Di Matteo hopeful Chelsea man will be fit for Munich clash

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo is hopeful Florent Malouda will be fit for the Champions League final despite the Frenchman picking up a hamstring injury against Blackburn.Malouda was substituted during the Blues’ 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge and his condition will be assessed on Monday.“We took him off – it was precautionary – with a little problem with his hamstring,” Di Matteo explained.AdChoices广告“We’ll assess him over the next day or two but hopefully he’ll recover as soon as possible.”Di Matteo is hoping that defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill will also be available for the match in Munich.Both men have been sidelined with hamstring problems and were not fit enough to return for the game against Rovers.The Chelsea interim boss said: “They are getting better day by day. We are going to try to push them this week in training and see how far we can take them.”Click here for the Chelsea v Blackburn quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Four IMCA divisions featured at Cardinals’ inaugural Sam Hodges Memorial

first_imgQualifying races will be held both Friday and Saturday. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. both days, the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. EUNICE, N.M. – A former track owner, promoter and driver will be remembered Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14 at Cardinal Speedway’s inaugural Sam Hodges Memorial.  Stock Cars will run 50 laps with a mandatory pit stop on the front straightaway at halfway. The Modified feature is 40 laps and $500, $300 and $200 will be paid to the first, second and third-running drivers, respectively, when that race is halted for a pit stop, also on lap 25.  On Thursday, Sept. 12, gates open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and an open practice is from 7-10 p.m. A party in the pits follows the practice session. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $2,755 to win, IMCA Modifieds for $1,755 to win their 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods for $1,055 to win. Top prize in Saturday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature is $955. More information is available from promoter Toby Herring at 575 441-1941. Early entry fee in all divisions is $50 if mailed to the track by Sept. 9; entry fee after that date is $75. RaceCeivers are required. Kids’ power wheel and bike races will be held during intermission on Saturday. Hotel accommodations are available at the Hotel Inn Express & Suites, 575 391-8777, and the Baymont Inn & Suites, 575 964-8400. Drivers should ask for Cardinal Speedway rates.  Both the SportMod and Hobby Stock features will be 25 laps. A complete rundown on feature payouts, which are expected to increase, is posted on the track’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Wellington police weekend report: Friday, Nov. 9 – Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

first_imgWellington Police notes for Veteran’s Day weekend are as follows: Friday, November 9, 2018•12:10 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•3:43 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 800 block W. Orchard, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers investigated theft of a vehicle in the 200 block W. 15th, Wellington.•10:11 a.m. Officers investigated unlawful sexual relations in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.•10:15 a.m. Officers investigated theft of a package in the 500 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:31 a.m. Officers assisted an outside sgency in the 200 block N. Washington, Wellington.•10:54 a.m. Debra A. Carnaggio, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large(x3).•5:56 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•6:15 p.m. Officers took a found debit card in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•9:47 p.m. Gabriel Alanis-Vazquez, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no valid drivers’ license and defective headlamp.•11:13 p.m. Nickala M. Wood, 53, Sapulpa, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.Saturday, November 10, 2018•7:55 a.m. Kaitlyn N. Utt, 22, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 50 mph in a 40 mph zone.•8:26 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 800 block W. College, Wellington.•8:30 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 700 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•8:30 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.  •8:35 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 600 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•8:39 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 600 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•8:39 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 400 block N. Olive, Wellington.•8:41 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•8:45 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 800 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•8:52 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 400 block N. Olive, Wellington.•8:53 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 400 block N. Olive, Wellington.•8:53 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 1000 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•10:21 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 500 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•10:26 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 500 block W. Lincoln, Wellington.•12:30 p.m. Officers responded to an animal xomplaint in the 1900 block E. 4rh, Wellington by known owner.•4:45 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 2000 block N. Vandenburg, Wellington.•5:24 p.m. Officers responded to an animal complaint by a known owner in the 300 block E. 18th, Wellington.•6:14 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign and expired drivers’ license.•6:35 p.m. Michelle L. Ernzen, 42, Hutchinson, was issued a notice to appear for failure to yield.•9:04 p.m. Juvenile female, 16, Conway Springs, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 58 mph in a 45 mph zone.Sunday, November 11, 2018•9:28 a.m. Kendall L. Caudle, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving with a suspended license and speeding 52 mph in a 35 mph zone.•9:29 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 1200 block S. C, Wellington.•2:04 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1500 block N. A, Wellington.•2:56 p.m. Brittany D. Brown, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving with a suspended license.•7:43 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1500 block N. C, Wellington.•8:15 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic family dispute in the 500 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•11:27 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic family dispute on W. Grandview Rd., Wellington.Monday, November 12, 2018•1:59 a.m. Officers investigated burglary in the 500 block S. G, Wellington.•7:50 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1900 block E. 16th involving a vehicle driven by juvenile male, 16, Wellington and a utility pole by the city of Wellington.•3:40 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 700 block E. Harvey, Wellington by known subjects.•6:33 p.m. Officers responded to an unattended death in the 1800 block N. A, Wellington.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer : Alexis Sanchez returns against Newcastle!

first_imgAlexis Sanchez’s time in Manchester United is running outAdvertisement 51ongNBA Finals | Brooklyn VseqcrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eg7g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) p22Would you ever consider trying this?😱araacCan your students do this? 🌚1vp7dr6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed in a recent pre match interview that the Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez will be involved in their game against Newcastle United. Sanchez has been out of action for the past month and was unimpressive under Jose Mourinho’s reign. With new life breathed into the club by their former legend, the United number seven will look to have the impact the fans have been waiting for.Advertisement Solskjaer’s Manchester United managerial career has started with a series of dominating, fast-paced, attacking football with a flurry of goals. Out of form players like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford seem to have got their mojo back, with the former putting in two man of the math performances back to back. Out of favour striker Romelu Lukaku also seems to have been given a way out of his slump by the Norwegian.Advertisement The manager’s utilisation of Alexis Sanchez is yet to be seen and remains an exciting prospect for the fans. Sanchez at his best can rip defences to shreds, something his former boss absolutely failed to utilise, but an attack minded manager like Solskjaer might just be what the Chilean needs. While the attacker might not start the game at St. James’ Park, he is almost certain to be involved in the game, as confirmed by the caretaker manager.United face Newcastle on Wednesday in the Premier League, expected to come out with maximum points, even though Solskjaer mentioning it as a more difficult challenge rhan his previous encounters.Advertisement Watch full video here :Read also :‘Change in tactic unleashed Pogba’ reveals Jesse LingardReal Madrid or Man United? Youngster Rashford makes a decision Advertisementlast_img read more

Harp among top designs

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A PAKENHAM student making headway in the state’s creative scene will exhibit his unique engineered art form…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

$29 million deforestation fines: game changer for Brazilian soy trade?

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Controversial, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Industrial Agriculture, Land Use Change, Soy, Tropical Deforestation Operation Soy Sauce was launched by IBAMA, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, and resulted in 105.7 million Brazilian reais (US $29 million) in fines to transnational soy commodities traders and farmers for illegal deforestation in the Cerrado, Brazil’s savannah grasslands east of the Amazon.Five transnational commodities companies – Cargill Inc, Bunge Ltd, ABC Indústria e Comércio SA, JJ Samar Agronegócios Eireli, and Uniggel Proteção de Plantas Ltda – were fined more than 24.6 million Brazilian reais (US $6.5 million) for buying soy grown on lands without deforestation licenses.The rest of the fines were against individual farmers. Non-compliance with environmental policies was found on 77 Cerrado properties, using geospatial data gathered via satellite monitoring.The fines came at an inopportune time for IBAMA, with commodities traders and the pubic distracted by a Brazilian trucking strike. But some analysts say the fines are a wakeup call, and maybe even a game changer for the industry. Others say deforestation is built into the soy production model and that the fines will have little long-term impact. Soy makes up more than 12 percent of Brazil’s exports, worth US $25.7 billion in 2017. This makes it an important engine for the Brazilian economy. The high profit margin also tempts farmers to break deforestation regulations, and for commodities companies to potentially look the other way regarding their soybean sourcing. Photo by Flávia Milhorance.Operation Soy Sauce has sent a strong warning signal to Brazil’s soy industry. At the end of May, five transnational grain trading companies, along with dozens of their supplying farmers, were issued fines totaling 105.7 million Brazilian reais (US $29 million) by IBAMA, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources. The agency hopes the penalties will draw attention to illegal deforestation throughout the country, and make the soy sector more accountable for its failure to embargo crops from off-limit areas.The investigation, carried out jointly by IBAMA and the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF), scrutinized the soy trade in the states of Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia, a region collectively known as Matopiba – the county’s latest agricultural frontier, and part of the Brazilian savannah biome known as the Cerrado. Currently, 11 percent of Brazil soybean production occurs in Matopiba, and more than half of its 337 municipalities have produced soy in the last decade.The Cerrado is rich in biodiversity, but its northern portion is rapidly being converted from native vegetation to agriculture, and the soy industry is expected to develop even further here in coming years. Cerrado deforestation is currently advancing quicker in the Matopiba states than any other part of the biome. “If there is no state action to inhibit this practice and prevent the arrival of these [embargoed] goods to the market, deforestation increases,” said Renê Luiz de Oliveira, head of environmental enforcement at IBAMA, in a statement.When the agency first noticed breaches of the embargo, it started its investigation into how the soy moved along the links in the productive chain. as well as learning the modus operandi for the illegal activities, he added. The new fines come amidst increasing tensions between conservationists and the agribusiness sector.At the forefront of the expansion of the soy sector stands the Matopiba region, where 11 percent of Brazil’s total soy production takes place. Matopiba is in the northern section of the Cerrado biome. This is the region where IBAMA focused its investigation. Photo by Flávia Milhorance.“No way they didn’t know”The five transnational commodities companies – Cargill Inc, Bunge Ltd, ABC Indústria e Comércio SA, JJ Samar Agronegócios Eireli, and Uniggel Proteção de Plantas Ltda – were fined more than 24.6 million Brazilian reais (US $6.5 million) for acquiring roughly 49,000 bags, 60 kilograms (132 pounds) each, of soybeans produced in fields embargoed by IBAMA.Those IBAMA embargoed plots were areas in which farmers had cleared native brushland, while lacking licences to deforest, and where vegetation was supposed to be allowed to regenerate. “But sometimes farmers think they are not going to be checked, and continue farming there again,” explains Tiago Reis, a PhD researcher at Université Catholique de Louvain who studies agricultural supply chains. Non-compliance with environmental policies was found on 77 properties, using geospatial data.IBAMA’s investigation found that the trading companies had closed purchase deals with the farmers in anticipation of harvests, a common practice in commodities futures trading. “That means they [the traders] surely carried out financial risk assessments. No way they didn’t know that the soy was coming from embargoed areas – that’s even publicly available information,” Reis told Mongabay.“Or if they didn’t know, they didn’t pay attention,” says Mairon G. Bastos Lima, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology who works with TRASE, a platform that monitors global supply chains.The rapid expansion of the soy industry in the Matopiba region comes at the expense of the natural vegetation of the Cerrado, a vast and extremely biodiverse savannah. Photo by Alicia Prager.Increased Attention to Brazil’s “Wild West”Even though fines of US $6.5 million, split amongst five transnational commodities trading firms, will hardly make a difference in their company budgets, the penalties send a strong message to the sector: “It shows that the agencies are aware. Currently the actors on the ground act as if there was no one watching,” Reis explains.The amount of money fined is the least important aspect in this case, he adds. What counts is that these companies’ reputations are at stake.The IBAMA operation itself happened within the context of increased federal attention towards the Matopiba region, the “Wild West” of Brazil, as Bastos Lima calls it. “Fines need to be enforced in order for the whole system to work,” he says.The investigation took the Brazilian Agriculture and Livestock Confederation (CNA), representing farmers, by surprise. The CNA noted that satellite pictures are produced monthly, so violations should have been noticed immediately, and penalties ongoing, not delivered all in one batch this May. The CNA also argues that conservation should be the burden of society as a whole, and not laid on the shoulders of individual farmers.“It’s an imbalance, Everybody believes that preservation is important, but society has to assume a role there, not only farmers,” says Rodrigo Justus, environmental consultant at CNA.Conservationists, however, point out that large percentages of Brazil’s native vegetation, outside of the Amazon, is located on private property, which makes preservation and regulation challenging.“So it’s necessary that agribusiness players contribute to ecosystem conservation, at least to the level mandated by law,” says Bastos Lima. Key to ensuring this happens is the further development of sustainable supply chains in order to conserve the Cerrado. All participants in the chain of production, marketing and trading have to strictly be held accountable, agree environmentalists. For IBAMA that means correct market controls, says Luiz de Oliveira, head of environmental enforcement at the institute.On May 23, IBAMA issued fines worth US $29 million to five big commodities trading houses, as well as to dozens of farmers, who failed to follow the embargoes that were put on illegally deforested areas. Photo by Alicia Prager.Unprecedented penaltiesUnfortunately for IBAMA, the issuance of the fines came at a bad moment, as a national strike by truck drivers paralyzes the country, an event that concerns the commodities companies and attracts the Brazilian public’s attention far more than the soy fines.“The fines don’t receive as much attention as they might have otherwise,” says Reis. At the same time, he adds, the soy industry has been largely responsible and careful not to violate environmental laws, as compared to other agricultural sectors. While IBAMA’s penalties against soy producers are a novelty, fines occur regularly with the beef sector, for example.In total, all phases of Operation Soy Sauce resulted in the seizure of 84,024 bags of soy –5,041 tons in all, IBAMA stated. In addition to the fines, the MPF has announced that it will propose a public civil action targeting the addressed offenders and requiring that they repair all environmental damages caused by the illegal activity.Asked for a statement, Bunge replied that it disputes the allegations and has filed a response to IBAMA contesting the findings. “We intend to pursue all available channels to clarify this matter,” the statement reads. The same goes for Algar Agro (the new name for ABC Indústria e Comércio SA). The firm says it has already presented its defense, and has proven that it follows best practices in the purchase of grains. Cargill answered inquiries by reaffirming that the company has internal processes and controls to avoid purchases from embargoed areas. The firm said that facts related to the notice are under review, and appropriate measures will be taken to address the matter.Concerned about the implications for its reputation, Uniggel Sementes, responded that the company Uniggel Proteção de Plantas Ltda – fined more than 13 million Brazilian reais (US $3.5 million) for the purchase of 26,510 bags of soybeans in Tocantins – is not associated with the Uniggel brand, despite it carrying the Uniggel name.While some analysts see the fines as a valuable conservation tool, they note that ongoing agricultural expansion in Brazil has far-reaching implications for the surrounding landscape. “Companies keep talking about responsible soy production, but the very model of industrial agriculture is built on a foundation of deforestation and land conflicts,” Devlin Kuyek from GRAIN, an NGO, says. Expansion of soy production inevitably brings with it many problems for neighboring communities, including deforestation and a decrease in water resources. “It is a very unsustainable model, part of a big global supply chain,” he says.“The Matopiba region is nicknamed the ‘Wild West’ of Brazil,” says Mairon G. Bastos Lima. Here, up until now, everything seemed to happen far from the eyes of the state. Operation Soy Sauce made clear that Brazil’s regulatory agencies are watching. Photo by Alicia Prager/Business as usual versus conservation?Agribusiness constitutes a vital part for the Brazilian economy, comprising 23.5 percent of the country’s GDP in 2017 and 36 percent of its exports. Soy specifically, makes up nearly 12 percent of the nation’s exports, accounting for an estimated US $25.7 billion in 2017, up from US $19.3 billion the year before. This year Brazil is expected to outperform the United States, becoming the world’s largest soybean producer. In 2017, Brazil exported 68.1 million metric tons – a volume that has been increasing steadily over the last decade.This makes soy one of Brazil’s most valuable export commodities. The lion’s share of Brazilian soy flows to China, but also Spain and Germany, as tracked by TRASE.However, this explosion in Brazilian production, especially in the Cerrado, could be managed in a more sustainable way, says Bastos Lima. He points to the many zero-deforestation commitments that big commodities trading houses have signed themselves up to in the past, such as the largely successful Amazon Soy Moratorium.The companies “always say they know best how to regulate themselves, but they apparently violate their own pledges,” he says. Observers expect that IBAMA’s latest fines could cause the firms to be more careful regarding deforestation. Especially because consumer trust is at stake. “I think it was a powerful wakeup call,” says Bastos Lima. “Maybe a game changer.”FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Soy silos stand as a gateway into the agricultural boomtown of Luis Eduardo Magalhães, Bahia state. In the Matopiba region, infrastructure is primarily developed to support agriculture, with the soy industry held in high esteem, and seen as both a cash cow and a sacred cow, rarely subject to punishment for infractions of environmental law. Image by Flávia Milhorance.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

Celebrating the Little Milestones

first_imgThousands of Liberians thronged the streets of Monrovia to give their team, the Lone Star, a fitting welcome after their first away win in a decade. Liberia had played 1-1 with Guinea Bissau in Monrovia on October 8, 2015. After that match, tempers flared as the Liberian fans spewed insults and pelted their team. Fresh on the heel of defeating Tunisia and cognizant of their team’s anemic away performance, the fans expected an emphatic win in Monrovia against a third world, lowly rated side – Guinea Bissau. This was not to happen – as the boys from Bissau held their own on Liberian turf and were worthy of sharing the spoils of the match. Fast forward to the return leg on October 13, 2015, the excitement that filled the air post the Tunisia match has ebbed. The decade long poor away-game showings have beleaguered the Lone Star and stifled spectators’ confidence. Liberia needed a win or double goal draw to qualify, and many Liberians believed that was a “big ask,” even monumental, of their team given the home advantage that Guinea Bissau now held. Post the 1-1 draw against Guinea Bissau, James Debbah, the oracle trusted with transforming Liberia’s fortune, found his mojo under the spotlight. Many commentators sniped at the coach’s long ball tactics. They employed the ‘Lone Star strikers don’t have the pedestal to compete on such terms,’ hence they were detached from the game.On the eve of the match in Bissau, Liberia FA President Musa Bility – who is seeking the FIFA presidency – drummed up his team spirit- inducing monetary vow if the Lone Star come away with the Holy Grail.Thanks to civil crises, which arrested developments in both countries, the match was not beamed on television. Those of us who got to the Internet – on live score – twenty (20) minutes late were pleasantly surprised and swamped with elation that the Lone Star was leading 2-0, courtesy of Williams Jebor. Jebor would go on to net his third in the dying minutes – salvaging a historic 3-1 win for Liberia and arguably going down as the first Liberian to ever net a hat trick in an international match. That has placed him among the enviable legends of Liberian football, with the likes of Wannibo Toe, George Weah and his current Coach James Debbah. Excuse my amplification. In Liberia we exaggeratedly celebrate the little milestones. That is theLiberian way, as Dr. Robtel Pailey put it: “Liberians are generous people. They rejoice and celebrate the small milestones in life – the birth of a child, a marriage, a graduation” and certainly a sweet Lone Star victory. On November 13, 2013, our next World Cup qualifier is against Ivory Coast – our Mano River neighbor. There is traffic between the two countries – ethnic groups straddle our borders, but unlike as with our other neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea – Ivoirians and Liberians celebrate their similarities and keep their suspicions of each other beneath the surface. However, this time will be different. Liberians are finding their voices. There is excitement in the air; a flicker of hope, and so much to play for: to put an end to Ivorian hegemony over Liberia in football, a world cup slot and the joy of beating a star studded Ivorian team. Bring It On! We’ve got Jebor, the new kid who carries the hopes and aspirations of a nation on his shoulder.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DORMANN BECOMES U OF T ALL-TIME POINT LEADER

first_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Match: at Queen’s University 1/26/2019 | 1:00 p.m. Matchup History TORONTO STATS: The Ottawa native had a game-high 17 kills and added one ace and one assisted bock, as well as 15 digs in the loss.Fifth-year veteran Anna Feore notched a career-high 20 points off of 15 kills, three blocks and two aces and also had 15 digs on the day. Second-year standout Jenna Woock added 12.5 points off of eight kills, three aces and 1.5 blocks, while third-year outside hitter Brianna Patrick had 11 points and 11 digs.Rookie setter Hayley Goodwin tallied 45 assists and 10 digs, while third-year libero Sophia Currier had 14 digs.UP NEXT: The Blues return to action next Saturday, January 26 as they travel to Kingston, Ont., to take on the Queen’s Gaels. Opening serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.*OUA women’s volleyball switched from a side-out scoring system to a rally scoring system in 1999-00. This change dramatically altered the length of matches and created a need to distinguish statistical category leaders between the two eras. This record is from 1999-00 onwards. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Preview Fourth-year right side hitter Alina Dormann became the University of Toronto women’s volleyball team’s all-time point leader but the No. 8 nationally ranked Varsity Blues dropped a 3-2 (25-15, 15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 6-15) decision to the No. 4 Ryerson Rams  on Sunday (Jan. 20) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.RECORD WATCH: With her 18.5 points today, Dormann passed 2016 Olympian Heather Bansley (1,014) and two-time all-Canadian Charlotte Sider (1077.5) as U of T’s all-time career point leader*with 1,085 points.With her 18.5 points today, Alina Dormann became the Varsity Blues women’s volleyball all-time career point leader. Congratulations Alina!WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/F5yZMiXAkR— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) January 20, 2019last_img read more

Legally impossible to steal from oneself – Nandlall

first_imgLaw books vendetta…calls for SOCU to do honourable thing and withdraw chargesFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall has issued a call for the charges of larceny by bailee instituted against him to be withdrawn. This comes after the publishers of the law books he is accused of stealing affirmed that the law books were indeed being delivered to him in a personal and not official capacity.After checks of its database, Lexis Nexis, the United Kingdom-based publisher of the law reports, stated that the account was and always has been under Nandlall’s name for more than 10 years. In fact, the publisher stated there was noFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall engaged in discussion with his successor, Basil Williamsarrangement with the Government of Guyana as the owner of the reports.“During the year 2012, we were instructed to directly deliver the said law reports and correspondence to him (at the Attorney General Chambers). We are unable to find any subscriptions for Law Reports of the Commonwealth for the Government of Guyana or the Attorney General’s Chambers from 2012 to 2015 and even up to present,” the publisher made known in its correspondence.The fact that Nandlall was receiving the books on his personal behalf and not the Government of Guyana’s contradicts the charges brought against him by members of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).The charges detail that between May 15 and May 29, 2015, while being a bailee (custodian), Nandlall fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit 14 Commonwealth Law Reports, valued $2.3 million, which SOCU alleges he unlawfully retained after demitting office in 2015.Commenting on the new development, Nandlall stated that it was legally impossible for someone to steal his own property and thus, the charges could only be an expression of malice and incompetence. He noted that the honourable thing for any professional to do would be to withdraw the charges, as they are “bad in law”.“The correspondence is self-explanatory. It corroborates every material detail I disclosed about this transaction over a year ago. However, I wish to highlight the company’s assertion that they never sold and delivered these books to the Government of Guyana, nor the Attorney General Chambers, nor the Ministry of Legal Affairs between the period 2012-2015, or even to date,” Nandlall stated in response to the correspondence.He noted that the publisher attested to “at all times (having) these books sold and delivered to me and that it was I, who directed their delivery to the Ministry, during my tenure as a Minister. This correspondence should finally put to rest the issue of ownership of those books.”“It is not legally possible for a person to steal his own property. The charge instituted against me, therefore, is not only bad in law, but it is an expression of malice and incompetence by those who instituted it and by those who inspired its institution.”He reminded that from the time he was brought before the court, he had stated that the charge had nothing to do with law, but more to do with political witch-hunting and a political vendetta.“I am being vindicated with each passing day. A professional worth his salt would do the honourable thing and withdraw the charge,” he said. “But I doubt this will happen in this instance.”Back in November 2015, Legal Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary Indira Ananjit was sent on 52 days’ leave after the law books were found missing. This caused an audit to be launched by the Auditor General’s Office to locate the books. Nandlall has repeatedly said that the books were part of his conditions of service, an assertion backed up by former President Donald Ramotar.He had explained on previous occasions that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract, of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books.“I was subscribing to this particular law report over a decade before my appointment as Attorney General. When I was offered the position, one of the conditions I asked for is for the Government of Guyana to continue to pay the subscription of these books, because I did not want to break the subscription,” Nandlall had pointed out.Insisting that nothing was abnormal about the practice, the former AG had argued that such was done by other Government Ministries such as Finance and Health.He had expressed awareness that for decades prior, the Government had paid for professional and technical publications, journals, periodicals, and magazines. This, he said, had been done for Ministers as well as professional and technical personnel.last_img read more

Local teacher chosen for regional study

first_img“We’re talking original documents here, the kind where you have to put gloves on first. Are you kidding me?” This is the third National Endowment of the Humanities program that Moore, a 39-year teaching veteran, has been chosen to participate in since the mid-1990s. The institute, which begins June 24, has three main objectives: to provide teachers a chance to study, see and experience the diverse American South; to demonstrate how geography is related to and draws from other humanities and social sciences; and to show teachers how they can use geographical methods to analyze and interpret data and access resources by using computers. “The Whittier City School District is pleased Mr. Moore has been chosen to participate in this very prestigious program,” said Superintendent Carmella Franco. “He is a dedicated teacher \ enhances the lives of our students.” As part of the program, Moore said, participants will come up with at least five lesson plans on what they’ve studied to bring back to their schools. “Maybe 75 percent of the institute is content-oriented. They have all kinds of interesting facts that kids can really get into,” Moore said. The institute is led by experts who teach at the University of Tennessee. “These institutes provide exposure to some of the best minds in the country on the subject being studied,” Moore said. “One of them is a guy who wrote a book on how to build a log cabin – a log cabin! How cool is that?” Once the institute is over, Moore said he will stay in the area for a while, visiting the state archives in Nashville and other local attractions. “I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he added. “I know that the information I gain from the institute will play a large role not only in my classroom, but in my own scholarship.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Dexter Middle School history teacher Paul Moore learned he had been chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend a four-week institute this summer on the South, it was like winning a lottery jackpot, he said. Moore has held a fanatic interest in the South for years. He has even considered writing a book on Appalachian migration after he retires from teaching. So the endowment’s “American South: Geography and Culture” institute in Knoxville, Tenn., seemed tailor-made to Moore, 59, who was one of about two dozen teachers nationwide who received the $3,000 endowment grant to attend the institute. “It’s even going to cover map-making,” an excited Moore said outside his classroom on Friday. “We’re going to have access to the University of Tennessee’s library of maps of the South. last_img read more