Australia crush Nigeria by ten wickets

first_imgNIGERIA’s first ever match at a World Cup was one to forget, as they were bowled out for 61 before going down by ten wickets against Australia in Kimberley in what was a rude awakening for the newcomers to the fold.Australia Under-19 62 for 0 (Fanning 30*) beat Nigeria Under-19 61 (Olaleye 21*, Sangha 5-14, Simpson 3-11) by ten wicketsTheir top scorer, opener Olayinka Olaleye, made 21 runs in 53 balls, surviving nearly 20 overs against some hostile pace bowling led by Bradley Simpson, but was eventually dismissed by legspinner Tanveer Sangha. Sangha, who had taken 4 for 30 against West Indies on Saturday, cleaned up the Nigerian tail thereafter to finish with 5 for 14 and get to the top of the wicket-takers’ chart for the tournament.Australia then chased the target down in 7.4 overs with openers Sam Fanning and Jake Fraser-McGurk hitting eight fours to complete a dominant performance.The game was one of two being played in Kimberley on the day and had very few fans in attendance. Most of those present cheered for Nigeria, and their first four of the World Cup, struck by Olayele through third man, elicited massive roars from the stands. In all, they struck six fours in an innings that lasted 35.4 overs, two of them coming from Olayele, the only one to reach double figures.Sangha was impressive, bowling stump to stump instead of looking to turn the ball like in the game against West Indies. His sliders had two batsmen out bowled trying to cut, while wicketkeeper Patrick Rowe assisted with a catch and a stumping for two more wickets.The only time a Nigeria batsman looked to attack Sangha was when Olaleye gave him the charge, but he was caught at first slip by captain Mackenzie Harvey.The early breakthroughs, however, had come from Simpson, who came into the Australia side in place of Matthew Willans, who is down with a groin injury. Simpson’s double-strike with the new ball had reduced Nigeria to 10 for 3, and his third scalp ended the innings in the 36th over.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Up close: Louisville’s Bedford forges personal bond, uses hands-on approach to develop players

first_img Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Vance Bedford shouted a simple instruction to Andre Weathers during a 1997 Michigan spring football practice.‘Hey,’ Bedford called out to the sophomore cornerback. ‘Run a route.’Lining up at wide receiver, Weathers examined the third-year secondary coach positioned opposite him. Bedford, then 38 years old, wore tennis shoes.Before the snap, Bedford pressed Weathers, jumped to his inside and began chopping his feet at maximum speed. But when the ball was snapped, Bedford stepped back. Weathers stuttered out of his break anticipating contact, and Bedford covered him seamlessly.‘Every college kid looks at their coaches like, ‘Oh, you don’t have it anymore,” Weathers said. ‘And then for someone to get out there and be like, ‘Watch me,’ and to see it, it’s just like, ‘Wow.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe ‘buzzing’ technique was just one minor intricacy Bedford taught Weathers, a part of his curriculum of schooling under Bedford that prepared him for the NFL. For Bedford, that teaching approach has churned out professional-level players at multiple coaching stops at the collegiate level, including Michigan, Florida and Oklahoma State.Now serving as the defensive coordinator for Louisville (3-4, 1-1 Big East), Bedford maintains a personal, hands-on approach. He emphasizes creating personal relationships with all of his players to best understand how to teach them.Once Bedford establishes those relationships, he passes on his comprehensive wealth of knowledge to the players. Bedford first started to acquire that knowledge from his father, Leon, a high school football coach. He then played four years as a cornerback at Texas and played one season in the NFL.Bedford said he then got into coaching, starting at the high school and junior college level before breaking into the collegiate ranks in 1987 as the defensive backs coach at Colorado State.After six seasons at CSU, he took the same position at Oklahoma State and has since spent time at Michigan, Florida and now Louisville, as well as with the Chicago Bears of the NFL from 1999-2004.And everywhere he coached, Bedford constructed those crucial personal relationships with his players.‘I believe the point of coaching is getting to know people because being a coach is like being a teacher,’ Bedford said. ‘Both my parents were school teachers. My dad was a coach. So I learned from the best, and if you don’t get to know people, how can you coach them? How can you teach them? That’s just always what I’ve always done and what I’ve believed in.’Once Bedford understands his players, he uses his tactical knowledge to transform them into top-notch defensive backs. Bedford prepared his players to prevent them from trying to cover receivers ‘blindly,’ Weathers said.Sometimes Bedford imparted that knowledge to his players in the film room, highlighting a certain receiver’s tendencies. In other instances, he elected to instruct a player in a one-on-one conversation. But in some cases, as he did in Ann Arbor, Mich., just more than a dozen years ago, he thought it best to just show the players himself.During his four years in that stint at Michigan, Bedford matched up against the Wolverines’ defensive backs time after time. He taught them a series of ‘press-bail’ maneuvers used to keep receivers out of their comfort zones. This deceptive positioning prevented receivers from knowing whether they would be given a clean break at the line of scrimmage.‘The beautiful thing about Bedford, not only did he explain those techniques to you, he would demonstrate them himself,’ Weathers said. ‘That was one of those things that really made you gravitate (toward him) and enjoy actually learning from him because he wasn’t a coach that just talked about it. He actually did it.’On the field, Bedford never told any of the defensive backs which tactic to use in coverage. Rather, Weathers said he encouraged each of his players to choose which techniques worked best for them individually.Bedford maintained that flexible coaching style throughout his career, including a two-year stop as the defensive backs coach for Florida.During his time with the Gators, Bedford developed an especially close bond with defensive back Will Hill. Hill visited the Bedford household regularly. Hill said Bedford was another father figure, and he often went to him for help off the field. He was always welcome for dinner, and if he wanted to, had a place to stay the night.That strong relationship with Bedford may have saved his college career.After a falling out with safeties coach Chuck Heater, Hill became frustrated. There were days when he wished he was elsewhere, playing for another school instead of Florida — the program that would eventually win the 2008 national championship.That’s when Bedford gave him a stern wake-up call.‘Will, you’re one of the best players that we have on this team, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be playing,’ Hill said Bedford told him.Hill heard the message loud and clear and worked his way back onto the playing field. He credited the turnaround to Bedford and his unique ability to recognize how each player needs to be addressed.‘He can see a kid, he can read a kid and know how to bring the potential out of every young man because everybody’s not the same,’ Hill said. ‘He has the talent — that’s what I call it — the talent to look in within a person and bring out their best. And that’s what he did with me.’Currently a member of the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, Hill still keeps in touch with his former coach. And who knows where he would be now had Bedford not set him straight back at Florida.‘Coach Bedford, he is his own person. Most coaches, they can coach, but they really can’t explain the game,’ Hill said. ‘He was just deep down with it. He knew how to relate with his players, especially me while he was coaching me.’After the 2009 season, Bedford left Florida and brought that coaching ability to Louisville as the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator under then-first-year head coach Charlie Strong.As he did with Weathers and Hill, Bedford establishes personal relationships with all of his players. That’s the key to his high ratio of players that move on to the NFL.Now at Louisville, the 53-year-old mastermind may not be able to lock down future professional athletes anymore, but mentally he hasn’t lost a step.‘He knows how to develop players and that’s really what it’s all about,’ Strong said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘You can go recruit those good players, but once you go recruit them you have to be able to develop them, and he does.’sebail01@syr.edu” data-scaytid=”8″>sebail01@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Technology: Means of production evolve throughout the years

first_imgAs the Daily Trojan celebrates its 100-year anniversary, photographers no longer have to manually develop their film, editors don’t have to bike east of the Harbor Freeway to lay out their stories and staff members aren’t tied down writing their stories on manual typewriters in the newsroom.Though technology at the DT has evolved, the basic production process has stayed the same. After a reporter submits the story, it’s edited by section editors, copy editors, managing editors and the editor in chief. Pages are laid out, proofread and sent to the printer. The next morning, completed copies of the paper hit newsstands for readers to pick up.Mona Cravens, who started work at USC Student Publications in 1976 and became director of student publications in 1982, said, though the production process has essentially stayed the same, the execution has changed dramatically.Technostalgia| In 1979, the DT switched from typewriters to computers to streamline the film developing process. — Daily Trojan file photo During the newspaper’s early production days in 1912, reporters had to go into the paper’s offices to write their stories on manual typewriters. According to the 1928 El Rodeo, this process became more convenient for staff members when the paper’s offices were relocated in 1928 from the Moneta Print Shop, which was located on Jefferson Street, to the Student Union.“Being in the center of all student offices, the Trojan reporters were aided in making contacts more readily than when the office was away from campus,” El Rodeo reported.Though the newsroom was located on campus, editors were unable to complete their production entirely in Student Union. Until the 1980s, students edited stories at an off-site location.“Several times each night, various editors rode bikes from the Student Union a couple of blocks east of the Harbor Freeway at Exposition Boulevard to Graphic Services, a USC printing department, to deliver batches of articles and photographs,” Cravens said.One of the people who would help produce the paper at Graphic Services was Ron Flores, who has been working in DT production for 42 years and currently works as the DT’s nightly production manager.For each section, Flores would retype stories on paper tape, develop the tape by running it through a film processer and print out stories on a long piece of film called a galley, which he would cut out and paste to a board to create section proofs.When editors finished editing proofs, usually around 2 a.m., Flores drove the paste-up boards to a Glendale, Calif. print shop for the final stages of the production process. At times, this proved problematic, but none so much as during the 1992 L.A. riots, when the DT finished production after the curfew put in place by the city.“It was so eerie. No one was on the streets but the National Guard,” Flores said, recalling the drive to Glendale. “There were just the police and the National Guard and the burning buildings. It was kind of scary. … I just thought, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this.’”In 1979, this process was streamlined when the DT cut out the film developing process by writing stories on computers, which Flores could use to directly print the galleys. The transition, however, was not an easy one. Steve Padilla, the DT’s editor in chief in 1982 and a current Los Angeles Times editor, said system crashes kept the paper from being published at least once during his tenure.“Our computers were so bad we would sometimes switch mid-day from computers to typewriters and go to a printer in Glendale [to finish production of the paper],” Padilla said in an email. “I saw the sun rise from the DT office about three times because we stayed all night.”Scott Smith, the associate director of Student Publications and the DT’s spring 2001 editor in chief, described his time on the paper as a “partial-digital” production: Editors had access to computers, but Flores still used a manual process to assemble stories and ads on pages.“If any [equipment] were to break down, we would be dead in the water,” Cravens said. “There were times where it didn’t work, and we had to take [Flores] … and some of the students up to the printer in Glendale and re-keyboard the paper for the next day on their machines.”Flores said he worried while working with computers during the partial-digital era because of their unreliability. There was no backup in place, and production would have to be moved to the printers’ offices or back to old “hot type” machines.In the late 1990s, the DT began transitioning to a fully digital production by creating an online version of the paper. The original website, created in 1996, was hosted on usc.edu, and editors had the labor-intensive job of scanning in and posting still-black-and-white graphics and pictures.After the turn of the millennium, the DT continued its technological growth by switching to a color-printed edition, moving to its current DailyTrojan.com web domain and expanding the use of computers in the newsroom. In 2005, the DT switched to the completely digital system it uses today, which allows Flores to send pages to the printer electronically.“Everything works so well now,” Flores said. “Back then I would work my a– off … but I paid my dues. I was always here and ready to get the paper out, and stayed no matter what happened.”This fully digital production still came with its own set of technological mishaps, from crashing pages to power outages.“[Once, there was] no power to the building for Sunday production, so [Cravens] and I gathered up computers … and had to have editors come to her house and produce the paper there,” Smith said. “There was a lot of moving things around on flash drives. Working with adversity is always interesting.”Today, the DT’s newest challenge is building its web presence. Editors now have the ability to work with video, podcasts and photo galleries to provide content in new ways.Smith said the goal of the paper has always been to use technology to prepare students for their future careers in journalism.“Our goal is always to be at the cutting edge of what’s being used,” Smith said. “We are sometimes several years ahead of what’s being used at commercial papers … [and] it really is an advantage when students graduate and go out into their careers.”Despite the technological challenges and the changes over the past 100 years, Cravens said what makes the DT significant is its ability to continue producing content no matter what roadblocks appear.“Those were some of the best experiences because it demonstrated how solid our team was,” Cravens said. “When things go wrong, there is always a spirit of ‘can do’ that goes throughout our organization. … [Everyone feels] very committed to getting that paper out the next day.”last_img read more

AITEO CUP: Enyimba, Rivers United, MFM Fall At First Hurdle

first_imgNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfits Enyimba, Rivers United and MFM FC were on Wednesday knocked out of the 2017 AITEO Cup.Enyimba-four time winners of the competition- lost 2-1 to ABS FC in Ilorin, just three days after trouncing the same team 3-0 at home in the NPFL.In Lafia, Nasarawa United thrashed a largely inexperienced MFM side 3-0 to advance to the round of 32.The biggest shock of the round came in Port Harcourt where third-tier league side, J. Atete dumped out 4-time champions, Rivers United.The Nationwide League One side won 7-6 on penalties after regulation time ended goalless.NPFL leaders, Plateau United and Sunshine Stars are also through to the next round after respective wins over Wikki Tourists and Mighty Jets away from home.But the match involving Rangers and Kogi United in Lokoja was abandoned after fans invaded the pitch following a decision that went the way of the Flying Antelopes.AITEO CUP ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:Ngwa FC 6 FC Galadima 2Heartland 0 Insurance 0 (5-4 penalties)Katsina United Feeders 1 Aklosendi FC 0AITEL FC 0 Unicem Rovers 0 (3-5)Mighty Jets 1 Sunshine Stars 2Bayelsa United W/O FC ZamfaraEde United 2 Sakaba United 0FC IfeanyiUbah Feeders 2 Jigawa Golden Stars 1Ekiti United 3 Dolphins FC 2Rivers United 0 FC Atete 0 (6-7 penalties)Delta Warriors 2 Ayade Babes 0FC Yarmalight 1 FC IfeanyiUbah 3Shooting Stars 3 Dynamite FC 1Kogi United Vs Rangers International (Abandoned)Nasarawa United 3 MFM FC 0Doma United 1 Adamawa United 1 (4-3 penalties)Osun United 2 Coal City Youths 0FC Lokoja 0 El-Kanemi Babes 2Kwara United 4 Sokoto United 0Wikki Tourists 1 Plateau United 2ABS FC 2 Enyimba FC 1Samba Kurna 2 Wikki Tourists Feeders 0Abia Warriors 1 Crown FC 0FRSC FC 1 Potiskum Academy 0Almar FC 0 Spartan FC 0 (5-3 penalties)Moyero FC 0 Akwa Starlets 2 OUTSTANDING ROUND OF 64 MATCHES:Lobi Stars Vs Katsina United (Wednesday, 23rd August)Adamawa United Feeders Vs Cynosure FC (Wednesday, 23rd August)Niger Tornadoes Vs El-Kanemi Warriors (Thursday, 17th August)Halfa FC Vs Akwa United (Thursday, 17th August)Niger Tornadoes Feeders Vs FC Abuja (Thursday, 17th August)Yobe Desert Stars Vs Kano Pillars (Thursday, 24th August) The round of 32 draws will take hold on Friday, 18th August 2017.Winners of the competition will pocket N25m and also represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.Relatedlast_img read more

SportPesa launches new UK casino

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Kenyan sports betting group SportPesa has expanded its provisions for the UK betting market, announcing that it has launched it’s new online casino portal (https://casino.sportpesa.uk/)The bookmaker’s new casino vertical will feature over + 200 games, from industry games provider Microgaming.Updating the market, SportPesa development stated that it had created an ‘uncluttered and easy to navigate’ online casino property, which is further mobile-compatible featuring ‘streamlined gameplay’SportPesa UK Marketing Manager Shaun Simmons commented on the casino launch: “We’re excited to be launching the new look SportPesa UK platform. Over the past few months, we have taken customer feedback on board and worked tirelessly to deliver a product that we feel will stand tall in this market. Not only will our customers have access to a decent sportsbook, but we can now also provide our valued customers with a first-class casino offering.”During 2017, SportPesa has undertaken a concentrated effort to increase its presence and operations within the UK online gambling marketing. This July, the African bookmaker announced that it had established its new European Headquarters on the Waterfront developments’ of Liverpool.Furthermore, in 2017 SportPesa has announced a number of high coverage English football partnerships with Everton, Southampton FC and Hull City Tigers. BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Share Submit Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020last_img read more

We are sorry says Ghana Captain

first_imgGhana team captain Emmanuel Clottey was left apologizing to the fans after a second defeat in as many matches at CHAN.Finalists in the inaugural Chan tournament two years ago the The Black Stars have succumbed to South Africa and Zimbabwe.With just Niger to play Ghana now need a miracle of Biblical proportions to see them through to the quarter finals and even that is not entirely in their hands.“We apologise for our bad performance, we did not expect to play like this, we don’t know what happened” said a somber looking Clottey.His coach Hebert Addo next to him at the press conference pin pointed what he called “loss of concentration at crucial time” as one of their downfalls.“We selected the best players from our local league in Ghana and we planned to reach the final but now the odds of that happening are one in a million” Addo talked of the 4-4-2 system which they employed first and seemed to be in ascendancy in the first half but just like against South Africa they faltered in the second half allowing Zimbabwe to pick them apart. Mathematically Ghana is not out of it as yet. Zimbabwe and Niger have three points each and should they lose their last group matches heavily to South Africa and Ghana respectively it will come down to the best goal difference between, Ghana , Niger and Zimbabwe.The Black Stars are also keen to avoid a third defeat, something quite out of character for them. Clottey was adamant that they will make amends against Niger. “We want to correct out mistakes and we have one more chance to do that” he said.Having apologized for the two loses Clottey and team mates are praying for a change of fortunes when they play their last group match as the thought of another loss is to ghastly to contemplate for a power house in African football.Source: ww.cafonline.comlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 11, 2015

first_imgBob Baffert11126191423%$2,957,432 Mark Glatt8414171217%$626,602 John W. Sadler14122201816%$1,479,100 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard E. Mandella7016101323%$992,946 Mike Puype10813151512%$546,946 (Current Through Friday, April 10) Peter Miller15929271918%$1,444,836 Rafael Bejarano29370453924%$3,428,118 Tyler Baze32143413513%$2,513,258 Victor Espinoza18535352619%$2,437,156 Santiago Gonzalez13819152114%$841,434 WOOLF WINNER LUZZI ENJOYS DAY IN THE SUNYIANNUS STEPS UP IN SUNDAY’S SAN PEDROFIRING LINE WORKS FOR KENTUCKY DERBYRACING RADIO PIONEER BILL GARR PASSES AT 98 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 -30- Doug F. O’Neill18523172512%$1,126,402 Elvis Trujillo23526342411%$1,525,650 Felipe Valdez9413121614%$428,837 Martin Garcia14929201719%$2,724,890 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 James Cassidy741081314%$440,550 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Edwin Maldonado12618131414%$621,204 Fernando Perez2061824269%$871,578 Flavien Prat15517182011%$953,314 Martin Pedroza17918272310%$781,744 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 ‘GREAT HONOR’ FOR LUZZI TO WIN WOOLF AWARDMike Luzzi was basking in the sunshine of another glorious morning at Santa AnitaSaturday, 30 hours before he was to enjoy a more significant moment in the sun, acceptance of Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award after tomorrow’s sixth race.“It’s a great honor,” said Luzzi (as in fuzzy), who was accompanied by his son, Lane as he greeted old friends and well wishers. “My grandfather (Virgil “Buddy” Raines) was a trainer and was friendly with George Woolf, so the award means a little extra to my Mom.“Raines was a regular at Delaware Park and that’s where I grew up, right outside the gate there (in Stanton). My grandfather and George Woolf were close. I actually have some souvenirs from that time, the last program on the day he was killed, so this means more to me than it might to someone else, because I heard about George Woolf from Pops.”Sidelined because of a broken leg and a fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident last Nov. 2 at Aqueduct, Luzzi, winner of 3,420 career races, has undergone reconstructive surgery and hopes to resume riding at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most coveted honors in racing, as it recognizes riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. RADIO RACING PIONEER BILL GARR VIEWING ON MONDAYBill Garr, who loved racing as much as life itself life and devoted the major portion of his career to the game he loved, died on March 28 at the age of 98.Garr, a Southern California-based radio broadcaster who did countless shows from Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and the Los Angeles County Fair, was a notorious punster and teller of corny jokes who also enjoyed backing a horse he fancied with a few dollars. When once asked by an on-air listener, “Who do you like in the sixth race?” on a particular Saturday, Garr unhesitatingly responded, “I like Hot Dog in the sixth, he’s a Weiner.”Garr’s first live show from Santa Anita was broadcast on Dec. 26, 1959. For nearly four decades, he broadcast his show from live racing venues on the Southern California circuit and unabashedly promoted loyal sponsors such as Kitty Queen, Canada Dry, Old English Rancho, Pro Express and many others.A native of San Francisco, Garr’s first break in radio came as a station announcer at KNBR, which was the West Coast’s flagship station for NBC in the early 1940s.Garr was preceded in death by his wife, Jean. He was the brother of the late Louis Eilken, a former racing secretary at Santa Anita and at Canterbury Downs in Minnesota. He is survived by his daughter, Jeannie, son Bill, and three grandchildrenA viewing will be held this Monday, April 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Douglass and Zook Chapel of Remembrance Funeral Home, 600 East Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, 91016.A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 North Lake Ave., Pasadena 91104, on Tuesday, April 14, at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Shadow Hills Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Club, www.shadowhillsridingclub.org, or U.S. Navy League, Navy Days 310 392-1275. Philip D’Amato8219121523%$929,990 Jerry Hollendorfer17030222518%$3,299,408 Ron Ellis641451022%$485,440 Peter Eurton8715131517%$878,756 Richard Baltas831715720%$751,335 Gary Stevens9918141818%$1,583,128 Kent Desormeaux21334382816%$2,100,220 YIANNIS GOES FROM MAIDEN WIN TO STAKES SUNDAYYiannis moves from a maiden victory in his lone start to the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs Sunday.“He won his first start (by a nose over subsequent stakes winner, Gimme Da Lute, as the 9-10 favorite on Jan. 31), we liked him, and we entered an allowance race but it didn’t fill,” said John Sadler, who trains the Kentucky-bred son of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman for Hronis Racing LLC.“We’re going from a maiden win to a stake but we think he’s a nice colt, he’s got a good post and he’s trained well (a bullet 57.20 on April 5, best of 68 drills at the distance).”The field for the San Pedro: Well Maybe, Mike Smith, 6-1; Kentuckian, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; The Man, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Guy Code, Gonzalo Nicolas, 30-1; Gloria’s Angelo, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Yiannis, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Om, Fernando Perez, 9-5; No Problem, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; and Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze, 12-1. FINISH LINES: Firing Line, winner of the Sunland Derby by more than 14 lengths, worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Saturday in 59.20 under regular rider Gary Stevens, who will be seeking his fourth Kentucky Derby win when he rides the son of Line of David in the May 2 Run for the Roses. Owner Arnold Zetcher was a keen observer of the drill . . . Congratulations to Gary Stute for ending the “Gary Drought” among Santa Anita trainers yesterday. When Stute sent out I’ll Tell You What to win Friday’s eighth race by 3 ¼ lengths at a $15.80 payoff under Tyler Baze, it marked the first win this meet for a trainer whose first name is Gary. Stute had been oh for 18. Fellow trainers Gary Mandella and Gary Sherlock are oh for 21 and oh for 38, respectively. “It was a welcome win in more ways than one,” Stute said. “It was the first win for the stallion (Roman Commander) who stands at Milky Way Farm in Temecula. Tyler rode the rode the horse perfect, and if any Gary was going to get off the schneid, I’m glad it was me.” . . . Joe Steiner and William Antongeorgi III have moved their tack from Santa Anita to the Great Northwest and the Bay Area, respectively. . . Rosie Ybarra, hostess at Clocker’s Corner gab and grub pub, has tickets on sale at $5 a pop for Think Bright Pink in support of breast and ovarian health VIPink Weekend, May 2 and 3 . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Bay Area-based trainer Bill Morey, Jr., who passed away Friday following a long bout with cancer at age 74. Morey was best known as trainer and co-breeder and owner of Bold Chieftain, who won the 2010 Sunshine Millions Classic and was a two-time winner of the California Cup Classic in 2007 and 2009. Morey was also trainer of multiple stakes winner Dixie Dot Com, who won the 2000 San Pasqual Stakes. Morey is survived by his wife, Doris, son, trainer William E. Morey, daughter Kelley (Green), and two grandchildren. Mike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Tiago Pereira1271791513%$505,592 Mark Casse63106916%$810,186 Drayden Van Dyke21823282511%$1,492,943 SANTA ANITA STATISTICSlast_img read more

Liberia Immunization Platform Trains 55 Anti-Ebola Awareness Workers

first_imgThe Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP), in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services-Liberia (CRS),  has trained 55 anti-Ebola health workers intended to help kick the deadly disease out of Liberia.Speaking at the LIP’s official launch yesterday on the Old Road in Monrovia, the health entity’s board chairperson, George Stewart, pointed that though the deadly Ebola virus is in the country, Liberians should remain hopeful and prayerful.Board Chairman Stewart also reminded Liberians and support partners that one day the Ebola virus crisis will come to a permanent end and closure and Liberia will  bounce back in triumph and strength.He also explained that the LIP is a health- related entity that is heavily involved in extensive immunization of children and child bearing mothers throughout the country.Mr. Stewart also intimated that by virtue of the universal convention of the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF), every child and child bearing mother should have the right to effective and sustained immunization in Liberia.But Mr. Stewart indicated that Liberia and its people have found themselves in a crisis that has taken precedence over every situation in the country.The LIP’s board chair noted that right now in Liberia, the Ebola virus is killing people indiscriminately, and these include rich, powerful and poor.  The disease is indeed capable of bringing untold misery, grief and tears upon all.He further disclosed that the Catholic Relief Services, considering the sensitive nature of the Ebola virus,  decided to provide funding to LIP and its affiliates to get involved in kicking the deadly disease out of Liberia.“We have come on this stage to fill gaps and engaged five communities in more sustained grass root  support, an approach that enables you all to visit homes and exercise your interpersonal communication,” Chairman Stewart asserted.The LIP boss urged the 55 anti-Ebola campaigners and awareness carriers to take all health-related  precautions that would ensure their protection and security during their face to face interactions with Liberians.Mr. Stewart also underscored the fact that denial factor is still entrenched in the hearts and minds of some Liberians and community residents in Monrovia and its environs.He further disclosed that LIP and partners have secured 2500 prepared buckets for distribution to homes and institutions that are in dire need sanitation and Ebola virus materials.Mr. Stewart stressed the need for the campaigners to teach the recipients the best practices in the use of the sanitation and anti-Ebola buckets and chlorine.“Serve as goodwill ambassadors of LIP and its support partners as your actions on the field of duty could have the same effect on all of us in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia,” Mr. Stewart stressed.In closing, Chairman Stewart intimated that LIP membership comprised of 22 civil society organizations working together to ensure the successful implementation of the anti-Ebola awareness in LIP’s areas of operations.For her part, the Program Manager of the CRS and Global Alliance Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) Madam Suene Flomo told the LIP’s anti-Ebola volunteers that it was praiseworthy that they have taken up their times to assist Liberians.As a result of the current Ebola crisis in Liberia, CRS as a reliable and sustained partner cannot sit idle but get involved by supporting local partners in the fight against the virus.Madam Flomo also reminded the volunteers and Liberians in general that the fight against the Ebola virus is the sole responsibility of the Liberian Government.She also stressed that there is still greater need for sustained education and awareness amongst the greater population of the country.In brief remarks, Mrs. Danietta Richards, senior staff at LIP,  extended thanks to the 55 Ebola virus-trained volunteers and stressed that the Ebola virus is real and kills. She also urged the Ebola virus volunteers to not engage the community dwellers in confrontation but work with them to ensure that their lives are protected and secured in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After 172 Years of Independence, the Nation Has Yet to Become Independent

first_imgLiberians celebrate 172 years of independence on Friday, July 26, 2019 against a huge welter of concerns about the direction in which the nation appears to be headed with inflation spiraling out of control and with a Presidency that appears to be accreting powers unto itself that lie outside the Constitution of the Republic. Some analysts are quick to point to what they claim as emergent signs of a creeping dictatorship.American historian Arthur Schlesinger, out of concern that the US Presidency had gone out of control and was assuming powers beyond those provided in the US Constitution wrote a book entitled, “The Imperial Presidency”. He defines an Imperial Presidency as one which relies on powers beyond those allowed in the Constitution. The US Constitution, just like the Liberian Constitution, established a system of government made up of three separate but co-equal branches of government in order to avoid the arbitrary exercise of power. This form of government according to him was intended to replace or address the deficiencies inherent to the imperial rule of the king of England.The debate about excessive presidential powers exercised by the US government bears strong relevance to Liberia where an imperial presidency has been a part of Liberia’s political culture since the founding of the Republic. During the colonial period, the Governor, in addition to powers exercised as head of government, who was more or less a surrogate of the American Colonization Society, The Governor also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Additionally, the iron fisted policies of Colonial Governors, presiding over what was then the colony of Liberia, left an enduring legacy of autocratic tendencies adopted by successive national leaderships even up till today.Claims by some legislators that the Legislature is not independent but controlled the President is strongly reminiscent of President Tubman’s 27-year rule, during which the legislative and judicial branches of government were inextricably tied to him and to the pursuits of his personal interests. President Tolbert made some efforts but with very limited success to move away from the imperial presidency as it was. In a way it can be said that most Western nations did not find an imperial presidency a revulsive idea. This was largely because the imperial presidency resonated strongly with Western backed corporations which had entered into lopsided concession agreements that wrought huge returns on their investments but with no tangible benefits for the Liberian people.These claims of Presidential predominance over the other branches of government are not without foundation. Critics point to the rather “4-G” passage of loan agreements under this government that turned out to be worth nothing more than the paper on which they were written as examples of legislative subservience to the Executive. Critics also cite the passage into law of 66 deeply flawed concession agreements under the watch of former President Sirleaf.Admittedly, such dominance of the other branches by the Executive can be traced to provisions in the Constitution. Article 34 section (ii) for example provides as follows: “no monies shall be drawn from the treasure except in consequence of appropriations made by legislative enactment and upon warrant of the President; and no coin shall be minted or national currency issued except by the expressed authority of the Legislature. An annual statement and account of the expenditure of all public monies shall be submitted by the office of the President to the Legislature and published once a year; (iii) no loans shall be raised by the Government on behalf of the Republic or guarantees given for any public institutions or authority otherwise than by or under the authority of a legislative enactment”.From the above provision, no matter how much the Legislature allocates in the national budget for whatever purpose, not a penny can be withdrawn or spent without warrant of the President. And historically, the President has used this provision to wheel the legislature into line with his/her personal inclinations. And this has often tended to produce a constitutional crisis. Liberian scholar Ibrahim Al Bakri Nyei observes that to date, there has been little or no effort to address key governance issues through constitutional reform.In theory, the 2011 referendum should have addressed all such issues but again, as Al Bakri Nyei notes, the referendum was organized to protect certain special interests. He argues, for example, that the 2011 referendum was structured to ensure change in the residency requirements in order to enhance the ability of President Sirleaf and others to run for office in 2011 despite TRC lustrations barring them from contesting or holding political office for a period of 30 years.With the nation now poised to celebrate 172 years of existence, the Daily Observer, unlike last year’s independence celebrations, will not ask what is there to celebrate. Instead, the Daily Observer is calling on all Liberians to deeply reflect on the nation’s past and ponder its future amidst huge uncertainties and anxious national cravings for a better tomorrow.Simplistic postulations about what our problem is simply reveals the depth of our ignorance and inability to grasp the reality of our situation. The nation is indeed in deep crisis, thus leaving a distinct impression that, after 172 years of independence, the nation has yet to become independent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmers being trained in smart agri practices

first_img…to better manage disastersWith climate change causing a rapid increase in droughts, floods and other disasters in recent years that are affecting the agricultural sector in many countries, putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, several local agricultural agencies have partnered to help train farmers in smart agricultural practices in order to reduce the impact of natural disasters on their produce and poultry.Guyana’s own flood experience of 2005-2006 is an important example of the impact climate change can have on the agricultural sector; many animals andNAREI Training Manager Benjamin Frank explaining the programme to farmers at the launch on Wednesdayplants did not survive the flood, causing farmers countrywide to lose their livelihood.To prevent such disasters from happening again, the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI); the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB); the Guyana Livestock Development Authority and the Guyana Red Cross Society have collaborated and launched a training programme.The exercise, “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption of Good Practices for your community”, was launched on Wednesday at Lovely Lass, West Coast Berbice (WCB). It will be launched in four other communities: Number Four Village, WCB); D’Edwards, WCB; Fyrish, Corentyne and Now and Never, WCB.The training will see officials from the agencies looking at ‘smart agricultural practices’ for each community, which can assist farmers in coping with adverse climate conditions. The most suitable approach will be selected and a demonstration exercise will be done with farmers.It is expected that farmers will then transfer the new knowledge to their respective farms in an effort to reduce and manage disasters.NAREI will be building capacity in the extension services, to enable staff to employ the disaster risk reduction tools, practices, and approaches in their daily work and to promote field implementation of disaster risk reduction measures. The agency’s Training Manager, Benjamin Frank, told the gathering that in the event of a disaster, while you could move animals, plants could not be moved from one spot and taken back when the situation normalised.“We have to look at smart practices that can assist you in coping with these adverse conditions like shade houses — but while this might be applicable in one area, it might not be suitable in other places, so we have to arrive at the most suitable practices,” Frank posited.“We are targeting farmers in specific communities in Regions Five and Six. Observe what we are doing, because it will be practically demonstrated. We expect all farmers to take what they learn back to their farm, so that your livelihood is not greatly affected in the event of a disaster,” he told the farmers present.The Training Officer concluded by informing farmers that NAREI would continue to assess communities at risk and implement good training programmes to help overcome these hurdles that farmers face on a yearly basis.last_img read more