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Howell confident Waterhouse will stay up

first_imgTop Waterhouse striker Kenroy Howell is highly confident that his struggling club will get it together, starting tomorrow against Tivoli Gardens FC in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Waterhouse Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.The Drewsland club is rooted at the bottom in the RSPL on 21 points from 24 games and in danger of relegation. With nine sets of games remaining in the preliminary stage, Waterhouse are in desperate need of a good winning run in order to avoid the drop.Howell is fully aware of the club’s situation, but remains optimistic that the team will climb up the standings.”Well, every game is like a final for us. We are aware of the situation and the pledge is to stay up in the league and take it from there next season. We are not used to this, but we will stay up,” Howell, who is the club’s leading striker on eight goals, confidently told The Gleaner.”I would not say that we are too concerned. We are going through a bad patch, but we have the players that can win games,” the 23-year-old said.CONSISTENCY NEEDED”The team is playing good football, but the attackers need to be consistent in front of the goal, and put away the chances. I guess that the strikers and midfielders are not consistent. We need to score goals as the defenders are doing fine, especially in recent times,” he disclosed.Howell started the season following a knee surgery, but has since recovered well.”I did not start off the season fit, but have improved. I’m in better shape,” Howell added.”We are definitely confident that the team will stay up. The management staff and coaches are doing a good job, so it is up to the players to continue training hard in order to deliver on match day. We will win against Tivoli on Sunday (tomorrow),” he vowed.last_img read more

Windies preparation taking shape – Ambrose

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose says that the preparation camp here over the last two weeks has allowed West Indies to fine-tune their game as they take aim at the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week.The Caribbean side has been training here and has also played three unofficial warm-up T20 games to gain match practice ahead of the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India.Sir Curtly said that he saw improvement in the two opening games against Zimbabwe last week and in yesterday’s contest against English County Warwickshire, which West Indies won by 11 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.”I think the bowling is really coming together. We have had a couple of good games so far, and there’s room for improvement, obviously, but I am quite satisfied at the moment with the way the guys are bowling,” Sir Curtly said following the game.PLAN GOING WELLHe added: “As a bowling unit, we are working with a plan and, so far, the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”He said Windies batting had also performed well on tour and pointed to the depth as the key to its success.Pointing to the opening game against Zimbabwe and yesterday’s game against Warwickshire, the former West Indies paceman said that the Caribbean side showed it possessed quality batting all the way through the order.”The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting. We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players. We have depth, and that is going to be key,” he stressed.”When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total, so that, to me, is the strength in our batting so at the moment, I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.”The fielding has been good, but we still can improve, so generally, I am quite satisfied.”last_img read more

Director plans Tokyo 2020 ceremonies ‘rich in Japanese spirit’

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The appointment of Mansai Nomura, who performs in Japan’s centuries-old classical theater and is well known domestically, may suggest the importance that the country’s traditional arts will play in the ceremonies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Quiet at times, elevated at times… I want to show big swings,” he said.While Nomura is famed for his performances in Japan’s traditional comedy theater and is likely to draw on his knowledge of the country’s rich artistic heritage, he said he was also a fan of modern entertainment.And he said he saw no barriers to combining modern and traditional art.A fan of Michael Jackson, he compared the pop star’s famed moonwalk to “suriashi”, a technique of classical Japanese performance in which actors wearing traditional socks slide on wooden floors.“Put the soles of your feet (on the floor) and go forward, it’s suriashi. Going backward, it’s moonwalking. What appears to be two extremes can be like two sides of a coin,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal But Nomura gave little away.“I will do my utmost to produce Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies that are simple but rich in Japanese spirit,” Nomura told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I want to show our palette holds paints of many colors,” he said, pledging to “cover the entire range, from high art to entertainment.”The overarching concept of the ceremonies will be announced later this year, but Nomura said there would be drama. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Heading the ball’ riskier for female players—study In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Asked whether he’d be performing himself, he quipped: “I’d moonwalk as much as people want if it pleases them. The budget for that would be zero.”Nomura will direct the ceremonies with a team including Hiroshi Sasaki, a leading advert director who was Japan’s point man for the handover ceremony at the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics.He made waves with a sequence that saw Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe make a comic cameo as Nintendo video game character Super Mario.Abe came out of a pipe in Rio after a video showed Mario tunneling down from Tokyo into the earth to reach Brazil. But Sasaki said he wouldn’t be looking to simply reprise that performance.“I think his simply returning from there wouldn’t live up to people’s expectations. I must do something more spectacular,” he said, giving no further details.For all the fanfare, there will also be a somber element to the ceremonies, paying tribute to victims of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami and celebrating reconstruction efforts since then. NVGRELATED STORIES:Tokyo 2020 organizers say venue delays won’t hit test eventsWATCH: Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympics official theme song, dance Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Chief executive creative director Mansai Nomura speaks during a press conference on the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 Olympic. Image: Kazuhiro NOGI / AFPThe opening and closing ceremonies at Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics Games will showcase Japan’s ancient and modern sides, the traditional theater actor newly appointed to direct the events said Tuesday. View commentslast_img read more

Kemba Walker stays hot, scores 43 as Charlotte Hornets upend Boston Celtics

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Walker outdueled Boston’s Kyrie Irving, who finished with 27 points and 11 assists.Jeremy Lamb had 18 points and Willy Hernangomez added 14 as the Hornets beat the Celtics for the first time in eight tries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Celtics entered the fourth quarter leading 87-84 and quickly stretched the lead to double digits behind Irving, who scored and was fouled on a drive.But Walker refused to lose this time. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Hornets: Nic Batum continued to struggle with his shot in the early going, missing his first four shots before knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. Batum, who failed to score against the 76ers, had nine points. … Malik Monk, who has missed his last 16 3-point attempts, didn’t play in the second half.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Knicks on Wednesday night.Hornets: Host Pacers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The two-time All-Star simply took over, scoring on drives, midrange jumpers and from long distance. He scored 11 straight points in one stretch, including a 3-pointer from the right wing. Walker was 7 of 10 from the field in the fourth quarter, including 4 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc.Tony Parker also had two key jumpers down the stretch and finished with seven points.After Jayson Tatum knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the lead in half, Walker delivered the dagger with another clutch 3 from 27 feet away with 32 seconds left, bringing fans to their feet. Irving missed two open 3s down the stretch and the Hornets escaped with the win to pull even at .500.TIP INSCeltics: Aron Baynes got the start over Gordon Hayward at forward. The change didn’t matter all that much as both were 1 of 4 from the field in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) celebrates with Tony Parker (9) after Parker’s basket against the Boston Celtics late in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 43 points, giving him 103 in his last two games, and the Charlotte Hornets battled back to beat the Boston Celtics 117-112 on Monday night.Walker followed up his NBA season-best, 60-point effort in an overtime loss to the 76ers on Saturday night with another spectacular performance, scoring 21 in the fourth quarter and making 14 of 25 shots, including seven more 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Nets’ Caris LeVert ‘very blessed’ despite gruesome foot injury Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

USAID/Liberia Mission Director Commissions Biomass Energy Plant

first_imgThe United States Government has turned over the completed and operational Kwendin Biomass Energy Plant to the people of Kwendin in Nimba County, a press release has said. The project, according to the release, was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) using locally available biomass.The Kwendin Biomass Energy Plant is one of four renewable energy projects funded by USAID in Liberia. A 1000 kilowatt hydro-electric plant is being constructed on the Mein River in Suakoko, Bong County, with USAID assistance. Once completed, it will supply power to more than 2,500 homes and several businesses and institutions in the Suakoko area, including Cuttington University, Phebe Hospital, and the Central Agricultural Research Institution. The materials include wood chips, coconut and palm kernel shells, to produce clean and affordable energy for over 200 households and more than 2,500 residents of Kwendin. The Plant will also supply power to schools, churches and the business community.At the commissioning ceremony recently, USAID/ Liberia Mission Director, Dr. Anthony S. Chan, called on the residents to pay their electricity bills in order to ensure the long term sustainability of their new electricity plant.Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Dorr Cooper, thanked the US Government for its development assistance to Liberia. He said Nimba County has been a direct beneficiary of US assistance, noting that hundreds of miles of roads in the county have been rehabilitated with funding from USAID.Work is also ongoing on a biomass electric plant that will use palm oil as an energy source to provide electricity to more than 2,500 people in Sorlumba, Lofa County. In Lofa County, residents of Gbarnway are already benefiting from a 24 kilowatt solar electricity system that is providing power to 152 households and five public facilities, including the community school and clinic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

African Finance Ministers Urged to Improve Tax Policies

first_imgView of participants at the just ended meeting. The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) was represented by Deputy Commissioner for Administration Dekontee King-Sackie (2nd row, 3rd from right). ATAF Governing Council Member and former LRA Commissioner General, Elfrieda Stewart-Tamba (next to King-Sackie) also attended.The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) has ended a high-level tax policy dialogue in Kigali, Rwanda, with a conclusion to improve tax policies that will enhance domestic resource mobilization.The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) is an organisation which was established by African revenue authorities in 2009, in order to improve the performance of tax administrations in Africa.The tax policy dialogue hosted by the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) is the second edition of ATAF’s High-level Tax Policy Dialogue that is aimed at harmonizing and strengthening Africa’s position in the international tax arena.A dispatch from the ATAF indicates that over 120 officials from Ministries of Finance and African tax administrations of 21 countries, parliamentarians, civil society, business and other top financial institutions, including the African Development Bank, were represented at the dialogue.Liberia, being a member country of ATAF, was represented at the dialogue in Kigali by Decontee King-Sackie, Acting Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).Former LRA Commissioner General, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, was also in attendance. It may be recalled that, while at the helm of the LRA, Madam Stewart Tamba was on November 7, 2016 elected to the Governing Council of ATAF as a member in Durban, South Africa. Her tenure at the LRA expired on June 30, 2018.With intent of discussing how reinforce Africa’s position to benefit from the global tax agenda, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda, Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, said African tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratios are far below those of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and therefore there is a need to improve the tax position of the continent.The Rwandan Minister stressed the need to bring together key players who are able to influence and take action to bring about the needed changes in Africa’s tax administration; naming politicians, legislators, Ministers of Finance, tax administrations, business and civil society groups as those to work together to effect the change.He also acknowledged the role of ATAF for taking the lead in driving forward the initiative which will be a vital element in Africa achieving the African Union (AU) 2063 agenda which calls for a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.In response, participants at the dialogue welcomed the call and commended ATAF for taking the initiative in leading the work on taxation changes in Africa.They conceded that Legislators, Ministers of Finance and tax administration need to immediately start working closely together to design new tax policies for Africa and rapidly build tax administration capacity.“African tax experts, academics and civil society have a key role to play in pioneering African tax solutions.  There is a need for a framework to be established where African tax issues can be discussed and addressed,” the participants concurred.Participants also said vital global tax issues such as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting outcomes will be reviewed in 2020 and the OECD report on the tax challenges of digitization will be completed the same year.Therefore, they said, “It is crucial that the African Union, Ministers of Finance, tax administrations, civil society and business participate actively in this work and influence its outcomes to ensure they are fit for purpose in Africa and assist in improving Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) on the continent.”In a mandatory request, the participants agreed that ATAF monitors and evaluates progress on the global tax work carried out by Africa; calling upon it to set targets for that work and as soon as possible report progress on those targets to Finance Ministers at the next African Union meeting.The meeting also highlighted that the expected change in African tax policy will require countries to work collaboratively to ensure that the outcomes meet the needs of all African countries.To do so, participants emphasized that African countries will need to pool their resources to create the capacity needed to deal with those highly complex technical policy issues, noting that Africa must have an African inter-government tax policy body with ATAF as its technical support.The participants further noted that good tax policy is based on good tax data, and therefore policy makers need data and rigorous data analysis on the impact of tax policy changes and tax administration reforms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Unit of Allied Arts awarded for commendable work

first_imgThe Unit of Allied Arts within the Education Ministry was on August 29 last recognised for its highly commendable work as an education enabler in formalising and expanding “Expressive Arts” in Guyana’s school system.Lorraine Barker-King displaying the certificates of recognitionThis Arts’ unit was selected as a recipient of the 2018 Guyana Cultural Association of New York Award.The objective of this award is to convey a high regard for the achievements of each awardee. Lorraine Barker-King, the Unit’s Administrator received the award on the Unit’s behalf at Borough Hall in Brooklyn, New York.last_img read more

Religious differences simmer under Malay quiet

first_img“There is much disillusionment” among non-Muslims, said P. Uthayakumar, a Hindu lawyer who has launched a court battle to prevent authorities from demolishing temples. “Every time a temple is demolished, the people’s confidence is shaken further.” The issue of churches and temples is part of a wider debate in Malaysia regarding racial and religious rights. Majority ethnic Malays, who are exclusively Muslim, enjoy a host of privileges, while other groups struggle with issues such as a perceived lack of recourse when they get into legal disputes with Muslims over religious matters. “The debate and conflict over places of worship for non-Muslims is one of the results of the radicalized communitarian politics,” says Farish Noor, a Malaysian Muslim political analyst. “Thus far the Malaysian government has been talking about being a government for all Malaysians, but sadly we see that the Malay-Muslim agenda still dominates politics at a major level.” Some observers say the destruction of temples reflects the government’s failure under Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who took power in 2003, to curb attempts by some Malays to assert their influence and privileges. PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – The cavernous pink Putra Mosque with its soaring minaret is one of the most commanding sights and popular tourist photo backdrops in the new city of Putrajaya. A house of worship for thousands of Muslims in the eight-year-old administrative capital of Malaysia, it is a showcase of the nation’s dominant faith – Islam. But the mosque also highlights the fact that Putrajaya doesn’t have a single church or temple – a fact that minority Buddhists, Hindus and Christians see as one example of the second-class treatment other faiths get in this Muslim-majority country. Religious minorities have long complained about obstacles to government permission for building places of worship in Malaysia. But their frustrations have grown amid recent accusations by religious-rights activists that authorities are destroying non-Muslim shrines, heating up racial bitterness that has simmered for decades beneath a veneer of multicultural harmony. Abdullah, who espouses a philosophy of progressive moderate Islam, warned in November that he would not allow anyone to “hijack Islam in Malaysia in order to breed intolerance and hatred.” However, there has been an increasing perception among non-Muslims over the past year that some politicians and religious authorities have become overzealous in trying to ensure that the status of Malays and their religion remains unthreatened. Malaysia has not seen major racial violence since May 1969, when hundreds were killed in riots between Malay Muslims – two-thirds of the country’s 26 million people – and ethnic Chinese, who are 25 percent of the population. Most Chinese are Buddhists or Christians. Ethnic Indians, the smallest minority, are largely Hindus. Racial harmony between the three groups is a fine balance, maintained mainly because the minorities have not made a fuss about Islam’s primacy and are accepting and thankful for the relative freedom they have to practice their faith. But critics say that while religious freedom is a constitutional right, minorities are being indirectly victimized by laws and arcane rules. Among them, religious conversion of ethnic Malay Muslims is illegal; authorities have strict guidelines that limit the number of non-Muslim places of worship, partly based on whether there are enough non-Muslims in an area to justify having a church or temple. According to Town Planning Department guidelines, non-Muslim places of worship can only be built after taking into account racial “harmony … and not touch on the sensitivities of other faiths.” Laws also allow for the demolition of temples and churches built on sites deemed unsuitable by city officials. In the past year, activists allege there have been increasing demolitions, especially involving Hindu temples. The Hindu Rights Action Force lobby group says more than 70 Hindu temples were razed or threatened with such action in 2006. Many Hindu temples were built by plantation laborers, without official approval, before the country’s independence from Britain in 1957. The Hindu coalition has urged the government to declare temple locations as religious land reserves, which would protect them. It filed a court application in December seeking an injunction to halt any further demolitions. Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia’s most placid countries, and there is no immediate alarm that the issue will trigger serious unrest. Nevertheless, some demolitions sparked violent confrontations that could be a sign of simmering tensions.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fort St. John session “first step” towards building healthier communities

first_imgAmong them was newly elected Tumbler Ridge Councillor Beverly Litster, who says she’ll be taking the knowledge that she gained back to her community. “I’m going to build a different group of community members so we’ll have a diversity plan with that of engaged people, and then from there, develop an action plan and work with Northern Health to make Tumbler a much healthier community that it is today.” Not only was the session a chance for participants to learn more about how individuals, organizations and communities themselves can improve their health, it was also a chance to network and build relationships with stakeholders. Litster says she’s taken away a better understanding of the need to get the right group of diverse people who have a vested interest in the community to get the process going. – Advertisement -“I met some really great people and it’s going to allow me to build a network for myself for other resources,” she explains. “You have to gather people together to make things work.” Back home, she’ll be reaching out to seniors groups, major employers in town, RCMP, local government officials, and healthcare providers, as well as other community groups that might be able to play a role in improving the community’s overall health. Litster understands that the way everyone sees a healthy community is different, so having a variety of input is key to success. Advertisement “I’ve come to realize that everyone’s definition is something different, and so it’s going to be a challenge to find something that’s common and then to tweak people’s perceptions and move something forward.” She acknowledges that the session is the first step in a long journey to improve her community.A Healthy Communities session was held in Terrace earlier in October, and a third will be held in Prince George on November 13.last_img read more