Host country Haiti blanked defending champions Jamaica 2-0 in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-20 finals on Friday evening.The first half saw high energy and good skill from both teams, but it was Haiti who would strike in the 19th minute from Batcheba Louis, whose close-range conversion changed the momentum of the match.Haiti dominated possession for the rest of the half and created many chances to double their lead. Jamaica, playing without star player Khadija Shaw, who is injured, would defend and maintain their organisation to keep the score at 1-0 at half-time.The second half belonged to the Haitian women, who, after a great build-up from the midfield, saw Captain Kensia Destinvil fire a left-foot shot into the top left corner, making it 2-0 for the hosts.Earlier, Trinidad and Tobago defeated Puerto Rico 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out.Puerto Rico went ahead in the 6th minute when Andriana Font scored from the penalty spot. Trinidad and Tobago equalised in the 24th minute and it was 1-1 after regulation and extra time. Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will now advance to the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship which will be hosted by Honduras from December 3-13.
The Government of Jamaica has contributed US $150,000 (Approx. Ja$18.7 million) towards the staging of the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix track and field athletics meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 11. The presentation was made at the Ministry of Sports, Entertainment, Culture and Youth located in New Kingston yesterday afternoon. Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, disclosed that the contribution was being made through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). “The Government will be supportive of the JN Racers meet and will be making a significant contribution. The amount is US $150,000. It may not be enough at this time, but the sponsorship was made available through the SDF and Jamaica Tourist Board,” Minister Grange said. She stated that the acceptance of the meet by the IAAF means a lot to Jamaica. “We have proved that we are at centre stage in track and field. We staged a meet in May and now there is another that is also approved by the IAAF,” she added. Glen Mills, president of the Racers Track Club, expressed gratitude to the government for the contribution. “On behalf of Racers Track Club, I express gratitude. To get two meets of quality approved by the IAAF is testimony of our greatness as a country,” Mills said. “We want to look at ways for the meet to be a sports tourism product,” he added. Also speaking at yesterday’s press briefing was Jason Hall, deputy director of tourism. “A meet like this certainly put us on the map. We welcome it whole heartedly,” Hall said. The contribution comes hot on the heels of a $30 million donation by title sponsors, Jamaica National and US$110,000 (Approx. Ja $13.7 million) from by Digicel.
Though the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease seems to be getting to the finish-line, yet global support continues to be forthcoming with the latest coming from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.The Liberian government and her Mauritanian counterpart signed for the provision of a LD$37 million grant to assist in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. The signing ceremony took place in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Monday.The signing of the grant agreement was part Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz’s, two-day solidarity visit to the country. The Mauritanian leader is also the current Chairman of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government. He had arrived from the Republic of Guinea on a similar visit.The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh, signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while the Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, Mr. Sidi Ould Tah, signed on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, an Executive Mansion statement said.Prior to the signing of the LD$37 million grant agreement, the Mauritanian President, in a joint press stakeout with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said his government would work with Liberia to consolidate the relations between both countries.“We will work to consolidate the relations between our two countries,” he assured, urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to join him to further strengthen the bilateral relations that have existed.President Abdul Aziz said that this Ebola challenge being experienced by countries in sub-region, and by extension the region, should consolidate African solidarity and mutual support toward each other. He noted that though it has been a serious challenge, this will help countries in the region come out more determined to unite through our bilateral relations which had been very strong in the past.He expressed his country’s support to Liberia during this very difficult period of the country’s history; and expressed the AU’s commitment and support to President Sirleaf’s heroic leadership and the unyielding determination of the Government and people of Liberia against the Ebola virus disease.“You can count on the support of the AU and we are sure and certain that you will defeat this epidemic,” he declared.The Mauritanian President noted the serious losses that Liberia is experiencing in both human and economic terms due to Ebola and used the opportunity to express his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Liberia for their losses.He also expressed his admiration for the remarkable and dignified attitude of Liberians in battling the disease, most especially the healthcare personnel of both Liberia and the AU who have come to assist their African brothers and sisters.The current Chairman of the AU Heads of State and Government expressed gratitude to the international community for the support provided Liberia and the other worse affected countries in fighting the Ebola virus disease.He expressed profound gratitude to the government and people of Liberia for the warm hospitality accorded him and his delegation during the two-day visit to Liberia.Earlier, President Sirleaf welcomed the Mauritanian leader to Liberia and recalled the relationship between both countries which predate Mauritania’s independence. She indicated that Liberia’s and Mauritania’s Heads of State have exchanged numerous visits as well as signed communiqués, cooperation agreements and protocols. “This visit gives us the opportunity to once again strengthen and deepen that relationship,” she stressed.“The visit to Monrovia marked the first by the Mauritanian leader during her administration intended as a show of solidarity with the Government and people of Liberia in the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” she said.President Sirleaf particularly thanked the Mauritanian President for the leadership he has exhibited as current Chairman of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and the personal efforts made to mobilize resources to support the three countries worse affected by the Ebola virus disease.“As a result, we now have 30 African health workers working with Liberia against the Ebola disease as well as received financial assistance that has been mobilized by the AU,” she recalled.On behalf of the government and people of Liberia, President Sirleaf thanked the Mauritanian President for the bilateral support his government provided Liberia through the Memorandum of Understanding in the fight against Ebola. “Thank you so much for the support,” the Liberian leader said.The Liberian President, late Monday evening, hosted a dinner in honor of the Mauritanian President at the Royal Grand Hotel.He departed Liberia on Tuesday, January 6, for Sierra Leone in continuation of his visit to the three worse countries affected by Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
ECOWAS and AU delegation members at the high table including (3rd from left to right) former Ghanaian President John Mahama, AU Chief Observer Erastus Mwencha, UNMIL SRSG Farid Zarif and UN Africa Rep. Ibn ChambasBut Mahama notes some stakeholders not satisfied with NEC explanation regarding printing of extra 30 percent ballot papers…Following Tuesday’s polls, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) election observers’ missions have applauded Liberians across the country for allowing the holding of peaceful elections.Delivering their joint preliminary statement on the just ended elections the heads of AU and the ECOWAS elections observer missions said Liberia is taking ownership of its affairs without much international influence.Addressing journalists and other partners, the head of the ECOWAS observer mission team, former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, said the AUEO is pleased that all Liberian stakeholders in the elections have worked hard to thus far maintain a calm and peaceful environment.“The AUEO commends the clear guidelines on dispute resolution, including the timelines established under the legal framework. In these elections, NEC and the Supreme Court received a number of disputes but were expeditiously adjudicated,” Mahama noted.He said the campaign period in Liberia was characterized by excitement and enthusiasm reflected in public rallies, media advertisements, door-to-door campaigns, and road shows by supporters of political parties. “The peaceful campaign atmosphere is largely attributed to the general willingness of the Liberian people to have a peaceful electoral process, as demonstrated in the commitment made by political parties through the signing of the Farmington Declaration in June 2017,” he said.The Mission notes, however, that some stakeholders were not satisfied with the explanation given by the NEC regarding the printing of extra 30 percent ballot papers, which is more than the internationally recognized practice that range from 5 to 10 percent reserve qualities.Mr. Mahama observed, however, that despite the general peaceful pre-election environment, it was marked by a few isolated incidents of violence between the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Liberty Party (LP) on 20 September in Sanniquellie (Nimba County), and between supporters of CDC and UP on September 21 in Monrovia (Montserrado County).About legal structures, Mahama said the AU respects every country’s constitutional structures and supports the free and independent operations of those structures. “The AUOE notes that the legal framework is generally in line with international and regional norms and standards for the conduct of democratic elections as its protect fundamental freedoms of associations, assembly, and political participation,” he said, adding that the AU Mission noted concerns about the interpretations of the Code of Conduct Act (COC) by the Supreme Court in relation to its applicability to presidential appointees participating in the 2017 elections as candidates.“The Mission further notes that the legal framework makes no provision for public funding of political parties which may have limited some parties’ ability to fully participate in elections on a level playing field.The AUEOM notes that the law provides for political parties to endeavor to field at least 30 percent of their candidates from each gender. The Mission notes that because this is mandatory, a number of political parties did not comply with the legal requirement of gender representation in the candidates list submitted for nomination,” the AU Mission head said, noting further that as a result of only 15.9 percent women candidates contested for the seats in the House of Representatives in the current elections.Electoral Administration and PreparationMahama said the “Mission noted that despite funding and logistics challenges, the NEC was quite prepared for the conduct of all public elections and referenda, including boundary delimitation, voter registration, civic and voter education, and resolve electoral disputes.”“The Mission further notes that NEC has enjoyed the confidence of most of the stakeholders as such contribute to enhancing credibility of the electoral process,” he said, noting further that some of the commendable actions of NEC that enhanced trust in the electoral process were through its regular updates and interactions with stakeholders, particularly with political parties.He said his Mission observed that Liberia enjoys a vibrant and diverse media which allows for expression of varied opinions, with approximately sixty active newspapers, over a hundred radio stations and one state-owned television station.“The law guarantees media freedom and access to information as fundamental rights. Further, the African CHARTER ON Human and People’s Rights, the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance, as well as the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance recognize the centrality of the media in democratic processes. Let the media continue to be a responsible body so as to allay fears and misconceptions in the public,” he admonished.Election’s ChallengesGhana’s immediate former President said Tuesday’s elections had challenges such as the overstay of voters in queues, slow works are done by polling staff and in some cases their inability to easily identify voters’ details. “The AUOEM observed in some counties that polling officials were not aware of the exact number of registered voters in the place they were assigned. We also observed poor crowd control and chaotic queues in a few cases, but this did not affect the atmosphere in and around polling places which were generally peaceful in 83 percent of places visited during the opening of the polls,” he said.He noted that 97 percent of the places visited opened on time except for a few which opened approximately an hour late due to the late arrival of polling officials, party agents, and polling materials.He thanked the Liberia people for their peaceful and mature coexistence in these crucial political days and called on them to maintain the peace.The head of the AU observers group, Erastus Mwencha, said Liberia is proving to the world that she is properly nurturing her emerging democracy. “Politically we see that there is calm and the nation is at peace with itself,” Mwencha said.“The AU having witnessed the elections of 2005, 2011 is now seeing an emerging democracy entrenched into the areas of governance and many other facets of the country’s existence. Liberia has taken these elections as their own other than the recent elections when there was a huge international support,” he said.Mwencha said a total of 15 AU observers covered 11 out of the 15 political subdivisions in their observation mission, citing the team’s inability to reach the remaining four counties due to the poor road network.“The AU is not working in isolation because there are sister organizations such as the ECOWAS and other regional groupings that are closely collaborating with us in ensuring that we all make our continent a great and prosperous one,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Berbice brothers’ murderThe defence in the Corentyne brothers’ murder trial is no longer pursuing using video footage from a surveillance camera which purported to show that the accused was at another location at the time of the murder.The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder of Premchand Samaroo also called “Tully”, 45, and Harichand Samaroo also called “Davo”, 46, continues at the Springlands Magistrate’s court. Eighteen-year-old Keeran Jeenarine also called “Roni”, a relative of the two dead men, has since been arraigned with theEighteen-year-old Keeran Jeenarine also called “Roni”December 31 killings. When the matter was first called on January 15, Attorney Charlyn Artiga argued that the police arrested the wrong man while holding out that her client was not at the scene of the murder on December 31.The court had given one week to produce the evidence. When the matter was called on Tuesday before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court, Artiga said that the backup was deleted after 24 hours had elapsed.However, she asked for the prosecution to make available a disclosure of all evidence. Police Prosecutor Inspector Orin Joseph indicated that the file was incomplete.The attorney related that the police are in possession of a caution statement purportedly given by Jeenarine but she contended that her client did not give such a statement.Magistrate Singh gave the Prosecution two weeks to make a disclosure of all the evidence that it has as it relates to the charges and the accused. The matter has been transferred to the Whim Magistrate Court and comes up again on February 4.
…owner’s reputed wife in custodyHangout spot, White Castle Fish shop, was set ablaze in the wee hours of Saturday morning in what was described as an act of revenge.Reports are that after the popular liming spot closed at about 01:30h, the proprietor’s reputed wife was allegedly at the Hadfield and John Streets location where she was hurrying the workers out of the building.The charred interior of the popular liming spotGuyana Times was told that the couple had a disagreement over Jermain Langevine’s whereabouts since he was not answering his cellular phone.“She couldn’t find me so she call me and I’m not answering the phone and I don’t know if she sick in the head or what but she think this was the best thing to do,” Langevine told this publication.Langevine claimed that his common-law wife then asked the employees to purchase gasoline for her.“She ask the workers to buy gasoline for her, they refused; she went and buy it she self, workers saw her with it. She went in the office and lock up and I don’t know, like she light it inside the office,” he said.The fire, which started at about 02:30h quickly spread throughout the bottom flat of the building, engulfing everything in its path. Langevine disclosed that when he arrived on the scene at about 04:00h, the inside of the lower flat was already destroyed.The White Castle Fish ShopWhen Guyana Times visited the scene on Saturday, the destruction was clearly visible with damaged freezers, music sets, television sets, fryers and furniture scattered. Langevine estimates his losses at between $18 to $20 million.Meanwhile, the businessman is pleading with the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown to utilise the avenue adjacent to his business entity, in an effort to keep the business going.He explained that he is in the habit of upkeeping the avenue, and thinks that it would be a good measure to appease customers.“We just trying and see with the help of City Council if we could use the avenue that I take care of from Camp Street to East Street,” he pleaded.Additionally, Langevine’s common-law wife is in Police custody assisting with investigations.
The Conquerors outscored their first five opponents, 49-4. Only Arcadia, which was ranked No. 1 last week in the Pasadena area by the Star-News, has come within four runs of Los Altos. Everyone else has been blown away. “It’s exciting to see they’re producing so well,” Los Altos coach Sarah Farnworth said. “The chemistry is there. Five games in and they have it.” It was no surprise when South Hills’ baseball team won the Don Lugo Tournament last season. Winning it again this year, though, with a less experienced team shocked even Huskies coach Kevin Smith. “It’s a little bit of a surprise,” Smith said. “We just have so many new kids. We knew going in that we had some talent, but a lot of the kids are new and don’t have any varsity experience.” Whatever experience the Huskies lacked earlier this month might quickly become a moot point. South Hills was in its share of white-knuckle games, winning three one-run decisions. The Huskies are 5-0 heading into this week’s showdown at Temple City, which is also undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the Star-News area rankings. Smith knows his young team will probably hit some bumps at some point, but a win over Temple City could have the Huskies humming going into San Antonio League play, which starts Friday. “They have played us tough every year we’ve played them,” Smith said of Temple City. “I am hoping we can find a way to beat them, but we play over there and that’s just a little bit tougher. We’re going to see what happens.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The numbers don’t lie, and they’re coming from all over. Sophomore pitcher Diana-Lynn Patterson gave up her first two earned runs in Saturday’s championship game win over Alta Loma. There have been big home runs by Latisha Dadeaux, a plethora of RBIs from Amber Lopez and Roxanne Avalos and good defense. “They’ve stepped up, all of them,” Farnworth said. “One through nine, they’ve done their job. I knew we could hit, I just wasn’t sure when it was going to be. Defensively we’re solid, and we have a great pitcher.” Patterson, who had an impressive debut last year as a freshman, has given the Conquerors the ace in the circle that all good softball teams need. Farnworth feels her sophomore standout could be on the verge of a dynamic year. “She knows what it takes to be a winner,” Farnworth said. “The experience is there and she’s gotten stronger and more mature. She just finds a way to get it done.” The season might be only six games old, but there’s reason for excitement around Los Altos High School’s softball team. The undefeated Conquerors began the year as the No. 2-ranked team in the area, according to this newspaper, so it was no surprise last week when the Conquerors won the San Dimas Tournament. But the dominating way Los Altos has done things has opened eyes.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie We have all heard of ‘Fergie time’ but after Robin Van Persie rescued a late point for Manchester United with virtually the last kick of the game does ‘Van Gaal time’ now exist?Billed as the biggest game of the season so far, Van Persie slammed home in the 94th minute to cancel out Didier Drogba’s headed opener.Last gasp goals became a regularity during Sir Alex Ferguson reign at Old Trafford as he went onto to win 38 trophies at Manchester United.Now Louis van Gaal will hope to benefit from more goals in ‘Van Gaal time’ to help turn his fortunes around at Old Trafford.Here are some of the best Twitter reactions on Van Persie’s late strike. 1
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