LNOC Wants Ministry Takeover Olympic Village

first_imgThe passing-on of the management of the country’s largest conglomeration of training facilities, the OlymAfrique Village, to the government is in its peak, LNOC President Philipbert Brown has said.He told the Daily Observer over the weekend that it has been the LNOC’s aspiration for the government to control the village since its construction six years ago.Mr. Brown said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to authorize the Ministry of Youth and Sports to take over the administration will reach the Ministry of Youth and Sports.The OlymAfrique Village is located in Kemah Town, Soul Clinic Community, outside Monrovia.The sports village was primarily constructed (in 2007) to develop the physical abilities and skills of athletes as well as their minds.The Liberian government contributed 20% in the amount of US$35,000 to the construction of the village, while the LNOC provided US$115,000, equivalent to 80%.The tennis and basketball courts at the village are crumbling and in disrepair. There is no fence separating the Olympics Village from the road that many have described as health hazard.In a telephone interview yesterday, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Dionysius Sebwe admitted that the government will officially take over the administration after the MOU is signed.The Acting Director of the Village, Ahmed Tukpah said the village houses approximately 2,500 athletes during a program.Four major programs have been held at the village. They are the Samsung Football, Samsung Athletics, IAAF 13-15 Youths Athletics and the Futvolnet (the Spanish word for football).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teenagers remanded for robbing senior citizen

first_imgTwo teenagers were remanded to prison on Thursday for allegedly robbing a 70-year-old man, while being armed with a knife.Andrae Bobb, 17, and Darren Franklin, 18, both denied the charge when it was read to them by City Magistrate Faith McGusty.The facts in the case stated that while being armed with a dangerous weapon at Quamina Street, Georgetown, they robbed Esrick Fyffe of one radio valued $2000 and $1690 in cash.Bobb told the court he is employed as a gas station pump attendant and lives in ‘C’ Field Sophia, Georgetown, while his accomplice said he resides at Middle Road, La Penitence.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackmore, objected to bail on the grounds that they pose a flight risk.They will return to court on July 18.last_img

President Granger calls for greater climate resilient tourism

first_img…as Inter-American Congress of Ministers on Tourism opensIn underscoring the importance of tourism to several countries, particularly those in the Americas, President David Granger declared that sustainable tourism requires sustained action to ensure a more climate resilient tourism sector, and this should be taken seriously by every country.Addressing the opening of the two-day XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism being held in Guyana at the Marriott Hotel, the Guyanese Head of State said climate change is real and has proven potentialPresident David Granger (centre) with several top government officials from across the Americasto reverse progress in many countries.“It is not an intellectual invention or political sophistry. Climate change represents the most potent threat to Caribbean tourism, particularly to small-island and low-lying coastal states,” he explained.He said rising sea levels are eroding beaches, destroying coral reefs and disrupting marine life, all prime Caribbean tourist attractions – the result of climate change. Extreme weather patterns are precipitating droughts and floods, which diminish food supplies and customer services needed by the tourism sector.Granger said therefore that climate resilient tourism will help the hemisphere to recover from natural hazards. He said increased frequency of hurricanes in the Caribbean can attest to the inflicted severe damage to infrastructure: bridges, boats, hotels, roads, resorts and utilities, which are vital to tourism.“The 21st century must become the ‘Century of the South.’ The North and East have had their day. It is now the South’s turn. A sustainable tourism sector can make this century an occasion for rediscovering the ‘New’ world,” Granger told theA section of the audience at the opening of the two-day tourism conferencelarge gathering on Wednesday.Importantly also, Granger told the participating countries that the protection of the Americas’ patrimony, its natural assets, cultural diversity is the bedrock of sustainable tourism.As such, tourism industries must be protected from the perils of transnational threats such as cybercrime and trafficking in all forms. “Security cooperation against transnational threats will make societies safer for our citizens and our visitors,” he told countries of the OAS.Granger urged the conference to seek solutions to ensuring that the Americas can catalyse their tourism potential by increasing annual tourist arrivals. To do this, the President said they must protect the Americas’ natural capital by developing a concerted approach to the environment.But more than that, he said they must promote increased connectivity between tourist destinations; and provide smaller states with easier access to capital for investments to build a more resilient industry.“…small island states tend to lack the resources to finance their own air and shipping lines so that new routes can be exploited to boost tourist arrivals. Travel needs to be cheaper, easier and faster. Destinations need to be connected efficiently to make tourism more competitive with our parts of the world,” he stated. Further, Granger said the Americas can straddle the sea and integrate the continents, North and South through Information and Communications Technology. He therefore urged the congress to consider charting a roadmap to create a single ICT space of the Americas.The President did not stop there; he also used the opportunity to boast about Guyana’s unique biodiversity and diverse ecosystems, explaining that Guyana is becoming a ‘green state’, which will allow the country to develop a resilient tourism sector by protecting the environment.“Guyana together with Brazil, Colombia, Suriname and other states of Central and South America – is a home to some of the giants of the world,” he said, naming a few such as the anaconda, anteater, armadillo, and otter, among other large creatures that could only be found here.The President said Guyana should be seen as a ‘gateway’ to the continent for the goods, services and peoples of the South to markets and destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and North America.He said the country remains committed to its membership of regional and hemispheric organisations such as: the Caribbean Community (Caricom); Association of Caribbean States (ACS); Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR); Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC); Organisation of America States (OAS) and the Union of South American States (UNASUR).The XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism, which commences today, attracted participation from a large number of Caribbean States that are members of the Organisation of the American States (OAS). Of the 13 Caribbean countries that are members of the OAS, 10 were represented at the Congress, being held for the first time in Guyana.last_img read more

Energy is the lifeblood of an economy – former BP exec

first_img– says it must be produced with boosting economy in mindWhile there is much talk about renewable energy, former BP Executive, Professor Gary Dirks has reminded that energy must be produced not for its own sake, but to provide reliable power for everyone and to boost economic development.A few members of the Think Tank groupProfessor Dirks, who is the former President of BP Asia-Pacific and China and currently a Director of an institute at Arizona State University, was one of several speakers at the recent University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen and Tain talks. He noted that oil and gas revenues presented a golden opportunity for Guyana to transform its economy over the long term.“The economy of Guyana must grow… this is an opportunity for Guyana to use these resources. Energy is the lifeblood of any economy, no matter how big or how small it is. But you don’t produce energy for its own sake, you produce it for what it can do.”“In order for an economy to thrive, one of the first things [energy] has to be able to do is be affordable. It has to be reliable to everybody, not a few. And it has to be accessible,” Professor Dirks pointed out.Meanwhile, Dirks also spoke about carbon taxes, a measure used for the purpose of taxing companies with high carbon emissions. This measure and the financial losses it brings is usually intended to deter companies from using fossil fuel and coax them into switching to renewable energy.Former BP Executive Professor Gary Dirks“We’re going to have to push the energy system to net zero emissions, not 100 per cent renewable, as fast as we can. That will not be enough. We will overshoot carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We will be required to take carbon dioxide back out of the atmosphere.”“That means there’s going to be a price on the carbon, whatever it takes to take it back out of the atmosphere. So carbon taxes are coming. Anybody that’s thinking or planning for energy needs to take that into account.”On Friday, UG launched its Think Tank initiative which will see players from across the country brainstorming to tackle energy-related issues in Guyana.At the launch at the Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown Campus, it was explained that the major focus of the group will be on how Guyana, which is becoming a major oil and gas producer, can maintain its pristine environment, energy sustainability and more importantly making Guyana a model energy country.Think Tank will bring together a number of players from Guyana, both in academics as well as industry experts, to “think” about the energy problems of the energy future here. Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the tertiary institution, Dr Paloma Mohamed said that the challenge this group has taken on is no easy task.Five of the main persons who form part of the group are Verlyn Klass; Former Dean of the University, Thomas Singh; Former Head of Department of Chemistry, Patrick Ketwaroo; Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vishal Persaud and Dean Calvin Bernard.last_img read more

Sexual violence prevention campaign begins on public post-secondary campuses

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is set to start a campaign that aims to prevent sexual violence on public post-secondary campuses.The Government says students attending public post-secondary campuses deserve to feel safe and be free from potential sexual violence.According to the Government, the campaign is aimed at students, faculty and staff at public post-secondary institutions and the broader community. It reminds students that sex without consent is rape and that consent must be voluntary, otherwise it’s assault.- Advertisement -In June 2019, the Province announced $760,000 to support plain-language policies and processes regarding sexual violence and misconduct to ensure they are clear and easy to understand.The funding is also being used to coordinate resources so post-secondary institutions can learn from each other, share best practices and access training resources.For more information, you can visit the Province’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Newcastle United star set for Nice move

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has agreed a January move to Nice, according to reports in France.The Frenchman is currently on a season-long loan at Hull City, but manager Steve Bruce is said to be willing to pull the plug on that deal.Ben Arfa has failed to nail down a first-team spot at the KC Stadium, starting just five Premier League games this season.And now, according to French newspaper Nice Martin, the 27-year-old is set for a January move to Nice.The Ligue 1 club are confident they can get the best of Ben Arfa, with manager Claude Puel a huge fan of his talents.Nice are hoping that Ben Arfa can be brought in on the cheap, with reports claiming he is no longer in Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s plans. 1last_img

Chelsea hunt for replacement for stay-away Courtois

first_img0Shares0000Thibaut Courtois was voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in RussiaLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 –Thibaut Courtois’ failure to report to Chelsea training has heaped pressure on new manager Maurizio Sarri to find a new goalkeeper just two days before the Premier League transfer window closes.The 26-year-old Belgium international, linked with a move to Real Madrid, was granted an extended rest after his country finished third at the World Cup, but did not turn up for training on Monday. The Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday that he would miss training for a second day as the impasse continued.Courtois joined Chelsea from Belgian side Genk in 2011 and spent the next three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid before dislodging Petr Cech as first choice at Stamford Bridge.He has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital, and with just a year remaining on his contract, Chelsea risk losing him for a reduced fee in January or for free next summer.Second-choice ‘keeper Willy Caballero played in goal on Sunday as Chelsea lost 2-0 to champions Manchester City in the Community Shield.The Times said Chelsea had indicated they would accept his request for a transfer after a £35 million offer from Real if they could secure a replacement in time.The Premier League’s transfer window shuts at 1600 GMT on Thursday, heaping pressure on Sarri.The Times said Chelsea had turned their attention to Stoke City’s Jack Butland after Everton made it clear England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was not for sale.Eden Hazard, whose deal expires in 2020, has also long been the subject of speculation over a move to Real, but the forward was present at the club’s Cobham training base on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 25

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we looked back on day three of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford, England opened up a 489-run lead over Pakistan after choosing not to enforce the follow-on.We have all the reaction from the Tour de France as Chris Froome became Britain’s first three-time winner when he crossed the finish line of the 21-stage race in Paris yesterday.We also look back on the Hungarian Grand Prix, Super League and how The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is “disappointed” its recommendation to ban Russia from next month’s Olympic Games in Rio has been rejected.All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img

Arsenal and Liverpool target offered amazing deal worth more than £500k per week

first_img1 Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian are preparing an audacious swoop for Arsenal and Liverpool target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 28-year-old has been told he can leave Borussia Dortmund this summer if someone meets his £63m price tag.That has sparked interest from around Europe and Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with moves.That has given Aubameyang plenty of food for thought and now, according to Sport Bild, the forward has even more to think about as Tianjin Quanjian want him too.The Chinese Super League side, who are coached by Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro, are huge fans of the Gabon international and believe they can lure him to the Far East.As part of the deal, Tianjin Quanjian are prepared to offer Aubameyang a huge contract worth more than £500,000-a-week. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way out of Borussia Dortmund last_img read more

Neal Ardley leaves AFC Wimbledon by mutual consent ending six-year spell as manager

first_imgNeal Ardley has left his position as AFC Wimbledon manager by mutual consent, the League One club have confirmed.Ardley’s six-year spell as boss ends three days after Dons defeated non-league Haringey Borough courtesy of Mitchell Pinnock’s deflected injury time strike. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF REVEALED shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury CLUB STATEMENT | First team manager Neal Ardley is leaving the club by mutual agreement. We thank him for the massive role he has played for us over the last six years. Read the full statement here >>https://t.co/IAUFTgveXQ #AFCW pic.twitter.com/3qOv57EYiw— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) November 12, 2018The Kingsmeadow club currently sit 23rd in League One, having claimed just three wins from 17 attempts this season.A club statement read: “First team manager Neal Ardley is leaving the club by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. His assistant manager, Neil Cox, is leaving the Club at the same time.“First team coach Simon Bassey is taking over as interim manager while the search for a permanent successor to Neal gets underway.”Neal, who represent Wimbledon as a player before moving on to Watford, Cardiff and Millwall, has been in charge of the Dons since October 2012, first keeping them in the Football League then guiding them to a promotion to League One via the play-offs. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img Latest Football News REVEALED RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY REPLY huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Erik Samuelson, the club’s chief executive, said “Neal has been a credit to the club in everything he has done. He is a clear thinker, a superb man-manager and a fine coach. I’ve enjoyed working with him and am absolutely certain that he will achieve even greater success in his next roles. So, he leaves with my personal thanks and gratitude for what he has done in his time here at AFC Wimbledon.“I also want to register the club’s and my personal thanks to Neil Cox who has provided massive support to Neal throughout his time here and has been a great ambassador for the club. We wish him well in his future career.”last_img read more