INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.last_img read more

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RCB crushed as Gayle struggles again

first_img RCB were early trouble when Gayle fell to the third ball of the game without a run on the board, caught at first slip by JP Duminy off a tentative push at an out-swinger from left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan. Since his blistering hundred against England in the opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup last month, Gayle has struggled with scores of of 4, 5, 4, 1 and 0. Kohli, who struck seven fours and three sixes off 48 deliveries, put on 107 for the second wicket with de Villiers and another 63 with Watson, who made 33, to rebuild the innings. West Indies seamer Carlos Brathwaite took one for 18 from two overs. De Kock then took the game away from RCB with an innings that required 51 balls and included 15 fours and three sixes. At 50 for two in the sixth over, the game was still open, but de Kock and Nair put an end to RCB’s hopes in a 134-run third-wicket stand. Gayle fell BANGALORE, India, (CMC): Superstar Chris Gayle’s slump continued as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered at the hands of a quick-fire hundred by South African opener Quinton de Kock, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB rallied to an imposing 191 for five off their 20 overs, behind captain Virat Kohli’s 79 and South African star AB de Villiers’ 55, with seamer Mohammed Shami taking two for 34. In reply, de Kock plundered 108 and Karun Nair, an unbeaten 54, as Delhi roared to victory with five balls to spare. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson claimed two for 25 with his four overs of medium pace. The victory was Delhi’s second in three outings, while RCB have won one of two.last_img read more

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Police Impersonator Arrested in Bong

first_imgPolice in Gbarnga, Bong County have arrested and sent to court for prosecution, a 30-year-old man identified as Titus Kollie for masquerading as a police officer.According to the commander of the Crime Services Division of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Alvin James, the “fake police officer” was apprehended recently in Salala by some community members.Inspector James informed this reporter that the mimic chartered a commercial motorcycle from Ganta in Nimba County to Salala in Bong County with the common intent that he (Titus Kollie) is going to accomplish police operation in the area.   The CSD local boss explained when the police impersonator and the motorcyclist arrived at the Salala Immigration Checkpoint, the fake police officer decided to escape but the motor biker was swift to alert other security agencies assigned at the checkpoint that a police officer hired his service from Ganta to Salala but the officer has run away from him.  “Immediately after the motorcyclist made alarm, security launched a cordon security search for the uniform dressed police officer and he was apprehended by community members in Salala” Inspector James reiterated.He intoned that the fake police officer was charged with impersonating in accordance with the Liberian Panel Code and he has been sent to court for prosecution.When contacted at his police cell in Gbarnga, Titus Kollie admitted to the commission of the crime and furthered that he and his accomplices (but he the only one that arrested) have been in the business for the past three years.Kollie, who felt short to name his accomplices said they have been involved with motor bikes theft between Liberia and Guinea.He informed this paper that they are stationed in Ganta in Nimba County but their operative is in Gbarnga, Bong County, Monrovia and Lofa County.“All of us that are in this business do not have any knowledge on policing or have taken police training,” Kollie declared.He narrated that they escorted the stolen motor bikes in the police uniform to Guinea for business transactions.When questioned about how they obtain the police uniforms, Titus Kollie notify this reporter that they sometimes procure the uniforms from some of their friends who are currently serving in the police force or at time purchase the cloth and take it to handmade tailors. “Today is my bad luck day but frankly speaking we make some good money in the business,” he disclosed.Bong citizens who spoke to this paper recommend that the Government ban the importation of military and para-military materials in the country.The citizens also suggested that the government discourages people who are not military or para-military personnel from wearing any military or para-military materials. They advanced that government should also legislate this as a law banning the wearing of military materials by non military personnel in order to curb the growing wave of criminal activities in the country.The citizens said if government institutes this measure, it will be uncomplicated to identify military and Para-military personnel.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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D. Webster Urey V Dies – Former Assistant Minister of National Security, R.L.

first_imgThe death is announced of Mr. D. Webster Urey the Fifth (V),   which sad event occurred at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America on Thursday, November 20, 2014, following a brief illness.  He was 66. Following his graduation from Cuttington University College (now University), D. Webster V  commenced his professional career as Director of the Afro-Asian Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He was later appointed Assistant Minister in the Ministry of National Security in the Executive Mansion.Following the 1980 coup d’etat, he served as Assistant Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Liberia and as principal of Todee Presbyterian Mission.Webster later traveled to the USA where he lived for a number of years.  According to his younger brother, Mr. Benoni Urey, Webster returned home three years ago.Mr. D. Webster Urey the Fifth was born on January 25, 1948, the second of 11 children born to the union of Mr. D. Webster Urey the Fourth (IV) and his wife Mrs. Emma Boyce Urey.D. Webster V attended the Careysburg Public School, B.W. Harris Episcopal School and Lott Carey Baptist Mission where he graduated from high school.  He later matriculated to Cuttington University College, where he graduated in Political Science.He wedded Ms. Teplar Tumu Urey and this union was blessed with a daughter, Emma Sophie Urey.  This marriage having ended in divorce, D. Webster V entered into holy wedlock with Ms. Shirley Urey which union was blessed with a daughter, Danielle Urey.Mr. D. Webster V was also blessed with a son, Fongbana  Urey.Survivors include several children, including a son,  Fongbana; six daughters,  Emma, Patience, Elaine, Danielle, Darmain, Daria; a sister Mrs. Abigail Urey Ngara;   several brothers, Calvin (Dedosta), Emmanuel, Edwin (Kumba), Benoni (Mai),   Ernest, Oral (Fatu) and Evann (Barkari); and many other relatives.       The funeral service will take place in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA on December 6, 2014.  Shortly thereafter the body of Mr. D. Webster Urey V  will be flown to Liberia where the final funeral rites will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Careysburg, at a date to be announced.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chinese Medical Team Takes Service to Community

first_imgThe Chinese Medical Team working with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center has begun reaching out to communities in Monrovia with its services.Dr. Sun Lijuan, head of the team, told the Daily Observer Saturday in the Rock Crushing Community in Congo Town that they decided to reach out to communities to help those who are poor and unable to seek medical services at local clinics.She said the agreement between the Liberian and Chinese governments does not set a barrier between the haves and have-nots, and therefore they are under obligation to reach out to those who are poor and cannot access medical facilities.She said the team will reach out to communities in Monrovia and may extend to other parts of Montserrado County and surroundings, if time permits.Dr. Sun said the team liaised with community leaders to select the needy and 40 men, women and children, were identified for assistance.Among the conditions the Chinese Medical Team is treating are high blood pressure, diabetes, and malaria.The Team is accompanied by three Liberian medical personnel.In separate interviews, the head of the China-Liberia Friendship organization, Siafa G. Sheriff, said organization’s impact on Liberians has over the years been tremendous.Mr. Sheriff said the community outreach is one of the many accomplishments of the Chinese in Liberia, adding “that the current initiative is a way of reaching the common people in order for them “to directly feel the impact.”He said such a gesture is commendable because people do not have to spend money except to get to the center where the services are being rendered.The community chairperson, Krangar J. Diggs, lauded the Chinese Medical Team and said the process that leads to the selection of patients is transparent.Mr. Diggs said most of the patients who cannot afford treatment were treated, and they are grateful to the team for helping Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ECOWAS to Assist Liberia’s Elections in 2017

first_imgWith presidential and legislative elections scheduled in Liberia in October 2017, ECOWAS Heads of State and Government have directed the ECOWAS Commission to provide the necessary assistance to Liberia in conformity with the relevant provisions of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.According to a dispatch from Abuja, Nigeria, sub-regional Heads of State and Government took the decision during the 50th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel – Abuja on Saturday, December 17.In the communiqué read by Foreign Minister and Chair of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, Madam Marjon V. Kamara, at the end of the Meeting, the Authority also decided that in order to promote human rights and inclusive governance mainly with regards to women and youths, set aside January 16th of every year as the ECOWAS Human Rights day. This day is symbolic in the region as it marks the ascension to power of President Madam Sirleaf as the first African Woman Head of State.On peace, security and democracy, ECOWAS leaders reaffirmed the importance of peace, security and stability in the sub-region for the economic development of the region.They expressed deep indignation at the terrorist attacks of Friday, December 16, 2016 against a detachment of the Groupement des Forces Anti-terroristes de l’Armee (GFAT), which resulted in the death of 12 people whilst many others sustained injuries. The leaders strongly condemned this latest attack and expressed its sympathy and full solidarity with the people, Army and Government of Burkina Faso. They honored the memory of the victims of the attacks, presented its condolences to the bereaved families and wished the wounded persons speedy recovery.The Authority reaffirmed their determination to relentlessly pursue the fight against terrorism and lauded the efforts by Member States to prevent and address this scourge. They commended the activities of the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram, as well as the clear results obtained by the Force in spite of the difficulties encountered.On the situation in The Gambia, the Authority considered the worrying political situation there arising from the decision of President Yahya Jammeh to reject the results of the presidential election of December 1, 2016 which had resulted in the election of Adama Barrow as the president-elect of The Gambia.The Authority called on President Yahja Jammeh to accept the result of the polls and refrain from any action likely to compromise the transition and peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect.Additionally, ECOWAS leaders agreed to “undertake all necessary actions” to enforce the result of the election. Among the measures, they agreed to uphold the results of the December 1st 2016 election, guarantee the safety and protection of President-elect Barrow, attend his inauguration, which needs to take place by January 19, 2017 when the mandate of the incumbent president expires, called on the government and coalition parties to show restraint to preserve national unity and respect the will of the Gambian people as expressed in the election.In addition, the Authority requested the African Union and the United Nations to endorse the decisions of the ECOWAS leaders on the situation and to support the ECOWAS mediation, which will be led by Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari and co-chaired by out-going Ghanaian President JohnDramani Mahama and conducted on the basis of terms agreed by the Authority of Heads of State and Government. On the situation in Guinea Bissau, the ECOWAS leaders reaffirmed its deep concern over the protracted political and institutional crisis in that country due to the inability of political stakeholders to reach a lasting and consensual solution. They noted that the crisis undermines the implementation of commitments made by development partners since March 2015, to support the economic and social reconstruction of the country.The leaders urged the President of Guinea Bissau to comply with the provisions of the Conakry Accord and called on all parties to strictly respect and comply with the tenets of the Accord. They further commended the non-interference of the Army in the political crisis and strongly urged it to continue in like manner, though they reiterated the withdrawal of ECOMIB on June 30, 2017, directing the Commission to commence operations for the gradual withdrawal starting in the first quarter of 2017.On the situation in Mali, ECOWAS leaders noted that in spite of progress made there, there are still challenges to the full and effective implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, including insecurity, lack of commitment by some armed group signatories to the Agreement and inadequate financial resources, despite pledges made by the international community.They strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks on civilian populations, humanitarian workers, the Malian Defense and Security Forces, and MINUSMA, and reaffirmed its strong attachment to the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Mali. They reiterated support for the peace process and urged all stakeholders to comply with it.The Authority directed the President of the Commission to take the necessary steps to organize, as soon as possible, an international conference on the security situation in Mali, in conjunction with the AU and United Nations, with a view to accessing the most appropriate means of intervention likely to enhance the efficiency of the actions underway in order to preserve Mali’s territorial integrity.On West African economic performance, the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government welcomed the progress made in some Member States, nearing double-digit growth rates, but expressed concern about the region’s poor performance due mainly to the combined negative effects of the fall in oil prices since 2014 on the fiscal balance of oil-exporting countries, particularly Nigeria, deteriorating prices of other commodities, especially mineral ores as well as the fragile political situation in some countries.In this respect, they urged Member States to initiate the necessary structural reforms and take appropriate economic and financial stimulus measures in order to be less vulnerable to commodity price fluctuations and improve their economies’ resilience to exogenous shocks.On regional integration and development matters, the ECOWAS leaders expressed concern about the continuing obstacles to free movement of persons and goods in the Community and have invited Member States to take all the necessary measures to strictly implement all the provisions of the Protocol on free movement of persons and goods, right to residence and establishment.They welcome the setting up of the Presidential Task Force on free movement, and urged the Task Force to recommend as soon as possible innovative and effective measures to curb the scourge. They also directed the Commission to intensify awareness creation for the Community citizenry and regularly organize joint sensitization meeting between border security service and the local populations.On infrastructure development, the ECOWAS leaders emphasized the need to develop road, railway, air and maritime infrastructure necessary for boosting intra-Community trade, to enhance development prospects and to assist in the fight against poverty.On institutional matters, the ECOWAS Authority took note of ongoing institutional reforms in the Commission and other ECOWAS Institutions but stressed the need for the reforms to take account of the economic and financial situation within the region thus paving the way for the establishment of cost effective, efficient and sustainable structures for the Community. Meanwhile, outgoing Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who attended his last meeting, thanked his colleagues for its role in the success of his country’s elections. He also thanked the ECOWAS and other observer missions for the role they played in the successful elections.He extended an official invitation to his colleagues to observe the inauguration of his successor on January 7, 2017. “Ghana has enjoyed a very positive reputation as a model of democracy and I believe that this election has consolidated that reputation further,” he said.President Mahama thanked his colleagues for the friendship and cooperation he has enjoyed since he ascended to that high office. “My association with you has made some firm friendships and I will continue to keep these relations going forward,” he reaffirmed. He also thanked his colleagues for the opportunity to have served a Chair of the ECOWAS Authority, and recounted the many challenges during his tenure, especially the Ebola virus disease in 2014.He expressed great faith in the sub-regional body and believed that with the political will ECOWAS leaders are demonstrating they will be able to speed up the integration process within the sub-region for the benefit of the people.He also thanked his colleagues for the honor of asking him to work with Nigerian President Buhari on the Gambian crisis and hoped that they will work diligently to resolve it.On future plans, Mr. Mahama said he had none for now but to take a well-deserved rest after working for three years without a single break. Going forward, he hoped to be involved in sub-regional, continental global matters.The Chair of the ECOWAS Authority, President Sirleaf, in response, praised the outgoing Ghanaian president, for the leadership he has exhibited in all the many years he had served ECOWAS. “He was always demonstrated in quality of his interventions,” she said, adding that his leadership at home is also clear by the growth and development of Ghana. She asked that he continues to play a part in the sub-regional organization.The 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority will take place in Monrovia in May 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Immigration officer slapped with conspiracy charges

first_imgImmigration Officer Jonathan Rausch on Tuesday stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.The 25-year-old denied all three of the charges, which alleged that on April 1, 2018, while at his place of employment at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri East Bank Demerara, he conspired with a person or persons unknown to commit a felony by forging the Border Management System (BMS) with intent to defraud the public, purporting to show that Colombian nationals Juan Carlos and Maquilon Perez had entered Guyana on March 27, 2018.The prosecutor told the court that on April 1, at about 15:00h, a Beech jet from Aruba, bearing registration numbers N119TC, landed at the CJIA for an emergency fuel stop, and subsequently departed with Carlos and Perez without any documentation.An investigation launched revealed that the names of the Colombians were not featured on the manifest, nor were there any embarkment or dismemberment cards in favour of the duo, as is prescribed by the law.A thorough check of the BMS further revealed that the accused immigration officer had allegedly entered and updated those names into the system to show that the Colombians had arrived in Guyana aboard another flight.As suspicions grew, the accused was contacted, questioned, and subsequently told of the allegations, which he denied. Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan has placed the defendant on $150,000 bail, and has set the matter to continue on September 17.last_img read more

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Deputy Superintendent Todd charged with pensioner’s death

first_imgDeputy Superintendent of Police, Patrick Todd was on Monday charged for causing the death of 64-year-old Conrad August, who was struck down and killed on September 12, 2018 on the West Coast of Demerara.Deputy Superintendent Dexter ToddAs such, the Police Officer will make his appearance at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court today and the charge will be read to him by the presiding Magistrate.On the day in question, the senior Police Officer was heading east along the northern side of the Boerasirie Bridge in a motor car bearing registration number PTT 992 when he collided with August who was riding a pedal cycle.The injured man was subsequently taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital in an unconscious state. He was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, but died on his way.Preliminary investigations revealed that Todd was above the legal limit of alcohol consumption.Following recent reports of members of the Police Force being involved in fatal motor vehicular accidents while under the influence of alcohol, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has called for law enforcement ranks to be more disciplined in their personal lives, as he also called for more restraint when imbibing.The ranks involved in the recent accidents were both over the age of 21, with the senior of the two being reportedly close to retirement.last_img read more

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Note to print subscribers

first_imgTo our readers: Due to production problems at our printing plant in Valencia and the extensive wildfires that have engulfed the Santa Clarita Valley, most readers did not get their copy of the Daily News today. We will make every effort to deliver Monday’s newspaper with Tuesday’s. We apologize for the inconvenience and are making every effort to fix the situation. Ron Kaye, Editor AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

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COUNCIL LOOKING TO UNLOCK DONEGAL’S CULTURAL BAGGAGE

first_imgEmigrants on board a tender ship (1930s)Donegal County Council and the Donegal County Heritage Forum have joined with The Heritage Council to find out more about what Donegal people took with them when they emigrated to various parts of the world throughout the centuries.There has been much media attention over the last number of weeks commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in 1963.One of the most memorable stories is that of the family bible which Thomas J. Fitzgerald brought with him from Ireland when he emigrated in 1857. This family bible was used during the swearing-in ceremony of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Accounts of emigrant experiences such as that of the Kennedys has further inspired Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer with Donegal County Council to find out more about what Donegal people took with them when they emigrated from Ireland.“This may include objects such as suitcases, their contents, small household items, tools, religious artefacts and photographs that people took with them at the time of their migration or letters that people sent home,” he said.“We are also interested in hearing about the imprint that Donegal immigrants left on the landscape of their adopted homeplaces such as houses built in a similar style to those back in Donegal, placenames or graveyard inscriptions which refer to Donegal or also how Donegal people preserved the Irish language in their adopted homeland.“The County Donegal Heritage Office will publish a booklet based on the information that we collect and we are keen to have people contribute their own stories about the items that their family took with them”. If you would like to share your own family’s story or participate in this wonderful project please contact the County Donegal Heritage Office by e-mail at: heritage@donegalcoco.ie or by telephone at (074) 91 72576 as soon as possible. For further information, visit the County Donegal Heritage Office website at www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage. COUNCIL LOOKING TO UNLOCK DONEGAL’S CULTURAL BAGGAGE was last modified: July 12th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Donegal County CouncilHeritage Councillast_img read more

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