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Warriors not short on motivation

first_imgStaring down the barrel of an eighth consecutive defeat, which would equal the club’s record losing run, the Warriors are languishing in 13th position with two games remaining. ‌‌But centre Blake Ayshford told NRL.com there was no chance his side would lack motivation come kick-off at Mount Smart Stadium.”We have got the fans, it’s our last home game, we are looking to build for next year, there’s players playing for contracts and then obviously Benny Matulino, who has played over 200 games for this club, he will play his last home game,” Ayshford said.”Everyone is still playing for a job, there’s a few boys still off contract who are out there to prove their worth.”There’s a couple of things [to play for]… for us it is about trying to get some form and confidence.”After footing it with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the opening half last week, the Warriors collapsed badly in the final 25 minutes to leak five tries and lose 36-18.Ayshford pointed the finger at his side’s inability to recognise and respond to key moments in the game, with inexperience partly to blame.”On the weekend we scored after half-time and were up by six, we have got to realise what is needed in those moments, instead of just playing catch up footy and continuing to throw it around,” Ayshford said.”It’s just simple, at 18-12 up, for the next five sets all you have to do is get through your set, kick them down in the corner and chase.”That’s all that’s needed, it’s realising when we need to chase points and play footy and when we are in front and can decide when it’s on or not.”Those are things that mature with you in first grade and there are a lot of us who are still under 50 NRL games in this team, so it’s just about learning really.”Meanwhile halfback Shaun Johnson, who will return to the field for the first time since rupturing his PCL in Round 19, said it had been a frustrating stint on the sideline watching his side crash out of play-off contention.”It’s tough, people that come here [as spectators], obviously they can tell you how tough it is to watch and continue to support, but as a player, being out there and seeing how hard they actually work during the week, you just want your team to achieve what you know they can,” Johnson said.”It has been disappointing, no doubt about that, but I am excited to get out with them this weekend.”Hopefully I can lift the boys a little bit, we can go out there and have some fun and put on a good show for our faithful that we know are going to show up and watch us.”Copyright: NRL Photos. Blake Ayshford believes the Warriors have a lot to play for.last_img read more

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AFL Commences Regional, Community Isolations

first_imgThe Liberian government, through the Armed Forces of Liberia, has begun to isolate regions and communities that may be considered as sites that are severely hit by the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia.The soldiers have set up a blockades stopping people from entering or leaving some regions, counties and communities affected by the Ebola outbreak.Addressing the nation late Wednesday night on the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) when she declared a 90-day state of emergency,  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said under the state of emergency, the government will institute extraordinary measures including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges as mandated by the Constitution. These extraordinary measures, it is believed, have to do with free movement and assembly.AFL personnel on Wednesday, August 6, began setting up blockades stopping people from the Western region that includes Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu counties, from entering Montserrado, including Monrovia. Similar measures are also being taken in Lofa County where the Ebola virus first hit when it crossed over from Guinea.It is also reported that government will today begin isolating communities in Monrovia and its environs.The military blockade is stopping people from the western region, where Ebola is prevalent.Counties in this region largely rely on Monrovia for their goods.These measures by the government are in compliance with an agreement reached at a MRU Summit in Conakry, Guinea last week.  The MRU leaders, Presidents Sirleaf, Alpha Condé of Guinea, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Ivorian Health Minister, Dr. Raymonde Goudou Koffie, representing President Alhassan Ouattara, signed a Joint Declaration.  The first three MRU countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are affected by the virus.The MRU Summit, among other things, agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicenter of the outbreak at the regional and intra country levels, considered the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the disease.This move, according to the leaders, is aimed at eradicating the deadly disease that has already claimed the lives of over 900 persons. In Liberia, there are over 500 cases reported with 271 fatalities.On Wednesday, residents of Tubmanburg were alarmed over the presence of several personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) who were being transported in the city in truckloads.  This was prior to declaration of the State of Emergency by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In Lofa, according to county sources, the Ministry of National Defense Thursday deployed armed personnel of the AFL. The AFL troops are stationed in Voinjama, where the Telewoyan Hospital is located and Foya Districts, respectively.Reports from Foya Care Center also say that out of over 30 persons that were admitted from Barkedu, the seat of Quadu Gboni District, since the outbreak, 9 have died and the others are responding to treatment.Thursday, according to health workers, six persons were transported from Quadu Gboni (4 from Barkedu Town and 2 from Wormanor Town) to the Foya Care Center.Barkedu town, which is the biggest town in Quadu Gboni District and the center of the outbreak in Quadu Gboni District, is located an hour’s drive from Voinjama City.  And it is predominantly inhabited by Muslims from the Mandingo tribe. There are calls from many citizens of the county that Barkedu Town, which is known as one of the epicenters of the Ebola virus outbreak, should be quarantined.   President Sirleaf, when declaring the State of Emergency, said the virus threat continues to grow as a result of ignorance, poverty as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices, which continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties.Some stakeholders in the health sector have accused government of not being proactive enough in handling the situation, declaring the State of Emergency at a time when several Liberians have already been victimized by the virus.Many have said that while the State of Emergency is necessary, people should have been given ample time to prepare. Residents of Tubmanburg had begun to complain of the shortage of rice, the national staple, and other commodities.Meanwhile it is reported that Sierra Leone is ahead of Liberia in implementing the MRU agreement. In Sierra Leone the security forces have now imposed a complete blockade of the eastern region that has been hit by Ebola.The head of the police in the east of the country said police and soldiers had imposed a “complete blockade” of the Kenema and Kailahun districts.No vehicles or persons are being allowed in or out of the districts, except those bringing in essential foods and medicines.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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NEC Denies Sandy’s Request to Withdraw from Elections

first_imgThe UP prayed for specific orders for Korkoya and the Executive Director to recuse themselves from handling the runoff process.The National Elections Commission (NEC) said it has denied Reverend Kennedy G. Sandy, standard bearer of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), the chance to withdraw from the ensuing presidential race.Rev. Sandy early this week wrote the NEC asking for consideration so he could step aside from participating in the upcoming October presidential race on grounds that he has not been actively involved in politics since he got job with the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) nearly two years ago.At the sixth edition of the NEC’s regular weekly elections update in Monrovia, the chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said, “Pursuant to the Elections Law, withdrawal is not permitted at this point, because this is in line with Section 4.7 (a) where the candidates have been notified accordingly.”Liberia Transformation Party standard bearer, Rev. Kennedy SandyHe said Rev. Sandy expressed regret for not notifying the Commission early in time, but begged for consideration so as to allow him focus on other issues as well as solicit help on behalf of the LTP’s representative candidates on the campaign trail.On other issues, Korkoya said, “In line with the legal timetable and provisions set out in chapter 3 of the Elections Law, the NEC has completed the final voter registration roll.”“As required by section 3.19 of this law, no further changes will be made to the register unless ordered by the Supreme Court. The Voter Register has been printed and distributed,” Korkoya noted.He added that the voter roll will be available in all magistrates’ offices in the 15 counties, and that the electronic copy is available for all political parties at the NEC headquarters.He pointed out that quality control measures have been put in place to check the printing of the register.“All the original forms have been checked against the entries in the database for the entire country. All of the 2.1 million forms were checked,” he said.He said the final register contains 2,183,629 voters, noting further that, “A comprehensive set of integrity checks were made on the register and De-duplication process conducted in advance of its release.”“In total, there were 4,567 (0.21 percent) incidents of duplication identified and corrected following appropriate examination. Of this, small number of cases were discovered from where a voter has registered twice,” he said, adding that there are special cases, which include the more than two times registration of 206 persons during the voter registration, and 30 individuals were identified for registering more than four times.He assured the public that the details of the two cases will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for further investigation, and if necessary, appropriate actions will be taken.Concerning the replacement of lost and destroyed voter cards, Korkoya said 4,621 entries were made consistent with the NEC’s commitment made at the start of June, this year to include any person that was identified as not being on the preliminary register that should have been there.He reported that there are four persons, all women over the age of 100, who have registered to vote. “Three of these are registered in Montserrado and one is in Grand Cape Mount County. And I would especially like to congratulate these distinguished citizens and voters,” Korkoya said.He expressed that with the exception of the nine political parties that have complied with the NEC by submitting their audited accounts and all other legally required items, including the declaration of assets before the October 10 elections, the rest are yet comply with the commission.“In respect to the requirement of political parties to submit accounts, statement of assets and liabilities pursuant to Article 83(d) of the Constitution and Chapter 7 of the Elections Law, the NEC has not received these from all political parties. Based on the deliberations of the Board of Commissioners, appropriate actions will be taken against political parties that fail to comply with the legally accepted system,” Korkoya said.“The NEC, meanwhile called on all political parties and individuals across the country to be responsible as they go about making statements and acting according to what they think during the electoral period. Claiming that the only way it is possible to lose this election is through electoral fraud is simply irresponsible.”It can be recalled that Benoni Urey, the political leader of the All Liberian Party recently said that the only way he could lose the ensuing elections is when there are electoral frauds committed by the NEC.However, Korkoya told journalists at the press conference yesterday that nobody wants this campaign to be full of rumors and speculations. “We all have a duty to ensure voters are properly informed but this duty cannot be served by irresponsible claims,” he said. “Absolutely this Commission will not tolerate any fraud in these elections and even beyond. We assure you that this is not possible, because the electoral system we have is transparent and open. We are committed to good principles and will surely do our best to serve our country without malpractices as speculated by some citizens and political parties.”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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NDIA Board ignores warning

first_img… pays errant contractor for defective worksThe Public infrastructure Ministry will have to foot the bill for remedial works to be undertaken on the defective approach road to the $349 million Hope Canal Bridge, since the contracting company – DIPCON Engineering Inc – has been paid the 20 per cent retention monies that had been withheld when substantial flaws in the construction were discovered.The Hope Canal BridgeChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Frederick Flatts, on Tuesday told Guyana Times that he is unaware of a decision made by the entity’s previous Board of Directors to withhold the money from DIPCON Engineering.This publication was reliably informed that the Works Committee of the previous NDIA Board had inspected the multimillion-dollar project and had detected substantive flaws, warranting DIPCON in undertaking remedial works but this was never done. This and other breaches of the provisions of the contract led to the NDIA withholding the payment in an attempt to get the company to undertake the remedial works, including mandatory maintenance.Flatts when questioned by Guyana Times repeatedly claimed ignorance of a previous Board decision to withhold the money. He said, “What I know is that money was owed.”According to CEO, there was no reason for the new Board of Directors to withhold payment to the contractor, and as such, the NDIA went ahead and made the payment that had been withheld.Speaking with a senior NDIA official on the basis of anonymity, this newspaper was told that in addition to the flawed road work undertaken by DIPCON Engineering, the company failed on at least two occasions to undertake maintenance works on the road during the defects liability period.DIPCON, according to the NDIA official, also breached the original contract for the construction of the bridge and approach road by employing methods contrary to what was required under the contract.This publication was told that the contractor was supposed to have employed a ‘pre-loading’ strategy in building the foundation for the approach road but this was not obtained.Flatts said he is unaware of any such breach in the provisions of the contract. In fact, Flatts told Guyana Times , he is hesitant in believing that any contractor would agree to employ the ‘pre-loading’ method since it would employ the compacting of several tons more of sand and other foundation aggregates.Flatts added that based on his preliminary assessments, the concrete slabs, which serve as the foundation for the approach roads to the bridge – buried just below the asphalt surface – are in fact too short.The NDIA CEO further stated that at this point in time, it is unclear where the fault lies and he could not speak to whether the separation between the road and the bridge was as a result of design/specification flaws.“My personal belief is that the concrete slabs were too short,” Flatts maintains.He said the Public Infrastructure Ministry will take responsibility for the remedial works to be undertaken. The resources to fund the works will be sourced from the Ministry’s budget for 2016.As such, the works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.Commissioned in 2013, the bridge and approach road at Hope, East Coast Demerara, are components of the larger East Demerara Water Conservancy Hope Canal Relief Project, aimed at bringing relief to the conservancy and to serve as an outlet for the water in the hopes of preventing a reoccurrence of the 2005 floods.NDIA was tasked with putting together a plan to undertake the necessary hydrological and hydraulic studies and an Environmental Management Plan.The project, after a public bidding process, was awarded to DIPCON at the contract sum of $349,654,353, and the company commenced work on the bridge in August 2011.A consultancy contract was awarded to CEMCO/SRKN Engineering in association with Mott Mc Donald to the value of $64 million.last_img read more

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Terry Fox Run set for Sunday

first_imgThe event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone interested in taking place in the run is asked to drop into the Lone Wolf Club House before the run starts in order to register.Registration will be open by 10 a.m. the day of the event.Participants will have the option to walk, run or even cycle the ParticipAction trial in honour of Terry Fox. Donations are always encouraged.- Advertisement –last_img

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Snowfall warning issued for B.C. South Peace

first_imgSnowfall warning issued for:   B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310) Current details: Snow at times heavy today with amounts near 15 cm by this evening.This is a warning that significant snowfall is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.- Advertisement -A moist Pacific frontal system will track across the Central Interior today. Moderate to heavy snow over the McGregor and South Peace country regions will continue with amounts near 15 cm expected by the time the snow tapers off this evening.Meanwhile freezing rain is occurring in Smithers. The freezing rain is expected to continue for the next two hours.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fort St. John Fire Department responding to gas leak on 97 Avenue

first_imgMembers of the Fort St. John Fire Department are at the scene of a gas leak on 97 Avenue between 100 Street and 102 Street. The area is blocked off as they investigate the situation.We will provide more details as they become available.- Advertisement –last_img

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Arsenal, Rangers chart safe passage in Europa League

first_imgMonday’s 3-1 victory at West Ham ended the club’s worst winless run since 1977 and Arsenal just require a point at Standard Liege in Belgium to progress from Group F.Rangers missed out on their first major silverware in almost a decade at the weekend following an agonising 1-0 defeat by Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final.Gerrard’s side dominated large parts of the game but were unable to find a way past an inspired Fraser Forster, who saved a second-half penalty from Alfredo Morelos.Rangers are top of Group G and will advance if they avoid a second defeat of the competition to Swiss champions Young Boys.Arsenal’s 3-1 victory at West Ham ended the club’s worst winless run since 1977 © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“We’ve got a huge game on Thursday and there’s no better game to bounce back,” Gerrard said.“We have to soak it up, remember it and be ready to go and give ourselves another opportunity. That type of performance will get us where we want to get to.“It’s raw right now but this is football at the top. We’ll suffer and then we’ll bounce back.”Unbeaten Celtic have wrapped up top spot in Group E ahead of their trip to Romania’s CFR Cluj, who are second in the section.Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could well stick with a similar side to the one that lost 2-1 in Astana with qualification already assured.Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could well stick with a similar side to the one that lost 2-1 in Astana with qualification already assured © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFThe Norwegian fielded a starting team in Kazakhstan with an average age of 22 years and 26 days — United’s youngest ever in major European competition.They lead AZ Alkmaar, who host leaders Ajax in the Dutch league this weekend, by a point in Group L going into their showdown at Old Trafford.Twice former European champions Porto as well as Italian duo Lazio and Roma and Bundesliga leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach are also still bidding to nail down a qualifying spot.FixturesGroups A-F (kick-offs 8:55pm)Group AAPOEL (CYP) v Sevilla (ESP)Qarabag (AZE) v Dudelange (LUX)Group BFC Copenhagen (DEN) v Malmo (SWE)Dynamo Kiev (UKR) v Lugano (SUI)Group CFC Basel (SUI) v Trabzonspor (TUR)Getafe (ESP) v Krasnodar (RUS)Group DLASK (AUT) v Sporting Lisbon (POR)PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Rosenborg (NOR)Group ECFR Cluj (ROM) v Celtic (SCO)Rennes (FRA) v Lazio (ITA)Group FStandard Liege (BEL) v Arsenal (ENG)Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) v Vitoria Guimaraes (POR)Groups G-L (kick-offs 11pm)Group GRangers (SCO) v Young Boys (SUI)Porto (POR) v Feyenoord (NED)Group HEspanyol (ESP) v CSKA Moscow (RUS)Ludogorets (BUL) v Ferencvaros (HUN)Group IWolfsburg (GER) v Saint-Etienne (FRA)Gent (BEL) v Olexandriya (UKR)Group JBorussia Moenchengladbach (GER) v Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR)Roma (ITA) v Wolfsberg (AUT)Group KWolves (ENG) v Besiktas (TUR)Slovan Bratislava (SVK) v Braga (POR)Group LManchester United (ENG) v AZ Alkmaar (NED)Partizan Belgrade (SRB) v Astana (KAZ)0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Freddie Ljungberg recorded his first win as Arsenal caretaker boss at West Ham on Monday © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISPARIS, France, Dec 11 – Last season’s runners-up Arsenal and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have their sights fixed on the Europa League knockout phase Thursday with 19 clubs competing for the final 11 places.Interim Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg will look to lead the Gunners into the last 32 after Unai Emery was sacked following last month’s 2-1 home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.last_img read more

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Death Row baby lands cops in jail

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Nguyen Thi Oanh, now 40, was sentenced to death in 2005 for drug trafficking, but her sentence was reduced to life in prison after she became pregnant in 2006. The death sentence will not be reapplied when Oanh’s son – who lives with her in prison – turns 3. Thuyen and Quyet confessed that they had accepted a bribe of $92 from Oanh’s family to let the male inmate make five unsupervised visits to her cell, Linh said. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HANOI, Vietnam – Two Vietnamese police officers have been imprisoned for helping a woman on Death Row become pregnant so she would not have to face the firing squad, a court official said Thursday. The policemen in Hoa Binh province were found guilty of allowing the woman to have sex with a male inmate so that she could take advantage of a Vietnamese law that says pregnant women and mothers of children under 3 cannot be put to death. The two officers were convicted of abusing power while on duty, said court official Hoang Thuy Linh. Nguyen Thuyen, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison, while Bui Van Quyet, 23, was sentenced to three and a half years. “It was the most unusual case I have ever seen,” Linh said. “Many people came to the trial out of curiosity, just to see what the woman and her baby looked like.” last_img read more

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This list of players should give City’s title rivals sleepless nights

first_img 2. Axel Witsel: Zenit man to bolster the middle? – Witsel is the most recent name on Guardiola’s rumoured shortlist. The 27-year-old Belgium midfielder has been at Zenit since 2012 and can play throughout the midfield whether it be a defensive role, in a central position or joining the attack. 4. Marc-Andre ter Stegen: An upgrade on Hart? – As reported on talksport.com, Barca may let their goalkeeper leave on loan, with Liverpool also in the hunt. The 23-year-old is unhappy at his lack of games and said he will need to discuss his future with Barcelona if the situation doesn’t change. Joe Hart has had a good season, though. 9 9. Ross Barkley: Top England attacker on the radar – Another midfielder? There is a theme developing here and Barkley is one of England’s brightest prospects as well as another Everton player on the shortlist. 9 5. Aymeric Laporte: City among many clubs keen on Bilbao ace – City are also in the hunt for £37m-rated defender Laporte along with Barcelona. However, the 21-year-old Frenchman is facing around four months on the sidelines having fractured his ankle, but will no doubt be assessed in pre-season when he is regaining his match fitness. There is an alternative… 9 9 9 9 1. Paul Pogba: Juventus and France midfielder top of Guardiola’s wishlist? Click the arrow above, right, to see the other big-name players linked with Man City – Since it was announced Pep Guardiola would take over from Manuel Pellegrini at Man City, a number of high profile names have been linked with the club. Here, talkSPORT looks at them, starting with Juve ace Pogba. It is said Guardiola wants to make the 23-year-old’s signing a priority and could cost around £75m. Or could City give the Italian club Yaya Toure to sweeten the deal? 9 9 6. John Stones to leave Everton and play under Guardiola? – With Laporte injured and Martin Demichelis leaving when his contract expires in the summer, City are one of many big clubs linked with Stones. Man United, Chelsea and Barcelona are all said to be watching the Everton stopper, who was the subject of a £40m bid from Chelsea last summer. Since it was announced Pep Guardiola would take over from Manuel Pellegrini at Man City, a number of high profile names have been linked with the club.Here, talkSPORT looks at them.Going in the opposite direction, though, is likely to be Yaya Toure. His agent is reportedly keen to open talks with a string of European clubs including Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich about the possibility of joining them in the summer.Meanwhile, it is said Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski – one name linked with City – will sign a new contract at the Bundesliga club meaning the new boss may have to look elsewhere for a new man up top. 3. Toni Kroos: Guardiola wanted to build a team around him at Bayern – Guardiola really didn’t want to lose Kroos when he was at Bayern, but the midfielder was sold to Real Madrid for £25m in 2014. With rumours of some unhappiness on his part in Spain, it was only natural his name would be linked with the new era at City. 8. Thiago Alcantara: He followed Guardiola once… – Alcantara was the player Guardiola really wanted when he took over at Bayern in 2013 and now the manager is off to City, the 24-year-old has been tipped to follow. However, he says there is no truth in rumours he will leave the German club for City, while is being reported he will cost at least £25m having signed an extension to his contract, which keeps him in Munich until 2019. 7. Ilkay Gundogan: Dortmund midfielder’s agent was meeting the City hierarchy – Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain was pictured last month meeting Gundogan’s uncle in Amsterdam, who is also his agent. The player has denied claims a deal is in place to move to the Premier League and any move will be seen as a gamble by some considering his problems with injury in the last few years. This season Gundogan has played 23 Bundesliga games, but missed the last four games as a result of a foot injury. 9last_img read more

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