Suspension, Interim Leadership Hang over Basketball

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe is expected today to mediate between the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) and the aggrieved stakeholders, after decisions from four negotiating meetings ended in deadlock.The President of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philipbert Brown, has been invited to co-chair the negotiation.Minister Nagbe might suspend all basketball activities, including its leadership, and appoint an interim leadership, to lead the association to elections, if there isn’t any compromise from the meeting or when the results and resolutions are not adhered to.On the other hand, Minister Nagbe wouldn’t suspend basketball activities, including its leadership, and would not appoint an interim leadership, if the LBA leadership works within the decision that would be reached with the aggrieved stakeholders.Deputy Minister Henry Yonton, via mobile phone yesterday described the meeting as “the last Resort.”Minister Yonton said the meeting will bring to the fore the LBA leadership, including its president Rufus Anderson, secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and three Executive Committee members, while the aggrieved party is expected to also bring five persons to the meeting.Deputy Minister Yonton said the meeting will be held in the offices of Minister Nagbe at the Ministry of Youth & Sports on 19th Street, at 11:00A.M.“I will advise the LBA leadership and the aggrieved stakeholders to commit themselves to any resolution that may arise from today’s meeting,” Deputy Minister Yonton said. “I cannot say what the outcome may be but if they fail to do whatever might have come from the meeting, it is obvious that the Minister will definitely institute a remedial action.”Since January 28, the LBA has failed to go to its scheduled and rescheduled elections over protest of alleged administrative and financial malpractices, including the spurious registrations of 14 3rd division clubs.The Liberia National Olympic Committee’s President Philipbert Browne fruitlessly hosted two meetings with both parties.In further effort to remedy the basketball embarrassing saga, the LNOC in collaboration with the Sports Department of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, with the presence of Deputy and Assistant Ministers, Yonton and Murvee Gray attended without success.The postponement of Congress last Friday marked the fourth deferment – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7; February 17 and 18 and then February 20 and 21.The LBA’s congress failed to begin due to various disruptions, including a reported fistfight between two persons, as tension boiled over.The fist fight and quarrel between both parties, the management of the Baptist Seminary was constrained to bring to an end the congress and shut its doors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TWO CHAPELS TO BE OPENED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgTWO chapels – one Catholic and one non-Catholic – are to be opened at Letterkenny hospital.Following ongoing speculation regarding the plans for a Catholic Chapel at Letterkenny General Hospital, members of the Chaplaincy Team (Fr Martin Chambers, RC Chaplain; Ms. Kathleen Doherty, HSE Lay Chaplain; Rev Stewart Wright, COI Chaplain) met today and have issued the following statement:The Chaplaincy Team at Letterkenny General Hospital are delighted to confirm that in the spirit of Christian Unity all denominations will be fully accommodated in the new arrangements for public and private worship in the chapels which are to be created at the hospital. They have outlined that they feel positive about the new facilities and are hopeful that they will now be able to meet the spiritual needs of staff, patients and their families more effectively than they ever did before. The Chaplaincy Team have explained that these new arrangements will include a Catholic Chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament will be present and which will feature the symbols of Catholic faith such as a Tabernacle, Stations of the cross and statues which will be permanently displayed. There will also be an Ecumenical Chapel to cater for other Christian denominations including Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches. A chaplain’s office and a quiet room for counselling will also be included. Currently members of the Muslim faith have access to a corridor in St Conal’s Hospital for Friday prayers and this arrangement will continue.The Team hope that this clarification will put an end to the unhelpful speculation and misinformation which has been in circulation and has been deeply upsetting for both them and those they minister to. They wish to acknowledge the trauma and distress which was caused to the entire community by the flood at the hospital which resulted in there being no designated area to worship and the Team being displaced so they had to struggle in difficult circumstances to minister to the needs of those under their care.The Chaplaincy Team have, however, been actively engaged in negotiations with hospital management and the design team to ensure that the difficulties which they have been encountered resulted in a positive outcome for all those who wish to worship and have their spiritual needs met within the hospital. They are confident that this partnership approach, has successfully achieved improved and enhanced facilities which will cater for all denominations. They have worked together to represent the views of the entire spiritual community who use the hospital which has been both challenging and rewarding. In doing so they have created accommodation which is superior in design and layout to what existed previously and which respect and honours the spiritual needs of all.The Chaplaincy Team are presently engaged in finalising the proposed layout of the new chapels. They look forward to welcoming all those they minister to in the coming months and they will continue to work to represent and meet their needs now and in the future.  TWO CHAPELS TO BE OPENED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: February 17th, 2014 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:catholic chapelletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls without Irving

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Bulls: Host Memphis on Wednesday. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img They remembered what happened when they visited in December, getting blown out with Irving sidelined by a bruised quadriceps, and made it clear right from the start that wasn’t going to happen again. The Celtics immediately took control, building a 37-point lead on the way to their fifth win in six games.“Kyrie didn’t play last time (and) they felt like they could beat us and they did beat us by 20-plus points,” Brown said. “Coming into this game we had the mindset we needed to get out on them early and we did that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Tatum scored 14, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece for Boston.“We were ready to play,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Our defense was really good in the first half, obviously. I thought we were really flying around, covering for one another, playing the right way. And then we were aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. That opened up some 3s.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico This one got out of hand almost as soon as the opening tip.After losing to the NBA-leading Rockets on Saturday by three points, Boston led 55-29 at halftime. Brown had 10 points as the Celtics raced out to a 26-5 lead. He nailed a 3 and threw down a one-handed jam before Horford’s steal and dunk made it a 21-point game with 4:21 left in the first quarter.IRVING UPDATEStevens wasn’t sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.“It doesn’t sound like it’s a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,” Stevens said.With Irving out, the Celtics opted to put Shane Larkin in the lineup rather than Rozier or Marcus Smart. That was because Stevens wanted to keep the second unit together.Larkin had nine points and four assists in his first start since the 2015-16 season with Brooklyn. He made all three of his field goals — each of them 3-pointers.“He was great,” Stevens said. “It’s one of the things we talked about — who should start? We trust all three of those guys. Then it becomes who you want to play off the bench. But (Larkin) was really good.”TIP-INSCeltics: Brown was 9 of 13 from the field. … The Celtics scored 35 points in the first quarter, five shy of their season high for an opening period.Bulls: LaVine shot 1 for 11. He along with G Kris Dunn and C Bobby Portis combined to go 6 of 29. … Hoiberg said the Bulls will recall G Antonio Blakeney from the G League Windy City Bulls “in the next couple of weeks.” Blakeney is averaging 7.1 points in 12 games for Chicago.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Minnesota on Thursday. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 and nailed four 3-pointers for the Bulls, but that was about the only positive for them.“They made us uncomfortable, things got tough and we just shut down,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We quit playing.”Zach Lavine said the Bulls were “terrible all around” and added: “There’s no excuse for what we did out there.”STRONG STARTIt didn’t matter that the Celtics held out Irving. He was still sore after aggravating his knee in Saturday’s loss at Houston, but his absence didn’t stop Boston from burying the Bulls right from the start.They had no trouble driving to the rim against a weak defense and dominated in the paint 46-26.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis as Aron Baynes, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined.Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settle

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says a new contract could see David De Gea return to form.The Spaniard hasn’t been himself this season, but Neville says a new deal until 2023 could settle the 28-year-old.Neville told Sky Sports: “De Gea has had a difficult time in the Premier League and he’s had difficulties at home where he’s lost his place in the national team. I don’t think he’s fully recovered from the poor World Cup in 2018, and he’s made more mistakes in the last 15 months than ever before.”But I’ve got to believe that this is good news and hope that what’s happened in the last 12 to 15 months has been a result of the ongoing speculation. The hope is that now he’s signed, he can settle down and start performing.”United need a spine. They had eight academy players in the squad on Saturday, but their problem isn’t the academy. The problem is that they haven’t got a strong, dominant spine, but De Gea can be the start of that.” last_img read more

Montreal Gay Villages famous rainbow balls taken down and offered for sale

first_imgMONTREAL — A well-known piece of public art that hangs over Montreal’s Gay Village is being dismantled and sold off in pieces to the public.Known as “18 Shades of Gay,” the installation is made up of 180,000 multicoloured plastic balls strung in rows above Ste-Catherine street, evoking the rainbow LGBTQ flag.The village’s commercial development corporation says that after nine years on display, the landscape artist who designed the ball art wants it to come down to make way for another artist’s work.For $100, members of the public can obtain 54 of the balls in a single colour, plus everything they’ll need to string them up.Village Montreal says most of the proceeds will be used to finance the village’s next art installation, with the remaining 10 per cent going to three local LGBTQ community organizations.In return, purchasers have to agree to pick up their order themselves and refrain from any commercial or public use.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TSX positive streak continues as oil prices rise and Bank of Canada

first_imgThe energy sector was helped again by crude oil prices, which rose on Saudi Arabia’s energy minister reassuring that its oil production and exports are falling sharply. West Texas Intermediate prices are up 23 per cent from its December low.The February crude contract was up US$2.58 at US$52.36 per barrel Wednesday and the February natural gas contract was up 1.7 cents at US$2.98 per mmBTU.Canada’s financial sector was helped by the Bank of Canada’s decision to hold its key rate at 1.75 per cent while the economy absorbs softness from a 44 per cent drop in oil prices from its October peak.“The banks tend to be a play on Canadian GDP growth and with the Bank of Canada having a supportive stance to keep the Canadian economy running smoothly that’s certainly positive for the banks,” said Chopra. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 199.58 points to 14,804.73 in a broad-based rally that saw all sectors rise.It was the third day of triple-digit gains so far this year and the best four-consecutive day performance since January 2016.“There seems to be a lot more optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal and when it comes to Federal Reserve interest rate hikes it appears to be that they’ll take a pause,” Chopra said referring to minutes released from the central bank and recent comments from several bank governors.The cannabis-heavy health care sector rose by 6.25 percent as Canopy Growth Corp. surged 13.3 percent, while Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc. gained 7.3 and 6.2 per cent respectively.The key energy sector followed, with financials, industrials and materials also rising.Financial and energy stocks were the biggest gainers on the day led by Sun Life Financial Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial and Suncor Energy Inc. Meanwhile, BCE Inc. and Nutrien Ltd. lost ground while Imperial Oil and TransCanada Corp. posted small gains. TORONTO, O.N. – Canada’s main stock index posted its strongest four-day gain in three years Wednesday as it was propelled by a large increase in the price of crude oil and the Bank of Canada’s latest rate announcement.The Toronto Stock Exchange continued its rebound from a dreadful autumn and tough December helped by positive news about the trade dispute between China and the U.S. and minutes from the Federal Reserve confirming its patience about raising interest rates, says Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp.“A fantastic four-day stretch,” he said in an interview.center_img In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 91.67 points at 23,879.12. The S&P 500 index was up 10.55 points at 2,584.96, while the Nasdaq composite was up 60.08 points at 6,957.08.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 75.64 cents US compared with an average of 75.23 cents US on Tuesday.The February gold contract was up US$6.10 at US$1,292 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 0.1 of a cent at US$2.66 a pound.last_img read more

Stephen Petrucci named as new School District 60 Superintendent

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District 60 Board of Trustees have elected Stephen Petrucci as the new School District Superintendent.Petrucci is taking over the role of Superintendent after Dave Sloan announced his retirement at a District Meeting in March.Petrucci says he is excited and honoured in having the Board of Trustees confidence in taking on this new position, adding that he is thankful for the leadership team that the Board has in place. “I’m really excited and honoured to work with the School District, with the Board of Trustees, and having their confidence to do the job and I’m really thankful for the leadership team that we have in place in the School District and I’m going to continue working with them towards our goals.”Petrucci, currently the Assistant Superintendent, will not be taking over the role as Superintendent until Sloan’s retirement in October. In the meantime, Petrucci will be working with Sloan during this transition period.Petrucci has been with the District for 25 years starting at North Peace Secondary School as a French Immersion Teacher, eventually working his way up to being positioned in the Board Office and becoming Assistant Superintendent in 2013.last_img read more

SD 60 K12 support workers reach tentative agreement

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A tentative agreement has been reached with K-12 support workers in School District 60 on June 19 following a two-day session.CUPE 4653 President, Maureen Hummel, says it was a productive bargaining session.She also says she is proud of the Union’s bargaining team to ensure that no one was left behind when reaching any agreements. “It was a productive bargaining session with professionalism and respect shown on both sides. I am extremely proud of our bargaining team for their dedication and passion as they worked to make sure that ‘no one was left behind’.”The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019 and once the new agreement is ratified, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.CUPE 4653 represents more than 500 members who provide services in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities within the North Peace.For more information about CUPE members working in K-12, you can visit bcschools.cupe.ca.last_img read more

Zimmer hopes to hear from Ethics Commissioner on Wednesday at Ethics Committee

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ethics Committee Chair, Local MP Bob Zimmer, has called an emergency meeting of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee for this Wednesday on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin affair.According to Zimmer, the meeting has been called under two motions, by Conservative and NDP MPs, to hear from the Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, about his report on Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin affair.The Ethics Commissioner appearing before the Committee is pending on the Committee’s decision; a committee which is heavily weighted by the Liberals. Zimmer says he believes Canadians are interested in hearing more details about the affair and that there are a number of details that he feels Canadians are not aware of within the report.“I think what most Canadians are curious to hear is a bit more of the details about the SNC affair and there are quite a few details in the Commissioner’s report that I don’t think have heard. We’ve heard about some big topical areas, about the corruption or the alleged pressure that was put on Jody Wilson-Raybould and those kinds of things but there’s a lot more there that will be talked about on Wednesday.”Zimmer says he will see where it goes and hopes that they will hear from the Commissioner at the meeting on Wednesday.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame gets leaked online

first_imgLos Angeles: Despite the makers and actors’ efforts to save Marvel’s much-anticipated film Avengers: Endgame from piracy, the movie has been leaked on several websites. The film’s leaked copy came from a Chinese theatrical screening which happened a day ago, variety.com reported recently. According to the piracy news site TorrentFreak, users in China began sharing a 1.2-gigabyte file of Avengers: Endgame on peer-to-peer piracy networks sometime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. China time on April 24. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHowever, the TorrentFreak’s report stated that the quality of the video-cammed pirated copy is particularly bad. Later, the film reportedly circulated on other platforms such as ThePirateBay and India’s TamilRockers. Directed by Russo brothers, Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of over 20 Marvel movies. It stars actors like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. “Keep those spoilers to yourself,” Downey tweeted after the film’s copy got leaked online. The film will release in India on April 26.last_img read more