Local experts believe the writing was on the wall for Jamaica’s historic win over the United States in their Gold Cup semi-final in the United States yesterday.The Reggae Boyz have only ever beaten the United States once at senior level and yesterday’s win was even more significant and historic as it put the Boyz in CONCACAF’s premier football championship decider for the first time.Former national assistant coach, Bradley Stewart, says team spirit and confidence have been high since the tournament started, and defensively they are difficult to break down.”I always felt they had a good chance of winning,” Stewart said.”The confidence that the coach has in the players and the confidence the players have in themselves have all been showing and, I thought a lot of that came through in the game,” Stewart added. “If we turn over the US and then Mexico … then our stocks would sore sky high.”Harbour View’s general manager, Clyde Jureidini, also believes this win will have a wonderful ripple effect on the national football programme and team. He, too, thinks a lot of credit must go to the defensive unit for the result and the performance throughout the tournament..”The US would have been the favourites, they would have the history of more victories (against Jamaica) and have more big game experience, so they are always favoured to beat Jamaica.”But coach Klinsmann starting a 5-3-2 formation was a major blunder … and Jamaica used the space to play more confidently and stronger in midfield, got our attack going and scored two excellent goals. It was a deserved victory. Our defensive discipline helped us a lot, we managed the game professionally and the two dead-ball situations provided clear evidence that we came prepared,” he noted.Arnett Gardens and national under-23 assistant coach Jerome Waite agreed that the team was well prepared and are now reaping the fruits of the preparations.”The preparation from the Copa (America) led to what the team is doing now.”We also have to give coach Sch‰fer credit. He is out of Germany and was up against another German coach (Juergen Klinsmann), but the silver fox outsmarted the young fox,” he added.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, forward Anthony Davis and guard Ian Clark celebrate a score against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Portland, Ore. New Orleans won 97-95. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)PORTLAND, Ore. — Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-95 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans held on after Portland erased almost all of a 19-point deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast But Nurkic played only 19 minutes as Stotts elected to go with Ed Davis and Zach Collins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Padda apologetic after much-improved Adamson misses Final Four Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Portland made a charge that cut it to 93-92 on McCollum’s 3-pointer just inside a minute left. Lillard missed in the lane with 15 seconds remaining with the Blazers still down one, and after Davis made two free throws, Holiday blocked Pat Connaughton’s layup with 6.3 seconds to go.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry is a believer in “Playoff Rondo,” the idea of Rondo elevating his game in the postseason. “I think there is a sense of confidence that he has, especially this time of the year,” Gentry said. “He’s a really bright player. One of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around. I’ve obviously had the opportunity to coach Steph (Curry), Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Grant Hill. When you start talking about the extremely smart players, he’s one of those guys. I also think he has a way of giving confidence to the other guys. He makes them believe in themselves.”Gentry says he relishes having someone who can lead the team in the way Rondo can. “I know it’s like an old cliché, but it really is like having an extra assistant coach.”Trail Blazers: Among the challenges for the Blazers in this first-round series, none ranks higher than defending Davis. Terry Stotts said that he would begin the series with Jusuf Nurkic, who did not see much time on Davis in the regular season, on the All-Star big man.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Rajon Rondo finished with 17 assists, eight rebounds and six points as New Orleans won the backcourt battle on top of Davis dominating the interior.Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while McCollum had 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe sixth-seeded Pelicans were the only road team to win on the opening day of the NBA playoffs. Nikola Mirotic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and also blocked four shots to help Davis earn the first victory of his playoff career.It looked like it would come easily, as the Pelicans extended a nine-point halftime lead to 69-50 on Holiday’s dunk with 4:25 left in the third quarter. It still seemed safe when Davis threw down a thunderous alley-oop slam from Rondo with 6:09 to play, letting out a scream as Portland took an 86-72 lead. View comments
Despite reports of reduction in Ebola cases, an American-based non-governmental organization (NGO), More Than Me (MTM), has hired several other nurses to augment the fight against the disease.MTM is currently operating in the country by providing educational assistance to less fortunate children, while also helping in the fight against Ebola.The entity is operating in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW), particularly in most of the Ebola affected communities where MOH authorities have been unable immediately to respond.MTM Ambulance Manager, J. Kenneth Martu on Wednesday disclosed at a press conference that the organization has up to date hired the services of 11 nurses, and has at the same time, planned to hire 55 more nurses in six various districts in Montserrado County alone.The 55 hired nurses, according to Mr. Martu, will be required to help in identifying sick persons.Thereafter, he said, the entity’s ambulances will transport those identified as sick persons to any of the nearby Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).Since the nurses were hired, Mr. Martu said, they have up to date, visited 3,472 homes, and also educated 7,581 residents with Ebola-related awareness messages as well as ways to prevent other common illnesses.“Every patient the MTM ambulance picked up is issued or given a mobile cell phone so as to enable such a patient to contact one of his or her immediate relatives,” Mr. Martu asserted.As a humanitarian organization, he said, the MTM initiated an exercise by profiling all the patients that the entity takes into the ETUs. MTM has also developed an MTM call center to contact other relevant health authorities.“Our ambulance crews also include documentation of names, contacts and patients’ relatives before they taken to the ETU.”Through that exercise, Mr. Martu disclosed, the MTM has removed 148 suspected Ebola cases from various communities within Montserrado County, where they are provided psychosocial counseling for quarantined homes.“We are doing this by understanding the pulse of the local people, remaining flexible to respond rapidly to urgent needs, and supporting efforts that have the highest return.”The MTM is on a mission to make sure that educational and other opportunities, not exploitation and poverty, define the lives of the most vulnerable girls from the West Point slum of Liberia.The entity believes that every girl has the right to choose what life she wants to lead. To meet this vision, MTM provides girls from the West Point slum in Liberia education, health, and social services to transform their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The new and emerging trend of bomb threats must be dealt with expeditiously and with some level of exigence. As a concerned citizen, student of the University of Guyana and employed within the semi-antonymous business field, I am calling on the relevant authorities – Guyana Police Force – to look into the root causes of such threats.I am concerned not just for the lives of innocent people, but particularly the thousands of student who were expose to the recent threats at the Nation’s University, QC, Bishops’ High, and most recently, the University of Guyana.These unlawful pranks appear to have some level of sequential pattern, which leads to the question; who is next?I also wish to suggest that all vulnerable and endangered Government agencies and Private Sector organisations/businesses, such as GPL Inc, the GRA, GWI must tighten their security checkpoints for the safety of their employees.Sincerely,DS McFarlane
An amendment to the National Elections Law, sponsored by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and a few colleagues, would require candidates contesting elections to pay the following amounts in United States dollars: presidential – $25,000; vice-presidential $15000; senatorial – $5000; and representative – $3000. Also, candidates for the positions of paramount, clan, and town chiefs would be required to pay $150, $100 and $50 respectively. The current law requires the following payments from candidates: presidential – $2,500; vice-presidential- $1,500; senatorial – $750; and representative – $300. The proposed amendment represents an astronomical increase of 1000% in the required presidential, vice-presidential and representative fees as well as 667% in the senatorial fee. One wonders why the fees for senatorial candidates received a lower percentage increase compared to other categories. Is it because the proposal emanated from the senate? Interestingly, the Liberian Constitution requires in Article 52 (b) that individuals seeking to be president or vice president should be “the owners of unencumbered real property valued at not less than twenty-five thousand dollars” (Liberia or US?). This constitutional requirement is meant to ensure that candidates are property owners, taxpayers, and key stakeholders in their communities. To propose that candidates pay an additional twenty-five/fifteen thousand dollars in cash for the presidency/vice presidency respectively imposes unconscionable taxation on Liberians wishing to offer their leadership skills and expertise to develop the country. Participation must not be tagged to unbearable registration fees. The joy of democracy is participation and inclusion. Prohibitive registration fees will stifle participation and exclude competent citizens from pursuit of democratic leadership. High registration fees restrict leadership to the wealthy. Allowing the wealthy class to monopolize politics is a recipe for conflict and could lead to official corruption in a bid to gain wealth for electoral advantage. The proposal to charge astronomical fees is tantamount to transforming our democratic system into a plutocracy. We have to guard against plutocratic tendencies taking over our fledgling democracy. Many Liberians are poor, and many of those that have the literate capacity and right leadership attributes may not boast bulging bank accounts to muster the proposed astronomical fees. Moreover, this amendment has the propensity of undermining the individuality of political participation. Some independent candidates and individuals in political parties will be deterred from contesting simply because they cannot afford the required fees.Some politicians and legislators believe the proposed amendment will reduce the number of candidates, political parties and functional illiterates that participate in elections. We find these assertions interesting and wonder how leaders that are expected to drive our democracy would have such perverted thinking. Intriguingly, many of those advocating for the increment were once poor, but amassed wealth upon assuming high-level positions in government. What if the law had existed during their impoverished conditions? Would they have had the opportunity to be elected? In a country where wealth is usually accumulated through public sector pilferage, instead of business acumen and ingenuity, we are attempting to set the stage for the corrupt and unexplained-wealth-accumulators to tighten their control over the national purse and power. Already, there are allegations of neglect of some constituencies by their lawmakers. Payment of such stratospheric fees may result to underperformance, as some legislators prioritize paying back borrowed registration fees compared to addressing problems in their constituencies. They could also manipulate competitive processes (procurement, contract award and ratification, recruitment of political appointees etc.) in favor of debtors as payback for financial support. Liberia requires comprehensive reforms and actions to consolidate peace and successfully rebuild state structures that are resilient to the unsettling effects of wars and unwarranted socio-economic downturns. These reforms and actions have to be measured consistent with existing economic realities and must be informed by socio-economic and political norms and values of the Liberian society. After years of conflict, Liberia still remains fragile and cannot afford to relegate substantive citizens’ participation by passage of anti-democratic laws that undermine national cohesion with the propensity to divide the country between rich and poor – literate and illiterate. Historically, bad laws promoted a structure of state that marginalized many citizens and allowed the ruling class to accumulate wealth and cling unto power. Resistance to bad laws and marginalization of the majority segment of the society led to overthrow of the ruling elites in the 1980 coup and uprisings against the Doe and Taylor regimes.Democracy in Liberia is thriving and citizens are enjoying unhindered power to field candidates of their choice albeit affordable candidacy fees. It would be unfortunate to change the game now to serve the interest of a few greedy and power hungry Liberians. Our current candidates’ registration fees are reasonable and affordable, and must be maintained. The onus is on the National Elections Commission to rigorously enforce acceptable laws and regulations that govern the political space. Higher standard is also required of the legislature to make laws that are satisfactory, balanced, and supportive of efforts to enhance the democratic space. When bad laws are made/proposed, like the one under review, few persons will be short-term beneficiaries, but many will suffer as time progresses. We must guard against proposing/enacting laws that seek to reduce competition, create wealth for a select few, and perpetuate their stay in power.Thomas Doe Nah is Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in CENTAL, the Liberian Chapter of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption coalition. Follow me on twitter @loveofliberty or email: email@example.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An official of the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that the Ebola outbreak in the country has not only caused the deaths of people, but brought uncertainty to other health services that should save lives.Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi made the observation yesterday during a program marking the dedication of the Blood Bank Donation Center on 5th Street in Sinkor. The center contains screening rooms, storage, cold storage and several offices for performing various functions.Dr. Arzoaquoi emphasized that patients with anemia and maternal related problems die when blood is not available to treat them.He further noted that accidents cause victims to lose blood, and without a blood donation center, the victims may lose their lives also.Dr. Arzoaquoi said as a result of the Ebola outbreak, people are afraid to receive donated blood. And with the disease being blood related, it slowed down the activities of the National Blood Safety Program in Liberia.In spite of the uncertainty caused by the deadly disease, the MOH official said the Ministry will continue the effort to convince the public to accept screened and safe donated blood.He commended partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for assisting Liberia to overcome health challenges and establish the blood bank.The National Blood Safety Program Director, Lwopu M. Bruce, said the program was established in 2009 with the responsibility to provide a safe, sufficient and timely supply of blood and blood related products for patients that required transfusion.The establishment of the National Blood Safety Program, according to Madam Bruce, was meant to transition from paid donation to voluntary and unpaid blood donation.Since its establishment, the MOH official said 38 major hospitals benefited from blood and blood products from two regional blood banks and donation centers in 2010 and 2011.In conformity with the mandate for establishing the center, she said all possible steps have been taken to ensure that the blood dispensed is safe and that it will not harm patients when it is transfused.Diseases for which screening is done to ensure safety of the blood include malaria, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and HIV 1 and 2.In order to create awareness of activities of the National Blood Safety Program, the Director said they have actively engaged in outreach activities at high schools, universities, army barracks, the Liberia National Police, ministries and agencies, Samaritan Purse International, and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center.However, in consonance with Dr. Arzoaquoi, Madam Bruce said “It is worth noting that most of the gains made since the establishment of the National Blood Safety Program have been thwarted due to the Ebola episode in the sub-region.”To maintain the service in order not to be inconvenienced when the need arises, she said they have to make contingency plans that will allow for the free flow of communication between transfusion services and agencies involved in managing the public health response to the outbreak.Furthermore, she indicated that the plan should include planning for both continuity in the supply of safe blood and blood products and possible changes in demand.Information at the early stages of an outbreak of EVD, according to the Program Director, is important to the contingency plan.The program was attended by officials representing partnering organizations including the WHO, CDC and ACCEL.Dr. Alex Gasasira, WHO Country Representative, commended MOH for the establishment, and for working with partners to eradicate EVD and tackle other health related issues in the country.He also commended CDC for its strategic role in providing needed assistance for revamping of the Liberian health system, and for cooperating with the WHO to meet targeted goals.Dr. Desmond Williams pledged CDC’s support to the project and made a commitment to assist in rebuilding Liberia’s health system.Jeff Bailey, Laboratory Director of ACCEL, disclosed that funding for the project came from the Paul G. Allen and Family Foundation. He said that in the midst of the frightening Ebola crisis in the region, they have put in place steps to ensure that blood is screened properly and safely prepared for transfusion of patients.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Burnt out Govt vehicleJunior Minister attached to the Communities Ministry, Annette Ferguson on Wednesday admitted that the vehicles owned by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) are “old” but she does not want to blame that just yet for the cause of the fire, which destroyed the agency’s Nissan pickup on Tuesday afternoon.The vehicle belonging to the Central Housing and Planning Authority on fireFerguson told this publication, on the sidelines of an event hosted at the Ministry’s Kingston, Georgetown office, that “I want to underscore the point that the fleet of vehicles there at CH&PA are actually old vehicles so I don’t want to immediately say now that probably the fire was caused due to that but as I said before an investigation is ongoing so I await the final report on that investigation”.She noted that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency, Lelon Saul, has been informed of the incident which is currently being investigated.Meanwhile, Fire Chief Marlon Gentle, when contacted by this newspaper, said he is not ready to disclose any details surrounding that matter as it is still being probed.The Nissan pickup, which bore registration plate PNN 7686, burst into flames on Tuesday afternoon on the Rupert Craig Highway in the vicinity of the Rubis Gas Station.The driver, Wilbert Mingo, who is said to be in his late 30s, was accompanied by his colleague, Daniel Persaud, in the pickup which was heading to East Coast Demerara when the incident occurred.Guyana Times understands that Mingo observed smoke billowing from his air conditioning vents and thought something was amiss. Before he could have brought the vehicle to a halt to make checks, the vehicle burst in flames.He and Persaud rushed from the vehicle on to the flooded roadway to safety and escaped unhurt, but the vehicle was destroyed.The Government vehicle is the fifth for the year to be mysteriously destroyed by fire.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers started their season on the right note as they destroyed the Wainwright Polar Kings on Saturdayby a score of 8-2.The first period saw the Trackers fall behind midway through the frame, however goals less than four minutes apart from Noah Lang and John Herrington would put the Trackers up by one heading into the intermission.The Trackers would add to their lead thanks to the game-winner courtesy of Noah Lang two minutes into the frame. Assists went to Owen Floriant and Cayden Frenette. After a penalty-filled second, the Trackers would lead 3-2 going into the final 20 minutes of play.- Advertisement -Trackers goalie Dakota Olsen had his busiest period of the game. He would stop all seventeen shots fired his way as his solid play allowed his team to pour it on and score five goals through the final 12 minutes of play. Noah Lang would score his hat trick goal with 7:04 remaining.Curtis Hammond and Aiden Craig-Steele both finished the night with a goal and two helpers. While goalie Dakota Olsen stopped 37 of 39 shots. The Trackers would pepper the Polar Kings goalie with 44 shots of their own.The Trackers next game will be on October 13th as they host the Fort McMurray Barons at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m.Advertisement
Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has hailed the impact of young duo Harry Kane and Ryan Mason following Saturday’s battling 2-1 victory over Burnley.The pair are both enjoying a breakthrough campaign for Spurs having secured the trust of manager Mauricio Pochettino.Kane has been particularly impressive, having mastered the step up from the youth ranks to net 13 goals in all competitions, while Mason’s technical quality has stood out in the north London outfit’s midfield.Eriksen has been easily been Tottenham’s best player in what has been a mixed first half of the season, but the Denmark international was quick to highlight just how much the club’s emerging stars have impressed him.He told Call Collymore: “I hope everybody is enjoying their football at the club, but personally it’s going well for me.“I didn’t know players like Ryan Mason when I first came here, but he has really impressed me, he’s so good on the ball and he’s shown how good he can be in the Premier League.“And of course Harry [Kane], I saw from the moment I first came to Spurs that he was a really good player.“He’s getting his chance with the first-team now and he’s taking it. He is getting his goals and I’m really pleased for him.”Kane and Erik Lamela scored the goals that sunk the struggling Clarets at White Hart Lane, and 22-year-old Eriksen believes the players are starting to click as a unit, with the victory lifting Spurs just four points shy of the Champions League places.“It wasn’t our best game of the season, but we know how to play as a team now,” he added.“They wanted a fight and we gave them one, and fortunately came out with a win.“You get more confidence the more you play with the team and it makes you want to play every time.“But all the players we have are playing well at the moment, so when you do play you have to take your chance and luckily at the moment that’s what the team is doing.”