Sports Briefs

first_imgReport: Sammy still West Indies T20 captain PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies selectors have retained T20 captain Darren Sammy for the upcoming International Cricket Council World T20 tournament, according to reports in the Trinidad and Tobago media. The reports come amid speculation that selectors may have replaced Sammy with ODI captain Jason Holder for the premier tournament scheduled for India in March. The Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that selectors opted for experience going into the T20 World Cup but the report contained no official confirmation from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Sammy, an all-rounder from St. Lucia, has presided over West Indies rise to number one in the ICC rankings. He led the team that won the title in 2012 in Sri Lanka and reached the semi-finals in 2014 in Bangladesh. Bravo happy with role in Red Force title win PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies middle order batsman Darren Bravo says he is pleased with the role he played that inspired Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to retain their NAGICO Super50 title on Saturday. Bravo missed his century on three occasions, but his prolific batting propelled Red Force into the finals where they dominated Barbados Pride with a one-sided 72 run win to remain champions. “It’s a good feeling. Obviously, when you contribute to a winning cause, it’s always a good feeling. And I’m always happy about that,” said Bravo, who returned to Red Force’s lineup towards the end of the competition after the West Indies tour of Australia. “It’s just a matter of continuing believing in myself. At the end of the day, I put in a lot of work so it’s always good to know that whenever you go out there, and you get that opportunity, it’s good to know that you’re reaping the rewards”. Coach hails Grenada’s new stadium ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Former American track athlete and now Coach to Kirani James, Harvey Glance, has described Grenada’s new Chinese built athletic and football stadium as ‘mind blowing’. The US$40 million stadium, with a seating capacity of nearly 8,000, was declared open amid much pomp and pageantry in an official ceremony carried live on national television on Saturday. The new facility replaces the original athletics stadium which was destroyed when Hurricane Ivan ravaged the country in 2004. “This is my first time seeing the stadium in its full capacity not only crowd wise but also building wise because I came down to recruit Kirani when he was 16 and a half years old and the stadium had been hit by the hurricane,” said Glance. “So I am truly, truly impressed with what the Chinese people have done”. Glance attended the opening alongside James who was invited to perform the ceremonial lighting of the torch.last_img

Read More

January 20, 2020 | by

Last D-League semis slot at stake

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But even if the Rhum Masters blew their first try, Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson thinks his team just got pumped up in their bid for the last semifinal berth.The winner in the 4 p.m. knockout duel at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City will go up against No. 2 Cignal HD in the best-of-three semifinals.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’Flying V, the unbeaten top seed, will tangle with Centro Escolar University in the otherFinal Four pairing.“Do-or-die games excite us,” said Chongson. “We would’ve wanted to go the easy way out, but it is what is.” 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marinerong Pilipino thinks it has a strong shot at completing an upset of Tanduay in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.“Our goal from the start is to just make it to the semis and we’ll figure it out,” said Skippers coach Koy Banal. “And with the way we’re playing, the boys are willing to give their all, showing it through their actions and not by words.”ADVERTISEMENT Pablo proves she’s all worth it Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Tanduay holds a twice-to-beat advantage, so they get another shot even after bowing to Marinero, 74-72, last Thursday.“Our opponents were able to prove that in spite of being newcomers, they’re no pushovers,” said Chongson. “So we’ll have to show them more respect.”“We’re just as good as our last game,” said Banal. “We may be in a momentum, but Tanduay is a different kind of animal.” —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Filipinos 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img

Read More

January 19, 2020 | by

Songhai Trainees Nudged towards Entrepreneurship

first_imgThe Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has urged 100 agriculture trainees to set their future ambitions on becoming entrepreneurs.Mr. Antonio Vigilante spoke recently at a program held in Bentol City to acquaint him with successes and challenges at Center Songhai Liberia Initiative (CSLI).Vigilante said that CSLI would not be sustainable if it does not partner with the private sector and remains independent, pointing out that even long term support from government and partners cannot generate what is necessary for CSLI’s to be sustainable.“The private sector must be seen as the critical arm to bring greater benefits to agri-business at CSLI,” Mr. Vigilante asserted.He reminded the trainees that the future is in their hands because the agri-business knowhow and technical skills being acquired will make them successful entrepreneurs.“Make use of the professional skills today at the CSLI and I believe tomorrow you can transform yourselves for sustainable livelihoods,” Mr. Vigilante told the trainees.As stakeholders in Liberia’s overall development, Mr. Vigilante said support partners must make available microfinance the prime indicator of microloans to entrepreneurs in Liberia.Mr. Vigilante noted that Liberia depends heavily on the export of rubber and iron ore, the prices of which have declined on the world market.“Our approach at the moment is to attach entrepreneurship to institutions that continue to expand to other parts of the country,” Mr. Vigilante said.“I wish that some of you will become successful entrepreneurs in tomorrow’s Liberia and don’t forget that everyone will not become rich, super rich, but some of you will excel at certain appreciable levels in most of your business endeavors,” he added.Earlier, CSLI Program Director Christopher K. Fayia made a power point presentation outlining some of the success stories of training programs from a few years ago.He disclosed that past trainees continue to make some impact in small business enterprises in their various communities in the country.Mr. Fayia also indicated that CSLI covers a land area of 1,500 acres while Bonzu, the community where the center conducts its agric-business training courses in Bentol City, comprises 28 villages.He said that CSLI’s objectives include making the rural sector competitive and profitable so that agriculture endeavors can be transformed into businesses for young people.He further explained that the trainers at the CSLI are themselves entrepreneurs who impact the trainees as a result. Fayia disclosed that the current training program at CSLI runs for 18 months after which the trainees return to their communities to practice what they learned at the center. He said the CSLI needs funding to ensure continuity of the training program. “We need vehicles to convey trainees, commodities, staff on farm visits and other activities in various parts of Montserrado County,” Director Fayia notedShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Read More

January 14, 2020 | by

In Margibi County, Students Abandon Classes for ‘Bush School’

first_imgMargibi County Chief Education Officer, Andrew Jlay.The Daily Observer has reliably learned that students in Margibi Country are abandoning school, specifically the Gborfelelah Public school, to join the traditional school (Poro and Sande societies).The Poro is a traditional secret society (Bush school), widely practiced in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast and introduced by the Mande people. It is sometimes referred to as a hunting society, and only males are admitted to its ranks. The female counterpart of the Poro society is the Sande society, but initiates girls into adulthood by rituals, including female genital mutilation (FGM). Proponents of FGM profess its power to confer fertility, to instill notions of morality and proper sexual comportment, and to maintain an interest in the well-being of its members throughout their lives.As a result of the situation in Margibi County, classes are reportedly left empty because students are leaving on a daily basis, given the high presence of the traditional schools in the area.The Gborfelelah Elementary Public School, which is located along the Kakata–Weala Highway, was built by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) in 2010, following an appeal from the locals.The town is surrounded by both traditional schools (Poro and Sande). As a result, students from the only government-run school in the area are following their colleagues who had earlier abandoned classes in order to join the societies during school hours.It can be recalled that during the administration of formal President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a policy was crafted through the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA), disallowing Poro and Sande activities during academic semesters, but the policy seems to be going unheeded.Another school that is also affected by the exodus of students,  according to the report, is the Kplawein Public School located in Gibi District, upper Margibi County.The school was built with funding from the World Bank Education Project in 2009. Located deep in a forested area, it is normally invaded by members of the traditional schools, who are in pursuit of non-members, thus causing the disruption of normal academic activities.The situation has led to a drop in the number of student’s enrollment at the only public school in Gborflelelah Town as the tradition runs parallel to formal schools.With such development, the Vice Principal of the school George Binda, said the enrollment of about 500 students from the beginning of the school year has reduced to 150 regular students.“The situation has led to the point where, whenever a student learns of his or her fellow school-mate being initiated, he or she leaves school during normal classes to join the society, a situation that is very worrisome,” Mr. Binda informed the county’s Liberia News Agency (LINA) correspondent Richard Baysah.“At the moment, we cannot do anything as we are all aware that people place premium on traditional practices, specifically in rural areas, and if one tries to talk too much, it becomes an issue in the local setting. The formal education of our children matters a whole lot, and if some measures are not taken to ensure that students are kept in class, we might be heading for a very serious problem,” Mr. Binda said.Margibi County Chief Education Officer Andrew Jlay has meanwhile promised to investigate the report.LINA correspondent contributed to this storyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Read More

January 14, 2020 | by

Region 5 residents block roads

first_imgFlooded communities… as protests action launched for Govt assistanceBy Shemuel FanfairThe weeks-long flood situation in many areas in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica) appears to be volatile as over 200 angry residents took drastic measures to highlight their plight. Residents of Number 30 Village, Trafalgar and Union were first to vent their frustrations over the flood crisis.According to reports, on Monday residents gathered at a section of Number 30 Village, and with the use of trailers, blocked a major access road, which caused a 45-minute traffic delay.Guyana Times was told that the residents and farmers are especially angry since their area has been once again flooded, mere days after the water had receded.The Guyana Police Force had to be summoned to prevent the situation from further escalating. This publication also learnt that Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal and theMahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) General Manager Aubrey Charles had to rush to the area and explain to the angry crowd what measures were being implemented to alleviate the flooding.This newspaper understands that this contributed to the restoration of order in the area. However, later in the day, Police were once again summoned as the situation flared, but this time in Bush Lot, where the road was also blocked. Police removed the encumbrance. Guyana Times was previously told that several clogged drains and weeds were contributing to the flooding there.The Regional Administration had called on the MMA to clear those drains to bring relief to the area. Attempts on Monday to garner a comment from the MMA general manager proved futile.Earlier on Monday, Guyana Times had received reports of major flooding in Lovely Lass, one of the areas where the flooding had decreased. One farmer said that his entire pasture was inundated, which is threatening his livestock.Meanwhile, this newspaper was told that many persons in the flooded communities, especially farmers, are demanding that they receive compensation to help them to get back on their feet.It was only recently that this newspaper reported that in Union and Lovely Lass, most of the water had receded while it was pointed out that the Mahaicony riverine communities remained inundated. However, recent heavy rains have caused a return of flooding.There have also been media reports of vandalism to some of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) water pumps.It was on Saturday and Sunday that affected residents in Moraikobai in Region 5 received food hampers from the CDC. These hampers were given to 160 flood-affected families.It had been pointed out that the installation of radio sets in the village is part of the CDC’s efforts to establish early warning systems. These radios will be used for warnings and forecasting as part of future monitoring of flood conditions.The flood situation in Region 5 has been occurring at intervals for almost two months.last_img

Read More

January 12, 2020 | by

IPA awarded $36.5M contract without licence to import

first_img… danger of dumping pre qualification criteria exposedPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence has revealed that in 2016 and 2017, several firms were awarded contracts to supply pharmaceuticals to the health sector but failed to deliver. This resulted in shortages that led to her authorising an “emergency’ contract for $650 million to ANSA McAL.The International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) was one of those companies that failed to supply all of the drugs it was awarded because it was not qualified to import some specialised pharmaceuticals.In January 2016, IPA, which is owned by Alliance For Change (AFC) funder Lloyd Singh, was awarded two contracts to supply the Georgetown Public Hospital with pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. On one of the contracts for $36.5 million, the company only delivered 80 per cent of the pharmaceutical because it was not qualified to supply the remainder.The remaining 20 per cent of drugs consisted of narcotics, including morphine which required special certification for importation.IPA insiders confirmed that the company is not registered to import those categories of drugs and was therefore denied a licence by the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD). Head of the Food and Drugs Department, Marlon Cole, explained to Guyana Times that in order for a firm to import narcotic-typed pharmaceuticals, it must be registered in order to be granted a licence. Cole said in the case of IPA, the company was not registered.Lloyd SinghThough IPA is not registered, the company attempted to import the narcotic-type drug on behalf of a registered firm, Pharmagen. Reliable sources within IPA’s management explained that the company was hoping to secure the licence to import the drugs by acting on behalf of the registered firm.After being denied the licence, IPA had to inform the authorities of its inability to supply the remainder of the drugs and settle the difference which amounted to some $5.5 million. This was an object lesson as to why the pre-qualification of suppliers based on objective criteria established by the World Health Organisation-World Bank had been established by the previous Administration. This was jettisoned by the A Partnership for National Unity/AFC coalition Government.Minister Lawrence has complained of practices where contracts are being awarded to suppliers unable to supply the drugs, thus resulting in drug shortages crises across the country.During the Budget Debates in February 2016, Dr Karen Cummings, the Government’s point-person on health, alluded to the cancellation of the prequalification-based contract with the NEW GPC in October 2015, and said, “Mr Speaker: open, competitive bidding is on the horizon… This APNU/AFC Government will ensure that it does not water the hard earned taxpayers’ dollars on enriching the pockets of the undeserving.”Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceThe Public Health Ministry claimed to have received support from USAID to develop a new standard for “an open, competitive bidding system”. A bidding document to this effect has been approved by the National Tender Administration Board, following which a pre-bid meeting with all potential bidders was held on December 16, 2015. However, the $700 million which was allocated the following January appeared to have been given to selected suppliers, who did not deliver, and whom the Minister refuses to identify.Both Lawrence and her predecessor, Dr George Norton, had admitted that the shortage of drugs across the country was as a result of the changes implemented by Government to the drug procurement system.“Some of these pharmaceuticals were overdue by as much as six months, which exacerbated the drug shortage at the hospital. These are the same suppliers who, before May 2015, were given the opportunity under the Granger Administration to become suppliers of pharmaceuticals to the public healthcare sector,” she said. But the prequalification system which was scrapped by this Government had guaranteed that reputable contractors were supplying the nation’s health sector with the requisite quantity and quality of drugs. When the prequalification system was in place, the health sector was not prone to constant shortages of drugs, which puts the lives of patients at risks.PrequalificationHowever, one stakeholder who spoke with this publication emphasised, “Guyana should not try to re-invent the wheel. The Government promised to replace the World Bank/WHO-designed prequalification system that Guyana had because they wanted to create a “more level and decentralised playing field.” However, he has emphasised that in so doing, the Government allowed in “fly-by-night” companies and individuals who just could not handle the internationally prescribed standards and consequent supply chain demands.Another doctor with years of experience in the public and private health sectors said, “Whatever their concerns about the old prequalification criteria read more

Read More

January 12, 2020 | by

‘Liverpool Sign Bent’ – the picture

first_imgOn the same day that Liverpool signed Danny Ings from Burnley, Aston Villa have released Darren Bent.Knowing Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group’s love of a bargain buy, and the Reds’ need for another forward, could Bent be snapped up by Brendan Rodgers?As far as Kopites are concerned, they will surely be hoping the only ‘Liverpool Sign Bent’ they witness this summer is the picture above! 1 Liverpool sign Bent last_img

Read More

January 3, 2020 | by

UPDATED: MAJOR VICTORY FOR ANTI-VRT CAMPAIGNERS IN DONEGAL

first_imgAnti-VRT campaigners have received a major boost after the European Commission moved against the Irish Government on the issue.It follows a long campaign by Donegal-based activist Ryan Stewart.The EC is now set to take the Irish Government to court claiming it is restricting people from moving across member states by applying strict VRT laws. It follows a major petition by Mr Stewart on behalf of student from the south who are studying in the North from drive southern-registered cars because they cannot get tax there.Campaigner Ryan Stewart said the Irish Government can now no longer ignore the issue.“I am delighted that the EC have finally decided to move against the Irish government on Vehicle Registration Tax and how it has been illegally applied in the state. We have been trying to get the government to deal with the issues surrounding VRT for the past year.“Our claims have largely been ignored by the last administration and the current government as well, so there has been no option but to lead the government by the nose to the European Courts. “The government can no longer hide behind their claims that they are breaking no European laws, where a matter of national taxation is involved, because the solid case I have put forward involves an obstruction to free movement of persons across borders of member states.”VINDICATIONHe added that this is a vindication of the effort put into the campaign.“It is extremely rare that proceedings are initiated by the Commission against a member state, particularly from a petition from an individual, so it shows how seriously the EC are taking this.“If the government were not listening before, they will now have no option, and this is only the tip of the iceberg for what is to come. “The government had their opportunity to deal with the issues and did not take this on, choosing instead to allow the heavy handed enforcement tactics of Customs to continue in the pursuit of more and more money to pour into black holes and zombie banks.”“This is the first major blow for the government on VRT, and more will follow, so I am very confident that we will succeed and finish what we started last year,” he said.WELCOMEThe news has been welcomed by MEP Marian Harkin who paid tribute to Mr Stewart. “I believe this decision by the European Commission is a just and fair decision as certain categories of persons are put in an impossible situation with their freedom of movement restricted by the current application of Vehicle Registration Tax law”.their car seized and even if their car is not seized they are still breaking the law.“While this is not a general exemption it may be that it would apply to any person who is temporarily resident in Northern Ireland, for work or other purposes but who also travels to the Republic on a regular basis.“There is no doubt but certain V.R.T. regulations in place discriminate against those living in border areas in particular and this case may solve some of those problems. Ryan Stewart has put forward a strong case, the Commission agree and we await outcomes, Marian Harkin concluded.ENDSUPDATED: MAJOR VICTORY FOR ANTI-VRT CAMPAIGNERS IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 1st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ryan StewartVRTlast_img

Read More

December 26, 2019 | by

NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL FINED €1,500 FOR DRIVING OFFENCES

first_imgA notorious young Letterkenny criminal has been fined a total of €1,500 after appeairng in court on a series of driving offences.Matthew LaffertyMatthew Lafferty, 21, is currently in jail and is not due out until June, 2017. He appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with a range of offences from giving a false name to driving without tax and insurance.Lafferty was stopped by Gardai on two occasions in both Letterkenny and Stranorlar on July 23rd and 24th earlier this year.On both occasions he gave the name and address of his brother Shane to Gardai.He undertook to give his tax and insurance details to Gardai within ten days but failed to do so.Lafferty pleaded guilty both offences when he appeared in handcuffs before Judge Pul Kelly yesterday.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he had known Lafferty for a number of years and could honestly say he was now trying to make an effort behind bars.He was working on the landing of his prison and also in the kitchen at times.He also revealed he was the subject of a serious incident in the prison which had disturbed him greatly and which was currently under investigation.Mr Gallagher said he saw for the first time that father-of-one Lafferty is trying to mend his ways and find a path in life for himself.Judge Paul Kelly asked Lafferty what he was doing to better his life and to change.Lafferty replied “I’m doing the time amn’t I?”Judge Kelly told the accused that it was unfortunate that he was in prison but that it was himself that was responsible for putting himself there.The court heard that the incidents occurred when Lafferty was already out on bail for other offences.He fined him a total of €1,500 for the driving offences and also disqualified him from driving for two years.NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL FINED €1,500 FOR DRIVING OFFENCES was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:driving offencesLetterkenny District CourtMatthew Laffertylast_img

Read More

December 25, 2019 | by

FINN HARPS’ TITLE CHALLENGE SUFFERS SETBACK AS WEXFORD GET UPPER HAND

first_imgFinn Harps’ hopes of bouncing back after last week’s cup defeat were dealt a severe blow by a determined Wexford Youths side at Finn Park tonight.Kevin McHugh was on the scoresheet for Harps. Ollie Horgan’s side were two nil down at half-time and despite a goal from the evergreen Kevin McHugh in the 62nd minute, Wexford netted again to leave it 3-1 at the full-time whistle. Goals from Danny Furlong in the 23rd minute and Andy Mulligan in the 42nd minute had the visitors in the driving seat at the interval.McHugh’s goal gave Harps some hope of a comeback with almost half an hour left on the watch.But that hope was short-lived when Mulligan grabbed his second and Wexford’s third for Wexford in the 72nd minute.Finn Harps’ early season form would appear to be falling away a little as the clear water they had put between themselves and the chasing pack now educed to a trickle. Horgan knows he must get back to winning ways with Wexford, Athlone and UCD all capable of going on a winning streak and overtaking Harps at the summit.FINN HARPS’ TITLE CHALLENGE SUFFERS SETBACK AS WEXFORD GET UPPER HAND was last modified: June 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

Read More

December 22, 2019 | by