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Kyrie Irving gets 2nd career triple-double as Celtics overcome Kings HALFWAY HOMEToronto has won 17 straight when leading at halftime, extending a franchise record.WHAT’S IN A NAME?The Raptors said their practice facility had been renamed the OVO Athletic Centre. It’s a nod to the team’s partnership with Grammy award-winner Drake. The Toronto-born rapper has been involved with the Raptors since being named the team’s ‘global ambassador’ in September 2013. OVO is an acronym for October’s Very Own, Drake’s record label and clothing line.UP NEXTLakers: At Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: At Detroit on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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The Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched a countrywide sensitization program dubbed; “School-Community Partnership Initiative,” to make communities recognize their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education in the country. The exercise is accordingly part of greater effort to remove barriers to ‘effectively and efficiently’ implore school governance, maintenance and development processes across the country.The disclosure was made to the Daily Observer recently following the Assistant Minister of Education Minister for Student Personnel Services, T. Wilson Gaye series of encounters with the various education districts in Montserrado County.According to Mr. Gaye, the intent of the outreach program is to sensitize communities about their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education in the country.As part of the exercise, Mr. Gaye indicated that a team from the Bureau of Student Personnel Services comprising key staff has commenced an interactive dialogue with a cross-section of school administrators, teachers, students, parents, community leaders and district education officers in Montserrado County.According to him, six of the nine school districts within the Montserrado County School System have so far been covered by the exercise, while the next phase of the dialogue is expected to cover the remaining three educational districts in the county as well as the other school districts across the country.“During the interactive dialogues at the respective districts, the team informed the participants that the MOE initiated the nationwide sensitization to make communities recognize their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education.”Mr. Gaye also asserted that the team would engage the MOE authority to recognize the value of working with community members in the effective management of schools, and sharing responsibility for as well as taking full ownership of the education system.As such, the Assistant Minister Gaye underscored the importance of community engagement in education.He added that the process is critical to removing barriers and achieve quality education for all.“Successful engagement empowers communities to participate in multi facets of education support in all parts of the country.”The team, he noted, when school administrators, teachers and parents mutually support and recognize the role and relevance of one another, opportunities for learning can be maximized.“That is to say, teachers need support and recognition from communities to perform effectively, while parents need guidance from teachers and other school personnel to understand how they can support their children’s learning.”The team then urged community members to take ownership of the education of their children by not only embracing government’s free and compulsory education, but by also protecting and preserving school facilities and preventing school-going children and teachers from getting involved in unwholesome acts.Mr. Gaye identified some of the unwholesome acts as school-based crimes, report of sex for or commercialization of grades, sexual harassment, child labor, etc.The team further maintained that community involvement in school management will help to increase accountability for both learning outcomes and school resources.Towards this end, the team called for a vibrant resuscitation (revival) of the parent teacher-student associations (PTSAs) and the setting up of school management committees (SMCs) in all public schools in the country.The team, however, noted that the effectiveness of the PTSAs and the SMCs will help to put a perpetual end to the alleged rampant encroachment and report of gross mishandling of school facilities across the country.The team reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to working with the PTSAs and other community-based organizations to develop operational guidelines and key skills in decision making and resource management to enable the PTSAs and community organizations work in partnership with school administrators to enhance transparency and accountability.A representative of the participants expressed appreciation to the MOE for the innovative undertaking which, they believe, would help to improve cooperation and collaboration between the schools and communities.The participants, however, expressed disappointment with the manner in which school facilities are sometimes being abused by students and some ‘unscrupulous community members.’Also, on behalf of the parents and school administrators, Mr. Gaye said, they reaffirmed their preparedness to collaborate with the Ministry in establishing vibrant PTSAs in schools in which there are none.They welcomed endeavors by the Ministry to strengthen school-community collaboration and called for the extension of such ventures to the rest of the counties to solidify the operations of the PTSA framework, which could in turn complement the work of the Ministry.The participants, however, frowned on government’s scanty support to schools, a situation that has often resulted to the inadequate sitting capacity in schools.The various interactive dialogues concluded with both representatives of the Ministry and the participants resolving to closely work together in strengthening and giving a new outlook and direction to the PTSAs in an attempt to improving school governance and maintenance processes.The over 200 participants further assured the Ministry of the prompt operation from their respective school PTSAs.MOE 80% Payroll Clean-upMeanwhile the MOE says it has achieved 80 percent of its payroll clean-up process in 2013.According to a dispatch, deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll- Kochi said the Ministry is on the verge of completing the payroll clean-up exercise.According to her, the Ministry’s international partners are assisting in fast tracking the process in Montserrado and Margibi counties.She then blamed previous governments, especially those of the civil conflict years, for over-padding the Ministry’s payroll with names of individuals or relatives, who had no defined job descriptions.She explained that those persons who were not on payroll but were only receiving stipends have been paid off by the ministry.Deputy Minister Kochi disclosed that the current education administration inherited huge payroll complications (problems) starting from the 14-long years of civil crisis, during which time some ‘untrained persons’ were recruited into the teaching profession.Deputy Minister Goll-Kotchi also said during the year under review, the Ministry established the early childhood division and the department of students’ personnel services-now headed by the Assistant Minister, T. Wilson Gaye, among others.At the same time also, Minister Goll-Kochi has disclosed that about 90 percent of teachers currently in the classrooms are not graduates of teachers’ training colleges, but were merely using the teaching profession as a “first stage of survival.’’ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 13-man Liberian Olympics delegation is in Gaborone, Botswana for the 2ndAfrican Youth Games from May 22-31.The delegation is headed by LNOC President Philibert Brown and includes the Chef de Mission, Boye Corvah, six athletes, four coaches and a medic. They will compete in athletics, swimming, boxing and table tennis.It is organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees in Africa, ANOCA. The African Youth Games have now become a melting pot, for the main nursery of continental sport. The games are expected to take place at the University of Botswana which will serve as the Games Village, while the following disciplines will feature on the Games schedule: athletics, badminton, canoeing, basketball, boxing, cycling fencing football, golf, judo, karate, netball, rowing, rugby, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.The 2nd African Youth Games are being held under the watchwords: ‘consolidating the achievements of Rabat 2010.’The African Youth Games are a sporting and cultural event initiated by ANOCA and meant for youths aged 14 to 18. Rabat, Morocco hosted the maiden edition from 13 to 18 July 2010.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The body of an Ebola victim in West Point, Monrovia’s largest slum, was yesterday removed after two nights in the open.The West Point Commissioner, Madam Haja Flowers, told the Daily Observer, the individual, a male, dropped dead on Monday and repeated calls were made for its removal, but response was delayed. However, on Wednesday morning government people came and picked up the body for transport to the crematorium.The head of a leading church in West Point revealed to the Daily Observer last night that the victim whose body was removed was a mentally unstable man who had resided at the football field in West Point.The church leader told this newspaper that there are other suspected Ebola cases near New Road in West Point, and that health authorities were en route to the township last night to conduct tests on them. If these tests proved positive, the affected persons will be taken away and quarantined. This church leader further informed the Daily Observer that he had learned that several persons from Guinea afflicted with the virus had entered West Point and had since died and were secretly buried. There are other affected persons from Guinea who are feared to have fled the places where they were living in West Point, and are now circulating in the wider community. This is highly dangerous, this church leader said.Observers said West Point inhabitants were very worried about the Ebola body tarrying for a long period in the township, fearing that its exposure to the general population might have provoked a further spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Such a situation, said one observer, could spread to the Water Side and would endanger the entire Monrovia community, since tens of thousands of people from West Point circulate in the city on a daily basis and are employed in many workplaces around the city, including government institutions.This observer stressed the need for the health authorities to develop a strategy to contain the virus in that township of over 100,000 people, the majority of them children. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The recent (2018/11/13) ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) pertaining to the issue of cross dressing in Guyana is indicative of the trajectory of homosexuality in this nation. The masquerade has to stop! The inconspicuously obvious is hiding in plain sight!SASOD and many sister organisations are riding the wave of human rights as they forward their advocacy against discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation. The not so obvious glaring fact, is that they are not dealing with sexual orientation in its widest sense- these folks and their supporters are, in essence, agitating for the legitimisation of same sex relationships; period! Consider the following:The laws of any society are intended to protect the citizenry. During SASOD’s press conference to inform the nation of the relevant CCJ ruling, a most prominent local senior counsel alluded to the archaic nature of sections of the constitution which pertain to cross dressing and homosexuality. What this learned individual and many in the legal fraternity is failing to address, is how these “antiquated” laws ended up on the books. I began this paragraph, by highlighting the fundamental utility of the law.So, if homosexuality is not serendipitously prohibited by the constitution, why is there an overwhelming effort to have it removed, while nothing is said about repealing the articles relating to incest, bestiality and other deviant sexual behaviour which are injurious to society? The answer is obvious. SASOD and their attorneys are quite aware of the grave potential societal dangers of incest, bestiality, homosexuality (particularly man to man) and other deviant sexual orientations. Hence, this facade about advocacy against discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, is nothing but a smoke screen intended to hide the real agenda of SASOD–to promote and legitimise buggery. Had it not been so, there would have been equal and parallel attention given to the repealing of sections of the constitution which criminalise incest and bestiality. Aren’t these sexual orientations also?Sincerely,Errol London (Jr)
Dear Editor,With respect to the no-confidence vote, the Appeal Court of Guyana has ruled in favour of the APNU/AFC.This decision seems to suggest that there is one set of rules for parliamentarians and another set of rules for the rest of Guyanese particularly with respect to GECOM whereby 5 votes are cast and 3 is a majority and the Appeal Court’s own voting with 3 votes cast where 2 is the majority.How does the Guyana Appeal Court reconcile the differences in the approach used?Had it ruled that 33 is the majority out of 65 votes cast, then there would not be a need to reconcile as 3 would be a majority out of 5 GECOM votes cast and 2 would be the majority out of 3 Appellate Court votes cast.Yours Faithfully,Sean Ori
Dear Editor,A vote for David Granger and his coalition in 2015 was touted as a “vote for change” and indeed, there have been changes in the Administration of Government of Guyana. A major change has been the levelling of corruption charges based on evidence. Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has used the constitutional office of Leader of the Opposition to transform the previous culture of allegations based on innuendo or anecdote. When in office, the PPP/C often replied to allegations with requests for evidence. Given a chance to prosecute many of these claims made while in Opposition, the Granger Administration has fallen woefully short of credible. The sale of land for housing at less than market value at Sparendaam and a mix-up about the inclusion of the purchase of law reports in an employment contract speaks more to political witchhunts than serious corruption.We are now in the ear of evidence-based allegations, with files and complaints being filed at various law enforcement agencies, whistleblowers have emerged in every sector of the public service and from across the political spectrum to provide tangible proof of wrongdoing. Names, dates, documents, images, file numbers, specificity to the nth degree.As interesting as this phenomenon is, a pattern emerges after the response. Following allegations, there is a period of total silence which lasts for seven to seventeen days. During this period, the claims are pushed with vigour by media, corruption watchdogs and political activists. If the hue and cry dies down, we never get an explanation as with claims of verbal abuse of a constable by Annette Ferguson and the requested release of an unlicensed motorcycle rider in August 2018. However, when allegations do persist, the public is then treated to an ‘explanation’. These are not accompanied by policy documents, paper trails or any other exculpatory evidence. For example, the bizarre case of the payment of US$9000 into David Patterson’s personal account has not been attended by any paperwork. Patterson has repeatedly avoided explaining how a Chinese company got his personal bank account details; short of it being printed on the back of his business card, there is no plausible explanation, nor has Patterson provided paper evidence to demonstrate repatriation of the “travel expenses” to MARAD. Take my word for it, this is not an option preferred by taxpayers.There is also the denial of allegations based on specificity. Winston Jordan denied receiving a “US$20 million” signing bonus. His defence when the truth came out was a lame excuse that the actual bonus is “US$18 million”. Eric Philips denied receiving “3000 acres” of land. Now that the evidence has come to light of a grant of “2000 acres” with probable cause to believe there may be more revelations of additional acreages allocated, there is no doubt Phillips will rely on the ‘Jordan’ defence.There are other minor patterns that show the Granger Administration lacks moral and ethical direction from top to bottom; acceptance of paid travel and lack of policy directing courses of action.The clearest and most damming pattern is of the inaction by President Granger when faced with irrefutable evidence. His Excellency’s ability to turn his face from black and white realities is remarkable if only for its consistency. He is the rock upon which his corrupt Ministers stand, on drug bonds, on D’Urban Park, on the Harbour Bridge, on downsized but increased priced airport renovations, contracts for family and friends. More and more of the Cabinet clamber onto the safety of Granger’s rock, seemingly not noticing that it is sinking inexorably into the quicksand of corruption. We are into the silence again and David Granger is experiencing that sinking feeling, and his fear of facing the electorate is palpable.Respectfully,Robin Singh
Ministerial Code of Conduct– only 1 response submitted – PMThe office of the Integrity Commission is again inviting members of the public to submit comments on the draft Code of Conduct for all Ministers of Government, Members of the National Assembly and public office holders.Speaking with the media on Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said even with an extension granted for submissions to be made, Government has so far only received one submission and that was from the Guyana Bar Association.“The Code of Conduct would go through an exercise of an advertisement for further submission. We have received only one submission in terms of contribution and that is from the Guyana Bar Association. Though Government had put out an article that it is opened for submissions, we have not received any submissions as yet,” Nagamootoo told Journalists on Monday.The call for the swift enforcement of the Ministerial Code of Conduct became more pronounced, following the public debate about the appointment of businessman and Contractor Brian “BK” Tiwari as an adviser on business development to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.According to Nagamootoo, the time frame will also be set for submissions. He said Government was also seeking to solicit best practices from other Caribbean countries.“I have already asked for copies of integrity legislation from Trinidad and we are looking how to merge the Code of Conduct with the integrity legislation… integrity legislation would demand requirement of someone who holds public office and the Code of Conduct is setting either a higher or lower standard,” he assured.As it is now, Nagamootoo said, “We will have to wait, I believe not later than six weeks for the submissions to be made.”ContractionAt the beginning of March, Government had said that it was extending the countrywide consultation on the subject, opening opportunities for civil society to give its extensive input on the way forward. However, the Prime Minister is contradicting what Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who in his capacity as Governance Minister on November 5, 2016 had said. Trotman at a post-Cabinet media briefing had disclosed that the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) sent their feedback and that Government is in the process of reviewing those suggestions.“We are trying to see how we can incorporate those comments,” Trotman said.Red Thread on January 5, also offered its input into the Code of Conduct. Executive Member of Red Thread, Karen De Souza had said that the Code of Conduct should have included the dismissal of persons if faced with enough evidence.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the purpose of the Code of Conduct is to assist Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) and public office holders in the discharge of their obligations to their constituents and the public at large.It provides guidance on the values – the moral qualities – that should govern the conduct of Ministers and MPs in discharging their parliamentary and public duties. It is also meant to reinforce public confidence in the way in which Ministers and public office holders perform those duties.Ministers, by virtue of the oath or affirmation of allegiance taken when they are elected, have a duty to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, according to law.Public office holders are duty-bound by this Code in all aspects of their public life. This Code does not seek to regulate the conduct of public office holders in their private and personal lives.Public office holders have a duty to uphold the law, including the general law against discrimination and sexual harassment, and to act with propriety on all occasions in accordance with the public trust and confidence placed in them.Public office holders have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole and owe a special duty of care to their constituents, and citizens.The Code of Conduct says that the acceptance of gifts and other forms of rewards worth more than $10,000 by Ministers, MPs and other public office holders in their official capacity shall be reported to the Integrity Commission. Ministers, MPs and public office holders should consider declining such gratuities if the acceptance of same could be perceived to have an effect on their objectivity and lead to complaints of bias or impropriety.The Code of Conduct lays out that Ministers, MPs and public office holders should also avoid using their official position or transmitting any information made available to them in the course of their duties to benefit themselves, their relations or any other individuals with whom they are associated. They should avoid compromising themselves or their office and any action which may lead to an actual or perceived conflict of interest. Failure to avoid or declare any conflict of interest may give rise to criticism of favouritism, abuse of authority or even allegations of corruption.
A man was on Friday taken before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court charged with possession of cannabis.Kevin Mohan, 18, of West Coast Demerara pleaded not guilty to the offense which alleged that on June 24, 2016, he had in his possession seven grams of cannabis.The Prosecution’s case is that on the day in question, Mohan was seen by Police acting in a suspicious manner. As such a search was carried out on his person and the drug discovered in his pants pocket. He was cautioned and taken to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station where he was arrested and charged.According to the information disclosed by the Police Prosecutor, the defendant said that he usually sells the drugs.In court on Friday, the defendant told the Magistrate that the drugs do not belong to him but that he is given it to sell.He was remanded to prison and will return to court on July 21.
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The Chief of Party (COP) and Project Director of the World Council of Credit Union, Patrick Muriuki, has promised members of the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) that his organization will continue to establish more branches in the 15 counties of Liberia.Muriuki made the disclosure recently at the just-ended third General Assembly of LCUNA, held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.According to Mr. Muriuki, the establishment of more credit union sub-branches in the 15 political sub-divisions is intended to support the development of their activities by expanding savings and improve livelihoods of poor and low-income households through the Liberia Credit Unions Association.“WOCCU raises the awareness of credit unions, facilitates the exchange of information and ideas about financial cooperatives, and works with policymakers to improve the legal and regulatory environments for credit unions,” said Mr. Muriuki.He said most of the credit union centers in the country have been operating like a ‘savings clubs’ otherwise known locally as ‘susu,’ where they have to save and withdrew their funds at the end of the year or a little earlier in the year.By that, WOCCU’s chief of party said that the people would not achieve any things. He added that the establishment of the centers would encourage more local Liberian business entrepreneurs to improve their lives as well as their businesses.These 15 sub-branches, he noted, would help build smaller credit unions’ capacities and strengthen LCUNA’s ability to establish and maintain a network of safe and sound credit unions in the country.The chief of party of WOCCU also disclosed to LCUNA’s member that for the past four years, WOCCU has recruited over 2000 members nationwide and as well as generate the amount of L$5 million for the organization.“This is a boost for credit union members in the country,” he assured them.Currently, Mr. Muriuki said there are 2,000 credit unions affiliating with LCUNA and serving 36,000 members as well as four new regional credit unions, which will serve a minimum of 40,000 new members by the end of May 2017.For his part, the managing director of Liberia Credit Union National Association, Yarkpazuo Gborzowuoi, thanked WOCCU for the level of support that is giving to his organization.Gborzowuoi said the credit union is pivotal to the ongoing recovery of Liberia fledging economy.He noted that reconstruction of the country can only be achieved if citizens are given the needed support that will enable them partner with government to implement the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).At the same time, he wants government to empower the Liberia Credit Union so that it can perform to the expectation of international standard.He, however, called on members to refrain from negative devices that will obstruct the growth and development of the Union.Meanwhile, WOCCU is an international trade association with headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and was founded on January 1, 1971 as the global trade association for credit unions around the world.WOCCU has also worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA) to build Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperatives in Afghanistan.Members of WOCCU include regional and national credit union associations, cooperative associations and business service organizations in 97 countries throughout the world. WOCCU’s member associations account for over 54,000 credit unions with 186 million members worldwide.It also provides micro-enterprise through access to saving and credit services as well as increasing access to finance through democratic participation.In 2006, WOCCU received $6.7 million grant from the Gates Foundation to develop credit unions in Africa and Latin America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One of Liberia’s lead human-rights advocates, Atty Samuel Kofi Woods II, has called on the Liberian Government to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning before their official merger.The Former Public Works Minister and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Liberia Law Society made the call during a Thanksgiving and Appreciation Service held at the Melvin B. Cox Methodist Church in lower Caldwell.Atty Woods was honored at the church for his many contributions to the state, church and humanity.Speaking at the well-attended honoring ceremony Sunday, Woods said if an audit has already been conducted, the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature should conduct the necessary hearings to establish a firm foundation for the merger of the ministries.He also described such a move by the National Legislature as critical to Liberia’s socio-economic development.Atty. Woods further contended that the Liberian people need to know the status of both institutions in terms of personnel, plans, actions and other recommendations that could assist the new merger.In a carefully worded press statement issued in Monrovia Monday, Atty. Woods recalled that issue of the merger of the two institutions has been a source of controversy with employees demonstrating against the transition.Meanwhile, the former Public Works Minister Woods has recommended that the National Independence Celebrations, July 26, this year be celebrated as a day of fast and prayer.He also noted that there are too many unfortunate and strange developments occurring in Liberia, which he referred to as ‘Signs of the Times’ that compel Liberians to reflect upon.The former Labor Minister also explained that the level diminishing trust in public officials, the Ebola plague, tragic violence in Nimba County and its attendant’s consequences are indeed worrisome.The change of venue of this year’s Independence Day celebrations, raging poverty and anger amongst Liberians as well as indifference, arrogance, disdain and complacency in the Liberian society are reasons not to celebrate in pomp and pageantry.Liberians, he said, should rather engage in a moment of mediation and reflection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Confusion reigned in the Criminal Court ‘C’ yesterday when a prosecution witness gave evidence that seemingly contradicted a statement he gave during his testimony on Monday, February 23.Francis Jomah, the prosecution’s first witness, initially testified during examination by state lawyers that he discovered in a carton a plastic bag containing a huge amount of counterfeit US dollar notes, about 200 pieces all in US$100 bills, amounting to a total of US$20,000.He also added that the counterfeit money was found under the desk of defendant Margretta Dorbor, who was an employee of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and on trial for counterfeiting, theft of property and forgery. Jomah conducted the audit that allegedly discovered the US$20,000 counterfeit money, under the desk of defendant Dorbor.But when Jomah was cross examined by the defense team yesterday, he alleged that it was a business woman to whom defendant Dorbor credited a phone valued at US$100 and promised to pay in a week’s time, and who told him that the defendant paid her in counterfeit money.“The business woman brought this to our attention when defendant Dorbor was arrested with the counterfeit money,” he said in his testimony yesterday, adding, “she paid me in a counterfeit US$100 and I did not know that the money was a counterfeit until I went to deposit it into my account with my bank (another bank). It was there that I was informed that the money was counterfeit.”His statement then drew the court’s attention to the contradiction between the lady’s evidence and the one he gave to the Grand Jury for Montserrado County that indicted defendant Dorbor of theft of property, forgery and counterfeiting in 2011.According to the statement, he said, “that after it had come to the attention of the manager of LBDI that the defendant had been tampering with depositors’ money, an audit at the Gardnersville branch of the bank where the defendant worked was ordered.”He further explained that “upon arriving at the Gardnersville branch on December 10, 2010, at 8 a.m., auditor Jomah observed a huge quantity of cash in the amount of Liberian dollars $23,715 under the desk of the defendant in a plastic bag in a small carton and Ghana must go bag.”The document stated that “Auditor Jomah also observed that in the plastic bag was also a huge consignment of counterfeit, 200 pieces, all in US$100 bills making a total of US$20,000.”Also, the indictment did not say that defendant Dorbor was present in person when Jomah conducted the audit.But, during his cross-examination, when he was asked by a juror, where was defendant Dorbor during his audit? Jomah responded: “When I was carrying out the inventory of defendant Dorbor she was present.”Interestingly, defendant Dorbor denied all of the allegations, including the alleged counterfeit discovered under her desk. In his testimony, Jomah made it clear that defendant Dorbor was not assigned at the teller booth and she was not responsible to authorize the payment of money from the bank to customers.“The defendant was only responsible to open an account for new customers of the bank, but she chose to play the role of a teller and a person who authorized the payment of money to customers,” Jomah further alleged. The trial continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Public hearings on the proposed Land Rights Bill took place in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate on Monday, August 10, 2015, before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment (lead Committee) and the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, as well as the Committee on Lands, Mines, Natural Resources & Environment and Judiciary of the House of Representatives, with call from a cross-section of Institutions represented, including the Governance Commission, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), National Civil Society Council of Liberia, the National Traditional Council of Liberia, amongst others, to pass the law.Earlier in his opening statement, the Senate Committee Chairman on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Senator Albert T. Chie of Grand Kru County, noted that, land rights, ownership, protection and use are very crucial to the existence and well-being of the Liberian people.Senator Chie said Liberia has suffered several land-related violences that resulted into the death of many citizens and residents and the destruction of properties. He said some of the land dispute cases are on the courts dockets unresolved, while several others are being addressed through dispute resolution at a snail pace. He furthered that many Liberians often predict that the next civil conflict will be land-related, but assured that Government’s decision to take all necessary measures to address land problems in the country through the reform of land policies, laws and programs is irreversible and unwavering as evidenced by the proposed Land Rights Bill.The opening statement by Senator Chie was followed by testimonies from several panelists who were invited to provide their candid opinions on the Land Rights Bill. They include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Hon. Patrick Sendolo, the Chairman of the Land Commission, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, the Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, the Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Madam Frances Greaves, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture for Planning and Policy, Dr. Charles McClain, and Mr. Ali Kaba of Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI), amongst others. The panelists pleaded with the legislators for the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, affirming that the drafting of the Bill and its subsequent submission to the National Legislature through the office of the President, was a result of extensive and participatory consultations, with diverse stakeholders, thus the Bill when passed will benefit the government and people of Liberia. However, two of the panelists, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, ECB Jones and the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Harrison Karnwea, held different views and argued against some provisions in the Land Rights Bill.Mr. Jones said even though he is not opposed to the passage of the Land Rights Bill, there were however some issues, which he referred to as “bugs” that needed to be revisited and clarified before the Bill is passed into Law. He cautioned committee members of both houses not to hastily pass the Bill because the issue of land is critical to sustaining the country’s peace and security while at the same time protecting the rights of the people as enshrined in the Constitution. He then volunteered to work with the Joint Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment to point out what he perceived as “bugs” and proffer his expert opinions. For his part, FDA Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea similarly, subscribed to the passage of the Bill, but expressed concern that the Land Rights Bill could be in conflict with some provisions in the Community Rights Law. Hon. Karnwea also stressed the issue of governance as it relates to the forestry reform law of 2006, which mandates the FDA to set aside 30% of the remaining forest as protected area. He therefore requested the honorable legislature to critically look into these issues with a view that they are not in conflict with other laws before the passage of the Bill.In a statement during the hearing, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe also supported the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, which he said is in the best interest of the Liberian people. Cllr. Gongloe specifically argued against the issues raised by Hon. Harrison Karnwea, stating that the Community Rights Law is possessory rights which are different from title rights. Cllr. Gongloe said the proposed Bill, for the first time in the history of Liberia, gives communities the opportunity to have titles to their land, making it possible for them to negotiate with investors, which will lead to greater economic advancement for all Liberians. The National Legislature now has the task to rectify and fast-track the passage of the historic Land Rights Bill to curb the injustices of huge land grab in the country by those with significant economic status that have persisted in the land sector for years.The draft Land Rights Bill already provides wide range of protections for customary land rights, which if retained and passed into law, will fulfill the potential protection of security of tenure for the customary land rights as contained in the Land Rights Policy. Over the years, there have been disparities between user’s rights and ownership rights, but the Bill has harmonized those rights by equating them to that of the private ownership rights said Dr. Brandy in his closing statement. “Therefore, most of those issues that were raised in the hearing are captured in the Bill; we all need to read the document extensively so that we can together resolve these land issues, which have the potential of brewing violent land conflicts in the country,” Dr. Brandy concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The UK-based environmental and transparency watchdog, Global Witness (GW), has caused quite a stir (commotion, uproar) in Liberia with its sweeping allegations of corruption and bribery against several top officials of the Liberian government.So stirring have been the allegations that they have, for the first time in recent memory, succeeded in dragging into court top officials of the first branch of government, the Legislature. These include the very leader of the Legislature, Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Senator Varney Sherman, Chair of the Senate Judicial Committee. Counselor Sherman, who topped his class at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, is also a product of Harvard Law School, and Liberia’s most prominent and most successful lawyer. Both he and Speaker Tyler have been indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on charges of “bribery, criminal conspiracy, economic sabotage, criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation.”Other officials indicted are Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) Chair, Willie Belleh, former Lands, Mines and Energy Deputy Minister E.C.B. Jones and Christopher Onanuga.GW has succeeded in rekindling the anger of the Liberian people against their government and public officials whom they (the Liberian masses) perceive as being determined, by their persistent corruption, greed and selfishness, to perpetuate poverty in the land. It is a land in which the rich have always continued to get richer and the poor, poorer.Who, for example, truly benefitted from the Liberia Mining Company (LMC) iron ore concession (1946) in then Bomi Territory, now County? President W.V.S. Tubman, of course, the personal friend of LMC owner Lansdell K. Christie, and a few of Tubman’s cronies. When LMC departed in the 1980s, all the Bomi people got were a hole in the ground, a ghost town for their capital, Tubmanburg, and abject poverty. The company did not encourage or empower a single Bomi citizen, man or woman, in business.Who benefitted from the LAMCO iron ore concession, owned by American, Swedish and Canadian investors? They, the investors, who made off with billions of United States dollars, and a few Liberian officials, who ALWAYS preferred the board meetings to be held in New York or some other American or European city, where the Liberian board members would collect their handsome per diem and board fees and go shopping. And what did LAMCO leave behind when it departed in the late 1980s? The impoverished Nimba people; a shanty town, Sanniquellie, as their capital, without running water or light; and absolutely nothing to show that they had once hosted one of the biggest companies operating in Africa. And when, once again, the GOL saw the opportunity to exploit a new natural resource—petroleum—GOL again embarked upon a policy of wicked and unconscionable exclusivity (elitism, snobbery, exclusiveness). It was a policy that ensured that the rich continued to get richer and the poor, nothing! Who, for example, became the shareholders in the oil blocks secretly sold in London by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL)? Among these exclusive privileged was a young man already rich from inheritances from his father and grandfather. Then NOCAL’s missing millions, which disappeared under the watch of its former Chairman, Robert Sirleaf, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s son. The President has told the Liberian people that she takes “full responsibility” for the NOCAL money. However, as we pursue the alleged Global Witness culprits—Varney Sherman, Speaker Tyler, etc., we cannot afford to be so hypocritical as to be gravely concerned about US$950,000 in bribes from UK-based Sable Mining, and at the same time ignore those who made away with tens of millions of US dollars from NOCAL.But while we are in the midst of the case involving the bribery scandal, we call on the court prosecuting the alleged culprits to mandate Global Witness to come and present to the court ALL the evidence in the scandal—who all received the money, when, how much was paid to whom. And, of course, GW must also come and tell the court who Big Boy # 1 and Big Boy # 2 are, and what was their role and their take in the bribery scheme. We cannot afford to be seen vigorously pursuing the chickens while the cows go scot-free. That would be the height of hypocrisy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu alongside Liberia’s Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara speaks on strengthening bilateral relationshipTurkey invited to establish diplomatic mission in MonroviaThe government of Turkey yesterday held discussions with the Liberian government in an effort to help strengthen investment opportunities in the country.The Turkish government is now poised to help Liberia in the commercial, education, and agriculture sectors, while also assisting to digitize Liberia’s Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA).Those were highlighted at a joint press stakeout where Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon V. Kamara and her Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, addressed the media at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.Minister Çavuşoğlu who was on a one-day visit to Liberia stressed the need to increase trade between the two countries, which he believes will help both countries in the development of key sectors.Minister Çavuşoğlu said he was delighted to be the first Turkish Foreign Minister to visit Liberia, adding that his visit will contribute to the development of Liberia through bilateral relationship.The minister, along with a high-level delegation, arrived in the country yesterday for a brief visit, which began with Foreign Affairs Minister Kamara and a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf before visiting Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the Capitol Building.Çavuşoğlu said Liberia has made remarkable progress since the civil crises and the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in 2014, which killed thousands and distressed the country’s economy.“We consider our long history with Africa as a success story. Today, we discussed every legal aspect of this relationship and agreements, such as economic, commercial and technical cooperation and protection of investments as well as taxation,” Minister Çavuşoğlu said.Minister Kamara in her opening remarks lauded her Turkish counterpart for the visit and his commitment to strengthening the bilateral relationship with Liberia.“We have discussed on different areas in which we can enrich further collaboration. Liberia is very appreciative of the level of the relationship thus far, especially for the support it continues to receive as part of Turkey’s outreach to Liberia,” Minister Kamara said.According to Minister Kamara, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has offered the establishment of a permanent residence in Liberia as part of the effort to strengthen the relationship between both countries.Minister Kamara termed the visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister as historic, adding that “His visit has created the opportunity to exchange views on the status of the bilateral agreement between the two countries and explore other avenues for further strengthening it.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MOVEE Chairman, Dee Maxwell Kemayah, with standard bearer, Dr. J. Mills Jones, during a recent campaign rally in August 2017.The fact that the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, sailed smoothly through the National Elections Commission confirmation process in spite of the controversial Code of Conduct, which many thought would have hooked him of all aspirants, has reinvigorated his political prowess and put his supporters, mainly the marketers, ‘in zico’ (great zeal or high morale) to canvass for his presidential bid.Women in the Gobachop, Coalfield, Red Light and Ground Pea markets in Paynesville Community, outside Monrovia, thanked Dr. Jones for providing them the enabling environment to do business and promised to ensure that he is elected president.The women, who were taken by a surprise visit from Dr. Jones and his entourage on Monday, said Jones has “elevated” them, not only through the provision of a loan scheme when he served as Central Bank Governor, but also for playing a significant role in taking them from the “ground to the table,” which they said has greatly impacted their lives.It was Dr. Jones and his running mate, Dr. Samuel Reeves’s first visit to the area since campaigning began on July 31. The Market Superintendent, Madam Sangai Dolley, showered praises on Jones, and said God will definitely answer his prayer to become President of Liberia. Madam Dolley said the marketers can trust Dr. Jones with the leadership of the country, not just for the good he has done for market women across the country before and after he emerged on the political scene, but “because he is a man of his word.”“We are for you today and tomorrow, and will make sure that we vote for you, because you know what the poor people are going through,” she declared to a round of applause.In response, Dr. Jones said the marketers should by now be able to engage in wholesale trade, and encouraged them not to limit themselves to just being retailers. He promised them that under a J. Mills Jones presidency, the government will work hard to improve their lives by providing them more business opportunities and strengthening their trades by constructing facilities to include warehouses to preserve some of their perishable goods.“We understand you were not expecting us here today, but we are here and so we wanted to just come in and see you. We come as people who believe in change that is why we are not doing things the same old politicians’ way. We are different people with a different ideology to develop this country for all to enjoy and benefit from the resources,” Jones told the marketers. “I am not a politician and neither is my running mate, but it is time for us to change Liberia. It is not the same old politicians that will change this country,” he said.Jones said under his stewardship, marketers in the 15 counties will see more stimulus packages to boost their earnings, much more than when he was at the Central Bank of Liberia as the governor. “We want to tell you that when you put us in the Mansion, nobody will be vex with us to stop (what we are doing) at that time; in fact, we know it will increase,” Jones added, to the delight of the marketers who chanted the name “Poverty Doctor”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberian fishing boats (Credit: Environmental Justice Foundation)President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the Liberian Senate for enactment a Bill titled: An Act to Amend Title 23, Natural Resources Law, Liberian Code Revised by Repealing Subchapter B, Fish Resources and to amend title 30, Public Authorities Law to create the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority.The Bureau of Fisheries has been under the Ministry of Agriculture, until it was recently transferred to the Liberia Maritime Authority under an Executive Order.In her communication dated June 24, 2017, President Sirleaf noted the object of the Act is to ensure the long-term management, conservation, development and sustainable use of the fisheries and aquaculture resources and related ecosystems for the benefit of the people.“As you are aware, the Fisheries and aquaculture sectors have the potential to make an enduring and significant contribution to the development, economy and wellbeing of the nation. However, there have been challenges in harnessing the resources associated with these sectors,” President Sirleaf noted.President Sirleaf expounded on the existence of need to establish an appropriate framework for the formulation of policy and the transparent and accountable management of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.This Act, President Sirleaf noted, “will address the ongoing need to comprehensively regulate and control fishing and related activities within the areas under national jurisdiction to illegal fishing and related activities. It will also enforce applicable conservation and management measures within and beyond the Fisheries Waters in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Liberia and its obligations under regional fisheries management organizations or arrangements and international law.”When passed into law, President Sirleaf assured it will facilitate the management and development of the fisheries and aquaculture resources for the benefit of the Liberian people, “most especially those communities whose livelihood depend on these resources.”Immediately after the communication was read, a motion was proffered to send it to the relevant committees with the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as lead committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Some of the heroin caught by the LRAThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has seized 2 kilograms of heroin brought into the country on an Arik Air flight from Nigeria, according to an LRA press release. The value of the heroin was not stated.The bag containing the heroin was sent to Achebe Joseph Uwadioma (AKA, Don Joe), a Nigerian national who operates a business at Waterside and Mechlin Street.The suspicious package was mixed with other foodstuffs to conceal its identity and was being cleared by Mr. Uwadioma’s broker only identified as Lincoln.The heroine was detected by an officer of Customs Anti-Smuggling and Intelligence Section (ASIS) of the LRA. The seizure is an outcome of a rigorous risk-based compliance examination being undertaken by the LRA on cargo entering Liberia through the RIA.The LRA, upon seizing the bag of heroin, turned it over to the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) for testing and it was confirmed by LDEA that the consignment was heroin. It was also further confirmed by the Liberia National Police Lab as positive for heroin.LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba said the LRA, in pursuance of its statutory responsibility to collect lawful revenue, will collaborate with all relevant agencies in preventing the inflow of illicit drugs through Liberia’s ports of entries.CG Tamba has, meanwhile, thanked the LRA Customs Officer and the other agencies for their swift collaboration. It may be recalled that Customs, sometime ago, also seized counterfeit Liberian dollars that were smuggled through the Bo Waterside Land Port, concealed in a television set.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Elder Siahyonkron NyanseorWonders shall never end! On December 26, 2017, the change the Liberian people desired was given to them through the decisive victory of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), headed by Senator George Manneh Weah. Now, what is required is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power in ALL democracies, especially, the Liberian Democracy. Why should this one be any different?Why turn a simple peaceful transfer of power into something so complex which involves the outgoing president and the incoming president to form a committee in which two of them serve as co-chairs? When I last checked, this process, which required Executive Order 91 to transfer power, is first of its kind in 70 years. Why should it be different? Peaceful transfer of power is the cornerstone of a democracy. President Sirleaf’s Executive Order 91 is total and absolute violation of the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.Once more, President Sirleaf and her corrupt elites have violated the Constitution with Executive Order 91. According to the Constitution, Monday, January 15, 2018 is Inauguration Day, and NOT Monday, January 22, 2018. All along, President Sirleaf advocated for the run-off election to be held within the time specified by the Constitution in order “to turn over to my successor.” The President and her supporters got what they wanted – to the point of scheduling the run-off election the day after Christmas. Why violate the Constitution by scheduling the Inauguration a week after the legal scheduled day of Monday, January 15, 2018? Here is what Chapter 6: Article 50 of our Constitution states:Chapter 6: Article 50The Executive Power of the Republic shall be vested in the President who shall be Head of State, Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia. The president shall be elected by universal adult suffrage of registered voters in the Republic and shall hold office for a term of six years commencing at noon on the third working Monday in January of the year immediately following the elections. No person shall serve as President for more than two terms.To continue to unlawfully arrest and hold onto power, President Sirleaf (a lame duck President), without the slightest support of the Constitution of Liberia, administratively proposed and singlehandedly passed into law Executive Order 91 lending and assigning to herself the power to establish a transitional team whose term of reference runs contrary to Article Chapter 6, Article 50 of the Constitution.There is no precedent, whether under the Constitution or statutory laws of Liberia, that lends President Sirleaf the power to enact Executive Order 91 and continue to hold onto power and the presidency of Liberia beyond Monday, January 15, 2018. Any and all other acts or actions taken by President Sirleaf and her outgoing officials of government after Monday, January 15, 2018, are irregular and unlawful. The third Monday immediately following the December 26, 2017 runoff election is and remains, Monday, January 15, 2018.The Constitution of Liberia gives no power to her and/or the CDC incoming government of Liberia, to transfer power and the presidency of Liberia or receive the presidency of Liberia on Monday, January 22, 2018. Monday, January 15, is legally the 3rd Monday referenced by the Constitution of Liberia. Everything else she and her outgoing Administration do and shall do beyond Monday, January 15, 2018, are and shall be repugnant and legally void.It is the right of an individual to establish his/her own destiny. A person’s destiny does not have to be planned by others! The same is true in a political transfer of power. All that is required is for the outgoing administration to assist with the smooth and peaceful transfer of power as allowed by the Constitution; nothing more, and nothing less. So, as of January 15, 2018, the CDC will and shall become the governing party, and it does not have to drag along activities of the past government.Since lame duck president – Sirleaf and her Government have already violated Article 50 of the Constitution of Liberia, the CDC-led government of Liberia is under no legal obligation to give credence to anything or actions taken by her outgoing Administration after January 15, 2018 since by default and constitutionally, Senators have already assumed power in Liberia, Monday, January 15, 2018. Precisely Monday, January 15, 2018, Senator George Manneh Weah becomes the President of Liberia.Preparation for Orderly SuccessionLiberia’s presidential transition is the transfer of the executive branch power from the incumbent President of Liberia to the president-elect; during the period of time between Election Day of Tuesday, December 26, and inauguration day on January 15 all arrangements would have been concluded. Legally, this is the 3rd Monday immediately following the holding of the December 26, 2017 runoff election. After Monday, January 15, 2018, President Sirleaf becomes former president. By law, the inauguration of Liberia must be held Monday, January 15, 2018. The Constitution of Liberia gives no special room for January 22, 2018.THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE FOLLOWED! We are not stupid!Where the Liberian Constitution was not specific on the issue of transfer of power from the outgoing administration to the incoming administration, and where the Constitution is ‘silent’ on such an issue, Custom or Tradition takes precedent; meaning, how succeeding administrations have handled it.Interpretation of Custom and TraditionLiberia’s Constitution is a replica of the United States’ Constitution. For example, the US Congress may interpret a certain clause in the Constitution as giving it the right to pass a particular law. One such example is the minimum wage that workers must be paid. However, minimum wage is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. But the Constitution gives Congress the right to control trade among the states. The goods made by workers usually travel from one state to another. On the basis of the above, Congress interpreted the Constitution to mean it can pass laws affecting working conditions, which also includes wages. While on the other hand, the US Supreme Court has the power to decide if Congress has interpreted the Constitution correctly. The Court’s ruling is final like in the recent Liberty Party case.Equally, a number of changes or practices in the U.S. government have come about as the result of custom, tradition or precedence. For example, the US Constitution did not provide for regular meetings of the leaders in the Executive Branch of the government. However, President George Washington brought these leaders together regularly to serve as his advisors, which is known today as his Cabinet. Since that time, regular meetings between the President and his Cabinet have become an acceptable part of the tradition of the US government. Up to the present, there is no written law to that effect. There are other important traditions that have since developed. These traditions are followed regularly. Yet they have seldom been written down or made into laws. For this reason, they are sometimes called unwritten constitutional laws.The Joint Transition Team is a FiascoTradition dictates that it is illegal for a lame-duck government to renew or sign new contracts, which will obligate the incoming administration to inherit and enforce. Members of the Legislature and government officials who engage in such practice will be in violation of the rules that govern the transition of one administration to another; and those who do so will have to answer to the judicial system. Also, this applies to local and international businesses.Moreover, the government cannot continue to handover the monopoly of our economy, and atrocious tax incentives and holidays to foreigners. It must stop! Liberians cannot develop their country with such an arrangement which favors foreigners.For example, Part V Section 46 and Section 45.1 of the 1975 PPCC Law, from which the Liberianization Policy derived, should be enforced by the CDC government. It was seriously violated with impunity by the outgoing administration.In these scheduled transitional Committee meetings, EJS’s lame-duck sessions should be discussing how funds will be made available for the incoming administration to operate, to reduce the National debt and not to increase it.Liberia cannot remain a sweet land of bribery, where others’ interests take precedent over the citizens. The irony is; Liberians have become foreigners in their own country – all due to EJS’s creation. The questions are: How long will our people serve as second-class citizens in their own country? Now that EJS is on her way out ‘for good’, can we work together; reclaim the control over our resources and wealth in order to free ourselves from the economic bondage of the outgoing government? The answer is, yes, we can and we should!Wonders shall never end! This was long in the making – from ‘Simple Majority’ to the Referendum that led to the amendment to the Constitution that modified the ‘10 Years Residency’ requirement and the new interpretation of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for government officials.What the outgoing Administration should be doing is to give the President-elect operational and logistical support in the month before Inauguration. They should have assisted in things such as office space, human resources and Communications; including IT support, concessional and other outreach work.In most democratic societies, the office of the chosen leader is supposed to serve the interest of the people, and not only the president, his/her family members, relatives, friends, those within their inner circle, and more especially, their international connections at the expense of the people they are supposed to represent.The late African patriot, Julius Nyerere reminds us that:“Poverty is an enemy of good governance, for persistent poverty is a destabilizer, especially if such poverty is shared in a grossly unequal manner, or is widely regarded as being unfairly distributed as the few who are relatively rich indulge in conspicuous consumption… Known or suspected corruption among the political leaders often makes the problem worse – and corruption throughout the society more difficult to overcome. Good wages or salaries will not stop bad people from being corrupt but miserable wages and salaries are not conducive to rectitude. Political instability, real or imagined, can be a source and is often used as an excuse, for bad governance.Nyerere’s statement describes what is taking place in Liberia. If we continue to ignore the facts, Liberia will become a country run by ruling elites and a network of associates that enrich themselves using state power recklessly. Their greatest defense is to counter truth with lies and to attack the messenger bearing the truth,In order for the CDC Government to make drinking water that is essential for life as a priority; road network and electricity that facilitate development and commerce; reduce government officials’ high salaries and wasteful spending, there has to be a complete point of departure from the policies of EJS’s government. The money saved could be used to fund some of the projects mentioned.Conclusion Truth needs no law to substantiate it to be Truth. It is self-evident that Truth is Truth from the time of Creation. However, it is only those throughout history make laws to enforce their opposition to it. This proclamation is a good example! It has no place during a transitional period of a government. This period should be for the inauguration of the president-elect and nothing else. The meeting of the presidential team for at least three times before the January 22, 2018 inauguration serves no other purpose than to reward Ellen’s faithful servants. What tasks these so-called subsidiary groups will be meeting to do during a transition period? It doesn’t look right! The intent of such planning meetings is to render President-elect Weah’s government a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way.According to reliable sources, the Presidential Proclamation which ordered the National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia for nine days working sessions is a fiasco. The real purpose is to reward EJS’s faithful servants, many of whom are listed below with several lucrative deals:Mr. Sylvester Grigsby, Minister of State for Presidential AffairsMadam Marjon Kamara, Minister of Foreign AffairsMr. Boima S. Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development PlanningCllr. Frederick D. Cherue, Minister of JusticeMr. Brownie J. Samukai, Minister of DefenseMr. Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs & TourismMr. Milton A. Weeks, Governor, Central Bank of LiberiaMadam Mary T. Broh, Director General, GSAMr. Sam Gaye, Director, Executive Protection Service (EPS)Mr. Dewitt von Ballmoos, Director General, NASSCORPDr. Abdoulaye W. Dukulé, Office of the PresidentMr. Varney A. Sirleaf, Acting Minister, Internal AffairsCllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Angie Brooks International CenterMr. Jordan Solunteh, Director-General of the CabinetNotice how Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai did not make the list. Did he not make the list because he is not one of the President Sirleaf’s Most Faithful and Reliable Servant? The conclusion most rational people reached is VP Boakai is not. Perhaps, this is the reason the she fought and opposed his candidacy for him to not succeed her. This is the conclusion most Liberians, including me, reached.On behalf of the Liberian people; we congratulate Vice President Boakai for the decency and patriotism he demonstrated throughout the entire camp God Almighty will richly bless him and his family. The Liberian people will forever remain grateful to you for the outstanding services you rendered our beloved country.To the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Faithful Servant Award recipients, we say you are being closely watched. It is not going to be business as usual, and if you think you will continue this corrupt practice, you are joking this time around. It is illegal for the lame-duck administration to conduct business that will obligate the incoming administration to inherit is making FOOL of themselves; members of the Legislature, government officials, local and international businesses that engaged in such practice will be violating of the rules that govern the transition; and those who engage in such practice will have to answer to the law.That’s how serious and committed we are to put LIBERIA FIRST! Our eyes are opened; the time of the people has come!About The Author: Elder Siahyonkron Nyanseor is former Vice Chair & Chair of the ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc. Also, he is a founding member & the 11th President of the organization. He is a poet, Griot/Historian, journalist, a cultural and political activist. He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel; Chairman of the Liberian Democratic Future (LDF), publisher of theperspective.org online newsmagazine and Senior Advisor to the Voice of Liberia newsmagazine. In 2012, he Co-authored Djogbachiachuwa: The Liberian Literature Anthology; his book of poems: TIPOSAH: Message from the Palava Hut will soon be on the market. Nyanseor can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Farmers pose with the Japanese government donated BCS rotary tillers. Donates US$500K farm equipmentThe Japanese government has donated to Liberian farmers some energy saving farming equipment that will enable them to produce more rice to feed the country’s growing population.The equipment, which comes with a US$500,000 price tag, include 31 pieces of BCS rotary tillers and 424 pieces of garden weasels.The donation is part of the Japanese Rice Grant Project implemented by the Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) in five of the 15 counties that suffered the worst of the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015. The counties are Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Bomi and Montserrado.CHAP executive director Robert Bimba donated the farm equipment simultaneously to heads of farming cooperatives from those counties at the formal program held in Monrovia over the weekend.CHAP is a locally-based non governmental organization working with local farmers to build their capacity.Director Bimba described agriculture as key to Liberia’s food security recovery, urging the farmers to help grow more rice to fed the population. He underscored the importance of the project to the farmers from the Ebola affected counties.He said the organization formally launched the Japanese Rice Project in Bomi, Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Montserrado counties with the objectives to build the capacity of farmers, link them with markets, and making available to them seed rice, fertilizers and rain boots.“The project is working with over 1,800 farmers, so we want to thank the Japanese government and the Ministry of Agriculture for the grant,” he said.A representative of the farmers thanked CHAP, the Japanese government and the authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture for the donations, which they promised to use for their intended purpose.The Japanese government is also constructing the Somalia Drive thoroughfare, while in the health sector, it has contributed US$2.256 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund to protect Liberian children from infectious diseases.UNICEF said it will use the Japanese grant to strengthen the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) services which focus on seven of Liberia’s 15 counties with more than 450,000 children and will fund training and supplies to strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers at the community level to treat and prevent childhood diseases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Members of the NASCOL who need the support of the Government of Liberia.NASCOL Pleads with government to provide shelter, healthcare, and foodArthur K. Masalley, 71, founder of the National Senior Citizens Organization of Liberia (NASCOL) has urged the government particularly President George Manneh Weah not to neglect Liberia’s senior citizens (old people).He said in an interview yesterday that his organization has carried out an assessment of the plights of ‘old people’ and has realized that their dire conditions need government’s urgent attention.“While we want to commend President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the mandate given them by the Liberian people, we want to inform them the old people deserve their support,” he said.He said the previous government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, provided some assistance until the sector was transferred to the Minister of Gender, Children, & Social Protection.Masalley said while there are three vulnerable groups in the country (children, women, and older citizens), it is regrettable that the older-citizens sector has been replaced with the youth.“This has been done because the youth can cause noise while the older people keep to themselves, unable to make their voices heard,” he said.Mr. Masalley says the government should provide shelter, food and healthcare for old people.The NASCOL founder noted while aging is a natural process for anyone living, the George Weah government should not forget that old people also deserve the government’s support.Masalley regretted that in all communities across the country, some old people are branded as witches and are left to face the harsh realities of life.“When a young woman or man is facing difficulties, they run to a prophet or a med
Home of PSU officer Briggford Cummings, where he was found dead by his neighbor on Monday evening.A 49-year-old Police Support Unit (PSU) officer, identified as Briggford Cummings, reportedly committed suicide at his Red-Hill residence around the Omega Tower community on July 16, 2018.Mulbah Konic, brother of the deceased and who lives on the Pipe-Line road, said, upon arrival at Cummings’ house on Tuesday morning, he was informed that his brother was dead. He met the remains of his brother lying on the floor.Mr. Konic said he was informed by a lady who lived with his brother in the house that Cummings came from work late Monday night and gave all police items in his possession, including his ID card and land deed, to the lady, instructing her to turn them over to his brothers the following day.“Cummings told the lady that when his ex-wife comes she should not be allowed to take anything from the house, including the foundation that he has built on the land. He said they should turn his propriety over to his 20-year-old daughter,” Mr. Konic said.Mr. Konic said the lady refused to hold the ID card and documents on grounds that they were his lifetime properties and government items. She later told him to keep them in a place that the water, because of the rainy season, would not reach.He said the lady explained that Cummings entered the house after 15 minutes, after which she heard violent sounds in his room. When she entered to find out what was happening, she discovered that Cummings had slit his own throat and was bleeding profusely.“The lady went to call community dwellers, but they refused to come because of the rain and the water that had flooded the place. So she went and called the police,” Mr. Konic said.Mr. Konic explained that Cummings’ wife left him two years ago because of drunkenness and that Cummings, who couldn’t bear his wife’s leaving him, has been telling people he would kill himself.He said Cummings and his ex-wife, Youngor Zayzay, spent 27 years together and had a daughter who is now 21 years old.Briggford Cummings, popularly known as “Baby Police”, is from the Loma ethnic group. He joined the police force between 2002-2003 and was assigned at the Liberia National Police (LNP) Headquarters on Capital By-pass before his death.Lauuo Cummings, daughter of the deceased, said her mother left Cummings because of his drunkenness and threats against her mother’s life. According to her, the confusion between her two parents caused her to drop out of school.“I met my father last Sunday; he asked me not to get in the rain and even begged me to stay with him. But I told him that I had some work to do and needed to return home. That was how I left and was later informed this morning that my father had killed himself,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Samuel K.B. Kwennah: “The VPA is legally binding on timber-exporting countries outside the EU.”Members of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Coalition of Liberia yesterday, October 3, at a ceremony in Monrovia, reaffirmed its unflinching support and commitment to the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) amid effort to stay the course of the process.The NGO Coalition of Liberia is a conglomeration of local non-governmental organizations working alongside government and international partners, to ensure the prudent management of Liberia’s natural resources, including its forests.The VPA between the European Union (EU) and the Liberian government is a legally binding trade agreement signed with timber-exporting countries outside the EU.It’s aim, according to the VPA management chair, Samuel K.B. Kwennah, is to ensure that all timber products destined for the EU market from a partner country such as Liberia comply with the laws of that country.Henceforth, the VPA is providing a much needed technical support to Liberia’s forestry sector.Coalition’s reaffirmation to the VPA comes in the wake of a revision of progress during the 6th Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) Forum held in June, 2018, which has resulted into the signing of an aide memoire based on noticeable lapses for the past five years (September 2013-September 2018).Mr. Kwennah said the need for commitment to this process is reviewed by an annual JIC forum and sealed by an aide memoire.In spite of completion and publication of the aide memoire, Coalition of Liberia believes that partners should recommit, engage and collaborate on the VPA, which aims to support the prudent management and fair distribution of revenues from natural resources.The JIC review this year initially ended in a deadlock on June 14, 2018, because the EU and the Liberian government failed to concur on certain key issues that were believed to be very crucial to the process.However, after a month-long debate (June 14 to July 10, 2018,) which led to clarification and declaration of positions at the level of the VPA, the aide memoire was finally signed on July 10.The Coalition, like other organizations, fully understands the challenges and constraints the pro-poor government is experiencing in terms of accessing funding for national development. On that account, the Coalition said it must acknowledge that it stands with the government in its drive to attract financial resources to carry out the much needed development.Kwennah said the Coalition believes such effort must not undermine ongoing reform process in forest governance by the EU and other international partners, which is intended to safeguard the remaining forests and empower community’s members on how to negotiate social agreements.The NGO Coalition of Liberia and its members implore the government to remain committed and ensure continuance of the VPA as it brings with it immense benefits and immeasurable impact that have been assessed so far.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberian Malaysian based striker Kpah Sherman made his debut when Liberia played against Lesotho on May 30, 2014. Liberia National Team, the Lone Star on Wednesday, October 9, 219, defeated Chad 1-0 in the 2021 African Cup of Nations preliminary round at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville before a record crowd of spectators, among them President George Weah and his entourage.Lone Star’s head coach James Peter Butler, had a full house of 13 professional players invited for the match and some local-based players. Thanks to him for his best selection.Prior to yesterday’s match, Butler faced a serious selection headache with the quality of players in his team with competition for places being very high.The Englishman, of course, resulted to choosing two strikers from the list of four quality strikers invited for the match. The return leg is scheduled in a week from yesterday.As part of motivational spirits for the players, President George Weah, a world soccer icon, meanwhile trained with the Lone Star team to the delight of the players and Liberia Football Association (LFA) officials.President Weah trained with Liberia national team on Monday, October 7, 2019 in preparation of yesterday’s AFCON preliminary encounter with Chad.Weah arrived for the afternoon practice session as Coach Peter Butler’s side was preparing for the Wednesday’ first leg match at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Pres. Weah, who wore the number 22, chatted with the players and gave coaching instructions during the training session.Liberia National Amputee is plying the colors in Angola.In a related football development, Liberia Amputee National Team have been paired in a tough side in the semi-finals of the Amputee AFCON. They have been paired against world champions and hosts, Angola; a team that defeated Liberia 5-0 when the two teams met on match day 3.Details of the games will come in our subsequent editions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…aims to sensitise students on consumers’ affairsIn observance of Consumer Rights Day, which will be celebrated on Thursday, the Competition and Consumers Affairs Commission (CCAC) will be hosting a student’s consumers’ awareness exposition at the National Exhibition Complex, Sophia, Georgetown.The exposition is aimed at equipping the targeted audience (students) with the mandatory knowledge needed to make good purchasing decisions in keeping with the Consumer Affairs Act 2011.Students from schools across Georgetown will be educated on the levels of protection that they are entitled to under the law – protection provided by the Consumer Affairs Division and protection by the CCAC.The exposition is set to offer a set of advisories and know-how tools and to inform the public on the rights that they have in any buyer-seller scenario.It is also meant to build consumers’ confidence to accept and pay for only services and products that they are satisfied with.In recent years, the Tourism Ministry had launched a “Know Your Consumer Rights” campaign, as Minister Cathy Hughes urged the Consumer Affairs Division to pay attention to the difficulties consumers often experience with regard to the poor quality of goods and services available on the market. The target audience for this campaign is consumers from low to medium socio-economic areas since they are traditionally less likely to know and exercise their rights than those from the higher socio-economic brackets.
Jai Sang motorcycles and spare parts company located on Church Street, Georgetown on Tuesday introduced a new brand of motorcycles to the Guyanese public.The Moab brand of motorcyclesAccording to the owner of the company, Christopher King, the Moab brand of motorcycles is made and assembled in China.Sporting an impressive muscular look, the high-performance machines are said to be top rated within its class and environmentally friendly with a 125cc air-cooled, EFI single-cylinder engine.The efficient fuel economy and overall performance are amazing features of the cycles, with a guaranteed 370 miles between fill-ups from the 13-litre tank.King assured that any bike purchased came with a one-year warranty.
The Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community of Linden is set to benefit from projects under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) agreement recently signed by President David Granger, as Guyana forges ahead towards becoming a “solar State”.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon delivering the feature address at Linden Town Week 2018This is according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who made the disclosure while delivering the feature address at the official opening ceremony of the Linden Town Week (LTW) 2018 event in the mining town on Sunday.Harmon explained to residents and officials, who gathered for the occasion at the Linden-Georgetown minibus park, that he had received such information and indication of the benefits for the town, adding that the community was “poised for better days”.“I have some indication and I have some information which I have received and which I verily believe to be true that Linden will be the beneficiary of projects under the International Solar Alliance Agreement that was signed by His Excellency a few weeks ago in India. The solar footprint of Linden is one of your greatest assets and this is something that we have to explore, and you have to understand there’s a benefit for that,” the Minister indicated.As such, he said the mining community’s mined-out areas which usually serve as demotivators should now be seen as a positive since they would allow for greater access to solar power and the recently-established ISA.“I have some indication as well, that these mined-out areas can be, and there’s some conversations taking place now (that they can be), converted to green tourism and conservation facilities. I also have information which I verily believe to be true as well – that Conservation International and the World Wildlife Federation collaboratively will be looking at that…,” Minister Harmon told the gathering.Last month, President Granger travelled to New Delhi, India where he attended and spoke at the ISA Founding Conference and Solar Summit. The Head of State reportedly referenced Guyana’s strategic equatorial location in the Tropic of Cancer, which places the country at an advantage of becoming a “solar State”. The President also alluded to the country’s transitioning to the use of solar energy.
…older sibling claims victim verbally abused, attacked himThe High Court trial of Brian Joseph and his younger brother, Dequan Small is expected to conclude today – days after the duo denied allegations that their actions almost 11 years ago – nearly caused the death of the Virtual Complainant, Shawn Hussain at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.The State’s case stated that following a confrontation, the then 17-year-old Joseph beat Hussain about the body with a wood on June 24, 2007 with intent to murder him or alternatively, tried to maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm.His younger sibling, who was 13 at the time, is accused of abetting and procuring his older sibling to commit the offence. The Prosecution on Tuesday stressed that in the presence of other persons, it was Small, who handed a piece of wood to Joseph, to commit the act. However, two men, now in their twenties disputed the case, painting a different picture as to what transpired.Both gave unsworn statements to the 12-member jury, which meant that they could not be cross-examined by prosecutors or be questioned by the Judge or jury. Small, who stood for just a few minutes, told the court he was nowhere around when the beating took place. He said all he could remember was being home on the day in question when Police arrived in the evening and were looking for his older brother, Brian Joseph.Meanwhile, Joseph addressed the jury for over 20 minutes, telling members that he was now a father of four children. His account was that as he was passing Hussain, he verbally abused him. He indicated that the victim identified him by race and made certain derogatory remarks, which he expressed in open court.Joseph earlier explained that the road in the area was under construction and he took a back route where he encountered Hussain. He claimed that after the first confrontation, he was passing again and was holding on to his bicycle when he was attacked. Joseph noted that he was afraid for his life because “Shawn was a big man”.The accused claimed that Hussain “chucked” him and he fell before he retaliated by assaulted the victim. Joseph did not deny that he assaulted the victim but claimed that the man had a gun in his waist, which fell out after he pushed Hussain to the ground.“I notice some construction material on the ground and I pick up one and lash he on he hand…he try to pull the wood away from me and I lash he on he knee. He get two lash on he hand,” Joseph admitted.He added that he saw a light coming, assuming it was the Police and ran away. He was arrested later that night. He said a relative of Hussain claimed his brother gave him the piece of wood.Justice Sandhill Kissoon is expected to sum up the case before the matter is put to the jury for deliberation. The two men are represented by Michael Somersault while Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore are presenting the State.
The body of 22-year-old Ravi Surajpaul, also called ‘Dog Man,’ of Lot 338 Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne Berbice, was at about 6:00h on Monday found by his parents hanging from the ceiling of his home in what is suspected to be an act of suicide.Dead: Ravi Surajpaul, also called ‘Dog Man’The dead man’s brother, Mooniram, told Guyana Times he had had a conversation with his late brother on Sunday and nothing seemed amiss.“He tell me he gone. Me ask him, ‘Wheh yuh going?’ He said he (was) going home,” Mooniram detailed.Moniram described his brother as a peaceful individual.Mother of the deceased, Deomattie Surisbally, explained that her son had cut his hand on Sunday and had had to seek medical attention; but other than that, there was nothing abnormal about his behaviour.She explained that, later in the evening, she and her husband left to attend a “wake”, leaving Ravi at home, since he had refused to accompany them. Upon returning home in the early hours of Monday, they called out for him to open the door, but there was response.They called a neighbour to open the door for them, and he jumped through a window and made the discovery of Ravi’s body hanging from the rafter.The Police are investigating the matter.
The Public Health Ministry has taken its countrywide training programme to Berbice, as efforts continue to eliminate maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage.Zero maternal deaths by haemorrhage is an initiative of the Pan America Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), along with its Latin Centre for Perinatology, Women’s and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), to prevent maternal deaths by postpartum haemorrhage.According to research conducted by the Public Health Ministry and PAHO, postpartum haemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal death in Guyana. As a result of this, several training sessions have been executed in Regions One, Three and Four.The three-day session, which targeted midwives, doctors, gynaecologists andSome of the participants at the Public Health Ministry trainingcommunity health workers, began on Monday in the Regional Health Services boardroom, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).PAHO’s representative, Ulex Fung is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying that the Organisation was satisfied with the collaboration between the Ministry and PAHO to implement the training sessions.Fung noted that the initiative also worked towards empowering women, so their rights and preferences are respected, and they are encouraged to seek timely qualified medical care. She emphasised that training for health-care professionals served to reduce the number of cases and ensure timely and effective treatment for cases that do occur.The PAHO representative further highlighted that the participants would be introduced to an electronic system known as “Prenatal information system plus” used to store data belonging to patients.The Public Health Ministry will be taking the programme to Regions Two and Seven soon.
“Early detection saves lives” was the chant as hundreds took to the streets of Georgetown on Sunday to raise awareness on breast cancer as part of the activities to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The march, which was organised by the Public Health Ministry, commenced and culminated at Parade Ground on Middle Street, Georgetown.Leading the march were Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr Karen Cummings, along with First Lady Sandra Granger; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife, Sita; and several cancer survivors.Cancer survivor Desiree Edghill said that the walk differed from similar walks in that it allowed cancer survivors to feel embraced. “When people see survivors walking, I think that gives them some hope that I can fight this and I think what wasSome of the participants at Sunday morning’s breast cancer awareness walkgood about this walk also is that there was a lot of education happening on the way … so, I think it is important that we continue to walk and continue to let people know that early detection saves lives,” Edghill underscored.Also, a survivor, Public Health Minister Lawrence – who described herself as a ‘cancer warrior’ – said raising awareness was important, since many women experienced the symptoms, but were afraid to let people know or face the issue head-on.“When we come out in the public and we show them that even a minister or anyone – it does not matter who you are, but you can have cancer and you can be a survivor, you can war against cancer. So, this is to encourage [persons] to come out and do their breast checks,” Minister Lawrence is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).Dr Cummings, the Minister within the Public Health Ministry, noted that the huge turnout demonstrated that more people were aware of the issue. The Minister said, “We certainly want to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancers in general and more importantly, breast cancer, which is very common among women. So, I know that persons will learn to examine themselves every month so they can save their lives.”October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Governments, civil society groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) use this annual observation to raise awareness about the disease, and garner funds that will go towards research on treatments and a cure.
A man was jailed for two years by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Tuesday afternoon after he admitted to a $1.1 million robbery carried out in the North West District (NWD).Steve Williams admitted that he used a gun to rob Deneisha Stoll of three ounces of raw gold along with cash and cosmetics valued $1.1 million, belonging to Shauntel Benjamin.The robbery reportedly occurred on November 23, 2018 at Bamboo Landing, NWD.Williams also confessed to having a 9mm pistol along with one live round of ammunition in his possession on November 24, 2018 at Hell Hill, NWD without being the holder of a licence for same.In addition to the jail sentence, he was fined $50,000.
Community Policing Groups (CPG) have increased their presence in border villages, in order to amplify security in remote locations, where access to a law enforcement agency is absent.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told media operatives on Friday that there are a number of initiatives which these policing groups have embarked on within the last year.Mechanisms were put in place to establish more community policing groups as well as Police stations in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“We must emphasise because of the developments in the border area, more Police stations, more CPG group formations in these communities, especially when it’s hard to get more Policemen in these areas… CPGs are now active in villages spanning the hinterland,” said Ramjattan.Moving forward, the Ministry will seek to increase the number of such groups in the interior regions. However, he admitted that these groups have provided some level of security to communities that are subjected to criminal activities.“Community policing is premised on that philosophy whereby the community has that definite interest and therefore, must perform that defined obligation… The efforts of Community Policing Groups have been in a way, helping to reduce the negatives of crimes,” the Minister said.Ramjattan noted that these groups have received international support from the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration.Adding to that, administrator of the groups, Dennis Pompey, mentioned that groups across the country would have produced many successes in their bid to combat crime.“The main focus in community policing is ensuring safety and security through various crime prevention mechanisms. The community policing over the years have yielded tremendous benefits from the hard work we delivered in 2018.”To date, there are 16 divisions, 210 policing groups, consisting of 4255 members.There was an increase in the number of patrols from 5765 in 2017 to 9182 in 2018. These were carried out by foot, vehicles and vessels.“We have established groups in non-traditional areas… Community policing continues to engage the youths of today through our 35 youth groups that are currently existing within the divisions,” said Pompey.After taking office in 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government had taken away the vehicles from the CPGs and handed them over to the Guyana Police Force. In 2017, realising the importance of CPGs, Ramjattan announced that several of those resources have since been returned to the CPGs.
Guyana is slated to be the host of the 24th Annual Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) Port State Control Committee meeting between June 19 and 21 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.This Committee meets annually to discuss collectively, how to set standards to abide with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) conventions, also to explore ways of improving the living and working conditions of seafarers in the Caribbean.Another main function of the CMOU is the harmonising of measures of member states, with special emphasis placed on training, certification, manning guidelines, inspections, and guidelines for surveyors.Meanwhile, Guyana has been a founding member of the CMOU for Port State Control in the Caribbean region since its formation in Barbados, on February 9, 1996. Other founding members include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, the Netherland Antilles, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.The membership has since increased to eighteen states with the addition of Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, France, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia. In addition, St Vincent and the Grenadines has joined as an associate member state. Other observer states have indicated their willingness to become members, and it is hoped that the membership of the CMOU will continue to grow over the next few years.It is expected that attendance to this meeting will include the Caricom member states, along with Aruba, Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, the Netherlands, and France, as well as representatives from intra-governmental organisations such as the Paris MOU, the IMO and the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and a few commercial shipping interests.Incidentally, the CMOU is a regional co-operative body affiliated with the IMO. The event is being held under the auspices of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).
Fatal accidentMore than one month has passed since 57-year-old pedal cyclist Ramlackhan (only name given), succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being struck down by an intoxicated Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank but charges are yet to be laid against the military official.Deputy Police Commissioner and Traffic Chief, Linden Isles told Guyana Times on Saturday that “a complete file” on this matter was sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and that the police are awaiting advice.Initially, advice was sought about driving under the influence since Ramlackhan was unconscious, however, the pedal cyclist succumbed without regaining consciousness and this caused the investigation to take a different route.“It was a serious accident that turned into a fatal accident. So at that time [and until now], he was released in the custody of the Army. Now the investigation is continuing because it was a serious accident initially and so we now have to investigate a fatal accident,” the Traffic Chief had told this publication.At that time, he had also stated that the DUI charge, as well as others that may be laid against the army rank, will be done altogether.“After the man would have passed away, there are certain systems that have to be followed,” he had further stated.On May 25 last, Ramlackhan was struck down along the Vryheid’s Lust Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), by motorcar PRR 7815 allegedly being driven by the soldier. The severely injured man is said to hail from Lot 346 Martyrs Ville, Mon Repos, ECD.At the time of the accident, Ramlackhan was towing another friend, who is reportedly from Sixth Street, Success, ECD. His friend suffered minor injuries.Reports are that on the day in question, the duo was riding along the roadway when they were hit off the bicycle by the vehicle being driven by the GDF rank, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.Ramlackhan was picked up and taken to the GPHC, where he was admitted a patient.A breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the vehicle, and it was discovered that his alcohol intake was above the legal limit. While Ramlackhan was in a coma at the GPHC, the soldier, who was allegedly driving the car involved in the accident, was released into the custody of the Army.
As Guyana prepares for its budding oil and gas industry, the Government is looking to capitalise on the State of Qatar’s vast expertise in the petroleum sector.This was indicated by President David Granger as he accepted the Letter of Credence from the new non-resident Qatari Ambassador to Guyana, Ahmed Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Abdulla.President David Granger with the newly-accredited Qatari Ambassador to Guyana Ahmed Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Abdulla, along with Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen Cummings (left) and Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Waddell (right)In his remarks, the Head of State lauded the existing bilateral relation between the two countries and at the same time, suggests new fields of cooperation, such as the energy sector.“Guyana is keen on enhancing partnerships with experienced oil producers such as Qatar. I am confident that your appointment as Ambassador will provide opportunities for fruitful discussions and exchanges in the oil and gas sectors of both our countries,” President Granger asserted.The Middle Eastern nation, which has oil reserves of over 20 billion barrels and an advanced economy, has long expressed interest in Guyana’s budding oil and gas sector. In fact, the State-owned Qatar Petroleum has bought a percentage of French oil major, Total’s share of its existing interests in the Orinduik and Kanuku blocks offshore Guyana.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields.Eco Guyana and United Kingdom’s Tullow Oil signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Guyana in 2016 for the Orinduik block. French firm Total E&P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017, partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the block.Qatar Petroleum has since reported in July that it struck a deal to acquire 40 per cent of Total’s 25 per cent participating interest in the Orinduik block, and 40 per cent of Total’s 25 participating interest in the neighbouring Kanuku block.However, Director of the Energy Department, Dr Mark Bynoe, has said that they are yet to receive the necessary documents regarding this farm-in deal from Total.Meanwhile, the other partners in the Orinduik Block, Tullow holds a 60 per cent participating interest, while Eco Atlantic has 15 per cent interest.At present, Tullow has made at least two oil finds: in its Jethro and Joe wells. On September 16, the same day that ExxonMobil announced its 14th oil find, the British company revealed that it had made its second oil find in just a matter of weeks – 14 metres of oil reservoirs at the Joe well.Meanwhile, Repsol Exploration, a Spanish oil company, last month commenced drilling in the Kanuku Block at the Carapa 1 well site, which will conclude on November 30, 2019.Nevertheless, at Wednesday’s accreditation ceremony, President Granger noted that another new area he wants to explore cooperation with Qatar is tourism.This comes some two weeks after Guyana signed an Air Services Agreement with Qatar to promote and facilitate airlines of Guyana and Qatar to operate any number of services between both countries as well as beyond to any third country, with no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing.According to the Guyanese Head of State, this agreement will pave the way for future cooperation in investment, enhanced trade, air travel and the movement of people.“Guyana welcomes this important milestone and remains committed to working with the Government of Qatar to enhance air connectivity in an effort to link the Caribbean and the Middle East. I wish to convey Guyana’s interest in deepening cooperation with Qatar in trade, capacity building and education,” he added.Meanwhile, the newly-accredited Qatari Diplomat conveyed wishes from the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani.“His Highness Tamim has instructed me to assure you, Your Excellency, of his willingness to develop and strengthen ties between our countries in all fields of cooperation to benefit both of our countries and people. Despite the geographic difference between the State of Qatar and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the two countries have excellent relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them,” the Qatari envoy noted.Ambassador Ahmed Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Abdulla is currently posted in neighbouring Brazil. Guyana and Qatar established diplomatic ties some 23 years ago, in August 1996.
Fedders Lloyd blacklistingIn light of Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited being blacklisted over fraud and corruption practices by the World Bank, Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton said that the government has already taken a decision to discontinue a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Indian-based company and will now put the project to tender.Speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday, Dr Norton said that after learning about the company being blacklisted, the government held a discussion in this regard.An artist’s impression of the Specialty HospitalPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton“We had a discussion and that discussion would have been as a direct result of what was revealed by the World Bank and that was only revealed recently… We will have to change the company… There is no doubt we will go to tender to get a new company as early as possible,” Dr Norton told this publication.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition had ignored a evaluation report compiled under the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, which disqualified Fedders Lloyd for the same project in 2012, and last year signed an MoU with that company to complete the Specialty Hospital after Surendra Engineering was sacked.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who once provided legal services for Fedders Lloyd, defended the company’s selection by his government, arguing that the company was being victimised by the previous government.The APNU/AFC government had also argued that in the interest of time and without any tendering process, it approached Fedders Lloyd, which was willing to complete and fully equip the medical facility with the remaining US$13.8 million of the US$18 million Line of Credit from the India Exim (Export-Import) Bank.However, in April the New Delhi-based company was blacklisted by the World Bank under its fraud and corruption policy as set forth in the Bank’s Procurement Guidelines or the Consultant Guidelines, forcing the APNU/AFC Administration to sever ties with the company, which had already commenced works on the hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.According to the World Bank website, the company has been sanctioned from April 6, 2016 to April 5, 2020 for breaches of the institution’s procurement guidelines in 2004 and in 2010. The guideline, 1.14(a)(ii), under the heading ‘Fraud and Corruption’ states: “Fraudulent practice is any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.”Further examination of the World Bank’s notes on the debarred firms and individuals, it explained the company will have to adhere to certain conditions during the period of sanction before it can be allowed to work on projects financed by the institution:“The period of ineligibility of Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited extends to any legal entity that they directly or indirectly control.The company is ineligible to be awarded Bank-financed contracts for a period of four years.At the end of the Period of Debarment, the Respondent and the Sanctioned Affiliates may be released from debarment, provided that they have met corporate compliance conditions, cooperated with the WBG (World Bank Group) and fully complied with the terms of the NRA.”Last year, the government faced a barrage of criticism for hand-picking Fedders Lloyd, including from the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic.Following this recent development, a PPP/C official pointed out that had government considered the advice and warnings from the Opposition, this situation would not have arisen and the project would have avoided further delays.The PPP/C official further noted that in effect, the coalition administration had single-sourced the contractor and further alleged that government’s decision may have been influenced by the fact that the company had financed the party as well as individuals.Political commentators Ramon Gaskin and Dr Henry Jeffery had also criticised the government initially for bypassing the public procurement system and handpicking Fedders Lloyd.When contacted on Saturday, they noted that they are not surprised at the fact that the firm has been sanctioned by the World Bank especially since there was complete lack of transparency in the award of the contract to it.Gaskin told this newspaper that Fedders Lloyd is no good in the interest of Guyana; just as the first India-based company, Surendra Engineering, was not. “Surendra was no good – we had a lot of problems with them in terms of money – and Fedders Lloyd is no better… These foreign contractors are bad news,” he asserted.Dr Jeffery outlined that it was unfortunate that foreigners had to become involved in the matter for the right thing to happen: “People have been saying that the contract should have gone to open tender but government failed to do so.”Nevertheless, Dr Jeffery noted that Guyana wins in that the project will now rightfully go to tendering and this should be a lesson learned for the coalition government.Both political commentators also underscored the need for the APNU/AFC administration to take steps to have the Public Procurement Commission established.
…3 in custodyAs it continues to crack down on smuggling activities, the Guyana Revenue Authority GRA) has reported that its Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) last week intercepted a vessel carrying large quantities of foreign chicken and mosquito coils. According to the revenue collection agency, the ship was intercepted during a sting operation on May 2, 2018 while the vessel was in the Atlantic Ocean.Upon discovering hundreds of boxes of foreign chicken and mosquito coils, suspected to be smuggled from Suriname, the GRA said the Captain and two sailors, who were on board the vessel, were apprehended and placed into custody as investigations continue.The tax collection body noted that they were first-time offenders; however, several recent interceptions have implicated repeat offenders. Second-time offenders are liable to pay three times the duties and taxes as a fine. While, third-time offenders may be prosecuted and/or be allowed to pay three times the value of the item as a fine, as compensation in lieu of court proceedings. In many cases, these offences also result in seizure of the goods and confiscation of the vehicles involved.This recent interception comes as GRA’s LEID continues its fight against smuggling. In fact, the Authority disclosed that from January 2018 to date, the Division has been able to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars in Customs Duties, Excise Taxes, Environmental Levy and VAT, in addition to fines, and has confiscated significant quantities of commonly smuggled items including alcohol, foreign chicken and mosquito coils.“The LEID operations exemplifies the GRA’s commitment to deter, disrupt, and prosecute individuals who attempt to import prohibited items, and evade the payment of their fair share of duties and taxes,” the agency asserted.Moreover, the Authority went on to outline that whistleblowers have significantly improved LEID’s performance and the agency’s revenue collection. To this end, the GRA said the general public must be complimented in aiding the Authority’s efforts to stamp out this activity.
180th Emancipation…Guyanese must look back on sacrifices of foreparents – GovtIn recognising the invaluable contributions that African ancestors and their descendants have made to the development of Guyana, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in its Emancipation message to the nation noted the importance of a governance mechanism for equal opportunity.The Party said the foundations of the Guyanese society and economy were firmly laid by them through hard work and commitment to their homeland. It noted that it is a historic 180th anniversary that provides yet another opportune moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by all Guyanese African ancestors.“As our Party once again recognises the tremendous sacrifices and the selflessOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeocontributions African ancestors made to our modern society, it wishes to reiterate the importance of the principle of racial equality, and a governance mechanism where each and every citizen, regardless of race, colour or creed, be given an equal opportunity to contribute to advancement of our society,” the PPP stated.The Party said too that it remained proud of the fact that it was the largest multi-ethnic political party and would continue to welcome all Guyanese into its ranks from all races and ethnicities. “…who, like our foreparents, share the vision of a society where the good life is enjoyed, not by a privileged few, but by the society as a whole,” as it sent Emancipation greetings to all Guyanese, in particular Afro-Guyanese.“Stripped of their humanity and dignity and forced to toil long hours, to say that our African ancestors suffered at the hands of the sugar planters would be a gross understatement. During that genocidal process, many were tortured and brutally killed for standing up for their rights. In the long march to freedom, many battles were fought, including the Berbice Slave Rebellion led by our National Hero, Cuffy.”The PPP also stated that the resilient spirit of resistance, demonstrated by AfricanSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Nortonancestors, prevailed and freedom was attained in August 1838. “Freed and successful in forging a society, having purchased a number of villages, there were attempts by the sugar planters to sabotage the slaves’ newly-won independence. However, their determination for success and peace resulted in their triumph,” it added.In Government’s Emancipation Day message, from Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for culture, Dr George Norton, it was said that Guyanese must never forget about the sacrifices made by African ancestors. “It is imperative that we reflect and honour the sacrifices of those who fought against the inhumane customs of slavery. Men such as Cuffy, Damon and Quamina are the reasons why we are able to proudly sing that line in our National Anthem that reads “Land of the Free”,” Dr Norton said.The Minister continued, “My fellow Guyanese, the year 1838 and the fight for freedom shaped our destiny as a nation; it painted a clear picture of who we were going to be as a people. It was the abolition of slavery that triggered the influx of our foreparents from other continents. The arrival of our ancestors from Portugal, India and China, has added to the diversity and beauty of a more matured Guyana.”Further, the Minister said he believed that the most meaningful way to observe this Emancipation was to embrace and celebrate the status of being “One People” of “One Nation”, following “One Destiny”. More importantly, Dr Norton said Guyana’s rich history has taught everyone that great achievements and betterment come from a united effort, and, as such, no one should squander the legacy of our ancestors.“Let us embrace their traditions of cohesion, and exercise the spirit of resilience and courage in fighting against all forms of injustices and bigotry,” he added.
MURRAY, UTAH – Fort St. John speedskater and Olympic medallist Denny Morrison says he’s in a Utah hospital after suffering a stroke.The 30-year-old Morrison tweeted from his official Twitter account on Saturday night at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, two days after he was expected to complete a 25-day mountain bike ride from Arizona to Utah.Only 11 months ago Morrison was in the hospital after he sustained serious injuries from a motorcycle accident.Almost a year post accident. And done mountain biking 800 miles across Arizona, I’m back in a Hospital bed again. Had a stroke today ????????— Denny Morrison (@Denny_Morrison) April 24, 2016- Advertisement -Speed Skating Canada had no immediate information regarding Morrison’s tweet.Advertisement Less than a year after serious injuries from a motorcycle wreck that nearly ended not just his speedskating career but his life, the decorated Olympian raced a men’s 1,000 metres at the Olympic Oval in Calgary this past March.
A Grande Prairie doctor accused of sexual assault will have to wait until April to find out if he will go to trial. Dr. Paliswami Murthi was in Grande Prairie provincial court last week to set a date for his preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted four of his patients. In June Murthi was charged with five counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual interference and two charges of assault. The alleged assaults occurred at his two practices in the Grande Prairie area between 2001 and 2007. The complainants include two youths, one male and one female. Murthi’s preliminary hearing will be held April 28th.- Advertisement –
Saturday Afternoon’s Head-on Collision on the Alaska Highway – Courtesy Nelson Loe- Advertisement -On November 1st, 2008 at approximately 10:15 am, an RCMP member came across the scene of a two vehicle collision approximately 80 KM south of Fort Nelson. Initial reports from the officer is that a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer unit collided head on. Two persons were pronounced dead at the scene and one is injured and will be transported to the hospital in Fort Nelson for treatment. The cause of this collision is not known at this time, however road conditions are expected to be a factor. An RCMP traffic analyst is en-route to the scene from Fort St. John. The names of the deceased are not being released at this time, pending the notification of next of kin. The RCMP and BC Coroner’s Service continue to investigate. Highway 97, also known as the Alaska Highway, is closed and will remain closed for several hours. Continue to watch Energeticcity.ca for the latest updates.If you’ve been caught in the delay, or you have photos or video of the accidents, please email us – email@example.com or call 250-793-2326 or 250-263-7746.
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Sci-Tech North is inviting residents of Northern B.C. to submit nominations for 2010 Excellence in Innovation Awards.The annual awards recognize individuals, companies, and programs leading the way in fields ranging from environmental stewardship to education.- Advertisement -Sci-Tech North Executive Director Lori Ackerman says the awards “celebrate the innovation that is happening in our region, and also make residents and companies aware of the innovation that is going on here.”She also says the awards can play a vital role in fostering cutting-edge techniques in Northern B.C.[asset|aid=3124|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=57067666a836ee6bb8792f3f559747b1-Lori-North_1_Pub.mp3] Nominations are being accepted until Oct. 20 in the following seven categories:Advertisement Innovative YouthInnovation in EductionInnovation at WorkInnovation in IndustryTechnology EntrepreneurInnovative Action for the EnvironmentTechology LeadershipSubmissions are being accepted by fax, at (250) 785-9649, or by phone, at (250) 785-9600.The 2010 Excellence in Innovation Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Hotel.
The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have announced that Anton Devcich will be joining them for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League which bowls off from August 8.Anton DevcichThe New Zealander will be replacing spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who will now be with South Africa on their tour of Sri Lanka, and then will be representing South Africa ‘A’ until the end of August.Devcich, a 32-year-old spin bowling all-rounder, has had previous experience with the Hero CPL, having played for the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2016. Known for his lavish beard, the batsman has played 16 times for New Zealand, having represented his country in ODIs and T20 Internationals.Speaking about the arrival of Devcich, Patriots Head Coach Donovan Miller hailed the Kiwi as a class player who offers a huge amount with the bat, ball, and in the field. He further noted that Devcich’s experience in international and franchise cricket around the world will be a real asset to the Patriots this season.Meanwhile Devcich and his team will have the chance to show their skills when they open the tournament against multiple time finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana.
The Vikings qualified more wrestlers than any school in the San Gabriel Valley and had five Eastern Division champions last Saturday at La Quinta High. Inclan, a two-time CIF champion, started the season at 160 pounds, but dropped to 152 to make Northview a more lethal squad. He’s 41-2. “I am peaking at the very best time of the year and working really hard with my teammates,” Inclan said. “I have the best people possible to go against every day at practice.” Steven Salinas (103), P.J. Martinez (112), Dennis Rodriguez (125) and Steven DeLaFuente (140) all won championships for the Vikings. Martinez won his second CIF crown Saturday and DeLaFuente and Inclan were named lower and upper weight MVPs, respectively. “Mentally all are kids are fresh,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “Physically, at this time of the year, the kids everywhere are dinged up, but they’re ready to go.” “This weekend all comes down to who wants it the most.” Nick Inclan leads a cast of 11 Northview High School wrestlers into the two-day CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Carter High in Rialto beginning today. The top eight wrestlers from each weight class qualify for the State Meet, March 2-3 at the Rabobank Arena . in Bakersfield Thomas Williams (112) and Jonathan Aguirre (145) are among the five South Hills wrestlers vying for a spot at the State Meet. Williams (42-1), ranked No. 1 in the state at 112, dropped a 4-2 decision to West Covina’s Chris Armendariz in the Coastal Division semifinals, but feels the loss will serve as motivation. “I am fine mentally and I will be ready to go,” Williams said. “I am going to learn from my mistakes and move forward.” Sal Castillo (140) and Josh Pearson (189) have realistic chances of qualifying for State. George Munoz won the Masters 152-pound class last year and is again going in as an underdog for West Covina. The Bulldogs senior finished fourth last Saturday at the CIF Coastal Division finals in Huntington Beach and is ready to redeem himself. “I am very hungry right now,” Munoz said. “I started training Sunday for this weekend and expect to do well.” Munoz has one of the toughest draws in the area and will need to be at his best to advance. The Bulldogs have the second most entrants from the area with eight wrestlers. Taylor Louie (103), Armendariz (112) A.J. Guardado (135) and Munoz are expected to advance. Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215) may have flown under everyone’s radar, but that’s about to change. Johnson is 42-0 and won his first CIF title at the Southern Division championship at Chino Hills. “I am expecting to win Masters and do well at State, but I am not taking anything for granted,” Johnson said. “I am working hard every day to try and limit any mistakes in my mechanics.” Johnson’s teammate, Garrett Jones, will compete in the 189-pound division. Sierra Vista’s Adrian Gonzales (41-1) lost Saturday in the finals of the 152-pound division, but with that behind him, he is set to battle in possibly the toughest weight class in the area. Along with Inclan and Munoz, Gonzales looks to take the top spot and says he’s learned from his lone defeat this season. “I put Saturday behind me and I like my chances. I am really focused for this weekend and think I’ve corrected anything that needed to fixed,” Gonzales said. Angel Garcia, San Dimas’ 119-pound junior standout, won his third CIF title in as many years last Saturday at La Quinta. Garcia (45-3) has won titles at 103, 112 and now 119 and has his eyes set on a Masters title and a run at State. “I am going in this to win it, but I’ve had my mind on State all year,” Garcia said. “I am a lot more experienced this time around and have been working on minimizing mistakes.” Garcia has yet to place at State, but expects that to change next weekend in Bakersfield. Taylor Louie (103) might be the least recognized standout for West Covina, but at 36-1, he is primed and ready for a run at State. The senior’s lone loss was by disqualification and his coaches believe he’s possibly the most underrated wrestler in the area. “I’ve had one goal all year and that’s to be a state champion,” Louie said. “To be a state champ, you have to beat everybody and I am hoping to do that at Masters.” Bishop Amat will send two CIF Coastal Division champions, Steven Espindola (112) and Andrew Ortega (119), along with teammates Andrew Mascarenas (145), Andrew Hernandez (189) and Julian Silva (215) to the meet. West Covina coach Donnie Stephens is cautiously optimistic about the number of Bulldogs that will qualify for State. “When you get to Masters, anything can happen,” Stephens said. “I know our guys are ready mentally and physically.” The Bulldogs are a senior-led team and experience won’t be an issue this weekend. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
He accomplished his mission Saturday night by winning the 112-pound class during the CIF state wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena. He is the first South Hills competitor to score a state title since Jeremiah Miller pulled the trick at 171 pounds in 1992. BAKERSFIELD – Losing usually is thought of as a bad thing in competitive athletics. But for South Hills High School wrestler Thomas Williams, a setback earlier this season provided the necessary motivation to win a CIF state individual title. “It feels awesome (to win a state title). I worked my whole life for this.” Williams was one of six area wrestlers to place. Also scoring top-eight medals were San Dimas Angel Garcia (third at 119), West Covina’s A.J. Guardado (seventh at 135) and George Munoz (fifth at 152), Northview’s Steve De La Fuente (seventh at 140) and Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez (sixth at heavyweight). Garcia, who was 6-1 for the tournament, followed up a loss in the semifinals on Saturday by earning third place with wins over Poway’s Mike Hernandez and Silver Creek’s Andre Gonzalez. “It’s great,” Garcia said. “I just can’t believe it. It’s a nice feeling. You train the whole year to get ready for this tournament and give your best. That’s what I did. I gave my best.” Garcia, who went 4-0 on Friday to advance to the semifinals, saw his quest at a state title end with a tough 9-5 loss to Santa Ana Calvary Chapel’s Jason Lara. He took an early 2-0 lead in the match, but Lara came back with a pair of takedowns for a 6-3 lead before getting a third in the final period to win, 9-5. “I was down (after losing in the semifinals),” Garcia said. “But I was able recoup and had to go after it. “I lost (in the semifinals), but its a good accomplishment to lose and then come back and finish third.” Munoz also came up big in recovering from a loss in the quarterfinals on Friday to go 3-1 on Saturday and take fifth place. It’s the second time in three years that a West Covina wrestler has placed at the state championships in the past three seasons. The Bulldogs’ Guardado took seventh at 135 by winning two of three matches on Saturday. He beat Simi Valley’s Mike Murphy in the fifth consolation round before losing, 10-1, to Madera’s Johny Rios in the third-place quarterfinals. He rebounded to score an 11-5 win over Natomas’ Jerin Miller in the seventh-place match. Northview’s De La Fuente, who brought an undefeated record and a top ranking into this weekend’s event, fought back from a loss in the second round on Friday to finish seventh at 140. The day was not very kind to Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez, who after winning four matches on Friday to earn a spot in the semifinals, went 0-3 on the final day to finish sixth. Three area wrestlers – West Covina’s Taylor Louie (103), Bishop Amat’s Steven Espindola (112) and Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215) – lost in the morning and failed to qualify for a medal. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “That loss (at the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Division championships) changed my whole outlook,” said Williams, who finished the season 52-1. “I probably wouldn’t have won here tonight if I didn’t lose that match. “It really made me re-focus and really look at my goals hard.” The No. 1 goal was to win the state title, which he came close to winning last season at 103 pounds. He got the job done this time by first scoring a 4-2 decision over Bakersfield’s Nektoe Demison in the semifinals before winning 5-2 over Pleasanton Foothill’s Kellen Aura in the finals. Williams took the lead with a takedown at 1:02 of the second period. Aura used an escape to cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the period before Williams countered with an escape and a takedown in the third to win, 5-2. “I couldn’t do anything (early in the match),” Williams said. “But he started to wear down near the end, and I was able to get the takedown.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Brandan Wright and top-seeded North Carolina almost waited too long to make their move. Down by 16 points early in the second half, the Tar Heels suddenly shifted into another gear and startled Southern California 74-64 Friday night in the East Regional semifinals. Despite off games by Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels (31-6) saved themselves and set up a regional final Sunday for college basketball fans to savor: North Carolina vs. Georgetown, a rematch of the 1982 championship game that Michael Jordan won in the closing seconds. Fifth-seeded USC (25-12) was putting on a dunking exhibition and led 49-33 with 17:42 left before it all fell apart. Trojans coach Tim Floyd threw his program onto the court after a call in the final minute, and was whistled for a technical foul. By then, Wright and his teammates had already done plenty to frustrate Floyd’s team and were well on their way to their seventh straight victory. Wright scored two straight baskets on offensive rebounds to get the Tar Heels within 57-49, then the freshman was a key part of a 13-0 run that put them ahead for the first time since the opening minute. “It was a fantastic comeback to say the least,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. “I have a great deal of confidence in my team. … I knew we wouldn’t give up.” North Carolina reached the round of eight for the second time under Williams, who won the 2005 title with the Tar Heels. Earlier at the Meadowlands, Georgetown beat Vanderbilt 66-65 on a last-second shot. Wright finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. He somehow offset Hansbrough’s 1-for-6 shooting for five points and Lawson’s four points. Freshman Taj Gibson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Trojans. Nick Young, Gabe Pruitt and Gibson took turns throwing down dunks in the first half as the Trojans more than matched North Carolina’s up-tempo style. Floyd said his team plays with “youthful exuberance” and it showed from the get-go. Pointing their index fingers, slapping hands after big plays and popping the “USC” on their jerseys, they looked like schoolyard kids having fun. Floyd got into the act, too, hollering, “Go get it! Go get it!” during loose balls. Williams could barely watch on the other bench, putting his hands on his head and turning away after an airball. The Trojans scored the last eight points of the first half for a 42-33 lead, then scored the first seven after the break, capped by Lodrick Stewart’s 3. At that point, the Tar Heels trailed by 16 points and were in serious trouble. That is, until they started playing the kind of basketball that has consistently made them among the biggest winners in the sport. The Trojans attacked inside early, taking it right at Hansbrough. The rugged 6-foot-9 sophomore ripped out his mouthpiece at one point, upset that the Trojans were getting the better of him. In the second half, though, the Tar Heels had their way inside. They dominated the second-half as Southern California seemed powerless to stop the surge. The Trojans were trying to reach the round of eight for the first time since 2001. Known primarily as a football school, a win over the Tar Heels would’ve clearly boosted their national profile. “Winning and doing well in this tournament will do that, and that includes beating North Carolina,” Southern California athletic director Mike Garrett, a former Heisman Trophy winner, said right before tip-off. “But it’s more than just beating North Carolina.” It was not to be, despite such a strong start. North Carolina led for a grand total of 17 seconds in the first half. That was at 1-0 on a foul shot by Marcus Ginyard, who started when Reyshawn Terry was slowed by strep throat.
In addition, the group presented a list of 100 buildings in which tenants are considered at risk for eviction by unscrupulous landlords, condo conversions or demolitions. “We know they’re going to have to do a little thinking. We’re going to give them a week and that’s it,” Hurd said. But the groups’ protest was met with lukewarm response from city leaders, who have been trying to balance the needs of both tenants and landlords. “There are ways to get your point across. I don’t know how well their point was received,” said Councilman Herb Wesson, who heads the Council’s Housing and Economic Development Committee. “A citywide housing policy is something that has to be thought out in a methodical way.” A spokesman for Villaraigosa said Helmi Hisserich, the deputy mayor for housing, will meet with affordable-housing advocates to discuss their demands. Angry tenants and homeless residents filled the City Council chambers Wednesday, pounding the lectern and calling for more renter protections and affordable housing in Los Angeles. More than 500 people protested inside and outside City Hall and presented a list of demands including a moratorium on condo conversions, a citywide housing policy and a requirement that developers include affordable units in their projects. “Something has to be done. We’re talking about hundreds of units where people are being evicted all the time. Where are these people going to go?” said Alvivon Hurd, a downtown resident who belongs to ACORN, a low-income housing advocacy group. She and others demanded that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council adopt stronger policies to build and protect affordable housing. “In many ways, we’re already on the same page,” spokesman Gil Duran said. “Everybody wants to see more affordable housing and see it built much more rapidly.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cinco de Mayo Celebration What: Family-oriented event features Mexico Vivo dancers and musicians. Where: Palmdale Playhouse. When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Contact: Palmdale Playhouse ticket office (661) 267-5685. JetHawks Cinco de Mayo Celebration What: JetHawks game against the Visalia Oaks will feature Mexican-themed entertainment and will be followed by a fireworks show. Where: Clear Channel Stadium. When: Game starts at 5 p.m. Saturday. Contact: JetHawks ticket office (661) 726-5400.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tavera Foundation Scholarship Event What: Live mariachi band featured in event honoring former Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Sal Tavera. Event proceeds benefit Sal Tavera scholarship fund. Where: Villa De Leon Ranch, 6612 E. Ave. K. When: 6 p.m. to midnight today. Lake Los Angeles Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade What: The Antelope Valley’s largest and longest running Cinco de Mayo celebration features live music, dancing and food booths. Where: Starts on 170th Street East and Avenue P, ends at Stephen Sorensen County Park. When: All day event starts at noon Saturday. Contact: (661) 264-4536.
The Ambu-bag malfunctioned, and Ogle ran to get the Ambu-bag in her patrol car. Karson continued the chest compressions. “We just continued CPR until paramedics arrived,” he said. Three to four minutes passed before the paramedics arrived and took over. Paramedics continued to work on Garcia and got a pulse, Salazar said. It’s not the first time Karson performed CPR during a call. But he said it’s the second time he helped revive someone. It happened three to four months ago when someone was found in an alley off Pickering Avenue. All Whittier police are trained in CPR and carry Ambu-bags in their patrol cars, Salazar said. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 WHITTIER – Two officers used CPR to help save a man who was found not breathing in an apartment, officials said Tuesday. According to County Fire Captain Gary Morgan, officers Mike Karson and Nancy Ogle’s efforts allowed paramedics to revive the man, said Whittier Police spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar. Daniel Garcia, 43, remains at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. He was listed in poor condition Tuesday, said Terri Starkman, director of marketing for the hospital. “This was an excellent job by two veteran officers,” Salazar said. Karson and Ogle both arrived Monday afternoon at the apartment complex in the 12700 block of Oak Street on a call about a man down and not breathing. They ran to where people were pointing. In apartment No. 3, Karson said they found a man lying on the carpet on his back. “Officer Ogle felt for a pulse. She found none, so we started CPR,” Karson said. Karson did chest compressions while Ogle used the Ambu-bag, a device placed over the mouth that forces air into a person’s lungs. The roommate, using a translator, told them he went out, and when he came back a few minutes later found the man lying on the ground. Karson said he saw several bottles of heart medication in the apartment.
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Only 14 tyrannosaur tracks have been discovered worldwide. Many of those have been found within the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, but the one found by UBC Geology student Carina Helm on August 30th was less than 10 km away from the town.“The very first rock I went to, right beside the road, had this huge track-shape on it with three toes,” Helm said. “I thought, ‘Surely that is too big to be a footprint?’ but I showed it to my Dad and next thing he was on his cell-phone to Rich McCrea telling him about the find.”– Advertisement -The track measures 59 cm, but they estimate it was even bigger as the tip and claw of the longest toe has eroded away.Paleontologist Rich McCrea with the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre says the characteristics of the print still identify it as having belonged to a meat-eating dinosaur, despite the erosion.McCrea discovered BC’s first Tyrannosaur tooth in the same region back in 2004.President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Jim Kincaid thanked Helm for her “sharp eyes and enthusiasm,” in helping find the track.Advertisement The decision is now being made to either leave the track in place as a roadside attraction, or haul it to the Museum. They feel the track will get vandalized left out in the open, but also that it will be difficult to get it to the Museum.In other pre-historic news, the new Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum opened today as well.
0Shares0000New Leicester manager Claude Puel, 56, a former manager of Monaco, Lyon and Southampton, will take charge of his first game on Sunday when the Foxes host Everton at the King Power Stadium © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 25 – Former Premier League champions Leicester City on Wednesday named ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare last week.Leicester won the title under Claudio Ranieri in 2015-16 but parted company with the Italian in February and despite a good recovery under Shakespeare at the end of last season, they are only a point above the relegation places this term. Puel, 56, also a former manager of Monaco, Lyon and Nice in France, will take charge of his first game on Sunday when the Foxes host Everton at the King Power Stadium.“When we began the process of identifying a new manager, the board quickly established the profile of candidate we needed to take the club forward and Claude Puel was a perfect fit,” said Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive.“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.”The Frenchman, who was dismissed by Southampton in June after just one season in charge despite finishing eighth in the Premier League, said it was a “great privilege” to become the new Leicester manager.“The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success,” he said.Puel also has European pedigree, steering Lyon into the Champions League finals semi-finals in 2010 — masterminding a 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid along the way.Leicester shocked the football world two seasons ago by seeing off the Premier League powerhouses to secure the title, with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez stealing the headlines.But despite reaching the Champions League quarter-finals last year, Leicester struggled in the league until a late-season flourish lifted them to 12th in the table.This season has been another struggle, with just two wins in their first nine fixtures, although they eased the pressure at the weekend with a 2-1 victory at Swansea City, which lifted them to 14th in the table.Shakespeare, 53, was promoted from his role as assistant coach on an interim basis following the shock dismissal of Ranieri and in June he was handed a three-year contract.Puel will be supported by Michael Appleton, who retains his role as assistant manager.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match against Napoli November 1, 2017 at the San Paolo stadium in NaplesMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero insists that he would like to remain at the club until 2020, but says that it’s not up to him.The Argentine has scored 13 goals in 17 Premier League matches this season, but the rise of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus has somewhat overshadowed his role in Pep Guardiola’s side. “I have until 2020, I think,” Aguero said after scoring in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Watford.“The truth is I hope to see out my contract and I’ll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens. Obviously, my plan is not to change clubs.“As always, as I said before, the club has the last word, they’re the only ones who decide, because obviously the club is the one who makes the decisions, they are the ones who say you have to go or have to stay, so I’ll respect whatever they tell me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
She expressed her delight that the work undertaken by Special Olympics in Kenya and across the world – has transformed the lives of people with disability.“You have provided a unique platform for them to participate in sporting activities, and an opportunity to pursue a sports career,” said the First Lady.First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Photo/PSCUThe First Lady was speaking this morning during celebrations marking the partnership between Lions Club International Foundation and Special Olympics Kenya held at Loresho Primary School grounds.A Unified Football match between the Leos and Special Olympics was part of the celebrations.The First Lady said sports have a unique ability to transcend across economic, physical and social cultural barriers.“I am convinced that sports is an important vehicle that will provide our youth with a positive competitive spirit, determination and courage to overcome social barriers that have restricted inclusive participation – because of generalizations, assumptions, prejudices or stereotypes,” she saidFirst Lady Margaret Kenyatta with the Special Olympics team. Photo/PSCUThe First Lady, an avid supporter and key participant in sports especially athletics said she has personally witnessed how sports has had lasting positive impact on the lives of children.“And while we must not underestimate the power of sports to transform attitudes, and promote inclusion, we must not only focus on the why inclusiveness, but on the how, she said.She pointed out that sports for people with disability must allow participation at all levels without hindrance.First Lady Margaret Kenyatta during the event held at Loresho Primary School. Photo/PSCUThe First Lady said the partnership between the two organizations was informed by research showing that a large percentage of Special Olympic athletes had not accessed eye examinations services.“We know that many partnership efforts mostly target larger population issues such as malaria, HIV and Aids, Cancer, and unfortunately invest less on people with disabilities – they are largely under-served group when it comes to health issues not to mention eye-care,” she said.She applauded the Special Olympics and Lions Club International Opening Eye programs for their steadfast and unwavering work.Through this partnership, the First Lady pointed out the two organizations have managed to reach out to 400,000 athletes with screening, and offering close to 200,000 special eyewear.She noted that in the last one year the two organizations managed to perform desperately needed free eye surgeries to six Special Olympic Kenya athletes.The Kenya Special Olympics team training at University of Nairobi on Friday, 4th, March, 2016.The medical exercise, said the First Lady, averted tragedies of potential blindness, as well as protecting the victims from experiencing multiple vulnerabilities.“With your invaluable work, you have not only provided access to life-changing corrective surgeries and saving sight, but provided them with confidence and determination to pursue a future in sports,” said the First Lady.She also expressed gratitude to the doctors, thousands of volunteers, vision specialists and educators who have selflessly given of themselves to bring joy and essential services to persons with disability.“This is a valuable reminder that the needs of persons with disability is not about them, but about all of us,” said the First Lady.She said today’s football match is a demonstration of the powerful success of the collaboration between the two organization.Other speakers included the Lions Club International President, Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, International Vice-President of the Club Jung-Yul Choi, the International Director, Lions Club Mrs. Aruna Oswal and the Chairman Special Olympics Kenya Thuo Chege.They said inclusivity has transformed the attitudes of those with disabilities who are now proud to participate in the development of the country.They said the two organizations would continue engaging on how to enhance their programmes to make the disabled more excellent athletes.-By PSCU-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000First Lady Margaret Kenyatta handing over medals to Special Olympics football team .Photo/PSCUNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has commended Lions Club International Foundation for forging a partnership with Special Olympics which she said has had a positive impact on millions of individuals across the world.The First Lady, who is the Patron of Special Olympics Kenya, said this unique partnership which has been there for the last 15 years has helped the two organizations share a mission of inclusivity.
The result saw Real drop to fourth place in La Liga behind Valencia, who beat Espanyol 1-0 later in the day.Ronaldo was taken off shortly after the hour-mark at the Santiago Bernabeu while Luka Modric and Karim Benzema both started on the bench, with Zidane keeping one eye on Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg at home to Juventus. Real boast a 3-0 advantage from the opening leg in Turin and Simeone suggested on Sunday that Los Blancos should now be considered favourites to claim a third consecutive European triumph.Zidane, however, is wary of complacency.“Everyone sees us going through to the semi-finals and that’s exactly what we should not put in our head,” Zidane said. “We know very well that we will have to suffer again on Wednesday.”Atletico, meanwhile, will now turn their attention to the Europa League and Thursday’s quarter-final second leg against Sporting Lisbon. They won the home leg 2-0 last week.They should arrive in confident mood after retaining their four-point cushion over Real in second place while it was perhaps the perfect result for leaders Barcelona, who are now 11 points clear at the top. “We deserved more today clearly, it’s a shame,” Zidane said. “We had many chances, but in the end we could have lost the game as well.”Griezmann’s goal came on his 200th appearance for Atleti while Ronaldo’s was the 500th in the 161 league matches played between these two city rivals. On Griezmann, Simeone said: “He is a great player, he did not have a good start to the season and he knows it and it is not easy to reinvent himself in the way he did in November, December. “I think the presence of (Diego) Costa has helped him a lot, having strength around him which allows him to be free.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo got the opener for Real in Sunday’s Madrid derby © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMadrid, Spain, Apr 8 – Zinedine Zidane has told his players to ignore the Champions League hype around Real Madrid after they were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals Atletico in La Liga on Sunday.Cristiano Ronaldo’s 24th goal in 15 games this year was not enough to earn his side a derby victory as an Antoine Griezmann equaliser secured Diego Simeone’s side a point.
0Shares0000FBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante © AFP/File / PHILL MAGAKOEBARCELONA, Spain, May 19 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante.Levante’s shock 5-4 victory ended Barca’s hopes of completing their first ever unbeaten La Liga season in what was their 37th, and penultimate, match of the campaign. The result placed added scrutiny on Valverde’s decision to rest Messi, who was not even included on the bench at the City of Valencia Stadium, as Barca chased an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.But Messi did come on as a substitute in South Africa three days later as Barca took part in a friendly to contribute to celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.“In South Africa I played him for 15 minutes because of a contractual issue,” Valverde said on Saturday. “But he has helped us a lot and the idea now is to rest him.”Messi has made 57 appearances for club and country this season and with Barcelona’s domestic double already confirmed, his next focus is Argentina and this summer’s World Cup.Valverde indicated Messi is also likely to be spared Sunday’s final league game of the season at home to Real Sociedad.“Messi has played a lot of big matches, even sometimes playing with discomfort,” Valverde said. “Now the plan is to rest him a little.”Barca will be hoping to finish on a high against Real Sociedad as Andres Iniesta plays his final game for the club.Iniesta joined Barcelona’s academy 22 years ago and Valverde accepts the Spaniard will be impossible to replace.“We shouldn’t make the mistake of trying to find an Iniesta replica because we’re never going to find one,” Valverde said. “We will all have to make up for his absence together.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
It was a result that has renewed doubts about Argentina’s ability to mount a sustained challenge at this World Cup, four years after they reached the final in Brazil.Another adverse outcome on Thursday and many may even start to consider the unthinkable — that Argentina could be on their way out at the group stage, mirroring their shock first round exit in 2002.Legend Diego Maradona called the Iceland result a “disgrace” and warned coach Jorge Sampaoli he would not be able to return to Argentina with similar performances.Adding to the sense of disappointment, Messi’s missed penalty was accompanied by 11 unsuccessful shots, the most in a World Cup game without return by a single player since Italy’s Luigi Riva in 1970.Argentina’s players however have been quick to close ranks around the Barcelona superstar.“We are all with him, he knows that he can count on the support of all of us more than ever,” said Argentina striker Paulo Dybala.“We are here to help him every moment, and of course we will be at his side,” Dybala added.Defender Cristian Ansaldi meanwhile insisted Messi was in good spirits despite the Iceland setback.“We all know what Messi represents to our team and to our country,” Ansaldi said. “Not only is he the best player in the world on the pitch, he is also best player off the field. He’s in good shape and that’s good for us.”Despite the solitary point against Iceland, Argentina can take solace from a performance which saw them muster 26 shots and have 72 per cent possession against Iceland.Sampaoli is reportedly considering several changes for the game, including drafting in young forward Cristian Pavon for Angel Di Maria for more creativity up front.Similarly in midfield, Paris Saint-Germain’s Giovani Lo Celso could start as Argentina seek more attacking options, possibly at the expense of Lucas Biglia.Their jobs would be to supply Messi and goalscorer against Iceland Sergio Aguero with the kind of service on which they would thrive in a potential 3-3-3-1 formation.Croatia may have secured a vital three points in their 2-0 win against Nigeria in their opening game, but their mood can hardly be described as euphoric.They came into the tournament under a cloud, with captain Luka Modric charged with perjury in a corruption scandal which has rocked Croatian football.And striker Nikola Kalinic has left Russia due to a back injury, says coach Zlatko Dalic, but amid reports he refused to come on as a substitute after being left out of the starting line-up.Off-field problems for now though have not affected them and they are expected to field an unchanged team, which also includes Messi’s Barcelona teammate Ivan Rakitic.The teams have met only once before in the World Cup, in 1998, when Argentina won 1-0 and were the only team that year to prevent Golden Boot winner Davor Suker from scoring.One other possible omen for Thursday; when Riva racked up his unwanted record in 1970, the Italian legend promptly scored two goals in his next match.Argentina will be hoping for the same from Messi.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi made an unhappy start to the World Cup, missing what would have been a winning penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by minnows Iceland © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVNIZHNIY Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Argentina are rallying around captain Lionel Messi as the South American giants prepare for their crucial Group D clash with Croatia here on Thursday.Messi made an unhappy start to the World Cup on Saturday, missing what would have been a winning penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by minnows Iceland.
0Shares0000Gareth Southgate congratulates England defender Harry Maguire © AFP / Johannes EISELENIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – England coach Gareth Southgate was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after England’s 6-1 World Cup group-stage rout of Panama, declaring “I didn’t particularly like the performance”.With a grin Southgate explained to the BBC: “I’m being hyper-critical, but I didn’t like the start, I didn’t like the goal at the end. The bits in the middle were pretty good though!” Southgate was speaking after a hat-trick from Harry Kane, a double from John Stones and another from Jesse Lingard saw off Panama and qualified England into the knockout stages.As it stands England are level on goal difference with also-qualified Belgium but top the group by virtue of yellow cards — two compared to the Belgians’ three.The countries meet in Kaliningrad on Thursday.Asked about possible changes to his XI to face Belgium, Southgate commented: “I want to keep the momentum, we have to think about the team we want to put out, it’s an opportunity for players who need a match who haven’t played for a while but on the other hand we want to keep winning.“It’s a nice decision to have!”Reflecting on a record World Cup win for England — their previous best result was 3-0 — he added: “I was a bit anxious at the start, they (Panama) had six at the back and three in middle, but once we worked that out I thought we played some really good stuff for 35 minutes.Southgate’s main gripe was his defence allowing Felipe Baloy to score Panama’s first ever World Cup goal in the 78th minute.“At half-time we talked about one more goal to be top of the group, that’s why the goal at the end was disappointing,” he said.“We’d rather be in control of the group than not, and confidence wise it’s important to score goals.“It was a big moment for Lingard and great for the captain (Kane) to score a hat-trick, that way he didn’t have the hump when I took him off!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
United have been linked with moves for Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Chelsea’s Willian and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.Asked if he will be able to add two new faces to his squad, Mourinho told beIN SPORTS: “No. I’m confident I’ll get one. I think two is not what I will get.“I think in every pre-season it happens basically the same with probably every club, which the manager wants more. It is our nature and our way to always want more for your team.“But club decisions are different. Normally you don’t get what you want which basically happened throughout my career. If I sign one player before the window closes, that’s fine.”The Red Devils have struggled to find their rhythm in their pre-season friendlies thus far, with many of their star players still on holiday. They will face Real Madrid in Miami on Wednesday. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, July 31 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he only expects to sign one of his remaining transfer targets before the new season commences. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000 Mourinho is still eyeing at least two more signings but has admitted that he will only be allowed to bring in one more player to join fellow new arrivals Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.
0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans along Moi Avenue.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.MACHAKOS, Kenya, Aug 5 – AFC Leopards climbed third on the Kenyan Premier League table following their 2-1 win over Mathare United on Sunday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.In other results, Sofapaka climbed up to second in the standing after downing Ulinzi Stars 1-0 thanks to a Umaru Kasumba’s goal in the stoppage time. Thika United’s poor form continued as the relegated bound side succumbed to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Sony Sugar, Nzoia Sugar was held to a goalless draw by Wazito FC while Kariobangi Sharks were stunned 2-1 by a 10-man visiting Zoo FC.Ten-man AFC Leopards found their goals from Wyvonne Isuza and Marvin Omondi while defender James Situma scored the consolation for Mathare United in a lively encounter that saw both sides create many chances.AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo ZapataAFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata heaped praise on his charges, revealing that they had to change their strategy after Isuza was sent off.“My coaching philosophy is attacking and my players just did that today, but I had to change tactics when my player received a red card and my players responded well. I am so proud of my team,” Zapata said after the match.AFC, who were the better side, dominating possession in the better part of the match, were reduced to one man down after Isuza picked a second yellow card on the 62nd minute for retaliation on Mathare’s Ahmad Ahmed.Mathare custodian David Okello was the busiest having to come off his live severally to keep his team on the game.Tusker FC comes off his line to clear danger. Photo/Mathare United FacebookAs early as on the 4th minute, Okello put his body on the line, coming off his line to clear the effort before AFC’s speedy attacker Ezekiel Odera reached on the ball for a fruitless corner.Ingwe’s attacking and quick moves finally paid of on the half hour mark when Isuza stepped up to convert a controversial penalty that saw Okello dive on the right direction to have a touch on the ball but it was too powerful to stop it from entering in.The penalty was awarded after Situma tackled Jaffari Odenyi from behind in what looked from the live broadcast replay as a foul at the edge of the box, but the center referee Yassin Badr pointed at the spot that gifted Isuza his 11th goal of the season.Three minutes later, Mathare squandered a glorious opportunity that could have seen level the scores when Clifford Alwanga failed to get a touch on the ball from a defence splitting pass from Ahmed.Mathare United lost 2-1 to AFC Leopards. Photo/Mathare United FacebookHowever, lapse in concentration from the AFC back-lined cost the team, enabling Situma to make the amends by slamming the ball home on the stroke of half time and see both sides share spoils at the breather.The goals came after Isuza hacked down Alwanga to pick his first yellow card that proved costly to the team. Mathare United captain George ‘Wise’ Owino, coming from injury took the set-piece that found Situma on the right side.Just at they started in the first half, AFC drew the first blood in the last half, forcing Okello to come off his line to rescue Mathare after Isuza’s pass was miscued the Mathare United defence on the 56th minute.But that matted less after Marvin Omondi tapped in an empty net after a fine build up in the midfield where Odenyi exchanged a 1-2 pass with Edward Seda who in turn put Odenyi through, before seeing his effort punched away by Okello but lady luck falled on Omondi was in the perfect position to tap in the second goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Mr. Japhet Akhulia (left), acting CEO Mr. Hanson Wang, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata and StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (right) during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – Pay TV provider StarTimes Media has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for UEFA Europa League.This will see the broadcaster air 205 live soccer matches during each of the three seasons that will run until 2021. The media rights will run across all platforms including pay television and online mobile application enabling subscribers to access the premium European Club Competition both at the comfort of their homes and on the go.Speaking during the launch ceremony, StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Japhet Akhulia noted the brand’s progressive efforts to secure content that continues to distinguish StarTimes as the home for Premium sports content at the most affordable subscription rates in the market.“The acquisition of exclusive broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa league for the next three seasons is very strategic as this is a culmination of our dedicated efforts to continue airing premium sports content while remaining affordable for the majority of Kenyans who want to enjoy at the comfort of their homes and flexibility through the StarTimes mobile APP,” noted Akhulia.The development adds to the already rich football action available on the StarTimes platform which includes broadcast rights to the on-going German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Ghana Super League as well as the FIFA Club World Cup which is expected to kick off in December.StarTimes has dedicated five channels to the rich footballing action, three of them being High Definition (HD) which includes World Football (HD), Sports Premium (HD), Sports Arena (HD), Sports Focus and Sports Life. The channels will have additional offerings including multi-language commentary in English, Kiswahili and French.StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (left), Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata (centre) and Japhet Akhulia StarTimes Marketing and PR Director during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.With the broadcast rights extending to availability of the matches on the StarTimes mobile application, soccer fans will be in a position to stream live matches on Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD).StarTimes subscribers will enjoy the UEFA Europa league and other top tier soccer leagues from as little as Ksh 599 per month on basic bouquet. Other bouquets include Classic and Unique bouquet that retail at 999 and 1,499 respectively. Subscribers on the lowest bouquet – Nyota Bouquet that retails at Ksh 259 per month will access also enjoy access to select matches.The same will be available from as little as Ksh 899 on Smart bouquet and Ksh 1,499 for Super bouquet on the StarTimes satellite television platform.The company’s flexible subscription payment options continues to allow subscribers the freedom to pay conveniently daily, weekly or on a monthly basis in an effort to ensure fans do not miss a single match.Of the four bouquets available on the StarTimes terrestrial technology platform, subscribers pay a daily fee of as low as Ksh 22 on Nyota bouquet, Ksh 50 on Basic bouquet, Ksh 83 on Classic bouquet or Ksh 125 for Unique bouquet.Weekly charges on Nyota, Basic, Classic and Unique bouquets are Ksh 86, Ksh 200, Ksh 333 and Ksh 500 respectively.StarTimes subscribers on the satellite television platform are also in a position to access three of the available bouquets at a daily rate of Ksh 37 for Nova bouquet, Ksh 75 for the Smart bouquet and Ksh 125 for the Super bouquet.Weekly charges on Nova, Smart and Super bouquets are Ksh 150, Ksh 300 and Ksh 500 respectively.“During the three UEFA Europa League seasons, we will have broadcasted up to 615 live soccer matches this in addition to the over 20 weekly live matches available from the broadcast of the top tier soccer leagues which presents rich offering for every soccer fan in the country,” concluded Akhulia.0Shares0000(Visited 153 times, 1 visits today)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – General Election Day for the 2019 Canada Federal Election is set for Monday, October 21.According to Elections Canada, electors who are not registered can still vote on October 21 by registering at their polling station on election day.To find a polling station, all electors need to do is enter their postal code online at elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868.- Advertisement -To help make it easier for voters to travel to the polls, B.C. Transit will be offering free transit in Fort St. John to residents and handyDART customers throughout the duration of the voting period.For more information on voting, you can visit elections.ca.
Clive Allen insists Tottenham youngster Harry Kane is ready for a prolonged period in the first team.The 21-year-old emerged from the bench on Sunday afternoon to score the winner, and his seventh in seven games, in a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.Kane is expected to start in the Europa League clash with Asteras Tripolis on Thursday night, having begun all of the north London club’s matches in Europe’s secondary competition this campaign.And former striker, turned coach, Allen believes the England Under-21 star should replace Emmanuel Adebayor in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI.“I had a number of years working with him while he came through the youth system there and into the reserve group,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He’s a fantastic lad and has a wonderful knack of scoring goals.“He gets in the right position and then, when he’s given the opportunity, he’s a good finisher and very clinical.“He’s not blessed with the best pace but he’s very clever in his movement in and around the penalty box. I’d love to see him have a run of six games in the Premier League.”You can listen to live commentary of Asteras Tripolis v Tottenham on talkSPORT from 6pm
0Shares0000Ronaldo starred as defending champions Real took control of their tie against PSG © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid came from behind to stun Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their heavyweight Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.Ronaldo scored his 100th Champions League goal for title-holders Real from the penalty spot late in the first half to cancel out Adrien Rabiot’s opener for the French side at the Santiago Bernabeu, set up by Neymar. The Portuguese star then turned the ball home from close range with seven minutes left before Marcelo secured what could turn out to be a decisive first-leg lead ahead of the return in Paris on March 6 and sent nearly 80,000 home fans into raptures.“These days are to be remembered, and what better way to do it than with the character we showed,” Real skipper Sergio Ramos told Spanish television.“We need to keep playing like that, with the desire to defend the Champions League. You can never consider Real Madrid to be dead and buried.”Rabiot said PSG were plagued by familiar problems“We always say the same things and we always get caught out in the same way,” Rabiot told beIN Sports.“The problem is it’s easy to score eight against Dijon, or four goals in league games. It is in these matches that you need to be decisive.” ”The late collapse for PSG brings back echoes of the way they fell apart to lose 6-1 in Barcelona on their way to a humiliating exit at the same stage of the competition last season.Bad night: Neymar grimaces as PSG lose to Real Madrid © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRENeymar, in Barcelona’s ranks then, could not make the difference for PSG, who now have a huge job on their hands to turn the tie around.Having looked set to come away with a precious draw, the defeat piles the pressure on coach Unai Emery, but for Real the outcome is an enormous boost for their boss Zinedine Zidane.Under pressure himself with Real flagging domestically, he needed this win, and will earn praise for his substitutions, with Marco Asensio coming off the bench to set up each of the two late goals.That was after Zidane had taken a risk by leaving out Gareth Bale, a key element in the side that has won three of the last four Champions Leagues. The Welshman’s place in the line-up was taken by Isco.Emery went even further, dropping his captain Thiago Silva to make way for 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe in the centre of the PSG defence.– Difficult night for Neymar –Real supporters chose an image of a famous fan in Rafael Nadal to adorn a display unfurled at the south end of the ground as the sides came out, hoping their team could draw inspiration from someone who has conquered Paris 10 times as French Open champion.World-record signing Neymar struggled to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREThe hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho.Ronaldo, meanwhile, saw Alphonse Areola make a fine save from his net-bound shot after he had been released by Marcelo, and not long after that, in the 33rd minute, PSG scored.Neymar could claim an assist, although it didn’t look like the Brazilian meant to help Kylian Mbappe’s low ball across the box from the right into the path of Rabiot, who swept home unmarked.PSG had a precious away goal, but they could not hold their lead until the break as Giovani Lo Celso gave away a penalty for a foul on Toni Kroos.Areola, having just made a superb save from Karim Benzema, could do nothing to keep out Ronaldo’s spot-kick.The visitors had chances to go ahead again in the second half, Keylor Navas saving well from Mbappe and Sergio Ramos blocking bravely from Rabiot.Emery then surprisingly took off Edinson Cavani and replaced him with Thomas Meunier, a right-back. But it was Zidane’s decision to send on Asensio that proved crucial.In the space of three late minutes, Asensio saw one cross palmed out by Areola and then rebound into the net off Ronaldo’s thigh, before another assist was finished off by Marcelo, potentially finishing the tie in the process.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
England have long stuttered on the big stage and they last reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2006, when Beckham was captain. Their only World Cup final was way back in 1966, when they beat Germany at Wembley.“I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham predicted at an event to promote China’s largest collegiate football league.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.But the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups, warned that the road ahead looked hard for Gareth Southgate’s team.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Beckham’s assessment may also have been influenced by the struggles of some of the top teams in the early games, including Mexico’s defeat of defending champions Germany.Argentina, who could meet England in the semi-finals or final, drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first game as Messi, their talisman, missed a penalty.Improving Chinese football at the club and national level has been a priority for President Xi Jinping, who aims to make his country a global power in the sport.But it is a Herculean task for China, who have only ever qualified for one World Cup, in 2002 — when they exited without scoring a goal.Beckham said the world’s most populous country, currently 75th in the FIFA rankings, is heading in the right direction — but that there was still a long way to go.“This is where it starts, with universities, with young children — to educate the children to become professional and then become leaders in the game,” said Beckham, who played an exhibition game with Chinese youngsters.“In the future this country has a real opportunity to become one of the powerhouses in the sport, but this takes a lot of investment and hard work,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Beckham played three World Cups with England. © AFP / FRED DUFOURBeijing, China, Jun 21 – Former captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the World Cup final, reflecting rising optimism about the Three Lions’ chances after a positive start in Russia.Beckham was speaking at a promotional event in China after England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, boosting their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.
0Shares0000The total payout to customers who bought the ‘Championship Package’ of selected products will amount to nearly $12 million © AFP / Adrian DENNISSHANGHAI, China, Jul 30 – A Chinese kitchen appliance maker said Monday it has so far made refunds worth Sh903mn (9mn USD), fulfilling a costly pledge to reimburse customers if France won the World Cup.Vatti, one of the French team’s sponsors, is coughing up after Didier Deschamps’ side beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow a fortnight ago. According to Vatti’s latest figures, the Chinese firm has made refunds — either in cash or gift cards — of more than 62 million yuan.And the cost to Vatti of the success of “Les Bleus” does not stop there, with a portion of refunds still outstanding.The total payout over the marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million.Vatti, founded in 1992, promised before the World Cup to refund customers who bought their “Championship Package” of selected products if France lifted the trophy.Vatti stock dived as France made their way through the tournament, but the firm is publicly sanguine.“The amount to repay could be very significant, but it was included in our annual budget. It will not have huge consequences on the company,” Wang Zhaozhao, a Vatti representative, previously told the China Securities Journal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Miguel Almiron has joined Newcastle United from Atlanta United after starring in MLS © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / ELSAPARIS, France, Jan 30 – The January transfer window shut in Europe’s leading leagues at 2300 GMT on Thursday, with Newcastle United’s signing of Miguel Almiron the biggest deal to go through on a deadline day almost devoid of activity at the Premier League’s biggest clubs.Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron joined Newcastle from MLS Cup winners Atlanta United for a reported £20 million ($26 million), a fee that breaks the club record. “The league is very competitive, this is a historic club, and (manager) Rafa Benitez himself were the main reasons why I am here now,” said the 24-year-old on joining the struggling side.Meanwhile, of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’, the only ones to dip into the market on Thursday were Arsenal, who took midfielder Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona.Their rivals kept their cheque books closed as the window shut, although Chelsea had already signed Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus after buying USA winger Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £58 million, loaning him back for the rest of the season.“During one month I said we are not going to do anything in the transfer market,” insisted Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola earlier in the week.Apart from Almiron, Newcastle also took Monaco full-back Antonio Barreca on loan. Elsewhere, Wolves completed an £18 million deal to sign Jonny Castro permanently from Atletico Madrid.Meanwhile, Leicester City signed Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans on loan from Monaco, with Adrien Silva going the other way.– Brexit factor? –Gonzalo Higuain has been the highest-profile January import to the Premier League, joining Chelsea on loan © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISThe possible elephant in the room in a comparatively low-key window was Brexit, given the uncertainty caused by the issue dominating British politics.The resulting impact on sterling’s value against the euro and the dollar might not help, but were clubs really holding back on transfer deals because of the UK’s impending departure from the European Union?One British-based agent told AFP there was “great uncertainty” among some foreign players, but added that he had not “seen a change in behaviour from clubs at this point”.– Barcelona lead the way –While the window was relatively quiet in England, some of Europe’s biggest names made moves, mostly well before deadline day, with Barcelona leading the way.Kevin-Prince Boateng’s loan move to Barcelona from Sassulo raised eyebrows © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEThe Spanish champions agreed to pay Ajax 75 million euros — plus 11 million in bonuses — to take 21-year-old midfielder Frenkie de Jong for next season.They also signed Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Sassuolo as a back-up in attack, following the loan signing of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo. Promising French centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo signed from Toulouse.Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid took former Real striker Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea, while their city rivals brought in young midfielder Brahim Diaz from Manchester City for 17 million euros.– PSG strengthen in midfield –In France, Paris Saint-Germain strengthened in midfield with the signing of Argentina’s Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint Petersburg for a reported 47 million euros, but that was their only signing.Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes has joined PSG from Zenit Saint Petersburg © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMarseille signed Mario Balotelli from Nice, and struggling Monaco made eight signings, headed by Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea.In Germany, Bayern Munich signed Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps. The Bavarians also completed a deal to take France defender Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart from July 1 for a reported 35 million euros.Meanwhile, RB Leipzig continued the trend of British teenagers moving to the Bundesliga, signing Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe on loan.– Piatek, Paqueta to Milan –Krzysztof Piatek in action for new club Milan against Napoli © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINAIn Italy, Juventus allowed Mehdi Benatia to leave for Qatar and replaced him with the Uruguayan Martin Caceres, but Milan have splashed most cash.The seven-time European champions cut short Higuain’s loan from Juventus and replaced him with Genoa’s Polish hotshot Krzysztof Piatek for a reported 35 million euros.Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta, 21, joined from Flamengo for a similar fee.Further afield, Russian clubs have until February 22 to make signings, while the Chinese transfer window is open until February 28, and Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini could be the latest big name to move there.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“This study has shown that tribal gaming in California has improved social and economic outcomes on tribal lands and in surrounding areas,” researchers wrote in the report. “Benefits include significant increases in incomes and educational attainment and reductions in poverty, especially in the poorest regions of the state.” The researchers also said that Indian casinos increased employment and reduced dependence on welfare on reservations and surrounding areas. Many reservations are in poorer regions of the state that need economic development, according to the report. UC Riverside’s Center for California Native Nations released the latest piece of its statewide study Tuesday, a year and a half after offering its first detailed look at the effects of tribal gambling in California. The center is studying the social and economic effects by reviewing census data, state reports and other sources of information. The report looks primarily at the impact of gambling between 1990 and 2000, a decade when a number of California tribes ran gambling operations without the state-tribal gambling agreements required under federal law. Voters in 2000 approved Las Vegas-style gambling on Indian casinos, and the growth since then has been dramatic. There were 39 Indian casinos and 20,684 Las Vegas-style slot machines in California in 2000; there were 55 casinos and 58,721 slot machines by 2005, according to the report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Michelle Dearmond THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE Families living near California Indian casinos enjoyed a greater rise in income than people residing far from gambling reservations, according to a study released Tuesday. The UC Riverside analysis of 1990 and 2000 census data found income levels for families living within 10 miles of reservations with Indian casinos rose 55 percent in that decade. The median income for families not living within 10 miles of a gambling reservation rose 33 percent during that period.
IRVINE – The embattled chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, avoided a public rebuke from faculty Thursday as he apologized for withdrawing an offer to make a liberal legal scholar the founding dean of the university’s new law school. “I have learned a very painful lesson this week. I made a series of difficult decisions without consulting senior faculty early enough or often enough,” Chancellor Michael V. Drake said at the emergency meeting of the Academic Senate. “I’m sorry for this and I apologize sincerely for the problems that it caused.” Drake ignited a nationwide debate about academic freedom last week when he abruptly withdrew the offer from legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky. Chemerinsky, an international expert on constitutional law who represented exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame, said Drake told him the offer was being withdrawn because he was “too politically controversial.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The chancellor denied that he had been pressured to release Chemerinsky. He re-extended the offer – which Chemerinsky accepted – on Monday after a private weekend meeting. On Thursday, faculty met in a 400-seat lecture hall to decide whether to censure Drake for his actions, wavering between adopting two resolutions – one that some called a harsh censure, and another that was less critical of the chancellor. In the end, the 43-member voting body of the larger Academic Senate voted to table both resolutions for further study. The decision came after Drake reiterated that he had made both decisions on his own. He added that he had felt “uncertain” about Chemerinsky for the post of founding dean, despite his faith in the scholar’s impressive credentials. He did not offer any explanation of why that was, but said he now was reassured and felt Chemerinsky was the best choice.
For many of today’s reality shows, competition is the name of the game. Whether they’re dancing, singing or using their wits to survive in the wilderness, participants pit their skills against others to win the prize. The harsher the competition, the better it is for ratings, thus prompting producers and directors to encourage it. Conversely, most managers in most workplaces spend their days cultivating cooperation. But should they be? A new survey conducted by The Creative Group found that more than two-thirds (72 percent) of advertising and marketing executives admit their staff members compete with each other, and that this competitive spirit actually enhances employee productivity in nine out of 10 situations. “Healthy competition encourages professionals to stretch their capabilities and come up with innovative ideas,” said Dave Willmer, executive director of The Creative Group. You’re the last one to know. If colleagues rarely share their ideas or success strategies, it’s a sign that they don’t trust you to support their concepts or worry that you’ll pass off their ideas as your own. There’s a paper trail. Cubicle mates who frequently e-mail instead of speaking to you may want to keep a record of their communications, another sign that trust has eroded. You accept all the credit. Those who are excessively competitive often fail to acknowledge the roles colleagues play in making projects successful. For more information Books: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t by Robert I. Sutton; Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don’t by Ram Charan Web sites: www.team buildinginc.com/article_team motivation.htm. Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, write to Dawn Anfuso, c/o Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, e-mail Dawn at email@example.com. Writers will remain anonymous. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But it’s possible to take competition too far. Once “winning” becomes someone’s priority, he or she stops cooperating with others and workplace camaraderie flies out the window. This can be detrimental not only to productivity, but also to the competitor’s career. Following are six signs that an employee may need to scale back a sense of competition and adopt a more collaborative mindset: Vacations make you nervous. Those who are overly competitive may fear that people who assume their responsibilities in their absence will outshine them. You’re leery of your peers. If you view co-workers as more of a threat than a resource, the competition level is too high. You bad-mouth others to your boss. Occasionally it may be necessary to discuss a problem colleague, but too many of these conversations signal insecurity on your part.
North Torrance’s Kyle Cryer already had established himself as a standout receiver, but he opened eyes with a prolific performance Thursday night at Redondo. Cryer rushed an eye-popping 44 times and gained 244 yards. He scored one touchdown and had three runs of 20 or more yards, including a long of 27 yards. “I knew he had numbers like that in him in an all-purpose role, but I would have been surprised if you told me he’d have that many rushing yards, considering he’s a receiver,” North coach Todd Croce said. Cryer had more than 200 receiving yards in Week 1. He moved to the backfield to help North try to snap a winless streak that has reached three games. Cryer didn’t care about his rushing totals. “We’re just trying to piece together a season,” he said. “We’ve got five guys up front and that’s all we’ve got.” Calling in reinforcements With a rising number of premier local cross country teams bolting from the South Bay Cup, Torrance coach Israel Pose knew he needed to make a drastic change. So he called in Saugus, the No. 2 girls team in CIF Division I, to add legitimacy to the meet. Look for an intense Saugus-Mira Costa showdown on the girls side. “Maybe getting Saugus will spark an interest,” Pose said. We’ve got a lot of good teams in the South Bay, but there’s coaches who don’t bring their teams to this meet, and it’s discouraging,” Pose said. The South Bay Cup is expected to have 15 teams, including Torrance, West Torrance, South Torrance, Mira Costa, North Torrance, Leuzinger and San Pedro. Saugus is coached by Rene Paragas, a former El Camino College runner who has known Pose for years. “Rene asks me every year if he could compete,” Pose said. “I always told him no before, but maybe we need to start bringing in some outsiders. Loyola and Lakewood have asked about this meet in the past.” The Hill has no love for this event. Peninsula, Palos Verdes and Chadwick opted not to run in this year’s version of the South Bay Cup. Redondo is expected to use its lower-level runners. Rain follies Friday’s rainy football games yielded an interesting statistic. There were seven safeties in the 10 games involving local teams. St. Bernard recorded a safety against Palos Verdes, Inglewood gave up one up in its game at San Clemente, Morningside got one against Animo, Westchester allowed two in its game with Washington and El Segundo and Mary Star each had one in its matchup at El Segundo. “I think any time you get the first rains of a season, the kids aren’t used to it, the fields aren’t ready for it and there’s a learning curve that goes with playing in wet weather,” El Segundo coach Steve Shevlin said. Shevlin said El Segundo’s field is in particularly poor shape and is not equipped to handle the wear and tear the teams put on it en route to a strange final score. El Segundo won the game, 11-2. “I’m sure it was a pretty interesting score to look at,” Mary Star coach Dino Andrie said. Close, but still, a cigar Palos Verdes girls volleyball coach Pinter Aguirre had a good reason for missing Tuesday’s match against Torrance. Aguirre informed Athletic Director Mike Boyd that he would not be attending the match so that he could be with his wife, Melissa, during the birth of their son, Connor James. The 6-pound, 12-ounce, 20-inch baby was born at 8:03 p.m. Tuesday. Palos Verdes captain Joanna Bahl called Aguirre to inform him of the team’s five-game loss to Torrance shortly after Connor was born, but her reason for calling wasn’t strictly volleyball-related. “She wanted to talk about the birth first and the match second,” Aguirre said. Quick ascension Redondo’s Hayward Gray was No. 3 on the Redondo depth chart as a junior, but this year he might be one of the quickest running backs in the South Bay. Gray rushed 26 times for 288 yards Thursday against North. He has the benefit of fullback Joe Rubio, who rushed 12 times for 55 yards. “We work well together,” Gray said. “He hits the hole and I come up behind him. I think it’s a good combination.” Linsky commits Peninsula baseball coach Dennis Gonsalves said that right-handed pitcher Lenny Linsky has made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Hawaii. – John Klima, David Saunders, Tony Ciniglio160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Torrance High will retire the uniform number of the late Kim Blankinship as the highlight of a girls volleyball tripleheader on Saturday at Torrance. Blankinship, the most decorated female athlete in Tartars history with 12 varsity letters, died unexpectedly at age 31 last October. She was a first-team All-CIF selection for two years in volleyball, soccer and track. The Tartars will retire the No. 14 jersey that she wore in both volleyball and soccer following the 5 p.m. Redondo-North Torrance match and prior to the 7:30 South Torrance-Torrance match at the Torrance Challenge. “She was everything right about Torrance,” Torrance girls volleyball coach Nathan Jones said. “We’ve had big athletes come through here. Louis Zamperini has the track stadium named after him. Fred and Jason Kendall have the baseball field named after them. We thought it was appropriate to honor Kim in this fashion.” Jones said Blankinship’s parents are expected to attend the uniform retirement ceremony along with several family members. The showcase kicks off with a West Torrance-El Segundo match at 3 p.m. The Redondo-North showdown follows and Torrance closes out with South Torrance in a Pioneer League match. Tickets for the full day cost a minimum $5 donation, and the proceeds will go to the Kim Blankinship Memorial Fund. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wiping away tears as we go down to play our match,” Jones said. “The Blankinships are such nice people.” Cryer in the rain
1 Juventus want to keep Chelsea target Andrea Pirlo in Turin but are resigned to losing Carlos Tevez.Italy international Pirlo, 36, has been linked with a move to the Premier League and MLS while talkSPORT told you this week former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Tevez is reportedly interesting Liverpool, as well as Atletico Madrid.Playmaker Pirlo, who is yet to ply his trade in England, has one year remaining on his existing contract with the Old Lady but boss Massimo Allegri is reportedly willing to sacrifice Tevez should he receive a concrete bid.The Argentine forward scored 29 goals in 48 outings for Juve last term but is out of contract at the end of next season.“Tevez? It’s his choice (over his future), and we’ll respect it. We can’t wait long, and the relationship (between us) is fantastic,” Juve’s director general Giuseppe Marotta told the media after unveiling the club’s double-winning trophies at the Juventus Stadium.He added: “As for Pirlo, he hasn’t expressed a desire to leave, that’s important. His contract runs until 2016, and we want him to stay. After he’s back from international duty he’ll let us know.“I repeat: he hasn’t said he wants to leave.” Carlos Tevez
1 Juventus have reportedly knocked back a bid from Arsenal for defender Daniele Rugani.The Gunners are said to be keen to add a back-up central defender to their squad this summer and have been long-term admirers of the 20-year-old.According to Sky Sport Italia, Arsenal submitted a bid of around £15m for Rugani but Juve are not interested in selling the Italy Under-21 international and have immediately rebuffed the offer.Rugani spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Empoli before returning to Turin to play for the youth team last term.The young defender is yet to appear for Juve’s first team, although it is thought he is in manager Massimiliano Allegri’s plans for the upcoming campaign. Daniele Rugani
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United’s hopes of keeping David De Gea have been given a boost, with Real Madrid increasingly likely to wait until next summer to sign the Spain goalkeeper on a free transfer. (The Times)But one player on his way out of Old Trafford is Angel Di Maria, who has reportedly agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain and could move this weekend. (Daily Mail)Edinson Cavani, who has been linked with the Red Devils, will NOT be a part of any deal though. (Daily Telegraph)Louis van Gaal’s side will also bid £42m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 29, after the Spanish club rejected an opening bid of £31m. (AS)Arsenal are set to make a £40million move for Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema. (The Sun)Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will make a renewed attempt to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham as he plans for life without Christian Benteke. (Birmingham Mail)Christian Benteke’s move to Liverpool will allow Reds striker Rickie Lambert to join West Brom. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are ready to hijack Newcastle’s bid to sign striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Swansea and Newcastle are both keen on the exciting 20-year-old, who is valued by Anderlecht at £15m. (Daily Star)Bayern Munich are set to seal the signing of Arturo Vidal from Juventus after the Italian Champions League finalists received an offer of €40m (£28m) for the Chilean midfielder. (The Guardian)Nicolas Otamendi has been left out of Valencia’s pre-season kit launch amid talk that he is closing in on a transfer to Manchester United. (Metro)Jonny Evans could be set to end his United career with a potential move to Everton on the cards. (Manchester Evening News)Tottenham have made an £8million move for Chelsea’s Victor Moses. (The Sun)Spurs are also prepared to offer cash plus Aaron Lennon for Everton midfielder James McCarthy. (Daily Mail)QPR have warned Crystal Palace that they will only be able to sign keeper Alex McCarthy if they meet the £3.5m release clause in his contract. (Evening Standard)Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Reports – Jonny Evans set for Manchester United exitLiverpool flop Alberto Aquilani set to link up with Steven Gerrard in MLSReports – Tottenham reject PSG bid for Watford target Benjamin StambouliArsenal target Arturo Vidal set to join Bayern Munich in £28m dealForget Pedro! Chelsea should move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, talkSPORT toldLong-term Arsenal target Julian Draxler emerges as serious transfer target for JuventusPSG have NOT received any bids for reported Tottenham target Thiago MottaGalatasaray and Besiktas go head-to-head in the race for Tottenham defender Younes KaboulAston Villa transfer report: Defender targeted by FiorentinaArsenal transfer report: Gunners fail with £15m move for Juventus defenderArsenal transfer report: Gunners fail with £15m move for Juventus defenderRoma sporting director flies in to seal deal for Manchester City striker Edin DzekoWatford outcast Juanfran joins Deportivo La Coruna on loan for second successive seasonManchester City and Juventus battle it out for Brazil defender Alex SandroPSG yet to make formal bid for Manchester United flop Angel Di MariaArsenal forward Yaya Sanogo to complete loan move to Ajax this weekMatt Phillips focused on QPR despite West Brom rumours