Vanuatu women get hockey bronze

first_imgWhile there was opportunity for more goals for Vanuatu, Tongan goal keeper Mateaki Taufa was her side’s saving grace, keeping a vigilant watch at the goal mouth and holding Vanuatu to a 4 point win.Both sides drew one all after the first period.In the second and third, Vanuatu belted in 5 goals and Tonga managed 1.Although trailing in the match, Tongan supporters entertained the crowd dancing and cheering on their girls.The men’s Bronze play off is now underway and team PNG is under pressure to make that game count and register a medal for PNG.PNG is playing Solomon Islands after beating Tonga yesterday.last_img read more

Diego Costa returns to work with the group; only missing Lemar

first_imgAtlético returned to work after enjoying a rest day. The rojiblanco team began preparing next Sunday’s game against Espanyol (16:00) during their visit to Cornellà. Diego Costa was the main novelty after staying out of the call against Villarreal for some lumbar discomfort and not exercising on Monday with the group. The Spanish-Brazilian, who again had minutes in the match against Liverpool after his cervical disc operation He worked as one more and points to the parakeet team. Of course, he was not present in the final training exercises with a major emphasis on air play, where he still has to move very cautiously. Thomas also missed that section to work alone in the gym. So, Simeone’s only absence was Lemar, who suffered a muscle injury to the reds. The Cholo has been recovering troops, with the recovery of João Félix and Trippier for the game against Villarreal last Sunday being key in the win. Hector Herrera is also fully recovered. They were previously returning Giménez, Morata or Costa itself.João Félix, author of the third goal against the yellow submarine, I could go back to eleven to visit Espanyol. Simeone would think of an offensive trident formed by the Portuguese, Correa and Morata. Trippier could also be of the game in Cornellà, occupying the right side after a very rapid recovery of his pubalgia operation. The English would form a defensive line with Savic, Felipe and Lodi.last_img read more

Poor management, inexperienced contractors contribute to project woes

first_imgE-Governance audit… millions owed to contractors for E-Gov project – forensic auditRam and McRae, the auditing firm that conducted the forensic audit on the controversial E-Governance Project believes that poor management and inexperienced contractors were contributory factors to the many problems the project faced.According to the report released by the Finance Ministry on Friday, the auditors held discussions with a number of contractors who were responsible for the installation of the fibre optic cable and numerous matters with regard to the failure and possible recovery of the cables and E-Gov Project were raised.“It is therefore our opinion that the primarily reason for the Project’s failure was due to poor management and supervision, along with execution of the works by inexperienced contractors… Consequently, the fibre optic cables were not properly installed and were damaged… It is a matter of accepted fact that cables were installed at less than the agreed depth of 1.5 metres,” the auditors stated, while adding that they saw no evidence of the issue of incorrect depth installation being flagged by the contractor nor the technical advisor of the project.Weak inadequate systemsMoreover, other findings from the auditors’ review include weak or inadequate systems and procedures to govern the project, and account for its finances, significant non-compliance with the Procurement Act and inadequate hiring practices.Additionally, the auditors outlined that the financial systems of the E-Governance Project were generally inadequate. Due to the nature of the project, those charged with governance were not legally obligated to prepare and publicise financial statements on a periodic basis.“The review revealed a number of issues, primarily in the areas of planning, management and supervision of contractors, payments to contractors above the contract amount and the lack of proper internal controls and maintenance of adequate financial systems. In our view, the failure of the E-Government DWDM Project was primarily due to the fact that no research and analysis was conducted prior to the implementation of the project. There was no project document detailing the technical specification with regard to the installation of the fibre optic cables,” the report outlined.Nevertheless, though a majority of contractors believe the cables can be salvaged, Ram and McRae has advised that the government evaluate the works required to achieve the possible recovery.“There is considerable uncertainty surrounding the state of the work done on the Fibre Optic Cable Project, there medial work and issues arising out of a contract signed by the previous Administration intended to fix the problems. These matters require immediate and high level attention by the Cabinet under whom the Project falls,” the report stated.In this regard, Ram and McRae recommended that the entire E-Governance should design and implement an organisational chart and mission statement. Furthermore, the auditors believe it is important for the Project Manager to possess strong managerial skills in addition to technical competence.“We believe Mr Alexei Ramotar (Project Manager) failed to properly manage the DWDM Project,” the report stated.The project was administered by persons in and contracted by the Office of the President and it contained two distinct components. The first was the E-Governance Dense Wavelength Division Multiplex (DWDM) Project, which involved the laying of a fibre optic cable from Lethem to Georgetown; and the second aspect was the E-Governance (LTE) Project, which is a joint venture between the Government of Guyana and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (China) for the construction of LTE sites and laying of fibre optic cables along the coast.The project costs were estimated at US$5 million and US$32 million for the two components respectively.Outstanding paymentsAccording to the auditor’s report, following meetings with the contractors it was suggested that there may be outstanding payments of unspecified sums payable for works completed.“We estimated that… the outstanding amounts would range between $35 million and $50 million,” the auditors stated.It was pointed out that funding for the E-Governance (LTE) Project was provided by the EXIM Bank of China and payments were made directly from the bank to the contractor. However, as of May 25, 2015, Huawei had completed over 90 per cent of the project costing US$30.4 million of the total contract sum of US$32 million.Nevertheless, the auditor stated that government was required to undertake, provide and finance certain elements of work in connection with the Huawei project.It was also observed by the auditors that aspects of the DWDM Project were sub-contracted to nine major suppliers and in several cases the appropriate tender procedures prescribed by the Procurement Act were not followed: “We were also unable to determine the current status of each aspect based on the documentation available to us,” the accountancy firm stated.last_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Issues Executive Order No. 73

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued Executive Order No. 73 suspending tariffs imposed on essential agro-processing, forestry and agricultural equipment, live animals for breeding, agricultural seeds and other goods directly related to forestry and agricultural development classified under the tariff numbers of the Liberia Revenue Code.According to an Executive Mansion release, importers will pay only the Custom User Fee (CUF) and the ECOWAS Trade Levy (ETL) where applicable. Those benefiting from the Executive Order must be directly involved in agro-processing, forestry and agriculture. The Executive Order signed on December 1, 2015, renews Executive Order No. 64 which expired on April 25th 2015. The Executive Order takes immediate effect.The Government of Liberia seeks to continuously incentivize the agricultural sector in its quest to diversify the economy as it recognizes that the development of the forestry, agriculture and agro-processing sectors are key to achieving growth in those sectors, thus increasing food security and overall improvement in the livelihood of smallholder farmers and the private sector.The Executive Order further states that government recognizes the increasing need to stimulate activities in agro-processing, forestry and agricultural and continuously provide incentives to those sectors according to the economic transformation pillar of the Agenda for Transformation. Encouraging private sector investment in the procurement of essential agro-processing, forestry and agricultural equipment, agricultural seeds, and other goods will lead to the improvement and development of those sectors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC, Opposition Scuffle Aborts Rep. Lawrence’s State Requiem

first_imgCDC Partisans showed up with banners, including one with President Weah’s portrait, for the requiem planned in honor of the late Rep. Adolph Lawrence.-Senator Steve Zargo “assaulted by CDC militants”Hundreds of people on Thursday, April 25, 2019 fled for safety from the grounds of the Legislature on Capitol Hill due to a scuffle that erupted between militants of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and several militants from the opposition Liberty Party (LP).The scene, which became chaotic, gradually escalated into full blown fracas, leaving few persons injured, eyewitnesses have informed the Daily Observer.It all started when the planned requiem for the fallen Lawmaker of Montserrado District 15, Representative Adolph Lawrence, was reportedly prevented from being held at that venue, as was announced earlier.According to eyewitnesses, it all happened when suspected militants of the CDC entered the grounds of the Capitol Building chanting provocative battle cries and songs associated with dances depicting the use of violence.The CDC group, holding a banner picture of President Weah, sang songs like, “what kind of protest we have not heard before; we are not afraid, and we are here”. Others made statements condemning the opposition for what they alleged has been a series of hate messages aimed at the CDC-led government.”While this was unfolding, Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County, who is also the national chairman of the Liberty Party (LP), arrived at the entrance of the Rotunda accompanied by a few members of his party’s task force, but the CDC militants violently prevented the Senator and entourage from entering the Capitol.The CDC militants, who overpowered the security personnel of the Legislature, took control of the entrance to the Rotunda and insisted that the Sen. Zargo would not enter with his entourage, because they (CDC militants) too were asked out of the Rotunda earlier.According to eyewitness accounts, CDC militants allegedly assaulted and forcibly drove Sen. Zargo and members of party’s task force from the premises of the Capitol.In reaction to those developments at the Capitol yesterday, Police Spokesman, H. Moses Carter, said nobody was arrested, because doing so would have exacerbated the situation.“Although I was not in Monrovia at the time of yesterday’s incident, my officers informed me that other than verbal exchanges, there was no physical contact,” Carter said.However, according to Sen. Zargo, “I was going into the Rotunda to inquire from the chairman of the CDC, Mulbah Morlu, whether he was aware that his supporters had besieged the entrance to the facility, thereby preventing the body of our fallen colleague to enter the building, when I came under attack from the CDC guys.”According to him, he was not only denied entry to the Rotunda, but assaulted by individuals believed to be militants of the CDC. “They hit on me and their action prevented the holding of the requiem in honor of our fallen colleague,” Zargo narrated, noting that the requiem was to be held at his home in Logan Town where the late representative lived prior to his death in a tragic motor accident on March 25, 2019 .It may be recalled that the Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence (widow) informed government that she and her family were adequately prepared to bury her husband independently. She said there was no need for government to spend money for her husband’s burial since there are several other challenges confronting the CDC-led government in the face of the country’s economic hardship.In the wake of her request, President Weah visited Sen. Karnga-Lawrence, and appealed to her to reconsider her decision to allow the late Representative to receive a state funeral as it has been done to all departed statesmen to which she reportedly concurred.However, yesterday’s ugly events, according to some family members, suggest that they were the product of conscious and deliberate planning intended to sabotage the holding of the official requiem for the late Representative as was done for other legislators who died in service.Another ‘attacked’ personIn a related development, T. Nelson Seakoh, a staff in the office of Rep. Byron Brown alleged that he was attacked and slapped many times by some of the suspected CDC militants. “Several of them slapped me repeatedly, because I condemned their violent action that disrupted the planned requiem for Adolph Lawrence.“I said that in case they want to take ownership of a dead body, they should kill President Weah or better, the CDC chairman Mulbah Morlu,” Seakoh told the Daily Observer. “For that, you can decide who attends the funeral. Anyone going against your wish can be penalized but, as for the late Adolph Lawrence, we all have a part to play. He was a stakeholder, not only for the CDC and Montserrado District #15, but for the country,” Seakoh said.Some CDC partisans claimed that the late Rep. Adolph Lawrence died a partisan, since he allegedly did not officially rescind his membership from the party.In his reaction, CDC national chairman, Mulbah Morlu said the opposition should not use the CDC as a scapegoat for the disruption of normal activities planned for the state funeral of Rep. Lawrence. Morlu blamed Sen. Zargo and his supporters for the violent encounter.On his Facebook page, Morlu wrote: “The weak and acrimonious opposition need to stop being disingenuous and make haste to explain the actual facts of the disruptive acts of violence they staged with their own hands, right before the eyes of the media and the public.”“We were already peacefully seated in the Rotunda of the Capital Building awaiting the arrival of the mortal remains of our late partisan, and then heard that LP partisans backed by Sen. Zargo had tried to violently bulldoze their way into the Capitol Building, leading to exchanges with the Police.“This unruly action on display at the Capitol Building did not start there. They had carried out similar provocation at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor, preventing CDCians from coming anywhere close to the Hearse/vehicle bearing the mortal remains of Partisan Adolph Lawrence.“One only needs to look at pictures and videos of the march from Stryker to the Capitol Building, and will agree that the incident of violence and disruption was calculated way ahead of time by the LP and UP, and it was intended to deny Hon. Lawrence the deserved dignity of a State Funeral at the Capitol Building, where the CDC had sent and supported him to work for his people,” he said.“As always, the CDC remains a party of love and tolerance, which explains the huge attendance of our partisans in genuine outpouring of grief and sympathy to the bereaved family as we continue to mourn the death of comrade Adolph Lawrence,” he added.Meanwhile, some Lawmakers told the Daily Observer that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bhofal Chambers, had again failed to show leadership on the grounds of the Capitol during the scuffle that ensued between the two sides.House Speaker Chambers ans Senate Pro Tempore Chie (center) led current and former lawmakers, colleagues of the late Rep. Adolph Lawrence, into the rotunda of the Capitol, where the special requiem in his honor was supposed to be held. Due to the commotion, between CDC partisans and their LP counterparts, the event did not hold.Representative Larry Younquoi of Nimba County Electoral District #8, said he and some of his colleagues of the independent legislative caucus (ILC) along with some other lawmakers, including CDC Lawmakers and Montserrado Legislative Caucus met with Speaker Chambers and expressed their disappointment in his failure to come out of his office to take responsibility to ensure there was no disruption of the program.“We have said on numerous occasions that Speaker Chambers and a number of our colleagues need to rise to the occasion. We have to prove to our people that this Legislature is a transformed Legislature,” Younquoi said.Prior to yesterday’s incident, which led to the cancellation of a state requiem for Rep. Lawrence, eyewitnesses said they saw the Speaker arrive at the Capitol under tight security but did not stop to speak to anyone around the Rotunda, neither did he even enter the Rotunda or came out to inquire why there was noise and fighting around the facility.Meanwhile, amidst the fracas, the family of the late Rep. Lawrence opted to redirect the cortège to his constituency in Logan Town. The body was later returned to the funeral home and that evening, the wake, held at the Paynesville City Hall, went on without any disruption.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Giuliani stresses skills to state GOP

first_imgHe then alluded to making an announcement in multiple locations “so we get more attention” but provided no details. On a day when a leading Democrat, Sen. Barack Obama, announced his presidential bid by invoking Abraham Lincoln, Giuliani said Lincoln’s legacy, holding the nation together through the Civil War, really belonged to Republicans. “As Republicans, we’re the party of freedom,” he said. “We’re the party of Abraham Lincoln.” Giuliani’s appearance comes as California is poised to move its 2008 presidential primary from June to February, along with a number of other states. An early California primary could benefit a celebrity such as Giuliani. His name recognition is a huge advantage in California, where candidates must either be famous or well-funded to reach the state’s millions of voters. A Feb. 5 California primary also would give Giuliani a chance to compete outside conservative early voting states such as Iowa and South Carolina, where his liberal stands on gays, guns and abortion upset the social conservatives who dominate those contests. In recent weeks, Giuliani has aggressively reached out to California donors and elected officials, many of whom know him only as the New York City mayor who rushed to the scene of the twin towers’ collapse, caked in dust. He also met for about an hour Friday night with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger urged Giuliani to help bring about a national debate on the country’s dependence on fossil fuel and on health care reform. Giuliani elaborated on two potentially troublesome issues – gun control and immigration – during his news conference. He said his policies in New York to get handguns off the street helped reduce crime, particularly homicides. “I used gun control as mayor,” he said. But he added, “I understand the Second Amendment. I understand the right to bear arms.” He said what he did as mayor to get guns off the streets would have no effect on hunting. Giuliani also spoke in favor of a border fence, saying, “You have to have secure borders, you have to have a fence, and the fence I think has to be a highly technological one.” The nation needs to know, he said, who is coming into the country and why. But he provided scant details on how he would deal with illegal immigrants already in the country. Citizens, he added, should be able to read and write English. Giuliani’s California visit continues Monday with an address in the Silicon Valley and an appearance Tuesday at an agricultural fair in the Central Valley. Associated Press Writer Michael R. Blood contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received a warm welcome Saturday from California GOP activists, who responded to his strong leadership in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Being mayor, he said at the California Republican Party convention, “prepares you as best you can be prepared to be the president of the United States.” Giuliani spoke for nearly 45 minutes – touching on health care, crime, terrorism and Iraq – in a speech laden with references to a possible bid for president. He mocked inaction in Washington, saying he would be a decisive leader. “Presidents make decisions and move things forward,” he said. “That’s the kind of president I would like to be.” Giuliani took another step in that direction Monday, when he filed a “statement of candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission. During a news conference after his speech, Giuliani, who has faced questions about his commitment to the 2008 race, was asked, “Are you in this for good?” “Yes, I am committed,” he said. “This is something I believe I can bring something to, from the experiences that I’ve had.” When asked a follow-up question about when he would make a formal announcement, he responded, “Well, formally announce? I don’t know. If you go back to my speech, I think I may have. I’m not sure.” last_img read more

Champions Capital FM in tricky Road to Anfield Pool

first_img“It is a very tricky group because we have not faced most of those teams in our group. But our aim remains the same, to start the tournament well, win all our games and top our group. The players are ready because we have been training for two months now,” skipper Lassie Atrash said.He added; “As defending champions, there is always the pressure of retaining the title and also everyone comes to beat you. We understand the difficulty in this but the good thing is we have a caliber of players which can sustain such kind of pressure.”Capital FM’s Lassie Atrash(left) dribbles past Felix Wachira of Letshogo RangersThe Best Mix of Music team won last year’s tournament with a hard earned 1-0 win over Letshego thanks to Jeff Ooko powerful strike.However, the team did not proceed to Liverpool, United Kingdom to defend their international title after losing the regional tournament in Tanzania to hosts Azania. However, this year the winner from Kenya will head directly to Anfield.“It was painful not to go to Anfield last year but we have learnt from that. It has made us stronger and that will be a motivation that we need to go to the UK and win that title again,” Atrash further commented.A total of 48 teams have confirmed participation for this year’s competition with a further 41 playing in a separate tournament for Standard Chartered Bank staff.Omar Kibulanga of Nation Media Group (Left) competes for the ball with Capital FM’s Jeff Ooko.The 48 teams have been spread across eight groups of six teams each with the media teams being seeded. The top two from each group proceed to the round of 16.Last year’s losing finalists Letshego will square it out with 2016 finalists Radio Africa, Vivo Energy, Multichoice, Jameson and Resolution Insurance.“We got to the final once and we know how tough this tournament is. This time we want to go on and challenge for the trophy. We hope for the best,” Radio Africa captain Fred Arocho commented.Standard Chartered Head of Corporate Affairs Helen Nangozi says they expect a tougher tournament this year and also expects the standards of the game to improve.“The tournament is becoming very competitive each year. Last year we had 36 teams and now we have 48. It shows the amount of interest it is generating and we expect the quality to be better this year,” Nangozi noted.Robert Otieno of Nation Media (right), competes for the ball with Solomon Okeyo of Capital FmRoad to Anfield PoolsPool A: Nation Media Group, Impact Stars, JH Piego Corporation, PS Kenya, Diagio, General Electric.Pool B: Standard Group, Getrudes Hospital, Louis Dreyfus Company, Metropolitan Canon, BAT, Simba Corp.Pool C: Royal media Services, Syngenta East Africa, EABL, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Nivea, Zamara ActiariesPool D: Radio Africa, Vivo Energy, Multichoice, Jameson, Letshego, Resolution Insurance.Pool E: Capital FM, AC Nelson, Catholic Relief Services, Oracle, Davis and Shirtliff, Wananchi Group.Pool F: Mediamax, United States International University, Safaricom, Deloitte, MFI Document Solutions, NAS ServicesPool G: AIG, Bamburi, Kenya Nut, Scan Group, Oil Libya, Copy CatPool H: Bollore Logistics, Total Kenya, Galana Oil, Schneider Electric, Nairobi Bottlers, ICPAK.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Capital FM celebrating after beating Letshego 1-0 to write history as the first team to defend the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield title.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14- Standard Chartered Trophy Road to Anfield defending champions Capital FM have been drawn in a tricky group for this year’s tournament set to be played on Saturday at the St, Mary’s School in Nairobi.Capital FM will headline Pool E where they are lined up to face debutants AC Nelson, Catholic Relief Services, Oracle, Davis and Shirtliff as well as the Wananchi Group.last_img read more

Canyons to offer culinary arts degree

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Chef Steve Eisner, a 30-year veteran of the food industry, will be teaching the course. “The class is a terrific starting point for people who aspire to be professional chefs, restaurant owners or hospitality managers in hotels, country clubs or institutional settings,” Eisner said. “The real fun is in the kitchen – what pot to use, how to hold a knife, how to bake, stew, braise, and the best part is that students get to eat what they cook. I get so excited when I see students progress through the class and end up cooking a beautiful buffet as part of the class final.” The class will meet from noon to 1:50 p.m. or 2 to 4:50 p.m. Tuesdays. For information, visit the college’s Web site at or call (661) 362-3280. VALENCIA – College of the Canyons will offer its first-ever culinary arts degree program when the spring semester starts on Monday, to train would-be chefs for a growing field. The first class offered will be Foods and Nutrition in the Restaurant Industry, which will cover culinary techniques for commercial kitchen operations. “The truth is, if you learn how to cook, you will always have a job,” said Kevin Anthony, chairman of the college’s hotel and restaurant management program. “The class will provide students with a solid beginning in the fine art of culinary skills.” The class will also provide food safety instruction and prepare those seeking Los Angeles County food handler’s certificates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fair thee well

first_imgVisit your local fair for a good time. Have some fun on carnival rides, kick your heels to live music, eat some awesome fair treats and pet some cute farm animals. A good time is guaranteed for all. FAIRS: Antelope Valley Fair: 2551 W. Avenue H, Suite 102, Lancaster. (661) 948-6060. Web: Aug. 25-Sept. 4. This 64-year tradition features fun family attractions including farm animals, hay-loading contests and rides. Los Angeles County Fair: 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona (between the 10, 210 and 57 freeways). (909) 623-3111. Web: Sept. 8-Oct. 1. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Fun family attractions including food, concerts, rides and farm animals. San Fernando Valley Fair: Hansen Dam Sports Center, 11400 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. (818) 557-1600. Web: June 8-11. Educational exhibits including cow-milking demonstrations, carnival rides and other family entertainment. Ventura County Fair at Seaside Park: 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. (805) 648-3376. Web: Aug. 2-13. This traditional event features concerts, carnival attractions, farm animals and other fun family entertainment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bright lights illuminate the carnival at the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster last summer, mirroring a bright future for the area. Photo by Jeff Goldwater / Staff Photographer last_img read more