Miatta Fahnbulleh Fears Ebola In Special Senatorial Election

first_imgOne of the senatorial aspirants of Montserrado County in the coming special election, Miatta Fahnbulleh, has admitted that she fears another serious outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus if the election is to be held by December of this year.Speaking to newsmen at her office in Monrovia yesterday, Madam Fahnbulleh said candidates would find it difficult to campaign in their various counties for fear of furthering the spread of the highly contagious virus.“We are in the middle of one of the greatest epidemics of the 21st century, as described by our international partners and other health practitioners all over the world,” she said and added that other countries have suffered from their own epidemics, including the United States, but cures were found and those epidemics were eradicated.Ms. Fahnbulleh said Liberia is for the first time experiencing such a deadly virus and to attempt to hold an election in the midst of the Ebola crisis would be contrary to the rules being preached by health authorities such as avoiding bodily contact, large gatherings, and frequently washing hands, among others.“In campaigning, we have to congregate; our voters have to touch us and this will require us to put people together and explain to them how we will represent them,” she noted.   “I don’t understand the issue of (holding) elections now,” she declared.  According to the Montserrado County senatorial aspirant, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone did not need Ebola to realize that they have fragile or poor health systems that need to be built to standard.“We are not afraid of saying that Ebola exposed the weak health system in Liberia,” said Ms. Fahnbulleh.She acknowledged that these countries have gone through over ten years of civil crises and are coming back to democracy. There is a limit to what could be accomplished by any government coming through such crises in terms of infrastructural and human capacity development, she said.The senatorial aspirant expressed thanks and appreciation to health workers and international partners for their relentless efforts in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and their help in putting Liberia back to a sense of stability.She added that, “Liberian needs to continue to observe the preventive measures and avoid anything that would lead to more infections with the deadly virus.”       Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hetmyer’s blitz powers Amazon Warriors to emphatic 6-wicket win over Patriots

first_imgBy Clifton RossShimron HetmyerA brutal half-century from Shimron Hetmyer steered the Guyana Amazon Warriors to a thumping six-wicket win over the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Thursday evening’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) sold-out opening game played at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana.A packed Providence Stadium was treated to a fine victory by their home team who got off to a winning start in their first of three home games. Hetmyer, who is fresh off a ton at Providence in last week’s ODI series versus Bangladesh, hammered his maiden Hero CPL fifty, which helped the Warriors gun down the Patriots 146-5 to end on 148-4 in 16.3 overs.Hetmyer imposed himself early as he scorched an unbeaten 79 from 45 deliveries which included nine fours and four sixes, sharing an unbeaten, match-winning 62-run partnership with Aussie Chris Green, who ended unbeaten on 25. Patriots were indebted to spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (2-12) and Windies left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-21).The Patriots innings was built around the power-hitting and subtlety of Chris Gayle, who finessed 86 off 65 with seven fours and five monster sixes. His innings was the cornerstone of the Patriots’ 146-5 in 20 overs.Guyana and Windies all-rounder Keemo Paul was the Warriors star with the ball, grabbing 2-16 while a wicket each from the overseas trio of Chris Green, Sohail Tanvir and Imran Tahir helped seal off a reasonable bowling outing.After being clobbered for a few fours by his countryman Chadwick Walton (09), Cottrell rebounded in a major way as he ripped the stumps of Luke Ronchi for a duck. Lamichhane soon got into the action when he removed Walton, who was easily caught at mid-on by Ben Cutting to leave Guyana reeling at 9-2.Warriors Captain Shoaib Malik (14) opened up his account with a trifecta of eye-catching fours off Cottrell before the West Indies fast bowler produced a beauty to remove the Pakistani, who was caught behind by gloveman Devon Thomas.The in-form Hetmyer announced himself in the middle with a four and two thumping sixes off spinner Tom Cooper. He then clobbered his former Windies U-19 teammate Alzarri Joseph for a six and two fours to help the Warriors speed to 61 inside the fifth over.Hetmyer took his score into the 40s as the scoreboard kept ticking towards the total, but the same could not be said about his then partner Jason Mohamed (16), who hit a four and a six and seemed to be looking decent before gifting his wicket to Lamichhane. A tuck for two through mid-wicket would see the Windies star batsman reaching his first CPL fifty.Shimron Hetmyer (L) and Jason MohammedGreen and Hetmyer prolonged the frustration of the Patriots bowlers having to toil as the boundaries continued to flow from both ends. Hetmyer continued to bat in assault mode, hammering Cutting for two fours and a six as he raced into the 70s.The final nail in the coffin was put in by Hetmyer, who whacked one straight down the ground off Joseph as he and Green celebrated the Warriors’ first win of the tournament.Earlier in the match, it was Green who drew first blood for the Warriors when he knocked over left-hander Evin Lewis for 1 in the fourth over. Gayle seemed unflustered as he continued to find the ropes. Tahir was the victim of the World Boss’ first six, a thumping blow over long-on.Sherfane Rutherford takes the catch to dismiss Chris GayleThe Patriots reached their 50-run mark inside 10 overs with Gayle looking dangerous and Cooper (15) now finding his feet. Green came in for some punishment in his final over, being taken for four by the Dutchman before Gayle smashed back-to-back sixes over the long-on region.Cooper got a reprieve thanks to Sherfane Rutherford, who spilled a catch in the deep after a top-edge off Rayad Emrit. His luck would then run out when he fell LBW to Paul which left the Patriots two down. Gayle, who went past 11,500 T20 runs with his six off Green’s final ball a few overs prior, then reached fifty with a single and humbly acknowledged the milestone with a brief raise of the bat.Chris Gayle hits a 4Tahir was again dispatched for a six a few metres away from the Party Stand with Gayle looking to motor-on as the overs were near expiration. Emrit was the next to be launched back over his head by the big left-hander. Cutting then smashed Tanvir for a six in the 17th over, but had his stumps cleaned up the very next delivery.The South African leggy then got his revenge, bagging the big wicket of Gayle, who mistimed a shot and was caught by Rutherford in the deep, leaving Brathwaite (5) and Brandon King (01) to complete the job.  Guyana will look to make it two-in-two when they tackle the St Lucia Stars on Saturday from 16:00h at Providence.last_img read more

Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup dates and venues announced

first_imgRegional cricket’s biggest rivalries start on Wednesday, November 6! Coming on the heels of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League, fans can look forward to another four weeks of exciting action, when the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup – the region’s pre-eminent, 50 overs-a-side competition – returns with a bang.“With the new World Cup cycle beginning now, this tournament, among other things, presents a starting point towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023,” said CWI director of cricket, Jimmy Adams.“It will allow us to start identifying players who will go on to play a role in our qualification. Though some of our international players will be touring India with the West Indies during the competition, it allows more opportunities and exposure for our young players.”Two groups of five teams each will run concurrently in St. Kitts and Trinidad, contesting a total of 40 action-packed, group stage matches.Group “A” matches begin on the opening day of the competition and will take place every day either at Warner Park or Conaree Sports Complex in St. Kitts, and Group “B” matches start the following day, Thursday, November 7, with matches taking place at Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad. (See accompany Schedule of Matches).Every team will play their group opponents twice before the top two in each group progress to the semi-finals and a chance to play in the Final under the lights at Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, December 1.Reigning champions, Combined Campuses & College Marooners launch the tournament on opening day in Group “A”, when they face hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park; Jamaica Scorpions, Barbados Pride and Canada will be the other teams in Group “A”.Group “B” commences, when Guyana Jaguars, last year’s beaten finalists, meet West Indies Emerging Players in a day game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, and hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, semi-finalists last year, meet Windward Islands Volcanoes in a day/night contest at the Queen’s Park Oval. The United States, the other side that will be contesting this group, have drawn a bye on the opening day.ESPN Caribbean’s broadcast partnership with the Super50 Cup continues, with 13 day/night matches, including the semi-finals and the Final, broadcast “live” from the Queen’s Park Oval. The remaining 30 group matches will be webcast “live” on the Windies Cricket YouTube channel and website, www.windiescricket.com.A special announcement will take place on Friday, October 18, to launch ticket sales and announce box office opening dates.last_img read more

DiCaprio gives nod to Gore

first_imgAbout a decade ago, when Leonardo DiCaprio was on the cusp of megastardom and Al Gore was the U.S. vice president, the two talked about global warming. Now an all-out environmental activist, DiCaprio has followed Gore’s lead by bringing a climate change documentary to the Cannes Film Festival. DiCaprio co-produced and co-wrote “The 11th Hour,” which explains how humans have changed the climate and how to fix the damage. “It’s such an amazingly large issue, and you suddenly you feel like, what can I do? What can I do? It’s too big for me to deal with,” the 32-year-old actor told reporters Saturday in a beach cabana overlooking the Mediterranean. DiCaprio said the environmental movement owed a great debt to Gore, whose “An Inconvenient Truth” was shown at Cannes and won an Academy Award. Bono provides birthday tunes U2 rocked Cannes’ famous red carpet Saturday, playing to thousands of filmgoers and fans before a screening of their concert movie, “U23D.” The Irish band performed a two-song set on the steps of the festival hall as thousands of people crammed the street in front of the waterfront building. “Happy birthday, Cannes,” lead singer Bono said in French, saluting the festival’s 60th anniversary this year. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool transfer blow! Argentina striker’s agent distances star from Anfield switch

first_imgOne of Mauro Icardi’s representatives has refuted suggestions the Inter Milan striker will be on his way to Liverpool this summer.Icardi is the latest name to be linked with the Reds as Brendan Rodgers continues his search for a replacement for Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona in a £75m deal earlier this summer.Rodgers pulled the plug on a deal to sign France international Loic Remy from QPR, while he also lost out to Arsenal in the race to sign Chile star Alexis Sanchez.He is now reportedly tracking £16m-rated Argentinian Icardi, who joined Inter from Sampdoria last year.However one of the 21-year-old’s agents, Letterio Pino, says last season’s Premier League runners-up have not been in touch to discuss the forward’s availability.Pino told Sportitalia: “Neither have I, nor Abian Morano, his other agent, ever had any contacts with the English club.”Icardi, who is under contract at the San Siro until 2018, scored nine goals in 22 Serie A outings last term. 1 Mauro Icardi last_img read more

Chelsea fan fury: ‘If this player leaves the club, Jose Mourinho should be sacked’

first_img1 Reports this week have claimed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is seeking a loan move in the January transfer window having grown frustrated with his lack of first-team action at Chelsea.The 19-year-old is popular with the Stamford Bridge faithful, and many believe that he deserves his chance to play, particularly with Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar worryingly underperforming. WATCH: LOFTUS-CHEEK’S SUBLIME SOLO GOAL VS LIVERPOOL UNDER-21SJose Mourinho, however, has handed the midfielder just one Premier League start this season, and it’s perhaps unsurprising that the player could currently be assessing his future in west London.And while Loftus-Cheek cannot be blamed for wanting to experience regular first-team football outside of Chelsea, it seems that fans would be immensely displeased if he is allowed to do so, with Mourinho bearing the brunt of the frustration. Some even believe that if Loftus-Cheek leaves, the club’s Portuguese manager should follow.Have a read of the views of disgruntled Chelsea supporters below. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is said to be eyeing a loan move in January with playing time scarce under Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Inter Milan to offer Chelsea midfielder way out of club

first_imgInter Milan will increase their efforts to bring Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to the San Siro this summer, according to reports in Italy.The Frenchman’s future in west London remains unclear after he endured a tough first season at Stamford Bridge. Latest Chelsea News silverware getty Bakayoko was often criticised for his below-par performances and Chelsea’s transfer policy was even called into question after the Blues splashed out £40m to sign him from Monaco last summer.Despite a difficult season Bakayoko’s stock remains high across Europe and both Sevilla and Inter are leading the race for the midfielder’s signature. REAL DEAL Despite a rough first season, Bakayoko did win a trophy with Chelsea in 2017/18 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining gameday cracker 2 tense If he stays, Bakayoko will be tasked with winning over the Stamford Bridge faithful Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings And, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are set to ramp up their interest in Bakayoko having received positive signals that a deal could be possible.New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has so far given no indication that he is willing to let the Frenchman leave but the Blues could be tempted into selling, should they receive a substantial offer.There are even suggestions that Inter could propose a straight swap deal involving in-demand midfielder Matias Vecino and Chelsea are said to be open to that possibility too. REVEALED 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City possible xi Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham starlast_img read more

Holiday flights could be hit by Ryanair pilots strike

first_imgSummer holiday plans could face disruption after Irish Ryanair pilots announced plans to strike on Thursday 12th July.Up to 100 members of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association working at the budget airline will take strike action on the commonly busy travel day from 1am for 24 hours.  The union said it would notify Ryanair of additional strike days in due course.According to the union, the dispute is over management’s approach to transferring pilots between bases. Pilots voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action by 99%. Ryanair has said they will contact customers next Tuesday 10th July by email and SMS if the strike action will go ahead. “Since Ireland accounts for less than 7% of Ryanair flights, we expect that 93% of our customers will be unaffected by any pilot strike next Thursday,” a statement said.  Holiday flights could be hit by Ryanair pilots strike was last modified: July 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Things to know: Sharks’ Meier disagrees with embellishment fine

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The NHL slapped Timo Meier with the “diver” label, again, a tag the Sharks forward is taking issue with.Meier received a $2,000 fine for embellishment on Wednesday, a penalty he received for earning his second diving citation from the NHL this season. The Sharks forward received a warning from the NHL last month after he took an apparent dive in a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 5. Meier caught the league’s eye again on Saturday when he went down to the ice after making …last_img

R13.2bn social spending boost

first_imgManuel said that evidence pointed to the fact that the child support grant, which is available to parents who earn less than R2 300 a month, has contributed significantly to a reduction in child poverty in South Africa. Twelve percent of public spending The government was therefore considering increasing the eligible age for the child support grant to 18 years of age, subject to affordability. Source: BuaNews According to the National Treasury, consolidated expenditure on social protection has increased from R72.3-billion (or 4.6 percent of GDP) in 2005/06 to a projected R118.1 billion (or 4.8 percent of GDP) in 2009/10. In addition, the extension of the state child support grant to children up to the age of 15 will also take effect this year, while the reduction in the qualifying age for old age grants for men, from 65 down to 60, is in progress. Proposals for this include longer-term public sector employment – such as home-based care and community health services – which is directly funded by departments and supported by targeted training and skills development. South Africa’s spending on social grants is set to increase to R80-billion for 2009/10, and will amount to about 12 percent of total government spending, making South Africa proportionally one of the world’s biggest spenders on social grants. “R4-billion is added to the school nutrition programme and R2.5-billion goes to municipalities for basic services.” Public works programmes In 2008, the EPWP provided over one-million temporary jobs, and the 2009/10 Budget tables an amount of R4.1-billion for the roll-out of the second phase of the programme.center_img Spreading the net wider As of April 2009, the maximum values of the old age, disability and care dependency grants will rise by R50 to R1 010 a month, while the foster care grant and child support grant will also increase, by R30 to R680 and R10 to R240 a month, respectively. South Africa, proportionally one of the world’s biggest spenders on social grants, will spend an extra R13.2-billion on social security in 2009/10 to help protect poor South Africans during the global economic slowdown. “The largest adjustments to spending plans go to poverty reduction: R25-billion is added to the budgets of provinces, mainly for education and health care, and R13-billion for social assistance grants and their administration,” Manuel said. The minister challenged participating departments, provinces and municipalities to exceed their targets for creating Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobs in the year ahead, as the contingency reserve for 2009 had been increased to allow for additional funding of employment projects in the 2009 Adjustments Appropriation. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said that strengthening the social security net – which supports in the region of 13-million South Africans – was “critical during this period, when more poor families are vulnerable”. The aim is to increase the number of full-year equivalent job opportunities to over 400 000 over the next five years, as well increase the duration of temporary jobs. 11 February 2009 Creating lasting employment was another critical factor as the country headed for economic turbulence, Manuel said.last_img read more