Some major players in local basketball have expressed grave disappointment in Mark Broomfield’s administration after a year in office.Urban Knights’ Gordon Porter and Pete Matthews of Runnin Rebels say basketball is in its worst state in 10 years and that there is no confidence in the administration and its president to attract sponsorship or support of any kind.Porter and Matthews highlighted declines in the sport and the implications of not having a top-flight tournament. The National Basketball League (NBL) will have been out of commission for three seasons this August.Both agreed there is no faith in the administration and its leadership but are willing to give Broomfield time before they consider a no-confidence vote, though they insist that something needs to happen fast.”The major problem the association faces is negative perception. Corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the leadership, and it’s pertaining to what happened in the previous administration, so the present administration is having a hard time convincing the corporate sector to come on board.”As a consequence, the NBL has not restarted, and it is causing other problems because top players are not able to compete at the highest level. Players have not played in two years, others are playing in the lower leagues, and it’s creating all sorts of issues as it’s filtering over to other competitions and it has serious implications for basketball,” he reasoned.The general lack of sponsorship and a flagship tournament are having a dire impact on the sport’s development, said Matthews, who believes that they might have to revamp from the grass-roots level.NO SPONSORSHIP”There is absolutely no sponsorship, and the present administration cannot garner any money, so we don’t know what is going to happen. I can wholeheartedly say I have no confidence in the administration.”We have players sitting down three years, getting fat, players who were coming along, and now there is no top-level league for them to compete in because corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the association, so we are wondering what is going to happen to basketball,” he insisted.Broomfield said that the accusations are not entirely true and insisted that they are slowly trying to rebuild corporate Jamaica’s confidence, but it’s taking time.”How do you gain confidence? To rebuild a sport that has sustained certain damage requires more than a sponsor. I am one hundred per cent sure the corporate community doesn’t question my integrity. Our annual financial statements for 2013-2014 are out and our books are open for those who want to look. That is the only way we can regain confidence. We have to rebrand what we have in this tight economic space, and it requires sacrifice,” he said.
OJ Porteria struck in each half as Ceres survived a feisty Shan United side, 3-2, last Tuesday night at Panaad Stadium.Bienvenido Maranon was also on target for the Busmen, who survived a strong second-half performance from the Myanmar National League side to claim maximum points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWith Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam battling to a goalless draw in the Indonesian capital, Ceres vaulted to top spot in Group G.FULL-TIME | Ceres Negros (PHI) 3-2 Shan United FC (MYA) @CeresNegrosFC edged out Shan United to win their opening Group G encounter in front of their home fans! 🤩🤩🤩#AFCCup2019 #CERvSHN pic.twitter.com/pau7Qk7GEZ— AFC Cup (@AFCCup) February 26, 2019Porteria said losing the last match against Yangon spurred the squad to come out stronger.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PBA D-League: UST overcomes AMA, Josh Munzon’s 46 MOST READ “The last match here was a big loss for us so we knew we had to come out hard and play harder for this one,” said Porteria. “Everyone put in a shift tonight.”The Busmen took the lead in the 19th minute with Porteria applying the finishing touch to a flowing move from the left. Inserted into the starting lineup, Mike Ott made an immediate impact by starting the move that led to the goal.Omid Nazari chested the ball into the path of Porteria who lashed home a first time shot to the bottom corner.Maranon doubled the lead in the 37th minute with a cheeky penalty after Thitsar Min fouled the Spanish striker inside the area.But five minutes after the restart, Shan United grabbed a lifeline with Zin Min Tun firing from close range.Porteria restored the two-goal lead three minutes from time with a well-taken effort after receiving an incredible cross-field ball from the excellent Stephan Schrock.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ceres, however, conceded for the second time moments later as Dway Ko Ko Chit headed home from close range to send the match back into a knife edge.Schrock had one more opportunity before the final whistle as the Busmen preserved the three points.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, however, was not completely satisfied with the performance.“I think we should have won easier,” said the Serbian. “We controlled the first half, but I don’t know what happened in the second half. It’s not normal to concede two goals at home especially for a team like us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ceres Negros. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter.BACOLOD CITY – Redemption came quick for Ceres Negros.Stunned in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage three weeks ago, the Busmen responded by opening their AFC Cup campaign on a winning note.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
In an attempt to express the anger and frustration about the deplorable conditions of the River Cess highway, a traditional devil has begun harassing and extorting money from drivers and company personnel.In order for commercial drivers, private and other public service transport providers not escape the extortion spree of the traditional devil’s well-designed plan, members placed large log at the entrance of the Bailey Bridge constructed by aid-agencies.Late Tuesday morning near the bridge separating River Cess and Sinoe counties in the southeastern Liberia, a dozen men, most of them under the influence, intercepted two Liberian Government vehicles and demanded US$30 from them.Commuters and businesspeople aboard the two affected vehicles have called on authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Traditional Chiefs and the Elders Council of Liberia to admonished members of the traditional societies to stop carrying out such activities.“Such activities on major highways in the country could spark misunderstanding amongst the citizens and residents as people using the highway come from different traditional backgrounds,” the businesspeople stressed.Senior members of the traditional devil’s entourage told the drivers and company’s personnel that their big trucks were the ones spoiling and damaging the River Cess-Sinoe’s highway. The traditional devil members’ assertions could be perhaps due to the companies not adequately addressing the social corporate responsibility components of the concession agreements entered into with the Liberian Government.“Every year during the Rainy Season in River Cess and Sinoe Counties, our roads continue to be spoiled by the big, big companies’ trucks, commercial drivers and other end users,” traditional devil members contended.The two vehicles were released only following extensive 30 minutes of negotiations with members of the River Cess traditional council by an Executive Protective Service (EPS) officer.The EPS officer, who asked not to be named, pleaded with the members of the traditional devil’s entourage to relax their grievances and channel same through the relevant ministries and agencies of the Liberian Government.“I’m indeed aware of your complaints and sentiments and I will convey same to the appropriate government ministries and agencies for a practical solution,” EPS personnel assured.In a brief stop-over at one of the biggest commercial centers of ITI in River Cess County, residents and businesspeople told the Daily Observer that the action of the devil’s members had become a nightly routine.They also underscored the need for the intervention of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Traditional Council of Liberia in order to create an enabling environment for them to carry out their business activities to Sinoe County.The businessmen and women further pointed out that they all respect all the traditional norms of every tribe in Liberia but, their practices should not infringe on the rights of other peaceful citizens doing business on the highways of Sinoe and River Cess counties.“Our concerns and expressions are not meant to disrespect the traditional practices of the River Cess citizens but we only want to do our business activities under a secure environment,” businessman Blamayon Gray emphasized.Meanwhile, several businessmen and women in the ITI commercial district have sounded an urgent appeal to the MIA and central government to hold some discussions with the traditional devil members on the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The United Civil Society for Education Dialogue (UNICED), a consortium of civil society organizations, working in the education sector, has rejected the Ministry of Education’s plan to introduce the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative. A press statement read on behalf of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) by Acting Executive Director Anderson D. Miamen, claimed that PPP could undermine the minimum progress gained over the years in the education sector.“The MOE seeks to outsource all public primary and Early Childhood Development schools (ECD) in the country, which is even done unilaterally,” Mr. Miamen said. The plan, he said, would be introduced during the 2016/2017 academic year, targeting at least 70 pilot schools in the first year.“Therefore we have unanimously rejected it and encourage MOE to abandon the plan. We believe that it is not in the best interest of our school system,” Mr. Miamen pointed out. CENTAL, he said is of the opinion that “If the MOE implements the plan as it is adamantly doing, it will seriously undermine progress made in the last few years on reforms to develop policies and laws to govern education.” Under the proposed PPP, the MOE would sign a contract with Bridge International Academies, a private education service provider, currently operating in Kenya and Uganda in East Africa with reported records of poor performance.“This means that the ministry will be outsourcing public basic and primary schools to private providers who the ministry says will improve learning outcomes, especially numeracy and literacy,” Mr. Miamen explained. He said even in Kenya where they operate, PPP has been barred from opening new schools until among other things, those providers ensure that at least 50 percent of their teachers are trained and qualified.When established, Mr. Miamen said, the proposed PPP will discriminatorily seek to improve learning outcomes in selected public schools, especially at the primary and basic levels, leaving majority of the schools not covered by the program. Additionally, he said there is no clarity on how Liberians will benefit from the private provider under the arrangement. “Currently, the institution charges US$6 per student every month in Uganda and Kenya and also charges additional fees for feeding and other services,” Mr. Miamen added.According to him, MOE will eventually aim to contract out all primary and early childhood education schools to private providers who meet the required standards over a five year period. UNICED comprises of five civil society organizations and platforms, including the Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE), National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Liberia Education for all Technical Committee (LETCOM), and Liberia Education Monitor (LEM).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The national chairman of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL), Presley Tenwah, and an executive member of PATEL who happens to be the chairlady of Goba Chop Market in Red Light, Jestina Ghartey, have announced that the second day of the three-day strike will continue today, February 1, unless a significant step is made by the Legislature in the eleventh hour.The duo made the assertions in separate interviews yesterday, as over 500 owners of small Liberian businesses, in dominant red T-shirts, stormed the grounds of the Capitol Building in protest of “hardship and the bad economy.”“The economy is rotten and the market is spoiled,” an angry and frustrated Ghartey said. “Prices are sky high. Imagine a cup of rice is L$60; we are tired, enough is enough. We want a change.”She said the imposition of three currencies on the economy – the old and new Liberian dollars and the US dollar, as well as the increase of excise taxes on basic commodities are the major reasons for the inflation. She ranted that lawmakers should institute measures to tackle the rapid depreciation of the Liberian dollar to the United States dollar and reduce the high tariff on imported goods. For his part, Presley Tenwah indicated that the “strike will continue today if the House and the Senate don’t tackle the plight of Liberian businesses.”He also called for “immediate measures to tackle and stabilize the constant fluctuation of the US dollar against the Liberian dollar on the local market to avoid further hardship to Liberian businesses; Liberian businesses must be given exclusive retailer rights since they are the majority in the retailing sector; and that the city government of Paynesville must be immediately instructed to desist from imposing municipal fees far higher than the normal business registration, and should be made to account for all municipal fees collected for the last one year.”House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay in response assured Mr. Tenwah and other members of PATEL that the Legislature will exert efforts to address their concerns on the huge tariff and other incentives for Liberian businesses.“Both chambers of the Legislature together with the Justice Ministry and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) have already begun series of meetings aimed at addressing this situation,” Speaker Nuquay said.He added that discussions are ongoing between the two branches of government in a bid to address the challenges faced by the national economy.Meanwhile, Senate Pro Tempore Armah Jallah told the protesters to exercise “patience and [be] supportive” as they expeditiously act upon their concerns.Below is the Petition from the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL):“Whereas, Article 17 of the 1986 Constitution guarantees that all persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner, shall have the right to assemble and consult upon the common good, to instruct their representatives, to petition the Government or other functionaries for the redress of grievances and to associate fully with others or refuse to associate in political parties, trade unions, and other organizations;“Whereas, we the members and officials of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia as representatives of Small Liberian businesses have the rights and responsibilities to advocate for the rights and privileges of our members;“Whereas, it is our rights to assemble at all times in an orderly manner to raise serious public interest concern about the high tariffs and other incidental taxes being placed on goods imported into Liberia by Liberian businesses, something which is negatively impacting the growth and development of Small Liberian Businesses;“Whereas, all peaceful dialogues geared at amicably resolving the imposition of high tariffs on small Liberian businesses have failed and the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA) has not shown any interest in helping to listen to our grievances and other concerns;“Whereas, the continued hiking of the US Dollar against the Liberian Dollar is not only imposing further hardships on Liberian businesses but also reducing the purchasing power of Liberian businesses and making it difficult, if not impossible, to meet the high tax regime;“Whereas, there is no specific tax regime exclusively set aside for small Liberian businesses and efforts to have the government do so have fallen on deaf ears and as a result small Liberian business have been taxed like any other business;“Whereas, the goods of petty traders, Yana boys and other Liberian businesses have been continually harassed, seized and taken away by members of the Liberia National Police, Monrovia City Police and the Paynesville City Police without any redress;“Whereas, Liberian business are doing business in Liberian dollars but are required by the LRA to pay taxes in US dollars and all efforts made to remedy this situation have failed; and“Whereas, the Paynesville City Corporation continues to levy municipal taxes in the amount of US$250 to US$450 and now US$500 in an irregular form contrary to taxes imposed by the Central Government and will close down business entities that refuse to pay such taxes…” The content of their petition reads as follows: “We have resolved to petition the 53rd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia for its earnest consideration of the following to wit: That all Liberian businesses should be classed in a specific group among the four categories of tariffs, mainly to pay a flat rate on all goods imported from 0 to 5 percent; that there should be a single custom examination before any payment rather than the multiple examination of goods that is being conducted with separate and distinct payment of taxes; that the constant police brutality on petty traders, retailers and Yana boys and the illegal seizure of their goods be stopped immediately and that the Ministry of Commerce must ensure that wholesalers should not at the same time do retailing to avoid influx of retailers on the streets; that immediate measures be taken to tackle and stabilize the constant fluctuation in the US dollar against the Liberian dollar on the local market to avoid further hardships to Liberian businesses; that Liberian businesses be given exclusive retailer rights since they are the majority in the retailing sector; and that the City Government of Paynesville be immediately instructed to desist from imposing municipal fees far higher than the normal business registration, and should be made to account for all municipal fees collected for the last one year.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Businessman Ramsundar Persaud, who operates a general store at his residence at Railway Line, Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, was relieved of an undisclosed sum of cash and his mobile phone after two armed men perpetrated a robbery on his store at about 15:15h on Friday.Based on reports received, the two men entered the store under the pretext of wanting to purchase an item, and as the 48-year-old businessman took them to see the item, one of the men whipped out a handgun and held him at gunpoint. They then relieved him of the cash and the phone that he had in his possession.They soon turned their attention to the man’s wife, whom they led into the house, which they ransacked but came up empty- handed.The men then made good their escape, but Police are investigating the robbery.
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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Barry says that he doesn’t tolerate hazing and made “zero tolerance” the central idea of his tenure. Yet these two incidents indicate that the culture of the LAFD hasn’t changed. In one of the two recent cases, a black rookie firefighter found a banana and white lotion in his locker. This perhaps should be the goal of Chief Barry’s next 100 days: To put his words into action. To do that, Barry must respond to these new incidents with swift justice. If the investigations find the claims are merited, then the firefighters involved must be fired. The failure to do that in the past is why it is still going on, and why the city will be liable for future payouts. Zero tolerance is what the department needs to recover its reputation as a place of professional men and women engaged in protecting lives and property of Angelenos. AMAZINGLY, members of the Los Angeles Fire Department have failed to learn that hazing and other inappropriate behavior among their ranks are totally unacceptable. At the same time that interim Fire Chief Douglas Barry was celebrating the accomplishments of his first 100 days since taking over the department, two new allegations of hazing, one with racial overtones, were under investigation. Barry, a 31-year veteran of the LAFD, was appointed to take over the department after Chief William Bamattre resigned in December under pressure after a slew of hazing incidents roiled the department. In one highly publicized case, Firefighter Tennie Pierce received an outrageous settlement of $2.7 million from the city for his complaint stemming from a hazing incident in which his colleagues served him dog food. Only Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s veto stopped Pierce from walking away with the public’s money.
Hopes that the Bay View Hotel in Killybegs will re-open have received a huge setback after a receiver was appointed to the company behind the hotel.Bank of Scotland (Ireland) appointed the receiver to the company behind the hotel, which closed suddenly last month. According to a notice on the hotel’s website, the Bay View Hotel has been closed ‘‘until further notice’’.The hotel on Killybegs’ Main Street has 40 bedrooms and a leisure centre and employed 45 people when it was opened.But it now appears that hopes of saving those jobs have been dashed.Jim Hamilton of accountancy firm BDO has been appointed receiver to Wagala, which operated the hotel.According to its latest accounts, the firm wrote down the value of the hotel from €4.1 million to €2.6 million in 2008, reflecting the ‘‘substantial deterioration in property prices’’. Turnover at the company fell to €1.5 million in 2008 from €1.7 million the previous year.After the property writedown, Wagala made a loss of €1.7 million for the year. The company paid wages of €670,000 for the year.The directors of Wagala are Pascal Power, Bernie O’Callaghan, Mary Kearns and Philip McBride.The four are also directors of a holding company called Bayview Hotel Killybegs. At the end of 2008, that company owed €3.2 million in bank loans and also owed €1.1 million to its directors.EndsHOPES OF RE-OPENING BAYVIEW HOTEL IN KILLYBEGS DASHED AS RECEIVER APPOINTED was last modified: March 22nd, 2011 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)
LOS ANGELES – Lindsay Lohan says she was sober before a 2005 car crash near Beverly Hills. The 21-year-old actress is being sued for negligence over the accident in which her Mercedes-Benz hit a van and injured the driver, Raymundo Ortega. Ortega, a busboy, alleges Lohan had been drinking at The Ivy restaurant before the crash even though she was underage at the time. Ortega is seeking at least $200,000 in damages from Lohan and the restaurant. But in a Dec. 15 declaration, Lohan stated: “I did not consume an alcoholic beverage or any type of medication or drug” either before or during her restaurant visit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonA call to Lohan attorney David J. Ozeran wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday. Lohan’s declaration was filed Friday in Superior Court by attorneys for The Ivy along with other documents, including a declaration by the waiter who served Lohan. The server, Adam Novicki, said Lohan didn’t order alcohol. Alonzo Howell, a Los Angeles police officer who was providing security for The Ivy that day, also said he didn’t see Lohan drinking. Lohan has countersued Ortega, citing a California Highway Patrol report that said he was at fault for the crash because he made an illegal U-turn. Lohan served 84 minutes in jail last month after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving and cocaine charges unrelated to the 2005 crash.