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  • Strong finish key in title race

    first_imgThe guess as to who will win the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is no easier than previous seasons.In the past five seasons, five different teams – Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay United, Harbour View, Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens – have won the nation’s most prestigious football championship.Throughout that period, Waterhouse have remained the most consistent team never to have won, finishing fourth, second, second, third and fourth.Arnett, who had been fourth the previous two seasons and eighth the two before, made a huge leap last year under the guidance of it’s community and one of the country’s most successful coaches, Jerome Waite, to regain a title they last won almost a decade and a half ago.This evening they will kick-start their title defence at their home stadium, Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, to University of the West Indies FC, a first-timer to football at this level.With several of his top players unavailable, Waite expects an uncharacteristically slow build-up to the campaign.”Arnett Gardens will start slow this season, reason being a lot of players who participated in the Business House competition they have not shown up for regular training, as well as the players overseas.”Although the core of the team is not here, I expect them to handle themselves. If you recall, our last 13 games we played leading up to the final, we won and we want to continue that unbeaten run,” he added.Strong start important”As the defending champions, you have to take up the opportunity at the start of the season and not so much in middle or the end of the first round. You have to go out there and start as champions. “It’s a season we are looking forward to and it’s not how we start, but how we finish,” he noted.That latter sentiment pretty much sums up the crux to the title: It’s how you finish.How well the teams pace themselves will significantly impact their chances, a big chunk of which boils down to depth in quality to spread across three rounds of competition, plus the decisive final phase that involves the semi-finals and final.Montego Bay United had been almost as good last season, but came up short in the final against an Arnett team that thrived on its consistency.Having retained its quality squad, and with some additions, too, the western Jamaica standard bearers are hungry to regain the crown.”Our aim is to get better and better each year. The mistakes we made last year, we’ll address them and improve on them,” said Orville Powell, the club’s owner of an improvement that can only be marked by a championship.Waterhouse have been knocking for some time, and again, they should have a say.”We’re trying to go all the way,” noted new and experienced Premier League coach, Calvert Fitzgerald. “I’ve inherited a very good team, Anthony Patrick did a very good job and he left a very talented bunch of players. I just have to do my best to see if we can cross that barrier that has been evading us for so long.”Humble Lion crossed virgin territory into the semi-finals last season, but were undone by none other than the champions. Their ambitions are bigger.”We have more depth … we’re aiming for the top spot,” noted Daphne Taylor, a club executive.Much of the others share a similar view, including Harbour View and Tivoli Gardens, which performed below their usual high levels.Harbour View have added much quality to their numbers and expects to reap greater fortune, despite the generally modest offerings from head coach Ludlow Bernard.”Our ambition is to finish in the top four and take it from there … we’re looking forward to a good season,” he expressed.Club president Edward Seaga pointed to Tivoli Gardens’ shortcomings, noting that “we have been falling off because we don’t have the top-level (players) like before”.However, this will not dampen their spirit and enthusiasm to rise again.Portmore United and Boys’ Town, champions in their own right, will also be looking to make their mark, as is Cavalier, who started well but fell away, Rivoli and newcomers UWI.Most got their first taste of action yesterday, a long way from the line that draws the champion – at the finish.last_img read more

  • Foster’s Fairplay: Maintain the spirit

    first_imgThe pleasant aroma of a Jamaican high school boasting its own synthetic track still hovers. Three weeks ago, the Calabar High School family was so blessed, kicking off by hosting a track and field meet in honour of two of its most illustrious sons, Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint. The atmosphere was electric, so many students of the sport voicing views as to how the wider arena of the sport could benefit. To say that the future is pregnant with possibilities would be a most appropriate conclusion. For the homesters, the reality of this new day and how the facility upgrade can positively affect the fortunes of the school, must have been up for active consideration. With four straight (titles) already secured, it could sound the trumpet on the start of a dynasty of Champs successes, only achieved by the Kingston College (KC) 1962-1975 reign. The execution and maintenance of Champs glory comes with inbuilt, stiff challenges. The long standing major contenders, the two mentioned and Jamaica College (JC), must optimise their chances by having access to top class facilities for preparation. Before the Red Hills Road ‘newbie’ surfaced, all three had to access the only city convenience, the National Stadium East, when it was time to sharpen up. This would have added great expense. The fact that Calabar now stands richly endowed in this area must give them not only incentive, but advantage. Foster’s Fairplay suspects that they are eyeing an unbroken run similar to the Fortis crew. Already, there is in-camp talk of ‘having it locked’ until 2021. Five more would ensure them the honour. It would be a proud bunch, as was that cohort of not-often seen ‘Bar Lifers’, who flocked to the new track on Saturday, January 23. However, all these C’bar black and green dreams could be thwarted by their closest and ever-persistent rivals from Old Hope Road and North Street. Those responsible for fundraising at these two heavyweights, must now be knocking heads and pockets to unearth that J$50 million to follow suit. Occupying their minds, must be thoughts that “this Calabar take-off is to be commended, but a strident response is essential”. CROSS PARTICIPATION Having said all that, Foster’s Fairplay has been made aware of an ill wind that is blowing over cross participation of athletes in this or that meet. It is a pleasing tribute to the advances in the sport that the calendar offers multiple options on any given weekend. Choices must be made by team management as to where the athletes should go to seek the competition that is required. Achieving the qualifying marks for Champs is also a major factor. If it means a squad split, taking in different locations, so be it, as long as selected requirements are met. Unfortunately, there are instances when these decisions are known to be made for questionable reasons. This columnist has heard, coming from at least two camps, sounds that are unwholesome to the ear. To cite, “Oh, so I support you and you do not support me, so I will no longer give you my support”. This is not what the country or its most globally prominent sport should be trying to build or maintain, and which it inevitably will be called on to repair. No one benefits from this malice aforethought. This columnist will leave it at that for now. There is no desire to destroy reputations for fair play that could be long and burdensome in rebuilding. The baton of abatement must now be passed to the custodians of high school sports. These are the principals. Working as the oversight group, they are known to be strident in the execution of their duties in several other areas. Rightly so, but these include pockets that are doing well, and in the view of Foster’s Fairplay need no meddling. This columnist sees the cauterising of confrontational thoughts, as mentioned, as matters for urgent attention. As the process streams towards the gala event – Champs – let there be a resolve to participate in the meets which best suit the particular programme. It should never be out of spite or a payback for a perceived wrong. High School sport is so sweet. Do not try to spoil it. – For feedback email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

  • Jockey Hubert Bartley is dead

    first_imgHubert ‘Chinna’ Bartley, one of the finest jockeys to ride at Caymanas Park in 40 years, died on Tuesday morning at age 54. Bartley, who had been ailing recently, made his mark in the early eighties, winning his first of three jockeys’ championships in 1983. He repeated the feat in 1986, rounding off the triple in 1991 when winning the derby for the first time aboard the outstanding filly POORLITTLERICHGRL for the Bucknor family. Bartley won the derby for a second time in 1997 with the Adin Williams-trained MR. LOVER LOVER. As far as the classics are concerned, the jockey with the flat effective ridingstyle will best be remembered for winning the Jamaica St Leger as many as six times. He also won the 1000 Guineas four times, including a popular win aboard WHO’S THAT GIRL in 1988 for trainer Vin Edwards, his apprentice master and ‘father in law’. Due to recurring weight problems, ‘Chinna’ was sidelined for long periods in the past 15 years, putting a damper on his career. He actually attempted a comeback on two occasions, the more recent at the backend of 2014. He rode his last winner, ST BRUNO KID in February 1981 for trainer Dalton Comrie in the first race on Saturday, October 25 and disappeared quietly into the shadows with 751career wins from 3,349 rides. Bartley, who hails from May Pen in Clarendon, started out in racing as a stable lad with trainer Victor Rodriques in the late ’70s. He soon took a liking to riding and rode for the first time as an apprentice in October 1980, notching his fist win aboard BEAU VENTURE that year. And his rise was meteoric, as two years later, he was crowned champion for the first time. Bartley is survived by family and friends, including a son, Ricardo Bartley, who is not only well known in cricketing circles having represented Kingston College as an opening batsman in the Grace Shield, but served as a young assistant to trainer Vin Edwards before leaving to attend school in the United States.last_img read more

  • Troubled Djokovic to play Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s Club

    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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Serbia’s Novak Djokovic waves to spectators as he leaves the court after his defeat by Italy’s Marco Cecchinato during their men’s singles quarter-final match on day ten of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTNovak Djokovic will aim to get his troubled season back on track at Queen’s Club after the former world number one accepted a wild card entry into the Wimbledon warm-up event.Djokovic is a lowly 21st in the ATP rankings after the struggling Serb’s wretched run continued with an embarrassing French Open quarter-final defeat against Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato last week.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ LATEST STORIES WORLD CUP: Argentina reliant on Messi, burdened by setbacks But Djokovic, dogged by rumors that he no longer has the motivation and desire to return to the top, hopes his extra time on the grass can spark a revival — starting in his first Queen’s appearance since 2010.“Grass is very special, it is the rarest of surfaces so I’m happy I’ll have the opportunity to compete at this strong tournament, which will also be a great preparation for Wimbledon,” he said.“(Coach) Marian Vajda and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch will be with me in London, and this makes me happy.”Djokovic joins a singles line-up led by world number one and French Open champion Nadal and also featuring Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka.Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, a five-time Queen’s winner, is registered to make his return in the tournament after a year out of action with a hip injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Djokovic, beaten by Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Queen’s final, traditionally opts against playing a pre-Wimbledon event, preferring to use a handful of exhibition matches to get his game ready for the grass courts.It was in doubt whether the 12-time Grand Slam champion would be seen in England at all this year.Speaking following the Cecchinato loss, he said: “I don’t know if I’m going to play on grass. I cannot give you any answer. I’m just not thinking about tennis at the moment.”Djokovic hasn’t earned a major title since competing his career Grand Slam by winning the 2016 French Open.He has failed to reach the semi-finals in any of his last five Grand Slam appearances, while his last two Wimbledons have ended in a third round exit in 2016 and last year’s quarter-final withdrawal due to the elbow injury that troubled him for several months.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Following that stunning setback, the 31-year-old had said he might miss Wimbledon, which gets underway on July 2, in a bid to give him time to refocus following a turbulent year.But Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, has instead decided to start his preparations for the grass-court Grand Slam earlier than usual by entering the prestigious Queen’s tournament, starting in west London on June 18.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 am very excited to be playing the Fever-Tree Championships again. I have happy memories of reaching the final at the Queen’s Club 10 years ago and also winning the doubles title,” Djokovic said in a statement released by tournament organiserz on Monday.“The atmosphere is always great and I am looking forward to playing in front of the British crowd again. After the exciting events in Rome and Paris, I’m ready for new challenges.”last_img read more

  • Despite Ebola, CBL Projects Agric Sector to ‘Slightly Grow’

    first_imgIn its Financial and Economic Bulletin, Volume 15 Number 3 for the period — July to September 2014 — the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has projected that the agriculture sector will “slightly grow.”The CBL, however, gives a gloomy picture of all other sectors that are projected to decline.According to the CBL, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which was earlier projected at 5.9 percent for 2014, has been revised to 1.0 percent, from 8.7 percent at end-2013.“The 7.7 percentage points decline in growth was driven by weaker than anticipated fall in economic activities as a result of the Ebola epidemic,” the Bank said in its Financial and Economic Bulletin.Except agriculture which, the CBL stated, is expected to slightly grow, all other sectors are projected to decline, including forestry to 0.0 percent, down from 0.5 percent; mining and panning, to negative 5.9 percent, down from 49.6 percent; manufacturing to 4.2 percent, down from 9.2 percent and services to 2.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent at end—2013, respectively.The CBL, in its quarterly publication, states that the growth outlook for the Liberian economy in 2015 is projected at 0.0 percent due largely to the intensity of the virus, which is expected to subside by late 2015.Sectorial Review: Agriculture and Forestry The performance of the agricultural sector was mixed during the quarter, the CBL said. Except for coffee, which was not produced and sawn timber which declined, rubber, cocoa and round logs experienced quarterly growth, respectively.RubberRubber production for the quarter ended September, 2014, was 17,112.0 metric tons, up from 11,106.0 metric tons produced during the preceding quarter, representing an increase of 6,006.0 metric tons. The growth in rubber output was largely driven by increased production by one of the main rubber producing concessionaries. Year-on-year comparison showed that rubber production expanded by 131.4 percent.Cocoa and CoffeeCocoa production at end-September 2014, stood at 1,430.0 metric tons, up from 818.0metric tons produced during the previous quarter. The growth in cocoa production was in response to rise in the global market price of the commodity. When matched against the corresponding quarter of 2013, cocoa output contracted by 29.0 percent. Quarterly and yearly analyses on coffee production could not be done due to unavailability of data for the current and previous quarters of 2014.Sawn TimberSawn Timber output during the review quarter declined by 74.6 percent to 69, 441.0 pieces, down from 273, 1150.0 pieces produced in the preceding quarter. The fall in sawn timber production was mainly explained by the current restrictions imposed by policymakers to contain the spread of the EVD. On a year-on-year basis, sawn timber production fell by 35,827.0 pieces (34.5 percent).Round LogsRound Logs produced during the quarter totaled 43,168 cubic meters, 17.1 percent lower than the quantity produced during the preceding quarter. The fall in production was also due to the restrictions imposed by the Government to contain the further spread of the Ebola virus.Year-on-year comparison showed that production in the review quarter increased by 20,338.0 cubic meters compared with the same period a year ago.The CBL Financial and Economic Bulletin further  reports that the performance of the mining sector was mixed during the quarter. While diamond slightly expanded in production, gold and iron ore outputs experienced declines.GoldThe production of gold for the quarter ended September, 2014 stood at 4,044.0 ounces. This level of production was down by 2,593 ounces when compared the preceding quarter of 2014. Similarly, yearly comparison revealed that gold output declined by 2,593.0 ounces from the level recorded at end-September, 2013.DiamondDiamond output during the review quarter stood at 20,626.0 carats, up from 19,555.0 carats produced during the previous quarter of 2014.Iron OreIron ore output at end-September 2014 fell by 0.3 percent to 1,109,246 metric tons, down from 1, 357,825.0 metric tons. Year-on-year analysis showed that production in the quarter expanded by 2.9 percent compared with third quarter of 2013.ManufacturingOutput in the manufacturing sector was mixed. Of the twenty-one commodities regularly assessed, sixteen commodities (76.2) recorded declines at end-September, 2014 due mainly to the intensity of the EVD that hit the country while the balance five commodities (23.8 percent experienced growth.CementThe production of cement at end-September, 2014, stood 49,285.0 metric tons, 44,011.0 metric tons lower than that of the previous quarter. The decline in cement production was restrained coupled with the intensity of the EVD. When assessed against the corresponding period of 2013, production declined by 8.2 percent or 4,389.0 metric tons.BeveragesTotal production of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) during the quarter was 3.5 million litres, 3.1 million litres lower than the previous quarter’s production.The fall in beverages output was on account of lower demand for the commodities as a result of the national health crisis. When matched against the same period a year earlier, output contracted by 2.6 million litres or 42.2 percent. Of the quarter’s total production, alcoholic beverages (spirits, beer and stout) accounted for 58.7 percent, while the share of non-alcoholic beverages (Malta and Soft drinks) constituted 41.3 percent.SoapSoap output during the review quarter increased by 19.4 percent or 12,095.0 kilograms, to 74,560.0 kilograms, up from 62, 465.0 kilograms produced in the preceding quarter. The growth in soap output was on account of surging demand against the fight of the Ebola virus. When compared with the corresponding period in 2014, soap production increased by 16.8 percent or 10, 701.0 kilograms.ChloroxProduction of chlorox during the quarter stood at 416, 395.0 litres, up by 78.2 percent or 182, 683.0 litres compared to the previous quarter. The surge in output was influenced by increased demand for the production as an antidote to the spread of the EVD as compared in 2013 which production expanded to 208, 913.0 litres.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Let’s stop blowing our own trumpet. Let us call an election and win by…

    first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me to join in publicly congratulating the APNU/AFC coalition as it celebrates three years in service to the people of this country. The fact that this Government, in spite of its razor thin majority, was able to achieve (and deliver) so much in such a short time is due to the vision and political acumen of the charismatic leader of the coalition, His Excellency President David Granger.His “Buses, Boots, Bicycles, Breakfast and Boats” (5Bs) Initiative has not only taken alliteration to a whole new level, but is unique, visionary, and certainty deserving of a Nobel prize.There are the cynics among us who are asking, “Since when life revolves around the second letter in the alphabet only”? To those people of little faith, I say let’s take it one letter at a time. Come 2019, it will be “clothes, colognes, cars, champagne and caviar”.President Granger is undoubtedly the greatest president our country has ever produced (may ever had), and I am bewildered as to why not a single university in this world has seen it fit (and proper) to bestow upon him an honorary degree as yet.I am reminded that our former president was conferred with no less than three honorary degrees by universities from around the world. This man was named a “Champion of the Earth”, featured on Hard Talk on the BBC television, and had a significant appointment at the World Bank. I tell myself that those universities, the folks at the BBC and the World Bank etc, were not only misguided, but myopic as well; and their reputations (by their association and deeds) leave much to be desired. Shame on them all…I also wish to applaud this Government for being a caring Government. Construction of the edifice at D’Urban Park tops the list in this regard, as shelter is now being provided for the destitute and for citizens of unsound mind. I am at pains to explain to the critics of this caring Government that the primary motive behind the decision to close the sugar estates was not to put sugar workers out of jobs, but rather to ensure that the wives of sugar workers get adequate sleep. It is called breaking eggs to get omelettes. No longer do these overworked women have to get out of bed at 4 O’ clock to prepare breakfast and lunch for their husbands. Increase in rest will see these rural folks living longer and healthier lives.On behalf of these grateful folks, I say, ‘Thank you’.Mr Editor, I also wish to recognise and applaud the sound economic policies implemented by this brilliant Government. The massive increase in the salaries of ministers has seen increased spending in the local economy, which has resulted in sustained economic growth.The seawall roundabout will see a spike in tourist arrivals, as, no doubt, millions will flock to see and experience our ultra-modern capital city. The overhead walkways on the East Bank highway will also bring in much needed revenue, as pedestrians continue to transgress. The deal with ExxonMobil was great, for I see things differently from the critics. I am consoled by the fact that 2% of a loaf is much better than no loaf at all. Unless my math is poor, I know that if you negotiate for 2% from 50 foreign investors, you will get 100% for the nation. Am I correct??I appreciate the fact that efforts have been made to tackle the high levels of unemployment which this Government had inherited from the previous administration. Though more can be done (and no doubt will be done), the fact that dozens of commissions of inquiry were set up (thus creating employment) tells me that this Government is seriously tackling unemployment, which is very commendable.My graduate kids who were once unemployed are now meaningfully (and profitably) employed, and are taking advantage of the economic boom that presently prevails as a result of the inspired leadership of His Excellency President David Granger. One is making and selling plantain chips. He is expecting to sell a million packets at a hundred dollars a packet by the end of the year. That should give him a gross of one hundred million dollars.Another kid is making sugar cakes, which he sells for one hundred dollars, and is expecting to sell one million sugar cakes by the end of the year also.He, too, is expecting to gross one hundred million dollars by the end of the year. The youngest kid is having a great life, (unlike the good life the rest of the nation is enjoying).Having been sentenced to serve three years in jail for possession of 3 grams of marijuana, this kid operates an international bar in prison. Ciroc, Hennessey and hard drugs are the goods he sells, and has already made over sixty million dollars in the first five months of the year.In closing, I would like to make two recommendations to the Government: Over the past three years, the several commissions of inquiry have made the news more than the Prime Minister has, (I am assuming here that Mr Moses Nagamootoo, and not Mr Joseph Harmon, is the prime minister). As such, I wish to humbly suggest that President Granger scrap the Office of the Prime Minister and replace it with a Ministry of Inquiries.Please don’t misconstrue my intentions here, as I am not proposing denying Mr Nagamootoo any benefits he may be enjoying. The creation of a Ministry of Ribbon Cutting, with him being the subject minister, will still afford him that feeling of relevance.Finally, it’s time we stop blowing our own trumpet. Our achievements speak for themselves. Let us call a snap election and win by a landslide.Respectfully yours,Reginald Sookram Blast_img read more

  • Dutch Gov’t Makes Huge Donation

    first_imgThe Kingdom of the Netherlands and some of its European partners have brought into the country a huge donation of anti-Ebola materials worth over €3.6M.The donation includes 23 containers of assorted medical supplies and drugs, 21 ambulances and other vehicles and a self-contained mobile laboratory.The Dutch, in collaboration with other countries of the European Union including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Romania, and the United Kingdom, made the donation to the government of Liberia on Monday.The donation was brought into the country by a Dutch navy vessel, Karel Doorman which, according to officials,  will return before Christmas with an additional consignment of relief supplies and equipment for the Government and people of Liberia to support the Ebola fight.The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Hans Docter, welcomed guests for the docking of the Dutch Navy’s largest and newest vessel, Karel Doorman – A833 to Liberia to bring in medical supplies and other logistics for the fight against the disease.Ambassador Docter, in his handing over remarks, said the Dutch Government was happy to join the fight against Ebola in the sub-region and feels that the world should isolate the disease and not the countries.“We are strong advocates of open communication and open travel and that is what we strongly advocate for,” he stressed.Ambassador Docter said the EU is greatly encouraged by the progress that Liberia has made in the fight against Ebola, noting that it has been a national effort where the Government and people of Liberia, with assistance from partners, have managed to bring the disease to its knees, though it is not completely gone.“We are greatly encouraged by the progress made in Liberia, but we can only rest assured once the disease is eradicated in all three countries. Notwithstanding the progress we’ve made in Liberia, the disease is still growing in Sierra Leone and still not under control in Guinea or in Mali. So the risk of re-infection remains large,” he warned.The Dutch diplomat said that his government is not only committed to the Ebola fight, but promised to remain with Liberia even after the Ebola crisis. “We will be with you even after Ebola, helping to rebuild the economy and helping it grow,” he promised.“As soon as Ebola is under control, we will be back with a delegation of investors and a trade delegation to work out cooperation in the fields of agriculture, water and sanitation and energy,” he promised.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf praised the efforts of all partners and Liberians in particular that have played a pivotal role in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.She recalled that between July and October 2014, the country was put to great test, but today we can praise God for what He has done.She praised the critical role of partners in the fight. “We want to say a big thank you,” President Sirleaf said, especially to the government and people of the Netherlands and all the members of the European Union who heard the country’s appeal and have supported Liberia in the fight against Ebola. “We owe it to the determination of the Liberian people who in the midst of all the difficulties did not give up. In the midst of all the criticisms, we remained focused. In the midst of all the attention we got in a negative way, we remained determined to fight this enemy,” said President Sirleaf.She reechoed that Liberia has targeted the eradication of the disease by the end of December 2014. “Though it is    difficult, if we try we can make it.“When we set a target, it means that we remain focused on that goal and then you redouble your efforts. As you get closer to the finish line, you pick up the speed.” The President urged Liberians to give this last month their best bet to rid the country of Ebola.The Madam Sirleaf indicated that the donations will help the government respond to regular health care needs, not only Ebola.She expressed happiness at Ambassador Docter’s assertion that after Ebola is defeated, he will return with an investment and trade delegation. “That’s the final part of our process. We first treat the sick, improve our health care and begin our economic recovery that will create the jobs because with these, people will improve their lives.”She said Liberia must use the opportunity of this crisis to make the country self-dependent and ready so that in case there is any other disease outbreak, Liberia will have the capacity to deal with it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • 2017 Intra-Government Tourney Begins March 23

    first_imgThe 2017 edition of the Intra-Government Tournament, which brings the three branches of government together, is expected to kick-off on Thursday, March 23, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced.This year’s tournament will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and BYC’s Blue Field, both in Monrovia.In a letter to the Legislature, the first branch of government, the Ministry said under the auspices of the Bureau of Sports, it organizes the annually intra-governmental tournament with a goal to enhance socialcohesion and bridge the gap between top and lower level managers/employees in the public sector.“All affiliated institutions attached to the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative branches of government are eligible to participate in the two disciplines to be competed for in both categories (football and kickball) during the tournament, and a fee of US$500 is required for registration. “The registration process begins Friday, February 17 and ends Friday, March 17, at 4pm,” stated Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton Jr.“I look forward to solicit your cooperation in the interest of promoting physical fitness in the public sector…”In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer via mobile phone, Minister Yonton said the draw for the tournament is scheduled for Monday, March 20.“We are expecting at least 36 institutions from the government; and the games will be played both at the ATS and the BYC’s Blue Field,” Minister Yonton said.It may be recalled that the football segment of the 2016 intra-government tourney was won by the Ministry of Information, Cultural and Tourism (MICAT), while the Judiciary won the kickball title.“The tournament also promotes physical fitness and recreation among civil servants and top government officials for the enhancement of good health, while at the same time promoting friendship and good sportsmanship,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Bandits kill father of 2

    first_imgA father of two was this morning shot dead by two armed bandits who attempted to relieve him of a gold chain at Craig, East Bank Demerara.Dead is 40-year-old Purcell Moore of Cayenne, French Guiana who was gunned downed while leaving his parents residence at Old Road, Craig, EBD.Dead: Purcell MooreDetails will follow in the December 21, 2017 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

  • Peace River Teen Killed on Dirt Bike

    first_imgA 14-year-old boy died while riding his dirt bike near Peace River Alberta.The boy crashed into a trailer towed by a gravel truck just after 1pm on Thursday. Emergency medical personnel tried to resuscitate the boy en route to the Peace River Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.Police say the boy was travelling at a high rate of speed. They do not believe alcohol was a factor. The boys name has not been released. The driver of the gravel truck was not injured.- Advertisement –last_img read more