The Youth and Sports Ministry has quickly moved to calm heads in the various sporting associations after some publicly stated there were not going to participate at this year’s All Africa Games in Congo, Brazzaville.Over 30 associations last week told government that if no funds were released by May 15, they would consider quitting the Games.But after a meeting with the sector minister on Tuesday, all issues have been sorted and the teams have decided to go on with preparations.“The Minister has promised that he is going to make sure all the challenges and outstanding issues we have mentioned to him will be sorted,” said Ben Nunoo Mensah, head of the Ghana Weightlifting Association.“In fact some of things we told him sounded strange because he couldn’t believe for a period over three years individuals were spending their private money to take care of the national teams of those disciplines.“For us he is a new man who has just taken over and I think we will give him the benefit of the doubt and eventually we will all get prepared and go to the All Africa Games.” Meanwhile, the minister, Dr Mustapha Ahmed in an exclusive chat with Joy Sports noted he intends to meet the sporting associations regularly to share ideas on how they can participate well in their respective future competitions.“I have agreed with them (the sporting associations) that we will institutionalize regular meetings so that when we meet regularly and frequently and we discuss our common issues and challenges, the suspicion that arise when there is a communication gap between two parties will be minimized or disappear altogether,” said Dr Ahmed“Having done that I have the impression that the threat of a boycott is no longer in existence and that we will work as a team, support and open with one another and will work transparently to promote the various sporting disciplines.”–
Just as with the current health and medical crisis, caused by Ebola, is the very worst in the nation’s history, Liberia is also facing the most serious financial crisis of the past 10 years.Finance Minister Amara Konneh told the media last Friday that the national economy had shrunk to 0.4%, down from an exciting and commendable growth rate of 6% just six months ago. With the increasing Ebola threat to the economy, he noted, GOL revised its draft fiscal budget downward to US$470 million from US$540 million.These negative figures are not only serious but alarming. They point to almost economic collapse. Worse yet, the prices of the country’s primary export commodities, rubber and iron ore, have also drastically declined, by 30% and 81%, respectively. The average inflation rate has been projected at 11.4% for 2014, up from 7.6% for 2013; while the end of year inflation rate for 2014 is projected at 14.7%, up from 8.5% in 2013.There are even more distressing figures—for example the public external debt, which for 2014/15 is projected at 14.4%, compared to 11.6% for 2013/14.With the Ebola crisis thankfully showing signs of receding, what can we do to revive our economy? Finance Minister Konneh last Friday outlined a number of measures aimed at economic recovery. This is indeed very important, helpful and hopeful because it demonstrates that he and the government are looking beyond the rocks and hills and valleys of economic despair. They are developing a plan for economic recovery, for which we highly commend them.The government, with the possible cooperation of the International Finance Corporation ((IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank, is aiming at a stimulus package of roughly US$174 million. This will take the form of spending on education, among others, to help get the school system ready for resumption in the post-Ebola era. This is good news for everyone—parents, students, teachers, school authorities and business and transport people. The Stimulus Package is also aimed at beefing up the health sector, by hopefully improving facilities at the nation’s health centers and hospitals. We hope this will also take care of all the arrears owed health and medical workers.A good chunk of the stimulus package is also aimed at investing in the energy sector, to push electrification throughout the country, including getting the West African Power Pool (WAPP) back on track. We are exceedingly thankful that the money for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Plant is intact. Emmanuel Lawrence, Deputy Project Manager of the Hydro Team, told the Daily Observer yesterday that they are aiming, in the post-Ebola period, to recommence work on the project within 30 to 90 days—to assemble and put in place the necessary equipment and to have everyone on board and the works in full swing. He said the crane for heavy lifting is already at the Free Port of Monrovia, ready to be transported to Mount Coffee. The resumption of the hydro works will give a big boost to labor and recreate the people’s hope that one day soon, the hydro will be up and running, generating long overdue electricity to the capital city and beyond, dare we say 24/7/365.Residents and businesses can rekindle the vision of financial relief and freedom from the health and safety risks of generators which have become the dreadful but indispensable heartbeat of businesses and homes large and small.GOL’s stimulus will also include resumption of roads projects. Hopefully all of the foreign engineers, contractors and technicians will soon be back to take advantage of the Dry Season and run full speed with the road from Paynesville Red Light to Ganta, on to Fish Town and Harper, as well as the Gbarnga-Lofa highway and all the feeder roads in between. The money for these projects, too, is available.The Stimulus Package will also include agricultural works. Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly excitedly announced recently that with most of the borders closed, Liberians have been feeding themselves with vegetables. We hope that money from the Stimulus Package will reach the FARMERS THEMSELVES, not some bureaucrats that will intercept the funds and frustrate the farmers, as has been persistently done in the recent past. This newspaper has long advocated for empowering Liberians to grow their own pepper, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits. But WHO can make this happen when those appointed to do so over the past decade or so have failed?We wish to make three last points: First, all of these plans to get our economy back on track depend on one thing: eradicating Ebola. ALL of us must do EVERYTHING NECESSARY to make this happen, for none of these plans will materialize if we don’t.Second, every Liberian must seriously, honestly and patriotically tackle the work we are given the responsibility to do in order to ensure that we succeed in restoring our economy to full capacity.Lastly, we hope that the international community will help us in the process, not with loans, but with grants, for Heaven knows we cannot afford any more debt.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This year’s International EarthCache Day is on October 9, and Geocaching HQ is excited to partner up again with the Geological Society of America to offer a souvenir for finding an EarthCache on that date.EarthCaches provide an opportunity to learn a geological lesson and visit awe-inspiring geological locations. Visitors can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location.Thankfully, there is a group of dedicated EarthCache Reviewers who help facilitate this program so that geocachers can enjoy EarthCaches all over the world. Instead of reading a lesson in a book, they see and learn about geological features with their own eyes.Who are EarthCache Reviewers?They are community volunteers with scientific backgrounds that work with EarthCache cache owners to develop the best submissions possible. Learn about their story and what they love so much about EarthCaches.GeoawareCA, SandraSandra has been an EarthCache Reviewer since 2009, making her the longest standing active EarthCache Reviewer. GeoawareCA has a degree in Environmental Science with a focus on physical geography. Mélange at Lobster Head Cove in Gros Morne National Park (GC5B7G0)What is your favorite EarthCache?If I had to pick one as my favorite, I’d have to say Pu’u’ula’ula (Red Hill) Haleakala Volcano Summit (GC18Z99) in Hawaii for its stunning beauty.Tell us one cool fact we may not know about the Earth.Contrary to what you may have been taught in school, diamonds do not form from coal. In fact, most diamonds that have been dated are much older than plant life on earth (the source of coal).Any cool stories to share?We recently travelled to Iceland and found many incredible EarthCaches there. We climbed to the top of the Eldfell volcano which last erupted in 1973 and warmed our hands by the heat rising out of the fumaroles (GC2EVVH); we visited a couple of locations where you could walk between the continental plates for Europe and North America (GC1Z45X and GC2DK2E); we visited geysir from which the English word geyser is derived (GC1G4XZ); we saw caves carved into columnar basalt and walked along a black sand beach (GC514W0); we swam in geothermally heated pools (GC25643); and we saw many beautiful waterfalls including one we could walk behind (GC2B1TJ). Truly a dream vacation for anyone interested in geology. 1234567<> Eldfell—GC2EVVH Stuðlaberg Hellar (Basalt Caves) —GC514W0 Pu’u’ula’ula (Red Hill) Haleakala Volcano Summit—GC18Z99 Þingvellir – The Mid-Atlantic Ridge—GC1Z45X Bláa lónið – Blue lagoon – Blaue Lagune —GC25643 Seljalandsfoss—GC2B1TJ Geysir – powerful hot spring—GC1G4XZ Portuguese EarthCache Field Trip with Danieloliveira (right) and BTRodrigues (left) and Natasha. Rainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring—GC1JY47 Turnagain Arm Tidal Bore Earthcache—GCN6YV Umpire Rock—GLMWJAP2 Cabo de Roca—GLN7NVEB Ape Cave—GCZ8ZQ No Finger Painting Allowed—GLNN6T73 There are currently 24,271 active EarthCaches in the world. Have you ever found an EarthCache? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More GeoawareUSA4, MikeMike is an Alaskan with a degree in Chemical Engineering and strong interest in geology and earth science.He still vividly remembers walking backwards in time more than one billion years during his first hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon when he was 10 years old. In 2010, he joined the Community Volunteer team as the Reviewer for Alaska and now as an EarthCache Reviewer.Mike in actionWhat is your favorite EarthCache?Having completed nearly 300 EarthCaches, it is difficult to pin down a single favorite. However, some highlights include “Umpire Rock,” GC1G4W0, where an urban EarthCache teaches a glaciology lesson in New York City’s Central Park, “Cabo da Roca – DP/EC33,” GC1HGAY, and many other EarthCaches along Portugal’s west coast developed by danieloliveira, which brought the local landscape alive for me during a tour with the EarthCache developer himself, and “Ape Cave,” GCZ8ZQ, which took me about a mile through a lava tube on the flank of Mount St. Helens. Yellowstone National Park has several dozen EarthCaches of which I’ve completed 27 during 2 visits, which greatly enhanced my experience to one of the most amazing “living” geology locations in the world. Tell us one cool fact we may not know about the Earth.As a result of melting glaciers retreating from areas long-covered by ice, many parts of Alaska are “rebounding,” which means they are increasing in elevation.Any cool stories to share?My brother and two nephews accompanied me on my first visit to Yellowstone National Park in 2013. After visiting “No Finger Painting Allowed,” GC1ZTH2, and watching the many mud pots burp and gurgle while we inhaled sulfur-laden fumes, my youngest nephew exclaimed “this place is disgustingly awesome!” Having a youngster think anything in a natural setting is “awesome,” is, well, “awesome!” 1234<> SharePrint RelatedEnvironmental initiatives of geocachingMarch 19, 2019In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 12, 2011January 12, 2011In “News”The Secret River — Geocache of the WeekNovember 9, 2016In “Community” GeoAwareNordic3, MatsMats is a naturally curious Swede that has been hooked on EarthCaches since the first one he found. His interest in science and especially earth science make him an awesome EarthCache Reviewer with the most logged EarthCaches in Sweden!Mats at Midlina, GC2DK2EWhat is your favorite EarthCache?MIDLINA — GC2DK2E, an amazing place to see and get the grasp of.The Greatest Little Mine in the World—GC1W9TC, an old mine in Sweden where at least 8 of the chemical elements were discovered.Der Alte Schwede—GC1M15Z, an early EC:s for us, a big stone from Sweden.Dinosaurier-Spuren Barkhausen —GC18P1C, imagine, dinosaur track!West Sulphur Mountain Oil Spring—GC1A5E2, a natural oil-river.Tell us one cool fact we may not know about the Earth.Earth has an equatorial bulge at 42km. This means when standing on the equator at sea level you are 21km higher than when standing on either pole. As a result of this, the summit of Chimborazo, a mountain in Ecuador, is the place where you are closest to space, still standing on Earth! This is also the point on earth farthest away from the Earth’s core.Any cool stories to share?My brother and I used to take EarthCache weekends once or twice a year when we drove around Sweden and logged as many EarthCaches as we could. 30+ EarthCaches is our record for a weekend. Der Alte Schwede—GC1M15Z West Sulphur Mountain Oil Spring—GC1A5E2 Dinosaurier-Spuren Barkhausen—GC18P1C The Greatest Little Mine in the World—GC1W9TC 1234567<>
She burst into the first day with a two under 70, struck a 71 on day two and another 70 on day three.She began the final day one shot behind Menendez, 25, facing the daunting task of keeping the finish line in sight.The first nine she shot two bogeys and a birdie but was helped by a poor start from Menendez who fired four bogeys, giving the rising Thai star a cushion as the two went into the back nine.If Atthaya felt pressure, she did not show it, firing another birdie on the back nine and calmly slotting home the final par putt.“I’m so proud and so happy for my score and win this week,” she told reporters in slightly broken English moments after her win. “I’m so excited, thank you so much.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Her victory smashes the current record set by Canada’s Brooke Henderson who won the Canadian Women’s Tour in June 2012 aged 14 years, nine months and three days.She also beats the Ladies European Tour record held by former number one Lydia Ko who took the 2013 New Zealand Open aged 15 years, nine months and 17 days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAtthaya, who hails from Thailand’s western province of Rachaburi, turned 14 on 20 February. Local media said she first picked up a golf club aged six.The shy but seemingly always smiling teenager had a dream week at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya. As an amateur, she does not take home any prize winnings.That means the top €45,000 ($51,000) prize went to runner up-Menendez while €27,500 went to third placed pro Whitney Hillier.Final top scores for the Ladies European Thailand Championship at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya.283 – Atthaya Tithikul (THA) 70-17-70-72285 – Ana Menedez (MEX) 68-72-70-75286 – Whitney Hillier (AUS) 74-72-69-71287 – Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER) 73-73-74-67; Parinda Phokan (THA) 75-73-71-68; Amy Boulden (WAL) 73-74-67-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Atthaya Thitikul (Photo from her Facebook page)BANGKOK, Thailand — A Thai teenager became the youngest known winner of a professional golf tournament on Sunday, overcoming huge pressure to secure a two-shot victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya.There were gasps from the crowd as Atthaya Thitikul – aged just 14 years and four months – calmly slotted home a must-win final putt on the 18th to see off Ana Menendez of Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Marquez ‘surprised’ Pacquiao failed to stop Horn in 10th round
In this edition, Australian Men’s 35’s captain, William Chan, speaks about how his team is progressing, and how it feels to be named captain of the side. With less than two weeks to go and two training camps under our belt the team is pretty excited. At the first camp I was honoured to be named the captain and feel privileged to be leading a team that has a mix of state and international veterans (Lenny Ryan is competing in his fifth World Cup) and some very capable debutants. Fortunately for me my job is going to be made easier with Scott “Soggy” Danswan named as vice captain. We knew after the first training camp that we had some areas to focus on. We played against some strong opposition in the Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s and Senior Mixed. All games we played were tough and they will be hard to beat in their respective divisions.One of the highlights during this campaign has undoubtedly been the success of our fundraising night. Our coach Budgie (Emmanuel Buhagiar), assistant coach Ross Pugliese and manager Condor (Noel Donohue) had worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this all happen. The highlight of the night was MC Darren Senter interviewing league legends Peter Kelly and Bobby Cooper. It was topped off however by a private helicopter flight with one of our players, ‘sky pilot’ Matt Stanton, being auctioned off for the highest bid of the night. The 180 strong crowd were vocal and definitely enjoyed themselves and it was a credit to the whole team to get them there.Everything started to come together last weekend at the final training camp. After a mixed performance against the Men’s 30’s we put it all together with a good win against the Men’s 40’s and then had a solid hit out against ourselves to give the refs a run.That evening we all attended the TFA official function at the SCG where all teams were presented with their jerseys. You could tell that the enormity of representing your country was starting to hit home as the players received their gear, including myself! A major part of this night was to recognise the people who have excelled in Touch and have contributed a great deal to the sport. All those recognised deserved their standing ovations. However, one such recognition led to a huge surprise for one of our own and that was the naming of Lenny Ryan as one of the flag bearers along with Traddy and Louise Winchester. We just hoped that we would see Lenny at training the next day after he went out to celebrate.Next day Lenny did show although 15 minutes late and we had our last trial and another good performance against the Men’s 40’s. We finished the day with a fitness session that really brought us closer together.We have no excuses, a good preparation, a good game plan and a good sheriff.Can’t wait!Be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
The observatory was initially slated for piloting in 12 Inner City Basic Services Project communities The move will ensure standardisation and accessibility to timely and reliable crime statistical data The Ministry of National Security on September 19 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several government agencies to facilitate collaboration and information exchange for the Jamaica Crime Observatory.The move will ensure standardisation and accessibility to timely and reliable crime statistical data, to support government’s efforts at reducing the incidence of crime and violence, particularly in high risk and vulnerable inner-city communities in Jamaica.Speaking at the signing, held at the Ministry’s Oxford Road offices, Permanent Secretary, Major General (retired) Stewart Saunders, welcomed the partnership, stating that the MoU would “allow us in many ways to not only understand more about the crime that we have to confront everyday in our society, but most importantly, to assist us to have a more informed strategy, as we move forward to tackle the problem”.The Crime Observatory or Integrated Crime and Violence Information System (ICVIS) is a web-based crime and violence statistics databank covering the five parishes with the highest incidence of crime. These are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. James, St. Catherine and Clarendon. It was set up in 2011 through a grant from the Japan Social Development Fund, with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) implementing and managing activities under the grant.The observatory, which is hosted by the National Security Ministry, was initially slated for piloting in 12 Inner City Basic Services Project communities, but following consultation with government stakeholders, it was recommended that it be more broadly adopted across the five targeted parishes.In her remarks at the signing, Managing Director of the JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said that the Crime Observatory is an empowering tool.“Stakeholders in crime and violence can analyze the data and feed results to the policy level to ensure that targeted decisions are made about responding in the immediate to long-term to security risk factors, while strengthening the capacity of first responders to violence,” she stated.Meanwhile, Acting Director, Research and Evaluation in the National Security Ministry, Rochelle Clarke-Grey, stated that the observatory is a part of the Government’s strategic drive for evidence-based approach in crime fighting, and is articulated in the Vision 2030 National Development Plan, as well as the Ministry’s National Crime Prevention and Community Safety Strategy.The observatory captures data for homicides, sexual assaults, traffic fatalities, and suicides. The data is presented either once or twice per month, depending on volume, and the information is then processed and standardised in variables of gender, age, and incident context.Now in its third year, Ms. Clarke-Grey said the observatory can provide reliable and accurate data, in which the Ministry has confidence. “We are (focusing on) presenting bulletins, trying to assist requests for community data – and as such, we are moving from strength to strength,” she stated.The signatories to the MoU are: the Ministry of Justice; Registrar General’s Department (RGD); Ministry of Education; JSIF; Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN); Forensic Science Laboratory; JCF; Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP); Court Management System; Child Development Agency (CDA); Bureau of Women’s Affairs; Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Violence Prevention Alliance; and the Insurance Association of Jamaica. Story Highlights ICVIS is a web-based crime and violence statistics databank covering the five parishes
New Delhi: Surrey’s Will Jacks blazed his way to a 25-ball century, including six sixes in an over, during a pre-season T10 clash with Lancashire in Dubai. In all, he smashed eight boundaries and 11 sixes. After producing the brutal assault on Thursday, the batsman said that he was looking to play shots from the first ball. “From the first ball I just tried to play my shots, after the first few overs my intention was to try and hit every ball for six, and I think after four sixes I thought, ‘I could hit six sixes here’. I had never done it before and it was nice to do that and something I will cherish,” the International Cricket Council quoted Jacks as saying. Had the match been accorded official status, Jasks’ effort would have been bettered Chris Gayle’s world record for the fastest century in competitive cricket, achieved in the 2013 IPL, by five balls. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhJacks hit Stephen Parry for six sixes in an over on the way to his ton. He also passed the top score of 87 for the 10-over format achieved by Alex Hales last year. Jacks first reached his fifty off just 14 deliveries and then smashed six consecutive sixes to bring up his century. Jacks’ knock powered Surrey to 176 and a 95-run win over Lancashire. The 20-year-old Jacks made his debut for Surrey in first-class, List A and T20 last season, scoring 121 off 100 balls in a Royal London Cup match against Gloucestershire. The match between Surrey and Lancashire was a pre-season fixture for both the teams, who are gearing up for the county season, which begins next month. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterEven though Jacks’ innings will not be mentioned in the official record books, it is still commendable as it came against a Lancashire side comprising several first-team regulars such as Steven Croft, Parry, Tom Bailey, and Haseeb Hameed. Caribbean batsman Chris Gayle currently holds the record for the fastest individual century which came in just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors during an IPL match in 2013. Gayle had then played an unbeaten knock of 175 off 66 deliveries, which included 13 fours and 17 sixes, helping his team post a mammoth 263/5 in 20 overs. Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers, however, holds the record for the quickest century in international cricket. The left-handed batsman scored a 31-ball century against West Indies in an ODI match in 2015.
New Delhi: State-run Air India seems to be finally getting its preferential rights in allocation of traffic rights over foreign routes after losing it to private carriers in the previous UPA government. The government has decided to allot it about 5,700 weekly seats out of grounded Jet Airways’ unused quota on the lucrative India-Dubai route. The public sector airline has also been promised over 5,000 seats on India-Qatar route besides about 4,600 additional seats to and from London following the re-allocation of grounded Jet’s unused international traffic rights. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraA Civil Aviation Ministry told IANS that Air India will get preference in allocation of bilateral seat entitlements. “The allocation would be for the ongoing summer schedule and considered temporary given that efforts are on to revive Jet Airways,” said a reliable source. Amid faint possibility of grounded Jet Airway’s revival anytime soon, the ministry had on May 3 held a meeting with local carriers to discuss re-allocation of the airline’s foreign traffic rights. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysPrivate carriers SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir, Vistara and Air India had pitched for bigger share of the pie in the last meeting. While IndiGo co-founder Rahul Bhatia had suggested for allocating foreign traffic rights in proportion to various airlines’ fleet capacity, Vistara argued that smaller airlines be given bigger share. Jet Airways had last month withdrawn operations due to severe fund crunch and remain grounded in absence of a viable revival plan. While re-allocation of traffic rights would ensure additional capacity on various popular foreign routes thus reducing fare level, it will significantly affect the valuation of Jet Airways. Investors are already miffed over the government’s move to re-allocate its slots at various domestic airports.