In a continuing bid to construct an impressive list of accomplishments by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration, the Cabinet yesterday met to review Tier Three Performance updates from the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, Information, the Civil Service and General Services Agencies towards setting the agenda for accomplishing critical goals in the remaining months of the administration.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Cabinet was briefed on how the agriculture sector, agro-processing and value addition would lead to manufacturing and service delivery. Key triggers toward manufacturing include amendment of section 16 of the Revenue Code, renew executive order 64, adopt ECOWAS CET, pass special economic zone act, and enact foreign trade and competition laws. Other activators are to create signature lists for manufacturers, reform and streamline inspection procedures, attract packaging and labeling investor, improve the doing business indicators in Liberia and implement the development of the Monrovia Industrial Park.The General Services Agency (GSA) briefed Cabinet on guidelines, policies and procedures for the tracking, maintenance and operation of government assets. The registration of major capital assets such as buildings and vehicles and building human capacity in the GSA and the Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to manage assets on a day-to-day basis were reviewed. The GSA stated that it has successfully completed the construction a US$500,000 facility in Paynesville to carry out fleet maintenance for government-owned vehicles. On the agriculture front, cabinet was briefed on the strategic alignment of key stakeholders for improved efficiency, revise agriculture donor working group, synchronize agricultural and manufacturing task force, revive operating procedures and identify leads for sector working groups. So far, a total of 137,000 farmers across the country have been registered into a database. The President will lead an array of government officials for the official launch of the Ministry of Agriculture e-Registration of farmers in Liberia at the Clay Youth Agriculture Vocational Training Center on Saturday, May 21. Meanwhile, the Cabinet was also provided updates on the pay and pension reform within the Civil Service, the optimal sizing and workforce development. Under workforce development, Cabinet has approved CSA’s guidelines that “No new Ministers can take up their new positions with an entourage from their previous ministries”. As part of CSA’s reform initiative, there will be a formal launch of a Job Description Catalogue for Ministries and Agencies and Performance Management Policy Manual on Friday, May 20, at the Monrovia City Hall at 10:00a.m.In a related development, Cabinet was brought up to speed on the status of Providence, the National Museum as well as the Cultural Village. A proposed bill to transform the Liberia News Agency into an autonomous agency is being finalized for submission to legal consultants for relevant inputs prior to being sent to the National Legislature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The Berbice Cricket Stakeholders Committee unequivocally supports Mr Hilbert Foster for the presidency of the Berbice Cricket Board. Mr Foster, the Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS, has, over the years, been in the forefront of cricket development, and development of young people of a whole, across Berbice and by extension across Guyana.It is without doubt that Hilbert Foster at the helm of the club he manages, he would have been instrumental in it being awarded the Medal of Service, a first for any sports organisation in this country.In his capacity as Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and in his personal capacity, Mr Hilbert Foster would have touched the lives of so many people in this country.The Berbice Cricket Stakeholders Committee notes with disgust the vulgar attempts by person/persons to malign Mr Foster’s character and integrity.Sincerely,Berbice CricketStakeholdersCommittee.
Dear Editor,Brother David Granger seems to be the Millie Vanilli of Guyanese politics. As he continues to give lip service to the issues affecting the masses, he remains very indifferent to the plight of the poor and the working class. For him, it is all about the elite life with its pageantry and the photo opportunities but never about the real human development issues. Case in point, how many families have had to pass their Father’s Day without adequate living conditions because, under Mr Granger, the housing strategy is almost dead on arrival for the people.But let us reflect on one issue under Mr Granger that has drastically affected the people economically, psychologically and socially – crime. As we read in the newspapers, there is a major crime racket in the Police Force in Berbice but the reaction from Team Granger is absolute silence. But this trend is not today’s attitude of mind, it seems to be in the DNA of Team Granger.Who promised in 2015 to support the establishment of a multi-agency task force on crime and security to influence policy and action in the Guyana Police Force so that fewer people will be exposed to crime. Who promised to root out the criminals in the Police Force? Who did not deliver on his promises to the people? David Granger!Who promised, as one of his Foundation Principles in the 2015 APNU/AFC Manifesto, to enhance the personal security of the people? He even called himself the security candidate in his speeches. Who did not deliver on his promises to the people? David Granger! (See Page 11 of the manifesto).Who promised the nation to confront serious crime and improve public and personal security but did very little to change the crime trajectory as it got worse? Who did not deliver on his promises to the people? David Granger!Who promised the nation in 2015 to develop innovative, modern policing strategies and tactics to combat crime but has failed on every front to deliver on these promises to the people? David Granger!Who promised the people that he will seek the help of the FBI, Canadian Mounted Police and Scotland Yard to help him build capacity but since achieving power treated these international crime fighters like aliens and pariahs in the war against the Guyanese crime wave? Who broke his promises to the people yet again? David Granger!Who promised that he would fashion a functional Youth Policy that will focus on reducing crime? However, if we observe the process since May 2015, who has distanced himself from youth-friendly policies and has totally failed to engage the youths in fashioning such policies that will help reduce crime? Who again broke his promises to the youths? David Granger!Editor, from my observation, Mr Granger just shows up and gives these speeches to give the impression that he cares, but when you dissect his policy actions, it is all about serving a small elite political cabal that is too tied to a principle of holding on to power by any means necessary so that the few friends and families like Simona Broomes can continue to enjoy the good life from the sweat of the poor and the working class.It is from this angle that all Guyanese must expose, oppose and work hard to depose Mr Granger and his PNC gang, now paraded as APNU/AFC, from power at the ballot box.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
Ron Hornaday Jr. won the 30th race of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career May 18 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. It is the most of any driver in Truck Series history. It was also his first win of the season. More importantly, it put Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., back in the Truck Series championship hunt. He is third in points, 106 behind Mike Skinner who has won three of the six Truck Series races this year. The next race on the Truck Series schedule is tonight at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio. Hornaday won the race last year at Mansfield. The year before that, he won the pole, but finished 11th. “Mansfield is a town that likes their racing,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. “The speedway has added more grandstands, and the fans are really loyal. It’s tracks like Mansfield that have really supported the Truck Series.” The truck Hornaday’s team is bringing to Mansfield is the same one Harvick raced at Martinsville Speedway in March. Harvick finished fourth in that race. “The season has been going really well, we are building new trucks and things just keep getting better and better for us,” said Rick Ren, Hornaday’s crew chief. “After having tested at Caraway, then racing at Martinsville, both Ron and I were ready to go to Mansfield. “But we still have a lot of work ahead of us with all of the recent changes with our team in order to be ready for what we need to do there.” Mansfield is the second of seven straight weekends of Truck Series races. It is one of the longest stretches of the season. Ren said winning the race at Lowe’s has the whole team pumped up. “We changed sponsors and had 10 days to change everything, from painting trucks to pit boxes,” Ren said. “Everybody at KHI has worked really hard to bring this all together. But I like these long stretches. When you are running well in the long stretches, it doesn’t get any better than that.” American Le Mans Series: At one point during the American Le Mans Series Utah Grand Prix, the three Acura-powered teams were running 1-2-3 in the LMP2 division. But all three teams ran into problems. The team for Lowe’s Fernandez Racing was the highest-finishing Acura team. It was fifth in class. Highcroft Racing was next, eighth in class. The team for Andretti Green Racing, which has Valencia’s Bryan Herta as one of its drivers, was ninth in the LMP2 division. The Andretti Green Racing team retired after the one-hour mark of the race because of gear box problems. Herta’s teammate, Marino Franchitti, started the race. Herta did not get a chance to race the car. “It was very disappointing for the XM Satellite Radio Acura team,” said Herta, a graduate of Hart High in Newhall. “Marino made a tremendous start and I got the feeling that the car was handling great. Marino said we had a car that could run with the leaders. But we lost a gearbox part and it was just too tough to fix it in time.” The Highcroft Racing team had a similar problem as the Andretti Green Racing team. Driver David Brabham was forced to retire with transmission problems. “Of course, we’re disappointed with the outcome, but we’ve taken away a lot from this race,” said Brabham. “The guys did a great job with the set-up. Once the car started to hook up during my stint, I felt I could run very quickly. Unfortunately it was at that point the gearbox acted up.” The Lowe’s Fernandez Racing entry was hit by another car during the race and lost a rear tire. “It was just one of those days,” said Lowe’s Fernandez Racing driver and owner Adrian Fernandez. “The two GT cars I was passing never saw me. The Ferrari hit me in my left rear when I was passing him. I’m sure he didn’t see me. With the Porsche GT, I was completely beside him and he just never saw me. I wouldn’t have done anything differently. It was one of those things.” The Acura teams’ engines are designed and developed at Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita. Irwindale Speedway: Valencia’s Chris Carmody finished fourth in the NASCAR Late Model race at Irwindale Speedway last Saturday night, but it was enough to move into first in the track’s Late Model standings. Carmody, who has one win in the Late Model division, has a four-point lead over Doug McComb of Thousand Oaks. McComb, who won the first two races of the year, has been struggling of late and finished 13th. It was his second straight race finishing outside the top 10. Newhall’s Travis Thirkettle moved into second place in the NASCAR Super Late Model standings at the track. He finished fourth in the Super Late Model race last Saturday night and is 12 points behind Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley. The Super Late Models are scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and a demolition derby are also scheduled tonight. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
20 13. Leicester City – 1188.8km covered this season 20 “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,” goes the poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling.And the current Premier League trend is for teams to keep running for a full 90 minutes as they attempt to win the title.Increasingly we’re seeing players becoming fitter and pressing their opponents in an attempt to win the ball back.But which teams have covered the most distance across the season so far? Click the right arrow above… 20 10. Bournemouth – 1214.3km covered this season 20 14. West Ham United – 1186.7km covered this season 20 20 19. Sunderland – 1168.6km covered this season 6. Middlesbrough – 1235km covered this season 16. Watford – 1181.4km covered this season 20 11. Southampton – 1200.4km covered this season 20 15. Stoke City – 1181.9km covered this season 12. Hull City – 1196km covered this season 5. Tottenham Hotspur – 1245.5km covered this season 20 20 17. Everton – 1178.6km covered this season 9. Arsenal – 1219km covered this season 20 2. Manchester City – 1265.4km covered this season 1. Liverpool – 1282.4km covered this season 20 4. West Bromwich Albion – 1248.9km covered this season 7. Chelsea – 1222.8km covered this season 18. Crystal Palace – 1173.5km covered this season 20 20. Manchester United – 1166.3km covered so far this season – Click the right arrow above to find out which Premier League team has run the most so far… 20 20 20 8. Swansea City – 1219.2km covered this season 3. Burnley – 1254.2km covered this season 20 20 20 20
Mata wasn’t always Mourinho’s first choice SORRY Manchester United favourite Juan Mata says he holds no ‘bitterness’ towards Jose Mourinho, insisting he is ‘happy’ with himself for fighting for his place when the former Chelsea manager took charge at Old Trafford.The Red Devils signed the tricky Spaniard from Chelsea for a then club-record £37.1million in January 2014, after which Mourinho had made clear the midfielder was not part of his plans at Stamford Bridge. latest ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane AFP or licensors AFP or licensors “So there was a football reason. I take it like it is. I went to United and after some time, he came to United, too.“I feel content and happy with myself because again the easiest decision would have been to leave, knowing his approach and my qualities.”Mata says he feels ‘content’ that he proved Mourinho wrong and enjoyed some successful times under the Portuguese boss at United, being named in his starting line-ups for the Carabao Cup and Europa League finals in 2017 – both of which they won. PAYBACK LATEST Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more scrap MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker appointed revealed Mata admits he could’ve left Old Trafford Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Fast forward two years later and ‘The Special One’ was appointed United boss, putting Mata’s long-term future at the club in major doubt.However, instead of attempting to seek a move away from United, Mata knuckled down and established himself as an important player under Mourinho during his two-year stint in Manchester.“I have no personal bitterness towards him at all,” Mata told the Mail. “My football is not perfect for his idea of football. That’s what happens.“I was at Chelsea, player of the year for two years, everything was rosy and then he arrived with a different approach, which I respect because there is not only one approach in football. 2 2 He continued: “But I didn’t leave and despite what many people said and wrote, I played more than people expected. I felt like an important player, I played the two finals we played and I felt proud of myself for being strong and taking the challenge and not leaving.“I might play more or less because of the way he plans football but I am going to be here and I am going to show everyone, most of all myself, that I can overcome things in football.“And I did. I had good seasons with him and I feel content with that.”
Drogba asked the rest of the audience to stand up and get in the selfie, much like American TV host Ellen DeGeneres did at the 2014 Oscars.With Mbappe next to Drogba and co-host Sandy Heribert, football stars such as Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Robert Lewandowski were spotted in the picture.Barcelona captain Messi won a record sixth Ballon d’Or at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, edging out Liverpool’s Van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo. LATEST Getty Selfie time! 🤳 EVERYBODY PLEASE STAND UP! 🙌🙌🙌 #ballondor pic.twitter.com/IKzPXRQDGS— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019Drogba was incensed with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, who rejected Chelsea’s four penalty appeals in a second leg semi-final draw at Stamford Bridge, as Barcelona went through on away goals.He was handed a six-game European ban and fined £85,000 for angrily confronting Ovrebo and shouting, ‘it’s a f****** disgrace’, into a television camera.As a result, Drogba was clearly in no mood to take a picture with a young Mbappe, who is now considered one of the best footballers in the world. statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta update 1 rookie error Didier Drogba made up for lost time at the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony.The former Chelsea striker took a selfie with France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe – 10 years after refusing to do so after the Blues’ controversial Champions League exit to Barcelona. latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Didier Drogba was going mad at full-time against Barcelona in 2009 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff targets appointed PEP TALK Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son But now Drogba has finally fulfilled the 20-year-old’s request, grabbing a picture with him on stage at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.The Ivorian legend said: “Ten years ago after Chelsea vs Barcelona, a child came to me and wanted to take a picture.“That day I said no because of the disgraceful refereeing decisions.“I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappe. I want to pay my debt now.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future
Violation of Probation Tyler David Blevins, 20, Corydon Possession of MethPossession of a SyringePossession of ParaphernaliaJohnathan Lee Daulton, 41, Salem Violation of ProbationPossession of Cocaine or Narcotic DrugMaintaining a Common NuisanceJerry Dwaine Risinger, 30, Corydon Failure To Appear on Felony ChargeApril 16Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentMichelle Heather Methany, 40, Salem Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic DrugPossession of ParaphernaliaVisiting a Common NuisancePossession of a Synthetic Drug or a Synthetic Drug Lookalike SubstanceDavid Ray Bowling, 29, Salem Invasion of Privacy Indiana State PoliceSteven Shane Guthrie, 33, Salem April 17Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentMichael Scott Bowling, 42, Salem Possession of Legend DrugDisorderly ConductCriminal MischiefCriminal RecklessnessPossession of Marijuana, hash oil, hash or silviaRaymond Evans Jenkins, 25, Anderson Christopher Campbell, 52, Campbellsburg Possession of MethPossession of a SyringePossession of ParaphernaliaMaintaining a Common NuisanceFailure to Appear on a Felony ChargeZachary M. McCarty, 31, Salem Here for Court Dealing in Schedule I, II, III, Controlled SubstanceDealing in Schedule I, II, III, Controlled SubstanceDealing in Marijuana, hash oil, hash or silviaPossession of Schedule I-IV Controlled SubstancePossession of Marijuana, hash oil, hash or silviaHabitual Felony Offender
Taking control of what websites can learn about you when you surf the web is a lot easier with the latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox browser.Released last week, Firefox version 42 includes a new Private Browsing Tracking Protection feature that allows you to control the information third-party sites may record about you across sites Tracking Protection in Private Browsing limits the information collected from you by blocking:AdsAnalytic trackersSocial share buttons Additionally, the new Control Center in Firefox’s latest version lets you better understand and manage site privacy and security easily from the browser address bar. When you visit a website, an icon display appears to the left of the address bar. Selecting the icon allows you to learn more about the:Site connectionOwnerContent blocked on the siteTracking Protection is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and Linux.Testing Tracking ProtectionWhen I opened up a Firefox Private Browsing window with the default settings for Tracking Protection, I noticed immediate improvements in how quickly sites displayed. Which makes sense. Fewer calls to third-party sites means site performance isn’t delayed due to installing custom tracking scripts.What I also noticed were some broken image links, where ads didn’t display in sidebars of web pages. What if you want to see more of the content of the page? Firefox has an option for you to disable Tracking Protection for specific sites. Will You Use It?According to their version announcement, Firefox is the first browser to offer this level of privacy protection for users to control their digital footprint. I’ve switched between Firefox and Chrome all year, mostly due to the tools available and my level of frustration when each browser has crashed on me. This month I’m mostly using Chrome. But I love using Firefox Hello for quick video calls.And the feature improvements to Hello means I’m switching back and forth more frequently. Will the ability to control your privacy make you switch from your current browser to Firefox 42? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related
By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Six runs – that’s what the Spencer Rockets’ softball needed last week to advance to this week’s Division 4 sectional semifinal at Onalaska Luther May 29. The Rockets got wins over Bangor and top-ranked Cochrane-Fountain City to advance to sectionals.In the regional semifinals on May 23, Spencer beat Bangor 3-0. Tiffany Meinders got the win, pitching a complete-game, one-hit shutout, while striking out 15 batters. Lexi Baehr had a double and an RBI for Spencer. The Rockets scored three times in the first inning, and that held up the rest of the way.In regional finals the following day, Spencer defeated No. 1 Cochrane-Fountain City (CFC) 3-2. Again, the Rockets scored all of their runs in one big inning, and it was enough for the win. After the Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Spencer scored three times in the fourth inning. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of that inning, but neither team scored in the final three innings, and Spencer held on for its first regional championship since 2012 – after losing in the regional final round in each of the past three seasons, including two losses to Marathon.Kaylee Hopperdietzel knocked in a run on a base hit, and Chloe Drews drove in two runs for the Rockets.Meinders was again the winning pitcher. She gave up two runs on 11 hits and struck out seven batters.The No. 4 Rockets advanced to the Sectional Semi-final with CFC with an overall record of 15-5. The sectional final is scheduled for Markesan on May 31.The Marshfield Tigers’ softball team needed just six innings to dispatch Wausau West from the Division 1 regionals on May 24, as Marshfield punched its ticket to the sectional semifinal round this week. The Tigers beat the Warriors 15-5 on May 24 at the Fairgrounds in Marshfield.The Tigers scored three times in each of the first two innings, and equaled that total in the third as they jumped out to a 12-1 lead. While West scored four times over the next two innings, it was not nearly enough. The Tigers came back with three runs in the home half of the sixth inning to end the game on the 10-run rule.Megan Donahue got the complete-game win. She gave up four earned runs on seven hits while walking six and striking out 12. She also singled, tripled, homered, and knocked in four Tiger runs.Jenna Jakobi had four base hits and drove in five runs. Rhiannon Corozolla had three singles and two runs batted in; Emily Draeger had a single, a double and an RBI; Taylor Barwick had two singles and a double; Morgan Nordbeck drove in two runs; and Brianna Jakobi knocked in a run as well.The win drove the Tigers’ record to 22-4 going into May 29 sectional action in Marshfield.