Western Bureau:Deano Frater scored in the 57th minute for Brown’s Town High to eke out a share of the points against Steer Town Academy in a Group I ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup game yesterday at the Addison Park Sports Complex.The home team had to battle their way back into the contest after Jerome Lowe gave Steer Town the lead in the seventh minute of a rain-drenched contest.Meanwhile, Rusea’s High sent a clear warning to rivals, with an 11-1 thrashing of Cambridge High to go clear in Zone B on nine points.Former champions Glenmuir High were also rampant in a 5-0 thrashing of Porus High to take the lead in Group M on six points.But at Brown’s Town, the home side actually ended the match with 10 men, after the referee issued midfielder Jaden Lucas a second yellow card in time added on for stoppages after 90 minutes.Elsewhere in the group, York Castle edged Ocho Rios 1-0 for second in the group on seven points, behind leaders Marcus Garvey on 10.Steer Town are next on six points, with Brown’s Town struggling with three points after four matches.Back in controlThe second half, however, belonged to the host, who took control of midfield through captain Vashean McBean, Jamala Barnaby and Dante Hanson.The trio were instrumental in them getting the equaliser, which came when Frater benefited from a mistake by Kashief Gentles in the Steer Town goal to fire into an empty net.Steer Town’s toughest test will be on Saturday, when leaders Marcus Garvey come visiting, while Brown’s Town meet second place York Castle.Over in Group A, St James High jumped to the front of the pack on seven points courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Green Pond, who remain stuck on a single point.Cornwall College who were idle yesterday are on five points and second in the group. Herbert Morrison High also tasted victory, with a comprehensive 2-0 defeat of Muschett for their first win in two matches.Yesterday’s resultsSpalding 1 Knox 1Green Pond 0 St James High 1Denbigh 1 Garvey Maceo 3Cambridge 1 Rusea’s 11Herbert Morrison 2 Muschett 0Titchfield 3 Buff Bay 0Holmwood 2 Christiana 0Happy Grove 0 Port Antonio 1Alston 3 Bellefield 0Glenmuir 5 Porus 0
The former Presidential Convoy Chief indicted of being in possession of 10 bags of marijuana weighing 315 kilograms and valued at L$330,750,000 (US$3.7M), has denied the drug-related charge. Defendant Perry Dolo denied the allegation on Friday, June 27 when he and four co-defendants appeared before Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice for the first time to listen to the reading of their indictment.At Friday’s hearing when the indictment was read to them in open court, all of the defendants alleged that they were innocent of the crime levied against them by the Government of Liberia.Their denial shifted the burden of proof to the prosecution to produce evidences to the court and jury to establish that the defendants committed the act.Though the crime is still a bailable offense, the defendants were denied access to bail as provided for under the Liberia Law.Granting the defendants bail would have released them from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison to await their trial.The House of Representatives recently concurred with the Senate to make narcotics-related offenses “non-bailable crimes under the laws of Liberia.” The bill, however, is yet to becomr law.Dolo and four other persons—Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewion and Mohammed Bah—were arrested on November 9, 2013, at a joint security check point in Tieni, Grand Cape Mount County.They were subsequently indicted with the crimes unlawful possession of narcotic drug and criminal facilitation by the Grand jury in that county.Though they were indicted by the Grand Jury for Grand Cape Mount County, the case was later transferred to the Montserrado County, particularly at the Criminal Court ‘C’’ where they are currently on trial.In the indictment, the defendants were arrested with a high quantity of compressed cannabis drugs known as “marijuana” that was transported in a Police Nissan Patrol jeep marked “Police Escort GSA-LNP-10-41” a decommissioned presidential escort vehicle.It alleged that Dolo’s vehicle on two different occasions passed through the joint check point at high speed with siren on, giving the impression that the President Sirleaf’s convoy was travelling in that direction.The indictment further alleges that on the two occasions the police jeep passed through the joint security check point, not a single government official or vehicle followed Dolo’s escort jeep.Based on the constant attitude of the operator of the Nissan Jeep, securities at the checkpoint decided to keep surveillance on it.According to the indictment, the security officers also planned to inspect the car whenever it came back to pass through checkpoint.It was during their inspection that the defendants were arrested with the ten big bags of marijuana weighing 315 kilograms valued as LD$330,750,000.Initially, the document alleged, defendant Dolo escaped from the jeep in his police uniform and disguised himself. Fortunately, the indictment said, he was arrested by civilians in the area before being turned over to the joint security.As for defendants Augustine Saah and Sekou Roger, they were arrested at the joint check point during the search exercise.Giving details about the arrest of defendants Mohammed Bah and Cyrus Slewion, the document alleged that they were picked up while negotiating for the release of the jeep and the marijuana.Bah is a driver for Dolo’s Taxi marked TX-8429.According to the indictment, Dolo call Bah in Monrovia and asked him to contact defendant Cyrus Slewion on Gurley Street in Monrovia to go to Grand Cape Mount County to solve a problem he Dolo was facing.When Slewion arrived in Grand Cape Mount County, the document maintained, Dolo pleaded with him to go to the check point and negotiate for the release of his vehicle and the police jeep, and Slewion was arrested in the process.Defendant Bah, the document claims, took a plastic bag containing assorted clothes and gave it to Dolo, who immediately changed the previous police uniform he was wearing.Besides, the document said Bah went with Slewion to negotiate for the release of the jeep and the consignment of marijuana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,In recent months, there has been an inordinate attempt to pander to the African Guyanese community, as the real issue of facing an election which the incumbent clearly cannot win becomes imminent.First it was the Buju Banton show and the issuing of free tickets to African Guyanese patrons to attend the show; then there was the visit to certain depressed African Guyanese communities by the Reggae legend, all in an attempt to garner votes from those constituents.But the situation is still bleak, as that target group shows apathy towards the upcoming election; or voting, for that matter.This is a worrying factor, a very worrying fact for the PNC, who are down at the ropes; so, in a last-ditch desperate move, they have called on their erstwhile counterpart, to see if he can get them through this one.The PNC have again called on the services of Moses Nagamootoo, to see if he can revive African Guyanese interest in the PNC. So, in his usual style, he has announced that there will be free education at university level.Now, Nagamootoo is again doing some fancy footwork, but this time in the ‘black’ community, hoping that somehow, somewhere, he at least can get the voters out on election day.But this is a hard and heavy road to travel, because, for starters, they have gotten a stark rebuke from Buju, who told them that they cannot preach cohesion when the other races are left out of the equation. Second, and most importantly, Afro-Guyanese have grown wary and very suspicious of this “free talk.” They were burnt very badly in the last election when promises galore came from the PNC and the AFC alike, and those promises never materialised; so this time around would be no different.This PNC-led Coalition is in great distress, because voter turnout in their main constituencies is at an all-time low, and it seems nothing can change that perception in the people’s minds. In this regard, their target group has rebuffed them yet again.Respectfully,Neil Adams
A recent article alleging that a British parliamentary committee claimed that Liberia could not account for US$60 million of European Union financing for the health sector has been found to be inconsistent with records and facts seen and obtained by this newspaper.An article published by a Ghanaian online site, alleged that members of the British parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) expressed concern that some of the monies sent to Liberia through EU were allegedly not disbursed to targeted areas evident by the recent Ebola outbreak which has overwhelmed the country’s health sector and sent the Liberian economy tumbling into downturn.However, investigations launched by this newspaper into the IDC’s alleged indictment show a completely different story as opposed to what the report has painted.“We have to ask whether Liberia would have dealt better with the original outbreak and prevented its spread had $56 million from the EU been spent as intended by the Liberian Ministry of Finance [and Development Planning] on its health system,” the British Parliamentarians had questioned in their IDC report, following recent visits to Liberia and Sierra Leone where they had gone to ascertain the impact of the deadly Ebola virus on two of West Africa’s worst-hit nations.According to the committee, Liberia’s Finance Ministry’s reported failure to provide what it calls a “clear-cut report” placed many of the “gains made by earlier Department for International Development (DfID) programs at risk”.The UK Parliamentary Committee through its Chairman, Sir Malcolm Bruce, said the scale of the Ebola crisis unfolding in Liberia and Sierra Leone may be connected to “declining levels of international support for health system improvements in what remain two of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.”Contrary to the said report, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), had actually made direct disbursement of US$26 million to the Health Sector, through two tranches of payments for fiscal year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 respectively.According to a highly placed source from the MFDP, who preferred anonymity, as the Ministry is yet to release an official statement on the IDC report, government’s actual spending toward health sector support over the referenced two-year period amounted to US$26 million; with another US$26 million still pending to be spent on the health sector, from the total US$52 million EU-approved funding for Liberia’s health sector support.The health sector saw a steady rise in its budget in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, consistent with information contained in the GOL fiscal outturn for the period. From 2011 to 2014, the sector has seen over US$177.2 million dollars investment including direct budget support from donors but excluding support from other mechanisms like the “Pool Fund” and the “Global Fund”.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare received over US$136 million dollars to service its costs including personnel and logistics.In the same period, various referral hospitals and medical centers received around US$40 million dollars from the central government.“I don’t know how the EU budgetary support works with other countries, but in our case, EU-approved funding is only disbursed when government has done actual spending toward the health sector and presented supporting documents to the donor. It is like pre-financing,” our MFDP source also stated.Highlighting some of the serious contradictions in the IDC report, another MFDP high ranking staffer disclosed that EU’s entire support to the Liberian health sector made through the Government amounted to US$48.7 million from 2009 to 2014.“Is the IDC report computing the US$22 million that EU had spent and managed on organizations like Save the Children, IRC, Merlin, Médécins du Monde and Redemption Hospital to be included in the US60 million given to support health care in Liberia for two years, out of which the Liberian government is said to have spent only US$3.9 million?” the source wondered.Although the British MPs’ report noted the significant progress both Sierra Leone and Liberia have made over the past decade, and that both countries are at a critical juncture where it is likely to take at least a generation of sustained support to secure lasting benefits, observers believe that the British Parliamentarians – who actually summarized their report by calling for continuance of aid to the region – should have done due diligence in properly analyzing the statistics of their Government and people’s contribution to the government and people of Liberia.As the international community rallies around countries ravaged by the deadly Ebola virus disease, many believe the sustained support will show dividends, as is being evidenced in Liberia, where the virus has been reported to be on a significant decline.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberian taekwondo expert, Master Herbert Hansley has a sense of humor about inventions, and that was exactly why he had developed his own version of the famous Asian fighting philosophy, taekwondo, and has renamed his version Kpelle Do. He defines it as ‘The way a Kpelle man fights.’An ethnic Kpelle, his fighting style: Kpelle Do is similar in nature to the Asian Hap Ki Do, also another version of self defense with bare hands and feet.“Kpelle Do is not a system to cause harm to others,” he told the Daily Observer in an interview recently. “But it is the way a Kpelle man fights in self defense and body fitness.”He made that statement with a smile, mixed with humor, but noted that it is a serious fighting sport like its Asian counterparts.He said this is not a style to injure others.“Like its Asian counterpart, (Taekwondo) Kpelle Do is a form of style that is used to defend or protect the weak, like women and children from abusers,” he noted.Organized in 2005 in Monrovia, Master Hansley said Kpelle Do has been helping providing physical education support to many of its members.He is popular among the Taekwondo community in the country, he said.With background in law enforcement, Master Hansley who initially graduated from Tubman High School in Monrovia, went to the United States and made incredible progress in education and career.“For the last several years I have been coming back home with the idea to contribute to the country’s reconstruction,” Master Hansley said.He is also a member of the Emmanuel AME Church and provides outreach support, materially and otherwise to 29 kids in the church’s orphanage center.A member of the foreign board of the Diana E. Davis Elementary and Senior High School, his personal CV speaks volumes of his ability to help Liberia in the law enforcement area, where his passion is in the wake of UNMIL drawdown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several hinterland communities in Region One (Barima-Waini) are to benefit from potable water as the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) continues its drive to ensure that all citizens have access to potable water.This ongoing project will see the installation of several new wells in the communities this year.In fact, the water company has already drilled a new well at Koko, Moruca, which will provide potable water for approximately 500 persons within 102 households at a total cost of $8.7 million. The well has been tested, and an agreement is being signed with the community to undertake civil works to ensure the well supplies the community by next month.This project is also providing employment for the residents of Koko. The Koko Health Centre and Primary School will also benefit from reliable access to potable water.Meanwhile, GWI is advancing construction of filters and a new pumping system in Hosororo, Mabaruma, which will allow residents access to treated water for the first time. The works being undertaken will see residents benefiting from extended hours of water supply, and increased level of service. An additional storage tank will support the supply of the Wanaina Pump Station to the service area.Presently, materials are being sourced, and works have already commenced in Georgetown on the prefabrication of the filter tanks, which will be transported to the community. Following this, construction will commence on site. The Hosororo Primary and Nursery schools and the Health Post will benefit from access to potable water.The supply system, projected to be completed over the next three months, will be providing water to more than 100 homes at a total investment cost of almost $20 million.Works are also expected to commence on the drilling of a new well at Kamwatta (Barima/Waini), which will see approximately 600 persons gaining first time access to potable water, including the Kamwatta Health Centre and Primary School.GWI has already secured a no-objection to secure half an acre of land, and the contractor will soon mobilise at the project site. The completion date for the project is the second half of 2018, and this project would provide jobs for the residents of Kamwatta during the execution.Moreover, the water company has drilled a new well in Oronoque. It is currently in its developmental stage, but will aid in providing potable water for approximately 200 persons as well as the newly constructed hospital in the community. This project, being executed at a total cost of $18.9 million, would also provide jobs for the villagers of Oronoque. It is estimated that the works will be completed by next month.Additionally, some 500 residents of Rincon will gain first time access to potable water following the completion of a $3.5 million water supply improvement project in that community.GWI, through the Santa Rosa Village Council, is currently conducting works which entail the installation of 1.5 km of transmission lines in the community. The company noted that 90 per cent of the pipe laying has been completed, and the installation of individual service connections is ongoing.This section of the community is sourcing water by way of rain water harvesting and from a shallow well which operates with a hand pump, located at the centre of the community. The completion of this project will see all residents in Santa Rosa receiving a reliable supply of potable water.
0Shares0000Mexico beat South Korea to edge towards last 16. Photo/REUTERSROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 23 – Mexico laid one foot in the World Cup’s last 16 and left South Korea on the brink of elimination after goals from Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela clinched a 2-1 victory in Rostov on Saturday.Hernandez became the first Mexican player to score 50 goals for his country, after 104 appearances, with Vela earlier opening the scoring through yet another penalty kick. Son Heung-min’s stunning long-range effort in stoppage time gave South Korea a glimmer of hope but it was too little too late.Mexico lead Group F on six points after two games, having backed up their shock victory against Germany with another display to suggest they can go deep in this tournament.South Korea, beaten by a Sweden penalty in their first match, had their chances but again lacked cutting edge up front.Yet to register a single point in Russia, they are left needing a miracle to progress.After 28 games at the World Cup, there have now been 14 spot-kicks, 11 of them converted, and there could be little complaint about this one, coming after a blatant handball by Jang Hyun-soo, Vela stepping up to convert.In temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius, Mexico were rewarded for another controlled performance that combined possession in midfield with pace and penetration in attack. Hirving Lozano, the match-winner against Germany, was excellent again in particular.Before their opening goal, however, it was South Korea that created the better chances.Only a brilliant saving tackle from Lozano denied Lee Yong tapping in at the back post before Son saw three quick-fire shots come to nothing, the first two blocked, the last skewed wide.But Mexico’s penalty in the 27th minute was clear. Jang tried to block Andres Guardado’s cross but inexplicably slid with his arm outstretched above him and the ball struck the defender’s hand.Vela was made to wait by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, who played for time by swigging his water and chatting to his team-mates, but there was no mistake. Vela slid home.The game became more open in the second half as South Korea perhaps pushed too hard too soon, and it was little surprise when Mexico doubled their lead.They were fortunate not to concede a foul for a clear trip by Hector Herrera in the build-up but Lozano found Hernandez and the striker did the rest. The former Manchester United striker’s dummy-shot fooled the lunging Jang before a scuffed finish rolled past Jo.Son should have capitalised on a Rafael Marquez mistake late on but made amends in the 93rd minute with a fabulous effort that soared into the corner. Mexico, however, held on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Russia spent over $10 billion on stadiums and infrastructure for the World Cup. Each of the 11 host cities either got a brand new arena or had an existing one refurbished.Of the seven brand new stadiums built for the tournament, three are located in Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Saransk.The three second-division clubs in these cities had record attendances in the 2018-2019 season.Volgograd averaged more than 22,000 spectators per home game since the beginning of the season, according to statistics. Nizhny Novgorod averaged just under 20,000 spectators, while nearly 15,000 watched games in Saransk in central Russia.Russian Premier League crowds have also been boosted. By the start of a winter break in December, average attendance in the top flight has grown by roughly 30 percent to 17,000 spectators per match compared to previous years.Russian media have taken great delight in writing about the country’s packed modern arenas, a far cry from windswept antiquated Soviet-era stadiums.In late August, a whopping 31,000 people gathered at Nizhny Novgorod’s 45,000-seat stadium located at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers to watch FC Avangard Kursk beat the city’s local team 1-0.“Thank God football on the whole and players in particular have become very popular in Nizhny,” said Alexei Rokotov, a sports journalist in the city of 1.2 million people.He said residents — and not just fans of the local team — liked to spend their time at the stadium, comparing such outings to a visit to the movies.“People just come to watch football, to look at the stadium, it’s not far from the centre,” he said.The Nizhny Novgorod stadium was the venue for France’s World Cup quarter-final win against Uruguay © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEAt between 200 and 400 rubles (2.6 to 5 euros), ticket prices in the city are attractive too.– ‘Politicised football’ –Many had criticised the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games for their exorbitant costs, and one of the government’s top concerns was to avoid the World Cup stadiums going to waste after the showpiece was over.President Vladimir Putin has demanded officials draft a World Cup “legacy” programme to raise attendances and boost youth player development.The sports-mad Russian leader banned local authorities from allowing the stadiums to be turned into outdoor markets like in the 1990s.The authorities are pulling out all the stops to support football clubs in the cities where the new stadiums were built.“In Russia, football is very politicised,” said Kirill Kulakov, chief of the Moscow-based RMA Business School and head of its department of sport management.In Nizhny Novgorod, authorities saved a local club from bankruptcy in the hope it would eventually join the top flight.The region promised tax cuts to companies supporting the club.Russia even moved Saint Petersburg-based Dynamo — which had long languished in the shadow of Zenit Saint Petersburg — to the Black Sea resort of Sochi to occupy the Fisht Olympic Stadium there.It will play in the Russian second tier under a new name — FC Sochi.But filling Sochi’s 47,000-seat stadium — which was built to host the 2014 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and hosted World Cup games including Russia’s quarter-final exit on penalties to Croatia — has not been easy. Crowds rarely exceed a few thousand spectators.– Costly upkeep –Not all stadiums have had a successful transition to domestic use – the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, pictured during the World Cup, is often near-empty © AFP/File / Jonathan NACKSTRANDWith Russia’s economy hampered by relatively low oil prices and Western sanctions, maintenance of the new arenas is expected to be problematic.Kulakov said: “The stadiums are supposed to be handed to local authorities and then privatised if there’s a request for it from local clubs.”Depending on the venue, the upkeep costs 200 million rubles ($3 million) to 330 million rubles ($5 million) a year and will likely be more costly in the future.Currently the property of the federal government, the arenas are expected to become responsibility of regional authorities from June, 2019.Some regions — like the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad whose venue is rarely filled — are expected to struggle.“Some of the stadiums were built where there are no representatives of the Premier League and I know that additional work is ongoing because they were built in a rush,” Kulakov said.“People did not think what would happen after the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 45,000-capacity Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, pictured during the World Cup, has attracted big crowds since the tournament © AFP/File / Johannes EISELEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Feb 4 – Many thought the football craze in Russia would not last and the shiny new stadiums built for the World Cup would rapidly become “white elephants” the country could not afford.But in the six months since the hosting of the month-long football extravaganza some of the stadiums have attracted big crowds and attendance rates have gone through the roof.
Mauricio Pochettino 1 Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have already laid the foundations to win titles in the future but says his young side must grow up fast if they are to reach their full potential.Spurs’ young stars like Dele Alli and Eric Dier have flourished under Pochettino this season while the club is making strides off the pitch too, with revised plans for their new stadium receiving council approval this week. It suggests Tottenham’s long-term future is bright but there is an opportunity in the short-term too as Pochettino’s side look to take advantage of teams faltering at the top by finally securing a place in the top four.Their momentum took a knock, however, with last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle, ending a 14-match unbeaten run in the league, and Pochettino admits his starlets must mature if they are to achieve success this season.“It is difficult to be consistent when you start,” Pochettino said.“At Tottenham after 18 months we have put the basis for sure in the future to win some titles. We are sure because the basis is very strong.“We have a very young squad that can only improve for the future. We only need time.“We have the youngest team in the Premier League so sometimes we have to expect that we have bad days, like we had Sunday.“It is important to analyse and say, ‘hey, we need to learn about that and move on quick’ because football doesn’t wait for you.“We take a risk to have a younger player in the squad so we need to help them a lot. That is important to be consistent.“We have been consistent from the beginning but different moments will be tough for them and now they need to have the tools to move forward.”
1 18-year-old Rashford has impressed with seven goals in his first 16 senior appearances for Man United Manchester United’s teenage striker Marcus Rashford has been invited to England pre-Euro 2016 training camp, but it remains unclear if Roy Hodgson will take him to the summer’s finals in France.Rashford, 18, has won many admirers for his rapid rise at Old Trafford, having scored seven goals in 16 games in his debut campaign.Back-to-back braces, against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and Arsenal in the Premier League, in the first two senior appearances of his career quickly led to calls for an England call-up, and Hodgson refused to rule out the possibility of taking the youngster to the tournament.And it is now understood Rashford will be given the chance to impress ahead of this summer’s finals in France.Hodgson has delayed naming his 23-man squad until Monday, and it is understood Rashford will NOT be on the provisional list.But the Three Lions boss has until May 31 to lodge his final squad with UEFA, which means Rashford may have a chance to force his way onto the plane.The United youngster will be unable to play in England’s warm-up friendly against Turkey at the Etihad Stadium due to the FA Cup final.But he COULD be free for selection five days later for another friendly against Australian at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.Hodgson is reportedly stalling on deciding who should replace the injured Danny Welbeck.Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, and relegated Newcastle’s Andros Townsend are obviously choices, but Rashford would well be in the frame if he impresses.