S’East Wins NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Trophy

first_imgThe curtain was drawn on the Nigeria Football Federation and Zenith Bank sponsored Future Eagles on Tuesday as the South-east team defeated North-west in the final of the U-15 to emerge champion.The final match played at the Agege Stadium saw the South-east team outplaying their counterpart with the match ending 5-2 in their favour.Most Valuable player and highest goals scorer of the competition, Divine Nwachukwu, scored a hattrick to help his team to victory with other goals from Frankline Eneh and Oluebube Oguduba completing the scoreline. Saifulahi Ibrahim however scored the two goals for North West. Speaking after the final, the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation and the coordinator of the championship, Seyi Akinwumi, expressed his happiness on the successful organisation of the tournament.“We decided to name them the future Eagles because that is the aim of the competition,” he said.“The kids have shown that they have potential and all we have to do is to monitor them by bringing them to camp. The only thing lacking is exposure and we can only do that by working with them alongside some great coaches.“We are going to monitor their career and academics, anyone found wanting in any of the two will be drop and others will take their place.”An elated Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, has congratulated the champions while also reiterating the commitment of the bank to sports development in the country.According to him, talents abound in Nigeria and the only way out is to look for them from the grassroots through different age grade competitions.“We are not going to relent on what we are doing now by investing in grassroots football. It is obvious the future of Nigeria football is in the kids and I want to say a big congratulations to all the participating teams.”The North Central team at the weekend defeated South West team in the U-13 finals played in Kano.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

WBB : Hall looks to carry breakout opening game through year

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Commentscenter_img While Carmen Tyson-Thomas stood at the podium speaking to reporters following Syracuse’s game against Long Beach State on Sunday, Elashier Hall stood off to the side wearing a look of embarrassment. After watching her teammate have a career game, Tyson-Thomas heaped praise onto Hall, causing a bit of an uncomfortable feeling.After scoring 20 points and notching 11 rebounds, though, Hall deserved the adulation.‘Lacey’s always had that style,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But because of our roles, she’s been more on the outside, but now she needs to show her versatility. She’s more inside-out, and we both play the same. We go after the ball, we shoot inside, we go outside. We both have more freedom now. We have new roles.’In Syracuse’s season opener, Hall ran the floor on both offense and defense. She drained quality shots from the perimeter, scored from the inside and was an unflappable force in stifling the 49ers scorers. Though junior center Kayla Alexander ascended to a more established leadership role and the departure of Erica Morrow and Tasha Harris from last season stole the spotlight during the preseason, Hall’s role as leader and consistent scorer flew under the radar.But Hall pushed her name right back into the center of attention against Long Beach State with an offensive outburst. She also was a key component to the Orange’s new pressure defense, notching five steals from the 49ers. Hall’s aggressiveness was on full display. Syracuse (1-0) is going to rely on Hall throughout the year, and she’ll get a chance to prove she’s capable of a repeat performance on Friday night when SU plays St. Francis (Pa.) (0-2) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after his team’s 81-42 thrashing of Long Beach State, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman couldn’t have been happier with Hall’s performance in particular.‘I thought Lacey played really well. Obviously, having 20 and 11 was really big for her,’ Hillsman said. ‘I thought she played a really good game for us and was at the top of our press, played strong and played aggressive.’Just one season after averaging 9.8 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, Hall more than doubled her totals in both categories on Sunday. Though it was only one game, her teammates said Hall has the ability to continue that type of performance, especially because of the Orange’s new, up-tempo style of play.In the absence of Morrow and Harris, Hall said she understands she needs to elevate her own game to help the team absorb the losses. And though the point guard responsibilities are likely going to split between sophomores La’Shay Taft and Rachel Coffey, with transfer Shanee Williams occasionally stepping in, Hall could also be used in that role.Before the season started, Hillsman said at the team’s media day that Hall had spent some time practicing at point guard. And that’s the reason Hall said she’s focusing on taking over a leadership position and being more of a weapon on the floor.‘I think we have new roles this year,’ Hall said. ‘Not having Tasha and not having Erica, we really have to step up. I’m a junior, I can’t just expect other people to get it done. I have to get it done. I have to lead my team as well.’In SU’s game against Long Beach State, three of Hall’s five steals resulted in seven points, including a 3-pointer from Taft.When she wasn’t pressuring the 49ers on defense, Hall was sinking shots from the arc, one of which came after the 49ers hit a jumper to come within six. Just nine seconds later, Hall drained a 3 to open up the lead once again, continuing to deflate the 49ers’ comeback hopes.Hall finished 6-of-10 from the field. She was more aggressive going to the basket and was a force on defense. And after seeing that type of performance once, Tyson-Thomas said it’s safe to expect to see it plenty more times this season.‘She’s a more aggressive scorer now,’ Tyson-Thomas said, ‘and she’s taking her leadership role to a new level.’cjiseman@syr.edulast_img read more

Dancehall Artist Rygin King In Stable Condition After Being Shot

first_imgPopular dancehall artiste Rygin King is currently in stable condition at a Jamaican hospital after he and two others were shot in Westmoreland on Sunday. As news of the incident spread across social media, several members of the Jamaican music fraternity went well-wishes to the artist. Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica, Beenie Man, QQ, Macka Diamond and D’Angel were among the artists that extended their courtesies and condolences to him and his family. The 25-year-old entertainer, whose given name is Mathew Smith, was travelling in a convoy of three motor vehicles in Westmoreland when one of the vehicles was involved in a collision. The occupants of the three vehicles converged along the roadway as repairs were being done to the damaged vehicle when a car drove by and fired shots widely at the occupants. Three people, including Rygin King, were shot in the incident. They were taken to the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital where Rygin King’s girlfriend, one of the gunshot victims, was pronounced dead. Rygin King, according to a police report, was reportedly shot in the back, chest, and foot. The other injured man’s condition was not considered life-threatening.center_img Up to Tuesday, reports from his team were that he had emergency surgery and was resting, but doing well. Rygin King is known for songs such as Tuff, Powerful, One Time, Amazing and Me Myself and I, among others.last_img read more

Satellites edge past Dreams FC in friendly

first_imgDreams FC lost by a lone goal to the Ghana National Under 20 team in a highly-entertaining friendly game at the Theatre of Dreams, Dawu on Sunday afternoon.The cagey encounter was used by Dreams FC as a preparatory game for their crunch league game with Kumasi Asante Kotoko on Wednesday whilst the Black Satellites also used the game to prepare for their African Youth Championship qualifier against Ethiopia or Eritrea.The game started on a rather slow note and chances were few until attacker Ropapa Mensah connected a looping Isaac Twum cross to the roof of the net in the 18th minute to register the first goal for Under 20.Dreams FC also came back strongly in the game with Lawson Bekui breaking twice on the flank in the 35 and 41st minute but his final delivery was not good enough to trouble the opposing goalkeeper.The second half of the game saw both sides bringing in new set of players and it was Dreams FC who benefited most as they took control of the game.George Dwobeng and Richard Ocran were resolute at the back whilst Leonard Owusu, Emmanuel Anaba, Kobina Essel and Teye Sanchez proved their worth in both midfield and attack respectively. Dreams FC could have grabbed the equalizer in the 70th minute when Leonard Owusu’s shot hit an opponent after Teye Sanchez had done all the work on the left flank.Issaka Konda defended gallantly in the dying minutes of the game putting the brakes on Kobina Essel who was threatening down the left flank.Dreams FC will be hoping to build on this performance on Wednesday when they welcome a rejuvenated Kotoko team who have scored five goals in their last two games and conceded only one.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Former Patriots RB Antowain Smith on Tom Brady: ‘To me, he is the G.O.A.T.’

first_imgView this post on Instagram “When I first got there in 2001, my first year and Brady’s second year, he was fourth on the depth chart for quarterbacks,” two-time Super Bowl champion Smith said in an interview with Omnisport. “When [Drew] Bledsoe went down, Brady came on and led us to the Super Bowl, but you could see what he was going to be.”His worth ethic, the way that he studies film, it was always after practice, he had the receivers in the back running routes, catching plays. He is that type of player — a consummate worker.” Family and Football!A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Feb 4, 2019 at 7:46am PST”Belichick is one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever had. A lot of people only give him credit on defense, but he knows what every player does on the offensive side of the ball, on special teams too,” said the 42-year-old.”He holds everyone accountable when you’re not playing well. A lot of people say he’s an a—. He has loosened up in the years. He was tough early on but that’s his way. He found out what works for him. You can’t argue with his production. It’s his way.” View this post on Instagram Former Patriots RB Antowain Smith endorses Julian Edelman’s Hall of Fame case When Tom Brady’s name was called out in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, few could have predicted one Super Bowl ring, let alone six.Six quarterbacks were taken ahead of Brady 19 years ago — the Michigan draftee selected with the 199th pick. Many teams appeared to pass on Brady, who to them looked very unathletic when he showed up to the NFL Draft combine. Still DreamingA post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Feb 6, 2019 at 10:01am PSTBrady and the Patriots have not looked back. With six Super Bowl championships, the veteran quarterback is now the most successful player in NFL history following New England’s 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.Brady’s status in the NFL is unrivaled after another monumental day in Atlanta. Dubbed the “G.O.A.T.” by many — including Lakers superstar LeBron James — the question now turns to his legacy across all sports.Is Brady — a four-time Super Bowl MVP, three-time NFL MVP and 14-time Pro Bowl player — the greatest athlete we have ever seen?”It’s hard in the NFL to win Super Bowls because when you get to the playoffs, if you lose one you’re out,” former Patriots running back Smith said. “In basketball, you have seven-game series and in baseball the World Series you have seven-game series. In football, it’s that one game. So all the pressure is on you to perform in that one game.”The greatest athlete of all time? That’s debatable. But to me, he is my guy, I’m gonna ride with him. We started that dynasty thing in New England and he has continued to carry on. To me, he is the G.O.A.T in all sports.”Despite conquering the NFL on six occasions, the 41-year-old Brady has no plans to retire. When the new season gets underway in September, the California-born sensation will be 42.”They always told me father time is undefeated. But as long as he is playing at a high level and he is still enjoying the game, play as long as you want. Because when it’s over, it’s over,” Smith added. “Then he can look back over his career with his kids and say ‘daddy was pretty good,’ he can brag and boast about that.”Key to Brady’s remarkable success has been Belichick — the pair winning more Super Bowls than any another QB-coach duo in history, while they are the oldest QB-coach duo in the history of NFL’s showpiece at a combined 107 years old.Belichick has won 73.8 percent of his career playoff games, the second-best rate among coaches with at least 10 games coached. Smith knows the 66-year-old well, having been lured to Foxborough as a free agent 18 years ago. The Patriots were a mess at the time. Head coach Pete Carroll had just been fired after New England lost six of their final eight games in 1999. His replacement? Bill Belichick.Fast forward a year and a team filled with castoffs from other franchises, including Antowain Smith, who joined from the Bills and played an integral role as Brady learned the ropes in his first year as a starter, set the foundations for a dynasty that transcended the NFL and the sporting landscape. Related News The Patriots silenced their doubters this year but can they win a fourth Super Bowl in six?”I do not doubt them,” Smith continued. “Every year they say this is the year the dynasty ends. You heard the talk this year. ‘Patriots don’t look like the Patriots of old,’ ‘Brady is looking old.'”But when it came playoff time, which is the time that matters, they went on that roll and won the Super Bowl. I’ll never count them out until they’re done.”last_img read more

Pitt leads the Coastal, but chaos awaits if Panthers slip

first_imgCORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The only Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division teams that have yet to appear in the league’s championship game are Pittsburgh and Virginia.Pitt leads the Coastal right now.Virginia sits alone in second place.Go figure. There’s Coastal chaos, again.While the Atlantic Division has a clear frontrunner — Clemson, which can lock up its fourth consecutive berth in the ACC title game if it wins at Boston College on Saturday night — the Coastal is what seems to be its annual mess. Pitt is alone in first at 4-1, and Virginia is a half-game back of the Panthers at 4-2. If Pitt beats Virginia Tech on Saturday the Panthers will grab total division control of the race; if the Hokies win, there will be a three-way tie atop the division with two games left.“I’m not even starting to try to do any kind of math regarding the Coastal,” Miami coach Mark Richt said.Here’s the easy math: If Pitt beats Virginia Tech and then tops either Wake Forest or Miami, the Panthers win the Coastal.If the Hokies win this weekend, grab your calculators and tiebreaker rule breakdowns because there will be a three-way tie with two games left — and potentially two teams just one game back in the loss column behind that logjam. But the Panthers will not be obsessing about the importance of this weekend’s game against the Hokies from a Coastal perspective.“I’m not going to address it,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “There’s still a bunch of hungry teams sitting below us. Doesn’t really matter. I know they read on Twitter, all that stuff. I guess I don’t have to address it. I’m going to address what we need to take care of, is the business at hand. All that doesn’t matter if we don’t do what we need to.”This will be the 12th time in 14 seasons of ACC divisional play that the Coastal champ has lost at least one league game. There’s been a two- or three-league-loss champion of the Coastal five times in that span.A three-way Coastal tie at 5-3 this season? It’s possible if Pitt loses this weekend. Technically, so is a four-way tie at 5-3, but that would require Duke winning out — and Clemson is one of the three teams left on the Blue Devils’ schedule, so that seems unlikely at best. Reigning Coastal champ Miami could still get to 5-3, and if they get into the right tiebreaker the Hurricanes somehow have ways to win the division.Virginia is taking the week off from ACC play. The Cavaliers play host to Liberty this week in their home finale, and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall insisted he’s not thinking about Coastal permutations.He acknowledged that there’s a two-game “fight to the end” awaiting in the Coastal after this week, and that was as far as he went.“Having said that, I really won’t address anything other than the Liberty game going forward,” Mendenhall said. “That’s what I’ve shared with the team. Now our focus is to play the best football we can this week with that being our only focus.”Pittsburgh and Virginia are the latest examples of teams that seemed to come from nowhere and announce themselves as serious contenders for a spot in the conference title game.Neither team got a single Coastal first-place vote out of 148 ballots cast in the ACC preseason poll, and Virginia could be the second team in the last six years to be picked last but end up winning the division. Duke pulled that off in 2013.“We haven’t done anything yet,” Narduzzi said. “We really haven’t done anything. We got a long way to go. … Premature victories are no good. We’re not looking for one, either.”If Pitt or Virginia wins the Coastal, it’ll mark a sixth different school winning the division in the last six years. Meanwhile, in the Atlantic it’s been either Florida State or Clemson as division champ in every season since 2009 — and the Tigers seem very poised to have that streak reach 10 years and counting.Richt thinks the Coastal is in a cycle where experience matters, and some years some teams just don’t have enough of that.“No one has jumped out in regard to out-recruiting, out-developing the other group,” Richt said. “That’s what we want to become. We want to become that team.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)last_img read more

UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Less than a month later, his win was overturned and he got stripped of the title after testing positive for Turinabol, a banned anabolic steroid.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSpeaking during an interview on The TSN MMA Show, UFC President Dana White couldn’t help but express his disappointment with the promotion’s former poster boy.[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports,” the UFC boss described Jones, as relayed by MMA Fighting. MOST READ “Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.” Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”Aside from being practically undefeated—with his lone loss coming from a disqualification—Jones holds the prestige as the youngest fighter to hold UFC gold.His reign included eight-title defenses, but he’s also been stripped of the title on three separate occasions—another UFC record.Jones is currently awaiting a hearing at the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding his latest drug failure, which could earn him a possible four-year suspension.Regardless of Jones’ verdict, White made it clear that he won’t be losing sleep over it anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cone apologizes to Black for handshake snub Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, Saturday July, 29, 2017.  (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)Disgraced mixed martial artist Jon Jones has been given plenty of chances by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but his latest conundrum seems to be the final straw.After a string of run-ins with the law, the two-time UFC light heavyweight champion returned to glory last July, knocking out Daniel Cormier in UFC 214.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Misinformation, false promises by Govt affecting Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The old saying goes “no news is good news” – it even gives us hope. In our present situation in Guyana, false news and information is dangerous and alarming on the other hand. This now illegal Government has been on the path of false promises, false and malicious information and lies from the day that they took office to date – and it keeps getting worse. Aside from the ill governance and massive corruption within the Administration, the information that is released from Government officials and agencies alike are all ninety per cent false. It has come to the point that one cannot take for granted anything at all that is said on behalf of the Government by the press or their officials. All Governments worldwide, of course, always have television, radio and other media that reflect, let’s say, the “positive”  side of things for them. In contrast, the opposing party/s have their source of information broadcast which is usually very critical of the ruling party. Any smart person would listen objectively to both sides because the truth is always somewhere in the middle.Now, aside from day-to-day news and with serious reference to vital information, we expect almost identical language from both sides regarding press releases, addresses and proclamations that will be used by the citizens as guidance. It is absolutely important to be credible and this Government dangerously fails in this area. Citizens are now totally relying on the Opposition for accurate and reliable news in order to guide us. That is a total shame on the Government’s part. The Chronicle newspaper takes printing misinformation to new dimensions and thus takes the prize. Most of the headlines are so incredibly false and stupid that it is just a waste of printing paper in my opinion and as everyone knows, this newspaper is the major mouthpiece of the Government.Take the recent case of the House-to-House Registration process from start to finish; almost every headline in the Chronicle was misleading, almost every announcement by then President Granger and his Administration was misleading. The only way to get accurate information on what to do was via Mr Jagdeo’s weekly press conferences and other interviews and programmes by the PPP Administration. If I had listened to the other side, I would have totally wasted my time bothering to register when it was not necessary at all and I am a person who hates to waste time on things.The PPP fought for and succeeded so far in protecting our constitutional right to vote.Now recently (about a week ago) Mr Granger croaked and mumbled around regarding a date for elections. Moments afterwards, headlines screamed like sirens…only to retract like screeching brakes shortly after because closer inspection of what was said by the President left us all in doubt. Thankfully, after the PPP voiced annoyance at his ambiguous announcement and the international communities chimed in, he was forced to give us a definite date for elections (I won’t bother to repeat it, let’s hope it prevails). Now all is well right?? Absolutely no way! The “official” gazette published the duration for the Claims and Objections period..and just as we suspected, it was erroneous…they ummm, miscalculated the days “accidentally”, adding two additional weeks! I think that was corrected, but don’t be too happy just yet. Mr Aubrey Norton also announced a few days ago on NCN that people need to check that their names are on the list and report to the nearest GECOM office to verify same, otherwise they would not be able to vote! he added that we must also ensure that “phantoms” who were added to the list by the PPP are removed! That man is a hideous liar. In the same breath, he is making a last-minute attempt to misinform the public again by saying that we all need to verify with GECOM although our names appear on the PLE. Mr Norton, you and your Government are the ones who were trying to use the House-to-House Registration process to “deregister” legitimate voters. Shame on you all (again). GECOM never discussed removing legitimate voters from the list once their names are already there. We are, however, patiently awaiting Mr Jagdeo’s press conference to hear his opinion on that matter.These outreaches that the illegal Government continues to make at the expense of taxpayers is another headache. Look at that picture of a muddy road to Lethem being replaced by that of a photoshopped finished road and the heading that said “promise kept”! What promise? the road has not been built as yet! All that this Administration can do is peddle false information.Sincerely,Shane Lindielast_img read more

Liberia to Get US$150M from Norway

first_imgThe Norwegian and Liberian Governments have announced a US$150 million partnership that would benefit the latter.The announcement was made Tuesday, September 23 at the UN Climate Summit in New York.The partnership is geared toward putting a stop to the destruction and deforestation of Liberia’s rainforest.A press statement issued by the forest watch dog, Global Witness Tuesday, hailed the partnership between Liberia and Norway as steps to Liberia’s forest development, growth and progress.Accordingly, the deal foresees an end to new logging contracts, more scope for forest-dependent communities to manage their forests, and increase protected forest areas, Global Witness statement said.As Liberia contends with a horrifying Ebola outbreak, this partnership would reduce incentives for Liberia to liquidate its forests for cash, and would help put the country’s shattered economy on a more sustainable path towards poverty reduction and environmental protection.The agreement is part of Norway’s plan to help cut carbon emissions globally through preventing deforestation in an effort to reduce the impacts of climate change.“Yesterday’s announcement by Liberia and Norway is momentous,” said Global Witness Director Patrick Alley. “For decades Liberia’s forests have been more of a curse than a blessing.”“The experiment to generate economic development through industrial scale logging has failed, with logging companies routinely logging illegally, skirting taxes, and causing huge damage to forests and forest communities.The proposed shift towards community management and conservation could be a profound reversal of that failed model.”Liberia is home to 43 percent of the remaining Upper Guinean rainforest, which also covers parts of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.It is estimated that one third of Liberia’s 4.3 million people live in the country’s forests with many more reliant on them.Under the terms of the Norway-Liberia agreement Liberia has pledged to: place a moratorium on new logging contracts and review logging concessions that are illegal or not performing.It will also increase support for communities wishing to manage their forests, including practical training and research into new sustainable forest economies.Liberia agreed to conserve at least 30 percent or more of Liberia’s forests as protected areas. The West African nation also said it will respect the rights of rural landowners, including those who own their land under customary law, and ensure that decisions are made only with their free, prior and informed consent.For Norway, it will first assist Liberia in building systems to create new models of forest management, measure carbon stock, and monitor results.Beyond that, direct payments will be made to the Government of Liberia when it can start proving that deforestation rates are decreasing.Implementing these commitments will not be easy, capacity within the Liberian Government is low and will be damaged further by the current Ebola epidemic.Logging companies still operating in the country have broken Liberian laws in the past, and continue to seek new loopholes to access Liberia’s forests.Global Witness is also concerned that the deal could open the door to new agriculture investors, like oil palm companies, some of which have a record of felling forests and grabbing community lands.The agreement requires that new investors avoid deforestation and respect land rights. But for these protections to be enforceable, Liberia will need to adopt laws that ensure these protections.“Over the past two years, the Liberian Government has taken steps to improve governance and is now showing real commitment to helping communities, not companies, benefit from the forest,” said Alley.“With yesterday’s pledges and Norway’s help, we are hopeful that Liberia will continue down this path, although ultimately the proof of this deal will be in its implementation,” Global Witness stressed.The Liberia-Norway partnership would also be key to helping Liberia recover from what has become the world’s worst outbreak of the Ebola virus which, beyond the immediate humanitarian crisis, would deal what the World Bank has termed a “potentially catastrophic blow” to Liberia’s economy in the long-term.“Our thoughts are with the Liberian people during this difficult time,” said Alley.“Once the disease is defeated, however, Liberia would have the opportunity to rebuild in a way that benefits its government, the forests, and the populations’ dependent upon them who are among Liberia’s most vulnerable people,” Global Witness concluded.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Roll Over Simulator in FSJ

The RCMP North District Traffic roll-over simulator is set, to wrap-up its tour of the North Peace this week.The first stop will be 1.30 this afternoon, at the Oil and Gas Commission on 110th avenue.Then tomorrow there will be a 10am public presentation and demonstration, during the Centennial Park Spirit Pole visit, at the North Peace Leisure Centre.Advertisement – Advertisement -There will also be four rural public presentations this week.They’re scheduled for Upper Pine School and the Doig Reserve on Wednesday, at 11am and 1pm respectively.On Thursday they’ll be held at 10am and 1pm, at the Halfway Reserve and Wonowon School.Meantime, BC Hydro has three more Site-C dam open house public consultation sessions scheduled this week and, all of them begin at 6pm.They’re scheduled for tonight at the Chetwynd Recreation Center, tomorrow night at Woodlands Inn in Fort Nelson and, Thursday night atthe Recreation Center in Mackenzie. read more