President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent two health-related instruments to the Liberian Senate for enactment.The first Act is to Amend the Public Health Law Title 33, Liberian Code of Laws, Revised to add Part VIII: Health and Related Rights, Chapter 1 Reproductive Rights.The second Act sent to the Senate by President Sirleaf in her communication dated April16, 2014, is to Amend Sub-Chapter F: Special Proceedings Concerning Mentally Disabled and Legally Incompetent Persons, Civil Procedure Law, Title 1, Liberian Code of Laws Revised (Mentally Health Procedural Act).According to President Sirleaf, the Public Health Law Act before the Senate for amendment is in furtherance of Liberia’s commitment, as a signatory to several international Resolutions and Conventions that strive to improve sexual and reproductive health including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women (CEDAW). President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that the Act seeks amongst other things, to provide for the protection and advancement of sexual and reproductive health rights for all persons, promote women’s health and maternal and newborn health, ensure the access to provision of quality family planning and counseling services, and make provisions for the preventions and management of infertility.On the Act concerning the “Mentally Disabled and Legally Incompetent Persons,” President Sirleaf said it is an “Amendment of Liberia’s Civil Procedure Law concerning mentally disabled and legally incompetent persons.”The Act according to the President’s communication, includes an expanded and revised “definition of terms” incorporating more appropriate sector-specific language. Additionally, the President said procedural safeguards have been placed in the Act concerning temporary custody of persons believed to be mentally disabled, requirements for filing a petition for judicial review of certification that a person is mentally ill; adjudication of incompetency and appointment of guardian, and restoration to legal capacity and discharge of guardians.“Mr. President Pro Tempore, these two instruments are very important to Liberia’s health sector and by extension, the general health and welfare of our citizens. The former manifests Government’s commitment to the general of …promoting safety, health and welfare facilities…as expressed and envisaged under Article 8 of the Constitution, while the latter ensures that the procedural laws and accompanying safeguards, governing special proceedings for mentally disabled persons are in harmony with the Public Health Law.”The document was sent to the Senate committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs, chaired by Grand Kru County Senator (Dr.) Peter Sonpon Coleman for recommendation to plenary for action.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Our Nimba Correspondent, Ishmael Menkor, in yesterday’s back page story, reported that elephants, the biggest of all forest wildlife created by God, recently went on a rampage deep inside the Gio Forest near Tappita in Lower Nimba County, destroying plantain farms, rice kitchens and other farmers’ facilities.In his well-researched story, Reporter Menkor interviewed the Administrative Commissioner Samuel N. Wheyee of Doe Administrative District, who welcomed the return of the elephants, and warned local residents to do the gigantic creatures no harm.Commissioner Wheyee explained that the elephants had crossed over to the Ivorian side of the border seeking refuge when their habitat in the forest came under attack from farming activities. “But now that the forest is being reserved by Prosper, an American non-governmental organization (NGO), the animals are now returning to where they had previously resided.The villages ransacked by the animals, said Commissioner Wheyee, were situated deep inside the forest, “and so it is time that those who have their villages there relocate.The villagers who encroached on the elephants’ territory “did so illegally,” the Commissioner insisted, “so whatever they planted there belong to the elephants or any endangered species roaming that forest.”The Commissioner warned that anyone who shoots any of the animals will be prosecuted under the law.We urge the in-coming administration to strengthen forest conservation laws, including the protection of wildlife and endangered species.The main purpose of this Editorial is to acquaint the President-elect, George Weah, with a great development that could help make his administration successful—and that is TOURISM.Liberia, President Weah must be made to realize, has vast tourism potential. And he must be informed that tourism is not only a money maker but also a bigtime job creator and a force for sustained and widespread development.What do we mean by Liberia has vast tourism potential? We mean that our country is blessed with many picturesque (scenic, attractive, colorful) attractions that tourists from all over the world would love to visit. One is Grand Cape Mount County, especially its capital, Robertsport, where within a one mile area, there is a lake, Lake Piso, a mountain, the Cape Mount Mountain and its tropical forest, and an ocean, the Atlantic, with beautiful golden sand beaches.Another is the Kpatawee Waterfall behind Cuttington University in Suacoco, Bong County.There is also Lake Sheppard in Harper, Cape Palmas, where there is also the Tubman Museum, and also the Atlantic Ocean.Liberia also has a rich culture that our people as well as foreigners have enjoyed for generations. We pray that the Weah administration will work quickly and comprehensively to rebuild the National Cultural Center, restore the acrobatic program and the National Cultural Troupe that used to travel the around the country and the world entertaining our people and foreigners to their delight (enjoyment, happiness).President Weah, an old Monrovia boy, also is familiar with the tourist attractions in the capital city—the Mesurado and St. Paul Rivers their wetlands and their scenic surroundings; the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel and its green and hilly surroundings that overlook, again, the great Atlantic Ocean.There is also Liberia’s 350-mile coastline, spanning from Robertsport in Cape Mount to Harper, Cape Palmas. Liberians have for long dreamed of an oceanic highway along the Atlantic from Robertsport to Harper.Here is a major development challenge for the new Weah administration.What do we mean by tourism being a development booster and a big time job producer? By this we mean that beautiful four and five-star hotels, with swimming pools, plush restaurants and coffee shops and golf and tennis courts bring development. They also bring jobs, plenty of jobs of all kinds — corporate employment as well as self-employment.And one of the great attractions that tourists love to see is not only our beaches, but also our wildlife. President Weah should know that Liberia has plenty of wildlife—not elephants only, but leopards, hippopotamus, including the great pigmy hippo, found only in Liberia and few other African countries—Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast. But the pigmy hippo is found primarily in Liberia.In Reporter Menkor’s story yesterday, we learned that Liberia has plenty of elephants. They are also found in Lofa County and elsewhere. Our new President should also know of all the wild animals in the Sapo National Forest. He should also be aware of a great town in Upper Lofa County called Vahun, which has a vast forest full of wildlife, including all kinds of monkeys and chimpanzees, leopards and some say even giraffes and even zebras.What wonderful gifts Liberia has, yet unexploited for our good and greatness!We pray that the new administration will rise to these challenges and truly lift Liberia and move her forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
29 November 2007Johannesburg has been ranked 47th out of 50 cities worldwide in a new study of the centres of commerce that shape the global economy.The findings of the study, the MasterCard Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index, were presented in Johannesburg this week.Compiled from research by a panel of eight independent economic, urban development and social science experts from leading academic institutions around the world, the index explores the strategic role that cities play in driving the global economy.Based on six measurement dimensions consisting of over 100 data points, the index assesses the legal and political framework, the economic stability, the ease of doing business, the financial flow, the business centre capabilities, and the knowledge creation and information flow of the world’s 50 leading cities.Occupying first position in the index is London, followed by New York, Tokyo, Chicago and Hong Kong. Completing the top 10 are Singapore, Frankfurt, Paris, Seoul and Los Angeles.Johannesburg’s highest ranking was in the “financial flow” dimension, where the city was ranked 26th. The city also scored high in the “ease of doing business” dimension, where it was ranked 33rd. However, it scored low for “economic stability” and “knowledge creation and information flow”.Speaking at the presentation in Johannesburg, MasterCard Worldwide’s general manager for Africa, Eddie Grobler, said the city’s ranking “demonstrates its position as a continental hub. As the city with the highest ranking in Africa, Johannesburg’s ranking tells an amazing growth story.”Parks Tau, a member of the city’s mayoral committee for finance and economic development, said Johannesburg had increased its capital investment significantly over the past five years.“There has been considerable growth in government-led public investment to support growth in the city, along with a concerted effort by the City, in partnership with the private sector, to develop the city,” Tau said.At the same time, Tau said there were areas where the city could improve, especially public transport. This would change for the better with the introduction of a bus rapid transit system, which would give Johannesburg a “safe and reliable” transport system.Mike Schussler, senior economist at T-Sec, said Johannesburg would also have to improve its knowledge base and its network capabilities if it was to succeed in the broader game of global growth and city wealth.“We do, however, know that between now and 2010, continued capital investment is planned by the City of Johannesburg for areas such as business process outsourcing, tourism and its public transport infrastructure,” Schussler said.“These investments, coupled with increased attention from the City on law enforcement and traffic congestion, will enable Johannesburg to improve its position as a world centre of commerce significantly.”Source: City of Johannesburg
Coach Cheryl Reeve has always regretted not getting Fowles more involved late in Game 5 a year ago, andthey made sure to force-feed their MVP this time around to close the door. After Parker’s 3 cut Minnesota’s lead to 68-64, Fowles corralled a loose ball and finger-rolled it in just ahead of the shot clock buzzer for a 70-64 lead.The Lynx looked to have things in control when Augustus’s jumper gave them a 79-67 lead that lasted until Jantel Lavender’s layup with 90 seconds to go. But Riquna Williams hit two free throws and Sims had two steals for layups, one of which she converted for a three-point play to pull Los Angeles within 79-76 with 35 seconds to go.But Moore responded with a tough pull-up in the lane and Fowles hit a couple of foul shots to ice it.“We’re not a team and I’m not a person to make excuses,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to …”A rivalry this tight just had to come down to a Game 5, and Minnesota forced it with an 80-69 victory Sunday in Los Angeles. The Sparks and Lynx went five games last year before Los Angeles won on a last-second put-back from Ogwumike. The previous 12 meetings between these two teams, starting with Game 1 of last year’s finals, had a cumulative score of 908-908.ADVERTISEMENT “I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Sparks, who were looking to become the first repeat champions in 15 years. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and eight assists, but Nneka Ogwumike fouled out with 5:29 to play and finished with 11 points. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith a team that had the makings of a new dynasty bearing down on it, the Lynx responded to reassert their own. They have been in the finals in six of the last seven years and now find themselves in the company of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and the Comets that dominated the league’s early days.“They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So they did it.”The game the Lynx rule now is bigger, faster and deeper and the proud core of Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Whalen have had to earn everything they’ve accomplished. They led by 12 in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pushed right back, trimming the deficit to four at the start of the fourth. 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Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Odyssey Sims of the Los Angeles Sparks and Lindsay Whalen #13 of the Minnesota Lynx go after a loose ball during the fourth quarter of Game Five of the WNBA Finals on October 4, 2017 at Williams in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Sparks 85-76 to win the championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday.Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a huge runner with 26 seconds to play, Lindsay Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help the Lynx move level with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES A capacity crowd packed Williams Arena, turning one of the oldest basketball arenas in the country into a rollicking women’s hoops mecca, reminiscent of Whalen’s days here as a star for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The old “Barn” is filled with obstructed views — seats behind support posts and under awnings that make seeing the court difficult.They were all filled on Wednesday night, and even if they had to crane their necks for the right view, they saw a game as long on turnovers as it was tension. The Lynx turned it over 18 times, but were able to overcome that with 22 points off of the Sparks’ mistakes.
A pair of X-Blades runners for the quickest Male and Female in the X-Blades Run Scoop and Score Race thanks to our friends at X-BladesTo nominate a team please download the attached form. The conditions of entry are also included in the nomination form. Please Note: All participants must complete, sign and return a participant declaration (attached).For more information, please visit Touch Football South Australia’s website – www.touchsa.com.au Related Filescolley_reserve_nomination_form___coe-pdfparticipant_declaration-pdf Nominations for this event are now open and close on Monday, 7 February 2011.This year’s event features a total cash prize pool of $2000 with an additional $1000 in prizes to giveaway on the day including:10 tickets to the 2011 International Rugby Sevens Adelaide for the best dressed team thanks to our partners, SA Rugby Union
Amari Cooper’s time at Alabama has come to an end, as the wide receiver is headed to the NFL, but the former star will be forever remembered inside the Crimson Tide’s facility. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout is one of the greatest wide receivers in Alabama history, so it’d be pretty tough to forget him, but that won’t be possible now, anyway. Cooper’s name has been etched into the first-team All-American wall inside the Crimson Tide’s facility, next to the other wide receivers who accomplished similar greatness. Cooper finished his Alabama career with 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s expected to be an early-to-mid first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
International supermodel and DKMS Ambassador, Coco Rocha, and DKMS Global Ambassador and Co-Founder, Katharina Harf, welcomed supporters to the Jimmy Choo store on Madison Avenue this week for an exclusive shopping event to benefit DKMS.Coco Rocha and Katharina HarfDKMS is an international nonprofit dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. DKMS founder, Peter Harf, spoke about the importance of getting swabbed and potentially saving a life by becoming a bone marrow donor.“Coco and Jimmy Choo have both been incredible partners as we continue our work to support patients battling blood cancer and to motivate people to register as bone marrow donors. Our mission is as simple as it is life-changing. Everyone can get swabbed and therefore, everyone can become a lifesaving hero,” said Katharina Harf.The evening also celebrated cancer survivor Anthony Daniels, who was diagnosed with blood cancer at just 19 years old during his sophomore year at Fordham University. Despite four relapses and 30 rounds of chemotherapy, Daniels never gave up trying to find a bone marrow match. While searching for a match, he teamed up with DKMS to help raise awareness about becoming a bone marrow donor. As a result, Daniels’ efforts and story helped register more than 4000 potential bone marrow donors and more than 50 cancer patients found their lifesaving donor matches.The event, held at Jimmy Choo’s Madison Avenue location offered guests and supporters the opportunity to discover the Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2016 Collection.
Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake, Game 1Rio Tinto Stadium; Sat. Oct. 31 @ 6 p.m.Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake, Game 2Crew Stadium; Thurs. Nov. 5 @ 8 p.m.Players to watch:Columbus – Chad Marshall. The 2008 Defender of the Year has sat out the last six MLS regular season games recovering from a knee injury. A healthy Marshall could make the difference for a team struggling to regain its mid-season formReal Salt Lake – Robbie Findley. The Real Salt Lake forward leads his team in goals with 12 on the season and was instrumental in securing Real Salt Lake’s spot in the playoffs with a two goal performance against rival Colorado Rapids.Key to the Match:Crew coach Robert Warzycha’s ability to find the right 11 players to begin the playoffs. Like a baseball manager trying to push the right buttons, Warzycha has tweaked his rotation at an almost dizzying pace. Perhaps a more settled lineup in the playoffs will see an increase in goals over the drought suffered toward the end of the regular season. This is a must in a series that is decided by aggregate goal totals. The MLS Cup playoffs are upon us. Following the regular season finale played in Columbus between the Crew and the New England Revolution, the once muddied playoff waters have cleared.The Columbus Crew (13-7-10) will limp into the playoffs, losers of three of their last four. The team is riddled with injuries, and failed to net a single goal in any of the losses.The Crew’s road to repeating their championship win begins Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah against Real Salt Lake (11-12-7) in the first match of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series. Conference Semifinal series are conducted in a home-and-home, aggregate-goal format. The lower-seeded team, Real Salt Lake, hosts the first game. The winners of the first four series advance to single-game Conference Championships that determine the MLS Cup finalists, according to the MLS rules of competition.By virtue of their victory over Columbus, New England (11-10-9) leapfrogged Real Salt Lake and will face the Chicago Fire (11-7-12) in their own semi-final series.Columbus coach Robert Warzycha addressed his team’s lack of recent scoring after the Crew’s defeat.“We have a week before the game. We have to look at the tape and find out what the best combination [of players] is going to be,” Warzycha said.His propensity to shift lineups is well documented this season. Last year’s coach, Sigi Schmid, attempted to use the same starting 11 down the stretch. Warzycha has not shown the same willingness to do so. He hasn’t always had a choice.“I don’t know who that 11 are going to be,” Warzycha said. “Hopefully, everyone gets a chance in the playoffs but the best thing would be to have one team. Knowing life, it’s not going to be possible.”“We’re not taking the momentum into the playoffs that we’d like to, but we’re capable of beating anyone,” Crew midfielder Adam Moffat said.So with the Supporter’s Shield, given annually to the team with the best regular season record, and home-field advantage throughout the MLS playoffs already in hand, was there a lack of motivation against the Revolution?“It was a game we still wanted,” Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer said. “You want to get into a rhythm.”Regardless of the lack of success at the regular season’s end, the Crew have much to be proud of. They are only the second team in MLS history to record two consecutive Supporter’s Shields, joining D.C. United who accomplished the repeat in 2006-07.“This team is making a statement winning last year and being first this year,” Warzycha said of his club. “This team doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody.”The Crew have played two matches against their first playoff opponent, Real Salt Lake, this season. The two teams split the regular season matchups with one win each.Crew captain Frankie Hejduk spoke about the club’s first round matchup.“We’re the champions,” Hejduk said. “We should be able to beat everyone. We’re going to have to go there prepared for a battle.”Even with so many questions lingering over the Crew concerning their health, their lineup and a sudden loss of scoring punch, there is another old sports adage that the other MLS playoff teams must reckon with: to be the best, you have to beat the best.At least for now, the Crew are the best.
Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell drives to the basket and atttempts a layup against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinal in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorThe No. 5 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team heads back to Lexington, Kentucky, for its second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, after ending the seasons of No. 12 seed Western Kentucky and No. 4 seed Kentucky in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament.The Buckeyes lost last season in the round of 16 to No. 6 Tennessee. This year, OSU squares off against No. 1 seed Notre Dame, which is dealing with the recent season-ending ACL injury of its leading scorer and rebounder, Brianna Turner.OSU freshman forward Tori McCoy was due to match up with Turner, and said she will make the best of the situation.“She’s a great post player, but if she’s not playing, I’m going to use that to my advantage,” McCoy said.This news comes at a time when the Buckeyes’ post players are hitting their stride. Senior forward Shayla Cooper has averaged 14 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in the eight games since redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga left the lineup with a right foot injury. McCoy has also found her groove recently. She is 11 of 12 from the field and averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds and four blocks in the past two tournament games. “I had to come alive,” McCoy said. “It was kind of weird a little bit, being able to take that role and being able to score like that. I know that it was meant for me to come out and try to do something and contribute a little bit.”OSU’s leading scorer and Big Ten Player of the Year, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell, got off to a slow start in the first round versus Western Kentucky, but ended the game with 15 points. In the second round, she scored a more characteristic 21 points, and said she will look to carry that confidence over to Friday’s game.“(I will) try to stay confident in my game,” she said. “Trying to stay confident in my play and the confidence my teammates and coach have for me. I want to continue to have that confidence, I think that should be fine. Then defensively make sure I’m on my P’s and Q’s as far as not fouling, staying out of foul trouble as much as possible, small stuff like that.”The Scarlet and Gray will have the advantage of familiarity as they head back to Lexington for their third straight game. OSU traveled to Lexington, Kentucky — the location of the first two rounds. However, the venue is different.“Even though it’s a different arena — we’re going to play in Rupp (Arena) now — I think being in the same place will bring some comfort to our team,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Although some might’ve seen playing in Lexington against the hometown Kentucky Wildcats as a disadvantage, McGuff believes it might’ve been for the best.“I think that tested our resolve a little bit, that Kentucky game, in a tough environment. So we had to show a lot of fortitude, and now you’re going up against one of the best teams in the country, and they’re going to test us in many ways,” he said. “We’re going to have moments where we face adversity, we have to stick together and have to execute. As hard as it was to go on the road, we’re better for it than we would’ve been if we played at home.”OSU will tipoff against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Friday.
Dani Carvajal recently revealed that Julen Lopetegui is the best manager he has ever worked with and wasn’t lucky enough in Real Madrid.Carvajal worked under Lopetegui through Spanish youth teams and for two years with the senior squad, before their time together in Madrid.“Lopetegui is the best Coach I’ve ever had,” Carvajal told Football Espana, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.“Unfortunately he has not had that bit of luck with us.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“His way of seeing football, his way of managing the squad, his way of being with the players, I share these ideas.“I have an idea of watching football and I said it before Lopetegui was appointed the Coach of Real Madrid and I will say it again now that he is no longer with us.”Madrid returned to winning ways during the weekend clash under Solari and would be hoping to continue on that run when they play CSKA Moscow.