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Shore Conference girls hoops final four is set

first_img And then there was one. While three local high school basketball teams entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, only one emerged victorious and advanced to this week’s semifinal round. The St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team is the top seed in the tourney and the Lancers looked every bit like the teamto beat on Sunday in defeatingNo. 8 seed Freehold, 56-47. Junior guard Katelyn Linney had 18 points to put the Lancers into the semifinals where they were set to face a familiar foe, Red Bank Catholic, in the semifinals on Feb. 26 in Toms River. The two-time defending champion Red Bank Catholic Caseys advanced with a 48- 45 win over St. Rose on Sunday, as senior forward Kristina Danella continued to play like one of the very best players in the state with a dominating 29-point effort. The Caseys have overcome a slew of injuries this year, but remain a tremendous threat to end the Lancers’ title run. In the other girls semifinal, No. 2 seed ColtsNeck will take onNo. 3 seed Rumson- Fair Haven Regional. Colts Neck advanced by knocking off No. 7 seed Raritan, 56-35, in impressive fashion in Long Branch on Sunday. Sophomore guard Lauren Clarke had a game-high 22 points and sophomore point guard Brooke Hampton added 17 for the Cougars, who reached the SCT semifinals for the first time in school history. Junior guard Alexa Ryan led Raritan with 15 points. Rumson advanced to the semifinals with a tough 40-34 win overHowell in overtime on Sunday. Junior Kate Miller scored six of Rumson’s seven points in overtime to bring home the win, and scored 26 of Rumson’s 40 points in the game. This game included some controversy at the end of regulation. Howell’s Denise Crudup sank three free throws with no time left to send the game into overtime after she was fouled on a three-point field goal attempt after Howell inbounded the ball with three-tenths of a second left. The late whistle came as a shock to the Bulldogs, who seemingly had the game won. However, behind Miller’s heroics, Rumson survived in OT. “We just knew that we had to go out in overtime and win it,” Miller said following the win. “On the scoreboard it said we were tied and that’s all that mattered. We just needed to go out there and beat themagain. We’d already beat them once, we just needed to do it again. “The whole series of events kind of helped us,” she added. “We came out in the overtime fired up. We knew that we had to work harder than we had the entire game …and that’s what we did, we played harder and played well.” The winners of Tuesday’s semifinals will meet in the tournament’s championship game on Feb. 23 at the Ritacco Center in Toms River at 5 p.m. As for Raritan, the Rockets will turn their attention to the upcoming NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II tournament, where as the No. 5 seed they will host No. 12 seed Hillside in the first round on Feb. 25. Christian Brothers Academy entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals facing what many people are calling the hottest team in the conference, Monmouth Regional High School. After knocking off Central Regional, 65- 50, in the second round, Coach Geoff Billet’s CBA Colts took on a Golden Falcons team that rolled over Toms RiverNorth, 72-46, in its first tournament game. On Sunday,Monmouth Regional continued to roll, handing the Colts a 55-50 loss as sophomore Neil Thompson led the way with 23 points and junior center Joe Willman added 17 points. Senior guard Mike Kuhn led CBAwith 15 points, getting 10 of his points in the second quarter to put the Colts ahead as they closed the half on a 9-2 run. With the win, the Falcons advanced to meet Class B North rival and No. 1 seed Neptune in the SCT semifinals at 6 p.m. at the Ritacco Center tomorrow. Neptune had little trouble with Asbury Park in their quarterfinal game, handing the Blue Bishops a 67-44 loss. In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 seed Monsignor Donovan beat Red Bank, 50-48, in overtime despite 34 points from Red Bank’sWill Sanborn. The Griffins will face Colts Neck in the other SCT semifinal tomorrow. Colts Neck beat Freehold, 58-45, in its quarterfinal behind senior Steve Spinellla’s 30-point effort. The semifinal winners will play for the tournament title on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritacco Center. CBAwill play in theNon-Public SouthA tournament, where it will face Monsignor Donovan on Feb. 26 in the first round. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent last_img read more

Blazing leaders Anorthosis to clash with Omonia

first_imgThe football league resumes this weekend following the ‘unexpected’ abstention from refereeing by the officials last week and all eyes will be on the top of the table clash between second placed Omonia and runaway leaders Anorthosis.Both teams will be eager to take the three points even though leaders Anorthosis should be content even with a draw, as this will preserve their four-point lead at the top.The ‘break’ worked to the Famagusta’s team advantage as key players who were nursing injuries and were set to miss the game if it had been played last week seem to have fully recovered and will be available for selection by their coach Timur Getsbaya.Goalkeeper Loria, their top scorer Ruben Rayos as well as Greek midfielder Vassilakakis are set to return to the fold with only Georgian international Tornike Okriashvili set to miss out along with Renato Margaca who has been on the sidelines for a few weeks now.Omonia’s goalkeeping woes continue as their first-choice goalkeeper Fabiano Ribeiro has been ruled out for at least a month. Ribeiro was signed back in October to replace Omonia’s two other goalkeepers, Ouzoho and Panagi who were injured while on international duty and are set to miss the rest of the season.Rookie goalkeeper Charalambos Kyriakides will be under the goalposts for Omonia with the youngster admitting that he did not expect to be called into first team action so soon.“I certainly did not expect this, but I am more than ready for the upcoming match against Anorthosis” he said.It will be a stern test for Kyriakides as he will be up against the team that boast the best attack with 34 goals in 15 games.There are no other injury concerns for Omonia’s Norwegian coach Henning Berg.Three points behind Omonia is Apollon, who on paper have the easiest game from the top 4 teams, as they take on lowly placed Ethnikos Achnas in Limassol.  The last time Apollon dropped points was back in early November when they drew with Apoel in Limassol. Since then Apollon have six straight wins.The honeymoon period for Apoel’s new coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen is well and truly over with his team unable to score in their last three games.Goal shy Apoel face bottom placed Doxa Katokopias at the Makareion stadium with the home side desperate for points that will give them a glimmer of hope in their battle to avoid relegation.AEK, who are currently languishing in 7th place, entertain AEL who are just ahead of them by one point.In the final two games Nea Salamina take on last but one Enosis Neon Paralimniou while Pafos FC meet Olympiakos.Saturday: Pafos FC v Olympiakos (15.00), AEL v AEL (17.00), Doxa v Apoel (19.00)Sunday: Apollon v Ethnikos (16.00), Omonia v Anorthosis (17.00), Nea Salamina v Enosis (18.00)last_img read more

New space lasers offer best 3D look at global forests yet

first_imgArticle published by Sue Palminteri boreal forests, Conservation Solutions, Forests, LiDAR, Mapping, Monitoring, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Sensors, Technology, Tropical Forests, Wildtech Forest monitoring has increasingly turned to satellites over the past several decades, and 2018 was no exception.In the last few months, NASA launched two sensors into space that will play a prominent role in monitoring forest biomass and structure over the next decade: the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) now attached to the International Space Station, and the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2).These two satellites, which in combination provide complete coverage of the planet, are equipped with lidar sensors that record forest structure in 3D, contributing to an ongoing wave of large-scale forest ecosystem measurements. Researchers and forest managers working to record and reduce the rapid loss of forests are now armed with a new tool to monitor vegetation across the globe. In December 2018, a SpaceX rocket launched the NASA-engineered Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) sensor up to the International Space Station to gather data on the structure and extent of forests.Scientists have increasingly relied on remote sensing methods to estimate the extent of forest landscapes, in particular collecting data from space at a large scale. Over the next several years, GEDI will provide the most accurate lidar (light detection and ranging) data on tropical and temperate forests ever to be collected from space.Satellite lidar systems determine vegetation structure by emitting lasers down to Earth at a known distance from the planet’s surface and measuring the time it takes for the lasers to return to their origin. As the satellite orbits the Earth, its lasers bounce off different features of a landscape. Shorter return times correspond to taller features, such as the top of a forest canopy, while longer return times correspond to shorter features, such as grassy plains. Where elevation of an area is known, very precise heights of vegetation features can be determined across the landscape.NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) sensor launched to the International Space Station in December 2018 offers a 3D view of temperate and tropical forests. Video by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.The benefit of GEDI’s lidar is its ability to collect forest structure data in three dimensions, which enables scientists to not just categorize different types of land cover but also record vegetation canopy height and tree density, which other satellite sensors cannot. GEDI’s lasers will also penetrate the forest canopy to map understory growth, surveillance that no satellite to date has been able to do and would otherwise be near impossible without the difficult fieldwork of measuring forest biomass and carbon storage from the ground.Scientists agree that forests are disappearing rapidly and globally, but the speed with which the world is de-greening and how much of Earth’s carbon and biodiversity are lost along with forests are not well understood. The amount of carbon released when forests are cut down or burned depends on the amount of biomass the forests contain. Carbon emissions from deforestation play a substantial role in assessing the impact of human activity on climate.“The largest gap is that we do not know the existing carbon stocks of the Earth’s forests,” Dr. Ralph Dubayah, the principal investigator of GEDI and professor of geography at the University of Maryland, told Mongabay. “Canopy height provides a direct link to a tree’s weight because just as with humans, larger trees weigh more than younger trees. About half a tree’s biomass is carbon. So if we know the heights globally, we can make much better maps of global forest carbon.”Satellite-mounted lidar can also help scientists record how long it has been since a forest starting growing or was last cut down, also known as its successional state. Trees in old-growth forests tend to be bulkier and taller and therefore store more carbon and offer unique ecosystems that younger forests don’t.Powerful lidar sensors, such as the GEDI satellite sensor, can record layers of vegetation structure even in dense tropical rainforests. Lidar data collected by planes or satellites produces three-dimensional depictions of the vegetation below. Image courtesy of GEDI team.“Conventional satellite data can show you when a patch of forest has been lost, disturbed or degraded,” said Dubayah, “but you don’t know how much that deforestation has contributed to atmospheric CO2. The net balance between how much you lose through deforestation and how much you gain through regrowth is one of the largest uncertainties in the global carbon cycle.”Combined, satellite lidar sensors scan entire planet’s surfaceGEDI was not the only lidar sensor NASA sent to space in 2018. ICESat-2, a satellite launched in mid-September 2018, is also beaming lasers down from space as it orbits the earth at a speed of 4.3 miles per second. Although ICESat-2’s primary mission, and namesake, is monitoring polar ice caps, the lidar lasers shot from its sensor will also record elevation and structure of the vegetation, ocean, and rocky surfaces surrounding the polar regions, including those of the boreal forests. These high-latitude data would complement those of areas closer to the equator generated by GEDI, said Dr. Joe MacGregor, a NASA glaciologist on the ICESat team. “Along with ICESat-2’s polar coverage, GEDI will cover between 51° latitude North and 51° latitude South to round out the picture.”ICESat-2, a lidar satellite launched in September 2018, will complement GEDI measurements of tropical and temperature forests with its own extensive coverage of boreal forests near polar regions. Video by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.ICESat-2 is the successor to ICESat-1, which launched in 2003 and orbited until 2010. ICESat-1, which also had a lidar sensor, enabled NASA scientists to create the first global map of an average forest canopy height for every square kilometer (0.4 square miles). The new ICESat will yield an updated global map of canopy heights that is expected to be 1,000 times higher resolution than the ICESat-1 map, and GEDI will map forest canopy metrics at an even higher resolution (a grid of 25-meter cells).The new ICESat is equipped with a particular flavor of lidar that is excellent for mapping the depth of ice sheets and the canopy height of forests, but it has difficulty penetrating the dense vegetation of tropical rainforests—the forests that GEDI is conveniently positioned to map with its vegetation-optimized lidar sensors.“We have a project looking at merging GEDI and ICESat-2 data for estimating biomass,” Dr. Laura Duncanson of NASA told Mongabay. “The two science teams are working closely together.” Duncanson said she and members of the ICESat-2 team had joined each other’s meetings and plan to continue their coordinated efforts to integrate data.Oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo with newly cleared hills in foreground surrounded by forest. Satellite lidar data can track when the structure of forests changes, such as when deforestation or degradation occurs, as when a natural forest supporting hundreds tree species is cleared and replanted with a monoculture such as oil palm. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Biomass monitoring has become increasingly important with the onset of carbon accounting programs such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), which aim to provide monetary incentives to conserve forests that offset the potential value lost by not cutting down forests. Knowledge of how much carbon is stored in a given area of forest is crucial for establishing such offsetting programs, although international efforts to establish emission accountability metrics have continued to fall short of goals. Nonetheless, carbon cap-and-trade markets are growing, as are the prospects of initiating a carbon tax in some economies.Besides biomass and carbon stock measurements, this global-scale lidar data will inform other research as well. Recording canopy height and various metrics of forest complexity at large scales enables scientists to characterize different forest ecosystems. When paired with on-the-ground species distribution data, ecologists can roughly estimate the biodiversity of forests, which can help set conservation priorities. Years of satellite lidar data can also improve understanding of how forest structure changes over time due to tree growth, mortality, and competition.Building and launching satellites requires deep pockets up front but can save researchers a vast amount over time. GEDI’s budget of $94 million pales in comparison to the budgets of the Landsat-9 land monitoring satellite ($885 million) and the European Space Agency’s Copernicus mission ($4.9 billion). The low cost of GEDI is largely thanks to hitching a ride on the International Space Station and expedient progress by NASA scientists and engineers.“Conceiving and creating the technology in such a short span (four years) on this budget has been a major accomplishment,” Dubayah said. “GEDI was completed six months early and under budget, which is nearly unheard of.”Overhead view of a diverse rainforest in Peru’s Amazon. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.A new hope for forests?Although both the GEDI and ICESat-2 lidar sensors will likely last only until 2021 and 2022, respectively, researchers and land managers use the data from ecosystem satellites for many years: ICESat-1 maps are still contributing to conservation science 10 years after the satellite was decommissioned. As the costs of large-scale, high-resolution forest monitoring decrease, so does the availability of data and tools to track land cover change at incredibly fine scales.These two lidar sensors complement the fine-scale (5-meter, or 16.5-foot) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites already in orbit, and the next decade will likely witness the launch of NISAR, a joint initiative between the United States and India, and the European Space Agency’s BIOMASS mission, both of which are assigned to record global environmental changes.In a galaxy far, far away, Jedi see through others with the Force. Starting this year above our own planet, GEDI can now see through the forest. According to Dubayah, the dramatic advances being made in remote sensing technologies will improve scientists’ ability to measure– and therefore better protect– the extent and structure of global forests.“We are entering a new era of ecosystem observation where we can finally get at canopy 3D structure,” he said, “a very exciting development indeed.”CitationNeuenschwander, A., & Pitts, K. (2019). The ATL08 land and vegetation product for the ICESat-2 Mission. Remote Sensing of Environment, 221, 247-259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.11.005FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgAlmost ten year ago, the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapon (LiNCSA) was created in compliance with Article 18 of ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons adopted by Heads of Member States on June 14, 2006.Until very recently, the work of Messengers of Peace (MOP) concentrated largely on peace advocacy with little emphasis on its security components, which remains the flipside of the coin. During our usual early Monday morning dialogue among peace messengers, it hits us:Most of the young volunteer peace messengers working on various peace initiatives are unaware that LiNCSA is the sole authority responsible for coordinating arms marking, record-keeping and tracing in Liberia. The limited awareness of young people is further compounded by the dangers linked to the proliferation of small arms in the country.At Messengers of Peace-Liberia, it is our intention to educate young minds on staying away from guns and crime. Surrogate markers for sustainable peace include low crime rates; regulated gun control laws; well established food security; improved access to health, and; education programs.Ongoing global events in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and most recently France, clearly show that small arms and light weapons pose serious threats to not just global but to regional peace and stability. There is simply no logic or rationale for the horrific acts of terror committed by those with access to weaponry.In the critical sphere of peace and security, small arms and light weapons should not be allowed in the hands of unauthorized uniformed security personnel, radicals and extremists. While it is the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens, and not the citizens to protect the state, it is also the obligation of every Liberian to protect self and others by serving as vigilantes, and reporting the presence as well as movement of small arms in their communities.The role of the Liberian National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (LiNCSA) to promote a gun free state and the sustenance of lasting peace and stability in Liberia through a robust Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control program can only be accomplished through the active participation of everyone. There is a need to sensitize the public and encourage their participation.While continuing to build on media advocacy for peace, the targets of a national sensitization program would include calls for frequent consultations between volatile as well as vulnerable communities, civil society and the increased presence of LiNCSA officials.For people, particularly young people living in Liberia, the end objective is a peaceful and secure future. No more guns and no more war in Liberia. As young people we must commit to sustainable peace in Liberia. To do this, we also have a role to play in the control of small arms.Until next week, when we come to you with another piece on Dialogue Among Peace Messengers and the numerous initiatives in place for the control of small arms and light weapons in Liberia, Peace First! Peace Above All Else!May Peace Prevail in our generation and beyond!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Representative Aspirant ‘Linked’ to Juju Activity, But…

first_imgOne of the representative aspirants of Nimba County Electoral District #4, has been linked to juju activities as the 2017 presidential and legislative elections approach.The Twah River District aspirant, Lawrence Wortuah, said the accusation started weeks ago when the encumbent, Rep. Garrsion Yealue went on a local radio in Karnplay, and accused Wortuah of allegedly bringing a witch doctor to the contested district and also burying alive four roosters at four strategic areas in the district. On the other hand, Wortuah has accused Rep. Yealue of pocketing development money, and has therefore vowed to defeat him at the upcoming poll.The conflict landed in front of the chiefs of the district and a meeting was convened in Sou Kpeahplay Town in what was intended to bring the two men to smoke a peace pipe. The chiefs, without asking for evidence, fined Rep. Yealue L$5000 plus one bag of rice. The chiefs also fined Lawrence Wortuah LS7,500, according to the popular local Radio Kehgheaman (RKFM).In an interview on a local radio station, Rep. Yealue backtracked, saying, “if the case, involving the witch doctor was handled in court, he would have presented his witnesses, but once the chiefs called for harmonization, he has no alternative, but to agree with whatever decision the chiefs rendered.”When contacted via mobile phone on December 5, aspirant Wortuah said he has registered the case with the elders and would not make any comment.The political situation in Nimba County is getting crowded and intense with candidates leveling accusations of juju activities against each other.In the Twah River District alone, over 30 representative aspirants have reportedly declared their intentions to contest for the district’s representative job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We must respect our judicial system

first_imgDear Editor,The statements emanating from President Granger on this 2017 Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) issue is nothing but superficial and extremely uninformed. Why does he continue to expose himself to such low-quality legal advice?In this new era of accountability, full transparent from politicians is demanded at all times.In 2017, hardly a day goes by when we are not treated to another variant of how the GECOM Chairman should be appointed in the daily media. It is pervasive as it is obstinate. Both sides think they are correct and too few are really recognising this nation is paying a heavy price because of the low-quality legal expertise that continues to guide the judgement of President Granger.This nation pays a Judiciary to interpret the rule of law, including the Constitution. The Legislative make the law and the Executive enforces it. Guyana has had a long and painful struggle to arrive at the seismic changes achieved in 1992. Electoral policies such as counting the ballots at the place of poll and the cessation of overseas and postal voting brought this country back from the brink as a pariah state. After 1992, donkeys and horses in the fields of Manchester and Jamaican in Council Flats of Birmingham lost their privilege to automatically vote for the People’s National Congress in Guyana’s elections. Never again must we succumb to such fraud.But the most revolutionary change that happened in 1992 was a reformation of the process behind how the Chairman of GECOM is appointed. Prior to 1991, the GECOM (called something else then) Chairman was appointed by the President in a framework that was steeped in autocracy. The Leader of the Opposition was literally consulted in a factitious manner. President Hoyte, who came under severe pressures from our friends in the ABC countries and a generation of local and international struggles led then by President Jagan who was the Leader of the Opposition, allowed for the commencement of the process to reform our electoral systems in 1990.As an outcome from those dialogues between Team Hoyte and Team Jagan with the Carter Center and the local civil society acting as arbiters, Hoyte agreed to ask the Legislature to change the laws around the process of how the Chairman was appointed. Ahead of the 1992 elections, the process allowed Jagan as the then Leader of the Opposition to submit a list of eligible names to Hoyte from which the name Rudy Collins was selected by Hoyte from Jagan’s list to be the Chairman. For those who do not know Collins, he was an international diplomat, not a judge or former judge or someone who had the qualification, training or experience to be a judge. He was deemed by Hoyte to be “fit and proper”.Fast-forward to the case in front of the Honourable Chief Justice Madam Roxanne George, one can find all sorts of opinions that can be undulating in nature but to date, no one has seen the written judicial pronouncements. Thus, my grave disappointment in the infantile and premature comments attributable to President Granger on this issue in the media. If he in unhappy with the ruling of the Chief Justice, the system provide the latitude for him to appeal that decision.President Granger must understand that he is making decisions for 18-35-year-olds also and if he is perceived to be one who is willing to illegally not enforce the written rulings of the courts, then he must not complain when society descends into a crime infested harem of law breaking activities. By his own actions he is seen to be giving the green light to the present and future generation of lawbreakers to disregard the ruling of the courts.I pen this letter in full support of the principle that we must respect our judicial system, even if we disagree with their written judgement. We must as a people also recommit to the separation of powers between the Judiciary, Executive and Legislative. The Legislative makes the law, the Executive enforces it and the Judiciary interprets it. These are three distinct branches of a functional Government in a democratic society.Sincerely,Sase Singh, MSc –Finance, ACCAlast_img read more

Manchester United close in on Pogba deal

first_imgPogba is currently enjoying an off-season break in the United States and it has been suggested he could undergo a medical in Miami, ahead of the transfer being confirmed on the weekend.The midfielder’s agent will receive a 20m euro commission upon the completion of the transfer, with Pogba set to pocket 13m euro per season in wages at Old Trafford as well as 7m euro in image rights.The 23-year-old spent three years in Manchester United’s youth academy before making the step up to the first team in the 2011/12 season.However, he made just four appearances and went on to join Juventus in the summer of 2012 after the expiry of his contract.To date, Pogba has made 178 appearances for Juventus, scoring 34 goals in the process.Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is currently the world’s most expensive footballer, having joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a fee of 100m euros, while teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is in second place after his 94m euro transfer from Manchester United in 2009.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France midfielder Paul Pogba is one of the most sought-after stars in world football.UNITED KINGDOM, July 29 – Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, after agreeing a Sh12.4 billion shillings (110 million euro) fee with the Serie A champions on Thursday.Real Madrid were also credited with a strong interest in the France international, but the Spanish club’s president, Florentino Perez, is said to be unwilling to match the hefty bid lodged by the Red Devils.last_img read more

Court throws out Sofapaka, Muhoroni petition

first_img0Shares0000FKF CEO Robert Muthomi (right) exchanges pleasantries with Muhoroni Youth chair Moses Adagala. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – A Kisumu court has thrown out a petition by Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka fans seeking to stop the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) from releasing the 2017 fixtures without them.The fans had obtained an injunction from the court on February 14 barring the league managers from releasing fixtures as per a directive from the Sports Disputes Tribunal. The tribunal directed KPL to roll out fixtures for the league involving 16 teams to start by February 25 excluding the two clubs pending a decision over their demotion on club licensing grounds.In throwing out the petition, the Kisumu court vacated the orders on technicality grounds since it would be against a non-existent party. Two of the three respondents had been misrepresented.KPL had been listed as Kenya Premier League LTD whereas it should be Kenyan Premier League LTD while the federation was listed as Football Federation of Kenya while it should be referred to as the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).However, the two parties say they will correct their papers and present the case again.“There was a misrepresentation in the papers we presented but we are working to correct them and present them again. This is a serious issue and the reason we are going back to court is the substance of the petition was not addressed,” the legal representative of the two groups of fans Jimmy Simiyu told Capital Sport.The court has also asked the two teams to seek an amicable settlement adding the matter could be addressed at the Sports Tribunal.FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.PHOTO/FILEMeanwhile, FKF Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi says they were happy that the case had been thrown out.“This is a move in the right direction. Currently there are a lot of busy bodies going about and curtailing the current process of finding a solution by abusing the legal process,” Muthomi said.With the vacation of the orders, KPL can now go ahead and release fixtures for the new season, as directed by the tribunal.The case presented by Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth officials challenging their demotion will go into hearing before the John Ohaga led tribunal on March 2.Both clubs who were subsequently replaced by KCB and Vihiga United argue that promotion and demotion should be solely on sporting grounds and not club licensing reasons.On Wednesday, former FKF president Sam Nyamweya also went to court seeking suspension of the enforcement of club licensing rules.He also wants the court to suspend orders by the Sports Disputes Tribunal instructing both parties to engage in talks over expansion of the KPL to 18 teams.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Manchester City favourites to land Liverpool star

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman told Alan Brazil and Ray Wilkins that Manchester City are favourites to land wantaway Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.The Reds flyer is expected to leave Anfield this summer, after telling the Merseysiders he would not sign a new deal – with City, Man United, Real Madrid and Chelsea all interested in his services.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Shoppers, mourners return to site of deadly mall shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSchiaparelli was among the people who returned to the Westroads Mall on Saturday – most to shop but others to grieve – as the memory of Wednesday’s massacre tempered the holiday atmosphere. “I come out here almost every morning, and (today) it was kind of just an eerie feeling of, I don’t know, quiet,” said Marge Andrews, 49, who regularly walks the mall with a friend. She and her husband John, 51, came Saturday to buy Christmas presents – sporting goods for their sons, volleyball clothes for their daughter. “It doesn’t feel like a Christmas feeling,” John Andrews said. Outside, the wind chill was just 2 degrees above zero. Two Red Cross vans and a Salvation Army unit were set up outside a mall entrance, greeting people with doughnuts, coffee and offers of grief counseling. The Von Maur store itself remained closed. Yellow holiday lights brightened its exterior, but black tarps draped the inside of the doors. Wreaths sat on tripods just outside, and a note from management said the store will reopen soon. No date was given. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey greeted shoppers and reassured retailers that the city stood behind them. “I came in here and I was wondering how I would feel about it, but I feel fine,” Fahey said. “I did not necessarily look at Von Maur … but I feel fine.” The mall is safe, the mayor said. “We have a lot officers on duty, and they will be on duty all day long.” Police said Hawkins, 19, of nearby Bellevue, fired more than 30 rounds inside Von Maur, striking 11 people. Six died where they fell, one died on the way to a hospital and another died despite 45 minutes of emergency treatment at another hospital. Three other people were wounded, two seriously. Prosecutors say Hawkins had been allowed to walk away from state-mandated care in the summer of 2006 – after four years of treatment and counseling, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars – but not because he was prepared to face society on his own. “There was really nothing more that we could offer him that he was willing to participate in,” said Sandra Markley, Sarpy County’s lead juvenile prosecutor. Hawkins became a ward of the state through Sarpy County Juvenile Court in 2002, after a stay in a Missouri treatment facility for threatening to kill his stepmother. Hawkins’ family expressed sorrow for the shootings Saturday and hope that the community could eventually be healed. “The Hawkins family extends its sincerest condolences to all those impacted by this senseless and horrible event,” the family said in a statement given to The Associated Press. “While no words can ease the pain and grief, our family prays that at some time, in some way, our community can be healed in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OMAHA, Neb. – Three days after her husband and older daughter fled gunshots that killed other shoppers inside the Von Maur department store, Nancy Schiaparelli stood at an entrance and told her 4-year-old daughter to fasten a paper snowflake to a growing impromptu memorial. “Tape it on,” she told Emma after praising her daughter’s chosen flake. Clutching a bag full of wrapping paper in one arm and her daughter in the other, the 45-year-old woman gave a brief answer when asked why she had come back so close to the area where Robert Hawkins killed eight people and himself. “Because you have to,” she said, trembling, as tears filled her eyes. last_img read more