The first round of the FA Cup produced more surprises last Sunday in matches in eight centers where Liberia Football Association matches are held.At the Blue Field, BYC received Super Rollers and after several misses, exploded in the second half to score 4-0, in a match that was one-sided.Spurred on by a Cheering Squad, a singing group, BYC rose to their gain and pumped in four goals as against none by their opponents.LISCR FC also playing at home defeated Darious FC 1-0 and as reported in yesterday’s issue of this paper, Ganta Black Star managed to beat Nimba United FC on penalties, after a one-all draw (5-4).Also playing at home, LPRC-Oilers humiliated Small Town FC 4-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Sime Darby, however lost 0-1 at home to FC Fassell and Aries FC also lost 1-0 at home to Coach Kennedy Musu’s ELWA United FC.The last match between Muscat FC that was playing away to Monrovia Club Breweries at the D. Twe sports pitch could not come on due to a ‘force majeure’ meaning unexpected reasons and the game is meanwhile rescheduled today at the Blue Field at 4p.m.The first round has not witnessed any development bordering on any of the smaller teams cutting down any of the giant teams.Most of the second division clubs have all lost and many are wondering if Muscat FC could make a difference.However, Oilers have been on top form since the league and have made teams unhappy in their encounters. But with soccer being the way it is, expect anything to happen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
US based Liberian rapper WF Doc has casted doubts over the ability of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to conduct the upcoming general elections.The “Mula Dance” crooner said in a press release that if NEC cannot conduct a simple voter registration process without irregularities, despite four months of planning, “it clearly shows that they are ill prepared to conduct 2017 elections.”The release added that reports of defective cameras, misspelling of names by voter registrars, and lack of security personal at many registration centers across the country, mean that the upcoming election will face the same problems.“Frankly speaking, lots of irregularities will take place during the upcoming elections, like polling centers opening late, among others. This is the truth: NEC is unprepared to conduct a free, fair and transparent election looking at their lapses right now.“It pains my heart to received news about VR centers opening late in the leeward counties, like in River Cess and Grand Kru. In some cases, the center will remain closed due to defective cameras.“Although some people will not agree with me, the fact here is that NEC is not prepared to conduct this election. I no longer trust their ability, looking at their failure to conduct this simple VR exercise,” the press release quoted WF Doc as saying. According to the release, WF Doc said the Elections Coordinating Committee and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights have expressed the same fear of the NEC not being capable of conducting the upcoming elections.“ECC and INCHR know this very well, but they cannot just say it openly. However, their continued concern about irregularities and other problems facing the VR process is a clear sign that they don’t trust NEC,” the release said.Meanwhile, the Chicago emcee, who goes by his given names Wreh B. Funnebo, said in the release that NEC’s inability to put in place a proper screening method has encouraged aliens to register as Liberians.“I’m not going to blamed anyone, but NEC for instituting poor screening methods, which make it easy for these people to break into the system. In addition, the lack of security personnel, most especially immigration officers, at VR centers is another factor. “For me, NEC did not do their homework and that is the reason why security personnel are not assigned at every VR center across the country,” the release added.The released noted that “as soon as the irregularities are addressed, the better things will be.” WF Doc can be reached on Facebook and Twitter by the same name.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police on the East Coast of Demerara are probing a fatal accident that occurred on Wednesday which claimed the life of a five-month-old baby.Randy Williams, of Belmont, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, was hit by a motor lorry while his brother was pushing him across the roadway in a stroller.According to reports, about 17:00h on Wednesday, the driver of the motor lorry was proceeding along an access road at Belmont when it is alleged that the eight-year-old boy who was pushing the toddler in a stroller attempted to cross the road and the vehicle collided with the stroller.The child was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the lorry is currently in Police custody, assisting with the investigation. Acting Traffic Chief Boodnarine Persaud related that as investigations continue, the Police are looking at all angles. He stated that up to press time, he was unsure as to whether or not the driver would be charged.
City Hall’s CoI…$206M owed to NISIn her second appearance to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), Mayor of the Georgetown municipality completely distanced herself from the decision-making process at City Hall and further suggested the fact that she is merely a figurehead.In her two and a half long witness statement on Wednesday, Mayor Patricia Chase Green stated under oath that she presides over statutory meetings of the Georgetown City Council, but is required to proceed with the decision that is made by the Councillors.Mayor Patricia Chase Green during her first witness statement chaired by Justice Cecil KennardChase Green also sought to mention that she is guided by the “law” on how she should act.The majority of the questions that were asked revolved around the No-Confidence Motion that was filed against the Town Clerk, Royston King by Councillor Sherod Duncan and the manner in which it was dealt. This arose after the Mayor allowed King to seek advice from his lawyer, Maxwell Edwards, and this was presented to the Council. King subsequently requested that the motion should be placed for discussions, but it was brought before the Council.The motion was then dismissed via a vote from Full Council and during that March 12 meeting; Chase Green was presiding as the chair. She is contending that the Town Clerk is required to sit in such proceedings as was done before.“This is not the first motion coming against any Town Clerk. There were motions brought before former Town Clerks and [they] sat in situations as Town Clerks and dealt with those motion,” she stated.The Mayor attempted to further diverge herself from the perplexed way in which the matter was addressed by stating in her defence, “I’ve known of no other Mayor that has been held accountable for motions not debated in the Council.”Despite these retorts, retired Justice Cecil Kennard remained steadfast in his thoughts that independent legal advice should have been sought.Adding to these factors, the Mayor then divulged that she is of the view that Edwards is an advisor to the City Hall administration. This is seemingly contradicting to her response to the letter of summon which labels Edwards as the “Town Clerk’s lawyer”.Representing the CoI, Attorney-at-Law Everton Singh-Lammy highlighted sections of the letter written by Chase Green which states, “The motion came before me with an advice by the Town Clerk’s lawyer.”Playground sagaWhile maintaining that she is unaware of most of the ongoing issues at the local organ body, Mae’s Schools faced the brunt when it was admitted that no lease was granted to the institution to occupy part of the Farnum Ground. Additionally, she confirmed that no permission was given to construct a fence.Former Mayor Hamilton Green would have only given consent for the students to utilise the community ground during their break periods.“I’m not aware of any lease that was given to Mae’s recently or prior to now but I know they were given permission to use the space…I’m not aware through the committees that permission was given to them to erect a fence.”A 12-feet fence currently blockades one-third of the public ground and is being used privately by the school. She stated that she holds no power over the outcome since the Town Clerk would ask the City Engineer to “do what is necessary”.Amid outcries by residents of the Subryanville area who are affected by this doing, City Engineer, Colvern Venture told the Commission that attempts are being made to remove the fence.Unsettled NISDebt Recovery Manager of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Louise Bryan also presented documents on Wednesday, in respect to City Hall’s indebtedness which states that an excess of $206 million is owed to City Hall, dating back since 1994.Bryan told the Commission, “It is for the period September 1994 to August 2018…part payments would have been made. There are still outstanding monies… [It’s] over $206 million.”Former employees of the Council appeared before the CoI in the last few weeks, stating that they haven’t been paid NIS or their severances. Some have been on the waiting list for years and no response was given by City Hall.Demand notices issued to the Council, letters to the Local Government Commission (CoI) and a tally of the outstanding payments were submitted and tendered for evidence. This will be included in the deliberations that will create recommendations once the investigation is completed.To complete a thorough investigation, the CoI was extended and the Town Clerk will present himself on Friday for questioning. (Rupadai Seenaraine)
The incident occurred near the South Peace Stock Farms. Eight volunteer firefighters attended the crash, along with two ambulances and several police officers. The cause and severity of the incident has not yet been confirmed by police.- Advertisement –
The five-time champion said that he, like most observers, had felt that Ferrari were the fastest team in pre-season testing and favourites to set the pace at the Albert Park track where a fired-up Bottas dominated.“I think everyone was surprised by our showing in Australia,” he said.“No-one was expecting to see a gap like that with Ferrari. They were ahead –- that is what we saw in testing –- but it wasn’t the case that weekend.“We just did our normal job, but I am sure they will come back strong. So, we have to be ready and we have to stay on our toes.”Ferrari’s four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in Australia, will be seeking his third straight victory in Bahrain in Sunday’s race.Like his new team chief Mattia Binotto, the German hopes that Ferrari’s disappointing Australian race was merely a blip.“In Bahrain, we have to ensure that we have understood and rectified the areas where we were weak in Australia, which therefore meant we were unable to fully exploit our car’s potential,” said Binotto.“We expect to see the effect of the corrections we have made, but we are well aware that our competitors will once again be very strong. With that in mind, we are keen to get back on track and face them.”The two Ferraris, with Vettel fourth and new boy Charles Leclerc fifth, were a minute adrift of Mercedes in Melbourne, a gap that team boss Toto Wolff said he did not expect to see repeated.“We’ve seen the potential of Ferrari’s package in Barcelona and we expect them to come back strong in Bahrain,” he said, adding that he believed Red Bull would also “be in the mix.”“Claiming a maximum 44 points from the first race was a fantastic result,” Wolff added.“But the fight has only just begun. Ferrari will try everything they can to hit back and Melbourne showed that Red Bull should have something to say in the fight, too.”The 5.4km Sakhir circuit is expected to be kinder to Ferrari than the semi-street track in Melbourne.The Italian outfit will also be boosted by their record in Bahrain where they are the most successful team with six wins, including last year’s success for Vettel which followed a front row lockout of the grid.After his stunning success in Australia, where he said he drove the “race of my life”, Bottas will be intent on endorsing his new-found speed and aggression in Sunday’s floodlit race.A three-team battle looks likely with Hamilton also keen to regain supremacy and ensure that he does not allow Bottas to gain early season control in the title race.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wary of Ferrari challenge: Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton © AFP/File / Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKEMANAMA, Bahrain, Mar 28 – Defending champion Lewis Hamilton has warned his Mercedes team “to stay on their toes” at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix where Ferrari will be seeking to bounce back after being beaten at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.Hamilton, who came home second in a damaged car behind in-form team-mate Valtteri Bottas, said he was delighted, but surprised by Mercedes’ comprehensive maximum points showing in Melbourne.
Even though the $1.8 billion clean air plan has yet to see the light of day, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and the National Industrial Transportation League alleged Wednesday that the port proposal breaches portions of the federal Shipping Act. “There is no question that cleaner air is in everyone’s interest and a goal we fully support; however, the ports’ plan will not accomplish this and is in reality a program designed to serve special interests, not the environment,” said John Ficker, president of the National Industrial Transportation League, which represents more than 700 transportation firms. Part of the program would require all truck drivers to work for trucking companies rather than function as independent contractors. The agencies called that idea “unreasonable” because the requirement has nothing to do with the program’s environmental goals. The groups also allege that the Clean Truck Program would increase costs for port hauling services because several companies would be driven out of the market. Officials with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have said the program is aimed at reducing diesel truck emissions by 80 percent by replacing older rigs with newer, cleaner-burning trucks. Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, and Richard Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, responded to the allegations in a joint letter issued Thursday to the Federal Maritime Commission. Knatz and Steinke argued that the allegations were premature, noting that final details of the Clean Truck Program are still being hammered out. “Until the final elements of the Clean Truck Program have been decided upon by the commissioners of the two ports, we cannot address with precision the local, state and federal regulatory implications of the Clean Truck Program,” they wrote. “PMSA and the NIT League appear to be eager to litigate by correspondence to an abstraction,” they wrote. “Given the complexity of the issues ? we cannot represent to the Federal Maritime Commission that the final Clean Truck Program will be universally acclaimed.” Approval from the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions could come by the end of October, at the soonest. Port officials said this week that an anticipated Jan. 1 start date for the clean air plan is unlikely, and have pegged the program’s launch for sometime in mid-2008. firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PORTS: Proposal aimed at reducing diesel emissions is called an economic threat and anti-competitive. By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER Two shipping and freight industry groups asked the federal Maritime Commission to investigate the proposed Clean Truck Program, alleging the plan will cause “immediate economic harm” and violates anti-competition laws between the the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
1. United hopeful Mourinho can lure Zlatan to Old Trafford? – The Telegraph report their understanding that the Red Devils are interested in signing the out of contract Ibrahimovic. While the striker’s agent has insisted no decision has been made over his future, United are reportedly confident they have the right manager at the helm in Mourinho to lure the superstar to Old Trafford. 3. Juan Mata wants assurances over his future? – Mata was sold by Mourinho at Chelsea in January 2014 and there is doubt over his future at Old Trafford now the Portuguese has taken over. The Spaniard’s advisers, the Daily Mail report, will speak with Mourinho over what role their client will be given next season. 5. Long-term target Kroos commits future to Real Madrid? – In March, the Daily Star claimed the Red Devils were planning a £40m bid for Kroos in the summer transfer window. The Germany international, however, appears to have ended hopes he may be available by saying he doesn’t ‘have any worries’ over his future at Real Madrid. 5 2. Antonio Conte won’t consider selling Willian? – Before Mourinho’s appointment was confirmed, reports claimed the Portuguese was planning a £60m raid on former club Chelsea for Willian. The Daily Mail have since stated the Blues’ incoming manager Antonio Conte will not listen to offers for the Brazilian, knowing the decision might upset the club’s supporters. 5 5 5 4. United told to buy John Stones by former player – Ex-Everton and United defender Phil Neville has encouraged Mourinho to bid for Toffees defender John Stones. Speaking to FullTimeDEVILS, Neville said, ‘Hed cost a lot, but forget the cost. I was at Everton when he signed from Barnsley, and straight away I thought, hes a Man Utd player’. It looks as though it’ll be another summer of heavy spending for Manchester United.Now Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as the club’s new manager, Ed Woodward is expected to hand the Portuguese a large transfer kitty to transform Louis van Gaal’s struggling squad.But who is being linked with the club? Is there any more news on possible target Zlatan Ibrahimovic?Check out the latest transfer rumours on Manchester United by clicking the arrow above, right. 5
Patrick McLaughlin who was jailed yesterday for the savage knife attack. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A man who slashed a friend’s face from lip to ear while he slept has been jailed for three years.Patrick McLaughlin and Derek Cunnea had been socialising in Letterkenny in October last year. The pair had retuned to Mr Cunnea’s aunt’s home whom McLaughlin, 49, had a previous relationship with.Mr Cunnea went to bed at the house at 7 Ochard Court, Letterkenny, but awoke to find Mclaughlin standing over him saying “I’m going to slash you.”Cunnea told Gardai he then felt a cold object running down the side of his face and realised he had been slashed.He had to receive extensive plastic surgery at Galway University Hospital, received 30 stitches and will have a scar for the rest of his life.The court heard how McLaughlin of Fortwell, Letterkenny, had no recollection of the incident as he suffered from memory loss following a brain injury sustained in an attack.He was interviewed about the attack on Mr Cunnea on there occasions but denied any knowledge of it.He revealed how he suffered severely from memory loss and how he had to use a dictaphone to remember things he had done.Passing sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Judge Francis Comerford said knife crime was a very serious matter and that it was obvious that the victim had suffered horrific injuries.He sentenced McLaughlin to three years in prison and backdated it to October 14th last since he was in custody.MAN WHO SLASHED FRIEND’S FACE JAILED FOR THREE YEARS was last modified: July 18th, 2015 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:courtdonegalknife attackPATRICK MCLAUGHLINstabbing
Gianluigi Donnarumma 1 Real Madrid are lining up a £26.25m bid for Milan’s prodigious goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma – which could come as great news for Manchester United.It was revealed on Thursday that the teenage goalkeeper has decided to turn down Milan’s latest contract offer meaning he could be sold this summer or lost on a free in 12 months’ time.United have been linked with the Italian in the past while Paris Saint-German and Madrid are also closely monitoring the situation.And, according to milannews.it, Madrid are now ready to open the bidding with a £26.25m offer for the youngster.The Spanish club have long been linked with a move for Manchester United first-choice David De Gea but it appears that they may have identified a new long-term No.1.Should the Bernabeu club complete a deal for Donnarumma, it would finally put an end to the speculation linking Spaniard De Gea with a move back home.It has been suggested that Milan may decide against selling him this summer and make a point by making him wait out the final year of his contract on the bench.But Madrid’s money may make them think otherwise – so United fans can breathe a sigh of relief.