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  • 14 teams confirmed for NGI Super 9s

    first_imgThe tournament will run from January 20-22 at Kalabond Oval and is being coordinated by Agmark Gurias coach, Steven Nightingale.The final number of teams will be released by next Monday, with the draws to be sent out the following day.Teams from outside centres that will be taking part include the Port Moresby City Punishers and Maprik United.The prize money for the tournament:1st (K40,000)2nd (K12,000)3rd (K5,000)4th (K3,000)(Picture of Maprik United at Tokua airport, East New Britain)last_img

  • Scrounging for a team in a summer league, Brownlee finds a home instead

    first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Despite finishing out of the podium, Batang Gilas flies home with history “I was in a panic. I had to call around, I was able to get a hold of (agent) Sheryl (Reyes) and she was in the NBA Summer League in Vegas at the time,” coach Tim Cone said. “She gave me a list of names and at the end of the list of names was Justin Brownlee.”Cone had seen Brownlee play before and knew his game fits the PBA like a glove.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He was the guy that I’ve always wanted because I had scouted him in previous Summer Leagues and in the D-League and I’ve always thought he’s going to be perfect for this league,” he said.“She said he (Brownlee) could make it and he’d get on the plane next day and he got on the plane next day and lo and behold.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption02:14Carpio 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 Cone had faith in Brownlee even before the forward could put on the kind of scoring display that he is now known for.“I remember he missed his first eight. He was 0-for-8 in that first game. I remember that distinctly because when I was telling everybody about Justin, I was telling them, ‘He’s a lights out shooter.’ I kept telling everybody that,” said Cone, who won his third title since transferring to Ginebra—all with Brownlee as his import.“But as the conference progressed, we knew we had something special and mostly it’s not just special on the floor,” he added. “What makes an import truly special is the combination of what he is on and off the floor.”The PBA has a long list of great imports who have come and gone but there are only a few who left a lasting legacy.Cone believes Brownlee, widely-regarded as one of the best imports in Ginebra history, belongs in that elite company.ADVERTISEMENT “The guys that can do both are really the special ones. I said that about Norman Black, Bobby Parks, Sean Chambers absolutely and I think Justin Brownlee is another one,” he said.“He’s just great on both sides and it’s hard to find that. It’s really harder than you think to find greatness on and off the court.”Looking back, Brownlee still can’t wrap his head around the kind of journey he’s had considering how it started.“You mean back in 2016? Yeah, I didn’t expect, I definitely didn’t expect this. I was just hoping I could come and help out the team, you know with Paul, he was injured,” the 30-year-old Brownlee, who was named Best Import in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup, said.“I think he had a timetable, a few weeks to a month or whatever it was. I was just coming in to just do whatever I can to help the team win, and I was gonna be the replacement.”Not too long ago, Brownlee was in the Summer League hoping to crack a roster spot.“He wasn’t playing in the Summer League. He was walking around in Las Vegas at that time hoping to make a Summer League team and he didn’t make it,” Cone said.He found a home instead. Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Justin Brownlee celebrates after making a basket. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwo years ago, Justin Brownlee was brought in by Barangay Ginebra originally as a temporary replacement for first-choice import Paul Harris.The Gin Kings needed Brownlee to fill in after Harris suffered a gruesome hand injury just before the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup began.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

  • Thomas Duncan Receives Treatment, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

    first_imgTexas Health Presbyterian Hospital officials are making frantic efforts to save the life of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan since his health condition was upgraded from critical to worse last week.Information reaching the Daily Observer says the 42 year-old Duncan has been receiving a drug, known as Brincidofoyir, which has shown promise in the fight against Ebola.Mr. Duncan has been receiving doses of the experimental anti-viral drug since Saturday. The drug Brincidofoyir was  developed by North Carolina-based Chimerix, and is approved for the treatment of the herpes virus.The United States Food and Drug Administration, (FDA), granted Duncan’s doctors permission to use the drug after his condition worsened.The FDA grants emergency access to unapproved drugs on a case-by-case basis, according to information reaching the Daily Observer yesterday. “[This is usually done] when a patient faces a life-threatening condition for which there are no alternatives,” the information added.The agency has not approved any drugs or vaccines to safely and effectively treat Ebola, this newspaper was told. Mr. Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas last Tuesday after arriving in the United States from Liberia. He flew into Dulles International Airport in   Virginia and on to Dallas, Texas. Two other experimental drugs developed specifically for Ebola have been used in American patients, though it’s unclear if they had any effect. Additional information said:“The small supply of one drug, ZMapp, was exhausted after being used on a few patients. “A second drug, TKM-Ebola from Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, has been used in at least one patient and is said to be in limited supply.”The Atlanta based US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention is meanwhile monitoring 48 people who came into contact with Mr. Duncan while he was exhibiting Ebola symptoms.But the encouraging news is that none are showing any sign of the virus which develops between one and 21 days after an individual has had contact with the disease.Meanwhile Mr. Duncan’s mother, Nowai Gartay, was driven 15 hours by family members from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina to Dallas, Texas on Monday, where she hoped to find a way to talk to her son.In a video message filmed for her son with American NBC station last week, Mrs. Gartay said: “I love you. I pray for you to get well. My whole thinking is on you.”These latest developments have dispelled rumors circulating in Monrovia that patient Duncan would not be attended to by the Americans, simply because he had taken a deadly virus into their country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • As Ebola Lingers, 1.4 M Students’ Hopes On Hold

    first_imgThe outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country early this year has  forced Liberian education to fall by the wayside.Public and private schools were shut down in July by the government through the recommendation from the Ministry of Education (MOE), and no additional plans have  since then been provided on how Liberian children will  continue their education.Nearly five months later, the doors of the 4,413 schools remain closed with no indication of when they will reopen for the 1.4 million school-aged children currently without access to education.According to a Mashable’s Assistant Real-Time News Editor, Megan Specia, education in Liberia has, understandably, taken a backseat to combating the epidemic as more than 2,200 people have died from the virus. While communities mobilize to fight Ebola, little has been done to encourage continued education among school-aged children. Small community-driven initiatives have started, but no official government-led program currently exists.Authorities at the MOE in Monrovia have begun producing content for school aged children, and UNICEF is working alongside them to develop a plan moving forward.UNICEF’s Rukshan Ratnam told Mashable that the organization is working on long-term options for students as schools show no signs of reopening.”Discussions are beginning this week on the protocols and certifications needed for schools to reopen — as this will ensure that when schools do reopen, they remain safe environments for children,” Ratnam said.UNICEF is working with Liberia’s Ministry of Education to develop educational radio programs for children, so that  they may continue studies in their own homes, according to Ratnam. These are planned to begin airing within the next month.Stable education in Liberia is a relatively new thing since the country’s civil war ended in 2003. The More Than Me Academy, which provides education to vulnerable girls from Monrovia’s West Point slum, was among the schools directed to close in July.”While this break seems dramatic to us, it may not be so strange to Liberians. If this goes on for a year, there may not be that much effort by communities to provide education to children, but if it goes on for longer, they might,” said Emily Bell, marketing manager for More Than Me. The school was closed in July.”UNICEF is putting out home education resources, but we haven’t seen communities using them yet,” Bell said.Since schools are closed, Bell noted, they’ve been repurposed to deal with Ebola response. Many are running childcare centers for abandoned children. More Than Me, for example, has been working to quarantine children to monitor them for Ebola before they are placed in foster homes.School teachers, who are held in high esteem in Liberian communities, and staff have pivoted from their traditional roles and now work to combat the spread of Ebola in some parts of the country.Meanwhile, UNICEF is currently training 300 teachers, who will then train 11,000 teachers, to engage in efforts to raise awareness on Ebola prevention at the community level.Students unable to attend school also face increased risks.”Our school acted as a safe place for students to come where they received food, medicine and counseling on top of the normal school day,” said Bell. “Our students are at higher risk for sexual abuse and transactional sex, and are getting sick more often without a school nurse.”While they are unable to provide this security in their school facility, More Than Me is now working with those in their community of West Point to make sure resources are available to their students.”We have a social work team that goes into West Point twice a week to check on each student,” said Bell. “We hand out preventative medicine such as vitamins and Advil, as well as health materials on Ebola, common illnesses and sexual/reproductive health to ensure our girls’ safety as much as possible during this time.”While the school shows no signs of opening, UNICEF has also stressed the need for proper measures to be taken before reopening Liberia’s schools.”Children have certainly been affected by this,” said Ratnam. “However, discussions are beginning very soon on the protocols and certifications needed for schools to reopen — as this will ensure that when schools do reopen, they remain safe environments for children.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Liberian Baha’is Elected 2019/2020 National Spiritual Assembly

    first_imgThe elected NSA officials posed shortly after the voting exercise.Another Ridvan has come and Baha’i’s worldwide, including those from Liberia have voted the National Spiritual Assemblies (NSAs) of their faith in their respective countries.The election of the NSA is an annual event is held from April 21 to May 2 each year.Liberia’s National Convention to elect the NSA was held from April 21-22, 2019 at the national headquarters of the Baha’i Development Institute (BDI), near Bonjal along the ELWA/RIA highway, with 19 delegates from the central, eastern and southeastern regions of the country.The delegates, having read and consulted on the guidance on Baha’i elections as usually given by the Baha’i World Center (Universal House of Justice), elected the NSA of Liberia on April 22, 2019.The nine members making up the 2019/2020 NSA of Liberia, include Geebli Newray, Arthur C.Y. Duogee, Eddie Wright, Nora N. Bolongei, David Saah Menjor, Patience D. Peabody, Mehngoankeh Baymie, Toagoe Karzon and Emmanuel Baymie Sr.The convention was chiefly facilitated by Mrs. Agatha Nketsia, a Baha’i from Ghana, and a member of the Continental Board of Counselors for Africa.She was assisted by Mrs. Tina Precious Wright, and Mr. Isaiah Tulo Chea, who are two of the three Auxiliary Board Members (ABMs) in Liberia.The ABMs are appointed by Counselors to work and provide supervision in the teaching of the Faith as well as protecting it from internal and external conflicts and misconceptions.After the election of the nine members in general by the delegates, the nine members meet and elect the chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer as officers of the NSA.The election of the officers is the same as the general delegates’ election of the NSA in which there is neither candidate nor a campaign for any position.All Baha’i elections are done through secret ballots after prayers are said and, in most cases, deep meditation on the spiritual nature of Baha’i institutions.Earlier, the chairperson of the National Convention, Toagoe Karzon, expressed gratitude to the delegates, as well as the observers, who he said did their best to work in line with the principles of Baha’i elections.Bahai elections everywhere in the world are non-political. There are no candidates and there are no campaigns for positions.People elected to either the Local Spiritual Assembly (LSA) or the NSA must reach the age of 21, which is set as the age of maturity in the Baha’i Faith for one to be elected to Baha’i institutions.Other requirements or qualities for the election of an individual to a Baha’i institution are ‘unquestioned loyalty to the Faith, mature experience and recognized ability.’Additionally, for one to be voted, he/she must have a well-trained mind, and be willing to render selfless to the faith and the world of humanity.Next in line with the qualities for a unique Baha’i election is age distribution or electing people not based on personal love or equality in age, but that both the old and young have something each to contribute to the progress of the Faith and regional or geographic consideration.The 12-day period (April 21 to May 2) is named after a garden in Baghdad, Iraq, where Baha’ullah, the Prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith spent 12 days with His followers before He departed to Constantinople as He was further banished into exile in 1863 by the Ottoman Empire Government then on fear that His influence over the population could have rid them of their governmental positions.Baha’ullah’s mission was, however, very far and different in form to what the leaders Iran, Iraq and other cities countries of the world thought of. He declared that He was the Manifestation of God for this age, and His desire was not for things or positions of the material world as the leaders at that time thought.It was on the 12th day of Ridvan Baha’ullah declared to His followers and the rest of the World that He was the Promised One of all ages whose advent humanity has long awaited.The ABMs are appointed by Counselors to work and provide supervision in the teaching of the Faith as well as protecting it from internal and external conflicts and misconceptions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • US report casts light on pre-trial detention

    first_imgHuman rights in Guyana– says rights of suspects not always respectedA US State Department report has raised questions about the rights authorities accord those in their custody, even as Guyana is moving towards reforming its security apparatus through the Citizen Security and Strengthening Programme (CSSP).The report has raised questions on whether the rights of suspects are being trampled onAccording to the recently released 2017 Human Rights Report, there were cases wherein authorities did not respect the rights of persons it detained, such as the right to prompt access to an Attorney-at-Law.“An arrest requires a warrant issued by a court official, unless an officer who witnesses a crime believes there is good cause to suspect a crime or a breach of the peace has been or will be committed. The law requires that a person arrested cannot be held for more than 72 hours unless brought before a court to be charged,” the report states.“Authorities generally observed this requirement. Bail was generally available, except in cases of capital offences and narcotics trafficking. Although the law provides criminal detainees prompt access to a lawyer of their choice and to family members, authorities occasionally did not fully respect these rights”, the report noted.The report said the state provides legal counsel for those without the resources, but this is only in cases when such persons are charged with a capital offence. It acknowledged the existence of the Legal Aid Clinic, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which it noted provides legal counsel at a reduced fee in certain circumstances, which the clinic itself determines.“Police routinely required permission from the senior investigating officer, who was seldom on the premises, before permitting counsel access to a client.Pre-trial DetentionLengthy pre-trial detention remained a problem, due primarily to judicial inefficiency, staff shortages, and cumbersome legal procedures”, the report said.“The average length of pre-trial detention was three years for those awaiting trial at a magistrate’s court or in the High Court. This was often beyond the maximum possible sentence for the crime for which they were charged.”ReformThe security reform project which began in 2007 was scrapped in 2009 after the British Government had requested to have oversight of the programme to ensure that there was ‘value for money’.The former Government had disagreed with the manner in which the British Government had wanted the programme to be run, claiming that Britain had sought to intrude upon Guyana’s sovereignty.However, the British Government said the Government of Guyana had submitted a different proposal, one which had focused on Police modernisation rather than a holistic approach to reform. The intention was to build a workable basis for improving national security while reducing crime in Guyana.Government believes that, once implemented, Guyana’s security sector will be significantly strengthened, and hopefully, this would lend to reduction in the number of illicit activities that take place.President David Granger has said, too, there is need for a stronger Police Force, one that is better equipped with all tools necessary to function adequately.last_img read more

  • Bartica woman busted with cocaine, ganja in bedroom

    first_imgPolice ranks in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) swooped down on the home of a 59-year-old woman, where a large quantity of cocaine and marijuana was unearthed.Reports are at about 01:00h on Saturday morning, ranks acting on information, raided the house located at the Bartica Old Housing Scheme.During the search, 2555 grams of cannabis and 1451 grams of cocaine – which were concealed in a box and a bucket – were found under a bed in her bedroom.According to Police reports, the housewife was arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station. It was alleged that she later informed the officers that someone had given her the drugs for safe keeping.An investigation has been launched into the matter.last_img

  • Huskies force Game 7 after North Peace navigational errors

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be headed to Peace River on Saturday night after forcing Game 7 in the NWJHL semi-finals against the defending champion North Peace Navigators.The Huskies came out strong on Thursday night, peppering North Peace netminder Trevor Withers with shots in the first. Just over nine minutes in, Shawn Wilson got the Huskies on the board after picking off a pass and walking in to score unassisted. Forty nine seconds later after a mad scramble in front of the Huskies’ net, the Navs scored a garbage goal to tie things back up at one apiece. The Huskies however, kept up their attack. Four and a half minutes later, Wilson scored his second of the game on a feed across the slot from Brandon Howard. Dane Bateman tallied the second assist to restore the Huskies’ one goal lead. Seventy seconds later, the Huskies were again in the attacking zone. Playing up from the Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers, Joel Bourgeois fed Geoff Dick a saucer pass from the high slot down to the corner. Dick fired a wide-angle shot on net, and Josh Robinson pick up the loose rebound to add an insurance marker for the Pups. Shots on goal in the first were 20-11 in favour of Fort St. John.In the second, things started to get a bit rough early on. Howard was tossed for fighting along with the Navs’ Luke Bellerose just over three minutes into frame number two. Continuing their onslaught, Jacob Lang brought the puck into the Navs’ end four minutes after the tilt near the North Peace bench. Lang passed to Matthew Apsassin low down in the slot. Though Apsassin’s shot was stopped, Gary Loewen picked up the rebound to increase Fort St. John’s lead to 4-1. Fort St. John went on to outshoot North Peace 21-6 in the second, and despite another fighting major for the Navs’ Austin Ward, the Huskies were unable to add another.- Advertisement -Things got quiet in the third, and though the Huskies offence slowed, their defence took care of the rest as Jonathan Bateman stopped 27 of 28 shots in the Pups’ 4-1 victory.Game 7 of the NWJHL semi-finals will go down on Saturday at the Baytex Energy Centre in Peace River. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m., and the game can be streamed live on the Huskies’ Ustream page.last_img read more

  • Pro or con, feelings strong on flag display

    first_imgWeston was also upset by crosses that Reza had placed on his lawn, along with a placard listing the U.S. death toll and the question “How many more?” Reza later removed the sign and crosses when asked to do so by his homeowners association. Weston’s mother, Patti Redding, and Christine Rosso, who has a brother in the military, both live near Reza and have asked him to remove the flags. I agreed with them and wrote that while we don’t have to respect the decisions of the political leaders who got us into this war, we should respect the wishes of the families and men and women carrying out those decisions. I also asked readers for their opinions about Reza’s actions and received dozens of e-mails and calls. Here is a sampling of the responses: “I totally disagree with your comments,” wrote Steve Block. “He has every right to protest the war as long as he is not doing it illegally. More statements are needed to express the dissatisfaction with this unnecessary war.” As I expected, a lot of readers reacted to Sunday’s column about a Newhall man who has erected more than 250 American flags on his front lawn to protest the Iraq war and honor the troops who have died. Alex Reza, a 67-year-old retired schoolteacher who served in the Army during the Vietnam War era, said he hoped his display would spark a dialogue and move the war “from the back of people’s minds to the front.” It has done just that. Many readers who responded encouraged him to keep the display. Others sided with Army Maj. Jeff Weston, who wrote Reza from Afghanistan in February, asking him to remove the flags. Weston felt the flags were being used as a political statement rather than as a memorial to his fallen comrades. Irene Galvan wrote that she and her husband believe Reza is simply `trying to keep the war effort fresh in the minds of citizens who may forget the deadly consequences of our involvement in Iraq.” “We think it is his right to exercise freedom of speech, which is the very right our military is fighting to preserve,” she wrote. “Your article is very one-sided.” Donna Lee-Stevens wrote that she wished Reza had more yard space so he could erect a flag for every soldier who has died in Iraq. “It is with great respect that I must disagree with Army Maj. Jeff Weston,” she wrote. “Mr. Reza was given the right under our Bill of Rights: First Amendment. It is the freedom of speech. It matters not whether he is making a political statement; it is his right to do so.” But Larry Cummings had this to say: “I became very angry and upset when first reading your article, but as I began to write this I realized that this was not a personal thing between Mr. Reza and me. “It’s about the freedoms we have in this country and why brave men and women volunteer to protect our freedoms. Mr. Reza has every right to have this `memorial’ in his front yard. “He must understand, though, that his politics are not his neighbors’ or my politics, but his alone. To force his politics on his neighbors is not appropriate to the rights of others. Appreciate the fact that there are those who would die for your life and freedoms.” Bonnie Pearson of Sunland wrote, “Please, Mr. Reza, as a mom of a son in the Navy, I am asking you to honor the request of Maj. Weston and take down the flags. Please show compassion to your neighbors who have family over there.” And from Nadine Winningham: “Does he honestly think that no one thinks about the war? Of course our soldiers’ deaths can’t be justified. No death in any kind of battle can be justified, but sadly that’s the harsh reality of war. “The men and women who have died protecting our country, died protecting our freedoms, absolutely deserve the utmost respect. They do not deserve to be used to make a political statement.” There were dozens of additional e-mails and phone calls voicing similar opinions – and dozens more saying Reza had every right to keep his flags up. “We do live in a free and democratic society that allows us to voice ourselves, unpopular as it may be on various issues,” wrote Bernardo Rubalcova. “More of us should have the intestinal fortitude of what Reza is doing.” And finally this from Jerry Pennington in Van Nuys: “My son has had two deployments in Iraq and is going back for a third. “When I asked him about Mr. Reza’s flags, he told me, `Everyone grieves in their own way, and everyone has the right to show their feelings for my fallen friends.”‘ The dialogue you wanted has begun, Mr. Reza. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

  • HUGE Liverpool news! Christian Benteke close to completing £32.5m move

    first_img Christian Benteke 1 Liverpool have moved to fight off Manchester United’s interest in Christian Benteke by agreeing to meet the Aston Villa striker’s £32.5million release clause.The Anfield club have been chasing the Belgian striker all summer, but have been reluctant to pay out more than £25m and Villa have refused to negotiate.However, the Reds have now decided to trigger the buy-out clause in his contract after it emerged rivals United were eyeing the 24-year-old as a replacement for Robin van Persie.Chief executive Ian Ayre is currently in Australia with Brendan Rodgers and his squad for the second leg of their pre-season tour, but is handling negotiations with Villa.Liverpool have already brought in Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and James Milner this summer.But, having sold Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49million, Rodgers was keen to add to his attacking options and had been desperate to do a deal for Benteke.He now looks likely to get his man, with Liverpool confident of closing a deal for the former Genk star.Should Benteke’s move be finalised, he will become the club’s second most expensive signing off all-time after Andy Carroll.last_img read more