OCHO RIOS:Some 120 golfers will participate in the 13th annual United States Travel Agents Golf Tournament, which tees off this morning at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios.The two-day event will comprise teams playing in a four-man scramble format, putting their skills to the test competing in various competitions throughout the tournament.Categories to be contested include Overall champions and runners Up; closest to pin female; closest to pin male; longest drive female; and longest drive male.Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director of travel industry programmes, was upbeat about the event, noting that this year promises to be the most exciting yet.”All is in place for what promises to be a great event,” Laird said. “The Travel Agents Golf Tournament is of great benefit to both Jamaica as a golfing destination and Sandals Resorts as it gives the travel partners a chance to experience the products first hand and hence being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients.”He added that as a venue, the Sandals Golf and Country Club has a distinct advantage over most courses.”Our caddies play an important role as they are very good golfers themselves. Wesley Brown, Dane Bailey, and Gifford Wilmot, who have all represented Jamaica in the Hoerman Cup event, are part of our staff.”The awards presentation will take place tomorrow at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.
Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has labeled the Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation Project (EMUS) as one of the most successfully implemented projects under the City Council.EMUS project is a World Bank sponsored initiative tasked to address Monrovia’s sanitation constraints.Reacting to media reports of a breakdown in the implementation process of the EMUS project, the City government expressed regret over the action of the media to flag issues without checking the facts.According to MCC the project is effective and efficient to the point where the World Bank monitoring team previously commended MCC for being “one of the best urban sanitation projects in Africa, as it is achieving its major components.”A release quoting Roderick G. Smith, Project Manager, noted that various components of the project include provision of technical assistance to small and medium enterprises that provide door-to-door waste collection, construction of two solid waste transfer stations and financing of waste collection and disposal operating costs.Also among the components is the development of a public awareness campaign to sensitize the population on safe handling of solid wastes.“To date, MCC is working with 25 Community-Based Enterprises (CBEs) that are engaged in primary (door –to-door) waste collection services in most parts of Monrovia. To build their capacity, Global Communities (formerly CBEs, CHF) was contracted by EMUS to train CBEs and provide materials (wheelbarrows, push carts, shovels, rakes, rain boots, hand gloves and nose masks) to existing CBEs. Each of the fourteen CBEs that were existing in early 2011 received start up grants amounting to US$2,724.00 or more.Moreover, regular capacity building activities for CBEs are carried out by the MCC and its partners.“One transfer station is located in Fiamah and the other at Stockton Creek; and both are functional. Two Liberian entities (Libra Sanitation and Caspian Holdings) have been contracted to collect and dispose of solid wastes from the streets of Monrovia.“To make this more functional, Monrovia has been divided into two zones (northern and southern). Caspian Holdings collects from the northern zone and Libra Sanitation collects from the southern zone.“Starting in 2010, EMUS assisted the MCC in developing a communication strategy with a community-based approach. This strategy includes public awareness and educational programs, such as the broadcast of radio and TV jingles and Community Outreach Programs (COPs).“The COPs include street play in partnership with Flomo Theater, hosting of community interactive fora, holding children’s rallies at schools and briefings in churches and mosques on Sundays and Fridays, respectively,” the project manager explained.“The second component includes provision of technical assistance to MCC which has funded nine staff of MCC who attended training courses in the United States, Italy, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates, while other MCC staff received training locally.“Moreover, the project has also donated two trucks and one front-end loader, among other equipment, to MCC for capacity building purposes,” Smith stated.For the first time in Liberia, waste is measured scientifically based on a construction of a sanitary landfill for solid waste disposal.At the Whein Town landfill, MCC commenced dumping waste in early 2010 when the first cells were developed. Currently, waste collected from Monrovia is dumped at this landfill. The landfill and transfer stations have weigh bridges to measure the quantity of waste carried there, the release said.Although the EMUS Project is successful, the project manager said, “We continue to manage challenges associated with waste collection and disposal services.”Trucks and front-end loaders to collect at least 24,000 tons of uncollected waste in selected communities around the city have been instituted by MCC to address said challenges.However, the Monrovia City Council expressed commitment to providing a clean and safe environment for all residents of the City of Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A friendly soccer match in Nimba District of Yarwin Mensonnoh on December 25 turned bitter after a goalkeeper died from injury.According to Radio Kehgheamah Morning Breakfast show on December 28, goalkeeper Winston Paye of Mensonon Garr met his demise after he collided with a player from Bong County and sustained a head injury which led to bleeding, who later died.The two men went into the air for the ball in the defense of Mensonnon Garr. The report said Bong County team’s player, identified as Jefferson struck the forehead of goalkeeper Winston.The two teams were playing to commemorate the donation of a ferry by Rep. Mantinokay Tingbahn to enable residents have easy access to neighboring towns in Bong County.The ferry is to be used for crossing the St John River between Nimba and Bong counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay and other former lawmakersForty three former members of the House of Representatives have expressed their growing concerns and impatience over the unwarranted delays of their salaries and benefits and have therefore threatened to stage a sit-in action in the Chambers of the House of Representatives.A letter to House’s Speaker Bhofal Chambers, under the signatures of former Montserrado District #12 Representative Richmond Anderson, secretary general of the ex-lawmakers and former Grand Kru County District #2 Representative Numene T.H. Bartekwa, Chairman of the group, said the now aggrieved Legislators have given the House a 14-day’s ultimatum to pay their due benefits.The ultimatum runs from June 19 -20. Of the 73 former lawmakers, who served in the 53rd Legislature from January, 2012 to January, 30, 2018, 30 were re-elected.Those lawmakers who were defeated at the 2017 polls said their legitimate salaries and benefits that the government promised them were yet to be finally settled as allocated in the 2017/2018 national budget.According to the former lawmakers, they are constrained to issue yet another reminder because of “lingering delays occasioned by a seeming nonchalant approach to the settlement of their legitimate entitlements.”“As former national leaders, we think the attitude of belittling and demeaning those who served the country is unacceptable and ignoble. Indeed, we should all be reminded that one day each of us, whether current or future national leaders, will eventually become former. Hence, it is important to note that a town trap has never been restricted to rat alone,” the letter said.In their communication the former lawmakers also admonished their colleagues not to treat their concerns with a cold shoulder.The group expressed optimism that their concerns will be addressed in a timely fashion as reflected in the 2017/2018 National Budget which was later reaffirmed in the recast.However, the House’s Plenary has unanimously voted for the letter to be forwarded to the leadership for appropriate action.Meanwhile, news about the former legislators’s threatened action in demand of their benefits have been greeted with scorn by an anxious public preoccupied with rising cost of living concerns. James Whemongar, a university student and part time hawker plying his trade along the Tubman Boulevard says “these people are “saka” or they don’t have shame because all the bastard money which they were eating is now finished so they still want eat”.For her part, petit trader Yassah Gayduobah says, “but they lie because our ma Jewel say dat our time to eat so let them leave stories”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) said that over $9 million is owed in rates and taxes by residents across the Linden community in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). It was noted that the municipality has been experiencing a reoccurring trend where some residents of the mining town have not been paying their rates and taxes. According to the statement, the Council is owed the sum resulting from defaulting taxpayers in the North Mackenzie, One Mile, Wisroc Housing Scheme, Half Mile, Watooka, Fair’s Rust, Richmond Hill and Noitgedacht areas. The municipality is currently urging persons who are in arrears to make a special effort to offset all of the outstanding rates and taxes payments and has published a list of those in arrears. Just recently, as is customary each year, the municipality had offered a period of amnesty in an effort to have outstanding payments made.
After playing three games throughout the tournament, Fort St. John found themselves in the tournament finals, entering the final game with a 2-1 record.The final game between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John was a close match, as a hat trick from Fort St. John’s Reid Arberry and lone goals from Ryan Booham and Paige Brown, along with some timely goaltending from Preston Borrows, resulted in the teams needing overtime to determine a champion.Following an intense but scoreless five minute sudden death overtime, the tournament was decided in a shootout.- Advertisement -Fort St. John’s head coach Lorne Hoskyn selected Logan Osterlund, Reid Arberry, Ryan Bookham, Ethan Semeniuk and Carson Johnson to shoot in the shootout, as the five successfully broke the tie for Fort St. John, sending the team home as tournament champions.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights Raceway will be hosting their third weekend of racing this weekend.The drag strip next to the North Peace Airport will be hosting a street-legal drag race night tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. The event costs $20.00, and is open to anyone with a vehicle that can pass a tech inspection, and has a driver’s license and an approved crash helmet.Full-on professional drag-racing returns to the ¼ mile on Saturday and Sunday. The races start at 10:00 A.M., with the pits open during lunch.- Advertisement -For more information, head to http://northernlightsraceway.ca/, or the Northern Lights Raceway Facebook page.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Russian’s defeated Finland 6-4 to remain perfect at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge.Team Russia came out firing in the first period of play as team captain Vasily Podkolzin found the back of the net 36 seconds into the game as Danil Gutik set him up for the 1-0 goal. The Russian’s made it 2-0 after a powerplay tally from Danil Gushchin. Artemii Kniazev and Egor Spiridonov got the assists. Almost six minutes later Gushchin scored his second of the game to make it 3-0 after being set up by Oleg Zaitsev and Daniil Zaruba. The Fin’s got one back 56 seconds later courtesy Veeti Miettinen on the man advantage, Anton Lundell and Mikko Petman with the helpers. The home side got that goal back a minute and five seconds later as Matvey Guskov after being set up by Aleksandr Chernyi and Egor Afanasyev. The Russian’s skated into the first intermission with a 4-1 lead.The second period saw Team Finland dictate play. At 9:29 the middle stanza Patrick Puistola found twine on the powerplay to make it 4-2. Henri Nikkanen and Tomas Keinanen were the set up tandem. Just over five minutes later the Fin’s made it 4-3 as Antti Sarrela deposited the puck after a great individual effort.- Advertisement -The final period saw the Russian’s pad their lead to 5-3 at 7:06 as Egor Afanasyev capitalized for his team on the powerplay. Danil Gushchin and Daniil Zaruba got the assists. Henri Nikkanen cut the score to 5-4 after scoring at the 16:06 mark after taking the feed from Anton Lundell and Ville Heinola. The Russians put the game to bed at 6-4 with a minute and ten seconds left thanks to Danil Gushchin hat trick goal into an empty net.Both teams finished the game going 2 for 4 on the powerplay.Danil Gushchin finished the game with the hat trick and a assist. Henri Nikkanen had a goal and a assist for the losing side.Advertisement In Dawson Creek the United States came from behind to beat Canada White, as Trevor Zegras scored 2:45 in overtime to win it for the U.S. 4-3. The Americans scored two in the third to tie the game at 3-3 and outshot the Canadians by a 17-2 margin in through the third and overtime. Canada White was up 2-0 after 30 minutes of play. Jack Hughes led all players with three points. Nathan Legare had a goal and a assist for the Canadians. Team Canada White falls to 0-1-1 while the U.S.A is 2-0.
Team Green after winning a share of the title in the Coed Division. Photo by John Luke Kieper. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Kickin’ it with Friends Charity Soccer tournament was kicking it in Fort St. John this weekend.This year’s tournament was raising money for Natalie Small and her family as the local four-year-old continues her battle with Neuroblastoma. The tournament saw a decline in numbers from last year, but was still able to raise over $7,000.Five U13 teams, five U19 teams, and four Coed teams participated in the tournament this year.- Advertisement -Team Black were the big winners of the tournament as they took home 1st place in the U13 division, as well as a share of first place in the Coed division.“It’s about to get Messi” after being named co-winners of the Kicking it with Friends Charity Soccer Tournament. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Other winners from the tournament included Team Green from the coed division, and Team Purple from the U19 division.Advertisement
On September 11, 2019, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) conferred the President of University of Belize (UB), Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat with the title of Honorary Fellow during an awards ceremony held at the Ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF9) in Edinburgh, Scotland.Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat received the Honorary Fellowship from Professor Asha Kanwar, President of COLCOL, an intergovernmental organisation, was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources, and technologies within Commonwealth countries.It designates its Honorary Fellows by their outstanding contributions to education in areas such as: leadership and service, published work, mentorship, innovation, improving access to quality education and promoting learning for sustainable development.The nine recipients of the Honorary Fellowship from several parts of the CommonwealthProfessor Emeritus Sankat, who has served the Caribbean for the past 41 years – beginning as a full- time academic, Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and currently is the President of Belize’s national university, the University of Belize – was awarded this distinction based on his long and distinguished service to the advancement of quality higher education in the Commonwealth, particularly for his contributions in the area of agro-innovation and agribusiness within the Caribbean, administrative leadership and for his ability to increase student access to higher education, as in the citation given by COL.The Board of Trustees, senior management team, students, faculty and staff of the University of Belize congratulated Professor Sankat on this remarkable achievement and for his commitment to education and the pursuit of innovation driven by applied research, for the social and economic transformation of the Caribbean.