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MBU test for high-flying Tivoli

first_img “The interchange between Johnson and Flemmings is great for them, in terms of sharing experiences. They are going in different directions, in terms of their careers, but they are good for each other. They get on even better off the field, and this is a big plus for the team,” shared the former Camperdown player and current coach. Flemmings’ value to the Tivoli team has also been noted by Montego Bay United coach Tim Hankinson, who singled him out for mention. “Tivoli are showing good qualities now. Flemmings is in good form. I saw his run against Arnett Gardens, which gave them the victory,” pointed out Hankinson, whose team lost 1-2 to CD Arbe Unido in the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday. Hankinson, who appears to be a stickler for detail, said he knows what to expect from the opponents. “They are very determined and aggressive. They are there to take the match, but we have to be equal to engage that intensity and determination,” he said, adding, “it is all about finishing your opportunities to get the desired result.” To get that desired result, Montego Bay United will have to be at their best and better than they were against Harbour View and their Panamanian opposition. Their top two producers on offence, Dino Williams, the league’s leading scorer, and Owayne Gordon, who both missed Thursday’s match, will be back in action, according to Hankinson. “They are ready. We did not play them in the CONCACAF game because they had small injuries and needed more rest, but they trained well this morning,” Hankinson told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday. But while the news of Williams and Gordon is good, it is not the same for the defensive pair of Orlando McBayne and Ladale Ritchie. “McBayne still needs more time and Ritchie is still not ready. We have adequate cover. We played without these players on Thursday, and even though we did not not win, we played well. “We are a good team, a strong team, not about one or two players. We have depth,” Hankinson asserted. Today’s Games 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens FC vs Waterhouse – Anthony Spaulding Complex 3 p.m.: Boys’ Town FC vs Cavalier – Barbican Stadium 3 p.m.: Humble Lion FC vs UWI – Effortville Community Centre 3 p.m.: Reno vs Portmore United – Frome Complex 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Montego Bay United FC – Edward Seaga Complex Tomorrow’s game 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View vs Rivoli United – Harbour View Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay United 7 4 2 1 15 6 9 14 Portmore 7 4 2 1 6 2 4 14 Tivoli 7 3 2 2 12 7 5 11 Reno 7 3 2 2 9 8 1 11 Arnett 7 3 1 3 11 5 6 10 Rivoli 7 3 1 3 7 8 -1 10 Humble Lion 7 2 3 2 4 5 -1 9 Cavalier 7 2 2 3 3 6 -3 8 H.View 7 1 4 2 6 9 -3 7 Waterhouse 7 2 1 4 5 9 -4 7 UWI FC 7 2 1 4 3 11 -8 7 Boys’ Town 7 1 3 3 7 13 -6 6 Great partnership Coach Christopher Bender could lead his charges closer to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League today if they get the better of leaders Montego Bay United, who they will go up against at the Edward Seaga Stadium at 3 p.m. Former champions Tivoli Gardens are currently sitting in third position on 11 points, three behind Montego United on 14 and Portmore United, also on 14, but with an inferior goal difference. In some circles, Tivoli’s march – three games successive wins, over Harbour View, Waterhouse and Arnett Gardens – is a surprise as some even whispered that Bender and his quiet easy-going manner would not survive in that tough environment. While it is still early in the season, Bender has managed to re-energise a group of players who have struggled over the last couple of seasons and have had more than their fair share of tragedy. “It is not magic. I would put it down to the work ethic and a change in the culture. These are difficult to achieve, but we are making progress,” Bender said of the turnaround he is witnessing with his players. He added: “We started off a bit shaky, but we are getting there and, hopefully, we can continue on that journey.” Today’s game against the leaders and a team that has been in the league final for the past two seasons, winning one and losing the other, Bender acknowledged, will be a tough one. “This will be a difficult one. We expect a stern test from MoBay United, but our hope is to continue improving and getting the job done at home. “We know they have some quality and are doing well in the league, and we have been doing well over the past three games, so fans should expect a keen test,” Bender said. One of the obvious bright sparks in the Tivoli Gardens set-up is 19-year-old attacker Junior Flemmings, who, along with the not fully fit Jermaine Johnson, terrorised Arnett Gardens with their pace and trickery on Monday last. Bender is bent on getting the best out of him “Everyone knows, including Flemmings himself, that he has talent, but talent without work, without the proper work ethic, discipline and application, nothing will come of it. One of my main objectives is to keep him focused. I try to keep him grounded, and that is the biggest challenge. He has to buy into a certain way of operating if he is to play at the higher level, which he is capable of doing, and he is buying into it.last_img read more

Whim-Bloomfield NDC residents were denied their rights by GECOM

first_imgDear Editor,Any country, by adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has agreed that its citizens will benefit from all their basic rights; that every person, regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, age or wealth has the right to receive and enjoy. Under the Guyana Constitution, it must be noted that “the interpretation of the fundamental rights provisions in this constitution, a court shall pay due regards to international law, international conventions and charters bearing on human rights “.The human rights treaties are at the core of the international legal system for the promotion and protection of the human rights of every man, woman or child. International human rights standards were developed to protect people’s human rights against violation by individuals, groups or nations. Every UN member state is a party to the major human rights treaties. Guyana has demonstrated its commitment to the preservation of the rights of all citizens at a working session of the United Nations committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights held in Geneva Switzerland in 2015.The recent decision at the High court in Berbice where 51 persons were denied their rights to withdraw their names from an AFC document which ensured that the AFC can nominate candidates at the present LGE; The issue is whether this decision was made in haste, political judicial pressure, doctored police reports(Minister intervention), or because GECOM had already printed the ballots for the LGE, and as such the judge had no other option but to rule and in a way that denied these people their rights to withdraw their names-and support- from the AFC documents irrespective of trickery or not.In Article 2 of International Human Rights Declaration it states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political jurisdictional or international status ……” this evidently ensured that even if people want to change their marriage, religion, nationality etc they have a right to, providing they follow the constitutional process.The people’s rights of Whim – Bloomfield, however, were disregarded when their decision to remove their names from AFC backers’ lists was rejected -despite legal authorised documents presented to GECOM and the court to indicate their choice- and unfortunately, they were forced to support the AFC.The UN GHRA and the international community should pay careful attention to what is actually happening in Guyana.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Ellen’s Triumphant Post Ebola Tour

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf could not wait to hear Liberia declared “Ebola-free.” This is something that she and every Liberian, both at home and in the Diaspora and their sympathizers, have dreamt about.The long-awaited declaration was  imminent a few weeks ago but the nation suffered a set-back when after completing over 25 days of counting and anxious waiting, a confirmed case was reported.But “The Magic Day,” finally came last  Saturday when World Health Organization’s (WHO) Representative to Liberia, Dr. Alex Gasasira,  read a statement declaring Liberia free of Ebola transmission.The pronouncement came after Liberia completed the required 42 days representing two incubation periods of the virus without a confirmed case.President Sirleaf, upon hearing this long awaited news burst into excitement.On Saturday morning the President embarked on what many of her officials termed as “the honorable thing”.  She boarded one of the donated Indian Asok Leyland buses, dubbed as “Air Force One”,   for a tour of all major health facilities in Monrovia and its environs to thank healthcare workers for their efforts that led the country to the finish line.Accompanying President Sirleaf were many of her lieutenants including Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan and Health Minister designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn. United States Ambassador, Deborah Malac, European Union Ambassador, Tiina Interlmann, representatives of the United Nations system and other global organizations also accompanied the President.The triumphant tour began at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield, right opposite her residence where a group of women had already gathered, dancing and singing.  These women in blue lappas and white tops were seen there throughout the Ebola outbreak, praying to God for deliverance on behalf of the country.The tour took the President and her entourage to the ELWA ETUs, the JFK Memorial Hospital, the Catholic Hospital, Redemption and the Island Clinic ETUs. She also visited relatives of a family that lost eleven members while two persons, a baby and a teenage girl survived.On hand to welcome the President at the ELWA ETU was its director, Dr. Jerry Brown, a New York Times award winning hero who helped cure many Ebola victims. The president shook hands and hugged others.At the ELWA compound, she embraced Dr. Brown and thanked him for making the country proud. “You are one of our true heroes. You came when we were confused and took on a task that no one was ever thinking of or willing to do,” she told him.Dr. Brown was the first to establish a temporary ETU to host victims during the heat of the crisis.President Sirleaf expressed excitement at the country being declared free, but said this could not have been possible without the many health workers’ efforts.It was time to celebrate, she said, but urged Liberians to celebrate with caution and remain vigilant.She paid tribute to all of her compatriots, especially medical practitioners who lost their lives to the virus.The President said she sometimes re-lived some of the horrifying moments during the height of the Ebola epidemic when sirens kept sounding across the city.“Liberia Has Crossed the Rubicon”President Sirleaf had said in an earlier interview that the country had “crossed the Rubicon” and this is because everyone worked to ensure that the virus was defeated. “We will celebrate our communities which have taken responsibility and participated in fighting this unknown enemy and finally we’ve crossed the Rubicon. Liberia indeed is today a happy nation.”  ·  The Rubicon is an ancient Roman law that forbade any general from crossing the Rubicon River and entering Italy proper with a standing army. To do so was treason. Julius Caesar, the powerful Roman emperor, crossed it in 49 B.C. Everywhere the President went, people were in a jubilant mood with Liberians from all walks of life expressing their feelings on placards, some chanting and making speeches. Most expressed gratitude that Liberia was now free of Ebola.People on the streets could not hide their excitement at  conquering Ebola which took the lives of over 4000 of their compatriots.“Thank God we are finally free. It wasn’t easy but we have made it,” a local journalist, Gordon Garway said. “With all of our differences, when Ebola came we became more united and fought this menace together,” the LIB24 Radio and television presenter, said.“Don’t forget that Ebola has been defeated through collective efforts. We agreed to follow the preventive measures, hand-washing, no touching, reporting suspicious people and cases and many more…,” one placard at the Island Clinic read.”It has been a terrible time  in our country. I’m grateful to God, who I believe brought us back to normality,” James Kaiwor, told the Daily Observer in an interview.Four Months Hazard Package for Private Medical FacilitiesIn spicing up the Ebola Freedom Day celebration for Healthcare givers,  Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn told jubilant medical practitioners that President Sirleaf has approved a four- month hazard payment package for all private institutions across the country.The Minister Designate’s  statement was reechoed by President Sirleaf at the ELWA and Catholic hospitals.Liberia Now Safe, Foreign Partners  Can Now Return Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ngafuan said,“It is now time for us to tell the international community and some of our friends who left the country, that we are now safe and they can now return.”He noted that it was disheartening to have seen the affected countries being  isolated, especially by their African brothers and sisters.African Leaders Expected TodayThe Liberian government is today expecting a number of African leaders, including the Nigerian leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, to grace the formal  celebration of the end of Ebola in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is India Ready to Legalize Crypto? Officials Visit Japan & UK to Study Policies

first_imgWhile the Supreme Court of India hears the crypto exchange industry’s case against the central bank following the latter’s banking ban, regulators are exploring regulatory policies for the nascent sector.Businesses and associations in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector are expected to participate in the hearing alongside the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency market of India.Read it at CCN Related Itemslast_img