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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s 4×400-meter relay team, featuring James Benson II, Johnathon Sawyer, D.J. Ruffin and Donovan Storr, and Stephen F. Austin’s Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.The Lions’ 4x400m relay squad capped a second-place finish at the Carolina Challenge in Columbia, South Carolina, over the weekend. Benson, Sawyer, Ruffin and Storr clocked in with a 3:07.67, setting a new Southland indoor record and beating the previous mark of 3:07.96, set by UT-Arlington in 1990. The team’s time stands fifth nationally and is also a SLU program record.Ellis claims his second-straight Athlete of the Week honor after clearing another conference-leading pole vault mark at the Houston Invitational over the weekend. The sophomore took first place at the meet with a successful attempt over the bar at 18-07.5 (5.68m). His mark ties a conference indoor record, stands third in the nation among Division I competitors and is a personal best for the Tyler, Texas, native.Men’s Track Athletes of the Week – James Benson II, Johnathon Sawyer, D.J. Ruffin, Donovan Storr, Southeastern Louisiana – 4x400m RelayStorr, Benson, Sawyer, and Ruffin combined to set a school and conference record in the 4x400m relay Saturday at the Carolina Challenge. The unit finished second overall in a field of 25 teams with a time of 3:07.67, which ranks fifth in the nation in the mile-relay event.Honorable Mention: Jordan Rowe, Lamar; Jo’Vaughn Martin, Sam Houston State; A.J. Bennet, Stephen F. Austin.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis continues to better his conference-leading mark this season, this time clearing 18-07.5 (5.68m) at the Houston Invitational this past weekend. The sophomore topped a field of 23 competitors with his mark and now ranks third nationally in the pole vault event this season.Honorable Mention: Thomas Wilson, Abilene Christian; Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist; Jeremy Lawson, Northwestern State; Bjoern Adden, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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first_imgTOTTENHAM threw away a 2-0 lead at Arsenal to draw 2-2 in Sunday’s crucial derby.And will they be able to keep the man who opened the scoring? Europe’s giants have been pursuing Christian Eriksen but have just a day left to secure his signature.Follow ALL of the latest Tottenham news, updates and gossip below…Win £100 with Ladbrokes’ 1-2-FreeSimply predict Watford v Liverpool, Everton v Man Utd and Aston Villa v Man City scores this weekendVARIETY is the spice of life and this week you can have a bit of Carabao Cup final action mixed in with your Premier League picks.Have a go at predicting the scorelines for Watford v Liverpool (Sat, 5.30pm), Everton V Man Utd (Sun, 2pm) and Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 4.30pm).Get just one correct score right for a £1 free bet, get two bang on and you win a free £5 wager – or match all three for £100 cash – and it’s all free to play.*Offer is for app only and players must be over 18. Log in or register to play. T&Cs apply.CLICK HERE TO PLAY NOWGary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 10:18 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO has been named as a finalist for the 2019 Best Men’s Coach award.The Spurs boss guided his side to the Champions League final last season, while also securing top four football.Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are the other two candidates.Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 9:42 pmFORMER Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes Harry Kane went down too easily as he looked for a dive against Arsenal.Asked by Ian Holloway on talkSPORT whether he believed it was a penalty, Redknapp said: “No, I didn’t.”Holloway then commented, “He went down too easily”, with Redknapp adding: “Yeah, he did.”“Some weeks it goes for you, some it doesn’t, but what a game of football, it was fantastic.“Two teams having a go, didn’t hold back, end to end, it could have gone either way. They slugged it out and it was really enjoyable. It was a great afternoon.”Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 9:05 pmFernando Llorente signed for Napoli earlier.The Spaniard, released by Spurs this summer, has penned a two-year contract with the Italians.He tweeted the below goodbye message After two wonderful seasons, today I say goodbye to Tottenham. It was a pleasure to wear this shirt and wherever I go there will be always a space in my heart for Tottenham and for their fans. I wish you all the best for this season and for the future! Thanks. #COYS💙 pic.twitter.com/M2ox8SYpUy— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 8:33 pmKIERAN TRIPPIER has revealed he believes Atletico Madrid is a “step up” from Tottenham – claiming there is “no better place in the world” to be.The England right-back, 28, has earned a recall to the Three Lions set-upafter a strong start to life in La Liga after quitting Spurs this summer.Trippier said: “Every decision I’ve taken in my career has been a brave one. Football is about taking risks.“I’d always fancied playing abroad so I had discussions with Tottenham and said I wanted a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family.“To play in Spain was an amazing opportunity, I didn’t want it to slip away. No regrets.“I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world and Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe. I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 7:57 pmSPURS ace Son Heung-min has revealed he had difficulty getting over the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.He told the Daily Mail: “For me, the goal was to win the Champions League, not to play the Champions League final.“After the game it was real pain. Every day. I went away to play for the national team in a couple of games straight away and that was fine, but afterwards, I started dreaming about it every day.“It was pain. I am not a guy who is happy to lose. Every day and night I would see it in my head. I remember them with the trophy, lifting it, celebrating. For me, I think of that bit with the trophy.“When they were celebrating, it was, wow, so painful. They were celebrating, we are standing there looking at the floor, and watching that — it is painful.”Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 7:20 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.Eriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 6:18 pmAnd here is Vitoria’s official unveiling of Marcus Edwards Got a lot of time for Geoff Shreeves making Harry Kane watch his dive back and commentate on it 😂 pic.twitter.com/Yf9m3TJQP5— James John (@JamesJohn2427) September 1, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 12:13 pmJAN VERTONGHEN insists he has no problem with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and has vowed to stay and help the club end their trophy drought.The 32-year-old Belgian international defender was surprised to be left out of Tottenham’s first three games of the season, but returned to face Arsenal.He said: “The manager told me before the first game of the season against Aston Villa that I wasn’t playing because of a tactical decision and I respect that.“There was nothing wrong with my fitness. I played in every pre-season game and I didn’t miss a training session.“But when you’re not in the team you realise just how important it is to be playing so it was a massive game for me to come back against Arsenal.“I’ve been so long with these guys and I love this club so I just want to play as much as I can. I’m not thinking about the contract, I’m just focused on football now and I feel great.“I’m very, very happy to be back and I just want to help the club to win trophies.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 11:37 amSPURS ace Son Heung-min has revealed he had difficulty getting over the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.He told the Daily Mail: “For me, the goal was to win the Champions League, not to play the Champions League final.“After the game it was real pain. Every day. I went away to play for the national team in a couple of games straight away and that was fine, but afterwards, I started dreaming about it every day.“It was pain. I am not a guy who is happy to lose. Every day and night I would see it in my head. I remember them with the trophy, lifting it, celebrating. For me, I think of that bit with the trophy.“When they were celebrating, it was, wow, so painful. They were celebrating, we are standing there looking at the floor, and watching that — it is painful.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 11:05 amFORMER Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes Harry Kane went down too easily as he looked for a dive against Arsenal.Asked by Ian Holloway on talkSPORT whether he believed it was a penalty, Redknapp said: “No, I didn’t.”Holloway then commented, “He went down too easily”, with Redknapp adding: “Yeah, he did.”“Some weeks it goes for you, some it doesn’t, but what a game of football, it was fantastic. “Two teams having a go, didn’t hold back, end to end, it could have gone either way. They slugged it out and it was really enjoyable. It was a great afternoon.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 10:33 amFERNANDO LLORENTE has claimed it was a pleasure wearing the Spurs shirt following his move to Napoli.The 34-year-old was a free agent after being released by Tottenham at the end of last season.Taking to Twitter, the veteran striker said: “After two wonderful seasons, today I say goodbye to Tottenham. “It was a pleasure to wear this shirt and wherever I go there will be always a space in my heart for Tottenham and for their fans. “I wish you all the best for this season and for the future! Thanks.” Welcome back, @HarryWinks 👋Back in the #ThreeLions squad for the first time this year, the @SpursOfficial midfielder joined us live from today’s training session.— England (@England) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 3:50 pmJake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 3:50 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.Eriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 3:26 pmKIERAN TRIPPIER has revealed he believes Atletico Madrid is a “step up” from Tottenham – claiming there is “no better place in the world” to be.The England right-back, 28, has earned a recall to the Three Lions set-upafter a strong start to life in La Liga after quitting Spurs this summer.Trippier said: “Every decision I’ve taken in my career has been a brave one. Football is about taking risks.“I’d always fancied playing abroad so I had discussions with Tottenham and said I wanted a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family.“To play in Spain was an amazing opportunity, I didn’t want it to slip away. No regrets.“I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world and Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe. I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 2:50 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO has been named as a finalist for the 2019 Best Men’s Coach award.The Spurs boss guided his side to the Champions League final last season, while also securing top four football.Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are the other two candidates.Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 2:03 pmDerby day, through the lens. 📸 @KumhoTyreUK #NorthLondonDerby ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/wxCcmU3N1n— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 1:15 pm💨 Press: ✔️✨ Turn: ✔️🎯 Pass: ✔️ This play from @HarryWinks in the build-up to our second goal yesterday 👌 🔥 #NorthLondonDerby ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/oJrByYAqdA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 12:42 pmWATCH the awkward moment Harry Kane was forced to watch his alleged dive back and explain himself after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal.The Spurs forward, 26, went down in the box under pressure from Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the dying moments of the derby – leaving Arsenal fans fuming.All of the pundits at the game called it a dive – and Kane was forced to re-watch the incident and tell his story after the 2-2 North London derby draw.When asked if he thought a penalty should have been given, Kane claimed: “I think so. I would have to watch it back.”As if by magic, a TV monitor appears next to Kane – with the Spurs man forced to watch it back and give his view on the alleged dive. 📰 We have reached agreement with Portuguese side Vitória for the transfer of Marcus Edwards. We wish Marcus all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/muHPC2uW9R— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 5:20 pmJAN VERTONGHEN insists he has no problem with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and has vowed to stay and help the club end their trophy drought.The 32-year-old Belgian international defender was surprised to be left out of Tottenham’s first three games of the season, but returned to face Arsenal.He said: “The manager told me before the first game of the season against Aston Villa that I wasn’t playing because of a tactical decision and I respect that.“There was nothing wrong with my fitness. I played in every pre-season game and I didn’t miss a training session.“But when you’re not in the team you realise just how important it is to be playing so it was a massive game for me to come back against Arsenal.“I’ve been so long with these guys and I love this club so I just want to play as much as I can. I’m not thinking about the contract, I’m just focused on football now and I feel great.“I’m very, very happy to be back and I just want to help the club to win trophies.”Gary Stonehouse2 Sep 2019, 4:26 pmTOTTENHAM star Harry Winks looks delighted to be back in the England squad.The 23-year-old joined the rest of the Three Lions for a training session this morning.And he spoke to FATV afterwards as he prepares for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.center_img After two wonderful seasons, today I say goodbye to Tottenham. It was a pleasure to wear this shirt and wherever I go there will be always a space in my heart for Tottenham and for their fans. I wish you all the best for this season and for the future! Thanks. #COYS💙 pic.twitter.com/M2ox8SYpUy— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 10:03 amTOTTENHAM midfielder Victor Wanyama could be heading back to Celtic in a shock loan move.The Kenya international has also been heavily linked with a £13million move to Belgian side Club Brugge.But according to the Daily Record, Wanyama could be on his way back to Celtic, with Spurs open to letting him leave on loan.Wanyama left Celtic in 2013 where he joined Southampton.The 28-year-old spent two seasons with the Hoops – helping the club win two league titles and the Scottish Cup.Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 9:34 amBBC pundit Garth Crooks has labelled Christian Eriksen as a “class act” following his performance against Arsenal.The Spurs midfielder opened the scoring against the Gunners, before Unai Emery’s men came back from two goals down to draw 2-2.Writing in his weekly column, Crooks said: “When I saw Eriksen start this north London derby I immediately thought Spurs can’t lose this game. “I was right, they didn’t lose the game but they should have won it. Eriksen is a class act and when he is on his game there are few better.“It was the Dane who bust a gut to get up with the play and tap home the loose rebound from the Erik Lamela shot. “Spurs look like they might hang on to Eriksen for a little while longer which is just as well because they have no-one who can handle the ball better.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 9:03 amHARRY KANE has defended his dive against Arsenal as he failed to win Spurs a late penalty at the Emirates.The England striker believes Green defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos pushed him over, though replays showed there was minimal contact.Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think it was that stage of the game where he makes a tired tackle.“I think if I am on the halfway line I get it, if I’m in the box it’s 50-50. The ref probably thinks I am looking for it but all I’m trying to do is shield the ball.“VAR would probably back the referee in this. As a striker, if it is on halfway it was a definite foul. In the box you don’t always get them.“But it is what it is. It’s one of them. It could be given in some games but it wasn’t today. You get on and move on.”Load more entries… ⚡ Are you ready? ⚔️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Um Campeão Europeu Sub-19 chegou 🌪️😎 @marcusedwards__#SomosAAlmaDoRei #Conquistadores pic.twitter.com/IFeVMrS61j— Vitória Sport Clube (@VitoriaSC1922) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 5:37 pmHere is the starlet’s goodbye message. After 14 years at @SpursOfficial it’s the right time for me to start the next phase of my career. Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get this far, the learning process never stops and I’m excited to continue at @VitoriaSC1922 pic.twitter.com/WgM70RaYHk— Marcus Edwards (@marcusedwards__) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 5:22 pmTOTTENHAM have just announced some transfer news.Spurs have confirmed via Twitter that England youth international Marcus Edwards has left the club.last_img read more

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first_imgCardsAlexander Gonzalez (30 ‘, Yellow) Monreal (31 ‘, Yellow) Willian José (49 ‘, Yellow) Januzaj (71 ‘, Yellow) Álvaro Rey (71 ‘, Yellow) Ship (82 ‘, Yellow) Zaldua (90 ‘, Yellow ChangesCarlos Julio Martinez (60 ‘, Alexander González), Isak (65 ‘, Willian José), Marcos de Sousa (71 ‘, Antonio Sánchez), Ander Barrenetxea (77 ‘, Oyarzabal), Ship (81 ‘, Álvaro Rey), Ander Guevara (89 ‘, Odegaard) The Arconada, Zamora and López Ufarte of the last Cup of 87, the Bakero, Begiristain and López Rekarte of the final lost in 88, the thousands and thousands of children who were told one day that the Real was great and could never check it out, they reincarnated in Oyarzabal, Odegaard, Januzaj and Willian Jose to take the Real Sociedad to a Cup final 32 years later, a long journey through the desert that finally came to fruition. Several generations have had to pass decades and decades of real hardships to see his team fight for a title again. The support of an injured hobby has not corresponded all this time with the performance of a Real who felt giant again in Anduva, as big as the one that won titles in the 80s, as big as the Real one that their fans imagined and so few times could they enjoy. The mix between youth players and foreigners has led the club to the final of La Cartuja, a prize for dark club and training work around a clear idea of ​​play.La Real went to Anduva with the war monkey. Imanol opted for Willian José instead of Isak on end to try to hold back balls and dominate the area, although the Mirandés did not grant that option. The local team played with the aggressiveness always in the pressure, but he lacked the self-confidence of this whole Cup. He didn’t need the Real one more than Being serious in defense to await your opportunity. He played with intelligence the Imanol team, much less drowned in the start of the ball than in the first leg in Anoeta. If you had to throw long, it did.The Mirandés wanted to be uncomfortable and moved Matheus as usual among the rival centrals, although on this occasion the Txuri-Urdines defenders were well learned. The meeting was minimized to banal matters, although at the same time key. For example the Rise up the right side of Zaldúa to the edge of the break on the right side. Its center hit Malsa’s arm and was a fundamental penalty for the Real, among other things because the launch was Oyarzabal. In that moment when one’s legs tremble, his heart is paralyzed. He already scored in the first leg with a lot of cold blood and repeated in Anduva with an improper tranquility of a football player his age. He is not a captain of the Real. He is a player called to mark an era. Goals0-1, 40 ‘: Oyarzabal The goal reassured Real and awarded him a mattress of two goals. The Mirandés noted then that the work of this Cup had been important enough to conform to the semifinals. This time there was no trace of the sharp team and with clear ideas able to reach out to the group of greater category. Just a Matheus approach put fear into the body of the txuri-urdin team, Very serious in the task of canceling the risks.Imanol moved the bench to close a match that belonged to him from start to finish and that he returned to place the Real among the greats of our country, those who fight for titles, those who look straight ahead to the Cups as the Txuri-Urdin box will do on April 18 at the end of La Cartuja. It has been three decades to return to the Real among the best. Enough time for weeping and regrets, for criticism and disappointment. Time, in general, to strengthen a feeling for the Real that now makes sense, located in the final and with options to win it. It is faith in the Txuri-Urdines colors, the same ones that one day, in the cold Anduva, reached a place in the Copa final for the joy of their fans. Congratulations.last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Basil Butcher. Butcher was one of the world’s best batsman in his day.Cricket lovers who had the good fortune of seeing him bat would never forget his beautiful on-drive. When he played it, not a fielder moved as the ball, more often than not, raced to the boundary.Basil B, as he was fondly known, came to prominence with Rohan Kanhai and Joe Solomon, all from Port Mourant, all world-class batsmen.I fondly recall his 209 not out at Trent Bridge in England in which he not just saved the West Indies, but snatched, for his team, victory from the jaws of defeat!I still recall the screaming headlines in our newspaper the next day ‘Butchery at Trent Bridge’ a most apt headline.Later in his career, he also became a deadly spin bowler.Maybe his biggest misfortune was that he, a giant, came to prominence at a time when two other giants were dominating West Indies batting, Rohan Kanhai and Garfield Sobers. At his best, he was their equal.I extend the deepest sympathy to his family and will forever be thankful for the joy he brought to our lives.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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first_imgSince Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became President of Liberia, this gone 167th Independence Day celebration has been considered as the poorest in terms of involvement of ordinary citizens in the celebration in Nimba County.There was no county-level activity held across Nimba County in commemoration of the occasion by the local government in Nimba.The day began in Ganta with a parade by a group of Christians who later surrounded the main square of Ganta with a powerful prayer against the deadly Ebola virus.Groups of children turned out at every corner of Ganta for the celebration, but their numbers were not as high as compared to last year’s celebration.Patronage at night clubs and other entertainment centers, especially during the night hours, was also poor, something many blamed on economic hardship and the fear of Ebola.Fatu Kehzey, proprietress of F2 Business Center in Ganta, said, ”People are not buying this season as compared to last year. Everybody complaining about hardship in line with the coming opening of school. People are not coming to the club to buy”.The streets of Ganta are usually jammed packed during such  occasions as July 26, Christmas and New Year Day, and police officers have to be deployed everywhere to maintain law and order. This year, no police presence was observed.“I think, the poor observance this day is due to the news of Ebola virus,” said Emmanuel Freeman, a radio announcer.Victoria Var: “Since I started selling this morning I have not received any good customer yet. People are not buying.”“We give thanks be to God that we have lived to see this day, but things are not easy as compared to years back, because people are not buying.  The street is poor and we don’t really know the actual know the problem, whether money or the Ebola,” said Lovett, a raosted fish seller.At an Old Timers game between Nimba and Gbarpolu, organized by Senator Armah Jallah, Nimba was defeated 1-0.Senator Jallah told reporters that the game was an acquaintance game to bring the citizens of Nimba and Gbarpolu together, because Gbarpulu has huge numbers of Nimbaians.  But critics says Senator Jallah is eyeing the presidency come the  2017 general election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgWhen President Sirleaf took office in January 2016, we were promised electricity within 6 months. I don’t know who’s bright idea that was but at the time I thought the promise a little over ambitious. But it’s been 9 years now, and we still have not reached Nirvana.Electricity is the mother’s milk of development. Without it, the economy cannot grow at the pace it should. And with the slow down brought about by the Ebola epidemic, the need for solving the electricity problem has become even more urgent. If we can bring plenty of cheap, reliable, stable electricity into Liberia, we stand a fighting chance of pulling in investment, and investment means jobs and a reduction in the high levels of unemployment that has taken hold of this country. It’s that simple.So, why, then, has it proven so difficulty to slay the electricity dragon? I suggest the principal obstacle has been our mindset. When the transitional government came to town in October 2003, I was member of a small delegation that visited US ambassador John Blaney, whom I considered to be a true friend of Liberia. We requested, amongst other things, for US assistance to bring electricity into Monrovia. His response took us completely by surprise. He said that the US government would not spend one cent of its taxpayers’ money on electricity in Liberia. They would spend money on education, healthcare, security, DDRR, agriculture and other social services but they would not spend one brass cent on electricity. I went into shock.”Why?” we asked. “Because we believe that there are private companies that can get the job done. Governments don’t do electricity these days. Even in the United States, electricity is provided by private companies. In fact, not only are we not going to spend any of our taxpayers’ money on electricity, we don’t think you should spend any of your taxpayers’ money on electricity either. For starters, you don’t have enough money to get the job done”. He was right about that. At the time, the entire Liberian government budget was only US$80 million. Well, he got me thinking. Up to that point, I had equated electricity with LEC. I assumed, like most Liberians, that solving the electricity problem required government pumping oodles and oodles of money into LEC. But John Blaney gave me cause to re-examine my assumptions. So, when Chairman Bryant appointed a small group of us to a committee headed by Professor Willie Belleh to deal with the telephone problem (conflicting signals, many companies and individuals claiming to have telecom licenses, lack of competition, etc.), we decided to go the private sector route.We asked the World Bank for assistance but issued two warnings: we did not want to borrow any money and we did not want to revive LTC, the public corporation known colloquially as “Telecom” that had a monopoly on telecom services in the country. Telecom was flat on its back. As a result of the war, its infrastructure had been virtually destroyed. It had no equipment, no money and a limited pool of skilled manpower. Instead, we asked for help to bring competition to the telecommunications market. The Bank obliged. They sent a young Ghanaian electronic engineer who advised us on how to issue GSM licenses (it was his opinion that our market could only sustain 3 companies but that we should license the 4 that had invested in facilities and leave it to the market to determine who would survive and who would die. Judging by what happened to Libercell, he was right on the money).Today, 10 years later, we see the results of that fateful decision we made a decade ago. At its height, LTC had only 5,000 telephone lines in the whole country. Now, we have close to 2 million GSM subscribers. Every man and his dog has a cell phone. And the cost of telephony keeps decreasing as the GSM companies throw kpeetee on the airwaves. Sim cards used to cost $65; international calls, $1.00/minute. The network that carries all this traffic has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. And how much has the Government of Liberia invested? Zip, nada, zilch. But more than that, the GSM companies are amongst the biggest taxpayers to GOL today. Sounds like a great susu club to me. You invest nothing and reap millions and millions of dollars from the club every year.Next week I will explore how our telecom model might be applied to electricity.The writer is a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation has revealed that the vacancy for the position of a senior department head was advertised prior to his demotion some time ago.Guyana Times reported on Sunday that the former Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Sheik Amir was demoted from his substantive post. A source at the hospital informed this publication that there seemed to be an ongoing purging of senior management.Attention was pointed to the recent demotion of Dr Amir, who was the Director of Medical and Professional Services. Dr Amir, who has served the Corporation for over 19 years, is a decorated surgeon. The reasons behind his demotion are unclear. Dr Amir’s post was given to an orthopaedic surgeon, who spends approximately one-third of the year on missions in Belize.In an attempt to refute Guyana Times’ article, the GPHC admitted that Dr Amir’s job was advertised while he held the position and that he was eligible to apply.“Dr Sheik Amir served his entire tenure as DMPS and that it was at the conclusion of his contract, in accordance with best practice, the vacancy was advertised in all the daily newspapers…inviting qualified medical professionals, including Dr Amir to apply,” the institution stated.While Amir, who served in the position, did apply along with three others, he was interviewed, but the position was nonetheless given to someone else.“Four individuals, (names deliberately withheld) including Dr Amir applied and were all interviewed by an independent panel which consisted of personnel from the Board of Directors, the Ministry of Public Health, the University of Guyana School of Medicine and the GPHC administration. At the completion of this process the best candidate was selected,” the hospital said in a press release on Monday.Dr Amir’s demotion comes weeks after former Director of Facilities, Andy Mahadeo resigned. A source close to Mahadeo confirmed that the director was pressured into resigning. He served the Corporation for nearly five years in managerial posts and has both a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree.last_img read more

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first_imgIn January, the median price of a single-family home in the valley went down to $587,900, compared to $620,000 a year ago, a 5.2 percent decrease, according to the association. The median price of a condominium was $360,000 in January, the association stated. In January 2006 it was 9.3 percent higher, at $397,000. There were 73 condominium sales last month, compared with 82 in January 2006, a difference of 11 percent. Unlike in recent months, sellers are less likely to dip their toes in the market and pick up the for-sale sign if they cannot get their asking price, said Pam Ingram, with Remax of Santa Clarita. “I think the market has definitely picked back up,” Ingram said. “I don’t see that prices are going up a lot, but they’re also not going down. I’ve seen prices level off, but the buyers are back out buying. It looks like it’s going to be a good year.” SANTA CLARITA – The home sales market is returning to normal, not generating spectacular profits but staying solid, real estate experts said. Sales of single-family homes in the Santa Clarita Valley were up 11.7 percent in January compared with a year ago. The month saw escrows close on 172 houses, compared with 154 in January 2006. The market is expected to be steady in the year ahead. “It’s not going to be like it was the last two or three years, where we were seeing huge numbers of sales and huge price increases,” said Larry Gasinski, president of the Santa Clarita Valley division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc. There is more than a seven-month inventory of homes on the market, while about a six-month inventory is considered a balanced market. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want 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

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first_imgNash’s agent, David Canter, told the AP that Nash had four physicals since 2004 and was in good health. He said the Broncos planned their own investigation. Ilgauskas backCleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the Cavaliers’ starting lineup in Miami on Sunday for the first time since his wife went into early labor and lost twin babies. Ilgauskas missed four games. His wife, Jennifer, began having problems after Cleveland played the Lakers on Feb. 11. She was about five months’ pregnant at the time, and delivered a stillborn boy and girl on Feb. 14, Ilgauskas said. He said losing the babies was the toughest thing he’s ever experienced. “It puts life in perspective,” he said. Wade updateHeat guard Dwyane Wade will seek a second opinion early this week before deciding whether to rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder or have season-ending surgery to repair the joint. If Wade chooses the rehab option, he could return to Miami’s lineup in about six weeks, or with around 10 regular-season games remaining. Sacramento forward Ron Artest missed the Kings’ game Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers, his former team. Artest was not with the team for personal reasons, a team spokesman said without elaborating. Artest was not listed on the injury report. Knicks leading rebounder David Lee sat out New York’s game Sunday night against the New Jersey Nets with a sprained right ankle and muscle strain. Venus motivatedVenus Williams has a message for anyone who thought she might use her latest injury as an excuse to finally leave tennis. She’s back, and she plans on working her way back up to an elite level. “I love a challenge,” Williams said. She hadn’t played competitive tennis since last October because of an injured left wrist and had pulled out of four events, including the Australian Open won last month by her sister, Serena. She returned to action at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, a Tier III event, hoping to work herself back into shape. The 26-year-old Williams did more than that, playing well enough to win the event Saturday night, improving her footwork and cutting down on her own mistakes with each match. “I really have nothing to prove,” Williams said. “I feel like I understand what I have to do, myself, as far as my talent. I understand how hard I’ve worked. “And I think, time and again, Serena and I have, when we’ve come back from injury, we’ve come back just as good – if not better.” In Saturday night’s final, she dismissed 17th-ranked Shahar Peer of Israel, 6-1, 6-1 in 68 minutes with a display of the power she so loves in winning her 34th career title and first since Wimbledon in 2005. Former U.S. Open semifinalist Joachim Johansson, one of the fastest servers in tennis, had shoulder surgery and is expected to be out at least three months. BrieflyQuarterback A.J. Feeley and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a three-year contract extension. Chelsea won the League Cup soccer final with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal, getting two goals from Didier Drogba in Cardiff, Wales. Barcelona moved two points ahead of Sevilla in the Spanish soccer league after stopping Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in Madrid. Soccer fans and riot police fought after a game between Belgrade rivals in Serbia, leaving at least 13 people injured and 27 arrested. Red Star fans were angered by their team’s 4-2 loss to Partizan on Saturday. They built barricades with garbage bins downtown as police on horseback charged them, witnesses said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Damien Nash had just come home from a charity basketball game he’d organized in his brother’s honor when he collapsed in front of his wife and 7-month-old girl. The Denver Broncos’ running back died Saturday and the cause remained unclear Sunday, but his grieving mother knows what she must do. Damien Nash collapsed in his suburban St. Louis home after returning by limousine with his wife, Judy Nash, and their daughter from a game at his high school to benefit The Darris Nash Find a Heart Foundation. The organization raises money for heart transplant research. The 24-year-old player was taken by ambulance to Christian Hospital Northeast, where he was pronounced dead. The St. Louis County medical examiner’s office said results of Sunday’s autopsy may not be known for days, even weeks. Dr. Gregory Ewald, a cardiologist, treated 25-year-old Darris Nash and said he had a weakened heart muscle condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy. The ailment can be caused by a viral infection, inflammation or other causes. Darris Nash became so ill he needed a mechanical device to support his circulation until he could get a transplant. Ewald said some cardiomyopathy conditions run in families. He said he never met Damien Nash, but “the fact that Damien was doing high-level athletics may indicate that was not the problem.” center_img After one son’s death and a heart ailment that caused another son to require a transplant last year, Kim Nash is taking her daughter to a cardiologist next week. “My son,” she told The Associated Press amid sobs, “is giving me the strength right now to talk.” last_img read more

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first_imgPhotos LBSU vs UC Irvine ANAHEIM – What had all the appearance of a basketball game that was going to be an affair of the nip ‘n tuck variety needed just 4 minutes to change complexion Friday night in the Anaheim Convention Center. That’s how long it took the Long Beach State 49ers to seize a 13-point advantage early in the second half against UC Irvine Anteaters and then push themselves into tonight’s Big West Conference title game with a 77-63 victory. The 49ers, with their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1995 on the line, will take on Cal Poly or Cal State Fullerton in the 8 p.m. final. Coach Larry Reynolds’ team improved to 23-7 while getting double-figure scoring from four players, led by forward Sterling Byrd, who had game highs with 20 points and 11 rebounds while blocking a couple of Nic Campbell jump shots for good measure. The 49ers, who lost to Pacific on the same floor a year ago, will be playing in a second consecutive conference championship for the first time since 1978. They beat San Jose State in the ’77 title game and lost to Fullerton the following March. Big West Player of the Year Aaron Nixon of Long Beach was limited to 27 minutes because of foul problems (he scored 16 points and had four assists before fouling out with 2:39 to go) and first-team all-conference selection Kejuan Johnson scored a career low four points in 33 minutes. But the 49ers’ got more than enough offensive production elsewhere, as Kevin Houston and Dominique Ricks, with 11 points apiece, joined Nixon and Byrd in double figures. Mark Dawson and Louis Darby scored six points apiece off the bench, while sophomore Artis Gant, who had hit just two of 20 shots behind the arc on the season, banked in 3-pointer three seconds before the halftime buzzer to give the 49ers a 38-35 lead at intermission. center_img “When teams try to take Aaron and Kejuan away from us, we have other guys who can step up and hit shots,” Byrd said. A Nixon 3-pointer with 15:32 to go capped a 12-2 run to start the second half and Long Beach never led by fewer than 10 points the rest of the way. “It was good to get out and get playing,” Reynolds said, referring to his team drawing a bye into the semifinals after Irvine had played the previous two evenings to advance that far. “Obviously we had a little rust in the first half and didn’t shoot well. But I thought our guys did a good job of taking the ball to the basket to create free-throw opportunities (they were 22 of 29 from the free-throw line for the night). And we came out with some pizzazz and fight in us in the second half.” Irvine (15-18) had shot more than 50 percent from the field in both games while handing the 49ers their last conference loss (88-84 on Jan. 25) and losing an 85-80 decision in the Walter Pyramid on March 1. But Reynolds’ team played some of its best half-court defense of the season while holding the Anteaters to .426, in large part because they missed 16 of 23 shots after intermission. 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

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