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

Region 2 Chairperson shocked at conditions of Suddie Hospital

first_imgAfter receiving numerous complains about the poor services offered at the Suddie Public Hospital, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) the acting Regional Chairperson, Nandranie Coonjah and Councillor Arnold Adams, who is also the Chairman of the Regional Health Committee on the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) visited the region’s leading health institution on Tuesday afternoon.The lone chair at the Maternity Waiting Home, Suddie, Essequibo CoastThe two regional officials have since reported that the institution was indeed in very bad shape and services offered are of a very poor standard.Speaking with Guyana Times following the visit, Coonjah said she is very disturbed with the services offered to high risk pregnant mothers, who are housed inside the Amerindian Hostel in Suddie because the Maternity Waiting Home contract, which was awarded in 2016 and completed in 2017 is yet to be furnished. The acting Chairperson said she was shocked to see the condition of the only chair that was given to the High risk mothers to use at the hostel.Indigenous mothers coming from as far as Region One (Barima-Waini) are being housed in the hostel and the living condition is “very bad”, Coonjah said.The acting Chairperson noted that as a women’s advocate, she is very much dissatisfied with the treatment given to the high risk mothers and is seeking the assistance of a few businesses to donate chairs for the mothers before Mother’s Day.Councillor Arnold Adams said the Suddie Hospital needs to be completely rewired since the existing wiring was done about 60 years ago and that is causing many electrical problems at the institution. He added that many pieces of equipment have been damaged due to the faulty wiring, adding that over the past three years, staff have had to sun-dry the hospital’s laundry since the dryer was damaged and never fixed. Adams said on Tuesday there was a scheduled sitting of the Monthly Health Committee Meeting at the hospital but no one turned up for the meeting.last_img read more

Over 120 rice farmers’ crops ruined due to breach at Mahaicony

first_img– Govt commences corrective work, will take time to fixOver 120 rice farmers in several villages in Mahaicony are beginning to count their losses as a result of Saturday’s breach of the sea defence in that area. Up to late Sunday evening, farmers were assessing their losses and have blatantly blamed the Government for not addressing the erosion crisis in the area which was brought to their attention a few months ago.Up to late Sunday evening, farmers were assessing their lossesThe salt water still making its way into farmlands through other breaches The farmers have related that they would have invested their money in the present rice cultivation and due to the salt water, hundreds of acres of rice will be destroyed. Some farmers who rear cattle and poultry are also fuming since their lands are under salt water.In addition, cash crop farmers have vented their frustration with the slothfulness of the Government to address the situation when it was first brought to their attention.Speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday, Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal explained that the situation remains the same since the breach on Saturday. He noted that although Central Government has responded in a timely manner, the salt water has already caused millions of dollars in damages.In addition, he noted that close to 120 farmers will be affected while recalling that the Minister turned a blind eye on the situation when the matter of erosion was first highlighted. Ramphal noted that it is not only one area that has been affected but highlighted that along the coast, between Unity Village to Mahaica River, there have been several breaches.The breaches, he noted, is as a result of high tides and heavy downpours. Nevertheless, he did recall Central Government pumping $100 million to fix one of the breaches. Although those farmers on the north of the public road, in the direction of the seawalls, have been severely affected, those on the other side are not yet heavily affected.Areas such as De Hoop, Cottage and Mahaica Creek will eventually be affected if the rains continue since the main drainage to those areas is breached. Speaking with one of the affected farmers on Sunday, Chatram told Guyana Times that half of his 30 acres of rice has been under salt water.He stated that other farmers would have lost acres of rice and the possibility exists that they might lose more if the salt water continues to pour into the farmlands. He is optimistic that they will have some relief soon but has already started to count his losses.On this note, the Regional Chairman noted that it will take a few weeks to fix the breach since the materials to do so will have to be transported by sea. “Materials cannot be transported by land…the only way this could be done [is] if there are several days of sun”, he added.Meanwhile, the Government stated that affected residents between Broomhall and Danzigt can breathe a sigh of relief.Sea and River Defence Officer within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Kevin Samad in a release revealed that the dam spanning close to 125 metres at Danzigt has been breached.He admitted that erosion has led to the flooding of some of the rice and pasture lands. This, he added, has attributed to heavy rains and the Bellamy Canal being at full capacity. Nevertheless, water is receding into both Bellamy and connecting canals.Corrective measures that have been implemented include the full operation of the Bellamy sluice to drain water into the Mahaica River. This system is most functional at the low tide periods to ensure maximum efficiency.Additionally, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has mobilised 2000 tons of boulders to areas most affected along the sea dam between Prospect and Broomhall. On Sunday, an additional 1000 tons was dispatched to Danzigt and on Wednesday, another 1000 tons will be delivered to the affected area.With respect to the direct assistance given to rice farmers, a long boom excavator was mobilised to assist rice farmers to reinforce dams around their rice fields to prevent intrusion. On Tuesday, a second excavator is expected to be dispatched to the affected areas to bring relief to the farmers.For 2019, the Ministry awarded a contract to construct a permanent rip rap defence for the Prospect area. It is from this project that some boulders will be diverted to Danzigt to fully seal the breached section.Nevertheless, a tender will be opened at NPTAB on Tuesday to construct 350 metres of rip rap structure between Prospect and Broomhall.Meanwhile, corrective works have been affected by heavy rains over the past few of days.last_img read more

GoFundMe Campaign collects support for man injured in snowmobile accident

first_img“Due to the change in the economy in the oil and gas industry there is no guarantee there will be a company to return to once he is able.  If he wasn’t beaten up enough physically, just imagine the mental deterioration and depression of not being able to provide for his family.”He is still expected to be in hospital for at least another month.WARNING: The campaign can be found here, but be aware of disturbing photos on the page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help support the family of a local man who is in hospital following a gruesome snowmobile accident in early January.Robert Bing started the campaign on March 8, with a goal of $40,000. To date, the campaign has raised over $22,000.According to a grisly description of the accident, Robert’s younger brother, Anthony, endured severe injuries to his limbs while snowmobiling earlier this year. He was treated initially at Whistler Clinic, but eventually to Vancouver General Hospital, with major nerve damage to his right leg.- Advertisement -“Watching him convulse in pain to the point of passing out for weeks on end is the worst thing that I have ever experienced and I pray that this kind of accident never happens to anybody ever again,” wrote Robert in the description.10 days after his first surgery, it was decided for him to be transferred to Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouverr. Hospitals in Fort St. John and Prince George can’t admit him because they don’t have the proper medical care to take him in.In the time Anthony has been in hospital, Robert says massive medical costs have been incurred, such as physiotherapy, special medication, the hospital stay and other costs short-term disability and BC medical can’t cover. Anthony also runs a business in Fort St. John, and the nature of his injuries meant that he is not being paid anymore.Advertisementlast_img read more

Oh Mo! Farah gets golden send-off from press

first_img0Shares0000Britain’s Mo Farah pictured after finishing second to take silver in the final of the men’s 5000m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 12, 2017 © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 13 – British athletics legend Mo Farah was hailed by the British press on Sunday despite his glorious track career ending with defeat in the 5,000 metres world championships final.Although his silver medal performance was pushed out of the limelight by the drama of the men’s 4x100m relay, which saw fellow legend Usain Bolt collapse with cramp on his own swansong as Britain pulled off a remarkable victory, as well as the thrilling opening of the Premier League season, Farah still commanded many column inches. The 34-year-old saw his global championship win streak of 10 gold medals dating back to the 5,000m at the 2011 world championships ended as Muktar Edris of Ethiopia held off his desperate charge in the finishing straight.“End of the track for Mo” headlined The Sunday Times, adding that it was a “shattering defeat in front of an adoring crowd”.However, the paper eulogised about the performance by Farah — who came to Britain with his mother and two of his brothers from Somalia via a spell with his grandparents in Djibouti aged just eight — in the stadium where he had memorably achieved his first Olympic double in 2012.“If defeat is the making of a true champion, then Mo Farah left the track at the Olympic stadium last night as the greatest champion of all,” wrote its sports writer.“That he failed, beaten finally, for the first time at a major championships since 2011, by Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, stripped nothing from the legend.”Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris runs through the finish line to win ahead of Britain’s Mo Farah (R) in second in the final of the men’s 5000m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 12, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKThe Sun on Sunday, never one to miss out on an eye-catching pun, perhaps unkindly went with “Slow Mo”.However, Farah — who has had a tense relationship with large sections of the British media over the questions raised by his loyalty to controversial United States-based coach Alberto Salazar — would have been happier with what followed.“The 34-year-old is hanging up his spikes to take to the roads in the marathon after a stellar career which has seen him establish himself as one of the all-time greats of the sport,” purred the Sun correspondent.“Yet despite the huge support from the home crowd packed into the London Stadium, Britain’s hero was finally knocked off his perch as the king of long-distance running.”– ‘I was going to take Mo down’ –The Mail On Sunday headlined their tale of Farah’s final bow “Oh Mo!”They called it a “disappointing silver” but pointed to the remarkable career of Britain’s most successful ever athlete.And they took aim at America’s Kenyan-born bronze medallist Richard Chelimo for making Farah’s trademark ‘Mobot’ gesture and then running his hand across his throat as the 5,000m runners lined up before their race.“It is what it is, I just meant that I was going to take Mo down,” said Chelimo.The Observer remarked that those who had come in their thousands with their faces painted with “Go Mo!” and banners with “Run Farah Run” were to be left disappointed.It also commented on how his soon to turn five twin daughters Aisha and Amani had never seen him lose a major final before Saturday.“He curled into the foetal position at the finish, beaten in a major final for the first time in six years,” wrote the correspondent.“Silver on this occasion stung like defeat and salt was rubbed into open wounds by his conqueror, Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, performing the iconic Mobot at the finish.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

REVEALED: Arsenal ‘almost completed’ deal for French starlet

first_img1 Kingsley Coman Arsene Wenger has revealed he tried to lure Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman to Arsenal.The 19-year-old has been a hit for the German champions this season after joining on loan from Juventus in the summer.However, Wenger has now revealed that he tried to sign the Frenchman back in 2014 when he was at Paris Saint-Germain.Coman, though, turned down the Gunners and joined Juventus on a free transfer after his contract expired with PSG.“Yes we really tried to sign Kingsley Coman in the summer of 2014,” Wenger old beIN Sports.“The transfer was almost completed, but he preferred Juventus.”last_img


first_imgA well-known Donegal family have launched a new online business called SELLM8 which will target the lucrative second-hand market believed to be worth €5billion.Donegal entrepreneur Liam McGettigan and his business partners Bernadette O’Neill officially launched the new venture at the CoLab building last Friday. Canadian entrepreneur David Boulette who has an impressive CV in business is also a partner in SELLM8 and delivered a presentation on the new company’s plans.Minister Joe McHugh was on hand to support the new Donegal business and said he hoped it create new jobs in the North-West. WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL FAMILY LAUNCH NEW ONLINE BUSINESS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewspic specialSELLM8last_img read more

Wayne Rooney ‘excited’ by Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester United

first_imgWayne Rooney says he is excited by the prospect of working under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.After Louis van Gaal’s departure, former Chelsea boss Mourinho was confirmed as his successor on a three-year contract last week.The self-styled Special One is a long-term admirer of Rooney and tried to take him to Stamford Bridge back in 2013.“It’s exciting,” said the United and England captain. “Jose is one of the best managers in the world.“He knows the Premier League really well. For myself and the other United players, it’s exciting times and I’m looking forward to it.”Rooney is also excited by the potential of his United teammate Marcus Rashford and the prospect of playing together at Euro 2016.After making his first-team breakthrough in February, the 18-year-old has been in outstanding form for United and scored on his England debut against Australia last Friday.His rapid rise has continued with a call-up to the Three Lions squad for this summer’s finals.“I think the way he took to coming into the Manchester United team and the way he’s performed from when he’s come in until the end of the season has been incredible really,” said Rooney, ahead of England’s final warm-up game against Portgual on Thursday.“He’s certainly showed what he can do in his first game for England, getting his first goal in the first couple of minutes.“I think what’s pleasing about him is his attitude. It’s first class and that’s shown around the hotel and on the training pitch and he deserves it.“He could be a real positive for us.” Ed Woodward shows Jose Mourinho around Manchester United’s Carrington training ground 1last_img read more

Security stepped up for Games

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaPescante said he and Pisanu will travel to Turin on Jan. 23 for security checks at each of the Olympic venues in the city and mountains. The country has been on high alert since the July 7 suicide bombings in London’s transit system, with security measures stepped up at airports, government buildings, embassies and monuments across Italy and $12 million added to the Olympic security budget shortly thereafter, devoted mainly to transportation. Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s government says it is taking seriously purported Internet threats by Islamic militants who say Italy, like Britain, could be attacked because it has troops in Iraq. About 9,000 police officers have been mobilized for the Olympics, and a central control room is hooked to 21 onsite operational centers with connections to police and intelligence services of numerous countries. Guards holding automatic rifles keep watch over the competition venues on foot, or in jeeps previously used by peacekeepers in the Balkans. “The military has been here since March, because we’re soft targets,” said Ivo Ferriani, the competition manager for bobsled, luge and skeleton at Cesana, about 60 miles from Turin. “This is my sixth Olympics, and the level of security has increased a lot. Everything has changed, first because of Munich in ’72 and then because of Sept. 11.” TURIN, Italy – Paramilitary police in battle fatigues patrol narrow mountain roads and guard entrances to venues in Turin and in the nearby Alps. Out of sight, intelligence experts keep tabs on possible terrorists and other potential troublemakers. Less than a month before the start of the Feb. 10-26 Winter Olympics, Italian authorities are rolling out a massive security operation to protect the 2,500 athletes, 5,000 officials and 1 million spectators expected to attend the Turin Games. “Everything is under strict control and strict surveillance,” the government’s Olympics supervisor, Mario Pescante, said Wednesday in an interview. “With all the men, technology and money devoted to this, we’ve done everything possible.” Italy’s top security official, Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu, warned last month the Turin Olympics could be a target for terrorists, but said there were no “clear signals” of imminent attacks being planned. center_img The government considered closing Italy’s borders, but instead decided to increase controls, particularly at the frontier with France about 10 miles from Sestriere, hosting Alpine skiing while guaranteeing free access under the European Union’s open borders policy, according to a top security official. Air space over the Olympics will be closed, with the Italian air force providing missile protection and maintaining close contact with military allies, the official told The Associated Press. He asked that his name not be used because the ministry has not made official announcements on the measures. The United States, Britain and Israel are among the half-dozen countries helping Italy prepare. Neither the government nor Olympics organizers will say how much is being spent on security; $1.4 billion went toward security at the 2004 Athens Olympics. “With all the talk about security before Athens, it sounded like World War III was going to explode during those Olympics. And what did it result in? Spending more money,” said Valentino Castellani, president of TOROC, the Turin organizing committee. “The message we need to give to the citizens of the world is that we will be stronger than any form of terrorism.” While TOROC has been plagued by budget shortfalls, resulting in spending cuts in various sectors, Pescante said: “With security, we didn’t spare any expense. Everything that was asked for was received.” The government has been fine-tuning its plans for months, using many of the same measures used to protect more than 100 world leaders and the 2 million pilgrims who came to Rome after the death of Pope John Paul II in April. Last month, Luigi Rinella, the Italian police liaison with the U.S. government, said Italian authorities are conducting surveillance on numerous people through wiretaps and other intelligence operations. He said they include suspected Islamic militants, anti-globalization protesters and anarchists. “There’s always concern. When you leave the house, when you take the subway, when you go to the airport how can you say everything is under control? That’s impossible,” Pescante said. “But we’ve done everything that was asked for. We’re combining military intelligence with experiences from past Olympics. We know what the vulnerable parts of an Olympics are.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more