The 34-year-old, who leaves for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer, was first to leave the pitch at the final whistle to a chorus of boos. For all the appreciation of his talents in the dying embers of his career in England, this is not a part of the realm which is easily persuaded to change their opinions. After he had disappeared down the tunnel the Goodison PA system played Alesso’s Heroes, which includes the line “Everyday people do everyday things – but I can’t be one of them”. In a way it could well have been the Toffees’ subconscious tribute to a man whom they will be glad to see the back of as he has lost only five derbies and only three men have scored more than him in cross-city clashes. In truth there was not a great deal of quality on show from either side, despite Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers giving exciting 19-year-old Jordon Ibe only his second league start and Everton fielding influential midfielder James McCarthy for the first time since December 28. Everton, who lost Leighton Baines to a knee injury earlier in the day, gave their visitors no chance to slot into the rhythm which has seen them recently re-establish their quick and smooth passing game. As is so often the case – last season’s 3-3 encounter here the stand-out exception – derbies have a great ability to ruin the spectacle purely because of what is at stake. The first half was evidence of that as Everton’s work-rate and organisation, coupled with Liverpool’s hastiness to impose themselves on proceedings, resulting in a bitty affair. Gerrard had a free-kick tipped over by Joel Robles, who was beaten by Ibe but saved by the upright, but the Reds lacked decisiveness in the final third as they hesitated and over-complicated. The loss of midfield linchpin Lucas Leiva after 15 minutes was a blow and gave Everton extra encouragement to press their opponents in a 4-3-3 formation, trying to isolate the Reds’ three centre-backs. Steven Naismith was a constant irritation to that defence while Kevin Mirallas worked tirelessly to drag Mamadou Sakho out to the touchline in order to create space. The Toffees had clearly identified Philippe Coutinho as the threat McCarthy received the first booking for going right through the Brazil international, who was then on the receiving end of another hard tackle from Muhamed Besic which left the playmaker in a heap. Liverpool dominated second-half possession but even with Daniel Sturridge on, having replaced Coutinho who was still feeling the after-effects of those challenges, they struggled to break down the Blues’ defence. Gerrard saw his bicycle kick deflected over by Naismith while Phil Jagielka blocked Sturridge’s shot on the turn from close range. Aaron Lennon, signed on loan from Tottenham on transfer deadline day, made his debut on the hour but apart from one skip past Sakho he could not impact the game. This clash is billed as the friendly derby but those involved will tell you it is anything but – Merseyside Police failed in its bid to have the 5.30pm kick-off changed despite raising concerns about the potential for disorder in the city after the game. When Besic fell on Ibe, tried to hold him down and then swung a foot as the pair got up it provoked an exchange between Jordan Henderson and Naismith, which spread to the rest of the players, for which both were booked for doing very little. Ross Barkley, having been due to come on five minutes before half-time but eventually replaced Naismith five minutes from the end, produced the pass of the match with a raking crossfield ball to Seamus Coleman rampaging down the right but his shot was parried by Simon Mignolet. The Reds midfielder was appearing in his 33rd and last encounter – unless the Europa League conjures up a grand finale – but it was not one of his more memorable. Everton made short shrift of their visitors’ free-flowing passing game with a compact defensive unit and hard work in midfield to ensure Gerrard left without the send-off he would have liked to have given Goodison Park. Even the occasion of his final Premier League Merseyside derby could not inspire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to more heroics as the 224th meeting of the clubs disappointingly finished goalless. Press Association
BOTH the Guyana Police Force and defending champions, the Guyana Defence Force are upbeat about their chances when the annual Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championships (ISAAC) starts today and ends Friday, October 4.Today’s events start this morning with the road races, and concludes with the swimming which begins at 11.00hrs at the National Aquatic Centre in Liliendaal.The anticipated track and field competition of the Championships will take place at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora, starting from Tuesday. It continues on Wednesday and concludes on Friday.Though the swimming will add some valuable points to the final score,it is really the track and field competition that will separate the men from the boys. While GPF are the defending champions in swimming,the GDF are the defending champions overall as well as in track and field competition.As usual,the two longtime rivals are expected to dominate the competition, where the Guyana Prison Service (GPS),the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), and City Constabulary are also expected to participate.Chronicle Sport caught up with the coaches of the GDF and GPF athletics team, who were in their usual upbeat spirits as they prepared for the week ahead. On the GDF side, coach Robert Chisholm said his team made maximum use of the favourable weather and was able to prepare to the fullest.“The athletes are just anxious to compete to bring home this title. I feel we have a good chance of taking the title for the third time, because I feel my athletes are ready for the competition. Preparation was very good, the weather was very cooperative (and)we had enough chance to prepare,” Chisholm commented.As Chisholm goes into the competition, he says he will be focusing on getting maximum participation and garnering not just wins but getting as much points as possible.“It’s all about points and not about wins.The athletes, all of them will play a role in getting points;it will be shared between all of them.” Chisholm said.Police coach Lyndon Wilson said preparation for his team also went well and he thinks he has good odds of perhaps finally taking another title, after having the title elude them since 2013.“Preparation is good, our chances are good. We always try to go there with a positive mindset and the results will be on how the athletes perform. The athletes are prepared mentally and physically.”Wilson says it was the field events and female team that were some of the areas where the team fell down last year and has tried since to work on that.“What we did is look at what went wrong and try our best to work on that. The field events, especially in the female area,let us down last year.” Wilson explained.With regards to the female side, this year the Police team will see the return of sprinter Alita Moore, while Wilson sees Jevina Sampson and Kezia Bess as being two others who will put in leading performances.On the male side, 2016 Rio Olympics quarter miler Winston George will return, where he is expected to participate in the sprints, in addition to the 400m.
highlights Nitin Menon has represented Madhya Pradesh in U-16, U-19, U-23 and List A matches.Nitin Menon has also officiated in 22 ODIs, nine T20Is and 40 IPL games.Nitin Menon cleared the All India Umpiring Exam conducted by the BCCI in 2006. Mumbai: India’s Nitin Menon will make his Test debut after being appointed as an on-field umpire for the upcoming Test match between Afghanistan and West Indies to be held in Dehradun from November 27. According to the BCCI, Nitin is the son of former international umpire Narendra Menon and followed his father’s footsteps and became a state panel umpire for Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association in 2005. Nitin, who has represented Madhya Pradesh in U-16, U-19, U-23 and List A matches, cleared the All India Umpiring Exam conducted by the BCCI in 2006 and started officiating in domestic matches from the 2007-08 season.Apart from 57 first-class games, Nitin has also officiated in 22 One Day Internationals, nine T20 Internationals and 40 IPL matches. An elated Nitin, whose ultimate goal is to become an ICC Elite Panel Umpire thanked BCCI for the support and faith shown in him. “The reason behind my smooth transition to international cricket is mainly because of the robust, competitive and professional structure of the BCCI domestic matches,” he was quoted as saying by the BCCI.Also Read | Jason Roy given out in farcial circumstances by umpire Kumar Dharmasena in semifinal vs AustraliaHe added that the Umpires Exchange Program helped him in his overall growth as a match official. “The experience that I gained from officiating in our domestic tournaments and the opportunity given to me by the BCCI for officiating in the IPL as well as in first class matches in Australia, England and South Africa as part of Umpires Exchange Program has helped me in my development as an umpire,” Nitin said. Also Read | This Australian umpire creates history, becomes first woman to officiate in men’s ODI”I am happy to repay the trust shown in me and looking forward to facing the new challenges of Test cricket so that I can achieve my goal of becoming an ICC Elite Panel Umpire,” he added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
July 13, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — In a season that could end with four trophies, Manchester City’s biggest victory hasn’t been secured by Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling.City fans are celebrating a squad of lawyers outsmarting UEFA’s judicial machinery in extra time and saving the club from a devastating two-year Champions League ban.“Absolutely vindicated,” supporter Dante Friend said outside City’s stadium on Monday shortly after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled largely in the club’s favor in the Financial Fair Play case. “We can prove where the money has come from over the years.” UEFA has only said it notes the verdict while maintaining it still backs the principles of Financial Fair Play. The regulation was introduced a decade ago by then-president Michel Platini during the global financial crisis to prevent clubs racking up big losses and going out of business.“I think there will be a lot of dismay on the part of the other clubs,” said William Gaillard, who was an adviser to Platini at UEFA. “When you have an owner who basically is in football because he wants to make a legitimate profit, to be faced with a competitor with the deepest pockets in the world and endless money is incredibly discouraging. If I were a legitimate investor, I would divest, from football. You can’t compete.”UEFA has been exploring changes to FFP now that it has made clubs more sustainable. Clubs across Europe made a combined profit of 140 million euros in 2018 compared to losses of 1.163 billion euros in 2009 before FFP was implemented.But now countries across the continent could be entering another recession, caused by the coronavirus pandemic that has wiped out revenue from clubs as stadiums have been shut to fans.“This could be an opportunity for perhaps UEFA to save face,” football finance lecturer Kieran Maguire said, “by coming up with a revised set of rules which make it more palatable to clubs with sovereign wealth funds as owners to become involved with the game and to invest larger sums.” Analysis: Man City court win after flawed UEFA prosecution That would suit City fans just fine. The Premier League trophy has been surrendered to Liverpool. But the Community Shield and League Cup have already been collected this season. There’s an FA Cup semifinal with Arsenal on Saturday. Then the Champions League resumes in August from its pandemic-enforced break, with City leading Real Madrid 2-1 in the round of 16. With fans prohibited from attending games because of the virus, it will be a rare occasion when the Champions League anthem will not be booed at Etihad Stadium. The CAS verdict only reinforces City fans’ grievances with European football’s governing body.“We put the banner together to say that UEFA are ‘muppets’ and that was funded by fans,” said Friend, the supporter outside the stadium on Monday morning. “We were absolutely 100% right in what we said.”UEFA has a lot of explaining to do. Meanwhile, City could end an extraordinary season by lifting UEFA’s biggest club prize for the first time: The European Cup. Money coming from companies such as Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-owned carrier that took on the stadium naming rights after a member of the emirate’s ruling family bought the club in 2008.The wealth of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan transformed City from merely existing in the English Premier League — after dropping into the third tier at the end of the millennium — into a team that overhauled brash all-conquering neighbor Manchester United.But the spending power that produced four Premier League titles in the last decade — their first English titles since 1968 — had to remain within UEFA’s limits. No owner, not even one backed with the wealth of a nation, could spend freely on players. The revenue had to be generated from fans, broadcasters and sponsors. And City managed to attract an array of Abu Dhabi companies — from the airline to financial and communications firms — to sponsor this Abu Dhabi-owned team.UEFA’s judiciary did find sponsorship revenue was inflated from companies linked to the ownership. The new investigation was only launched after the club’s internal correspondence was obtained by German outlet Der Spiegel through means that enraged City. But the CAS media release on Monday proclaimed: “Manchester City FC did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions.” It was just the headline City wanted, apart from the second part of the CAS announcement which showed the club was not completely exonerated: “But did fail to cooperate with the UEFA authorities.”It is short of obstruction of justice but still led to a hefty fine of 10 million euros ($11 million), albeit reduced from the initial 30 million euros sanction imposed by UEFA’s judicial branch. It is still the biggest sanction for an English club since City was fined 30 million euros in the original 2014 FFP case for overspending. Doubts will persist over whether City escaped the Champions League ban on technicalities. CAS arbitrators concluded some allegations were “either not established or time-barred.” Only the publication of the written reasons by CAS will help to explain how they reached the verdict and perhaps why UEFA launched the case when its own regulations place a five-year limit on prosecuting any rule breaches. Coming after high-profile court defeats on FFP, including over Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain’s finances, UEFA’s ability to prosecute cases is now under the microscope. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Andre De Grasse of Canada compete in the Men’s 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Canadian athlete, Andre de Grasse’s dreams of stopping world champion, Usain Bolt, have been abruptly ended by a hamstring injury.De Grasse, widely regarded as one of Usain Bolt’s prominent rival, finished second behind Bolt in the 200m and third in 100m at the Rio Olympics in 2016.Announcing the injury, De Grasse said: “Injuries are a part of the sport, and the timing of this one is especially unfortunate,”“The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus. I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world. To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the reality I am now faced with.”Full statement from @De6rasse. Classy closing comments, the team looks forward to having you behind them. #London2017 pic.twitter.com/vycYYX7wCp— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 3, 2017The 22-year-old’s sad circumstances were further explained by his manager, Paul Doyle, who says: “We tried to do everything we could to have him ready but he’s just not going to be ready.”“Further MRI results today showed it’s probably going to be another four to six weeks before he’s fully recovered.”“So, unfortunately, he’s out of the 100m, 200m and the relay and done for the season.” RelatedDoping Will Kill Athletics – Usain BoltAugust 2, 2017In “Sports”Usain Bolt To Train With Australian Club Central Coast MarinersAugust 7, 2018In “Athletics”Justin Gatlin’s Victory Not Perfect – IAAF PresidentAugust 6, 2017In “Sports”
“Kuz tried to play through this last game, and we saw he just couldn’t get the job done,” he said. “Instead of having him limp around out there, let’s get him healthy enough to where he can help our team.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed LOS ANGELES – LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma were both suited up for Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, they were wearing blazers instead of jerseys.That’s the kind of season it’s been for the Lakers, who decided to sit Kyle Kuzma with a hip strain. After he struggled through a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, the training staff and Walton believed they would be better served by keeping him sidelined.Kuzma hurt the hip against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 19, and he said it recently had been feeling worse. While Walton said trainers told him Kuzma was improving by Sunday morning, he decided to err on the side of caution.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton said he’s also conscious of the concern that players who try to muscle through injury could lead to making minor conditions worse. Hips and groins are notably prone to reinjury.The Lakers started Michael Beasley for the first time in Kuzma’s place.The team has also been making Tyson Chandler a healthy scratch for the last two games. It’s part of a plan the Lakers have to give the 18-year veteran some opportunity to rest.Ivica Zubac started the second straight game in Chandler’s stead, and Walton said he’s comfortable giving Zubac more minutes if it means Chandler will be able to play more minutes down the stretch of the season. He hasn’t played more than 47 games in each of the last two seasons.“Tyson’s a winner,” he said. “Tyson gives everything he has no matter what. And that’s why we gotta kinda protect him from him because of how hard he plays and the amount of miles that are on that body.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers celebrate Jerry BussPictures of the illustrious former owner of the Lakers graced the jumbotron throughout Sunday’s game as the team celebrated what would’ve been the 86th birthday of Dr. Jerry Buss.The Lakers played a tribute video during the first quarter for the man credited with establishing the Showtime Era after purchasing the team in 1979. Buss died in 2013, after being enshrined in the Hall of Fame.There were other personal tributes: Jeanie Buss posted a picture of her with her father on Instagram. Luke Walton, who knew Jerry Buss from his days as a player, opened his press conference by talking about him.“He was one of those guys, whether he was coming into practice, on a plane, sitting next to him, he was great to talk to, he had great stories, and he loved his team, and he was proud of his team,” Walton said. “He held us to a high standard, but a great man to spend time with.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“With the senior players away at a school leadership function, Kyra agreed to step into the goal. She had one practice session and then was thrown into a game.”Rookie Noa Butterfield, with an assist to Allie Zondervan and Ava Strautman scored for LVR. Naomi Perkins assisted on Strautman’s goal.Gibson said the defensive squad was working as a strong unit.“Emma Gregorich took on the leadership and directed the team,” Gibson explained.“Veteran Lauren Walgren was sick and still played every minute of the game. Anna Goeppner and Noelle Wang did not get much substitution time either as they held up the defensive unit.”The Bombers return to the pitch Tuesday back at Pass Creek when LVR meets Stanley Humphries Rockers. The L.V. Rogers Bombers rode the shutout goalkeeping of rookie Kyra Burkart to a 2-0 victory over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in West Kootenay High School Fieldhockey League play at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.The win in goal came in Burkart’s first-ever game guarding the cage.“Kyra did a fantastic job and made many key saves in the game,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson.
Portsmouth and Ascot Primary are the current leaders with maximum 12 points in the INSPORTS Portmore Primary Netball League following four round of matches. The leaders are followed by Naggo Head, 6, Waterford, 6, and Kensington, 6. In games last Wednesday. Portsmouth swamped Greater Portmore 18-2, Ascot blanked Bridgeport 18-0; Naggo Head defeated Kensington 13-2 and Belmont surprised Gregory Park 8-4. Oracabessa Primary Victorious Two second-half goals from Challi Harris propelled Oracabessa Primary to a 2-0 victory over Mount Angus Primary in the Oracabessa Foundation primary league at the James Bond Beach Complex in Oracabessa, St Mary on Thursday. It was Mount Angus’ third straight defeat in the competition. One match was also played on Wednesday. Jacks River Primary clipped Galina Primary 3-2. Leon Heath, Dwayne Brown and Craige Collins were the scorers for Jacks River while Navar Logan and Geovaughn Walsh were on target for Galina Primary. Action will continue next Tuesday at the same venue. Portmore Domino league Unity Primary unstoppable Mt St Joseph, Belair lead Howie Chin leagues Semi-final two of the 2016 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition will be a repeat of the 2015 final, as defending champions Eurotrend will oppose beaten finalists Miles today at the Foska Oats Oval, 451 Spanish Town Road starting at 4 p.m. This will be followed by semi-final one between Ashoka and Henley at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Miles will be led by three Waterhouse Premier League players Kemar Thomas, Kemar Rodney and AndrÈ Hickling. Eurotrend, on the other hand, will have Kemar Bygrave and Fernando Hunt, the leading goalscorer and most valuable player, respectively, in 2015. The final and third place play-off will be played on Saturday, November 19, at the same venue. Two more teams secured passages this week to the next round of the 2016-17 season of the MFA-Brumalia House Knockout Competition. They are Hillstars and Alligator Pond. Alligator Pond hosted Star Zone Academy at their home field and were able to eke out a 3-2 extra-time victory. Dane Seaton was the hero, scoring his second goal and his team’s third in the 91st minute. Earlier, he scored in the 69th minute to earn a 2-2 equaliser. Teammate Kenji Thomas scored to give Alligator Pond a 1-0 lead only to see Star Zone Academy equalise and take the lead through goals by Imani Osbourne in the 10th and Ricardo Johnson in the 23rd. Hillstars FC qualified after spanking newcomers Trinity United 8-1. Kale Wilson notched a brace in the 24th and 59th minutes. He was joined on the score sheet by Thorn Simpson (10th), Jarvis Mattis (27th), Travoy McDonald (64th), Nicholas Kelsey (75th), Tahja Reynolds (84th) and Ceejay Lampark in the 89th. Porus, Downs, Los Perfectos and defending champions Ricam have already advanced. Bridgeport advance in primary football Three teams are locked on 13 points as the 2016 edition of the Manchester FA-Howie Chin Prep School League nears its semi-final round. They are Mt St Joseph’s, El Instituto, and Knox. However, Mt St Joseph have the clear advantage having played one game less. The highlight of the week was Charagape Prep’s 6-0 demolition of Hillcrest with Alex Forbes slamming in five goals. In other matches, Mt St Joseph had a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart and similarly El Instituto over Knox, however, got some redemption later by shutting out Emmanuel 3-0. Belair continue to lead the charge in the girls’ division despite being idle in the last round of matches. They have nine points from three games. Mt St Joseph are on seven points but have played two more games. In the last round, Dania Lee Wint’s two goals gave Mt St Joseph a 2-1 win over Emmanuel Preparatory School but they then lost 1-0 to Knox for whom Jianna Tomlinson scored. Manchester High for Digicel Cup Sporting Clays Manchester High will be the only rural-based school competing when the fourth Digicel Cup Inter Schools Sporting Clays Tournament shoots off tomorrow at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore with the highest number of competitors to date (78). The other participants will be Jamaica College, Campion College, Wolmer’s, Hillel Academy, AISK, and Sts Peter & Paul Prep School. The tournament features 50 targets for all shooters. The top six shooters will compete in the Super Six for the highest overall total and the championship trophy. The Super Six will involve 18 targets. Seventy-eight students are expected to participate. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. Boys usually make up the largest contingent, however, this year will see an increase in females up from last year’s seven. The sponsors are Digicel, Wata, Reggae Jammins, Best Dressed Chicken, True Juice, Hawkeye, St Mary’s Banana, Bigga, Tin Grinners Club Jamaica and Arts & Photo Impressions. Ken’s cut lead with win Ken’s Wildflower moved within a point of leaders and defending champions Passagefort United with a 250-242 win over Garveymeade in the latest round of the MP Colin Fagan South East St Catherine Inter-Constituency Domino Tournament. Ken’s Wildflower are now in second place on 26 points, a point adrift of Passagefort UTD (27 points). In other games, fifth-place Waterford (18 points) defeated last-place Westmeade Rising Sun 250-243 and third-place Cumberland (26 points) got past Rising Sun 250-226. Tomorrow’s matches (Home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Cumberland, Westmeade vs Passagefort United and Waterford vs Ken’s Wildflower. Hillstars, Alligator Pond advance in Manchester KO Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football semis this weekend Portsmouth, Ascot on top Domino clubs have until Tuesday, November 15, to register for the 2016-2017 Portmore Domino League. Registration is $6,500 per club, and $350 per player. The competition will be launched on December 18, at the Garveymeade Sport Club and games officially start on January 15, 2017. Bridgeport advanced to the semi-finals of the INSPORTS Portmore Primary Football League after they defeated Belmont Park 2-1 in Zone One action last Thursday. Bridgeport ended the preliminary round with 10 points. In other games, Independence Primary moved to six points from four games as they beat Ascot Primary 2-1 as Jaheem Johnson scored two goals. Defending champions Waterford Primary are near qualification with eight points as they outscored Port Henderson 3-2. In Zone Two, the qualifiers are Portsmouth (nine points), and Naggo Head (six points). Portsmouth the pre-tournament favourites get a test from Greater Portmore but won 3-2 with Tyrique Beckford scoring a double and Theon Copie added the other goal. Bridgeport Police win big Bridgeport Police pulverised Cable Pro 5-1 in a lopsided encounter in the latest round of the INSPORTS-Charles Chocolates Portmore Business House 5-a-side football competition at the Sunshine playing field in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine, last Wednesday. Kimani Brisett scored a double for the lawmen, while there was a goal each for Russane Spence, Kwami Richards, and Ado Niko. Kemar Grant scored Cable Pro’s lone goal. In another game, C&S defeated PETCOM 3-1. Romario Smikle scored twice, and Dane Coyle added another goal for C&S. Orlando Dwyer scored for PETCOM. The 2011 national champions, Unity Primary, topped the first round in the west zone of the Deran Lee/JaVA/ Philip Greenland Developmental Volleyball Championship 2016 for primary level schools in Westmoreland on Wednesday, November 9. Matches took place at Loving Care Christian Academy, Farm Pen Road, Savanna-la-Mar. Unity stopped Little London Primary 38-19, Williamsfield All Age 40-19 and had a narrow 36-32 win over hosts Loving Care who ended in second spot after beating Little London 34-26 and Williamsfield 38-27. Little London swamped Williamsfield 50-12 in the other match. Williamsfield will host Round Two on Tuesday, November 15, starting 9 a.m.
The Health Officer of Nimba County, Dr. Collins Bowah, has called on politicians lay politics aside for now as the fight against Ebola is ongoing.Dr. Bowah, who did not call any name, said if the politician used to the Ebola awareness to gain popularity the fight against Ebola would not yield the needed fruit, nor would the citizens take it seriously.Speaking at the turning over ceremony of the Ebola Center in Ganta on last Monday, Dr. Bowah cautioned that people will not take the issue very seriously if they see pictures of politicians attached to Ebola Awareness poster or banner.“The people will feel that the Ebola is intended to gain political popularity and not a serious matter afflicting the country and its people, as the Liberian government and the press has been stressing,” he said.The local authorities, including health officials, have been receiving some tough times in mobilizing the citizens in the fight against Ebola in many quarters of Nimba.Even though it was not clear which of the politicians Dr. Bowah was referring to in his remarks, there have been some murmurings among health workers that politics was dominating the fight against Ebola.In Gbehlay Geh recently, some families refused to allow health workers to take specimen of their relative who was suspected of having Ebola until after the local authority intervened.Dr. Bowah described as surely an act of selfishness politicians using their pictures on the banners carrying Ebola awareness messages. This was intended for nothing more that to make them popular to the people. He foresees danger in this, he said, because as he put it, “people will take the whole thing as a nothing more than a political campaign and they will not take the anti-Ebola campaign seriously.” Meanwhile, there has been some wrangling among the county officials over how the US$ 100,000 allotted to fight Ebola in Nimba has been handled.The Nimba Legislative Caucus accused the County Superintendent and his close associates of mismanaging the money on things that it was not intended for.According to Senator Thomas S. Grupee, the allotment was intended to procure protective gears for health workers and enough for all health centers across Nimba so as to keep the health facilities opened.But instead, he said, the county officials gave 30% of the money to the health team while the balance was spent to purchase motorcycles for statutory superintendents; while some of the funds were divided among chiefs and local radio stations to carry on awareness.Currently there are no adequate ambulances in Nimba to transport sick persons quickly to the treatment center in Monrovia.Vehicles to remove corpses for burial are also lacking, thereby leaving many dead bodies in homes and in the streets for days.The issue of rapid response when someone is sick has been the key issue discussed around Ganta with most citizens condemning the government for not purchasing enough ambulances to take sick persons quickly to hospital, but leaving them in communities, thereby causing others to contract the disease.“You can see the officials riding cars with the inscription “Ebola Response Task Force”, yet many are dying because there is no vehicle to carry them quickly to be treated,” a bystander observed.In the fight against Ebola, Nimba County has received several cars, including two new cabin cars, but these cars are used for what the local officials claimed as “administrative purposes.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)