Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgMark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school’s winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as the Spartans’ coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He won at least 11 games five times in that six-year span — the first time a Big Ten coach had done that.The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel will be the acting head coach while Michigan State seeks a replacement.NBA-NEWSKnicks dump president Turner fired Bryce Drew as men’s basketball coach last spring and hired Jerry Stackhouse.Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately. In other Major League Baseball news:— The Astros have introduced James Click as their new general manager. He takes over for Jeff Luhnow, who was suspended for a season by Major League Baseball before being fired in the wake of Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The Astros last week hired 70-year-old Dusty Baker to take over for AJ Hinch as manager.— Braves reliever Shane Greene has become the first player to go to salary arbitration this year. The 31-year-old right-hander asked a three-man panel for a raise from $4 million to $6.75 million, while the Braves countered with $6.25 million. Greene was a first-time All-Star last year and compiled a 2.30 ERA in 65 appearances with the Braves and Detroit, striking out 64 and walking 17 over 62 2/3 innings.— Outfielder Jon Jay and pitcher Edwin Jackson are among four players signed by the Diamondbacks to minor league contracts. Arizona also worked out minor league deals with John Hicks and outfielder Trayce Thompson.— The Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay’s No. 34 on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. Halladay was 40 when he was killed in a plane crash in November 2017.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are changing team presidents once again.The Knicks have dismissed Steve Mills with the team about to miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Mills took over the post less than three years ago following Phil Jackson’s three-year run at the helm. The move came two days after the NBA trade deadline, and two months after head coach David Fizdale was dismissed.The Knicks entered Tuesday with the NBA’s fourth-worst record at 15-36. They’ve lost at least 50 games each season since 2013-14.General manager Scott Perry will take control of the basketball operations while the team seeks a permanent replacement for Mills.Also around the NBA: Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season.Lynn had one year left on his contract.The Chargers also say Shane Steichen will remain the offensive coordinator after taking over midway through the season.In other NFL news:— The Jaguars have hired former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke as their director of player personnel. Baalke replaces Chris Polian, who was fired last month after seven seasons in Jacksonville. Baalke spent the last three years working for the NFL as a football operations consultant. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSMichigan State’s Dantonio announces retirementUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State’s winningest football coach has stepped down. KOBE BRYANT-PRINCIPAL-FACEBOOK POSTPrincipal sorry for suggesting Kobe Bryant deserved deathCAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A high school principal in Washington state has apologized for a post on her personal Facebook page that suggested former NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death was deserved.Liza Sejkora, the principal of Camas High School, wrote on the day of Bryant’s death: “Not gonna lie. Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.” The Columbian newspaper reported Tuesday that she later deleted the post and apologized Monday in a written statement that called her words “inappropriate and tasteless,”The former Los Angeles Lakers star, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash in California. — The lone baseball writer who did not vote for Derek Jeter for the Hall of Fame chose to keep his or her ballot private. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the ballots of 315 Hall voters, and all public ballots included the longtime New York Yankees captain. Jeter was on 396 of 397 ballots in voting announced Jan. 21.GOLF NEWSGolf rulers says increased distance must be slowedPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golf’s governing bodies have released a two-year project showing that golfers at all levels keep hitting the ball so far that it’s hurting the game.The R&A and USGA plan to stop the cycle of golf courses expanding to accommodate the long ball of the modern game. The governing bodies are looking at equipment standards for clubs and golf balls. February 4, 2020 — Jacksonville announced that it will play consecutive home games in London next season. The Jaguars have played a home game at Wembley Stadium every year since 2013 and expect to extend a contract that runs through 2020.— The NFL has suspended Jaguars defensive tackle Carl Davis without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Davis’ contract is set to expire when the new league calendar begins in March.MLB-NEWSBryant loses grievance attemptUNDATED (AP) — An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players’ association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time. Update on the latest in sports: — Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela are out with injuries for the Houston Rockets tonight against the Hornets. Westbrook is sidelined by a sprained left thumb and Capela is missing a third straight game with a bruised right heel.— The league is changing the format to this season’s 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25. Competitors will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60.NFL-NEWSChargers’ Lynn gets extensionUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn. The report says it will not consider other factors like athleticism and training and swing technique. When such changes will occur is unclear.  With feedback and research, it could take more than a year to find a solution.KOBE BRYANT CRASH-MEMORIALService set for members of family who died with Kobe BryantUNDATED (AP) — A public memorial has been announced for three members of a family who died along with Kobe Bryant and others when a helicopter crashed in foggy weather last month outside Los Angeles. The service for Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa will be held Feb. 10 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.Altobelli’s brother, Tony, posted a public invitation Monday on social media. A public memorial is expected for Bryant and his daughter Gianna, but has not been announced. Los Angeles County coroner’s records show the remains of all nine victims have been released.        Bryant was accused in 2003 of raping a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort. Prosecutors dropped a felony sexual assault charge at the accuser’s request. The woman later filed a civil suit against Bryant that was settled out of court.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORTurner resigns as Vanderbilt ADNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job.Turner was president of the NBA G League when hired in December 2018 by Vanderbilt to replace David Williams. He started Feb. 1, 2019. Associated Press last_img read more

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MLAX : Huge effort from goaltender not enough for Saints; Palasek shines for SU

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Siena head coach Brian Brecht said he figured his Saints would need about 20 saves from goaltender Tom Morr to have a chance against No. 1 Syracuse.And although Siena couldn’t pull out the win, Morr did just what his coach wanted.The redshirt junior shined in the Saints’ 10-4 loss to SU. He kept Siena within striking distance for most of the game Sunday, making 19 saves — a season-high for an Orange opponent — on 51 SU shots. Morr turned away seven shots in the first quarter and carried that strong play throughout the game.Morr said his performance benefited from the Saints’ defense, which forced SU to take plenty of tough shots.‘I have to give credit to my defense,’ Morr said. ‘We do give up a lot of shots, but the quality of the shots aren’t that great. They do a great job of packing in, just let me see the ball and not giving up the easy ones inside.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMorr settled in after stopping the first shot of the game by SU longstick midfielder Joel White.On Syracuse’s first possession, White caught a pass charging full speed into the offensive zone. He wound up from about 10 yards out and fired a shot straight into Morr’s stick.‘Every game I actually go out there and I hope that I get the first one, the first save before they score the first goal,’ Morr said. ‘I also really didn’t see it — I was screened — but he kind of put it right in my stick. That kind of got me going and I knew I had one under my belt.’The Orange did beat Morr twice in the first quarter. But with 18 shots in that period by SU, it could have been much worse.Near the end of the first quarter, a failed Siena clear attempt gave Tom Palasek a wide-open chance in front of the net. He held off three trailing defenders before leaping to try and finish over Morr. The goalie couldn’t get his stick up in time, but managed to get his head in the way as the shot clunked off his helmet and out of bounds.‘I could sense a little bit (of frustration),’ Morr said. ‘They were taking some shots with bad angles. We knew going in that they shoot a lot and they’re going to get their shots early in possessions. And I felt them forcing a little bit.’While Siena’s offense sputtered throughout the game, Morr kept his team close. His 12 first-half saves allowed the Saints to go into halftime down just 4-2, and four more stops in the third quarter kept Siena within 6-2.Morr added three saves in the fourth, including a nice kick save on Jeff Gilbert, but SU scored four times in the final period to secure the win.Transfer Palasek helps SU to first-round victoryTom Palasek has no idea what it was like to walk off the field last year after Syracuse’s upset overtime loss to Army. The transfer from Johns Hopkins can only imagine what his teammates went through then, and knows how motivated they are for this year’s tournament.Palasek made plays on offense to help his teammates avoid another first-round upset against Siena and advance to the quarterfinals. The junior finished with five points, coming on four assists and one goal. Palasek assisted on the Orange’s first two goals of the game to give SU an early lead.‘I can’t really comment on how it felt for last year’s guys,’ Palasek said. ‘I’m sure it felt awful. … For me, it’s another chance to be competitive in the playoffs and move on.’Palasek spent a lot of the game behind the cage, beating a Siena short stick to either pass to a teammate or wrap around the net for a goal. The attack participated in all of the Orange’s first four goals, easily beating the Saints defense. And in a game where SU struggled to score in the first half, Palasek’s contributions were certainly needed.Palasek has been starting at attack in place of Tim Desko, who has been out with a knee injury that eventually turned into an infection. And Palasek has filled in nicely, scoring at least one goal in his last eight games.‘I think they had a game plan to just give us a tough time off the end line with that short stick in the switch,’ Palasek said. ‘Once we put a guy on the front, we realized they couldn’t do that.’zjbrown@syr.educjiseman@syr.educenter_img Published on May 15, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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Rice, Donahue lead current Syracuse team to victory over recent alumni in Orange Alumni Classic

first_img Published on October 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Kevin Rice flung his head back in frustration.In the span of one minute and over the course of one possession, he had two golden point-blank scoring opportunities sail past the goal.But with the score knotted two minutes later early in the third quarter, Rice ran up from behind the goal, did a 360-degree spin move in front of the crease and flipped a shot in to spark an 8-2 run for the current Syracuse team.“We scored some goals on some one-on-one dodges,” Rice said. “Once you start doing that the defense has to slide, and once they start sliding it starts opening up opportunities.“After halftime, we showed some character.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a sluggish start for the Orange that included a scoreless first quarter and just two goals in the second, the Syracuse Varsity burst open in the second half to defeat the Alumni All-Stars, 11-5, in the Orange Alumni Lacrosse Classic on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.Rice and Donahue combined for six goals and three assists to give stability to an offense that used a good chunk of its roster.“They played great defense, it was hard for us to run by them,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We just kind of adjusted as the game went on…to have that group back it should be a strength of the team.”The second-oldest player on the field, Casey Powell, got the scoring started. Just 4:49 into the first quarter, the Class of 1998 alum put home a running shot past Bobby Wardwell.Desko used the game as an opportunity to use a lot of different weapons. Seven players took faceoffs and five stood in goal for Syracuse.Nine different players scored for the current SU players, but it was the tandem of Rice and Dylan Donahue, who combined for 73 goals last season, that pushed the Orange over the edge in the exhibition opener.“Hopefully it keeps going as it has been,” Rice said. “I’ve been playing with Dylan for a long time. We both enjoy it.”With the score 4-3 in favor of the varsity squad, Rice and Donahue put the game away. First Rice scored unassisted with 4:40 left in the third. Then he picked up the ball on the ensuing faceoff and fed it to Donahue who scored just seven seconds later.Just over a minute later, Rice bounced a shot in to make it 7-3, and the once-close, once-hard-hitting battle had become a blowout.Redshirt junior defender Brandon Mullins said that there was no shortage of competitiveness, although spirits appeared lighthearted after the game.“Both teams are trying to win, even though we’re both family and friends, it’s still really competitive out there,” Mullins said. “There are penalties all over the place, knocking each other around. I don’t think anybody was holding back.”Although the current team had won all five previous matchups in the series, Rice said that before the game a lot of the alumni were saying this would be the year they would finally beat the current varsity team.But that wasn’t the case.“We wanted it to be a very competitive scrimmage,” Desko said. “(We wanted to) get a run against some very good players, and I think they showed that in the first quarter and the second quarter.“We were able to adjust and get by that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Soccer opens conference play

first_imgJunior midfielder and English native Ashleigh Plumptre has recorded seven shots with five on frame this season. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan)After staying undefeated with a win over Long Beach State last weekend to improve to 7-0-1 this season, the No. 3 women’s soccer team will look to keep its record intact against Washington at McAlister Field on Saturday. Off to one of their best starts in history, The Trojans have gone undefeated in non-conference play this season for the first time, and their goal differential of 23-3 is the best throughout eight games of any team in history.In its last game against Long Beach State, USC secured its sixth shutout in eight games and posted a 3-0 victory, all while celebrating the accomplishments of the team’s five seniors. Sophomore midfielder Alea Hyatt gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead heading into the half with her first goal of the season in the 31st minute. Senior Leah Pruitt racked up 2 goals in the second half when she found the back of the net in the 56th minute and headed in a cross from freshman defender Ashley Soto in the 89th minute. The Trojan defense was strong, allowing only one shot in each half by the 49ers while the offense fired 21 shots, outshooting their opponent 21-2 in the game. A combination of players on both ends of the field helped the Trojans maintain their multi-goal lead throughout the game. Redshirt sophomore goalie Kaylie Collins received her fifth solo shutout of the season. USC has now outscored opponents 23-3 this season, with Pruitt leading the team with 6 goals and 15 total points. She is ranked No. 3 in the most recent coaches poll and No. 4 in Top Drawer Soccer rankings. “I think we are doing really well on the field and off the field,” Pruitt said after their last game. “I think our relationship off the field helps bring us closer together on the field. And I think we are really competitive in practice and I think that really helps translate on the field when we really trust each other on the field, too.”The Huskies will also be starting Pac-12 play on Saturday with a season record of 5-2-1. They head into conference play with a four-game undefeated streak, having defeated Seattle University in a 5-0 shutout last weekend.  Washington dominated defensively throughout the game, allowing no shots on goal. Senior forward Pascale Dumesnil scored the only goal in the first half with a chip shot over the goalie’s head. The offensive aggression picked up in the second half, with 4 goals from four different players to bring the total to 5 goals at the end of the game. Washington has now outshot their opponents 69-22 and in its last three games outscoring opponents 9-2. The Huskies have only allowed 2 first half goals and scored first in seven of their eight games this season.The Trojans head into this game with a 14-8-2 record all-time against Huskies. The match is set to start at noon at McAlister Field and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

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YUGE…Paddy Power launches ‘The Trump Hub’ with 100+ Donald Bets

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Paddy PowerIrish bookmaker Paddy Power is putting US President Donald Trump ‘On Notice’. The bookmaker today has announced that it has launched an entire section of its website named ‘The Trump Hub’ dedicated to ‘Trump-related betting markets’.Last week Paddy Power politics detailed to SBC that it was ’addicted to Trump’, as the bookmaker launched over 100 markets dedicated to President Trump.The bookmaker will take Trump bets on a number of intriguing topics, including the US-Mexico relationship, Presidential impeachment, Trump’s current administration and Trump family matters. The Trump Hub can be accessed at   – https://promotions.paddypower.com/trumpbetsPaddy Power marketing detailed that having paid out early on the Donald to ‘lose the US Election in October 2016’ costing the operator around £5million, the betting firm has since been inundated with requests for Trump specials.The Trump Hub will be the first time a bookmaker has dedicated a special betting section to a political figurehead.Paddy Power spokesperson Patrick ‘Paddy’ Power commented on the launch of the Trump Hub“Our yuge collection of Trump bets totals more than 100 specials. Let’s face it, no matter how wacky some of them might seem, his first few weeks in charge have proven that anything is possible when it’s his stubby finger hovering over the red button.” Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Rod Brind’Amour says fighting ‘not really’ necessary in hockey

first_imgThere is a divide among those who see it still having a place in the game and those who feel the NHL has moved beyond the need. Players and GMs will argue it’s a necessary evil to police the game and maintain order. But how necessary is it — especially when a fight involves two of the game’s most skilled players, like in this case.Unsettling example of how a knockout punch in hockey can be lethal.It can cause two brain injuries, with the 2nd occurring on the unprotected fall – watch his head bounce off the ice. https://t.co/Zf901Pgbai— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) April 16, 2019Others will ascribe to the barbaric nature of bare-knuckled fighting that is now hitting the hard plastic of hockey helmets and the emerging information that consistent blows to the head lead to long-term brain damage and potentially CTE.Regardless, the incident involving the young Hurricanes forward and the veteran Ovechkin is not the first time the NHL has seen a player get knocked out from a punch. The only question is, will it be the last? Asked Tuesday morning following the Hurricanes’ 5-0 win over the Capitals if fighting was necessary in the NHL, Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour replied, “Not really. Probably not.”Brind’Amour’s comments came on the heels of Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin knocking out 19-year-old Andrei Svechniko during the first period of Monday’s Game 3. NHL MOCK DRAFT 2.0: Devils hit jackpot with Jack Hughes; lottery prizes aplenty after No. 1 Svechnikov, who was clipped on the chin and hit his head on the ice, appeared to be knocked unconscious briefly and went to the hospital after the fight. He was placed in concussion protocol Tuesday morning.Let’s forget about the semantics & weight/height differences & who asked who….Do we want to see NHL stars like Ovechkin & Svechnikov bare knuckle boxing?If the #NHL was conceived today, would it include fighting?Doubt it.. #TakeWarning ⁠ ⁠ #ALLCAPS ⁠ ⁠ #TuesdayThoughts https://t.co/SNkUReZ3qq— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) April 16, 2019Interestingly, Brind’Amour the player was known to drop his gloves once or twice during his 20-year career. According to hockeyfights.com, the former Flyers, Hurricanes and Blues forward amassed 27 fights. Not a huge number considering he played during the ‘Era of the Enforcer’; however, enough for him to know the impact it can have on the game, and the players involved.Considering the NHL has steadily seen a decline in fighting across the league — and the increase in the knowledge of what hits to the head can do to a player’s long-term health — the question arises once again whether or not fighting should be banned from the NHL. last_img read more

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La Quiniela leaves 4 winners from plenary session to 15, which will charge almost one and a half million euros

first_imgMatchday 41 La Quiniela left four winners in plenary at 15, that they will charge each 1,490,549.52 euros, as reported by State Lotteries and Gambling.The results were decided by lottery, held this Sunday at the LAE Drawing Room, due to the suspension of professional football by the coronavirus pandemic.WINNING TICKET:1. Leganés – Valladolid X.2. Valencia – Levante 1.3. Celta – Villarreal 1.4. Espanyol – Alavés 1.5. Real Sociedad – Osasuna 1.6. Athletic Club – At. Madrid 1. 7. Granada – Getafe 1.8. Seville – Betis 1.9. Malaga – Huesca 1.10. R. Oviedo – Ponferradina 2.11. Albacete – Almería 1.12. Cádiz – Rayo Vallecano 1.13. Las Palmas – Girona 1.14. R. Zaragoza – Alcorcón 1.Q15. Mallorca – Barcelona 1-2.AWARD DISTRIBUTION:Plenary at 15: 4 correct / 1,475,672.07.1st (14 Hits) 29 correct / 14,877.45.2nd (13 Hits) 781 correct answers / 258.95.3rd (12 Hits) 10,621 hits / 19.04.4th (11 Hits) 41,270 correct answers / 4.90.5th (10 Hits) 149,957 correct / 1.62.last_img read more

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Liberia Weak in Fighting Human Trafficking, Says US State Department State

first_imgThe U.S. Department of State has unveiled that Liberia is yet to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking.Although the State Department’s report partially praised Liberia for “an increased number of investigations and prosecutions of alleged trafficking offenses,”  including steps taken by government to adopt a five-year national action plan to combat human trafficking, the report, however, notes that Liberia remains a source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.According to the report, most trafficking victims originate from and are exploited within the country’s borders, where they are subjected to domestic servitude, forced begging, sex trafficking, or forced labor in street vending, rubber plantations, and alluvial diamond/gold mines.“A small number of Liberian women and children are subjected to human trafficking in other West African countries, including Cŏte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria,” the report said.It also unveiled that transnational trafficking comes to Liberia from neighboring West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, and the victims are subjected to the same types of exploitation as internally trafficked ones. The report further indicates that women from Tunisia and Morocco were subjected to sex trafficking in Liberia.  It added that amidst all these, Liberia has not convicted a Liberian for trafficking in persons.The State Department urged the government of Liberia to prosecute, convict and sentence traffickers.It also called for vigorous investigation, prosecution, and conviction of government officials complicit in trafficking offenses.The State Department, having realized some lapses in the Judicial system of Liberia, recommended to the Liberian government to provide additional training to law enforcement officials and magistrates to apply anti-trafficking laws and to distinguish trafficking crimes from cases of human smuggling or kidnapping.The report also calls on Liberia to educate representatives of non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies, courts, and other government agencies on the “Direct Assistance and Support to Trafficked Victims Standard Operating Procedures,” so that they learn to proactively identify and provide protective services to trafficking victims, create and adequately fund a shelter specifically for trafficking victims, and increase efforts to educate the public about the dangers of human trafficking.The Trafficking in Person (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments in the fight against human trafficking.  It serves as the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue.Unlike previous limited understanding about human trafficking that got people to believe it to be selling the victim to a foreign country for ritual purpose or slavery, the act is nowadays clearly understood to be domestically oriented.As public awareness had acknowledged on many occasions, relatives and loved ones take others’ children from the hinterland under the guise that they are bringing them to the city to send them to school.When they are brought, the children become domestic servants to them and their biological children thereby denying them of most privileges and rights they are entitled to as humans.Most of these children do not attend good schools and many  do not attend at all, but are used to sell for their guardians and support the home.It is evidently clear that in Monrovia many children are found in street places selling biscuit, candy, cold water and other goods that are easily conveyed in the hands.Some women are also in the streets carrying children around begging for money.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘PNC projects’ cannot be classified as emergency works

first_imgDear Editor,Numerous articles recently published by the media, give testimony to the consistent manipulation and breach of procurement laws, which are being blatantly and flagrantly flaunted under the administration of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government. Their silence on, and lack of correct efforts, provide strong testimony of a subtle accommodation of the many unacceptable wrongs.No doubt, the suppression of disciplinary, corrective and essential counter-checking mechanisms, negatively impact local governance matters. At the same time, the transparency requirements of the Government seem to have been dissolved and forgotten by its principals and agents. The situation in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is not limited to the defaulting, but provides apt examples of the wide distasteful approach. Budgeted parliamentary appropriations are being re-prioritised, while the productive capacity of the region suffers from lack of necessary support.As the 2018 rice crop gets into full swing, farmers throughout the country are experiencing serious difficulties with ‘impassable’ roads/dams along with soft and muddy fields. On the Essequibo Coast, farmers are lamenting that their calls on the Regional Executive Officer (REO) in Regional Two to address the required maintenance of roads and dams, have fallen on deaf ears.The REO under the pretext of creating savings, has deliberately withheld much needed monies from the current budget, that was supposed to facilitate the grading of roads, dams and cleaning of drainage trenches; to facilitate the water running off the fields into the drainage trenches. Rationally, the blocked drainage trenches are causing backed up water in the rice fields. It has realised a situation where the rice had to be reaped in soft and muddy land, which contributes to significantly increased production costs.At the recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, the brazen misuse of authority by this REO was brutally exposed. In his futile attempt to provide an acceptable explanation for consistently breaching the procurement laws, said he spent savings from the ‘Current Account’ to do ‘Emergency works’. This nonsensical position flies in the face of even the most irrationally challenged persons.From a closer examination, however, readers deserve to be up-dated that the money was spent to facilitate construction of the following: a bus shed at Dartmouth; a fence at Unity Park-Phase-I; a fence at Unity Park-Phase 2, and a sitting area at Cotton Field. It should be noted that projects which include construction of buildings and infrastructure, should be done from Capital funding.Notably, these projects were by no means emergencies and the lack of critical productive support.It was quite revealing that millions of dollars were expended on the planting of palm trees around Ann Regina and further millions were spent on planting trees and growing them along some specific communities on the Essequibo Coast.I must highlight for the update of readers, that none of these ‘PNC Projects’ can be classified as emergency works. Comparatively, all the poor farmers have asked for is the usual assistance of some fuel and materials to full the potholes and grade the dams. The REO at a recent meeting accepted that in the past, farmers were given assistance to do their own self-help work to facilitate the smooth harvesting of the rice crop.Many farmers have expressed very strong beliefs that the current contraventions of the written policies, are intentional and designed to punish the farmers and their children in particular Local Authority Areas. Targeted in this respect are areas where Government do not control the elected Councils. There are currently no other rational positions for the actions of the Government officers towards the farmers.This serious deliberate vicious discrimination against selective sections of the population is driven by Government agents and has worsened. We are now hearing more about oil replacing the agricultural sector in this country, and this is bound to have significant negative implications. The People’s Progressive Party had warned about the “Dutch Disease” which this Government seem bent on allowing to happen.Yours truly,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Gor hit Ports, progress to Kagame quarters

first_imgThe result leaves Gor Mahia top of their group with six points having kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 win against DR Congo side AS Maniema.After a barren opening hour in which Gor Mahia enjoyed possession with little penetration or potency, substitute Omondi breached their opponents’ goal line six minutes after introduction after picking up a loose ball inside the six yard box off an Oalo cross.Gor continued their dominance after the goal and Kenneth Muguna’s introduction for Hashim Ssempala changed the color of the game as the midfielder ran the show.Oalo then put the game to rest in the 92nd minute, brushing off a late challenge from a Ports defender before slotting the ball home.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Samuel Onyango battles for the ball with an AS Ports player during their CECAFA Kagame Cup duel in Rwanda on July 10, 2019. PHOTO/Gor MahiaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – Dennis Oalo scored his first competitive goal for Gor Mahia, hitting late in the game as the record Kenyan Premier League champions hit Djibouti’s AS Ports 2-0 to progress to the quarter finals of the CECAFA Kagame Cup.Boniface Omondi had stepped off the bench to score the opener for Gor before Oalo snapped up the game late on to assure the reigning Kenyan champions of passage to the knockout round.last_img read more

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