Julian Savea gets a spell

first_imgLions coach Chris Gibbes has made six changes to the starting team which beat Taranaki 42-26 on Saturday, for Thursday night’s clash with Bay of Plenty in Rotorua. Wellington have three games in a short space of time, so managing resources is critical.Beyond the changes to the starting side, there’s four more in the reserves, including the selection of Filipo. The Petone outside back was sentenced to nine months’ supervision for assaulting four people, including two women, in November last year and ordered to attend alcohol counselling and a course on living without violence.”We’ve had a solid start to the season with back-to-back wins now we enter a tough stretch of matches that will test the depth of our squad,” Gibbes said in a statement.”We expect Bay of Plenty to be very tough in Rotorua and I know the guys who have come in are excited about the challenge.”Savea has been given the week off, with Malo Tuitama taking his spot on the right wing. A hamstring injury to Trent Renata means Marist St Pats club player Andrew Wells will play fullback.Those are the backline changes, with prop To’omaga-Allen and blindside flanker Fifita coming into the forward pack after being on All Blacks duty. Other changes include a rest for flanker Du’Plessis Kirifi and lock James Blackwell.Wellington lead provincial rugby’s championship standings, following their bonsu-point wins over Manawatu and Taranaki. Bay of Plenty are second on the ladder.Wellington team to play Bay of Plenty: Andrew Wells, Malo Tuitama, Wes Goosen, Regan Verney, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Brad Shields (c), Galu Taufale, Vaea Fifita, Sam Lousi, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Asafo Aumua, Tolu Fahamokioa. Reserves: Sitiveni Paongo, Vince Sakaria, Alex Fidow, Will Mangos, James Tuia, Carlos Price, Losi Filipo. Photo by: PAUL KANE/GETTY IMAGEs Caption: Prop Jeff To’omaga-Allen is back with Wellington after a week in the All Blacks’ camp.last_img read more

Drogba dismisses Villa rumours

first_img“Just come out of training at @impactmontreal & a million messages & trending on Twitter saying I was in Birmingham today,” Drogba wrote.Drogba has scored eight goals in 15 MLS games for the Impact this season.Villa, meanwhile, have started life in England’s second tier with one win, two draws and a defeat. Montreal Impact striker Montreal Impact Didier Drogba has laughed off reports linking him with a move to Aston Villa.Social media went into overdrive when Villa owner Tony Xia claimed the Championship club were closing in on a “world class” striker.Chelsea great Drogba emerged as a possible arrival, given he worked under Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge, with the pair winning the 2012 Champions League.But the 38-year-old Ivorian dismissed the speculation, using Twitter to apparently distance himself from any possible move. Just come out of training at @impactmontreal & a million messages & trending on Twitter saying I was in Birmingham today— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) August 22, 2016last_img read more

Man, 24, Commits Suicide in Police Cell

first_imgRelatives and friends of Papa Walker, 24, are asking how he hanged himself last Tuesday, while he was detained on a charge of ‘disorderly conduct’ at the New Kru Town Police Depot, near Monrovia.An Investigation conducted by the Daily Observer revealed that Papa Walker allegedly assaulted his sister, whose identity could not be verified, following an altercation over child support fees with his eleven-month old son’s mother, who is also yet to be identified.The deceased’s brother, Benjamin Walker, told the Daily Observer that Papa Walker and his girlfriend had a serious misunderstanding Monday night about financial assistance to take care of the child.“The girl and my brother argued about the money and after much argument back and forth he agreed to find some money for her on Tuesday.“That night my brother was so angry that my sister (not named), got on the girl’s side,” Benjamin Walker said.He explained that Papa Walker, a motorbike rider, “jumped on our sister and I intervened to separate them.”He said the unidentified sister returned on Tuesday morning to their Karpeh Street residence, along with an officer of the Liberia National Police, assigned at the New Kru Depot.“My brother was asked to go to the police station and when he got there he was detained,” he said.While efforts were being made to secure his release, we got the news in the afternoon that my brother had hanged himself in the cell.”The news of the alleged suicide took the Borough of New Kru Town by storm and it drew hundreds of residents, mostly young people, to the police depot.Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police withdrew officers assigned at the Depot and replaced them with a contingent of officers who took positions around the Police Depot, asking bystanders to leave.The incident of suicide is not common in the Borough, according to residents who spoke to the Daily Observer.“While we are confused as to how this boy could hang himself in a police cell, this sad story is a case involving a young father who found it difficult to provide financial support to his child,” an elder said.Another resident, a mother of five, told the Daily Observer that “unlike before, motor bike riders are now restricted to communities and the young riders don’t earn much money and this has led to such a tragedy.”Slum communities, like New Kru Town, West Point and Clara Town, (all in Monrovia) are filled with stories of young fathers who are unable to provide for their children due to lack of economic empowerment.“This is one of the challenges facing the Liberian government,” said a former student of D. Twe Memorial High School, who did not want to identified.Parents in New Kru Town are worried that what began with the need for financial support for a child sadly culminated in the death of a young man that his brother, Benjamin told the Daily Observer was a “hustler who was fighting hard to survive.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. Joint Forces Command Scales Down

first_imgThe U.S. Joint Forces Command- United Assistance, comprising 2,500 service men deployed in Liberia last year to fight the Ebola virus, is scaling down following the decline in cases of the disease.  At a colorful ceremony on February 26 at the Barclay Training Center (BTC), in Monrovia, Major General Gary J. Volesky said 100 troops will remain in Liberia to work with healthcare personnel for a few months.  Recounting activities of the Joint Forces Command, Maj. Gen. Volesky said his service men worked with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in building and overseeing the construction of ETUs across the country.  In addition, Maj. Gen. Volesky said, they were able to train over 1,500 healthcare workers in Monrovia and local communities throughout the country to work in ETUs and care for Ebola patients.  “We established logistical systems to move building materials, medical supplies and water to areas most in need, regardless of how remote the location was,” he stated.  “Finally, we established four mobile testing labs in Liberia so blood samples of potential Ebola patients could be identified, and those that were infected could begin receiving treatment in a matter of hours—not days, and those that were not infected could be quickly released [to] reduce their chances of becoming infected,” he recapped.  Maj. Gen. Volesky acknowledged the roles of the government and people of Liberia in the fight against Ebola, noting with emphasis, “But none of this would have mattered if it [were not] for the phenomenal leadership provided by President Sirleaf, Ministers of Health, Defense and other key leaders within   the Liberian government, who created and enforced policies that changed cultural practices that were facilitating the transmission of the EVD.”   According to the U.S. Joint Command-United Assistance, the end of their mission in Liberia is predicated upon the fact that tremendous progress has been made.  Besides the decline in cases of the virus, he noted, progress is also being made given the fact that Liberians are able to get back to a normal way of life, which he described as  a remarkable accomplishment over the past few months.  “The ability to reopen schools, the huge increase in the numbers of people shopping in the markets, and the lifting of the curfew and reopening of the borders with Liberia’s neighbors are more important examples of how a normal way of life is returning to Liberia,” he added.  He indicated that while no one can become complacent and allow Ebola to reemerge to the extent that we saw last August, it is encouraging to see a country resuming its everyday life.  Even though a large scale of the U.S. military mission is ending with the departure of the 101st   JFC, Maj. Gen. Volesky said that the fight to get to zero cases will continue as the Joint Force Command has ensured capabilities that will sustain the future.  “ETU construction, healthcare worker training, and logistical sustainment operations for Ebola containment have been transitioned to reliable partners that will continue supporting the fight against EVD,” he said.   The Army labs set up in the country have been transitioned and will be operated by organizations that don’t just test for Ebola, but also other infectious diseases, such as Malaria and Lassa fever.    Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Volesky used the occasion to acknowledge the roles of Ambassador Deborah Malac, staffers of the U.S. Embassy and soldiers that served with the Joint Forces Command.    He presented a token of appreciation to Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and a medal to AFL Chief of Staff, Bridg. Gen. Daniel Ziankahn,  for what he referred to as exceptional roles played by the AFL, who worked diligently with the US Joint Forces to successfully accomplish the tasks at hand.   Defense Minister Samukai thanked the U.S. Joint Forces Command for its role in the Ebola fight.   He added that while the military is departing, government is in negotiation with partners to identify with Liberia in the post-Ebola era.  Brigadier Gen. Ziankahn said the time the joint forces spent with the AFL in building ETUs across the country was quite rewarding, noting that it was the first time he and American soldiers have lived together and interacted in detail.  He also thanked them for the recognition and said it further motivates him to do the best he can for his country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe word and concept of loyalty covers a wide range of essentials to a successful living. These essentials include faithfulness, obedience, patriotism, and commitment. We are therefore introducing a series that will explore, a little bit, the concept of loyalty in light of its multifaceted meanings and understandings as a way of encouraging loyalty of the right kind. The premise is that loyalty is a powerful means of correcting some of the many societal and personal ills and for building our lives and character on a solid foundation. What then is loyalty and how can our understanding and practicing of what it entails improve our lives? Why is there so much disloyalty in our society? How can we cultivate the habit of loyalty to the right causes? Let us examine below.This introductory article will zero in on providing a clear understanding of what loyalty is and entails. The second article will focus on what loyalty is not (disloyalty) and how one can replace it with loyalty. In the third article particular attention will be paid to how one can cultivate and maintain the good habit of loyalty. The thrust of the fourth article will be on much harm loyalty to the wrong persons and causes can cause the society the individual. And the fifth and final article will consider the benefits of loyalty.To be loyal means to be faithful to a person, institution, nation or a cause for as long as it takes and is required. It is the act of giving oneself totally in terms of time, energy, obedience, resources, and best thoughts to a cause or person. Loyalty is the giving of total support to a person or a cause. It is the act of keeping a promise come what may. It means being committed to the core. Loyalty means loving, defending, and promoting what one believes in (a person or a cause). To be loyal is to be true to a person or cause at all times and under all circumstances.Loyalty is a quality that is very much appreciated and sought after. Institutions and individuals seek royal friends and followers. Most religions require and even demand loyalty from their followers. Businesses and companies desperately seek loyal employees and are willing to pay huge benefits to get and keep them. Religious and learning institutions thrive on loyal and dedicated workers and overseers.Even the Devil, his agents and dictators demand and survive on loyalty. They need a core of dedicated and loyal followers to succeed and hold onto power. Criminals and treacherous people need loyal support to succeed in achieving their selfish goals and in cheating and hurting other people. The corrupt and unfeeling people need loyal collaborators to succeed in their unethical plans and activities. In short, loyalty is a key requirement for success in most endeavors of life, good or bad, just and unjust, righteous and unrighteous. Loyalty of some kind is therefore needed for achieving goals in life.The above definitions of loyalty and its potentials for achieving various goals and purposes in life imply that loyalty can be given to the wrong person or cause, and to persons and causes that advance the greater good of the whole of society. For Christians ultimate and primary loyalty is to be given to God the Almighty at all times, in all places and by all generations. It is from God that all other kinds and forms of loyalty find meaning and their right place.Christians believe and the Bible teaches that God’s will is best for all individuals, society and the world. His will is for the total wellbeing, peace and true happiness of all of his creatures. He is concerned and requires fairness, justice, obedience to what promotes the common good and peace of all.The problem with mankind is the lack of loyalty to this Ground Being of all beings and the Source of all goodness. Most believers are not loyal to what they profess. A lot of people fail or do by far less than their potentials permit due to lack of loyalty in pursuing what they believe. This may be done out of ignorance or out of willful laziness. Many others work hard, are fully loyal but to the wrong causes and persons. They end up hurting others and ultimately themselves. The answer is loyalty to God, the causes of justice, truthfulness, seeking the peace and welfare of others, and refusing evil in its myriad forms.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

STUNNA to Become Farmington Hotel Brand Ambassador Soon

first_img– Advertisement – romising young emcee, STUNNA is on the verge of been sign as the first brand ambassador for the luxury Farmington Hotel.The deal, which has been agreed in principle, is expected to be finalized within two or three weeks.According to source knowledge on the deal, she said the delay to the deal is the fact that the artist and his team are reviewing the terms and condition to make sure that it is in his interest.Although the deal for this young industry lad is very lucrative, and carries lot of benefits, he is not in no hurry to sign a document that he may regret in the near future, the source said.“What I can tell you right now is that the deal worth a little bit over US8, 000 but it will be giving in three installments.“The first installment, according to the deal if STUNNA signed it will be 50% upfront and the remains 50% will be divided in to two and pay after every four months periods.“STUNNA is the hold on, not the company. They are excited to have he on board and make him the face of the hotel. They cannot wait to kickout the campaign.” She said.Meanwhile, STUNNA came third in the Lonestar Cell MTN, one of the leading GSM Company in Liberia search for Brand ambassador first round ahead of some big names.Although STUNNA has not fully entered the industry as yet, he is an artist with well-polished lyrics that speak directly to the soul, making him an artist to watch out for.Apart for being artist to expect to blow in 2017, all of STUNNA’s songs, from introduction to conclusion, including his two recent tracks, ‘Expensive’ and ‘Daddy,’ clearly demonstrate that his lyrics are bound to make him unforgettable.Born and raised in Monrovia, STUNNA is a prime example of the potential of young MC’s in Liberia’s booming music industry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) STUNNAlast_img read more

Massy Guyana collaborates with Public Health Ministry to raise awareness on suicide

first_imgGuyana’s largest multi-principal distribution company, Massy Distributions Inc has collaborated with the Public Health and Education Ministries to host an awareness programme to prevent the social ill of “suicide”. First Lady Sandra Granger and Miss World Guyana 2018 Ambika Ramraj, along with several students and educators from various secondary schools and the University of Guyana, gathered at the National Cultural Centre to be a part of the activities to commemorate World Mental Health Day. As the globe celebrates World Mental Health Day, Massy Distributions is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in Guyana by hosting various events. Speaking at the event, Massy Distributions (Guyana) Inc Chief ExecutiveA scene from the theatrical presentation “Unbreakable” by award-winning actors at the National Cultural Centre on WednesdayOfficer (CEO) Navin Thakur urged those present to think positive since suicide was not the answer. Massy hosted a debate competition among four secondary schools that presented facts on suicide in students in Guyana. The final round of the debate is set to commence shortly, with Queen’s College and St Rose’s High to compete in a heated contest.The Education Ministry expressed gratitude to Massy for their essential collaboration to deal with suicide among students. A representative of the Education Ministry presented the remarks of Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who was not in attendance. In her message, she urged students to focus on the positive and to be strong while experiencing life challenges. The theatrical performance “Unbreakable”, which was showcased, is a testimony to the young students who are experiencing life challenges. The protagonist, Joy, is mentally drained as her mood throughout the play is one of frustration; however, she does not commit suicide. The message stands out: all is never lost and there is always hope. According to research conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Guyana’s suicide rate has dropped by 32 per cent to 30.2 suicides per 100,000 deaths. Meanwhile, the most recent statistics, released in April 2017, showed that Guyana has the third highest suicide rate in the world.last_img read more

Memorial Run for Steve Sadownik to take place this June

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A memorial run is being organized in honour of a former local athlete.The Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge will be holding the ‘Friends of Steve Sadownik Memorial Run’.According to organizers, this event is not a race but rather a chance to be with your community and enjoy the trails of the Fish Creek Community Forest.- Advertisement -Participants can walk or run 5 km with the opportunity to complete up to 50 km.The cost to participate in the Run is $25.00 per person.Those wishing to participate can register online.Advertisement Proceeds from this event will go towards a memorial bench in honour of Sadownik and the remainder of the funds will go into the community.The ‘Friends of Steve Sadownik Memorial Run’ is taking place on June 15, 2019 at the Fish Creek Community Forest.For more information, you can view the event on Facebook.Sawdonik was a longtime coach with Inconnu Swim Club and a marathon runner. He passed away on June 16, 2018 at the age of 46.Advertisementlast_img read more

Huskies dominate Wolves in game 3

first_imgThe Huskies got goals from 8 different players, and got all but three skaters on the scoresheet (even Zack Blain had an assist). Fort St. John also clicked on special teams, scoring on 4 of 6 powerplay chances, and killing 6 of 7 Slave Lake advantages. S.L. goaltender Travis Chartier, who had been impenitrable in game two’s overtime, and solid overall in the first two games, looked shakey all game long, but also faced quality scoring chances all night, something the Wolves had limited so well in Slave Lake. After the game, Dustin Heitman, who took a high-stick, and had swollen lip and cheek to go with his goal, said he wasn’t too worried about things getting out hand in game four. “Not really, unless there’s a score like there was tonight,” he said. “Most of the guys in this league are pretty good – [they have] a lot of respect.” Listen to a post-game interview with Jon Zacks and Huskies coach Bob Kalb. [asset|aid=1027|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8561d8db333df5b3fd1a72cc950b3a3f-bob-SL3_1_Pub.mp3] And so, the teams will face off for game four on Saturday night (8pm) at the NPA. The Wolves will need to refocus and find their game, or they’ll be facing the long bus ride home without getting a chance at a decisive game five. * Those in attendance at game four are also invited to submit their votes for their favourite and most exciting Husky awards.Advertisement The Slave Lake Wolves gave everything they had in their double OT game-two win. Or at least, it sure seemed like it in game 3. The Huskies dismantled the Wolves on Friday night, spending the vast majority of the game in the offensive zone, cycling the puck with ease, and making five-on-five play look at times like a powerplay. Cody Kalb opened the scoring, when Payden Wongstedt stickhandled into the offensive zone, at feed Kalb at the side of the net. Cody fanned on his first attempt, but stayed on the puck as he drifted past the net, and slid it underneath Travis Chartier. 30 seconds later, Dustin Heitman made it 2-0, when he converted a breakaway with a beautiful move to the backhand. Slave Lake would try to get back in it, when a Colter Tkach point shot hit Cash Brinkworth in front, and eluded Zack Blain. But, it would be the only offence for the Wolves, on an otherwise long night. Linden Apsassin rounded out the first period scoring, taking his time on the blue line, and then firing a wrister through traffic and past Chartier. – Advertisement -The second period would be all FSJ. Kyle Porter made it 4-1, when he blocked a shot, barreled down the right wing, took a backhander, and then buried the rebound. Kole Norris, back in the lineup after missing the first two games, got on the scoresheet when he banged home a bouncing puck. Norris’ goal would mean the hook for Chartier, who was replaced by Curtis Malbuef. Malbuef’s stay in goal would be brief. 9 seconds after replacing Chartier, he let in the first shot he faced – a backhander from Jordan Hartnell. It was Hartnell’s second goal ever as a Husky, and gave the fourth line a goal each in the game. 2 minutes later, Kole Norris converted another loose puck, sending Malbuef to the bench, and Chartier back into the game. Cody Hildebrand would round out the second period scoring, finishing off a nice cycling shift when he slid home a Kole Norris centring pass. Luke McInerney opened the scoring in the third, when he flew down the left-hand side, and fired a snap-shot through Chartier. Soon after, Wolf Nick Plourde, who had been agitating Cody Kalb all game, finally got his fight, but got a little more than he could handle. Kalb won a decision in the fight, bringing more cheers from the fans, but resulting in the ejection of not just Kalb, but also Payden Wongstedt, for not staying at the bench during the fight. Cody Hildebrand’s second of the game finished off the scoring, with 4 minutes remaining. When the dust settled, the final score was 10-1 FSJ. Advertisementlast_img read more

Two fundraisers to help fight MS

first_imgTwo high-profile events tonight and Saturday will bring much needed attention to treating and finding a cure for multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that afflicts about 300,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide. Tonight’s 14th annual Race to Erase MS promises to be a good time for a good cause. A throng of celebrities is expected at the gala event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, including Ray Romano, Forest Whitaker and Eva Longoria. Keeping with this year’s “Dance to Erase MS” theme, Designer Tommy Hilfiger, the gala’s co-chairman, will present a celebrity fashion show featuring his dance-inspired designs. Musical guests include Earth Wind and Fire and Goo Goo Dolls. There will also be a live and silent auction. Last year’s event raised more than $2.5 million for the Nancy Davis Foundation for MS, whose Nancy Davis Center Without Walls brings together physicians, scientists and other health experts to advance research for the cure and treatment of MS. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Davis, who was diagnosed with MS in 1991 and then vowed to find a cure, started the Race to Erase MS in 1993. It has grown into a celebrity gala benefit held annually and co-sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., there will be an MS Roundtable at the Hyatt where a team of experts from around the county will discuss the latest updates in treatment and research. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets to the gala start at $1,000. To purchase, call (310) 440-4842. For more information, log on to www.erasems.org. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329last_img read more