LFA First Division: Breweries Top Group B at Expense of BYC

first_imgOpponents usually find it difficult to win BYC at the Blue Field — their home ground. But Breweries stood firm to secure a 1-0 victory on Sunday, September 2.(Image: Anthony Kokoi) Monrovia Club Breweries have moved atop Group A of the 2018 Liberia Football Association (LFA) national league after defeating Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) 1-0 at the Blue Field in Monrovia.Breweries went in search for their second win in a tough away fixture that could put them atop the group, but top scorer Mitis Mulbah was duly the right person to help the Bushrod Island-based club accomplish their mission at the Blue Field.BYC was also looking to maintain a winning form after their 2-0 win against Watanga in their opening fixture, but the visitors became the better side as they defended their single first half goal.Both teams underwent nervy minutes in the first fifteen minutes of the match, but it was Breweries that finally broke the deadlock after striker Mulbah and his teammates capitalized on goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh’s miscalculation.BYC coach Robert Lartey, made three substitutions, introducing Kelvin Potis, William Freeman, and Robert Taylor to build his attacking force in search of an equalizer, but Breweries stood firm. When BYC’s Robert Taylor headed right-back Darlington Saygbe’s cross from close range, goalkeeper Sampson Giddings was well position to make a great save.BYC later went down to 10 men after striker Mustapha Lomell received a red card, but both teams were later reduced to 10 men after Prince Kennedy was also sent off for Breweries. BYC continued to press forward in the closing stages, but failed in their attempt to secure a draw.In other matches, defending champions LISCR FC settled to a goalless draw away to Nimba United at the North Star Sports Stadium in Mount Barclay, outside Monrovia.Despite the draw, LISCR maintained their top position in Group B with five points out of three games, while Nimba United are seated in the third position with two points out of two games.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Jubilee and Watanga FC, Keitrace and NPA Anchors all settled to a 0-0 and 1-1 draws respectively.Tomorrow, Wednesday September 5 Fixtures:Small Town FC vs BYC -12:00LPRC Oilers vs LISCR FC- 2:00Monrovia Club Breweries vs Jubilee FC- 4:00 at ATSNimba United vs Keitrace FC -4:00 North Star StadiumShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Losing Nearly US$30M in Grants

first_imgThe GPE grant aims to improve equitable access to early childhood education, improve quality of teachers and strengthen school accountability systems.-for failure to make 20% budgetary allotment for education, says YOCELLiberia stands to lose a whopping US$20.3 million matching grant every year from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) grant, formerly the  Education for All Fast Track Initiative, because of the country’s failure to allocate 20% of its budget to the educational sector.The Youth Coalition in Liberia (YOCEL), an implementing partner to the Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative (LAVI) revealed that the country’s grant was drastically reduced by 51.2% for failing in its commitment to increase the country’s education budget to 20% of the total Fiscal Budget in the last five years.YOCEL’s project manager, Matthew S. Karley, II, told journalists and LAVI’s partners over the weekend during a one-day media stakeout that the grant would be rotated to the previous grant of US$40 million if Liberia’s fiscal budget for education is at least 20%. Currently, the Liberian government’s support to the education sector is around 13 percent.“We have approached the Ministry of Education, and have begun the engagement for the increment of the education budget to at least 20% of the total national budget,” Karley said.Karley said in 2014, in Dakar, Senegal, African countries including Liberia committed to targeting 20% of their fiscal budget to go towards education and was sealed in 2015 at the World Education Forum in the Republic of Korea. YOCEL is supported by LAVI through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The Liberian government has, however, received only US$11.07 million to cover a four year period (2018-2021). This amount was disbursed in December 2017 as part of the GPE-funded “Liberia Getting to Best in Education,” a four-year initiative aimed at improving equitable access to early childhood education, and the quality of teaching in early childhood and primary education, he noted.“The US$11.07 million grant is also intended to support the government’s efforts to strengthen accountability in the education sector and improve the quality of learning,” Karley said.The specific objectives of the grant are to: (a) improve equitable access to early childhood education, teacher quality in early childhood education (ECE), and primary education in targeted disadvantaged counties, and (b) strengthen National School Accountability Systems.From 2010 – 2016, Liberia benefited from a US$40 million GPE grant to finance 453 new classrooms at the primary school level. It will also provide 100,000 books to pupils and 21,500 sets of teacher guides. A school health component will finance the development of learning materials, the training of about 3,000 teachers and de-worming about 300,000 students at the primary level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WBD man arrested with 749g of compressed marijuana

first_imgThe compressed marijuana found on the suspectOne man was arrested on Monday at Vriesland, West Bank Demerara (WBD) after he was found with 749 grams of cannabis in his possession. Based on reports received, the man was arrested following an intelligence-led operation conducted by the members of the Police Narcotics Branch.It was stated that the compressed marijuana was found in two parcels in the man’s possession. He remains in custody and is expected to be charged shortly.last_img

Jagdeo slams Govt’s plan to borrow billions

first_imgIslamic Bank US$900M…Finance Ministry backpedals on existence of loanBorrowing from multi-national partners has been a way of strategic economic development in Guyana for quite some time. But previous loans pale in comparison to recent plans to borrow approximately US$900 million and observers are worried.Finance Minister Winston JordanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday expressed much concern over the development. The trained economist and former President referred to the plan as a failed approach to national economic management and pointed out that the sum is almost equivalent to Guyana’s total external debt of G$236 billion by 2015.“The shocking revelation… is serious cause for concern,” he stated. “We had however predicted this. The massive growth in the size of the national budgets, primarily on consumption, could not be financed by the hefty increase in taxation; so this hopelessly misguided [A Partnership for National Unity] APNU Government had to resort to large-scale borrowing.”He added that this failed approach to national economic management was tried in the past and it led to a bankrupt country and resulted in devastating consequences for Guyanese.“I am sure everyone would recall that the external debt was over 900 per cent of [Gross Domestic Product] GDP in 1992, which was reduced to 36 per cent of GDP in 2015. They plan to double it again within five years.”According to Jagdeo, borrowing monies without feasibility studies, vision or plan will not solve Guyana’s economic woes. Instead, however, he expressed fears that this will have a long-term effect on the wellbeing of current and future generations of Guyanese.It was announced that the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has, for the period 2018 to 2020, committed to providing Guyana with financial and technical assistance to the tune of US$900 million. This, it was made known, would be directed into the country’s key development areas to assist with its plans for continued social and economic development.This disclosure was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his address at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the IsDB Group in Tunisia. According to the Minister, this money will aid Government’s plans in a meaningful way, as it would give direct support to several Government programmes in many developmental areas.“The Bank fielded a programming mission in December 2017, where a work programme for the three-year period 2018-2020 was formalised. Financing and technical assistance of about US$900 million will be directed to key development areas; including economic infrastructure, rural development, human development, and trade and competitiveness,” the Minister explained.Jordan claimed that Government has been steadfast in its resolve to ensure growth in the economy. That resolve, according to him, resulted in economic growth averaging about three per cent between 2015 and 2017. The Finance Minister noted that this growth was achieved at a time when many of Guyana’s neighbours were facing low or negative growth rates and reduced standards of living.“My Government has and continues to concentrate on a number of key strategic approaches for the economic well-being of our country. These include: strengthening national planning; building a robust oil and gas industry; and consolidating the macroeconomic fundamentals,” he had said. “But importantly also, the aim is to foster economic diversification and strengthen Private Sector capacity, among other (things).BackpedallingShortly after, the Opposition Leader slammed Government over excessive borrowing. The Finance Ministry, through its Public Relations Officer Wanita Huburn, said Government has actually not received a loan but rather is being given access to a fund through which they can access monies. According to Huburn, the sum of US$900 million is “potentially available”.“The Ministry of Finance notes the conclusion reached by some media houses that Guyana is a recipient of a US$900 million loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and wishes to clarify that contrary to that conclusion, the IsDB has a resource envelope of US$900 million that is potentially available from which the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana can borrow,” she stated.According to Huburn, during the period November 27-29, 2017, the IsDB mounted a mission to Guyana to develop a medium-term work plan for the period 2018-2022. That work plan outlines a pipeline of projects that the Bank can support over the next five years.”She noted that the potential areas of collaboration between the Bank and the Government of Guyana include the agriculture, energy, banking and finance sectors. In addition, the monies can be used for human and rural development.“The current package of potential projects, consisting of proposed grant and loan operations is valued at approximately US$900 million. The Government is currently in the process of designing projects to commence accessing some portions of the IsDB resources,” she stated.However, in a previous interview with this publication, Huburn had stated that 99 per cent of the US$900 million would be in the form of loans.last_img read more

Germany’s World Cup exit was not a shock for Arsenal legend Lehmann

first_img Germany manager Joachim Löw has hinted he now faces an uncertain future 2 “We are so disappointed about yesterday – we’re not use to it and we can’t really believe it,” the former Arsenal goalkeeper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The World Cup without us?“We knew we had problems [going into the World Cup] in some positions – strikers, wingers, left-back and right-back – so it’s not easy to cope with that when you’re facing tough teams who defend quite deep.“These are new challenges and we didn’t really manage to face these challenges to solve problems against such teams.“But you can’t blame any player for not trying.”Germany’s group stage exit means the reigning World Cup champions have now failed to reach the knock-out stages in the last FOUR tournaments.It’s an unfamiliar feeling for Germany, who have been one of the super powers of international football for the last decade.But Lehmann insists bowing out in Russia is not the biggest disappointment Die Mannschaft has faced.He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s the worst – it’s a big disappointment obviously because everybody expected this team to do better than the last European championship two years ago, but even there we didn’t really perform.“I experienced this myself after the Euro 2000 and 2004. We were knocked out in the first round and that was such a huge disappointment that afterwards the German FA restructured the whole academy and development department – which then led to our success.“We have been quite spoiled by success, but we have only won one World Cup out of three or four chances.” Jens Lehmann has told talkSPORT the whole of Germany has been crushed by the nation’s early elimination from the World Cup, but admits the signs were there before their trip to Russia.We said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the defending world champions on Wednesday as a 2-0 defeat to already-out South Korea saw Joachim Löw’s side finish bottom of Group F, as Sweden and Mexico progressed.It’s the first time in Löw’s career as Germany head coach that he has failed to take the team to at least the semi-finals of a major tournament.But while it seems the rest of the football world were shocked by Germany’s poor campaign – which saw them win one, lose two and face rumours of unrest from within the camp – Lehmann insists their problems were clear before the tournament had started. 2 And the former Arsenal star has cast aside old rivalries to throw his full support behind England’s quest to end over 50 years of hurt.“The English, yes of course,” Lehmann said when asked who he will now be supporting.“I am close to England, due to my career, and it would be a fantastic boost and a fantastic atmosphere for England if they go further.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Jens Lehmann got 61 caps for Germany and made 200 appearances for Arsenal last_img read more

GARDAI: ‘WE’RE STILL SEARCHING FOR GORSE FIRE ARSONISTS’

first_imgGARDAI have admitted there have been no arrests in relation to the gorse fires which devastated large parts of the county three weeks ago.However they insist their investigations are continuing and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.One local Superintendent – Michael Finan in Glenties – revealed that investigations are still ongoing. The gorse fires – many of them started deliberately – caused millions of euro worth of damage.“We received a number of reports in relation to these fires and we are still following up on those reports,” said Supt Finan.“If anyone does have information about these fires, they should contact Gardai.”The worst fires were in Doochary, Dungloe, Inishowen, Fanad and Ballyshannon. There were also dozens of other fires. At one stage more than 200 firefighters, more than a thousand local people, 90 Defence Force personnel and five helicopters were involved in tackling the fires.GARDAI: ‘WE’RE STILL SEARCHING FOR GORSE FIRE ARSONISTS’ was last modified: May 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalgarda investigationgorse fireslast_img read more

ABUSE SCANDAL: FIRST AID COURSE WITNESS SAYS FERRY UNNERVED PEOPLE

first_imgA WITNESS who saw Michael Ferry take First Aid courses has revealed that he was the sole tutor and that his presence there had unnerved people.The Order of Malta has tried to play down Ferry’s role in a branch of the organisation in Gaoth Dobhair.However one local man who attended one course revealed paedophile Ferry – jailed for 14 years last week for abusing young boys – had unsettled people at the course. “The Order of Malta may also have questions to answer,” said the witness.“He (Ferry) was the sole tutor on an occassion to a First Aid Course and I can confirm that all males in the group were uncomfortable with him tutoring the course.“This was due to the ‘rumours’ that existed surrounding this horrendous man, one young man was particularly affected by the simple presence of him leading the course… I hope that if there was a deeper reason, that he find the courage to speak out, whether it be for himself or on behalf of someone else.”ABUSE SCANDAL: FIRST AID COURSE WITNESS SAYS FERRY UNNERVED PEOPLE was last modified: July 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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:abuse scandalDonegal NewsdonegaldailyMichael Ferryorder of maltalast_img read more

LANDLORD WARNED HE MAY LOSE LICENSE AFTER SIXTH AFTER-HOURS OFFENCE

first_imgA pub landlord refused to give Gardai his name or allow them into his premises because he did not feel they were properly investigating a serious assault on him.Martin Coyle, landlord of the Village Inn in Kerrykeel, appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.He was charged with a number of offences including allowing people on his premises after hours. The court heard this was the sixth such summonse in the past two years.Gardai revealed how they called to the pub after 2am after hearing music and people’s voices inside while passing.When they knocked on the door, Martin Coyle eventually opened the door but initially refused to give his name and allow the Gardai in.When Gardai did eventually gain entry, they found 20 people on the premises drinking and music was being played by a band.Solicitor Kieran Dillon told the court that all pubs, including his client’s bar, were finding it difficult to make ends meet and they had welcomed a number of holidaymakers into the pub that night.However Judge Paul Kelly said he was tired of hearing the same excuses and that all pubs had to compete on a level playing field.Solicitor Dillon said Mr Coyle had refused to give his name to Gardai because he felt they were not properly investigating a serious assault on him.In October 2010 Mr Coyle was stabbed by a man who came into the kitchen area of his bar and attacked him with a kitchen knife.Mr Dillon said his client was a very hard-working man who often put in 120 hour weeks and had to pay €500 a week rent to lease the pub from its owner before he even sold a pint of beer.He said he was not working on this night but socializing and that his brother Aidan was running the bar.Aidan Coyle had been leaving patrons home when Gardai called to the bar after 2am but immediately closed the premises when he arrived back.Judge Paul Kelly said he was not happy with the history of the pub which had six summonses for after hours drinking in the past two years.He warned Mr Dillon that his client had better clean up his act or that he would lose his license and fined him €600 for allowing after hours drinking.At hearing© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyLANDLORD WARNED HE MAY LOSE LICENSE AFTER SIXTH AFTER-HOURS OFFENCE was last modified: March 13th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:KERRYKEELMartin CoyleVillage Innlast_img read more

Further investment in Senior Alert Scheme announced following boost in applications

first_imgThe Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, today announced that he has allocated an additional €400,000 for the Seniors Alert Scheme following an upsurge in applications for the free personalised alarms for people over 65.Minister Ring initially allocated €2.3 million for the Seniors Alert Scheme in October of this year. The rate of applications for personal alarms quadrupled in November after Minister Ring widened the eligibility criteria for the scheme and launched a nationwide publicity campaign.Minister Ring said: “More than 2,600 people applied for the alarms in November compared to the average monthly rate of 600. Demand has been so high that I have decided to invest another €400,000 in the scheme in order to meet demand. This extra funding will mean more elderly people will have security and peace of mind in their homes this winter. “As part of the changes I have introduced, users no longer have to be living alone in order to qualify for the scheme, there is also free monitoring of the alarm service for the first year, after which users pay a small fee. The widening of these criteria combined with a national advertising campaign and a series of public meetings has led to a big increase in demand for the scheme.”All participants on the Seniors Alert Scheme have a base unit installed in their home which is connected to a national helpline. Alarm devices, which are monitored 24 hours, can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist like a watch, ensuring assistance is always available.When the user activates the personalised alarm it puts a call through to the national call centre which is open 24/7/365. The call centre operator talks to the person in their home and decides whether to alert a locally based volunteer responder or, in potentially serious circumstances, the emergency services. Over 60,000 people have received the personalised alarm pendant from the Government under the Seniors Alert Scheme since 2010.Minister Ring is very keen to call on people to sign up older relatives or neighbours for the scheme. He said: “The best present you could get an older relative or neighbour this Christmas is to sign up them up for free a personalised alarm. All you have to do is make contact with your local Seniors Alert group. There are 596 groups around the country and you can find out about your local group by logging on to www.pobal.ie or phoning 01 5117222.“I also want to urge people to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours at this time of year. Christmas can be a challenging time for some older people. Small gestures can make a big difference for someone who is living alone. Reaching out to an older person in your community can help brighten up their Christmas, whether it’s popping in for a chat, or lighting the fire or bringing someone some food.”Further investment in Senior Alert Scheme announced following boost in applications was last modified: December 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Michael Ringminister for rual and community developmentSeniors Alert Schemelast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Tuna water still sitting off of Eureka

first_imgA brief recap of the holiday weekend. An epic offshore bonanza was predicted for the weekend, and boy did it come to fruition. Tuna, salmon, halibut, and rockfish were all flying over the rails at a pretty good clip. Per usual, tuna generated the biggest buzz, and rightfully so.It doesn’t happen often where the ocean is flat calm, and the warm water is within 20 miles. The tuna frenzy began last Thursday, and boats were still chasing them as of Wednesday. Tuna were as close in as 10 miles on …last_img read more