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Whitmore ‘deeply honoured’ – St James PC names two roads after former Reggae Boy

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Former national football star, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, was one of nine prominent St James residents to have roads renamed in their honour at a ceremony hosted by the St James Parish Council at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Tuesday. “I am deeply honoured and extremely privileged to be among the list of persons to be recognised by the St James Parish Council in such a significant way,” said Whitmore, who represented Jamaica with distinction in the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. “To have a road named after me is truly humbling. “I have spent most of my adult life dedicated to something I love, which is football. Not many people have the awesome blessing of getting up each day and working in an environment that fills their heart with such satisfaction,” continued Whitmore. “Therefore, it is my fervent desire to continue to serve my country and community by contributing in all ways I can to uplift those with whom I come in contact with, but more important, the less fortunate.” Whitmore also took the opportunity to make an impassioned plea for greater investment in the youth, citing the recent successes of two of St James football clubs. “On Saturday, the Granville Football Club won the Western Confederation Super League and Montego Bay United won the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday,” said Whitmore. “These two championship successes have brought great pride to the west and are sterling examples of how community programmes can provide a positive alternative to our youths. “That is why I am convinced we can turn things around for our young men and women and (help them) regain their self-esteem through dignified work and community interaction.” He continued: “As I accept this gesture by the parish council, I do not only do so with a grateful heart, but also with a call for renewal in community development and greater investment in our young people.” Whitmore was one of nine honourees at the ceremony, which named 10 roadways in Montego Bay after prominent Montegonians – living and deceased – who offered exemplary service to the city through business, politics and sports. The two roadways named after Whitmore are: Theodore Whitmore Crescent, the section of roadway from the Howard Cooke Boulevard turning on to the Montego Bay Road and then right at the first roundabout in the southerly direction, passing the Catherine Hall Shopping Complex (MegaMart) to the second roundabout; and Theodore Whitmore Close, the section of roadway from Theodore Whitmore Crescent to the Montego Bay Sports Complex Bleachers’ Car Park. The other eight newly named roadways in Montego Bay are: – A.G.S. Coombs Road, named after the late former Minister of Communication and Works A.G.S. Coombs. – Arthur Gilchrist Boulevard, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Arthur Gilchrist. – Charles E. Sinclair Road, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Charles E. Sinclair. – Clarence Nelson Drive, after the late former Custos Rotulorum of St James Clarence Nelson. – Francis Tulloch Road, after businessman and former Minister of Tourism Francis Tulloch. – Glaister Dehaney Close, after businessman Glaister Dehaney. – Maffessanti Drive, after developer and builder Guiseppe Maffessanti. – Dr Marco Brown Road, after retired medical practitioner Dr Marco Brown.last_img read more

Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale says James Harden ‘is not a leader’

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)James Harden had pretty successful individual  season last year, averaging career bests in points (29.1), rebounds (8.5) and assists (11.2) while moving to the point guard position for the Houston Rockets.With the five-time NBA All-Star expected to slide back to the shooting guard position due to the arrival of Chris Paul, former Rockets head coach Kevin McHale questioned the crafty lefty’s leadership.ADVERTISEMENT South Korea defender scores 2 own goals in loss to Russia McHale, who mentored Harden for three and a half seasons, said his teammates had a hard time listening to the bearded guard due to his deficiencies on the defensive end of the floor.“Look, if James tells you, ‘Chuck, you got to play better D.’ You listening to him? You got to be kidding me. I lived through it, believe me,” the coach-turned-analyst said. “Everybody in the locker room did this [hand on forehead]. Every time he mentioned defense, everybody would put their head down, like you got to be kidding me.”Still, McHale lauded his former player as “fantastic with the ball and a “great passer.”“The guy’s got phenomenal vision. Talk about vision, James can see all the passes and do everything,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide “But James is not a leader,” the Boston Celtics legend said in an appearance on NBA TV. “He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. I think Chris Paul is going to help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that.”The #OpenCourt guys discuss if @CP3’s arrival will benefit @JHarden13 and the @HoustonRockets. STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 6, 2017 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

AFL Chief Of Staff Outlines Vision

first_imgBarely a week following the submission of the report from the Board of Inquiry (BOI) established by the Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to probe the recent West Point incident, the Chief of Staff (COS) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn, has registered his regret for the shooting incident. General Ziankahn at the same time outlined what he considered his vision for the army in the coming years.His expression of regret and unveiling of his vision was contained in his press brief note yesterday for the first time since he assumed the leadership of the force.His maiden press briefing was held in the compound of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia. The briefing ceremony was attended by several high ranking soldiers and their mentors.Prior to unveiling his vision, Brig/Gen Ziankahn described the recent West Point incident as the most unfortunate and highly regrettable situation the soldiers have encountered with the civilian population since the force was rebranded  in 2006.He disclosed the constitution of an AFL Disciplinary Board for those found culpable in keeping with the recommendations from the BOI report. The Chief of Staff then promised to implement the BOI’s recommendations,  particularly that concerning the involvement of AFL soldiers found culpable by the board, in keeping with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  Following the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), the President and C-I-C Sirleaf, on August 19, directed that West Point in Monrovia and Dolo’s Town in Margibi County be quarantined.  The C-I-C’s  directive came at the time when these communities were suspected of keeping in their homes people suspected of being afflicted with the EVD.In compliance with the C-I-C’s directive, the Joint Task Force,  including the AFL, officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) and BIN were  immediately deployed in these communities. It was following this deployment that law and order got out of hand, whilst the quarantine order was in place. The melee that ensued resulted to injuries of some members of the security forces and civilians.The shooting that ensued also led to the subsequent death of a 16-year old Shaki Kamara. He reportedly died of injuries sustained in the process. The C-I-C consequently set-up a BOI to unravel circumstances that led to the incident consisting of high level security personnel, including those from U.S. Defense Advisory Department and the ECOWAS Advisory Training Team. In line with the BOI’s recommendations, C-I-C Sirleaf ordered COS Ziankahn to institute all necessary disciplinary actions.VisionAs for his vision, COS Ziankahn perceived the AFL as a force that should inspire the  confidence and trust of the Liberian people.  It should also be a force that is compassionate. “My vision for the AFL stems from lessons learnt from our immediate and past history. In keeping with the maxim that experience is the best teacher, I perceive the AFL to be a force that smiles when the good people of Liberia are smiling and at the same time feel the pains of the people too.” Gen. Ziankahn also visualized the AFL as an Armed Force that earns the respect of the people through professionalism, adequate motivation and respect for the rule of law.“Simply put, my vision for the AFL is to lead a robust, disciplined, effective Armed Force, with clear ideas of its Constitutional and statutory role, respected by the people and highly motivated to accomplish its responsibilities within the framework of the law.” According to him, his mission and goals compel him to  remain relentless, and his actions channeled to actualize his vision. The Chief of Staff has assured the public that he will strive to ensure that the AFL continues make a positive impact on the lives of the average Liberian as a “Force for good.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lindener remanded for causing Policeman’s death

first_imgA Blueberry Hill, Linden man was on Monday slapped with a causing death by dangerous driving charge when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Charged: Ron ColeRon Cole was slapped with the charge which stated that on April 11, at Eccles, East Bank Demerara, he drove his motor car GRR 9355 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Police Constable Kelvin La Fleur. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the Court that the Policeman was at the time directing traffic when he was struck down by the 40-year-old defendant. The 25-year-old La Fleur, who was attached to the Providence Police Station at the time of his demise, succumbed to the injuries three days after the accident.According to reports received, the traffic rank was in the process of crossing some schoolchildren when he was struck by the Canter truck which was overtaking another vehicle. Following the accident, La Fleur sustained injuries to both hands and a broken right leg. He was discharged from Georgetown Public Hospital, but owing to persistent pains, he was rushed back to the medical facility on Thursday morning. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries.Prosecutor Jones objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and the gravity of the penalty. He also related to the court that the case file was incomplete.Magistrate McLennan has suspended the defendant’s licence.The case will continue on May 6.last_img read more

Even the “10%” Has Rights: A Response to Former Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

first_imgBy Philip B. Suah, Jr.As Liberians experience an unprecedented legal case which seeks redress for election grievances through the law rather than the barrel of the gun, many are fast becoming fatigued by the legal process. This is understandable because we have not experienced such a process, neither have our civic stamina been so tested. What is not understandable are remarks attributed to former US Ambassador to Liberia, Dr. Linda Thomas Greenfield, which gives the impression that the legal case is a letdown to Liberians and it has been led by “a third place candidate who has run three times and never got more than 10 percent.”This is unfortunate because Dr. Greenfield, an accomplished individual, was born in 1952 in Louisiana, and experienced racism at its core before graduating from a segregated high school in 1970. If anyone should understand the value of a grievance, it should be the Ambassador. If anyone has benefited, in part or in whole, from a grievance being taken to the Supreme Court of a country, it should be Dr. Greenfield. Between the 1950s and 1960s, blacks in America made up about 10% of the population of the United States; yet such small percentage of blacks relative to their white counterparts did not minimize the value of the civil rights struggle, nor detract from the legal cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. In fact, many whites at the time felt Americans were wasting time on the “irrelevant” issue of race when they could be spending time on other “important” issues.But it was the persistence of the civil rights pioneers who legally challenged an unjust political environment that led to the freedom millions now enjoy. Dr. Greenfield, who did her political science fellowship in Liberia in the 1970s, has since benefited from the struggles of civil rights pioneers, many who themselves did not live to enjoy the fruit of their labor. It was for posterity that civil rights pioneers took on Garner V. Louisiana, 368 U.S. 157 (1961) where the US Supreme Court ruled peaceful sit-in demonstrators protesting segregationist policies could not be arrested under a state’s “disturbing the peace” laws. For posterity, civil rights pioneers championed Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.This legal case, initiated by Cllr. Brumskine and the Liberty Party, is rooted in the law and the basic tenets of democracy, one that will not only serve this generation but future ones. It seeks to stop an attempt by few powerful and cunning individuals from usurping the voice of the people. I am reminded of US former President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who stated “the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” It is time Liberians say no to the private power seeking to burden the country with their personal interests. That is why it is important for everyone, including the esteemed former ambassador, Dr. Greenfield, to allow the legal process to continue without political interference. So far the law has not been violated and the legal system not distorted by this case. Liberians may not have such precedence, but they are joyful to witness someone using the law and not bullets. They are glad Cllr Brumskine is not giving warmongers and criminals money in the dark to bring war to our shores; rather, he is demonstrating that Liberians can and should always seek redress from the law, even when the stakes are high.This case seeks to remove any dark cloud from the 2017 elections so that the next President can have a firm ground from which to uplift our country from poverty, corruption and fiscal mismanagement. We cannot call for the strengthening of our judicial system and at the same time take shortcut to justice. We cannot proclaim Liberia’s progress towards democracy while we seek to demean those who are exercising the basic principles of such democracy. How can we be sure any candidate obtained a certain percent of votes in an election when the very results are questioned for fraud and irregularities? If evidence obtained illegally cannot be used in any court of law, why should the results of a questionable election be used to determine who truly garnered votes or can and cannot file a grievance?British screenwriter and playwright, Tom Stoppard, succinctly state that  “It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.” It was the value of the count that made the Supreme Court of the United States to take the Bush V. Gore case in 2000, for which America waited patiently. And it was the value of the count in Gomillion V. Lightfoot, 364 U.S. 339 (1960) that the Supreme Court  of the United States ruled electoral district boundaries drawn only to disenfranchise blacks violated the Fifteenth Amendment.Similarly, it is for the value of the count that collaborating political parties in Liberia are seeking redress. If following the legal process has worked so well for America, we should expect nothing less for a small African country. So when someone alludes to “10%” being insignificant, I remind such a person that democracy should be about the people, ten percent or not.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Special Constable nabbed with 2.2kg ganja

first_imgA Special Constabulary officer is being processed for court after he was arrested on Saturday evening with 2.2 kilograms of cannabis.Based on information received, police ranks on a mobile patrol were on Success Railway Embankment on the East Coast of Demerara when they observed the suspect acting in a suspicious manner.As the ranks approached him, he reportedly stopped his motorcycle and dropped a bag.The bag was subsequently retrieved and a search was conducted on same. It was then that three parcels of the illegal drug were unearthed.The suspect is said to be a member of the Special Constabulary, stationed on the East Coast of Demerara and resides in Sophia, Greater Georgetown. An investigation was launched into the discovery.last_img

Eco Atlantic finds 2.9B barrels of oil and gas offshore Guyana

first_img– company confirms plans to start drilling next yearBy Jarryl BryanEco Atlantic, one of several companies drilling for oil offshore Guyana, has announced a gross figure of approximately 2.9 billion barrels of oil and gas equivalents in its Orinduik block, verified by the first ever independent assessment done on the field.The Orinduik blockAccording to a Competent Persons Report (CBR) done by Gustavson Associates, the oil was found in 10 prospects within the block. It is believed to include 2.505 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 2.449 trillion cubic feet of associated gas.Those are, however, gross estimates. According to the company, the total net figure is 1.165 billion barrels. The CBR adds that the risk, or probability of success when extracting the oil, is a 16.8 to 22.4 per cent range.In a statement on the find, Chief Operating Officer of Eco Atlantic Colin Kinley expressed pleasure at the findings and noted that the first well is expected to be drilled early in 2019. He described it as a major development for both the shareholders and the people of Guyana.Chief Operating Officer of Eco Atlantic, Colin Kinley“Today’s CPR confirms the high prospectivity of our Orinduik Block. We are delighted by the identification of at least 10 exploration leads with close to three billion barrels of recoverable oil potential, confirmed by Gustavson. We are very pleased with the current interpretation work that has been completed at Tullow, Gustavson and within Eco and have a great deal of confidence in our joint efforts to date.”“The additional discovery on Exxon’s Stabroek Block, including the most recent Hammerhead-1 that is on our 3D survey, enables us to see the formations ramp up onto Orinduik. These have greatly helped us to further understand the play. The partners will carefully consider in the coming months the prioritisation of the leads for drilling as we continue work on the drilling engineering and the environmental permitting.”Kinley noted that three of the targets that were identified have estimated Probability of Success rates calculated at 22.4 per cent. The executive described these figures as “extremely good” for any company on a single lead, let alone three.“As noted in the previous announcement, we continue to de-risk the play and are approaching this with a conservative and focused approach. As our partner Tullow announced, we are planning to drill our first well early Q3 2019 and we are in the process of permitting and engineering in parallel with continuing geophysical and geological assessments,” Kinley stated.Gustavson Associates, for its part, is an international oil, gas, and mining consulting firm with a staff of professional geologists, engineers, economists, and appraisers. It is understood that a major reason for ordering CBR’s is to provide an independent technical report on oil and gas assets that investors can appraise. It is usually prepared in the context of the London Stock Exchange and other exchange markets in Europe.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields. It is under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, who signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with the Guyana in 2016French firm Total E&P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray last year; partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the block. A 3D seismic survey on the block is being finalised. It is understood that Total has up to 120 days to acquire its working stake through payment of US$12.5 million, after getting the survey data.last_img read more

Dawson Creek Senior Canucks bow out of upcoming NPHL season

first_imgLeague president Jack McIvoy said the request was made by Canucks management after concerns presented itself surrounding the ability to roster a full team for the season.The move leaves the NPHL with seven teams: Manning, Falher, Grimshaw, High Prairie, Grande Prairie, Spirit River, and Fort St. John.As for the Flyers, their first game action will be a pair of exhibition games against the Fort Nelson Yeti October 18 and 19.- Advertisement –last_img

Parade float pulls attention to gift of life

first_img But Patti didn’t know what he wanted to donate. She had to make that decision when she was approached by an organ-donation worker after he was declared brain dead. “It’s an overwhelming experience,” she said. “You’re already grieving … You’re just very overwhelmed.” Now people can register online on a Web site created by California’s four organ procurement organizations. The registry is at Registration takes that additional burden off the donor’s family of deciding what organs to donate, Rivetti said. “It’s just phenomenal the amount of people that are waiting,” she said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Butterflies, birds, a caterpillar and flowers cascade from the trunk of a fallen tree in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses float “Life Transformed” – aimed at inspiring people to donate organs, tissues and blood. Among those who just did that was Patti Rivetti’s husband, Dennis, whose heart, liver, kidneys and left cornea went to five people after his unexpected death two years ago of a brain aneurysm. “He loved helping people. He loved life,” Patti Rivetti said of her husband’s decision, long before he was stricken at age 48, to become an organ donor. Rivetti, program manager for the Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council’s Homeless Solutions Access Center and mother of two teenage sons, was among nearly 1,000 relatives of organ donors who volunteered last week to decorate the third annual Donate Life float. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Rivetti, who ended up blowing rice powder and gluing crushed red straw onto a sister float for Kodak, became active after her husband’s death with the organization OneLegacy, the nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement agency serving Southern California. Rivetti has become one of the organization’s volunteer ambassadors, explaining how people can become brain donors. At a Bakersfield hospital, she made a presentation along with the man who got her husband’s heart. Meeting her husband’s heart recipient, a lifelong heart disease sufferer, before the presentation was a beautiful experience, she said. She finds comfort “knowing that when someone passes that a part of them is left behind here.” The need for people to designate themselves as organ donors is great: Nearly 90,000 Americans are waiting for organs. Especially needed, Rivetti said, are registrations by African-Americans and Latinos. Dennis Rivetti had been an aerospace worker and later a producer for Antelope Valley radio stations. His driver’s license bore a pink dot designating him as an organ donor. last_img read more


first_imgThe latest stricken vessel being towed into Greencastle Harbour by the local Coast Guard lifeboat.The Greencastle Coast Guard has been involved in its fourth sea rescue in 24 hours.In the latest incident a small pleasure boat, with two men on boat, was towed to Greencastle Harbour after taking on water off the Inishowen coast.The lifeboat had just returned to its station after an emergency call to assist another vessel which had reported an injured crew member of board. The man was eventually airlifted by helicopter to Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Derry for treatement for a suspected broken arm.Both vessels were among a number making their way from Scotland to Derry for the All Ireland Flleadh.Speaking from the Greencastle Coast Guard slipway, where the latest vessel was taken at about 8.30pm last night, Charlie Cavanagh, officer in charge, said severe weather conditions had played a part in the incidents.He said: “The sea is very rough out there. As regards the latest incident, we do not know how the vessel began taking on water, so we will have to look into it.” FLEADH FANS RESCUED OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boatsdonegalFleadhGreencastle CoastguardScotlandlast_img read more