Portmore in RSPL final

first_imgMichael Binns scored a double and Tremaine Stewart got the other goal as Portmore United  defeated 10-man Humble Lion 3-1 in their second leg semi-final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex Monday night to reach the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League final. Portmore advanced 4-3 on aggregate after Humble Lion won the first leg 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre. Kemeel Wolfe scored the consolation goal for Humble Lion.       Last night’s winners will meet Montego Bay United in the May 2 final. On Sunday night Montego Bay got past defending champions Arnett Gardens, also 4-3 on aggregate, after the teams played to a 2-2 extra-time draw.last_img read more

West Indians longing for ‘a better day of cricket’

first_imgThis columnist was, as a boy aged 11, introduced to the discipline of Test cricket. It came from a medical father from a background of poverty, but a father who thought that the game of gentlemen was compulsory education for his sons, for whom birth circumstances afforded a perch of privilege on the social ladder.The option to refuse parental instructions did not exist then. Daddy, who could more than afford a higher spectator rating, accompanied his very compliant younger son to sit on the grounds at Sabina Park, the least costly section.Clearly, a lesson was being taught. Of course, it was after school hours at the neighbouring Morris Knibb Prep, and since elder brother – now revered as Dr William – was confined to boarding school at Jamaica College (JC), there was no sibling sharing of the moment.It was the closing session of the fifth and final Test against the visiting India, for whom Polly Umrigar and Vijay Manjrekar showed class that foretold the later arrival of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.failureBatting idols to many West Indians at the time, the Three W’s (Everton Weekes, Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott) had scored 564 runs among them in the first innings. To be able to see them on that afternoon, modest offerings notwithstanding, almost atoned for failure to do so when they dispatched the bowlers from the continent to all sections of the park.Chasing 181 runs for victory, 92 for four wickets – after an India crawl to 444 to ensure a draw – was less than enticing.Following that era, there were thrills in batting power, panache, and pride. The architects were Garfield Sobers, later to receive a knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen; Rohan Kanhai; Seymour Nurse; and Basil Butcher, supported by the Boys’ Town boy, Collie Smith, after opener Conrad Hunte, also to receive the title “Sir”, had prepared the opponents’ bowlers for the slaughter.They made the game an entertainment priority. That the wielders of the willow, in all their elegance and aplomb, contributed to the saying, “cricket is a batsman game”, will not here be disputed. But that accepted, six-foot and plenty, lightning-quick bowlers, fierce in approach and demonic in execution, must be mentioned when the history of the noble game and what gave it its spectator value is catalogued.They came in all shapes, Wesley Hall; Charlie Griffith of suspect action; Keith Boyce, fiery fast for a single season (1973); the unsmiling ferocity of Andy Roberts; the silky smooth sprinter strides of Michael Holding; with Curtly Ambrose and world record wicket-taker in Courtney Walsh. They embellished the spectacle.Also making the cut to win souls to the game were spin twins Ramadhin and Valentine, who mesmerised opposing batsmen on their day. Soon after, arrived the flighted, deceptive guile of bean pole Lance Gibbs, recalling memories of one of that great and picturesque in speech cricket commentator, John Arlott’s favourite quotes: “Gibbs to Dexter, who gropes.”The vicious belligerence of Viv Richards, the elegance and charm of Lawrence Rowe, and the artistry and craft of a Brian Lara came later.All these difficult-to-forget periods indelibly imprinted cricket as the game to be watched.little measureIs the oh so tolerant and patient cricketing public, having had the experiences, as cited, expecting a return of those days, or are they asking, as Marc Anthony did of a dead Julius Caesar in the Shakespeare classic of that name, “O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, shrunk to this little measure?”West Indies are unable to rise from the cellar of world cricket. Players of talent drift in and out as they succumb to the “dangled carrots” of 20:20 frolic.Political leaders are locked in battles with the game’s administrators as to who disrespected who first. This is close to anarchy in the once-loved game.Dave Cameron is the top man and he should know the ills. Vilified and sidelined for one reason or another, even before he took the chair, he is expected to find the cure for all maladies – Simply because he is who the region has and he needs the filip of “a better day for cricket” to beef up his rÈsumÈ.Fix it, Dave!lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

The Case For Private Sector Investment in and Drive of The Agriculture Sector in…

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The main cash crops yielding the highest foreign exchange are rubber (dominant accounting for 17.5 percent of the total exports in 2017), cocoa, and timber. An estimated 30,000 people are employed by commercial rubber farms (largely Firestone, LAC, & MARCO) and up to 60,000 smallholder households are involved in growing rubber trees (mostly as out-growers for sale to the larger commercial farms). Another significant cash crop is oil palm, which has traditionally been produced for the domestic market but recently, there has been considerable interest from both smallholders and large investors in expanding export production. There is also increased investment in the rehabilitation of cocoa cooperatives and smallholder farms.Food crop production such as peppers, okra, onions, tomatoes, squash, grains, tomatoes, banana, mangoes, oranges, pineapples, etc., all food crops that are in high demand throughout the country all year round, could readily be accomplished through lowland cultivation and low-cost irrigation.Our coastline, which spans about 580 km has abundant freshwater seafood varieties including crab, lobster, shrimp, tilapia, tuna, shark, croaker, and barracuda.In spite of all of this, overall agricultural productivity in Liberia is extremely low, resulting in large scale import of our food and making us vulnerable to global food price volatility. Additionally, gains to be earned from food export is conversely low. Various research indicates that the major contributors to such low output are a poorly integrated sector which lacks basic infrastructure such farm-to-market roads and value chain addition through processing, manufacturing, marketing (aggregators), agro-implements (equipment), agro-inputs (fertilizers, pest control), agro-logistics (storage/warehousing, drying methods, transportation, packaging), that would allow for sales in all seasons. Another obstacle is the lack of capital and professional expertise to increase farm productivity. Additionally, uncertainty with regard to land tenure is a significant challenge.According to the latest statistics from Trading Economics, “Imports in Liberia increased to US$97.40 million in April from US#66.70 million in March of 2019. Imports in Liberia averaged US$67 million from 2003 until 2019, reaching an all time high of US$219.06 million in January of 2015 and a record low of US$3.40 million in August of 2003.” The report goes on to further state that, “Liberia’s main imports are: fuel (35 percent of total imports), machinery (25 percent) foodstuffs and manufactured goods. Liberia imports mainly from North America (32 percent of total imports) and the Middle East (28 percent).”For those who know me, you may be asking, why this sudden interest in agriculture? The answer is simple. While it is very easy to see all of these challenges as insurmountable obstacles, and I can definitely see how and why, I instead would like to see them as opportunities for agribusiness investment, for both domestic and international markets, through private and development financing. I’ve been researching and exploring avenues in this area and yesterday a colleague spurred on a conversation in a chatroom that got me thinking and so I decided to delve more into his question to get some factual information and what I found was astonishing, to say the least!According to World Bank statistics, “In 2017, the top remittance receiving countries—in dollar terms—were India, China, the Philippines, Mexico, Nigeria, and Egypt. As a share of gross domestic product (GDP) for 2017, the top recipients were smaller countries— the Kyrgy Republic, Tonga, Tajikistan, Haiti, Nepal, and Liberia.” The report goes on to say that, “Remittances represent a particularly large share of the GDP of Liberia (27 percent)…” and that “…even these figures probably underestimate the total amount received, since informal remittances are rarely included in official remittance data.” Following up, statistics from Country Economy show that the GDP for Liberia in 2017 was US$3,284 million.Based on the above, this means that the 2017 “formal” remittances to Liberia was US$886.7 million. One may also infer that the inclusion of “informal” remittances could possibly increase that figure to well over US$1 billion! Unfortunately, I could not find any data that disaggregated the remittances by type but, for argument sake, let’s allocate 25% of that figure to personal remittances. This would mean that approximately $250 Million USD was sent to Liberia in 2017 from the diaspora. (Now I’m no economist and I know all the “economists” will have a lot to say about this assumption, but I’m going with this anyway.)Using this flawed but sensible layman’s analysis, I would like to propose the following for consideration: If we were to direct some of this money towards private sector investment in the agriculture sector, specifically food crop, we could be well on our way to jump-starting the sector, increasing our domestic food production capacity, creating a food export channel, and creating economic independence and a private sector driven economy.In support of this proposition, a 2010 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) study also suggests that, “Given the resource constraints of governments in SSA and the tight budgetary conditions in many donor countries, the private sector, both domestic and foreign, has a potentially important role to play in financing agricultural investments in the region.”What are your thoughts on this proposition??? Am I totally off the mark? Or is this something that is possible. Are there other options to look at?The Author:Wadei Powell is President & Principal Consultant at UFOUND Solutions Group. She can be reached via email: wadeipowell@ufoundsolutionsgroup.com.  Liberian cocoa beans on the dryers, before being bagged for market By Wadei PowellLiberia has some of the most favorable climate and fertile soil for agriculture. Agriculture is currently the primary livelihood for more than 60 percent of Liberia’s population (believe it or not), mostly in cassava (predominantly), rubber, rice, oil palm, cocoa, or sugarcane production.last_img read more

FSJ Hospital Construction still on target

first_imgNorthern Health has moved to ease public concerns about the new Fort St. John Hospital.A Vancouver Sun article recently stated a number of the companies backing Public/Private Partnership infrastructure projects in the province, including the local hospital, are in danger of becoming victims of the world financial crisis.The article noted there are currently two groups shortlisted to build the 268 million dollar hospital and one has run into financial problems, while the other is dealing with legal issues. However Northern Health says, because the hospital is a P-3 project, the health authority doesn’t pay for the building, prior to occupancy. – Advertisement -This is Michael Hoefer, the authorities Executive Director of Capital Plans and Support Services… [asset|aid=850|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88e60bbe983695553642720298c304bf-Mike – 1_1_Pub.mp3]In addition, if construction is started and not completed by the builder and Northern Health is forced to take over the project, Mike notes… [asset|aid=851|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88e60bbe983695553642720298c304bf-Mike – 2_1_Pub.mp3]As it now stands there are no changes, in the development plans. It is anticipated a builder will be selected by April, construction will start this spring and, the new Hospital will open in 2011.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo, superstar footballer whose talent and ego feed off each other

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo has “firmly” denied the sexual assault allegations against him © AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTOMADRID, Spain, Oct 3 – “Tell me, who is the best player in the world?” Cristiano Ronaldo asks during his own film, a glass of wine in his hand and gold necklace dangling from his neck. “It’s me,” he replies, breaking into laughter as those around him laugh back.Superstar footballer and one of the best-paid athletes in the world, Ronaldo is as much adored for his talent as he is detested for his bravado. To him, it has always been one and the same. “Someone people love me, some people hate me but I was made to be the best,” he said. “I am living the dream.”Ronaldo’s reputation is now threatened by an accusation of rape in the United States, a complaint that dates back to 2009, and which he denies.“I vigorously denounce the accusations that target me, rape is an abominable crime that goes against all that I am and what I believe,” wrote Ronaldo on Twitter on Wednesday.Owner of 10 Champions Leagues and league titles with Real Madrid and Manchester United, and a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, there is little Ronaldo has not achieved on the field.Five Ballon d’Or awards are testament to one of the game’s greatest ever players. But behind the spectacular goals and chiseled physique, Ronaldo’s tunnel-vision for success is driven by a relentless work ethic, unshakeable self-belief and carefully crafted entourage that worship the ground he walks on.“Because I’m rich, I’m beautiful, I’m a great player, people are jealous of me,” he said in 2011.He opened a museum in 2013, run by his brother Hugo, dedicated to celebrating his own career in his home town of Funchal in Portugal. Outside stands a bronze statue of Ronaldo himself.At his home in the suburb of Finca near Madrid, Ronaldo had ‘CR7’ — his personal motif — emblazoned into various items of household furniture, including chairs, dinner tables and plates.Self-reverence is perhaps not surprising given the hysteria that surrounds him. In his 2015 film, ‘Ronaldo’, a documentary about his life, a screaming Portugal fan breaks through the barriers while the team are training and sprints across the pitch.She is stopped by security but Ronaldo hugs her anyway. Still in tears, she says: “At least now he knows I exist.”– Teased as a child –He was not always so popular. After moving to Lisbon from his home in Madeira aged 12, Ronaldo, bearing braces, spots and a regional accent, was teased at school.“He got angry and fought a lot, I tried to protect him, but sometimes he came back to the house in tears,” said Jose Semedo, a fellow footballer and one of his best childhood friends.Desperate to return home to his Funchal bungalow, which was so small that his father Dinis, a gardener, and mother Dolores, a cook, kept their washing machine on the roof.The youngest of four, Ronaldo’s parents separated and Dinis died in 2005 from a drink-related illness. “I didn’t get to know my father for real,” Ronaldo said.His mother, however, has remained a rock in his life and Ronaldo now has four children of his own. After being in a five-year relationship with the Russian model Irina Shayk, Ronaldo began seeing Spaniard Georgina Rodriguez, with whom he had a daughter, Alana Martina, in 2017.Previously there was Cristiano Jr, as well as twins Eva and Mateo, all to unknown mothers.On the pitch, Ronaldo stuck it out in Lisbon and became a star at Sporting, before transferring in 2003 to Manchester United, where Alex Ferguson would also become an important mentor in his early career.Ronaldo won numerous titles at Manchester United, including the 2008 Champions League © AFP/File / DIEGO TUSONHowever, Ferguson could not keep him at Old Trafford, where Ronaldo’s patience ran out, just as it would at Real Madrid nine years later.Now 33, and playing for Juventus, the striker is chasing more titles, records and a legacy to place him above his great rival Lionel Messi.“I’ve started seeing him as a person, not a rival,” Ronaldo said. “But we are always busting our balls to see who is better.”Ronaldo has left Messi in Spain, where lawsuits were held against him for tax fraud, which resulted in an amicable agreement with the court and a payment of 18.8 million euros.It hardly made a dent in Ronaldo’s personal fortune which, according to Forbes magazine, amounted to $108 million (about 92 million euros) in 2017, ranking him as the third highest paid sportsman in the world.Ronaldo enjoys endorsing underwear, perfume, jeans, shoes, his own hotel chain, Swiss watches and high-end airlines. He has no fewer than 330 million followers on social media, not to mention a reported 20 million euros a year deal with Nike, which he has indicated is “for life”.The Ronaldo brand feeds off both his footballing talent and his ego, of which neither have ever been in short supply.“I’m not going to lie,” he said, when explaining why he felt he had to go to the World Cup in 2014, despite injury. “If we had two or three Cristiano Ronaldos in the team I would feel more comfortable. But simply, we don’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal youngster relishing chance to shine at West Ham

first_img1 Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson says he is relishing the first-team football he is getting on loan at West Ham.The 22-year-old joined the Hammers on a season-long loan during the summer, in the hope that he would gain more playing time after making just 14 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season.Jenkinson has already appeared eight times for Sam Allardyce’s side, who are defying the odds and currently sit in the Champions League places.And the Arsenal full-back confesses he is loving his time at Upton Park and has big plans for the season.“It has been positive and a great run for the team,” Jenkinson told the club’s official site. “We’re unbeaten in five games so that’s a good sign of where this club’s going and personally it’s the first time I’ve had a run of games in a couple of years now and I’m really happy with it.“I’m really finding my feet and trying to contribute defensively and going forward as well.?? I want to get as near to ten assists as I can this year. It’s going to be tough but that’s my aim.”last_img read more

Uganda crush DR Congo in Group B opener

first_imgUganda opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Kaddu raced to meet a corner from Faruku Miya before glancing it over Ley Matampi.Kaddu should have had two more goals just after scoring, first his header from an Abdul Lumala cross from the right going inches wide unmarked at the backpost before another cross delivered by former Gor Mahia left back Godfrey Walusimbi found him again, this time keeper Ley Matampi making a save.With the sweltering heat in Cairo, DR Congo seemed to have been overwhelmed as they lacked their usual flow and flair, Uganda dominating. It seemed, their three week training camp in Abu Dhabi was paying dividends.Congo didn’t create much and their earliest opportunity was within the opening 10 minutes when Cedric Bakambu got the ball at the edge of the box but his shot was straight to Dennis Onyango.On the half hour mark, a corner landed on Yannick Bollasie’s head but the Everton winger could not get it on target.Three minutes to the break, Onyango denied Congo with a brilliant save, stretching well to his left to finger tip Bakambu’s curling effort behind for a corner.Uganda then doubled their tally just three minutes into the second half, another calamitous piece of defending by the Leopards off a Miya freekick seeing Okwi rise from just outside the six yard box and plant his header beyond Matampi.Eight minutes later, Matampi redeemed himself with a brilliant save leaping to his right to tip over Miya’s ferocious freekick from range behind for a corner.Substitute Jonathan Boling came close for Congo in the 70th minute with an unconventional effort at goal. He broke the offside trap to race in to a cross, but his effort went against the bar despite leaping over Onyango.Uganda who go top of Group A will next face Zimbabwe next Wednesday while DR Congo face a hilly task against hosts Egypt who won their opening match on Friday night.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uganda Cranes players celebrate one of their two goals against DR Congo during their Africa Cup of Nations clash at the Cairo International Stadium on June 22, 2019. PHOTO/CAFCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 22 – Goals in either half from Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi sqaw the Uganda Cranes start off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign on a high with a stunning 2-0 victory over DR Congo at the Cairo International Stadium.Faruku Miya provided both assists for Uganda’s goals as Sebastien Desabre’s side gave themselves a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout faces.last_img read more

Court puts hold on NASA inquiries

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAn emergency motion to the 9th Circuit was made after a lower court on Wednesday denied a preliminary injunction sought by 28 JPL employees in a lawsuit against NASA. JPL, managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, has some 5,000 employees. “The court has not had the opportunity to consider fully the voluminous material filed in connection with the emergency motion,” the 9th Circuit’s order said in an order that enjoins NASA through Oct. 12. “As far as we can determine in the short time available, appellants likely raise serious legal and constitutional questions and show the probability of irreparable harm. What is quite clear is that the balance of hardships tips strongly in their favor,” said the order by Judges Betty Binns Fletcher, Stephen Reinhardt and Marsha S. Berzon. By John Antczak THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an emergency temporary injunction sought by some employees of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who claim newly required background checks invade their privacy and allow open-ended investigations into their lives. The employees had a Friday deadline to comply with the Bush administration directive or face the possibility of losing their jobs. They were required to fill out questionnaires and submit a waiver allowing the investigations. last_img read more

ARRANMORE MAN MAKES HIS NAME IN TELECOMS EMPIRE

first_imgTHE MAN behind a fantastic Cork company which provides online education and entertainment for kids, is a native of Co Donegal.Caped Koala Studio has developed an online 3D virtual world called Pora Ora – www.poraora.com – which combines games, education and social networking.Neil Gallagher, a native of Arrranmore Island, set up telecoms and mobile solutions provider Sentaca in 2000. The company hopes to attract between 5,000 and 10,000 people before a live launch in this country and the UK at the beginning of April.The firm which is headquartered ion West Cork Technology Park also has offices in London and Poland.Its aim is to have as many as 30 million users within three years, according to Gallagher.The education content of Pora Ora, which is free to join, is mapped to the national curriculum of this country and the UK. At the moment the educational content is focused mostly on maths and literacy with other elements being added later, including plans to provide teaching aids for languages including Irish.Parents will be able to receive detailed reports about their child’s activities and progress.The idea was to encourage parents to play a key role in their child’s educational progress and online safety, Neil said.They had built in clear security settings into the site.The plan is to convert a percentage of users to an enhanced subscription service with access to extras. The firm also plans partnerships with mobile operators and educational firms, who are keen to launch education-based games.Mobile operators in Europe, Turkey and Egypt, and an education company in North America had shown interest in Pora Ora. Discussions were at an early stage.Pora Ora, says Gallagher, is committed to developing a love of learning in young children; encouraging them to be creative, imaginative, inquisitive and social.ARRANMORE MAN MAKES HIS NAME IN TELECOMS EMPIRE was last modified: February 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

‘BEER WE GO, BEER WE GO, BEER WE GO!’ …..DONEGAL GOES FOOTBALL CRAZY

first_imgWith just hours to go before Ireland officially kicks off its participation in Euro 2012, Donegal has gone football mad!Flags are draped from cars, buildings and even dogs around the county’s villages and towns as we prepare for tonight’s crucial openings game against Croatia (kick-off 7.45pm).And it’s very much “beer we go’ in Poland as well as hundreds of lucky Donegal fans prepare for the game. Our picture shows Shay Given’s dad Seamus taking some much-needed fluids on board along with well-known Letterkenny men James Barcley, Eric White and Gerry Meehan.Eric said the lads are having a ball and were really looking forward to the games.“There’s a great atmosphere here but I hear things are really beginning to build up back home in Donegal.“We’re confident we can do it tonight and get off to the perfect start. “Somebody will have to send us over some money if we get out of the group stages,” laughed well-known BBC reporter Eric.Donegal Daily will bring you more as the countdown to tonight’s game continues.If you have any pictures send them to info@donegaldaily.com.CMON IRELAND!!!    ‘BEER WE GO, BEER WE GO, BEER WE GO!’ …..DONEGAL GOES FOOTBALL CRAZY was last modified: June 10th, 2012 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:donegalEric Whiteeuro 2012Gerry MeehanJames BarcleyletterkennySeamus Givenlast_img read more