Western Bureau: Omar Wedderburn’s lack of emotion, while directing affairs from the St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS’) bench, gives the impression he could be somewhat detached from his team’s success, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The STETHS coach for once, admits to be feeling real anxiety, as he awaits the 4:30 p.m. kick-off in the final of the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Football Competition this afternoon between his team and Dinthill Technical at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I am anxious. I can’t wait for match time. I have been having sleepless nights over this one,” Wedderburn told The Gleaner. “This one is overdue and we need to make amends. I am expecting a ‘Texas-style shoot-out’ between the teams, where at the end the quickest and baddest will be left standing,” he said. STETHS last held the daCosta Cup in 2013 and are looking to recapture that most coveted of rural-area schoolboy football trophies, having done so four times already, but for Wedderburn, the fifth could be something special. They had to fight hard after a less than spectacular start to the campaign. STETHS lost once and were held to draws three times in the preliminary round. They then battled their way into pole position for the inter-zone round, and winning the title at Dinthill’s expense would be special for his mostly young players. “I know Dinthill will be gunning for us. I know they have quality players, and that is why they are in the final.” “The youngster Rodave Murray is a very good talent, but while we respect our opponents and show respect to him, we deserve to be here also and the team is straight up ready to knock them over,” Wedderburn said. “I am sure they are more than just one player, but whoever starts for them it doesn’t matter. It’s all about winning for STETHS,” he added. STETHS have won the daCosta Cup four times starting in 1974 and had to wait 25 years to claim a second in 1999. They were again champions in 2009, lost in the final to Glenmuir in 2012, but were back to their best in 2013 before losing out to Clarendon in the 2014 final. If the sequence is to be followed, it would result in STETHS being crowned champions a fifth time. “My players are aware of the history, and are determined to take full toll. Dinthill is a strong team and we salute them for that, but this STETHS team is superior, confident and ready,” reasoned Wedderburn. If they are to get their hands on the trophy this time around it will be up to the likes of Chris-Andrew Dixon, Michael Kerr – their red-hot striker with 29 goals to his name -, Trevaughn McCulloch, Shawn Genus and Romeo Wright to deliver.
In response to our Editorial of Wednesday, November 9, 2016, in which we said that the standard bearer of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Rev. Kennedy Sandy, had behaved like Pontius Pilate, the Reverend the very next day paid a visit to the Daily Observer office.Following a cordial and useful discussion, Rev. Sandy promised to send us a copy of his party’s Platform, upon which we, too, promised that we would publish a comprehensive story, absolutely free of charge. Alas, even after several follow-up calls and visits to his party headquarters, during which our reporters were never favored with a face to face meeting with the LTP standard bearer, we have not yet received a copy of the LTP platform!Yet at the dedication of LTP’s Paynesville office earlier this week, the party’s acting chair, Aloysius D. Wolloh, declared that “Liberians want leaders who are capable of transformation.”Liberians, he insisted, need leaders “with a sense of direction to transform their lives for the better.”Here again, we are fed with Hamlet’s “Words, words, words.”What kind of “transformation in the lives of the Liberian people for the better” can we expect from political leaders who cannot keep a fitting promise—a promise even in his own interest?Where is the platform, Rev. Sandy? Following your promise, we were sure you would have been the very first party leader in this 2017 political season to produce a platform for the Liberian people to see what stuff you are made of.Alas! You have turned out to be just another typical politician who makes promises they have no intention of keeping. Most politicians we know, and even those we do not know—for that is the nature of the beast—make high sounding utterances couched in great, impressive promises they have no intention of keeping. The aim, all too frequently is deception, just to get votes, and after that, they quickly forget not just their promises, but most especially the people who believed in these politicians and took them seriously. Pontius Pilate, you have got to do better, if you want the Liberian people to believe you and take you seriously.For starts, bring the platform, and bring it today. Otherwise, the people will think that you, your partisans and your party are intellectually bankrupt—with no ideas, but high sounding utterances about “transformation,” when you have failed the first transformation test—being true to yourselves and others.You and all other politicians should be constantly aware and never forget what happened in Liberia’s past two elections of 2006 and 2011, when most politicians fooled the Liberian people; for as soon as most of them took power, they forgot about the people and started looking mostly after themselves, their families and friends.We earnestly pray that the Liberian electorate will not yet again be mesmerized (hypnotized) by meaningless, hypocritical promises, couched in money and bags of rice, and be hoodwinked into choosing another dismal future by voting in politicians who will seek only their own selfish interests.No! This time, let us exercise our franchise with a high degree of self-respect and love for our country, by voting in people we are reasonably sure will truly and faithfully seek our interests, in a conscientious and solemn bid to move our country and people forward. Let us elect those who are committed to change decisively the direction of our country, determined to lift us out of ignorance, poverty and disease and lead us to development and prosperity. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Eugene Fahngon: “Gov’t will arrest Costa whenever he comes to Liberia.”–Eugene Fahgon The Government of Liberia (GoL), through Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Eugene Fahngon, has disclosed a plan to arrest controversial talk show host, Henry Pedro Costa, should he come to the country by next month.Henceforth, the government has accepted Costa’s challenge to destroy the newly constructed terminal at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and cause more chaos.In his presentation at the regular Thursday’s press briefing on November 14 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Fahngon said the rule of law is for everyone and Henry Costa is no exception.“A democracy that does not follow the rule of law is bound to fail and, as such, the rule of law must be obeyed in our country,” Fahgon said. “Anyone who obstructs the arrest of Henry Costa will face the full weight of the law.”He added: “This government’s plan to arrest Costa is unbending.”Fahngon said there is already an arrest warrant for Costa and it must be served in accordance with the “law.”In his response to Fahngon’s remarks Henry Costa posted on his Facebook page: “So I am told that Eugene Fahngon said during their lazy regular press briefing that the government plans to arrest me upon my arrival on December 19. Old news. So how many times will they announce this one arrest plan for me?”In one of his posts recently, Costa challenged the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)-led government’s plan to arrest him upon his return to the country on December 19. He declared on his Costa Show and on his Facebook page that he will make sure that the newly RIA terminal is destroyed and lives lost should anyone attempt to arrest him.Costa, who was one of the lead planners and executors of the much publicized June 7, 2019, protest, said that he will buy guns and hire killers who will retaliate should anyone from the CDC-led government go after him upon his arrival.Mr. Costa looks forward to his return to Liberia in December.Costa has also publicized, through his online platform, that no matter what, there will be a popular protest in the streets of Monrovia and its environs in an attempt to ensure that President George Weah steps down from the country’s presidency before the end of the year.Costa and his supporters claim that President Weah is “unfit to continue leading the country on grounds that he (Weah) has already failed in addressing the country’s dire challenges, among which is the downturn of the economy.”Although Costa has not explained what would be his option should President Weah, who was elected through a popular vote in December 2017, decide to arrest him upon his arrival in the country, he is of the conviction that Weah’s continuity in the role at the helm of national leadership will lead to nothing good.It can be recalled that on Thursday, October 10, 2019, police officers and court Sheriffs, who marched to the premises hosting Costa’s radio station, Roots FM, were seen forcefully shutting the station down and confiscating its equipment. Since then, the radio station remains shut down, even though Costa is running his popular show through his online platform from his abode in the United States of America.Government’s claim was that Mr. Costa was illegally operating his radio station, which he reportedly used to reprimand individual members of the CDC-led government and the government itself.Printing of New MoneyIn another development, Eugene Fahngon confirmed that it is true that President Weah wants to see new banknotes printed in order to remove the current ones former Presidents Charles G. Taylor and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had printed.“It is false that the money has already been printed, but there is a proposal to get it printed,” Fahgon said, noting further that the simple reason for the removal and nullification of the current banknotes from circulation is because the total amount in circulation is “not known and cannot be controlled.”He said that the government will not print any new money without an approval from the Legislature and the Central Bank Governor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One man is now dead and two remain in a serious condition after the minibus in which they were travelling ended up in a trench at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara. The dead man has been identified as 34-year-old Michael Cozier of Lot 3 Charlestown, Georgetown.Based on reports received, the accident occurred around 22:50h as the minibus, bearing registration number BXX 3014 was heading to Georgetown at a fast rate of speed and while in the vicinity of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Army Corps, the driver lost control.This resulted in the minibus toppling several times before coming to a halt in the trench. At the time of the accident, there were reportedly seven passengers in the minibus including a Police Constable, Linden Charles, and Devon Benjamin.After the accident, the injured passengers were assisted out of the wreckage by public-spirited citizens and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where Lyken was pronounced dead on arrival.Charles and Benjamin were treated and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital due to the severity of their injuries. Charles is presently suffering from injuries to his spine while Benjamin has a fractured right hand and his condition is listed as “serious”.The others were treated and sent away. Guyana Times was told that immediately after the accident, the driver of the minibus fled the scene and has since gone into hiding.Nevertheless, the body of the deceased is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.The wrecked minibus was pulled from the trench and taken to the Grove Police Station as investigations continue.
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Wilkins played 84 times for England between 1976 and 1986.His playing career also took him to AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Glasgow Rangers and Queens Park Rangers.He coached QPR, Fulham and Jordan as well as becoming caretaker manager at Chelsea when Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked in 2009.Wilkins, who had been employed as a TV pundit, also worked alongside Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge and was assistant when Carlo Ancelotti took over.Manchester United tweeted: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wilkins played 84 times for England between 1976 and 1986. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 4 – Former England and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has died at the age of 61 following a cardiac arrest, his former club Chelsea announced on Wednesday.“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed,” the club said on Twitter.
0Shares0000Forward Edin Dzeko in action for Roma – reports say US billionaire Dan Friedkin is set to take over the Serie A club © AFP/File / Filippo MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Dec 29 – US billionaire Dan Friedkin is poised to buy a majority stake in Italian club Roma in a deal worth up to Ksh 82.2 billion ($872 million), according to several reports in Italy on Sunday.The 54-year-old Texas-based businessman will imminently take over from a US consortium led by fellow American James Pallotta, who bought two-thirds of Roma’s shares in 2012. Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia reported that a preliminary agreement has been reached between both parties.There was no official confirmation of the deal but Roma had in November said the club was in “preliminary talks with potential investors”.Friedkin is the chief executive of Friedkin Group, the owner of Gulf States Toyota, an independent vehicle distributor in the US.Friedkin’s son Ryan could move to the Italian capital to manage the club, according to Italian news agency AGI.Pallotta, chairman of Boston-based hedge fund Raptor Capital Management, may keep a minority stake in the club, according to reports.Three-time Italian league champions Roma, who have not won Serie A since 2001, are currently fourth in the Italian league, just behind city rivals Lazio.Their last silverware was the Italian Cup in 2008.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)
34. Adam Bogdan (goalkeeper) 11 11 44. Brad Smith (left back) 11 11 11 11 54. Sheyi Ojo (winger) 11 26. Tiago Ilori (centre back) 11 24. Joe Allen (centre midfield) 11 32. Cameron Brannagan (centre midfield) 7. James Milner (winger) 3. Jose Enrique (centre back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Exeter in squad number order 11 53. Joao Carlos Teixeira (attacking midfield) 11 Exeter City v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT at 7.55pm on Friday 8 January.Jurgen Klopp is prepared to play the kids as his Liverpool side travel to face Exeter City tonight in the third round of the FA Cup.The Reds have a growing injury list, with Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure suffering muscle problems at Stoke on Tuesday.The loss of Toure and Lovren is a big blow, as Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are also on the sidelines which leaves Liverpool without a senior centre-back.Jose Enrique is expected to be brought in from the cold for his first start of the season and partner Tiago Ilori, who has just been recalled from Aston Villa.Christian Benteke is set to earn a recall in attack after sitting on the bench during their 1-0 win at Stoke, while James Milner and Joe Allen could also start.However, Klopp will have to put faith in the club’s young players such as Brad Smith, Sheyi Ojo and Cameron Brannagan.To see talkSPORT’s predicted XI click the above arrow, right and let us know if you agree. 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 56. Connor Randall (right back)
While retailers are reporting a mixed start to the holiday shopping season, analysts cautioned against reading too much into the one-month falloff in consumer credit. “This is a pay back for the aggressive discounts consumers were offered to buy cars during the summer,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 45.95 points to finish the day at 10,810.91. Americans are shouldering record-high levels of consumer debt and personal savings rates have fallen to record lows, but analysts said consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of the total economy, should continue rising even if the pace slows a bit. “I have full faith in the ability of the American consumer to keep spending,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York. The 4 percent drop in consumer credit followed a 2.2 percent increase in September while the 4.9 percent drop in auto loans and other non-revolving credit followed a 1.1 percent decline in September. These loans had shot up by 6.2 percent in August as consumers responded to attractive incentive offers. On the Net: Consumer credit report: www.federalreserve.gov 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Consumer borrowing plunged at a record annual rate of $7.2 billion in October, reflecting a big drop in auto loans. The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that the decline was the biggest amount ever in dollar terms, and included a record drop of $5.6 billion rate of decline in the category that includes car loans. The dollar declines translated into a drop of 4 percent in overall borrowing, the biggest percentage setback in nearly 15 years, and a decline of 4.9 percent in the category that includes auto loans, the biggest percentage drop in 13 years. The big drop took analysts by surprise. They had been expecting that consumer spending would rise at an annual rate of $5 billion in October.
The Uganda Volleyball Cranes’ chances are dim due to alleged intrigue.Uganda Volleyball Cranes fortunes of putting up a splendid show at the Africa Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Zone V qualifiers may have been sacrificed on the alter of counter intrigue that pits Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF) against the managers; Sport-S and Nemostars.The build-up to the tournament that gets underway today has been plagued with controversy brewing in the Volleyball Cranes camp. Sport-S employers of Dickens Otim Albert Gayi in addition to Nemostars, who own the duo of George Aporu and Smith Okumu, conspired to withdraw their players at the eleventh hour as the team departed to Rwanda on Thursday.The bickering?National Team Coach Nason Bwesigye had included suspended John Bosco Opendi and Cuthbert Malinga as part of the travelling contingent. Apparently, Malinga and Opendi were banned by Uganda Volleyball Federation from taking part in any Volleyball-related event because the pair were found guilty of double licensing, a crime against stipulated local volleyball rules. Under blurred circumstances, Opendi and Malinga played for Sky Volleyball team but also turned out for Kenyan Outfit Kenya Ports Authority. (KPA)Daudi Okello has been named assistant captain.The club managers insisted that national team selectors shouldn’t test their resolve and include the banned players on the final team. When PML daily contacted Otim, who had been initially named team captain of the travelling team about the saga, his response was brief and equivocal.” It is a tricky story”Sources told PML Daily that a hasty emergency meeting between UVF and irritated team managers was organized to weather the storm but both sides failed to reach a consensus.UVF President Hadijah Namanda, according to sources, insisted that the players be included on the travelling team because Coach Nason Bwesigye was eager to use them.In the bid to paper over the cracks, Coach Nason Bwesigye has named Emma Kato as new captain replacing Dickens Otim with Daudi Okello his assistant replacing Gorge Aporu.Volleyball Cranes in tight spotWithout the services of George Aporu and Dickens Otim, arguably the two best players in Uganda Volleyball, Volleyball Cranes team looks literally at seams as they open their account today against Kenya at Amahoro Indoor stadium.The pair’s omission may return to haunt Uganda. They have been in the national team fold for the past six years and in light of Ivan Ongom missing the trip due to injury, Uganda’s chances of mounting a sufficient challenge are in real jeopardy.Unfortunately, as far as success is concerned at the qualifying regional meet, Volleyball Cranes will reflect on their past results with a sly smile and perhaps even a bit of perplexity. Uganda has miserably failed to usurp neighbours Rwanda and Egypt in the last two tournaments in 2013 and 2015 for the top two qualification slots, but their was a glimmer of hope that the obstacle would be finally broken after Egypt decided not to participate. And Nason Bwesigye will be banking on beleaguered youngster Cuthbert Malinga ,Emma Kato and Bulgarian-based hard-hitter Daudi Okello.The top two teams will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations that will be held in Egypt in October where the top two teams will earn tickets to play at the 2018 World championships finals that will be held in Japan from September 30 to October 21.Comments