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first_imgThe Marshall was in town, and he wore ‘light blue.’ Alex Marshall, the leading goal-scorer in the ISSA/Flow Manning Cup, powered St George’s College (STGC) to a cracking 2-0 win over neighbours and bitter rivals Kingston College at the Constant Spring field yesterday. STGC, as a result, finished with a perfect three wins to qualify for the semi-finals from Group J, while St Jago beat Haile Selassie 3-1 at the Prison Oval in their final game. The former national under-17 midfielder, now St George’s centre-forward, has been heroic all season, striking a whopping 21 goals in all competitions to plant them in the Super Cup and the Walker Cup final and now the Manning Cup semis. “St George’s probably has the player or the deciding x-factor, and that was the end result in their favour. We were undone, of course, by a very good player in Alex Marshall, all credit to him. I thought that we did well to contain him for the remainder of the game,” KC coach Ludlow Bernard reflected on yesterday’s 2-0 loss. High expectations Marshall told The Gleaner: “I wasn’t at my 100 per cent best, but I still went out there and did the job. I wouldn’t say they (St George’s) rely on me, but they expect me to go out there, get the opportunities, and make use of them,” he added. Marshall’s opening goal gave STGC the go-ahead inside minute 14, with the skillful, agile, and clinical finisher creating space for himself before firing home from just outside the box, past captain/goalkeeper Akim Larmond. His strike partner, Gregory Messam Jr, was dragged down by defender Jaziel Thompson inside the penalty box after getting on to a split-perfect through ball in the 78th minute. Marshall obliged, coolly dispatching the resulting penalty kick low and hard to the right of Larmond to round out the 2-0 triumph. KC had their chances with Javain Brown leaving Matthew Wilson and Paul Young for dead with his express pace before rolling an inviting pass across the face of the STGC goal, begging Jerome Lodge to tap it inside the net. The offer wasn’t taken, and KC missed what was a great chance to pull level before half-time. Throughout the game, KC’s leading forward, Rashawn Mackison, had a good game, providing through passes and goal-scoring opportunities but was not supported. Paul Young was given a straight red card in the 80th minute for violent conduct, while six yellow cards were issued in the historically-hot North Street derby. “Thank God we are in the semi-finals! This is what we wanted. Kingston College pushed us. I dare say Kingston College and St George’s is the greatest rivalry in schoolboy football, and we expected this from them,” Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said.last_img read more

first_imgAn accident involving three cars on the Robertsfield highway Sunday, April 20, led to the death of 4 persons with others in critical condition.According to authorities at the Du-side Hospital in Harbel, Margibi County, where some of the victims were transferred to, the deadly accident involved three cars; 2 gray Nissans and a black Honda Accord driven by a man indentified as Moses S. Massaquoi.The operator of one of the gray Nissans, identified as Alpha Sangary, died upon arrival at the Du-side Hospital.Others killed in the fatal accident include: Augustine Fallah, 37; Agnes Chukepue Fallah, 26; and Justina Browne, all of whom were declared dead upon arrival by Du-side’s medical practitioners.This paper was informed that three of the accident’s victims were relatives of Ms. Gloria T. Tamba, a reporter of the Daily Observer newspaper.The members of her family, Mr. Augustine Fallah, Madam Justina Browne, and Agnes Chukepue Fallah, were on their way to Monrovia when they met their sad and untimely ends.According to Gloria, the family had gone to attend a wedding in Harbel, Margibi County, and was on their way back to their residence in Chicken Soup Factory, Monrovia.She explained that their remains have been taken to the Abraham Robert Funeral Home to await burial.“We will have the burial of Agnes Fallah and Justina Browne on Thursday, while Mr. Augustine Fallah’s funeral will be arranged later,” Ms. Tamba revealed. Du-Side Hospital’s authorities told reporters that they transferred nine of the accident survivors to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center on Monday, April 21, for further medical treatment.“We received a total of 17 persons from the accident on Sunday night. Four were confirmed dead on arrival by doctors, while 13 were in critical condition,” a staff of the hospital not authorized to speak with the media disclosed.Those transferred to the JFK Hospital include: Korto Mulbah, Rachel Fayiah, Rosetta Fallah, Real Mabutu, and Evelyn Mulbah.Others are: Mohammed Jalloh, Andrew Juah, Ansu Browne, and a man identified as Wadman.The Daily Observer offers our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased, and we pray for the timely recovery of the injured.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_imgThe founder and president of the Oasis Ministry, Rev. Foday E. Karpeh says the current generation of Liberia is faced with the responsibility of crafting a national framework for leadership to help the country achieve its development agenda.Rev. Karpeh made the reflection recently, during the five-day Young Political Leadership School (YPLS) training, organized by Empower, Engage & Educate (NAYMOTE) advocacy group at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia.The opening day was witnessed by Antonio Vigilante, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UNMIL, Lena Nordstrom, Sweden’s Ambassador to Liberia, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of Governance Commission (GC) and the president of the Press Union of Liberia, Abdulai Kamara, among others. Rev, Karpeh said, “It is time to turn the corner, break from the past, and chart a new course. We need connective leadership to collaborate, empower, and provide direction.”The challenge is that those at the helm of power are mostly functioning in the same mode of previous generations, observed Rev. Karpeh.“If power could develop people, Liberians would have been among the most privileged people, because we have had a one-party state, two party state, head of states, presidents, councils of states, democracy, and even autocracy.”He added that Liberia’s advancement as a nation depends on the willingness to analyze the country’s problems realistically and to work hard to uplift the people.It is the responsibility of the state to use the national platform, including incentives that come with it, to mobilize the people towards a common future, Rev. Karpeh said.“Liberian politics has been a one-hearted system only for self with little or no future capacity, without any template and the lack of an identifiable template is the unfortunate consequence of the lack of leadership,” he said.Benetta V. Davies, program officer of NAYMOTE said YPLS is the first of its kind in Liberia and is designed by NAYMOTE to groom a generation of transformational young political leaders to become sound decision makers.“Over the past ten years, Liberia witnessed two successful and relatively peaceful elections, including senatorial elections. We are proud of the democratic gains that Liberia has made,” she said.NAYMOTE also recognizes the challenges facing the sustainability of these gains and the threat to development and growth, she said.The challenges limit understanding of the essence of politics and the electoral process, weak political parties, disorganized political campaigns, election violence, immeasurable campaign platforms and voters’ apathy, which is largely due to lack of trust in the political system, according to Ms. Davies.Ms. Davies said NAYMOTE believes that when young people are empowered, they can contribute greatly towards good governance and democracy and serve as catalysts for national development. During the five day YPLS event, the young people, representing eleven political parties, seven student council governments and civil society organizations will be trained to lead peaceful political campaigns, promote research based platforms and development. Participants will also gain competence in issues based voting, and how to make constructive use of the media to project the brand of their candidates as well as support the Liberia 2030 vision.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_imgThe nine hundred kilometer Tappita Airstrip in Lower Nimba County was on Saturday, March 19 was officially opened after rehabilitation by Samaritan Purse in collaboration with the county administration. According to the Country Director of Samaritan Purse, Kendell Kauffeldt, the purpose for the rehabilitation is to support the Jackson F. Doe Referral Hospital in Tappita by making transportation of patients and medical supplies less difficult.He thanked the government for the partnership in steering the development agenda of the country and also all those who made the rehabilitation work successful.Those attending the occasion included former President Pro-tempore Gbehzongar Findley and Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele, Mr. Harry Yuan among several other prominent Nimbaians.Mr. Finley on behalf of the Liberia Aviation Authority (LAA) praised Samaritan Purse and the Nimba County authorities for rehabilitating the airstrip. He urged the residents of Tappita to engage in hotel businesses so as to host visiting patients and travelers.He said, “Many people will be traveling to Tappita, especially from the southeastern region to get treatment from the hospital, so it is important to have somewhere they will be able to rest for the time.”“This airstrip will ease the transportation problems, which always occur on the road during the rainy season,” said Mr. Will Bako Freeman, General Manager, LAA.He said the LAA will soon set up a management team to look after the airstrip.However, Superintendent Zuagele called on Tappita residents to desist from taking their authority to court action and embrace development. He said one of the challenges the county administration is facing is a court action that came from the citizens of Tappita. The Supreme Court last year issued a writ of prohibition against the opening of streets or alleys in Tappita, due to the action by some Tappita citizens.Mr. Harry Yuan, one of the prominent sons of Tappita, also commended the county authority, including the Legislative Caucus for working with partners to get the airstrip rehabilitated, amid numerous challenges, including the court action.At the ribbon cutting, Samaritan Purse turned over the airstrip to the Liberia Aviation Authority, who later turned it over to the Board Chair Gbehzongar Findley, who then handed it over to Superintendent Zuagele.“This airstrip can host about four or five aircrafts at the same time,” said one of the engineers.Despite the rehabilitation, the airstrip does not have any terminal for passengers or any control mechanism to coordinate air traffic. 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_imgMissing GT&T shares’ moneyConcerns are mounting as to what really happened with the missing US$5 million for Government’s GT&T shares, as responsibility for the disclosure of a report on the findings continues to shift from person to person.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, in a brief telephone interview from New York, questioned why the report has not yet been made public, stating that “it is clear as day that either NICIL [National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited] or (Joseph) Harmon can release the findings”.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“I don’t understand why they don’t release the information,” he said, urging Government to make the disclosure quickly.NICIL sold the Government’s shares in GT&T for US$30 million, of which US$25 million was received at the signing of the agreement. However, the outstanding money, which should have been paid by the end of December 2015, has not been found.When the US$25 million was paid, it was made by international wire, from one bank to another. The payment into NICIL’s bank account would have been easy to trace.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who spoke on Government’s behalf, had disclosed that Harmon, the Minister of State, was able to recover documents, which revealed that the monies were paid. But NICIL quickly slapped it down, stating that Guyana’s former Ambassador to China, David Dabydeen, had facilitated the US$5 million debt waiver with Datang, the Chinese company, on the grounds that it was not granted the same minority protection rights enjoyed by NICIL (that is, two, instead of one, representatives on the GT&T Board of Directors).However, NICIL’s Chairman, Dr Maurice Odle, when contacted, pointedly refused to comment on the findings of the report, saying, “I’m not prepared to answer any questions.”He stated that the matter was currently “in the hands of international lawyers”.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Minister of State told Guyana Times that he had submitted his report to NICIL and it was up to the State holding company to determine if it wanted to disclose the findings of that report.Odle subsequently told this newspaper to write to NICIL for a comment on the issue.Only last week, former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran had publicly stated that the sale of shares was a case of a lack of transparency. He stated that NICIL should be pressed to come clean on the matter.“The issue is one of transparency. The sale of the shares should have been advertised.  All future agreements of this nature should also be tabled in the National Assembly for scrutiny by legislators and the public at large,” Goolsarran contended.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto:  Just some of the vandalism at the Christian Life School – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caBy Jon Zacks- Advertisement -Students at a Christian school in Fort St. John arrived on Thursday morning to discover some anti-Christian vandalism.Corporal Kim Graham of the Fort St. John RCMP confirms at some point overnight on Wednesday night, an unknown number of suspects spraypainted swastikas and profanity on the Christian Life School.  The suspect(s) also dumped garbage around the grounds, and put a stop sign in the basketball hoop.Based on the content of the graffiti, and the fact that no other schools are reporting damage, Corporal Graham agrees it’s probably fair to assume the school was targeted because of its religious affiliation.She estimates the clean-up costs will run around $2,000 or more.Advertisement Police have no suspects at this point, and are encouraging anyone with information on the vandalism to contact the detachment, at 250-787-8140.Photo:  This edited photo shows more of the graffiti at Christian Life School – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

first_imgThe Fort Nelson Fire Department put out the blaze while the lone pilot was transported to hospital. He was released not long after, and no surrounding infrastructure sustained any damage from the fire. The wreckage has been removed, and the Transportation Safety Board says the initial cause of the crash was engine failure and fire. It will not be conducting a further report.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgAll eyes will now be on the other group match between Poland and Colombia — defeat for either side will be the end of their tournament in Russia.As it stands, Japan and Senegal have the advantage, with four points after two games.Mane was the beneficiary of poor defending on 11 minutes when goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made a mess of a shot, punching the ball into the lurking Liverpool star. It bounced back off his leg for his first World Cup goal.But Japan were successful in keeping the 26-year-old more or less quiet after that and Cisse admitted that the Asian side deserved to win, even if they were twice behind.“Of course we have regrets but we did not see a great Senegal team tonight compared to the previous match against Poland (a 2-1 victory),” Cisse said, adding that “frankly, we were not very good”.“Despite that we were leading twice and what is annoying were the two goals (conceded). But group matches are played over three stages so we will hope for the best for the game against Colombia.”Cisse, Senegal skipper in the country’s run to the quarter-finals in 2002, hopes that Mane can be the difference, on what promises to be a nerve-wracking final round of matches on Thursday.Keisuke Honda came off the bench to keep Japan’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage in their own hands © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT“A player like Sadio Mane is a player with a lot of expectations and he is one of the players under the spotlight.“He can do better, but today he was better than against Poland and he needs to do better against Colombia.”Mane, fresh off the back of an exciting club season that took Liverpool to the Champions League final, felt the Africans deserved to win.“Honestly we are all disappointed, there was a way to win and we did not do it,” said Mane, who was only a sporadic danger down Senegal’s left.– Stopping Mane –A win for either side would have more or less put them in the knockout rounds in a clash billed as the pace and power of Senegal against the tactical and technical nous of Japan, who took a gamble and replaced Vahid Halilhodzic with Akira Nishino as coach just weeks before the World Cup.It appeared to pay off when the unfancied Asians stunned 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their opener, and on 34 minutes they were level with Senegal when Takashi Inui bent the ball wonderfully into the bottom corner.On 71 minutes, soon after hitting the Senegal bar, Japan allowed a scuffed cross to go right across their goal and defender Moussa Wague arrived all alone at the far post to grab what looked like being an unlikely winner.But Honda, the former AC Milan midfielder who had only been on the pitch six minutes, hit a deserved late equaliser to become the first Japanese to score at three different World Cups (2010, 2014 and 2018).The 32-year-old is also now the top-scoring Asian player in World Cup history, netting four goals in nine appearances in the competition.Nishino said he sent Honda on because Japan were going for the win and the Japan coach felt they did well to keep Mane at bay.“It is very important to neutralise Mane but we did a pretty good job in dulling his threat, but what we were more worried about was the impact he has on other Senegal players.“In the first half we let him and the others play a bit too freely, but overall for countermeasures I think we did pretty well.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Senegal forward Sadio Mane in action against Japan © AFP / JORGE GUERREROYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse told star man Sadio Mane to step up at the World Cup even though the Liverpool forward got on the scoresheet in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Japan on Sunday.Substitute Keisuke Honda equalised with 12 minutes left as Japan twice pegged back Senegal in a captivating stalemate at Yekaterinburg Arena that leaves Group H wide open.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi’s Salum Abdallah during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 2- Kenyan champions Gor Mahia got off their SportPesa Super Cup title defense on a high progressing to the semi-finals after a well worked 3-0 win over Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) in their quarter final match played Sunday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Godfrey Walusimbi’s goals earned Gor the win as they look up to defend the title and earn the prestigious opportunity of facing English Premier League side Everton at their Goodison Park home ground in Liverpool, United kingdom. K’Ogalo will now take on either arch rivals AFC Leopards or Tanzania’s Singida United in the semis on Thursday.A slow start to the late kick off, JKU seemed the hungrier side while Gor sat back and enjoyed possession though they dodged a bullet a few times.In the third minute, Hussein Suwed Juma’s header from the back post rolled across the face of goal after Faki Mbarouk’s cross from the right landed on his path unmarked. Mbarouk was a constant threat with his pace on the wing, but the Zanzibari side could not construct much danger from his crosses.Gor had a chance to break the deadlock in the 20th minute from the penalty spot after Suleiman Mwinyi Juma was adjudged to have axed Odhiambo inside the box, but Guikan saw his attempt saved by keeper Mohammed Abdulrahman.Gor Mahia’s Charles Momanyi goes up for a header against Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi’s players during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis blushes were however wiped 10 minutes later when Odhiambo broke the deadlock with a composed finish off Francis Kahata’s cross with the midfielder having fought to win back the ball after his initial corner was blocked by the JKU backline.The visitors almost drew level two minutes later when Suwed’s volley from the edge of the box off an Edward Mayunga cross went straight to Shabaan Odhoji in Gor’s goal.Having survived the scare, Gor continued with their dominance in possession passing the ball with ease and they doubled their lead in the 35th minute when Godfrey Walusimbi’s low shot off a short start to a freekick from Cersidy Okeyo found the keeper flat footed.The second half was more or less of a relaxed approach from Gor who were comfortable in passing the ball around and keeping possession.They almost had a thunderous start to the half when Odhiambo cut into the edge of the box from the right but his rasping shot went wide.Gor boss Dylan Kerr made changes to his starting personnel throwing four subs of the allowed six at once. Philemon Otieno, Kahata, Odhiambo and Walusimbi were rested for Lawrence Juma, Meddie Kagere, Benard Ondiek and Wesley Onguso respectively.Gor Mahia’s George Odhiambo vies for the ball against Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi’s Joseph Ponsion during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKagere almost made an immediate impact when he sneaked in to head a Wafula cross from the right but it didn’t have enough power to trouble the keeper. Minutes later, a sweeping move from the right saw Bernard Omondi earn some shooting space but his shot was blocked.Kagere finally put the icing on the cake with the third goal eight minutes from time with a superb diving header off an Ondiek cross, beating the Zanzibar keeper at his near post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img1 Danny Ings Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is excited about the arrival of England Under-21 striker Danny Ings but urged fans to be patient with him.Ings will formally complete his move from Burnley when his contract expires on July 1, with the Reds hopeful he can make the step up after scoring 11 goals for the relegated Clarets last season.Gerrard believes the 22-year-old, currently with England for the Under-21 European Championships in the Czech Republic, can develop into a top striker but insists he needs time to adapt to his new surroundings.“The Ings one I’m really excited about because he can be what he wants to be – I know the talent’s there, he’s very young, he’s fresh,” Gerrard, who begins a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy this summer, told Liverpoolfc.com.“I think if he carries on learning and developing he can become a top striker and we love top strikers, so the stage is there and I wish (him) the best of luck and I’m looking forward to watching (him) play.“For me, the supporters just need to be patient with him, he’s still very young and I’m sure he’ll get eased in gently.“He might be the type of player that needs that bigger club and does thrive on the pressure.“He’s certainly got the platform there at one of the best clubs in the world to showcase his talents.“Hopefully he can get some goals early on which will give him the confidence that’ll make him feel like he belongs there.”last_img read more