Hope propels Red Force to handsome win

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):Opener Kyle Hope stroked his second half-century of the game to fire Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a convincing nine-wicket victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes inside three days, in their opening round of the Regional Four-Day Championship here Sunday night.Set a mere 155 for victory, Red Force sped to their target just after the final drinks break of the night at Queen’s Park Oval, with the right-handed Hope finishing unbeaten on 79 to follow up his first innings 56.He dominated a 61-run opening stand with Jeremy Solozano who made 19, and added a further 96 for the second wicket with Yannic Cariah who was unbeaten on 52 at the end.The victory gave Red Force 18 points, while Volcanoes took four from the heavy defeat.Earlier, the visitors had fallen for 254 in their second innings, after resuming the penultimate day on 135 for four.Tail-ender Shane Shillingford whacked an attacking top score of 65 off 99 deliveries, while Sunil Ambris, unbeaten on 16 overnight, made 43.Volcanoes’ start was a good one as Ambris and Kavem Hodge (16) extended their fifth wicket stand to 53 before being separated.The right-handed Ambris faced 72 balls and struck four fours and a six before he was one of two wickets to fall in the space of three deliveries from leg-spinner Imran Khan.He went caught at the wicket by Steven Katwaroo, and captain Liam Sebastien followed two deliveries later in identical manner, without scoring.VOLCANOES’ DISMISSALShillingford, who belted three fours and five sixes, then rallied the innings by adding 21 with Hodge for the seventh wicket and 49 for the eighth with Mervin Matthew (10), before Volcanoes were dismissed in the third over after lunch.Imran Khan was the best bowler with five for 81.Barbadian Hope then took centre stage in an innings laced with eight fours and a six, which came from 122 balls in a shade over 2-3/4 hours.When the left-handed Solozano was lbw to Shillingford, Cariah arrived to further the stand by striking five fours in a 102-ball knock.Red Force host long-time rivals Barbados Pride in the second round of the Regional Four-Day Championship starting Friday.last_img read more

ICT Forecast For 2015: A Year of Progress!

first_imgThe year 2015 is expected to be a stimulating and defining year for our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector; it is expected to be a year of progress and new developments. We will hear about things like Digital Migration, a national web portal for Government to digitally deliver services and information to citizens, residents, businesses, et al,   the discontinuation of the use of Internet email systems such as Yahoo! And GMAIL for OFFICIAL Government communications, a strong CIO regime, and a robust e-government program that has already begun. But what is more important is the improvements we expect to see the players of our ICT sector bring in the 2015. In the following paragraphs I provide a forecast of the initiatives that we will see our players of our ICT sector embark on in 2015.  We will see the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the head of the ICT sector and a ministry with immense authority but often greatly underrated, emerge with more policies and standards that will improve and turn the sector into one that epitomizes modernity.We will see the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) play an even aggressive role in implementing its national mandate of regulating the sector. Already, we are hearing about Digital Migration and measures being taken to eradicate “grey routing.”LIBTELCO has been criticized for its inability to fully roll out the African Coast to Europe (ACE) fiber-optic cable since its advent several years ago. But these criticisms do not subsume the challenges that the entity continues to face. Hopefully though, with the recent changes in management and governance, we may see a shift in paradigm and a new energy as LIBTELCO takes on its national mandate. We may see a National Operator (LIBTELCO) that adopts an agile/responsive approach to service and product delivery as well as competition.We will see our operators (Lonestar, Cellcom, Novafone, West African Telecom, et al) provide more and better services and products to satisfy customers’ demand and respond to the changes of time. Prices will decrease, there will be more innovative products and quality of service will be optimal.We will see ICT firms especially those in Software or Web development take a paradigm shift in their delivery of solutions to businesses, government and individuals. The use of Open Source Software will encourage Software firms to adapt new business models and strategies (new to Liberia); models and business strategies that are currently being used by companies (RedHat, Zimbra, et al) engaged in the commercial open source software business. This is a result of the Ebola Crisis which brought in a blitzkrieg of open source software enabling the collection, dissemination, communication of information and collaboration between crisis responders.ICT professionals and business strategists will emerge with a new type of strategy. This strategy will involve a trichotomy or what I call the “Nexus of Forces” — Mobile Technology, Social Media and Open Source) and they will create new opportunities for innovative business models. This new type of strategy will force our businesses, government and individuals to look to technology to create new products and services, not just enable them. We are already familiar with the impact of the “Nexus of forces”; we saw this during the response against Ebola.We will see ICT professionals divorcing themselves from old-school ICT approaches (techie), to a more business-focused, customer-centric and service-centric role; the amalgam of these three components would be the result of a parallel between business strategy and technology. This “parallel” involves aligning strategy with technology to achieve goals and competitive advantage.As I mentioned above Ebola has kindled a new focus on software development in Liberia. This will drive ICT Schools and Training firms to reconfigure or redesign their curricula to meet the demands of the changes that we now have to deal with. We will see more technology integration in our schools and there will be much talk and work on integrating robust Science, Technology, Environmental Ed/Engineering, and Math programs in schools.We may see a National ICT Certification program that will help produce more skilled ICT professionals and we will ultimately see a robust Open Source Software initiative that will enhance our software ecosystem.In the area of Agriculture we will hear much about Agro-technology. Our health sector which I believe, has ignited the need to make radical changes in many areas of our country (Education, Health, Agriculture, etc), will see major improvements and this will be driven by modern technologies.We will continue to work aggressively with our leaders to persuade them about the impact of ICT and what the opportunities could be to our country; that is if EBOLA has not brought the much needed “ICT Epiphany”. We will continue to build a strong culture around our ICT initiatives, governance, human resource development and a vibrant local entrepreneurship. In simple terms, this is about ensuring that we are doing the right things, that we are building the right skills and that we are taking the steps necessary to ensure sustainability.  There is no doubt new skill sets will be required and the acquisition and retention of people with these skills is already a competitive differentiator for many organizations, especially government.We (ICT professionals) will work with businesses, other organizations and government to reinvent things. We will see more business processes become automated, standardized and simplified. People will realize that working smarter is better than working harder.We will see an e-government initiative that will kindle a new paradigm in the way citizens and businesses interact with government. Those responsible for Government’s ICT strategy and programs will continue to refine their ICT strategies based upon a solid understanding of what we refer to in Enterprise Architecture as the “business architecture.”We will see a standardized and well controlled government web presence that will lead to the development of a national web portal; a medium that will provide a one-stop shop for Government’s delivery of services and information to its citizens, residents, businesses and other stakeholders. Through this one-stop shop medium, Government will realize significant cost savings, and citizens will not only experience the convenience of Government’s services being delivered “digitally”, but they will also realize a reduction in the cost of services that were previously done via the traditional brick-n-mortal environment (government office).The issue of the .Gov.lr secondary domain name will be resolved and control of this domain name shall be placed in the hands Chief Information Office (CIO) through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.We will see progress in Open Source Software and Open Standards within the context of a national policy and action plan. Being able to have standards that allow innovation is critical to economic development, thus the push for open standards and open source software.Our focus will shift toward a new paradigm which is about using technology to create value and new revenue streams, new business models, and products and services and digital experiences around existing products.These are just a few of the developments that we foresee in 2015. But we expect to see more development in our ICT sector. This year, is indeed a year of progress.Until next week, CARPE DIEM!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boat captain gets 2-year suspended sentence for illegal gun, ammo possession

first_img…fined $100,000Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday handed down a two-year suspended sentence to a senior Werk-en-rust resident after he was slapped with two firearm related charges at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Joseph Allen, 64, pleaded guilty to both charges after it was read to him. The first allegation against him detailed that on July 2, 2019 at Mabaruma Police Station, Region One (Barima-Waini), he had in his possession 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition without being the holder of a firearm license at the time.The other charge detailed that on the said date and location he also had in his possession a 9mm pistol without being the holder of a firearm license at the time.In his client’s defence, attorney-at-law Ronald Daniels informed the Court that Allen is a licensed boat captain and on the day in question, he was following instructions given to him by his employer (vessel owner).The Court heard that Allen was instructed to bring the handgun to a location in Kumaka, Region One, so that its license can be renewed; however, whilst on his way, Police ranks suspected him to be a fuel smuggler and took him into custody.After such, a search was conducted and the said weapon was found, it was then that Allen related to them the reason for him carrying the gun.Nevertheless, Police facts by Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield contended that on the day in question, Police ranks of the Mabaruma Police Station responded to a report of simple larceny and it was at that time, Allen was arrested and subsequently searched.However, Chief Magistrate fined the defendant $50,000 on each charge together with a two-year suspended sentence, also on each charge.Boat Captain Joseph Allen being escorted by Policelast_img read more

Wall Street Journal captures 2 Pulitzers

first_imgJOURNALISM PUBLIC SERVICE – The Wall Street Journal, for coverage of a 2006 stock-options scandal that rattled corporate America. BREAKING NEWS REPORTING – The (Portland) Oregonian for print and online coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Brett Blackledge, The Birmingham News, for his exposure of cronyism and corruption in Alabama’s two-year college system. (Moved by the board from the Public Service category.) EXPLANATORY REPORTING – Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis, the Los Angeles Times, for print and online reports on the world’s distressed oceans. NEW YORK – The Wall Street Journal won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for exposing excesses of capitalism – in America and in communist China. The Associated Press captured one for what the judges called a “powerful photograph” of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces. The journalism prizes recognized a range of American print journalism on subjects from the world’s oceans to corruption in Alabama colleges to restaurant reviews. In the arts categories, two masters finally won Pulitzers on Monday, with 73-year-old novelist Cormac McCarthy receiving the fiction prize for “The Road” and 77-year-old saxophonist Ornette Coleman honored in music for “Sounder Grammar,” a live recording. Pulitzer Prize winners: LOCAL REPORTING – Debbie Cenziper, The Miami Herald, for reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency. NATIONAL REPORTING – Charlie Savage, The Boston Globe, for revelations that President George W. Bush often used “signing statements” to assert his controversial right to bypass provisions of new laws. INTERNATIONAL REPORTING – The Wall Street Journal staff, for reports on the adverse impact of China’s booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution. FEATURE WRITING – Andrea Elliott, The New York Times, for her portrait of an immigrant imam. COMMENTARY – Cynthia Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for columns “that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community.” CRITICISM – Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly, for his “zestful, wide-ranging” restaurant reviews. EDITORIAL WRITING – New York Daily News editorial board, for editorials on behalf of ailing ground zero workers. EDITORIAL CARTOONING – Walt Handelsman, Newsday, for his “stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation.” BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY – Oded Balilty, The Associated Press, for his photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces in the West Bank. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – Renee C. Byer, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, for her portrait of a single mother and her dying child. ARTS FICTION – “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf). DRAMA – “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire. HISTORY – “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation,” by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf). BIOGRAPHY – “The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher,” by Debby Applegate (Doubleday). POETRY – “Native Guard,” by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin). GENERAL NONFICTION – “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf). MUSIC – “Sound Grammar,” by Ornette Coleman.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe super Greenblade sprayer is just €13.95.This week’s Donegal Daily special reader’s offer at Watson’s Hire and Sales is something we all need throughout the year – a brilliant Greenblade Knapsack Sprayer.This super 16 litre sprayer is just the job for cleaning around your driveway and especially for looking after those annoying weeds.This sprayer normally sells for €24.95 but this week with Donegal Daily it can be yours for just €13.95. Stocks are limited so get into Watsons for what is a genuine bargain.As well as adjustable nozzles and trigger lock, this product even comes with a two year warranty.You couldn’t ask for more than that for such a knocked-down price.  WATSON’S WEEKLY WONDER – BRILLIANT WEED-SPRAYERS AT BARGAIN PRICE was last modified: April 5th, 2016 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:dealdonegalOffersprayerWatsonslast_img read more

Prisoner access bill struck down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – For the second year in a row, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have made it easier for news reporters to arrange interviews with prison inmates. Schwarzenegger said the bills by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, weren’t necessary because the news media have “wide-ranging access to both prisons and inmates.” He also suggested that the identical bills could result in inmates being treated as celebrities. “A free flow of information from the prison environment into the outside world has taken place under the current policy as evidenced by the many published press counts in the past year,” he said Friday in his veto message. The media have criticized current restrictions on interviews, saying they make it tougher to keep tabs on what goes on behind prison walls. Under current rules, the Department of Corrections refuses to arrange one-on-one interviews with prisoners. To question a specific inmate, a reporter must write to the prisoner and ask the inmate to call the reporter collect or put the reporter on a list of approved visitors. Once on that list, a reporter can see the prisoner only during normal visiting hours and can be prevented from taking in writing or recording equipment for the interview. Such requests are often denied. Reporters also are allowed to question inmates they encounter during prison tours. The Romero and Haynes bills would have enabled reporters to set up prearranged interviews with specific prisoners and use pens, pencils, paper, tape recorders and video cameras to record the interviews. Prison wardens still could have canceled interviews if they determined they posed a threat to prison security or public safety. Romero complained that Schwarzenegger vetoed the bills even though there were provisions added to address concerns he raised last year. “I am especially disappointed that, after working with me earlier this year to launch substantive reforms in California corrections, the governor would not join me in shining more light on the system through an increase in media freedom,” she said. Former governors Gray Davis and Pete Wilson vetoed similar legislation.last_img read more


first_imgThe Secret of Roan Inish was a feature film which captured the imagination o he Irish pubic many years ago.But the real Roan Inish is a small island which rests off Portnoo. Iain Miller took his kayak out to the island on a recent stunning October day.And you could easily mistake the area for the Carribean!Simply click on the video to view.DDTV: THE REAL SECRET OF ROAN INISH! was last modified: October 8th, 2015 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:donegalRoan Inishlast_img read more

Denis Iguma wins starting slot as Basena names team to face Ghana

first_imgDenis Iguma wins starting slot as Basena names team to face Ghana. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–As expected, Uganda Cranes head coach Moses Basena rings changes in Cranes starting eleven as the team prepares for a showdown against Ghana.Captain and number one goalkeeper Denis Onyango retains both his arm ban and starting slot in goal with both Ismail Watenga and Benjamin Ochan on bench.With the absence of Murushid Jjuuko due to suspension, versatile Hassan Wasswa slotes into centre back to partner Isaac Isinde as Proline’s Savio Kubugo makes the bench for the first time since 2014 in a World Cup qualifier.Vipers captain Nicholas Wadada retains his place at right back as well as Godfrey Walusimbi who starts ahead of Lusaka Dynamos left back Joseph Ochaya.Denis Iguma who usually plays at right back starts in the holding role alongside Tony Mawejje with seasoned starter Khalid Aucho also out due to accumulation of two yellow cards.Kizito Luwaga will play behind striker Derrick Nsibambi who is yet to get off the mark in the World Cup qualifiers with Emmanuel Okwi and Farouk Miya playing on either side of him.Uganda will be hoping they can attain maximum points to stay in arms distance with Egypt who are expected to trounce Congo Brazzaville in Alexandria tomorrow evening.Uganda is two points behind group leaders Egypt while Ghana seat in third on five points, in third position after four rounds played.Uganda Cranes starting IX1. Denis Onyango2. Nicholas Wadada3. Godfrey Walusimbi4. Hassan Wasswa5. Isaac Isinde6. Denis Iguma7. Tony Mawejje8. Emmanuel Okwi9. Derrick Nsibambi10. Kizito Luwaga11. Farooq MiyaPic. Denis Iguma makes return to cranes starting IX.Commentslast_img read more

Coaches named as FUFA Drum rolls into second year

first_img Tags: FUFA DRUMtop Isabirye has been maintained at defending champions Buganda (Agency Photos)KAMPALA – The second edition of the FUFA Drum kicks off on Saturday, 30th of March 2019 as Buganda hosts Lango at the Mukono Bishops S.S playground.The 16 respective teams have confirmed their squads with the technical teams as well.Buganda Province, who are the defending champions have maintained Alex Isabirye Musongola as their head coach.Umar Abdallah Loi who guided West Nile to the second place last season remains the head coach as well.Former St Leos Kyegobe, Makerere University, SC Villa and Victors player Fred Muhumuza is maintained at Tooro, just like in the first edition.There are fresh faces in Charles Livingstone Mbabazi at Ankole, Richard Malinga (Teso), Vincent ‘Titi Kamara’ Tumusiime (Kigezi) and David Obua (Lango).Uganda Cranes legend David Obua will take charge of LangoOthers are Stephen Pritchard (Rwenzori), Wasswa Geoffrey Akena (Acholi), Richard Makumbi (Bunyoro), Moses Okiror (Karamoja), Charles Namakola (Bukedi) and Charles Ayiekoh Lukula (Busoga).The tournament is played under the theme ‘Celebrating Our Ancestry’.Head Coaches:Ankole: Charles Livingstone MbabaziAcholi: Geoffrey AkenaBuganda: Alex Isabirye MusongolaBugisu: Godfrey “Toldo” ArachBusoga: Charles ‘Mbuzzi’ Ayiekoh LukulaBunyoro: Richard MakumbiBukedi: Charles NamakolaLango: David ObuaKigezi: Vicent “Titi kamara” TumusiimeTooro: Fred MuhumuzaKaramoja: Moses OkirorKampala: Wasswa BbosaTeso: Richard MalingaWest Nile: Umar Abdallah LoiSebei: John CherotichRwenzori: Stephen PritchardComments last_img read more

Highlights of 26 years of WEF on Africa

first_imgThe World Economic Forum (WEF) has been held for over 40 years, with Africa’s involvement and its interests at the heart of a dedicated annual continental forum since 1990. Here are some of the highlights from those 26 years in preparation for the forthcoming WEF on Africa to be held in Rwanda in May 2016.1990 and 1991WEF’s first Africa meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland in 1990, featuring participants from business, government and civil society, including many burgeoning economy policymakers and business leaders from South Africa.The priority was to gain international support for South Africa’s future, as a united front featuring both Thabo Mbeki, chief economic policy maker for the African National Congress (ANC), and the National Party government’s finance minister Barend du Plessis. They took the findings of the forum on a roadshow through Africa and major international financial centres to drum up support for a smooth economic transition to a democratic South Africa.The following year, the forum held again in Geneva, took a more pointed focus on the rest of Southern Africa, with the theme “Opportunities for Growth and Development in a Southern Africa in Transition”.1992Then South African President FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the three primary players in political and economic negotiations in South Africa, presented a united front at the 1992 WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Mandela chose the occasion to make his first speech on South Africa’s economic future under the ANC and credited the forum with inspiring his reversal of ANC policy on nationalisation of the mining industry.1993This was the first year WEF on Africa was held in Cape Town. It was also the first time many of the world’s leaders, particularly African heads of state, visited South Africa. The country remained a regular host over the next 20 years.The 1993 event saw the creation of the ten-year Global Leaders of Tomorrow initiative that heralded the emergence of new economic players out of Africa, including some of the most prominent and powerful players in African affairs today such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Patrice Motsepe and Ugandan-born Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam.1998The 1998 event, held in Windhoek, Nambia, saw the launch of the first Africa Competitiveness Report, one of the world’s most vital economic barometers.Historic video: Nelson Mandela speaks at World Economic Forum in Davos, 1999. http://t.co/ztELLsRJcF #Davos #WEF14SA pic.twitter.com/aZ2MCmQ1CA— MediaClubSouthAfrica (@MediaClubSA) January 20, 20142000WEF in Durban, hosted by then-President Mbeki, saw the emergence of his African Renaissance concept that focused on regional integration for the continent.2001The rise of social entrepreneurs, and the founding of WEF’s Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship were some of the highlights from 2001. The Schwab Foundation brought acclaimed Africa-based social enterprises to international attention.2002Almost 150 global and regional companies doing business with Africa endorsed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).2005The WE Forum of Young Global Leaders was launched, including 16 up-and- coming African economic players, some of whom were integral to the success of the 2005 WEF Africa summit.2008Under the theme, “Capitalising on Opportunity”, the 18th WEF on Africa focused on raising the quality of leadership and education to capitalise on the growing opportunities available because of the continent’s economic growth and significant decrease in conflict.2010With the largest gathering of African heads of state and over 1 000 global economic players from 85 territories, WEF on Africa celebrated its 20th Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the theme “Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy”. It re- evaluated global changes, such as the 2008 economic downturn, and its effects on African economies.2011The Grow Africa initiative, co-founded by the African Union Commission, Nepad and the WEF, was the hallmark of the 2011 Africa event, held in Cape Town. It focused on an African-owned, country-led, market-based and an inclusive approach to accelerating investment in sustainable growth with an emphasis on agriculture.2015The 25th World Economic Forum on Africa was held in Cape Town with the theme “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”.With over 1 250 participants from business, politics, civil society, academia and the media, the forum was the largest WEF event ever held in Africa due to an increased number of female participants and young, economic minds from the continent.The milestone was seen as an indication of the unprecedented levels of commitment by global private-public economies to achieving Africa’s transformation. A continuing investment of over $10-billion (about R151-billion) in the Grow Africa initiative saw the creation of almost 60 000 agriculture jobs in 12 countries.Over 8-million smallholder farmers received assistance from the programme. The WEF Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative has also helped accelerate 23 cornerstone projects across the continent valued at $9.7 billion (about R145-billion).Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more