Hunters gear up for first home game

first_imgOpening the round three match in a restructured rugby stadium formerly known as the Lloyd Robson Oval (now the National Football Stadium), the hunters are keen for a better challenge after winning two of their away games and currently running second on the Intrust Cup ladder.The Tweed Heads, on the other hand, have won their first game and lost the second to the top team – Burleigh Bears.Seagulls will make their training for this week count before taking on the sturdy Hunter’s side this weekend.However, the Hunters are proud to host the match at their home under the well refurbished stadium, for the first time in front of their fans and family, as they promise to make this game count despite being down with some key players.Tickets for the game are now available as of this afternoon at all Stop N Shop outlets in the city.last_img read more

Unbeaten Cornwall in FLOW Cup final

first_imgMontego Bay’s Cornwall College, the self-styled original CC, cooled fellow daCosta Cup high-flyers Clarendon College 4-2 in a hotly contested first ISSA-FLOW Super Cup semi-final at Sabina Park yesterday to reach next Saturday’s final.The match was a thrilling encounter highlighted by sharp-shooting forward Jourdaine Fletcher, whose hat-trick secured a famous win for Cornwall. He got his goals in the 59th (penalty), 62nd and 89th minutes. Aiden Jokomba had scored the opening goal for Cornwall.With yesterday’s three-timer, Fletcher took his FLOW Super Cup tally to seven and he promised fireworks in the final.”Today is my best game. I was waiting on this match a while and I just executed. We are the original ‘CC’, and we will give 100 per cent in the final,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.He added that beating Clarendon gave him a great feeling.”Words can’t explain how I am feeling right now. I am feeling very great. We played to the game plan, and that’s what coach had asked the team. I have a lot more goals to come and I want to go past 30 in the season,” the clinical forward added.Clarendon’s scorers were Shemar Hunter, who scored with a long-range strike to draw his team level inside the 36th minute, while captain Creggton Charlton slammed home a brilliant free kick from 20 yards in the 40th minute to register his fifth Super Cup goal.FLETCHER IN TOP FORMCornwall, with their star man Fletcher in top form, dominated the second half with their crisp short-passing and rapid counter-attacks. Fletcher with his deft body swerves proved difficult to handle.Tempers also flared during the half and a number of yellow cards were issued as players clashed on the field.Cornwall’s coach, Dr Dean Weatherly, called it a very big win for his unbeaten team.”It was a very, very big win, considering we are in a final, and it shows how hard we are working and everything is coming to the fore now. We said we are champions and you have to behave like champions,” he said.The coach and management team of Clarendon College declined to comment.last_img read more

Your Service to Your Country Is Invaluable

first_imgSince 1957, February 11 each year is celebrated as Armed Forces of Liberia’s Day, set aside by an act of the Legislature to be celebrated as a national holiday. But for Montserrado Electoral District #2 Lawmaker, the AFL deserves being celebrated everyday of the year, even if such celebration means just a line in every day’s prayer.Representative Sekou S. Kanneh made the assertion over the weekend in Monrovia in a brief chat with journalists. The chat was meant to express his appreciation for the appointment and taking over of Liberia’s first post-conflict citizen-Chief of Staff for the AFL; describing the move by the Liberian government as a single most significant strive in recent times towards empowering Liberians to take over their own governance.Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankhan was appointed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and took over the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as Chief of Staff from Nigerian Army Major General Suraj A. Abdurrahman, who served that post since June, 2007.According to Rep. Kanneh, the appointment of a Liberian- Army Chief of Staff will serve as a serious motivator to AFL soldiers’ current state of mind in the defense of their country and people. “Now, the soldiers see a friend, a brother and a comrade whom they’ve known and trained with during the years. The soldiers know him and believe in him. That is what is most needed in any organization. This is a plus for all men and women in arms,” the Honorable Lawmaker said.“Although I couldn’t make it at the official celebrations, seeing the soldiers do what they did, no one has to guess it. Liberia truly now has an army it can rely on. They are discipline, they are trained and they are our own; and that is what we as Liberians need to understand and accept most: ‘that the army is what we’ve got and that it is what we must build to be what it ought to be; to be that force for good; to be that force that dares to defend,” the Montserrado Lawmaker emphasized as he watched local television stations relay AFL soldiers parade the streets of Monrovia.“All that I can say to these men and women in arms is that their service to their country is invaluable. Nothing is compared to their service. We love them and we appreciate them,” the lawmaker ended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NOCAL Fights Back, Brags of Many Successes

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has for the first time responded to its former boss Christopher Neyor’s assertion that the sector was being mismanaged under the current leadership.Neyor had claimed that several initiatives instituted under his administration as NOCAL CEO/president, including foreign scholarships for Liberian students, particularly in the energy sector, were being used by the current leadership to exploit the huge crowd that always floods in to have a share of the program.In an apparent response yesterday in Monrovia, NOCAL dismissed assertions of Mr. Neyor, stressing that there has been “impressive improvement” in every department of the company.Addressing a news conference, NOCAL president Dr. Randolph A. W. K. McClain noted that the present NOCAL management has achieved more in terms of accomplishments in the sector than at any other time in the recent past.Relative to transparency and accountability in the sector, NOCAL believes that despite its imperfection, the board and management have continued to be as transparent as possible in their financial and other dealings.Dr. McClain: “In this regard, NOCAL has for the past two consecutive years published its budget on its website (, and in the local media. And like all other government institutions, NOCAL is subject to audit by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).NOCAL’s Scholarship program is certainly one of the entity’s flagship projects. In the past, only modest attempts were made in this direction. Since then, especially under the current NOCAL leadership, the scholarship program has been expanded exponentially, and has become much better structured than before.NOCAL has not only significantly increased the number of scholarship beneficiaries, but has now established clear cut and appropriate criteria for granting scholarships. (These criteria are often published in the media for the benefit of the public).Also, beneficiaries or deserving students now come from all over the country and not just from a limited geographical area or a specific community.Indeed, from a small number of four (4) students granted NOCAL scholarship to study abroad between 2010/2011 and with 15 beneficiaries in 2011/2012, the present NOCAL leadership is proud to state that in 2012/2013, a total of 20 students benefitted from the scholarship scheme. And for the current 2013/2014 period, the entity is processing 33 beneficiaries who are slated to attend various graduate schools overseas for academic year 2013/2014. Thus from an expenditure of US$300,000 in 2010/2011, NOCAL is poised to spend over US$3 million on scholarship in 2013/2014 — constituting a hundred percent increment over the amount spent on such overseas scholarship grantees in previously.Again, unlike in the past when the scholarship program was randomly implemented, it is now focused and tailored to the needs of the Petroleum industry, especially in regard to specialization—with students studying for post graduate degrees in oil and gas related disciplines.Meanwhile, NOCAL is concurrently supporting 1,513 scholarship beneficiaries locally—attending various institutions in the country and studying in various disciplines relevant to the development not only of the oil and gas industry, but also of the country as a whole.At the Local level, NOCAL-sponsored students can be found at various institutions of learning, including the University of Liberia; Cuttington University; African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZU); United Methodist University (UMU); African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU); Stella Maris Polytechnic; Smythe Institute of Management  & Technology; Lofa, Grand Bassa and Leigh-Sherman Community Colleges.”On the issue of vocational education, NOCAL brags of instituting a critical and pivotal system to build the capacity of street boys and girls with vocational training.NOCAL can now boast of nearly 1,150 vocational students benefitting from the entity’s vocational scholarship program at various institutions across the country, Dr. McClain indicated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marriage certificate delay hinders Guyana as a wedding destination

first_imgOverseas couples wanting to get married in Guyana may be thwarted by the delay in acquiring their marriage certificate.This was according to the Director General of the Tourism Department, Donald Sinclair during the launching of the 10th annual Wedding Expo on Friday evening at Roraima Duke Lodge, Duke Street, Kingston.He stated that the process of acquiring a marriage licence could be a setback for couples coming to Guyana to get married and may be the reason why Guyana is not listed as a tourist destination for weddings.Director General of the Tourism Department, Donald SinclairThe Director General however noted that the Tourism Ministry is working closely with the Citizenship Ministry to resolve this issue and more so, to reduce the amount of time a couple has to wait before receiving their certificates.Sinclair said the law requires a newly wedded couple to spend 14 days in Guyana before the marriage certificate is acquired.“We need to pay attention to the legislation which will make it more attractive for persons to get married here, that in itself has been a setback for many years so now we need to look at it from a tourism standpoint,” Sinclair said.Nevertheless, he noted that if the destination idea is taken much more seriously, Guyana can grow as a wedding destination.Brainchild of the event, Captain Gerald Gouveia, while delivering his address urged Government to change the legislation highlighted by Sinclair.“People leave to go to Jamaica to get married, people leave to go The Dominican Republic to get married; those countries are beautiful but Guyana is amazing, imagine getting married at the Kaieteur Falls or at Orinduk Falls or in the Rupununi or at Baganara. Young people would love to come to Guyana to get marries but can’t so we are using this Wedding Expo as a platform to urge the Government to look into the legislation,” Gouveia noted.Gouveia further stated that Guyana has the potential to become one of the most sought after destinations in the Caribbean, while noting that certain framework has to be set.The Wedding Expo, he noted, has been one of such events that can showcase Guyana as one of those destinations over Jamaica – a country where couples flock to get married due to the fact they do not have to wait a long time to acquire their certificates.The three-day affair was launched with great pomp and high expectations with over 40 exhibitors on show.The expo is being used as a vehicle to provide yet another opportunity for a couple to get married under the spotlight.last_img read more

Teachers resume duty after 9 days of strike

first_imgA large number of teachers turned up to work on Friday, after staying four days away from their classrooms and a total of nine days from duty due to a salary dispute between the Education Ministry and the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU).Although many students were not present in the schools this newspaper visited, those who were there were being taught and supervised.A few teachers posted statuses on social media on Friday, expressing their joy to be back in school to do the jobs they love.Some students, also turned out to school for the first time for the semester on Friday.President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Mark Lyte, on Thursday called off the nationwide strike wherein about 4000 teachers were off duty. He assured his cheering teachers that no deductions will be made to their salaries, and there will be no loss of seniority. The decision to call off the strike came after an agreementStudents gathered outside the St John’s College on Waterloo Street, Georgetownwas arrived at for the Education Ministry and the GTU to go to arbitration.Thousands of children across the country were affected, although the Education Ministry would have drafted a contingency plan wherein about 400 substitute teachers were deployed.These substitutes included volunteers, trainees and retired teachers.Students were being sent home in some cases, while some were left with no option other than to return home due to school gates and doors being closed.The arbitration committee will be agreed upon by the two bodies on Tuesday, when they meet to discuss the way forward.Teachers descended to strike and protest action after several failed talks with the Education Ministry in regard to wage increase.A 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage would be increased for all categories of represented teachers.For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020). They recently changed their demands and said they were willing to accept a ‘substantial’ payout from the Government even after the GTU rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19.last_img read more

Electrorecycle, NEAT partnering for appliance recycling round-up

first_imgElectrorecycle and NEAT are partnering for an appliance recycling round-up. The event will be held tomorrow at the Fort St. John Curling Club from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.Examples of some of the items that can be turned in for recycling are small household appliances, power tools, and exercise equipment among others.Electrorecycle spokesperson Chris Dagenais said collection events are held in an effort to increase awareness of the program.- Advertisement –last_img

Mbappe praised after PSG beat Bayern

first_imgBut Mbappe, with his frightening pace and skill, set up Cavani’s magnificent strike that made it 2-0 and left David Alaba for dead as he created Neymar’s goal in the second half.“Kylian is progressing well. He has great talent and great desire to help the team grow,” said coach Unai Emery of the 18-year-old, who got the biggest roar of the night from the 45,000 home fans in the French capital when he made way for Angel di Maria late on.“The idea when we signed him was that he would help the team grow and the team would help him grow too. His was a complete performance.”The French teenager was making just his second appearance at Parc des Princes since arriving from Monaco on an initial loan deal that will become permanent next year, for a fee rising to 180 million euros ($211 million) with bonuses.Only Neymar, at 222 million euros, will have cost more in the history of football and along with Cavani, PSG look to have a potentially Champions League-winning strike force.But they will need to remain in this form and avoid the kind of tensions that marred the recent win over Lyon, when Cavani and Neymar argued over who should take a penalty.“The expectations on us were big, which is normal after the transfer window,” Mbappe told Canal Plus. “It’s just the beginning. We wanted to put in a big performance against a great team and we did it.”– Bayern going backwards –The ‘MCN’ attack have now scored 18 goals between them this season and they have also made PSG more adaptable, able to transform into a side that soaks up pressure before destroying opponents on the break.“Normally we control games with possession against deep-lying defences. Today they defended higher and had the ball but we controlled the game without it,” said Emery, whose side have scored eight goals and conceded none in two European outings.“In the Champions League we must never think we are the best because we are not. There are lots of strong sides, and Bayern came here to impose themselves,” said midfielder Marco Verratti.“I think the way we played, defending well and not conceding, (title-holders) Real Madrid have played very well like that in the last two years.”While PSG move forwards, on this evidence Bayern are heading in the opposite direction after suffering worst group-stage defeat in the Champions League in 16 years.Javi Martinez came close to equalising for the Bundesliga champions in the first half but they were not up to their usual standards, in keeping with a below-par start to the season.“I thought before the game that they were very strong, very dangerous. We prepared to have good control of the match and we did, but we didn’t have the necessary balance and that was the key,” admitted under-pressure coach Carlo Ancelotti.Ancelotti also dismissed questions from German media over his decision to leave Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels on the bench at kick-off.“I have no regrets,” said the Italian, whose team host Celtic next.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe lines up with the ball during the match against Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONPARIS, France, Sep 28 – Kylian Mbappe was singled out for praise despite being the only member of Paris Saint-Germain’s superstar attack who didn’t score in Wednesday’s big Champions League win over German giants Bayern Munich.Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar netted as PSG eased to a 3-0 victory at Parc des Princes to make it two wins from two games in Group B and take a huge step towards progressing to the last 16.last_img read more

Done deall! Aspas leaves Liverpool for Sevilla loan spell

first_imgLiverpool flop Iago Aspas has joined Sevilla on a season-long loan.Aspas arrived from Celta Vigo for £7.2m last summer and was immediately handed the No.9 shirt at Anfield.But he endured a nightmare season on Merseyside, starting just six games and scoring only once – against Oldham in the Fa Cup.Sevilla offered him an escape route and he was delighted to join them on loan for the coming campaign. 1 Iago Aspas last_img

Several die as Libyans storm Italian consulate

first_img “The situation is calm now,” he said. The riot appeared to be a reaction to Italian Cabinet Minister Roberto Calderoli, who said this week that he would wear a T-shirt printed with the cartoons, which have provoked protests across the Muslim world. His remark was widely published in Libya. Calderoli wore the T-shirt beneath a suit Friday. Hours later, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi asked for his resignation, the ANSA news agency reported. Libyan television showed police officers carrying Kalashnikov rifles in the street outside the consulate, and the newscaster told viewers that “some protesters sneaked into the compound and set part of the consulate on fire.” The Italian consulate is the only Western diplomatic mission in Benghazi. There was no demonstration outside the Italian Embassy in Tripoli, a possible indication of greater state control in the capital. Politics is tightly controlled in Libya – a former Italian colony – and open dissent is rare. The Italian ambassador to Tripoli met late Friday with the Libyan interior minister, “who expressed the condemnation of his government for the acts of violence occurring in Benghazi,” the Italian Foreign Ministry said. In Pakistan, the cleric Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi said the mosque and the religious school he leads would give a $25,000 reward and a car for killing the cartoonist who drew the caricatures – considered blasphemous by many Muslims. He said a local jewelers association would also give $1 million, but no representative of the association was available to confirm the offer. “This is a unanimous decision by all imams of Islam that whoever insults the prophets deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize,” he said. Qureshi did not name any cartoonist and he did not appear aware that 12 different people had drawn the pictures. A Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, first printed the caricatures in September. The newspaper has since apologized to Muslims for the cartoons, one of which shows Muhammad wearing a bomb-shape turban. Other Western newspapers, mostly in Europe, have reprinted the pictures, asserting their news value and the right to freedom of expression. In Denmark, a spokesman for Jyllands-Posten declined comment on the bounty offer. But Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard, president of the Danish Journalist Union and spokesman for the cartoonists, condemned it. “It is totally absurd what is happening. The cartoonists just did their job and they did nothing illegal,” he said. He said the cartoonists – who have been living under police protection since last year – are aware of the reward and are “feeling bad about the whole situation.” Pakistani intelligence officials have said scores of members of radical and militant Islamic groups have incited violence in a bid to undermine President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s government, a close ally of the United States. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Rioters charged the consular compound and set fire to the first floor of the building, the Italian Foreign Ministry said. Domenico Bellantone, an Italian diplomat, said 10 or 11 people – all Libyan – had died. Antonio Simoes-Concalves, an Italian consular official in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, said Libyan police were not able to control the crowd. “They are still continually firing,” Simoes-Concalves said Friday night, speaking on the telephone from inside the consulate where he was holed up. About an hour after Simoes-Concalves spoke, Bellantone said the rioters had dispersed. TRIPOLI, Libya – Libyans angry over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad rioted at the Italian consulate Friday, storming the building and setting it on fire. A diplomat said at least 10 people were killed in clashes with police. It was the deadliest demonstration yet against the cartoons, which have set off violent protests throughout the Muslim world. At least 29 people have been killed altogether. In Pakistan, a cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing the cartoonist. Denmark, where a newspaper first published the cartoons, temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan and advised its citizens to leave the country. Libyan security officials said 11 people were killed or wounded during the riot in the eastern city of Benghazi when police firing bullets and tear gas tried to contain more than 1,000 demonstrators hurling rocks and bottles. The casualties included police officers, but the officials declined to say how many people had died. last_img read more