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first_imgThe absence of Calabar High School represent-atives was conspicuous at yesterday’s launch of the 2017 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Grace-Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston as the defending champions’ protest over the school sports governing body’s decision to allow Ugandan 800 metres runner Aryamanya Rodgers to compete for Kingston College at this year’s event threatened to overshadow all.ISSA President Dr Walton Small moved quickly to address questions over ISSA’s decision despite rules stating that athletes must be registered for their respective schools by September 30 and have at least 80 per cent attendance record to compete at Champs.Small explained that ISSA had received all documentation from Kingston College as early as July 18, 2016 and the athlete was scheduled to arrive in Kingston on August 24, 2016.However, he said, adding that ISSA had been party to the paper trail, when Rodgers arrived at the airport in the Ugandan capital at Kampala, he was refused boarding for Germany as it was determined he needed a German visa to travel. This was communicated to KC authorities and Jamaican embassy officials who moved to address the issue.TICKET CANCELLEDRodgers’ airline ticket was cancelled and a second ticket purchased for him to arrive in Kingston on September 24, 2016, via Kenya. However, he was once again refused boarding.Eventually Rodgers received clearance, and he travelled to Kingston on October 16 and began school at KC on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.”We waived the attendance and deadline registration because we were convinced that enough effort was made to get the young man to Jamaica,” said Small.The vote by those present was one absentia, one against, and the remaining members voted in favour.He noted that not all 15 members of the executive were present. Among those absent was Calabar Principal Albert Corcho, whom Dr Small said learnt of ISSA’s decision on the day it was made.”This is a democratic society, and if the committee decides that the young man should participate, then that was the result, and that was sent off to Kingston College.”Meanwhile, Small said that he had received a letter addressed to the “Chairman of ISSA”, dated Friday, March 10, on Wednesday (March 15) from Corcho, demanding the results of the case be published in the media within seven days of the decision.”Mr Corcho is member of the executive committee, and if he wants, he can get not only the letter that was sent to Kingston College, but also the details of the minutes to see the discussion, to see who voted, who abstained, and who voted against,” he said.ISSA had scheduled an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon to decide on that matter and several others.last_img read more

first_imgFears over the ‘suspicious deaths’ of Victoria Zarzar, Harry Greaves Jr., and Guarantee Trust Bank-Liberia Limited Managing Director, Dan Orogun gripped members of the House of Representatives yesterday.The lawmakers were interrupted in session, but thanks to Providence that Presiding Officer, Rep. George Wesseh Blamoh’s hammer broke the silence while debating on the causes of those deaths.The Chairman of the House’s National Defense, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, and Rep. Munah Pelham-Youngblood of the Committees on Gender Equity, Child Development and Social Services and Foreign Affairs, in separate letters, argued that the unexplained deaths are quite worrisome and needed their attention as the Liberian populace is not only filled with fear but also confused over the mysterious deaths.“Mr. Speaker and honorable colleagues, this august body has oversight authority, as such we must make sure that the public is protected at all times as these information, when given, will help alleviate the fear the many questions that have been asked in and around the country by our citizens, investors and other foreign nationals that are residing within our borders,” Rep. Youngblood wrote.The Montserrado District #9 lawmaker wants the House’s Plenary to summon the Justice Minister, the Solicitor General, and the Commissioner of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to give detailed information about the deaths of Ms. Victoria Zarzar, Cllr. Michael Allison, Mr. Dan Orogun and the gruesome death of Mr. Harry Greaves Jr., former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC).Maryland County lawmaker, Dr. Chambers, wants the Director of Executive Protection Service (EPS), the Director of Police and the Justice Minister to also be summoned to provide updates on the state of the nation’s security, investigations surrounding all suspicious deaths and what mechanisms have been put in place to curb these embarrassing, gruesome and barbaric acts that are becoming prevalent.“Hon. Speaker and illustrious colleagues, considering the closeness to the Executive Mansion, an area where keen and vigilant monitoring of the movement of individuals is expected, people including myself are wondering how these incidents were not captured by state security experts, and what measures are being rigorously pursued to prevent these unusual occurrences,” Dr. Chamber wrote.Meanwhile, the Plenary of the House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Defense, National Security and Judiciary to advise Plenary in one week as to who should be summoned and what the Legislature should do to ensure the safety and security of the nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the New Generation of Africa Agriculture Organization (NEGAAO), Moses P. Kollie, has begun his organization’s first livestock management training intended to build the capacity of stakeholders in the agriculture sector.He noted that the practical aspect of the training enables the students to see and get to know firsthand what they are being taught in the classrooms.The lack of productivity over the years, however, is the leading cause of the country’s dependency on foreign food importation.Mr. Kollie recently made the disclosure in Nekalay Town – Lower Johnsonville – at the first livestock management training program intended to help build the capacity of people in the agricultural sector.“There is a need for government to ensure that those graduating from the various agriculture colleges and universities be given the opportunity to try the practical training, because all those graduating from the Agriculture and Forestry College do not engage into practical work during their respective studies,” he said. The practical training, he said, is what can resuscitate the agriculture sector and expressed hope that the government and agriculture organizations can assist in providing the opportunity for the youth to gravitate towards agriculture.“We don’t need to have people graduating from the various colleges, particularly in the agriculture sector, and sitting in offices and looking for people to work for you. NEGAAO believes that the introduction of practical training in the sector will help to increase food sufficiency in the country.We need to come together and ensure that the youth are fully involved in agriculture,” Mr. Kollie said.He said there are good policies and strategies on the book at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), but that policies are yet to be put into full action that would yield better results for the forward march to Liberia’s food sufficiency. Mr. Kollie noted that before the country’s 14-year civil crisis, there was more food on the market, which was accomplished by fewer numbers of graduates of agriculture and forestry schools; unlike now with their much higher numbers amid low agricultural output.He said the organization was founded after a survey conducted in 2009 on why postwar Liberia has more people graduating from the Agriculture College but the market is dominated by an invasion of foreign foodstuffs.“Understand that the problem is the government, because of the lack of practicals that can resuscitate (the agriculture (sector).“Why after the war we have more youth graduating from agriculture and forestry but yet Liberia is in food deficit? This survey proved that government was responsible for that, because of the lack of introducing practical (training),” Mr. Kollie noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgRev. Samuel K. Wilson, founder and proprietor of the Mount Zion Christian Academy (MZCA) in the72nd Community, has urged Liberian parents and students to shun elaborate celebrations during graduation ceremonies.Rev. Wilson gave the caution during a thanksgiving service program for 78 graduates of the MZCA held last Sunday on the campus of the school in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Rev. Wilson warned the outgoing graduates to strive hard to continue climbing the ladder of education in academic, vocational and technical studies.The MZCA founder reminded the graduates that graduation from high school is the first step and the beginning of a long journey intended to prepare them for a brighter future.He said the graduates should always seek God for guidance and direction.Rev. Wilson, whose message was on many occasions greeted with applauds, said the Liberian society is saturated with negative vices that continue to hinder development, including nepotism, corruption and bad governance by successive administrations.He warned the graduates not be part of those found at public places and business areas committing crimes such as snatching mobile phones and abusing young girls.Rev. Wilson described corruption and a selective and weak justice system as endemic and urged the graduates and incoming students to shy away from them.Rev. Wilson made reference to recent July 26 Independence Day programs, where the usual pomp and pageantry among Liberians were very poor due to financial constraints.The MZCA proprietor noted that many Liberian homes and families were unable to celebrate in the regular way because prices of needed food items have risen on the Liberian market.“You have begun a journey that has so much difficulties and I want you all to remain focus, determine and hardworking in the quest to acquire quality education in our country,” Rev. Wilson admonished the graduates.In a specific advice to the female graduates, Rev. Wilson said their hopes and dreams are great but they must continue to demonstrate fortitude and hard work in their studies to reach the ‘promise land of education.’He further warned them to guide against sleeping with men that have no intension of marrying them.“In everything you desire and wish, consider Jesus Christ to be your cornerstone and continue to live solid and genuine lives of humble attitudes…passionate and compassionate students,” Rev. Wilson cautioned. Meanwhile Rev. Wilson said for the 2016-2017 academic year, the Liberia/Ghana Mission (LGM) has provided additional grants that have brought the total to 500 for the school.He intimated that the Chief Executive Officer of the LGM Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings has demonstrated a real partnership with MZCA that continues to help many parents in the country.Since the inception of the LGM and MZCA in 2007, the school has grown from mat to concrete building with 13 classrooms.The LGM program, Rev. Wilson explained, has helped and is still helping a lot of underprivileged children to be in school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA domestic worker of Barnwell North, Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara, was on Wednesday evening taken into custody after her one-year-old daughter was found dead in a trench.Reports are that the child, Amiah Eastman, was left in the flat wooden shack with her other two siblings – ages three and five – while their mother went to clean a house a short distance away.After some time, the mother, Shadica Dublin went to check on the children and it was then she realised that the toddler was missing.Frantically the mother searched for her daughter. After not being able to locate the missing child, she then went to the Mocha Police Outpost where she made a report. A team of Police ranks from the Providence Police Station and the Mocha Outpost went to her home and combed through the area in search of the missing toddler.During the search, the toddler was found in a nearby trench clad in the napkin. The child was pulled from the trench in an unresponsive state and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where she was pronounced dead on arrival.The young mother was taken into custody as the two other children were handed over to their father. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

first_imgTwo weeks after Magistrate Leron Daly discharged an attempted murder charged against businesswoman Maryann Daby, who was accused of attempting to kill a Police officer by pointing a gun to his head and pulling the trigger, the same Magistrate will be presiding over the trial in which Daby is charged with the possession of an illegal gun and ammo.The senior Magistrate disclosed that she will proceed with the illegal firearm trial.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris had asked for the illegal gun and ammo charges to be transferred to another court for trial.Prosecutor Harris, in justifying his request, had stated that it would be prejudicial for the same Magistrate, who found Daby not guilty on the attempted murder charge, to try her for two other offences.The Prosecutor maintained his position and insisted that the matters be transferred to another court.Magistrate Daly said that she is ready to proceed with the trial when the Prosecutor is ready. Prosecutor Harris subsequently ask the court for leave to seek further advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the way forward. The case was adjourned to September 3.It is alleged that on May 13, 2018, at Albert Street, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, Daby had a .32 pistol in her possession when she was not the holder of an enforced firearm licence.It was further alleged that on the same day, she had six live rounds of .32 ammunition in her possession when she was not the holder of a firearm licence enforced at the time. She has since denied both charges.Two weeks ago, Magistrate Daly dismissed an attempted murder against Daby citing the lack of evidence.That charge had alleged that the 25-year-old woman of D’Aguiar Park, Houston, Georgetown, on May 13, 2018, at Albert Street, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, with the intent to commit murder, allegedly attempted to discharge a firearm at Police Constable Christopher Kissoon.According to reports, on the day in question, Daby and her friends were at the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club. Constable Kissoon, who was off-duty and at the club at the time, reportedly heard what appeared to be gunshots.While checking for the source of the gunfire, he reportedly saw Daby firing rounds into the air and, as a result, he confronted her.Daby allegedly became annoyed and pointed a firearm to his head and pulled the trigger. However, the barrel was empty at the time. Daby was represented by Attorney-At-Law Mark Waldron.Maryann Dabylast_img read more

first_imgThe memoir from the second-longest-serving CIA chief covers many topics – from his attempts to help negotiate peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians during the Clinton administration, to the days surrounding Sept. 11, 2001, to the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath. Looking ahead, he says, al-Qaida wants to change history and meet its one top goal of obtaining a nuclear device. In an often-defensive interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired Sunday, Tenet says the intelligence gained from suspected terrorists in the CIA’s covert detention program and its “enhanced interrogation techniques” was more valuable than all the other terrorism-related intelligence gathered by the FBI, the National Security Agency and his own agency. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She also said the question about the imminence of the threat was not “if somebody is going to strike tomorrow.” “It’s whether you believe you’re in a stronger position today to deal with the threat, or whether you’re going to be in a stronger position tomorrow,” she said. “And it was the president’s assessment that the situation in Iraq was getting worse.” A Tenet associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the book’s release today, said Tenet was not talking about improving the sanctions, but rather the debate about the wisdom of going to war. The associate said those debates did not happen in the presence of Tenet or other senior CIA officials, despite their participation in numerous discussions in the White House’s situation room. In an unusual reaction to Tenet’s book, the State Department sent reporters on Sunday a three-page document underscoring comments the former CIA chief had made to the Sept. 11 commission. It quoted him as saying of the emerging terrorist threat, in the spring and summer of 2001, “reporting was maddeningly short on actionable details. The most ominous reporting hinting at `something big’ was also the most vague.” NEW YORK – The backlash has built up even before the official release of former CIA Director George Tenet’s memoir, with criticism about his version of the run-up to the Iraq war, interrogation techniques and other events. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday disputed Tenet’s claim that the Bush administration, before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, never had a serious debate about whether Iraq posed an imminent threat or whether to tighten existing sanctions. “The president started a discussion practically on the day that he took power about how to enhance sanctions against Iraq,” she said. “You may remember that in his first press conference, he said the sanctions had become Swiss cheese.” Rice, who was Bush’s national security adviser during his first term, said the administration reviewed the sanctions, went to the United Nations to strengthen them and tried to tighten the no-fly zone in northern Iraq to better police Saddam Hussein’s forces. last_img

first_img 4. Dimitar Berbatov £30.75m (2008) – Click right to see Manchester United’s most expensive signings… – Having proved himself in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to prise the languid Bulgarian from Spurs’ grasp. His calm nature, compared with Wayne Rooney’s fiery attitude, Carlos Tevez’s work ethic and Cristiano Ronaldo’s all-round ability gave Fergie the capability to rotate his strike forward line and tailor it to his opponents. Over four years he helped the Red Devils land two Premier League titles and shared the Golden Boot award with Tevez in 2011. 1. Angel di Maria £59.7m (2014) – Champions League winner and World Cup finalist, the only way was up for Argentine star Di Maria – until he joined Manchester United for a British record fee. After an initially promising start, the 27-year-old struggled with injuries and poor form culminating in a red card in the Red Devils FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. He’ll have to improve next year if he is to live up to his huge transfer fee. 2. Juan Mata £37.1m (2014) – Click right to see Manchester United’s most expensive signings… – In desperate need of new personnel back in 2014, David Moyes turned to out of favour Chelsea midfielder Mata to boost his Red Devils squad. The Spaniard, a fans’ favourite at Stamford Bridge, could only do so much though and wasn’t able to stop the Scotsman’s inevitable departure. He took time to get going in his first full campaign too but ended with 10 goals in 35 appearances under Louis van Gaal’s stewardship. 5. Luke Shaw £30m (2014) – Click right to see Manchester United’s four most expensive signings… – The most expensive teenager in the world, Shaw joined the Red Devils after a sensational first Premier League season with Southampton. His marauding charges down the left flank caught the eye and persuaded Man United to part with a sizeable sum for his services. Lack of fitness at the start of his time at the club irritated Louis van Gaal and injuries have not helped his cause but the Dutchman did reveal he has faith in the 19-year-old to succeed at Old Trafford. The original fee is thought to be £27m but will surpass this as he makes more appearances for the club. 5 It’s likely Manchester United will once again have a significant facelift this summer as Louis van Gaal makes his mark on the club.The Dutchman made more than £120million worth of signings last year, bringing in seven players to Old Trafford, who helped fire them to a fourth place finish.Having qualified for the Champions League again Van Gaal will want to add depth to his squad, which had to use several youngsters, like James Wilson, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair.And they might need to break the bank to land some of their transfer targets in the coming months given the nature of the players they’ll be looking at.But who are Manchester United’s most expensive signings ever? talkSPORT leafs through the annals.Click the right arrow above to find out… 3. Rio Ferdinand £34m (2002) – Click right to see Manchester United’s most expensive signings… – In July 2002, after a two-season stint at Leeds United, Ferdinand became the most expensive British footballer in history as Sir Alex Ferguson snapped him up. Originally thought to be a £30m signing, Man United eventually paid £34m for the defender as they reached a deal with Leeds to pay extra for add-ons early, saving them money and helping the financially stricken Whites. No matter the fee, he was worth every penny. In the 12 seasons he spent at Old Trafford, he won six Premier League titles, three League Cups and one Champions League. He is now retired after spending one season with Queens Park Rangers. 5 5 5 5last_img read more

first_imgIt was a European night and so Tottenham were wearing white shorts, as they have done when possible since 1961.And so their new kit for the season was always going to be problematic on Champions League nights. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham last season wore all white in the Champions League ADVICE 2 Guessing nobody told the guy who designed Spurs’ kit about the whole white-shorts-in-Europe thing. #coys— David McGuire (@McGuireDavid) September 18, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won That Tottenham shirt with white shorts is a disgrace to football #ucl #INTTOT— Man in the Lion Mask (@lionmaskpod) September 18, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions @museumofjerseys Spurs kit v Inter. On the tv it looks like they are wearing bum bags! Classy….— Gary Pamflett (@gazpam) September 18, 2018 Nike decided to add a feature to the bottom of the shirt, which was supposed to seamlessly fade into the blue shorts, which is fine for Premier League games.And as fans pointed out at the start of the campaign, it was also going to look daft against the likes of Inter, Barcelona and PSV who they have drawn in their group.This was picked up on by other supporters watching Tottenham play in the San Siro as you can see below. 2 Don’t think Nike quite accounted for this Spurs kit combo— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) September 18, 2018 Look at how daft the spurs kit looks when they’ve had to wear white shorts.— Wellsy (@Wellsy2304) September 18, 2018 BEST OF Most popular football news Spurs Jersey is weird with white shorts— Kosiso (@kossiefab) September 18, 2018 they didn’t design that Spurs kit with Europe in mind, did they?— Red Star Liverpool (@RedStarLvrpool) September 18, 2018 possible standings Sidenote:These Tottenham kits are the worst all whites I’ve ever seen, but oddly one of the best looking kits when worn with navy shorts that the top fades the white to navy— Geoff George (@ggeorge121) September 18, 2018 The gimmick of that Spurs shirt doesn’t really work when they’re wearing white shorts.— Justin | @JuzaShannon The Sequel. (@JuzaShannonII) September 18, 2018 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack REVEALED Is that a bum bag your wearing, Harry? RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware impact Christ that Tottenham kit looks bad with white shorts— Charlie (@Chaz_CFC) September 18, 2018last_img read more

first_imgClick on the video above to watch Karcona, a young 4-piece Donegal band, who have recently released their NEW single entitled ‘Where I Stand’.This excellent video was recorded by Ciaran McGlinchey, an LYIT student. Karcona are a young band, with all members aged from just seventeen to nineteen.The video would indicate that Karcona have an extremely bright future ahead of them.Drummer Aaron Scanlon is also a talented footballer who plays for Finn Harps Reserves and is the son of former Harps legend Trevor Scanlon.DDTV: AYE KARCONA!! WATCH BRILLIANT DONEGAL BAND PERFORM NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 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:DDTV: VideoEntertainmentKarconanewslast_img read more