The Ministry of Youth and Sports has significantly increased the registration fees of the Inter-ministerial, Public Corporations and Agencies League from US$350 to US$500.Director of Sports Navarro M. Saykie, Sr., told the Daily Observer Wednesday that the increment is intended to improve the organization and awards of the tournament.The tournament includes football, kickball and volleyball.“The increase is also to meet the demand of match officials in the three events,” he said.The increment in the fees has caused slow registration from ministries, public corporations, agencies and other government branches (Legislature and Judiciary).Investigation further revealed that the slow pace in registration will most likely change the date of the opening of tournament, from Wednesday, the 5th of March 2014.Volleyball triple champs, Ministry of Finance, which is also football title holder, is said to be set to defend the title as well as kickball triple title holder, NASSCORP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Abraham Sheriff, an investigator at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Friday’s testimony linked Johnson Gwaikolo, former deputy minister for technical service, at the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of authorizing the payment of US$12,600 to David Korte, managing editor of the Flash Point Newspaper.Sheriff’s testimony, if it is anything to go by, then it has exonerated the Ministry’s Communication and Documentation Director, Jesefu Morris Keita, who government accused of authorizing the payment of the money to Korte.In 2010, the MPW and Flash Point Incorporated entered into an agreement named. “Contract Number MPW-SF-0008-06/10,” which the media outlet was hired and paid US$12,600 to implement a Public Relations Consultancy for the ministry.Testifying last Friday at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, the prosecution witness further alleged that Gwaikolo on March 29, 2010, instructed his Procurement Department to process every necessary document for the Ministry of Finance to pay the US$12,600 to Korte.Witness Sheriff told the court that during LACC investigation, they discovered that on June 24, 2010, Flash Point presented an invoice to the MPW, which Gwaikolo was instrumental to have the Ministry of Finance paid the US$12,600 on June 30, 2010 to Korte.Surprisingly, he said, the MPW through Gwaikolo, on July 2, 2010, issued a certificate of completion to Korte, which signified that Korte collected the money before MPW issued him the certificate.The payment was intended for Flash Point Newspaper to implement Public Relations Consultancy for the MPW, which the company’s manger admitted that they received the funds, but did not perform the job, according to the prosecution witness.“Gwaikolo was the only person, who signature appeared on the payment voucher as deputy minister of MPW to have Korte executes the contract, which he failed to implement,” the witness further alleged.He did not mention whether his investigation find any evidence of participation of Gwaikolo into the “bogus contract,” instead, he said, Gwaikolo was only invited by the LACC.Unfortunately, Gwaikolo is not on trial, instead, it is Messrs Keita and Korte are being accused of “economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy by the government.Korte has already admitted and promised to pay back the US$12,600 in five installments; for which his charges were dropped by prosecution when he first appeared before the court.Up to present, Keita remains the only defendant on trial after he denied the allegation when he also appeared before the court.Sheriff said the LACC did not find any evidence of participation of the other three, “and therefore, we decided to invite Gwaikolo and Keita, because of the each of them played.”He said Gwaikolo played the role by signing the contact, while he denied that Keita did not sign any contract document with Korte.Sheriff denied further that “Keita was not part of the meeting and he did not sign the minutes of the meeting held in June 2010.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President David Granger, on Monday morning attended the Guyana Police Force’s 180th anniversary Drum Head Service, at the Police Officers’ Mess, Eve Leary. The Force’s anniversary is being observed under the theme, “Serving and protecting our nation through collaboration and dedication”
TAYLOR, B.C. — The Peace Country River Rats will be bringing the 5th Annual Taylor Flats 200 jet boat race back to the Peace and Pine Rivers this weekend.The Peace Country River Rats are hosting the race on Saturday and Sunday, with races starting at 9:00 a.m. both days. Racers in all five classes will start zooming up the Pine River from Peace Island Park to Happy Hour Corner for the first two legs. At 2:00 p.m., the boats will hit the 5.5 mile circuit on the Peace River near Taylor for the third and sixth stages.The River Rats’ Trapper Wolsey says that anyone with a boat can watch the races from the banks of either the Peace or the Pine rivers, while anyone that doesn’t have a watercraft of their own can catch all the action at Peace Island Park. Wolsey said that this year, the River Rats will have a big screen set up near the beer gardens in the park, with a live feed of the races coming from footage shot by drone and by a helicopter.- Advertisement -The River Rats are kicking off the event with a show’n’shine on Friday afternoon at Peace Island Park from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.Anyone wishing to participate in the event, or to help volunteer or with sponsorship can contact Trapper at 250-262-7411 or Kathy at 250-787-2999. For more information, visit www.peacecountryriverrats.ca/.
But the player’s relationship with Nike, which is rumoured to be worth $1 billion dollars (869 million euros), is under scrutiny after police in Las Vegas announced this week they were reopening an investigation into allegations made by a former model, Kathryn Mayorga, relating to an incident in 2009.“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” a Nike spokesman told AFP.Nike said it was “deeply concerned” by the controversy surrounding their star client © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Drew AngererAccording to Forbes magazine, Ronaldo is one of only three athletes to have been given a lifetime deal with Nike, joining an elite club that also includes NBA icons LeBron James and Michael Jordan.EA Sports, for whom Ronaldo is a leading figure in their phenomenally successful FIFA video game market, also described the allegations as “concerning”.“We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values,” the group said in a statement.– Juventus reaction criticised –Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer gave the Italian champions a huge boost, both on and off the field, as they continue their elusive bid for a first Champions League title since 1996. On September 20, shares rose 180 percent to a record level of over 1.80 euros.But on Friday over five percent was wiped off the value of their shares in morning trading on the Milan stock exchange. At midday they were worth 1.25 euros a share.Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured this week with his girlfriend, Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOJuventus have so far stood behind Ronaldo, but the Italian club’s reaction to the issue has angered some fans.The Portuguese striker “has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus”, the club wrote on Twitter Thursday, breaking their silence over the allegations.“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”Juventus later posted a video on YouTube and Twitter showing Ronaldo training, with the caption: “Juventus go for goal. Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!”The defending Serie A champions’ tweets were widely panned on social media as “shockingly dismissive and insensitive”.“You’d expect a more nuanced and sensitive approach from such a mega organisation,” said one tweet.In his pre-match press conference Friday, Allegri said Ronaldo seemed “calm”. “I see Ronaldo calm, he is ready to play. His professionalism and his composure on and off the pitch are not in question,” the Juventus coach said.Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape accusations.“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he tweeted in English on Wednesday.Ronaldo, a father of four who initially made his name in the game during a six-year spell at Manchester United, transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer in a 100-million-euro deal © AFP/File / Thomas SAINT-CRICQ“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations,” he added on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers.Portugal said Thursday Ronaldo will play no part in the country’s next four internationals, but national coach Fernando Santos gave him his backing.Asked about the allegations, Santos said. “I know Cristiano Ronaldo very well and I fully believe his word when he says he would never commit a crime like this.”Mayorga’s attorney Leslie Stovall told reporters his client had suffered years of trauma as a result of the alleged attack and found the courage to speak out thanks to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault at the hands of powerful men.Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus say Ronaldo is “ready to play” this weekend © AFP/File / Jonathan NACKSTRANDMilan, Italy, Oct 5 – US sportswear giant Nike says it is “deeply concerned” by rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo and shares in Italian champions Juventus fell over five percent on the Italian stock exchange on Friday.Ronaldo’s coach at Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri, said the striker is “doing well” and is “ready to play” when the Turin giants travel to Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.
Moyes, who succeeded Alex Ferguson in 2013, was dumped by United while in the first year of a six-year contract and his replacement, Louis van Gaal, was axed after winning the FA Cup.But the former Everton boss said he believed United would give Mourinho time even though they are languishing in eighth spot in the Premier League.“I think the club are firmly behind the manager, and he’s been a winner, Jose, throughout his career, so I don’t see why that should suddenly change,” the Scot, 55, told Britain’s Press Association.“It was a great result — any team that comes from 2-0 down. But the one thing that happens at Old Trafford is the crowd gets right behind you, and is always supportive of the manager and the players.”Derby manager Frank Lampard, who recently masterminded a League Cup victory at Old Trafford and played under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes that after Saturday’s comeback the onus should be on the players to raise their standards.“Sometimes things are hard and you have to make difficult decisions, try and influence people around you, influence your players to try and get the best out of them,” he said. “I think he’s got all those attributes so I hope that it turns around for him.”Former United captain Wayne Rooney, who now plays in the United States, has also called on the players to stand up and be counted, saying Mourinho is an easy target.“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season,” the D.C. United player said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United boss David Moyes believes current manager Jose Mourinho (pictured) still has the backing of the club and its fans © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 9 – Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Jose Mourinho retains the full backing of the club and their supporters despite a poor start to the Premier League season.Mourinho reportedly faced the sack regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s fixture with Newcastle but is still in position after the team roared back to win 3-2 after trailing 2-0.
Banners spelling out the letters “never forgotten” were hung from the city’s St George’s Hall, above the lanterns, flowers and pictures of the victims.“The support this city, and the people of Liverpool have shown us, all of us families has been tremendous,” said Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died in the disaster.“They’ve never let us down. They’ve never failed us. They continue to support us.”Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, who laid a wreath on behalf of the people of the city, said it was “a day for the people to remember and support the families.“For 30 years the city is united behind their families and gave them as much support as they possibly could do, emotionally and standing shoulder to shoulder with them. That’s all we can do.”The city fell silent at 3.06pm (1406 GMT), the time the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped, in honour of the victims, while flags on civil buildings were flown at half mast.Fans also placed flowers and balloons at the memorial at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium.The police commander at the disaster faces a retrial after a jury earlier this month failed to reach a verdict over his role in the deaths.Dozens of relatives of the victims who had gathered in Liverpool — 25 miles (40 kilometres) away — gasped as the jury foreman told the court they could not reach a unanimous decision on charges of gross negligence manslaughter against retired chief superintendent David Duckenfield.The crush was Britain’s worst sports stadium tragedy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000People touch the Hillsborough Memorial Monument as Liverpool observes a minute’s silence on the 30th anniversary of the stadium disaster that took the lives of 96 Reds fans © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – The English city of Liverpool fell silent on Monday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough football stadium disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Reds supporters.Mourners lit a lantern for each of the fans who were crushed to death at the FA Cup semi-final held at the stadium in Sheffield on April 15, 1989.
They are among Los Angeles’ most private heirs to one of the world’s greatest fortunes, and their name lives on in one of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmarks. But much as the Getty Center has endured troubles, Aileen and Paul Getty have even greater misfortune. Paul Getty, the grandson of J. Paul Getty, lost an ear to Italian kidnappers at 16, and a stroke at 25 left him blind and paralyzed. Sister Aileen became HIV-positive in 1984, and developed full-blown AIDS in 1990. “They are a very wounded family,” says Teo Davis, alluding to tragic fates that mirror the troubled history that befell one of the world’s most storied but dysfunctional families. “I knew that the Getty had gone through a very difficult period,” says Wood, who officially took over as president and chief executive officer of the trust in February. “When I was approached by the (Getty) board, we had some very candid discussions about where Getty was, where they thought it was going, that the Getty was dealing with its problems.” Nevertheless, the past scandals have led to the ongoing prosecution abroad of former Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True on theft charges, the forced resignation last year of former Getty Trust head Barry Munitz over lavish personal spending of Getty money, and an investigation by the California Attorney General’s Office. And within the Getty itself, say present and former employees and others close to the museum, Munitz’s administration created discontent and morale problems. “The people at the top had been spoiled rotten by money,” says Joseph Mailander, a longtime observer of the city’s arts and cultural world. “No one (who worked) at the Getty really liked (Munitz.) The rank-and-file employees couldn’t have been happier that he finally got caught.” Munitz, president of the Getty Trust since 1997, came under fire two years ago after it was found that he had spent Getty funds on first-class international travel with his wife, approved grants to friends and associates, and lobbied for a raise while he ordered budget cuts and layoffs. The uproar triggered an investigation by the state attorney general into whether Munitz’s actions compromised the Getty’s nonprofit status. And that was compounded by the antiquities-theft allegations and charges against True. Both True and the Getty deny any wrongdoing. In November, a Greek criminal court dismissed charges against True for her role in the purchase of an illegally excavated golden funeral wreath. Still pending is an investigation of several artifacts of lesser value found in True’s Greek vacation home. In Rome, True remains on trial for allegedly trafficking in antiquities looted from Italy. True resigned after published reports revealed she obtained a personal loan with help from one of the Getty’s suppliers to buy a Greek villa. The Getty said she violated museum ethics policies. But Getty officials bristle at the thought that the recent scandals could tarnish the center’s reputation. They say the Munitz problem was a “governance” issue that the Getty Trust board dealt with swiftly and effectively. Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig said that in addition to appointing Wood to succeed Munitz, the center’s board instituted 25 policy procedures to guard against future financial abuse. It also has been complying with an administrative oversight agreement imposed by the state Attorney General’s Office, he said. Hartwig said the Getty has returned dozens of items to Greece and Italy, is negotiating the return of other art in question and has never knowingly acquired looted art. “Some people may hold that against the Getty, but they shouldn’t. “They moved to rectify those issues quickly – quicker than most institutions do to correct their problems,” says longtime Los Angeles art collector and patron Patricia Casado. Or as perhaps the city’s biggest individual art collector and patron, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, put it in talking about both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa in Malibu: “Clearly, both Gettys are among the crown jewels of visual arts institutions in Los Angeles that make it one of the four great cultural capitals of the world along with New York, London and Paris.” Broad believes the Getty has made valuable contributions in working with other museums and elevating art in the city. A major exhibition of art in Los Angeles through the 1970s and 1980s is currently being planned for 2009 involving the Getty and three other local museums. The Getty also has undertaken the restoration and development next year of a long-dormant video art project originated by the Long Beach Museum of Art. Still, today, at age 10, the Getty Center is, in a sense, like another troubled child of the late oil billionaire. “It seems in many ways that this is an institution that is moving from adolescence to young adulthood,” says Wood, who took over the reins as head of the Getty in February. “I’m not saying this to excuse things in the past, but we all, as individuals or institutions, make mistakes, particularly in our youth. “And then the question is, do we learn from those mistakes and in effect, move ahead wiser and more able to deal with a complex world.”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“And it is a legacy of a wounded family,” says Davis, a Hollywood writer who has known the family for more than 30 years, “that seems to live on in the Getty Center.” While supporters continue to hail the center and say its future is bright, others note the toll that years of turmoil, including financial improprieties and alleged antiquities looting, have rocked the J. Paul Getty Trust and its art jewel center. “I think it has definitely stained their record,” said Los Angeles architectural critic Leon Whiteson. “In the administration, you had the president of the board acting as if he were the reincarnation of J. Paul Getty, and that led to a lot of corruption.” But that has dramatically changed with the Getty’s appointment of Jim Wood, a renowned art expert and former director of the Art Institute of Chicago.
There was huge excitement at O’Donnell Park when Buncrana hurlers won their first ever Minor Hurling Championship.It featured the new kids on the the block, Buncrana against the experienced Setanta Minors. While the scoring was low the excitement was high. Buncrana got off to a good start with three points in the first quarter after which Setanta opened their account with one point.Buncrana squandered some chances and eventually Sam Doherty put his side 4 points to 1 up. A very fine goal from Raymond McNamee sent the Killygordon supporters into high voice. Buncrana ended the half one point ahead.The second half was tense from beginning to end Buncrana’s defence marshalled by Captain Donal Mclaughlin for long periods was under siege by a rather wasteful Setanta attack.However Setanta hit a purple patch scoring 3 unanswered points one of them a long range effort from Matthew Dalton and with five minutes left the teams were level, Buncrana 0-7 and Setanta 1-4. The Referee Eddie Nash then awarded the Inishowen side a free from 40 metres out which Sam Doherty cooly pointed.In spite of Setanta’s best effort Buncrana held to win their first ever Minor Championship.Much credit must go to their Manager Seamus Grant who has worked tirelessly in recent weeks to bond his squad together.From a Buncrana point of view the future of this squad looks very bright as they will lose only three players in the year ahead.The Setanta players in spite of their great disappointment of losing a final behaved with sportsmanship and dignity from beginning to end. O’Donnell Park was a fitting venue for a fine final.HURLING NEWS: BUNCRANA WIN FIRST MINOR HURLING TITLE was last modified: July 31st, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:buncranaMinor Hurling ChampionshipSETANTA
Having focused on the North West of the county in the last couple of features, this time round I’ve decided to cast my gaze upon the Inishowen area and more specifically Inishowen Head.We know Donegal is a fantastic county but Inishowen, is in my opinion, Donegal’s own ‘special place’.Inis Eoghain, meaning “Island of Eoghan” is Ireland’s largest peninsula and a place rich in history as well as geographical diversity. Donegal’s Original Favourite Son…Born in Gartan on the 7th December 521AD (died 597AD), Saint Colm Cille, also known as Columba, was a missionary monk who, during the Early Medieval Period, introduced Christianity to the Scottish. Colm Cille was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and on his father’s side he was great-great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages, a key 5th century Irish high king. In 563 A.D. after departing Derry in a ‘curragh’ for the Scottish island of Iona to which he had been exiled, Colm Cille came ashore on a remote beach at the tip of Inishowen Head. The plan was to take water from the beach’s spring, but he also climbed the steep, difficult and dangerous hillside above the beach to take one final look at his beloved homeland. A plaque has been erected along the Inishowen Head loop walk to commemorate his departure from Irish shores and it’s worth taking a moment here, to stop and gaze across the waters to where the Scottish coast line is easily visible on a clear day.The Walk…Local groups in the Inishowen area, assisted by the area’s tourism group, ‘Inishowen Tourism’ (www.visitinishowen.com) have over the last few years been developing a series of loop walks around the peninsula. Excellent work is also being done by the National Trails office (www.irishtrails.ie) which has, since its inception in 2007 over seen the inspection, installation, upgrading and registering of 43 waymarked trails.Trails are spread throughout Donegal, as well as many counties of Ireland. They are a great resource and this coming bank holiday weekend is a great time to get out with friends and family on one of these accessible and scenic walks.Inishowen Head is one such venue. It’s mostly a solid trail, that’s good underfoot, it’s well marked and the views are truly stunning! The walk can be completed as a loop or a portion can be completed as ‘an out and back’, in case time, weather or little legs don’t allow for the full journey to be completed.The walk is well sign posted for its 8km length and any notices should be observed and adhered to. Good shoes, clothes relevant to the forecast, food and drink should be brought as this is a remote location, your last shop generally being in Greencastle.For full details of the route click on the Irish Trails website link: http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Inishowen-Head-loop/105Remember to check the weather before you go; take a look at: www.met.ieThe Clipper Race 2012Later this month, the Clipper Yacht race will arrive in Derry City. The dates for the visit are June 29th to July 7th (estimated) and when the ten strong fleet (also estimated!) sail into Lough Foyle on their 40,000mile journey, Inishowen Head will provide a fantastic vantage point for the arrival of these boats. Check http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/index.php/the-race/the-route/ Photography: All photos by Bren Whelan – www.mountaintraining.ieTHE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – INISHOWEN HEAD by Bren Whelan was last modified: June 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:bren whelanGreat Donegal Outdoors