$3m fix needed for local diving

first_imgThe Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) needs to raise at least $3.2 million to improve the diving facilities at the National Aquatics Centre in Kingston, according to presidential hopeful Martin Lyn.The former president, who wants to return after the association’s next Annual General Meeting, has been making plans to build on the relative success which the discipline enjoyed this year at the Olympic Games, and continue to grow the sport in 2017.”Well, specifically, to encourage diving, we would need a diving springboard,” Lyn says. “It costs about US$8,000 ($1 million) and the fulcrum, the thing it sits on that makes it tighter or makes the diver adjusted to suit his or her diving technique, is another US$10,000 ($1.3 million) approximately. That would be for a one-metre board or a three-metre board. You have to put some metalwork back and you would have to rebuild the actual platforms themselves.”However, Lyn says this would be what he describes as an “easy fix” because the complex already has diving platforms installed at both levels, so it would just need replacements to its fixtures rather than the complete installation of new platforms.The rest of the funding needed would be to find a coach. Lyn had previously said that although he has hopes of British-based Jamaican Pele Julien achieving as much as, or more than Olympian Yona Knight-Wisdom over the next few years, there has been a problem finding local talent not only because of the lack of readily available facilities for training, but also the unavailability of coaches to train them.”You can get a coach relatively easy because you have coaches in Europe and North America who would love to come to a tropical country all year round. Not to put down our local people, of course, as we have people in Jamaica who have been around diving for many many years. Diving is not new to Jamaica but the fact of the matter is if you don’t have the facilities, you can’t get the coach. It’s a catch 22.”last_img read more

San Miguel will only get better

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Tornadoes pummel Lifesavers Tipped as the man with the best chance of matching up with San Miguel cornerstone June Mar Fajardo, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger was acquired by the Beermen in a controversial deal with Kia last year, turning a potential stumbling block into a prized possession.But even with the Filipino-German on board, Austria knows there are no guarantees of a Grand Slam.After winning the first two conferences last year, Austria and his crew bowed out in the quarterfinals of the Governors’ Cup.“Well, the possibility is still there,” said Austria. “Every game, every conference, you still need to work hard because talent is not enough. Attitude is. If they will work hard and have good camaraderie and good preparation, I think there’s a great possibility that we can win another championship.”Austria saw all of those in their record-shattering run in the all-Filipino tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Immediately after lifting the trophy—his sixth—on Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena, Austria faced a burning yet legitimate question: Can the Beermen, under his watch, finally complete a Grand Slam?“We’re not thinking of the Grand Slam,” Austria responded. “Every game is like a championship game for us. There will be no easy games because if you’re on top, every team will be trying to beat you.”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 crownBut beating the Beermen becomes doubly hard when the Commissioner’s Cup rolls around as their incredibly talented roster will be beefed up by top pick Christian Standhardinger, who will join the team as soon as he’s done with commitments for Hong Kong club Eastern in the Asean Basketball League.“I think you can see that there will be a lot of good imports, but we will have two,” Austria jokingly said, referring to American reinforcement Troy Gillenwater and Standhardinger. 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETStaying perfect in the Finals, Leo Austria basked in the glow of San Miguel Beer’s latest PBA Philippine Cup triumph that made the Beermen the first team to win the season’s most-cherished crown four straight seasons.But the amiable coach struggled to downplay the expectations surrounding the Beermen’s quest for continued excellence with the impending arrival of their top rookie.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Fajardo earned a sixth Best Player of the Conference award before capping his awe-inspiring campaign with a 42-point, 20-rebound output in the title-clinching win in Game 5.Arwind Santos proved instrumental with his defense, experience and outside sniping in the playoffs, while Marcio Lassiter was a steady performer on both ends of the floor in the Finals.Struggling for much of the series as his other teammates stepped up, Chris Ross delivered one of the finest all-around performances in league history in Game 5 when he scattered 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, issued 11 assists and collected eight steals.“It’s overwhelming,”said Austria, referring to his team’s performance that put the Beermen in the conversation as the greatest team of all-time. “Maybe this is because of the experiences we had. I told the players we must develop character, the winning attitude, and now they have the heart of a champion.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgNovember 5, 2014The Government of Liberia has received and analyzed two Reports relating to the incident of August 20, 2014, in the Township of West Point resulting into the death of Shaki Kamara and the wounding of Titus Nuah.The first Report is from the Joint Task Force Board of Inquiry established by the Ministry of Defense. The second is from the Independent Human Rights Commission. The two Reports were separately received by the President – that of the Joint Task Force Board of Inquiry of the Ministry of Defense was received on September 9, 2014 while the Report of the Independent Human Rights Commission was received on October 28, 2014.Upon the presentation of the first Report, the President instructed the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia to take the appropriate measures in identifying and investigating those personnel of the AFL who were responsible in conformity with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).The military requested additional time to adhere to and fulfill the processes of the UCMJ leading to a delay in the presentation of the first Report to the Public. In keeping with the processes and procedures of the UCMJ, a special Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces needed to be set up, further investigation conducted, and findings presented to the President and Commander-In-Chief along with appropriate recommendations.These processes and procedures have been concluded and the results of the investigation by the Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia have been presented to the President.The findings from the Disciplinary Board of the AFL concluded that a Platoon Commander and four enlisted men were guilty of indiscretion and exhibited indiscipline on August 20, 2014 in the Township of West Point. Accordingly,  the following sanctions were imposed on these men:Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye—Platoon Commander: He was held responsible for poorly assessing the situation and acting contrary to the behavior expected of a military leader in the reformed AFL. As a leader in a situation of crisis, he was “expected to show efficient command after serving in the AFL for over five years” with training locally and in foreign parts. He should have been able to handle simple crowd control and dispersal. As a military leader, he did not follow proper military procedures in selecting personnel to fire warning shots. Although no evidence was adduced that any of the personnel of the AFL fired the fatal shot that killed Shaki Kamara, the Disciplinary Board thought it absolutely necessary to institute punishment for behavior unbecoming of a serving personnel of the AFL.As such, Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye, Platoon Commander is:Guilty of violating Article 133 of the UCMJ regarding the uncecoming conduct of an officer or gentleman;Guilty of Article 92-C of the UCMJ regarding dereliction in the performance of duty.The punishment prescribed under the UCMJ include:Reduction in rank to the lowest rank permissible under the category of the accused;Two (2) years loss of seniority with consequential effects;Thirty (30 days) correctional custody;Thirty (30) days detention;Forfeiture of 2/3 salary for 3 months; andLetter of Severe Reprimand.Additionally, the following enlisted personnel of the AFL were found guilty of various offences  of the UCMJ. They include:Corporal Mulbah Timothy—Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force;Corporal Flomo Anthony—Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force as well as Article 134  regarding threat in communicating;Corporal Toure Patrick—Violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ regarding making false statements;Private First Class Salebia Moses—Violation of Article 107 of the UMCJ regarding making false statement.The prescribed punishment for the four enlisted men include:Reduction in rank to the next lower rank;30 days correctional custody;30 days detention; andLetters of Severe Reprimand.The Commander-In-Chief has directed that all punishments be carried out in compliance with the relevant provisions and practices of the UCMJ.The second Report from the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) was presented to the President of Liberia on October 28, 2014 with the following recommendations:(a)That the Government should improve the living conditions of its citizens living in West Point.Reaction: The Government feels that all slum communities should be rebuilt and developed with emphasis on the transformation of the lives of all citizens. This objective is part of the government’s agenda for change and is incorporated in its development agenda.(b)That the Township Commissioner of West Point be reassigned.Reaction: The Government has instructed the Minister of Internal Affairs to take the appropriate action in reassigning the Township Commissioner;That counseling sessions by the Government, NGOs, human rights and civil society organizations be initiated to help the youth of urban Liberia to cope with anger “brought on by frustration,poverty,  ignorance and stigmatization, and while at it, offer them hope.”Reaction: Like all others this is an important recommendation which requires collective attention and support from all stakeholders. In this regard, the government pkedfe to continue to work with all relevant stakeholders and interested parties to achieve these ends.“As to the late Shaki Kamara, the Commission recommends that the President of Liberia extends a public apology to the family’ and that monetary compensation be made. The “amount to be determined by the Government in collaboration with the Interreligious Council.”Reaction: The Government, in August, extended heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Shaki Kamara, and the President visited the family to express deepest sympathy. The President will continue to publicly apologize to Shaki Kamara’s family and all those who were hurt by the unfortunate occurrences of August 20, 2014. Consistent with this recommendation, the President will invite and work with the Interreligious Council to determine the compensation for the family of Shaki Kamara. We note sadly, however, that for this government, no monetary value will compensate for the life of a human being, or in this case, a Liberian citizen. We view our duty as enabling the lives of all of our citizens.As to the recommendation by the Commission that a health center be erected in memory of Shaki Kamara, the Government will endeavour to renovate and equip the West Point Community Clinic to the memory of Shaki.(e) That Titus Nuah be flown to Accra, Ghana for further treatment to be accompanied by a family member and the physician who operated on him at the S.D.A. Cooper Hospital in Monrovia.Reaction: The Government accepts this recommendation unreservedly and will carry out its obligation in the coming days. Also the issue of compensation will be discussed with the Interreligious Council still convinced that our valuation of life is beyond monetary values.(f) That Sylvester Kromah who sustained injuries from barbwires while trying to escape the shooting be compensated.Reaction: The government is in agreement with this recommendation and will discuss with the Interreligious Council on the form of compensation.As for Mr. Alfred Nagbe who was wrongly “accused of stealing a generator,” the Commission recommends that the Liberia National Police (LNP) render a public apology to him and that the government compensate him with money.Reaction: This recommendation is accepted by the government and the amount to be paid will be discussed with the Interreligious Council.That when the shooters are identified, “they be stripped of their immunities, if any, and tried or prosecuted in a Court of law for their reckless disregard for Shaki Kamara’s right to life and Titus Nuah’s right to a safe environment and protection of his person by the Government.”Reaction: To this important end, the Government of Liberia has instructed the Ministry of Justice to invite all witnesses to the shooting to help in identifying those who were responsible. The President has further instructed that as soon as such persons are identified, they must be charged and held accountable before the laws of the Republic.The Government extends thanks and appreciation to all members of the Disciplinary Board of the Ministry of Defense, those of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, and all citizens of the Republic who helped with the investigations.Again, to the family of the late Shaki Kamara, the Government deeply regrets his loss and extends publicly to his family its deepest sympathy.Also, the Government expresses regrets to all those who were wounded in this unfortunate incident as well as their families.   May the good Lord guide and protect you all in these difficult times.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UL Launches PEEP to Improve Staff Outputs

first_imgDr. Weeks officially launching the PEEP Initiative at the Fendall Campus of the universityThe administration of the University of Liberia (UL) on Monday, August 13, launched Performance Evaluation and Enhancement Program (PEEP) to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of faculty members.The PEEP will include written performance reviews for all staffs on a regular basis with every three month as a minimum. Managers or supervisors in various departments within the university will forward complete performance reviews to UL Human Resources for inclusion in the personnel file. The aim of this exercise is to support employee succeed through a cycle of goal and development planning, coaching and support, periodic (four times a year) progress review and regular performance review.While officially launching the program on Monday at the Fendall Campus of the university, UL president, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, said the PEEP is being introduced, because the lack of performance from some staffers is undermining the works of the university. “We need to do more to make this university a better place for all of us,” she said. She added that the launch of the PEEP is to improve service delivery and therefore, everyone must get involved. Also in attendance was former university president, Dr. Emmet Dennis.“Everybody’s got to work together to make the university successful. Students have to do their jobs; faculty got to do their jobs; the staffs’ got to do their jobs, and the casual workers’ got to do their part. That is the only way we can achieve success at this university,” Dr. Weeks told the audience.She said that inefficiency is leading to three or four persons doing a single person’s job. “This is unfortunate, because we are paying people who are doing nothing, and the ones who are doing the actual works are being underpaid,” she said.Dr. Dennis making brief remarks at the programIt is unfortunate; she added that people are hired based on connections, and not on merit. “No matter how much we don’t want to admit it, but many of us get hired based on friendship, family connections, or you are someone boyfriend or girlfriend, and most of the times it is not merit based. There are others who are committed to the university, and are working very hard but do not get the desire recognition and appreciation,” Dr. Weeks repeatedly told the audience.She also indicated that the inability of supervisors not tracking the deficiencies of staffers over time leads to loss of legal cases when a harsh decision of dismissal is taking against that employee. “The other reality is, it becomes a problem when people are not doing their job and their supervisors are not keeping track of their poor performances. Most of them just occupy space, because they are dead weights, while the real people who are working are not being recognized.”She added, “This program is to reasonably, fairly, equitably evaluate people, but sometimes you are not good in the job that you are currently in but could be a whole lot better in an capacity that would help the university improve. This is meant to look at where people can be the best of service to our university. This will also provide training where it is needed.”Director of the UL’s PEEP initiative, Yede Michelle Dennis“The hope is that we will make this university a better place, because we will be looking for efficiency and this efficiency will provide better services. We will make this place a better place for everybody,” Dr. Weeks said.According to the Director of PEEP, Yede Michelle Dennis, the tool is to give an employee with performance deficiencies the opportunity to succeed.  He said it will be used to address failures to meet specific job goals or to improve behavior-related concerns.The program has five steps including below average, satisfactory, very good, excellent and outstanding performance, but the outcomes may vary, to include improvement in overall performance; the recognition of a skills or training gap; or possible employment actions as may be deemed necessary.Former UL president, Dr. Emmet Dennis, lauded Dr. weeks for the initiative, and said it will go a long way in improving standards at the university.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wanyama settled despite transfer drama

first_imgAnd speaking to Capital Sports, Wanyama says that is behind his back and his focus now is on getting back into top form and earning his starting place back at the club.“For me, I am a professional player and sometimes you have to wait until everything is done. Things were good but unfortunately the transfer didn’t happen. But I have to put my head down and work hard in training to be back on top form. I will keep working and wait for my chance in the team,” stated the midfield powerhouse.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama warms up during a training session with the national team at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWanyama has consequently lost his starting place at Spurs and has been used sparingly by head coach Mauricio Pochettino in the opening games of the campaign.Spurs have also not had a good start to the season and back to back losses against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Brighton in the English Premier League have put their argentine coach and the players under immense pressure.Despite the slump in form, Wanyama is confident the team will rise once again and get back to comfortable winning ways.Meanwhile, the settled Wanyama has also returned to the national team and will be available for this weekend’s friendly against Mozambique, having missed the game against Uganda last month in the midst of his transfer storm.He says he is pleased to join his mates once again for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations last June and he is especially looking forward to work with a new group of young players as they bid to qualify for a second consecutive AFCON.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama enjoys a chat with teammates after a training session with the national team at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It feels very good to be back because this is a new group and I am enjoying the challenge. I was pleased with their performance against Uganda especially in the second half and hopefully we can continue working as a team, stay focused and look at the positives,” further stated Wanyama.He hopes he can help the team qualify for the AFCON and believes the friendly matches the team is playing before the first game against Egypt in November will be crucial to help them prepare and get ready.“I think it’s just a matter of self belief. We have been there and we know what it takes to be there and if we continue working together and believing in ourselves, the we will be ready to qualify again. These friendly matches will help us settle down and gel as a team,” he noted.0Shares0000(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama during a training session with the national team at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama says he is now settled and more focused after the transfer drama that slowed down his pre-season with his English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.The midfielder was the subject of massive transfer speculation to move away from the North London club and Spurs had even agreed a deal with Belgian outfit Club Brugge though the move never happened after all.last_img read more

Quins star shows off his cooking skills along with England team-mates

first_imgHarlequins full-back Mike Brown shows off his cooking skills along with Bath’s Dave Wilson and Tom Youngs of Leicester Tigers. The England trio were at Hollins Hall, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Marriott, official partner of England Rugby, has teamed up with River Cottage to change the face of hotel food by focusing on seasonal, local, organic and sustainable produce. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Scan confirms Zouma injury fears

first_imgKurt Zouma faces at least six months on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered during Chelsea’s draw against Manchester United.The Blues defender was stretchered off in the second half of the match at Stamford Bridge and an MRI scan has revealed he sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage.It means Zouma, 21, will miss the rest of the campaign and probably the start of next season.He had recently established himself as a first-choice centre-back at Chelsea, keeping out Gary Cahill.Zouma is due to undergo surgery in the next 48 hours.See also:Costa’s late goal rescues a point for ChelseaZouma to have scan after suffering injuryHiddink plays down chances of late Chelsea surgeChelsea v Man Utd player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Baseball-playing son of former A’s player and coach receives second cancer diagnosis

first_imgIn 2006, Chris Duncan began the baseball season in the minor leagues for the seventh consecutive season. The brutal truth: Few baseball prospects languish for seven seasons in the minors. You typically move up or move out.Somebody must have known something.The Cardinals had a good thing going that season until injuries began to ravage the lineup. Duncan, son of Dave Duncan, a former A’s player and Tony La Russa’s pitching coach with the White Sox, A’s and Cardinals, was summoned to the big …last_img read more

Warriors GM Bob Myers on high school career then and NBA now

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors general manager Bob Myers doesn’t remember his best game of what, evidently, was a hall-of-fame career at Monte Vista High School.“I don’t even remember. I honestly have no idea,” Myers said. “Whatever game it was had to have been my senior year, but I don’t even know if the numbers would dictate the best game. I don’t even remember, I really don’t. And by the way, it’s not that I had a lot of them.”Nonetheless, Myers’ alma mater will remember him as part of the …last_img read more

Lonrho buys SA agri-distributor

first_img21 July 2011 Opportunities for Africa Lonrho is already a leading player in the vertical integration of the agriculture market, where it plants, grows, packs, and delivers produce to the retail shelves in Africa and increasingly across the world. “The opportunities for Africa to further develop its agricultural output and supply produce to the booming African market and the growing export market are significant and this acquisition places Lonrho at the forefront of meeting this demand,” Lenigas said. The existing Grindrod PCA management team will continue to operate the business on a day-to-day basis as it is integrated with other Lonrho agri-logistics companies. According to the McKinsey 2010 report, 60% of the world’s arable land is in Africa, yet only 10% of it is productive. There is growing demand from the increasingly affluent one-billion potential consumers in the domestic African market and from the expanding export market for opportunities for Africa to help to meet global demand. Increased demand from global retailers London-based conglomerate Lonrho has acquired Grindrod PCA, a leading exporter of fruit, vegetables and fish from southern Africa to the global market, from Grindrod South Africa for R50-million in cash. “This is a good strategic acquisition for Lonrho, making us the largest distributor by air of fresh produce from Southern Africa to the global marketplace in a sector we see as having strong growth potential,” Lonrho CEO David Lenigas said in a statement this week. The deal will make Lonrho the leading exporter of southern African agricultural produce to the global marketplace by air. “The purchase of 100% of the Grindrod PCA business provides us with additional expertise to ensure we can meet customer requirements and the high fulfilment levels we target for our expanding agri-division,” said Lenigas. The acquisition builds on Lonrho’s established agri-logistics businesses, including adding further cold store capacity, improved access for more efficient handling of perishable goods and potential cost savings. Lonrho is seeing increasing demand from global retail chains in the USA, Europe and the Far East for fresh produce from southern Africa as retailers seek new sources of supply to meet increasing global sales. Grindrod PCA operates international standard cold store and logistics facilities in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and George. It has its headquarters at the OR Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg, where it has facility of over 6 000 square meters with direct airside apron access. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more