Liberia’s President Apologizes To Mother Of Slain Teenager

first_imgShe came to say how sorry she was.Today, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, visited the poor neighborhood of West Point, now under quarantine after suspected Ebola patients fled a treatment center a week ago Saturday. On Wednesday, during protests over the quarantine, 15-year-old Shakie Kamara was shot in the legs by security forces. He died the next day of blood loss and hypothermic shock.Sirleaf went to talk with the angry residents, who have complained that the quarantine is unfair, that they can’t lead their normal lives, that there isn’t enough food for them.And she went to apologize to Eva Kamara, mother of Shakie.Freelance photographer Tommy Trenchard, covering the visit for NPR, spoke to Eva Kamara afterward.”She said it made her very proud that the president would come and talk to a poor woman like herself,” Trenchard reports.Kamara was in tears for part of the conversation with the president.The overall reaction to the president’s visit among West Pointers was mixed, Trenchard adds. People wanted to let Sirleaf know the hardships they are facing because of the quarantine. “A lot of people were saying we’re hungry, we don’t have food to eat,” he says.But he didn’t sense a lot of anger directed toward Sirleaf: “It’s important to remember that people here, even those who would vote for the opposition, have a strong respect for the office of the president.”West Point residents want Sirleaf to lift the quarantine so they can resume their normal lives. But the government is unlikely to lift a quarantine until three weeks have passed since the West Point treatment center was attacked — that’s the time it takes for Ebola to emerge after contact.During the visit of roughly 40 minutes, Sirleaf was surrounded by her entourage. One member occasionally handed out cash as the president made her way down the main road.”At one point,” Trenchard says, “she commented to two guys who had just received a thousand Liberian dollars [about $12 U.S.]. She said, ‘Don’t spend it on drink.’ “Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jamil Karisa at the double as Bright Stars eliminate URA from Uganda Cup

first_img Tags: bright starsjamil karisaUganda CupURA FC Karisa scored twice away to URA in the Uganda Cup on Monday (Photo by Bright Stars Media)Stanbic Uganda Cup 2018/19URA FC 1-2 Bright Stars FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 18-02-2019NAMBOOLE – Jamil Kalisa scored twice as Bright Stars ejected URA from the 2018/19 Uganda Cup at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole on Tuesday.Kalisa’s double put Fred Kajoba’s side 2-0 up before Shafik Kaggimu scored a consolation for the Tax Collectors who will have to wait until next year if they are to add on their Uganda Cup title collection.After a tense opening minutes that saw both side create half chances, Karisa struck his first goal of the game on 18 minutes to silence the URA fans who had been in loud voice since kick-off.Despite Sam Simbwa’s side dominating proceedings in the remaining minutes of the half, Bright Stars held on to ensure they go into the break leading 1-0.With just under a minute of the second half played, Karisa doubled his day’s tally to put Bright Stars 2-0 up.URA in a typical show of fighting spirit got the consolation when Kagimu calmly scored a penalty for a foul on Peter Lwasa on 75 minutes.The Tax Collectors threw all they had at Bright Stars but the Mwerere side held on to ensure they reach the quarter finals of the competition.On the same day, Express eliminated Police FC 4-1 on penalties to also seal a spot in the last 8.After the round of 16 action, the eight clubs at the quarter final stage are Express, Bright Stars, Vipers, BUL, Nebbi Central, Wakiso Giants, Kyetume and Proline.Four clubs (Nebbi Central, Wakiso Giants, Kyetume and Proline) are in the lower divisions while the other four (Express, Vipers, Bright Stars and Bul), feature in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.The winner of the Uganda Cup qualifies to play in the CAF Confederation Cup.Comments last_img read more

KCCA out to fight for a slot in Kagame Cup finals

first_img Tags: 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cupallan okellocharles lukwagoGreen EaglesKCCA FCtop KCCA FC defeated Rayon Sport to reach the final.CECAFA Kagame CupKCCA Vs Green EaglesKigali Stadium 3:00pmKIGALI – KCCA faces Zambia ‘s based club Green Eagles in the Semi-Finals for CECAFA Kagame cup on Friday at the Kigali Stadium.KCCA knocked out Rwanda giants Rayon Sports to storm the semis while Green Eagles defeated Gor Maria.Ahead of the game, KCCA forward Allan Okello is confident that his team will go passed the semifinals and also win the Kagame cup“We are not afraid of our opponents, we are confident that our team is going to proceed to the Finals” said Okello.Okello also added and that the whole time is working on utilizing their chances and see that they score more goals.“The whole Team is working on using the chances and see that we score more goals to boast our confidence” he addedKCCA skipper  Charles Lukwago  said they have prepared for this match like other matches and nothing will change their mindset.“We have prepared for this match like the other matches have a played so nothing is going to change our mindset.” Lukwago said.It should be also remembered that Green Eagles ejected Ugandan Club Proline during the group stages.If KCCA defeats Green Eagles it will play the winner between Azam and ASManiemaUnion of Congo.Comments last_img read more

Durban achieves the most success in improving its image

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 22 March 2018 – Findings from the 2017 City Brand Index (CBI), which measures the relative global reputation of three South African cities, indicates that of all the South African cities, Durban achieves the most success in improving its image this year, as it moves up two positions since 2015, with an overall CBI 2017 rank of 46th place.  The announcement comes at a time when the city is celebrating Tuesday’s announcement that Durban for the fourth consecutive year have been ranked the South African City with the highest quality of life. Commenting on this achievement, EThekwini Municipality Mayor –  Zandile Gumede said: “The city of Durban has positioned itself to be world city and over the years, we have deliberately implemented numerous measures in order to improve our image to be most competitive not only through marketing but also through ensuring that we reach our target that we have set for ourselves in all experts.” The 2017 CBI reveals that South African cities are continuing to maintain or improve their positions, as global citizens have displayed increasing appreciation for the South African cities. According to Brand South Africa, this means that what cities offer residents and the world is a key determinant factor in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole. Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “The implication of these dynamics is that the economic, cultural/identity, and political outlook of the country can under no circumstances ignore the critical role urban areas, cities, and metros play in shaping the fate of the nation and the Nation Brand.  “There is a dynamic inter-relationship between the global profile, positioning and reputation of city- and the Nation Brand. The global profile, reputation, and positioning of the South African Nation Brand is directly influenced by the dynamics of urbanisation, its cities, and metropolitan areas.”  Brand South Africa’s research team has analysed the state of South Africa’s major cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban) and notes that, not only is the fate of nearly 65% of the population tied to the success of urban areas, cities and metros but also observed that at a global level the improved reputation, visibility, and successes of cities and metros directly impacts on the profile and reputation of the Nation Brand.  The 2017 CBI reveals that since 2015, Durban’s rank has improved by one position in the Presence, Place, and Prerequisites Indices, by two in the Pulse Index, by three in the Potential Index, and by four in the People Index. Durban ranks 49th in Presence, 42nd in Place, 41st in Prerequisite, 40th in People, 47th in Pulse, and 39th in Potential.  Cape Town secures an overall CBI rank of 43rd place, same as in 2015. Cape Town is most admired for its climate (23rd). Johannesburg continues to rank 44th in CBI 2017, a position it has held since 2013, with a modest overall score increase this year (+0.76 points, versus the average score gain of +0.91 points). This year, Johannesburg experiences a three position rank improvement in the Place Index, as well as a one position rank advancement in the Presence, Pulse, and Potential Indices. Notes to the Editor About Brand South Africa Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your Part Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Manila to host four ONE events in 2018

first_imgFILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPouncing on the mixed martial arts boom in the country, ONE Championship is set to stage four events in the Philippines next year.ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong bared the development on Thursday as the Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion announced its full 2018 calendar.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Four of ONE’s 24 fightcards next year will be held in Manila after hosting two events in 2017.“We have 24 massive shows planned for all sports fans in Asia and will continue to showcase the absolute best in martial arts, delivered by our homegrown martial arts superheroes. 2018 is going to be an epic year of action and I can’t wait to get things started,” Sityodtong said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutONE events in Manila will be on January 26, April 20, July 28, and November 16, with the venues still yet to be announced.The promotion will stage one more event in the country this year, with ONE: Legends of the World set on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena. /je LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Floyd Mayweather flaunts new $26M mansion in Beverly Hills Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Gameslast_img read more

Old Shoe Market in Mobay to be Transformed into Modern Arcade

first_imgThe Old Shoe Market located on the corner of St. James and Strand Streets in Montego Bay is to be transformed into a modern arcade at a cost of some $100 million.Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, said that ground will be broken early 2019 for the development, which will benefit small business operators.He said that funding for the undertaking will come from the sale of properties owned by the St. James Municipal Corporation as well as collection of building fees.The Mayor was speaking at a town hall meeting held at Closed Harbour Beach in Montego Bay, St. James, on November 22.Meanwhile, the Mayor said that the Municipal Corporation will, in short order, sign off on the sale of land at Bogue Industrial Estate amounting to some $500 million.“The proceeds from this sale will be used to carry out major rehabilitation work on the Charles Gordon Market, which was constructed some 50 years ago. We will bring this market to First-World standard,” he said.last_img read more

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio State footballs 2915 win against UAB

Ohio State wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 29-15 win against  University of Alabama-Birmingham. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes in their closer-than-expected battle with the Blazers, as well as observations from the first third of the season. The “freak show” was upstaged There was plenty of excitement surrounding OSU’s special teams unit this season, and for good reason. Meyer’s Gators blocked 21 punts, eight field goals and three extra points during the coach’s six seasons at University of Florida. The coach hoped to bring that success to Columbus, featuring a punt-blocking subunit called “the freak show.” But the stage on Saturday belonged to UAB’s special teams, who returned a blocked punt for the game’s first touchdown and later caught the Buckeyes unaware while recovering an onside kick. OSU’s special teams were woeful last season, most noticeably against Purdue when a blocked extra point cost them the game. It seems that even with Meyer in helm, the Buckeyes have a long way to go before the “freak show” is a featured act in Columbus. This is an imperfect team in a less-perfect conference OSU is not amongst the nation’s elite college football teams this year. This is less of an observation from one game, and more about the team’s performance through non-conference play. In the first four games of their season, OSU struggled to put away two teams from Conference USA and barely evaded an upset bid from a Cal team that is now 1-3. The young offense has been prolific yet inconsistent and occasionally inept. This was on perfect display against UAB, as the Buckeyes were held scoreless for the first third of the game, and then rattled off 21-unanswered points in a matter of 5:29. The offense followed up their scoring barrage by reverting back to lethargy, punting three times in three possessions as the Blazers crawled back into contention. Once victory was again in doubt, Miller drove the Buckeyes 71 yards on a 10-play touchdown drive to put the game away. In all, the Buckeyes put up 29 points and 347 yards against a defense that had allowed an average of 44 points and 477 yards through their first two games. Despite their most evident flaws the Buckeyes are still 4-0, preparing to play in a conference that has looked even more suspect. The Big Ten’s early season favorites – Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan – have all been beaten, and to various degrees embarrassed, in non-conference play. OSU will compete for the conference title that they are sanctioned from winning this season, just don’t confuse conference dominance with national prominence. Give an extra helmet sticker to… Jordan Hall. In his second game back from injury, the senior running back rushed for a career-high 105 yards on 17 carries. He also caught two passes for 21 yards. More importantly, Hall’s presence has allowed the Buckeyes to be less dependent on Miller as a rusher. In the two games without Hall, Miller carried the ball 17 and 27 times. In games with Hall, Miller’s workload decreased significantly, as he received 12 and 11 carries. Less carries means less hits for Miller, which will be important heading into conference play against the physical Big Ten defenses. read more

Mens Basketball No 23 Ohio State dominates Cleveland State 8962 in return

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson defends a shot from Cleveland State sophomore guard Tyree Appleby on Nov. 23 in St. John Arena. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn its first return to the only home court it has hosted a national championship season in, Ohio State did not disappoint.After failing to pull ahead substantially to open the game, the No. 23 Buckeyes poured it on in the second half, defeating Cleveland State 89-62 in the team’s first game in St. John Arena since 2010.In front of the sold-out crowd, Ohio State shot 53.1 percent, made seven 3s and forced 16 turnovers against the Vikings.For junior forward Kaleb Wesson and sophomore forward Andre Wesson, the moment was even greater because of the history that their dad, Keith, had as a player for the Buckeyes in the 1980s.“It was special, just everybody, there was a lot of hype around this game,” Kaleb Wesson said. “It was even more special for me and [Andre] because my dad played here.”After starting the second half with a nine-point lead the Buckeyes opened the half with a 10-1 run, extending the lead to 48-30 with 16:44 to go in the game.From there, Cleveland State began to bring the pressure with a few buckets on the other end. But Ohio State countered all of them, connecting on seven of its first nine shots from the field in the second half.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann still was not pleased about the play in transition.“We had three or four possessions where it was, we score they score, we score they score, and we got beat in transition a couple times,” Holtmann said. “I thought we were really fatigued, and we got really loose defensively.”That was all it took for the Buckeyes to take charge.Ohio State shot 59.4 percent and 5-of-8 from deep to outscore the Vikings 51-33 in the second half to seal the victory.Of the Buckeyes first 56 points, 51 were scored by the starters. All starters except sophomore forward Kyle Young, who had eight, scored in double figures. The bench shot 8-of-20 and 3-of-7 from 3.Kaleb Wesson led all scorers with 19 points, followed closely by senior guard C.J. Jackson, who had 17.Wesson shot 8-of-16 and brought in six rebounds, tied for the team high, while Jackson shot 7-of-10 and 3-of-4 from 3.Wesson said he has found a stride this year because of the play of the guys around him.“I feel I have more opportunities because of my teammates, you know my teammates stepped up really in a year,” Kaleb Wesson said. “I feel like if more people step up I’ll get more shots.”Ohio State led Cleveland State 38-29 at the half, with Jackson leading all scorers with 10 points.The Buckeyes held the Vikings to 34.4 percent shooting overall in the first half, but struggled from behind the arc, making only two of their 11 3-point attempts.“I thought they really, physically challenged us and were the tougher team, certainly for 20 minutes of the game,” Holtmann said. “It was good for us, good to see us respond.”Young started the momentum early for Ohio State, making all three of his shots for six points and three rebounds in the first nine minutes of the game.The Buckeyes’ defense started out hot as well, forcing five turnovers in the first 10 minutes and nine overall in the first half.Ohio State moves on to face Syracuse at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. read more

Lucas Paqueta reveals why he chose AC Milan

Lucas Paqueta reveals why he chose AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan new signing Lucas Paqueta gave his reasons for joining the club, while also announcing he will wear the No 39 jerseyThe 21-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of most exciting talents in South American football with observers even comparing him to Milan legend and fellow Brazilian Kaka.Aside from Milan, Paqueta had also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona.But the Flamengo star instead confirmed he would be joining Milan for a reported €35m deal.Now Paqueta has revealed that Milan technical director Leonardo, who’s also Brazilian and played for Flamengo himself, was the main factor behind the move to Italy.“I’ll wear the No 39. It’s the number with which I debuted in Flamengo’s first team,” Paqueta told the Brazilian Press, via Football-Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It brought me luck and I hope the same happens at Milan. If I’ve chosen the Rossoneri, it’s thanks to Leonardo.“He called me and convinced me right away. I understood Milan had a serious project for my career and that’s essential for a young player who arrives in Europe.“I can’t wait to start.”Paqueta has managed 13 goals and five assists in 65 appearances in all competitions for Flamengo since 2017.The young star has played twice for Brazil after debuting in September in a 5-0 friendly win away against El Salvador.last_img read more

Wijnaldum discusses making his professional debut at 16

Wijnaldum discusses making his professional debut at 16

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed his emotions about making his professional debut at the age of 16 with Feyenoord.The Holland international became the youngest player to play for the Dutch club when he featured against Groningen in April 2007.“The game was on Sunday and Erwin told me on Wednesday that I would be playing,” Wijnaldum said, as quoted by Liverpool Echo.“That was a really special moment. I realized that not every trainer has the balls to let a 16-year-old play in the first team and things were not going so well for the team at that time so they didn’t want to take the risk with young players. He asked me not to tell anyone at school. It was difficult to concentrate in class.”Speaking about joining Newcastle in 2015, Wijnaldum also said:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I admired a number of other competitions when I was playing in Holland. The Bundesliga is a wonderful competition and La Liga too. But I think the Premier League is the most attractive competition in the world. I’ve always thought that. It’s so competitive.“There are so many teams who can beat each other, so many teams who can compete for the title.”“It’s so difficult to win games. When I was in Holland, a lot of times when you played against the lower teams you won comfortably. In the Premier League the competition is much bigger. You have to fight for every point.”“They are a club which is in my heart. They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. The fee was a lot of money at the time. A lot of clubs didn’t want to take the risk that they took. I only worked with Rafa Benitez for a short time but he’s a great manager and he showed it from the first moment he came. He’s a good person, always trying to help players out.“It was a big disappointment that we got relegated but I will always appreciate what Newcastle did for me.”last_img read more