On the face of it, when the whistle blows at the Montego Bay Sports Complex this afternoon at 4 p.m., or whenever, signalling the start of the 2016 Red Stripe Premier League final, promoted team and multiple champions Portmore United should start as favourites. The team, which originated in the parish of Clarendon under the name Hazard before changing base to Portmore in St. Catherine but now straddles both parishes, has been the most consistent this season. That consistency saw them crowned ‘League’ champions as they ended the regular season with the most points and were duly rewarded with the $1m bonus. Additionally, Portmore United have owned Montego Bay United (MBU) on the three occasions that they have met this season. In their match, which marked their return to top-tier football, they defeated Montego Bay United 2-0, with Montego Bay resident Ricardo Morris responsible for one of them. That was followed up with a 1-0 win at the Juici field, courtesy of a Cleon Price strike. Morris was again on the score sheet along with Tramaine Stewart and Mark Alves as Portmore United left Montego Bay with a 3-1 win in the last meeting. QUALITY TEAM Even with the evidence, which is helped by the depth of their available squad, Portmore United coach Jeffrey Hewitt will not accept the favourites’ tag. “To me, MoBay will be starting favourites. This is their third consecutive final and that shows that they are very consistent. They are quality team and their record speaks to that, so no one can take anything away from them,” said Hewitt who was a part of Portmore United’s coaching staff when they won in 2008 and 2012. “Despite that, we are confident in our abilities and what we can do. Yes, we have beaten them in the three matches that we have played so far, but the past does not matter now. What matters is what we do on the day,” added Hewitt. According to the man who distinguished himself at Garvey Maceo, the Portmore United unit is so focused right now that nothing will distract them. Not even the protest action by MBU, which has seen them boycott a number of promotional events leading up to today’s big day and them threatening not to show up for the 4 p.m. start. “We are so focused that we are not entertaining any thoughts of them turning up or not. We are preparing for a 4 p.m. game and we will be showing up for that. “Tomorrow’s game, we are anticipating, will be a very competitive one. It is a final and our players know what is at stake and we have to go out there and compete,” he added. VERY OPEN While the Portmore United camp has been very open, the Montego Bay United camp has not so much as entertained a call or interview request from the media in relation to today’s game. The Sunday Gleaner, however, managed to speak with someone close to the camp. “My players are ready for the game. They have not been distracted by what is going on, and they will be showing,” the source said. “This is the third final that the team has been in, the past three years, and this is important to us. The first year, we won; last year, we came second; and this year, we are going out to win again. “Even if it is nine players, we are going to play them. No team can beat Montego Bay United four times in a season,” the source added. In addition to the record going against them, Montego Bay United have the offfield distractions which could spill over on the field going against them. Add to that the absence of two of their most potent players – Owayne Gordon, the season’s leading scorer to a loan deal, and Dino Williams to an injury. Allan Ottey is the only one available of that pacy and skilful trio. A lot will depend on the former schoolboy star who shone alongside Portmore’s Morris for St James High. Injury kept him out for chunks of the season, but he will have to lead the forward line with support from Cory Hylton. Goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is a player with a lot to prove as he is a former Portmore United player and conceded three goals in the last match. Losing again will not sit well with him. If he reports in inspired form as he has been on occasion, he could lift his teammates. With almost everything stacked against them, this could be the motivation the Montego Bay United players need to pull off the improbable victory.
Dear Editor,One of the headlines in the Sports section of the Guyana Chronicle, “The Nation’s Paper,” dated June 21, 2018, claimed “Guyana humiliated 24-112 by Dominican Republic”. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines humiliation as: “To make someone feel ashamed, or lose respect for himself or herself”.Our young women certainly were not ashamed of their performance, nor did they lose respect for themselves at the June 2018 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Women’s Championships hosted by Suriname. Instead, the Guyanese girls showed the fighting spirit that defines Guyanese, by giving their best effort and playing with a never-quit attitude. The Dominican Republic has medaled thirteen of the twenty-two times they participated in the much higher level Centrobasket, where national teams from Central America and the Caribbean have competed since 1965.Dominican Republic won the Championships three times: in 1977, 2004 and 2012, after first contesting in 1969. Guyana has competed twice at Centrobasket: 1971 and 1973.Toney’s use of the word “humiliation” to describe the loss by our young women is unsuitable and thoughtless; they lost to one of the most dominant teams in Central American and Caribbean Basketball. If Guyana ever gets an opportunity to play the Brazil National Football Team and lose 10-1, Guyanese would celebrate the one goal scored by Guyana.We must look for the positive at all times, and especially in challenging times. Of the twelve players listed on the Guyana Team in their contest against The Dominican Republic, seven are high schoolers, re: President’s College, four; Marian Academy, one; Mackenzie High School, one; and Bishops’ High School, one. The experience these young ladies gained from withstanding the battle charge of the Dominican Republic, by rising again and again to the challenge, augers well for their academic development and their contribution to the development of Guyana.In their game against Suriname, the Guyanese young women were leading by one point at half time, and had stunned and impressed all in attendance. The Guyanese Women overcame many obstacles to participate in the June 2018 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation Women’s Championships hosted by Suriname, and the character strengthening experience reflected Guyana in a positive way; as the young women showed admirable self-esteem, courage, and perseverance. History will show Guyana participated and competed in the Championships; and the experience and benefits gained can never be taken away.To credit and paraphrase Robert A. Heinlein, it is worth repeating: “Victory in defeat, there is none higher. Our young women represent all the unsung heroes who couldn’t make it but never quit.” Toney is the same journalist who failed to write an article on the fact that our Government did not provide needed funding to support Guyana’s participation in the June 2018 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships hosted by Suriname. Thus, in my opinion, Rawle Toney lacks the courage to challenge spoon-feeding authority. A fundamental principle of journalism is to serve as an independent monitor of power. Toney needs to embrace this principle. I close with a few extracts from the epic poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou: “You may shoot me with your words… But still, like air, I’ll rise. Just like Moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise”.Sincerely,Nigel Hinds
The Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Liberia has said Liberians need to fast and pray because the nation is experiencing breakdowns in the system due to immoralities and a lack of love amongst Liberians.Archbishop Lewis Ziegler, who was the guest preacher for the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Day service held at Providence Baptist Church, said Liberians needed to “sincerely look at ourselves as individuals and as citizens of this country.”Speaking further the Catholic Archbishop said, “When a nation and its people start to experience breakdowns in certain systems, it is time to stop and turn to God with full heart, mind and strength, to examine ourselves to see where we are, as people of this nation.”The service was held on Friday, April 11, under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches. It was attended by an array of government officials including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai.While delivering the sermon, Archbishop Ziegler asked these questions, “Why must we fast? As a nation in this country, today, why should we fast? Do we have to? And further said, “Yes, we have uncountable reasons why we need to fast; we need to call for a few days to give thanks to God, not only to praise his name, but to sincerely look at ourselves as individuals and as citizens of this country.”“Fasting,” he said, “is medicinal. As such, it is meant to cure a sickness and in this case that sickness is our sin; if rightfully performed like the medicine that is given patients by doctors, fasting will bring changes in the lives of Liberians.”“Madam President, my brothers and sisters of the council, honorable ladies and gentlemen, my dearest brothers and sisters and fellow citizens, it is clear that we know the kind of fasting that God wants from us and it is that which God has requested from us today and in the days, months and years that will follow. This fast is not only for today; it should bring changes in our lives”.According to him, there are uncountable reasons why Liberians should fast and pray because there are many things Liberians take for granted.“My brothers and sisters, let us take a close look at ourselves as we give thanks to God, as we pray to move forward. Let us take a look at our life style, our lack of respect for each other. Who are we?”The Catholic Prelate pointed out that Liberians insult each other publicly, most especially through the media. “We insult our leaders, and sometimes our leaders pay back. We have to stop, look at ourselves, and make that change in our lives. We have deep hatred for each other—very deep, not only on the local level, but also on the political level; this too has to stop if we are to move forward as a people.”Archbishop Ziegler noted that God is looking for justice in Liberia, where every citizen would have a share of the country’s natural resources.“God is looking for justice, God is looking for Love; God is looking for us to share with one another because we are made in the image and likeness of God. What we are to let go of on this day of fasting is not only food and drinks, but to let go of our greed and our selfishness,” the Prelate concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Since the civil war, over 100 public schools in rural Liberia have persistently shown no sign of academic improvement because of the lack of trained teachers.There is a persistent gap in the performance, achievement and results between rural and urban students, except for a few rural schools run by concessions and churches, which are narrowing the gap, according to an ongoing audit of rural education by the Committee on Education and Public Administration of the House of Representatives.A member of the Secretariat of the House Committee, who requested anonymity, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that “the Ministry of Education is yet to develop a targeted and comprehensive strategy to overcome commonly understood learning barriers. These include the failure to employ qualified teachers, the lack of laboratory and library facilities needed to strengthen the rural workforce and improve the quality of life for rural Liberians.”The source said there are significant gaps in educational attainment as well as in the quality and availability of healthcare between rural and urban communities. These gaps arise in part because rural areas face several unique challenges in achieving high-quality education and health care.The source further said that in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the USAID Liberia Teacher Training Program is supporting the Rural Teacher Training Institutes in Zorzor, Kakata and Webbo. The goal, said the source, is to develop teacher standards, improve curricula, provide teaching and learning resources and, through school-based teacher training, implement Liberia’s national plan to ensure that all children are reading by the end of grade three.The House Committee on Education and Public Administration is also investigating why some of the trained teachers from rural training institutions are yet to be given assignments and placed on payroll amid the so-called search for qualified teachers to be deployed across the country.The Committee is chaired by Rep. Matthew Zarzar and co-chaired by Rep. C. Alex Grant. The members are Representatives Ben Fofana, Edward Forh, Fofi Sahr Biamba, Mariamu Fofana and Christian Chea.The Plenary of the House mandated the Committee last Tuesday, February 3, based on a communication from Rep. Johnson T. Chea of Electoral District 1, River Gee County.According to the River Gee Lawmaker, if trained teachers from reputable institutions of rural training find it difficult to get assignments and placements on Government payroll for the effective development of the children, Liberia cannot boast of any bright future for its rural dwellers.Citing the provision of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, Rep. Chea declared that education is a fundamental right for every child in spite of location, economic background or affiliation, among other things.“We cannot deny our children this right. We need to act not tomorrow, but now as we set the pace in preparing our precious jewels for tomorrow,” the lawmaker asserted in his communication.He maintained that government must take the necessary action to ensure that qualified teachers are hired and placed on Government payroll.The Committee is expected to review and advise plenary on Tuesday, 17 February. The question is, will the Liberian Government employ and deploy those 1,500 trained teachers in rural schools to improve the education sector in the interior?It may be recalled that prior to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), 156 graduates from the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute (ZRTTI) were awarded pre-service “C” certificates, qualifying them to teach at the primary school level.The Director of the ZRTTI, Dr. Advertus Orea Wright, awarded the certificates along with one of two Peace Corps Volunteers who worked with the institution during the teacher training.The graduates, mostly between the ages of 25 and 35, hailed from Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties.They are the most recent addition to a new cadre of teachers being trained by the Government of Liberia, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to ensure that qualified teachers are placed in classrooms across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Berbice River BridgePublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson is again in hot water as the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) has refuted claims he made that Government has offered to buyout ownership of the bridge company.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonDuring an interview on State-owned NCN last weekend, Minister Patterson had disclosed that his Government has offered to purchase the ownership of the bridge from the BBCI.However, the Bridge Company on Saturday said no such offer has been made at any time by Government.“This is a completely irresponsible statement on the part of the Minister and a most unfortunate attempt to mislead the public,” the BBCI said.This is not the first time the issue of buyout of the Berbice River Bridge has raised. Last year, outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor, Ramon Gaskin, had suggested a total buyout of the Bridge Company by Government so as to resolve the issue of rising tolls.Berbice River BridgeAt the time, Guyana Times had reported that the BBCI— in which the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has majority voting rights on the Board of Directors— was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment.To this end, Gaskin had suggested that an alternative can be for Government and the NIS to solely own the bridge company, thus buying the shares from all the other shareholders.The BBCI said on Saturday that it welcomes a “fair and reasonable” offer from Government. In fact, the company has already written the Public Infrastructure Minister for an urgent meeting to discuss Government’s proposed offer.But the Berbice Bridge Company noted that efforts since last November to meet the Minister on the revision of the Concession Agreement have been futile.In fact, the BBCI is accusing the Public Infrastructure Minister of making a number of false and disconcerting statements about the Berbice Bridge during the recent interview.Minister Patterson had said the financial challenges that the Berbice Bridge Company is facing are no fault of his Government.The BBCI, however, reminded that it is the coalition administration which has consistently refused to respect its contractual obligation to address the annual adjustments to the bridge toll required by the Concession Agreement between the State and the Bridge Company.It noted that it had repeatedly requested to meet with the Minister, in writing, to discuss a revision of the Concession Agreement. In response, in a letter of November 19, 2018, the Minister informed the BBCI that his Ministry “in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance, will be appointing an International Financing Firm/Company to provide guidance and expert financial advice regarding the current status and proposal of the BBCI” and that his Ministry was available for a meeting.However, some 10 months since promising to meet, there has been no word from Patterson.In the meantime, the BBCI, in January and March of this year, again, wrote the Minister emphasising the urgency of the need to meet on the matter of the tolls and possible revision of the Concession Agreement. But the Bridge Company is yet to receive a response.“The BBCI has heard absolutely nothing further from the Government with regard to the promised engagement of the International Financing Company,” it added.To this end, the BBCI posited that instead of meeting, Government blocked it from increasing the toll and took over operations of the bridge.“The Concession Agreement between the Government and the Bridge Company is a product of a public/private partnership, but instead of recognising its role as a partner, the Government refuses to meet and has preferred to take control of the bridge…,” the missive stated.Last October, the BBCI had disclosed that the company is facing bankruptcy and as such, proposed to increase its tolls— as much as 300 per cent in some cases— to keep the Berbice Bridge afloat.However, this was strongly opposed by Government, which called the toll hikes burdensome and draconian, and eventually, on November 5, 2018 took over operations of the facility to stop the BBCI’s increase from taking effect on November 12 of that year.The Berbice Bridge Company has since challenged this move by Government and the Court has ordered Minister Patterson to give reasons for the decision to take over operations of the bridge. The matter is scheduled to be heard on October 18, 2019.“True to form, even while the matter is proceeding before the court, the Minister has declared the Government’s intention of appealing the Court’s ruling should it not go in the Government’s favour. The Minister’s statement can, of course, be considered to be an attempt to intimidate the Court,” the BCCI contended.Nevertheless, the Bridge Company said it remains available to meet with the Minister in good faith and in the public interest.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson While Olufemi makes his way through the shelves of the camp’s library, there are some other teens among the 5,000 in county detention camps who don’t have the education level to keep pace with him. Although some have a basic math understanding, many don’t have solid reading skills, a common characteristic among juvenile offenders. In fact, the average reading ability of wards at correctional institutions is at the fourth-grade level, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Some, however, can’t read at all. Students in juvenile camp attend school for about six hours each day, much like traditional school systems. Those who need extra help with reading – such as students reading two years or more behind their grade levels – are getting it each day after school with programs such as Operation Read. LAKE HUGHES – Life on the outside was all about survival, a place where street smarts trumped book smarts. But since he was sent to juvenile detention camp a few months ago, 16-year-old Olufemi has finished about four books. One page turner took him just four days to read, cover to cover. Olufemi said he never knew he could read so fast. But during his time at Camp Mendenhall, the muscular teen has discovered a new passion that was once cloaked beneath his tough exterior – books. “When I’m reading, I’m not thinking about other things,” he said during a recent open house. “I’m just concentrating.” The on-site educational program serves various juvenile halls in the area and aims to increase reading skills to make youths more competitive in the world upon release. At Camp Mendenhall, about 10 to 20 boys at the all-male facility practice reading, spelling and vocabulary through the two-hour, daily tutoring program. Overall, students get about 40 hours of instruction. “I have a 12th-grader now who is reading at a kindergarten level,” said Carole MacArthur, Operation Read site coordinator. “I’m trying to get him to read so he can read a prescription for his baby.” While some have learning disabilities, others have fallen behind with their academics from ditching school, sometimes for months at a time. They can get so far behind their peers that they don’t want to catch up, MacArthur said. Others slip through the cracks, such as a high school senior with reading skills that were below the first-grade level. When MacArthur asked the boy how that happened, he said teachers in school often send him to the back of the room with some crayons. Instead of working with the troubled student, teachers passed him on to the next grade level. Interesting young offenders in reading has long been a goal of county Supervisor Don Knabe, who also worked with the Probation Department in 1998 to kick off Operation Read. The program began in juvenile camps and has since extended to include those in special education and in other educational facilities. Knabe wants youths in juvenile camps to become card-carrying members of the public library system and hopes to bring traveling bookmobiles to the facilities to encourage reading and to allow them the same educational opportunities as other students in the county. “By this library initiative, we’re hoping to instill that lifetime of learning and hope that they continue to access libraries when they’re out of the juvenile system,” said David Sommers, an aide to Knabe. Camp Mendenhall houses males between 13 and 18 years old who have been found guilty of felonies. Most stay at the camp for six months or less. Olufemi’s last name was withheld at the request of the detention center to protect the privacy of incarcerated minors. Sue Doyle,(661) email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Bench at the frozen lakeThirteen iconic images of Donegal from award winning photographer John Rafferty have been selected for an upcoming photographic exhibition in New York. This is the second time John’s images have been selected for the exhibition at the Irish Center in Yonkers.The remarkable images were selected from over 450 entries for an exhibition of Irish and New York landscapes. John’s 13 images will be part of an exhibition of 74 photographs. The winning images are also included on a 2016 calendar which will go on sale throughout the US. John’s selected images portray the rugged beauty of Donegal in all kinds of weather, for some time his images have been extremely popular with New Yorkers and having them feature at the exhibition will only increase their desirability.The exhibition opens this coming Thursday at 7:00pm when the 2016 calendar will also be launched.Old church in Dunlewey.Teach an tSleasaire, an old abandoned pub/house known locally as “The Slashers near Dunlewey in Co. Donegal. In the 1800’s it was supposed to be a resting or halfway house for people travelling from west Donegal on their way to Letterkenny, Derry, America etc. Legend has it that people that stayed here were filled with Poteen and during their drunken sleep were robbed of their belongings.A pair of mating SwansSTUNNING PHOTOS OF DONEGAL TO SHOW AT NEW YORK EXHIBITION was last modified: November 10th, 2015 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:donegalexhibitionJohn Raffertynew york
A GREAT deal has been written and said about last Sunday’s game between Dublin and Donegal at Croke Park.Much of it has been around the hysteria sparked by those dreadful panelists on the RTE.In today’s Irish Times, Keith Duggan has produced an superb piece of (proper) sports journalism. His cutting and precise analysis of the match and the comments afterwards is stunning in its delivery.Read Duggan’s article here: www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/0903/1224303425786.htmlNO CLASS IN RTE PUNDITS’ CRASS ATTACK ON DONEGAL was last modified: September 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey will be packed to capacity today.Let the summer begin.Donegal have yet to kick a football in this year’s championship campaign, and yet today’s game feels like a must-win affair.Michael Murphy will hopefully be in form for Donegal today.All roads leads to MacCumhaill Park where Mickey Harte’s Tyrone will come with a hunger and a bite looking to upset the odds. Clubs and shops reported a very strong demand for tickets for today’s game and yet there should still be some about despite talk of a sell-out.Throw-in for the game is 4pm and even Daniel O’Donnell is laying on a huge screen so fans can see all the action while he struts his stuff on stage in Dungloe.Rory Gallagher, in his first championship game in charge of Donegal, has reported an injury-free squad.Captain Michael Murphy and his charges are favourites to put Tyrone to the sword and progress. But Mickey Harte and his backroom team will come to Ballybofey with a tactical plan to stop Donegal getting scores on the board.We’ll know who has done their homework just before 5.30pm.Come on Donegal!DONEGAL HIT THE ROAD AGAIN IN SEARCH OF GLORY ONCE MORE was last modified: May 17th, 2015 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:donegalMACCUMHAILL PARKMichael Murphymickey harteTyrone
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is certain Jack Wilshere will receive a warm welcome from Gunners fans when he returns to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to play against his boyhood club for the this first this weekend after leaving to join West Ham in the summer. 2 Wilshere departed Arsenal in June, bringing an end to his 17-year career with the north London club.The England international was out of contract at Arsenal and, despite having an offer with a reduced wage on the table, he opted to walk away.Wilshere has struggled with injuries in recent seasons but made 38 appearances for Arsenal last term. However, when announcing his decision to leave he spoke of a conversation with Emery where he was told his playing time would be “significantly reduced”.Speaking ahead of this weekend’s London derby, Emery gave more details about the meeting which sealed Wilshere’s fate and said he is expecting a ‘good reception’ from the Gunners faithful for their former star.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here,” said the new Arsenal boss.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left, and he chose what the best was for him in his future. Jack Wilshere is set for an emotional return to Arsenal on Saturday 2 Wilshere won the FA Cup twice with Arsenal and was a popular figure at the club “It’s for that, on Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also.“I think there is a good reception for him here. Then we are going to play and we are going to think after that, for us to win.“But I hope the best for his career.”