first_imgIn a close ceremony with family and friends of the great man present, a church minister officially blessed Jonah Lomu Drive.Lomu’s wife, Nadene was present with their two boys Dhyreille and Brayley, and she had this to say of the honour: “Jonah was a very big but humble person. I think he would probably be quite shy of something like this, but I think it’s very deserving and most humbling to see.We’re really excited to see the development grow and for the children to learn more about the school that their dad was a part of – and for the street sign to be put up.“There’s just so much significance here, which is really special to be a part of. To be able to say that there is a street named after Jonah Lomu in New Zealand, I think it is a wonderful thing.“I also think it’s a very fitting tribute to Jonah for the imprint that he’s left on many heart of the old boys here at Wesley and the ones who are presently here. But also for the generations to come through.”No doubt Jonah left an imprint on New Zealand, but also the world when he burst onto the rugby scene at the 1995 World Cup where he scored seven tries in five games, four of which came against England.His running over of Mike Catt has to be one of the most memorable moments of rugby history.Considering Lomu’s impact on New Zealand, having a street named after him is a fitting tribute to a man who was taken too soon.last_img read more

first_imgThe all PNG Gold medal play off in the mixed doubles saw Suari and Vai win in straight sets against Eli Webb and Robin Morove.Webb and Morove settled for silver while New Caledonia’s s Laurent Guepy Kareen Hamou got silver.The pair who grew up playing together said it was a hard match and “we knew it wouldn’t be easy coming up against the likes of Eli Webb.””The doubles is anyone’s game and we were able to take it down and play well which we did,” Suari said.He said the PNG Squash team did not do well in the 2011 Games in New Caledonia and the win by both PNG teams was a good start with them claiming both Gold and Silver in the mix doubles.”Hopefully we can develop more juniors and get them to compete in future international matches,” Suari added.Vai who shed tears of joy at the medal presentation said they put a lot of hard work trying to get in and the journey was not easy.”Winning and getting the gold was a great achievement.””We’ve been playing together for a while, we both teamed up last year in Glasgow and growing up together we know our strengths and weaknesses,” Vai said.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FEU ends nine-year UAAP Finals drought, ousts Ateneo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ 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 Ateneo led by as much as 15, 69-54, with less than five minutes left against a team comprised of the country’s best young talents, but Eagles coach Tab Baldwin downplayed the victory.“I’m not too impressed. I thought we just went out and play,” Baldwin 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, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We had a good spurt in the fourth. I thought our defense for the most of the game, there was some passion into it and we played with a lot of intensity.”Ricci Rivero had a game-high 17 points for the Cadets, who just had more or less a week to prepare for the tournament. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Paras added 13 points but he couldn’t get anything going late in the game. Juan Gomez de Liaño scored Gilas’ last eight points to finish with 11. De Liaño played double duty after also suiting up for University of the Philippines in the first game.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying more as a team, Ateneo gave the fancied Gilas cadets an early wakeup call, 75-69, at the start of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Thirdy Ravena scored 16 points, including a dunk off a steal on Kobe Paras that sparked a fourth quarter run by the Blue Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIt was Thomas Doe Nah, Managing Director of CENTAL, the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia, who once remarked, “John Davis entered the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI)  running.”The occasion was the passing of the torch from Francis A. Dennis, Jr. as LBDI President to John Davies, whom the bank’s Board of Directors had chosen to succeed Mr. Dennis.What did Doe mean?  He was also among the new entrants whom the bank had chosen several years ago to join the staff.  But very early on he sensed that this fellow new entrant, John Davies, approached the job with an extraordinary degree of  purpose and zeal that Doe figured were absent either in himself or in any of the other new entrants.     Well, a few years later the government recognized John Davis’ talent and zeal, pulled him away from LBDI, naming him Comptroller General at the Ministry of Finance.  And when the Board felt it was time to choose a new LBDI head, it brought Davies back to head  LBDI.Today, LBDI’s onshore and offshore cash position stands at US$53 million, while its  balance sheet grew by 17% last year. President Davies told a press conference  Tuesday that the “minimum liquidity ratio set by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) is 15%.  LBDI’s liquidity ratio at December 31, 2013, however, was 47%, reflecting a liquidity surplus of 32%.CBL’s “capital adequacy ratio (CAR) reqirement” is 10%.  CAR means the amount of capital required to cover risk.  But the CAR of LBDI is 19%, meaning it is 9% in excess of the minimal capital requirement.But why expose these vital LBDI statistics at this time?     It is because two local newspapers attempted to cause fear and panic  in the banking sector, especially LBDI, by publishing what appeared to have been “planted” articles on last Monday morning, January 13, 2014, by spewing out some misleading figures about LBDI’s financial position.LBDI’s president, John Davies, felt compelled   to act swiftly.  As would all good leaders,  he immediately approached the Chairman of his Board of Directors, Finance Minister Amara Konneh, and convinced him that the LBDI had to make an urgent clarification, stating the bank’s true financial position, to avoid a “run on the bank.”  These newspaper articles seemed determined to do just that, by stating that LBDI was “insolvent.”  Insolvency is an anathema (disgrace, scandal) to any bank in the world; for that could cause depositors to rush to take their money out before the bank goes completely broke!The Finance Minister agreed and LBDI issued a statement on Tuesday evening, setting the record straight.  But John Davies felt that was not enough.  On Tuesday he held a press conference in which he outlaid LBDI’s true position, which indicated that it was in far healthier shape than the two newspapers had suggested.The CBL, the regulator of the banking industry in Liberia, too, felt compelled to act.  In Wednesday’s Daily Observer, CBL issued a forthright statement declaring, “The CBL hereby informs the public that LBDI is liquid, solvent and sound.”“The CBL’s financial soundness indicators show that LBDI’s liquidity ratio is 47% – 32% above the minimum 15%; the capital adequacy ratio is 19% – 9% above the minimum capital requirement.  The bank’s reserves with the CBL collectively are more than US$40 million.  Against this  background, it is quite obvious that the story about the Government of Liberia writing to the CBL to loan LBDI US$7.5 million is untrue, baseless and malicious.”CBL concluded its statement by emphatically stating its own financial position: “The CBL has at its disposal the requisite resources which, in its capacity as lender of last resort, could provide a cushion for any bank should there be a liquidity crisis.”What does this tell us as media and media practitioners? It tells us that no media institution can afford to lay prostitute to any individual or institution that wishes, for unknown or whatever reason(s) to malign another individual or institution.  To do that is to violate the ethics of our noble profession, which dictate that FACTS ARE SACRED, and that WE MUST, BEFORE GOING TO PRESS, GET THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWhile executivees say the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had minimal impact on Delta Air Lines’ business, its CEO told CNBC the airline’s priority is making sure its operations are safe for passengers and crew members.Delta has screening mechanisms in place at the airport in Liberia, and its flight crews and pilots turn out of Dakar, Senegal, pick up passengers in Liberia and return to Dakar, Richard Anderson said in an interview with “Closing Bell.” Delta flights to Liberia will continue until August 31, 2014. However, Anderson said the airline is taking it on a “day-by-day basis.””We have good procedures in place. The government of Liberia is doing a good job screening people in advance of entering the airport,” he said.”We have a deep relationship with the CDC and Emory,” the hospital that is treating two Americans with Ebola, he said.”We operate under their guidance and advice and we’re continuing to operate under their guidance and advice.”On Wednesday, the International Air Transport Association said the Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa in March could be one of the biggest challenges for airlines. However, the World Health Organization has said the risk to plane passengers from Ebola is low and has not recommended travel restrictions. British Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of the month. Emirates airline has suspended flights to Guinea and two regional African airlines have cancelled all flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIn what appeared to be a direct response to criticisms by former Unity Party Chairman Cllr. Varney Sherman that the party has been betrayed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her failure to implement major policies and decisions earmarked by the party at the 2011 Convention in Nimba County, UP’s newly elected political leader, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, says with his election the party has been reborn.Ambassador Boakai said he “is bringing hope to a dying and disintegrating UP” and told many disenchanted partisans that with his election as the Standard Bearer, he is “here to change the dynamics of things.” “This is a new Unity Party. This is not going to be the same UP that you know,” Boakai said, as he changed the name of the party from “The New Unity Party” to the “Reformed Unity Party,” which was greeted with roaring applause from the partisans.Tensions flared up at the opening of the UP Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, last week Thursday after former Chairman Varney Sherman performed his last official duty – delivering a report on his six-year tenure. During the deliberation, an enraged Sherman was very vocal about the strained relationship between the government and the party during the larger part of his chairmanship.“There is gross dissatisfaction among partisans because our government has done little to satisfy our aspirations,” said a stern Cllr. Sherman, who didn’t crack a smile throughout the convention, adding, “This is because of government’s failure to adhere to the policies and agreements reached by party executives at the party’s last convention in Nimba.”He told the 425 delegates and several partisans and observers at the convention that the UP Government has let the party and its many stewards down. As such he is leaving the chairmanship an unhappy man because his promises to the people were never met due to betrayals within the rank and file of the party, especially at the higher-ups.“In May 2010, I was elected chairman of the new Unity Party. That election was done with much satisfaction, aspiration and ambition of our partisans and the Liberian people,” he said. “But if all that we agreed upon, both written and oral, at that convention had been implemented to the letter, I would have been resigning happily.” Sherman noted later, “I decided to make my report vague [not pinpointing issues or calling names] because these would have caused many pains and opened more wounds.”Meanwhile during the induction of other elected corps of officers, Vice President and standard bearer-elect Boakai said under his leadership, the Reformed UP will be a critical part of government’s agenda. The Vice President was earlier inducted by President Sirleaf, who said she has exclusive confidence in Veep Boakai to lead the party for a better Liberia.VP Boakai admitted that after the slew of exits and internal wrangling within Unity Party, the party was at its lowest ebb. This was when other nationalists began to rally and form organizations to boost the morale of the imminent political leader and the party. Some of these included the Boakai Movement; the Boakai Wings and others. The strain within the UP began to surface just over a year ago, after a President Sirleaf’s successful second term bid in 2011. At that time, some partisans said, many of them were not receiving what had been promised them. Many partisans complained on numerous occasions, at times through demonstrations, that they had been sidelined by the President for what they termed as “imported Liberians who knew nothing about how the UP was elected to power.”The “imported Liberians,” they said, “enjoyed the fruits of the party’s labor,” which caused a lot of disenchantment within and contributed to the mass exodus from the party. Key partisans, many of them, of late, executive members, said the party could no longer unite them.But Boakai said under his leadership those who work hard are the ones that will be rewarded in his government and frowned on what he termed as lip service, thus calling for total involvement and commitment to the cause of the party’s third term bid.He said the party needs to show its strength and maturity by the way it shares its power. “UP is not a Monrovia based party,” he said. He also noted that by his election, the party has chosen well. “Unity Party has chosen,” he said, noting that his experience and number of years in public service gives him leverage over many of his rivals, declaring that he would not be learning on the job.He noted that diversity and democracy are compatible and as such everyone should be encouraged to come on board to make the UP’s quest for a third term a reality.President Sirleaf had earlier called for reconciliation, noting that whatever had transpired within the party was meant to make it better. She apologized to those aggrieved and those disappointed by past events, adding that decisions taken were for the interest of the party and the Liberian state at large. She noted “let bygones be bygones” to a frowned Sherman, who was sitting at her immediate right. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAlmost two weeks after 29-year-old Denis Nandlall of Lot 21 Lalchan Street, Better Hope South, East Coast Demerara was shot dead, the Police are yet to make an arrest.This was according to Crime Chief Paul Williams during a telephone interview on Saturday, who further stated that since there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, solving the crime could be more challenging.Daniel NandlallHe nevertheless added that the Police are working with several leads, but none have led to any success thus far. Williams reiterated that the Police will continue their investigations into the cold-blooded murder.On the other hand, the parents of the dead contractor are awaiting justice for their son. They are also yet to ascertain the motive for the murder, claiming that the young man had no known issues with anyone.Nandlall was gunned down at about 23:15h on April 28 in front of his home by one of two men on pedal cycles.It was reported that the young man and a few relatives were having a few drinks in the yard and Nandlall left for the front of the house but soon after he was heard telling someone “Come back tomorrow, the man ain’t deh home.”This was followed by a loud explosion and as the relatives rushed to enquire, they saw the young man lying on the ground with blood gushing from his back.Nandlall was rushed to the Woodlands Hospital for emergency medical treatment but later succumbed to his injures. Based on reports received, the two men whose faces were covered with hoodies fled the scene.last_img read more

first_img… Region disappointed with failed promise from GovtRehabilitation works on the East Bank Berbice main access road will not happen this year, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Chairman David Armogan has said.A section of the deplorable roadAddressing the issue late last week, Armogan told reporters that the Public Infrastructure Ministry despite committing to the project was now saying that it was unable to execute the works.“I have been making many calls over the past couple of weeks to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and I discussed it twice with Minister Ferguson, who is the Junior Minister in the Ministry and she got one of her assistants to call me back on Wednesday to say that the matter is still uncompleted between the [Inter-American Development Bank] IDB and the Ministry and so it is likely to take some time and so I enquired from the person whether it is likely to be completed before the end of the year and the person said to me, ‘that is not likely to happen’.”An ambulance and Canter manoeuvring on the appalling roadHe explained that David Patterson, who is the senior Minister in the Public Infrastructure Ministry, had previously indicated that work on the road would have commenced a month ago.The project, which will see a total rehabilitation and resurfacing of the section of the road from Marks Bridge to Everton, East Bank Berbice went to tender.According to the Regional Chairman, as a result of the promises made by Minister Patterson, the local administration did not undertake any rehabilitation works on the East Bank Berbice road and as such, the road was now left in a deplorable state.“As far as we know, the IDB money has already been processed, but it is now a question of which contractor should get the job… So what we are doing at the regional level is that we have some savings from other projects like bridges and so, and so I have asked the [Regional Executive Officer] REO to look at it to see if we can get a $5 million or $6 million; but that is nothing when you consider the condition of that road. The road is in an extremely bad shape,” Armogan noted.Residents along the affected area have in the past voiced their concerns over the state of the road and held numerous protests hoping to get the attention of officials. They claimed that the Public Infrastructure Ministry has been ignoring them.Minister Patterson, in his capacity as A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) campaign manager leading up to the May 2015 Regional and General Elections, had held a meeting at Edinburgh and told residents that the then Administration had neglected them.Back then, he said should the APNU/AFC coalition win the elections, repair work to the East Bank Road would be a number one priority.Vehicle operators plying the East Bank Berbice route have upped their fares because of the damage caused to their vehicles by the road.Armogan told reporters if the REO provided funds from savings generated at the regional level, they would be used to improve the current state of the road.“I even asked Public Infrastructure Ministry if they can do some remedial work in the meantime until they have this big award of about US$7-8 million to do the road, but I am told that it is not possible at this time. So until the matter of who will be awarded the contract, we at the regional level will see what we can do to get some remedial work done.”The Regional Chairman said he was disappointed over the situation where the regional administration was being forced to do the East Bank Berbice road. “I am calling on the Government and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to speed up the process with the IDB, so that this work can start as early as possible,” Armogan said. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_img 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield) 10. Harry Kane (striker) 11 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 11 11 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre back) 11 11 Tottenham Hotspur have a chance to solidify their place in the top four on Wednesday night as they take on Leicester City at White Hart Lane.Spurs could leapfrog Manchester City should they emerge triumphant, although only on goal difference if the former title winners lose to Everton, and at a key time for the club with winnable fixtures coming up.Mauricio Pochettino, though, has failed to inspire his team to victory against the Foxes this season with the Lilywhites drawing 1-1 in the Premier League and 2-2 in the FA Cup at the weekend.Both sides rotated their teams on Sunday and will welcome key players back to the fold, but who will start the clash? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see who we think will make Tottenham’s starting XI against Leicester City… 11 11. Erik Lamela (right wing) 33. Ben Davies (left back) 11 11 11 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre back) 23. Christian Eriksen (left wing) 2. Kyle Walker (right back) 20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) last_img read more

first_imgChelsea are closing in on the Premier League title and manager Antonio Conte is set to become the fourth Italian to record the feat. However, the last three have all been given the boot in their second season. Carlo Ancelotti won the 2009/10 Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea, but was sacked the following season when the club finished trophyless.Ancelotti paid the price as the Blues finished second, nine points behind Man United. Antonio Conte looks likely to become the fourth Italian manager to win the Premier League 4 Roberto Mancini guided Man City to the 2011/12 Premier League title and was sacked exactly a year after winning itCity edged United to the league on goal difference and then lost his job for finishing 11 points behind their rivals the following season. 4center_img 4 4 Claudio Ranieri was manager of Leicester when they won a first ever title in the 2015/16 season, but was sacked the following termLeicester began terribly and continued to play poorly until Ranieri lost his job when the club were one place above the relegation zone in February.last_img read more