Undaunted Young WI seek final spot

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies Under-19s will bid for a place in the final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup today, but will face perhaps their sternest test of the competition.The Caribbean side takes on an accomplished Bangladesh Under-19s who whitewashed them in a three-match warm-up series before the tournament and have played unbeaten since.After making a slow start to the tour, West Indies have consistently improved, and manager Dwain Gill is hoping this progress can be reflected against the Bangladeshis.”We lost the three-game series, but we came into that series without playing any youth ODIs over the last year and they are a very well prepared team,” Gill told CMC Sports ahead of the semi-final, which bowled off at 9 a.m. here (12 a.m. today, Jamaica time).”We saw against Bangladesh … we were getting better and better all the time. It is going to be difficult because Bangladesh are always going to be difficult to beat at home, especially at Mirpur.”Following the whitewash, West Indies lost their opening game of the tournament to England by 61 runs, but then routed Fiji by 262 runs, before edging Zimbabwe by two runs, to qualify for the quarter-finals.Bangladesh had no such hiccups, trouncing South Africa by 43 runs, hammering Scotland by 114 runs and easily getting past Namibia by eight wickets.West Indies head coach, Graeme West, said: “Their top six are all well-organised batters and their spin attack is very broad, but very skilful in the conditions here in Bangladesh,” West pointed out.”They also have two good seam bowlers … but they (team) are not an unknown quantity to us. We’re very familiar with them, we know what to look out for and hopefully … we can establish a method not just to be competitive but ultimately to be successful.”HALF-CENTURYCaptain Shimron Hetmyer, a first-class player, suffered a poor run of form during the tournament, but found his touch in the quarter-final win over Pakistan on Monday with an aggressive half-century.Openers Gidron Pope and Tevin Imlach, all-rounders Shamar Springer and Keemo Paul, along with Jyd Goolie, have all had important knocks, while pacer Alzarri Joseph has been outstanding with the new ball.”The semi-final knockout stage is a pressure situation. We have seen that the team that handles the pressure better will win on the day,” Gill stressed.”Nothing counts now – nothing about preparation and how much matches you’ve had. We are aware they will have the home advantage, but we are not daunted, we believe the boys have what it takes to really come to the party and beat Bangladesh in the semi-finals.”The winner will progress to Sunday’s final to face India who defeated Sri Lanka by 97 runs in Tuesday’s first semi-final.last_img read more

UBA, MasterCard Sign Pan African Partnership

first_imgThe United Bank for Africa (UBA) and MasterCard have signed a five year partnership agreement to issue MasterCard credit, debit and prepaid cards across 19 new markets in Africa, including Liberia.Other countries are Nigeria; Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; La Cote D’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Ghana; Gabon; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Mozambique; Republic of Congo; Senegal; Sierra Leone; and Uganda.Commenting on the agreement, Kennedy Uzoka, UBA Group Managing Director designate, whose statement was contained in a release issued last evening, said the partnership came into effect in the second quarter of 2016, based on UBA acting as the issuer for MasterCard in countries where they are currently operating. He said the deal will focus on increased payments infrastructure, including the roll out of point-of-sale and mobile-point-of-sale technology to ensure businesspeople are able to accept the cards when introduced into these markets.“As the needs of our customers change, we are adapting through strategic innovations and partnerships to provide them with excellent and convenient services. Through these strategic partnerships, we are able to accelerate the drive for financial inclusion and economic well-being across the African continent,” he said.Quoting the World Bank indicator, Mr. Uzoka said there are approximately 2.5 billion people who are financially excluded. He further said access to financial tools creates economic empowerment and reduces poverty. Based on that, “UBA MasterCard has the tools and resources–including potential partnerships–to drive real change today.” To date, “financial inclusion has been predominantly centered on providing the underserved and the unbanked with tools and transaction accounts. This remains a critical need with two billion unbanked people, the majority of whom are women, forced to operate in a cash economy. In order for financial inclusion efforts to truly have an impact, there needs to be an equal focus on both access and usage,” he said.He recalled that on June 27, 2016, MasterCard set a goal to connect 40 million micro and small business entrepreneurs to its electronic payments network within five years, a goal based on the company’s Universal Financial Access 2020 commitment made last year. MasterCard Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa Daniel Monehin said the agreement also focuses on infrastructure and the roll out a number of easy-to-access solutions, which is a key part of driving financial inclusion and move away from cash in these markets. He said MasterCard’s continued innovation in the payments space, coupled with UBA’s extensive pan-African network, “will mean the introduction of increased competition and a stronger financial sector in these regions.” “Collaborating with UBA has allowed for maximum impact when it comes to changing lives and introducing smarter ways for people to pay in Africa. Creating financially inclusive societies is dependent on these kinds of partnerships and we will continue to look for ways to partner in Africa going forward,” Monehin said.He said, “We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.”MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USAID Commits to Support Liberia Land Authority

first_imgLLA officials along with partners at the launch of the website yesterday in Monrovia.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday, April 11, 2019, committed itself to supporting Liberia Land Authority (LLA) to ensure that the entity is equipped with relevant infrastructure to deliver on its ever-important mandate.Jamel Liverpool, USAID Democracy, Rights and Governance Advisor, made the remarks in Monrovia at the official launch of the LAA’s website (www.lla.gov.lr).Wednesday’s launch brought together Kou Dorliae, Deputy Justice Minister for Economic Affairs, Alphonso B. Henries, representative of civil society organizations, Linus Pott, Land Administration Specialist of World Bank, officials of LLA and others.Mr. Liverpool said the launch of the website is a monumental step towards enhancing the visibility of the LLA, and its important role in advancing the overall improvement of the lives of ordinary Liberians.He said USAID through the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) continues to be a strategic partner with the LLA, and wider government as it seeks to further its development goals across the country.“The launch is further evidence of the LLA’s commitment to enhancing public awareness of the Land Rights Act, and other relevant policies. The LLA’s mission as the principal driver of the implementation of the Land Rights Act uniquely positions the authority as an integral agent for change in the Liberian society,” Mr. Liverpool, who proxied for USAID-Liberia Mission Director Dr. Anthony Chan, said.According to him, the possibility of ensuring long-term economic growth through individual and community land ownership is becoming a reality, now that the acquisition of land rights is accessible to all Liberians.“It is our hope that this website will be used for its intended purpose, regularly updated to enable stakeholders and the general population to get up-to-date information on programming of the LLA,” Liverpool said.While the website remains a welcoming venture, Mr. Liverpool said it is important to disseminate information about land tenure.Dr. Yohannes Gebremedhin, Chief of Party of the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA), said the launch of the website presents the opportunity to reaffirm commitment to the institutional development of the land, and to support efforts that the LLA is making to meet the expectation of the people of Liberia for improved land administration.Gebremedhin said the LLA has supported the LLA to take positive steps toward building a functioning land administration system, and implementing the Land Rights Act, but said much work remain to be done.“The launch of the LLA website represents one aspect of the LGSA’s support to the LLA in relation to its institutional development. LGSA remains delighted to see that the LLA is meeting the development objectives of the website with great interest,” Dr. Gebremedhin said.He said for the website to effectively contribute to the work of the LLA, the information provided through it should always be accurate, current and informative.Attorney J. Adams Manobah, LLA Acting Chair, who launched the website, said the technology remains cardinal to the working of the authority.He said utilizing technology of current dispensation by any institution creates an opportunity for progress, assuring LLA’s preparedness to make maximum use of technology. The LLA’s website was financed by the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA).“We are launching the website in fulfillment of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) requirement. We are aware what Liberia stands to benefit, because one of the requirements is to get an active website,” Mr. Manobah said.Manobah lauded partners, including USAID, LGSA, the ministries of Justice, Finance and Development for the support provided to LLA.Linus Pott, Land Administration Specialist of World Bank, said the launch of the website is the first step to increasing public awareness about LLA’s activities. Pott said the launch also shows some level of transparency by the LLA, as citizens need to know the activities of the authority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese named 1st non-British MU’s Worldwide President

first_imgGuyanese Sheran Harper defied tradition when she became the first non-British resident to be elected as the Worldwide President of the 142-year-old Mothers’ Union (MU). The MU has over four million members in 84 countries across the globe.The elections were held under the revised Constitution, approved by the Privy Council in April 2018, designed to ensure that governance practices meet the latest standards required and that the Board truly reflects the global nature of the movement.In addition, 11 Trustees have been elected from within 11 zones worldwide: five from the Provinces within Britain and Ireland, and six from outside. The Board will also have the flexibility to appoint four trustees with specific skillsets toSheran Harpercomplement the experience and expertise of the elected members.“I am delighted to accept the role of Worldwide President for the new triennium. I feel very excited and privileged and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our members who voted to make this dream a reality,” Harper, who will take up her new position in January 2019, is quoted as saying by the Anglican Communication News Service.MU’s CEO, Bev Jullien said that they were extremely excited about the results, adding that not only would Harper bring her global experience but they now also had a diverse board with members from eight different countries for the first time. Additionally, this is the first time that a man is included as a board member.The current Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, has overseen the constitutional changes together with the current Board, and she will continue in the post until the end of December 2018.“I thank God for his abundant blessings and his unfailing loving guidance. I pray that the Lord will continue to guide members and leaders everywhere and especially Sheran and the new Worldwide Board as they take up leadership of the Worldwide Mothers’ Union for the coming three years,” she said.Harper, wife of famous Guyanese cricketer Roger Harper, said she was proud to be leading an organisation that was making a difference in the lives of over three quarters of a million people worldwide.“Mothers’ Union is as relevant today as it was 142 years ago as the call to support families globally is now even greater. We are working alongside Governments and other organisations in tackling issues which affect families wherever they are. In remote areas, where there is no access to social services, it is often Mothers’ Union that is leading the way,” Harper told the Anglican Communication News Service.Harper studied at the University of the West Indies School of Physical Therapy. She undertook her Clinical Practice at Guy’s Hospital in London and then worked with the Health Ministry in Guyana where she opened and managed new physiotherapy departments in hospitals throughout the country and lectured on the Rehabilitation Therapists Programme.She stopped working in this area 17 years ago to focus on her calling of serving the MU. She has served as a volunteer at all levels from parish, to diocese and to province and is currently a Worldwide Trustee.Until recently, she was the Worldwide Parenting Trainer where she rolled out Mothers’ Union Parenting programmes in 23 countries across the globe. Her expertise is often called upon and she has been a spokesperson in her region for Mothers’ Union on various inter-faith and international panels and forums.last_img read more

Student seen in horrific photograph in stable condition

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. – The image hinted at the horror that unfolded: a Virginia Tech student, sprawled and bloody, in the arms of others who struggled to carry him to safety. The near-death ordeal of senior Kevin Sterne, captured in that photograph that played Tuesday on the front page of the Daily News and on newspaper front pages across the country, also reflects the resiliency and hope emerging from the nation’s deadliest campus shooting rampage. Sterne was among the dozens of students shot in Norris Hall classrooms Monday. Police on Tuesday identified Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior English major, as the shooter in the massacre that left 33 people dead, including himself. He was in stable condition Tuesday, and doctors credited his quick thinking. Doctors said Sterne is a former Eagle Scout who kept enough cool to fashion a tourniquet from an electrical cord after a bullet tore an inch-long gash through the femoral artery of his right leg. “The patient that I took care of was an incredible guy,” said Dr. David Stoeckle, chief of surgery at Montgomery Regional Hospital. “He was bleeding significantly … he knew he was bleeding to death.” Emergency workers later applied a second tourniquet to the leg before racing him to the hospital for immediate surgery, Stoeckle said. The surgeon did not identify Sterne by name, but his parents told reporters Tuesday their 6-foot-2 son was the student in the photograph. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Beef distributor blames tainted meat on slaughterhouse

first_imgHealth officials in five states announced a recall Friday affecting 100,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties produced by Richwood last year. Wood said all of the recalled beef was turned into a variety of products on April 28, 2006. The recalled products are hamburger patties and ground beef sold under the brands Fireriver, Chef’s Pride, Ritz Food, Blackwood Farms, California Pacific Associates, C&C Distributing, Golbon and Richwood. The affected states are California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The children all fell ill after eating hamburgers at the St. Helena and Calistoga Little League baseball snack shacks and have since recovered. Two other possible cases are being investigated. Sample tests on the children and the meat will be completed Wednesday, said Mike Bowman, spokesman for the California Department of Health Services. MERCED – The company that distributed hamburger patties believed to have sickened at least three Napa County children with E. coli bacteria is blaming the contamination on the slaughterhouse that processed the meat. Steve Wood, vice president for Merced-based Richwood Meat Co. Inc., said he does not know which slaughterhouse provided the meat. Richwood receives raw, boneless meat from suppliers and turns it into hamburger patties and other products. The slaughterhouses that supply Richwood are required to provide lab tests certifying the meat is clean when it leaves their factories, but inspectors usually only test small samples of each batch and can miss a contaminated portion, Wood said. “It’s supposed to be clean, but they are picking out little samples here and there,” he said. “It’s not 100 percent (tested).” E. coli infection causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. It typically resolves itself in five to 10 days, but complications can arise in young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Wood said the bacteria would have been killed if the concession stand operators had thoroughly cooked the meat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

L.A. school district should think small

first_imgWe think it does not. And Villaraigosa agrees. Recently, when he presented the plan for his “family of schools,” he said the era of large campuses is over. L.A. has become too densely populated for that. And the district’s students deserve more personal attention to advance academically. Indeed, there is wide agreement that, when it comes to education, smaller is better – smaller class sizes, smaller “learning communities” and smaller schools. It’s time for the school district to embrace the smaller revolution with action before it finds it’s been passed by.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a physical sense, this can be seen in the school-construction program. The district has done an admirable job of building new schools. So far, 67 new LAUSD campuses have been developed and many others renovated with voter-approved bond measures that have provided $15 billion. It will cost billions more to complete the 77 schools still planned. Obviously, the district has done a better job of building new schools than fixing what goes on in so many of its classrooms. It’s time now to reverse those priorities. Put educating kids first, buildings second. With a new school year, a new reform-minded and excited majority on the school board, a new superintendent and a new plan for the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s involvement, it’s exactly the right time for a sober assessment of the LAUSD’s goals. And one of the most important questions for school district officials to consider is whether the concept of jumbo schools – so popular in the 20th century – fits with the educational model of today. Another academic year has begun for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and with it another year of declining student enrollment. The country’s second-largest school district will still have a lot of students – about 700,000 – but 8,000 fewer than last year. In fact, student enrollment has been dropping for five years, and it is expected to continue to slide even as the district plows forward on a massive school-building project. The charter-school movement is also siphoning away students whose parents are fed up with the stagnant academic achievement and the disempowerment of individual schools. What this means for the future of the school district isn’t clear, but what is clear is that the district is intent on ignoring its not-so-certain future as it keeps charging toward a goal set in the last millennium. last_img read more

MUST SEE: Watford players go wild when they find out they’re promoted to the Premier League

first_img Watford players celebrate Check out the moment Watford players realised they will be playing Premier League football next season.The Hornets went top of the Championship table on Saturday with a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton in the day’s early kick-off.But they were forced to endure a nervous journey home, with their automatic promotion place depending on how Middlesbrough and Norwich fared in the 3pm kick-offs.And after a run of all so nears, including a devastating play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace, this proved Watford’s year as their rivals both failed to win to spark wild celebrations on the team bus.Luckily Hornets defender Miguel Layun was on hand to film the scenes on his phone, which you can enjoy below! 1last_img read more

Guardiola exiles overweight Man City stars and has banned junk food, says Clichy

first_imgManchester City defender Gael Clichy says new manager Pep Guardiola has banned junk food and warned overweight players they will be exiled from first-team training sessions.Guardiola has been quick to impose the strict discipline which served him well at Barcelona and Bayern Munich as he seeks to make sure his players are fit for the new season.Clichy is impressed with the 45-year-old Spaniard’s contribution so far, claiming any players who do not shape up will find themselves in trouble.The Frenchman said: “If your weight is too high, you’re not training with the team. ‘You hear it a lot but, for my part, it’s the first time any manager has really done it. And we have a few players who are not training with the team yet.“You have to know that if your weight is 60 kilos and you are on 70 kilos, then you cannot play football.”Clichy added: “He cut out some juice and, of course, pizza and all the heavy food is not allowed.“Some people think that’s normal but, in truth, it’s not always like this. I know because I’ve been playing football for a long time. It’s really refreshing and very exciting.”Clichy believes City’s attackers will enjoy themselves a lot more than opposition defences in 2016/17.He added: “He said if he [Guardiola] could play 11 midfielders, he would play them. So I guess for a midfielder it’s unbelievable. And the strikers are going to score a lot of goals because we are going to create chances.”City, who kick off their Premier League campaign on August 13 with a home match against Sunderland, are currently in China. They have a match against Borussia Dortmund lined up for Thursday. 1 Manchester City star Gael Clichy last_img read more

Wolves want to sign defender from Manchester United

first_imgManchester United could sell Marcos Rojo to Wolverhampton Wanderers as the promoted side continue their ambitious transfer window, according to The Independent.Wolves have already signed Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, and Raul Jimenez on loan, while also completing permanent deals for loan stars Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed Most Popular Premier League News The Red Devils want to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham but are some way from tabling an acceptable bid, while Leicester City and England star Harry Maguire is a possible incoming, despite the Foxes wanting a world-record fee. NEW ERA gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Next on their wishlist is Argentine international Rojo and while Man United boss Jose Mourinho likes the centre-back, his injury record may count against him.The Old Trafford manager is seeking to cull six players from his current squad and with Wolves keen on his services, they may choose to offload him and fund their other transfer business. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas center_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 1 SORRY silverware predicted Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Manchester United star Marcos Rojo in action against Everton. ALTERED Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest last_img read more