MYS Seeks US$33,000 Sponsorship for Upcountry Basketball

first_imgIn an effort to develop basketball amongst youthful Liberians in the leeward counties, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is in the hunt for US$33,000.00 to fund the 2015 Upcountry basketball tournament.This year’s tourney is scheduled from Friday, March 13 to Monday, March 16, in the gymnasium of the William V.S. Tubman-Gray United Methodist High School in Gbarnga, Bong County.According to the fixture, seven schools from two counties, Bong and Margibi, are expected to participate in the four-day basketball jamboree.The schools are:  Gboveh High School, the William V.S. Tubman-Gray United Methodist High School, St. Mark Lutheran High School and St. Peter Episcopal High School, all in Bong County.The remaining participants are Phebe Lutheran High School and St. Martins Catholic School also located in Bong County; including the defending champions, Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County.The Ministry’s appeal for financial sponsorship is owing to government budgetary deficit because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Asst. Sports Minister Murvee Gray told the Daily Observer over the weekend in an exclusive interview that the government has appropriated US$6,250.00 which is about 18% of the total budget.Asst. Minister Gray said the US$33,000.00 is intended for transportation, feeding, accommodation, trophies, medals, organizational structure, renovation of the gym, per diems, amongst others.He revealed that in order to have a successful 2015 Upcountry basketball tournament, the Ministry has written four institutions for sponsorship.They include: the Managing Directors of the National Port Authority (Matilda W. Parker) and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (T. Nelson Williams, II.)Others are Commissioner Beyan C. Kesselly of the Liberia Maritime Authority and Dewitt VonBallmoos of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation.“We believe that these four individuals, who are notably basketball enthusiasts and managers, will sponsor the Upcountry basketball tournament,” Asst. Minister Gray said.“We want to use this medium to thank them in advance for their support and they will always be remembered for their roles in the development of basketball and the physical abilities of young people in sports,” he said.He added: “If Liberia should be as other countries in sports, a program like this needs to be sustained to ensure the total improvement of the game.”“From this tourney players would be scouted and subsequently recruited and trained to eventually be able to make a better representation in a future competition,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Frost threatens farmer crops

first_imgThis year the early frost is particularly scary in the Peace Region, because most crops are roughly two weeks behind schedule due to the extremely wet weather through June and July and summer time temperatures which were cooler than normal.The paper quotes Ralph Wright with Alberta Agriculture,  as saying it is not yet considered a ‘killing frost'” but there’s a serious risk of losing millions of dollars’ worth of crop yield.Mr. Wright is also quoted as saying “Generally, a killing frost is -2C, but it also depends on the amount of time that it sits at ground-level,”- Advertisement -The article adds an e-mail sent out to farmers from the Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission, lists relative humidity, and the presence of rain or dew as other factors.Canola producers in particular are being encouraged to be patient before swathing and a Commission spokesman says crops should be checked for damage six or seven hours after frost, before they do anything.For more on this story, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more

BC Hydro provides PRRD with an update on north bank fish habitat enhancement work

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has provided the Peace River Regional District with an update regarding the north bank fish habitat enhancement work. In a letter, B.C. Hydro says, to date, they have not undertaken any channel enhancement works in the area that is situated below the area known as the “Old Fort Slide”. – Advertisement -If any work were to occur, B.C. Hydro says they would have a full assessment performed on the area by an engineer. According to B.C. Hydro, the reason for not performing work in that area is because of its instability and has been evaluating other areas that would best meet their commitments with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. B.C. Hydro states that the work on the south bank is almost complete and will continue to provide updates to the Regional District.last_img read more

Monaco line up Gustavo as Arsenal face missing out on midfield target again

first_img1 Luis Gustavo in action for Wolfsburg Arsenal could miss out on Luis Gustavo for the second successive summer with Monaco planning a surprise move for the Wolfsburg midfielder.The Brazilian holding midfielder has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time now and Arsene Wenger came close to signing him this time last year.However, Gustavo, then of Bayern Munich, snubbed the Gunners in favour of a move to Wolfsburg – and he impressed during his first season with the club.But Wenger has admitted that he may attempt to sign a holding midfielder before the close of the window and reports last week suggested that the manager dispatched scouts to watch Gustavo in action against Bayern Munich on Friday.However, sources in France have now revealed that Monaco have joined the race to sign the 27-year-old this summer and are lining up an approach to Wolfsburg.Real Madrid are also admirers of the former Hoffenheim man and they could make their move once they finally sell Angel di Maria to Manchester United.last_img read more

Video: Arsenal complete deal for Borussia Dortmund target after deadline day?

first_img1 Arsenal look set to be handed a huge boost with Chuba Akpom on the verge of signing a new deal.The 19-year-old striker, who is interesting the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, is set to put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at the Emirates as he begins to make an impact on the first-team.On Sunday, the youngster came off the bench in their comprehensive 5-0 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League and won a penalty, which Santi Cazorla duly converted.And, although Akpom is yet to score any goals in his 17 first-team appearances, Arsene Wenger believes the starlet can become a key player in north London.Check out the youngster, who Alexis Sanchez has reportedly nicknamed ‘Titi’ after Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, in action below… Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom last_img read more

Charlie Austin on Southampton debut: ‘Man United were there for the taking’

first_imgNew Southampton striker Charlie Austin has told talkSPORT Manchester United were there for the taking, after he netted on his Saints debut to seal a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.A regular guest on the Sports Bar, host Andy Goldstein last week begged the forward – who moved to St Mary’s in a bargain £4million deal from QPR this month – not to score against his beloved Red Devils.But that’s exactly what he did, as his textbook header from a corner kick sealed a brilliant three points for Ronald Koeman’s men.READ MORE: Austin sings Southampton initiation ‘Stand By Me’ LIVE on talkSPORTUnited have now claimed only three wins in their last 13 games in all competitions, and asked if he felt the hosts were there for the taking when he entered the field as a late substitute, Austin said: “Yes.“We were strong all over the field and you know with Man United that if you frustrate them early in the game the fans will get on their back.“I’m not saying that played a part, but when you’re at Old Trafford and there are 75,000 people booing…well, they were certainly booing after I scored.“I just came on thinking, ‘be ready’. Neither side had a lot of chances in the game, so I knew if a chance did come my way I had to put it in the back of the net. Luckily enough Prowsey [corner taker James Ward-Prowse] put a great ball in and I did the rest.“We’ve got nine points in our last three games now and we’ve got a tough game coming up away at Arsenal, but we’ll go there full of confidence and will try to get a result.“We’ve just got to try and keep this unbeaten run going.”last_img read more


first_imgMatch report for the U12 Hurling County A FinalThe U12 Hurling County A Final was held in O’Donnell park last Thursday night between St Eunan’s and Four Masters.Conditions were wet underfoot with a blustery gale blowing across the pitch but nothing could diminish the excellent hurling game and skills that was on show. Both teams had met earlier in the league with St Eunan’s only edging Four Masters out, so the numerous supporters were expecting a good game and they were not disappointed. St Eunan’s opened the scoring with a fine point taken by Shane O’Donnell. However, from the puck out, Leo Dunphy broke through the midfield to level the score after 4 minutes of play. Both teams traded points and after 11 minutes the score was level.St Eunan’s Cian Harkin and Shane O’Donnell gradually started to get the better of the midfield area and were able to drop balls into the Four Masters square.The Four Masters backs Katie O Donnell and Ciaran McGroary dealt expertly with a lot of the pressure but eventually the St Eunan’s forward, Rory Doherty scored the opening goal on the 13th minute.This sustained period of pressure led to St Eunan’s goals by Oisin Randles and Shane O Donnell. However Four Masters proved why they were in the final with superb runs and shots on the St Eunan’s goals. However, both goalkeeper Russel Forde and backs Eoin Dowling and Andrew O’Connor were able to clear the area and deliver pin point passes to their brilliant half back line of Marty Duffy and Gavin Forde and start the attack the other direction.However, Four Masters Matthew Laffan scored an unstoppable goal on the stroke of half time. Half time score was 5-2 to 1-2 to St Eunan’s.The second half started with the same intensity and passion from both teams and both traded goals within the first 10 minutes.Four Masters point from Leo Dunphy on the 12th min proved to be their last score. Great battling by forward Ger Duffy allowed Paul O Donnell to take a great point under pressure and Shane O Donnell added a few more scores to his tally. St Eunans forward subs Michael O’Donnell, Oran Brogan, Matthew Noonan and Mark Mulholland kept the pressure on Four Masters with fresh legs. Late in the game subs Conor Whoriskey, Peter McGee, Ed Grant and Kieran Tobin all played a pivotal role in keeping the Four Masters threat at bay.St Eunan’s won in the end 7-6 to 2 -3 to retain the U12 A Final cup that they won in 2012. However the score does not reflect the exciting and thrilling contest that was on show and no doubt that these athletes will be meeting each other again in the future. St Eunans: Russell Forde, Andrew O’Connor, Eoin Dowling, Gavin Forde, Marty Duffy, Shane O’Donnell, Cian Harkin, Paul O’Donnell, Oisin Randles, Ger Duffy, Rory Doherty, Subs used: Michael O’Donnell, Matthew Noonan, Ed Grant, Conor Whoriskey, Peter McGee, Oran Brogan, Mark Mulholland, Kieran Tobin, subs not used: Jack Doherty, Sam Grant, James O’Donnell, Liam Hannigan, James McLaughlin, Conor HorganFour Masters: Leo Dunphy, Katie O’Donnell, Luke O’Sullivan, Ciaran McGroary, Sean Conway, Dillan Thomas, Luke Sweeney, Corey Byrne, Cathal McGlynn, Evan Towey, Joshua Laffan, David Oates, Elaine Knight, Ross O’Keeney, Jack Myres, Mark Jordan, Mathew LaffanST EUNAN’S EDGE OUT FOUR MASTERS IN U-12 COUNTY HURLING FINAL was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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)Tags:four masters gaa clibSt Eunan’s GAA clubU12 DONEGAL HURLING FINALlast_img read more


first_imgTwo young Letterkenny ABC boxers have punched their way to two Ulster titles in Newtonstewart last Sunday.Patrick Mc Shane and Micheal O’Donnell, both 11 years old, were in flying form. They go on now to compete in the All-Irelands in the National Stadium, Dublin next week.The boys’ coaches are Rory McShane, Martin Glackin, James Browne and Paddy Gallagher ULSTER SAYS YES FOR TWO YOUNG LETTERKENNY BOXERS! was last modified: April 15th, 2014 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) Tags:boxingdonegalLettetrkenny ABCUlsterlast_img read more


first_imgKelly’s Centra Mountain Top have slashed fuel prices.Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top have got into the Christmas spirit by slashing fuel prices.Management at the popular store have decided to cut prices on UNLEADED to 145.9 and DIESEL to 136.9 AND 79c for KEROSENE.However, management are not content with their sensational offer and are having a Happy Hour in which they’ll slash the price AGAIN. During happy hour, prices will be slashed to 140.9 for UNLEADED and DIESEL TO 131.9 and 74Cc for KEROSENE. That is unbelievable value and an early Christmas present for road users in Donegal.It is also believed that Santa is en-route to get the sleigh filled up ahead of his big journey in three weeks time. 🙂Happy hour lasts from 4pm to 6pm so make sure and get up and avail of these brilliant prices. KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT BY SLASHING FUEL PRICES was last modified: December 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:CostsdieselFeaturesKelly’s CentraMountain Topnewspetrolslashedlast_img read more

Gor Mahia sign another Ugandan

first_imgSempala (center) posses with Gor Mahia officials during the contract signing (Agency Photos)NAIROBI – Ugandan Midfielder Hashim Sempala has seal a move to Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia.The former URA FC player is understood to have penned a two year deal that will see him feature for the 17 time KPL Champions until the close of the 2020/21 season.”Gor Mahia sign midfielder Hashim Sempala from Tusker, Read a Tweet on Gor Mahia’s official Twitter account.“The Ugandan signed a two-year-deal. Welcome to Gor Mahia midfielder Hashim Sempala” the club tweeted.Sempala who arrives from another KPL side, Tusker Football Club, thus becomes the third Ugandan currently featuring at the club.Sempala has been at Tusker FC.At K’Oghalo, Ssempala joins left back Shafik Batambuze and forward Erisa Ssekisambu.“I am delighted to join the Kenyan champions and this is a big move for me in my career, said a delighted Sempala after signing for Gor Mahia.“I will strive to help the club achieve the targets they set for the season.“I have always loved to play for Gor Mahia and I thank God that I finally have the chance to turn out for the great club.Sempala has been featuring in Kenya since 2016 when he joined Tusker from Bul FC.He has also previously featured for Lweza, URA, KCCA and was part of the 2012 Uganda Premier League winning Express FC team.Gor Mahia has in the past successfully honoured Ugandans including the likes of the late David Otti, Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma, Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito and Khalid Aucho.Comments Tags: Baba Kizitodan sserunkumaDavid Ottierisa ssekisambugor mahiaHashim SempalaKenyan Premier LeagueKhalid AuchoShafik BatambuzetopTusker FClast_img read more