Nigeria, Mexico Draw in Opener in 2014 Women’s World Cup

first_imgWith their trade mark of speed and strength, Nigerian national female U-20 soccer team last Wednesday secured their equalizer, three minutes before the end of the first half, against Mexico in the on-going FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.  The match was played at the Moncton Stadium (August 6), in their Group C pairings that also saw a 1-1 draw between England and Korea Republic.France meanwhile overwhelmed Costa Rica 5-1 and New Zealand dismissed Paraguay 2-0 in Group D.Nigeria, considered one of the powerhouses in the female division Africa, could have leveled the scores earlier in the first half but striker Asisat Oshoala who had a glorious chance saw her goal-bound lob over advancing Mexican goalkeeper hit the cross bar and misdirected. Subsequently, when the Mexicans took over the game in due course, striker Fabiola Ibarras scored from 20 meters, after Nigerian goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii poorly cleared the ball with a header.Reports monitored by the Daily Observer said the Africans followed it up with a counter attack that Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago had to call on her experience to prevent Nigerian striker Loveth Ayila’s diagonal shot from entering the net.In 2012, it was the Nigerian side that defeated the Mexicans in the quarter-finals 1-0, and many held the hope that after the 1-1 a piece before intermission, the Africans could have returned to wrap up their game with a victory.Impressively, the Nigerians created goal-making chances but could not finish the job. The Mexicans responded gamely but it was Nigeria’s main attacking source Oshoala whose remarkable work rate almost got her another goal but goalkeeper Santiago did his best to deny her the glory. In fact, had Nigeria’s Courtney Dike anticipated Oshoala’s run, she could have gotten the winner, nonetheless, which did not happen.Still searching for the elusive winner, Nigeria’s striker Ugo Njoku sent a brilliant header that went off target, from an intelligent corner-kick by Ayila. The Mexicans followed that near miss with a counter attack, with fifteen minutes remaining.  As the game progressed, Mexico’s Tania Samarzic held on to a ball, dribbled past two opponents, only to fire wide.And like a cue, Nigeria’s Oshoala completed an attack when she sent one over the bar with only goalkeeper Santiago to beat, to conclude a game that they could only settle on a 1-1 draw.Today, Ghana will go against 2006 champions, Korea DPR; Germany vs. China PR; Canada vs. Finland and USA vs. Brazil.Saturday’s pairings: England vs. Mexico; Korea Republic vs. Nigeria; New Zealand vs. France and Paraguay vs. Costa Rica.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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When God Gives You a Talent, Use It for Good

first_imgLast Saturday, Willis DeFrancis Knuckles, Jr. was laid to rest following a funeral service during which a rainstorm of  praises were showered upon him for his many contributions  to his family, country, church and people.Amidst all of the tributes paid to this fallen national hero, no one, not even his closest family members, said that he was perfect. But unlike the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, at whose historic funeral Mark Antony remarked, “We have come to bury Caesar, not to praise him,” the audience that overcrowded the Seys United Methodist Church in Careysburg last Saturday came to bid a glowing farewell to a man who used his extraordinary talents as an organizer, manager and fundraiser to accomplish great things for his family, country,  church and people.His wife Hawa, Willis’  Cuttington College sweetheart whom he married 45 years ago, two years after his graduation, wept bitterly as she departed the gravesite  saying, “He was a good man.”The funeral was attended both by the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai.  The President was also at the gravesite, and tarried with the widow and family during the repast.All could see and behold that Ellen was gravely shaken by the loss of the man who twice organized her successful presidential campaigns that won her two successive elections to the Liberian presidency.  She appointed him twice to the Cabinet, first as Public Works Minister and later as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.  After that he remained her confidante because she appreciated his wise counsel and his ability to get things done efficiently and quickly.  Willis had only one academic degree, the Bachelor’s in Natural Sciences from the prestigious Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University); but there are not many most highly educated people that possess his extraordinary skills as an organizer and manager or, simply put, as a man who knew how to get things done.That is why in her obituary on Saturday she told over a thousand who had gathered for the funeral something she had never said publicly: that it was Willis DeFrancis Knuckles that she had earmarked to organize the transfer of the Liberian capital from Monrovia in Montserrado County to Zekepa in Nimba County!Speaker after speaker marveled at the distinguishing feature of Willis’ personality, aptly summed up by his son Willis III: “My father was a manager and organizer par excellence.”Willis the younger recalled the bouts he had with his father over football.  Willis, Jr. passionately supported Barrolle, while the son and the rest of the family were adherents of Invincible Eleven (I.E.).  Willis, Jr., the democrat, allowed his son to have his way, though the father spent a lot of time striving to get his son to cross over.  The son recalled how his father, as a leader of the Liberian Football Association (LFA) inspired  many, including George Weah and Salinsa Debar on to international stardom.Family members recalled how Willis, Jr. for 37 years served effectively as head of family, organizing, especially during the 14-year Liberian civil war the departures of scores of Knuckleses through Danane and Abidjan to asylum in the United States. His daughters called him their “personal hero.”  The Advance Committee of the United Methodist Church hailed him as one of its most effective  workers and fundraisers.But it was the Seys Church that was the greatest beneficiary of Willis’ fundraising prowess.  He was still in exile in the USA when in the early 2000s he began organizing the rebuilding of the church following the war.  That having been accomplished, the edifice was later destroyed by fire.  As distressed Careysburgians tearfully crowded around the gutted edifice on the afternoon of the fire, Benoni Urey, then Mayor of Careysburg, recalled Willis having declared, “We will rebuild the church again.”He immediately began organizing and strategizing the fundraising and within a few months he raised nearly a half million dollars, both nationally and internationally.  The rebuilt church is far bigger, far more beautiful than the first.The reason for this editorial is not so much to sing Willis Knuckles’ praises, but to remind everyone reading it, especially Liberians, that when our beneficent Creator gives someone a talent, he or she should use it for GOOD.That is what Willis Knuckles did with his, and the world is better for it.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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We request that this mistake be corrected

first_imgDear Editor,The Department of Public Information (DPI) has released a report in propaganda form in which Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), an ExxonMobil subsidiary, claims that Ram & McRae (as well as Rams & McRae) are among the “227 local companies and individuals that ExxonMobil has done business with in the first quarter of the year (2018).”Our records for the last ten years, including the entire 2018 to date, show that Ram & McRae has provided no services to EEPGL or any of its affiliates. Incidentally, Ram and McRae added, “An accounting colleague, Mr. Ramesh Seebarran, indicated to us that he, too, is named, even though his firm has not provided any such services”.Generously, we would like to believe that this is a genuine mistake, and we therefore call upon DPI and EEPGL to correct the false information, which has led to even more outrageous reporting.Entirely independent of the EEPGL, Ram and McRae has been providing a range of services to subcontractors of EEPGL and other entities operating in the sector. We are also aware of a number of non-Guyanese firms providing similar services to subcontractors, and these have not been included on the list.Respectfully,For Ram & McRaeRakesh Latchana –Partner & CEOChristopher Ram –Managing Partnerlast_img read more

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Ithaca among villages to receive street lights

first_imgIthaca, West Bank Berbice is among several villages which will be receiving street lights in a few weeks to improve the safety of the roadways.The announcement was made by the Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Monday at the opening of the Kitty roundabout.In addition to the much-needed street lamps, the Minister announced that he has made plans for reflective thermoplastic lights to be used along the roadways, to aid night drivers in preventing accidents and promoting safety.According to Patterson, more than 1000 Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lamps have already been sourced and are soon to be installed in a number of villages, which were promised the lamps, by himself and the Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry , Annette Ferguson.Some of the villages that will receive street lights include Wakenaam, Supenaam to Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast; Meten-Meer-Zorg to Plantain Walk, West Coast Demerara; Bourda Market; and Aubrey Barker Road, Georgetown.The Minister pointed out that there were several more villages to be improved with street lights when the next batch of 4600 lights is sourced during the next week. Nevertheless, he noted that the installation of these lights should take just about six weeks to be completed.Earlier this year, the National Park received an $8 million upgrade in lights of this type. The particulars of the project involved replacing the inefficient 250-watt mercury vapour lamps with the more efficient 80-watt solar powered lights.The integrated solar powered street lights use renewable energy from the sun to charge the batteries, which provide lighting at nights using energy-efficient LED lights.Some 49,275 kWh of energy is being created and 29,565kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually is being avoided/saved through this investment. This translates to over $2,800,000 yearly in savings in electricity costs.last_img read more

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Region 2 rice farmers trained to deal with paddy bug

first_imgIn light of the recent paddy bug infestation in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has collaborated with the Regional Administration and National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to hold a series of informative sessions with rice farmers.The meetings are intended to teach and train farmers in the use of chemicals to spray for paddy bugs and management of the pest infestation.Paddy bugs damage paddy by sucking out the contents of developing grains from the pre-flowering spikelet to a soft dough stage, thereby causing unfilled or empty grains and discolouration. Both immature and adult paddy bugs feed on rice grains.High paddy bug populations are brought about by factors such as extensive grass near rice fields, wild grass growing near canals, and staggered rice planting. The insect also becomes active when the rains begin. Warm weather, overcast skies, and frequent drizzles favour its population build-up.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the first session was held on Saturday, January 26, at the Lima Playground and targeted farmers from the Lima/Coffee Grove district.Entomologist, Dr Viviane Baharally from the GRDB, provided the necessary guidance to the farmers and advised them on the use of pesticides.“Paddy bugs are found in all rice environments. They are more common in rain-fed and upland rice and prefer the flowering to milky stages of the rice crop. While it is good to use Fipronil, it must not be used it after the plant would have flowered; only use it for early growth,” she said.Dr Baharally further explained that one spray will not effectively address this bug’s invasion.Therefore, she recommended that the rice farmers “use half the chemical and twice the water. You are to also overlap the spraying which will ensure the wetting of every plant…for example, 15g per acre… We have to also practice block planting which will allow for uniformity and timely spraying of the pests.”She further said that adult paddy bugs are active during the late afternoon and early morning. Under bright sunlight, they hide in grassy areas.They are less active during the dry season. In cooler areas, the adults undergo a prolonged development in grasses. They feed on wild hosts for one to two generations before migrating into the rice fields at the flowering stages. The nymphs are found on the rice plant where they blend with the foliage. There, they are often left unnoticed. When disturbed, the nymphs drop to the lower part of the plants and the adults fly within a short distance.Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikaran called on the farmers to form a management committee which will include represenSome of the rice farmers with officials on Saturday in Lima, Essequibo Coasttatives from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), NDIA, GRDB, Rice Producer’s Association (RPA), Water Users’ Association (WUA) and Miller’s Association to focus on the needs of the farmers in the region and put collective suggestions to the office of the REO for timely action. The idea was welcomed and the farmers committed to establishing a committee comprising representatives from across Pomeroon-Supenaam representing the various farming villages.Pledging the support of the NDIA was Senior Engineer Nanram Narine who indicated that his entity will work closely with the REO and team in ensuring trenches and canals are clear for the free flow of water.At the conclusion of the session, a demonstration exercise was conducted in the State-owned rice fields.last_img read more

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Romedo Springs still closed despite district efforts

first_imgE. Coli was first detected in the wells April 2, prompting the regional district to shut the facility and warn residents.Residents requiring a treated water source can use the water station in Prespatou – located at 21869 Triad Road. The Romedo Springs facility near Buick remains closed nearly three months after deadly E. coli bacteria was first detected in the water.Chris Cvik, Chief Administrative Officer with the Peace River Regional District, says the district still hasn’t gotten the positive test results needed to reopen the springs.The district conducted sampling last week, and has been working to clean and disinfect the water lines, Cvik said.- Advertisement -However, coliform bacteria is still being found in the water, and its continued source appears to be a mystery.“Sampling is still indicating the presence of an agent necessitating (the springs to remain closed),” said Cvik.Cvik said the closure should not be a concern to residents. Romedo Springs is an untreated water supply meant primarily for agriculture purposes, although previous media reports suggest that it is sometimes used for personal consumption.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GLENSWILLY MANAGER GARY MCDAID SET TO JOIN RORY GALLAGHER’S BACKROOM TEAM

first_imgGlenswilly manager Gary McDaid is expected to join Rory Gallagher’s backroom team with Donegal.Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid is expected to become part of Rory Gallagher’s backroom team with Donegal.McDaid is regarded as one of the brightest young managers within the county and that has been evidenced by his success at Glenswilly.McDaid has led Glenswilly to two Donegal SFC titles in 2011 and 2013. His attempts to land back-to-back Donegal SFC titles were halted by Maxi Curran’s St Eunan’s side in this year’s final.McDaid also led Glenswilly to the Ulster SFC final last year, but his side were narrowly defeated by Ballinderry.It is expected that Maxi Curran will also be added to Gallagher’s backroom team as he aims to finalize his staff ahead of the forthcoming 2015 season.It is also believed that Gallagher has called up a number of players who he was impressed with during the recent Donegal SFC for a series of trial games over the next few weeks. Those who impress may be blooded in the pre-season Dr McKenna Cup competition before the Allianz National League starts on January 31st.  GLENSWILLY MANAGER GARY MCDAID SET TO JOIN RORY GALLAGHER’S BACKROOM TEAM was last modified: November 19th, 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:donegalDonegal SFCGary McDaidglenswillyHome-page SportnewsRory Gallagherlast_img read more

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WATCH: The Shevlin Twins dance out Ed Sheeran hit on the edge of Horn Head

first_imgWorld Champion Irish Dancers Gavin and Niamh Shevlin are en route to making a viral hit with this performance on a Donegal beauty spot.The Glenswilly duo made Horn Head their stage as they danced to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Nancy Mulligan‘ against an incredible backdrop.The video, filmed by photographer and videographer Paul Doherty, has stunning scenic drone shots of the cliff face in a dramatic evening light. The fierce wind of the exposed height creates a natural Irish scene that suits the song – maybe Ed himself will be seeing this soon!Thanks to Paul Doherty for sharing the videoWATCH: The Shevlin Twins dance out Ed Sheeran hit on the edge of Horn Head was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ed SheeranHorn Headpaul doherty photographythe shevlin twinsvideolast_img read more

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Council staff face intimidation when dealing with dumpers – council boss

first_imgDonegal council staff often face intimidation when dealing with those engaged in illegal dumping, according CEO Seamus Neely.Over the past three years, the local authority had reported 10 “insidious” incidents to An Garda Síochána, Mr Neely told the Oireachtas environment committee on Wednesday.They include cases of individuals being approached and threatened, sometimes at social events or on private property. While the gardaí had not found sufficient evidence to bring a criminal prosecution, he was satisfied sufficient attention was paid by the authorities.Most significantly, the people affected in all cases continued to do their job in tackling illegal dumping, he said – the committee is examining the effectiveness of efforts to counter illegal dumping and fly-tipping of rubbish.CEO of Donegal County Council Seamus NeelyCommittee member Deputy Timmy Dooley (FF) said evidence of intimidation goes to the nub of the difficulty in dealing with illegal waste operators in Ireland. “If there are threats and intimidation, I can understand if a public servant is not going to put their life, or the lives of their families, at risk,” he said.On the recent RTÉ Investigates television programme which identified Donegal as the poorest performing council for its inspection rate of waste facilities and investment in related services, Mr Neely said the metric used to rate local authorities “did not encapsulate all of what we are dealing with”.The local authority had 14 people working on enforcement of waste and litter regulations, he added. That would soon be 19, which he believed was adequate to deal with the problem.While the programme provided evidence of long-term illegal dumping at a facility operating under a waste permit from the council, it had since found municipal waste in only one of 200 two-metre high mounds on the site; the rest contained shale and rock, he said.Council staff face intimidation when dealing with dumpers – council boss was last modified: July 14th, 2018 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)last_img read more

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Chelsea new boy makes great start

first_imgRecent signing Patrick Bamford scored twice on his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt as the Blues’ reserves beat Gillingham 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon.Teenage forward Bamford, a pre-deadline arrival from Nottingham Forest, netted as Chelsea’s second string raced into a 4-1 lead. Jacob Mellis, George Saville and Reece Mitchell also scored.Gillingham clawed their back to 4-4 before Bamford got the winner from the penalty spot after being fouled in the area.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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