LBA Fails to Rush Elections; Congress, Elections Feb. 17 & 18

first_imgPerhaps the Liberia Basketball Federation is working against itself; for the second time, LNOC and Youth and Sports oficials have quashed the association’s rush elections set for February 6.The new dates are: Congress February 17, and Elections February 18. Information reaching the Daily Observer last night said, “Elections will go on after deliberations at the Congress are done.” It means that the elections’ date could be extended if the need arises, a source said.After a lengthy dialogue at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and LNOC officials yesterday, LBF officials were made to see the reason they should not have a congress and an election the same day, as planned.“They were told that Congress is an assembly,” said an official who was at the meeting and asked not to be named, “and therefore properly, the administration must provide a four-year financial and administrative report to the body for discussion.”LNOC president Philibert Brown was reported to have put his foot on the ground, recommending for the Rufus Anderson’s administration, whose tenure expired last November, to provide one year financial and other administrative report for Congress’ deliberations.“The elections are long overdue,” he was quoted as saying, “and therefore to demand a four-year report might delay them.”Outgoing president Anderson was reported to have said, “I concur to what Mr. Brown has recommended.”“The administration has been mandated to provide the documents to all club presidents for their review on February 2,” according to sources at the association.He said, “I think it is victory for those of us who have seen major leadership problems in the administration of basketball in the last four years.”Having won the first round of their cause, club presidents are demanding that the Elections Commission must set guidelines that allow for any club president or owner who desires to run for the leadership.And perhaps this is where the problem is. The administration has reportedly observed potential candidates that could sweep victory election day, and therefore it has been influencing guidelines to deny others from running.“We are determined to correct this,” another club president told the Daily Observer.Another problem the Anderson administration has condoned is the use of double names for the association: According to its Constitution, it is: the Liberia Basketball Federation, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer but official communication has: Liberia Basketball Association.“That in itself is against the Constitution,” a club president said.A second copy of a document circulated by Secretary General D. Allen Goodridge about the now cancelled Feb. 6 elections named a three-member commissioners instead of an election commission.Those named are Mr. Jerome M, Hodge, chairman, with members Ms. Sussie Hayes and Mr. John P. Sheriff. “This was hurriedly done by the administration when many club presidents raised issues in the first circular of January 10,” he said.Youth and Sports and LNOC officials insisted that the proper thing to do, in line with its constitution and not those of the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) is to use its own guidelines.“Mr. Brown told the outgoing administration to use its Constitutional provisions and not that of FIBA,” our source said.What then becomes the use of double names for the association?“Since the Constitution calls it LBF,” said another official, “why does Anderson’s administration refers to the body as LBF/LBA?”In the end club presidents who have said Anderson administration has outlived its usefulness will not relent until what one of them hopes must come to pass for the old administration happens.“We want basketball to take a new but positive course and we can achieve that only when we allow any owner and club president who desires to run in the forthcoming election do so without obstruction.” This is a challenge to Rufus Anderson’s re-election bid and as to whether he sees himself losing an election that his administration is determined to deprive others to run will be seen in the weeks to come.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nieuw Statendam to explore Norway Baltic Iceland and the Mediterrane

first_imgNieuw Statendam to explore Norway, Baltic, Iceland and the MediterraneanNieuw Statendam to explore Norway, Baltic, Iceland and the MediterraneanFollowing an inaugural season island-hopping throughout the Caribbean, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam will cross the Atlantic Ocean in late April 2019 and spend the summer and fall exploring northern Europe and the Mediterranean.The new Pinnacle Class ship will homeport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the summer. Offering an enchanting collection of seven- and 14-day itineraries to the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic, Iceland and North Cape, Nieuw Statendam will visit some of the most scenic and culturally rich ports in the region.In September the ship will head to the warm waters of the Mediterranean on a 12-day cruise from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Three 10-day cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia will explore the eastern and western Mediterranean. The ship then departs Civitavecchia Oct. 27 for a 14-day cruise back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.“Holland America Line is known for offering incredible itineraries that deeply immerse our guests in the places we visit, and for Nieuw Statendam’s inaugural season in Europe we crafted cruises that will deliver an unforgettable experience,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “By offering nearly six months of cruising in the region, we’re able to take the ship from Iceland to Greece and everywhere in between. We encourage everyone to book early because interest has been remarkably high for our newest ship.”Nieuw Statendam Showcases Norway in Summer 2019Once arriving in Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam will cruise seven- and 14-day itineraries. Two different seven-day itineraries offering nine departures from May through September call at some of the country’s most popular ports and feature multiple scenic cruising experiences.A longer 14-day Norwegian exploration departs June 9 and July 7, featuring eight ports in Norway while crossing into the Arctic Circle. Guests also will enjoy scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord, the North Cape and Sognefjord.British Isles and Baltic Round Out Nieuw Statendam Europe HighlightsThe Baltic awaits Nieuw Statendam guests on two 14-day itineraries in May and August, also sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam. The ship calls at the most sought-after ports in the region, with visits to Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; Warnemünde (Berlin) and Kiel (Hamburg), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg (overnight), Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden.Travellers looking to visit the British Isles and Iceland can embark Nieuw Statendam Aug. 4 for a 14-day cruise to Newcastle upon Tyne, England; South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland, for an overnight permitting guests to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo if they would like; Reykjavik (overnight), Isafjordur and Akureyri, Iceland; and Ålesund and Bergen, Norway.Mediterranean Cruises in the Fall Span the RegionIn September, Nieuw Statendam sails from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia on a 12-day journey that visits Ireland, Portugal and four ports in Spain. The ship then offers two 10-day cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia to Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Italy, while another 10-day itinerary visits ports in Spain, Gibraltar, France, Monaco and Italy.On Oct. 27 the ship repositions to Fort Lauderdale on a 14-day voyage that crosses the Atlantic Ocean following calls at Cartagena, Málaga (Granada) and Cádiz, Spain; and Ponta Delgada, Azores.Fares for Nieuw Statendam Europe cruises begin at $1,799 AUD per person, double occupancyThe Premiere Voyage and Inaugural Caribbean SeasonNieuw Statendam’s Premiere voyage will depart Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, Dec. 5, 2018, for a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale. The ship will spend the winter, holiday and spring seasons cruising roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on three or four-day Bahamas sailings, seven-day eastern or western Caribbean cruises and one 10-day southern Caribbean itinerary.Travellers looking to spend more time on board and experience the new ship can choose from 11- to 17-day Collectors’ Voyages that combine back-to-back Caribbean itineraries. All of Nieuw Statendam’s Caribbean cruises feature a call at Holland America Line’s award-winning private Bahamian island, Half Moon Cay, known for its pristine beaches, exciting shore excursions, exclusive beach cabanas and child-friendly activities.About Nieuw StatendamDue for delivery Dec. 1, 2018, Nieuw Statendam currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. The 2,666-guest, 99,500-ton ship will reflect the ongoing evolution of Holland America Line. While much of the ship’s design will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten. The ship will feature all of the hallmarks of Pinnacle-class design: grand, light-filled spaces; visual drama; and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.Holland America Line’s first ship to be called Statendam sailed in 1898, and this will be the sixth ship in the company’s history to carry the name. In combining the Dutch word for “new” with the classic “Statendam,” Holland America Line celebrates the company’s past, present and future.For more information about Holland America Line, contact a Travel Professional, call 1300 987 322 or visit hollandamerica.com.auSource = Holland America Linelast_img read more