Djokovic walks in front of guest Ito in the second round of the Australian Open

first_imgSerbian tennis player Novak Djokovic walked in the second round of the Australian Open in a light battle against the Japanese invited by the Tatsuma Ito tournament after endorsing a severe reprimand that was expressed on the scoreboard in the form of 6-1, 6-4 and 6-2. The Serbian wins the Japanese with a clear 6-1, 6-4, 6-2He will play against another Japanese, Nishioka, in the third round The Belgrade, who has seven titles in Melbourne Park, will have a new Japanese rival in the next round after the inspired Yoshihito Nishioka beat the British Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4. The effectiveness to the rest of the Serbian in the first two services of the Asians would be an advance of the script that would determine the tonic of the party, which was controlled by the current champion during the entire clash.The only halo of inspiration that his rival enjoyed was during most of the second set after the Japanese maintained his service until four equals.“I am playing against all the Japanese. The preparation is going to be similar to today for the match against Nishioka. He is one of the fastest players. I know his strengths and weaknesses, so I will try to take advantage of it,” said Djokovic, who defeated to his next rival in the last Davis Cup played in Madrid for a severe 6-1 and 6-2.center_img Photo: EFElast_img read more

Van Persie: “If I were United, I would go for Cavani”

first_imgWithout going any further, Manchester United urgently needs a striker. Before the injuries, he arrived Ighalo as a patch, but facing the next course they need a nine guarantees. A former player red devils how Robin van Persie He knows it well and that is why he has recommended the signing of the Uruguayan, according to the English media: “Edinson Cavani. I would definitely go for Edinson Cavani.” In recent years the English team has not lived up to expectations and a safe bet would bring stability to a club where the atmosphere is not the most conducive lately. 9 Premier League* Data updated as of February 25, 2020 Cavani is now glad to have stayed in the French capital, as he said a few days ago. At 33, he knows that one last big contract is still waiting for him and Leaving without anyone paying for it will give you options to find a great club that can pay a high chip. Meanwhile, although it is not indisputable in the starting lineup, Cavani counts for Thomas Tuchel and already has seven goals and three assists in 859 minutes distributed among 19 official matches. As Van Persie says, he is a “born scorer.” The Dutchman, who has faced him, says that nine of the PSG would guarantee 25 points per campaign: “With him as a starter I would score 25 goals per season. I have seen him play. I have played against him and he is a born scorer. He lives from the goal and I would go for him.” Edinson Cavani was very close to signing in winter for Atlético de Madrid, but after not reaching an agreement with the PSG, the Uruguayan finally ended up staying in Paris. In summer, the footballer will be free and any team can take advantage of it at zero cost. Offers are not going to be missing and although the rojiblanco team seems favorite to take over their services, it will surely have a lot of competition. Flirt 1* Data updated as of February 25, 2020last_img read more

Rehydrating after maximum exertion

first_imgThe Olympics will be held in Brazil this year. Despite the fears of side effects from the dreaded Zika virus, Jamaicans will be not only going to Brazil, they will be glued to television and radio stations during the Games, following in great detail the fortunes of our stars, who are expected to dominate the track and field section of the Games by winning the most gold medals.We didn’t get to be the ‘Sprint Capital’ of the world by chance. A significant reason for our dominance is rooted in the annual competition known as ‘Champs’. This annual ritual ensures that every schoolchild with talent is discovered and nurtured by coaches hoping to ensure that their charge goes on to not only secure points and bragging rights, but hopefully to become a future star who will regale a fawning public with stories about ‘who discovered me’.At my high school in the 60s, Wolmer’s Boys’, every one of the 600 enrolled boys had to enter at least one event in the eliminations for Sports Day. Thus raw and unexpected talent (mainly speed) was discovered and encouraged by House captains with an eye on winning on the day.Sports Day was also used as a trial for ‘Champs’. That same mindset now dominates the methods used to select the participants at ‘Champs’.Unfortunately, as Jamaica becomes more and more successful at sprinting (and now throwing) the quest to be the best seems to become the be all and end all of school. Sports and the financial benefits associated with excellence now trumps excellence at reading, writing and arithmetic.The recent innovation known as the Digicel Grand Prix provides financial benefits to schools and children who compete in weekend events in the months before Champs. This has resulted in our children competing almost on a weekly basis for points, which will add up to produce winners who are well rewarded.Unfortunately, this innovative method of incentives has forgotten that the participants are children, whose immature bodies are now stressed to unforeseen levels, resulting in what seems to me to be unprecedented levels of injuries that may derail the future potential of some of our more talented children.This incentivised desire to win at all costs is having a detrimental effect on our youngsters. Last Saturday’s well supported Gibson/McCook Relays is a case in point. I was shocked to see children running at maximum exertion in relays one or two hours apart, while open-mouthed reporters regaled the successful ones with unabashed praise, as if children performing multiple events in a 12-hour span is normal and should be encouraged.Years ago, the organisers of ‘Champs’ revised the number of events a child could enter after the great Lindy Delapenha, of Wolmer’s and Munro College, entered and did well in either eight or nine events.That limit has been further reduced by the governing body of ‘Champs’, ISSA, who apparently realised that these Games are for children!What I want to highlight in this article is the importance of refuelling after maximum exertion, a medical fact that can reduce the possibility of season-ending injury in children who are performing more than once in a 12-hour period.The three lines of defence after maximum exertion are fluid replacement, carbohydrate replacement and protein replacement.Drinking 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight lost in training or competition is strongly recommended. This fluid replacement will help to get the body of the child back in balance, remembering that sweat contains electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) therefore sports drinks are mandatory.During training and competition, the young athlete is relying mainly on stored carbohydrate fuel in the muscle, liver and blood to energise working muscles. Thus refuelling right after competitions (or exercise) can also decrease the chance of getting an injury. The muscle becomes a sponge ready to soak up and store needed ingredients for the next event.To complete the re-energising of muscles after training or competition, protein should be ingested in addition to the carbohydrate and fluids.A good rule is to eat or drink a healthy snack within 15 to 30 minutes of the event or hard training session and again two hours later. It is now well established that by adding protein to carbohydrate and fluids after competition, the body stores even more energy and recovers better than consuming carbohydrate alone.Athletes will find it hard to eat solid food after a hard workout or competition, so here are some suggestions for recovery fuel with at least 50 grammes of carbohydrate and 10 grammes of protein, necessary for maintaining good competitive health:(1) Eight ounces of orange juice and one small low fat yoghurt; (2) Eight ounces of Gatorade and one Power Bar; (3) eight ounces of apple juice and one peanut butter sandwich; (4) Twelve ounces soy milk and one ripe banana.These combinations are inexpensive and if consumed in the 15 to 30 minute window after competition can minimise the chance of injury while at ‘Champs’ or one of the other multi-event meets.last_img read more

WI crush Pakistan to level series

first_img West Indies struck a major blow when they got the prized wicket of veteran Younis Khan for five, leg before wicket to Holder at 27 for three, but it was in the fifth over before the break that Gabriel turned the game on its head. With the second delivery, he removed skipper Misbah-ul-Haq without scoring to a catch at gully by Shai Hope after that batsman edged one into his pads, and was given out via DRS after the initial appeal went unheeded. Two balls later, new batsman Asad Shafiq also fell without scoring, nicking Gabriel to first slip where Kieran Powell held a juggling catch. Needing a virtual miracle after lunch to survive, Pakistan found themselves in deeper trouble when they lost two further wickets in the first 16 balls on resumption. The decisive third Test begins next Wednesday at Windsor Park. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings 312 PAKISTAN 1st Innings 393 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (overnight 264 for nine) D. Bishoo c Azhar Ali b Yasir Shah 20 A. Joseph c Mohammad Amir b Yasir Shah 7 S. Gabriel not out 0 Extras (b16, lb2, w3, nb1)22 Total (all out, 101.5 overs) 268 Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Powell), 2-41 (Hetmyer), 3-97 (Brathwaite), 4-155 (Chase), 5-235 (Hope), 6-235 (Singh), 7-236 (Holder), 8-252 (Dowrich), 9-261 (Joseph), 10-268 (Bishoo) Bowling: Mohammad Amir 21-8-44-1 (w1), Mohammad Abbas 25-6-57-2, Yasir Shah 39.5-12-94-7, Shadab Khan 17-0-55-0. PAKISTAN 2nd Innings (target: 188 runs) Azhar Ali c Hetmyer b Gabriel 10 Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Joseph 14 Babar Azam c wk Dowrich b Joseph 0 Younis Khan lbw b Holder 5 *Misbah-ul-Haq c Hope b Gabriel 0 Asad Shafiq c Powell b Gabriel 0 +Sarfraz Ahmed c Chase b Holder 23 Shadab Khan c wk Dowrich b Holder 1 M. Amir c Vishaul Singh b Gabriel 20 Yasir Shah b Gabriel 0 M. Abbas not out 0 Extras (b4, lb1, nb3) 8 TOTAL (all out; 34.4 overs) 81 Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Azhar Ali), 2-11 (Babar Azam), 3-27 (Younis Khan), 4-30 (Misbah-ul-Haq), 5-30 (Asad Shafiq), 6-35 (Ahmed Shehzad), 7-36 (Shadab Khan), 8-78 (M. Amir), 9-81 (Yasir Shah), 10-81 (Sarfraz Ahmed) Bowling: Gabriel 11-4-11-5 (nb1), Joseph 12-1-42-2, Holder 11.4-4-23-3 (nb2). Result: West Indies won by 106 runs. Series: Three-match series tied 1-1. Man-of-the-Match: Shannon Gabriel. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: R Kettleborough, B Oxenford; TV – R Illingworth. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC: A rampant West Indies flattened Pakistan for a record-equalling low at Kensington Oval as they romped to an emphatic 106-run victory in the second Test yesterday, to level the three-match series and set up a decider in Dominica next week. Set 188 for victory on the final day of the pivotal contest, Pakistan folded meekly for a paltry 81, about 38 minutes before the scheduled tea interval, to slump to their fourth loss in seven games at the historic venue and maintain their unenviable record of having never won a Test at the ground. The total equalled the previous lowest posted by India 20 years ago here and was also Pakistan’s second lowest-ever against West Indies, surpassing their record low of 77 in Lahore, 31 years ago. For West Indies, the victory came just 11 days after they lost the opening Test in Jamaica by seven wickets and marked only their third Test win in 17 outings over the last two years. “It was obviously a very good game for us. It was a collective team effort,” captain Jason Holder said afterwards. “I always thought once we could give them in excess of 170, I felt we would be in with a very good chance on a day five pitch, the way it has deteriorated here.” West Indies were fired by speedster Shannon Gabriel who turned in a Man-of-the-Match effort with five for 11 from 11 overs, to claim his second five-wicket haul in Tests and end with match figures of nine for 92. Holder claimed three for 23 while 20-year-old pacer Alzarri Joseph supported with two for 42. Resuming the morning on 264 for nine, West Indies added only four runs before the innings ended, when Devendra Bishoo holed out to Azhar Ali at mid-off for 20, off the fifth ball of the day from leg-spinner Yasir Shah who ended with seven for 94. Gabriel then produced a lethal three-wicket burst to wipe out Pakistan’s top order and reduce the innings to rubble at 35 for five at lunch. He prised out Azhar in the seventh over of the innings for 10, pulling a short ball to Shimron Hetmyer at short mid-wicket with as many runs on the board and four balls later in the next over, Babar Azam completed a pair in the match when he touched a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off Joseph. Major blowlast_img read more

Djokovic discusses lack of confidence after French Open win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial So perhaps the most meaningful moments around the grounds came inside the main interview room as Djokovic discussed his state of mind as he tries to regain his previous status in tennis.He sat out the last half of 2017 because of a painful right elbow, tried to return in January, then decided to have an operation in February.Djokovic arrived at Roland Garros with a 10-7 record this season. He was at .500 until showing signs of a resurgence by getting to the Italian Open semifinals on red clay before losing to 10-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.“Best practice that you can have is a match. I haven’t had too many matches, and I really never thought that I’m going to be challenged in that way, mentally — that I need matches in order to get confidence. But obviously I’m learning something new, and, yeah, that’s the case,” said Djokovic, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since claiming his fourth in a row at the 2016 French Open.“At times, I do lose maybe a comfort level on the court and confidence, and that’s something that I’m still building gradually, obviously,” he continued. “The more matches I play, the better it is. The more I win, of course, the better it is. Hopefully that can keep going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic serves against Spain’s Jaume Munar during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Despite all of Novak Djokovic’s success over the years — the 12 major championships, the career Grand Slam, the time ranked No. 1 — he still finds himself searching for self-confidence these days.That’s what an elbow injury and forced absence from the ATP tour can do to a player.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations A reporter asked Zverev about what he told himself while trailing in order to turn his match around.The 21-year-old German scoffed at the premise.“I mean, you guys make it sound like we think about it, really. We don’t. We just try to play and win each point, each game. Being two sets to one down is like being a set (behind) in a three-set match. We’re not going to overthink it: ‘Oh, I’m two sets to one down. What am I going to do? How am I going to play the next point?’” he responded. “We try to play our best. We try to maybe change a few tactics and see how we can win the next point and the next game.”The lengths, if not quality, of those matches were what amounted to on-court intrigue on Day 4 at the clay-court major, because there really was little in the way of stunning outcomes. The only top-16-seeded man or woman who lost was No. 12 Sam Querrey of the U.S., and he’s only once been as far as the third round in 12 appearances at Roland Garros.Among the women, No. 1 Simona Halep shook off a slow start in a postponed first-round match to defeat Alison Riske of the U.S. 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, while second-round winners included reigning major champions Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens, along with No. 4 Elina Svitolina, No. 8 Petra Kvitova and No. 13 Madison Keys.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Djokovic was reflective and revealing Wednesday after moving into the third round at the French Open by virtue of a self-described up-and-down performance in a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 victory over 155th-ranked Jaume Antoni Munar Clar of Spain. Both of Djokovic’s matches so far have been against qualifiers; neither win was particularly impressive.“At the moment, I’m not playing at the level I wish to, but at the same time, I understand that it is the process that obviously takes time,” said Djokovic, whose seeding of No. 20 is his lowest at a Slam in 12 years. “And I’m trying to not give up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAt least he got through in straight sets, saving energy for whatever might come next at Roland Garros. Other leading men were forced to work a lot harder in matches they would have been expected to breeze through: No. 2-seeded Alexander Zverev, No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 19 Kei Nishikori all faced two-sets-to-one deficits and all emerged to win Wednesday.Zverev was down by a set and a break early — and down a racket he’d obliterated by then, too — before collecting himself and coming back to beat 60th-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Dimitrov was two points from defeat against 21-year-old American Jared Donaldson but won 6-7 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 in a marathon that lasted 4 hours, 19 minutes and featured a couple of underhand serves by the cramping Donaldson. Nishikori got past Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Jimmy Butler dominates as Timberwolves down Cavs at home

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Wolves led 83-62 early in the third quarter, when Love brought the Cavs to life with a 3-pointer that sparked a 24-10 spurt. Love had 13 points in the run.With a layup by Collin Sexton at the 4:02 mark, the Cavs were within 121-117, their closest since trailing 36-34 early in the second quarter. Cedi Osman’s 3-pointer kept the Cavs within 125-120, but he missed his next one after a scoreless possession by the Wolves.Osman had 22 points, Jordan Clarkson added 19 points off the bench and Tristan Thompson totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs.BUTLER DID ITWhen the news of Butler’s trade request broke exactly one month ago, the likelihood of him awkwardly suiting up in the home opener for the team he’s seeking to leave was, well, extremely low. Yet here he was, taking the court at Target Center in the home blues with the white trim.ADVERTISEMENT Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler brushed off some early jeers from the jaded home crowd, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night.Andrew Wiggins pitched in with 22 points and Anthony Tolliver hit three 3-pointers off the bench to bolster a vintage all-around effort by the four-time All-Star Butler, who requested a trade last month.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Butler was the first starter introduced during the pregame pageantry, and boos rang out loudly as soon as the public address announcer said, “From Marquette University.” They kept up each time Butler touched the ball on the first five possessions by the Wolves, until he stole a pass by Love in the backcourt and fed Taj Gibson for a dunk. The crowd immediately roared, as if the fans forgot who they were upset with because the play happened so fast.The four-time All-Star had plenty more highlight-reel dunks and steals from there. Soon enough, some “MVP! MVP! MVP!” chants even broke out. The Wolves enjoyed a 52-23 run over a 13-minute stretch until late in the second quarter, taking a 20-point lead on a three-point play by Wiggins that was launched when Karl-Anthony Towns blocked a layup attempt by Osman on the other end to start a fast break.TIP-INS:Cavaliers: Larry Nance Jr. has yet to play this season because of a sprained right ankle, though coach Tyronn Lue said he’s hoping to have the center back soon. “It’s a big loss,” Lue said. “With the team we have, we need everybody.” … J.R. Smith played four minutes after missing the opener with a sore left elbow.Timberwolves: After scoring 27 points on 8-for-12 shooting on Wednesday, Jeff Teague went 3 for 9 for nine points. … Towns had 12 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXTCavaliers: Play the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in their home opener.Timberwolves: Travel to Dallas to play on Saturday night. They won all four games against the Mavericks last season. 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 MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Kawhi Leonard scores 31 as Raptors outplay Celticscenter_img LATEST STORIES Butler made 10 of 12 field goals and 12 of 12 free throws, with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists to help the Timberwolves (1-1) hold off a late charge by Kevin Love and the LeBron James-less Cavaliers.READ: Jimmy Butler: I was ‘brutally honest’ with WolvesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLove had 25 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists against his former team, but the Cavaliers (0-2) have a lot of work to do to become a contender again after James bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ve allowed an average of 123.5 points so far this season.Wiggins, who was taken with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Cavs only to be traded to the Wolves two months later in the deal for Love, has averaged 27.2 points in nine career games against Cleveland. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Govt should demit office and set date for elections

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition should demit office and the President should set a date for elections within the stipulated time frame before March 21. It is the honourable and right thing to do.When the coalition APNU/AFC Government lost the no-confidence motion on December 21, there was a lot of sympathy for it. People everywhere praised the Government when their spokespersons (the Prime Minister, President and others) announced they would respect the outcome of the no-confidence vote and invoke the steps outlined in the Constitution that speaks to such a defeat – their words suggested that democracy came before politics. The Government had not lost much of its traditional support at that time, and there were even some (sitting on the fences) who may have been thinking of giving it another chance. At the time, with their words that democracy was at work, people saw the Government as respecting the Constitution and subscribing to democratic credentials.But then there was a change of tone from the Government side; the political beast in it stepped in. The Government announced it would not accept the outcome of the no-confidence vote, presenting a set of ridiculous, bare-faced nonsensical, idiotic arguments (of a half man, no-confidence vote illegal, dual citizenship, etc) – all acts undertaken by the Government show it is clutching at straws to hold on to power at any cost. At a minimum, people see these arguments as trending towards dictatorial behaviour or anathema to democratic norms. More and more, this Government is losing sympathy over its hilarious claims. It is best if the Government spokespersons just shut up, resign, and hold elections. It still has a chance of doing very well.The coalition is not going to win any of its arguments to stay in office. The Speaker of the House ruled against it. The Chief Justice landed another telling blow on Thursday – with three different rulings against the Government. The Chief Justice or any further court could not rule any other way – the Constitution is clear – when the Government loses a no-confidence vote, it must resign (President and Cabinet) and be a caretaker Government until elections which must be held within 90 days. The Court of Appeal and the CCJ will not render a much different verdict – as the Constitution is very straightforward on the absurd claims made by the Government.Some forty-five days have passed since the no-confidence vote. The Government has less than forty-five days within which GECOM must hold elections. The Government should resign now and set a date for elections to show the world it subscribes to democratic parliamentary principles.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

New AFL Not for Fun

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Senate May Invite 3 Ministers, UL President

first_imgFinance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.-To explain sustainable strategy on “free tuition program”The Senate Committees on Education and Ways, Means and Finance have been mandated, if necessary, to conduct hearing on a sustainability strategy by government for the “free tuition program” for state-run universities and all public colleges.The Senate plenary’s unanimous vote on Thursday, January 24, 2019, was prompted by a communication submitted to that body by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, seeking its indulgence to invite the ministers of Education, Finance and Development Planning, and President of the University of Liberia (UL), to explain pertinent issues regarding President George Weah’s recent pronouncement of “free tuition.”“Given the fact that there is no provision in the national budget to support the President’s free tuition policy, I am kindly seeking the indulgence of plenary to invite the ministers of Finance and Education and the President of the University of Liberia to present a free education plan and explain to us the sustainability strategy for this ‘free tuition program,” Sen. Lawrence’s communication said.It can be recalled that following his pronouncement of the free tuition for UL and all public colleges sometime last year, President Weah said that his government will work out the modalities for the actualization of the pledge. His pronouncement, however did not go down well with some members of the public who called it a knee-jerk reaction to UL student agitation on a number of campus related issues as well as issues of national concern particularly the case of the “missing money”. This situation has thus left the public wondering just how the government intends to actualize the pronouncement when there is no budgetary allocation in the current national budget.Meanwhile, based on the importance of the communication, many Senators had hoped that a motion would have been proffered to allow few minutes of debate before sending it to committee which turned out not to be the case.“I thought so too, but since the committees are expected to conduct hearing, we’ll wait and see,” Sen. Lawrence said.Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate committee on Education River Cess County Senator Dallas A. V. Gueh, has been requested to report to plenary in two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC boosts disaster risk management capacity in Potaro-Siparuni

first_imgStakeholders in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) are now better equipped to prepare for and respond to emergencies within the Region, as the Civil Defence Commission last week concluded the Orientation Session and Tabletop Exercise in partnership with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).The Orientation Session and Tabletop Exercise, which was conducted at Mahdia, was aimed at familiarising regional stakeholders with the draft Regional Risk Assessment Report and draft Regional Multi-Hazard Preparedness and ResponseStakeholders in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) at the Orientation Session and Tabletop Exercise in partnership with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC)Plan for Region Eight. The report and plan were developed over a four-month period, which saw several rounds of consultations with regional stakeholders as well as focused group meetings with communities, all conducted by the CDC.In reviewing the draft report, the participants were able to examine preliminary information regarding risks and hazard exposure within the Region. The draft report demonstrated that the North Pakaraimas communities were most exposed to various hazard impacts. Further, key drivers of risk within the Region were found to be water pollution, dust pollution, floods, drought, crop pests and diseases, among others. The activity saw the successful completion of a Tabletop Exercise, which tested the operability of the Regional Multi-Hazard Preparedness and Response Plan. During the exercise, participants examined various hazard impact scenarios and simulated emergency response actions which would be carried out by responsible agencies.Acting Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig said that the Commission remained committed to building Guyana’s disaster risk management capabilities through stakeholder engagements. This is in an effort to build resilience at the regional level so as to reduce disaster risk through enhanced preparedness and response capabilities. He also said that the completion of the plan would give the Region the independence to manage its own disaster planning and resilience.last_img read more