‘Bad Pitch’ Pauses President’s Cup Tourney

first_imgThe on-going President’s Cup which brought 20 teams from the 1st, 2nd and female divisions was suspended on Saturday, May 16 owing to complains about the poor condition of the Blue Field.The clubs complaint to the Liberia Football Association on Friday, May 15, said the venue of the game, BYC home ground, dubbed the Blue Field, isn’t only injurious to their players but also cost demanding as it relates to destroying teams’ materials.The letter, under the signature of three clubs, indicated that their observation dated from the just ended Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament in which some of their players are still undergoing treatment, while players’ boots have been torn.The Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah in a telephone interview yesterday said a committee; headed by Technical Director Henry Brown has been set-up to investigate the complaint for further action.In the opener, Keitrace FC whipped Aries FC 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 pulsating draw.In the second derby, Darling Club, IE defeated Mighty Barrolle 2-0.Meanwhile, statistics indicated that 13 players sustained injuries during the Coca-Cola Tournament from bad condition of the Blue Field. Three other players also sustained injuries from the two games on Friday.An LFA engineer told the Daily Observer that the bad condition of the Blue Field is because the groundwork under the artificial turf is concrete, instead of sand.However, if the LFA rules against the Blue Field, there would be no LFA sanctioned games there.The Blue Field and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium are two artificial turfs in Monrovia.The third artificial turf is the Kakata Sports Stadium in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNP, LIS Receive 6 Patrol Boats from Japan

first_imgLNP, LIS Receive 6 Patrol Boats from JapanThe Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) last Friday received 6 patrol boats or dinghies, 2 Toyota Land Cruiser Hardtop motor vehicles, 32 desktop computers, 32 Laser jet printers and 100 camp beds valued at US$371,336.22, shared equally between the two agencies.The items were purchased through a project supported by the government of Japan and were delivered by the United Nations Development Program on behalf of the Japanese government, according to a press release yesterday.In total, the US$3.6m project, which has just ended, has enhanced the operational and logistical capacities of the LIS and LNP with 18 vehicles, 160 motorbikes, 2,000 rain gears, 16 tents, 260 camp beds, 200 hand-held communication radios and 80 base radios. Other items donated are 168 megaphones for community sensitization, 100 flashlights, 200 hand-held thermometers, 15 solar panels with technical rooms that are yet to be installed at selected border posts and police stations in the counties, and 8 Public Address (PA) systems under the authority of the County Superintendent to be used for public engagement and sensitization. The contributions include sanitation kit supplies for about 400 female officers and household heads.The project which has been implemented since March 2015 as part of the post-Ebola recovery, sought to strengthen the institutional capacities of the LNP and LIS, with a specific focus on border security through enhanced surveillance systems, screening of border crossings and patrol of border points.It can be recalled that uncontrolled border crossings resulted in the transmission of Ebola.Friday’s event took place at the Liberia Maritime Authority Training Academy in Marshall, Margibi County and was attended by the Inspector-General of the LNP, Mr. Gregory O.W Coleman and the Commissioner-General of the LIS, Cllr. Lemuel Reeves, who received the donations on behalf of their institutions.Ministry of Justice rep. Steve Jackson (R) with Cllr. Reeves of the LIS (L) and LNP I.G. Coleman (C)Handing them over was a representative of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Steve Jackson, who in turn received the donations from UNDP through its Deputy Country Director for Program, Mr. Cleophas Torori.The six (6) state-of-the-art patrol boats also called “dinghies,” among the donations, are relatively small naval vessels generally designed for coastal defense duties, which will be used for border patrol and protection roles, including anti-smuggling, anti-piracy, fisheries patrols, and immigration law enforcement, as well as rescue operations.This will be the first time that LIS has received watercraft for marine and river patrols, besides other logistics provided to boost its capacity, thanks to the UNDP project. LIS is organizing training for selected officers at the Maritime Training Academy to form its Marine Unit.Receiving the equipment and items on behalf of their respective institutions, both the IGP and the Commissioner-General LIS pledged to use them for the purpose intended and expressed appreciation to UNDP and the government and people of Japan for the donation that has greatly helped to strengthen the capacities of their institutions.The representatives of UNDP and the Ministry of Justice also underscored the need for the donations to be put to the intended use along the borders, in order to enhance border surveillance and security, and thus curb transmission of communicable diseases and illicit trade, including drugs and small arms.In addition to the heavy logistical support, the Community Engagement and Training component of the project employed focus-group discussions and community sensitization and awareness campaigns in eight counties to strengthen coordination and collaboration among the security agencies on one hand, and between the security agencies and the communities on the hand.Participants were drawn from LIS Border Patrol Units, LNP officers, Community Watch Forum, County and District Security Council members, County Health Teams, UNMIL, and representatives of other UN agencies, County Superintendents, County Attorneys, Community/Traditional leaders, representatives of Youth and Women’s groups, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHEY’VE been drawing crowds to Malin Head for a few weeks.Now it looks as if Malin Head is drawing in…more dolphins.Up to 30 of the beautiful creatures put on a sunny Sunday display for locals and tourists alike. People starting their summer holidays at the popular Ardmalin Caravan Park were soon flocking to the shore and the pier to get a better look.One of the dolphins has already been given the name Banba (for obvious reasons).But at this rate, the locals could be running out of names for all of them.John O’Hara, on holidays from Co Down, said: “We love Donegal anyway, but when the sun’s out like this – and there are dolphins splashing around in the ocean, there’s just nowhere better on earth. “We’re here for a week – we might just add another week now.” WOW! NOW 30 DOLPHINS PUT ON A SUMMER SHOW OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ardmalin Caravan Parkdolphins Malin Headtouristslast_img read more