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In an effort to wipe out the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Ebola hit countries, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in collaboration with the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) is launching an Ebola awareness campaign in the country, under the theme: “Do Not Stigmatize Ebola Survivors. They Are Our People, Embrace Them.”The campaign will focus on recovery in the fight against Ebola — simplify the de-stigmatization of Ebola survivors, and the LNOC is involving over 70,000 students in the leeward counties.Its president Philipbert Browne told journalists yesterday at LNOC headquarters on Randall Street, in Monrovia, seven counties will receive anti-Ebola materials, of which 80% will be for schools, and 20% for sporting associations and/or athletes.Browne said the distribution of the anti-Ebola items would begin on Monday, January 23, in Grand Cape Mount County, with the donation of 200 large anti-Ebola buckets with pumps, 40 cartons of Bleach Clora, five pieces of thermometers and dozens of detergents (soaps) and antiseptic soaps.Brown further said similar donations would be given to all the counties.Bomi County is expected to receive its supplies on January 23rd and on Tuesday, February 24th will be the turn of Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.Distributions will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 25 February, in Bong County and Nimba County on Thursday, Feb. 26, to be climaxed the next day in Grand Gedeh County.“Before the distribution of anti-Ebola items County Superintendents and Sports Coordinators must be in attendance,” Browne said.He maintained that the continuous awareness against the Ebola virus is important and warned that “if we take our eye off the ball, case numbers will climb again.”Mr. Malcolm Joseph, LNOC’s vice president for Technical Affairs said despite the low infection rate, there is a need to sustain the effort to reach a ‘zero infection rate.’Joseph said a single case is equivalent to an outbreak and the threat it poses will not be over until the last case is identified and isolated.It may be recalled that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and the President of Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) H.E Sheikh Ahmed Al-Sabah in separate remarks, expressed concern and the efforts needed to combat the virus from the affected countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) has written a formal communication to Liberia’s development partners drawing their attention to what it calls the unwarranted delay in the conduct of the civic and voter education ahead of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections. In October this year, FIND issued a statement calling on all stakeholders including Liberia’s development partners to provide technical and financial support to national civil society institutions to begin early civic and voter education.FIND’s call was based on previous election observation reports, particularly the Carter Center 2011 Election Monitoring Report, which among other things highlighted late and inadequate voter education as one of the key contributing factors to the huge number of invalid votes, election violence, low voter registration and turnout, discrepancy in election results, double and underage voter registrations, misuse of state resources, and the use of excessive force by state security during the elections. FIND, while acknowledging the pivotal role the international community has played in helping Liberians to maintain the peace, encouraged the international community including the country’s development partners to continue providing resources and technical support to bolster citizens’ awareness and participation in the pending 2017 elections as a turning point for Liberia’s postwar democratic dispensation.“Moreover, the voter registration process is considered one of the critical aspects of the elections. Though the National Elections Commission (NEC) had announced that it would commence the civic and voter education on the voter registration process early this month, the Commission is yet to kick off this crucial component of the electoral process,” according to FIND.Against this backdrop, FIND underscored the urgent need for an early intensive civic and voter education on the voter registration, stressing that this cannot be overemphasized.“To this end, we call on the international community, regional bodies and International NGOs to provide technical and financial support to local and national civil society organizations for the successful holding of the 2017 elections. If adequate assistance is given to the local and international organizations, we believe, the 2017 Elections would achieve its desired results.“More precisely, the electorates, on the contrary, would be fully informed about their rights and responsibilities, which overall results would translate into a successful, peaceful, orderly and transparent elections come 2017, paving way for a new democratic dispensation in our country,” FIND said.FIND expressed the hope that its communication would be given consideration for the advancement of peace and stability in the country. FIND is one of Liberia’s most vocal human rights and pro-democracy organizations, established in 2003 with headquarters in Gbarnga, Bong County. Among other things, FIND’s works focus on the promotion of human rights, good governance and peace building as well as the promotion of the rule of law through advocacy and awareness campaigns.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…for attempted murderAs prison escapee Stafrei Alexander turned up at the High Court on Thursday for his sentencing — after a jury found him guilty of the attempted murder of Curtis Thom last month — presiding judge Justice Brassington Reynolds announced that the accused would have to undergo another trial.Stafrei AlexanderPrior to deliberations on October 30, it was discovered that one of the jurors was below the age of 18. That juror was duly discharged, and the remaining 11 deliberated and found Alexander guilty by a 9-2 proportion for the March 23, 2015 attempted murder of Curtis Thom. However, Justice Reynolds conceded on Thursday that he had “erroneously” formed the opinion that a verdict of such proportion could be accepted by the court.His new contention was guided by his review of the Criminal Law (Procedure) Act, Chapter 10:01, Laws of Guyana. It was observed that a 10-1 verdict would have been acceptable.After the revelations, Alexander’s attorney Stanley Moore, SC, stated that the jury should be discharged, and Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken concurred, further observing that the State shares the opinion that the verdict was improper and/or invalid. Justice Reynolds thereafter discharged the 11 remaining jury members, and ruled that Alexander’s case ended in a hung jury, as the court could not properly receive a 9-2 verdict.Stafrei Alexander is an inmate who had fled lawful custody multiple times, and he was accused of the attempted murder of fellow Laing Avenue, Georgetown resident Curtis Thom by way of discharging a loaded firearm I his direction. Thom was shot hours after his daughter’s christening. The court had heard that based on his beliefs, Thom proceeded to walk into his home backwards after the christening, when Alexander mumbled remarks and pointed a gun at him. Thom was shot twice, and was hospitalised for seven weeks, during which he obtained surgery to correct his injuries.Based on the account of an expert witness, a .38 revolver was the firearm of choice on the night in question, but the prosecution disclosed that the weapon used was not found.Alexander, who is also known as Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander was apprehended in late July after a special operation in Berbice. This came weeks after he had fled the Camp Street Penitentiary during an inferno around the same time when several prisoners, including death row inmate and Bartica mass killer Mark Royden “Smallie” Williams and now dead former Policeman and prisoner Uree Varswyck had fled. Prison officer Odinga Wickham was killed during that ordeal, which flattened the century-old sections of the jail.At the time of his arrest, Alexander was said to have been receiving medical attention for an existing wound. Alexander had previously fled lawful custody for six months before finally being recaptured at Kurupukari Crossing in the Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) in May 2016.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first leg of the Speed Skating Canada Cup is taking place this weekend, December 6 to the 8, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre in Fort St. John. The Speed Skating Canada Cup runs today, Friday, until Sunday at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Advertisement Members of the public are encouraged to attend and admission is free. – Advertisement -The Cup is an event where skaters accumulate points towards the end-of-season Canadian rankings, which are used to help select athletes who will be nominated for a chance to be on the national team program for the following season. For more information, you can visit Speed Skating Canada’s website. According to Speed Skating Meet Coordinator, Darren Guliov, approximately 75 to 80 speed skaters from across Canada will be competing in various long track races. Out of those competing, Guliov says six or seven speed skaters will be representing the Fort St. John Elks at this event.
SAN BERNARDINO – The emergence of one player and the re-emergence of another paved the way for Cal State San Bernardino Friday as the Coyotes slipped past Dominguez Hills 84-75 at Coussoulis Arena. Senior guard Prentice Harris tallied 21 points and senior wing Yoseph Yaisrael added a career-high 19 to spark Cal State (19-5, 15-4), ranked No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the West Region. “When we can knock down those shots it opens everything up,” Harris said. “They look at us, now there are driving lines for other guys. It adds another whole dimension to the offense.” One disturbing trend continued for the Coyotes, however, as Oliver’s squad has struggled to close out the first half and start the second. The Coyotes led by as many as 11 in the first half, that lead coming on a 3-pointer by Harris that made it 33-22. They still had a double-digit lead with 1:03 left in the half at 42-32, but then gave up five straight points and led only at the break. The Coyotes then missed five of their first six shots from the field to start the second half, with a 3-pointer by Yaisrael that upped the lead to 46-42 being the only made basket. “Those guys really carried us, especially in the first half,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “They are seniors, so they’re guys that have been in our system the longest. That’s really what you like to see from them in a big game.” That duo set the stage with their shooting prowess. Harris scored 14 in the first half and Yaisrael added 11, going a combined 7-for-9 from 3-point range. Ivan Johnson added eight before getting into foul trouble, benefitting inside from the attention defenders had to pay to the perimeter. The Coyotes led by three at 53-50 nine minutes into the half. An 8-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Chet Johnson and Yasirael, increased the margin to 11. It got interesting again late as Cal State led 71-69 with 2:45 left. Marlon Pierce knocked down a 3 to stretch the lead back to five. Yaisrael then hit two free throws and Harris added four in a row to put the game out of reach. The Coyotes shot 42.4 percent (28-for-66) from the field. They actually fared better from long distance, hitting 13-of-26 with five players factoring into that total. Ivan Johnson and Pierce also finished in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Chet Johnson had a solid all-around game with nine points, a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. With three games left, the Coyotes trail CCAA frontrunner Humboldt State by one game. Tonight they host UC San Diego, a team they lost to 69-63 in January. 42-37 WOMEN Dominguez Hills 56, Cal State S.B. 38 The Coyotes shot just 27.3 percent (15-for-55) from the field and lost to Dominguez Hills 56-38, damaging their playoff hopes. The Coyotes (16-8, 12-7) are No.7 in the region, with the top eight making the playoffs. Dominguez Hills (13-10, 10-9), which is ninth, could go ahead of the Coyotes in next week’s poll. Junior center Vanessa Wilt totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while freshman guard Krystal Urzua had 10 points and three assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Trojans, picked by the media to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference and two years removed from a last-place season, advance to the Sweet 16 to face top-seeded North Carolina in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday. It’s the first trip to the Sweet16 since 2001 and only the second since 1979 for USC (25-11), which broke the school record for victories in a season. “We’re not done yet,” Gabe Pruitt said. “There’s still many games left to be played, and we can win all of them.” What might be over is the college career of Durant, who is expected to be one of the top two picks in June’s NBA Draft. “I have a sour taste in my mouth from ending the season like this,” Durant said. “I kind of regret not playing as hard as I could today.” If it is his last game, it will be an unceremonious exit, thanks to Hackett and the Trojans, who dealt Texas its most lopsided loss this season. Durant, who averaged 25.7points this season, did get his 30 points on 11-of-24 shooting, but they came from the outside – he made 2 of 9 3-point attempts – and he wasn’t able to set up teammates. Coach Tim Floyd said it was assistant Phil Johnson who devised the unique game plan to cover the 6-foot-9 Durant with the 6-5 Hackett and, when he went to the bench, 6-5 freshman Dwight Lewis. The move freed USC’s 6-9freshman forward, Taj Gibson, to rove underneath and stop penetration to the basket. When Durant did try to get inside, Gibson helped with a double team. Gibson finished with 17points and 14 rebounds. Durant is a tough player to defend because, despite his size, he has the ball-handling and shooting skills of a guard. “It’s hard to guard him with a bigger guy because, in the end, he wants to go off the dribble,” Johnson said. Hackett showed from the get-go that he was up to the challenge, allowing Durant just four points in the first eight minutes. “He was getting a little frustrated,” Gibson said of Durant. “We kept sending little guys at him all day, and he didn’t know what to do with them.” Hackett, starting for only the second time in 23 games, also provided a surprising scoring punch with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. , drilled a 3-pointer on USC’s first trip down, and the Trojans never trailed. Nick Young led USC with 22points. All five starters scored in double figures. Texas had 50 of its 68 points from Durant and guard A.J.Abrams. The Longhorns (25-10) drew within four points in the first minute of the second half, but the Trojans answered with a 19-3 run. Young scored seven of those points, going high in the air for a one-handed dunk off a pass from Pruitt. “New Jersey, never been there,” Young said. “I’m excited about that.” Hackett, who graduated from St. John Bosco High of Bellflower a year early to enroll at USC after the death of point guard Ryan Francis last May firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SPOKANE, Wash. – Daniel Hackett looked up at who many think is the best player in college basketball – four inches up to be exact. He didn’t flinch. He wasn’t intimidated. The freshman guard is supposed to be a senior in high school, thinking about spending ditch days at the beach. Instead, he was the latest mismatch for Kevin Durant, the player who has NBA personnel drooling. But the mismatch, somehow, was in USC’s favor. Hackett hounded Durant, pushing around the bigger player and denying him touches in a shocking display of grit. Fifth-seeded USC showed how team play can overcome one great player in upsetting No. 4 Texas 87-68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spokane Arena. “It was fun,” Hackett said of guarding the player who has been a nightmare for so many opponents. “It was like a dream trying to go against a player like him. He’s probably one of the best players college basketball has ever seen.” Like a dream is the perfect way to describe the season USC is having.
Chris Waddle joined Andy Goldstein on Tuesday to cast his… er…. ears over the new version of ‘Diamond Lights’.Waddle, along with his then Tottenham team-mate Glenn Hoddle, reached No.11 in the charts with the original version in 1987.And he is backing Goldstein and Cundy to go even higher and is hoping they can celerate Christman by reaching No.1 and raising a stackload of cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Download the single here – bit.ly/gouldfatherCheck out both versions here…Goldstein and Cundy…Hoddle and Waddle…The Goldstein and Cundy single is available to download now – purchase from iTunes here: bit.ly/gouldfather(EP includes the unbelievable TBA Remix by Technikal. BK & Intraspekt)All proceeds to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Romelu Lukaku At his best he’s unstoppable – and Monday night was one of those occasions.Romelu Lukaku turned on the style as Everton forged an unlikely comeback to beat West Brom 3-2 after falling two goals behind just after half time.Lukaku, often an enigma, scored twice and set up Arouna Kone for the other in a barnstorming second half as the Toffees continued their impressive start to the season.And the words on my fans’ lips in the aftermath was just why struggling Chelsea let Lukaku escape through their clutches.Some of the best reactions to the Belgian’s imperious display can be found below: //storify.com/talksport/everton-fans-laud-romelu-lukaku-after-match-winnin.js?border=false[View the story “Everton fans laud Romelu Lukaku after match-winning display” on Storify] 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsStudents will read passages from their books at the district’s annual Young Authors Conference. The pupils will sit in director’s chairs inside classrooms and review their works with select audiences. The district’s eight elementary schools will be represented in two upcoming conferences. The first starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mint Canyon School, 16400 Sierra Highway. Participating schools are Canyon Springs, Leona Cox, Mint Canyon and Valley View. The second reception takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 at Sulphur Springs School, 16628 W. Lost Canyon Road. Schools involved are Sulphur Springs, Mitchell, Fair Oaks Ranch and Pinetree. email@example.com CANYON COUNTRY – They’ve penned comedies, dramas and mysteries. Some are very short stories. Others are long solid reads. All were written by 8- to 12-year-old students in the Sulphur Springs School District. Published, bound and now in the school library, their books will be on display during two upcoming receptions. “It’s important for students to understand the complete writing process,” said Kathy Wright, assistant superintendent of instructional services. “There is no better way than to see their efforts reflected in a bound book and for friends to be able to check it out at the school library.” Nearly 160 pupils participated in the book writing. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!