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Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has joined the national campaign against the “deadly Ebola virus” with a planned match insight, the party announced Thursday, July 17, in Monrovia.In conversation with the Daily Observer at the party’s headquarters CDC vice chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, announced that due to the sensitivity and spread of the Ebola virus, “CDC will on Monday, July 21, stage a big anti-Ebola match to create awareness on the virus.”According to Morlu, the intent is to sensitize citizens about the danger the virus poses to the livelihood of the people, and as such, “more preventive measure should be taken in order to curb the spread.”Morlu disclosed that the match will begin at Point Four Junction and ends at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare offices in Congo Town. CDC political leader and Peace Ambassador George M. Weah and other government officials including members of the Legislature are expected to join the walk against Ebola, CDC said.Explaining further, Morlu encouraged all Liberians regardless of political or religious affiliation to join the fight, adding; “This is about saving lives and there’s no need to play politics with this event.”CDC attaches serious importance to this situation, Morlu maintained. He called on Liberians to follow the preventive measures announced by the Health Ministry in an effort to avoid spreading the “deadly virus.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mandatory Art 106 90-day due elections…Chief Whips, Commissioners to meet todayIt has been 34 days now since the historic no-confidence motion was passed in the National Assembly activating Article 106 of the Constitution which mandates that fresh elections be called within a 90-day period, but the President is still to announce a date for elections and according to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the entity seems to be in stalling mode.GECOM, which successfully ran the Local Government Elections (LGE) in November 2018 less than three months ago, is being blamed by Government for not being ready, but it is the President of Guyana who has to give a date for elections and not GECOM as being touted.On Thursday, GECOM’s Commissioners met for the first time to discuss the readiness of the Commission for the March 21, 2019 deadline for mandatory elections as stipulated by the Constitution of Guyana. However, that meeting, which lasted more than five hours did not bear much fruit.Speaking to the media following the meeting, PPP Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Bibi Shadick and Robeson Benn all expressed their disappointment that GECOM seems to be in a stalling mode.According to Gunraj, during the morning session of the meeting, there seemed to be consensus that elections could have been held within the constitutionally mandated time; however, during the afternoon session, there were a number of issues raised and consensus went out of the window.“What we saw was a whole host of issues being raised. There is a valid list that ought to be used for the holding of elections. That list was certified on October 30 (2018) and has a validity for six months. Because the law says so,” Gunraj noted.He indicated that the Government’s Commissioners seemed to be pushing for a house-to-house registration process to be conducted along with claims and objections. He added that the list was active and there was no need for that list to be refreshed since it was used during the November 12, 2018 LGE and will expire on April 30, 2019.“This morning (Thursday) a document was presented dated January 23 and offers the holding of elections on or before April 30 and we are now hearing that it is now not possible. How will you now say that is impossible?” he questioned.He noted that the document was presented by the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) along with several others with no clear timeline indicated.“I maintain that the documents that have been presented to us earlier by the Secretariat under the hand of the CEO and his officers show clearly that we can hold elections under the constitutionally-mandated period. Unfortunately we are now hearing other considerations being put forward that militate against the holding of elections and again I said earlier and I find that very distasteful,” Gunraj said.He said when hosting an election, the Commissioners are supposed to be presented with a work plan and they would have requested that at Tuesday’s meeting, but to date have not received any such plan from the CEO. He said that the work plan is populated by tasks and their duration and when juxtaposed with dates a critical path is derived.He said that all they have seen are poorly thought-out proposals which do not indicate the readiness or not of the Elections Commission for the hosting of the constitutionally-mandated elections.Meanwhile, Commissioner Shadick said that while consensus has not been arrived at, it is solely because of the Government’s Commissioners coming up with new issues that are minute with the intention of delaying or avoiding the constitutional requirements. She explained that she would have produced a timeline that would allow for the hosting of elections within 50 days. She expounded on that indicating that since the Commission would have trained over 11,000 persons for the LGE, it would train every day as opposed to just weekends as well as doing other tasks simultaneously.“I am convinced that the CEO in trying to please all his masters is prepared to go back on the submissions he gave us and is a thoroughly confused person and at this point I said that he is not fit for the job. We moved the date to meet with the Whips so that they can get together and call their principals so that the President can call a date for elections and GECOM will have to hold that elections because once an election date is announced then GECOM has to meet that date because that is the constitutional mandate of GECOM,” a seemingly upset Shadick told reporters.She said that GECOM is failing the people of Guyana and that it needs to get its act together.Commissioner Benn accused GECOM of not playing its part since the passage of the no confidence resolution. Meanwhile, Government Commissioner Vincent Alexander said that the reason GECOM is not ready is because the voters list needs to be fixed.He added that there was no budgetary allocation for the hosting of an election and that it was previously discussed and chronicled in the document of the Commission that at least 180 days are needed to prepared for the hosting of an unscheduled election.The GECOM Commissioners requested that COE Keith Lowenfield provide them with feasible timelines based on the operational and legal timings for the conduct of election. He presented those options for them to deliberate on at Thursday’s meeting.The meeting between GECOM and the Opposition and Government Chief Whips will take place today. That meeting was delayed after GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson was on medical leave.
The three are scheduled to return to court on Sept. 8.The victim, who is believed to be from the Vancouver area, was taken to the Fort St. John hospital, and has since been released. The Fort St. John RCMP have announced charges against three men in connection with a violent assault last weekend.Mounties say a 21 year-old male was forcibly confined and assaulted at a residence in the 9600 block of 96th street, on the evening of Aug. 22.- Advertisement -Police say three Fort St. John residents have now been charged with numerous offences. A release also says all three are familiar to police, and are believed to be part of the drug culture in Fort St. John.Eric Francis Zentner is charged with assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, uttering threats, and assault with a weapon.Matthew Lloyd Handley is charged with assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement.Jeremy Drake Jondreau is charged with robbery, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, uttering threats, and assault with a weapon.Advertisement
Rio Ferdinand claims he would still be at Manchester United if Ryan Giggs had been made manager on a permanent basis.Giggs was appointed caretaker boss after the dismissal of David Moyes and there were strong suggestions he was going to be given the job full-time.The club instead turned to Louis van Gaal, with a knock-on effect being that Ferdinand was allowed to leave after a distinguished and successful career at Old Trafford.The former England centre-back has now joined QPR, but admits he always wanted to stay at United and would have done so if Giggs had been appointed manager.“Giggsy is one of my mates and I played with him for years,” said the 34-year-old.“When he took the job he had to look at it like he was going to be in the seat for next season. He made it clear to me I would have stayed and been part of his plans.“But things change in football quickly, you have to move on. The dynamic there has changed so you have to dust yourself down and get on with it.“I made it clear at the time Man United would have to tell me they didn’t want me for me to leave and that happened at the end of season.“The club said thank you and goodbye. That happens in football, I’m not special and the club has to move on.” 1 Rio Ferdinand
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Swede announced he was heading to Old Trafford on Thursday 1 Manchester United have finally confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival at Old Trafford.The Sweden striker, a free agent after leaving Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, has been constantly linked to the club since leaving Parc des Princes. The 34-year-old made an announcement on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, stating his next project will be in Manchester. And the club confirmed the move on Friday evening, with a video stating ‘It’s Zlatan time’. It is understood Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.The forward told the club’s website: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League.“It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again. He is a fantastic manager and I am ready for this new and exciting challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories.“I am now ready to create more special memories in England.”Ibrahimovic, who ended his international career last month after earning 116 caps, has won titles in four different leagues across Europe and he links up with Mourinho, who he played under the Portuguese at Inter Milan. The new Red Devils boss said: “Zlatan needs no introduction.“The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100 per cent.“He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles.“I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad.” Are you ready? It’s #ZlatanTime… https://t.co/s8AsUG6VZF— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 1, 2016
COURTS: A talented soccer player has been offered €31,500 in compensation, for injuries he sustained at an accident in primary school in 2010.The incident occurred at St Mary’s National School, Ramelton on May 4th, 2012, when the boy was just 10 years of age. Barrister Fiona Crawford told Letterkenny Circuit Court this morning that the boy suffered fractures to both elbows during the incident.“My client was in 4th class at St Mary’s National School at the time of the accident, and he was ten years of age.“He was playing on a grassy area that had a very steep embankment, children were allowed to play in this unguarded area – and they were also unsupervised at the time.“Unfortunately he fell and landed directly onto his elbows suffering fractures to both, he was in plaster cast for six weeks, and also was off school for two weeks.“A four-metre fence has since been erected following the accident.”The court heard how the boy has had on-going issues with his handwriting since the accident, and is still being prescribed medication for pain in his elbows.Mrs Crawford added, “He has issues with his handwriting, and struggles when having to write long English essays at Secondary school – he also has discomfort when playing his XBOX and when he goes cycling.“He’s a extremely talented footballer, and plays for the Donegal Schoolboys League side, but he gets pain in his elbows when playing in cold weather, and has to wear warm clothing to alleviate this.“He is still being prescribed medication for pain in his elbows four years after the accident occurred.”Reports were then read out from a number of healthcare professionals, who confirmed that the plaintiff had suffered fractures to both elbows.There was confirmation from his GP, that he was still being prescribed medication for the pain in his elbows.One healthcare professional said that despite the fractures he suffered he was at no risk of getting arthritis due to it.Barrister Fiona Crawford said it was her and the opinion of counsel that the amount tendered for general damages be €31,500.Judge John O’Hagan agreed that the amount being tendered was fair, however, he then spoke to the boy and his mother.Judge O’Hagan told the court, “She isn’t altogether happy with the offer due to the fact that there is on-going medication still being prescribed and that he is still in pain.“I’m going to suggest these reports be sent to senior counsel, but what has already been offered is in the bank so to say, I’ll adjourn the case until next Thursday.”Talented soccer star (14) offered €31,500 after fall at school was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Barrister Fiona CrawfordClaimcompensationcourtsElbowsFracturenewsPain
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Officials began clearing tens of thousands of people out of the low-lying Florida Keys. “We had well over 1,000 lives lost in Katrina. If Wilma … comes into the U.S., to the Florida coast as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, that potential for large loss of life is with us,” National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield said. At one point, Wilma was the most intense hurricane recorded in the Atlantic as measured by its pressure. Early Wednesday, the storm’s pressure dropped to 882 millibars, the lowest reading ever in an Atlantic-basin hurricane. Typically, the lower the pressure, the faster air rushes into a storm. By evening, Wilma had weakened slightly, with its winds dropping from 175 mph, and its pressure rising to 892 millibars. The previous strongest Atlantic storm on record, based on pressure readings, had been Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which registered 888 millibars. NAPLES, Fla. – In what has become an all-too-familiar drill, Floridians boarded up windows, gassed up their cars and bought storm supplies Wednesday. But this time they were looking at one of the most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic. Hurricane Wilma exploded into a Category 5 monster with winds of 160 mph, and forecasters warned it could smash into southwestern Florida on Saturday with towering waves, and then work its way up the East Coast with devastating effect. “I don’t think I want to live in Florida,” said Betty Bartelson, a Pennsylvania tourist visiting Marco Island. She planned to flee across the state to Fort Lauderdale. Like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita earlier this season, Wilma was expected to weaken before coming ashore. But after seeing what those storms did – and after four storms hit Florida in quick succession last year – many people were taking no chances. Forecasters said late Wednesday that the storm was expected to turn to the northwest over the next 24 hours. Its forward motion also appeared to be slowing somewhat, which could weaken the hurricane further and possibly delay Wilma’s landfall until Saturday evening, Mayfield said. Wilma was on a path that could threaten the areas hit last year by Hurricane Charley. Some houses and businesses in the area are still boarded up because of that storm. The White House promised to stay on top of the situation, hoping to avoid a repeat of the slow initial response to Katrina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was positioning emergency materials in Jacksonville, Lakeland and Homestead. Gov. Jeb Bush said the state has ample supplies of food, water and ice ready for hard-hit areas. Sean Mayo was filling up his sport utility vehicle’s 26-gallon tank and a five-gallon gas can in Marco Island. “We don’t know if there will be any shortages. I need to make sure I got enough gas to get to Lauderdale and back,” he said. Although Wilma was approaching from the west, forecasters warned that Atlantic Coast cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach could be hit by winds nearly as strong. At 8 p.m. EDT, Wilma was centered about 270 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and 452 miles south-southwest of Key West. It was moving west-northwest near 7 mph, forecasters said. Mayfield said the Keys could be hit by storm surge up to 25 feet and battering waves ever higher than that. “I just don’t see how the Florida Keys will get out of this without having a major impact,” he said. Authorities told visitors to leave the Keys on Wednesday and planned to order residents to get out today. The Keys were evacuated for Hurricanes Dennis and Rita earlier this year and four times last year. “It is tough on the nerves,” said Leon Dermer, owner of Happy Feather Gift Shop in Key Largo. He said every evacuation costs him about $10,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Raiders ran for a sole first down, their fewest first downs via the ground all season.“We were two possessions behind at the end of the half and we had two-minute opportunities, and then we had some two-minute opportunities at the end of the game,” Gruden said. “We fumbled the ball on a running play. We had some penalties. We were unable to convert on third down. We’ve got to run the ball more, and we’ve got to run the ball better. But it’s hard to function right now with a lot of the moving parts that we have. It’s a credit to our team for moving the ball and keeping us in the game.”Derek Carr underthrew Jordy Nelson on would-be touchdownLate in the third quarter with the Raiders trailing 20-10, the Bengals’ coverage collapsed. Jordy Nelson streaked down the right sideline with nobody in the same zip code, and he looked primed to bring the Raiders within three points and finally spark an offense that had been stagnant for the majority of the first three quarters.But Carr’s throw, instead of leading Nelson into the end zone, forced him to come back on the ball and make a sliding catch at the Bengals’ 7-yard line.“You should get points, more than three in that situation,” Gruden said.A false start each from rookie left tackle Kolton Miller and rookie right tackle Brandon Parker and two incompletions later, the Raiders settled for a Daniel Carlson 27-yard field goal. Normally these Raiders will take any 44-yard gain they can get, but the fact this one didn’t go for 51 yards actually made a difference in the Raiders’ comeback quest.“In hindsight, absolutely,” Carr said when asked if he wanted that throw back. “He started digging as soon as I threw it. I was trying to just put it on him. He was digging and looked back. I wish I threw a downfield ball. In my mind, I didn’t want to overthrow this. I’ve seen that happen too many times. It happened to the Bengals earlier in the game. You never want to miss those.”Carr completed only 55 percent of his passes against the Bengals. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)Bengals took away Raiders’ best playerAside from a two-catch, 10-yard day against the Seahawks in Week 6 and a two-catch, 20-yard game against the 49ers in Week 9, Jared Cook had his least effective game of the season against the Bengals with only two catches for 23 yards.Cook logged back-to-back seven-catch, 100-plus-yard games in the two games prior to Sunday’s, but the Bengals were successful in nullifying the Raiders’ best player.“There were a couple of plays I missed him,” Carr said. “There was one on the fumble I was looking for him. There were a lot of times he was doubled, but they didn’t show it. We had to go to other guys in those circumstances. They did a good job of mixing it up. He did a good job on his routes, though. I didn’t have enough time on it. They did a good job, but I think if we had a couple more seconds, we could have hit him.”Cook declined an interview after the game, so we didn’t get to hear from him on what the Bengals did to cause him fits. Instead of relying on their team-leader in catches (63), receiving yards (848) and receiving touchdowns (six) as they often do, the Raiders leaned on a host of others that didn’t do much as 17 of Carr’s 38 passes fell incomplete.“They did a good job. Obviously we didn’t have much time there at times,” Gruden said of Cook’s quiet day. “We were looking for him in some passing situations and we struggled. I think you can see that.”Makeshift offensive line played like oneIt’s no surprise the Raiders’ offensive line resembled Swiss cheese against the Bengals. They started fourth- and fifth-string guards Chaz Green and Denzelle Good with injuries to starters Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson and backup left guard Jon Feliciano. The only surprise was rookie left tackle Kolton Miller, now healthy, played the worst of any of them after a string of sturdy outings sicne he overcame a lingering knee issue.Miller’s biggest gaffe came midway through the first quarter, when Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard blew by him, rocked Carr on his blind side and forced a fumble the Bengals recovered. Miller played next to his fourth left guard of the year on Sunday, with Green joining Osemele, Feliciano and Justin Murray.“It wasn’t too challenging,” Miller said of working next to yet another left guard. “As long as our point was right and communicating didn’t make it too big of a deal. They’re great, great guys … Definitely a big year to learn from and grow from. Really that’s the only thing you can do.”Carr weathered five sacks on Sunday, bringing his season total to 47, alone with the third-most sacks taken among quarterbacks this season. His previous single-season high was 31 sacks taken in 2015. In the last two season combined, Carr went down only 36 times with some of the NFL’s best offensive lines. Safe to say his protection in 2018 is among the league’s worst.“We’re working with our fourth and fifth guards,” Carr said. “They did a great job. We didn’t change the plan. We did what we normally did, and they were able to play with it. There are a few plays we want back, but for the most part they did a really good job.” CINCINNATI — One glance at the Paul Brown Stadium stands revealed how little this game mattered for either team. The crowd, despite being announced at over 44,000 (yeah, right) filled less than half the stadium. The product on the field, especially from the visitors, was equally uninspiring.The Bengals started a quarterback who can’t throw the ball accurately – Jeff Driskel tallied 19 incompletions compared to 14 completions – yet his offense still plastered 30 points on the Raiders. Against the only defense worse than their own in the NFL, the Raiders only mustered 16 points themselves.If anything, the No. 1 pick remained within reach with two games left as the Raiders fell to 3-11 thanks to an inept offense that they’ve seen all too often this season. But where did the gunslinging Derek Carr of recent weeks go?Here are four reasons the Raiders couldn’t get anything going against a team that allowed a league-worst 30.5 point per game in their first 13 games. Raiders unable to establish ground gameOf course stats don’t mean everything, but the Bengals allowed 148.1 yards per game on the ground entering Sunday. You’d think the Raiders would be able to drum up something on the ground, even with two backup guards and a backfield that shouldn’t strike fear into anyone. Yet the Raiders only ran for 68 yards, their fourth-lowest total of the season, and their longest run of the game came on a 21-yard sweep to their fourth-string tight end in the first quarter.“There’s no excuse,” starting running back Doug Martin said when asked why the Raiders weren’t able to generate anything on the ground. “We have two guards down. I have to carry the flag and I couldn’t get rolling the way I wanted to. We didn’t have it today.”Martin ran for 39 yards on nine carries. Darren Waller had the one sweep for 21 yards. Jalen Richard carried four times for 9 yards and lost a fumble. DeAndre Washington ran once for a single yard and Seth Roberts’ end-around went for a loss of 2. The Raiders ran 16 times total, their second-fewest carries in a game this season, ahead of only their 13 rushes against the Chargers in Week 5.
SAN JOSE — Forward Joonas Donskoi was scratched and Lukas Radil drew into the lineup for Game 7 of the Sharks’ first round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday at SAP Center.It wasn’t immediately known why Donskoi was a scratch for the decisive game, although he took a huge hit from Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb at the 17:08 mark of the first overtime of Game 6 in Las Vegas. Donskoi, though, got back up right after the hit and took fairly regular shifts to …