Messi provides boost ahead of Brazil clash

first_imgBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP):Lionel Messi is back from injury, just the tonic Argentina needs in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Brazil.Messi missed Argentina’s last three qualifying matches with an injured left knee, and the results showed with draws against Peru and Venezuela, and a 1-0 loss against Paraguay.”He (Messi) is extremely intelligent and has a great finishing skill, so we have to do double marking on him whenever we can,” Brazil midfielder Renato Augusto said. “We have to close the gaps for all Argentina players, and we have to remove Messi’s passing angle whenever he has the ball.”Thursday’s match takes place in the same stadium where Brazil was humiliated two years ago in a 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. But this time, the hosts will be focusing on containing Messi.”It’s impossible to stop the ball from reaching Messi because he will start floating around to get it,” Renato Augusto said. “We need to take him out of his comfort zone.”Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who plays for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, said the Brazilians fear Messi.”They know that Leo is very tough. They are a little scared,” Pratto told Argentine newspaper OlÈ. “Or maybe more than a little.”Messi scored in a 1-0 victory over Uruguay in September in the only match he’s played under Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza.Argentina, World Cup runners-up two years ago against Germany, is five points behind group leader Brazil. The Argentines need points Thursday and next week in a difficult match against Colombia.Brazil leads qualifying with 21 points, followed by Uruguay with 20 and Ecuador and Colombia with 17. Chile and Argentina have 16 points each.The top four teams qualify automatically for the World Cup. The fifth-place team could advance through a play-off.Brazil has won four straight matches since coach Tite took over after the five-time World Cup champions fired Dunga.Tite will count on striker Neymar and right back Dani Alves for any new strategy to deal with Messi.”(Brazil) has to do what it has been doing,” said winger Douglas Costa, “regardless of Argentina.”last_img read more

Turkey ‘Regrets Shooting of Liberians’

first_imgThe Foreign Minister of Turkey, Professor Ahmet Daavutoglu, has expressed his government’s deepest regrets over the shooting incident involving four Liberians, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia said Monday, April 21.The incident occurred early this month in Istanbul, Turkey’s capital. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Foreign Minister, who spoke in a telephone conversation with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, said all efforts are being exerted by security forces in Istanbul to have the perpetrator arrested and brought to justice.Foreign Minister Ngafuan had earlier called his counterpart’s attention to the need for proper post-surgical medical care for the victims. Minister Ngafuan also called on his Turkish counterpart to ensure proper security for the four as well as other Liberians living in Turkey in order to avert any possible recurrence of the situation. The Liberian Foreign Minister also urged Turkish authorities to step up efforts aimed at ensuring the shooter is speedily brought to justice.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dispatched Senior Ambassador-at-Large, Marcus Kofa, to the Republic of Turkey on a special mission.  Amb. Kofa arrived in Istanbul on Sunday, April 20, and met with the victims Monday morning. Ambassador Kofa informed headquarters that arrangements have been concluded for the victims to be given continued and adequate medical attention by Turkish authorities. The Foreign Ministry release said Ambassador Kofa is now heading for Turkey’s political capital, Ankara, where he will hold talks with Turkish Government authorities on the unfortunate incident and the need to bring it to a mutually acceptable conclusion.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also announced that it is fully sponsoring the travel of one of the family members of the victims to Turkey to ascertain first hand the conditions of their loved one and to provide domestic care for them. The family member is to depart Liberia this week.It can be recalled that an unknown gunman at a coffee shop located in Sisli Mecediyeko around the Trump Tower in Istanbul, shot and seriously wounded four Liberians. The four Liberians are Bemore N. Toe, Patience Roberts, Deddeh Simmonds and Blessing Vinton.Turkey does not have a diplomatic mission, representative or Honorary Consul in Liberia at present. The Liberian Government had to send a diplomatic note to the Turkish Embassy in Accra, Ghana, seeking explanation into the shooting of Liberian citizens there.Regardless of the absence of a Turkish representative to Liberia, however, the two countries continue to enjoy some level of mutual relationship as manifested by Turkish business establishments and a school in Liberia.Some Turkish entrepreneurs early this year opened a furniture store on 23rd Street in Sinkor.  It can also be recalled that based on the kind gesture of the Turkish Government some Liberian business tycoons including Liberian Business Association president Dee Maxwell Kemayah and renowned Liberian banker and president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Francis A. Dennis, travelled to Turkey last year with others to attend a business meeting there.From the meeting, some Turkish business entrepreneurs assured their Liberian counterparts of relating to them in business venture especially in the area of Transportation.The Turkish Light International School is also located in Sinkor, Monrovia and is catering to the education needs of Liberians here.  A few years back the school took some of its Liberian students to Turkey for a visit to gain some experience in that country.There are also many Liberian students in Turkey, benefiting from bilateral scholarships in order to return to Liberia to help develop the country.F. Momolu Dorley, a former Daily Observer employee now living in Istanbul, told this paper that he and others visited the hospitals where the victims are receiving treatment. The victims told Dorley that they had been sitting in a coffee shop sipping coffee and entertaining themselves with tales just to pass off the day when a Turkish man entered and engaged the proprietor of the coffee shop in a debate. The victims, who did not speak Turkish, heard “American” multiple times in the Turkish men’s discussion. In the blink of an eye, the Turkish visitor retreated and soon returned with a gun and shot his innocent victims, who were Liberian — not American.Dorley, who speaks and writes the Turkish language, later explained the outburst based on what he gathered from the victims: “It is now established that the shooter had said ‘Amerikali gormek istemiyor,’ which translates: I do not want to see Americans!”“It is very palpable that Liberia shares many traits with America, especially the flag. However, the four victims never had anything on them that had to do with Liberia or America,” Dorley told the Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmers Union Network Begins Family Farms Status Workshop

first_imgLFUN stakeholders The Liberia Farmers Union Network (LFUN) has begun a three-day Family Farms Status workshop  in Paynesville.Farmer Union Network National Coordinator Julius M. Bass disclosed that the workshop will present findings on the current status of Liberian family farms, and review the Regional Observatory of Family Farming in West Africa 2015/17 report.“Through the report of the Observatory of Family Farming in West Africa by (ROPPA), the Farmer Union Network was asked to do a research about the current position of Liberia’s Family Farmers and we, as a network, will review ROPPA 2015/16 report to set goals of the new 2017 campaign,” Bass said.Mohamed Kamara, CEO of Agriculture Investment Infrastructure Company (AIIC)During the findings’ presentation, the Network Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Boimah Dargo, disclosed that land accessibility, poor extension services, poor monitoring systems, deficiencies of the family workforce, deterioration of natural capital of production, access to low-quality inputs are some of the challenges affecting family farms in the country.“Low assistance in term of inputs, training of new farming methods, loss of land through concession agreements, depletion  of nutrients from the top-soil and youth leaving rural communities in search of better jobs were issues identified among sixty family farms in the three production counties of Nimba, Lofa, and Bong along with Bomi, which is our project county,” Dargo said.LFUN assured that it will continue the research in other counties but stressed that limited resources, especially finance, could impede its operations. Dargo added that Family Farms would enhance production at household levels if society does not ignore it.He added that stakeholders and the network will develop a road map that will address the challenges of family farms in Liberia before the end of the workshop.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Goldfields employee charged for death of pedestrian

first_imgJamel Lowe was on Friday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a causing death by dangerous driving charge alleging that, on August 8, 2018, he drove minibus BVV 2848 in a manner dangerous to the public, resulting in the death of pedestrian Franklyn Dover on the Covent Garden Public Road, East Bank Demerara.According to information presented to the court, on August 8 last, the 33-year-old Guyana Goldfields employee was driving the minibus in a southerly direction on the eastern carriageway of the East Bank Demerara Public Road at a fast rate of speed when he collided with the pedestrian Dover, who was crossing west to east on the Covent Garden Public Road.The pedestrian accordingly fell to the roadway and received injuries. He was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre and was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he died while receiving medical attention.Lowe denied the allegation when it was read to him, and Police prosecutor Vivian Adolph objected to Lowe being placed on bail, citing the serious nature of the offence for which he was charged.Lowe was, however, placed on bail in the sum of $600,000 on condition that he lodges his travel documents and reports to the Providence Police Station every Friday until determination of his case. His driver’s licence was also suspended until completion of the case. The matter will continue on August 20.last_img read more

Organisation tackling substance abuse launched

first_imgThe Life Reform, an organisation registered under the Ministry of the Presidency, was launched on Tuesday and its main goal is to address the issues of substance abuse affecting youths in Guyana.The Life Reform – Making Strides to Save Lives, was created with the intention of bringing about the transformation that is urgently needed in Guyana in relation to issues such as the abuse of illicit substances by youths.According to the organisation, data from research studies in Guyana shows young people are the most vulnerable group to substance abuse and first use has been recorded in the 10-14 years’ age group.A section of the gathering at the launch of Life Reform organisationChairman of the organisation, Phillip Drayton, during a simple launching ceremony at the Racquet Centre on Tuesday revealed that research has shown that some 70 per cent of youths in today’s society believe it is okay to smoke or consume alcohol. He added that 35 per cent of parents are consuming mood and mind altering substances and 80 per cent of society does not understand the real dangers of substance misuse.“Our members began to work towards a free Guyana by engaging our certified and experienced drug treatment specialists, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, and psychiatrists who will assist the general public and persons suffering from substance misuse or any form of mental illness to determine the level of treatment necessary for each individual and intervention necessary for each individual so that misuse can be arrested and recovery can become possible,” Drayton explained.He pointed out that Life Reform will soon be rolling out awareness campaigns focusing on drug education and prevention programmes and outpatient services including regular and programmed meetings countrywide.A major project which Life Reform is focused on is the Secondary School Drug Education and Prevention Programme, a life skills programme which teaches the necessary skills to assist young people to improve their knowledge and to encourage the development of defensible values.This programme, he said, was introduced to the Education Ministry and permission was granted for Life Reform to commence its campaigns in Georgetown and all other regions of Guyana.Drayton encouraged the public to join its journey for a Drug Free Guyana as its members stand ready to collaborate with all interested individuals and groups.Meanwhile, Trevor Hollenkirk, a recovering addict who has been clean for 20 years, is also a part of the Executive Committee for Life Reform and a counsellor. He shared his experience and the hardships he endured as an addict and hopes his story will touch the lives of others who are struggling with substance abuse.He has travelled throughout the country educating persons of the dangers of substance abuse and sharing his story with vulnerable groups. He related how he managed to change his life for the better after battling with substance abuse from the age of 11 years. He is confident that the organisation will serve its intended purpose with success. He urged youths to refrain from the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. “For those of you youths that might want to try marijuana. Put it down right now. It does nothing for you but destroy your life. It doesn’t help you with school work or in any other area. Leave it right where it is,” he urged.Also part of the Executive Committee of Life Reform are Lavern Fraser, the Secretary; and Kasper Carter, Vice Chairman, who were all in attendance at the launch. Moderator Kirt Jardine expressed gratitude for the establishment of such an organisation which he is confident will impact positively on the lives of those battling substance abuse and Guyana on the whole.last_img read more

No international, regional observers approved for LGE 2018

first_imgAs the clock counts down to Local Government Elections (LGE) 2018, it turns out that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has so far not approved any regional or international observers.This was confirmed when Guyana Times made contact with GECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda Warde. While she noted that advertisements were published calling for local observers, it is unclear whether any international and regional observers will be brought on board.“The Commission has not approved the regional and international observers. We approved for local observers, hence the advertisements were specifically for local observers. I can’t say whether the Commission has completely ruled out the possibility of international and regional observers, but as of this point that is what they have approved… local observers.”“I think in the past international groups would have expressed an interest, which was subject to the approval of the Commission. I can’t say whether the process was done by just a way of a letter or whether there was an advertisement,” Warde explained.She related that an international observer has expressed an interest in the Local Government Elections. As such, she noted that there is the possibility that observers will ultimately be approved. Warde explained that GECOM will communicate the method that will be used to get these observers on board.“If the Commission makes the determination on the possible inclusion of international observers, then I’m sure they will also provide guidance in terms of the methodology, whether they will advertise or they will write the international and regional groups to indicate their interest.”The last time Local Government Elections were held in 2016, the US embassy and the British and Canadian High Commissions had fielded observer teams. With LGEs expected to go down on November 12, the deadline for local observers to apply was October 11.List of candidates in municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) have already been approved. The Disciplined Services are expected to hit the polls on November 2, with the general population is scheduled to vote on November 12.LGELGE will be held in all municipalities and NDCs in Guyana using a mixed electoral system of Proportional Representation (PR) and First Past the Post (FPTP).The PR electoral system is one in which parties’ gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them in a municipality or NDC. For someone to be elected under the Proportional Representation system, they must be on a party list or voluntary group list. Individuals cannot contest as the PR system.Meanwhile, the FPTP system is one in which an individual gains control by the number of cast for him or her. These candidates can come from a party, voluntary group or as an independent.Fifty per cent of Councillors for each municipality and NDC are elected through the Proportional Representation component, while the other half comes from FPTP component of the electoral system.Under the FPTP system, an individual candidate can contest for only one seat in a single constituency in which he or she is registered and resides. Candidates can only be nominated for one group for the PR and FPTP list.The People’s Progressive Party has already indicated that over 3000 candidates have been put forward by the Party to contest LGEs in all 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs). The other parties will be contesting on a smaller scale.The A Partnership for National Unity will be contesting elections in 76 of the 80 LAAs, while the Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday announced plans to contest only 38 LAAs at the upcoming November 12elections.This announcement follows previous statements made by the party, where the AFC had initially said that the party planned to contest the elections in more than 50 LAAs.last_img read more

Three killed in crash of Hawaii tour helicopter

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PRINCEVILLE, Hawaii – A tour helicopter crashed at an airport on the island of Kauai on Thursday, killing three people and critically injuring four, officials said. The crash occurred at Princeville Airport midafternoon, shortly after a Heli-USA Airways helicopter pilot radioed that he was having hydraulic problems, according to a statement from Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman. Nigel Turner, CEO of Las Vegas-based Heli-USA, said the aircraft was at the end of its tour and minutes from its scheduled landing when it crashed. “We are in the process of notifying the families of those individuals involved and our sincere condolences goes out at this time,” he said. “We are working with authorities to find out exactly what happened.” The crash comes one month after the Federal Aviation Administration announced new safety standards for air tour companies that operate at many vacation spots nationwide and for pilots who offer rides at air shows. The safety rule does not take effect until August. The FAA promised to closely monitor deaths and other accidents involving air tours after looking into 107 accidents that killed 98 people from 1988 to 1995. Five people were killed in 2004 when a helicopter operated by Bali Hai Helicopter Tours Inc. crashed into a mountain on Kauai. And three passengers drowned in 2005 after a Heli-USA helicopter plunged into the Pacific Ocean off Kauai. Turner defended the safety of his helicopters. The company has a fleet of six in Hawaii, and also flies in Nevada. “The company has flown over a million passengers. This is our second accident in a million people,” he said, adding that he would not hesitate to put his own family in his helicopters.last_img read more

Predicted Man City line-up v Stoke City – title-winning team?

first_img 1 1 GoalkeeperJoe Hart was unlucky with Hull’s goal on Saturday, but will retain his place between the sticks.DefencePablo Zabaleta should retain his place after returning on the weekend and Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to captain Vincent Kompany to help restore solidity at the back.Martin Demichelis should partner the Belgian, however Eliaquim Mangala could come in to combat the pace of Mame Biram Diouf.MidfieldWith Toure still absent, Fernando and Fernandinho should continue in the middle of the park, although Frank Lampard will be pushing for a start given City’s lack of goals.James Milner’s equaliser on Saturday should see the Englishman come into the starting XI and his work rate, especially defensively, will be crucial against a tough Stoke side.David Silva and Samir Nasri will be tasked with finding space and picking out the decisive final ball for City’s attackers.AttackSergio Aguero has lacked sharpness since his return from injury, but when fully fit the Argentine is the best forward in the Premier League.Depending how City line-up, Dzeko may have to start from the bench, and the pressure is on the Bosnian with Bony set to arrive at the Etihad by the end of the week.Man City fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Stoke? Comment below… Manchester City travel to Stoke on Wednesday evening desperate to end a run of lacklustre form that has seen them lose ground on Chelsea in the title race. Manchester City travel to Stoke on Wednesday evening desperate to end a run of lacklustre form that has seen them lose ground on Chelsea in the title race.James Milner’s injury-time free-kick rescued a point at home to Hull City on Saturday, but the result leaves City seven points off the top and they can ill-afford any more dropped points.The champions will be without Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, who are yet to return following their success with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.And Toure’s presence has been keenly felt – City have not won in the league without their influential midfielder, stretching six games.Will Edin Dzeko get one more chance to deliver before Bony’s arrival? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Man City line-up against Stoke:last_img read more

Thirkettle not a good starter, for openers, in Late Model

first_img “The funny part, I’m less stressed out about racing than I have been in a long time,” Huddleston said. “I can almost go back to having fun.” Huddleston will start the season in one of his older cars. It’s the same car he won his first Late Model race in and has 12 total victories in its career. “It’s a new, old car you might say,” Huddleston said, adding that his new car is expected to debut in the third race of the season. “We decided we wanted to wait until it’s absolutely perfect.” The car he sold, known as Hot Rod in the Irwindale Speedway pits, has 14 wins. Huddleston said he wants to win at least two more races in his old car, the one he calls Laser, so that it has as many wins as his championship car. Thirkettle said it won’t matter what Huddleston drives, he will be one of the top drivers in the Late Model class again. Mike Johnson of Covina, Brian Kelley of Mission Hills, Scott Youngren of Fallbrook and Austin Grabowski of Upland are also expected to contend for the Late Model championship at Irwindale Speedway, according to Thirkettle. Staudinger said he wants to try and keep a humble, quiet profile at the track this year, even though he has Huddleston’s championship car. Huddleston said he expects Staudinger to be a threat to win every race. “I want to be in the top five every week,” said Staudinger, who won a West Coast Pro Trucks championship in 2003. “But I can’t promise that. I know I have the car, the team and the support. It’s a new experience. I’ve never had this kind of support before.” Huddleston and Thirkettle all but dominated the division at the end of the year. They combined to win the last 10 races, each with five. And that doesn’t settle well with Price. “I’m used to winning races,” said Johnson, who was second in points and had five second-place finishes last year. “I had no wins and that hurts.” Chris Houwen of Acton and Kevin Wood of Saugus are also expected to compete in the Late Model class at Irwindale Speedway. The NASCAR Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stock and Super Trucks open their seasons tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. Indy Racing League:Marlboro Team Penske and Team Target had the fastest cars during three days of testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week. Helio Castroneves, driver for Team Penkse, posted the top speeds during a two-day test on the road course at Homestead. His best laps were 112.033 mph on March 2 and 112.742 mph on March 3. “These tests are always good to see how you compare to the rest of the field, and our results seem to indicate that we’re on the right track,” Castroneves said after the test session. “We have a few more weeks until the start of the season, so Marlboro Team Penske will have to continue to work hard to keep ahead of the competition. Hopefully when we come back to Homestead in a few weeks, we’ll have a good result to begin our hunt for the Championship.” Chip Ganassi’s Team Target drivers Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon were the fastest in testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway oval on Sunday. Wheldon, the defending IRL IndyCar Series champion, clocked the only lap over 218 mph. He was the fastest driver at 218.126 mph. Dixon’s best time was 217.185 mph. Valencia’s Bryan Herta, driver for Andretti Green Racing, had better results on the road course than on the oval during the test. He clocked the 10th-fastest lap, at 110.198 mph, during the first day of testing and rose to eighth fastest, at 111.347 mph, on the second day. “I don’t think we really improved,” Herta said after the test session. “It was a disappointing two days for us. For some reason, we could never get the car going right.” Herta was 15th fastest on the oval with his best time at 214.446 mph. “I’m disappointed with the way we ran,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate and driver of the No. 7 Honda-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing. “Although this is a test, I still expect to come out here and be fast. The team has a lot of work to do before the first race of the season and I’m hopeful that we will be able to come back to Homestead and be competitive.” Herta’s Andretti Green Racing teammates were considerably faster on the road course and the oval test. Tony Kanann had the sixth-fastest lap on the first day of testing on the road course and Dario Franchitti was fifth fastest on the second day. Kanaan was also fifth fastest at 215.469 mph on the oval. He was followed by Franchitti, eighth fastest at 215.070 mph and Marco Andretti, 13th fastest at 214.559 mph. The IRL season opens March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No driver was hotter than Newhall’s Travis Thirkettle at the end of the NASCAR Late Model season at Irwindale Speedway last year. He won three of the last four races, added another win at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, and finished third in points in the Late Model class. Opening night? Well, that’s a different story. When the NASCAR season opens tonight at Irwindale Speedway, Thirkettle said he hopes it doesn’t end in disaster. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant His worst finish of 2005 came on opening night when he crashed and was 23rd. It was the latest in a long line of opening-night troubles he has experienced over the years. “I don’t care where I finish, as long as I finish,” said Thirkettle. “I’ve been in wrecks, had blown motors. I don’t know what it is. It’s just the way it goes.” If he can survive opening night, Thirkettle will be one of the top contenders to challenge Tim Huddleston for the Late Model championship. Huddleston of Agoura Hills was the class of the Late Model division last year. He won eight of 16 races en route to the track championship. It was his first in 17 years of racing, which included a stint at Saugus Speedway. Then he decided to sell his championship car to Aaron Staudinger of Canyon Country and start from scratch, building a new car that won’t be ready until after the season starts. last_img read more