HIGH PRAISE He had high praise for his young Racers Track Club colleague Minzie. “I think he got a taste of glory last year,” Frater said of the 21-year-old who ran the 4×100 heats at the Olympics last year. “And it has really motivated him, so he’s doing tremendous work out there, putting in the hard work and it’s just for him to stick to the plan the coach has for him and it will pay off for him.” Minzie ran the 100m in 10.16 seconds in his last year at Bog Walk High School in a 2014 season, where he won the Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 200m and the Carifta 100m title. In the Olympic year, he lowered his 100m personal best to 10.02 seconds. Frater outlined why he was in the stands and not on the track himself. “I took some time off to go to Australia, so I missed some training there. This is a very important year for me, so I have some work to put in for the next month or two”, he said of his trip Down Under for the innovative Nitro Team Athletics Series. The climax of the 2017 season will be the World Championships, which start in London on August 2. When Frater was there in 2012 as part of his third Olympic team, he helped Jamaica to set a 4x100m world record. Olympic gold medallist Michael Frater was watching keenly from the stands when his Racers teammates won the men’s 4x100m at last Saturday’s Gibson-McCook Relays. Speaking just after the race, Frater said that the run of 38.59 seconds was good for this stage of the season. He believes that there is more to come. Jason Rogers of St Kitts and Nevis, Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, and the Jamaican pair of Jevaughn Minzie and Yohan Blake combined to win the early season contest. Their win pleased Frater. “They didn’t look too bad out there at all,” was his initial view. “Just started some relay work this week, so I think they’re a bit rusty, but Zharnel Hughes and Yohan look very good on either straight,” he said. “It was a quick team put together,” he noted, “and to run 38.5 in February is not too bad.” Told that Blake’s anchor leg was timed in 9.2 seconds, Frater indicated that his 2012 Olympic 4×100 gold medal-winning teammate will get faster. “Speed work hasn’t started yet, and he looked very strong, but that’s good enough for right now.”
The newly elected Liberia National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB-Lib) has been cautioned to be selfless and responsible in promoting the development and hopes of Liberian children.Those elected included Hellen Momoh, chairperson, Emett Thogar, co-chair, Samuel Teah-Wantoe, secretary, Promise Gborweah, assistant secretary, and Nathan Gbelee as program officer.Guest speaker Alfred P. K Cassell encouraged the leaders to work hard to realize their objectives. The induction ceremony was held recently at the Monrovia Christian Followership on 9th Street in Sinkor. Cassell said each of the elected members must care about everyone else’s children. “We must recognize that the welfare of our children is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people’s children. When one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else’s child will perform it. If one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else’s child will be responsible,” he pointed out.A good life can be secured for children only if a good life is also secured for all other people’s children, he maintained, and urged parents to begin extending support to other children in need.“We must renew our commitment to improve the health, welfare and future of children. We can achieve this county-to-county, village-to-village, home-to-home and child-by-child until the goal of an equitable, merciful and joyful life for all God’s children is within our sight,” he said.Inducting the officials, Ms. Myers, executive director of Messengers of Peace, urged them to be honest, passionate for change and exemplary for others.Ms. Myers also pledged her commitment to work with the elected officials to ensure that honesty, commitment and responsible leadership are demonstrated.Foday Kawah, Executive Director for Defense for Children International-Liberia, pledged his organization’s commitment to promoting the welfare of Liberia’s children.“We have confidence in you that you can ensure that issues affecting children and youth will be addressed at all levels,” director Kawah said.The ceremony was witnessed by several Liberians of note, including Mr. Varney Jersey of Liberia National Student Union, Mr. Abraham Keita, International Peace Prize Winner of 2015, and other representatives of youth groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mahaicony land disputeThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday upheld a High Court decision that two titles for land at Mahaicony, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), were fraudulently obtained since another party was in possession of the property.The appeal was filed by Chandra Ramotar Singh against Bhagwantlall Mossai and Alvin Alves in relation to land at Lot 14 Mortice, Mahaicony River.According to Court documents, while Singh did not have official title, he was in occupation of the land since 1989 when he agreed to buy the property from some of the heirs of the previous owner. However, unknown to him, Alves and Mossai had conspired to defraud him of the property. As such, the Region’s appellate court ruled that the titles held by the two respondents should be cancelled.It was noted that Alves is the grandson of the Abrams heirs, who sold the land to Singh back in 1989, but in 1994 he filed proceedings for prescriptive title in the land court by petition, fraudulently claiming that he was in actual possession of the land. The land court, being unaware that Singh was the person in possession, granted Alves a declaration of title in 1997. Alves then sold the land to Mossai, through his brother Ramrattan, two years later. Subsequently, Mossai obtained a transport for the land.After becoming aware of this, Singh filed court proceedings in May 2003, against Mossai and Alves claiming (i) damages for fraud committed by Alves in the 1994 petition; (ii) damages for trespass committed by both Mossai and Alves; and (iii) an injunction preventing Mossai and Alves from entering or attempting to enter upon the land or selling, mortgaging or otherwise alienating the land. However, he did not seek a cancellation of the fraudulent titles.Nevertheless, the trial judge, Justice James Bovell-Drakes, having found fraud on the part of Alves, Mossai and Ramrattan, went ahead and cancelled the fraudulent titles while granting an award for damages for trespass as well as the requested injunction.Mossai and Alves then appealed Justice Bovell-Drakes’ order setting aside the transport and the Court of Appeal, by a majority, declined to cancel the fraudulent titles, because, among other things, Singh had not asked for them to be cancelled in his claim and because the claim was out of time. But Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, who was the acting Chief Justice at the time, disagreed with the majority.Following that ruling, Singh then applied to the Appeal Court for leave to appeal the majority’s decision to the CCJ. However, having failed to file his application for leave to appeal within the time specified by Rule 10.3 of the CCJ (Appellate Jurisdiction) Rules, Singh applied for and obtained permission from the Court of Appeal to extend the time for making the application. Both leave to extend time and leave to appeal were granted by the Court of Appeal.As such, the CCJ was asked to determine (a) whether Singh had standing to bring a claim for trespass and fraud; and (b) whether the trial judge erred when he set aside the fraudulent transports either, because (i) Singh failed to bring his claim within 12 months after he discovered the fraud as required by section 22(1) of the Deeds Registry Act or (ii) Singh failed to request specifically that the transports be set aside.The CCJ, in its judgment, found that Singh had capacity to commence court proceedings for trespass and fraud, that he was not out of time for filing his 2003 action and finally, that Justice Bovell-Drakes was correct in cancelling the fraudulent titles.But the regional appellate court also handed down an important point of procedural law, that is, that the Court of Appeal of Guyana had no power to extend the time for the filing of an application in that Court for permission to appeal to the CCJ.
Supporters of the Peoples’ Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), along with regional councillors on Tuesday, picketed in front of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) as they called out the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Ovid Morrison, on his unilateral decisions.Protestors outside the Region 5 RDC on TuesdayThe most recent decision that triggered the protest was Morrison’s move to have a proposed regional budget approved. This newspaper was told that the REO had invited elected councillors to a meeting on Tuesday at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) boardroom at Fort Wellington, Berbice, where those who attended were shown a budget proposal.Outside of the boardroom, the protestors chanted “Morrison must go” “Stop the illegal meeting now”.Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told the media that the REO does not have the authority to summon councillors to a special meeting.“Any special meeting of the council must be summoned and convened by the Regional Chairman. Anything out of that would be deemed illegal. So, the special meeting which is being convened by the REO is illegal. The person that is holding the office of the Regional Executive Office is acting not in accordance with the laws which govern the RDC,” Ramphal said.He said as Chairman, he did not summon any special meeting of the RDC. However, he noted that the REO wrote to himself and councillors inviting them to a special meeting to discuss the 2020 budget.Meanwhile, Regional Vice Chairman Ryan Peters explained that elected officials from across the region representing the RDC and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) expressed their disappointment in the actions of the REO by way of the picketing exercise. He said it appears as though the REO perceives that they are powers interested in him the craft the 2020 regional budget.“So, what we have are the elected represented representatives of the people of Region Five coming out to say no to this act by Ovid Morrison, ‘No’ to this act by the APNU/AFC [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change]. We cannot move forward like this. This budget should be drafted by a government that is mandated to do so by the people and we all know that you can only legally receive that mandate by elections”.The Vice Chairman said the attempts by the REO to instruct the council will not be at tolerated by the party, noting that coalition Government in a caretaker role and should not be trying to craft a budget but rather ensure that the mechanisms are in place for the holding of General and Regional Elections.“Even the President would have indicated to the nation that they will not be moving towards having any new budget; more so, they would have accepted the role as a caretaker Government. However, Ovid Morrison would have taken it upon himself to craft a budget and we believe that it might be biased in the way it is being put together because if the Council is not fully constituted and given that opportunity to deliberate because it is the Council which passes and approves the budget of this Region and it is not the administration or Ovid Morrison,” Peters said.Meanwhile, the PPP/C boycotted a similar budget proposal meeting in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) which was summoned by the REO of that region Kim Stephens.Unlike Region Six’s meeting, the media was not invited to the Region Five meeting. It is not known how much money the REO is proposing to have budgeted for Region Five next year or what communities and areas are the recipients of the bulk of the budget.
Photo: Fire crews battled the OSB fire until early Tuesday morning./Submitted – Advertisement -Fort St. John fire crews spent Monday night battling a massive blaze at the Peace Valley OSB.The fire began in the dry bin area at around 10:05 p.m., says Fire Chief Fred Burrows, adding that the last of the crews didn’t return to the station until 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.Burrows says the fire was probably one of the biggest the department has had to battle at the plant and there was extensive damage.Due to the extent of the fire, the Taylor fire department had to cover any calls the Fort St. John department would have gotten, he says.There is no word on what caused the fire and Burrows says it may take some time to determine.Advertisement We are currently waiting for more information from management at the OSB plant.
0Shares0000Liverpool forward Sadio Mane celebrates a goal during the Champions League semi-final against Roma © AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTOLONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Sadio Mane says he is a “lucky boy” to play alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in Liverpool’s devastating forward line as he bids to sink Real Madrid in the Champions League final.The Liverpool forward has struck 19 times this season and wants more as the Reds take on the holders for the European title in Kiev on Saturday. “I think more goals are coming,” said the Senegal international. “Of course I am happy but as a striker you’d love to score every single game to help your team.”Mane, 26, has been the junior partner in a formidable forward trio this season. Salah has led the way with an outstanding 44 goals while Firmino has weighed in with 27 in all competitions.“Like I have always said, I have always been enjoying playing alongside these great players,” said Mane. “They make everything easier for me. I am a lucky boy.“But we always talk about the front three. Don’t forget it starts from the guys behind. They make it easier. The power of Liverpool Football Club is the collective. We always do everything together, this is our power.”Real are chasing a third successive European crown, a fourth in the past five years and a record-extending 13th in total.Liverpool have won the title five times themselves but this is their first appearance in the final for 11 years and they did not even play in Europe last season.The Spanish giants are the clear favourites but Mane is confident Liverpool, who enjoyed impressive wins over Manchester City and Roma in the knockout stages, have enough quality to win.“It was not easy, especially from having the play-off against Hoffenheim and the group stage, but now we are in the final,” he said. “Maybe that is a surprise for many people but for us it’s something we have always believed in.“Of course it will not be easy because we know they have experience and also they have qualities in the team. We respect them a lot but we also have players and staff to beat any team in the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Arsenal and Liverpool interest Iker Casillas is looking forward to leaving Real Madrid and playing outside his native Spain.The World Cup winner has spent his entire career at the Bernabeu and he feels experiencing life away from his boyhood club would enrich his love for Madrid even more.Arsenal and Liverpool are both in the market for a goalkeeper to offer genuine competition to their current number ones as Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are both spoilt for choice in between the sticks.“I’d love to have an experience abroad to bring more value to Real Madrid,” Casillas said.“Madrid is my home. I’ll always feel this way. I was educated here and got my start here. I can’t understand my life without Real Madrid.“I’d love to have an experience abroad to bring more value to Real Madrid, which already has incalculable value to me.” Real Madrid star Iker Casillas
The Belgium midfielder’s injury is not as bad as first feared but Guardiola said he was unlikely to be ready to face Watford at the Etihad on Tuesday.There was worse news about City striker Gabriel Jesus, who hobbled off in the first half with a knee problem that will sideline the Brazilian for at least “one month, maybe two months”, Guardiola said.His main concern, though, was the tackle by Puncheon, the latest in a series of challenges the manager believes could have inflicted serious injury on his players in recent games.“I admire the physicality in the Premier League but the referees have to protect the players,” said the Catalan. “Not just the best players. All the players.“I haven’t spoken to the FA (Football Association) about it. They focus on diving, on these kind of things. I know the contact is allowed here more than any other country but there is a limit.”Guardiola said there was no need to change the physical style of English football but he called for a balance.“There is a line where you go above and it is dangerous,” he said. “We are lucky with the players in the recent past they are still here. Sometimes because the football is quicker and faster it happens, they don’t want to hurt the other. But they can be out for a long time.”“We were lucky against Tottenham and against Newcastle. Today we were not lucky,” he added.– Sanchez signing? –The loss of Jesus could strengthen City’s resolve to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez during the January transfer window, although Guardiola played down the possibility of a move for the Chile international.“He is a player for Arsenal and I think he is going to stay there,” said the City boss. “In two days we have another game (and) after that we have meetings. My feeling now is Alexis is an Arsenal player.”City are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after dropping points for the first time since the second game of the season.Wilfried Zaha won Palace’s late penalty after Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have fouled him, capping another outstanding performance by the Ivory Coast international, who has been linked with a January move away from Selhurst Park.But when asked if he will be staying at the club, Zaha said: “Yep, I am.”Palace manager Roy Hodgson also has to contend with injuries ahead of his side’s trip to Southampton with centre-back Scott Dann suffering a knee injury, joining fellow defenders Mamadou Sakho and Joel Ward on the sidelines.“We’ve stretched our resources to the absolute limit,” said Hodgson.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola pictured before kick-off in the English Premier League match between his side and Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on November 26, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has demanded more protection for players after seeing Kevin De Bruyne narrowly avoid serious injury as his side’s 18-game winning streak came to an end.De Bruyne was stretchered off after being hacked down by Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon as City broke in search of a late winner at Selhurst Park on Sunday following Ederson’s penalty save from Luka Milivojevic.
Sir Bobby Robson Charity Auction: Play at St George’s Park in the talkSPORT football tournament How do you fancy taking part in the talkSPORT football tournament in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation? You do? Well, here’s your chance.Each year the Sir Bobby Robson Charity Auction offers lots of brilliant prizes to bid for – and this year is no exception.Some of the items up for auction include the chance to watch Barcelona train and see a game at the Nou Camp, VIP tickets to the PFA awards dinner, and tickets to the 2016 Champions League final.And you could also take part in the talkSORT football tournament at St George’s Park.There will be eight teams of eight players, including a team from talkSPORT and one from our mates at MailOnline, and you will get full use of the changing facilities enjoyed by the senior England team and coaching from a LMA ambassador.Bidding starts at £2,500 per team. For full details, click hereAnd for full details of the auction, visit www.sirbobbysauction.comBidding closes at 8pm on Sunday, November 29. 1
St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny will be the magnificent setting for one of the musical events of the year on Saturday (25th) – the first performance in Donegal of the ‘Christmas Oratorio’ by the French composer Saint-Saens.Members of the Enniscorthy Choral Society are travelling to join the Conwal Singers and the Donegal Chamber Orchestra for the concert. It starts at 8.30pm and admission is free, with a retiring collection.Victor Yélamo, who is conducting, says it will be a memorable hour of music and singing. “The ‘Christmas Oratorio’ is a masterpiece from one of the greatest composers France has produced. We’re delighted to get the opportunity to perform it in the Cathedral. We hope people will come along and enjoy a wonderful work which features soloists, choir, strings, organ and harp.”The ‘Christmas Oratorio’ was first performed at Christmas in 1958. Saint-Saens wrote it in less than a fortnight and completed it ten days before the premiere. There are parts for five soloists, including Fiona Wasson (soprano) and Karen Patton (mezzo soprano), and a starring role for the organ, as well as the two choirs, the DCO and harp. The women of the chorus sing four parts in one movement. The words are in Latin.The Enniscorthy Choral Society was formed in 1993 and currently has more than 40 members under the direction of Donagh Wylde. They’ve travelled extensively in Ireland, the UK and the continent, and have won a number of international choral competition prizes through the years.They’re unlikely to be fazed by the Gothic grandeur of St Eunan’s Cathedral – one of their past performances was on the high altar of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The Conwal Singers is a mixed-voice choir formed in 2009. Their Christmas Carol concerts and summer concerts are now staples in the local music calendar. In September the choir hosted an evening of choral music in the Cathedral for Culture Night.The Donegal Chamber Orchestra is part of the Donegal Music Education Partnership and has been very much in demand this year, with concerts in the fabulous Mussenden Temple at Castlerock, the Playhouse in Derry and Glenveagh Castle.St Eunan’s Cathedral hosts major ‘Christmas Oratorio’ was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)