Warriors leave Perth empty handed again

first_imgThe result was only the beginning of the New Zealand based team’s woes, as they endured a nightmare day in Perth.Veteran Ryan Hoffman and young forward Albert Vete both face extended stints on the sidelines after copping broken bones.Vete broke his arm in the first half of the loss, while Hoffman didn’t even get on the field.The 33-year-old’s final season at the Warriors will now be heavily shortened after he broke a metatarsal bone in his foot while stretching at the team hotel.The loss also marked their ninth straight in Perth, and after they led 16-0 in the opening 17 minutes, it was the fifth time they have given away a substantial lead in the city.”It’s pretty disappointing because I thought we did enough in certain stages of the game to come away with the result,” coach Stephen Kearney said.”We let them back into the game when we got a bit of a lead to start off with.”That left us scrambling at the end there to try and salvage a result at the back end.”The loss also left them four points out of the top eight, in 10th position.It will likely mean they will now have to win at least five of their final eight games to have any hopes of making the finals after the State of Origin rounds, given they have the bye next week.A telling equation, when considered they have only won 26.67 per cent of matches after the Origin period since the start of 2013 – the worst record of any team in the league. Photo: Photosport Warriors Simon Mannering is tackled by the Sea Eagleslast_img read more

Denbigh, Gaynstead seek doubles at ISSA netball finals

first_imgDENBIGH and Gaynstead High Schools will be seeking the double when the finals of the ISSA rural and urban schoolgirls netball competition are played today at G.C. Foster College. Both teams had good wins in junior and senior semi-finals on Tuesday at the same venue. In rural junior action Denbigh had an easy 24-9 over St Thomas Technical and will meet Holmwood in the final after they stopped Manchester High 25-19. This game is set for 1:30 p.m. Denbigh’s seniors, who easily defeated Knox College 41-23, will take the court one hour later against Manchester High. Manchester advanced to today’s final after a close 39-37 win over defending champions Holmwood. Defending urban junior champions Gaynstead will face many-time champions The Queen’s School in the urban junior final at 3:30 p.m. Gaynstead easily brushed aside Norman Manley High 33-15 in Tuesday’s semi-finals while Queen’s got by Camperdown 26-17. In the senior finals at 4:30 p.m., the high-riding Excelsior will take on Gaynstead. Excelsior clipped defeated defending champions Camperdown 28-23 and Gaynstead turned back Queen’s 26-17 to move forward. Following their first double in 2003 under then coach Annette Daley, the Clarendon-based Denbigh will start favourites for two titles today following their impressive wins on Tuesday. The Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead will be seeking their first double success. They are undoubtedly the most improved school in local netball. Excelsior’s seniors, under new head coach Christopher Smart, have been in great form all season, losing just once to Queen’s a week go in their final game of the second round. However, they bounced back in fine style on Tuesday to eliminate defending champions Camperdown easily, and they will definitely start favourites to deny Gaynstead the double here. Action today will start at 9:30 a.m. with the third- place matches.last_img read more

Who is the New AFL Brigade Commander?

first_imgIn this year’s Annual Address to the National Legislature, the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed to the Nation government’s plan to nominate Liberians as Chief of Staff (COS) deputy COS, and Brigade Commander. That plan by the government came to pass on February 4, 2014; when C-I-C Sirleaf released the names of the three nominees, Colonel Daniel Dee Ziankahn, Jr. (now Brig/Gen), Colonel Eric Wamu Dennis for the AFL positions of COS and deputy COS and the Brigade Commander, Prince Charles Johnson, III respectively. Through that promotion, Johnson now becomes Lieutenant Colonel P.C. Johnson, III.The three soldiers are now at the helm of the AFL as the first Liberian officers in charge since the post-war era. General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, the Nigerian Command Officer-In-Charge of the AFL, turned over the position to the current Commander-In-Chief on Armed Forces Day, February 11, at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) during a colorful ceremony. Prior to their nomination by the President to the Liberian Senate, the three officers had met all requirements necessary, including advanced and strategic training at various military institutions. Their deportment and discipline had been highly commended by the country’s international partners involved in restructuring of the AFL.The nominations were then made in keeping with Article 54, Section E, of the Liberian Constitution, which authorizes the President, who is also the C-I-C of the AFL, to nominate— with the consent of the Senate— appoint and commission members of the military from the rank of Lieutenant or equivalent and above.These Liberian soldiers that were promoted to those positions have amassed an impressive set of individual qualifications in addition to meeting the required benchmarks for the job.So, Who is the New Brigade Commander, Lt/Colonel Prince Charles Johnson, III ?Lt/Col. P.C. Johnson, III, is an infantry officer in the new AFL. He had previously served the AFL for eight years since enlistment into the force in September 2007. Col. Johnson was born on July 12, 1976, in Monrovia, Montserrado County. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon the completion of the Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2007.Since his commissioning ceremony, Col. Johnson held several positions within the AFL. Some of the positions included: Chief of Operations, Headquarters of the AFL; deputy Chief of Operations; Chief of Logistics; and Military Assistant (MA) to the Minister of National Defense, Brownie Jeffery Samukai, Jr. He was also Assistant Brigade Operations Officer (S3), 2nd Battalion Executive Officer; Company commander and a Platoon Commander.Academic AchievementsLt/Col. Johnson holds a post graduate certificate in public sector management from the Institute for Public Administration and Management (IPAM) in 2010 from the University of Sierra Leone, Freetown; a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the United Methodist University (UMU)-2004 in Monrovia, Liberia. Since then, Col. Johnson has had the opportunity to attend several other military courses including the United States (US) Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansa, USA-2011/12; the Infantry Mechanized Company Commander Course (MCCC) in Shijiazaugh Hebei Province, China-2010; the Junior Staff Course (JSC) Horton Military Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone-2010; and the Infantry Young Officer Course at the Nigeria Army School of Infantry in Jaji Kaduna, Nigeria 2008. Additionally, Col. Johnson has attended several other seminars including the United States African Center for Strategic Studies Managing Security Resources in Africa Certificate, Washington DC, USA. This was held from November 3-10, 2012, and Senior Military Leadership Seminar Certificate also in Washington DC, USA held from June 16-29, 2012. He has received several awards, some of which include the First Place Award Junior Staff Course (JSC) IMATT, Freetown, Sierra Leone; Best International Student Award-YOC, Jaji Kaduna, Nigeria; Distinguished Graduate Award-OCS, Monrovia, Liberia; and the Best Leadership Award-Advance Individual Training (AIT, Monrovia-Liberia. Brigade Commander, Lt/Col. P.C. Johnson, III, is happily married to Catarina Fabiansson; a union that is now blessed with thier sons Charlie and Leo. Johnson’s hobbies include playing soccer, traveling, and eating exotic foods at foreign restaurants. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SEARCH Distributes Medical Supplies to Private Clinics

first_imgThe Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH) yesterday began distributing assorted medical supplies to several privately-owned clinics in and around Monrovia. SEARCH’s effort is in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC).  The aim is to provide protection and livelihood assistance for urban refugees and asylum seekers as well as to put an end to the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia.These are people otherwise referred to as needy persons that mainly reside in Montserrado County.SEARCH program coordinator, Jacob M. Zahye, who presented the items to heads of the clinics yesterday on behalf of SEARCH executive director Sondah Geepea-Wilson, said the key component of the protection assistance is the provision of medical services to the persons of concern namely the refugees.SEARCH, a locally-based non-governmental organization (NGO), operates with the vision and objective to see a Liberia where the children will have opportunities for today, and hope for the future. Their mission is to create an environment for the protection and participation of children and putting first the best interest of the child. Before making the presentation, Mr. Zahye remembered how the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country rendered most of the primary and secondary health facilities non-functional, but few others remained open to the public. With that, he said, SEARCH and the UNHCR signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with five active clinics around Monrovia for urban refugees and asylum seekers to have access to their facilities.He urged the beneficiaries to use the items for their intended purposes as they were intended to enhance the capacity of the clinics to provide quality services to the refugees and residents of the host communities. “We appreciate the services you are rendering and continue to render to the patients, particularly during the peak of the outbreak in the country,” Mr. Zahye asserted. The five clinics that benefited from the SEARCH’s distribution yesterday are Mariama Z. Brown Clinic in Brewerville and the Faith Clinic on ‘Hotel Africa’ Road, outside Monrovia. Others are Peace Clinic on the Old Road, Grace D. Wallace on Duport Road, and the Islamic and Surgical Medical Clinic in Point Four. On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mariama Z. Brown Clinic Accountant, Eleanor D. Marshall, and Faith Clinic Administrator, Jatu Boakai, expressed gratitude to SEARCH and her partners for the supplies, which they described as “valuable and timely.” They promised to use the items received for the purposes intended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Put energy-efficient items in your home” – GEA Head

first_imgHead of the Guyana Energy Authority (GEA), Dr Mahender Sharma, has called on consumers to utilise energy-efficient appliances in their homes and other facilities.In brief remarks at the end of the Regional Energy Kilo-walk organised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Programme, Dr Sharma told scores of participants to “put energy-efficient things in your homes”, as quoted by the Department of Public Information. The event was held to observe Caricom Energy Month.A section of the participants during the walk on SaturdayProgramme Manager for energy at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr Devon Gardener, has said the activity was organised to increase citizens’ awareness on the importance of sustainable energy use.The walk commenced in front of the CARICOM Secretariat at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown and proceeded westward, before turning right onto Conversation Tree. It went along the Rupert Craig Highway to the UG road, then headed west along the Railway Embankment and concluded at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters.This exercise is one of a number of activities to observe CARICOM Energy Month, which is being observed under the theme ‘Rethinking Energy – Shaping a Resilient Community: Walk the talk’.Other activities for the month of observances include a Youth Essay Competition, Young Energy Artist Competition, Energy Personality Award, and Knowledge Webinars.Energy Month activities are being organised across the region with the aim of highlighting the role of citizens in securing their own sustainable energy future by providing information on the steps that can be taken to empower them to so do.Saturday’s event targeted a cross-section of society with the expectation of providing a platform to increase awareness on sustainable energy matters, as well as the efforts of the Caricom Energy Programme and the Guyana Energy Agency.The event was attended by officials from the various ministries, members of the diplomatic corp, members of staff, representatives from various NGOs, youth groups, and the public.last_img read more

Hydro provides update on upgrades to WAC Bennett and Peace Canyon dams

first_imgThese projects either underway or about to start shortly, are all part of a ten year upgrade and repair plan to annually invest $1,700,000 in infrastructure renewal.At the WAC Bennett Dam several projects improving performance monitoring have already been completed.In addition, upgrades are scheduled for the dam’s core casings, and the concrete base of the spillway chute, with completion dates set for next year.- Advertisement -Spillway gate system upgrades for both dams are also scheduled to be competed next year.However, Hydro estimates it could be the summer of 2016, before the so-called rip-rap replacement begins and two or three years after that, before the work finished on the deteriorating portions of the large rock protecting the upstream slope of the Bennett Dam.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Manchester United set for major silverware this season

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reflects on Claudio Ranieri’s appointment as Leicester City boss and reveals the Foxes are 10/3 to finish in the top ten under the experienced Italian.He also looks at the latest Premier League title odds, and says Manchester United are looking good for major silverware this season after splashing the cash on four new signings.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Council OKs bonds to help build private school site

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “I see nothing wrong with us helping an educational institution, particularly when one of the things we hear from companies all the time is the need for more quality educational facilities,” Smith said. Sierra Canyon officials said they expect to issue about $25 million in bonds to complete the purchase of land for its elementary school and refinance some of its operations, said Sanje Ratnavale, associate head of the school. “That’s our plan for right now,” Ratnavale said. “We don’t expect to use the full $50 million at this point.” Sierra Canyon is a nationally recognized private school, with annual tuition ranging from $12,000 to $15,575. It opened in 1977 as an elementary school and has expanded over the years to include middle and high school classes. The school’s expansion caused a rift last year with the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, which had concerns about traffic and parking near its temporary high school site. Last October, a slate of candidates backed by Sierra Canyon was elected to the neighborhood council. The Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to use its credit to issue up to $50 million in bonds for a private school in Chatsworth, which wants to expand to a second site. The 12-0 vote will benefit Sierra Canyon School, which has ambitious plans to build a 30,000-square foot high school to accommodate up to 550 more students. “This won’t cost the city anything,” said Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the area. “The school is assuming full liability. They are just using the city’s credit rating to pay a lower interest on the bonds. “This is something we have done for other schools, public and private, and businesses as well to keep them in the city. “Even without that, I think there would be support for the school,” Smith said. “It’s an excellent institution and a good neighbor.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Flaming hell – fireman hit on head by falling helmet has case dismissed

first_imgA fireman tried to sue Donegal County Council after his helmet fell out of his locker and hit him on the head.Cathal Mulligan claimed he suffered a head injury when his helmet fell out of his locker at Gweedore Fire Station. Mulligan, aged 60, claimed that he suffered headaches and could not respond to emergencies after the accident on November 6th, 2013.At the time Mulligan was a very experienced fireman who had worked as a part-time responder for all 30 years from 1987 to 2015.He had been based with the Gweedore fire station for all of his career and had answered more than 360 emergency call-outs between 2008 and 2013.Despite being a fireman for almost three decades, he had never encountered a similar injury with his equipment.As well as responding to hundreds of emergency calls, Mr Mulligan undertook refresher courses using his equipment every fortnight.He took a case against Donegal County Council seeking compensation for loss of earnings of almost €5,000 and medical and psychological damage after being hit by his helmet.The court was told that after being struck by the helmet Mr Mulligan carried on with his work that evening.However, he claimed that after the accident he suffered headaches, became anxious and that his heart rate increased.Mr Mulligan had suffered a bleed to the brain from a previous unrelated incident and said he feared suffering another episode after the helmet fell on him.He did return to work as a fireman for a short time after the accident.However, he claimed he could not return to work a part-time fireman after that because of further headaches and feelings of anxiety.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court claiming that Donegal County Council had been negligent in their safety procedures at the fire station.Donegal County Council, which was represented by barrister James O’Donnell, denied this.The council claimed that the onus was on firemen to store and maintain their own uniforms.However, after hearing the case Judge Sean O Donnabhain, dismissed the claim for personal injury.Flaming hell – fireman hit on head by falling helmet has case dismissed was last modified: October 16th, 2018 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:Cathal MUlliganClaimcourtdismisseddonegalGweedore Fire Stationhelmetlast_img read more

BALLYBOFEY AND STRANORLAR CREDIT UNION SCHOOLS QUIZ – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgBALLYBOFEY AND STRANORLAR CREDIT UNION SCHOOLS QUIZ – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: February 9th, 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:Ballybofey and Stranorlar Credit Unionlast_img read more