Describing it as a major blow to the organizing committee on the ground, who have spent sleepless nights preparing for the event.President of the Bougainville Football Federation Justine Helele told PNG Loop in Buka that he only learnt of the change of venue by reading it in the Post Courier.“According to our NGI Presidents meeting in Goroka, Buka was chosen and we were all preparing and looking forward to the event but then without notice it changed.” Helele said.“We have now missed out on a lot of opportunities for Bougainville soccer, first of all we were never notified of the change of venue, and now all teams participating will miss out on the 20 percent discount offered by Chebu shipping.” he said.“Road construction company Raibro currently sealing the second phase of the Buka ring road have pledged sponsorship and were waiting to announce it during the Besta cup when it will be held here, in Buka,” he said.The member for Haku Constituency in the ABG Robert Tulsa had taken the initiative to head the organizing committee and it has also been a major blow for him too.
“UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is reported to have told ZDF in Germany that the Champions League must end before August 3. This is not true. The president was very clear in not setting exact dates for the end of the season. UEFA is currently discussing all options for completing the domestic and European seasons with the European Club Association and the European Leagues in the working group established on 17 March. The main priority of all members of the working group is to preserve public health. After that, it is to find calendar solutions to complete all competitions. Options to play games in July and August if necessary are currently being studied, depending on the restart dates and the permission of the national authorities. ” UEFA issued a statement in which it denied words from its president, Aleksander Ceferin, in which he would have set August 3 as the deadline to finish the Champions. “This is not true,” reads the note, which also acknowledges that the options to play in July and August are being valued, but without a deadline as published.This says the official note:
Spurs extend home dominance SAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio immediately bounced back from a rare loss and beat Denver 101-86 on Saturday to extend their franchise record for consecutive home wins to 26. Kawhi Leonard had 20 points for the Spurs, who maintained their eight-game lead atop the NBA’s Southwest Division. San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Boris Diaw had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won all 17 home games this season to add to the final nine of the previous campaign. Denver’s Nikola Jokic scored 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Shah banned after failing doping test ISLAMABAD (AP): The International Cricket Council has provisionally suspended Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah for a positive drug test. The ICC says in a statement yesterday that a sample provided by Shah on Nov. 13, when Pakistan played an ODI against England in the United Arab Emirates, contained chlortalidone, which is on the World Anti-Doping Authority’s list of prohibited substances. Shah could challenge the suspension and apply for the test of his B sample within seven days. The 29-year-old Shah has taken 76 wickets in 12 Test matches and 18 wickets in 15 one-day internationals.
Title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will attempt to make it win number two when they take on Trelawny CA in the second round of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium starting today.The matchup will be one of three in Zone A. The others will see St Ann playing host to Hanover at Noranda Bauxite and St Catherine CA hosting St James at Windalco.Over in Zone B, Boys’ Town will entertain St Elizabeth, St Mary will be at home Kensington and Kingston and St Andrew CA will play away to St Catherine CC.Zone C will see Lucas hosting Kingston, Clarendon travelling toUWI and Manchester welcoming Westmoreland.Meanwhile, in Zone D, Police entertain Portland and St Thomas will be at home to Melbourne.JDF seek third titleThe army men, who are seeking a third successive hold on the crown, will enter the contest following an eight-wicket win over St Catherine CA at Up Park Camp last weekend.Trelawny, in the meanwhile, will be seeking to bounce back after going down by nine wickets to Hanover CA.”Based on out last outing, and the result from the Trelawny game, we are looking to take full points from match,” said Mark Gray coach of JDF.”We will, however, not be complacent and intend to bring all our experience and quality to the encounter.”Trelawny, according to manager Chester Anderson, are also optimistic.” I am hoping that for us it was first game blues and we will improve against the JDF,” said Anderson. “They’re a good team, but if we can improve on our outfield performance we can put up a good showing,” said Anderson.
Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, has recused himself from the hearing and determination of the matter related to an appeal filed by lawyers representing Hans Capehart Williams and Mardea Paykue Williams, due to earlier involvement, while serving as Minister of Justice and Attorney General.Hans and Mardea were, in 2010, convicted and sentenced to death by hanging, as a result of their involvement in the killing of Merideh Angel Togba, a 14- year-old girl. She had been found dead hanging in the bathroom of the Williams’ home.Then Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Blamo Dixon found the two guilty and sentenced the two to death.Justice Banks recused (withdrew) himself from the matter on Thursday, April 3, when the Full Bench of the High Court was about to hear argument in a “Writ of Certiorari” prayed for by Williams’ lawyers.A certiorari is an order a Higher Court issues to review the decision and proceedings in a lower court and determine whether its judgment its judgmentwere any irregularities.It all started when Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, who was presiding over the hearing along with the four Associate Justices, seated themselves in their respective seats in the joint chamber at the Temple of Justice.They prepared to listen to legal arguments between the defense team and state lawyers over the request. Surprisingly, Associate Justice Banks publicly announced “I’m recusing myself from the full bench that will hear and determine the case, because I have earlier participated in it, when I was then chief law officer, when I served as Justice Minister and Attorney General during the trial.” He added, “I am doing this so that my impartiality in this hearing will not reasonably be questioned.”“I have previously served as a lawyer concerning the same case and have expressed my opinion concerning its outcome. This is why I will not be on the Bench to hear and decide the case,” declared Associate Justice Banks justifying his decision.According to legal experts, it is provided by law that justices have to recuse themselves from a case, if they have some personal bias concerning anyone or possess independent knowledge of the facts in the dispute, or if they worked on the case as a private or government lawyer.Immediately after Associate Justice Banks’ recusal, Chief Korkpor openly said, “these are some of the reasons people will say justice delayed, justice denied, or we do not want to hear the matter. This is not so; but Associate Justice Banks’ decision sometimes leads to a tie-vote or it leads to affirmation of an equally divided court. His recusal at times could leave the court without the required quorum to hear and decide the matter so as to make a speedy determination.”He however concluded, “I will be traveling today, April 4, and upon my return, we will schedule the date for the argument. The matter is hereby suspended.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After 169 years of experiencing the good, the bad, and ugly, I would like to firstly wish all Liberians both home and abroad, a Happy Independence Day and pray that God continues to bless our great land of liberty. As we celebrate this milestone, I cannot stress enough the resilience that we as Liberians have shown after all of the tumultuous experiences we have had as a people, and yet, we are still moving stronger than ever before.Our nation remain alive today because of the resolve that you all have exhibited and continue to fight through; despite the challenges we are faced with as a country, including the rampant corruption, mismanagement, nepotism, cronyism, and lack of care under this Sirleaf-Boakai led government.With these countless difficulties our citizens are encountering, I would like to admonish every Liberian across the globe to take a sober reflection and look back at the 169 years of existence we have had as an independent nation and ask ourselves these rhetorical questions: Is our nation on par with otherAfrican nations that obtained their independence after us? If not, what is the problem, and how can we collectively address the problem as one people? What are those forces that have been in the way of making progress and how can we reckon with them? Are we heading in the right direction as an independent nation since our 169 years of existence? What can we do as a people to make Liberia a better place for all?With the above rhetorical questions, and as we reflect on the way forward, I would like to in this public manner pledge my re-commitment as Senator of Montserrado County to continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to bring about the changes we need to thrive as a people. I would like to assure you all of my commitment to continue the fight for the less fortunate; to continue the fight for social justice for all; and most of all, I will continue to promote peace and unity amongst our people.I’m also calling on all Liberians to adopt a new mindset of positivity as we embark on a new journey. If we must progress as a people, we must be willing to embrace change and have a new mindset and attitude comprising of positivity towards our fellow Liberians and nation as a whole.True liberation comes in October, 2017 when the voices of the people will speak in the first truly, free, fair, and transparent election in Liberia. I am therefore calling all Liberians including CDC partisans to believe in the cause and stay the course because HOPE is still alive.With my commitment, I also add my voice in calling on the entire opposition bloc to come together and collaborate, not only to democratically remove this corrupt government but to emphatically reject the notion of an Ellen-Boakai third term.I would like to once again, as we have always done, extend an olive branch to all of our brothers and sisters within the political vanguard of the opposition bloc to join the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change in forming a formidable coalition to defeat the political establishment that is part of the problem we are faced with today as a country.I’m using this occasion in my capacity as senator of the largest county and political leader of the mighty Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to call on my fellow opposition to put our differences aside and unite for the common good of our people.As I prepare to celebrate the festivities of the independence, my thought is with our future leaders–our children. I’m concerned for their well-being. As we have witnessed in past times during these national celebrations, our children get killed from accidents due to the high consumption of alcohol.I’m therefore calling on all businesses that are engaged in the sales of alcohol to please refrain from selling alcohol to our minors, and also appeal to our adults to please drink responsibly and not drink and drive. It is my prayer that we will celebrate this independence in peace and harmony; and that there would be no casualty and news of death.I thank you all for your support over the years, and pray that we will continue to work collectively to make Liberia a better place for all.I conclude this special message by thanking you all for continuously exhibiting HARD WORK, PATRIOTISM AND ETHICAL practices, no matter the deplorable conditions currently facing our motherland.Once again, happy independence and May God richly bless you all.From the desk of the Senator, George Manneh Weah.Thank you.Sam MannahPublic Relations OfficerShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on Wednesday announced that it has started the replacement process of its damaged submarine cable in the Demerara River.The team that landed the cable across the Demerara river.According to the company, the replacement cable will give added future capacity to services since it consists of 24 strands, as compared to the damaged cable which had 12 strands.The company added that “During the last quarter of 2019, the company was able to complete the design and permitting process of the replacement cable”.In June 2019, GTT reported cable damage caused by a vessel’s activity in the Demerara River near Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD); this activity as such facilitates the replacement of the damaged cable.Over the past years, the telecommunications giant has been urging persons to desist from vandalising its cables across the country, since such actions affect the mobile services and internet for thousands of customers.GTT’s technical team anchoring the cable on land, in Craig, East Bank DemeraraOnly recently the company revealed that over 10 cases of vandalism have been recorded for 2019 as they called on citizens to report the incidents if they are witnesses to these acts.“For 2019, we have had over 10 cases of vandalism to our infrastructure. We are pleading with the public to report any form of vandalism by calling our 0908 hotline. Such vandalism causes degradation of service and affects many customers.”The company’s most recent vandalism case was in December of 2019, where it offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of persons involved in the vandalising of its fibre-optic cables on the Linden Highway, which has resulted in widespread service disruptions.GTT reported that the Linden Highway cable was cut, leading to the loss of all its services in Linden, Bartica, Kwakwani, Ituni, Mabaruma and Port Kaituma.
Rustad however says that the government is working not only on new agreements that will benefit First Nations when it comes to LNG developments, but on updating old ones that better reflect the impacts of the LNG industry. “We’re working with specifically the Treaty 8 Nations. We have five current economic benefit agreements in place to see benefits flowing to the First Nations with regards to the natural gas extraction. We are in the process of negotiating some new agreements and we’ll also be in the process of updating the existing economic benefit agreements. Those agreements when they were set up were before we envisioned the kind of activity that may happen if we can get the liquefied natural gas happening.” Today was the final day of the First Nations LNG Summit which had been held at the Pomeroy Hotel. The summit was the third of its kind after previous events were held in Prince George and Prince Rupert. Rustad says the goal was to inform First Nations as to what makes up the LNG industry and to exchange ideas on the subject. “There’s been a series of summits to discuss what liquefied natural gas is and to answer some basic questions, get into details, and create networking opportunities,” he explains. “This is the third in that series of summits here in Fort St. John. There’s a number of breakout sessions and speeches and other things that are going on to provide that information and to provide that climate for exchange of ideas and networking that can create those opportunities” Rustad adds that the government wanted to hear from First Nations about their concerns and is encouraging those in favour of LNG to be sensitive to issues that are brought forward regarding heritage and the environment. – Advertisement -“We are very interested in engaging with First Nations. We have been now for quite some time. It’s about building that respect and finding out the issues that need to be taken into consideration and trying to encourage the proponents to be sensitive to cultural heritage and environmental concerns that are brought forward,” he states. “In British Columbia we are probably the envy of many jurisdictions in the world. We have some of the highest standards anywhere with regards to natural gas extraction and our environmental standards and we’re very proud of that.”West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson said on Tuesday that while the province is discussing the LNG industry, there are trust issues for First Nations given obligations not fulfilled by the province.“The province is coming to the table to talk about an agreement around LNG and shale gas, primarily around the pipelines that are being proposed so that’s a start. We need to see where they are going to come from with that. Typically they start very low. We have to fight and scratch our way to get any kind of meaningful benefit out of it. There’s a lot of broken promises up here. They tell us one thing and go and do something else and that’s status quo for the province. They haven’t lived up to too many of their obligations up here. We’re pretty jaded and reserved in our discussions with them.Advertisement
Aleksandr Kokorin Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with Dynamo Moscow forward Aleksandr Kokorin, according to reports in Russia.Both Premier League clubs are desperate to boost their attacking options and the Russia international is out of contract next summer.Moscow want to keep hold of Kokorin but are reportedly ready to listen to offers for the 24-year-old rather than let him leave for nothing in the future.While divisional rivals Zenit Saint Petersburg have made their interest known in the striker, United and Spurs are now set to rev up their pursuit of the former Anzhi star.And, according to Russian news agency TASS, both English sides are ready to show their hand in the coming days.Kokorin, who joined the Belo-golubye in 2013, has a release clause of £13.5m – a value which could tempt a big-name suitor to sign him during this transfer window. 1
A FLIGHT from Donegal Airport to Glasgow has been diverted – to avoid any interference with scenes being filmed by Star Wars crews at Malin Head today.The flightpath graph shows an Aer Lingus flight from Carrickfin to Glasgow taking a more southerly route than normal.Most Aer Lingus flights take a more northerly route, but as you can see from the flightpath photo the plane flies more to the south before correcting its position. DONEGAL TO GLASGOW FLIGHT DIVERTED TO AVOID ‘STAR WARS’ FILMING was last modified: May 15th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGlasgowMalin HeadStar Wars