Captains Paul Palmer Jr and Leon Johnson of the Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars, respectively, are both expressing confidence heading into their WICB First-Class Championship top-of-the-table clash at Sabina Park today.Undefeated Jaguars are putting their 100 per cent win record on the line against second-place Scorpions, who after a defeat in their opener away to Barbados Pride, has rebounded to post three straight wins.”It should be a very good game of cricket,” said Palmer, whose team will be going for three from three at Sabina Park this season.”We are at home, and whenever we are at home, we are always confident, and put our best foot forward.”Scheduled for a 10 a.m. the encounter will see Jamaica attempting to build on victories over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes.
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All protocols observed, acknowledgement/recognition, I bring you warm greetings from volunteers, staff and board of directors, Messengers of Peace- Liberia Inc (MOP). Thank you to the graduating class and St. Teresa Convent Catholic School family for this invitation to speak on our contribution to peace as women of the future. I am greatly honored, humbled and greatly privileged to be asked to speak with you on this very important happy occasion. It is indeed a joyous occasion and one that we should all be proud of. I can’t believe how quickly time flies by. Ten years ago, I was seating right here, ready; and just like you, ready to graduate and never for one moment thought a return to my Alma-Mater would be possible. Let me confess, I get goose bumps standing before you.I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the administration of St. Teresa Convent, the teachers; some of whom I still recognize, for the knowledge they impact in us and for going beyond the call of duty.Allow me to commence by offering my heartfelt congratulations to the 41 students graduating from St. Teresa Convent class of 2014/2015 for achieving this milestone. Congratulations also go to the proud family members and friends who have faithfully stood by you as you studied.In delivering this address, permit me to use of the indispensable tools of impacting information, storytelling. Liberia, as you are all aware, is in transition phase of nation building and sustainable peace following a thirteen year of unbroken peace. Liberia needs you for sustainable peace.As you enter into another phase of development, the challenges, my young ladies, are huge. You will agree with me that the world is changing. Change is necessary, but could be painful and challenging. Ten years ago, there were 17 conflicts, with varying degrees of form and intensity, in Africa alone. The consequences of these conflicts vary, and Liberia is not isolated.There is global warming, religious intolerance, cultural indifference, and paradigm shifts in our social orientation. We are confronted daily with an escalation of violent extremism among young people.Liberia as a nation has been inundated with high levels of corrupt practices; fueled to a larger extent by favoritism, social class, color and complexion, IQ and not necessarily by EQ. You will, like many of us are, be appalled by the scale of sexual violence including rape, human trafficking, harassment and intimidation in all areas of life including but not limited to your pursuit for further education, employment, career growth and sports. As girls, there would be other challenges and temptations but these problems should not deter us and our diversity should not be our weakness, but should be our strength. The opportunities, as presented by the UNSCR # 2250, are many and we should take advantage of this resolution.Our contributions, either as individuals or groups, to peace as women of the future would be defined by how we tackle and manage these challenges. The tasks before us are by no means daunting, but not impossible; peace, my dear friends, is possible. We just need to start with ourselves. We also need to sharpen our emotional intelligence. As the saying goes in the Liberia colloquial; “Shine your eyes.” Be true to yourself and refrain from activities and behaviors that others, like the St. Teresa Convent, would frown upon.Young women don’t criticize others;they take action.Be good ambassadors of this great school. Remember, you have been found worthy in learning and character. Spare a thought for Liberia and act with your head on your shoulder. Ellen DeGeneres sums it all up. I quote “Success is to live your life with integrity and to not give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.” end of quote.Until next year, when we come back to you to sponsor a peace child for Summer Camp 2017, and until (next) week when we continue with our dialogue among peace messengers by bringing to you part two of this statement, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The All Liberian Conference of Diaspora Leaders, representing the major Liberian regional umbrella organizations around the world has observed with grave concern the growing political tension in Liberia characterized by incendiary rhetoric and occasional threats of violence.The Diaspora leadership representing the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA); the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA); the Union of Liberian Associations in Ghana (ULAG); The Federation of Liberians in Australia (FOLICA); Conference of Liberian Organizations in the Southwestern United States (COLOSUS); and the Coalition of Concerned Liberians (CCL) issued the call in a joint statement at the close of a recent summit in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.The leaders made specific reference to the recent threat by a band of former warlords against a legislator, Montserrado County District #10 representative, Yekeh Kolubah, which was later clarified and rescinded. They also commended the organizers of the June 7 rally for their pledge to conduct themselves peacefully with respect to the rule of law.“While the Diaspora Leadership recognizes that free expression of views and assembly are cardinal to the democratic process, it is also aware that the use of confrontational languages in the public space have the potential of creating misunderstanding and a hostile environment,” The Diaspora leadership noted.They further issued a call to all Liberians, including the government, the opposition and the media, as well as those on social media to be mindful of the fact that the nation is still emerging from years of instability. “Let us be mindful of our recent past and help strengthen our fragile democracy by maintaining an enduring environment of peaceful co-existence. In so doing,” the Diaspora leaders noted, “we must tone down the rhetoric as it is time that Liberians begin the process of talking with each other, rather than talking at each other to discuss national issues. We must reckon with the fact that there will always be divergent of views. Hence, tolerance and sobriety are key requirements in expanding the democratic environment.”The Diaspora Leadership Group then called upon Liberians to never again see violence as a pathway to resolving political problems. Rather, politicians, advocates, and citizens should take the constructive path organizing peacefully using the rule of Law to advance their political agenda.June 7 ProtestMeanwhile, the Diaspora Leadership Group is particularly pleased that organizers of the June 7 protest have emphasized their commitment to the rule of Law and pledged that the event will be peaceful. Similarly, the Diaspora leadership Group also welcome the expression by the government that it will uphold its obligations under the law by ensuring that Liberians exercise their right to freely assemble and petition their representatives in a peaceful manner.The Diaspora Leadership Group applauds the decision of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) NOT to stage a counter-demonstration against the June 7 protestors on the same day. This decision is not only wise, but largely removes any miscalculation that could lead to potential violence amongst protestors.Disassociation From Sanctions CallIn a related development, the Diaspora Leadership Group strongly distances its various organizations from a call made by few Liberians who styled themselves as “US Citizens and US Taxpayers” for the United States government to stop economic support to Liberia. The independent group recently made the call when they visited a Legislative staffer in the offices of the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Diaspora leadership believes that at a time when Liberians at home are facing tremendous economic challenges, such a call by this group for an economic embargo on the Liberian people is unconscionable and may increase the suffering on ordinary Liberians. Meanwhile, the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has already taken the necessary actions in the corridors of the U.S. Government to counter what they described as an unwarranted request.Leaders of Liberian Diaspora organizations present at the summit included: Vamba Fofana, President, Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA); Kingston Washington Wleh Sr., President, The European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA); Willie Kim Kamara, President, Conference of Liberian Organizations in the Southwestern United States (COLOSUS); John F. Lloyd, National Chairman, Coalition of Concern Liberians (CCL); Mohamed Salia Dukuly, President, The Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia (FOLICA), Inc.; and Julia Mardea Richards, President, United Liberian Association in Ghana (ULAG).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
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Speculation that one of the game’s greatest players could be up for grabs began when he hinted he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu following May’s Champions League final victory.Then the transfer rumour mill went into overdrive after Italian media said Juventus had put in a bid and Spanish sports daily Marca cited reports of Ronaldo looking for a home in Turin.There was little left for Ronaldo, Real’s all-time record goalscorer with 450, to prove in Madrid.He said he had spent nine fantastic years at the Spanish giants.“But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that’s why I asked the club to accept to transfer me,” he said in a statement.Real has topped the La Liga twice and won the Champions League four times during his time there — Ronaldo is the first player to have five, including one with former club Manchester United.He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi.But in 2016 Ronaldo managed what Messi could not — winning a major international title for his country — when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championships.And with both Portugal and Argentina being bundled out of the World Cup in the second round on June 30, it seems likely that the sport’s crowning achievement will elude both partners in football’s greatest player rivalry.– Destined for greatness –Ronaldo, picture in 2005 when he was starring for Manchester United, was destined special from an early age © AFP/File / CARL DE SOUZACristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was special from an early age.In the year of his 16th birthday, he played for Sporting Lisbon’s under-16, under-17, under-18, reserve and first teams, and two years later he so impressed Alex Ferguson in a 2003 pre-season friendly that the then-Manchester United boss snapped him up.Six years, three Premier League titles and a Champions League later and he was on his way to Real Madrid, having joined George Best and Eric Cantona among the greatest players to wear United’s prized number 7 shirt.Bought for a then-world record 94 million euros, Ronaldo more than paid back his fee, and while Barcelona continued to mostly dominate La Liga, he has become the king of European competition.He was the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, and topped the competition’s scoring charts six times. The 17 goals he scored as Real beat local rivals Atletico to the 2014 title remains a single-season record.He finally got the international monkey off his back with the 2016 Euros win after a lifetime of near misses and flattering to deceive on the world stage.In beating the heavily-favoured hosts France in the final, he broke yet another record — his three goals made him the first player to ever score in four European Championships.– Last World Cup? –Ronaldo celebrates after scoring one of his three goals against Spain to become only the fourth player to score in four World Cups © AFP/File / Jewel SAMADRonaldo also became only the fourth player to score in four World Cups when he started this year’s campaign with a hat-trick against Spain that culminated in a stunning free kick.But he only bagged one more goal before Portugal fell to Uruguay, and will be 37 by the time the next global showpiece rolls around — meaning it is unlikely he will improve on a run to the semi-finals in 2006.On the same day Messi, with whom Ronald has long competed for the title of the world’s best, was sent home empty-handed by a French side inspired by a breathtaking performance from 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.The World Cup in Russia may serve as a changing of the guard at the highest echelons of the sport, with Real Madrid forced this week to deny it made bids for both Mbappe and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar.But whoever replaces Ronaldo may find it tough going filling his shoes.And Ronaldo will be looming at Juventus in European competitions as he continues to rack up records and build his case for being considered the greatest of all time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest of all time © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVPARIS, France, Jul 10 – Cristiano Ronaldo has opted to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus for the next — and possibly final — chapter of one of the greatest careers the game has seen.The shock move by the 33-year-old superstar comes shortly after losing what is likely his last chance to collect the only honour missing from his glittering resume — a World Cup for Portugal.
Drake raced against several Illinois clubs, including the host, Illini, DePaul and University of Chicago as well as clubs from Marquette and St. Thomas. The Bulldogs had multiple boats competing, including four varsity 4s, one pair, one varsity 8 and one 2nd varsity 8. The varsity 4 race featured a preliminary race in the morning followed by a grand final this afternoon for the boat as it placed second. The others races were just finals as the Bulldogs won each of those races. “We had a few that doubled up in boats and stepped up,” DiSilvestro said. “We feel we’ve had two really good back-to-back regattas after today and in Indiana last week. “We need to make sure we have another good week of training and take that with us to Buffalo for another tough weekend of racing against 2 tough very good conference opponents who we haven’t seen in a while.” “We are really proud of the team for their performance today,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “They handled tough conditions with a strong head wind most of the day so times were a bit slower, but every lane had the head wind. They went out and executed and to win four out of five races is great.” FARMER CITY, Ill. – The Drake University rowing team won four races Saturday at the sixth annual Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois rowing clubs. The Bulldogs made their first trip to the regatta, which was contested on a 2,000-meter course on Clinton Lake, and were the women’s overall champions for the most team points with victories in four of their five races. V8- Rambhia (cox), Rebischke, Baumeister, Konopacki, Abrams, Thacker, Rundquist, Packer, Frantik (1st)2V8 – Killian (cox), McNeely, Gowans, Shipley J., Coffman., Hunter, Smith, Janes, Masterson (1st, 8:33)V4 A – Prien (Cox), Bascio, Rimes, Dahlstrom, Finnnell (2nd)V4 B – Riester (cox), Rundquist, Peterson, Stock, Nikolic (3rd, 9:44.6)V4 C – Rambhia (cox), McNeely, Gowans, Hunter, Smith (1st, 8:54.9)V4 D – Killian (cox), Shipley, Coffman, Janes, Masterson (2nd, 9:32.4)2x – Abrams, Frantik (1st, 9:45.6) Print Friendly Version Following Saturday’s race, Drake travels to Buffalo, N.Y. for the Black Rock Cup, where it will compete against fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference members, host Canisius College and Robert Morris, on April 29. Drake Lineup/Results
“The initiative is drawing on a type of campaign method that has been very successful at mobilising health care teams in both the United States and in the United Kingdom and is now spreading across a number of other countries,” Hogan said. Health Minister Barbara Hogan said in Pretoria last week that everyone in South Africa had the right to complain about the health care they received, in line with the Patients’ Rights Charter. “The immediate informal responses by frontline health workers should be supplemented, where needed, by an objective investigation, which reassures the public and patients that their complaints are taken seriously,” Hogan said. “It could also be used in the future to record and track other problems for example complaints from our staff themselves or reports from them on serious situations that they have identified in their work that need attention,” she explained. She added that patients had the right to have their complaint investigated and to receive a full response on the investigation. 20 April 2009 Hogan said the most important part of improving quality was to analyse and track all complaints in order to make sure that they were avoided in the future, adding that the national call centre would help to harmonise existing national and provincially based complaint handling systems. Hogan said the department was also looking into another initiative, which focuses on ensuring the best clinical care to be offered to patients in potentially high-risk situations like intensive care units or operating theatres or receiving specialised antibiotics. Better clinical care South Africans who are unhappy with the country’s public health services will soon be able to raise their concerns through a 24-hour, toll-free line that is being set up to handle complaints, concerns and queries. Improving quality The initiative, she said, was being developed through a private sector task team, including some hospitals and medical aids that aim to reach out to include the public sector. Source: BuaNews
9 March 2012 Petrochemical giant Sasol has launched a trust aimed at improving the competitiveness and sustainability of South African agriculture while providing support for enterprise development projects and emerging farmers in the country. The Sasol Agricultural Trust, which will be administered by independent trustees, will also support initiatives aimed at enhancing education and training programmes for farmers and the agricultural industry at large. Sasol will donate R30-million to the trust over a three-year period. Announcing the launch of the trust this week, Sasol said it would focus in particular on the sustainability of grain production, taking into consideration grain’s large contribution to food security in South Africa.Sustainable agriculture for food security “Sasol believes that sustainable agriculture for food security is a priority for the continued development of the country,” Sasol Nitro managing director Marius Brand said in a statement. A successful agricultural industry depends, among other things, on the availability of quality fertilisers and fuel, as well other products produced by Sasol as part of its value chain. Brand said Sasol saw itself as having an important role to play in South African agriculture. The company’s most recent agricultural investments include a boost to the fertiliser manufacturing sector, with the development of a new 100 000 ton per annum ammonium sulphate plant, along with a 400 000 ton per annum limestone ammonium nitrate production facility due to be commissioned by mid-2012.‘Cooperation of all players needed’ Sasol said it believed the cooperation of players along the entire value chain was needed to collectively improve the competitiveness of South African agriculture – a position supported by Grain South Africa, which assisted with the establishment of the new trust. “Grain SA welcomes the announcement and views it as a positive gesture from Sasol to plough back into the South African grain industry,” said Grain SA chairman Neels Ferreira. Sasol Nitro manufactures a wide range of fertilisers at its plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, including limestone ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulphate and a range of ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulphate-based liquid and granular NPK fertiliser blends. Farmers from across the country can buy fertilisers either directly from Sasol Nitro or from a number of fertiliser retailers distributing Sasol Nitro’s fertilisers. To ensure an efficient, hassle-free commercial and product support service to all customers, Sasol Nitro has implemented a Customer Contact Centre to support the servicing of customers. SAinfo reporter
More than 1,000 U.S. businesses and organizations have signed a letter to Congressional leaders urging that they oppose the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. The Associated Press reports that major manufacturers such as United Technologies, Ingersoll Rand, and Staples affirmed that Congress should strengthen the program, not weaken it, and that Energy Star has been a successful collaboration between public and private interests. In all, 1,050 businesses and organizations signed the letter.Energy Star is a voluntary program launched in 1992 designed to encourage energy efficiency in a wide range of consumer products. The program has saved an estimated $430 billion in utility bills in the last 25 years. The EPA says that 85% of the American public recognizes the Energy Star label as a sign of efficiency.The move to drop the $50 million in annual program costs from the federal budget is part of the Trump administration’s plan to reduce spending at the EPA from $8.3 billion to $5.7 billion a year, a 31% cut. Programs on efficiency and climate change would be especially hard hit.But many U.S. business leaders say that the plan to defund Energy Star is misguided, says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, an advocacy group that organized the business letter.“I don’t know who recommended shutting down this program to the president, but I can assure you it was bad advice that would hurt American businesses, consumers, and our overall economy,” Callahan said.The full text of the letter, sent to congressional leaders on April 24, can be found here.