Boys’ Town look to move out of relegation

first_img Boys’ Town will face some former players and coaches, but Nicholson says he will always find different ways to play. “I expect a good game from both teams. They have people who know about us but I will find a different way to play, so it won’t be easy for Tivoli to stop our team,” he said. In the last encounter, Nicholson was injured and replaced in the second half. The club was also without vocal coach Price on the sideline. “I was injured in the last game and did not score, plus we were also without coach Price. It will be different with coach Price back on the bench. It will make a big difference as he is always telling us what to do during games,” Nicholson noted. FORMER PLAYER Boys’ Town FC will look to step out of relegation zone when they face neighbouring Tivoli Gardens FC in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Sunday at Barbican Complex in St Andrew. The game that will be live on Television Jamaica is set to kick off at 3 p.m. After a poor start with losses in the first four games, Boys’ Town defeated fast-rising newcomers Jamalco FC two weeks ago, then earned a 1-1 draw against Maverley-Hughenden last Sunday to be on four points and in 11th position in the 12-team league. The Red Brigades believe that they are ready to continue the fight and see the game against Tivoli as crucial at this point. IMPORTANTGAME Boys’ Town’s leading striker Shamar Nicholson is looking forward to the game against Tivoli. “It is a very important game for us as a win would put us level on points with Tivoli and off the bottom of the table,” Nicholson said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday. “We started slowly and have been working hard in training. With the inclusion of some senior players, the team is doing better. Now, hopefully we can get it together and go on a consistent run,” the 19 year-old, who is in his third RSPL season added. Nicholson has scored four of his team’s five goals this season and is relishing the responsibility given to him by coach Andrew Price. “Since playing in the Premier League, I have always been the top scorer for Boys’ Town because I find myself in the right place at the right time,” he explained. “Coach (Price) is confident in my ability to score goals, so I am the man. My target for the season is 30 goals which is a lot but that is the target,” the confident Nicholson said.last_img read more

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Bright Foundation Provides Safe Drinking Water for Wehn Town, Paynesville

first_imgThe Checago Bright Foundation (CBF), a non-governmental organization, helping to restore basic social services to under-privileged people in several communities in Liberia, hasconstructed a hand pump in Wehn Town, Paynesville City.The hand pump was dedicated over the weekend by the Mayor of Paynesville City, Cyvette Gibson.Wehn Town is one of Paynesville’s densely populated communities. It is located around the Red-light commercial district and has a population of nearly 60,000 inhabitants, according to the community chairman of Wehn Town, Mr. Cyrus Sayeh.Speaking to the Daily Observer at the dedicatory ceremony, the founder and chief executive officer of CBF, Checago Bright Sawo, said the initiative was meant to ensure that residents of the town get access to clean and safe drinking water.“This initiative came about through a request from the people and leadership of Wehn Town to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC). We learnt from the community peoplethat they lacked access to safe drinking water for a very long time. PCC then contacted our organization to come and provide them the assistance,” he said.He added that they were informed that hand pumps constructed in the town few years back are all damaged.“With more funding, we intend to construct more hand pumps in other areas of the community. However, we have constructed only one at the moment and are hoping to provide additional ones when funding is available,” he explained.He said that some community members have been trained to properly maintain the facility.Mr. Sawo further disclosed that his institution is working in four counties in Liberia constructing modern toilet, providing education opportunities, among others.He named Bong, Montserrado, Bassa and Margibi Counties as places they have operations ongoing.The CBF founder and CEO maintained they intend to undertake more projects in the country but funding was a serious constraint.“We have challenges in undertaking these development projects in the country as we do not have all the resources needed. But many thanks to our supporters in making these works possible,” he said.Meanwhile, PCC Mayor Gibson, who dedicated the hand pump, described the initiative as a welcomed gesture.“We would like to thank the CBF for this great effort in helping our residents with clean drinking water,” she said.She used the occasion to call on the residents to properly take care of the facility for the benefit of the community.For his part, the community chairman, Mr. Sayeh said he and his people were very happy about the project carried out by CBF and the PCC.He said the community is still in need of more hand pumps to satisfy the growing population of the community.“We are appealing to the government and partners to help us with more hand pumps and toilet to improve the lives of our people, he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Response confirmed what was reported

first_imgDear Editor,The writer of the letter “Why I left the meeting” on January 13 only confirmed what was reported: the writer walked out of the meeting, thereby, bringing it to an abrupt end.The response mirrors those of responses on other issues where the writer in those cases similarly sought to defend the indefensible: is nuff fluff and bluff! When cornered responses tend to target the messenger rather than the message.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img

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Defense Authority Sets Record Straight

first_imgBTC, Monrovia- The Ministry of National Defense has noted with utmost dismay a barrage of publications in recent times by the Daily Observer Newspaper relative to what the paper published as late arrival of Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn at an official United Nations (UN) program. Interestingly, the lifting of the story has been followed by series of editorials on the General.The Ministry of National Defense wishes to respond to those publications (June 2, June 6, and June 13, 2016) by providing the following traceable facts for public verdict:The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) invited Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn at a ceremony slated for Friday, 27 May, 2016, 0900 hours at the Pan African Plaza in Monrovia as part of a global program to honor peacekeepers.The Chief-of-Staff (COS) Ziankahn arrived half hour ahead of the 0900 hours commencement timetable, was received by UNMIL Force Commander Major General Salihu Zaway Uba and both men proceeded upstairs in M/Gen Uba’s office to discuss UNMIL’s transition and other official matters. (We encourage you to verify this assertion.)At the appropriate time both generals were advised by UNMIL’s protocol to move downstairs and as a matter of military courtesy, were rendered the customary ‘military rendition’ by the band and troops.With all due respect to the UN, it was not the intent of the Honorable Defense Minister to appear late at the official function, but it was due to an official representation on behalf of the Commander-in Chief at a funeral of the son of the venerated Judge Luvenia-Ash Thompson. Understandably, Minister Samukai was several minutes beyond schedule.At no time, neither Brigadier General Ziankahn nor any member of his office staff ever established any communication link (whether through letter or phone calls) with the Daily Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best, inviting or summoning him.It was Assistant Defense Minister/Public Affairs, David K. Dahn and later, Deputy Defense Minister/Administration and then acting Defense Minister, Joseph F. Johnson, who established phone contacts with Mr. Best regarding Daily Observer’s publications while clarifying that the requested meeting was to come and see the ‘Acting Minister’ to state the facts. Mr. Best and Minister Dahn had agreed to a proposed meeting on Monday June 6, 2016. That meeting didn’t materialize because Mr. Best claimed that he was advised by his lawyer not to do so. Mr. Best, however, advised the Defense Authority to do a rebuttal and the Daily Observer would publish it.The Armed Forces of Liberia remain un-detracted, professionally focused and committed to executing its mandate within the ambit of the Constitution and in consonance with UN as UNMIL draws down.David K. DahnAssistant Defense Minister/Public AffairsEditor’s Note:Minister Dahn,Thank you for your rebuttal. However, you did not mention the part where Chief of Staff Ziankahn spoke directly with Mrs. Mae Gene Best, Mr. Best’s wife, via phone, introducing himself as Chief of Staff and conveying a message to Mr. Best through her, to call him. “Mr. Best doesn’t know me,” Ziankahn said, “but I know him.” You are insinuating that Mr. Best is making things up, and we both know that the man has better things to do with his time than to fabricate stories. It was Assistant Minister Dahn that called Mr. Best on the same Friday, June 3, 2016, telling him (Mr. Best) that the Chief of Staff wanted to see Mr. Best in his (the Chief of Staff’s) office at B.T.C. on Monday, June 6, 2016, at 10 o’clock a.m..Meanwhile, we appreciate your explanation of where COS Ziankahn was at the time the program was scheduled to have started—you say he was upstairs in the Pan African Plaza Building meeting with the UNMIL Force Commander when the rest of the invited guests were already seated awaiting the commencement of the program, which was scheduled for 9:00 o’clock a.m. It is good to know where the COS was, but this does not detract from our story which said that the Chief of Staff was not at the program when it should have started. He appeared at the program at 9:24. But out of respect for the Minister of Defense, Brownie Samukai, the organizers waited a little longer until his arrival at 9:37, which you, Assistant Minister Dahn, admitted to in your letter to the Daily Observer.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man stabbed, robbed at Stabroek Square

first_imgA 28-year-old man was stabbed and relieved of his belongings on Wednesday evening after he was pounced on by two men, one of whom was armed with a knife.Based on information received, Kissoondyal Roopchand of Harlem, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was walking along Croal Street about 18:45h when he was attacked from behind by the suspects.One of the men demanded that he hand over his cellular phone while the other searched for his valuables. In his attempts to ward off the suspects, Roopchand was stabbed once to his arm and tossed to the ground.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, the traumatised man relived what transpired: “One of them came from behind and he started pushing his hands inKissoondyal Roopchandmy pockets. I tried to fight them off and the other one was like ‘get his phone’. That’s when they stabbed me on my arm and punched me to my face and throw me down to the ground.”He stated that the bandits carted off a cellphone valued at $65,000, credit cards, a small quantity of cash and some documents.A report was filed at the Police Outpost at the Stabroek Market, and the injured man was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital to receive medical attention. He was treated and sent away.While this is the first time that such an incident has happened to Roopchand, he posited that he was unsure whether or not he was being followed by the men.last_img read more

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Fundraiser continues for accident victim

first_imgThere are still tickets available for a fundraiser that will benefit a man hit by a drunk driver. Will Ellis works at the Firemaster Oilfield Service in Fort St. John. On his days off, he returns home to Kamloops, where his wife and seven-year old child live. But at the end of July, Ellis was making his way home, when he was struck by a drunk driver in Grande Cache. Co-worker Craig Dykeman says Ellis is recovering, but his injuries are severe. He remains in his wheelchair with multiple broken bones in his legs.- Advertisement -Dykeman says Firemaster has already sold roughly 200 tickets, but there are still more available. The draw date was originally set for October 15th, but the group postponed the draw to collect all of the tickets.Prizes include a two night stay in the Jacuzzi Suite at Grande Prairie’s Service Plus Inn. Also included is a 100 dollar certificate to the next-door casino, along with a couple bottles of wine. Advertisement Tickets are ten dollars each. To purchase tickets, visit Firemaster at 10023 Beaver Rd in Fort St. John, or call Craig Dykeman at 250-261-4073. Dykeman says the draw will likely be held this weekend.last_img read more

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TRAVELLER GANG SUSPECT WASN’T AT ADDRESS GIVEN TO GARDAI

first_imgBrian ‘Mouse’ Ward pictured in handcuffs outside Letterkenny Court last weekA SUSPECT in a €36,000 heist from an ESB depot wasn’t at the address he gave to Gardai, a court has heard.Brian ‘Mouse’ Ward 77 Ardkeen, Cavan, was brought before Judge Paul Kelly this afternoon at Letterkenny District Court. Ward, who is 19, was charged with handling stolen goods after Garda Paul McGee seized €36k of copper wiring from a van Ward was travelling in a week ago at the Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny.Ward was released on bail with strict conditions including that he stay out of County Donegal until his trial, except for court appearances.He was also warned to stay at the address in Cavan he had given to Gardai.However at today’s court Inspector Michael Harrison told Judge Kelly that Cavan Gardai had called to the address on a number of occasions and there was no sign of Ward.Gardai, he said, were not satisfied that Ward was actually staying at the address he had given.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that he had been given assurances by the landlord of the property that Ward was staying there.Judge Kelly remarked: “Proof of the paying of rent is not proof that he is living there.”However Mr Gallagher said his client just happened to be out of the property at the times Gardai had called.Judge Kelly ordered Ward to give his mobile phone number to Gardai and said he must respond when contacted by Gardai.A co-accused Tom ‘Ernie’ McDonagh, also 19, of 42 Hazelbrook Crescent, Letterkenny, has been charged with theft and handling stolen goods.He is currently in custody.The men were driving a van with the registration plate 04 CN 6132 and had been using the address 11A Ard Glass, Letterkenny.TRAVELLER GANG SUSPECT WASN’T AT ADDRESS GIVEN TO GARDAI was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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:TRAVELLER GANG SUSPECT WASN’T AT ADDRESS GIVEN TO GARDAIlast_img read more

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From Kyoto to Khayelitsha

first_img22 February 2005A low-cost housing project in Cape Town’s sprawling Khayelitsha settlement received world attention at the Montreal climate change conference for its potential to reduce greenhouse gases and earn carbon credits under the mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol.The development in Kuyasa, Khayelitsha is recognised by the United Nations as a gold standard clean development mechanism project. It involved retrofitting eight low-cost houses and two creches with simple energy-saving devices such as insulated ceilings, low-watt bulbs and solar water heaters.This has saved some 2.85 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per building every year – and developed countries are prepared to pay lots of money for CO2 reductions.The clean development mechanism (CDM) is one of the flexible ways signatories to the Kyoto Protocol can mitigate their industrial pollution. It allows developed countries unable to meet their emission reduction targets to invest in sustainable development projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries.The protocol was signed in 1990 by 34 countries – excluding the US and Australia – and came into force in February 2005.It requires industrialised countries to reduce their emissions of six greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide in particular, by 5.2% before 2012. If they are unable to do so, they mitigate their excess emissions by “buying” carbon credits in various ways, one of which is to invest in sustainable development projects such as Kuyasa.A first in AfricaThe Kuyasa project is the first of its kind in Africa and one of fewer than 50 in the world. It was developed by SouthSouthNorth (SSN), an international CDM NGO, and Cape Town – the first African city to develop an energy strategy. The city has committed to use 10% renewable energy sources by 2020, and have 10% percent of households with solar water heaters by 2010.In August, Kuyasa was awarded gold standard recognition by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), allowing it to earn certified emission credits. The price of these credits is calculated according to the amount of CO2 saved.“The market price is between US$3 and $9 per ton,” Lester Malgas of SSN told the Mail & Guardian. “But Kuyasa got $15 a ton because it is the first project in Africa, and because of its gold standard.”It is also the only one of the 45 developing country projects registered with the UNFCCC to function according to three methodologies – most use only one.Immediate benefitsIt has joined the fight against climate change, but Kuyasa offers more immediate benefits for its residents.The retrofitted buildings are 5% warmer in winter and 5% cooler in summer, allowing a saving of up to 40% on electricity bills. Research has shown that energy burns up more than a quarter of the income of the urban poor.The buildings also reduce localised air pollution, helping prevent pulmonary pneumonia, carbon monoxide poisoning and other respiratory illnesses. A direct benefit is the decrease in the deadly fires common in high-density and low-income settlements.Apart from its gold standard recognition, Kuyasa was also awarded joint third place in the global Point Carbon’s Best CDM Project 2004 Competition in Amsterdam last year.Now that the pilot programme is complete, the project will be expanded to include more than 2 000 dwellings in the Kuyasa settlement, over 21 years.It is one of 16 South African CDM projects under development, which include landfill gas, hydroelectricity, fuel switching and industrial energy efficiency. Four have reached the stage of seeking international approval.If implemented, the projects stand to earn carbon credits equalling nine million tons of carbon a year, with a value of US$253-million to the South African economy. The projects have crediting periods lasting until at least 2015; some extend until 2026. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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SA debut for LSE’s TradElect

first_img30 March 2007The London Stock Exchange’s new TradElect trading system, the final phase of a four-year technology overhaul, is set go live for the first time in South Africa after the exchange extended its IT contract with the JSE Limited for a further five years.The extended contract will see the LSE’s next-generation trading system going live on the Johannesburg and Namibia markets on 2 April ahead of its introduction on the London market in the second quarter of the year.The LSE and JSE have also agreed to develop their technology and business cooperation further “to encourage growth in listings, trading and data sales,” the LSE said in a statement last week.“Over the last five years, the JSE has developed a strong relationship with the London Stock Exchange, and we are excited to be the first exchange to use their new technology,” JSE chief operating officer Leanne Parsons said at a formal contract signing ceremony in London.“As part of the JSE’s broader effort to strengthen its role as a competitive force in the global financial marketplace, the JSE is pleased to be able to implement the LSE’s new superior trading platform.”LSE chief executive Clara Furse said the exchange looked forward “to extending the scope of our partnership to the benefit of both of our markets and companies.“As the leading exchange in Africa, the JSE will, through the adoption of TradElect, be operating on world-leading technology, combining very low levels of latency with high levels of scalability and systems reliability.”Since May 2002, the LSE has supplied the JSE with its trading system, JSE SETS, on an application service provider basis. JSE market participants access the trading system via a dedicated communications link between Johannesburg and London.Since the migration of the JSE’s trading to SETS, the average daily number of trades on the JSE has increased by over 140%, from 15 000 in May 2002 to 37 000 in February 2007, operating with 100% availability.According to the LSE, TradElect’s introduction is the final and most significant phase of the exchange’s four-year transition to next-generation trading technology, representing “the biggest development to the LSE’s trading infrastructure since the implementation of the Sequence Programme and SETS between 1994 and 1997.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Children’s status unpacked in Child Equity Report

first_imgNdalo Media CEO, Khanyi Dlhomo believes there needs to be radical social change which ensures that fewer children live in poverty and that more have a fair chance in using their wings to achieve greatness and to soar. (Images: Play Your Part Reporter)A new partnership has been formed between Unicef and Ndalo Media to help to give every child a fair chance in life.The announcement of the venture was made at Capital Moloko in Sandton on 21 November, as part of the release of the 2015 Child Equity Report. Called For Every Child a Fair Chance, the report was released by the Unicef representative in South Africa, Hervé Ludovic de Lys. Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a UN programme that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.Ndalo Media chief executive Khanyi Dlhomo, along with Unicef celebrity advocates Zakes Bantwini and singer Tshedi Mholo of Malaika were at the event.“Unicef, as an organisation working towards a more equitable world by advocating for and promoting the rights of children has partnered with Ndalo Media in order to positively impact the lives of children in South Africa and globally,” said Ludovic de Lys.“Unicef continues to witness how collective action is powerful enough to influence leaders and decision makers to effectively address the challenges faces by those who will be expected to create a prosperous future.”Unicef representative in South Africa, Hervé Ludovic de Lys, presented the report.Dlhomo quoted a Sudanese proverb that parents wanted to bequeath two things to their children: the first was roots, the second wings. “As a mother, I share this view. Roots ensure that our children understand the context of where they come from, while wings ensure that they are able to activate it.“And there’s no organisation which understands this better than Unicef. As a global organisation it ensures, through the 192 countries it operates in, that even the most marginalised of children are given a fair chance to activate their wings.”KEY CHALLENGESThere has been progress in addressing child equity in South Africa, according to the report but there are key challenges:Nearly one in four children under the age of five still suffer from stunted growth.Globally, fewer than two out of five children under six months of age are breastfed exclusively, a critical practice for child survival and wellbeing.Progress on birth registration has been uneven, but least developed countries, as a whole, have recorded the sharpest gains in recent years.There is a high degree of variation in rates of child marriage from region to region, with the highest prevalence in South-Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.Africa’s increasing share of the world’s child population makes investing in children, particularly the poorest, more imperative than ever. Africa lies at the crossroads of two major trends: rising populations and accelerated urbanisation. The intersection of these trends can create a negatively reinforced cycle of deprivation.“Unicef’s 2015 Child Equity Report, entitled For Every Child a Fair Chance, shows that today 721 million fewer people live in poverty than did 30 years ago,” Dlhomo said. “It’s a definite progression – but, of those people still living in poverty, 47% of these are children.“This statistic poignantly highlights the need for equity and that there needs to be radical social change which ensures that fewer children live in poverty and that more have a fair chance in using their wings to achieve greatness and to soar.”PROJECTIONS FOR PROGRESS BY 2030Unaddressed, inequalities in childhood and adolescence will continue to generate problematic outcomes for families around the world, reads the report. Current rates of progress are insufficient to close gaps in equity by 2030.Without accelerated progress, for example:Population growth in lower-performing regions will leave the same number of children out of school in 2030 as there are today.Almost 120 million children will suffer from stunted growth by 2030, denying them a fair chance at growth and development.The world will be able to eliminate open defecation over the next 15 years only if it doubles the current rate of reduction.“We’re proud to be in partnership with Unicef, an organisation whose programmes focus on improving the standards of living of the world’s most disadvantaged children,” Dlhomo said. “The launch of the equity report comes ahead of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, which commences on 25 November 2015. This is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.“The need for these significant days and periods are also a reflection of the broken society within which we live and within which we expect a positive future from our children and youth. Ndalo Media recognises that in order to see our children and the youth experience a positive future, we need to give them the adequate support that will prevent them from having clipped wings.”last_img read more

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