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  • WI Women hoping to break semi-final jinx

    first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women are determined to break their semi-final jinx when they clash with New Zealand Women in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Wankhede Stadium here today.The Caribbean side have never reached a T20 World Cup final, having fallen at the final four at each of the last three events, and captain Stafanie Taylor believes her side is poised to finally get over this mental hurdle.Taylor, meanwhile, has been the most consistent batsman with scores of 40, 40, 35 and 47 at the top of the order, while those around her have struggled.”Today in training, I actually said at the meeting that I think this is the fourth time that we will be in the semi-finals, and this time around it’s not actually against Australia, so I think maybe that’s a plus for us,” Taylor told a media conference here yesterday.”But we definitely want to cross this barrier. We’ve been here too many times not to know how to approach it, and today, at training, the vibes there was fantastic, and that’s what I want to see going into tomorrow’s game, so we just hope we can put our best foot forward and go out there hard.”UNDER-19 SUCCESSThis time around, the Windies Women have a special belief which has been further bolstered by the success of the Under-19 West Indies team at the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.”We’ve been talking about since the time the Under-19s won the tournament. It’s more like an inspiration for us,” Taylor noted.”We know that we came close in the past and this is like more drive to actually go out there and do the job and to see that both men or in the semi-final, and playing at the same ground I think that’s fantastic. We definitely just want to go out there and do our best.”She added: “On Twitter and Facebook, it’s just blowing up to know that both of us are actually in the semi-finals. Everybody is just behind us a hundred per cent and giving us good feedback.”It’s about us going out there and actually doing it. I think it’s a mental thing tomorrow … they say 75 per cent of the game is played there (mind) and I think it’s on that day who is actually more composed. If we try to do that, we can pull this off.”last_img read more

  • Prez. Sirleaf to Speak at Ebola Conference Today

    first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today deliver the keynote address at the First National Ebola Conference focusing on the perspectives of community leaders. The event will take place in the Bella Casa Conference Hall in Sinkor.  The two-day conference, planned for March 19-20, is organized by IREX and NAYMOTE, with funding from USAID. About 100 participants from across various communities in Liberia are expected to attend. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, the Centers for Disease Control, USAID, traditional leaders, government officials, international NGOs among others will grace the conference.  Community members will share their experiences with officials of government, local and international organization actors under the theme “Ebola’s Impact on Communities:  Learning from Their Experiences to Plan for the Future.”Participants will reflect on the Ebola crisis, analyze its impacts, and highlight the mistakes, challenges and success stories.The conference is a result of 60 Community Leaders’ Forums organized by eight national NGOs through IREX/USAID grants. The input from over 1000 ordinary community leaders in thirteen of Liberia’s fifteen counties revealed common issues across the country and enlightening information on how the communities set about dealing with them.This week’s conference will host panel discussions on four thematic areas identified by the community leaders.  They are Government Communication and Engagement with Communities, Health Care Infrastructure, Social and Traditional Issues and Emergency Preparedness. Panelists will include community leaders, government officials, and representatives of international and local organizations.  In her remarks to US President Obama about the Ebola crisis, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “The one critical element in all of this was our people, particularly our community people … they took responsibility, they took leadership and they took ownership. And going forward, we want to strengthen them.”The conference’s goal is to facilitate the President’s desire to strengthen Liberia’s communities by providing them a forum for sharing their experiences and perspectives with all stakeholders.At the end of the first national Ebola Conference, the organizers will document lessons learned, best practices of community engagements  and recommendations by publishing a report to begin the process of national healing and planning the next steps toward post-Ebola recovery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Australia, Italy, Vietnam, Others Accredit Ambassadors to Liberia

    first_imgPresident Weah receives Letters of Credence from Italian Ambassador Stefano Lo Savio. jpgSeveral countries, among them Australia, Italy, Botswana, Vietnam, Guinea Bissau and Thailand, have each accredited their respective ambassadors to Liberia.This development came just a day after President George Weah received letters of credence from six ambassadors from three continents; another batch of six ambassadors similarly followed with impressive exchange of friendly pleasantries.The six ambassadors, who on Friday, January 25, 2019, presented their letters of credence to President Weah, bring to 12 within a week the number of diplomats announcing their arrival and assignment in the country.The latest ambassadors who have promised to strengthen and expand diplomatic ties with Liberia come from Australia, Thailand, Guinea Bissau, Italy, Botswana and Vietnam.While receiving the diplomats at intervals, President Weah expressed heartfelt gratitude to their respective governments and peoples for seeing the need to consolidate their relationships with Liberia.The President said he was convinced the presence of these countries in Liberia would yield substantial mutual benefits for Liberia and their respective countries.In his welcome remark to Australia Ambassador, Andrew Barnes, the first to present his Letters of Credence on Friday, February 1, 2019, the President expressed gratitude to have him in the country, and that he looked forward to building a more cordial and beneficial relationship with Australia.“I hope your coming will help strengthen our relationship,” President Weah said, adding: “Liberia and Australia’s ties have come a long way, and it is my hope that we will work together for the benefit of our two nations.”The Australian Diplomat said it was an honor representing his country in Liberia, which he said has enormous potential to flourish economically.“Our relationship with Liberia has been strong and excellent,” Amb. Barnes said.He disclosed plans by Australian firms to invest in the country, particularly in the area of mining.Also presenting his Letters of Credence, Ambassador Aroon Jivasakapimas of Thailand, recounted fond memories of Liberia as a country of good hospitality.Amb. Jivasakapimas assured that his country’s ties with Liberia will boost bilateral cooperation.In the same vein, Guinea Bissau Envoy Ernesto Muntaga Jalo praised the diplomatic ties between Liberia and his country, noting that President Weah, who did not need an introduction, was truly an inspiration to the African continent.He said President Weah made enormous contributions to the continent which cannot be ignored.Amb. Jalo said President Weah’s leadership will help move Liberia forward.Diplomat Stefano Lo Savio of Italy said his country and Liberia’s relations have come a long way, and in the best interest of peoples of two countries.Amb. Savio said the Italian government has interest to invest in Liberia’s oil and gas sector.For Ambassador Pule Batimanki Mphothwe of Botswana, Liberia and Botswana share things in common. He therefore expressed the hope that the ties between the two countries will garner enormous strength.Also presenting his Letters of Credence, Ambassador Pham Anh Tuan of Vietnam said Liberia and his country will benefit from diplomatic relations.The presentation of letters of credence was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office of the President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Embattled AFC executive charged

    first_imgBerbice brawlEmbattled Executive Member of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Abel Seetaram on Wednesday appeared at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court charged with illegally wounding his cousin, who is a plantain chip vendor.It is alleged that on Sunday, January 21 at Number 11 Village, West Coast Berbice, Seetaram wounded Nateram Rabindranauth.Magistrate Rhondel Weaver granted Seetaram bail in the sum of $100,000 on the felonious wounding charge and ordered that he returned to court on February 7, 2018.Embattled AFC executive Abel SeetaramIt had been reported that the two men had an altercation which led to the incident. It was also reported that Seetaram and his son inflicted a series of blows on the father of one. The embattled politician’s wife was also part of the fracas.On May 30, 2016, Seetaram was fired from his post as Special Representative to the Prime Minister. Back then, a release was issued stating that the Office of the Prime Minister has “terminated with immediate effect the services of Abel Seetaram as Regional Representative of the Office of the Prime Minister for Region 5”.Reports are that his firing came on the heels of comments he made on social media, where he lashed out at the AFC for “disrespecting him” after members of the party held an outreach without including him.He was also involved in another incident a few days before which saw him crashing a new and expensive Government-owned vehicle while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.Reports are that on May 8, 2016, Seetaram allegedly lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into the fence of a businessman. He was subsequently charged with being an unlicensed driver, dangerous driving and breach of insurance.It is alleged that it was not the first time he has been involved in such a situation which resulted after he became intoxicated.last_img read more

  • Tourism Awareness Month school talks commence

    first_img…as Restaurant week takes shapeIn observance of Tourism Awareness Month 2018, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has announced a schedule of events, which will be executed throughout the month of November. These activities would have started early with engagements at the educational level. Themed, “Promoting Sustainability, Celebrating Diversity”, the month of awareness is aimed at portraying Guyana mainly for its natural characteristics while placing emphasis on the adventure and cultural experiences which once can experience during their stay.Partnering with the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), the list of activities was officially launched with input from the Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin.Gaskin used the platform to point out that concentration needs to be placed on what the country has to offer in relation to nature-based tours.The GTA Director, Brian Mullis assured that they are willing to collaborate with the private sector to ensure that Guyanese are given affordable travel packages throughout the year.The events started with school talks at Linden Foundation Secondary School, Tutorial High School, JC Chandisingh Secondary School, and Anna Regina Secondary School and will wrap up on November 14.Meanwhile on Friday at the Giftland Mall, a Tourism Sector Fair is planned in an effort to increase public awareness. The organisations are encouraging the public to visit the event where they can learn about available tours and opportunities to see the beauty of Guyana. Participating companies include Old Fort Tours, Dagron Tours, Rainforest Tours, Evergreen Adventures, Lake Mainstay and the Aruwai Resort.The excitement will continue with a Scavenger Hunt on November 24. This activity is intended to “engage the younger generation, to promote teamwork and drive conversation about tourism”.THAG in collaboration with Tourism Department of the Business Ministry is also set to host the Guyana Restaurant Week, regional tourism planning and development workshops and the launch of the Guyana Rum Route among others.last_img read more

  • Region 2 to launch stray campaign

    first_imgThe Regional Administration of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) in collaboration with the Municipality of Anna Regina have taken the decision to launch a new campaign targeting the numerous strays that line the roadways posing imminent dangers to motorists and other road users.A meeting, which was held on Monday last in the boardroom of the Anna Regina Town Hall with Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt, Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall, Senior Representatives of the G Divisional Police, the Essequibo Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Councillors and other stakeholders who discussed means and ways to get rid of the many stray animals roaming the roads, streets, playgrounds, parks and other public places within the township.A public sensitisation campaign is presently ongoing by the Council, advising residents of the township to remove all strays before the rolling out of the campaign. It was suggested that all abandoned donkeys be caught by the Stray Catching Unit and placed in a holding area on a dam in Richmond until they can determine a more permanent solution.From left: Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, Anna Regina Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall, and Police representativeThe staffers of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and the regional engineer are currently fixing the barricade. Additionally, the other animals will be impounded at the municipality’s pound in Anna Regina. Drivers, farmers and residents were bitterly complaining of the many stray animals roaming the roadways causing many accidents. Farmers welcomed the move because of the damages they suffered on a daily basis due to these stray animals.The police in the region promised to give their full cooperation to clear the roadways and streets of these animals and will be working closely with the Township.Regional Chairman Ramdatt said that he is very much disappointed with the Regional Road Safety Committee which is doing nothing to make the road a safer place and is strongly calling on the Committee to get their act together and bring some safety to road users in the region.Meanwhile, the Mayor said that he will be seeking the assistance of the Public Infrastructure Ministry to have one of the trucks that were designed to hold the animals which are in Georgetown to be placed permanently in the region.last_img read more

  • Fort St. John high school boy’s rugby team drops to 0-2 this season

    first_imgThings were looking good for the team at halftime. There was no score at the break, however a try in the second half put Dawson Creek out in front as they went on to win the game 5-0.Coach Clayton Woodruff was happy with what he saw from his team, saying the players battled and were close on a few occasions when it came to tying the game.“Our guys played really great today; it was a really close game,” Woodruff says. “We had at least three opportunities on the five yard line and just didn’t quite finish it. They got a good kick away and gained the field back and we just didn’t quite get it across the line, but it was anybody’s game.”- Advertisement -There were a number of improvements for the team throughout the game that were a focus in practice. Woodruff was glad to see the team bring those forward into the game. “We didn’t get sucked into the rucks, which is something that we’ve been working on, and we stayed wide and we covered our man. We made some good tackles and I was really happy with that,” said Woodruff.The team now moves on to a tournament in Vanderhoof over the weekend. Woodruff hopes the tournament gives the players the experience to learn more about the game.Advertisement “I mostly don’t want any injuries. I want my kids to go down there and have a good time, and enjoy tournament rugby for what it’s worth and learn more about the game,” he explains.The team concludes its regular season on Tuesday.last_img read more

  • Parent/Child golf tournament to be held at Links on Sunday

    first_imgFort St. John Links will be staging their Parent/Child golf tournament on Father’s Day. The nine hole event will begin at 10 a.m. with lunch being included in the registration.A number of prizes will also be handed out at the day’s conclusion.Members of Links can participate at a cost of $20. Non members can also play for $30.- Advertisement -Those wanting to tee off at the event can get in touch with Fort St. John Links by calling 250-785-9995.last_img

  • Del Toro won’t face death penalty

    first_imgAccording to court filings and testimony to the grand jury that indicted Del Toro in November, Flores suffered a broken jaw and other facial injuries before she was strangled during a visit to Del Toro’s home. Investigators said he then attempted to transport the body, but it fell out of his pickup truck’s bed and got lodged in the rear wheel well. Investigators said he removed the body, but it left a pool of blood and created a trail from his driveway to where Flores’ body was recovered. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A former Los Angeles fire captain charged with torture and murder in the slaying of a woman whose body was found near his Eagle Rock home will not face the death penalty if he’s convicted, officials said Thursday. Prosecutors announced their decision during the arraignment of David Del Toro, charged in the August slaying of Jennifer Flores, a 42-year-old acquaintance who prosecutors said was beaten and strangled. Del Toro, 50, pleaded not guilty to torture and murder with torture, a special enhancement that made him eligible for the death penalty. But Del Toro, who retired from the Los Angeles Fire Department after his arrest, did not fit the profile of someone for whom prosecutors would press a capital case, Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace said. “He just did not fit the criteria of someone we would (seek) the death penalty against, including background, prior record, (and) circumstances of the crime,” he said after the hearing. Though the crime itself was heinous, Grace said a capital case is usually reserved for “the worst of the worst.” Del Toro now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, and he remains jailed without bail. The next court hearing is set for April 18. “Not seeking the death penalty is the right thing to do in this case,” said Joseph Gutierrez, Del Toro’s attorney. “Del Toro is the story of a man who rose above his beginnings to become a fire captain. He has devoted his life to public service.” Police found Flores’ nude body early Aug. 16 in the 5100 block of Vincent Avenue. They followed a trail of blood and tire marks from the scene to Del Toro’s front porch less than a mile away. last_img read more

  • AEK and Ajax charged by UEFA after violence puts nine in hospital

    first_img0Shares0000Ajax fans shelter from the flames of a Molotov cocktail at the Athens Olympic Stadium © AFP / Aris MessinisAthens, Greece, Nov 28 – UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against both AEK Athens and Ajax on Wednesday after nine people were hospitalised during violent confrontations at Tuesday’s Champions League game at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.Six Ajax fans as well as three police were taken to hospital, Greek authorities said on Wednesday. A statement said the police were “injured by thrown bottles and other objects.” Most of the injuries were slight but one police officer was kept in hospital overnight. Earlier the police had reported 11 injured.UEFA have charged home side AEK on seven counts including crowd disturbances, throwing objects and setting off fireworks. Video footage taken from the stand shows a flares being thrown into the stand housing the Ajax supporters and a Molotov cocktail exploding in a ball of flame just in front of the Dutch fans. Ajax have been charged with throwing objects and setting off fireworks.The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on December 13.Greek riot police intervened at the beginning of the match following clashes between supporters.According to an AFP photographer at the game, at least three Ajax supporters were injured by police batons.Police said there were also confrontations in the city centre on the eve of the match as fans of another Athens club, Panathinaikos, who have a bond with Ajax after the two clubs met in the 1971 European Cup final, joined Dutch fans in fighting AEK supporters.Ajax won 2-0 in Athens to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more