The 2015-16 Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sherwin Williams Women’s League kicked off with a total of 52 goals in five matches last Sunday.Last season’s beaten finalists, Arnett Gardens FC, accounted for most of the goals when they flooded Rangers FC of St Mary 24-0 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.National representative Shantel Bailey scored seven times, leading the way with goals in the 23rd, 30th, 54th, 56th, 73rd, 76th and 88th minutes. Other scorers were Shanel Spence with a four-timer (2nd, 6th, 10th, 12th), Asheina Nelson (27th, 37th, 57th) and Kadian Edwards (24th, 47th, 65th) with hat-tricks, Abbygale Adams (78th, 83rd), Abby O’Hara (4th, 41st), Annakay Richards (32nd), Shakira Douglas (60th) and Tamara O’Sullivan (90th).In another high-scoring game, Olympic Gardens swamped Boys’ Town FC 10-0 at Collie Smith Drive. Sabrina Berry hit home a hat-trick in the 11th, 64th and 66th minutes. Berry was supported by goals from Renee Scott (34th, 44th), Alicia Mullings (43rd, 74th), Courtni Smith (86th, 89th) and Stacy Ann Johnson (41st).Waterhouse were also on a goal spree, when they slammed St James FC 9-0 at Waterhouse Stadium.Shanell Martin hit a five-timer in the 10th, 16th, 65th, 69th and 90th minutes. Christina Murray netted a hat-trick (6th, 38th, 73rd) and Jameica Henry also scored, in the 48th minute.Los Perfectos FC of Manchester defeated Trelawny Women’s FC 7-1. Venecia Reid scored five goals, netting in the 27th, 45th, 51st, 75th and 77th minutes. Sashalee Cooper (16th) and Sashan Campbell (88th0 also got on the scoresheet. Kemecia Conroy scored the lone goal for the losers, in the 70th minute.In a low-scoring match, defending champions Barbican FC edged G C Foster College FC 1-0 at Barbican Complex. Keneshia Reid scored the only goal in the 19th minute.
Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy has sternly cautioned beneficiaries of Chevron-Liberia’s US$180,000 grant to make better use of the money in order to impress the donors.Minister Addy in remarks at the signing ceremony between Chevron and Liberia National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union (LNTTGAWU) on January 8, 2014, at the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) Incubation Center in Paynesville, said impressions Chevron and the Liberian Government will gain from the use of the grant would pave the way for others to receive the same aid to enhance their businesses.He asserted that making use of the fund to yield the needed result is cardinal to opportunities for others too, noting, “The road you are using to travel should not be burnt to prevent others from traveling along it too.”The US$180,000 grant is one of 56 projects Chevron Liberia has funded since it established its office in Liberia in 2011.The grant is given under Chevron’s project named Chevron Liberia Economic Development (CLED).The Minister noted that as the LNTTGAWU receives the money, MOC will ensure to send Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) agents to monitor them.He however used the occasion to urge Liberians to prioritize products made by Liberians so they could help financially empower the producers to do more.Minister Addy stressed that Chevron Liberia and other multilateral businesses are not the only ones to empower Liberians; Liberians themselves have to identify their value by giving preference to products bearing the country’s name and not always look out for what they must wear.He told the union that MOC would declare a trade fair day for producers of country cloth to come and display their products. He declared that he has personally begun purchasing country clothes and share among his workers.In addition to Minister Addy’s statement, Chevron Liberia Country Manager, Karl Cotrell, said he would be glad to see Liberians competing at an international level. He expressed the hope that the nation’s products would bear a “Made in Liberia” label as is the case with other countries like Japan and China amongst others.Mr. Cotrell said empowering small Liberian businesses, promotion of health and sanitation, and education are key priorities that Chevron is focusing on in Liberia.Seventy-five tailors from Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties are to benefit from this grant through capacity building and training.Senator Joyce Musu Freeman Sumo, of Nimba County and former trade unionist stressed that the grant is the first for the LNTTGAWU to have, and that she was glad Chevron came to their rescue.She also cautioned the leadership of the union to show transparency in handling activities surrounding the money so that everyone would feel content.LIBA President Dee Maxwell Kamiah, indicated that ordinary people are yet to feel the impact of the 60 billion the government boasts of being invested in Liberia.Mr. Kamiah lauded Chevron for the grant and called on other international companies, including Arcelor Mittal and China Union, to emulate Chevron and empower tailors in Nimba and Bong Counties with other Liberian business entrepreneurs.Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, who also attended the signing ceremony, stressed the need for Liberians to give preference to products—especially clothes— made in Liberia.The Liberian politician, economist, and connoisseur (expert in the area of the fine or domestic arts) of Liberian clothes, said it was sad that Liberians do not prioritize their own custom but deny it for customs of other countries.He urged Liberians to show their national identity by wearing their own attire instead of always appearing western. President of the Liberia National Tailor, Textile, Garment & Allied Workers Union (LNTTGAWU), Lasanna K. Dawon, lauded Chevron for the gesture and pledged the organization’s support to ensuring towards insuring the money be used to meet the expectation of the donor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A national referee returning home on Monday, June 25, 2016 after refereeing a game in Bartica is still unconscious at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being involved in an accident on West Coast Berbice.Collin BowryCollin Bowry, 31, of Smythfield, New Amsterdam, was first transferred from the Fort Wellington Hospital to the New Amsterdam Hospital and then to GPH, all within the same day.It was reported that the victim was travelling in a car with his wife and two-year-old son along with the driver when they collided with another vehicle that is said to be a Prado cruiser. The driver, wife and child all suffered minor bruises.Mother of the referee Stephanie Bowry speaking to this publication disclosed that her son has not regained consciousness since the accident. She said the doctors communicated to her that it can take weeks, months or possibly years.Despite Collin’s condition, the doctors have notified his parents that he will be discharged at the end of this week to receive home care because the hospital cannot accommodate him any longer.His mother noted her anxiety and reservations of him being discharged without being in a stable condition: “I do not know if the hospital is going to send nurses to look after him or they will show us how to use the tubes.” Collin who was unable to breathe independently is now able to do so after several days.Mother Bowry added that Collin breathing on his own is his only improvement, however she remains optimistic: “all things are possible with Jesus Christ.”She continued that her son was selected to referee a number of football matches in Miami: “He was selected to go to Miami Monday (today) for a tournament. He has his boots and clothes already neatly prepared to travel.”The details of the drivers of both vehicles remain sketchy. The relatives of the referee are unaware if any of the drivers were detained.The mother added that her son’s life is far more important than to take time out of her busy schedule of visitation to her son to enquire about any legal details.
Amid the controversy over the actions of Mary Broh in the “unlawful demolition of homes” as some aggrieved property owners have accused her of doing, she recently received an honor from the ECOWAS Women in Liberia as “Queen of Monrovia.”At the honoring program on Tuesday, the Chairlady of ECOWAS Women in Liberia, Chinyere Nwabudike, said Broh has tirelessly worked in keeping the city and its surroundings clean.“We the women of ECOWAS are watching you keenly, and we appreciate what you have done in Monrovia and its environment – indeed you are doing well,” she said.“In recognition of your outstanding role in our society, especially Monrovia and its environs, and the tedious work you and your staff have been doing to make Monrovia clean, we are happy to honor you with this award as ‘Queen of Monrovia.’ I don’t care what people are saying out there. No matter what people are saying, continue what you are doing as we highly appreciate it.” Before the certification process, the group also crowned the GSA boss as “The Queen Mother of Monrovia” for her tireless efforts in making the city and its environs clean, asking Broh to cherish and appreciate the title.Receiving the honor, Madam Broh said she appreciated the group, adding, “Our people deserve better. Liberians deserve better; and they deserve a better environment.”“A clean city creates a healthy society. Clean people are always healthy. Our environment must be clean no matter what, and regardless of what has been said out there,” Broh added. “My detractors are just 1%; and therefore, we have to continue the work, although many people call me ‘Mary Break it.’”The GSA boss, who is also the head of the Presidential Taskforce for the Beautification of Monrovia, called on the ECOWAS Women to help provide business skills training for women in Liberia, adding that they should also help provide training for young girls and women in the area of business sustainability, calling it their “weakness.” “Even though they are in the informal sector, we like to make sure that you teach them,” she added.Broh also stressed on collaboration for cross border trading for the women, saying it is useful for them to find out what others do in their countries as well as “helping each other for the growth and betterment of the country.”Meanwhile in a telephone interview last night, Madam Broh reflected on the exhausting job being done by the Presidential Task Force to get the city of Monrovia cleaned up.“Right now everything is up in the air because of the case in court,” Madam Broh said, “but you know that our mandate ends this coming Saturday and with President Sireaf’s arrival it could be extended.”Madam Broh expressed appreciation to members of the Presidential Task Force and invited our reporter to join her at the compound of the General Services Agency (GSA), “to see the difficult job that is being done to get the city cleaned.”“You will not be able to eat after you are done with the job, I can tell you that,” Madam Broh warned, but added, “It is good job we are doing as you realize that many of the areas are unhealthy and the task force members have done a great job.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The annual Suppliers’ Seminar of the Consumer Affairs Unit on Monday brought together auto suppliers from across the country and other stakeholders to review the best practices and laws under which auto dealers must operate.Hosted at the Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown, the forum aims to bring auto dealers into greater compliance with the laws, regulations and standards that safeguard the rights of consumers.Auto supply dealers in attendance at the seminarMinister of Business Dominic Gaskin, who attended the seminar, noted that Government and private stakeholders must both collaborate to ensure all parties in the auto industry are protected.“Our Government needs to work with your industry to encourage adherence to the guidelines that the industry is required to operate within,” he said.According to Minister Gaskin, transportation is key to the economic competitiveness of any country; therefore safe, reliable vehicles are important sub-components of this sector. He said it is important that the auto industry be aware of Government’s projections going forward.Director of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission, Dawn Holder-Alert“Last year, as part of Government’s 2017 budget, measures of renewable energy sources, co-generational alternatives, the Government announced five measures. One: the lowering of excise tax on hybrid and electric vehicles; two: granting of tax exemptions to set up electric vehicles’ charging stations; three: zero-rating the excise tax on biofuel and specially designed refuse trucks; four: the restriction of used tyres; and five: the reduction of taxes on new tyres”, Minister Gaskin highlighted.Director of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), Dawn Holder-Alert, has said the economy is growing, and this has seen more cars being imported; hence stricter guidelines need to be implemented.“Consumers are eager to purchase cars from auto dealers. It is very important that these consumers are vigilant and know what they are entering into. Sometimes the eagerness of the consumer to buy a car will affect their ability to ensure they are protected,” Holder-Alert explained.It has been recommended that individuals and businesses operating within the auto industry be required by law to observe fair business practices in their transactions with consumers.Business Minister Dominic GaskinThe Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), which was established in 2006 and became fully operational in 2010, is tasked with objectively executing the laws governing the two acts – the Competition and Fair-Trading Act #11 of 2006 (CFTA), and the Consumer Affairs Act # 13 of 2011 (CAA). The agency advocates and ensures a balance of fairness and equality between consumers and businesses, protects consumers’ interests in relation to the supply of goods and services, and guarantees efficient and effective redress.
–family decries slothfulness in Police responseA 14-year-old girl of Waiakabra on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway has been missing since Sunday, July 7, 2019, and according to her relatives, the police are dragging their feet on the report.Missing: Jessica FidelThe teen, Jessica Fidel, was reportedly last seen with a male friend from her neighbourhood, who claimed that he followed her to a neighbour’s house on the night she went missing.A missing persons’ report was lodged at the Timehri Police Station and Kuru Kururu Police Outpost.After several calls to the police station pleading with ranks to visit the home where the young man claimed the teen went, the ranks turned up to question the occupant of the home, however, she denied that the teenager was ever there.A relative of Fidel, who reached out to Guyana Times anonymously, fearing victimisation, stated that the young man was questioned and sent away, however, the neighbour had not been questioned.“When the police visited the woman, she denied that the girl was there and the Police just left it as is. They said they couldn’t search the premises because they hadn’t a warrant. We would have felt better if they had searched the premises because chances are that she could have been right in there,” she said.Further, the relative alleged that no progress has been made thus far by the police. They had reportedly sent out the All Police Stations Bulletin (APB) to Brickdam Police Station that is tasked with dispatching information across the country.Relatives believe that the process is slow and uncertain as oftentimes, the photograph of the missing person may become misplaced, therefore, none would be attached to the bulletin.The relative stated that they had received certain information as to the girl’s whereabouts and provided the information to the police in an effort to get them to act, however, they are still to make any tangible progress. “All the information we are giving to the police. But they seem laid back in doing anything. I don’t know how the force deals with missing persons’ cases. It’s this type of response by those in authority that fail us every day,” she added.The relative also said that they had received messages on Facebook from a young lady (name withheld) claiming to have known the teen’s whereabouts, however, upon requesting more information from the person, she became abusive.The relative added that this information and the young lady’s profile information had been provided to the police but the family is still to receive any updates.The family of Fidel is calling on the relevant authorities to inform the public and Police of the guidelines to follow in dealing with missing children as this could save time and save someone’s life.The family is calling on the public to report any information that would lead them to locating the teen. The public is asked to contact the family on telephone numbers 644-2838 or the nearest police station.
16th Victor Macedo Memorial Cycling…Trojan Cycle Club’s Curtis Dey has claimed the spoils for his stand-alone win in the 16th staging of the Victor Macedo Memorial Cycling Road Race which took place on Sunday last.Curtis DeyTrailing the 19-year-old in second was Alonzo Ambrose, while Paul De Nobrega finished in third spot.The race commenced in Peter Rose Street, Queenstown and proceeded to Long Creek on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, before returning to the city to conclude on Homestretch Avenue, where Dey was the first competitor to cross the line. He completed this 73-mile event in a time of 3 hours, 16 minutes, 47 seconds (3h: 16m :47s).Andrew Hicks, Ajay Gopilall, Deeraj Garbarran, Andre Green and Balram Narine rounded out the top eight spots in that order. Gopilall finished as the top junior, while Adelie Hodge was second and Donovan Fraser copped third.In the Veteran’s category, Junior Niles reigned supreme, while Mark Spencer and Leer Nunes were second and third respectively.Jude Bentley was the top mountain biker, with Julio Melville coming in second and Quincy Punch third.At conclusion of the event, prizes were given to the top finishers by members of the Macedo family. The organisers have also mentioned that plans are in place to make next year’s staging a bigger and better event by inviting overseas cyclists to compete.
In extending an olive branch to the mayor, Canter suggested Tuesday that the district might allow the mayor to launch a pilot project at a low-performing high school. “Their objectives are very much the same as ours are,” Canter said. “I think it’s time we stop having parallel conversations and have a unified conversation about what we can do to work together on behalf of the students of the L.A. Unified School District and their families.” Election pressure Deputy Mayor Ray Cortines, a former LAUSD superintendent tapped by Villaraigosa to be his top education adviser, said he hopes to meet this month with district officials to work out details of the plan. Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, said the appellate court ruling makes next month’s school board election even more important. “If you have AB 1381 out the window, then what kind of deal the mayor can broker with the district largely comes down to who controls the board,” Regalado said. Villaraigosa has endorsed Tamar Galatzan in challenging incumbent Jon Lauritzen for a San Fernando Valley seat, with his supporters pouring more than $1 million into her campaign. The mayor also has given more than $200,000 to Richard Vladovic, a candidate for a Harbor-area seat, in the hope of getting a majority of his supporters on the seven-member school board. Unconstitutional bill The appellate court’s 44-page decision affirms a ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs that AB 1381 was unconstitutional. The justices ruled that the bill usurped voters’ rights to elect school board members and improperly shifted responsibility for school operations from the LAUSD to the Mayor’s Office. “The citizens of Los Angeles have the constitutional right to decide whether their school board is to be appointed or elected. If the citizens of Los Angeles choose to amend their charter to allow the mayor to appoint the members of the board, such amendment would indisputably be proper. “What is not permissible is for the Legislature to ignore that constitutional right and to bypass the will of the citizens of Los Angeles and effectively transfer many of the powers of the board to the mayor, based on its belief, hope, or assumption that he could do a better job.” School board member David Tokofsky said the court ruling underscores the need to include the public in decisions affecting its schools. “I think this vindicates what we’ve said from Day One, that the law is unconstitutional, it bypassed the moms and dads by going to the back rooms of Sacramento instead of to the voters of Los Angeles, that it violated the letter and the spirit of the state constitution and the City Charter,” he said. While Villaraigosa could opt to appeal to the Supreme Court, that entity does not have to take the case. UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff said it’s difficult to predict how the high court would act. “This is a state supreme court doing its very best to stay out of hotly contested political issues, but when you have an issue of great public importance, it might be something they may take,” he said. “This is so high-profile that they might feel they have to take it, especially since you have a court of appeal that has struck something down. But because it was struck down twice, they may say, We don’t want to touch this.” Following the court ruling, Schwarzenegger issued a statement saying he continues to support the mayor’s education-reform efforts. “I applaud the mayor for his continuous efforts to ensure that every student receives a high-quality education,” he said. “I will continue to work with the mayor in defending the innovative and necessary changes to the LAUSD.” State Sen. Gloria Romero, who sponsored AB 1381, said she will wait for the mayor’s decision on whether to appeal to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, she urged parents to seek dramatic change by voting in the May 15 runoff. “This clearly was cutting-edge legislation in California,” she said. “It had never been tried before, and I firmly believe that there is never failure in trying to better the educational outcomes and aspirations of students. “With this latest defeat, it certainly should not be lost on the parents of students of LAUSD that May 15 looms all the more significant for the future opportunities for their children.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I am going to continue to meet with Superintendent (David) Brewer and board President (Marlene) Canter in the effort to find a new common framework for change … I am optimistic that we can find a common path. “No matter what happens, we will have a new school board on July 1 and I will be working with them,” he said. “The education-reform movement will not be stopped.” Villaraigosa’s conciliatory remarks were in sharp contrast to those he made shortly after he took office, when he identified education reform as his No. 1 priority and vowed to wrest control of the school district. He worked in concert with the district’s powerful teachers union to draft AB 1381, which was approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The school district filed suit, saying the law usurped the board’s authority in violation of the state constitution. AB 1381 would have shifted significant responsibility from the elected school board to him and the mayors of other cities within Los Angeles Unified. It also would have given him direct control over three low-performing school clusters, with the authority to take bold steps to improve student achievement. Handed a second – and ostensibly fatal – blow to his education-reform bill, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed Tuesday to partner with Los Angeles Unified, even as he tries to win control of the school board in the May 15 election. The mayor’s comments came after the state Court of Appeal issued a unanimous and strongly worded ruling invalidating AB 1381, the bill he’d authored that would have given him a major role in running the LAUSD. Even as he weighs appealing the decision to the California Supreme Court, he said he would work to forge a partnership with Los Angeles Unified and to get his candidates elected to the school board next month. “I have a simple message today,” he said at a City Hall news conference. “We are in the education-reform business to stay.
Injured Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster 1 Ronald Koeman has expressed concern over Fraser Forster’s fitness after the Southampton goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley.The England international was left in agony after clearing the ball under pressure from Clarets forward Sam Vokes and was carried off on a stretcher in the early stages of the Premier League clash at St Mary’s.Koeman confirmed the 27-year-old was taken to hospital for a scan on his knee, and also admitted the early signs suggest it could be a bad injury.Forster is one of only two goalkeepers named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy but the England manager is likely to have to bring in reinforcements.“I don’t think so,” the Dutchman replied when asked if Forster had a chance of being fit for international duty.“He is now in the hospital and he is having a scan, we have to wait but it is not looking very positive about his knee.“We have to wait for the scan but the doctor wasn’t very positive. I was following the ball and I didn’t see what happened.”
It might be the most popular name in Ireland but there wasn’t enough Paddys or Patricias to set a new world record in Co Donegal today.Was Packie at the Finn Valley centre today?The Twins Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar was the setting for an attempt to break the world record for the most number of people with the same name in the same place at the same time!Other versions of the name Paddy including Pauric, Pat and Patricia were accepted as hundreds queued up at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar from 4.30pm onwards. In the end, however, organisers managed close to 800 Paddys and Patricias.Organiser Kathy Taaffe said she was proud of the attempt but the cold weather may have played a part in keeping people away.“It was a bitterly cold day but we really did come so close. It was no mean feat getting almost 800 people with the name Paddy, Patricia or Patsy.“There was a great atmosphere here and everyone really got into the fun of things but we just didn’t have the number in the end. “Who knows though, we may just give it another go next year,” she said.Organisers needed a total of 1,070 Paddys or Patricias to beat the current record which was set in Dubai in 2005 when 1,096 Muhammads gathered.The Guinness Book of World Records has set down strict guidelines to make sure it is a genuine world record attempt.Entrants needed to bring a copy of their birth certificate to prove their name and variations of the name Paddy must be agreed beforehand by organisers.The event, which was called “We’re Counting On You Paddy”, was part of the Twin Towns Gathering Project. PADDYS AND PATRICIAS GO CLOSE BUT NO WORLD RECORD! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 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:Finn Valley CentrePaddyworld record