“Quarters” arrested

first_imgRetired British soldier’s robberyA man known to authorities as “Quarters” of West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, who wasRetired British soldier Edward Constantimplicated with the brazen daylight robbery committed on retired British soldier Edward Constant was positively identified by the ex-soldier during an Identification Parade at the Brickdam Police Station on Wednesday.He was accused of relieving Constant of his jewellery and cash on Monday in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market Square. According to reports received, the man was arrested and placed on an ID parade where he was picked out by the soldier who congratulated the Guyana Police Force for their proactive work.Constant returned to Guyana after 50 years to be a part of Guyana independence anniversary celebrations. Constant was a part of the British Army when Guyana gained its independence status and had promised to return when Guyana turned 50.Although he would have received VIP treatment during the celebration, his vacation turned bitter when he decided to visit the Stabroek Market Square. While there, he was attached and robbed by an armed man, who took away the gold chain and a diamond ring he was wearing at the time.It was reported that the retired soldier was attacked from behind. The Police were summoned and an investigation was launched. Based on Police intelligence, the attacker was later identified as “Quarters” of West Riumveldt Housing Scheme.However, Police visited the home of the wanted man but came up empty handed. Nevertheless, they continued to search and based on information received, he was finally arrested on Wednesday morning.last_img read more

Ebolaphobia: A Tragedy of Culture, Poverty and Speculations

first_imgIn any situation where difficulties exceed reasonable solutions, unpredictability will certainly set in. This describes the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. No one took it very seriously when it was first heard of in Guinea. After all, Ebola has been around somewhere along the eastern belt of Sub-Saharan Africa since the middle 1970s. So, hearing about it did not raise an alarm or cause panic until we started to watch our people, who continue to die in the tenths, hundredths and subsequently turning West Point and Dolo’s Town in Liberia, etc, into quarantined centers.After American health missionaries working in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, got infected, than it became serious. A third US citizen — Patrick Sawyer — who was a Liberian-American citizen, died in Nigeria. It was only then that it attracted international news. CNN, BBC, Fox, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters—every media in the world reported it. The reportage of the indicated media drew America’s attention to the plights of its citizens. America’s attention initiated a relief—one that was saturated with nationalism and bravery; a move-for-love; a step that once demonstrates the true meaning of ‘American exceptionalism. The media reported it and also speculated on the Ebola crisis and the magnitude at which the Ebola virus has spread. These speculations generated fear, leading to a global pandemonium.How can we fight and defeat this virulent disease if we have fear? Fear and positive thought do not coexist because a submission to fear plunges the mind into an impulsive chaos. Such condition bruises the mind leaving us with extremely limited options of survival. Furthermore, whether we face our fear not to contract the Ebola virus or not, the virus is on the rampage, killing almost all of those that it infects. It has neither spared the extremely poor, the innocents, and ignorant nor has it spared the middle class, rich, and the elites.This is happening not because Ebola cannot be defeated or completely eradicated from the world; it is because our fear is making us to concede that Ebola is an ‘indomitable virus.’ It is at such point the global community took a stance to isolate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Considering the prior state of the Liberian economy, this stance will do more harm than good.As a post-war country with scared production machinery, Liberia survives on an import economy with most of its basic staples, including rice, cassava, palm oil, etc coming from western countries, Asia, and bordering countries. Due to the current Ebola crisis; specifically, the fear of the disease spreading elsewhere (like how the disease was transported to Nigeria by a Liberian), major airliners flying into Liberia, have terminated their services. Such stance has also created shortage of job supply in an already employment-starving economy. The government’s temporary relief of non-essential employees coupled with a cash-out for no work—all will have indelible economic consequences thereafter. This is something we could have avoided if only our government had acted spontaneously (upon hearing of the virus in neighboring Guinea). The current containment strategy of the disease is also another quicksand approach our government did not radically structure.Considering the danger of this virus, one would expect the government to carry out immediate testing of people in quarantined communities/neighborhood. This would help to quickly identify infected persons and then separate them from the healthy ones. But fear has its own compulsion that can make anyone to behave in a certain abnormally unprecedented manner. Our fear for Ebola is escalating. It is at a hyper proportion, which I referred to as ‘Ebolaphobia.’ This phobia is uncommon in our part of Africa as we have never experienced a virulent outbreak of such magnitude. What is even worse is the channel of transmission.Current scientific literatures on the EVD suggest that there are five (5) species of the Ebola virus with three (3) from Africa. Bundibugyo Ebola virus (BDBV), Zaire Ebola virus (EBOV), and Sudan Ebola virus (SUDV)[ii] are found in Africa, while Reston Ebola virus (RESTV) and Tai Forest Ebola virus (TAFV) are in the Philippines and China.The African Ebola viruses are the most deadly in the Ebola species according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These viruses are transmitted through closed contact with blood, fluids, and secretions of an infected person or animal. Other sources state that these viruses are transmitted through the handling or consumption of chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit-bats, monkeys, antelopes, porcupines—almost any ill animals found in the rainforest. It is stated that the trend of the African Ebola transmission shows that fruits-bats and ‘Bush Meats’ are the reservoir of the disease. This has raised serious concerns because Africans live on ‘Bush Meats.’ It is a part of our culture. The attempt to change such culture will be difficult. In fact too much attempts at changing such culture may exacerbate the situation.Economic Impacts:In urban areas of the infected countries, culture does not adequately suffice. But its imprints are visible everywhere, almost inevitable to renounce. Indeed, culture is man and man is society. Thus, convincing Liberians or inhabitants of the infected countries to stop consuming ‘Bush Meat,’ must not be a day marathon. It is often such hit-or-miss approach to change that often creates problems. After all, a change (be it good or bad) does not often have a full effect on a mere silver platter. History has shown that it is often those who make a change to work that often bear the blunt of those who effect the change.  With respect to Liberia, change has been a major problem from the very outset of our existence. This is not because Liberians hate change; rather it is because change has been a profit of the elites at the expense of the poor. Under such circumstance, there has always been an issue of trust between the governors and the governed. As such, pronouncement of the government as it relates to the consumption of ‘Bush Meat, ‘created more doubts. Changing such doubts will obviously take some time, even though the virus is spreading and killing hundreds of people. This is affecting our country on many fronts: socioeconomically, culturally, and politically. But like my granny often says: “A country is like a multi-modal boulevard” so as its people. In other words, the uniqueness of any country is based on pluralistic opinions and ideas. Even though at times such opinions or ideas can be risky to a drowning society; it often serves as a conscience of the society for which democratic principles are formulated.It is on such basis adequate and carefully researched information on the specific species of forest animals that host the Ebola virus need to be identified. With such identification, it will become easier for the public to be educated on the chain of transmission: from animals to humans. But as of now, there is a spilled of bulky pieces of information regarding transmission of the virus, from animals to human beings as the indicated animals (see p.6) form the traditional [major] sources of protein in African meals. Consequently, it has been difficult for governments in the affected countries to convince the public against ‘Bush Meat’ consumption.What has even worsened such campaign is that the sales of ‘Bush Meat’ constitute a sizable segment of microbusinesses in the three affected countries. These countries have adequate sum of ‘Bush Meat,’ and is affordable. As a major source of income, a sizeable proportion of rural households in the affected countries also depend on ‘Bush Meat’ for income. Thus, stopping people from selling or consuming it has a serious economic implication. Governments of the affected countries, considering their current state of affairs, do not have the capital base to subsidize for such product. Culture aside, ‘Bush Meat’ has a natural flavor and attractable taste that differentiates it from meat on western dinner tables. On the other hand, most of the meats on western dinner tables are raised artificially with a high degree of precaution for public health.  The contrast between the two, actually, lies in the hands of adaptation and affordability. For the locals in Liberia, for example, the concern is not about adaptation; it is about affordability. As a post-war country, the poverty magnitude of Liberia is one of the highest in the world (64% of which about 1.3 million live in extreme poverty according to WFP[iii]). Thus, people depend on ‘Bush Meat’ for their daily survival. So if ‘Bush Meat’ is a major transmitter of Ebola, an ultimate containment strategy has to be measured in dollars and cents. Such measurement should not only be based on provisions of assorted medical supplies; but also on the cost spent on substitutes. Such strategy will eventually revolutionize local consumption pattern entirely so much that in the long run it will become profitable to tourism and wildlife preservation. Such rationalizing is good for the future economic prospect of our country. But achieving it is like walking the blind on the moon.Yet each day new cases of the disease are reported with families, relatives, and loved ones being abandoned and isolated. However, the feeling of mistrust is still prominent, making the public curious for more information. With such curiosity, people have taken unto different pool of sources, including the internet and social media for extra information. They want to know why they should not consume ‘Bush Meat.’ This has compounded the confusion because most of the information often gathered says many different things, contradicting one another. Creating more doubts and confusion, have made public’s rejection of the existence of Ebola inevitable. Consequently, it has been difficult to control the spread of the disease. In poor and culturally engrained countries like Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the situation is even worse.Role of the Media and Food Chain Theory:The magnitude of illiteracy coupled with poverty has made people to treat any information that tend to discount ‘Bush Meat’ consumption with hysterical blindness. This happens not because of ignorance, but because the suggestion to avoid consuming ‘Bust Meats’ will worsen their poverty condition and also affect their culture. And this concern has surfaced in a lot of interviews with locals in Liberia. I had a similar concern, too, because of the way in which the media has speculated on how the disease can be contracted. When news of the virus first broke out in March (2014), it was speculated that the virus was susceptible to heat. With Liberia having one of the highest rain falls in the Sub-region, anyone would consider that the virus will rapidly spread since in fact it is already the Rainy Season and cold. It being true, the spread of the virus has led to a quarantine of a couple of communities in the affected countries. However, it still remained to be seen if the spread of the disease will fit in the food chain theory. This theory hypothesizes that because fruits-bats are possible carriers of the Ebola virus, animals eating fruits from the ground will likely be carriers of the disease vis-à-vis humans that also eat those animals. With such hypothesis, one would suppose that Ebola will be on the increase during the fruits season. Unfortunately, most of the crops that are grown in Liberia are often ripen during the Dry Season. The three countries that are currently affected share similar agrarian culture wherein harvest is due in the Dry Season. Thus one would suppose then that Ebola will be on the rampage since it is during such season we have a lot of crops products, most especially, ones that are attractable to fruit-bats. So if the food chain theory is true then it means two things will happen: (1) That Ebola is not susceptible to heat as was initially stated by the world health community; and/or (2) That a redo of the food chain analysis is needed given how our agrarian season rolls out.Cultural Impacts:Ebola is a dangerous virus, requiring a substantiated process analysis than the polarized peculations often heard of in the news media. Too many people are dying and for a virus as such, it will serve well for the human world if unbiased research is done on its causes. This will not only allay fear, but rather it will unite global efforts to fight against the disease. This will put an end to the global discrimination and stigmatization of Liberians, Guineans, and Sierra Leone. Until then, there remains a pigeonhole in the theory that consuming ‘Bush Meat’ is one of the lead causes of contracting Ebola. With such hole, we are left with limited options; thus, defeating our collective purpose in the fight against the virus. This is an overwhelming challenge to not only Africa, but rather the entire human world as the virus is also rapidly spreading through hand-shakes. This is happening daily in spite of our adequate knowledge in dealing with natural and artificial disasters. Such a virulent disease as it has and continues to kill and spread to other parts of the world should be dealt with decisively.We can only do so if fear does not surpass our reasoning. Such reasoning is formed base on the perception of our thought. As Ernest Homes said: “Our thought is creative, not because we will it so, but because it already is so. We cannot change this nor escape from its effects in our lives.” Our thought generates our feeling, be it fear, anguish, or tolerance. Thus, it determines our perception of things or situation. If our thought drives us into perceiving impossibility, no matter the size or effect of the situation, we will not arrive at a possible solution. The opposite is also true. As our thought bears our greatest fear, it also bears our greatest solutions; but only if we bury our fears and commit ourselves to consistent tries out. In the event we failed, we will become spineless, ripping off the nerve of self-determination. Our culture is fundamental to such determination. But the fear of Ebola is going to take away many things from us, including hands-shake, hugging, and the freedom of assembly. Much do I know about western culture, but in Africa, hands-shake is a manner through which we greet one another whenever we meet. Through hands-shake we communicate with one another in a closeable contact and divulge pertinent secrets, trade gossips, and share private information. Like a magnet, it attracts us into columns, circles, or rows; exchanging views on certain mutual interest. This mode of communication often creates a forum, bringing like-minds or people together with certain social bonds, particularly women. As an important segment of our social fabric, women in Africa, provide vital social services in group, during which time, they discuss issues affecting their communities, their kids, husbands, and trade gossips.  If Ebola succeeds, all these vital parts of our culture will extinct. So it is important to form a universal common front in the fight against Ebola. Or else it will deprive us of significant moral values, which we have long enjoyed. Freedom of assembly, (which is a fundamental human right) and other basic rights, including attending Churches, Mosques, political rallies, and local markets, will be extinct as well.Such imposition will leave us with no peace. Always fearing for our lives, we will tent to subject ourselves to new ways of doing things: hands waving will replace hands-shake; hugging and traditional burial will replace cremation. Other cultural values, including, communal eating, communal creek bathing, and proximity group living—even though such cultural practices bring Africans together—will be all gone due to our fear for Ebola. Africans, especially, Liberians often live in a very close proximity so much that one can easily walk down to the next neighbor’s house to check to see how one’s neighbor is faring. These ways of life have had a profound effect on how Africans live together into one neighborhood, coordinate daily activities, oversee for one another, raise their kids, and protect their neighborhoods from external invasion. The benefits in living into such neighborhoods include:Attending community meeting If not all, but in most African societies, pertinent issues are discussed during community’s meetings. Often taking place in the center square of the community, where most palava huts are built, some of these meetings are urgently called by elders, chiefs, or community leaders. In an effort to discuss germane issues, the elders, chiefs or community leaders often send the town-crier to assemble other community members. In an emergency situation like a woman in birth-pain or when someone seriously falls sick, the hut bell is often rung to bring all men together. Toting a person in the emergency in a hammock, a group of men under the directive of the elders, chiefs, or community leaders will transport such person to the next town, where a help to rescue him/her is available.Raising and watching over the kids In most of Africa, this is considered a communal responsibility. Even though a lot have changed since the advent of western civilization; the practice of ‘see your neighbor’s kids as your own,’ is still a large and an important part of daily lives in most parts of Africa. As a communal responsibility, an African kid has many parents; ones that will care for him/her and at the same time will levy punishment whenever he/she did wrong or broke community’s rules. Such power is often exercised without an attitude of ‘let’s wait for his/her daddy or mommy to come.’ Upon committing a crime, or if a kid needs help, the oldest person present takes immediate responsibility.Encourage walkability.Often because most homes in African settlements are built in closed proximity to one another (10 to 100 feet apart), it is often very easy for people to walk around. While this kind of community development easily brings people together, it also can pose a serious threat to lives during a disease outbreak like Ebola, cholera, and concentrated landslide. The landslide of Liberia’s No-Way Town Camp in Grand Cape Mount County, which claimed the lives of at least 200 peasant miners, in 1982, is a classic example. Notwithstanding, Africans always live in compact neighborhoods; and attend to one another’s affairs in a communal style like. This strengthens their social bond. It also creates oneness and often promotes peace among neighbors as what affects one neighbor is often attended to by the entire community. This follows how the dead is also treated. Up until the outbreak, the dead in Liberia have always been treated as an external part of the living. Such culture demands that the dead be treated with all the respects and honors due it, even though rituals performed during funeral services or a family bereavement vary on ethnic and religious lines.In an African Christian culture, for example, the dead are often taken to funeral parlors for embalmment. This also depends on the tradition and affluence of the bereaved family. After then, the dead are usually taking to church, where funeral are carried out.  In other ethnicities, where modern style of embalmment is forbidden, the dead are often kept for about approximately seven to fourteen (7-14) days before being buried. This follows festivity and consolation of the bereaved family. But as cremation takes over traditional burial, the respect for our dead will also be a culture of the past. All these have been unbearable for our people and society, creating more fear.ConclusionThe future of our country will depend on the decision we take against the spread of Ebola now. Like Frank Fanon said: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” Whether we are on a mission to succumb to fear or face fear to determine our own destiny, the outbreak of a virulent disease like Ebola will always occur. As it is observed, the situation has become a tragedy, which needs to be faced with bravery and overcome. But this can only be achieved if only we rid the world of fear, discrimination, and stigmatization.Author:  Daniel Henry Smith; Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy Development, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, Rutgers University NJ80901;Email: dhs605@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CENTAL Launches Web Portal on National Budget

first_imgThe Liberia Media Development program in collaboration with the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, launched a web portal on the national budget with the intent to make the budget accessible to citizens who will be able to track public funds for accountability.CENTAL program director, Gerald D. Yeakula, said citizens were finding it difficult to read through the budget due to its font size.“We want to assure that citizens can easily access the budget, to know what is being allocated to each sector,” Yeakula said.He said the web portal will also highlight news articles on public funds published in local dailies, including both print and electronic media for future references.USAID (United States Agency for International Development) Director for Democracy, Rights and Governance Emily Krunic described the launch of an online portal as an important initiative that would make the budget information accessible to citizens nationwide.Madam Krunic recalled that two decades ago, international development institutions advocated that public budgets be drafted, managed by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), and allowed to take place largely behind closed doors.She said that a transparent and inclusive budgeting process was inefficient at best and economically dangerous at worst.“Time has changed, because fiscal transparency is now considered a best practice and there is a growing acceptance that the active engagement of citizens, civil society and the media in budget processes is one good thing nowadays,” Madam Krunic said.As the open budget index explains, a transparent and inclusive budget process is now seen as essential to facilitating investment, ensuring efficient outcomes and holding government accountable for managing public resources.The report, Madam Krunic said, indicates that the current system in Liberia is particularly weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage the budget process; but the analysis was supported in a recent poll USAID’s partner, Geo-Pol, conducted through the Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative.Among the host of potential issues, she said Liberians selected budget transparency as a major concern even greater than security.Madam Krunic said Liberians claimed that the government and civil society organizations (CSOs) did not support transparent, participatory processes in making budgetary decisions.To assist the government and civil society to strengthen this process, she said, USAID has been working with Internews to improve access to expenditures at the national level through the Liberia Media Budget Monitoring for Accountability activity.Cllr. Negbalee Warner, Dean of Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, said Liberia has reached a stage where transparency cannot be taken for granted, as the country continues to move higher.Warner recalled that long ago the issue of transparency and accountability was not publicized as compared to now, expressing delight over the level of progress being made so far.He spoke on the theme, “Persuading or Realizing the Promise of Transparency.”Like many countries, Cllr. Warner said, in the case of Liberia, public information was considered very important and of a higher nature that could not be entrusted to ordinary citizens.“We have had a conversation and it must be done, because in less than two decades, we have come to the stage where transparency is hardly achieved in our society. We have difficulties with fiscal transparency, with procurement transparency, with almost all the sectors,” Cllr. Warner said while launching the web portal.He lauded CENTAL and other CSOs for playing cardinal roles in making public information accessible. He added that Liberia is now part of few countries that have passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).Tuesday’s launch brought together civil society actors, media, government officials and donor partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Venezuelan remanded for narco-trafficking

first_imgVenezuelan national Franklin Gonsalves was on Monday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge detailing that on July 9, 2018, at Kaikan Village, Cuyuni River, Region Seven, he had in his possession 1000 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Gonsalves denied the charge before the chief magistrate, but Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that, on July 9, Police stopped and searched the 29-year-old because he was observed acting in a suspicious matter, and the narcotics were reportedly found in a transparent bowl in a haversack in his possession.The prosecutor objected to Gonsalves being placed on bail, because, as a foreigner, he is a flight risk. As such, Gonsalves was remanded to prison, and the case was set to continue before the Kamarang magistrate on September 17.last_img read more

Clippers don’t let their guard down

first_imgJermaine O’Neal had a horrible shooting night in going 3 of 13 (.231) from the field for nine points. Jamaal Tinsley led the Pacers with 16 points, but hardly exploited the Clippers’ lack of experience at point guard. The Pacers not only shot poorly from the field, but had a hard time at the free-throw line in shooting 52.6 percent. joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The Clippers could have wallowed in their injuries and given up because both of their point guards, Shaun Livingston and Sam Cassell, are out. But instead of folding without an experienced floor leader, the Clippers turned in one of their best defensive performances of the season and blew out the Indiana Pacers, 87-64, on Saturday night at Staples Center. Indiana was held to 35.7 percent shooting, and in a season in which everything seems unpredictable, the Clippers had a surprisingly easy victory with Daniel Ewing and Will Conroy running the offense. “Hey, everybody’s going to have issues,” coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Everybody’s going to have injuries. Some will get them more than others. It’s just how you take them. Your mind-set has got to be that I can get the job done.” The Clippers look destined to go nowhere at times, but not on Saturday. They moved past Denver into the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference, but that is by tiny percentage points. Both teams are one game under .500. Corey Maggette scored 20 points with a ridiculously efficient statistical line, 5-of- 6 shooting from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. Elton Brand had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Kaman 16 points and seven rebounds. The Clippers led, 43-30, at halftime and held the Pacers to 35.3 percent shooting in the half. Whether it was the Clippers’ smothering defense or inept play by the Pacers is up for debate, but either way, the 30 points were a season low in a half for a Clippers opponent. center_img The numbers said it not only was the best defensive performance of the season, but in franchise history. The 64 points allowed supplanted the 65 the team held Seattle to on Nov. 18, 1990. The Clippers led by 19 points in the third quarter and by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter and handed the Pacers their fifth consecutive loss. last_img read more

Manchester City star Aguero is irreplaceable, claims Pellegrini

first_imgSergio Aguero is as important to Manchester City as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to their La Liga clubs, according to Manuel Pellegrini.And despite Aguero’s stunning form for City this season, the Blues manager is convinced the Argentinian is going to get even better in the coming years.Aguero continued his outstanding start to the season with a sensational hat-trick in City’s dramatic 3-2 defeat of Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek.The prolific Argentinian has now scored 17 goals this season and is again being compared with Barcelona star Messi and Real Madrid ace Ronaldo, the pair long acknowledged as the best in the game.Pellegrini said: “Well of course I think that no-one can replace Messi at Barcelona, Ronaldo at Real Madrid or Sergio here – or a lot of very important players. It is not the same playing without Aguero as with Aguero.“He has many years more to play here. I am always asking and demanding that he tries to be the best player because he has all the conditions to do that.“That is why I am very glad for him he is always improving every day.“I think he is a top player, a very important striker here in the Premier League and we are very glad to have him in our team.”Aguero, 26, is set to make his 100th Barclays Premier League appearance since joining City for £38million in 2011 as the champions travel to Southampton this weekend.Only Alan Shearer (79) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) have scored more goals in their first 100 appearances than Aguero has in his first 99 (64).Despite his prolific output, and virtually beating Bayern single-handedly in midweek, Pellegrini insists City are not a one-man team.Aguero did score 28 goals in all competitions last season but his contribution in the second half of the campaign, as City closed out title success, was limited due to injuries.Pellegrini said: “I always say we have a squad and if, for different reasons, Sergio cannot play, we must have another one that can do it.“We hope he continues the same way but I suppose Edin (Dzeko) will be fit next week and he can score also. This team we never depend just on one striker. The last (league) game, Sergio didn’t score and we won with a goal from (Stevan) Jovetic and one from Yaya Toure. If you remember, we won the title here last year with a lot of games without Sergio.“But, when he plays, it makes a difference.”Aguero was injured in January and in and out of the team for the rest of the season after that, and also hampered at the World Cup.Because of that Pellegrini eased him back into action at the start of this campaign, and that decision looks to have paid off.Pellegrini said: “You never know when a player will be injured but I think that this year we prepared him in the correct way.“If you remember in the first three games, including the Community Shield, we didn’t play with Sergio, we just gave him 20-25 minutes, no more, so he could have a good pre-season. He needed that after the last season when he had a lot of injuries.“He is fit and we hope he will continue in this way until the end of the season.”Aguero has said that he views the game at Southampton as must-win, as it would enable City to leapfrog the high-flying Saints into second place.City beat Swansea last weekend and are hoping to build some momentum with further games against Sunderland and Everton to come in the next week.Pellegrini said: “Yes, it is an important game because we need the three points and we can be in the second place. It is always better to be second than third but it is not only this game.“This is the first game of the three we must play this week in the Premier League and I hope after the three we can be second place and be near to Chelsea.” Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero 1last_img read more


first_imgHellen Obiri, one of Ricky’s athletes, took bronze in the 1500mDONEGAL man Ricky Simms’ is on top of the world – after seeing athletes he manages win medal after medal at the World Championships in Moscow.The Finn Valley AC member and Milford native saw Mo Farrah complete a dream double-double by winning his second gold medal to add to his twin Olympic golds.Farrah – who Simms brought to Donegal for Christmas four years ago –  claimed the 5,000 metres title at the Luzhniki Stadium just six days after racing to glory in the 10,000m. With Usain Bolt also taking gold – and going for a second in the 200m this weekend – it has been a glorious week for Simms and his Pace sports management team. DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL MENTOR AS SIMMS’ ATHLETES ON TOP OF THE WORLD! was last modified: August 17th, 2013 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:Finn Valley ACMilfordricky simmslast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Wins MVC Home Opener over Loyola, 69-60

first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Praise 940 ESPN3 Overall, Drake dominated the paint with a 50-18 advantage, outrebounded Loyola, 38-30 and scored 19 points off turnovers. The Bulldogs handed out 24 assists on 29 field goals. Full Schedule Roster However, Drake came out of the halftime break with tough defensive pressure, forcing four turnovers by Loyola, and it put together a 15-2 scoring run to lead by 25 points. After three quarters, the Bulldogs led 56-30. Later, Rose put Drake up by 26 points with a layup with 5:35 to go. After the final media timeout with the Bulldogs’ starters on the bench, the Ramblers ripped off a 19-2 closing run to make trim the final deficit to nine points. During the fourth quarter, Loyola shot 71.3 percent from the floor and made six three-pointers. Valparaiso 1/13/2019 – 2 p.m. Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts Valparaiso Sunday, January 13 at 2 p.m. Sunday will be the final home game in January for the Bulldogs. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team won its Missouri Valley Conference home opener over Loyola 69-60 Friday night in the Knapp Center. PDF Box Score Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) paced Drake (11-4, 3-0 MVC) with 16 points while Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) just missed her seventh double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) finished with an impressive overall statistics line with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) each had eight points. Bachrodt equaled her season-best with four steals while Rose added a season-high eight rebounds. Story Links Loyola (7-6, 1-1 MVC) was led in scoring by Abby O’Connor who had 14 points.   Next Game: HTML Box Score Watch Live After a slow start, Drake took an 11-2 early lead with five baskets on five assists. The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 22-6 after one period. But, a tough offensive second-quarter allowed Loyola to pull back in the game, trailing just 32-20 at halftime, as the Ramblers outscored the Bulldogs, 14-10, in that span.last_img read more

Defending champions Luzira to face Crown as Futsal Uganda cup draws are held

first_imgMENGO – Futsal Uganda Cup defending champions, Luzira Thunders will take on Crown in the round of 16 Futsal Uganda Cup.This was confirmed on Thursday evening as the 2019 Futsal Uganda Cup draws were held at the International Futsal Courts in Mengo, Kisenyi.Current Super League leaders Parakeets will tussle it out with Bajim for a spot in the last 8 while Dream and Park face-off in arguably the tie of the round.Last year’s losing finalists Yeak Kabowa will play against Aidenal School of Soccer Art among other draws.Meanwhile debutants Sona, who feature several Sports journalists including PML Daily’s own-Shaban Lubega, will take Nomad.All the games will be played on Thursday 31st January at the International Futsal Courts to determine the quarter finalists.The final of this year’s tournament will be played on May 9th where the winner will walk away with money prize of Two million Uganda Shillings (2,000,000/=).The complete round of 16 draw:-Kabowa United vs Yap Stars-Crown vs Luzira Thunders-Yeak Kabowa vs Aidenal School of Soccer Art-Equator vs Typhoon-Park vs Dream-Mengo City vs Elephants-Sona Sports Home vs Nomad-Parakeets vs BajimComments Tags: 2019 Futsal Uganda CupFutsal Super LeagueShaban LubegaSonalast_img read more

Will you take the plunge for Special Olympics Ireland?

first_imgWith the forecast looking positively chilly, Special Olympics Ireland are issuing a final reminder about the Rathmullan Polar Plunge tomorrow, Saturday December 9th at 11:30am.The Donegal fundraiser for local athletes with intellectual disabilities takes place at the Pier once again in 2017. Interest is already high, as the event has proved a fun and rewarding occasion over the last few years.Do you have what it takes to get chilly in Lough Swilly? Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. Registration costs just €20 with plungers asked to raise an additional €50.All money raised goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and competitions. Plungers who raise more than €50 will also receive a complimentary Polar Plunge T-Shirt.2018 is a massive year for Special Olympics in Ulster. 278 athletes and 112 coaching and management volunteers from the region will head to Dublin for four days in June for the Special Olympics Ireland Games. 13 sports will feature in venues such as the National Indoor Arena, the National Aquatic Arena and Morton Stadium. Ulster’s representatives were selected from regional advancement events over the past 12 months – a lucky few will go on to compete at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019. Special Olympics Ulster Regional Fundraising Coordinator John Kivlahan says Saturday’s Polar Plunge brings everything that’s good about Special Olympics together in Rathmullan:“Athletes are at the heart of the event, with volunteers making sure fans, plungers, families and fundraisers have a great time. Sea temperatures are 11.1 degrees which is why we are asking people to get ‘Freezin For A Reason’. The air temperature is forecast to be 8 degrees though, so technically it will be warmer in the water!”John also acknowledged the role of the Garda Siochana in the event, who are behind the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The LETR is the awareness and fundraising programme of An Garda Síochána and the PSNI supporting the Special Olympics movement in Ireland.“This event just wouldn’t happen without them,” he said “and they have been involved with Polar Plunge since the very beginning. This Saturday is primarily about fundraising, so we’d encourage anyone who has yet to sign up to register online or just join us on the day.”Will you take the plunge for Special Olympics Ireland? was last modified: December 8th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:FReezin for a ReasonLough SwillyPolar Plungespecial olympics irelandlast_img read more