World Cup fields to be upgraded

first_imgSports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko said this is so participating countries can use these sporting fields to train and play on in preparation for the World Cup.“The government has budgeted K10 million for the preparation of the FIFA World Cup. All venues at the Sir Hubert Murray stadium, the Sir John Guise stadium, the Bisini Grounds plus schools will be upgraded to FIFA standards,” said Tkatchenko.He added the money allocated for the World Cup will be pushed through quickly for work to continue.He said the plan is to have all venues and training facilities ready three months before the World Cup event in November.“FIFA levels are at the highest standard possible and so the K10 million the Government is putting in is a long investment that will put our sporting fields up to this same standard.“This will allow us to host more sporting events in the future,” said Tkatchenko.last_img read more

NCAA: Cardinals overcome Chiefs late rally, improve to 2-2

first_imgLATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “After our loss last game we really gave our double effort in practice to get our intensity up,” said Mapua’s third-year guard Laurenz Victoria, who scored nine points and provided stability in the backcourt amid Arellano’s rally.Five Cardinals scored in double figures led by Christian Buñag, who had 16 points on top of 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Eric Jobel added 15 while Cedric Pelayo had 13, including a jumper that gave Mapua an 87-80 cushion with 2:20 remaining.Warren Bonifacio and Noah Lugo chipped in 12 points each. Lugo put the Cardinals out of harm’s way with a drive, 91-82, with 27.5 seconds left. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Levi Dela Cruz topscored with 25 points for the Chiefs, who came to within five, 85-80, after a layup by Guilmer Dela Torre with still 2:34 to go.Mapua tied Arellano and College of St. Benilde in the standings at 2-2. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMapua survived a fiery fourth quarter fightback by Arellano, 91-83, to stop a two-game slide in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cardinals blew an 18-point lead before making crucial baskets down the stretch to keep the Chiefs behind.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Murray tests hip, comes back to edge McDonald in Washington Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

MCSSTA Wants Simeon Freeman to Apologize to Prez. Sirleaf

first_imgThe Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association has respectfully called on the political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, to apologize to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what they termed as an “insult” to the Liberian leader.The group said the leader of MPC has failed to recognize Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the sitting President of Liberia by making derogatory statements to the President.“We are calling on the political leader of the (MPC), Simeon Freeman to kindly apologize to our President for using the media to call the Liberian leader the most irresponsible leader Liberia has ever produced and the most corrupt leader in the history of the presidency of Liberia.”Speaking to the Daily Observer on Monday, February 10, the general secretary of the MCSSTA, Samuel M. Nyanuh, said the words of Simeon Freeman were a gross disrespect to the presidency and citizens of Liberia.Mr. Nyanuh wondered what precedent the MPC political leader was setting as a politician, describing the statement made by Simeon Freeman as unfortunate and not to be taken into consideration.According to him, this is not only an insult to the President, but the entire citizenry of Liberia because only irresponsible people can elect an irresponsible person as leader.Mr. Nyanuh said the political leader must have made an error and hopes that Simeon Freeman would eventually see reason and sincerely apologize to President Sirleaf.It may be recalled on Monday February 3, that the MPC’s political leader, Simeon Freeman, reacting to the president’s annual message, described the Liberian leader as the most irresponsible and corrupt leader Liberia had ever produced.Mr. Freeman said the Liberian leader made many unfulfilled promises to the citizens including electricity, the creation of 20,000 jobs, and many other plans he said had failed over the last eight years.He also use the medium to call on President Sirleaf to recommit herself to the Liberian people and reason to live by the promises she made.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GRDB receives int’l help to fight paddy bug infestation

first_imgThe Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has received assistance from its international partner, the Latin-American Fund for Irrigated Rice also known as FLAR, to tackle the current infestation of paddy bugs which has been affecting farmers in all the rice-producing regions. Farmers are, however, not accepting the suggestions being put forward by the team of experts. The team spent one week in Guyana visiting rice fields and meeting with farmers.Paddy bugs in the fieldExtension Officer of the GRDB Ramlagan SinghGeneral Manager of the GRDB Nissam HassanAgriculture engineer Santiago Jaramillo CardonaRice farmer and Extension Officer of the GRDB, Ramlagan Singh told this newspaper that one week was not enough to grasp the magnitude of the problem of the infestation of the dreaded bugs.The two-man team from FLAR consists of entomologist and researcher, Dr Ed Pulver along with agricultural engineer Santiago Jaramillo Cardona.When the team met with rice farmers at Number 63 Village, some farmers explained that they have tried some of the suggestions made in the control of the dreaded paddy bugs, but those practices all failed.At the end of the one-week visit, the team put forward a report indicating the contributory factors which have caused the current infestation of party bags. They stated that a biological imbalance coming from an over-dependence and insecticides has created the conditions in which the paddy bugs are now thriving to the detriment of the rice crop. The team has suggested that an integrated pest management approach be adopted.Way forwardIn fact, Santiago Cardona stated that it is the only way forward. “The only war at this way that farmers are fighting paddy bugs is with chemicals. They need to focus on better pest management practices because insecticides are not the only answer. We need to start looking at planting dates, seed treatment and biological control to avoid excessive application of insecticides.” He said the farmers also have to take care of the natural insects that live in the rice fields. This, he added, will guarantee a balance in the ecosystem. He also stressed that the time of planting is also a critical factor in the management of paddy bugs. He also recommends that farmers first treat the paddy seeds while also placing emphasis on the time of planting.“Those who plant late are more susceptible,” the FLAR team reported. However, the farmers argued that even those that would have planted early were affected in the same way by the party bugs.RecommendationsGeneral Manager of the GRDB, Nissam Hassan noted some of the recommendations by the FLAR will be implemented by the GRBD.“Coming out of this visit, we will have a revised, revamped agronomic practices approached for our farmers. This will be rolled out almost immediately and willed through over the next few rainy seasons as we move to address the incidences of paddy bugs; not only paddy bugs but any other insect pest that may be affecting rice and also as we move to further enhance the productivity of rice being produced in Guyana.”Most of the rice in the cultivation area is heading into the flowering stage – this is when the plants are more vulnerable to the dreaded paddy bugs.According to Hassan, the bugs are being found on mares, in trenches and abundant rice fields.He added that the GRDB had commenced a programme of spraying dams and other areas where the bugs are said to be laying eggs.However, Ramlagan Singh believes that the GRDB is executing a publicity stunt.“Unfortunately, it was disclosed that the chemical finished [and] the motor-blower that they bought is minimal and cannot do the exercise,” he said.Another farmer, Hemchan Doolchand of Number 69 Village, who has 240 acres under cultivation, said he has visited all of the outlets along the upper and central Corentyne and cannot find the insecticide which the FLAR experts recommended.Meanwhile, the GRDB is encouraging farmers not to spray their fields during the young stages of rice, saying that this will encourage the build-up of the insects. The FLAR team also found that the insecticides being used are killing all insects including bugs which are natural enemies of the paddy bug. They said it might take two to three crops before normalcy can be returned.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put a hold on aerial spraying of rice.During the last rice crop in the 52-74 area, where 15,000 acres were under rice cultivation, 25 per cent of the harvested rice had to be dumped.last_img read more

Mistrial declared in Weis’ lawsuit after juror collapses

first_imgWeis claims they botched his care after gastric bypass surgery in June 2002. An attorney for Weis said it was with “great reluctance” that he ask for the mistrial in the case that was expected to go to the jury today. A judge in Boston declared a mistrial Tuesday in Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis’ medical malpractice lawsuit after a juror collapsed and several doctors – including the two defendants – rushed to his aid. The juror, an older man, began moaning as he listened to an expert testifying in defense of Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons Charles Ferguson and Richard Hodin. The 38-year-old will face John Castle in a four-round fight Thursday at Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in Chester, W.Va. “The rug was yanked out from under my feet by a misdiagnosis,” he said. “All I want to do is fight. … It’s unfinished business.” HOCKEY: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold will miss approximately four weeks after tests revealed a fractured wrist, team officials said. BASKETBALL: Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo plans to put off retirement for at least one more season. “I will play next year. Hopefully I will play here again. That’s my hope and my wish. My wife keeps telling my I should not walk away right now,” Mutombo told Houston television station KRIV. At 40, Mutombo is the oldest player in the league. In all, he has played in 1,123NBA games during his career with Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and Houston. During his 16-year NBA career, Mutombo has averaged 10.3 points and 10.5rebounds a game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I cannot think of an instance there would be more reason than when a juror has this kind of incident,” attorney Michael Mone said. SOCCER: Manchester United beat Lille 1-0 in London on a disputed goal in a Champions League game. Also, Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 3-2, PSV Eindhoven beat Arsenal 1-0 and Celtic held AC Milan to a 0-0 tie in the other first-leg matches of the second round. BOXING: Former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison is staging a comeback, saying that a positive HIV test that ended his career more than a decade ago was inaccurate. “I’m negative and I’ve always been negative and that should be the end of it,” Morrison said. last_img read more

5-minute delay at Va. Tech debated

first_imgPolice rapid response to school violence has become an important issue in the past decade. After the Columbine massacre in 1999, police around the country adopted new policies for so-called “active shooters.” Police would no longer respond to emergencies such as school shootings by surrounding a building and waiting for the SWAT team. Instead, the first four officers rush into the building and attempt to immediately end the threat. This system was used to end a 2003 school hostage standoff in Spokane, Wash. At Columbine, no officers entered the building until about 40 minutes after the first 911 call from the school. Critics have said that decision might have contributed to the death of a teacher who bled to death from gunshot wounds. Tom Corrigan, a former member of the NYPD-FBI terrorism task force, said five minutes seems like a long time when gunfire is being heard, but he added that it’s tough to second-guess officers in such a chaotic situation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The five minutes police spent breaking into the building proved to be crucial. During that time, Cho picked off his victims with a hail of gunfire. He killed himself after police shot through the doors and rushed toward the carnage. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller praised the officers’ response time, noting that had police simply rushed into the building without a plan, many likely would have died right along with the staff and students. “If you go in with your backs turned, you’re never going back,” Geller said. “There’s gotta be some sort of organization.” Some police and security experts question the five-minute delay, saying authorities should have charged straight into the melee. “You don’t have time to wait,” said Aaron Cohen, president of IMS Security of Los Angeles, who has trained SWAT teams around the country since 2003. “You don’t have time to pre-plan a response. Even if you have a few guys, you go.” BLACKSBURG, Va. – The bloodbath lasted nine minutes – enough time for Seung-Hui Cho to unleash 170 rounds from his two pistols, or about one shot every three seconds. During that time, Virginia Tech and Blacksburg police spent three minutes dashing across campus to the scene. Then they began the agonizing process of breaking into the chained-shut building, which took an additional five minutes. Once inside, as they sprinted toward the sounds of gunfire inside Norris Hall, Cho put a bullet through his head and died in a classroom alongside his victims. A timeline of the rampage emerged Wednesday as police provided new details about what they uncovered in the 10 days since Cho committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. last_img read more

Champions League knockout stages excite Arsenal hero Ramsey

first_imgArsenal hero Aaron Ramsey has admitted he’s already excited about the prospect of playing in the knockout stages of the Champions League.The Gunners put a gloss on their progression from Group D with a 4-1 win away at Galatasaray, although it was not enough to see them displace Borussia Dortmund from top spot.Arsene Wenger’s side will now face a tricky test against a seeded side in the next phase of the competition but, rather than worry about their prospective opponents, Ramsey, who scored a brilliant brace on the night, admitted he can’t wait to find out who they will play.“Obviously we came here [to Turkey] wanting to win the game so we’re happy that we won,” he told ITV.“We finished off on a high in the group stages and now we’re looking forward to seeing who we’re up against in the next round.” 1 Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey strikes last_img read more

Southampton set to seal loan deal for QPR centre-back

first_img Queens Park Rangers centre-back Steven Caulker Southampton are close to sealing a loan deal for Queens Park Rangers centre-back Steven Caulker.The 23-year-old signed for the Super Hoops last summer but is keen for a short-term move back to the Premier League following the club’s relegation to the Championship.And the Saints have answered his call, with manager Ronald Koeman in need of defensive reinforcements at St Mary’s following Toby Alderweireld’s decision to join Tottenham together with Florin Gardos. Being sidelines with a serious knee injury.Reports suggest Caulker will move with a view to an £8million permanent transfer – the amount QPR paid to bring him in from Cardiff last year.The defender will be looking to avoid a third straight relegation from the Premier League at Saints and to add to his sole England cap won three years ago. 1last_img read more


first_imgPearse Doherty TDSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has that he is unable to sign off on the Banking Inquiry report.Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Doherty said “When I agreed to take part in the banking inquiry, foremost in my mind were the people who have lost their homes and businesses, the cuts inflicted on our public services and the generation forced into emigration because of the banking crisis.“The people have the right to know how the banking crisis came about, who was responsible and to be assured that it would never happen again.” The Donegal TD said he has worked constructively on the inquiry to get to the full truth of what happened.He added “While the report includes new information, it fails to fully answer the questions regarding how the crisis came about and who was responsible.“Our people deserve the full truth. That is why I am unable to not sign off on the committee report.”PEARSE DOHERTY REFUSES TO SIGN OFF ON BANKING INQUIRY REPORT was last modified: December 6th, 2015 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:banking inquiryPearse Dohertylast_img read more


first_imgThe timesheet is almost full for Friday’s Donegal Ladies Gaelic Golf Classic at Ballybofey & Stranorlar golf club this Friday.If you want to book a slot please ring asap 074 913 1093Times available AM 8am to 8.50, 9.10, 9.20, – or PM 14.30, 15.10, 16.30. There are still a number of tees available for sponsorship.Moville’s Liam Skelly, who has been running the event, says he has been delighted with the response.“The money raised will go towards supporting ladies football in the county at all levels,” he said.“I’d like to thank all the teams for entering and our main sponsor Daly’s Topaz in Lifford as well as all the other wonderful sponsors who have come forward to help ladies football. It promises to be a great day. “There are a few tees left for sponsor so I’d be delighted if more businesses came forward.”Sponsors can donate as little as €100 by calling Liam on 086 860 2070. DONEGAL LADIES FUNDRAISER: JUST 4 SLOTS LEFT FOR GOLF CLASSIC THIS FRIDAY was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegal ladiesGolf classiclast_img read more