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English Premier League Reviews

first_imgSAT, JAN 2, 2016ARSENAL 1NEWCASTLE UNITED 0GOAL: ARSENAL: KOSCIELNY 72.Arsenal are now two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a narrow win over troubled Newcastle. A draw looked likely until defender Laurent Koscielny came to the rescue with a close-range winner in the 72nd minute. Newcastle could have come away with at least a point, having been on the front foot for much of the second half.LEICESTER CITY 0AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0GOALS: NONE.Leicester wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League after Riyad Mahrez had a second-half penalty saved against 10-man AFC Bournemouth. Moments after Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a goal-scoring chance, Artur Boruc denied Mahrez with a two-handed save.MANCHESTER UNITED 2SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS: UNITED: MARTIAL 47; ROONEY 77. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 70.Wayne Rooney’s brilliant winner beat Swansea as Manchester United ended a run of eight games without a win.The goal ensures that Rooney is now second place on the all-time Barclays Premier League goal-scoring lists on 188, 72 behind Alan Shearer. After a dour first half, Martial headed United in front, before Gylfi Sigurdsson’s glancing effort set nerves on edge at Old Trafford.Manchester United move up to fifth, two points behind Tottenham.NORWICH CITY 1SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL: NORWICH: TETTEY 76.Alex Tettey’s second-half goal gave Norwich a hard-fought win over 10-man Southampton at Carrow Road. Saints went a man down when Victor Wanyama was sent off, with Norwich scoring just three minutes later. Canaries’ striker Dieumerci Mbokani had missed good chances from close range before the break, while Steven Davis forced the hosts’ Declan Rudd into a good save in the first half.SUNDERLAND 3ASTON VILLA 1GOALS: SUNDERLAND: VAN AANHOLT 30; DEFOE 72, 90. VILLA: GIL 63.Sunderland boosted their Barclays Premier League survival hopes as they ended a run of five straight defeats with a win over bottom-side Aston Villa. The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Patrick van Aanholt’s low 20-yard shot deflected wickedly off Micah Richards and into the net. A brilliant acrobatic volley from Carles Gil levelled after the break, before Jermain Defoe’s low strike. Defoe added a late third, leaving Villa with no wins in 19 league matches.WATFORD 1MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS: WATFORD: KOLAROV OG 55. CITY: TOURE 82; AG¸ERO 84.+Late goals from Yaya TourÈ and Sergio Ag¸ero rescued Manchester City as they came from behind to beat Watford in an entertaining finale. Watford went ahead after the break when Aleksandar Kolarov headed Ben Watson’s corner beyond Joe Hart, who had the situation covered, for an own goal. With defeat looming, TourÈ side-foot volleyed Kolarov’s corner into the near post to level. And Ag¸ero headed Bacary Sagna’s fine cross home to secure a rare away win.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2STOKE CITY 1GOALS: WBA: SESSEGNON 60; EVANS 90. STOKE: WALTERS 81.Jonny Evans grabbed a stoppage-time winner for West Brom as Stoke suffered just their third defeat in 13 matches. After a sterile first 60minutes, Stephane Sessegnon fired the Baggies into the lead with a powerful shot. Stoke created little in the second half, but substitute Jonathan Walters headed them level from a superb Joselu cross. Almost immediately, the visitors’ Geoff Cameron was sent off for striking Claudio Yacob, before Evans tapped home after a goalmouth scramble.WEST HAM UNITED 2LIVERPOOL 0GOALS: WEST HAM: ANTONIO 10; CARROLL 55.Andy Carroll scored against his former club as West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool in the table thanks to a first league double over the Reds for 52 years. Michail Antonio beat Nathaniel Clyne to Enner Valencia’s early cross to net the Premier League’s first goal of 2016. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was denied by the bar, but Jurgen Klopp’s side were off the pace throughout. Carroll sealed the points after meeting Mark Noble’s cross.SUN, JAN 3CRYSTAL PALACE 0CHELSEA 3GOALS: CHELSEA: OSCAR 29; WILLIAN 60; COSTA 66.Guus Hiddink maintained his unbeaten record since taking over from sacked Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho as his side extended their unbeaten run to four with an impressive dismantling of high-riding Crystal Palace. Oscar gave the Blues the lead when he latched onto Diego Costa’s pass. Willian made it 2-0 with a delightful long-range effort, then turned provider for Costa after Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey spilled the cross.EVERTON 1TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1GOALS: EVERTON: LENNON 22. TOTTENHAM: ALLI 45.Former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon netted against his former club, but Deli Alli ensured Spurs extended their unbeaten away sequence to nine games, their best run for 20 years. In a rare Everton attack, Lennon put the home team ahead with a half-volley. Alli then levelled before the break, controlling Toby Alderweireld’s cross-field ball with his chest and finishing low beyond Tim Howard.last_img read more

UPDATED: Weekend start for Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship

first_img POINT SYSTEM Athletes will get nine points for a win; seven for second place; six, five, four, three, two, and one point for individual events; and 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 for the relay. Points will be accumulated from the regional meets and carried over to the Grand Prix Final to determine the overall school champions. Technical committee chairman Maurice Wilson is expecting stiff competition in the sprints at the Western Championships, while the field events should take the spotlight in Kingston. “The 100m and the 200m should bring a lot of attention because the athletes from that region are comparable to athletes from the central and other regions. With the Youngster Goldsmith, the long jump should be of interest because of athletes coming out of Calabar High and even as far as Oberlin High. With Kingston College and Calabar, we are expecting good competition in the throws and the discus,” he said. St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), the defending boys’ champions, should get a head start with defending 200m Grand Prix champion Nigel Ellis expected to perform well again this season. Wilson also challenged athletes to hunt for prizes that would add to their schools’ programmes. The champion schools will receive $1 million, runner-up $500,000, and third-place $200,000 worth of gym equipment. Should an athlete break a record at any of the six meets, he/she will be awarded a scholarship that will be made payable directly to the school that the athlete will be attending in September 2016. The coaches of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship-winning male school and female school will each receive $50,000. *Earlier this story had said that the Camperdown Classic would be held at the Usain Bolt Track on Saturday, February 13. That was incorrect. It will in fact be held at the National Stadium. KINGSTON: Top high school athletes from across the island will do battle for $16 million in cash and prizes in the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which gets under way this Saturday with the Western Championships at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith National Athletics Classics at the National Stadium in Kingston. Events to be contested in the seven-event Grand Prix Series are the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m. The Grand Prix will continue with the Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium on Thursday, February 11; Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 13; Central Championships at G. C. Foster College on Tuesday, February 16; and the Grand Prix final at the G. C. Foster Classics at G. C. Foster College on Saturday, February 20. The top two athletes from each event from the first five meets will earn the first six spots in the finals. There will be two wild card positions for the two next best athletes from any meet.last_img read more

Whiteside, Wade carry Heat past 76ers

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade reacts after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 108-99. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI— Hassan Whiteside walked off the court thrilled. Joel Embiid walked off vowing to remember.Whiteside scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade added 16 and the Miami Heat moved a step closer to the playoffs by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 108-99 on Thursday night. The Heat stayed No. 7 in the Eastern Conference, moving within a game of No. 6 Philadelphia.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kobe Paras says he’s ‘going pro’ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours While the finish wasn’t to Philadelphia’s liking, it was a third-quarter moment — a play where Whiteside and Embiid tangled briefly, with the Heat center appearing to give the All-Star a shove in the back — that had the 76ers’ attention after the game.“He tried to hit me in the back, which is kind of dirty because of the fact that I’ve had back problems,” Embiid said of Whiteside, who he’s battled both on the court and on Twitter after past meetings. “We’re going to see about that. I won’t forget about that. … He hits pretty soft, so I didn’t feel anything. But just the action of him trying to like do that, I think it’s pretty messed up. ”Dario Saric had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who got 19 points from JJ Redick, 17 from Embiid and 14 from Marco Belinelli.“We were in the game on the road against a team that’s in a similar position as us — fighting for their lives,” Redick said. “They’re a physical team. They’re going to be a tough out in the playoffs.”Miami controlled the fourth and led by 11 with 2:01 left, before the 76ers had one last gasp. Redick and Belinelli combined for six points in 37 seconds, getting Philly within 101-96.ADVERTISEMENT The drama essentially ended there. Whiteside made two foul shots, and Wade slammed home a lob from Richardson with 50.6 seconds left for a nine-point edge.“He’s filling his cup from the fountain of youth,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said about Wade.TIP-INS76ers: Robert Covington missed all 10 of his shots. In the last 50 years, only two 76ers have gone 0 for 11 in a game — one of them being Covington, on Dec. 29, 2016. The other was Evan Turner, in 2013. … Embiid’s 5-for-17 night was his second-worst shooting effort of the season. His previous low was a 4-for-16 game against Boston on Oct. 20.Heat: Miami’s one player from Philadelphia — Dion Waiters — missed all four Heat-76ers games this season because of his ankle surgery. Waiters got his cast removed earlier this week. … Wade is 23-4 in home games against Philadelphia. … Whiteside made 9 of his 12 shots. … Wayne Ellington (bruised leg) returned and was 3 for 3 in the fourth quarter from 3-point range.SWING GAMESDouble-digit leads have meant almost nothing in this Heat-76ers season series. Miami let an early 12-point lead get away Thursday — no big deal compared to the first three matchups. Philadelphia won a game where Miami led by 24, the Heat won a game where they trailed by 13, and the 76ers had to scramble to win a game by six — after wasting most of a 28-point lead.EASY FINISHThe 76ers have 18 games left, and at least 13 will be against opponents who aren’t in the playoff picture. They still face Brooklyn three times, New York and Atlanta twice. And they have only seven road games remaining — zero against teams with winning records.UP NEXT76ers: At Brooklyn on Sunday.Heat: Host Washington on Saturday. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “We weren’t about to lose this one,” Whiteside said.The Heat and 76ers split four games this season, Miami outscoring Philadelphia 409-407. Josh Richardson scored 13 points, Tyler Johnson had 12 and Kelly Olynyk added 10 for Miami, which moved 5 1/2 games clear of ninth-place Detroit in the East race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Heat outplayed the 76ers when it mattered most, outscoring them 35-25 in the fourth quarter and shooting 13 for 18 to Philadelphia’s 7 for 22.“This team understands,” Wade said. “I haven’t been here for all of them, but this team has been in 40-something close games. This team knows what needs to be done. It’s great when you have multiple guys late in games that you can go to.” View commentslast_img read more

Terrence Romeo to San Miguel gets PBA green light

first_imgInterestingly, the reported trade between NLEX and Blackwater centered on national team mainstay and Elite center Poy Erram wasn’t announced on the league’s transaction page.The Road Warriors reportedly nabbed Erram for their first round draft picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. The trade proposal, however, didn’t sit well with Filipino basketball fans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Romeo will try to redeem himself at the Beermen after a tumultuous eighth-month stint at TNT, which dumped him in exchange for bench players David Semerad, Brian Heruela and the rights to San Miguel’s 2021 first round pick.Two more trades got the go-signal, a couple of which also involved San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVeteran swingman Ronald Tubid is making his return to the Beermen after spending a season with the Kia franchise. Tubid was traded back to SMB in exchange for sparingly-used Keith Agovida.San Miguel also acquired guard Paul Zamar from Blackwater for a pair of second round picks in 2021 and 2022. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Larry Nance’s tip gives Cavs rare road win as Pacers’ streak ends LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentscenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The PBA on Wednesday approved the string of trades highlighted by the blockbuster deal that sent embattled guard Terrence Romeo to powerhouse San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

‘Cruel and Unusual’

first_imgLongtime Liberian political activist and current businessman, Professor Dew T. Mason, has described as “cruel and unusual” the recent decision by the national legislature to amend the CBL Act banning the governor, his deputies, and the board of governors from contesting political seat for three consecutive years after the expiration of their tenure.In a statement issued in Monrovia Tuesday, Mason observed that in amending Part IV, Section 13 of the Act establishing the Central Bank, the Legislature sets itself up as both judge and jury by outlining a series of offenses under which the Governor and the Board Members could be impeached and then arrogating to itself the right to determine whether “an impeachable offense” has in fact been committed.Professor Mason also observed that in amending Part IX, Section 44 of the Act, the Legislature, in clear contravention of Article 11, Section C of the Constitution— which forbids any act of discrimination against anyone— went on to bar the Governor and members of the Board from contesting in any elections while “serving in their respective offices” and for three consecutive years “after the expiration of their tenure.”“What a piece of discriminatory and retroactive legislation! What an “unconstitutional act,” he declared. Professor Mason called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to veto the bill in order to protect her integrity and save the state. “The practice of this policy of good economics and good politics, in the present situation by the CBL, must begin with the veto by the President of ‘the atrocious’ amendments to the CBL Act.”“In fact,” he stated “for a President who has prided herself on her commitment to justice and good governance, there is no choice:  She must veto the bill and thereby save the credibility which she personally has garnered before and since her election to the presidency.”Ambassador Mason indicated that through her veto, “the President would also be saving Liberia from a Legislature bent on further shaming the Liberian people by enacting Apartheid-type laws in a country which was so vocal in its condemnation of Apartheid!”Mason expressed dismay over the bill, which he observed was railroaded through the legislative process with uncommon speed and in neglect of the usual procedures.He described CBL executive governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones as a man of unquestionable integrity, great intelligence and experience, and singular devotion to duty.According to the Liberian businessman, since its inception two years ago, the CBL through its Loan Extension and Availability Facility (LEAF) has provided loans to Liberians in all the 15 counties amounting to nearly L$400 million.“Simply put, Liberians must be empowered to fully participate in the development of their country. This is the worthy objective which the CBL loan initiatives, however limited, are aimed at achieving.  This is the model of development that has been followed by the US,” he stressed.Ambassador Mason said he was not surprised that US Ambassador, Deborah Malac, has given a ringing endorsement of the CBL loan initiatives, stressing that Governor Jones’ effort at stimulating the Liberian economy and assisting Liberian businesses was “a step in the right direction.”“Indeed, the United States assists American businesses through various means:  affirmative action, strategic sectors and contracts reserved only for nationals, etc.  China practices it with its policy of “guoijin mintui”–meaning, the state advances while the private sector retreats.  Nigeria is implementing it with its policy of “local content” which obliges foreign companies to partner with Nigerian companies in the execution of most contracts in Nigeria.”“Again, I ask you–you People of Liberia:  What is wrong with a policy which takes Liberian money and lends it to Liberians?  Doesn’t our Government take Liberian money and gives it to foreign companies in the form of duty free privileges and tax holidays?” wondered Ambassador Mason. The Liberian businessman contended that the initiative of the CBL aimed at empowering Liberia is good economics.“This is good economics and indeed good politics. For as more and more Liberians become prosperous—good economics— more and more Liberians will come to support the government—good Politics.”He called on Dr. Jones not to be discouraged by the misdeeds of his critics, who constitute a minuscule and often inconsequential part of the country’s political calculus.  “He and his program for the empowerment of Liberians have already received the gratitude of the vast majority of our people. His character and his capabilities have brought into the limelight the qualities so lacking in his opponents.  That is why the moral Lilliputians in our society are trying to bring him (Dr. Jones) down to their own debased level.”Meanwhile, thousands of Liberians Thursday staged a peaceful protest against the amended CBL Act.Having obtained a permit from the government, thousands representing youths and students groups, business organizations, marketers, yanna boys and many others participated in the protest.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poetry March 19, 2015

first_imgFrom Your CareBy Saah MillimonoFrom your care and consolation,Spring forth the pleasure of others,Blossoming in your dedicationAnd strength of will that never falters.You have walked many a troubled road,Your faith tested as though by fire,Your shoulders bearing many a heavier loadBut refusing to retire.Your heart is like an iron woodThat outlives a generation,And rises in a triumphant moodThat leaves no cause for indecision.You have had your doubts,To be sure, and which is only human;But even in those very doubts,You have emerge triumphant likeCeasar the RomanMay the consolation that others findAnd have found in all your yearsBring the best of every kind,Leaving no cause for tears.I RISE By Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarThough the words down my sensesI still riseThough loved ones demoralize meI still riseThough all paths seem cloudedI still riseThough my valley stretch up highI still riseThough tons of filthy water covers upI still riseThough the same old bench gives wayI still riseThough ten trucks fall in my passageI still riseThough the voice of the soul piercesI still riseThough my tears run to bathe my cheeksI still riseThough it is day but darkness surroundsI still riseThough buddies plan to strike your backI still riseThough the task faces many uphill trudgesI still riseThough history says I can never make itI still riseThough men desire to suppress that dreamI still riseThough my eyes thin out due to near fearI still riseThough no one think it is possible for meI still riseThough rain burst fill the once blue sun skyI still riseThough the pens tremble bare in my handsI still riseThough purple splurges wild next to hazelI still riseThough I am weakened and cold from wordsI still riseThough teeth and tongue cohabit they clashI still riseThough time and events rips hearts far apartI still riseThough clamor fills the suppose to be calmI still riseThough in the hands of the all Almighty KingI still riseGUILTY CONSCIENCEBy Varney L.S. GeanThe enemy won’t have that feeling when so forlornThe fraudster won’t even ponder about it one minuteThe babies care less as they make the most of everythingThe robbers want all and think less about our grievancesThe silent rival won’t hesitate to make a huge benefitNo Guilty ConscienceThe cheating husband won’t think of your affection at allThe nagging wife won’t mind you need some quiet timeThe fastidious boss will be all in shredding you apartThe murdered won’t even give you moment for last prayerThe judge won’t smile as he slams the gravel ever so hardNo Guilty ConscienceThe priest won’t laugh while telling you of your many sinsThe teacher won’t bulge to mark the red on the report cardThe opponent only aims to bring you down and wins it allThe cab driver will exploit you and think little of your situationThe person loved so much could be the game you never winNo Guilty ConscienceThe police will thrash you without the single feeling of mercyThe torrent will pour down tougher without any considerationThe sun blazes and thinks little of the warmth suffocating youThe heart beats the minds, the body chills, the feet itchesThe friends won’t mind if you fall whilst they make some gainsNo Guilty ConscienceCHERISH THE MOMENTBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarEveryone has someone out thereMaybe a rustic molded old gnomeIn peace wait for the right momentGo in search of it for all of eternityTango happily with a pig in a wigCherish the MomentIf not written will not happen as nowTake careful strides how to voyageIn each breath place the Great soWith hope of a child expect muchEven a pig with a wig will sufficeCherish the MomentLIFEBy Varney L.S. GeanIf time is so fleetingLive it well before it speedily endsIf life is so fragrantEnjoys it before it loses it savorIf life is filled with agonyEliminate it and fill it with happinessIf life brings forth successEnjoy but share with others to make memoriesIf life comes with misfortuneHang on till fortune knock at your doorIf life is the worst envisionsClose your eyes and dream againIf life is filled of long chaptersShorten it to style a paradiseIf life bears of abysmal curseBless it and pursue more blessingsIf your life makes you smileShare it with others and make them smirkIf life possesses too many abstractsFilled it no less with thousand concretesTimeBy Lekpele M. NyamalonYou’re a tranquilizerI heardThis is your timeClean up the shredsWash upLeave behind only memories of youTimeIt’s your turnTake itGrow up new memories with your fertilizersYou PoststockadeBy Lekpele M. NyamalonDon’t smile at meI was kept in your basementLike a rabbitAnd you never budged.Fed like a ratWhile you looked onBeaten with catridgesAnd you looked away.Why now?Do you need a friend?Keep doing your thingI dread your nameYou know itYou can’t grap meNot anymoreShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Bank Offers U$10M to Support 15,000 Youth

first_imgThe World Bank Board of Executive Directors on Friday, November 6, approved a new US$10 million International Development Association (IDA) credit for the Government of Liberia to improve access to income generation opportunities for targeted youth. This financing will also provide support for strengthening the government’s capacity to implement its cash transfer program. The Liberia Youth Opportunities Project (YOP) directly targets about 15,000 youth aged 15–35 years, 50 percent of whom are vulnerable female youth who will benefit from the household enterprise and productive public works components in urban and rural areas. The project also benefits extremely poor and Ebola-affected households by supporting the development of a safety net system, including the development of management information, electronic registration, and payment systems to complement the Emergency Ebola Response Project. “This project supports the basic building blocks of a social protection system that increases resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable households and groups to cope with future shocks by engaging in productive employment,” said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Country Manager for Liberia. “This is entrenched in Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation Human Development Pillar which emphasizes the promotion of shared and equitable economic growth in Liberia.”The project will provide apprenticeships to vulnerable youth in urban areas and support agricultural transformation and value chain addition using productive public works and Community-Driven Development approaches particularly for youth in rural areas. To mitigate the impact of future shocks, the project will also improve efficiency in the delivery of cash transfers to targeted households, including to youth. The YOP activities will be implemented in close cooperation with the private sector.Suleiman Namara, Task Team Leader for the YOP, said “we recognize that rural and urban youth have different employment constraints and therefore the project is designed to address specific needs of different cohorts of youth, with a focus on pre-employment and life skills activities to strengthen youth participation in the labor market.” As part of measures to ensure that results are achieved, the project emphasizes corruption prevention and grievance redress mechanisms. The project will therefore engage independent anti-corruption institutions and civil society in third-party monitoring of project implementation and benchmarks.The World Bank Group will continue to work closely with Liberia and its development partners to support the global Ebola response and post-Ebola recovery efforts in the country.The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, and helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people, the majority of whom live on less than $2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo unbothered by SARA lawsuit over “Pradoville 2”

first_img– describes it as “Silly” and “politically motivated”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has confirmed receiving a lawsuit from the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) over purchased land at “Pradoville 2” located at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, but has described it as silly and politically motivated.“Yes, I have received it, I am responding to it… my lawyers are responding to it… I didn’t even look at it; I heard it came and I told the guys to send it over to the lawyers… it’s a political matter, I don’t waste my time… it a routine matter for me,” he told the media on Thursday.Jagdeo said the Director and Deputy Director of SARA, Professor Clive Thomas and Aubrey Heath-Retemyer are holding their respective posts illegally. The Opposition has argued that the SARA Act provides very clearly that their appointments shall be made through a parliamentary process. Since that Act came into force last year, that process was never activated.The Opposition has argue too that a transition provision in the Act allowed the Director who operated in the agency before the Act came into force, to continue to act in that office for a limited period. They noted however that that period has long expired.Jagdeo said he recalled that SARA had stated publicly that they are working on some high-profile cases, with recoveries above US$10 million and these cases would be filed by the third quarter of 2018, which they did not. Instead, they have gone to the Pradoville issue.“SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit), SARA nor FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit) have not charged a single drug dealer, they have not launched a single cases against or recovered a single cent from anybody. Now Pradoville is the only case after we have spent close to $600-$700 million on hiring the geriatric cabal at SARA,” he added.The former President has also made it clear that he would not pay a single cent more for the land, even if he was asked to pay a difference by SARA. “Why would I waste my time behind an adventure which is a political matter…?” Jagdeo said, when pressed for an answer.Jagdeo had said that SARA is just another mean for the Government to secure employment for retired citizens. “If you shut down SARA, you can hire 400 people. Where are these US$10 million cases that SARA was supposed to discover, (they said) that how many people had US$10 million and above abroad. What is happening with them? They are just wasting our money.”The Opposition has also spoken about the directors known and professed political connections. Professor Thomas is a leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the political parties in the coalition Government.On the other hand, Heath-Retemyer was quoted in the press as conceding that he has a political affiliation. He did not disclose to which political party he is aligned. Tacuma Ogunseye and Desmond Trotman, two longstanding leaders of the WPA were also employed by the agency.last_img read more

4 homeless as Corentyne house goes up in flames

first_imgFour persons have now been rendered homeless after a fire suspected to be electrical in origin completely destroyed their Lot 58 Clifton, Port Mourant Corentyne home in the wee hours of Thursday morning.According to information received, the blaze stated in that area of the home where the electrical circuit is kept.The blaze also destroyed a business operated by Sunita Jagdeo and caused severe damage to a nearby building.A distressed Jagdeo told  Guyana Times  that at about 23:50h, while conversing with her daughter, she heard a loud sound and thought it was gunshot.“Meh daughter said, ‘Mommy, get up! Something going off like a gunshot,’ and when me get up and peep by the crease, meh see the fire plenty,” the woman recalled.She explained that she alerted neighbours, and they came out in their numbers to assist in whatever way they could, but unfortunately, nothing was saved from the burning building.Jagdeo, who operated a small grocery shop at the front of her home, tearfully said she had purchased close to $50,000 in goods, which she had planned to unpack in her shop.The heat from the burning building caused extensive damage to a nearby house which Jagdeo occupied with her daughter, son and 42-year-old brother. At time of the blaze, her brother and son were not at home.Jagdeo recalled that on Wednesday evening she had seen wires sparking and had contacted the Guyana Power and Light Inc. to report the matter, but after some time, the sparking had ceased.Guyana Fire Service Officer in Charge of Operations, Clive Mc Donald, confirmed that the Rose Hall Fire Service had received a report of the fire close to midnight, and without hesitation, fire fighters rushed to the scene. They, however, managed only to curtail the blaze.An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.last_img read more

Lohan will play stripper

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lindsay Lohan made David Letterman’s heart beat faster when she told him she plays a stripper in her next film, “I Know Who Killed Me.” “You’re just gonna kill me; you know I have a heart condition. You’re just gonna kill me,” the CBS’ “Late Show” host said Wednesday night. The 20-year-old actress said the audience will be seeing “a lot” of her in the “really dark, scary film.” Lohan was at a loss for words when Letterman talked about her “Georgia Rule” co-star Jane Fonda. Last year, Fonda praised a studio executive’s scolding of Lohan for her absences on the set of the movie.last_img read more