Jr. Lone Star Set to Decide Destiny Sunday

first_imgIt is a day that to a large extent, will determine how far his charges go in the CAF Youth Championships qualification rounds.Surviving their first round encounter at the expense of The Gambians, the Stars will be having their first major test to determine how far they can go.It will be a test that only victory can ensure their continuous presence in the tournament.Coach Lartey told Daily Observer’s Leroy Sonpon lll, last Wednesday that he is confident of winning the game. While we did not expect him to be pessimistic about his chances, he could, however, not provide much tangible proof that could aid objective followers to support his position.“My boys are up for a sustained attack against the Ivorians,” he told the Daily Observer. “I’m upbeat that the kids are going all out on Sunday to try harder for victory.” To try harder? And truly that observation suggests that coach is skeptical of victory.Though he expressed optimism of victory, he warned soccer fans not to have too much expectation, since there could be a draw, he, however, did not foresee a loss.His position seems to complicate any clear admittance of victory and it indicates that the kids are not fully conditioned for the assignment on Sunday.Is it not a fact that if the team had had better or sustained training after the first match against The Gambia, Coach Lartey would have been singing a different but positive tune?The fact is that in association football, “We are hopeful to win” may not be too strong an expression to take refuge in, much less ‘to try harder.’At the same time, “Every game has its own events,” according to my good friend, LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah. But Armah admits that proper training holds a better chance of success, and in this case, victory.In the end it is up to Jr. Lone Star to play their best and change their own destiny.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Traditional Leaders Reject ‘Christian Nation’

first_imgFifteen traditional leaders, representing Liberia’s 15 sub-political counties yesterday unanimously rejected Proposition 24 that calls for a referendum to determine the country being designated as a Christian Nation.Concluding the first of a two-day National Peace Building Retreat at the Paynesville City Hall in Monrovia, over two hundred and fifty delegates from across the country instead noted that the country should remain secular as it has been since its founding in 1847.“If the founding fathers, the pioneers wanted to make Liberia a Christian state,” said Gbaporlu County’s Chief Varney Jallah, a Muslim, “they would have done it but for now it is too late.”Chief Varney said as traditional leaders responsible for the Liberian people, “we are the real owners of the land and we say we don’t want Liberian to be labeled as a Christian nation.”The two-day retreat is for the traditional leaders to dialogue among themselves to promote peace and unity in a cultural context with emphasis on patriotism, nationalism and respect for national symbols.The topic was examined by Ambassador Juli Endee who said no society develops without a culture of respect, love for country and its leaders as well as for the country’s symbols, including the flag.Ambassador Endee said patriotism should move Liberians to love each other, be emotionally energized about the country and what it stands for while nationalism should move Liberians to demonstrate respect for the country and its leaders and being honest to say the truth about what happens in the country.“No matter whether we are Christian or Muslim,” Ambassador Endee said, “we must show respect for each other to promote peace in our country.”She insisted that without a culture of respect for what Liberia stands for, “We cannot make significant improvement in our country.”Earlier, Chief Zanzan Karwor, head of the National Traditional Council, regretted recent events in the country, citing the arrest, demonstration by the young people as well as the idea to Christianize Liberia which he sees as a bad move.He warned Liberians that while there may be other Liberians who possess resident cards (known as Green Cards) to be able to return to the United States whenever there are troubles in Liberia, “The rest of us don’t have anywhere to go whenever there is trouble in the country.”As a result, he said, “as traditional leaders we are concerned about these issues and are not prepared to just sit down and wait as our country is thrown into trouble.”Chief Karwor, who was commended for his farsighted leadership by his colleagues, said traditional leaders are interested to engage the young people and to encourage them to weigh matters before taking to the streets to demonstrate against the government.The Chairman of Nimba County Chiefs and Elders Council, Chief Peter G. Barloun added his voice to Chief Karwor calling for young people to complain to them as elders for redress to their concerns.Grand Bassa District Superintendent Chief Nancy Greene, Lofa County’s Chief Forkpa Boakai and Bomi County’s Chief Gbelley Gray supported the position to encourage young people to lay complaint before taking to the streets to express their displeasures.Chief Haji Sombai of Grand Cape Mount County made reference to the tragic event on April 14, 1979 and subsequent events of the civil war, warning that never again should Liberians allow themselves to overlook what is important in their lives and ruin what they have acquired.They stated that Proposition 24 is not what Liberians want to develop the country.Other speakers included Grand Kru County’s Chief Swen Wleh; Maryland County’s Chief Stephen T. Kuo and Sinoe County’s Chief Emmanuel Wesseh.Contributing, Sheik Abubakar Kamara, of Lofa County, national chairman of the National Muslim Council, said traditional leaders are the parents of all Liberians.Turning to Chief Karwor, Sheik Kamara said, “We are all your children but some of them are saying that although Islam was here one hundred years before Christianity came to Liberia and some of your children became Christians.“But they are saying we must all be compelled to be called Christians and not Liberians.” He said Liberia must remain secular as it has always been. Yesterday’s program was filled with parables from the speakers and a cultural troupe provided the side attraction with songs in the various languages. The two-day retreat ends today with several organizations and government officials invited to speak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trinidadian remanded over fake kidnapping plot

first_imgSawak Maraj, the 33-year-old Trinidadian, who, along with others, reportedly faked his kidnapping was on Monday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Trinidadian Sawak MarajWith his father present in the courtroom, Maraj appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan where he denied the charge of faking his own kidnapping.He denied that on October 27, 2017 at Madewini Resort, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he gave false information to the Police that he had been kidnapped and US$700,000 demanded for his release after which Police carried out an investigation and prove the claim to be false.He also denied that he conspired with others on the same day at the same location to commit a felony, that is to say, he knowingly conspired to obtain US$700,000.The mechanical engineer was represented by Attorney Nirvan Singh, who stated that his client was being subjected to negative publicity by the media.According to Singh, the charges against his client are baseless and what seems to be successful crime fighting by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is not.He maintained that Maraj entered Guyana in search of employment, but was kidnapped. In a bail application, the lawyer told the court that Maraj has been made a victim twice – once by his abductors and then by the Police.He petitioned for bail to be granted, disclosing to the chief Magistrate that his client’s travel documents are with the Police and as such, he is not a flight risk.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, however, objected to bail being granted as a result of the seriousness of the offence.He also noted that the accomplices, allegedly also Trinidadian, of the accused have still not been arrested by Police. He explained that if placed on bail, Maraj might use the opportunity to escape. As such, the prosecution’s submissions were upheld, and Maraj was remanded to prion until November 16.Reports are that the Trinidadian arrived in Guyana and was scheduled to check in at the Ramada Hotel, Providence but never showed up there.According to reports, the parents of the victim were contacted in Trinidad via cell phone by an unknown person who indicated that their son was in custody in Guyana and a sum of money was later demanded for his release.A photograph of the man shirtless with a cutlass to his neck was sent to his parents as proof of his detention.However, following investigations by the Police, it was reported that Police swooped down on a Madewini resort and found the man relaxing comfortably with his alleged accomplices.Detectives then began to unravel an apparent scheme by the man to extort money from his relatives.last_img read more

Taylor curler wins Draw to the Button

first_imgThe contest was open to all junior curlers from Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, and tested participants’ skills of drawing to the button. The competition involved quarter-finals, semi-finals and of course, finals, with competitors receiving the opportunity to throw on an international ice surface as well as gain some national television coverage. Kyle won a trophy and $1,000 as well as a $10,000 Curling Club “Capital Improvement” Donation from Capital One for the Taylor Curling Club. The Draw to the Button event was first introduced last year.- Advertisement –last_img read more

At least Cleopatra had a nice personality

first_imgSo maybe Mark Antony loved Cleopatra for her mind. That is the conclusion being drawn by academics at Britain’s University of Newcastle from a Roman denarius coin which depicts the celebrated queen of Egypt as sharp-nosed, thin-lipped with a protruding chin. In short, a fair match for the hook-nosed, thick-necked Mark Antony on the other side of the coin, which went on public display Wednesday at the university’s Shefton Museum. “The image on the coin is far from being that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton,” said Lindsay Allason-Jones, director of archaeological museums at the university, recalling the 1963 film “Cleopatra”, which ignited the tempestuous romance between the two stars. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The news was hailed as a revelation in British newspapers on Valentine’s Day, though the image is hardly a discovery. Replicas of the denarius can be found on eBay. Cleopatra’s legend has grown over the centuries. Plutarch, in the “Life of Antony” written a century after the great romance, said of Cleopatra: “her actual beauty, it is said, was not in itself so remarkable that none could be compared with her.” “But the contact of her presence, if you lived with her, was irresistible; the attraction of her person, joining with the charm of her conversation, and the character that attended all she said or did, was something bewitching. It was a pleasure merely to hear the sound of her voice …” last_img read more

Exclusive – Pardew has done a good job at Newcastle, insists Howey

first_imgSteve Howey says he would be ‘disappointed’ to see Alan Pardew lose his job as Newcastle manager.Pardew admitted his future is in doubt after the Mapgies’ miserable start to the season continued with a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Monday night.Supporters called for the 53-year-old to go during and after the Britannia Stadium clash, but, while Howey understands their frustrations, he believes the beleaguered boss has done a decent job at St James’ Park and deserves their backing while he is still at the helm.“I’m one of these that think it is wrong to be asking for people to lose their jobs. At the moment Alan Pardew is the manager and we have to try and back him as best we can,” said the club’s former defender, speaking on The Sports Bar.“I can totally understand the fans’ frustrations but, at the same time, if there is no news that comes out of Newcastle and Alan Pardew is still the manager, I feel as though, as fans, you should support the team.“The results for a long time haven’t been fantastic and it is a results-based business, but I would be disappointed to see him leave because I think, overall, he has done quite well.”Howey, however, accepts if results don’t pick up quickly and fans continue to call for Pardew’s head then Mike Ashley may have no choice but to make a change.“If the fans are making their feelings known, then the chairman will probably eventually listen,” he said.“The chairman might decide it will be better for a change because six, seven games are gone and they still haven’t got a win and sooner or later you are too far down the line and you are looking at one of those amazing escapes again.”last_img read more

Rates on 30-year mortgages are lowest since May

first_imgMany economists believe the Federal Reserve will decide at its meeting Tuesday to cut a key interest rate in an effort to insulate the economy from recent turmoil in housing and financial markets. Rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, a popular choice for refinancing, averaged 5.97 percent this week, down from 6.15 percent last week. Rates on five-year adjustable rate mortgages averaged 6.17 percent, down from 6.32 percent, while one-year ARMs dropped to 5.66 percent, compared to 5.74 percent last week. WASHINGTON – Rates on 30-year mortgages dropped this week to the lowest point in four months, providing some relief for people hoping to refinance their existing mortgages. Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reported Thursday that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.31 percent this week, the lowest level since May 17, when 30-year mortgages averaged 6.21 percent. The rate had been 6.46 percent last week. All mortgage products surveyed by Freddie Mac showed declines this week. Frank Nothaft, the company’s chief economist, said this should provide help to homeowners who are hoping to refinance existing adjustable rate loans that are resetting from low introductory “teaser” rates. An estimated 2 million such loans will reset over the next 18 months, raising fears about a wave of delinquencies as homeowners are unable to meet the new payments. Top Bush administration officials met with major mortgage servicing companies on Wednesday to urge them to extend as much assistance as possible to homeowners trying to avoid default by refinancing into mortgages they can afford. 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

Marseille make shock move for Sunderland striker

first_img1 Steven Fletcher Marseille are preparing a shock move for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher.The 28-year-old has already been linked with West Ham during the current transfer window.The Scotland international has just six months remaining on his current contract and is yet to be offered a new deal.Marseille, according to L’Equipe, are now ready to take Fletcher on loan until the end of the season.The Ligue 1 club are in need of a striker and believe the former Wolves man fits the bill.Should a move for Fletcher fail, Marseille are also keeping tabs on Stoke City striker Peter Odemwingie.last_img read more

California dreamin’ hits road at auto show

first_imgJesse, 53, a trust manager, wants one painted navy blue. “This is the ultimate, to me. You see it in all the James Bond movies and you just want to buy it – and now I’ve made some extra money and I’m going to buy it,” he said. He learned the car will be available Dec. 5 and vowed that’s the day he’s heading to a dealership. But not everyone was shopping, or cruising supercar nirvana. Santa Clarita resident Andy Goldsmith, friends and family spent the first 90 minutes soaking up all Ford brought to the show this year. Goldsmith settled into the cab of a 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck and discovered it wasn’t much different from his current 2002 model. An insurance agent, Goldsmith, 32, is a Ford fan and was impressed. “I like it a lot. I have the four-door version. It’s not too big and not too small,” he said. “I’m a standard truck owner. I’m always using it to help people move.” Goldsmith said he’s never had any trouble with the truck and that it’s very reliable. So is he ready to buy a new one? “I’m always looking,” he hedged. For Steve Loya, a 50-year-old truck driver from Pomona, a visit to the Auto Show is like a trip down memory lane. He’s owned five British cars and currently is restoring a 1967 Tiger and a 1958 Austin Healy Bugeye Sprite. So it wasn’t surprising to find him loitering at the Lotus booth. He even got to climb into a blue Exige S Club Racer with black stripes to sample the cockpit fit. “It’s got a little bit more character. And the driver input is a bit more acute,” he said. Not everybody is at the show to check out the cars. Janel Hahn, in a red racing-style dress, handed out calendars featuring Al & Ed’s Auto Sound products. She said working at the Auto Show is a good way to have some fun and make some money. The Van Nuys-based company offers a wide range of products that can kick a car up a notch or two. And on Friday, guys were eager to chat up Hahn. The 20-year-old Dana Point resident is attending Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and scored this gig, which she calls “spokesmodeling,” through her agency, International All-Stars Marketing Co. of Corona. This is fun, she said, but school is serious business. “I’m also working on getting a real-estate license. It’s a good thing to get under your belt,” she said. “It could come in handy some day.” WANT TO GO? WHAT: The Los Angeles Auto Show WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles DATES: Friday through Nov.25 TIMES: Saturdays: 9a.m. to 10p.m. Sundays: 9a.m. to 8p.m. Monday through Wednesday: 11a.m. to 10p.m. Thanksgiving Day: 9a.m. to 8p.m. Nov. 23: 9a.m. to 10p.m. TICKETS: Adults: $10 (cash only) Children 12 and younger: free when accompanied by an adult Seniors (65 and older): $7 Friday through Nov. 22 (cash only) SOURCE: Los Angeles Auto Show160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Thousands were there – some just to look, others with a mind to buy – and large crowds are expected through its wrap-up Nov. 25. The annual event has taken on new significance with its early start, attracting nearly 1,000 new vehicles from 47 manufacturers. Los Angeles residents Jessie and Angela Townes were comparison-shopping, in a big way. They are going to buy a supercar. Angela, 48, a Realtor, was interested in a Bentley. But Jesse, her husband, wanted his dream car, an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Angela settled into the cockpit of the Aston Martin. Deal sealed. “It’s a wonderful car,” she said, smiling. “It’s the perfect size and styling for me. I could see myself owning it and I love it.” George Elbaum stood first in line for the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show on Friday, arriving three hours early. The 66-year-old Toluca Lake man’s love affair with cars is so strong, he has been to auto shows across the country, including the big Detroit event, and wanted to see firsthand whether Los Angeles’ new early date, the first show of the season, would bring more pop and sizzle. “I feel a little green today,” said Elbaum, a retired Kodak executive who bought a Ford Mustang convertible after first seeing it at the show and was window-shopping for something new. “I come to the Auto Show every year and I see all the cars. This is such a huge car market. I think everyone would want to be here.” last_img read more

Welliver’s 500th win is a rare feat

first_imgThe list of honors and accomplishments garnered by Cerritos College women’s basketball coach Karen Welliver over the years is quite impressive: eight shared or outright South Coast Conference titles, five state semifinal appearances and four SCC Coach of the Year awards over her 23 years at the helm of the Falcons. Her latest milestone may be the topper, however. On Dec. 27, in the first round of the Fullerton Tournament, Welliver notched her 500th career victory in a 75-51 win over San Mateo. Cerritos travels to East L.A. at 5:30 p.m. today and hosts L.A. City at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Both games are SCC crossover contests. Time change In an effort to allow fans to watch the Rose Bowl, Long Beach City has changed the times of today’s men’s and women’s basketball games. The men’s game against Mt. SAC will tip off at 1 p.m. instead of the original time of 7:30 p.m. The women’s game, also against Mt. SAC and originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m., begins at 3:30 p.m. On Friday, the Vikings host a doubleheader against East L.A. with the women beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. On the dotted line Cerritos football players Rameses Arceo, De Von Walker, Anthony Oliver and Dan Kuykendall have all signed letters of intent and will enroll at four-year colleges for the next semester. Arceo, a second-team All-Mission Conference National Division offensive lineman, signed with Kansas while Walker, a cornerback from Gahr High, has signed with Nevada. Oliver, a second-team All-MCND wide receiver and Cabrillo High graduate, has signed with Central Missouri and defensive end Kuykendall, a Millikan High graduate, signed with Portland State. Several other Falcons have narrowed their college choices. Second-team All-MCND safety Jamario McClain is close to signing with Portland State and second-team All-MCND linebacker Dylan Campanale will likely sign with Northern Iowa. Center Clayton Caron, also an All-MCND second teamer, will choose between Southern Utah or Western Washington. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “(Coaching) is just so fun,” she said. “Basketball is an exciting game and it’s fun. You hate to lose but the highs are sure fun.” In an interesting display of just what a small world this is, San Mateo is coached by former Cerritos player and assistant coach Michelle Warner. Warner played for the Falcons from 1986-88 and coached with Welliver in 1998. Following the first-round victory, the Falcons defeated Mt. SAC 67-64 in the semifinals. Santa Barbara City defeated Cerritos in the final, 63-50, giving the Falcons two second-place finishes (Fullerton, Orange Coast Holiday Classic) and a consolation championship (Glendale Tournament) in four tournaments this season. Part of Cerritos’ recent success — the Falcons are now 9-12 after starting the season 4-9 — can be attributed to getting healthy once again. Sophomore guard Sierrah Moore has returned after missing nine games with an injury and is the team’s leading rebounder (7.0 per game) and is third in scoring (8.1). Freshman forward Maltresa Neely (Downey High) leads the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg and freshman guard LaTrina Payne (Mayfair High) is second (11.4). “The team as a whole is coming along,” Welliver said. “We’ve got a real nice group of girls. They’re working hard for us.” center_img “I can’t believe I’ve been coaching that long,” said Welliver. “I still love coaching. … I still love going to the gym and love the excitement of games.” Welliver’s record now stands at 501-243 and she’s only the sixth California community college women’s coach to reach that plateau. last_img read more