Sports Ministry Releases 2017/2018 County Meet Draw

first_imgMurvee GrayThe Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) has released the draw for the 2017/2018 National County Sports Meet.According to the chairman of this year’s steering committee, Murvee Gray, Group ‘A’ will feature Sinoe, Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee to be based in Greenville.Group ‘B’, which will be based in Gbarnga, consists of Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Lofa.Group ‘C’ consists of Grand Bassa, River Cess, Montserrado and Margibi and will be based in Buchanan.And Group ‘D’ will feature Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi to be based Robertsport.According to Assistant Minister Gray, the official ceremony will be held in Gbarnga, which is expected to be graced by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and senior government officials.Gray said the tournament will kick-off on December 2 with two teams qualifying from each zone respectively.Unlike in the past where the quarter-finalists play a one-off match; there will be two groups for a round robin to qualify for the semi-finals.Gray said the rules will be circulated to all media institutions and county sports coordinators for their inputs.He said the ministry will feature football, kickball, volleyball, basketball, and athletics.A request of US$1 million was made to the legislature to successfully host the tournament pending the approval of the draft budget.The sports meets are organized by the sports ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CNFA, Partners Break Ground for Rice Mill in Lofa

first_imgPrincetta C. Varmah of MOA/IFAD (left); Wim van Campen, CNFA/LADA (middle) with beneficiary John Selma (extreme right) breaking ground for the construction of a building that will facility rice milling in Voinjama.Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and other partners broke ground recently for the construction of the Selma Agriculture Development Cooperation (SADC) rice milling facility in Voinjama, Lofa County.The other partners include J-Rice and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The value of the project is US$210,000.The project is a major step under the US$361,000 MOA/IFAD/J-Rice grant financing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the MOA and IFAD to access funding for the construction of a large rice milling facility that will house a 10 metric ton per day rice processing machine.The groundbreaking marked the beginning of the implementation of the construction of the milling facility, owned and managed by businessman John Selma, a rice farmer with several years of experience in rice production and supply to a number of organizations and the local market.In an overview of the project, the Deputy Chief of Party for CNFA/LADA, Watchen Harris Bruce, appreciated ADI contractors for accepting the construction agreement despite numerous challenges. She said they were assisting LADA and its partners to create a market for local rice producers.She added that the goal is to help improve local entrepreneurship, and confirmed that the project is a partnership with IFAD and the Japanese Government.John Selma, the direct beneficiary, lauded the collaborating organizations on the project and expressed his continuous commitment to finding solutions to rice market challenges faced by farmers through processing and job creation.“This is a humble beginning and we can assure you that our efforts in working with partners will improve food security and bring about poverty reduction in the lives of the people of this country. We are grateful to CNFA, the Japanese government, and IFAD through the MOA for such an initiative,” he added.The International Food and Agriculture Development (IFAD) through the Ministry of Agriculture was represented by Princetta Clinton-Varmah.IFAD is a U.N. organization for the development of smallholder farmers. It is represented in Liberia by the MOA and given over US$75 million in grant to support various agricultural projects in the country. Currently, IFAD operates five agricultural projects in Liberia. In the past, it supported the Bong County Agriculture Development Project (BCADP) and others.CNFA/LADA Chief of Party, Wim van Campen, extended thanks to all present for embracing the initiative and described it as a new day in Liberia that will bring out more opportunities for rice farmers and serve as a first step to reduce rice importation in the Liberian market.“Now is the time that we need to improve the capacity of Liberian rice farmers so as to reach the benchmark of countries like Guinea, Senegal, etc. This will require that farmers have access to improved seeds, modern processing machines and storage in order to increase productivity,” he stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community Bridge bringing back Daddy and Me program

first_imgTwo events are being held, the first of which being tomorrow at the Red Dragon Martial Arts School. The school is located at 10405-95 Avenue and the session will go from 1-2 p.m. Registration will be on site, and a snack will be provided.Those unable to make it out tomorrow will have another chance on December 9 as the Northern Environmental Action Team will be having a craft making activity with recycled materials. It will be at Community Bridge located at 10142 101 Avenue. It will go from 6-7:30 p.m. and registration will again be on site, and a snack will be provided.Those wanting more information can contact Karla at 250-785-6021, ext 229, or Melissa at 250-785-6021, ext 232.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tottenham ponder recalling US World Cup star in January

first_img1 Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino says the club are due to make a decision over the future of DeAndre Yedlin as they look to ease their defensive crisis.The American international agreed a deal during the summer to sign for the north London club from Seattle Sounders, but was loaned back to the MLS club for the rest of the season.However, long-term injuries to Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton means Pochettino could now use the chance to bring the talented defender in earlier as he only has Eric Dier who can play at right back.Walker has been forced to miss the last six months with an abdominal injury, while Naughton suffered ankle ligament damage during the 1-0 win over Southampton in their last Premier League game.Yedlin is still waiting to see if he has been successful in getting a Latvian passport but if he succeeds he could now speed up his move to White Hart Lane if Pochettino decides to sign him in January.Pochettino added: “We need to analyse, to know how he is working, but he is another option. One option is to maybe bring him here in January.” DeAndre Yedlin last_img read more

South Africa living with mixed legacy of 2010 World Cup

first_imgDeputy sports minister Gert Oosthuizen still brims with pride at the organisation of the first World Cup to be held on African soil.“We built stadiums and infrastructure. We were way ahead of schedule, everything went perfectly, everything was in place,” he said. “From that perspective it did give South Africa a great mark in the world.”“But it was much more than that. More important was the nation-building and the social cohesion that we achieved. We felt proudly South African — and simply African.”To prepare for the most-widely watched event on the planet, the government of the day spent 30 billion rands (3 billion euros, $3.53 billion in today’s money) on roads, airports, stadiums and other infrastructure.The impact was felt almost immediately with a boost to economic growth as well as 60,000 new jobs created just from the construction of the 10 stadiums.From June 1 to July 11 when the tournament finished, South Africa welcomed 1.4 million foreign visitors — compared to 1.1 million a year earlier.Former South African President Nelson Mandela, pictured here holding the World Cup in 2004, made only a brief appearance at the 2010 finals © AFP / FRANCK FIFEBut did South Africa truly benefit once the fans’ noisy vuvuzela horns had been stored away and the FIFA bandwagon had moved on to Brazil?“The returns were much higher than the spending — much, much higher,” said Gillian Saunders of the accountants Grant Thornton.“There is a lot of infrastructure that we got like telecommunications, roads around the stadium areas that we wouldn’t have got,” she said, adding that there had been a subsequent “World Cup effect”.– ‘Good for S.Africa’s image’ –“It was a good marketing exercise, that had put us centre of the world stage — it was good for South Africa’s image and for tourism,” said Mike Schussler, director of market analysts Economists.co.za.“But we didn’t make our money back from the use of stadiums. Some municipalities are left with a bill to pay — and they will be left for a long time.”The Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria during the 2010 World Cup last 16 match between Paraguay and Japan © AFP/File / Monirul BhuiyanFollowing the tournament, the government handed control of the stadiums to their respective city councils — including responsibility for maintenance.Those in the major cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg fared better, finding use as concert venues, rugby grounds while still attracting national and international football.Johannesburg outsourced the running of its ground to the private sector.“The responsibility put on stadium managers is to commercialise the venues, attract events, generate revenue, maintain the venues to a world-standard and share profits with the municipality,” said the city’s sport supremo Siyanda Mnukwa. “The stadiums are not weighing heavily on the municipality.”Elsewhere in South Africa, the stadiums have proved less productive.– ‘It’s a burden’ –“Initially we were told that the stadium will pay for itself — (but) it’s costing us between 15 and 18 million rand a year,” said Frank Haas, leader of the opposition in northeastern Polokwane.“It’s a burden, whether we can justify to the community the almost 20 million rand a year, that’s actually the big question.”For Oosthuizen, the deputy sports minister, the answer is an emphatic yes.“We’re not talking billions here… It’s not like it’s draining the whole budget of little provinces or municipalities because of this monster that we have built,” he told AFP at his office in Pretoria.“You must see it as a good investment, it is part of a legacy, an instrument of getting people together and showcasing what we can do as the African continent.”Oosthuizen listed several tournaments hosted in South Africa since the World Cup — mostly minor affairs except for the 2013 Cup of African Nations.In May nearly 85,000 packed into Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, known as Soccer City when it hosted the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands, to watch an exhibition match that featured stars from Barcelona.But South Africa has been reluctant to bid to host any other major sporting event on the level of the World Cup as it grapples with a sluggish economy.The country even spurned the chance to host the 2022 Commonwealth games despite having already won the bid to do so.The minister remains hopeful that South Africa will one day host the Rugby World Cup after missing out on the 2023 tournament.Oosthuizen even has dreams of one day hosting the Olympics.“We have the basics to host the big thing. That dream still lives on — but it would be largely determined by the economic circumstances,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Light beams shine out from the Soccer City stadium in Soweto, a suburb of Johannesburg, during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa © AFP/File / Yasuyoshi CHIBAJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 19 – South Africa’s turn as World Cup hosts in 2010 left the country with 10 world-class stadiums and an influx of tourists — but also vast bills to pay.Eight years on, the tournament is also held up as a rare moment of national unity in a country still deeply divided 24 years after the end of apartheid.last_img read more

Arsenal chairman responsible for hiring Wenger dies

first_imgUnder his chairmanship, Arsenal enjoyed two successful eras with starkly contrasting styles of play.The conservative defensive strategy of George Graham secured the club two league titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup between 1986 and 1995.However, the club was to enjoy a complete makeover when Hill-Wood and the board rubber-stamped their dynamic vice-chairman David Dein’s recommendation to hire Wenger in 1996.The Frenchman was to revolutionise English football and in the process win three Premier League titles — including the ‘Invincibles’ season in 2003/04 — and four FA Cups.“It is with deep regret that we announce the death of former chairman Peter Hill-Wood, at the age of 82,” read the club statement.“Peter, who was a key part of the formation of the Premier League in 1992, was immensely proud of our successes on the pitch but equally those off it, most notably the move from Highbury to Emirates.“He was instrumental in facilitating our smooth relocation during what was perhaps the most transformative period in the club’s existence.”Hill-Wood — who is survived by his wife Sally and three children — eventually stepped down after over three decades in charge because of ill health.“As we celebrate the unique achievement of 100 consecutive years in the top flight this season, the Hill-Wood family were at the helm for the lion’s share of this special century,” read the statement.“A testament to their tenacity and judgment in ensuring we have remained a significant force in English football for so long.“Peter and his family’s influence on the club cannot be understated.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hill-Wood was responsible for hiring Wenger as manager © POOL/AFP / ODD ANDERSENLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who signed off on hiring a then largely unknown Arsene Wenger as manager, has died aged 82, the Premier League club announced on Friday.The former Army officer and successful banker was chairman of the Gunners — the third member of his family to fill the role after his grandfather and father — from 1982-2013.last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Watford sign striker on five-year deal

first_img Matej Vydra 1 Watford have signed striker Matej Vydra from Udinese on a permanent deal.The 23-year-old, who has spent two of the past three seasons on loan at Vicarage Road, has penned a five-year contract with the Premier League new boys.A statement from the club read: “Watford Football Club is delighted to announce that Matej Vydra has signed a five-year contract with the Hornets.“Having penned a permanent deal, the 23-year-old is beginning preparations for the 2015/16 Premier League season with the rest of his Hornets’ team-mates at UCL London Colney.”Vydra first linked up with the Hornets on loan ahead of the 2012/13 season and struck 22 goals in 47 games for the club.After a disappointing year-long loan spell at West Brom, he returned to Vicarage Road last summer and went on to play a key role in the club’s promotion-winning campaign, scoring 16 times from 31 league starts.last_img read more

One goalkeeper in, one out as Manchester United name Champions League squad

first_imgDavid De Gea has been named in Manchester United’s Champions League squad after his failed move to Real Madrid.The goalkeeper, who is currently on international duty with the Spanish national side, saw his transfer fall through after the correct documents were not received by La Liga officials before the deadline.Keylor Navas was due to move in the opposite direction and Manchester United and Real Madrid have been blaming each other for the failure to make the move happen.While David De Gea is included in the squad, there is no room for Victor Valdes, with the other two goalkeeping spaces taken by Sergio Romero and Sam Johnstone.Here is the squad in full:Goalkeepers: De Gea, Romero, JohnstoneDefenders: Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Shaw, Varela, McNair, DarmianMidfielders: Carrick, Blind, Young, Herrera, Powell, Valencia, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Pereira, Mata,Forwards: Depay, Martial, Rooney, Wilson 1 David De Gea last_img read more

LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL

first_imgA leading Donegal solicitor has strongly condemned plans to remove the Chapel at Letterkenny General Hospital and replace it with a ‘Peace Room.’ Since the hospital was flooded in July, the Chapel has been closed because of severe damage.But it has now been revealed that the Chapel may not re-open. Letterkenny-based solicitor Cathal Quinn has condemned the plans saying this is not the first time the HSE have acted the wishes of the Catholic population.“It should come as no surprise to us that the latest Catholic target of the HSE is our Chapel in Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH), and with it the permanent public presence there of the Blessed Sacrament for the adoration and immeasurable consolation of its Catholic staff, patients, their loved ones, and those bereaved.“Many of us have not forgotten that it was the HSE that compelled the Catholic Chaplains of the LGH to remove a tabernacle housing the Blessed Sacrament from a “shared” prayer space for those of all faiths in the Donegal Hospice, claiming that its presence there was inconsistent with their notion of such a shared space.“And what does the HSE now propose to substitute for our Chapel in the LGH – why, a shared prayer space for the use of those of all faiths, of course, where, once again, and in keeping with the HSE’s idea of consistency, there will prove to be no room for Jesus in the reserved Blessed Sacrament. “If nothing else, the HSE’s announcement might be considered seasonal,” he said. LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL was last modified: December 19th, 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:Cathal QuinnchapelHSEletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

DONEGAL FISHERMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO OFFLOADING UNDER-SIZED OYSTERS

first_imgA Donegal fisherman pleaded guilty to off-loading undersized oysters when inspected by officials from Inland Fisheries Ireland. Robert Allan, 52, Transallagh, St Johnston admitted to the offence when officials inspected his catch, that was being offloaded onto a lorry at Ballybegley Pier, Manorcunningham on the 13th of September 2013.The court heard how Mr Allan had 12 bags of Oysters ready to be offloaded, and three of those bags were randomly selected for inspection. Bag one contained a total of 286 Oysters, 30 of those Oysters were found to be under-sized, bag two contained a total of 271 Oysters, 60 of those were found to be under-sized, while bag three contained a total of 280 Oysters, with 48 of those found to be under-sized.The court heard how Mr Allan had always been assisted by his son when he fished Oysters, however shortly before this incident his son emigrated and Mr Allan was forced to employ his brother-in-law who was less experienced in this sector.All the catch was seized by the officials, and the Oysters were returned to Lough Swilly.Mr Allan admitted that he had taken his eye off the ball when it came to closely monitoring the catch and accepted his punishment.Judge Paul Kelly took into account that Mr Allan was a seasonal fisherman that fished from September to April, and that there was a significant financial loss when all his catch was returned to Lough Swilly.Judge Paul Kelly imposed a fine of €500 and gave Mr Allan six months to pay the fine.DONEGAL FISHERMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO OFFLOADING UNDER-SIZED OYSTERS was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:courtsnewslast_img read more