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first_imgIn support of the voter registration (VR) awareness campaign across the country, the leadership of a local youth group, Pursuit for Positive Action Youth Organization (PPAYO), has called on young Liberians not to allow themselves to be used by politicians in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections.Darius Bleh, the Global Coordinator of the group, told the Daily Observer at the launch of the VR awareness campaign how crucial the pending October election is to the peace and stability of the country’s fledging democracy.Therefore, he said, the young people must stand firm and fully participate in the ongoing VR process without allowing themselves to be trucked or subtract themselves from the electoral process by selling their voting cards.According to Bleh, during such crucial electoral periods around the world, politicians often perceived young people as perpetrators of violence, a description which in the end rendered the youth vulnerable.For that reason, he called on his colleagues to remain focused and proactive by engaging in positive ventures. He said Liberians, especially the young, stand a chance to benefit from quality education, good healthcare and other basic social services if they turn out to form part of the ongoing voter registration exercise.“Our parents have played their part, so it time that we make a decision that will benefit us as young people,” he said, adding, “that can only be done if we turn out to obtain our voter registration cards to form part of the democratic decision making process in October.”Members of the of the organization who assembled at the intersection of UN Drive and Camp Johnson Road, attached stickers to buildings and any moving object with the wordings, “Register To Vote With Me.” They also displayed placards which read, “Liberia needs you, please come out and register to vote”; “Crucial year for Liberia, let us register to vote.” Since the start of the VR exercise, many youth and civil society organizations have engaged in awareness campaigns to encourage Liberians who are 18 years old and above to register.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) will be conducting maintenance works for one week. As such, several areas in Georgetown and villages on the East Bank of Demerara will be affected with as long as nine hours of blackout.This is according to the power company, which is urging the general public to be patient, as it seeks to upgrade the power lines in these areas.On Sunday, August 12, Alberttown, Werk-en-Rust, Kingston and Cummingsburg, Georgetown will be without electricity for a period of two hours beginning from 08:00h.Newtown, Eping Avenue, Bel Air Park and Vlissengen Road between Lamaha and the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) will be affected for nine hours, from 08:00h as well.On Tuesday, August 14, Subryanville, Georgetown will also experience nine hours of blackout from 08:00h. On that same date, Second Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Demerara will be without power from 09:00h to 17:00h.Ruimzigt, West Coast Demerara will experience blackout from 08:00h to 16:00h, on August 15. B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown will also be without power during the same period the following day.On August 19, eight streets in Georgetown will be without power from 08:00h to 17:00h. These streets are Avenue of the Republic, Hadfield Street, Stabroek, Brickdam, Water Street, High Street, Quamina Street west of Waterloo and Carmichael Street south of Quamina.GPL Assistant Public Relations Officer (PRO) Natalie Yearwood-Pindar had said “localised faults” were why many areas across the country have been experiencing power outages.Localised faults are basically issues which affect a small group of persons within a community, the Assistant PRO explained.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Gordon recently announced that US$110 million was needed to address the issue of blackouts. He explained that the existing infrastructure in the country was the main reason for the constant power outages.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project could have been almost operational by now, and consumers could have been close to seeing an end to expensive and unreliable electricity. Guyana would, moreover, have been entering into the ranks of the top 10 users of clean energy worldwide.The Project, which would have represented the largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country’s history, had the potential to reintegrate Guyana with the global capital markets for the first time in over 40 years.Blasting the Government for the frequent episodes of power outages across Guyana was Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who noted during one of his recent press conferences that many Guyanese were forced to endure the constant power outages daily, despite the Government saving more money from fuel than ever before.According to the Opposition Leader, there is a manifest lack of short- and long-term solutions to address GPL’s inefficiency.“So many Guyanese face this on a daily basis — the large number of blackouts, sometimes for extended periods — and (they are failing) to address this. (There is) no relief from the Government in the short term, and no (effective) plan for addressing this in the medium to long term. So, it can only get worse,” Jagdeo predicted.last_img read more

first_imgThe move by the Trinidadian Government to ban poultry, raw and cooked, from entering from Guyana on the premise of the recent news of a duck virus is “ill-advised” and “premature”.Guyana’s Agriculture MinistryAgriculture Minister Noel HolderThis is according to a press statement on Monday issued by the Agriculture Ministry through the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA).According to the Ministry, such an advisory by the twin-island Republic is ill-advised while noting that the consumption of poultry meat poses no health risks.“The GLDA wishes to assure the general public that the issue with the duck disease, which has been suspected to be, but has not been confirmed as Duck Hepatitis Virus, has been contained and restricted to six duck farms on the coast of Guyana.  Measures implemented, including the closure of our hatchery, the only one in Guyana that hatches duck eggs commercially, have assisted in containing the disease.  The disease has not manifested itself in the other poultry sectors [of] chicken, turkey and Guinea bird, and has only been observed in ducklings between the ages of 3 to 15 days old.”The Agriculture Ministry also noted that the public should be made aware that it is safe to consume all poultry products despite the actions of the Trinidadian Government.“While a disease incidence report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) may elicit a country response, we are disappointed at the premature and excessive response of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago which has placed a ban on all poultry products, raw and cooked, coming from Guyana.”In light of the ban, former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy lashed out at the coalition Government for not informing the country about the virus.A memo dated May 31, 2019, and signed by the twin-island Republic’s Senior Veterinary Officer, informed its Customs and Excise Division of the ban.“As instructed by the Chief Veterinary Officer Animal Health Sub-Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries in accordance with the Animals [Diseases and Importation] Act Chap 67:02, please be informed that with immediate effect all and any raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana is banned from entry into Trinidad and Tobago until further notice. Upon arrival at ports of entry, such items are, therefore, to be seized for destruction,” the memo stated.T&T’s Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat confirmed the ban and revealed that Guyana advised them of the presence of Duck Viral Hepatitis in a part of the country.“As a precaution, the Ministry’s Chief Veterinary Office has notified the Customs and Excise Division of an immediate ban on raw and cooked poultry originating from Guyana. While Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago do not trade with each other in poultry, the ban is precautionary and targets passengers coming into Trinidad and Tobago with raw or cooked poultry in their possession. The ban is instituted because Guyana has advised of the existence of duck virus hepatitis in a part of Guyana,” a LoopTT report quoted the Minister as saying.However, in a statement on Saturday last, Dr Ramsammy took the Guyana Government to task over its handling of the matter. He pointed to the fact that not only did it fail to inform the populace of the DVH outbreak, but it was also unaware of the ban by its Caribbean neighbour.When contacted on the ban on Friday last, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder told Guyana Times that he is currently out of the country and has not been appraised of the situation before he ended the call citing long distance charges being applied to his phone.According to Ramsammy, the coalition was equally surprised and caught off-guard with the ban.“At the time of the announcement, Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture was, as usual, out of the jurisdiction – he was out of the country this time. He always seems to be somewhere else when agriculture faces a threat… There is no indication that anyone in the David Granger-led APNU/AFC Cabinet knew anything about the ban. It appears they were as shocked as ordinary Guyanese citizens that Trinidad and Tobago announced the ban,” Dr Ramsammy noted.The former Agriculture Minister explained that Trinidad’s action could not have been arbitrary. He noted that it is practice for Government officials from a country to inform relevant authorities in another country about its intention to take certain actions because of issues coming out of that country.last_img read more

first_img1 Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson celebrates his goal against Ludogorets in the Champions League Liverpool kept their Champions League last-16 hopes intact despite slipping to a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Ludogorets in Sofia.The Reds were hoping to kickstart their season and halt a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions with victory against the Bulgarian minnows, but instead found themselves a goal down inside three minutes when a mistake from Simon Mignolet allowed striker Dani Abalo to score.Brendan Rodgers’ men soon recovered from their shocking start, however, with goals from Rickie Lambert and Jordan Henderson handing them a half-time lead.But the Merseysiders were sluggish after the break, and they eventually conceded following a sustained period of pressure from the hosts, who equalised from a corner in the final five minutes to deny the Reds a much-needed win.Fortunately, though, the result doesn’t end Liverpool’s chances, as Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Basel means the Premier League outfit can progress to the knock-out stages if they beat the Swiss side in their final Group B fixture.It was a disastrous start from the Merseysiders, who went behind moments after kick-off following a horrible mistake from Mignolet.The Belgian has come under fire for his poor performances this season, and the error-prone stopper’s woes continued as he failed to hold a routine shot from Marcelinho, the ball squirming out of his grasp and falling straight to forward Dani Abalo, who dashed in to open the scoring.But to their credit, the Reds’ heads didn’t drop and Rodgers’ side had to wait just five minutes for the equaliser, though it came in fortuitous circumstances.Ludogorets were caught napping as they failed to clear a searching cross from Jordan Henderson, with Rickie Lambert, playing on his own upfront in the absence of the injured Mario Balotelli, pouncing on the loose ball and deftly heading over the stranded goalkeeper for his first goal in European football.The former Southampton man’s strike seemed to settle down the Merseysiders, but Ludogorets remained a threat on the break with Dutch speedster Virgil Misidjan proving a nuisance on the left flank.They could do little more than force a few corner kicks though, while Liverpool also failed to really prove a threat in the final third.Veteran centre-back Kolo Toure was a commanding figure once again in his second straight European appearance, having impressed in the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid, though there was a heart-stopping moment when his sliding interception to prevent a dangerous cross saw the ball trickle just past his own post.And the hair-raising action continued shortly after when Mignolet came out of his goal to punch away a free-kick but missed the ball entirely, though fortunately the hosts couldn’t capitalise on another mistake as the Reds cleared.It was clear the Reds were missing that zip in the final third as, having blown teams away with their breathtaking counter-attacking play last term, they failed to really make any ground towards the goal.Lone frontman Lambert did hold up the ball well, but the pace of departed star Luis Suarez and injured striker Daniel Sturridge – and even, dare I say, Mario Balotelli – was sorely missed.Despite making little leeway upfront, that all important goal did come moments before the break from their first clear breakaway.Raheem Sterling pushed forward and sent a brilliant low cross into the area, with the energetic Henderson running from deep to meet the pass at the back post to tap Liverpool in front.Henderson then appeared to have blown a huge chance to increase his side’s lead shortly after the re-start when he followed up Lambert’s blocked header by firing astonishingly over the bar with an open goal at his mercy, but the England midfielder’s blushes were spared as the referee had already blown for a free kick following a foul on the keeper.More and more mistakes crept into Liverpool’s game as the half progressed and they soon found themselves on the back foot when they faced a barrage of corner kicks, though Ludogorets’ lack of clinical touch saw the visitors escape with their slender lead intact.Sterling was by far the Anfield outfit’s most lively player, but despite his energy and efforts in and around the box, the youngster was often muscled off the ball and looked ragged as the second-half went on.He eventually made way for Alberto Moreno, but not before going closet to a Liverpool third, being played through one-on-one by a defence-splitting Steven Gerrard pass but taking a touch too many as the goalkeeper gobbled up the chance.The scrappy affair continued with quality at a premium from both sides, and – with the fresh legs of three late substitutes giving them added oomph upfront – the hosts’ continued pressure eventually bore fruit when another corner finally found its way through the Reds’ defence.It was Glen Johnson who lost his man, with Georgi Terziev nipping in front of the defender to deservedly level with a close-range header.There was no mistaking the Reds’ disappointment at the final whistle having let another victory slip away, but a draw still means they are just one win away from progressing to the next stage.last_img read more

first_imgIn other results, KCB picked their first point of the season after holding high flying Bandari FC 1-1, Western Stima beat Kakamega Homeboyz to climb top of the table while Mathare United drew 2-2 with Ulinzi Stars.Leopards settled in the game early as Omondi was on control, netting early from a hard shot from the edge of the box after being teed up by Okaka. The goal proved the difference as hosts Sofapaka led at the interval.In the second half, Oduor curled a shot from outside the area that caught Leopards’ Rwandese custodian Erick Ndaiyshimiye off-guard to put matters on level before Okaka slotted in with 15 minutes left on the clock to take Ingwe back on the lead.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka celebrate after scoring goal in a past . Photo FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22 – Cornelius Juma found the back of the net one minute to stoppage time to inspire Sofapaka deny AFC Leopards their first win of the season as the Kenyan Premier League round 3 match ended 2-2.AFC Leopards surrendered the lead twice after Marvin Omondi scored early four minutes after kick-off before Michel Oduor leveled the scores in the 50th minute. However, Aziz Okaka reclaimed the lead for Leopards in the 76th minute before Juma broke their hearts with a late strike.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Daniel Sturridge is the fittest he has been for 18 months. The England forward, whose career has been interrupted by injuries in the last 18 months, returned to full training with the rest of the squad this week after recovering from a hip operation in May.He will not be ready for Saturday’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford but his return will boost a squad which has scored just two goals in four matches and none in their last two.“There is no timeline as to when he will be fit to participate in a game but he is obviously back in training, which is good,” said Rodgers.“He looked really sharp in training, probably the best he’s looked fitness-wise for 18 months, and it will be really good when he gets back.“I can never say that (he is over the worst of his injuries) because I don’t want to sit here and something happens in a couple of months’ time.“I can only look at what I see and from my experiences in the past I don’t want to put any timeline on him coming back.“I am grateful for the work done in America, for our own medical team who have done a brilliant job to do everything they possibly could to get Daniel back to a level of fitness.“He has worked hard. He has joined in with the group and we will take it from there, day-by-day.” Daniel Sturridge 1last_img read more

first_imgCaitlyn Mac Kechnie led UCLA with one goal and two assists off the bench. Christina DiMartino also scored. Loyola Marymount 2, Sacramento State 0: Late goals from freshman Gabby Parisella (80th minute) and junior Michelle Kanama (88th minute) lifted host LMU (8-3-1) to its eighth consecutive victory. Sacramento State is 6-3-2. Men’s tennis USC sophomore Robert Farah lost, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to Georgia’s Travis Helgeson in the men’s singles final at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Farah had reached the main draw as a qualifier, winning eight matches in six days on his way to the championship match against the fourth-seeded Helgeson. Farah became the first Trojan to reach the All-American singles final since 1987, when Scott Melville won the title. Farah is also the first qualifier to reach the final since 2001. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Call it flat out dominance or picking on the wounded, but either way the No. 2 UCLA women’s soccer team had their way with visiting No. 5 Santa Clara on Sunday, defeating the Broncos, 4-1. The Bruins (7-1-2) scored two goals in each half and simply had more energy throughout. “Today was definitely the best soccer we’ve played all season,” sophomore Lauren Cheney said. “It was just good to come together against one of the top teams in the country.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Broncos (7-2-1) were fatigued and often looked timid in battles to the ball. They came to Westwood with a shortened roster and out of breath after a playing No. 1 Stanford to a 0-0 overtime tie Friday. “We had eight players unavailable for today and Friday because of injury,” Coach Jerry Smith said. “I’d like to know who had the No. 1 team on Friday, the No. 2 team on Sunday, both away, and with 40 percent of their roster unavailable to them and see how they do.” Although the Bruins mostly kept the ball on the Broncos’ side of the field after the opening whistle, Santa Clara went on the scoreboard first. Cheney provided an answer, picking up two goals in a span of five minutes to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead going into halftime. “I think was early in the game and none of us panicked,” Cheney said. “They got a good goal and they caught us sleeping, and we just came back and played our game and thankfully we got four more.” last_img read more

first_imgDENVER, Colo. – The 69th-ranked Denver Pioneer bested the Drake University women’s tennis team, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon.The Pioneers swept all three doubles match to take a 1-0 lead.Denver took a 3-0 lead with a wins at No. 6 and No. 2 singles. Freshman Joely Lomas managed to take the first set 6-4, but Denver’s Charlotte Derbyshire rebounded to win the final two sets 6-0, 6-0 to secure the match for the Pioneers.The final three singles matches went unfinished with Mariel Ante taking 62nd-ranked Julia O’Loughin to three sets and Maddie Johnson also going into a third set.The Bulldogs returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 21 when they travel to Kansas State.#69 Denver 4, Drake 02/14/2016 at Denver, Colo. (Colorado Athletic Club – Monaco) Singles competition1. #62 Julia O’Loughlin (DEN) vs. Ante, Mariel (DU) 5-7, 6-0, 5-4, unfinished2. Maureen Slattery (DEN) def. Brills, Summer (DU) 6-0, 6-23. Bianca Mok (DEN) vs. Johnson, Maddie (DU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-2, unfinished4. Evy Van Genechten (DEN) vs. Herder, Tess (DU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished5. Charlotte Derbyshire (DEN) def. Lomas, Joely (DU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-06. Morgan Barnhill (DEN) def. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles competition1. #44 Julia O’Loughlin/Maureen Slattery (DEN) def. Ante, Mariel/Herder, Tess (DU) 6-32. Morgan Barnhill/Bianca Mok (DEN) def. Lomas, Joely/Johnson, Maddie (DU) 6-23. Evy Van Genechten/Charlotte Derbyshire (DEN) def. Brills, Summer/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-2 Match NotesDrake 5-4Denver 8-2; National ranking #69Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,5) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgWhich would you choose:Chocolate or vanilla?Fifty-year-old cognac or Japanese Wagyu steak hot off the grill?Ginger or Mary Ann? Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon?A walk-off grand slam or 10 combined home runs in a nine-inning game?You didn’t have to choose with that last one, assuming you had the proper packages, apps and streaming technology. You could have watched the Phillies’ Bryce Harper slaughter a delivery from the Cubs’ Derek Holland for a game-ending granny.You then …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many farmers across the Buckeye State are making a lot of progress when it comes to harvesting soybeans. The hot, dry early fall weather is causing the moisture levels of soybeans to be lower than they should be for optimum yield. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Field Agronomist Ryan Terry about the implications of harvesting low moisture soybeans.last_img