Schäfer’s focus now on World Cup qualification

first_img continue to grow HEAD coach of Jamaica’s senior national men’s football team Winfried Schäfer said all effort must be applied to ensure the Reggae Boyz’s continued growth. The Jamaica football group returned to the island on Monday night, a day after making history when becoming the first Caribbean country to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. They had twice made it to the semis before – in 1993 when they finished third and in 1998. Also at the tournament, where the Reggae Boyz topped Group B with seven of the maximum nine points, Jamaica beat the United States for the first time in America, winning their semi-final encounter 2-1 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. In the final, they were beaten 3-1 by Mexico, whose goals were scored by Andres Guardado (31st), Jes?s Corona (47th), and Oribe Peralta (61st). Sixtieth-minute substitute Darren Mattocks (82nd) scored for Jamaica. Before the Gold Cup, Jamaica had participated in the Copa America, where they impressed despite losing all three group matches – 1-0 against Uruguay, Paraguay, and world number one Argentina, who were led by the world’s best player, Lionel Messi. Crowning themselves Caribbean champions in November was another big moment for the Boyz in their upward movement. “Now, we have to make a big step in our qualification. We have to keep this. We have to make more, more, and more,” said Schafer. He reflected on Jamaica’s historic 1998 World Cup Qualification (WCQ) and said Jamaica must not allow its programme to become “stagnant” then pumped his chest and raised his arms with clenched fists to indicate that they must continue to grow in “stature”. Having said that, the coach expressed gratitude to the clubs for releasing Jamaica’s players. “I want to say thank you to all clubs to give the players for two tournaments,” Schäfer said. Their next task will be respective home-and-away WCQ matches against Nicaragua on September 4 and 8. “I hope our key players come back for the Nicaragua game. We need out best players, our best team for qualification,” the German pointed out. “I do not know much about Nicaragua … (but) I believe in our team,” he said. “Nicaragua could be like El Salvador, a lot of fight, difficult. In Nicaragua, it’s not easy to win.” Jamaica had to work overtime to beat El Salvador 1-0 in a Gold Cup group match in Toronto. Prior to that match, the Reggae Boyz threatened to strike before settling a money dispute with the Jamaica Football Federation. Schäfer said he wants no such distractions for WCQ games. “We have to clear everything before we play Nicaragua. The players are to focus only on this match and for the World Cup 2018. Then we go step by step,” he remarked. Winning that tie thrusts them forward to face Costa Rica, Panama, and Haiti in a four-team group from which to advance. “Nicaragua is a new match, a new situation than Costa Rica, Panama, (which is a) very good team; Haiti, very good team. The group is very, very difficult.” Still, he loves his team and its chances. “I told my players thank you, thank you for your work for Jamaica,” he said of their historical Gold Cup campaign. Pointing to the shiny object around his neck, he continued: “I told them this is not a silver medal, this is a gold medal.”last_img read more

Arnett, BT to rock Trench Town in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgFollowing their defeat last week, defending champions Arnett Gardens will not only be seeking to return to winning ways today, but will also be fighting for bragging rights on Collie Smith Drive.Sharing the same street, Collie Smith Drive, Arnett Gardens will be hoping to share little else with their neighbours when the two meet this evening at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.Arnett Gardens should enjoy home advantage, but that in itself should not mean much if their last performance is anything to go by. Against Cavalier, they looked lost as they allowed themselves to be dictated to by the less fancied opposition.Their opening game, played at home, saw a better show by them, but that was against newcomers UWI FC, who were also beaten 3-0 in their second game by Montego Bay United.”We lost Monday’s game, but we just have to concentrate on the game at hand,” said coach Jerome Waite of Arnett Gardens.”Preseason training is important before the competition starts. Where that is concerned, Arnett Gardens failed. We had some players going overseas, some playing business house, some playing corner league, so we did not have proper preparation, so what is happening is basically preseason work,” Waite added, explaining his team’s below par performance.Despite that situation, Waite expects his players to put in a much better performance today.”The work that the team put in this week was much improved, so we should see a better performance. They are still not where I want them to be but we can still do enough to pull off a victory,” Waite said.Boys’ Town’s Andrew Price is expecting a tough game.”This game is going to be very competitive. All Collie Smith Drive games are and I don’t expect this to be different,” said Price.Unlike Arnett Gardens, Boys’ Town have not won any of their two games so far, but have not lost any either. They started brightly in both of their games, but were unable to put away the opposition.”My team is slowly getting to where we want to be. One of the things that we have been working on is keeping the lead. We need to keep our shape in defence and midfield because we have the players who will score for us,” said Price.He added: “Peter Keyes and Michael Blygen have looked sharp, Rafeik Thomas scored 16 goals for us last season and there is also the youngster, Shamar Nicholson, who should feature at some point.”If Arnett Gardens are to win, the leadership qualities of O’Neil Thompson will need to be at its best, as he, along with Andrew Phang and Leon Strickland, will have to carry the youngsters.At Drewsland Stadium, visitors Portmore United will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten record when they go up against Waterhouse, who have just one point from their one completed game.Rivoli United will be looking for their first win of the season when they entertain UWI FC, who are still to record a win or score a goal in the League, while Tivoli Gardens will host Humble Lion without the electric Jermaine Johnson.On Monday night, Harbour View will play Reno under lights.Today’s Games6:00 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex4:00 p.m.: Rivoli United vs UWI FC at Spanish Town Prison Oval3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Humble Lion at Edward Seaga Sports Complex4:00 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Portmore United at Drewsland StadiumMonday Night Game8:30 p.m.: Harbour View vs Reno at Harbour View StadiumStandingsTeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6Cavalier 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4Arnett 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 3MoBay Utd 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3Reno 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3Boys’ Town 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2H.View 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2Tivoli 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2Waterhouse 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1Humble Lion 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1Rivoli 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1UWI FC 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0last_img read more

Advantage Herbert Morrison

first_imgWestern Bureau:Double ISSA Western Conference High School basketball champions Herbert Morison Technical are in pole position after Game One of their best-of-three finals on Wednesday, outlasting a spirited Cornwall College in both the Under-16 and U-19 categories at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court.The Dave Black-coached Herbert Morrison stopped Cornwall College by a comfortable 65-50 margin to win the senior match-up.But they were made to work much harder in the junior section by a Cornwall College side that was bent on turning the tables on the Herbert Morrison juggernaut. Herbert Morrison ultimately prevailed by a narrow 53-50 margin for the advantage heading into Game Two of the series.The reliable shooting guard, Ralique Grant, was in awesome form for his team, ending with a game-high 34 points.Grant, who is in line for the season’s MVP award, also had three rebounds, six steals, and three assists.Fellow guard Tafari Vassell added 12 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double effort for Herbert Morrison as Herbert Morrison sped off to a whirlwind 13-point lead (18-5) after just one quarter.Cornwall College rallied through Antonio Spence, especially in the second quarter. Spence eventually ended as his team’s top scorer with 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.But it was the defending champions all the way as they dominated all quarters, except in the fourth, as Spence and Leonardo Friginette threatened to wrest Game One from them. Friginette also recorded a double-double, hitting 15 points and 13 rebounds.In the end, Herbert Morrison had enough to post the victory, after posting (18-5, 15-12, 16-11 and 16-22) quarterly returns.It was not so comfortable for them, however, in the Under-16 category as Ojay Marshall and Alwade Thompson of Cornwall partnered superbly in trying to secure the much-needed win.Marshall’s 17 points and three rebounds and that of Thompson (12 points), propelled Cornwall College to within touching distance of a victory, but Herbert Morrison’s star shooter, Shaqueal Benti’s 17 points output, led the way.Benti was supported in the win by Ryheem Barrett, 13 points, while Davaughn Campbell chipped in with a useful 10 points, four rebounds, and eight steals.last_img read more

D-day for Arnett in return-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final against MoBay United

first_imgChampions vow to overturn deficit against confident MoBay UnitedHome advantage will mean everything to defending champions Arnett Gardens when they host Montego Bay United, the team they dethroned to take last season’s title, in the Red Stripe Premier League second leg semi-final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex for a place in the final. Game time is 6 p.m.The defending champions looked anything but that when they faced Montego Bay United away in the first leg, as they were undone not only by one of their former players, Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon, but their own sloppiness in defending and their failure to find the back of the net. Today they will have to overturn a 1-2 scoreline.”We let them off the hook, but despite that, our errors helped them win the game. That is behind us, though, and we are ready for today’s game,” said Arnett Gardens head coach Jerome Waite.”We will be firing on all cylinders. We will be going for it. We are at home and will be using that to our advantage,” added the man who returned the club to the winners’ enclosure last season.While Waite is very confident of a win, Montego Bay United are perhaps just as confident that they can hold on to their advantage.”The first leg was good for us, but that is history now. Going to Arnett is going to be difficult, but we have the right frame of mind and know that we have a strong team.”We are going there with a plan. We had a good week in training and we are all on one path,” said assistant coach Dillon Thelwell, as head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, a man who had a stint at Arnett Gardens, was so focused, he passed on the interviews.WILLIAMSSITTINGOUTUnlike the past two seasons when Dino Williams was the man who came to life for Montego Bay United at this stage of the competition, the skilful player will be sitting out due to an injury.Gordon, their most consistent player all season, will lead their charge and will get support from Ronaldo Rodney, speed merchant Allan Ottey, midfield workhorse Keneil Kirlew, and the veteran Dwayne Ambusley.”We still have a strong unit. Only Cordel Simpson has a little niggle and we will assess him later today to see if he can go, but aside from that everybody is ready. But Dino is not a consideration as we will not risk him,” Thelwell explained.Waite said Arnett Gardens are at full strength now, with everyone in training. That could see goalkeeper Peter Harrison, the man many blamed for last week’s loss – after he spilt a regulation catch that caused the second MoBay United goal – sitting out to make way for the fit-again Damion Hyatt.”He contributed to it (the loss) but you cannot bash him. It was no one player’s fault. It was a team performance,” Waite said about Harrison, as he attempted to shield him from blame.Hyatt, Waite said, was training, but he refused to say which of the goalkeepers would start.Goalscoring has also been a recent problem for Arnett Gardens, as their leading scorer, Kemal Malcolm, has not looked like the same player who was on fire heading into the new year. That, though, is not a major worry for Waite.”The aim of the game is to score goals and never focus on one player to get that done. We have to get other players involved and sharing in this responsibility. Our squad is strong enough where goals can come from anywhere and we are at full strength,” he said.Full strength for Arnett Gardens means that they will also have the option of choosing from captain Oneil Thompson, Dicoy Williams, Jabeur Johnson, and Ranique Anderson to make up their backline.Vishinul Harris has been the best midfielder in local football all season and should be creating opportunities for Malcolm, Strickland, and company.Today’s Game:6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United at Anthony Spaulding Sports ComplexTomorrow’s game:8:40 p.m. Portmore United vs Humble Lion at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

Denbigh celebrate narrow win

first_imgDenbigh High’s netballers and their supporters celebrated wildly on the Leila Robinson netball courts on Wednesday after the Janice Walker-Hanson and Christine Bartley-coached team broke a 14-year drought to capture the ISSA all-island senior title ahead of urban champions Excelsior High.The Denbigh supporters were out in large numbers at the National Stadium complex blowing horns and knocking their pot covers, and when the final whistle came with the rural school securing a narrow one goal win over their rivals, the fans ran out to the middle of the court to hug their heroes.Among the spectators was principal Janice Julal, clad in her aquamarine and white colours and waving her flag.”I am really overwhelmed and excited because the girls have really worked hard and they have been in training since summer, giving up a lot of time, and they have made sacrifices for this, and to see them coming out victorious after putting in so much effort it is really a good feeling. I am happy for them and the coaches,” the Denbigh principal said.The game was a real nail-biter. Denbigh held a 27-21 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Excelsior fought back to level the scores at 33-33 with less than a minute to go before the rural girls pulled off their narrow 34-33 win.Julal said the victory meant a lot to the school.”This victory is one we are going to be overjoyed with as the school has a history of greatness in netball. Since 2000, we have been doing well, and this is something which means a lot to the school community as we are known as a netball school, and every school needs something that you can excel in, something which can be your niche, and for Denbigh, and the community it’s netball, so this is a wonderful victory for us,” she said.last_img read more

I’m a big fan of Usain Bolt – American actress

first_imgShe’s got many Jamaican fans, but actress Victoria Rowell, known to many locally as Drucilla Winters in the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless says she’s a big fan of Jamaican track and field star Usain Bolt. “He’s amazing. He’s like a gazelle. I’ve never met him. I hope I meet him one day,” Rowell, who was a guest at the launch of the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel yesterday, told The Gleaner. “I’m a ballet dancer and he (Bolt) moves like a ballet dancer to me. It’s so graceful,” she added. Rowell, a former member of the American Ballet Company, said she was an athlete as a child and still considers herself an athlete. “Ballet is very athletic. Some people are able to make the connection between classical ballet, which you must be an athlete to be a classical ballet dancer,” she added. Rowell, who has biological Jamaican roots seemed very au fait with Jamaican sport. “I’ve read about Usain Bolt because as an athlete, I’m curious beyond the Jamaican yam, which I don’t dispel at all, but there’s something in the soil, I’m convinced, that makes the Jamaican female and male athletes, and now we’re at the advent of this incredible win by Alia (Atkinson). It’s breathtaking to watch,” she said. Rowell, who is in the island for the screening of two film productions set for tomorrow, said the endorsement of American prima ballerina Misty Copeland by sports clothing manufacturers Under Armour was also a big endorsement for dancers as athletes. “It just made me so proud that she was able to bridge not only the classical arts world but also sports, and being an athlete as a ballet dancer,” she said.last_img read more

Thompson claims international award

first_imgJamaica’s Elaine Thompson has been voted International Female Athlete of the Year by readers of the British publication Athletics Weekly. Thompson, Olympic champion at 100 and 200 metres, took the award ahead of American 100 metre hurdler Kendra Harrison and Caster Semenya, South Africa’s rejuvenated Olympic 800 metres champion. The men’s award went to British distance runner Mohammed Farah. According to the Athletics Weekly website, readers gave Thompson 27.4 per cent of their votes. By comparison, Harrison, who broke a long-standing world record in 2016 with her run of 12.20 seconds, and Semenya received 24.3 per cent and 12.7 per cent of the total choices, logged respectively. Thompson’s victory follows a brilliant season. In addition to her Olympic double, she was undefeated at 100 metres and established world-leading times at both distances, with clockings of 10.70 and 21.78 seconds respectively. The other female nominees were Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk, Ethiopia’s distance runner Almaz Ayana, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic, steeplechaser Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, Bahamian 400 metre runner Shaunae Miller, and Thompson. All but Harrison won gold medals in Rio. Ayana, Wlodarczyk, Jebet, and Harrison all set world records this year. Farah, who became the second man to repeat both as 5,000 and 10,000 metre Olympic champion, beat Bolt to the men’s award. The Briton received 36.5 per cent of reader votes, with Bolt getting 32.7 per cent. South African Wayde van Niekerk, who set a world record of 43.03 seconds to win the Olympic 400 metres, got 19.6 per cent of the online vote. The other male nominees for the magazine’s International Male Athlete of 2016 were US shot putter Ryan Crouser; Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge; US decathlete Ashton Eaton; Kenyan 800 metres runner David Rudisha; and Bolt’s compatriot, Omar McLeod. All eight nominees were gold medal winners in the Rio Olympic Games, with McLeod placing first in the 110 metre hurdles. Bolt and Ayana were named Athletes of the Year by the International Association of Athletics Federations earlier in the month. OTHER NOMINEESlast_img read more

NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next season

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate READ: Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contractKnown best for his moniker “The Truth,” Pierce wore number 34 throughout his first 15 seasons as a Celtic, culminated by an NBA title and NBA Finals MVP award in 2008.He left the team in 2013 to join the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a one-year stint with the Washington Wizards a year after. His quest for another title led to a reunion with former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers ofthe Los Angeles Clippers for the past two seasons.Pierce was a 10-time All-Star in Beantown and held career averages of 21.8 points, six rebounds and 3.9 assists while donning the Celtic colors.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Paul Pierce (34) bends down to kiss the Boston Celtics logo following an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Boston.  AP Photo/Steven SenneThe Boston Celtics franchise paraded a string of legendary players through the years, from Bill Russell to Larry Bird to Robert Parish, among others.But perhaps nobody embodied the Celtic Green  in the modern era more than recently retired forward Paul Pierce.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The team’s co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, confirmed that the team will hold Pierce’s much-deserved jersey retirement ceremony sometime in the 2017-2018 NBA campaign.“It’s going to be fantastic,” the executive told the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”Last July, the team inked the 39-year-old forward to a one-day contract so he could walk away from the sport as a member of the franchise. MOST READ View comments PH archers miss shot at third medal End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Arellano tries to remain in final 4 chase

first_img“We just want to take it one game at a time,” said Arellano coach and PBA legend Jerry Codiñera. “Our fate is not in our hands, but of course, we want to finish the season strong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees Arellano University tries to stay in the Final Four hunt as it battles St. Benilde on Thursday even as Mapua and Perpetual Help clash in a showdown of eliminated teams in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Game time is at 2 p.m., with the Chiefs gunning for a sixth victory that will keep their faint postseason hopes alive, just a year after battling San Beda in the finals.With a 5-9 record, the Chiefs have a mere outside chance of keeping alive their streak of Final Four appearances, which started three seasons ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLyceum and San Beda already own the twice-to-beat bonus, but the race for the last two remaining Final Four spots looks like its down to three teams with Jose Rizal U having the upper hand with a 9-6 record, while Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) are also in the running.A defeat by the Chiefs will end their hopes of reaching the Final Four.center_img CHED: Get PSC endorsement if you want to represent PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

With EAC’s season all but over, Onwubere hopes to go out on a high note

first_imgSidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough there’s still a remote possibility of Emilio Aguinaldo College squeaking into the NCAA Season 93 Final Four picture with a 6-10 card, Sidney Onwubere has already accepted his team’s fate.The Generals were often inconsistent as they struggled fight through injuries to their key cogs through the course of the season.ADVERTISEMENT But though the season is already lost, the Fil-Nigerian forward said that EAC can still finish the season on a high as it faces St. Benilde on Thursday and Perpetual to cap off its eliminations schedule next week.“I just told my teammates to enjoy our remaining games. Maybe that’s our goal right now, to finish the season strong,” he said.As Onwubere’s collegiate career winds down, he’s also hoping to impart some valuable lessons to his teammates in their final two games.“I want to show them that we can achieve a lot if we work hard. That’s something I want them to learn: the work ethic,” he said. “Even though we’re missing some of our teammates due to injury, we still have to work and show that we’re competing. In these last two games, I want them to do their best, work hard, and enjoy our game.”But if there’s one thing Onwubere won’t settle for, it’s ending his collegiate career on the losing end.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 “All I want is for us to win,” he said. “I don’t want to graduate on a losing note, that my last game in EAC will be a loss. Of course, I want to win.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—report Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When we lost against Arellano, we felt the season was already over,” he said, referring to their 84-79 loss to the Chiefs last September 22.EAC lost Hamadou Laminou five games into the season due to a torn ACL on his right knee, while Jervin Guzman also suffered the same fate midway through the second round. Starting forward Juju Bautista also missed considerable amount of time after suffering a shoulder injury, but was eventually able to make it back to EAC in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOnwubere couldn’t help but feel that stars just weren’t aligned for the Generals’ after setting lofty goals of making it to the Final Four before the season started.“It feels like this season wasn’t really for us. We had lots of struggle in this year’s campaign. It’s my last year and it’s really sad that we won’t be able to achieve our Final Four goals,” he said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Anthony’s flagrant foul stands, NBA rescinds Westbrook’s

first_imgCarpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Both were unusual plays in that flagrant fouls are usually called against defensive players. Instead, Anthony and Westbrook were whistled for contact they created while attempting shots.Anthony drove to the basket and elbowed center Jusuf Nurkic in the face on a shot that went in during the Thunder’s loss in Portland on Sunday. The basket was overturned after review and Anthony was hit with the automatic ejection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCrew chief Rodney Mott said after the game that referees ruled the contact was excessive and not a natural basketball move and the league agreed.“We reviewed it, the same as we review all plays of this nature, and agree with the on-court officials that the foul met the criteria of hard contact above the shoulders with high potential for injury,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. “While attempting to draw a foul, Anthony extended his elbow into his opponent’s face, which is dangerous and reckless in nature.” Alford to sit 3 UCLA players reportedly involved in shoplifting in China LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony pass each other after the Kings defeated the Thunder 94-86 in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NEW YORK — The NBA said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony’s flagrant 2 foul will stand, but rescinded the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City’s last game.The league also fined Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan $15,000 apiece for their criticisms of the officials after the call against Anthony on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook was attempting a jump shot Tuesday against Sacramento when he and defender Bogdan Bogdanovic collided. Westbrook was issued a flagrant 1 foul, but that was downgraded.“After review, we determined that the contact was part of Russell’s downward shooting motion and the defender was moving forward into his shooting space,” Frank said.A flagrant 1 is considered unnecessary contact. The flagrant 2 is deemed unnecessary and excessive — and a foul doesn’t have to be considered intentional to be determined dangerous. The league reviews all flagrants and can upgrade, rescind or leave them as called on the floor. If a player exceeds five flagrant foul points during the season, he will be suspended for the next game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Alapag not complaining over ‘Gi-ne-bra’ chants during Alab game

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ “I’m not complaining that’s for sure,” said Alapag Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Again, our Filipino fans are the best fans in the world.”Brownlee electrified the Ginebra faithful late in the third quarter when he had a hand in all eight points of Alab’s 8-0 run that gave them a 68-63 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe first hit two straight three-pointers that started the chant then he dished to the trailing Renaldo Balkman for a quick flush to beat the third quarter buzzer that further intensified the chant.Alapag said the chant may be of a different brand than the team’s Tanduay sponsor, but he appreciated the gesture nonetheless. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt only needed a few plays from Justin Brownlee for the spectators to shower Alab Pilipinas the same love that Ginebra usually gets.The iconic “Gi-ne-bra!” chant was heard outside the PBA when Brownlee led Alab Pilipinas in a 90-79 win over Westports Malaysia in the Aseasn Basketball League and head coach Jimmy Alapag was fine with it.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulls hope to set return date for LaVine early next week OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “The fact they came out here tonight to support Alab was great,” said Alapag. “The energy in the arena was great.”Brownlee finished with a game-high 29 points with seven rebounds and eight assists as he led Alab to its second straight win and a 2-3 record overall.“I’m just happy that after the first two losses here in the Philippines we can finally get a win,” said Alapag. “Hopefully we can keep building from here.”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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

Pons gets vindication in UST win after futile showing against Ateneo

first_imgAttitude key to Nietes’ success, longevity, says trainer Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery After Rondina tied the third set at 23-23, Pons immediately countered with an off-the-block kill and sent FEU to the 24-23 match point before teammate Czarina Grace Carandang ended UST with a service ace.Pons said the victory against UST, the second winningest school in UAAP women’s volleyball history with 15 titles, was a big morale boost not just for her but for the whole team.“This win was a big factor in boosting our morale,” said Pons whose school has won 29 women’s titles. “We played really bad against Ateneo and we told ourselves that we had to win this one against UST because we really had to get our confidence back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I knew that I had more errors in our first game than I had points, that was my worst game of the season,” said Pons in Filipino. “I can’t afford to play like that again, it was really bad, and we had a lot of errors.”FEU had 26 errors against Ateneo, slightly more than the 23 the Lady Tamaraws had against UST, but it was a big plus for Pons, who outmatched her personal rival Cherry Rondina by four points.“I told myself, that would be my last bad game,” said Pons.Pons also came through in crunch time against a Tigresses squad desperate to get back on track.READ: FEU didn’t show its real game in Ateneo loss, says Pons ADVERTISEMENT After a crucial loss, Bernadeth Pons got her vindication against Far Eastern University’s all-time rival.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In the Lady Tamaraws’ shock three-set defeat to Ateneo last week, Pons was held to just five measly points after averaging 18.67 points a game in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.It came like a wake-up call for Pons and vowed to a better player in the Lady Tamaraws’ next game as the elimination round enters a crucial stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkShe found retribution  when she led FEU to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 win over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday where she finished with 15 points.READ: UAAP Volleyball: Ateneo recovers, stops FEU’s winning run Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

F2 Logistics, Petron gun for Finals berths

first_imgCha Cruz of F2 Logistics. CONTRIBUTED PHOTODefending champion F2 Logistics and Petron are looking to wrap up their respective semifinal series on Thursday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Center.But not if Foton and Cocolife can help it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Blaze Spikers withstood the Asset Managers, 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23, also last Tuesday, after managing to hold off Serbian heavy scorers Marta Drpa and Sara Klisura.Cocolife put the match under protest because of a rotation error committed by Petron setter Rhea Dimaculangan.But PSL later upheld the decision with a pledge to improve officiating and suspend the two referees who called the match.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Cargo Movers and the Blaze Spikers both hold a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series against the Tornadoes and the Asset Managers, respectively.Late Tuesday, F2 Logistics outlasted Foton, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22. But from the looks of it, Foton is poised for revenge, and the Cargo Movers coach, Arnold Laniog, is well aware of the threat.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“It’s still a long way to go,” said Laniog. “We’re studying the stats and it was a very close match if not for their errors. They are taller and stronger so we have to make some minor adjustments.”Topping his battle plan is how to contain Jaja Santiago and Channon Thompson at the attack zone. Vargas puts nat’l karatekas under POC supervision Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Black on Newsome’s late shot: Just following quotient rules

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames With the game already decided, the third-year swingman still went for the kill and drained a right wing jumper with 1.6 seconds remaining to bring the Bolts’ final lead up to 16.The shot irked Road Warriors mentor Yeng Guiao, who didn’t hide his displeasure and hurled expletives at Newsome as the game came to a close.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 crownFor Black, there was no reason for Guiao to feel slighted as he said that he’s just “playing by the rules.”“I don’t really know what they want us to do about that. I mean, the rules are we play with a quotient and if I remember correctly, one team got eliminated last conference when they didn’t have a higher quotient, they didn’t get a chance to play a knockout game,” he said, relating the unfortunate case of Blackwater in the 2018 Philippine Cup. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBlame it on the quotient.Coach Norman Black justified Chris Newsome’s actions late in Meralco’s 106-90 victory over NLEX in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time PLAY LIST 00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time03:02NAZARENO 2020: ‘Small’ sacrifices, big blessings02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return02:14Carpio 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 Even Newsome knew that and wouldn’t want Meralco to have any complications if indeed it ends up in a tie late in the eliminations.“I’m just playing basketball and I’m just following orders from my head coach. That’s all I can say about about that one,” he said.Black made it clear that Meralco meant no disrespect with Newsome’s shot and was just trying to position itself at the best possible outcome it can without breaking the rules.“We’ll just play by the rules. If the rules says that you have to win via quotient at the event of a tie, then we’ll try to score as much as we can. If they take that rule out, we’ll respect the game and not try to score at the end game,” he said.Black added: “Me as a coach, I’m not naive. I know that normally, if the game is over, the game is over. You don’t want to put it in the coach’s face or the other team’s face, but until the PBA changes the rules or something else, and until they continue this rule which is the quotient rule, then we’ll follow the rules.”ADVERTISEMENT Tenacious Alaska defense shuts down Columbian guards LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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’ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

After Canelo fell out, Gennady Golovkin picks up Martirosyan

first_imgGennady Golovkin, center left, faces off with Vanes Martirosyan during a weigh-in Friday, May 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. Golovkin will defend his middleweight title against Martirosyan in a boxing match Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Gennady Golovkin spent several months planning and training for this weekend. He intended to spend it under Las Vegas’ brightest lights as he proved his middleweight supremacy in a lucrative rematch with Canelo Alvarez.Instead, Golovkin finds himself back in his adopted home in Southern California, where he’s making a fraction of that potential payday to fight a gritty veteran contender with nothing to lose in a famous outdoor ring where crazy things happen regularly.ADVERTISEMENT Emotional Parks remembers father after San Miguel Alab triumph: ‘Dad, we did it’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sure, it’s not the Cinco de Mayo that Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) had in mind.The 160-pound Kazakh middleweight kingpin is still determined to make the most of the holiday when he takes on Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night on HBO. With a victory in a fight he didn’t have to take, Golovkin would tie Bernard Hopkins’ middleweight record with his 20th consecutive title defense.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“I wanted to remain active, and I didn’t want to lose my date for this particular fight,” Golovkin said. “It wasn’t my fault my first opponent couldn’t fight. I didn’t want to waste time. I want to have as many fights as possible. I didn’t really think about the business side of it.”The first weekend in May is traditionally a momentous time for boxing, and Golovkin planned to do something big with Alvarez. Their first bout last September was a competitive draw, with many observers believing Golovkin did enough to beat anybody on the scorecards except the popular Mexican champion. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES The rematch seemed inevitable, and it might have been the biggest fight of the year — until Canelo failed a doping test in February.When the Nevada Athletic Commission finally handed down Alvarez’s six-month suspension last month, it was already clear Golovkin would have to wait for their fight. But Golovkin didn’t want to sit on his fists — not at 36 years old, and not after fighting just once in the previous 14 months.The tenacious knockout artist built his late-blooming pro career on staying busy while other champions sit around. Golovkin was hungry to match Hopkins’ record in a division he has dominated just as zealously as Hopkins did.Also, Golovkin just plain loves to fight.“This is a sport to him, and the sport is the most important thing,” said Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez. “This is not a war. He’s not out to hurt anybody. Yes, the money comes along with it, but the sport is the most important.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew So Golovkin’s camp went to work on a late replacement bout for StubHub Center’s outdoor ring among Los Angeles’ savvy boxing fans. After struggling to find a suitable opponent , Golovkin eventually chose Martirosyan, the former U.S. Olympian with a strong following in Southern California’s Armenian community.Golovkin and Martirosyan both competed at the Athens Olympics in different weight classes, but Martirosyan hasn’t fought since May 2016 after several recent potential matchups fell through. Just 4-3-1 in his last eight fights, Martirosyan considers himself rested and ready to shock the sport.“I was just hungry, training and training, and then that opportunity comes,” Martirosyan said. “Basically you’re waiting at home watching TV, and you’ve got a lottery ticket, and I was just so happy to get the call. I’ve been killing myself for the last two years, just thinking, ‘What mistakes did I make, or what did I do to deserve this, to be inactive outside of the ring?’ This fight is everything I’ve dreamed of, and I can’t wait to show it to the world.”In the notoriously fractious world of boxing’s sanctioning bodies, Golovkin was bound to find trouble after his rematch with Canelo fell through.The IBF has behaved the most foolishly, refusing to put its title on the line for Martirosyan and then declaring Golovkin will be stripped if he doesn’t take on mandatory challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko — a 32-year-old Ukrainian with a paltry 12 professional bouts — by early August.That fight seems unlikely to happen, since Alvarez’s suspension will be up in time for a rematch in September. Although Golovkin has been sharply critical of Alvarez , the stars still need each other for the most lucrative bout either could make.Golovkin has attempted for years to hold all four major belts simultaneously, and he has been the WBA, WBC and IBF champion since 2015. English WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders has kept the only remaining hardware out of Golovkin’s grasp, repeatedly declining Golovkin’s challenges.Now that Saunders appears more amenable to a fight, Golovkin could lose the IBF belt simply because he wanted to keep busy while waiting for his payday from Alvarez.Golovkin is bothered by it, but he’s still fighting Martirosyan.“He’s 36 years old right now, and with all the boxing politics and just not being about to make a deal with Saunders, he knows there’s a chance it might not happen,” said Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s longtime promoter. “But for now, he knows he has a difficult job on Saturday, and everything else could depend on that.” SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

Guiao rips Kickert, Aussies: ‘He almost killed somebody and didn’t apologize’

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Fiba has already started its probe on the incident as heavy repercussions loom over both teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer Philippine national team coach Yeng Guiao slammed Daniel Kickert and the rest of the Australian team for triggering the brawl with Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers at Philippine Arena.Guiao believes Kickert, Australia’s 6-foot-10 center, sparked the free-for-all after his elbow to the face of Gilas swingman Roger Pogoy in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT The NLEX tactician in the PBA also expressed his displeasure over Kickert, whom he said remained unapologetic despite his potentially fatal blow on Pogoy.“Kickert started it all and he didn’t even apologize. All he said was it’s regrettable and all he said was it was unfortunate,” Guiao told reporters after the Road Warriors’ loss to the Magnolia Hotshots on Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.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“He almost killed somebody and he did not apologize.”Guiao also said that what Kickert, who was among the 13 players ejected which included Pogoy, did would also have caused the same result elsewhere. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “If he (Kickert) did that in any other country, he would’ve had the same result. If he did that in Japan, in Taiwan, Korea, Iran, it would also turn into a free-for-all.”Guiao added the Aussies came to the Philippines “looking for trouble” the moment they stripped off the decals from the Philippine Arena court.“The tone was set the day before when they were already ripping the decals without any permission. I coached the national team, I would never do that coming into any venue and you have to respect the property of other people whatever they say,” said Guiao, who coached the national team in 2008.Guiao thinks the burst of emotion from Gilas was “natural human instinct” after seeing one of their teammates taking a hard hit, but what came after—the ganging up on Australia guard Chris Goulding and chair-throwing that hit another Aussie Nathan Sobey in the nape—was uncalled for.“It’s more embarrassing had Gilas not react the way they did and just allowed themselves to get bullied by a foreigner here in our country,” Guiao said. “But burst of emotion, it should’ve been pacified. That’s what I can’t justify.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeGale vacates IBF super middleweight titlelast_img read more

NLEX, Blackwater to represent PH in Asia League Super 8

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Alapag will join Xinjiang head coach Brian Goorjian and Thomas Wisman, B.League’s Tochigi Brex head coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments MOST READ Xinjiang Flying Tigers, a one-time CBA champion, and Guangzhou Long Lions will represent China while B.League’s Rising Zephyr Fukuoka are the Japanese representatives.Two-time KBL champions Samsung Thunders and ETLAND Elephants are the Korean teams in the tournament while ABL team Formosa Dreamers will suit up for Chinese-Taipei.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 Asia League Super 8 is a Fiba-recognized tournament with games scheduled from July 17 to 22 at Macao East Asian Games Dome.Apart from the games, there will also be a coaches’ clinic on July 19 and 20 where ABL champion coach Jimmy Alapag is a speaker. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Mapua dominates on JRU’s homecourt in NCAA on Tour Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names NLEX and Blackwater had short campaigns in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after failing to enter the quarterfinals but that doesn’t mean the two teams will just linger around and wait for the Governors’ Cup.The two teams are joining the Asia League Super 8 where they will compete against other clubs from China, Chinese-Taipei, Japan, and South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Desire to win finally gets Red Warriors over the hump

first_imgLights 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. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manalang said his patience paid off after watching his teammates find their rhythm after four fruitless games.“I think during the first four games, as a point guard you’re just waiting for your teammates for your shooters to connect,” said Manalang in Filipino. “When they started hitting their shots, this gave me the freedom to drive because the defense started to spread.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew All those pent up frustrations were eventually released on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena as the Red Warriors lambasted Far Eastern University in a 25-point blowout, 90-65.UE head coach Joe Silva credited his team’s first win to his players’  desire to finally get over the hump.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“We wanted to win, we’re down there in the standings and we should at least get one win before the second round,” said forward Jason Varilla who had 17 points and five rebounds. “We came here to play hard because FEU’s one of the top dogs in the UAAP.”The Red Warriors are still at the eighth spot with a 1-4 record but the win at least gave them a semblance of hope heading into the second round. View comments University of the East had the worst start in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, losing its first four games to crash to the bottom of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Alvin Pasaol said they poured all their efforts against the Tamaraws with the stigma of losing their first four games already hounding them.“We came here to play. We just needed to double our effort because we didn’t show any during the first four games so against FEU we showed everyone that we can do more than what we’ve done in the past games,” said Pasaol in Filipino.Despite coming off the bench, which was a first for him this season, Pasaol still finished with a game-high 25 points with 13 rebounds and five steals.Pasaol and Varilla did put up gaudy numbers in the offensive end but there was one man who quietly did his job as he orchestrated UE’s offense, and that was point guard Philip Manalang.With his two teammates carrying much of the scoring, Manalang just did his part in distributing the ball as he finished with a 13-point, 12-assist double-double,ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Looming UST-La Salle clash just a regular game for coaches Ayo, Gonzaleslast_img read more

Cansino vows bounce-back game from UST

first_img2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio 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 The Growling Tigers dropped to a 5-6 record, dancing between the fourth to sixth spots, after their 41-point loss but rookie CJ Cansino said the team is eager to move on from the devastating defeat and prepare them for a possible semifinal entry.READ: La Salle boosts Final Four bid, dumps UST by 41 pointsFEATURED 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“We will bounce back,” said Cansino Saturday at Ynares Center here. “We will watch what we did wrong and what didn’t do. We will move on and we will work a hundred percent to get back.”An area of concern for UST was its sponge-like defense that La Salle exploited to the tune of a 53 percent shooting from the field, 38-of-71, including 15-of-27 from three-point area. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ayo not giving up on Tigers after 41-point rout to Archers Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ANTIPOLO—University of Santo Tomas’ chances for the Final Four is still within arm’s length and the team isn’t allowing itself to sulk in loneliness despite a horrible 110-69 loss to De La Salle in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT And as the Green Archers found their marks, the Growling Tigers failed to find their stride.UST got colder than the mountain air and tallied a 20-of-60 shooting mark and also turned the ball over 23 times allowing the Green Archers to score 28 points off those mistakes.La Salle also unleashed a bevy of arrows in the third when it outscored UST, 34-9, to build an 84-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter.“I think they played their A-game and what happened to us is we couldn’t shoot,” said Cansino, who had 14 points and nine rebounds. “La Salle just changes things up easily. We have to figure out what went wrong on our part.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

Steph Curry makes last-second layup, Warriors beat Clippers

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Curry had 42 points to tie his second-highest scoring output of the season. He also got the last laugh after he exchanged heated words with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in the first quarter, a sequence that earned both players a technical foul.The Clippers’ Avery Bradley tied it at 127 with a dunk with 20.6 seconds remaining. On the next possession, Curry had Montrezl Harrell on him at the top of the key, drove down the middle of the lane and converted the layup off the glass for the winner.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 ChrissTobias Harris missed a shot as time expired, giving the Warriors their eighth victory in 10 games.Kevin Durant added 35 points for Golden State to help offset the Clippers’ 78-percent (18 of 23) 3-point shooting. Valdez, Ravena nip Soriano, de Guzman Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Warriors: Durant has scored 30 or more points in four of the last six games. … It was Golden State’s second of three back-to-backs with both games at Oracle.UP NEXTClippers: Host Sacramento on Wednesday night.Warriors: Host LeBron James and the Lakers in a marquee Christmas game Tuesday night. James played in Oakland last Christmas with Cleveland ahead of a fourth straight NBA Finals matchup against the Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “That’s just who they are,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Curry and Durant. “They’re aggressive, they’re talented, and they both had just incredible moments during that game where they each took over.”Harris led Los Angeles with 32 points, and Lou Williams added 25.The Clippers’ shot 81.2 percent from 3-point range in the first half (13 for 16), setting an NBA record for highest 3-point percentage in a half (minimum 13 made). Those 13 first-half 3s also set a franchise record for most in a half.“We don’t really take moral victories,” Beverley said. “We could have, and we should have, won today, but we came up short.”As for his flare-up with Curry, Beverley said: “We’re a tough team, they’re a tough team, too. … It’s basketball. It’s going to stay basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Durant had 14 points in the third quarter and Curry added 11 as the Warriors outscored the Clippers 36-23 to take a 103-94 lead into the fourth.Harris was 5 for 5 from long distance in the first half and had 19 points as Los Angeles led 71-67 at the break.Curry had 22 points in the half, but Golden State was 5 of 16 from 3-point range. However, they outscored Los Angeles 24-10 from the free throw line in the first two quarters and that kept it close.INJURY UPDATEDurant landed awkwardly and rolled his left ankle in the first quarter. He got up gingerly but stayed in the game and played with a wrap on his ankle.“I don’t think it’s anything serious, but we’ll see how he holds up when he comes in tomorrow,” Kerr said.SPECIAL BOBBLEHEADThe Warriors had a little fun with Curry, decorating a bobblehead box to make it astronaut-themed and leaving it at the two-time MVP’s locker Sunday, in light of Curry’s recent comments about not believing there was ever a U.S. moon landing. Curry held a lengthy Skype chat last weekend with astronaut Scott Kelly to tell Kelly and others he meant no harm with the joke about not believing in the moon landing.TIP-INSClippers: The Clippers have lost 14 of the past 16 regular-season meetings against Golden State. … Los Angeles won 125-106 last Jan. 10 at Oracle Arena to snap an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors’ home floor.center_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate after their team scored against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/John Hefti)OAKLAND, Calif. — On a night the Los Angeles Clippers set records with their 3-point shooting, Steph Curry won the game for Golden State at the rim.Curry made a layup with 0.5 seconds left and the Warriors outlasted the Clippers 129-127 in an emotionally charged game Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Longtime volleyball referee tapped as UAAP Season 81 commissioner

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Longtime volleyball referee Yul Benosa has been tapped as the commissioner for UAAP Season 81 volleyball which kicks off on Saturday.Host school National University announced Benosa’s hiring on Thursday, days before the opening at Filoil Flying V Arena.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden’s 42 down the drain as Timberwolves nab win over Rockets 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Benosa is no stranger to the collegiate volleyball circuit, having served as the UAAP’s chief referee for the last 10 years.He has also officiated various international tournaments including the Asian Men’s Club Championships held in Manila in 2014 and the ASEAN University Games in Singapore in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA graduate of University of Santo Tomas, he helped the Tigers capture three men’s volleyball titles from 1989 to 1991 and went on to represent the Philippines in several tournaments until 1993. MOST READlast_img read more

NU in no celebratory mood yet, braces for Ateneo fightback in Game 2

first_imgAfter all, winning Game 1 is only half of the battle and the real challenge awaits on Friday in Game 2.“We’re happy but we have yet to reach our main goal,” said star big man Carl Tamayo in Filipino after leading the Bullpups with 15 points and 12 rebounds to a 70-58 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: Bullpups close in on UAAP juniors titleThe Bullpups have already beaten the Blue Eaglets thrice this season after sweeping them in the elimination round. And though it may appear that NU has Ateneo’s number, the Bullpups know they can’t let that thought get inside their heads and allow just even a tad bit of complacency.“They (Ateneo) are going to come back stronger in Game 2 and we need to double our preparation,” said NU forward Kevin Quiambao, who also posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.Tamayo and Quiambao teamed up to limit Ateneo’s 7-foot-2 center Kai Sotto, who still led the Blue Eaglets with 16 points and 15 rebounds but was limited to just two points and without a field goal in the fourth quarter.“We just have to continue to do what we do best and we have to be consistent,” said NU head coach Goldwin Monteverde, who is aiming to steer the Bullpups to their first crown since 2016.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University has plenty of reasons to feel excited about after beating defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 junionrs basketball finals opener on Monday.The Bullpups, however, also know they still have a ton of work left to accomplish before they can celebrate.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 38, but is denied MVP in defeat Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Obama Authorizes ‘Experimental Drug’ to Be Used on Doctors Borbor & Ireland

first_imgUnited States President Barack H. Obama has authorized the use of the experimental drug used on two American nationals, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia, to be used on two Liberian doctors, who, too, are fighting for their survivals after also contracting the virus, an Executive Mansion release said.Doctors Abraham Borbor and Philip Ireland of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, would be the first Liberians to try the new drug, which has only been used on three individuals—two in the US and one in Europe.  The drug’s trial, which has raised serious political and medical debate in Liberia, was firstly used on Samaritan Purse Dr. Kent Brantly and Nurse Nancy Writebol, both of whom are US citizens. A third US citizen, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who also had a Liberian citizenship, died of the disease in Nigeria.  The third person that it was announced the drug would be tried on is a 75-year-old Spanish national, Father Miguel Pajares, who, too, contracted the virus in Liberia, while working at the Liberia Catholic Church-run St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. He has since been flown back to his native Spain.According to the Executive Mansion, the White House and the United States Food and Drug Administration, Monday, August 11, approved the request for sample doses of experimental serum to treat doctors Borbor and Ireland.The approval of the trail is in response to an August 8, 2014 communication sent to President Barrack Obama by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in which she requested the experimental serum to be used on the affected Liberian doctors.The Executive Mansion said the experimental drugs are to be brought in the country by a representative of the U.S. Government later this week.In a related development, the United Nations Undersecretary and Executive Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, has authorized the dispatch of additional doses of the experimental serum to Liberia to support the treatment of affected doctors. The experimental serum from WHO will be brought in by one of its experts later this week.Health Min GwenigaleMeanwhile, before this announcement came in late Monday evening, Liberia Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale had earlier painted the possibility to Liberian lawmakers of Liberia receiving the Ebola virus experimental drug.Appearing before the Liberian Senate on Monday together with other heads of Ministries and Agencies making up the Ebola Task Force, Minister Gwenigale said his Ministry has found the company that is manufacturing the drug, and that efforts are underway to get it from them, “and it is possible that we can get some of that drug.” “Yesterday,” Dr. Gwenigale continued: “I was able to find the company, and talked to them (scientists) and they said if I do certain things, they will be able to see what they could do. When we made the formal request they said because this drug is not yet approved for use, for treating people, they have to get permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States before they can send it to us. So I think the FDA has said that it can come; we had to talk to one of our former Ambassadors accredited here who is now a diplomat in charge of African Affairs at the State Department.”Minister Gwenigale had also informed the Senate at the Special Extraordinary Session that his Ministry has decided to separate the Ebola response from regular health activities, according to him, his Ministry has not been paying attention to other things that people are dying from.“This morning, I wrote a memo designating Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistance Minister for Preventive Services to be the person that will response to Ebola questions, and he will be helped by our partners that are helping us. Dr. Bernice Dahn, who is the Chief Medical Officer will go back to try to rebuild our health system and deal with those issues that have nothing to do with Ebola.” Dr. Gwenigale further disclosed that more help is now coming from the World Health Organization (WHO), US Disaster Relief and from the US CDC.Regarding the provision of attractive salary and incentives for health workers, who are considered as frontline soldiers, Dr. Gwenigale said money needed to help the health workers is a budgetary matter that can be addressed by the Legislature. “If they put in the budget the amount of US$100 per person, I will be happy, but we calculated that and it went to US$10 million, minus other needs such as medicine for the health centers and clinics.”Travel BanPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended all travel by government officials who are part of the Executive Branch of Government with immediate effect.According to an Executive Mansion release these include government officials of all Ministries, Agencies, Public Corporations, Commissions, and Parastatals that are under the Executive Branch for a period of one month.The Liberian leader has also instructed all government officials currently out of the country, whether on government or private visit, to return home within a week or be considered as abandoning their jobs.She is urging all government officials of the Executive Branch to take due note of this directive.Other Appearance at the SenateAlso appearing at the session Monday, Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai told the Senators that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) came into picture as members of the Joint Security Task Force, with the mandate among other things, to ensure that the unprotected movement of citizens is managed, in the wake of the State of Emergency declared by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.During the containment, Defense Minister Samukai said the Army at the various checkpoints will among other stringent measures provide uninhibited movement of the health workers, members of the international community, diplomatic corps, government officials, all of which are to be screened without exception at those locations and allowed passage.The Army will also allow movement of humanitarian goods, as well as rice, fuels and other necessities to locations that may be needed; and the commander insight might use his discretion on those issues he considers emergency to save life.Minister Samukai confirmed the existence of long queues of vehicles at the Klay Checkpoint in Bomi County, and St. Paul Bridge between Bong and Lofa Counties. “We have no intention to allow those vehicles to pass; they need to wait for the next 21 days to hear what the health workers will tell them about the all-is-clear signal. Other than that we have no intention to allow those vehicles to pass. We will appreciate that no one calls from the public; from anywhere to us to want to grant special access or pass to anyone, we will refuse. I want to say that it is not out of disrespect, but just that all of us are Liberians can be a part of this one effort to contain this virus.”He said it is not possible to manage Ebola cases if there is an outbreak in every sector of the society; and that it will not be possible for the security to provide the kind of assistance needed if containment is not put in place.Meanwhile, there has been a suggestion by the health authorities that the Southeast of the country which is yet to be affected by the Ebola virus, to be cut off from the counties that are currently fighting the epidemic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amara Konneh Calls for More Resources for Ebola

first_imgLiberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh and delegation have concluded  constructive country-level discussions with the officials of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other development partners, aimed at mobilizing support for the government’s fight against the  Ebola epidemic.In conversations with the World Bank, Konneh requested that the institution and other development partners use their convening powers to assist Liberia in raising additional resources to fight Ebola and also to support the country’s economic recovery plan.For more than a week, Minister Konneh and his  delegation, including Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, the president of the Liberia Bank for Investment and Development (LBDI, John B. S. Davies III, Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood, amongst others, have been in Washington DC working to make Liberia’s case for more support to be provided expeditiously to stop the killer virus and its destructive impacts on the nation.The delegation articulated clearly that Liberia was looking for new avenues of support to fight Ebola and deal with probable associated economic and social issues. The Liberian Team requested bilateral and multilateral partners to not re-program existing commitments but rather provide injection of new funds.Minister Konneh said the discussions were fruitful and Liberia was able to make a strong case for the World Bank to provide additional assistance following the provision of US$52 million of crisis funds last month.“We are aiming to raise around $50 million dollars as direct support and we hope our key projects will be accelerated, including work on the Redlight to Gbarnga road, and feasibility studies on the Ganta to Tappita road.”Minister Konneh also met with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Raj Shah, who assured him that every support will be provided to help stop the transmission of Ebola.Discussions were also held with the Millennium Challenge Corporation over a possible funding window that could be harnessed to accelerate Liberia’s economic stabilization and recovery.Discussions with the IMF focused on additional support beyond the recent US$48 million dollars under the Extended Credit Facility program to be channeled through the Central Bank of Liberia.Representations were also made for additional commitments under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF).The Managing Director of the IMF, Madam Christine Lagarde, suggested to her colleagues that there is a need for more budgetary support for Liberia as short-term spending is critical during these difficult times.In the United States, Minister Konneh consummated a deal worth US$27 million dollars with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport runway. EIB also expressed willingness to work together on future pipeline projects.In meeting with the Swedish International Development Office, Minister Konneh pleaded with the Swedes to increase their support to Liberia, beyond the US $10 million dollars committed through International Non-Governmental Organizations.In a related development, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has agreed to provide an immediate injection of roughly US$15 million to the banking sector for trade financing.The IFC is also actively exploring ways to provide financing to small businesses, particularly in the Agriculture sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Power Sharing Begins

first_imgThe famous saying ‘power to the people’, an elusive idea since the formation of the Liberian state, now appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality under the administration of the Unity Party-led government. After several years of tireless efforts since the inception of the UP government in 2006, and with the involvement of key individuals who want to ensure that the part of the Liberian Constitution which says that “All power is inherent in the people” is fulfilled, decentralization of power is about to happen here.Power is indeed inherent in the people, but in Liberia, this has been more rhetorical than practical. Power has been in the hands of a few people who control the state wealth and dictate the affairs of the sate from their comfort zone in Monrovia.It is now time for inclusiveness in the political and economic dictates of the country for wholesome national development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared, insisting that it is time for actions and deeds.  Decentralization, which ensures the delivery of public services, inclusiveness in the governance process, has been difficult to achieve. The Liberian state has remained backward as a result.  This can no longer be the case, the Liberian leader has indicated.  She made the comments when she launched the National De-concentration Platform (NDP) on Wednesday in Gbarnga, Bong County. The NDP is a monitoring and evaluation tool that seeks to track the progress made by Ministries and agencies of government’s decentralization plans.The NDP launch clearly indicates that the Monrovia-based ruling hegemony or authoritative central government, will soon become a thing of the past as the President has begun to share some of her exclusive executive powers with county superintendents.  President Sirleaf noted that though efforts to decentralize the delivery of public services are not new, her government’s determination is to build on these previous ideas and early initiatives to learn lessons from them, and from similar programs elsewhere in the world. One great obstacle that hampers local decentralization that was highly stressed by the President was local capacity building. She said one of the lessons her government has learnt is that it is important to ensure that local capacity is adequate to support the public transfer of services to local jurisdictions. “Failure to have adequate local capacities is often the basis of recentralization, though we are endeavoring to avoid this pitfall by exploring and seeking innovative ways that can respond directly to our national needs,” she said.  She alluded to the fact that the effective delivery of public services in a coordinated manner that builds synergies requires adequate public facilities, especially in government centers where offices and other facilities are located in easy proximity to each other.  This is meant to ensure that their operations and maintenance can benefit from economy of scale while making their services more accessible to the populace.  “In this respect, an important part of our decentralization program is to establish government centers in all counties as our resources will allow. This will be a major undertaking in which we will commit a lot of resources,” President Sirleaf said.Administrative Directives President Sirleaf directed that superintendents from now on are to confer with the authority to coordinate and manage the delivery of services in their counties. “All ministry and agency staffs deployed to the counties shall fall under the coordination of the county superintendent.”  She called on the Ministry of Internal Affairs to collaborate with all ministries and agencies immediately to coordinate a process to harmonize the finance, procurement, human resource, audit, and monitoring and evaluation of services in the counties to avoid the multiplication of these services in each ministry and agency.  MIA is to begin the process of developing a professional local government civil service with support from the CSA. “The line ministries and agencies should delegate authority for the implementation of, if agreed, county based projects  with heads of line ministries’ county based projects implementation officers, who will then operate under the counties’ coordinating mechanisms.” The Executive has, however, entrusted superintendents with increased responsibility, so as to be the bridge to the people. “We promise you that we will make every effort to train and capacitate you,” the President vowed.Fiscal directive  To achieve the above administrative reforms, President Sirleaf directed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to expedite the establishment of what she termed, ‘Counties’ treasuries.’  She explained:  “This is to make it possible that all government employees receive their salaries in their counties. This is intended to provide support to ministries like MOE, MOH, who are de-concentrating, but their quality of services is hampered by the movement of staff to and from Monrovia in pursuit of their salaries.”  To superintendents, she said, “It is really you that will be on the spot.  If we get it wrong, we will be in serious trouble because there will be recentralization. If we get it right, you and the people will take the credit.” Though these are “tall orders” she assured them that they are doable.  The launch of the NDP, which was witnessed by an array of high profile government officials, the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corp, heads of international organizations, traditional leaders and delegates from all 15 counties, add to the numerous reforms, such as the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Liberia Law Reform, Constitution Review Committee, which can be considered as software initiatives.  Meanwhile, several international partners, in remarks, lauded the government for the initiative and urged the administration to build capacities of local officials to ensure success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Disappointed with re-election of Mayor

first_imgDear Editor,Over the last three years, as a resident of Georgetown and a business owner, I have always wondered why the City budget is always a top-secret document just like the infamous parking meter contract.There are never proper discussions with residents and relevant interest groups, but merely a sham consultation and instead of properly publicising the estimates of income and expenditure, as they are required to do by law, there is only a vague, pie in the sky, long-winded budget speech by the Finance Chairman each year.This year, just like the two previous years, the draft 2018 budget was surreptitiously rushed through, and passed in the Extraordinary Statutory Meeting of the Council on Wednesday March 7, 2018, and now I am beginning to understand why.It is clear that the City Council does not want the citizens to realise through the details contained in budget, the level of contempt they have for them as this budget contains no creative solutions for improving the quality of life of the residents but rather focuses on the re-elected Mayor, some of the Councillors and the administration thoroughly enjoying themselves by spending lavishly on itself, partying, travelling, and having a good time.How could they explain allocating $20 million for city anniversary celebrations, $5 million for a Christmas party, tons of money for overseas travel, billions on salaries and wages, new vehicles, etc. Comparatively, very small amounts have been set aside for the rehabilitation of City Hall, for the maintenance of roads, for street lighting, etc.In such circumstances that prevail at City Hall, it is disappointing but not surprising that the Mayor was re-elected for a third term. Are we to understand by that that she is the best of the lot of city fathers and mothers? Are we to understand that her dismal record for the last two terms does not matter, only what instructions were given by the party’s hierarchy? So what can we look out for in the next nine months? Lots more travel and another scam like the parking meters?Sincerely,Magagula Jacksonlast_img read more

One Laptop Per Teacher launched

first_img…as Guyana expands IT superhighwayPresident David Granger on Wednesday launched the One Laptop Per Teacher’s Project at the Cyril PotterChinese Ambassador Zhang Limin presenting a First Form Queen’s College student with a laptop, while Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes looks onCollege of Education (CPCE), coinciding with World’s Teacher Day celebrations.Some 168 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) students, as well as first year teachers of CPCE were the initial beneficiaries of the pilot project, which is a rebranded initiative of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) One Laptop Per Family Project.During the launching ceremony at the teacher’s training college, President Granger underscored the importance of this initiative in paving Guyana’s pathway to the digital world.“I do not see information technology as a luxury, as an option. It is a necessity and any Government that wants an educated population has to look upon information technology as an obligation and not an option… Information Communication Technology (ICT) education, as I said, is no longer optional. It is obligatory, it is mandatory. Citizens of the 21st century must be trained in ICT whatever their career, every child and every teacher must be schooled in Computer Science and it must be mandatory at this college,” he stated.Guyana has already progressed in this regard since students and teachers from the CPCE’s Tain Campus joined the event through Government’s Internet network.In fact, the President interacted with the gathering there via microphone and digital screens.Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, in her remarks disclosed that over the last three weeks, more than 100 education institutions were connected to the Government’s fibreoptic network.She noted that Government intends to expand this programme to ensure all of Guyana is digitally connected.“Today’s official launch of the One Laptop Per Teacher’s programme gives our teachers an important tool to work with and is a vital component of Government’s all-encompassing programme to raise the national level of digital literacy and to improve Internet connectivity, and most importantly, it is a means to introduce Internet access to our unserved hinterland and interior locations,” she explained.The laptops were procured with assistance from the Chinese Government.The first batch of laptops will be distributed to teachers at the CPCE’s Turkeyen and Tain campuses and the top performers at the National Grade Six Assessment.Subsequently, a national distribution of laptops to teachers will commence in the later part of this year.Meanwhile, the children who received laptops are Nathan Gangadeen of North Georgetown Primary, Tianna Budhram of Windsor Forest Primary, Tarico Henry of Green Acres Primary, Wallyndee Roberts of Mae’s Schools, Mark Sharma of Mae’s Schools and Celine Farinha of Peters Hall Primary.The teachers who received their laptops are Serena Samwaru of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Golda Griffith of Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), Rinson Rose of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Welsey Apple of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and Yaavendra Ramsaroop of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).last_img read more

The Authority and Role of the World’s Central Banks

first_imgA central bank, reserve bank, or monetary authority is an institution that manages a state’s currency, money supply, and interest rates. Central banks also usually oversee the commercial banking system of their respective countries. In contrast to a commercial bank, a central bank possesses a monopoly on increasing money supply in the nation, and usually also prints the national currency, the nation’s legal tender.The earliest semblance (appearance) of a bank controlling money in a country was created in the Song Dynasty in China.  It was the first to issue generally circulating paper currency.  The Yuan Dynasty was the first to use notes as the predominant circulating medium. The medieval (of the Middle Ages – from the 5th to the 15th century) European Knights Templar ran an early prototype of a central banking system, as their promises to pay were widely respected.   Many believe this laid the basis for the modern banking system.The European Central Bank (ECB) and the Federal Reserve of the United States are examples of a modern central bank. The primary function of a central bank is to manage the nation’s money supply (monetary policy), interest rates, setting the reserve requirement, and acting as a lender of last resort to the banking sector during times of bank insolvency or financial crisis.The Bank of Amsterdam, established in 1609, is considered to be the forerunner to modern central banks.The Bank of England, the model on which most modern central banks are based, was devised by Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, in 1694.The US Federal Reserve was created by the U.S. Congress through the passing of The Federal Reserve Act in the Senate and its signing by President Woodrow Wilson on December 23, 1913. Australia followed in 1920, Colombia, 1923, Mexico and Chile, 1925 and Canada and New Zealand, following the Great Depression, 1934, and Brazil in 1965. African and Asian nations established central banks after independence. Liberia established the National Bank of Liberia in the 1970s and its Central Bank in 1979.The People’s Bank of China became the country’s Central Bank in 2000 after the adoption of a generally capitalist approach to its export economy.Central banks usually also have supervisory powers, in order to prevent bank runs and to reduce the risk of commercial banks and other financial institutions engaging in reckless or fraudulent behavior. Central banks in most developed nations are institutionally designed to be independent from political interference.  Still, limited control by the executive and legislative bodies usually exists.But NEVER in history has any Legislature or Congress been directly involved in minting (making) currency.  They have neither the skill nor expertise for that; rather, it is economists and others versed in monetary matters that do.So Liberian Senator Armah Zulu Jallah’s statement that the Legislature “made an error by allowing some of its constitutional functions to be taken over by the Central Bank” is nothing short of preposterous (absurd, laughable). Even more laughable was his assertion that the Legislature had “reserved the authority to print currency.”Let us make it clear, however, that it is not the CBL’s designated responsibility to mint currency that irks (bothers) the Legislature. Had it been simply that, both Houses would not have gone so far as to attempt punishing the CBL Governor and his Board of Directors and staff by banning them from contesting the forthcoming elections.  No, it was the CBL’s empowerment of impoverished Liberians, who otherwise had absolutely NO access to credit, that terribly bothered the Legislators.  Why?  They reckoned that by reaching out to what Jesus called “the least of these, my brethren,” something without historical precedence,  CBL Governor Mills Jones, his Board and staff had gained tremendous political capital, making every Senator and Representative nervous.  Hence the unanimous vote in the Senate, and the overwhelming concurrence in the House to bar anyone from the CBL from contesting in the forthcoming elections.What these Legislators do not realize is that the Central Bank has the authority to improve and stabilize the Liberian economy and make credit democratically accessible.  In a country ravaged by fratricidal strife because of POVERTY, what better way to stabilize economy than by reaching out to the poor and underprivileged, in a deliberate attempt to bring them into the money economy.  Who else can do that except that body created and authorized to manage the nation’s money?This is aside from the REALITY ON THE GROUND: THE LIBERIAN ECONOMY IS DOMINATED BY FOREIGNERS, DUE CHIEFLY TO THE LACK OF CREDIT AMONG LIBERIAN NATIONALS.That is why the Daily Observer has asked, ON WHOSE BEHALF IS THE SENATE ACTING?The answer is clear: they are acting–so they think–on their own behalf because they fear political competition; and also on behalf of foreign interests whose financial support would be GUARANTEED if the Legislators maintain the status quo: the continued foreign domination of the Liberian economy and Liberia itself.Fortunately, the people are already shouting their disapproval and rejection. So far, the Daily Observer has published statements from at least eleven groups who have already spoken out against the bill: the Liberian National Student Union (LINSU), the Liberian Electoral College, the Motorcyclists Union, the Concerned Students Movement of Liberia, Progressive Students Alliance of Liberia, the Patriotic Intellectuals of Liberia, the Movement for Justice in Liberia, Consortium of Intellectuals in Liberia, and the Criminal Justice Student Association, the Rural Dwellers Consciousness Movement of Liberia and the Liberia Labor Congress have spoken, as well as constitutional lawyer TiawonGongloe. It is also our understanding that student unions from every major university across the countryhave also spoken out against this bill.Fellow Liberians, the die is cast. We must peacefully but forcefully resist the tyranny of the Legislature. If we do not, they will continue to arrogate unto themselves more and more power, paving the way for a violent eruption of anger and frustration.We call upon the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to without hesitation veto this bill.We also call upon the Supreme Court, to use the “power of judicial review” given it by Chapter 1, Article 2 of the Constitution of Liberia, “to declare any inconsistent laws unconstitutional”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 Corpses, Abandoned Bodies, Discovered in Paynesville

first_imgTwo persons suspected dead from the Ebola virus were found on Thursday, July 31 in separate rooms in a house at the Acheke Junction in the Neezo Community, Paynesville.  Both persons died on Tuesday, July 29, according to an eyewitness.Mr. Leo Massaquoi, who reported the incident to the Daily Observer, identified the deceased as Daniel King, a land dealer in the area, and King’s sister-in-law, a resident of the Barnersville Community.He claims they died after allegedly falling ill to the Ebola virus. The eyewitness further explained that the victims came in contact with the deadly virus when both of them, without the help of health workers, buried King’s mother-in-law. According to Massaquoi, King’s mother-in-law had died in a taxi en route to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Sinkor, after she experienced severe vomiting.After noticing the unusual death and burial, King’s neighbors decided to contact the Ebola response team.“When the health workers went to inquire at King’s house,” Massaquoi narrated, “family members there refused to talk to them.  They even claimed that the team was there because they wanted to remove the kidneys of King and the sister-in-law, if they followed the team to a nearby health facility for testing.”The health workers, too, aggravated by the Kings’ rejection of their help, told the Kings and the community they were leaving and would not return.That was Monday, July 28.Unfortunately, Massaquoi said, the victims died the following day, Tuesday, in separate rooms in the house, with their family members, including King’s wife abandoning their bodies. On Thursday, July 31, residents of the Neezoe community took to the street and blocked all of the roads “after several unanswered complaints for the Ministry of Health to remove the suspected Ebola’s bodies from their community,” Massaquoi said.The community members say the abandoned bodies are posing a serious health hazard to the area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rotary Club of Monrovia to Commit US$1,000 for Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Rotary Club of Monrovia has vowed to commit US$1,000 to help Government battle the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed more lives in the country.The club’s commitment to provide the amount was announced last Friday by its newly inducted incoming president, Madam Victoria Cooper-Enchia.Madam Cooper-Enchia said the amount will be used to purchase gloves for healthcare workers that handle cases of Ebola.At the end of the induction program, the amount was raised among the members.Another project Madam Coper-Enchia disclosed in her statement was the construction of a public library where students will be able to go and read to improve their learning.The expected donation to be made by the organization is part of its activities in consonance with its motto, “Service Above Self.”Speaking in an exclusive interview following the induction, Mrs. Victoria Cooper-Enchia explained that as a worldwide organization, Rotary comprises people with professional backgrounds who converge and discuss issues and are guided by high ethical standards in their respective professions and offices.“Wherever a Rotary member works, whether the person is a carpenter, an entrepreneur, minister or director, he/she is guided by a high ethical standard,” she noted.She admitted that though they are not an NGO group, a lot of Rotary members in Monrovia are working and operating their own businesses and can meaningfully contribute their quotas to the organization to sustain it and to meet its humanitarian obligations to communities.In order to identify a Rotarian among other people in public places, the newly inducted president said a Rotarian will always demonstrate the necessary values associated with Rotary.Also speaking, outgoing president Milton Weeks said as organization engaged in humanitarian work, Monrovia Rotary has identified with people in many communities in Monrovia by providing hand pumps and other services.He said during his tenure they brought some members to the organization and were able to establish internet café in Saclepea, Nimba County.Besides Monrovia where they are based, they are making Rotary popular in other counties including Harper, Maryland County, he said. Although he they are doing their best as an organization to impact the lives of others, he said not many people know Rotary because there has not been much publicity about the organization.Though out of the leadership position now, he will still work with the current leadership to help enhance the activities of Rotary Club of Monrovia through publicity.The keynote speaker of the occasion, USAID Deputy Mission Director Barbara Dickerson energized members with motivating words to continue the humanitarian work and achieve goals in line with purpose and meaning of Rotary.She provided some philosophical statements of some earliest Rotarians including Paul Harris whose statement says, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”Rotary was started by Paul P. Harris in Chicago, USA on February 23, 1905. It is intended to bring together professionals of diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendship.The name “Rotary” came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.  It has over 1.2 million members worldwide.The Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1964 as the first Rotary Club.  It has over the years used resources, knowledge and professions to serve their communities in Monrovia and across the country.Some notable projects the club has undertaken are the construction and furnishing of a school block comprising 6 classrooms, latrine and well in Ben Town, Schefflin, sponsoring three Liberians as ambassadorial scholars to Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Bangkok, and over 40 wells and hand pumps for communities in and around Monrovia.It is also engaged in training teachers in sign language and enrolling deaf children in school as well as providing US$25,000 funding for micro-credit program implemented by the Foundation for Women.At the end of the induction ceremony on July 4, Liberian politician and former g­overnment official, David Fahart was admitted to the Club as a new member.For outstanding supports given the club, Euphemia Weeks, Loris Mardia Shannon and Nathaniel Richardson, members of RCM were given the Paul Harris Award.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exsecon Security Recruits, Amidst Ebola Crisis

first_imgDespite the decline in the Liberian economy due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), a Liberian owned private security firm, the Executive Security Consultancy, Incorporated (EXSECON), has launched a massive recruitment of Liberians to secure and protect diverse business assets and facilities.At the weekend, over 76 persons, between the ages of 18 and 40,   were undergoing physical training, as part of a  six-week curriculum to be hired as EXSECON officers  after graduation.The theoretical training is held from Monday to Friday in the EXSECON headquarters at the intersection of Broad and Johnson Streets, while the physical training is held every Saturday and climaxed with a bit of theory.A top EXSECON source intimated that EXSECON wants to recruit about 300 new officers and this is being done in compliance with an order issued by its acting general manager, Fidell Samukai.According to the source, this is intended to meet the demands in the expansion of their operations.The source, refusing to be named on ground that he had no instruction to divulge on the matter, told Daily Observer that EXSECON currently has the highest security personnel, about 745 officers.The source indicated that the pay range depends on the assignment and rank, basically between US$75 to US$250.There are reports that EXSECON is protecting and securing all the facilities of the UN, including UNMIL, as well as the German Embassy, Nigerian House, the Sierra Leone Embassy and Cellcom.EXSECON, founded 1993, has as its motto: “Professionalism and dedication.”When contacted the EXSECON Administrative Officer Jeremy Quellie, referred the Daily Observer to the acting general manager Fidell Samukai, who also declined to be interviewed.However, according to some of the recruited officers who begged for anonymity, a junior high student and above are eligible to apply, but must bring along health and police certificates and recommendation from the community and a religious institution.“He/she is mandated to secure and protect diverse business assets and facilities, ensure client satisfaction, investigate incidents, carry out security surveys and assessments and recommend safety solutions,” the source said. “He/she must be capable of leading, motivating, organizing and managing others and also be at least 18 years.”Amidst the recruitment exercises, EXSECON is also observing the preventive measure against the Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘No Plans to Stop Commercial Logging in Liberia’

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Harrison S. Karnwea Sr. has clarified that the partnership agreement signed by the Government of Liberia and the Kingdom of Norway in September 2014 is in no way intended to stop commercial logging.He was however quick to point out that as part of the agreement and consistent with the law, concession contracts awarded by the Government through the FDA would be reviewed to ensure that they are in compliance with the law. Addressing several county and local leaders, FDA field staff and community members, elders, traditional leaders, women and youth representatives as well as civil society during the initial regional awareness and outreach campaign on the Letter of intent signed by the two parties recently, the FDA boss emphasized that forest concession contracts are legally binding and can only be terminated in full respect of the law.Director Karnwea explained that the Letter of Intent provides for Norway to give  financial assistance to Liberia to harness the potential of its forests, to reduce poverty through  sustainable management, integrate the forests into sustainable economic  and infrastructural development and protect the vital local and global environmental ecosystem services and values of the forests.  Based on an integrated package of key investments, technical assistance, capacity building activities not only in the forestry sector but also in the Agriculture sector, will improve the performance of national institutions, civil society, private sector and communities to make the forest sector vibrant and sustainable.The FDA boss explained that the financial assistance from Norway will be paid in two amounts beginning with the first US$70 million out of which US$15 million will go to the Government of Liberia as budgetary support at the rate of US five million dollars annually.The remaining US$55 million, he disclosed, would be used for capacity building in the FDA, Ministry of Agriculture and other related government institutions as well as for trial payments to communities that will choose to conserve their forests based on the quantity of carbon produced.He further revealed that the test payment phase under the second installment in the amount of US$80 million will be used to pay communities that will choose to conserve their forest to help mitigate green house gas emissions and contribute to the mitigation of climate change.The FDA boss accompanied by an integrated team comprising the FDA, the Environmental Protection agency, the REDD+ Implementation Unit and civil society groups held awareness deliberations in Foya, Voinjama and  Konia in Lofa County, Sanniquellie in Nimba County, Zwedru in Grand Gedeh County as well as Yarpah Town in Rivercess, Buchanan in Grand Bassa and Tubmanburg in Bomi County.For their part, the participants in the interactive meetings welcomed the agreement between Norway and Liberia and called for massive and adequate awareness in forest communities across Liberia and the full participation of those communities to ensure maximum and direct benefits for forest dependent communities.They said that they were cautiously optimistic based on past experiences where social agreements were signed with companies   and those agreements were never actualized.The participants also underscored the need for money owed some communities from taxes paid by companies to be remitted to those communities by government. Commenting on the promised assistance to farmers to improve agricultural productivity, the participants welcomed such help but stressed the need for assistance to promote cash crops as a sure way to lift forest dependent communities from poverty by providing them an alternative livelihood.They welcomed the pronouncement by the FDA that the negotiations and signing of forest concession agreements will now be left to the communities unlike in the past when the FDA played that role.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

23 Juvenile Players Discovered in Laos

first_imgThe Liberian Football Association should have done more to prevent the trafficking of 23 youngsters to Laos, according to its president. A BBC investigation discovered that Laos side Champasak United imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy. Fifa prohibits movement of players to a foreign academy until they are 18. LFA President Musa Bility said: “Whatever role we might have played, I believe it is regrettable.” “Maybe we should have done more than we did,” Bility told BBC Sport. “At our level, we probably need to have an investigation as to why they didn’t do that.” Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, but the club, based in the southern city Pakse, denies any wrongdoing. Bility – who intends to run for the Fifa presidency – wants the remaining children to return home. “We have to bring them home,” he insisted. “Not only that, we asked the foreign ministry a month ago to ask the Laos government to intervene. They have to come home. “I went to the foreign minister myself. They have diplomatic protocols and they are going to make the necessary representation.” However BBC Sport understands some of the boys do not want to come home despite a lack of work permits and very little freedom. And Bility admits that Liberia needs to make improvements in order to prevent similar issues in the future. “That is a sad story, a truly sad story,” he said. “We should, as a country, be able to provide opportunity. Those opportunities are not here. Liberia is over 165 years old and we are just completing the first football training centre. “Maybe if that training centre was here, those kids would not be in Laos.” He also defended the LFA’s role in allowing the players to move to Laos. “I think the organisation that sent for these people misinformed the LFA – that is a serious crime,” he said. “They should have no place in football. I hope that Fifa will look into this – we hope something will happen. “Because as it is, this is almost tantamount to child trafficking. “This organisation must be banned – otherwise you might have worst cases than this because these kids could be lost.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

India’s Ties with Liberia to Strengthen–President Mukherjee

first_imgNEW DELHI: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said India’s ties with the western African nation of Liberia will “continue to strengthen” in the coming years.“I am confident that our close and friendly relations will continue to strengthen in the years ahead,” President Mukherjee said in a message to his Liberian counterpart Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the eve of Liberia’s National Day.Liberia, once a part of the American Colonization Society, declared its independence on July 26, 1847, which the US recognized on February 5, 1862, to make it the first African country to shake off the colonial yoke.“It gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the people of Liberia on the occasion of your National Day. Please accept, my best wishes for your continued well-being as also for the welfare and progress of the friendly people of Liberia,” President Mukherjee said in a statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Before Her Term of Office Expires, Ellen to Ensure Domestic Violence Bill Turns into…

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has committed Liberia to aspects of Goal No. 5 of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last weekend by the United Nations General Assembly in New York. According to a dispatch, the President made the commitment at an event on gender equality and women’s empowerment on Sunday, September 27.In committing her administration, President Sirleaf said before the end of her tenure, she will endeavor to ensure the domestic violence bill is passed into law; ban female genital mutilation (FGM) and ensure increased women’s participation in politics.On the domestic violence bill, the President promised to collaborate with the National Legislature to pass into law the proposed Domestic Violence Act endorsed by the Liberian Cabinet on June 15, 2015 and currently before the lawmakers for enactment. The draft Bill defines Domestic Violence pursuant to Article 2 of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.As regards ban on female genital mutilation, President Sirleaf committed to ensure the complete adherence to the enforcement of the ban on female genital mutilation in light of the backdrop that the 2011 Law on Children offers protection against all forms of violence including FGM.On greater women’s participation in politics, President Sirleaf pledged to ensure the ongoing Constitution Review process in Liberia guarantees women’s full participation in governance and national affairs on a parity basis. During the Constitution Review Conference early this year, the women of Liberia recommended five critical issues to be captured in the proposed constitution among which equal representation and participation of women in all sectors of Liberia (elected, appointed and selected) should be reflected in the constitution. A Parity Bill is currently being discussed before the National Legislature. Taking this into consideration, the Women of Liberia propose that the 30 percent quota which was proposed in 2010 be increased to 50 percent and that the scope is broadened to include all sectors (public and private) of Liberia.The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which comes into effect on January 1, 2016, has set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets to achieve over the next 15 years. This 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what the MDG did not achieve. It seeks to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The new SDGs are integrated, indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.Specifically, Goal No. 5 seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere; eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. It further aims to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation; recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate. The exercise is to further ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life; ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.It will further undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws. The use of enabling technology, in particular information and communication technology, will be enhanced to promote the empowerment of women; adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Petroleum Prices Reduce on the Market

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in close consultation with the management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), has announced a reduction in pump prices of gasoline and diesel (fuel oil) on the Liberian market.The reduction is quite good news for the entire country as there would be a boost to the transport and other sectors involved in the use of petroleum products as it relates to reduction in prices, several commercial drivers told the Daily Observer yesterday.In a price circular signed by Commerce Minister Axel M. Addy and LPRC Managing Director Sumo Kupee, the price of gasoline has been reduced from US$3.06 to US$2.91 or its Liberian dollar equivalent of L$275 (which represents a US$0.15 cent reduction) while the retail pump price for a gallon of diesel has also decreased from US$3.08 to U$2.98 or its Liberian dollar equivalent of L$280.The prices in Liberian dollars were calculated using the Central Banks’ approved exchange rate of US$1 to L$94. The new petroleum price ceiling circular issued yesterday by LPRC and Commerce took effect as of Monday, August 1. The decision to reduce the prices of petroleum products on the market, according to them, is a result of a downward shift in the perimeter that is usually used to determine the prices of products in the country.The LPRC statement expressed gratitude to all stakeholders, particularly those in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, for their commitment to adhering to the price adjustment formula.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce Inspectorate Team will be closely monitoring the approved petroleum price structures to avoid any arbitrary hike in the pump price on the market. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LACC Certificates 70 Anti-Corruption Ambassadors

first_imgRev. James Kingsley presents a certificate to one of the 70 student ambassadorsThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has certificated seventy (70) students as Anti-Corruption Ambassadors.The students who are from the New Hope Academy in Paynesville and Heart of Grace School in Johnsonville, respectively, were certificated recently following four months of training in various aspects of corruption and integrity.Presenting the certificates on behalf of Commissioner Aba Hamilton Dolo, who has oversight responsibility for the Education & Prevention Division at the Commission, LACC’s Program Manager for Education & Prevention, Rev. James Kingsley, admonished the students to promote transparency and accountability in their schools by exposing acts of corruption without fear or favor.He also told the students who are members of the Student Integrity Club that corruption in Liberia is a major challenge which can no longer be fought by the older generation who are fading away but by young people who are the future leaders of the country.He admonished the students to vehemently fight corruption because, until corruption is minimized, the development of Liberia is at risk and their future is at stake. Rev. Kingsley also urged the students to exemplify virtues of integrity by desisting from acts of corruption in their schools.The Student Integrity Club, set up in schools by the LACC, seeks to increase integrity in the administration of public schools and the ownership of school activities among students, school administrators and parents.The training was conducted in collaboration with Students against Corruption (SAC) and sponsored by the USAID/LPAC Program in Liberia. The project is expected to be extended to schools throughout the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brazilian fugitive recaptured by Guyanese lawmen

first_imgMembers of the Guyana Police Force’s Mounted Branch stationed in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) on Wednesday arrested a Brazilian fugitive during a patrol in the Takutu River area.The fugitive was positively identified as Roger Batalha Rodrigues who recentlyBrazilian fugitiveRoger Batalha Rodriguesescaped from a Brazilian prison with 99 others.Based on reports received, during the patrol on Wednesday, the fugitive was seen acting in a suspicious manner upon seeing the ranks. He was detained for questioning and it was at that time he was positively identified.Rodrigues at the time of his escape was serving a sentence for vehicular theft. He was handed over to law enforcement officials in Brazil.Since the establishment of the Mounted Branch in Lethem in 2015, a number of persons have been arrested, charged and committed to prison for various offences, including trafficking and possession of narcotics and possession of ammunition.The unit is currently headed by Superintendent Michael Sutton, who is supported by Corporal Fitzgerald Adolphus and several other ranks with years of experience in the mounted section of the Force.last_img read more

Convicted rapist acquitted of 2 child rape charges

first_imgConvicted child rapist Mark Campbell was on Tuesday afternoon acquitted of raping another boy when his case came up before Sexual Offences Court Judge Simone Morris Ramlall.The unrepresented accused was indicted on two counts of child sexual activity with a family member in a case that was presented by State Prosecutors Orinthia Schmidt and Shawnette Austin.Convicted rapist Mark Campbell was acquitted of an additional child rape chargesThe 12-member jury returned an 11-1 not guilty verdict on the first count after three hours of deliberations. The jury was, however, unable to reach a formal verdict on the second count, and Justice Ramlall announced that it was up to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to decide if Campbell would face another trial.Guyana Times was told that the incidents allegedly occurred in the county of Demerara during September 2011 and July 2013 when the child was three and five years old respectively. The particulars of the charges contended that the acts were allegedly penetrative in nature.Campbell walked out of court smiling, but he would remain incarcerated having been sentenced to 30 years in prison in October last year for raping another male family member who was seven and eight when he was violated in 2011 and 2013.At that trial in 2017, the jury had unanimously found Campbell guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child that was left in his care by a mother who was working nights. At that time, Campbell, who was unrepresented, claimed that he did not receive a fair trial.last_img read more

Grieving father still waiting for justice

first_img…as son’s killer roams freely“One year has come and gone, and my son’s killer is still a free man, roaming the streets of Lethem.”Those were the words of Puran Persaud of Lot 165 Henrietta Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast. Persaud’s son, 32-year-old Haimchand Persaud, was murdered at about 02:30h on April 18, 2017 in Lethem, Region Nine. He was stabbed once to the chest.Dead: Haimchand PersaudSpeaking to this newspaper in a recent interview, the still grieving Persaud said his son and daughter-in-law Shenika were returning home after selling at a pageant held in the community when he was attacked and killed by someone known to the couple.According to the father, his daughter-in-law had over $800,000 in cash in a handbag she was carrying, but the killer did not take it, leading the family to believe that the incident was not a robbery.Persaud, was a security guard at the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry in Lethem. The dead man’s father related that based on the reports coming out after the incident, the killer was known to the couple. He said that he has exhausted all means in trying to get justice for his son. He said that according to information the family received recently, his son’s killer is living with his brother in deep Takutu, and frequently visits relatives in Lethem; and yet no arrest has been made.The father said that he has written to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Commissioner of Police, Crime Chief, and Officer in Charge of Lethem Police Station on several occasions. A copy of one of the letters, dated February 26, 2018, was shown to this publication.The father, in tears, told this publication that he has not received any acknowledgement of the letters written, and is very frustrated with the way the Lethem Police are handling the matter.last_img read more

Cop charged for causing death by dangerous driving

first_imgA Police Officer attached to Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown, was on Wednesday charged with causing death by dangerous driving.Corporal Errol Rowney, 28, of Lot 17 William Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was placed on $500,000 bail when he appeared at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court.During his court appearance on Wednesday, Prosecutor Rochelle Mars told the court that the accident occurred on May 20, 2017, at Number 28 Village, West Coast Berbice.She said Rowney was driving motor car bearing registration plate number PTT 2200 and at about 17:40h, he collided with motor car PSS 1675 being driven by Errol Nicholson; a 56-year-old businessman of Number 28 Village.Nicholson received injuries and was hospitalised and subsequently died.However, the Cop denied the charge. The case will continue on July 5 before Magistrate Rhondel Weaver.Rowney was represented by Attorney Tejnarine Ramroop.last_img read more

28 months later, woman still suffering from post-Op infection

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratWhat was supposed to be a simple appendicitis surgery for 37-year-old Candacie Sardina turned out to be one of the most horrifying experiences she has ever had, with her still suffering the consequences.Twenty-eight months ago, Sardina of Middle Street, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, underwent surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) for suspected appendicitis; however, following the surgery, doctors told the woman that she had a ruptured bowel, which they “fixed.” Nevertheless, since then the woman has not been able to recover fully. She has to visit the hospital to have dressing done on a daily basis.“About three years before I had the surgery I used to have bad belly pain and vomiting and diarrhoea. I used to go to the doctor steady but them say them nah know what happen to me and in February 2016, them tell me that is my appendix and I have to do a surgery. I do the surgery and then them doctor make a mistake and cut me intestines and them tell me them stitch it up,” she said.“After the surgery, I was still in pain and so and then me condition get bad. Them move me to the HDU (High Dependency Unit) and then the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and then them tell me that I get malnutrition and send me home,” Sardina added.The woman related that after she was discharged from the hospital, her complications began to worsen. She still could not eat and had chronic abdominal pains. In addition, the incision was not healing and became infected, resulting in her returning to the hospital. She further related that the doctors then ignored her for quite some time before corrective surgery was done in September 2016.However, the surgery seemed to cause more damage than it fixed. Sardina explained that now she has to wear a colostomy bag and the incision is still infected.“I can’t bathe properly and when the cut leaking is all thing coming out. Most of the time is my mess (faecal matter) and the pain is worse than making a baby,” the mother of two related.The visibly pale woman related that her youngest child is in Suriname with her husband, who is a Surinamese national. “I can’t travel. People scorn me because of how I does smell sometimes and the doctors nah do nothing. I want to see my son. He is eight years old and I haven’t seen him in so long. His father does work and they don’t have time to come over here. I am a poor woman and I have to work but this situation them doctors put me in here make I can’t work,” Sardina said.She further stated that she has to visit the West Demerara Regional Hospital on a daily basis to dress the wound and after it was reported that it is showing no signs of healing, she was given a referral to the GPHC for yet another operation.According to the referral letter, seen by Guyana Times, doctors at the WDRH think Sardina has Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition) but no definitive diagnosis was given. Another corrective surgery was scheduled in for March 16, 2018 at 07:00h but to date, it is yet to be performed.“Them nurses and doctors at Georgetown Hospital does treat you like dogs. Today (Thursday) I go for a dressing and see the doctor then them holler up on me because I tell them I’m in pain. I just want them to fix me up so I can get on with me life. Them got me so. I can’t work or see my children or anything. I have to depend on people and that is stressing me out,” she said.The woman is appealing to the relevant authorities to have some sort of corrective actions taken so she could go back to her normal life.last_img read more

GECOM wants evidence of names left off of voters’ list

first_imgFollowing allegations that hundreds of names have been omitted from the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) list of voters for Local Government Elections (LGE), GECOM is saying it wants evidence that persons were unable to vote because their names were omitted from the list.Public Relations Officer at GECOM, Yolanda Warde, during an interview with this publication on Friday, made known this position.As promised, she informed that the Commission had met with the various heads of the disciplined forces as investigations continue into what exactly had transpired on the disciplined forces’ voting day.She said, “I am not aware (of the full extent of the situation). I have seen reports in the media of an alarming and this overwhelming hundreds of people (being left off the voters’ lists). I am not aware, and GECOM is not aware, of that; and if that is the case, then I ask that those persons provide the evidence to us”.Warde explained that GECOM cannot possibly leave persons’ names off the voters’ list. She surmised that one of two things could have transpired.“If an officer does not reside in a Local Authority Area (LAA), then — this is Local Government Elections — he or she will not be required to vote in these elections,” she informed. She added, “We observe that there might have been cases where the respective disciplined services did not provide the information to us, so when those officers turned up to vote, they could not have voted”.The GECOM spokesperson added that she was aware of one case where persons in a hinterland area were unable to vote, as the weather conditions were poor and did not allow for the landing of the aircraft transporting the necessary electionGECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda Wardematerials.This, however, does not mean that members of the disciplined services will not be given a chance to vote, as they will get another opportunity come November 12, on the actual LGE Day.Last week, GECOM had related plans to meet with the various heads of the disciplined services following the discovery of names of ranks being missing from the voters’ list on November 2, when ranks voted in the Local Government Elections.“The list of persons from the disciplined services that was provided to us actually came from the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Defence Force (and) the (Guyana) Prison Service; so those persons, we’ve worked with that list that they would have provided to us. So if there were omissions on that part, where the respective agency did not provide an officer’s name to us, that is not an omission on GECOM’s part,” she said.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo took GECOM to task for the missing names during a recent press conference. He said he also had received information that there have been over 100 reports of this occurring, in sharp contrast to the two reports cited by Warde.“I am very unhappy with a situation that was brought to our attention today (Friday),” Jagdeo stated. “We have received over a hundred reports where soldiers and Police turned up to vote and were told that they will be unable to do so, since their names were not on the list to vote today, although they had done so in 2015 and 2016 on D-day.“So far, we have sought answers from GECOM; the explanations are not satisfactory. We will follow this matter intensely over the next few days, to ensure that no member of the disciplined services is disenfranchised,” he promised.last_img read more

Employment, documentation needs more attention

first_imgVenezuelan refugees…as Citizenship Minister acknowledges international partnersThe National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee convened its last meeting for 2018 with various agencies seeking assistance to support the influx of Venezuelan refugees who settled across Region One (Barima-Waini) and other remote areas throughout the country.The International Organisation of Migration (IOM) would have collected data through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and this demonstrated that employment opportunities have topped the list of these migrants, along with necessary documentation for them to stay in Guyana.Nevertheless, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix pointed that the Committee is the underlying framework for managing the activities of the refugees and how materials are disbursed.He explained, “Once the Venezuelans are arriving, we will continue to work… hadn’t it been for a forum like this the information we received would have been isolated. When it is brought here, we are better able to make decisions on how best to address the issues… this Committee is central to coordinating andCitizens Minister Winston Felixmonitoring the activities of the Venezuelan migrants.  As long as they (migrants) are coming, this Committee has a job to do.”According to the Public Health Ministry, immunising all of these persons has placed an additional financial burden on an already taxed health sector to provide additional services at the level of primary healthcare delivery as well as in hospital settings.As such, calls were made for the establishment of a policy framework to tackle the migratory population and provisions to provide these services on a long-term basis.For now, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has been working with the Immigration Department to improve efficiency in terms of registration. A number of equipment such as biometric scanning devices, scanners and laptops were procured to aid immigration officers.Organisations such as Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continue to lend both technical and financial support public agencies to deal with issues pertaining to migrants.Just two weeks ago, the Region One Chairman, Brentol Ashely had blasted the Government for failure to live up to their assurances, since there was no feedback on the promises that were made to assist these persons.The Chairman also explained for the past weeks, supplies were only donated by independent organisations and other agencies. However, when contacted, Head of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), indicated that they were “working” to supply materials at the earliest.The Government admitted earlier this year that immigration bodies have limited capacity in tracking immigrants after they arrive in Guyana, even though data is collected when many of them enter Guyana through the borders.last_img read more

Bus operators decry state of Linden/Lethem road, call it “death trap”

first_imgThe Linden to Lethem trail is yet again in a deplorable state as the rainy season persists. The minibus operators plying the Lethem and Mahdia routes have complained bitterly of the deteriorating conditions of the trail which they are forced to use to transport passengers and goods as a means of earning their daily bread.The present condition of the Linden to Lethem road which bus operators are forced to traverse seeking their daily breadThe bus operators who reached out to Guyana Times on Sunday described the trail as a “death trap” and bashed the Public Infrastructure Ministry for paying zero interest in conducting long-term repairs to that trail which is the only access to those areas.The trail has been in a deteriorated state for years and worsens during the rainy seasons after which minor substandard repairs are done on certain patches and the problem continues to recur.A route 72 bus driver, Keith Daniels, on Sunday told Guyana Times that he was forced to park his minibus due to the condition of the road since the risk of making a trip is way more than its gains.“To be honest, since Wednesday I ain’t make a trip. The last trip I make last week I had to come and take my bus to the mechanic and spend a set of money which I didn’t even make. This trail just getting bad to worse. Destroying people bus. The Government need to do better than what they are doing. The small man punishing in this place. You struggling to get load to go up and when you do, you are faced with that trash for a road. We got families to feed and we gotta pay mortgage and even pay for the same bus that destroying in that mud. This could be fair,” he argued.Meanwhile, another driver, Kendall Richardson, who also reached out to this publication, called for the Government to put measures in place for urgent and long-term repairs and maintenance of the road.He said that the drivers are suffering since they are forced to use the road in the present state as best as they can in getting passengers into and out of Mahdia just for an income to take care of their needs. He stated that at times, the buses get stuck and are left to wait for several hours until a truck or pick-up passes for them to seek assistance in getting their bus pulled from the mud.This, he said, is unacceptable and called on Government through the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to come up with a plan to commence repairs to the road soon.Mayor of Mahdia, David Adams in an invited comment said that the trail is in its usual state, however, vehicles are still able to traverse.He explained that during the rainy season, some attention needs to be paid to the trail on a particular stretch between Mahdia and Mabura which is in dire need of repair.He noted, however, that there are no plans in place for such rehabilitation works by the council.“Getting in is very difficult and some works have to be done in the short term to offer relief to those traversing,” he said.Meanwhile, it was recently announced by the Public Infrastructure Ministry that sections of the damaged road in Mahdia were being repaired after the recent flash flooding. The bridge at Red and White, which had been washed away, was replaced by wooden planks until those works are executed.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had told this publication that the pathway was opened for vehicular traffic on both lanes.last_img read more

CDC promises completion of oil spill plan by next month

first_img– to be followed by consultations to sensitise stakeholdersThe National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP), which has been a work in progress since last year, is scheduled to be completed by next month. This is according to Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Director, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig.The participants at the workshop pose for a photographCraig was at the time speaking at the opening ceremony of the final stakeholder workshop for the plan, which outlines Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for an oil spill, as well as the various roles each agency will play.He explained that they were working to complete the plan in the first week of November, after which it would be submitted to Cabinet and consultations with the relevant stakeholders held to sensitise them on the policy.“After we developed this draft, we circulated it to all of you for comments,” he told participants at the workshop. “But the plan was also circulated to RacRempeitc and the United States Coast Guard and they provided us with additional comments.“And with the comments coming out of this workshop today, we will be working to have this plan finalised by the first week of November, after which it will be submitted to Cabinet. When we complete the plan, we’ll be having several orientation seminars, so people can understand their roles and responsibilities.”Craig further explained that simulation exercises would be used as a basis to help update the plan. This is indeed provided for in the NOSCP, which states that the plan will be reviewed and updated every three years or as needed based on “drills, exercises, actual oil spill incidents and changes in operating and legal environment”.“We’ll also have exercises: table-top exercises, full-scale exercises, … because this document is going to be a living document. It’s not going to be a document that we will take and put down and just wait for something to happen. At the end of every review, every exercise, the plan will be adjusted,” the CDC Head explained.“We’re also talking with the US Coast Guard about developing training programmes, multi-year training and testing of the plan. So the support we need from external partners, we already gathered that support,” Craig said.He also spoke about the delineation of responsibilities within the plan, and the fact that its guidelines were modelled on other plans. The plan sets out a three-tier system of dealing with oil spills.There is a tier one level that deals with the local and facility level response; the tier two level, which is a national response to the oil spill and the regional and international response to an oil spill.“A key feature of our oil spill response plan that is different from several other plans developed in the Caribbean is that our plan caters for both onshore and offshore oil spills. So you have sections dealing with roles and responsibilities for persons that will have responsibility for oil spills onshore and offshore.”“The plan was also developed following a number of guidelines and templates, including the International Maritime Organisation Manual on Oil Pollution Contingency Planning. We also reviewed and used as a guide the Regional Caribbean Island Oil Pollution Response and Cooperation Plan 2012, for the Caribbean Region,” he said, noting that other plans were also reviewed.Also present was Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams, who lauded the work done so far in developing the plan. She also encouraged the participants to put their heads and expertise together during the workshop.“I urge you not to underestimate the task at hand. It is of the utmost national priority; your government is supremely aware of this and has consistently left no stone unturned in matters of this nature. As evidenced by today’s activity, we will continue to work assiduously to ensure we address this issue as much as possible,” Minister Hastings-Williams said.Participants included representatives from Government Ministries such as the Finance Ministry and agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Defence Force and the Coast Guard.last_img read more

Repeat offender granted bail for trafficking ecstasy

first_imgKenton Haynes of Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD) managed to get his pre-trial liberty on Friday after Police prosecutors failed to present an analysis report before the court which was requested some two months ago.Haynes, who was charged for trafficking in ecstasy pills, was represented by Attorney Dexter Todd and after a successful plead, bail was granted bail in the sum of $200,000 by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Released on bail: Kenton HaynesIt stated that on November 7, 2019, at Albert Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 190 ecstasy pills, a type of Amphetamine drug amounting to 101 grams.However, the prosecution requested that the court attach conditions to the bail. As such, the Chief Magistrate ordered the defendant to lodge his passport, and report to the Brickdam Police Station every Monday until the hearing and completion of the trial.The matter was adjourned until January 17, 2020.It was reported that ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), acting on information, went to Albert Street, Georgetown where they contacted the defendant and carried out a search.It was during same that the aforementioned tablets were found in his possession.Back in 2018, Haynes was arrested with 559 Ecstasy pills weighing 219.7 grams after being busted by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) at Orange Walk, Georgetown.He was charged and released on $200,000 and is currently on trial for that charge as well.alast_img read more

Hardships abound as hucksters feel pressured

first_imgIncreased feesBy Romario SamarooIn light of the increased cost hucksters have to pay for their licences, these street sellers are complaining about difficulties they are faced with to comply with the new requirements.After the move by the Administration to revise the tax laws, hucksters are forced to pay an enormous increase for their licences.According to the Hucksters Licensing and Control Amendment Bill No. 9 of 2016, hucksters plying their trade via “foot or man propelled vehicle or cycle” will pay $3500 signalling an increase of 12.5 times the amount.Those carrying out their business by means of “horse or other beast bearing or drawing burden” must now pay $12,500 rather than the $1000 previously paid. A number of vendors affected by this increase spoke at length of the strain it had posed on them.Annoyed vendors flocked to share their views on this issue with Guyana Times.Frankie, a fruit trader at Bourda Market said he feels the new fees are a burden to small vendors like himself: “It can’t work out if I got to pay that plus $1000 a day to sell out here, wen yuh wuk it out yuh wuk fa mine dem.” He reiterated the ever-so-often produce is so cheap and that “is best I close down”.Cheryll, another Bourda Market huckster pointed out that she is a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet: “I am a single mother of four and I got to pay all these taxes; what is the point?” she further said “money barely circulating”.Another single mother Patricia added that she cannot afford to pay the increased fees: “I sells from Friday to Monday, i can’t afford to pay these taxes. I ga pay lesson fees,” she lamented.Similarly, Tony is asserting his position not to pay because “they not taking care of de place and gat to pay all dese taxes.” He subsequently pointed out that “wholesale farmers would usually pay $3000 to distribute on the parapet.”Sherry also expressed her disapproval saying, “if I got to pay all of this I going an do domestic work”West Bank vendors also expressed their opinion on the increased licenses fees. Tony said he has a child attending University of Guyana and it is very difficult for him to pay the increase: “Dem prices too high, but small man na gat a say. I got to send me child UG and and all dem fee raise. They (the government) feel because we selling out here we does mek nuff money.”Savitiri said she has been selling the same load for the week because “business slow.” She went on to say, “I got to pay $4500 ‘landing fee’ for me Canter and now this”Arif also pointed out he does not sell $3500 a day and still has to pay “$1000 a day” to sell there, in addition to “$300 per pallet” of which she has four.Visiting Lombard Street now known for its horse-drawn vehicles, Guyana Times met with a few men plying their trade. In conversations, the men spoke of their unwillingness to comply with this increase due to the fact that “business on a whole was slow” and it is hard to meet that money. They went on to further point out that their “family is the main priority”Hucksters traversing the various markets and selling to individual shops using motor vehicles will pay an additional $57,500 on the former $5000 totalling $62,500 for the licence.When asked about this, one driver complained about “the other expenses I have to face already and now this” and noted “parts expensive, shop owners complaining dem ain’t gat money and now de government want we pay more”Vishal wanted to ask the government “why they don’t go tax all de drug yards than pressure legal workers?”These issues come in light of the already established difficulty the administration faces with tax collection. Vendors are calling for the revised legislation to be reconsidered.last_img read more

Police burn $147M worth of ganja

first_imgThe Police Narcotics Branch on Wednesday burnt 294.2 kilograms of ganja that were confiscated over a two-year period (2015 and 2016).The huge quantity of marijuana, which had an estimated street value of $147 million, was destroyed at the incinerator at Princes Street, GeorgetownA quantity of marijuana was seized following raids conducted by the Narcotics Branch, while another quantity was collected from several court cases.The huge quantity of marijuana, which had an estimated street value of $147 million, was destroyed at the incinerator at Princes Street, Georgetown. This activity is done on an annual basis by the Guyana Police Force. A similar exercise is planned for Friday at the same location.The destruction which started at 11:30h, and lasted for more than an hour, was witnessed by representatives from the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, the Public Security Ministry, the Guyana Fire Service, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards and the media.The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on a yearly basis would also destroy cocaine and marijuana seized during operations.In August of 2014, the drug enforcement agency destroyed over two tonnes of cocaine and marijuana, with an estimated worth of over US$30 million.The cocaine and marijuana that were destroyed were part of an accumulation of drugs seized over between 2013 and 2014. The illegal drugs were released to CANU following the conclusion of the court cases. Approximately 730 kilos and 1970 kilos of marijuana were destroyed by the agency.last_img read more

Govt gives assurances to prospective UK investors

first_imgGuyana/Venezuela border disputeA wave of excitement has been started in the oil and gas industry following significant discoveries made in Guyana by US-based oil giant ExxonMobil in 2015. However, some foreign investors are being deterred by Guyana’s ongoing border dispute with neighbouring Venezuela.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeDuring a recent meeting with potential investors in the United Kingdom (UK), the Government of Guyana gave its assurance that the border issue would not impact the sector, and that issues currently facing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela would not spill over the Guyanese border.Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, who along with President David Granger visited the UK and held several meetings with investors recently, said businesses sought information regarding the general framework and outlook for security in Guyana.“We of course gave them the assurance, as we did with the other companies, that they can rest assured as far as (is) reasonable, (that) what is being experienced on the Guyana side of the border as regards the cross-border security, is stable. In other words, there is no reason to expect (that life) on the Guyana side of the border would be threatened in any way,” Greenidge told a recent media conference.Venezuela has repeatedly claimed part of Guyana’s territory, in violation of internationally accepted treaties and international law. Their claims have always been rejected by Guyana, which holds that issues concerning its border with Venezuela have been settled by the arbitral award of 1899.Vice-President Greenidge has reminded that the 1966 Geneva Agreement between Venezuela, Britain and Guyana has also provided for various mechanisms to resolve the controversy; one of which — the United Nations Secretary General’s Good Officer Process — has not yielded any progress for the past 25 years.Guyana is now seeking relief through one of the options in Article 33 of the United Nations Charter. Those options include arbitration and juridical settlement of the issue.Minister Greenidge has assured that Guyana will, under no circumstance, accept a simple bilateral agreement with Venezuela, which has broken the treaty that involved the United Kingdom and the United States.Venezuela, with almost 40 times the population of Guyana and a territory that is several times bigger, claimed, in 1968, the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn. For decades now, Venezuela has occupied the Guyana side of Ankoko Island, objected to the development of hydro power stations in Essequibo, and has been staunchly opposed to Guyana exploring for oil offshore and onshore its Essequibo territory.The Venezuelan Navy had, in 2013, intercepted and detained a Malaysian seismic vessel that had been conducting surveys in an offshore concession granted by Guyana to the United States-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, causing that company to leave and never return.There have also been incidents inland Guyana, with Venezuelan aircraft attacking vessels operating on the portion of the Cuyuní River that the arbitration court has awarded Guyana.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has recently appointed a new envoy to resolve the border controversy between Venezuela and Guyana. He has said he is ready to turn to the International Court of Justice to settle the issue if there is not substantial movement in that direction by end 2017.Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway has been appointed to help broker a settlement until the end of 2017, with a strengthened mandate of mediation.The dispute began heating up again in 2015 after a significant oil find was announced in an offshore concession granted by Guyana that Venezuela claims is in disputed waters.If no progress is made toward a settlement by the end of 2017, Guterres will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Drunken man killed in Soesdyke/Linden highway accident

first_img…still to be identifiedAn unidentified man was on Sunday evening struck dead by an allegedly speeding car on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Reports are that the driver of motor car HC6634 was heading in a southerly direction when, in the vicinity of the one-mile Swan Turn, the pedestrian — shirtless and clad in a pair of long pants — attempted to cross the public road but ran into the path of the car and sustained severe injuries to his body. He allegedly was under the influence of alcohol.Rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body was transported to the Lyken Funeral Home to await identification and post mortem.The 45-year-old driver, a resident of Kuru Kururu on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, was arrested and is assisting with investigations. The breathalyser test he underwent has cleared him of driving under the influence.An eyewitness told Guyana Times that the dead pedestrian had earlier been seen imbibing at a shop in the area. From reports received, another driver had earlier spotted him attempting to cross the road as he walked along, and had reportedly stopped for him to so do. An argument had reportedly ensued between the two men.During that argument, the driver of HC 6634, who was heading toward Splashmin’s Fun Park, took the turn and slammed into the man, who was reportedly standing on the roadway. His body was reportedly flung into the air, and landed onto the windscreen of the motor car before tumbling onto the roadway.Up to late Monday afternoon, the dead man’s identification had not been determined. Investigations, however, are ongoing.last_img read more

Govt unit flouts court order to demand exorbitant broadcast fees

first_img…as Media Association highlights dishonest Nagamootoo-led DPI outfitThe local media fraternity, through its broadcasters, and the Coalition Administration, through the Minister of Information, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, are at loggerheads over the payment of fees; and broadcasters areChairman of the GNBA Leslie Sobersdisputing official statements emanating from the Government’s Department of Public Information to the effect that all is well in the media landscape.The matter has since attracted the attention of the Guyana Media Association (GMA), which has since condemned demands made for payment in violation of a court decision handed down by then Chief Justice Ian Chang in May 2014. An absolute order was made on that date.According to the GMA, the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) is currently demanding fees which are being asked for as back-payments from the year 2014.“It is this Association’s understanding that the Authority is making the demand for these back-payments on the basis of fees set under a court-overturned regulationPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoowhich was instituted by the past administration”, the GMA has said.The decision by then Chief Justice Chang follows an action by four existing broadcasters to challenge the imposition of $2.5 million in fees, which represented a 1000 per cent increase, and would cause financial ruin. It was considered in breach of Article 146 of the Constitution, which guaranteed the broadcasters’ right to freedom of expression.The Broadcasting Act, as noted in the decision, allows for a fee ‘which shall be a sum equivalent to such percentage of the gross revenue of the licensee as the Minister may by regulations prescribe.’This, according to the GMA, does not allow for the imposition of a fee to be prescribed by the Minister under an option where, if the percentage of the gross is less than $2.5 million, the Authority will ask for the greater sum of $2.5 million, as being demanded.In his decision on May 9, 2014, the Chief Justice examined the sections in the Broadcasting Act, distinguishing between a grant fee for a new licence and an annual fee.The Chief Justice, in his decision, stated the Authority’s reliance on regulations which were published on November 29, 2013 in the Official Gazette. This set out the demand of $2.5 million if it is greater than a gross percentage.Justice Chang had at the time also ruled that while the relevant section empowers the Minister to make regulations on grant fees, such a fee ‘would, of necessity, apply only to first time broadcasters, and not to existing broadcasters.’ In granting the order in favour of the existing broadcasters, Justice Chang had ruled: “It goes without saying that an annual fee based on a percentage of gross revenue of the previous year cannot apply to a first-time broadcaster, and can apply only to existing broadcasters…On the other hand, a grant fee of $2.5 million cannot apply to existing broadcasters, and can apply only to first-time broadcasters.”He further ruled that the ‘grant fee of $2.5 million has no application to the applicants, as existing broadcasters.According to the GMA, the Broadcasting Act 2011 required existing broadcasters to re-apply for their licences within 30 days, a stipulation with which they complied.An Amendment which was passed in 2017 duplicates this requirement by asking existing broadcasters to again re-apply within 30 days.Meanwhile, contrary to reports issued by the Department of Public Information under its Director Imran Khan — a unit which falls under the purview of Prime Minister and Minister of Information Moses Nagamootoo — local and regional media associations have also challenged the requirement of allocating free time of 60 minutes for public service broadcasting, imposed in the Amendment and defined in the Amendment to include the promotion of ‘policies and activities of the Government that benefit the public as a whole.’According to the GMA, international press bodies among others have urged the President not to assent to the amendment, with Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), also known as Reporters Without Borders, urging for ‘“consultations with broadcasters, in order to take into account their recommendations”.The Department of Public Information has, however, reported that the GNBA, in a letter to Prime Minister Nagamootoo, “has reported that following discussions with several broadcasters, there has been positive feedback”, and no broadcaster has “expressed any disagreement with the sixty (60) minutes’ time allocation for PSA”.The letter, dated September 8, 2017 and signed by the Chairman of the GNBA, Mr. Leslie Sobers, also stated that “the GNBA fully supports the Amendments as passed by the National Assembly in August 2017”, and that the board “has formally tabled a motion” to communicate same to the Prime Minister.The GNBA, in updating Prime Minister Nagamootoo, reported that meetings with broadcasters will continue, and that the number of compliant broadcasters has doubled from 6 to 12 from July 2017 to September 8th, 2017, with regards those making payments.The Broadcast (Amendment) Bill 2017 was passed in the National Assembly, and is awaiting the assent of President David Granger.last_img read more

Drive-by shooting leaves 1 hospitalised

first_img…2 in custodyPandemonium broke out in Leopold and Breda Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon when gunmen opened fire during an alleged gang related drive-by shooting.Reports are a 55-year-old shop owner was injured when gunmen opened indiscriminate fire. She is in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The scene of the drive-by shootingInjured is Jacqueline Lagnah of Lot 83 Leopold and Breda Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.Reports are the incident occurred at about 11:20h as Lagnah was tending to customers in her grocery store, which is situated on the western end of the two-storey concrete building, where she resided and was shot twice to her lower back.This publication was told that on Tuesday evening, there was a brawl between a group of men at Lagnah’s shop. Investigators are working on a theory that the brawl may have stemmed Wednesday’s shooting.Guyana Times was told that on Tuesday at about 20:00h, a 40-year-old East Ruimveldt, Georgetown man and others were arguing at the shop.It is alleged that the disagreement was due to an accusation that one of the men reportedly robbed another’s friend.As the dispute continued on Wednesday, this publication understands two men of Penny Lane, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, went to Leopold and Breda Streets in a Toyota Premio, bearing registration plates PTT 9521 and opened fire.“The lady went inside she shop. She went looking after customers,” persons at the scene told this publication.As the gunmen left the scene, they were pursued by a Police patrol that was in the area. The car in which the men were travelling was intercepted at Penny Lane, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown where the duo was taken into custody.This newspaper was told that in 2016, one of the men arrested was shot three times by an ex-Cop during an altercation outside the ‘Wings and Things’ Bar, on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Opposition demands answers on 2-year Amaila Falls study

first_img…Govt’s flip-flop shows lack of knowledge – JagdeoThe parliamentary Opposition has taken note of the statements made by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, in relation to a two-year hydrology risk study being conducted on the Amaila Falls, but says there are still many unanswered questions.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoWhile taking into account that studies were initially conducted on Amaila falls to test the feasibility of making it a hydro power station, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told a media conference that there is limited information on the new study.He was referring to a hydrology risk study being conducted for which the Government will be presented with a report by the end of this year, as revealed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman during a meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources.“I would like to know, who is doing this study. Who contracted the people to do the study and at what cost. Because it’s the first time we’re hearing about this, after we’ve had last year an article where they had a headline Amaila hydro canned, Minister Harmon said.”Jagdeo said these are important details that the Government should seek to share with the Opposition especially since it is the first time his party has heard about this new study. The Opposition Leader noted that details of this study come just months after State Minister Joseph Harmon was quoted in the press as saying that the hydro project has been cancelled.Harmon was quoted in sections of the media in October 2017 confirming the Government’s interest in natural gas, which will be brought up alongside oil by ExxonMobil. He had noted that because of the difficulty in soliciting an investor, a decision was taken to look at other energy alternatives.“This, Harmon explained, that they couldn’t find an investor. And who will give them the money. That model was a Private Sector led project,” Jagdeo explained.“The only liabilities of the Government would have been to buy the power at a particular rate, which would have been half of the price we were generating power at that time, close to 10 cents per kilowatt. No debt and it was a Private Sector led project that would supply power.”Political gridlockAccording to the US State Department’s latest economic bureau, “political gridlock and infighting” is to blame for hampering Guyana’s development efforts in several instances. Relative to this, the report cites the example of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP), which the coalition Government has officially abandoned.“(AFHP), which would have been the largest capital project in the country’s history, fell apart after a decade of planning when the US developer and equity partner withdrew from the multinational development team in August 2013,” the report stated.“The company expressed concerns over political risk following objections to the venture by the then-Opposition party APNU,” the report continues. “The Norwegian Government subsequently conducted a new feasibility study on the AFHP and submitted the report to the Government.”This is a reference to a report from Norwegian international consultant Norconsult. The new report had in fact concluded that the Amaila Falls hydro power project was the only realistic way for Guyana to achieve an emission free electricity sector. Norconsult had noted the merits of the project, such as its completed feasibility study and a higher plant load than the other alternatives.However, the report had recommended the BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) public private partnership model is used. The consultant had urged that an international investor specialising in hydro power be invited to take a majority stake in the project. It is unclear whether this advice has been acted upon by the Government.The report states: “The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain AFHP as the first major step for substituting its current oil-fired generation. AFHP was prioritised as the first hydropower plant because it was the only project with a full feasibility study completed; it has a higher plant load factor than the alternatives, a smaller reservoir and a unit cost in the same range as the most attractive alternatives.”last_img read more

High Court throws out AG’s jurisdictional challenge

first_imgLAA alterationsBy Shemuel FanfairAhead of the overall case regarding Bibi Shaddick’s disputation of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s changes to several Local Authority Areas (LAAs), High Court Judge Justice Gino Persaud has dismissed Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams’s jurisdiction challenge on Monday.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallThe Judge observed that the AG’s argument that the matter should be heard via an elections petition after the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) are held “was not a relevant enough issue”.“The question on whether someone has been elected as a Councillor is not relevant to the issue raised by the applicant,” Justice Persaud pointed out.Williams had observed that Shaddick’s application amounted to allegations of irregularities and illegalities challenging the validity of the LGE, which have been gazetted to be held on November 12. However, in his ruling, Justice Persaud noted that no Councillor has been elected, as the case has not passed the elections stage. As such, the judge determined that the court has jurisdiction to hear “the merits of the applicant’s case”.Attorney General Basil WilliamsFollowing the ruling, the AG signalled that he would be looking at appealing the jurisdiction ruling, saying that Justice Persaud focused on certain legal arguments that were not in keeping with his case.“I will have to appeal his decision, so I could know whether he had dealt with those cases or not,” Williams told the press.In response, Nandlall, speaking with members of the media subsequently, brushed aside the AG’s intimation to appeal, saying that the court has not ruled on the substantive merits of the case. He reiterated that there could be moves to delay the case.“I have no doubt that in addition to the incompetent arguments that are being advanced, there is an agenda to stall and dilate the matter,” he stressed.However, Monday’s ruling on the preliminary matters to Shaddick’s legal suit was two-fold in nature, as Justice Persaud treated with Nandlall’s submission that the respondent, the Minister, was barred from challenging jurisdiction, since Solicitor General Kym Kyte-Thomas had “submitted to the court’s jurisdiction. Nandall harped on the fact that Kyte-Thomas agreed to the court’s timelines for the fixed-date application (FDA) hearing.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanHowever, with several legal citations, Justice Persaud opined that the court recognises the urgency of the case, and called the matter within four days of the case’s filing. “This is not a regular occurrence, and (is) probably without precedent,” the judge stressed.Justice Persaud reminded that FDA cases have to be heard within 28 days, and noted that the AG’s jurisdiction challenge he filed on behalf of Bulkan was within that time frame. On this basis, the Judge was of the view that Nandlall’s submission on the Solicitor General already submitting to jurisdiction was “fallacious, without merit, and cannot be sustained”.After the pretrial determinations, Justice Persaud ordered that the AG must file an affidavit in defence on or before October 22. The Court further ordered that both parties file written submissions on or before October 29.“I will fix a date for decision after being in receipt of all the written arguments; no orders for costs,” Justice Persaud stated.Among Shaddick’s several orders of which she petitioned the court, one is to bring the Communities Minister’s alterations into conformity with the Local Democratic Organs Act, Chapter 28:09. In so doing, she wants to have Bulkan’s orders declared null and void.Her grounds are that Bulkan failed to issue an order to identify the said boundaries under the Local Democratic Organs Act, making his actions null and void.She meanwhile said Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield, went beyond his exercise of discretion in re-demarcating the existing constituency boundaries as outlined in the orders sought before the court.The writ also outlines that the purported establishment of seven NDCs without complying with the provisions of the Local Democratic Organs Act is unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no effect.She said, too, that Lowenfield acted without authorisation in this regard, while adding that Minister Bulkan unilaterally made changes to the number of seats in 14 LAAs.last_img read more

India’s PM calls off visit to Guyana

first_imgBy Vahnu ManikchandThe much anticipated visit to Guyana by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December has been called off, sources have confirmed to Guyana Times.Government had disclosed in September that Prime Minister Modi was scheduled to make his first-ever visit to Guyana in early December and would have taken part in the commissioning of the Indian Indentureship Monument in Palmyra on the Corentyne, Berbice, which is a US$150,000 gift to Guyana by the Government of India to symbolise the country’s cultural celebration.News of the Indian Leader’s visit was first announced back in April by President David Granger while in New Delhi for the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit.During a bilateral meeting, President Granger and Prime Minister Modi pledged to strengthen the historical ties between the two countries through increased cooperation. In fact, Modi told the Guyanese Leader that India is willing to do whatever it can to support Guyana’s development and pointed out that there are many areas for cooperation, particularly in the sugar and oil sectors, and the two leaders were expected to reviewed the scale of Guyana-India relations and continue discussions during his visit to Guyana.He was scheduled to attend the 2018 G20 Summit to be held in Argentina on November 31 to December 1 before leaving for Trinidad and Tobago to attend a special Caricom (Caribbean Community) Heads of Government meeting on the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) set for December 3 and 4.However, Guyana Times was reliably informed that Prime Minister Modi will no longer be making a trip to Guyana, or to the Caribbean as a matter of fact, during his current tour.“Due to current domestic compulsions, he’s not coming anymore,” a reliable source confirmed to this newspaper on Thursday, while assuring that the visit will be rescheduled.Over the past weeks, there has been an air of uncertainty of the Indian Prime Minister’s inaugural visit to Guyana. In fact, this publication understands that local non-profit organisations that are involved in sustaining the Indian culture and tradition were being assembled for a possible visit to Trinidad.Persons attached to those organisations indicated that this was the first sign that the Prime Minister might no longer be coming to Guyana since they were being told that they would meet with him in the twin-island state the day after his meeting with the Caricom Heads of Government.In the meantime, the Guyana Government, through its Foreign Affairs Ministry, has since been informed of this change in the Prime Minister Modi’s itinerary.With the last high-level State visit of an Indian leader to Guyana being in 2006 when then Vice President of India, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, visited, it was anticipated that the impending trip of Prime Minister Modi would further solidify bilateral relations between the two countries.The high level visit was expected to cover overall bilateral relations with engagements in areas of politics, commercial, cultural and so on.More importantly, however, major highlights of the visit would be continued, with ongoing discussions on Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector as well as its heavily indebted and cash-strapped, and now downsized, sugar industry.The Indian Government has long indicated its willingness to assist with Guyana’s ailing sugar sector. However, Government is yet to formally take the emerging Asian power-house nation up on its offer.But Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, had told Guyana Times earlier this year that interest is brewing amongst Indians on the assets from the local sugar industry that are up for divestment. Greenidge had led a high-level ministerial delegation to India back in January and during that visit, he said that more tangible than the State-offered technical assistance is interests expressed by private companies, which have massive and expansive capacities.On the other hand, with Guyana being a new member of the oil club, India had also offer downstream, midstream and upstream assistance, while at the same time indicating its interest in exploration activities here as well as intention to buy Guyana’s oil in the future. Currently, Latin America accounts for around 20 per cent of India’s oil imports with sellers including Venezuela.Guyana and India established Diplomatic ties in 1965 and has since maintained a strong bond on the bilateral and multilateral fronts given the similarities of not only its democracy and colonial background, but also its multiracial and multicultural societies.Over the years, Guyana has become the beneficiary of several loans and line of credits from the Indian Government towards infrastructure, healthcare and education development, including the cricket stadium, traffic lights in Georgetown and supply of 14 irrigation drainage pumps.Currently, there are seven projects that the Indian Government is either fully or partially funding in Guyana. Among these are the US$50 million East Bank Demerara-East Coast Demerara bypass road; the US$17.50 million modernisation of the Bartica, West Demerara and Suddie Hospitals; the US$18 million acquisition of a passenger ferry and the setting up an IT Centre of Excellence in Guyana.last_img read more

Tang takes another Blizzard Bike Club time trial

first_imgFor more information on membership or any of the Bike Club’s upcoming races, visit the Blizzard Bike Club’s official website. Sunday’s second place finisher was Sandy McDonald, who crossed the finish line at a time of 45:50. Her time was also the fastest time in the women’s category, earning McDonald the Phoenix Trophy as well.The race’s third place finisher was Richard Wood, who completed the event with a time of 46:07.It’s a busy upcoming week for the Bike Club and its members, as Tuesday, May 1 is the first Duathlon of the season.- Advertisement -The event will feature two distances for participants to choose from. The first involves a 1 km run, 8 km bike ride and wraps up with another 1 km run. The second, more challenging selection involves a 2 km run, 10 km bike ride then another 2 km run.Tuesday’s Duathlon is the first-of-five within a series of races, and anyone looking to participate just requires a membership with the Blizzard Bike Club. Memberships cost $40.Wednesday, April 2 the club will assemble not for a race, but for the Club’s Annual General Meeting and Elections, which will be held at the Northern Lights College at 7 p.m. All Club members are encouraged to attend the AGM.Advertisementlast_img read more

Morrison finishes first in Long Track Trials

first_imgHe took first place in the race.Morrison’s victory, completed on Calgary’s Olympic Oval, had him beat out the top five fellow skaters by 1.7 seconds, as he crossed the finish line at 1 minute and 44.73 seconds.Finishing second in the race was Regina’s Lucas Makowsky, with a time of one minute and 46.43 seconds, with third place going to Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, at one minute and 46.47 seconds.- Advertisement -These trials are used to help assist in identifying teams for the first five World Cup events of the 2012-2013 season. The first long track World Cup event is being held Friday, November 16-18, in Heerenveen, Netherlands.The first event will feature all competitive distances.last_img read more

Morrison cleared to compete following leg injury

first_imgMorrison suffered a broken leg while cross country skiing in December 2012.Following the injury, he said he was hopeful he would recover in time to compete at the Single Distance Speed Skating Championships.He’s in luck, as the Olympian has been cleared to compete at the upcoming 2013 World Single-Distance Speed Skating Championships, being raced in Sochi, Russia, from March 21 to 24 at the Adler Arena.- Advertisement -The races are being used as a venue test event for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.Morrison will race in the 1,000 metre event Friday, and will also be available to race as one of three skaters for Sunday’s team pursuit.last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers to play in third place game at home tournament

first_imgThe KOC Flyers opened the tournament with a 9-1 over Whitehorse on Friday evening. The big win was followed by a 8-3 loss to Williams Lake.Adam Bowie, Austin Crossley, and Jeridyn Loewen found the back of the net in the loss to Williams Lake.Fort St. John had much better luck in their second game of the day against Southside Edmonton as they won the game 7-4.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for the Flyers were Jacob Lang, Austin Crossley, Jacob Lang, Jeridyn Loewen, Adam Bowie, Kolton Leslie, and Teagen McMullen.Meanwhile in tomorrow’s first place game, Peace River will take on Williams Lake.last_img read more

Flyers aiming to even up series with Grimshaw

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers and Grimshaw Huskies will meet tonight for game two of their North Peace Hockey League semifinal series. The game goes down at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 with the Flyers trailing in the best of seven 1-0.Game one was a wild affair with the Flyers coming back from three goals down in the third period to tie the game twice, only to lose in overtime by a score of 7-6.After tonight’s game the series will go back to Grimshaw for game three on Thursday before returning to Fort St. John for game four on Saturday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Huskies improve to 4-3 after road win over Grande Prairie

first_imgBut this lead would not last for the Huskies as the Kings managed to score two more goals, making it tied at 4-4.Then with 2:12 left in the period, Jared Loewen scored unassisted to put the Huskies back in the lead, where they would remain to win the game 5-4.The Huskies will be on home ice at the North Peace Arena this Wednesday for their Breast Cancer Awareness game as they host the Junior Canucks. Game time is 8 p.m. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies were successful with their game against the JDA Kings in Grande Prairie on Sunday.Just past the halfway mark of the first period, the Kings made it 1-0 against the Huskies.In the second frame, Huskies’ forward Nolan Legace scored assisted by Matthew Apsassin and Dawson Phillips, making the score tied at one apiece.- Advertisement -Then, with 36 seconds left in the period, Aiden Craig-Steele shot the puck into the Kings net on a feed from Legace, making it 2-1 for the Pups at the end of the second.In period three, Cooper Willms scored just 22 seconds in with help from Cody Brodhagen and Aiden Craig-Steele, making it 3-1.Though the Kings tried to even things up with a goal of their own, Willms added his second of the game after getting set up by Jared Winkle and Jared Loewen.Advertisementlast_img read more

Canucks beat Rampage in game five of 2019 Coy Cup

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Rampage took on the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Thursday afternoon for game five of the 2019 Coy Cup.At the end of the first period, the score was tied at 0-0.By the end of the second period, the score was tied again but this time at one apiece.- Advertisement -In the end, the Canucks would beat the Rampage 4-1.Up next, game six of the Coy Cup takes place tonight, Thursday, as the Fort St. John Flyers take on the Williams Lake Stampeders with puck drop at 8:00 p.m.You can listen to the Flyers Coy Cup games live on 100.1 Moose FM or through the online player.Advertisement The 2019 Coy Cup runs now until March 30 at the North Peace Arena.Tickets are available at the North Peace Arena three hours before puck drop of each game starting at noon.Here is the full 2019 Coy Cup schedule:Official 2019 Coy Cup Schedule. Source FSJ FlyersAdvertisementlast_img read more

Alaska Highway Tourism Association requests funding

first_imgThe Alaska Highway was the subject of a heated debate on Thursday afternoon. Northern Rockies Alaska Highway Tourism Association spokesperson April Moi says the highway needs to be promoted and maintained as much as possible. She presented the organizations restructuring plan and proposed 2009-2010 budget to the Peace River Regional District directors. Moi requested the regional board look at contributing $126,526.00 to the Association. But Director Saugstad says there is no point funding something that doesn’t have the basic facilities to accommodate tourists. He said he would have liked to see more public washrooms added to the proposed budget. – Advertisement -Moi says the public washroom issue has a long and complex history, and it is difficult to add to the organization’s budget. [asset|aid=1025|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2ec19f2301c15597b6717919292cda71-moi 1_1_Pub.mp3] The directors asked the organization to do a breakdown of the requested amount. There will be a strategic Planning session for the association on March 19th.last_img read more

Trevor McDonell wins Blizzard Mountain Bike Championship

first_imgComing up:-Wednesday is the mid week #2 mountain bike races at the Beatton Cactus circuit at 6:30 pm.-Thursday is a time trial but a mountain bike version on the Beatton Cactus circuit at 6:30 pm.-Sunday is a Challenge Cup road race in Dawson Creek at 10:00 amAdvertisement -Monday – Labour Day – is a Beatton Cactus circuit mountain bike race at 10:00 am. Photo:  Just part of the Mountain Bike course – Submitted by Tom Sparrow **Submitted- Advertisement -Trevor McDonell won a hot and difficult 15th edition of the Blizzard Club Mountain Bike Championship, Sunday. His time for the 3 lap, 10.5 km Beatton Cactus long course circuit was 1:07:12 hours. Pat Ferris was second at 1:22:52. It was so tough a circuit that all others failed to finish.      Sam Keats won the lap ‘short course’ with a time of 57:59. Adam Currie was second at 1:01:47 and Ken Nix third at 1:04:50.      Connor McDonell won the kids course with 11:57 minutes. Daric McDonell was second at 14:35.      Conditions were hot and dry on the side hill where the race was held. Many riders were away at other events so the numbers were low. Trevor McDonell got an early lead in the very hilly long course event and rode away from the competition. This is Trevors’ second club mountain bike championship as he won it back in 2002.      Penticton Ironman: No results, yet, for the Polehoykies at press time.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sally Emory steps down as NEAT ED

first_imgAfter more than two decades in the position Sally Emory is stepping down.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3015|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e9966ba02873d90dfb7d94be4ed62f7b-Kathleen-1_1_Pub.mp3] Board member Kathleen O’Neill also confirmed today that Sally has agreed to serve the team, as a volunteer adviser.[asset|aid=3016|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e9966ba02873d90dfb7d94be4ed62f7b-Kathleen-2_1_Pub.mp3] The search for Sally’s successor is now underway with a regional focus, extending as far east as Grande Prairie and as far south as Prince George.Advertisement The board of Northern Environmental Action Team has formally confirmed today, what has been generally been assumed for sometime, it is looking for a new Executive Director. [asset|aid=3017|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e9966ba02873d90dfb7d94be4ed62f7b-Kathleen-3_1_Pub.mp3] It is hoped to have the new person in place by September first, and to that end the board has set an application deadline, of July 28th.last_img read more

Northern Striker teams win at provincials

first_imgGoal Scorers: Mitchell Linley (6), Cameron Close (3),Nate Dawkin (1), Jonathon Gullason (1), Ty Hollingshead (3), Alex Adkins (2)All the boys played extremely hard and especially our goalies: Sam Barrette and Gage Adkins for their hard work in the tournament. The same weekend our U16s travelled to Three Hills where they competed in their U16 Tier 4 ASA Provincials and brought home GOLD as well!On July 15th our U12 Boys Northern Strikers left FSJ and headed to Stettler AB for their U12 Tier 4 Boys ASA Provincials. A long travel and some weather issues these boys again played fantastically and took home GOLD as well making the Northern Strikers 3 for 3! Results:U12Boys Northern Strikers Outdoor Provincials- Stettler, Alberta Gold Medal winners Game 1             FSJ vs Sylvan Lake 2                4-1        Man of the game Ben HoskerGame 2             FSJ vs Sylvan Lake 1               1-0        Man of the game Nate DawkinGame 3             FSJ vs Wetaskiwin                    5-2        Man of the game Mitchell LinleyGame 4             FSJ vs Stettler                          3-1        Man of the game Jonathon GullasonFinal gold Medal game FSJ vs Wetaskiwin        3-0 **SubmittedNorthern Strikers are 3 for 3!!!! We have sent 3 Northern Strikers teams to their own individual ASA provincials and all have come back with GOLD!!!!This is an amazing accomplishment when we are usually the team that has travelled the farthest and are underestimated as “just being from Fort St John”. Well, this season the Northern Strikers have come out in force and have shown that we play with determination, skill, energy and sportsmanship!- Advertisement -Our U14 Girls travelled to Edson a couple of weeks ago and had a fantastic showing and came home with GOLD for the U14 Girls Tier 4 ASA provincials!Results:Game 1: FSJ vs Sherwood Park, 2-0.  Man of the Match: Jamie LeeGame 2: FSJ vs Edson, 2-1. Man of the Match: Miranda CowgerSemi-final: FSJ vs St Paul, 3-1. Man of the Match: Cailyn BoydFinal: FSJ vs Ponoka, 4-1. Man of the Match: Jade MahNamed to All-Star Team:  Kiana Cowger, Jamie LeeGoal Scorers: Kiana Cowger (4), Jamie Lee (3), Cassandra Marquardt (3), Karissa McNutt (1)Advertisement The U12 boys had a great outdoor season.  The walked away with gold from every tournament they attendedSo, most of our Strikers teams now end their season except for our U18s who now have the challenge of making this a 4 for 4 season for the FSJ Northern Strikers when they attend their provincials in early August! Good luck!!!! Advertisementlast_img read more

Local area concerns about shale gas exploration & drought conditions

first_imgTo read the entire article from the Vancouver Sun, click here. The Vancouver Sun is reporting some Northeast B.C. residents are questioning government policies, which allow natural gas exploration companies to pump water out of streams and lakes despite the severe drought conditions in the region.Reporter Scott Simpson says gas exploration company Talisman Energy has been taking water out of the Williston Reservoir – without the knowledge of BC Hydro – at a time when the Crown Corporation is warning, dry conditions will force it to import at least 200 million dollars worth of electricity this year.He says Talisman has a permit from the BC Oil and Gas Commission to make the withdrawals, and Hydro has referred questions about the situation to the government.The story notes gas drillers need a steady supply of water to support shale gas exploration and development in the vast Montney gas play. – Advertisement -It quotes Energy Minister Bill Bennett, who was in Fort St. John last week, as saying, “The industry is making efforts to use less water.”However, it also quotes Will Koop, coordinator for the B.C. Tap Water Alliance, as saying, “The emergence of shale gas exploration has created a tremendous requirement for water in northeast British Columbia.He’s also reported to believe, “The government doesn’t have a very well-thought-out plan for all of the cumulative effects.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Alarming teen pregnancy rate recorded in Region 1

first_img…259 cases documented in 11 monthsAs teenage pregnancy continues to be of major concern, Region One (Barima-Waini) recorded a whopping 259 cases between the period January 1 and November 30 this year.Dr Latchmie LallDuring those 11 months, health authorities in that region discovered that of 850 persons living in that area, 259 females between the ages of 12 to 19 were pregnant.The startling statistics reveal an increase of 70 per cent, to date, when comparing data for the period January to December 2018, where 152 pregnancies were recorded in Region One.According to Region One’s Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr Latchmie Lall, the figure will be higher when accumulating data for this month since it has been brought to her attention that more pregnancies occurred after the end of November in the region. Dr Lall noted that the figures garnered in Region One in relation to teenage pregnancy is also fuelled by the large influx of Venezuelan migrants that seek health services there.“We have seen a very large influx of migrants and daily we are seeing many patients at our hospitals. More and more diagnoses are being made with some of those infections being transferred back into the city,” she said.The RHO also disclosed that the region’s Maternal and Child Health programme has resulted in more women reaching out to have family planning done.She stated that this has resulted in a significantly high number of contraceptive implants being used as they seek to curb their “child making” approaches.“This I must say is mainly from the migrants while all the migrants are being vaccinated so we have had to increase our vaccination programme as it has been very active as it seeks to cater for all the migrants. It doesn’t only cover outlining areas but riverine areas too that are seeing migrants,” Dr Lall said.Earlier this year, global statistics showed that Guyana has a high rate of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean.In June of this year, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence stated that a recently conducted Situation Analysis Report on Adolescents in Guyana revealed that the fertility rate is above average, especially among Indigenous girls, where there are 74 of every 1000 between the ages 15 and 19 living in Regions One, Seven and Nine becoming pregnant.At that time, the Minister pointed out that Regions One, Seven and Nine are the burdened areas, where the rate of adolescent pregnancies remains consistently high due to a number of contributing factors, but she maintained that plans are underway to target those factors.last_img read more

Dover elated with appointment

first_imgCONCACAF Men’s U20 C/ship…– Squad to be announcedWayne Dover, Guyana’s former Senior Men’s National Team Coach, has been named Head Coach of the National U20 team as preparations begin for Guyana’s participation in the 2018 CONCACAF Men’s U20 Championships in Florida, USA from November 1 – 22, 2018.Other members of the 14-man squad are Assistant Coach Oneal Heywood, Striker Coach Gregory Richardson, In-Possession Coach Vurlon Mills; Out-of-Possession Coach Anthony Benfield, Goalkeeper Coach Phillip Carrington and Coach Developer & Head of Sports Science Wilson Toledo. Other members are Team Doctor, Physiotherapist, Head of People and Culture, Performance Analyst and Head Scout, Team Operations Coordinator and Equipment Manager.In an invited comment, Dover said he is happy to contribute to the development of such a crucial group in Guyana’s football. “I’m happy and excited about the appointment, so I thank the Guyana Football Federation for their continued faith in me as a coach. They have seen the importance of having me involved in theMen’s U20 Head Coach, Wayne Doverdevelopment of Guyana’s football, and I’ll try to do my very best to help that process. Being appointed the Head Coach will give me that opportunity, and I’ll work diligently with the group for the best possible results we could achieve over that period,” Dover said.While the players’ squad will be announced in the new week, Dover said the squad will be crucial to inform the senior team. “The U20 group of players, we can safely say, is our golden generation of footballers; hence there will be a very careful process by the GFF to harness this group of players, who definitely will form the senior national team in the not-too-distant future. This team will augur well for the projection that the GFF has for the 2026 World Cup Campaign”, he said.Technical Director Ian Greenwood mentioned, “We have a talented combination of staff tasked with preparing players for the upcoming U20 championships, but with the ultimate goal is pushing players into the Senior Golden Jaguars squad,” he said.“There is clear alignment with the senior team’s campaign in the Nations League and the key messages to be delivered to the U20 players. The staffing structure allows players to receive position-specific coaching on the various moments of the game, with specialist coaches delivering the national coaching and playing philosophy. The wealth of international playing experience among the staff is vital as we prepare this current crop of exciting and talented young players. There is a clear pathway for national team players to engage in a career in coaching, which is now clearly evident,” he explained.Guyana takes on Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Curacao and El Salvador on November 2, 6, 8 and 10 respectively.last_img read more

Moreno speaks out on Matthews

first_img Also: Garret Anderson is expected to make his Cactus League debut today at home against the Oakland Athletics. … Francisco Rodriguez and Justin Speier each pitched in a simulated game Sunday, throwing about 20 pitches each. … John Lackey will have a bullpen session today, his first since missing five days with bronchitis. Lackey is scheduled to start Thursday at Tucson against the Arizona Diamondbacks. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – The fact that there is no resolution in sight to the Gary Matthews Jr. situation led to the statement released by owner Arte Moreno on Saturday evening. An investigation last week alleged that Matthews was a customer of an Internet pharmacy that has illegally distributed human growth hormone. A later story on Sports Illustrated’s Web site revealed what Matthews allegedly purchased, when he purchased it and where it was delivered. Moreno’s statement was intended to be the team’s all-encompassing view on the subject, according to Angels spokesman Tim Mead. “This week, the Angels and I were disappointed to learn that the name of one of our players, Gary Matthews Jr., has been allegedly associated with an investigation into the sale of performance enhancing substances by an Internet pharmacy in Florida,” Moreno said in the statement. “Both the Angels and I have strongly encouraged Gary to cooperate with any authority investigating this matter. center_img “Specifically, the Angels have asked (Matthews) to come forward and fully answer all questions surrounding the recent allegations against him. The organization continues to expect that this matter will come to a quick conclusion.” The statement was not to infer that the Angels have started to turn their back on their new center fielder and are siding with Major League Baseball instead. “We’re supportive of our player and we’re protective of the game and protective of our brand,” Mead said Sunday. “Gary’s situation, he has now hired counsel to look into it. That’s a personal issue. But (the Angels) have been the focus either directly or indirectly since this issue started. How you measure it, we don’t know. “We pride ourselves on trying to do the right thing. We pride ourselves in taking care of our players and providing support as well, and there have been many conversations this week with Gary and with his agent. It just reached a point where we need to let our fan base know that we’re focused on the big picture here as well, and for nobody to lose sight of that. The big picture includes the Angels and the game of baseball.” Matthews’ new high-profile attorney, Robert Shapiro, said Matthews will only make a statement once all investigations are complete. last_img read more

Fermo Cambianica’s Los Alamitos selections for tonight:

first_img1. Sota De Oros has the post which will enable him to get the lead from the inside and he could be hard to catch. April’s Prospect didn’t fare too well in three starts on the thoroughbred circuit and ran third during her initial Los Alamitos outing. Ikuma Red ran third after racing tougher rivals at Santa Anita. Long shot: Angel At Midnight. 2. Thumbalena raced in the runner-up spot throughout after winning the previous two encounters. Dun Deal had an easy trip, leading all the way and winning by almost seven lengths. Delimar Awas second briefly, but tired and ran eighth the rest of the way. Long shot: Starlit Jetalinah. 3. Whatadin could duplicate gate to wire 2 length victory of previous encounter. Never Los A Wager raced evenly in finishing fourth and drops in class. Datebook finished third at 21-1 odds and could win at a price this time. Long shot: Winthrop Joe. 4. Countin Coronas won last two outings by a neck despite slight early trouble at the start. Flying T Lionsheart finished third a neck in back of the winner and was moved up to second through disqualification. Oncoming Traffic ran either second or third during his last four attempts. Long shot: WCR Ima Sweet Willie. 5. El Marichi takes a big class rise after winning by five lengths. The Defense Rests got up to wind up in second place after near victory outings the two races before. Final Phanton could come back to a gate to wire 3/4 length triumph. Long shot: Bee Candys Girl. 6. Kongtiki gained the advantage right out of the starting gate and drew away to a 8 length victory. Pal Of Mine has two wins and three second place finishes during last five attempts. Hes The Most lacked a finishing kick while holding fourth. Long shot: Crusising By. 7. Love Stoli was caught nearing the finish line to wind up second after holding on to win by a nose the race before. Doctory Cocktail didn’t hold off the winner and lost by a nose after leading the entire race. Buff This raced evenly in fifth the entire journey. Long shot: Tucker Him Out. 8. Feature Mr Liquidity showed much improvement with a third place finish. Oogah Chucka lost by a neck while running fifth in a blanket finish. Gano was off slowly and drifted in at the start while gaining some ground to get third place. Long shot: Everwood. 9. Snowbroad has run fourth and fifth during his first two career starts and should be ready to get down to racing. Fight Fire battled all the way and weakened slightly to lose second by 3/4 length. Kathysredhotspecial has been third the last three tries. Long shot: Border Town Rose. center_img Best bet: Feature Mr Liquidity (8). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Planners OK 247 houses in Agua Dulce

first_img“Because it’s just really good due to the water supply problems in the area.” There is only scattered development around the project site, mostly ranch-style homes on bigger lots than the project will have. The developer, B&C Land and Water, says the houses on its project could sell for $1million or more, and it expects many buyers to be horse riders. “It’s a very tranquil, very gorgeous setting for anyone to live (in),” said Dennis Bushore, project manager for B&C Land and Water. Open space will account for 73 percent of the project, including some large hills, Sackett said. AGUA DULCE – Rural Agua Dulce will become a little more developed after a vote Wednesday by the Regional Planning Commission allowing construction of 247 houses. The houses will be built on 2-acre lots, between Sierra Highway and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Sixty-eight homes were approved five years ago, so the total project will have 315 houses. The project will include a water reclamation plant and import water from a pipeline, so it will not deplete groundwater sources. “It’s a real benefit for the project, and it’s probably one of the reasons the commission voted unanimously for it,” said Jodie Sackett, a planner with the Department of Regional Planning. A slightly larger version of the project was approved in 1994, but that project was delayed because the developer was waiting for a reclamation plant to be built in the area as part of another project. Now, the developer has eliminated 24 lots from the project to build the tract’s own water reclamation plant, which will provide water for lawns and landscaping. Final approvals on the 908-acre project will take a year, and after that, homes will be built in stages to meet market demand, Bushore said. Agua Dulce Town Council member Don Henry said the community would prefer no growth in the area, but realizes that’s impossible. “I think people finally realize that it’s here, and they like the rural atmosphere,” he said. “And I think that’s why people move out here, is to get away from the city-size lots, and they like the horse theme that most of the community maintains.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253last_img read more

Boom and bust

first_imgThe city is interested because it leases office space there for $8.7 million a year. The lease is up in three years, and costs for renting out the space continue to go up. City Hall’s bungling on this deal is incomprehensible. Prices for Los Angeles real estate of all types have been on an upward trajectory for years, and the city staff keeps expanding despite that trend. Any reasonable person would think the city’s elected officials would have enough grip on reality that they could have put those facts together and saved $100 million. But why should they care? It’s not their money; it’s yours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CINDY Miscikowski was right. The former Westside L.A. City Councilwoman warned her colleagues three years ago that if they didn’t buy Figueroa Plaza for the $125 million asking price, they would pay dearly for hesitating. That’s exactly what has happened. Last week, the council authorized the city of Los Angeles to send a letter of interest in buying the downtown office complex for $219 million. last_img read more

Dawson Creek’s Jim Smolik reappointed Assistant Chief Commissioner of Canadian Grain Commission

first_img“Our Commissioners’ leadership has been instrumental in our Government’s recent actions to streamline and modernize the operations of the CGC,” he said. “In the years ahead, farmers will continue to rely on their expertise in strengthening Canada’s grain industry, at home and abroad.” Smolik was first appointed Assistant Commissioner in 2007, and has 35 years experience as a grain producer, primarily at his family’s 3,300 acre grain farm in Dawson Creek. He has been both President and Vice-President of the British Columbia Grain Producers Association during the 20 years he’s been a member, and has also served as President and Vice-President of Grain Growers of Canada.His reappointment will be for a three-year term, effective November 24, 2013.- Advertisement -The Canadian Grain Commission is based in Winnipeg, and is responsible for grain quality standards.last_img read more

Tourism business seminars just around the corner in October

first_imgThe Fort St. John Tourism Board has seminars through a partnership with DestinationBC –  which are aimed to help businesses manage their social media presences better for far away customers – at the Pomeroy Sport Centre in just two weeks.“Online reputation management has become a critical function for tourism businesses,” as the Tourism Board says. These seminars are aimed to help businesses in tourism manage social media, because it’s crucial forThe first seminar on October 5th covers the fundamentals, including:How social media has changed traveller behaviourManaging profiles on key review sites, including TripAdvisor, Google Business and YelpTools for monitoring reviews and social media mentionsUsing customer feedback to guide improvements to your businessBest practices in responding to online reviewsHow to generate positive reviews- Advertisement -The advanced seminar, on October 8th, will cover:Search, social media and content marketingBrand storytelling in text, photos and videoBuilding and engaging social media communities and advocatesManaging and preventing negative content, threats and crisesAnalyzing performance and measuring return on investmentTo inquire about vacancies, contact Sue Popesku with the Fort St. John Tourism Board at [email protected]last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP searching for stolen quads

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Police are investigating after a number of quads and a side-by-side were stolen this past Monday.Just after 1:10 p.m. on July 4th, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of the theft of a trailer and several ATV’s from a driveway in the 11000 block of 91st Avenue. Two Polaris ATV’s, one camouflage green and one yellow, along with an orange Polaris side-by-side UTV, and a black commercial Blazer trailer. The trailer’s license plate number was not provided. Commercial Trailer Blazer Model Black in colour (BCP Kf3MBG) VIN 5NHUBLV23AT425717. Photo by RCMP. Commercial Trailer Blazer Model Black in colour (BCP Kf3MBG) VIN 5NHUBLV23AT425717. Photo by RCMP. Stolen Polaris Quad Sport 500, green in colour VIN 4XAMH50A2DA061227 and Polaris Quad Sportsman 600 yellow in colour VIN 4XACH59A44A064581. Photo by RCMP Stolen Polaris Quad Sport 500, green in colour VIN 4XAMH50A2DA061227 and Polaris Quad Sportsman 600 yellow in colour VIN 4XACH59A44A064581. Photo by RCMP Stolen Polaris Side By Side with VIN 4XAVH76A6AD088481. Photo by RCMP Stolen Polaris Side By Side with VIN 4XAVH76A6AD088481. Photo by RCMP – Advertisement -If you see any of these items listed in these photos, please call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8140, call 911 if the matter is urgent, or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you wish to remain anonymous.last_img read more

Sofapaka rise to third after whipping Posta

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka striker Stephen Waruru celebrates his goal against Posta Rangers. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Sofapaka climbed to third on the Kenyan Premier League table after goals from Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani saw the Batoto ba Mungu overcome Posta Rangers 2-1 at the Machakos Stadium on Saturday.The result saw Sofapaka collect their second back-to-back win and ease pressure on Ugandan tactician Sam Ssimbwa, who last weekend slammed his players after losing 3-1 to Mathare United. This win for the 2009 KPL champions comes after they beat AFC Leopards 2-1 in mid-week catch up fixture.Waruru, signed from Ulinzi Stars at the beginning of the season netted the opener in the 42nd minute, after nodding home a Kevin Kimani set-piece to enable his side head to the break leading 1-0.Both sides rung changes in the second half and it’s Sofapaka who responded with Aswani doubling the lead in the 48th minute.However, Gerson Likono pulled one goal back in the 80th minute but Posta could not manage to salvage a point as Sofapaka held on to win the game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Messi stare World Cup exit after Croatia loss

first_imgThe Group D defeat means Argentina have just one point from two games, meaning they will probably have to beat Nigeria in their last game and hope other results go their way to avoid elimination.The result left Argentinian fans in tears inside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, while Diego Maradona watched from the stands in stunned disbelief.Croatia took the lead after a horrendous blunder by Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the 53rd minute, the stopper chipping a clearance straight to Rebic who lashed home a thunderous volley.Real Madrid star Modric then produced an electrifying 80th-minute goal before Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Rakitic completed the scoring after Croatia sliced apart Argentina’s hapless defence in injury time.The defeat leaves the Argentinians facing an ignominious repeat of their 2002 campaign when they also went out at the group stage after being tipped as possible World Cup winners.All the attention after the 3-0 defeat will focus on Argentina and Messi but it was also the result of a fine performance by Croatia.A curiously lifeless and uninspired Argentine display was capped off by Caballero’s mistake when he somehow managed to chip the ball just a few yards to Croatia’s Rebic, following a Gabriel Mercado backpass.Rebic volleyed home with aplomb but veteran Caballero will have nightmares for the rest of his days at his mistake — likely to feature in any list of worst goalkeeping blunders for some time.And throughout it all Messi, arguably the world’s best player, remained a peripheral and largely ponderous figure, briefly flashing to life on too few occasions.The 30-year-old’s dream of winning the World Cup now look remote.With all the pre-match attention on Messi it was his Real Madrid counterpart Luka Modric who provided the game’s true flashes of genius.The Croatian was the one player to find space and time in a bruising encounter and it was his moment of magic in the second half which settled the encounter.Picking the ball up some 25 yards outside the Argentina area, Modric had the option of at least two passes but chose to bide his time before planting a fantastic shot past a hapless Caballero.Rakitic added a third when the game was up for Argentina.They had only threatened briefly before then to equalise with Meza and Messi almost scrambling in a goal in the 64th minute.Beyond that Argentina looked largely clueless, and increasingly frustrated by Croatia.They could have taken the lead in the  first half but Enzo Perez missed pretty much an open goal from just 12 yards in the 30th minute.It was to be Argentina’s only shot of the half — and their best chance all evening.Croatia went when Mario Mandzukic headed inexplicably wide in the 33rd minute from just three yards.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, and Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic, left. Photo/APNIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 21 – Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina here Thursday.Second-half goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved victory as a poor Argentina were left on the brink of a humiliating first round exit.last_img read more

Weather Network predicts warmer than normal fall temperatures

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Weather Network is predicting temperatures will continue to trend higher than usual this fall season.Kelly Sonnenberg, Meteorologist with the Weather Network shares, temperatures through the next couple of months, are expected to overall trend warmer than average, noting it is important to keep in mind during the fall season daytime highs are steadily falling.To put this into perspective, Sonnenberg shares, September 20th the average daytime high is 14 degrees in Fort St. John and, on November 20th a daytime high is minus five which compare the temperatures on perspective and time of year.- Advertisement -Sonnenberg advises there can be interruptions to the patterns yet overall temperatures have generally trended a couple of degrees higher than seasonal temps and precipitation looks typical for this time of year.A sneak peek was provided for winter which, is forecasted to be a continuation of the pattern of the fall with warmer temperatures compared to across the country.last_img read more

Giroud issues warning to Arsenal’s Premier League title rivals

first_img1 Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring for Arsenal in the Community Shield Arsenal now have a squad that can last the distance in the title race, according to Olivier Giroud.The Gunners led the Premier League for much of last season but their challenge faded and they eventually finished fourth.However, having seen Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina arrive at the Emirates this summer, Giroud is confident that will not be the case this time around.The FA Cup winners showed they mean business by dispatching champions Manchester City 3-0 to win the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, and that was without their World Cup winning stars Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.“When our Germans join us, we will be stronger for sure and hopefully until May,” said Frenchman Giroud, who scored the goal of the game at Wembley and was named man of the match.“That [the championship] is the target. Last year we did well until March. We had a bad run after, but we really wanted to come back and be stronger than last year.”Giroud, 27, believes the arrival of Sanchez from Barcelona will add another attacking dimension to the Gunners’ already formidable frontline.“Like Mesut when he signed for Arsenal, it is always easy to play with these kind of players,” said Giroud.“I think he will maybe need some more games to adapt his game to the Premier League, but that is normal. He is a fantastic player, so I think he will [have] a great season.“He has different qualities to me, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell. He can bring his pace and his technique in the centre of the park and he is a great finisher.“We have a good quality squad and now the quantity, so that is why I think we will be stronger this year.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Parlour: Welbeck is not the answer to Arsenal’s striker woes

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Ray Parlour does NOT believe Danny Welbeck is the answer to Gunners’ striker woes.Arsene Wenger’s side are desperate to land another forward, following Olivier Grioud’s long-term injury.The north London side have been linked with the Manchester United striker, who is available on a season-long loan deal.But Parlour claims, while a improvement on youngster Yaya Sanogo, he’s unsure whether the England hitman is exactly what Arsenal needs.“That is the position where they are really struggling,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I thought Remy was the choice with his experience, the obvious choice.“Welbeck is a young player, he’s still learning, without a doubt he’s better than Sanogo, a player, but he blows hot and cold. You can see him have fantastic games, but he’s a little bit inconstant.”last_img read more

Charlton boosted as Arsenal midfielder agrees loan extension

first_img1 Charlton have extended Francis Coquelin’s loan deal after reaching an agreement with his parent club Arsenal.The French midfielder joined Bob Peeters’ Championship side at the start of November and has impressed in all three of his outings in an Addicks shirt so far.Despite having made 43 appearances for the Gunners since joining the north London club in 2008, Coquelin has failed to hold down a regular first-team spot in Arsene Wenger’s team.Charlton have extended Coquelin’s loan contract by one month and the 23-year-old will remain at the Valley until December 30th. Francis Coquelin [right] last_img read more

Ipswich hand veteran keeper Kenny short-term contract

first_img Paddy Kenny Ipswich have signed former Sheffield United, QPR and Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny on a four-month contract.Kenny, 36, left Bolton this week after failing to play a game during his spell with the Championship club.Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy acted quickly to clinch his signature as he needs cover for Dean Gerken, who is sidelined with a hip injury.Kenny will go straight into the squad for the league game against Brighton on Wednesday night. 1last_img

Mourinho wants Guardiola to get same treatment as rivals

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (C) celebrates after Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling scores his team’s second goal during their match against Southampton in Manchester, north west England, on November 29, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 2 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted he believes Pep Guardiola received preferential treatment in avoiding being sent to the stands on Wednesday.Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, ran onto the pitch to celebrate Raheem Sterling’s late winner as his team beat Southampton 2-1 to remain eight points clear of United at the top of the Premier League. He was then seen in animated conversation with Nathan Redmond after the final whistle, appearing to remonstrate with the Southampton winger.Redmond has since released a statement saying that Guardiola was “only very complimentary and positive” during the exchange, although the Football Association has asked the Spaniard to explain his actions.However, the fact that Guardiola received no punishment at the time for entering the field of play angered Mourinho, who was sent to the stands during his team’s 1-0 win at Southampton in September after stepping onto the pitch.Mourinho did not receive a touchline ban over the incident, but feels that he was punished unfairly.Asked if he was surprised that Guardiola was not sent to the stands, Mourinho said: “Surprised? No. Not surprised.”Pushed to elaborate, Mourinho indicated to journalists that he would get into trouble with the football authorities if he said what he actually thought.He said: “No. No. No. No. You are asking me one question, if I am surprised. I say I am not surprised.“The second question is nothing. It’s another one. I can’t answer to the second question.“You know, if you are my friends, don’t ask me the question, because you know I get into trouble, so no.”Mourinho, meanwhile, has defended striker Romelu Lukaku, suggesting that the Belgium international will soon rediscover his scoring form.– Criticism –Lukaku scored 11 goals in his first 10 appearances for United after joining from Everton in July, but has scored just once in 11 games for the club since.Mourinho suggested at the end of October that the striker was receiving unfair criticism from the club’s supporters.He said then that Lukaku should be untouchable because his all-round contribution on the pitch was so important.The manager has now indicated that he retains full confidence in the forward, who is set to face England in the World Cup in Russia next year after they were drawn in Belgium’s group.“He is going to score soon, no problem. He is going to score soon,” he added.“If it’s Saturday, Tuesday, next week, I don’t know but he is going to score soon. No problem at all. No problem at all.“For me the most important thing is teamwork and he is second to none in giving everything he has to the team.”Mourinho refused to comment when asked about the possibility of signing Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and who has been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford.The United manager, though, is not surprised that Ozil has got so close to the end of his Arsenal contract without agreeing another one.“That’s football,” he said. “There are other important players in Europe in other teams that they finish their contracts.“Sometimes players decide to go in this direction, which is the right that they have.“They gamble, because you know, imagine one of these players has a big knee injury, if one of these players has one of these injuries, probably next season, he is without a club.“Players have the right to do that and I don’t blame the clubs because the clubs, they try.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cavani, Neymar key as PSG rebound from Madrid gloom

first_imgStephane Bahoken pulled one back midway through the second half as Strasbourg threatened an unlikely comeback, but Cavani’s league-best 22nd and 23rd goals of the season ensured victory for Unai Emery’s team.“The victory was important after the match on Wednesday. We win all our home matches,” said Emery, whose side last dropped points at the Parc des Princes in May.“We have to show we can maintain this level of play against bigger teams, without meaning any disrespect to Strasbourg.”He added: “We spoke about (the Madrid defeat) in the dressing room. Of course they remember the match from Wednesday. That’s normal so it’s important to speak about positive things. We feel very strong at the Parc.”Captain Thiago Silva and Di Maria were recalled after Emery faced criticism for dropping them for the 3-1 loss in Madrid, and the coach was whistled by a section of home supporters unhappy with the Spaniard’s decisions in midweek.Neymar was largely overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain on Wednesday, but the Brazilian could have struck within 90 seconds in Paris when he was denied the legs of Strasbourg goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja.The visitors, who inflicted PSG’s first defeat of the season in early December, sprang another surprise by grabbing the lead on six minutes following a clinical counter-attack.Neymar was guilty of overplaying and lost possession allowing Strasbourg to break with great effect, the move finishing off with Aholou steering home a precise first-time finish from Kenny Lala’s cross.PSG responded quickly though as an intended pass through from Neymar was diverted straight into the path of Draxler who swept low into the far corner for his first league goal in over three months.– Quick-fire strikes –The hosts promptly surged ahead as Neymar, picked out lurking on the far side of the box by Giovani Lo Celso, exhibited terrific composure and a deft touch to eliminate two defenders and tap home after his initial effort was kept out by Oukidja.Neymar has scored 19 league goals in 18 games for PSG this season © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTA dreadful lapse of concentration from Pablo Martinez then allowed Di Maria to pinch the ball from the centre-back within seconds of the restart and drill beyond Oukidja for PSG’s third.Oukidja shovelled away a powerful Cavani header and Di Maria fluffed a glorious chance to extend the lead after Dani Alves had squared for the Argentine, but Bahoken gave Strasbourg a lifeline as he guided home from the edge of the box on 67 minutes.However, Cavani allayed fears of another late PSG collapse with a clever chipped finish over the advancing Oukidja, and the Uruguayan struck again 11 minutes from time after latching on to an assist from Neymar.Elsewhere, Saint-Etienne secured a third win in four outings with a 1-0 victory at Angers, Montpellier climbed to fifth after a 1-1 home draw with Guingamp, and Troyes moved out the relegation zone thanks to a 1-0 win over Metz.Diafra Sakho netted his first league goals for Rennes following his January move from West Ham in a 2-2 draw away to Caen, with the hosts left to rue a pair of missed penalties.Defending champions Monaco eased to a 4-0 home win over Dijon on Friday as Pietro Pellegri eclipsed Kylian Mbappe to become the youngest player in the club’s history.The win, which saw Pellegri — at 16 years, 10 months and 30 days — beat Mbappe’s previous record set in December 2015, kept second-placed Monaco 12 points behind PSG.Lyon will look to arrest a three-match losing streak away to Lille on Sunday, while third-placed Marseille can return to within a point of Monaco if they beat a resurgent Bordeaux at the Velodrome.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edinson Cavani is looking to beat his return of 35 league goals from last season © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 17 – Edinson Cavani struck twice as Paris Saint-Germain beat Strasbourg 5-2 on Saturday to relieve some of the pressure on the runaway Ligue 1 leaders following their Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.Strasbourg struck early through Jean Eudes Aholou, but PSG hit back courtesy of a Julian Draxler effort before two goals in as many minutes from Neymar and Angel Di Maria put the home side in control.last_img read more

Croatia to consult Rakitic for advice on thwarting Messi

first_imgMessi missed a penalty and endured a frustrating afternoon overall, with Iceland managing to neutralise him through an outstanding collective effort.Croatia, who top Group D after beating Nigeria, will now look to do the same and they have a headstart in Rakitic, who has spent the last four years with Messi at Barcelona.“Of course, Rakitic will be my assistant for the next three days and we will certainly look for some advice on how to stop Messi,” Dalic said.“I always ask my players about such things, about anything and everything, I love communicating and accepting every tip I can get.“He likes it too, Ivan will tell me, I will use all the information I can, and Luka (Modric) and (Mateo) Kovacic will also help. They play against him (for Real Madrid) as well.”This could be Messi’s last World Cup and even if he does play in Qatar in 2022, he will be 34 and likely past his peak.It means time is running out for one of the game’s greatest ever players to add a World Cup to his collection but Dalic said he would not feel guilty if Argentina were knocked out.“No not at all,” Dalic said with a smile. “After all this could be my last World Cup too.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatian Ivan Rakitic will be asked for advice on how to thwart his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi ahead of the clash with Argentina © AFP / LLUIS GENESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Lionel Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic will be asked for all the tips he has on how to stop the striker, Croatia’s coach Zlatko Dalic admitted on Sunday.Croatia face Argentina in Novgorod on Thursday and could put their opponents on the brink of an early exit after the South Americans were held to a draw by Iceland in their opening game.last_img read more

Cavani unlikely to face France in quarter-final

first_imgAfter tests on Monday, doctors confirmed the Paris Saint-Germain star had suffered bruising to his left calf, although he had not torn a muscle.With the 31-year-old Cavani set to be sidelined, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez will likely play Cristhian Stuani up front alongside Luis Suarez for the two-time world champions.Girona forward Stuani replaced Cavani, after the latter had scored both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory against Portugal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cavani scored a brilliant double as Uruguay downed Portugal © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUNIZHNIY, Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jul 4 – Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is likely to miss his side’s World Cup quarter-final against France on Friday after suffering a calf injury in the last-16 win over Portugal.The Uruguayan Football Association (UFA) posted photos of Wednesday’s training session on social media, with Cavani a notable absentee.last_img read more

Starlets, Ghana draw in Nations Cup warm up

first_img0Shares0000Harambee StarsNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 – The national women’s football team Harambee Starlets warmed up for the upcoming 2018 Africa Cup of Nations (AWOCON) with a 1-1 draw against visitors Ghana’s Black Queens at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.The Black Queens rallied from a goal down to share spoils as both teams get ready for the continental showdown. Mercy Achieng had given the Starlets a 15th-minute lead when she tapped in a low cross by Mwanahalima Adam after a swift counter-attack.The Black Queens would, however, get back in the game, and deservedly got an equalizer after Linda Eshun sent a low shot into the left corner from a well-executed set piece.Ghana had a chance late on to nick a win but were denied by the crossbar with the hosts holding on for a draw.The match was a buildup to the upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations, set to be held in Ghana between November 18, and December 1, 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Warda opens fresh #MeToo debate in Egypt

first_img0Shares0000The suspension and reinstatement of Egypt player Amr Warda has sparked a national debate about sexual harassment © AFP/FileCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 30 – After getting kicked off the national squad, Egyptian footballer Amr Warda, accused of rampant sexual harassment, has been reinstated for the African Cup of Nations amid a heated debate about women’s rights.In a scandal that emerged online last week, social media became the vehicle for driving the vexing issue which has taken on more prominence in the #MeToo era. The midfielder was sidelined by the Egyptian football federation last week but in a stunning reversal, that took less than 48 hours, he was on the pitch Saturday with a beaming smile and waving a peace victory sign.Multiple women had posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments, as well as explicit videos attributed to the player.A day after the initial ban last Wednesday, Warda apologised publicly to his family and teammates in a brief, 16-second Facebook video, but pointedly did not mention his victims.Egypt, the most populous Arab country, continues to be one of the worst offenders for sexual harassment. Reactions have ranged from the pious to the political, with many celebrities coming out to defend Warda and others pointing out his lurid history of sexual misconduct.A 2013 United Nations survey noted that 99 percent of all women in Egypt have been sexually abused, either physically or verbally.– ‘Socially devastating’ –Several of the national team’s players, including star player Mohamed Salah, called on the EFA to reinstate Warda in the team’s lineup in the wake of the scandal. The association, riddled with many administrative issues, duly responded with a statement on Friday confirming that his return comes “amid a spirit of solidarity… to delight the fans on the field”.Warda was “punished for his personal conduct in the first round of the competition,” EFA spokesman Osama Ismail explained to AFP.He pointed the finger at social media for highlighting Warda’s previous indiscretions.“Whose interests are being served that the video is making the rounds if the facts are old or the clip has been doctored?” he said.In 2017, Portuguese club CD Feirense terminated Warda’s contract over claims that he sexually harassed the wives of two of his team-mates.His tenure lasted only three days and he was transferred to Greek club PAOK. He now plays for another Greek club, Atromitos.Tarek Talaat, a sport s journalist with local football site Yalla Kora, said the EFA’s decision had been weak.“It’s the players’ right to support Amr Warda but the association should have been stronger and not reneged on the ethical decision it took,” he told AFP.He believes that the long-term consequence of this decision for football development, especially for boys in Egypt, will be “socially devastating” because they will entrench regressive attitudes towards women.– ‘Getting away with harassment’ –One of the most popular Twitter hashtags in the wake of Salah and others defending the midfielder was “National team of sexual harassers”.Salah faced a backlash from many users after saying Warda deserved a “second chance” and that “shunning is not the answer”.Many of Salah’s fans noted his hypocritical line of argument. In an April interview with Time magazine, he vehemently defended women’s rights in the region.Azza Soliman, a prominent women’s right advocate and lawyer, expressed her shock at the players defence of Warda. Ahmed El Mohamedi, the team captain, raised two fingers in the air in support of Warda, who wears the number 22 jersey, in the Pharoahs’ last match against DR Congo.“This crystallises how (Egyptian) society at large and the regime deal with cases of sexual harassment and their attitude to women,” the award-winning human rights veteran told AFP.“He is not being seen as a criminal. This case shows that a harasser can get away with it,” she added.She criticised how authorities have remained silent on the matter and that Warda was not being charged, even though sexual harassment is a criminal offence in Egyptian law.Egypt were facing Uganda on Sunday, but Warda is not expected to play again until the knockout stage that starts next week.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Not a day to labor away

first_imgIn the morning … 7 a.m. to noon: Head over to the annual Labor Day Breakfast offered by San Pedro United Methodist Church, 580 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Cost: $5 for adults; $2.50 for children. After breakfast … 10 a.m. and noon: Check out the 28th annual Labor Day Parade, Rally and Picnic featuring speakers, music and hot dogs. The march starts at 10 a.m. at Broad Avenue and E Street, Wilmington. The rally begins at noon at Banning Park. Afternoon fun … 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: It’s the last day of Fiesta Hermosa, which means the last day to get your fill of the vendors, music, food, carnival, beer and wine garden, and pony rides. It’s held at Hermosa and Pier avenues in Hermosa Beach; shuttles run throughout the day. Go to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Prosecutor urges jury to convict Spector of murder

first_imgBut the defense lost a bid to strike Jackson’s opening volley, in which he asked jurors to become witnesses for Clarkson, following her into the parking lot where she left the House of Blues nightclub with Spector and reluctantly agreed to go home with him in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 3, 2003.“If you could say but one thing to Lana Clarkson in that parking lot, what would you say?” Jackson asked.“You’d lean over and you’d whisper, ‘Don’t go. Don’t go.’ You’d simply say, ‘Lana, don’t go,’” Jackson said.“The reason that you would say that is because you know something she didn’t know,” he continued. “You know the real Phil Spector. … You know in your heart of hearts he is responsible for her death. He killed her.”Jackson also suggested that Clarkson went home with Spector because she was seeking a break in her acting career and had been told by a House of Blues employee to consider him “golden.”Defense lawyers complained that Jackson had improperly asked the jurors to become advocates for Clarkson, rather than impartial observers of the facts. The judge disagreed and allowed the comments to stand.The judge has ruled that the jury will decide only whether Spector is guilty or not of second-degree murder, and cannot consider lesser offenses such as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.The penalty for second-degree murder is 15 years to life in prison. A convict has to serve 85 percent of the base term before becoming eligible for a parole hearing.The prosecutor replayed for the jury an audio tape of a 9-1-1 call from Spector’s chauffeur reporting that his boss had killed somebody. And he highlighted driver Adriano De Souza’s testimony that Spector came out the house with a gun in his hand after a gunshot was heard.“He said Phil Spector, seconds after the gunshot, literally had the smoking gun in his hand, in his right hand, across his waist,” Jackson said. “He literally had Lana Clarkson’s blood on his hand. He looked Adriano De Souza right in the face, they were standing four to six feet apart … and Phil Spector looks at him and says, ‘I think I killed somebody.’”Jackson reserved his harshest words for a witness who said she was Clarkson’s best friend and testified that Clarkson was depressed over a fading career in her last days.The woman, known as Punkin Pie Laughlin, was ridiculed by Jackson for everything from the way she dressed to her name. He said she changed her initial account that Clarkson was not noticeably depressed.Jackson said the witness “without question has chased the limelight from the day Lana Clarkson died.” He also suggested that Laughlin coached another witness to say that Clarkson was depressed.Spector was famed for his “Wall of Sound” recording technique, which made him a leading producer of rock music in the 1960s and ’70s. Clarkson appeared in the 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A prosecutor accused Phil Spector’s defense team Wednesday of using the music producer’s money to “buy” scientific opinions, calling witnesses who sought the limelight and dragging the reputation of the dead Lana Clarkson through the mud. “Lana Clarkson through the evidence in this case has suffered and endured something that no human being should have to endure — she’s been murdered twice,” Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said in his closing argument to a jury that has heard five months of testimony.“She was murdered once on Feb. 3, 2003, by Phillip Spector when he put a gun in her mouth and that gun went off,” he said. “And her character has been assassinated over the last four months through the presentation of the defense evidence, attempting to paint her in a way that simply isn’t true.”Spector, 67, is accused of second-degree murder in the death of the 40-year-old Clarkson. The defense claims she was depressed and shot herself. The jury is expected to get the case Friday after both sides conclude arguments. The prosecutor said Spector’s team presented “a checkbook defense.”“If you pay someone enough money you can get them to wear a tutu in court. You can get them to say just about anything in court,” he said.Jackson analogized it to Spector leaving huge tips for waitresses on the night he met Clarkson, an actress working as a nightclub hostess, and taking her to his hilltop Alhambra castle, where she was fatally shot.When jurors left court for lunch, defense attorneys complained that Jackson had gone over the line with accusations that suggested Spector’s attorneys told witnesses what to say.Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler agreed that was improper and said he would instruct jurors on the point.last_img read more

Mayor blind to disasters under Boks

first_imgEARLIER this month, two years after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed me as a commissioner on the board of Los Angeles Animal Services, I gave him my resignation. I had no other recourse than to leave this volunteer position because Jimmy Blackman, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff, pressured me to “be quiet” (or else) about serious problems at LAAS and its animal shelters. To preserve my integrity and my pledge to help animals, I proactively chose the “or else” option. Villaraigosa denies such intimidation and publicly dismissed my well-supported concerns with the same disregard he has treated his first two years in office. The public controversy over LAAS was heightened on Aug. 21, when the mayor issued an unexpected press release, boldly proclaiming, “Mayor Villaraigosa announces animal services as number-one public animal adoption agency in U.S.” LAAS not only isn’t the top animal-adoption agency in the U.S., but it is not even “No. 1” in Los Angeles County. Instead of going through the proper channels, Boks circumvented the LAAS Commission on which I sat, the Personnel Department, the employees union, the City Attorney’s Office and even the City Council itself, which railed against Boks and ultimately put the idea on a back burner. There are dozens of other examples I could cite here, such as the still-unopened spay/neuter clinics paid for by taxpayers via Proposition F; claiming a “no-kill month” in March while actually killing more than 600 animals; the lack of foreign-language outreach to the communities that need it the most; the nearly 100 shelter-job openings that remain unfilled as of today; and his ill-advised use of the city’s Web site to promote a bikini contest at Hooters. Or the spray-painted elephant “art” exhibit that Boks permitted, for which he later had to publicly apologize. I presented to Blackman a list of Boks’ incidents compiled by a group of concerned citizens. The list was 10 pages long. He dismissively flipped the pages and said that he was aware of the issues but didn’t care. Blackman’s disregard for the list was echoed by Commission President Tariq Khero. Blackman did not even keep the list. Without reading it, he would not know if he was indeed aware of every issue it addressed. This is the deputy chief of staff to Villaraigosa, a paid city employee who is supposed to help the mayor better serve our city. If I had one last chance to speak with Villaraigosa, I would quote the Ed Boks-like character in “The Music Man”: “Either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated.” Marie Atake is a former L.A. Animal Services commissioner and founder of Forte Animal Rescue, local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After KABC’s (Channel 7) “Eyewitness News” featured a story on my resignation last week, in which three other city officials echoed my concerns, Ed Boks, the controversial LAAS general manager hired by Villaraigosa in 2005, suddenly changed that claim to “fifth in the nation,” which is also questionable. Such a sudden shift speaks volumes not just about the mayor, but about Boks himself. Boks came to L.A. after New York City unanimously denied him a contract renewal after just two years there. On Feb. 19, New York Magazine looked back on Boks’ brief New York stint, writing, “So what happened? Animal workers unanimously point to former Animal Care and Control Director Ed Boks, who served from 2003 to 2005. One alliance member snipes, `Boks’ programs had catchy names, but they had no substance and weren’t sustainable.”‘ Had Blackman done his homework on Boks for the mayor, he would have anticipated the sleight of hand that Boks might bring to Los Angeles. For instance, on Aug. 31, 2002, Boks misrepresented his credentials in an article in The Arizona Republic, claiming he “worked his way through … Wayne State University.” The school says he dropped out. Most recently, Boks tried to sell the L.A. City Council on an innovative plan created by a rescuer to start a program that would put parolees to work helping to train pit bulls. Not dangerous parolees or pit bulls, mind you; just the ones with great potential. last_img

GOP plan: End war in Bush’s last days

first_imgThe Democrats on Friday deemed the legislation a nonstarter and underscored the difficulty Congress has in striking a bipartisan compromise on the war. What attracts Democrats has repelled Republicans and vice versa, making it impossible so far to find a middle ground. “I don’t support it at all,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “It doesn’t do anything.” The proposal, by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, would require that Bush change the mission of U.S. troops from combat to primarily support roles, such as training Iraqi security forces and protecting U.S. infrastructure in Iraq. His legislation would set a goal of completing such a mission transition within 15 months. If enacted immediately, that timeline would not kick in until Bush’s last couple of weeks in office. “That’s very courageous,” Reid quipped when a reporter asked him Friday about the proposal. Co-sponsors of the bill include Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Of the sponsors, only Voinovich is not up for re-election in 2008. In response to Reid’s rejection, a Voinovich spokesman said the senator “will continue to work for a bipartisan, nonpolitical compromise so our nation finally speaks with one voice.” Likewise, Alexander said the country is ready for a consensus on the war. “It is inexcusable for the Senate to keep lecturing Baghdad about being in a political stalemate when we continue to be stuck in our own political stalemate on Iraq,” he said in an e-mailed statement Friday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IRAQ: Republican senators think proposal could unite party, but Democrats aren’t biting. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A small group of Republicans facing election fights next year have rallied around war legislation they think could unite the GOP: Call for an end to U.S. combat in Iraq, but wait until President Bush is almost out of office. last_img read more

Finding her passion

first_imgThe book runs more than 300 pages, but its chapters are short and written in simple language directed at teenage readers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Ben Nuckols THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Jenna Bush looked poised as she stepped to the podium, but she couldn’t quite hide the butterflies as she stood before an eager bookstore crowd Saturday to introduce her new book, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope. “This is my first day, so I’m a little nervous,” the 25-year-old daughter of President Bush admitted. Her face lit up, though, as soon as she started talking about the subject of her nonfiction narrative – a teenage mother with HIV whom she met during an internship with UNICEF in Latin America. “Ana changed my life. She’s only 17 years old, but she’s lived the life of somebody so much older,” Bush said. “Despite her hardships, Ana is so much like the teenagers here in the United States. She reminds me of myself at that age.” Bush embarks this weekend on a two-month national book tour. While her sister, Barbara, maintains a low profile, Jenna has begun to reveal her devotion to education and helping the underprivileged. She said she never had a reason to interact with the media until she had something important to say. “I didn’t have something that I was passionate about,” she said. last_img read more

File-sharing case will be 1st to go before jury

first_img“If someone’s willing to pay a lawyer rather than pay to make it go away, that says a lot,” he said. Thomas is at risk for a judgment of more than $1.2 million. The recording association is seeking damages set under federal law of $750 to $30,000 for each copyright violation. “We repeatedly offer out-of-court settlements far less than what the law allows,” Lamy said. The lawsuits aim to “communicate that there are consequences for breaking the law and encourage fans to turn to legal online services.” Jury selection starts today in Duluth, Minn., and opening statements are expected the same day. Virgin, Capitol and Warner Bros. are among the record companies suing Thomas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Brainerd, Minn., resident is accused of illegally sharing 1,702 songs for free on a file-sharing network. Her trial offers the first chance for both sides in the debate over online music sharing to show a jury its version of the facts. Thomas is accused of violating the song owners’ copyrights. Her lawyer says the record companies haven’t even proved she shared the songs. Most of the 26,000 people the record industry group has sued have settled by paying a few thousand dollars. “We think that speaks to the clarity of the law here,” said Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America. But lawyers for the defendants say they’ve settled because trials cost tens of thousands of dollars. Thomas’ lawyer, Brian Toder, said she was determined to fight. He declined to make her available for an interview. By Joshua Freed THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MINNEAPOLIS – A group of record companies says Jammie Thomas illegally shared music as varied as Enya and Swedish death metal online. Today, she will become the first of 26,000 people sued by the recording industry to take the case to trial. last_img read more

Forget Gerrard – Referee sends off FOUR players at once in Brazil!

first_img1 Steven Gerrard’s red card dominated the news agenda on Sunday, as the Liverpool captain was sent-off 45 seconds after coming on during the Merseysiders’ defeat to Manchester United, but it wasn’t the most shocking dismissal of the weekend.That award goes to the clash in Brazil between Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, as referee Joao Batista de Arruda sent off FOUR players at once during the fiesty encounter.The decision didn’t seem to have much bearing on the score as Flamengo ran out 2-1 winners.See the incredible dismissal below and for a little context around the incident take a look at the video. Referee dismisses FOUR players in Brazil last_img read more

Aston Villa boss Sherwood confident Guzan will bounce back from Man City horror show

first_img Brad Guzan in action for Aston Villa 1 Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is confident goalkeeper Brad Guzan will bounce back from his horror-show at Manchester City on Saturday.The keeper’s howler allowed Sergio Aguero to snatch the opener in the 3-2 defeat but the new manager insists his No1 has the character to finish the season strongly.“Brad knows he’s just got to bounce back. I am confident he will,” Sherwood said.“It won’t be his first mistake and it won’t his last. That’s the nature of the game for a goalkeeper. You just have to get on with it.“You need to have that character to bounce back. It’s not about how many mistakes he makes, it’s how he reacts.“He’s a good character and I know the boys aren’t pointing any fingers at him. He’s made a mistake. No-one is putting blame on him.“These things happen. Unfortunately for goalkeepers there’s no hiding place. What can you say? Brad knows he’s made a mistake. But he’s a good character and he’ll get over it.”last_img read more

West Ham close to landing Chelsea striker in shock deal – reports

first_img Loic Remy West Ham have been given permission by Chelsea to open talks with Loic Remy, according to reports in France.The striker moved to Stamford Bridge from QPR last summer, arriving for a fee of £10.5m after the Blues activated his release-clause.However, the Frenchman often found himself on the bench during his first season at Chelsea and he is reportedly ready to move on.Clubs in France have shown an interest but, according to RMC, West Ham are now leading the race.The Hammers have been given permission by Chelsea to discuss personal terms with Remy and to see if he would be interested in a move to Upton Park.If the 28-year-old gives the green light, the two clubs will then work on a deal – which could be a loan or permanent transfer. 1last_img read more

Expert view on Roberto Firmino: Versatile Brazil star can succeed at Liverpool

first_imgIn Roberto Firmino, Liverpool have landed a versatile attacker who can perform a number of roles at Anfield and has the potential to succeed despite a big transfer fee, talkSPORT have been told.The Reds have landed the Hoffenheim star for a £29million fee as they look to improve their squad following a difficult last campaign.And South American football expert Tim Vickery feels he can be a success on Merseyside.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “[In Brazil] we’ve only really got to know him since he was called up in November. He was an unknown to the Brazilian public until then – he’s made his career abroad.“He’s only played nine times for Brazil, five times as a substitute, but I like him a lot.“I know people will bring up the open goal he missed against Colombia, when he put a sitter over the bar but he’s scored four times in nine games, which is a pretty good rate of return, and he’s shown a lot of versatility.He can bang them in from 30 yards but he’s also very mobile. He can drop off and combine, his movement is quick and intelligent but it is a lot of money.“He’s adapted very well to Germany, so why not to Liverpool. It’s a lot of money and the pressure is on him, let’s find out how he does.”And asked whether Firmino will able to dovetail with current Red star Philippe Coutinho, Vickery is fairly confident he can.He added: “I can’t see any reason why they can’t play together, especially if Brendan Rodgers is thinking of a false nine type of situation.”last_img read more

Man United’s No.1 target is open to move, talkSPORT told

first_imgManchester United’s No.1 transfer target Thomas Muller is open to a move to the Premier League giants, according to Guardian journalist Jamie Jackson.The Bundesliga star has been linked with a €100m move to the Red Devils this summer, as Louis van Gaal looks to improve his strike department following the departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.But the reporter claims, while the player may be keen on a move, it’s unlikely Bayern Munich will sell the World Cup winner.“The one Louis van Gaal really wants is Thomas Muller,” Jackson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“(Bayern Munich chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he won’t sell another star, after Bastian Schweinsteiger joined United, because it’s a bit difficult politically.“Muller is open to the move though, so you never know in football.”last_img read more