Though the Amputee Lone Star soccer team took our shame in 2013, the regular Lone Star will have to gear itself together and set matters straight in 2014 and beyond.Last year, there was constant report that most of the players on the national team lacked discipline, and as a result they could not cope with instructions.The Kaetu Smith administration struggled with such a disease and many occasions players could not keep their discipline intact and broke camp or when they were expected to remain in their hotel rooms, they went elsewhere.There were also reports that the players would not take instructions on the field of play, and as a result they did what they felt was necessary on their own.But mind you these players would come all the way from Europe and Asia, and South Africa. They risked their lives traveling by air to come to Monrovia to honor a national call. And this makes it harder to believe that the players are not patriotic or disciplined.Granted that there were players who chose to come to Liberia to see their families and use their time here unwisely.Evidently, there have no strong regulations on the ground by the LFA on rules that player must abide by. Though they are mature people, some sort of rules are important and they must be reinforced judiciously.However, the issue of indiscipline by players apparently developed from another source.For example, the process of inviting players from their clubs to join the national team by the Liberia Football Association may have to be looked into.Information reaching the Daily Observer indicates that information to players would reach the players’ clubs, without air-tickets.“There are many times that the players in this case would be calling daily about their tickets till they would be so frustrated,” said a knowledgeable official who begged for anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the issue.As a result the players would be defeated before he would receive a ticket for Monrovia.“The LFA will have to change how things are done in that way,” he said, “we cannot continue to do things the old way.”Once there are players abroad that Liberia can depend on for the national team, he said, “We must improve on the method to contact them and how fast invitations and tickets reach them.”Presently, the Liberia Football Association is not clear what players it will depend on for any future engagement.There are reports that a program is out taxing coaches to roam the length breath of Liberia to select their best. Until now nothing much has been heard about the program, and the days are going.President Musa Bility announced recently that a select side of players will be considered as the national team and they would be on a monthly salary to be paid, on a daily calculation.“You are part of the team as long as the player demonstrates his ability to remain with the program,” Mr. Bility was reported to have said.Though there are opposing views, many think a strong league could offer the best chance of getting the best for a national team.Whatever the argument is, 2014 must be a year of new and improved ideas to make things work a little easier if not better for the national team, Lone Star.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Days after prosecutors complained about the manner in which their first witness, Blamo Koffa, was cross examined by jurors who would decide the fate of former National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker and her comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay, Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’ on Wednesday advised members of the panel not to allow themselves to be corrupted.Judge Dixon’s admonition comes immediately after both prosecutors and defense agreed to allow some members of the jury to seek medical attention at a hospital he did not name.He also did not name anyone suspected of attempting to influence the panel.The jurors, through the Jury Management Team, wrote the court on January 7, for permission to allow members of the panel to seek medical attention, said Judge Dixon after returning from a private meeting with both lawyers.This would be the first time members of the jury have been allowed to leave their underground temporary residence at the Temple of Justice following their selection in November 2015.Judge Dixon told them that they have worked for 52 days and since the case is ongoing, other working days would be added.Judge Dixon instructed them not to make phone calls. “Compose yourself because if we receive reports that you made phone calls, your days of work will go free,” he warned.“Don’t do anything to spoil this case because you and I would stay here until the case is decided. If you get yourselves involved into anything, (it would cause you to be) sent home and subsequently lose your benefits,” he cautioned.A judicial expert told the Daily Observer that Judge Dixon’s warning was in the right direction because jury tampering is one of the major challenges facing the judiciary.“Several jurors have been sent to jail for juror tampering, which made it difficult for the parties to allow jury trial during their cases,” the expert added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Doctors’ gratuity to pension…party criticises Govt’s “high-handedness”The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has declared that if Government remains determined to switch doctors from a gratuity arrangement to a pensionable arrangement, its Legal Affairs Committee would assist the doctors in bringing legal action against the Government for violation of their contracts.In a press statement issued on Saturday, the PPP has said that to switch the doctors to a pension scheme when they all agreed to terms of service that included gratuity and tax-free allowances is to breach their contracts.“Our information is that these doctors are all employed under valid and subsisting contracts of employment, which guarantee them benefits such as gratuity and tax free allowances. Switching these doctors to the pensionable establishment in the face of these existing contracts would amount to a breach of the terms and conditions of those contracts, exposing the state to millions of dollars in liabilities for breach of contract.” The PPP press release has stated.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe party noted that the scholarship and employment contracts which the doctors signed before and after they studied under the Government scholarship programmes guaranteed the doctors employment for five years with the Government of Guyana under terms and conditions which include a gratuity and tax-free allowances. To now deny these doctors those facilities would amount to a breach of their contracts.“It is to be noted that it is the PPP/C that highlighted this issue several months ago when it first publicly surfaced, and we promised our doctors then that our Legal Affairs Committee would offer them legal representation should the Government proceed with this egregious, unlawful and unconstitutional course of action,” the party said. “We reiterate that position now. We call upon the Government not to proceed with this promised course of action. If they persist, the PPP/C will collaborate with our doctors to do that which is necessary to have this decision reversed.”The party said it feels that these punitive measures levelled against a vital component of the health sector send a clear message — that the Government does not value the tireless and dedicated year-round efforts and sacrifices of hundreds of young and experienced doctors. The Government has clearly shown its disdain and disregard for these medical professionals by these measures, the PPP has said.The PPP has said that many of the doctors have threatened to leave the Public Sector and the country unless this decision is reconsidered. Besides the brain drain that would ensue if the doctors carry out their threats, the party says, it laments the loss of millions of dollars of tax payers’ money which would have been invested in some of these doctors during their formative years.Following much criticism for this decision, the Public Health Ministry had extended the proverbial olive branch to local doctors. A notice originating from Permanent Secretary Collette Adams of the Public Health Ministry was sent out, inviting contracted medical doctors in the Government’s employ to a meeting with Ministry officials. According to the stated agenda in the notice, the doctors would be meeting to discuss their removal from the gratuity arrangement. The meeting is set for April 10 at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) from 09:00hrs.But while the Ministry’s conciliatory approach is a welcome sign to the disaffected doctors, Guyana Times understands that the notice was sent out only after some disaffected doctors had procured the services of an attorney-at-law who had dispatched a letter to the Public Health Ministry warning of legal action. According to sources, the letter demanded that an explanation for the switch be made to the doctors, whom this publication understands were not consulted in the first place.It is understood that the lawyer’s letter was sent to the MoPH on March 31, and had also included a seven-day deadline for a response from the Ministry, failing which legal proceedings would be initiated.Guyana Times first broke the story, revealing that as of March 24, temporary and contract workers within the GS3 and GS14 salary scales (including doctors) would be switched from gratuity benefits to being on the pensionable establishment.The Ministry of Public Health and Government officials have since maintained a carefully guarded silence on the matter, despite outcries from the Guyana Medical Association (GMA) and other groups.The GMA has also joined the voices calling on the Government to reverse the measures it had taken against benefits medical doctors formerly enjoyed.
Students in School District 60 will now be better-exposed to aboriginal culture in the classroom. Representatives from School District 60, the Ministry of Education, and local Aboriginal communities, signed the 46th Aboriginal education enhancement agreement on Thursday night. The agreement ensures that Aboriginal culture is integrated in public schools. It also gives aboriginal communities the opportunity to design the programs and deliver the curriculum. Some services could include Aboriginal language and culture programs, and Aboriginal support service programs. The agreement hopes to improve the academic success, graduation rates, and wellness of all Aboriginal students, while honouring local Aboriginal histories and cultures. This year, there are 970 students with Aboriginal ancestry in District 60 schools. That number makes up around 17 per cent of the district’s total enrolment. – Advertisement -There are now 46 school boards in B.C. that have signed the agreement. Several school districts, including the Quesnel school district and Qualicum school district, signed their agreement in 2003. Both report that graduation rates for Aboriginal students jumped by 16 per cent. School District 60’s agreement runs for five years. The Province is investing an estimated $1,014 per student for Aboriginal education in 2009-10.Advertisement
Windies opener Hayley Matthews has said getting to her maiden ODI ton was a surreal moment and an honour. She is only the fifth female player from the Caribbean to do so, and at home to boot.Hayley Mathews celebrates her maiden ODI ton at homeThe 20-year-old hit 15 fours in her innings of 117 from 146 balls, which took the Windies Ladies to 292-5, their second highest ODI total ever in the 3rd and final match of the series at the legendary Kensington Oval Ground, Barbados.Speaking after the match to Cricket West Indies (CWI) media, the Kensington home-girl said she rates the innings on the same level as her World T20 heroics.“Both are very important. They’re both very crucial innings, because the World Cup final is very important to me, seeing the team home. But doing this in front of the home crowd; being able to do it in front of so much friends and family, it was really important.“And it was a goal for me; it was an honour to come home and reach one of my goals,” she explained.The opener, who grew up playing her cricket at the venue — a venue where her father once applied his trade — said the occasion and the venue made the 100 even more memorable.“It’s definitely an honour for me. It was one of my goals. Kensington Oval is a ground with so much history, and so much wonderful things have happened here in cricket, and to do it in front of friends and family, I’m still trying to suck it in,” she declared.Veteran Deandra Dottin hit 59 from 44 balls, with four fours and three sixes. She also grabbed 4-36, as the South Africans failed to recover from a shaky start and were bowled out for 177 in the 43rd over.Matthews has said she is entirely pleased with the team’s progress following a good ODI series.“I mean, like I said before: when we came here to play against South Africa, our goal was to win all three games. Unfortunately, we didn’t win the first one and the rain got the second one, but to be able to come back here and level the series and to get the two points is good for us, and as a team and a unit we’re very happy with that,” the all-rounder said.The result means the hosts have drawn the three-match series; following a 40-run defeat in the first game last Sunday at the same venue, and the second game ending in a no-result from a wash-out due to rain. The victory has also earned the Caribbean side two points on the Championship table, taking them into fourth place with nine from nine matches, three behind table toppers New Zealand Women, and two behind both Australia Women and World champions England Women.Matthews has said their strides heading into the World T20 are a sign of the hard work they’ve been putting in over the past few months.“I think, for me, it was the focus of the team. We knew what we had to do; we’ve been working very hard the past couple months in Antigua, training a lot. It was just a matter of executing, and we did that well. The wicket was good. We thought batting in the night would have been a bit harder with the ball swing with the condition in Barbados, but we were able to go it, and bat on a good wicket,” the centurion explained.Concluding her interview, the Bajan said she didn’t bowl during the series because she was not required to do so, as the Windies team boasts a star-studded bowling line-up. She added that the upcoming T20 series which bowls on in a few days will be dress rehearsals for November’s first ever stand-alone tournament hosted by the Caribbean.“We have a lot of firepower in the team. I must say kudos to the bowlers, because we’ve been doing well all series, and they have kept South Africa to 220 all series. We are the defending champs, and we have a very strong T20 unit, so hopefully we can go out there and play some good cricket and win the series,” she declared. (Clifton Ross)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Two scam artists posing as College of the Canyons journalism students have knocked on doors requesting money for a campus project, a college spokesman said Tuesday. Two residents, one in Canyon Country, the other did not say, have complained to the college that someone knocked on their front doors, identified themselves as students and asked for money to support a journalism project at the college. When the residents refuse, they asked for money more directly, spokesman John McElwain said. College officials are concerned that more people were contacted for money and warned that students do not solicit money door-to-door. The solicitors were described only as one male and one female, McElwain said. McElwain said the college is urging residents approached for contributions to ask for identification and to get descriptions of any such solicitors to report to sheriff’s deputies.
Speaking to Bild, Van Gaal revealed he did not always receive the commitment he wanted from his players at Old Trafford. Specifically, the 66-year-old claimed they had a tendency to ignore his emails preparing them for individual meetings to track their progress, forcing him to attach alerts to track whether or not players opened them.“I developed the digital tracker with my IT man. Each player was able to log in,” Van Gaal said.“So I gave everyone the opportunity to prepare for the conversation with me at home and to meet me in dialogue at eye level.”When asked about players not reading his messages, he said: “That’s true, too. But this testifies to their lack of professionalism and I have then addressed them.“But I already did that with the emails at Bayern. My conviction is that a full professional also wants to live professionally, like Arjen Robben. He read the emails.”Since his ill-fated tenure at United, Van Gaal has not returned to management.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Van Gaal managed the Red Devils from 2014 to 2016 with mixed fortunes. Although he guided them to FA Cup glory in 2016, the Dutchman was widely criticised for his defensive brand of football and lost his job after failing to qualify for the Champions League.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 19 – Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has slammed “unprofessional” players at the club who did not read his emails.Van Gaal managed the Red Devils from 2014 to 2016 with mixed fortunes. Although he guided them to FA Cup glory in 2016, the Dutchman was widely criticised for his defensive brand of football and lost his job after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He brings us the most recent rumours emerging from Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal keen on signing his former Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger.The German midfielder, who has one year left on his contract with the Bundesliga giants, is reportedly seriously considering leaving Bayern for a new challange in the Premier League, and could be available for a bargain £7.5milllion.Meanwhile, there’s the latest on Liverpool’s quest to strengthen their attacking options, with the Reds thought to be “moving away” from Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and now turning their attention Sevilla’s Colombian forward Carlos Bacca, leaving Tottenham one of the leading clubs to sign the big Belgian striker.Also, with Mario Mandzukic set to leave Atletico Madrid to sign for Italian champions Juventus, where does the Croatia international’s imminent arrival in Turin leave Carlos Tevez, with a number of Premier League clubs linked?Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Exclusive – Petr Cech worth ’15 points’ to Arsenal, claims Chelsea captain John TerryExclusive – Manchester United make enquiry about Aston Villa’s Christian BentekePremier League move does interest Man United target Sergio Ramos, talkSPORT toldManchester United are being used by Sergio Ramos, talkSPORT toldFormer star warns Manchester United: Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is a ‘red card walking’Reports – Liverpool launch £16m bid for Real Madrid star Asier IllarramendiExclusive – ‘I hate watching him’! Ex-star tells Chelsea to forget about signing Real Madrid star PepeBlow for Man United! Strike target Mario Mandzukic ‘undergoing Juventus medical’Manchester United continue talks over signing Monaco star Fabinho
Explaining a simple proposal to help people squirrel away gold for their golden years, Hillary Clinton said that a person “should not require a Ph.D. to save for retirement.” But can even Ph.D.s understand liberalism’s arithmetic and logic? Consider the controversy over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is up for renewal. Most Republicans favor extending it. Almost all Democrats, and some Republicans, favor expanding it in a way that transforms it. SCHIP is described as serving “poor children” or children of “the working poor.” Everyone agrees that it is for “low income” people. Under the bill that Democrats hope to pass today over the president’s veto, states could extend eligibility to households earning $61,950. But America’s median household income is $48,201. How can people above the median income be eligible for a program serving lower income people? Politics often operates on the Humpty Dumpty Rule (in “Through the Looking Glass,” he says, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less”). But the people currently preening about their compassion should have some for the English language. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Clinton’s idea for helping Americans save for retirement is this: Any family that earns less than $60,000 and that puts $1,000 into a new 401(k)-type plan would receive a matching $1,000 tax cut. For those earning between $60,000 and $100,000 the government would match half of the first $1,000. She proposes to pay for this by taxing people who will be stoical about this – dead people – by freezing the estate tax exemption at its 2009 level. A conservative case can be made for something like Clinton’s proposal. It is a case for reducing the supply of government by reducing demand for it, and doing so by giving people ownership of enlarged private assets as a basis for their security. President Bush made this case in his advocacy of personal accounts financed by a portion of individuals’ Social Security taxes and invested in funds based on equities and bonds. When he proposed this, Clinton stridently opposed him, and not just because she thought it would undermine Social Security’s solvency and political support. She also said it was a dangerous gamble that would make retirement insecure by linking retirement savings to the stock market. Today her Web site calls her proposal a way to save for “a secure retirement.” After an undisclosed epiphany, she belatedly recognizes that 401(k) funds invested in equities are a foundation for security. John Edwards, too, has puzzling ideas. For the entertainment of Iowans, he has reinvented himself as a 19th-century Kansan – Mary Elizabeth Lease, the prairie populist who urged farmers to “raise less corn and more Hell.” In August, Edwards urged an Iowa audience to throw off Washington’s yoke: “We need to take the power out of the hands of these insiders that are rigging the system against you.” To measure how much Iowans are suffering from the rigging, Stephen Slivinski of the libertarian Cato Institute was asked to mine the most recent Census Bureau data. He concluded that Iowans paid $15.6 billion in revenues to the federal government and got $19.4 billion back, a gain of $1,286.53 per Iowan. But that is not all. Washington has rigged the system to inundate corn-growing Iowa with subsidies for corn-based ethanol. Slivinski says it is difficult to pin down the Iowa corn farmers’ harvest of dollars because the subsidies come from exemptions from excise taxes and tariffs (54 cents per imported gallon) that stifle competition from cheap ethanol imports. It is, however, reasonable to add $2 billion to Iowa’s gain from Washington’s rigging of the system, so the average Iowan’s gain is at least $1,963.65. Suppose Iowa did not have crucial presidential nominating caucuses. Or suppose it had them but that its crucial crop were, say, broccoli rather than corn. Would the federal government still be, well, rigging the system to create a phony “market” to satisfy a specious “demand” for mandatory and subsidized ethanol? No, but it probably would be mandating broccoli at every meal. George Will’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBesides the strawberry-laden funnel cakes, people could buy flats of plain strawberries, strawberries dipped in a variety of chocolates, strawberry smoothees, strawberry nachos, strawberry (dessert) pizza, “Devil Brownies” topped with strawberries, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry lemonade, strawberry margaritas, strawberry wine and even strawberry beer. “(The beer) doesn’t taste like liquid strawberry; it has a light essence” of the fruit, said Robin Nishizaki, 29, of Camarillo, a chef, who was at the festival with his wife, Nicole, 26. “It’s a nice summer ale.” Decked in a fluffy white veil and a pink T-shirt that read “Team Bride,” bride-to-be Stephanie Stage, 30, of Anaheim, chose the festival for her bachelorette party, with her mother, Gigi Rivera, 47, of Northridge, and other members of “Team Bride,” sister Heather Brey, 27, Desiree Crow, 33, of Anaheim, and Jenny Smith, 27, of Burbank. “I wanted to do something where I could just spend some time hanging out with my girlfriends,” Stage said. “And they have alcohol, good food and friendly people here,” her mother added. OXNARD – The first thing on Megan McGugan’s to-do list at the 23rd annual California Strawberry Festival: Eat a funnel cake smothered in powdered sugar, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. “I think it’s the powdered sugar, and it’s deep-fried and greasy, and now I’ve got powdered sugar on my skirt and I had whipped cream on my chin,” said McGugan, 20, of La Crescenta, as she happily devoured the treat with her friend, Suzanne Stanke, 18, and Stanke’s mother, Patti, 48. “And it’s such a healthy food,” teased Patti Stanke. “Oh, but it does have strawberries on it.” Nearly 32,000 came to the festival Saturday – the event continues today – to feast on the dark red berries with the sunshine-warm taste in nearly every possible combination. Nearly 70,000 people attended the two-day festival last year, said Lisa Carey, spokeswoman. The food court resembled a mini United Nations, with such exotic offerings as key lime calamari, garlic french fries, gyros, falafel, Salvadoran corn cakes, cinnamon almonds, artichoke hearts, Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches, barbecued tri-tip sandwiches and vegetarian egg rolls. The festival also offered carnival rides, a strawberry pie-eating contest and a strawberry tart toss, but for many visitors, the real draw was the shopping, with more than 300 fine arts and crafts vendors selling handmade soaps, clothing, paintings and sculptures in wood, metal, glass and ceramics. Helena Espinoza, 25, of Camarillo was charmed by an Art Nouveau-style sculpture of Shakespeare’s Titania rendered in terra cotta-looking concrete by Marin County sculptor Danieli. A space at the back of the sculpture held a votive candle, with the light flickering from the sculpture’s glass eyes. “At night, you can see her eyes glow, but if you don’t want to put a candle in it, you can put flowers,” Espinoza said. “Flowers by day, candles by night. I have the perfect place to put it, by my front door.” email@example.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!