National team aims for better placing

first_imgJamaica’s national dart team is looking forward to a stronger performance at this year’s Caribbean Championship that will be held in Barbados.The local body, Jamaica Dart Association (JDA), named a 13-member squad for the regional tournament to run from July 12-17.National player/coach Colin Chandia expects the team to finish better than the seventh place in last year’s competition.”We participated last year after a long layoff, where we finished seventh out of 12 teams. We have been working hard for the past three months in order to be better prepared,” Chandia told The Gleaner.”The main focus is to finish in a higher position. We should give a significant performance this year,” he emphasised.He is looking towards the senior players to inspire the team, which was selected from players participating in the ongoing local league.The full team is: Men – Albert Bailey (Portmore Contenders), Colin Chandia (Chelsea Precision), David Green (BOJ Gators), Dwight Smith (Chelsea Precision), Evon Faulkner (BOJ Gators), Lynford Jonas (Dynasty MoBay), Mark Birthwright (Central Miners) and Winston Ferguson (Portmore Stimulus).Women – Carol Cheese (Shooting Stars), Catherine Stewart (BOJ Gators), Jennifer Reid (MoBay Darters), Lorraine Nembhard (Portmore Contenders) and Marvel Brown (MoBay Darters).last_img read more


first_imgAnother educator over the weekend stepped forward to frame perhaps the most pivotal question, (subject, issue) under consideration by almost every Liberian here and abroad: “Why are we now confronted by a deadly virus that is determined to destroy the very fabric (structure, foundation) of our society?”Ambassador Dr. Mary Brownell, chair-person emeritus of the Universal Peace Federation, (Liberia chapter), undertook to answer her own question, based the on the maxim (proverb, saying) that everything happens for a reason.’She was speaking against the projection of a ‘post-Ebola Liberia,’ when nationals can no longer take life, government and progress for granted as the always have; instead, they must now roll up their sleeves to make things the way they want them to be—or should.“We probably need to take a critical look at ourselves both individually and collectively; we need to rethink our behavior, our attitude, and our national priorities: where have we gone wrong and how this epidemic could be an eye-opener for all—no matter the social level, the educator made it plain to those in attendance.“Have we placed emphasis on our health care system?” Dr. Brownell asked rhetorically. If so, how is it possible for this deadly disease to wreak (inflict, cause) such havoc on our existence, killing doctors, health care workers, and citizens?” she continued.“Is the system equipped to fight and control anything that develops because it has produced enough doctors and nurses? Do our practitioners have the necessary equipment in their laboratories?  Why do we not have health care centers in all of our counties, to meet the demands of citizens?”Shifting to education, Dr. Brownell wondered whether the society had used its natural resources responsibly, to provide instructional materials, build schools and vocational institutes, and train teachers.Reminding the audience that education was a ‘must’ when sustained growth and development of a society was concerned. Mother Brownell regretted that most of the society had not been educated when Ebola struck. Getting information across to the public about Ebola might not have been so problematic; needless to say, many precious lives also might have been spared,” she explained.       Fast and Prayer no AnswerOn another note, Dr. Brownell expressed the assurance that given their hope this contagion, (infection, virus) like others, will pass away sooner, rather than later. “We are neither discouraged nor doubtful, and can never give up hope. We are now thinking about peace and development, after the Ebola crisis.”But Rev. James Sellee, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church took a slightly different view that was not intended to negate the faith dimension of God’s intervention in the affairs of men.“An opportunity for change is what this crisis has produced. Fasting and praying is not exactly the answer.  A post-Ebola effort could be hampered by an unwillingness on the part of this people, “…to be responsible. We need to show ourselves responsive by putting in the money required for improvement,” Dr. Sellee explained.“We forget about important things to our nation and people, thinking only of ourselves, when we come into wealth and power. We must think hard to change. We can change, and we must,” he admonished. “Peace, then, would emerge as a product of our minds and of our attitudes, in cooperation with our God—the author of all things,” Rev. Sellee 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

25 Mandela Washington Fellows Return with Vigor

first_imgIf not just a euphoric mood for opportunity to travel to the United States, then the 25 fellows of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship will have much to impact Liberia as they have returned with great vigor and promise to share their experiences and fully exhibit what they learned at the six-week fellowship. The 25 Liberians, who left the country in June this year to participate in the fellowship with other Africans from across Africa, returned earlier this month with new skills in various areas of study including Business Entrepreneurship, Civil and Public Sector Management, Human Rights and other disciplines.Speaking on behalf of the group at a reception program organized by US Ambassador Christine Elders on August 23 in Monrovia, Patience Coleman-Beyan said, “We have returned with great vigor and experience, because during our stay for the six weeks in the United States, we saw people leaving their jobs during weekends to come and help us just by volunteering and we were inspired a lot.” In reference to the experience, Coleman-Beyan called on fellows to continue networking and liaise with one another in implementing any program a fellow wants to undertake, noting, “We are a team now; we should not let each other to go alone, but we should use the skills we learnt.” Coleman-Beyan, who works at the Civil Service Agency (CSA) as Director for Civil Service Reform Directorate said the training gives her the courage to take a new dimension by working with those in the public sector to reach the communities so the ordinary people will feel the impact of their work.She said she and her colleagues have decided to organize palava hut meetings to inform citizens on how government works, stressing that one challenge in the society is that people are not able to engage government and therefore do not know its functions.She added that ethical and moral challenges facing the country today are based on the roles of leaders.According to her, there are challenges in the United States just as there are in Africa, but when leaders are accountable to their citizens and setting good examples by their lives, Liberians will be able to deal with ethical issues.In an exclusive interview, one of the fellows, Daniel Riche said his experience in the United States showed him the importance of voluntarism as a way to promote community development.“Voluntarism is one thing that makes America great. People will volunteer their services to clean their cities on a weekend, and this helps the city authority to have the kind of city they want,” said Richie, who studied Civil Leadership during the MWF. “But in Liberia, we always want something in exchange before we volunteer our services.”Using his Civil Leadership training, he said he will be reaching his peers and others in his community to share his experience and embark on community projects through voluntarism.Expressing her excitement, US Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elders, said the partnership between the Liberian Government and the Mandela Washington Fellowship is quite encouraging, and she was delighted to have the 25 fellows in the United States to share their experience and acquire another experience.She disclosed that some of the fellows could not return because they are there on internships and securing other project-related opportunities before returning home.She stressed that networking is essential to the program, and that fellows should always be reminded about getting together to network and share experience so as to meet the central objective of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.She said beneficiaries of the program were double during the 2016 fellowship, expressing the hope that it continues in successive fellowships to allow more Liberians to participate.The program began in 2010 under the name, “Young African Leaders Initiative” (YALI) during the first Administration of US President Barack H. Obama.At the 2014 edition, during a town hall meeting with participants, President Obama renamed the program, the “Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.”During that occasion, the charismatic President inspired the fellows to use the training to network and bring the change they want to see on their continent. He told them not to politically challenge their leaders, but share ideas and innovatively design programs that will help to develop their communities and families as well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We’ll Fight for Trademark Rights’

first_imgA day before Judge Chan-Chan Peagar of the Commercial Court is expected to make public the full text of his “pop drink” trademark infringement ruling, BAF Trading Corporation, which filed the lawsuit against H.K. Enterprise owned by Lebanese national Houssan Kafiel, has promised to use all of its resources to challenge the court’s decision, even up to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court.Last Monday, Judge Peagar, in his three-minute ruling, said, “The two parties, BAF and H.K. Enterprise, failed to register trademark in the country, according to the Intellectual Property Law.”He also ruled that the Lebanese-owned entity has the legal right to the disputed pop drink trademark, while in the same breath admitting that they obtained the trademark certificate in 2014, as opposed to BAF, which obtained it in 2010 for a ten-year period.In an interview with journalists yesterday at his Vai Town office in Monrovia, BAF’s Import Manager Boubacar S. Balde said they acquired the trademark legally from the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) responsible for the protection and promotion of intellectual property rights in the country, as well as the Ministry of Commence (MOC).“We are not going to allow both government institutions with support of the court to deny us of our right,” Balde said.According to him, they thought that they were doing the right thing when they took their case to the Commercial Court, where the case went the wrong way.“We will not allow the influence of money to make this foreigner to take away our legitimate business right,” he added.Even if the Supreme Court fails to give his company justice, the BAF import manger promised they would run to the ECOWAS Court for redress.“If it will cause us to close down our business for the case, we are prepared to do so,” Balde insisted. Tearfully recounting the effort and financial difficulty they incurred to promote pop drink in the market, Balde said when they got the permission from the manufacturer of the product in Indonesia to import pop drink, they traveled to every part of the country to introduce it.“We promoted the product to the extent that people were getting interested in it, before the Lebanese man with the help of LIPO and MOC got involved in 2014,” BAF Import manager emphasized.According to him, they were approached by LIPO in 2009 to register the trademark for their own protection.“We accepted their proposal and thought we were doing the right thing, but they duplicated our trademark certificate and issued it to H.K. Enterprise, which has caused us damages,” said a tearful Balde.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Friendship home ravaged by fire

first_imgA Lot 13 Friendship, East Bank Demerara (EBD) family is now facing millions of dollars in losses after their home was completely destroyed by fire of unknown origin on Sunday morning. The interior of the house which was ravaged by the fireThe fire reportedly started at about 11:30h and the Fire Service managed to quash it at about 14:30h. One of the homeowners, Rocky Bahadur explained that no one was home when the fire started, as such they do not know of the origin: “Actually, nobody was home. The fire started at around 11:30 and ended at about 13:30 hours. When they [Fire Service] came, they hardly had water,” he lamented.He related that they suspect it might have been an electrical fire; however, he is unsure how that may have started as the family usually turns off and unplugs all appliances before leaving the house.The man explained that the family of five is trying to come to grips with their losses as everything in the house was destroyed, including a large sum of cash.“Everything that we owned was in the house. My wife, her mom and dad, all their visas burnt. She was going away in a few weeks so she was saving US currency and had it upstairs, apart from the money she had. We have Padma’s Creole Cuisine so all the money is usually here before we take it to the bank,” he stated.The Fire Service has launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

Travis Eggers, Stefan Brandman lead at Peace Country Open heading into final round

first_imgIn the Seniors grouping, Greg Pallister remains out front. He improved on his 77 yesterday by shooting 75 today, for an overall score of 152. He has a healthy lead over Larry London who is nine back at 161 after a round of 79. In third is Bruce Craig. He shot 81 for a score of 163.Pearl Pimm leads the Ladies flight after a second consecutive 91. She has a big lead over Kelly Smeeth in second spot who sits at 193, after a round of 102. Third belongs to Cheryl Lequiere. She shot 104 on the day to sit at 198.Tomorrow is the final round of the NAPA Auto Parts Peace Country Open, with the first golfers teeing off shortly after 8 a.m. Eggers shot 73 on his round today for a combined total of 144. He carded 35 on the front nine, and 38 on the back nine of the course. Sitting in second place with a total of 147 is Larry Ramstead. It took him 36 strokes to get through the front nine, and 37 on the final stretch as he shot 73 for his second round. In third place heading into the final round tomorrow is Dave Callum who netted a 75 for the second consecutive day. He shot 37 and 38 over the front and back nine of the course.Stefan Brandman holds onto top spot for another day. He shot 77, for a two day total of 155. He came away with 37 on the front nine, and 40 on the back nine. Second spot belongs to Jake Lane after he carded a 79 to sit at 157. He shot a solid 36 on the front nine, and 39 over the final nine holes. In third is Peter DeBruyn. He’s seven shots back of the leader with 162 after two days. He shot 36 and 44, on his way to a round of 80.In the second flight, Dave L’Hirondelle now holds first place after an 81, for a two day total of 163. He holds a two shot lead over yesterday’s leader John Tanchuk who carded an 85, and 165 overall. L’Hirondelle shot 40, and 41 over the front and back nine of the course, while Tanchuk shot 40 and 45. Justin Taylor is third with a total of 171. He came away with 42 on the front nine, and 45 on the back nine, enroute to a round of 87.- Advertisement -There’s a two way tie for top spot in the third flight between Brett Young and Walter Trask. Young shot 84 today for a total of 164, while Trask shot a round of 80. Young managed to get through the first nine holes in 40 strokes, and the back in 44, while Trask shot 40 on both the front and back nine. Blair Karasiuk is five shots back with a total of 169. He shot 83 today, with a 41 on the front, and 42 on the back nine.Morris Paquette has moved into first in the fourth flight after a round of 79 gave him a total of 165. He shot 38 and 41 on the front and back nine of the course. Second belongs to Dave Buziak with a 168. He came away with 82 today, and managed to shoot 38 on the front nine, and 44 on the back nine. Third belongs to Derek Moore with 173. He shot an 82, after carding 91 yesterday. Robin DeRose and Rudy Paquette are tied going into the final round in the fifth flight. DeRose shot 94 today, while Paquette countered with 90. Both golfers sit at 182. Vince Trudgeon remains in third at 187. He shot 92, with 49 of those coming on the front nine and 43 on the back nine.Advertisementlast_img read more

`Pork’ persists in new version of Iraq war spending package

first_imgWASHINGTON – In Washington, it pays to read the fine print. The Iraq funding bill is a perfect example, studded with provisions to help dairy farmers, airlines, salmon fisherman and rural counties hurt by cutbacks in federal logging. And that’s just scratching the surface. Take dairy farmers, for example. They’re receiving $1.2 billion in help in the Iraq bill as lawmakers clear the way to renew a subsidy program aimed at smaller milk producers. Then there are airlines like Continental and American, who won a last-minute battle with the White House over a plan that would allow them to together reduce the contributions to their pension plans by almost $2 billion over the next decade. The war funding bill fixes all that by adding $1.2 billion over five years – violating the spirit of new pay-as-you-go rules requiring increases to farm programs to be “paid for” by cuts elsewhere – to the pot of money available for this year’s rewrite of farm programs. Further, under budget rules, that money is made available only for the MILC program. “It makes my job a lot easier,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn. The White House took a firmer – but losing – stand against provisions aimed at helping American and Continental, looking for flexibility in their pension plan contributions. But American and Continental were backed by Senate powerhouses such as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois. The two airlines were seeking relief comparable to that awarded Northwest and Delta last year. The White House protested, administration officials said, claiming the provision favoring American ran counter to an agreement to keep wholly new material out of the bill. The provision matched relief provided to Continental in an earlier, vetoed version of the bill. The two companies, along with a few smaller airlines such as Alaska Air, will be given leeway to reduce contributions to their defined benefit pension plans by a combined $2 billion. White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten issued a veto threat, White House and congressional officials said, but backed off after Reid insisted the provision go forward. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The language extending the Milk Income Loss Contract, or MILC program, is just one of the provisions hitching a ride on the Iraq measure that couldn’t advance on their own. Taken together, they generated lots of enthusiasm among House lawmakers, who approved them by a 348-73 vote. The Senate cleared the war funding bill, 80-14. Powerful Democrats such as House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., used the war funding bill to shield renewing the MILC program from opponents in western states. The program makes payments to farmers when milk prices drop. It favors those from states where dairy herds tend to be smaller – such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania – since it pays farmers only on the amount of milk produced by about 120 cows in a year. Western states with their generally larger herds benefit far less, so MILC has many opponents, too, such as Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The 12-line MILC provision has its roots in a battle from two years ago over extending the program, which expired briefly in 2005. Then, opponents such as Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., grudgingly agreed to renew the program as part of a broader deficit-reduction bill, but only after making sure it wouldn’t be factored into budget estimates allotting funds to rewrite the farm bill this year. Goodlatte’s move put the MILC program at a disadvantage since it required lawmakers to cut other popular farm programs in order to extend milk subsidies this year. last_img read more

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo leaves Ibiza clinic after flu scare

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo said Sunday he was being treated for a severe bout of flu after being taken to hospital Friday © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVMadrid, Spain, Aug 14 – Retired Brazilian striker Ronaldo left a clinic in Ibiza on Tuesday following a four-night stay for treatment for a flu infection.“Hello everyone! I’m already home after a few days at the clinic. Thank u for your love and comments, and many thanks to the team of doctors and nurses,” he tweeted alongside a picture of himself smiling and giving the thumbs up sign. “It’s going to be an amazing season with tons of great football and surprises,” he added.Earlier on Tuesday a spokeswoman for the clinic in the centre of Ibiza said the player had left the building though a side exit to bypass the waiting press. A spokesman for the former player also confirmed his departure in an email message.Ronaldo said Sunday he was being treated for a severe bout of flu after being taken to hospital Friday.Local newspaper Diario de Ibiza said the former Real Madrid star had been treated in intensive care for pneumonia at the city’s public hospital before being transferred to the clinic.The 41-year-old, who was named FIFA’s world player of the year three times prior to his retirement from football in 2011, is a regular visitor to Ibiza, where he owns a house.He won his first cap for Brazil as a 17-year-old and went on to score 62 goals in 97 international appearances, including both goals when Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final.Ronaldo is interested in buying Spanish first division side Valladolid, according to media reports in Brazil in May.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgRonan and Conor cutting up some of the fallen tree.The damage caused by Storm Rachel provided a TREE-mendous opportunity for two young entrepreneurs.The young McGarvey brothers Ronan, 17, and Conor, 14, set up Donegal Pens in 2010 and it has been a huge success.They turn old wood into stunning pens which are shipped all over the world. Among the well-known faces who own the pens are Daniel O’Donnell, the Obama family, President Michael D Higgins and Gerry Adams.And yesterday’s storm provided them with some stunning trees which they can use to turn into the hand-crafted items.The lads call a call about a stunning oak tree which had come crashing down at Drumnacart, a few miles from their company’s base at their home in Loughanure.Conor, 14, estimates they will get the raw materials for about 250 pens from the tree. “We thought we would put out an SOS on Facebook in case anyone had a tree blown down on their property which they might need shifting.“We got a call about this oak tree and it is just perfect. We will take it away and get it cut up and it will provide us with the raw materials for about 250 pens,” he said.The tree will now be dried and added to the boy’s stock of woods.The boys organise all the shipping themselves from their custom-made shed at the back of their home.Last year they had 1.2 million hits on their websites STORM RACHEL HELPS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ‘PEN’ ANOTHER CHAPTER was last modified: January 15th, 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:donegalDONEGAL PENSStorm Rachellast_img read more

Mayor: LAUSD reform aids economy

first_imgUNIVERSAL CITY – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, campaigning to take over the LAUSD, told business leaders on Friday that overhauling the school district is vital for the city’s economic health. Speaking at the inaugural San Fernando Valley Economic Summit, the mayor stressed that his call for restructuring the Los Angeles Unified School District is important for continued economic development because employers will have a better-educated work force. “There are things we can do to improve these schools and I’m on a mission to do it,” Villaraigosa said near the end of his 30-minute speech. “Shame on us if we don’t roll up our sleeves and do everything we can. “Los Angeles is the city of power, Los Angeles is the city of hope. That’s why this is such a great place.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe approximately 500 people attending the summit at the Universal Sheraton responded with a standing ovation. To illustrate the problems facing the LAUSD the mayor cited a recent Harvard University study that showed that the district has a 50 percent dropout rate, though that rate has been disputed by the district and other outside sources. “If we’re losing a quarter of our kids, it’s huge. If we’re losing 50 percent, it’s a crisis,” the mayor said. Los Angeles school board member David Tokofsky said the district has the best data tracking system in the state. “I think that’s the first time I’ve heard City Hall use the lower figure. In the last week (Superintendent) Roy Romer said that these (24 percent) are the state figures and the district’s system verifies that,” Tokofsky said. “Somebody ought to convene a debate between the two to get to the truth.” In his speech Villaraigosa also acknowledged that the Valley’s economy is critical to Los Angeles’ prosperity. “As goes the Valley, so goes the city. It’s true that the Valley is as vibrant as it’s ever been. It’s truly a regional economy.” To help keep on track the mayor urged support in November of a $37.3 billion revenue bond package that includes billions for schools, transportation and affordable housing. Some of that money could end up flowing through the Valley’s economy. The summit, presented by the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and California State University, Northridge, offered some support for the a link between school reform and a sound economy. A telephone survey by the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at CSUN and Davis Research of 127 medium-size businesses found that the most pressing issue they face is finding skilled workers. About 33 percent said this was their chief concern, up from 25 percent a year ago. Other concerns, in order, were workers’ compensation costs, traffic congestion, the high cost of doing business, high home prices, intense offshore competition and local taxes. More Valley companies plan additional hiring this year (53.2 percent) than in last year’s poll (37 percent). And 85.8 percent said they have no plans to leave the Valley in the next two years. Daniel Blake, director of the research center and a CSUN economics professor, said the Valley will continue to outperform the county and state economies. “We’re in good shape. We’ve got a good strong economy with sustainable growth.” (818) 713-3743160Want 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