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  • Major League Rugby scouting for Pacific talent

    first_imgMajor League Rugby completed its inaugural season last month with the Seattle Seawolves beating the Glendale Raptors in the grand final.Former Fiji sevens captain Osea Kolinisau (Houston SaberCats) and ‘Ikale Tahi first five Kurt Morath (Utah Warriors) were among the Pacific players to feature in the debut Major League Rugby campaign.The competition’s top try-scorer, Tonata Lauti, was born in Tonga before moving to Salt Lake City with his family in 1996.In a press conference in Apia this week, the president and owner of Austin Elite Rugby, which runs the fledgling competition, Richard Osborn, said he was on his way to Fiji to look at Fijian players.However a chance meeting with the son of former Manu Samoa player, Arona Palamo, diverted him to Samoa to scout for talent.Palamo said he managed a few Samoa players who played in the league and was looking forward to helping Austin Elite with their local recruitment.This was a different opportunity for local Pacific players who don’t have an overseas contract, Osborn said.The players immigration needs would be met by the teams who recruited them, he said.”This also applies to accommodation and monetary compensation.”Close to 40 players from the Pacific could be recruited under current competition rules, Osborn said. ​last_img read more

  • Logie blasts Red Force

    first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Head coach of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Gus Logie, has blasted as “disappointing, frustrating and embarrassing” his players’ performance against Windward Islands Volcanoes in their final match of the regional four-day tournament.Red Force suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Volcanoes at the National Cricket Centre in Couva on Monday, leaving the hosts in fourth spot after finishing second-to-last in the previous edition of the tournament.Chasing a victory target of 166, Windwards, resuming from their overnight score of eight without loss, coasted to 169 for three by midafternoon to end a long four-day season on a high.”I think disappointing is a nice word to use. This is as frustrating as it can get. We’ve tried everything possible to make sure that players are comfortable so they can perform,” said Logie.”We came into this game knowing that a win would have (got) us to third spot. It’s frustrating to see the lack of pride, the lack of fight from some of our players, especially the last two games.”Red Force finished the season in fourth position after accumulating 81 points in the tournament.Their inconsistency showed-up within the space of a month, when they hammered Leeward Islands Hurricanes by nine wickets, but followed up with successive seven-wicket losses to the Barbados Pride and Volcanoes, respectively.”Two weeks ago, we talked about seeing maturity in some of the players and (now), if you look at the way we got out in the middle, it was just embarrassing,” said Logie, a former West Indies batsman.”Our bowling seemed to lack some bite, and at the end of the day, it was just poor cricket.”RUNS TALLYOnly four Red Force batsmen tallied over 400 runs.Kyle Hope from Barbados totalled 553, ex-Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine 494, Evin Lewis with 442, and current captain Yannick Ottley 404.Lewis and fellow left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano were the only Red Force batsmen to score centuries in the 10 rounds of matches.In the bowling department, only leg-spinner Imran Khan (43) and off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar (22) collected over 20 wickets.”We’ve seen growth in some individuals, but that’s just not enough. When we give (the players) opportunities, they have to grab it,” said Logie, the former West Indies vice-captain.”With all the support that (they) have, there is no excuse for not going out there and performing. There will come a day when they will have to answer and we will have to find players who will want to play, it’s as simple as that.”last_img read more

  • After the Rattling, These Bones SHALL Rise Again!

    first_imgThe bones of Liberia are rattling because of the many rigorous problems she faces.  But as God told His Prophet Ezekiel, these bones, through faith in the love and power of God, WILL RISE AGAIN AND LIVE!This was the message of St. Stephen Episcopal Church’s Father Augustine Kpehe, when he delivered the fifth Lenten Sunday sermon yesterday. He took his theme from Ezekiel, chapter 37, in which God promised to breathe into these dry bones, put sinews, flesh and skin upon them, enabling them to rise again. Fr. Kpehe told parishioners that Liberia today is saddled with plentiful problems, but with faith in God, we shall rise again.The preacher did not elaborate on these problems.  But many Liberians know them.  First and foremost among is the continuing problem of corruption, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her first Inaugural Address nine years ago, declared “public enemy number one,” but has herself admitted failure to solve.The public, for three reasons,   blames the President herself for this failure: first, her failure to successfully prosecute corrupt officials but rather, retain many in positions of power.  Second, she has brought back into powerful positions people who in the not too distant past have been caught red-handed in glaring corruption.Third, she has in three ways played too dangerously and too persistently with corruption’s closest and most powerful ally or twin sister—nepotism: by retaining in powerful positions two of her sons—Charles as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, and Fumba as Director General of the National Security Agency; then, despite public and international outcry against it, by appointing a third, indeed her most powerful son, Robert, as Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).  For three years, she stoically weathered the storm of persistent criticism, then reluctantly removed him as NOCAL Chair, only to quickly re-appoint him Ambassador to oil-rich Kuwait!  That placed him in the strategic position to still call the shots at NOCAL.  Next thing we learned, he emerged with a US$14 million Kuwaiti loan, negotiations for which the public was unaware of any involvement by the Foreign or Finance Ministry.The third way in which the President has, wittingly or unwillingly, fostered nepotism, corruption’s twin sister, is by permitting senior members of her family members to wield powerful behind-the-scene  influence in many vital sectors of government, grievously  undermining public  accountability and giving undue advantage to foreign business interests.This has led to yet another continuing national crisis: the poverty of Liberians and their consequent SUBSERVIENCE (submissiveness, obedience, acquiescence, passivity) to foreigners in the Liberians’ own country.  So whatever   happened to Liberia’s sovereignty—or that of its people?  No, we are no longer  sovereign but subservient in  our own country, where almost everything is owned and dominated by foreigners.The government is free to dismiss these foreboding reflections as the musings of disgruntled elements.  But we at the Daily Observer newspaper are NOT  disgruntled people.  Far from it, we are patriotic people who have striven over the decades to place our country FIRST before ourselves, declining, shying away from and rejecting money, privileges and other perks, choosing instead to stand for truth, justice and fair play and to be the voice of the voiceless in our country.We cannot be anything less in this rich country, where poverty, deprivation and listlessness are still rampant.  We ignore these dangerous, distressing signals at our own peril, and the peril of our nation itself. We cannot, MUST NOT, lest we become part of the problem.  That is why we have never relented in voicing our   persistent opposition to the sidelining of a Liberian hotelier in favor of a Lebanese businessman to rebuild the Robertsfield Hotel.  Here was a clear case of nepotistic influence by family insiders against Liberian entrepreneurs in favor of foreign businesspeople.We have long complained about how President Tubman’s Open Door Policy gave the country to foreigners.  We cannot and      WILL not sit supinely and see the same thing happening all over again, raining tears and crying in the beloved country.Only last weekend, the wealthy former mayor of a Liberian city called for the “taking back of our country from these people before their time is up.”We know exactly what that   means—another interim government to pillage, plunder   and lead us back to war.The way forward is sit NOW and reason together with the powers that be toward inspiring, hopefully, a change in the national direction and pray that God will grant the rattling and reliving of Liberia’s bones.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Hundreds Rush to Register for 3rd Liberia Marathon

    first_imgHundreds of Liberians and foreign residents last Saturday rushed to register for the 3rd Liberia Marathon at the Monrovia City Hall and the registration will continue till Saturday, August 16, 2014.It was during the official launch of the Liberia Marathon and Liberians who registered last Saturday got 25% off and paid L$120 for the full marathon and L$60 for the 10km.Non-Liberians (foreigners) also benefitted from the 25% discount and paid US$60 and US$30 for the full marathon and 10km respectively.But as of June 1, Liberians will register with L$160 for the full marathon and L$80 for the 10k race; while foreigners will pay US$80 and US$40 respectively.Registration for crutches and wheel chairs runners remain free.The Minister of Youth and Sports, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, expressed his satisfaction for the continuous hosting of the marathon in the country, which indicates the rebirth of peace in the country.The former sprinter, who ran in the 10km category of the 2013 Liberia Marathon, promised to participate again and encouraged Liberians as well as foreigners to participate in the 2014 Liberia Marathon.Minister Nagbe hailed   Exxon Mobile, a USA energy company, RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas and Aqualife for their sponsorship and urged other foreign and Liberians business institutions to join in sponsoring the marathon to make it a success.He also extended his thanks and appreciation to the Monrovia City Hall for providing the Hall to allow the organizers, dominantly Liberians, to be used for their technical meetings.The slogan of this year’s marathon is “Taking the Lead.” The Lead Country Director of Exxon Mobil said their sponsorship is aimed to promote fitness and good health as well as fight fatness which according to a report by the Gates Foundation, about one-third of the world’s population is experiencing obesity.The Monrovia City Hall’s interest is due to the determination and zealousness of the Liberian organizers to have a successful event.The Vice President for Technical Affairs of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) Frederick Krah, pledged the full support to the marathon.Meanwhile, Race Director Eunice Dahn maintained that the Liberia Marathon is an open, inclusive and professional public event that helps transform how Liberians and others see the country.”Taking the Lead is about the initiative required of us to move ourselves and our country forward,” Eunice said.  “And like any long journey or race, it begins with the first step.”She said it also provides a catalyst for commercial and charitable activity and lays the foundation for a major competitive international event.The Liberia Marathon Trust, a local non-profit organization, manages the Liberia Marathon and partners with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Athletic Federation. It is supported by the Monrovia City Corporation, the Armed Forces of Liberia the Liberia National Police, as well as a host of other government ministries and agencies and the local media. This year’s sponsors include: Lonestar Cell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, RLJ Kendejah Resort and Villas, and AquaLife.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Motion for Pro Temp Election Date Tabled

    first_imgThe President of the Liberian Senate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, yesterday tabled a motion calling for a specific date for the holding of election for Pro Tempore.The Senate President’s decision was prompted by an apparent deadlock following hours of debate on a communication from two Senators requesting their colleagues to allow election for Pro Tempore to take place on Thursday, four days ahead of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s annual message next Monday.According to Bong Senator Henry W. Yallah and Grand Kru County Senator Peter Sonpon Coleman, undue delay of the election which is in accordance with Rule 19, Section 3c & d, may cause a diversity of suspicion.In their communication read yesterday in a crowded chamber, and without an intercom, Senators Yallah and Coleman reminded the lawmakers that Rule 19, Section 3, empowers them to elect a successor of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate in the case of a removal.“The situation we now have does not represent a removal, but a vacancy based on election; such situation puts the Senate into a state of embarrassment considering that our rules are ambiguous on a vacancy of the seat of the President Pro Tempore resulting from election as was the case with the unexpired tenure of former Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley,” the statement said.The Senators who belong to the group calling themselves ‘Majority Bloc’, further argued that since the framing of the 1986 Constitution, there is no record to show that the Liberian Senate has received the President of Liberia for the state-of-the nation address without a duly elected President Pro Tempore, and other corps of officers of the Senate.Although the proponents of the document calling for a fast track of the election were in greater number, those calling for the full implementation of Rule 19, among them Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor, J. Milton Teahjay and Oscar Cooper, among others, remained steadfast in their defense of adhering to the Rules.Senator Cooper, who is one of three candidates vying for the Pro Tempore post, cautioned his colleagues that they have a dilemma and that it would be prudent for them to soberly try to find a way out of it that will not be just for this election for Pro Tempore, but for other such situations; and urged them to respect the rules of the Senate.Outspoken ranking female Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif and Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence in their debate, challenged opponents to allow a test of the motion to fast track the election.Further arguing that only the Supreme Court has the legal qualification and authority to appropriately interpret the Senate Rules and the national Constitution, Senator Doe-Sherif cautioned her colleagues to look at expediency for the sake of sanity of the Senate, and leave the legal battle alone.Following the battle of those for and those against election being held on Thursday, Presiding Officer Vice President Boakai hit the gavel signaling an end to deliberations of the 3rd day sitting of the 4th Session, defering further debate on the matter to Thursday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • ‘I See The Issues Beyond Justice Ja’neh’

    first_imgCllr. Banks: “I appeared and saw the issues beyond Justice Ja’neh.”— Former Justice BanksRetired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks has clarified that, though his appearance at the impeachment trial in the Chambers of the Senate on Thursday, March 21, 2019 was in obedience to a subpoena issued for his appearance, “I appeared and saw the issues beyond Justice Ja’neh.”The former Associate Justice who currently teaches Constitutional Law at Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, was responding to a question by one of the lawyers representing Managers of the House of Representatives, whether his appearance was to testify for the embattled Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammed Ja’neh in the ongoing impeachment trial.Asked whether he was at the hearing with the intention to influence the minds of the Senators, who are serving as jurors at the impeachment trial, Cllr. Banks responded: “You are not correct; it was only a few weeks ago when I had the occasion to speak at this year’s (February 11) Armed Forces Day celebration. I stated in my statement, and I reiterate it here that I went into the law and I remain in the law, because of the passion that I have for the law.”Cllr. Banks continued: “I repeated in that statement (from Armed Forces Day) that I personally suffered great pains and I see in my view that the law is not followed. I have been a strong advocate for many years, and my records at all of the conventions and assembles of the Bar Association attested that I have made appeals for Liberian lawyers to speak to those critical legal issues that affect our nation.”Cllr. Banks, a former chairman of the Constitution Review Commission (CRC), said that most of the exams he administers to his students at the Law School are opinions he had written at the Supreme Court; “and the questions to them always are, tell me if or where I have gone wrong in the law… so that the analysis that they make in my opinion helps to build me up; to build the country up; the law up. And where they have convinced me that I was wrong, I have given them the praises and the glory.“So I have come here not to influence the Senators; only to explain to them the history and the tough process that went into the impeachment provisions of the Constitution, the same as I would explain to anybody, anywhere in relation to any other provision in the Constitution. I have great confidence in the Senators, and they have minds of their own; I believe I owe myself and my country a duty, to see what I see and what went into the making of the Constitution.”On the statement that the Liberian Constitution is a replica of that of the United States Constitution, the former Associate Justice said, “I am aware specifically, referencing impeachment, an obligation is imposed on the Legislature to promulgate rules of procedure, but more importantly the United States Constitution, as far as I am aware in relations to impeachment, it does not provide for due process of law. That due process of law was imposed by our framers and I indicated to you that many of the provisions in our Constitution have come from the experiences that our framers had with past governments.”Meanwhile, Chief Justice and presiding officer Francis Saye Korkpor last Thursday appointed President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie, as foreman of the jury, while Bong County Senator Henry Yallah was asked to serve as secretary to the jury.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Remapping of Guyana to begin in 2019

    first_imgCommissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn, at the Commission’s annual end-of-year press briefing on Monday said plans are in place to begin remapping the country. According to Benn, the last time Guyana was mapped was in the late 1960s.“We will begin work on this, this year, starting with Region One. This is coming at a cost of over $200 million,” he told media operatives.Additionally, Benn said the Commission has received estimates for the overall remapping of the country. According to him, estimates from international suppliers have been received and range from “£20 million (GY$5,277,906,928.82) to US$79 million (GY$16,509,420,000)”.The Commissioner said the importance of good base maps and generally updated maps cannot be overstated. He highlighted that work has commenced on the development of the land parcel database for Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) with the expectation that this will be taken “across the rest of the regions in the coming years.”“This is an important aspect in the management of all lands in Guyana since ultimately, a completed land information system enables the generation of accurate and important land statistics,” Benn explained.He added that this would aid data-driven development decisions and increase the efficiency in land management. The land parcel database involves geo-referencing of survey plans to determine which areas have been surveyed, which have not and which are vacant.last_img read more

  • No timetable as to when cause of North Peace Arena fire will be known

    first_imgThe Fort St. John Fire Department remains in the preliminary phase of their investigation as to what caused a fire in the gymnastics area of the North Peace Arena. The portion of the building received significant water and smoke damage, as well as fire damage in the offices and changing rooms.Captain Dan Golob of the Fort St. John Fire Department was unable to elaborate much but did say that investigators were waiting “on a couple of variables” before being able to get back into the building. As such he stated there was no time frame as to when the cause of the blaze will be known.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Opponents, proponents of raised minimum wage made discussion challenging: HRMA officer

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, .B.C — The Human Resources Management Association — representing human resources professionals in B.C. and the Yukon — is calling for a public advisory panel to objectively review, research, and oversee public consultation in hopes of arriving at evidence based recommendations to best address the minimum wage issue.A new report released this week was co-authored by HRMA Regulatory Officer Rock Lefebvre who says public discussion about the minimum wage is made challenging by virtue of conflicting philosophy, opinion, and conjecture in the absence of agreed upon scientific evidence and quality research.He notes advocates point to the positive effects of raising the minimum wage and opponents stress the possible negative repercussions, but we’re missing a holistic approach which objectively considers the cumulative effects of any change at all.- Advertisement -That noted we asked Mr. Lefebvre about the idea of raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, as advocated by the Provincial Federation of Labor, using comparisons of the BC wage to other provinces.last_img read more

  • Pamzo eyes Gor scalp as Posta seek bounce

    first_img0Shares0000Thirsty for the title: Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Omollo has warned that his team is a strong title contender.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo wants his side to bag all three points and ensure the gap between them and the top does not grow when they face leaders Gor Mahia on Wednesday afternoon at the Kasarani Stadium.The two sides played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Nyayo Stadium, but Omollo now wants his boys to go one better and win against the record 15-time champions especially after running dry in their last two games. “We do not want them to open a big gap at the top and looking at how we performed in the first leg, I think we can improve and win to narrow the difference in points between us,” Omollo told Capital Sport ahead of the fixture.The mailmen looked solid in the first leg where they lost only one match, but have drastically slowed down in the second leg.Omollo who featured for K’Ogalo during his prime playing days in the 90s wants his men to show their grit and determination to win their first ever title against a tough Gor side whose coach Dylan Kerr has not lost a single match since joining the team.Posta will miss the services of two players.  Defender Simon Mbugua is ruled out of the tie with illness while Charles Odette’s eagerly anticipated comeback has been put on hold again after failing to attain the required fitness levels.The former Sony Sugar defender has not featured for Posta this season having picked up a serious knee injury at the close of last season.Posta Rangers goal keeper Patrick Matasi pounces on the ball ahead of Gor Mahia’s Timothy Otieno during the first leg match of the 2017 season. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Posta come into the fixture on the backdrop of picking up only a point in their last two matches, losing to Nzoia Sugar away in Bungoma on August 6 before drawing 1-1 away to Chemelil Sugar a week later.Omollo hopes for a different approach when they face Gor and he admits it will not be a walk in the park for them.“I don’t think the Nzoia game will have an effect on how we play against Gor Mahia. We know in the back of our minds Gor are doing well but with the hard work we have done we will get something,” Omollo further beamed.The mailmen are placed third in the standings with 34 points, six behind leaders Gor. A win will scale them up to within three points of the top, something that hugely dominates Omollo’s agenda.Posta has beaten Gor only once over their last three league meetings, a 3-0 win in 2011 in a game that failed to end due to crowd trouble. Over the last three games, the two sides have played to draws.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more