British MPs demand action as Bulgaria football racism row escalates

first_imgBulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov said he did not hear anything as he was focusing on the match.“If this is indeed proven, we must apologise and be ashamed that such racist things happen in Bulgaria,” he said. “That’s the truth.“I am absolutely in favour of strict punishments if such things happened. But this has to be proven, otherwise it’s speculation.”Anti-racism group Kick It Out said the match should have been abandoned by officials after TV footage showed that racist abuse continued in the second half.“There can be no more pitiful fines or short stadium bans,” it said. “If UEFA care at all about tackling discrimination… then points deductions and tournament expulsion must follow.”A section of 5,000 seats at the Vasil Levski National Stadium was already closed for the game after racist incidents during games against Kosovo and the Czech Republic in June.With England 2-0 ahead, the game was temporarily stopped and a warning played over the loudspeakers in both Bulgarian and English.That warning was not heeded and there was a second, longer stoppage of the match after Ross Barkley put England 3-0 up, with a number of Bulgarian ‘ultra’ fans ejected from the stadium.Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings was one of those targeted on his England debut.“I am proud of how we dealt with it and took the appropriate steps,” he said. “I could hear it as clear as day. It doesn’t affect me too much. I feel more sorry for those people who feel they have to have those opinions.”England now need just a point from their final two qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo next month to seal their place at next year’s Euros.Share on: WhatsApp England  were subjected to repeated racist chanting during their Euro 2020 qualifier with Bulgaria last night. PHOTO via @HKaneLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | British lawmakers called Tuesday for tough action from UEFA after England players were subjected to repeated racist chanting during a Euro 2020 qualifier as Bulgaria’s prime minister urged the country’s football chief to resign.England recorded a 6-0 victory over their hosts in Sofia on Monday but the game was overshadowed by offensive chanting from the stands, forcing the match to be halted twice in the first half.Sports minister Nigel Adams said the England team had been subjected to “disgusting abuse”, which included monkey noises and apparent Nazi salutes.“Discrimination must be stamped out from the game and I expect tough action from @UEFA to follow,” Adams tweeted. “The @England players have my full support.”Liberal Democrat MP Luciana Berger tweeted: “@UEFA have to stop this from happening at all. Now”.Amid the fallout from the game, Bulgaria’s prime minister urged the country’s football union president Borislav Mihaylov to quit.“I urge Borislav Mihaylov to hand in his resignation immediately!” Prime Minister Boyko Borisov wrote on Facebook, adding it was “inadmissible that Bulgaria… is associated with racism and xenophobia”.Borisov said the government would sever all ties, including financial, with the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) over what he called “a shameful loss” and the overall poor standing of Bulgarian football until Mihaylov resigned.He tweeted his condemnation of the behaviour of some of the fans, saying it was “unacceptable” that Bulgaria, which he described as “one of the most tolerant countries in the world”, should be associated with racism.After several English players suffered racist abuse in a qualifier away to Montenegro in March, England manager Gareth Southgate had prepared his side to follow European football governing body UEFA’s three-step protocol for reporting racist incidents that can lead to matches being abandoned.–  ‘No more pitiful fines’ –Southgate said after Monday’s win that his side had made “two statements” by winning the game but also raising awareness of the situation.“The game was stopped twice and I know for some people that won’t be enough, but I think we were as a group on board with that process,” he said.last_img read more

DeSantis Family Announces Baby Due in 2020

first_imgDeSantis is the first Florida governor in recent times to bring children into the Governor’s Mansion.Last January, he told the website FloridaPolitics.com, “We don’t have any bun in the oven right now. But I think we do need to go back to Israel to make sure we have a stock of that water on display,” a reference to water he brought back from the Sea of Galilee during his first trip to Israel. The water was used in the baptism of Mason, and the remainder was accidentally thrown away by the mansion’s housekeepers.The new addition to the family is due early next year. Thursday also marked the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary. It’s time for Governor DeSantis and his family to prepare that nursery again.The First Lady of Florida broke the news Thursday on Twitter that the couple is expecting their third child.The Governor then retweeted it, adding: They are already parents to daughter Madison and son Mason.last_img read more

There Will Be Lights at RBR This Fall

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – The Let There Be Lights campaign was a success.After two years of fundraising, the Red Bank Regional Buccaneer Athletic Foun­dation (RBRBAF) has succeeded in its founding initiative to bring lights to the Red Bank Regional (RBR) athletic field.Approximately $150,000 was raised for the project and the lights were installed at the end of last month.Members of the RBR Buccaneer Athletic Foundation havesuccessfully completed their two-year effort to bring lights to the Red Bank Regional athletic field. They are, back row, from left: Anne Amato, Don Chamberlain, Scott Navitsky, foundation President Cathy Reardon and RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra. Front row, from left: Debbie Juliano, Jody Navitsky, Judy Bonanno and Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz. Absent from photo are Diane Davis and Beth Lloyd.Area businesses were generous in donating or discounting their services to help erect the lights. Three football games and two soccer games – one girls and one boys – will be played under the lights this fall. The field also will be used for boys and girls lacrosse in the spring.“Everyone understood the importance of bringing lights to our athletic field from a community perspective,” said RBRBAF Presi­dent Cathy Reardon. “It creates a great athletic and social experience for our kids. It was a tremendous community effort.”RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra is appreciative of the athletic foundation’s work and extolled the virtues of finally having an even playing field (pun intended) with other schools in RBR’s division. All opponents have had the benefit of lights on their high school fields.“This will increase practice time and, therefore, help improve athletic performance,” Dal Pra said. “The lights would also allow the district to sponsor athletic tournaments, which would bring additional funding to the athletic program as well as promote community spirit.”RBRBAF member Scott Nevitsky said that many in the community helped to make this happen.“We had a very hardworking committee, held many fundraisers and received generous donations from parents, alumni and the community,” he said. “We particularly appreciated the partnership with the Red Bank River­Center in their Inter­national Flavors Festival where we provided the bulk of volunteers and received a generous donation from the proceeds of the event.” “Everyone worked together, they really believed in the mission and had a great passion for the cause,” Nevitsky added.The work of the RBRBAF will continue with a list of other athletic improvements it would like to help bring to RBR.RBR Superintendent Dr. Jim Stefankiewicz said he and school board members are “extremely happy and appreciative of the efforts of the athletic foundation members and look forward to continuing a working relationship with them in the future.”last_img read more

Pochettino’s highs and lows as Spurs boss following shock firing

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO’S Tottenham career has come to a bitter end with his surprise dismissal.The Argie tactician has had plenty of ups and downs in the Spurs hotseat and SunSport looks at some of the best – and worst – moments.1 Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy celebrate the Champions League semi-final win over AjaxCredit: Getty – ContributorHIGHSMOURA’S MIRACLE: May’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax saw Spurs dead and buried at half-time.Lucas Moura hit a second-half hat-trick — winning the tie in the final seconds of injury-time to spark wild celebrations on one of the club’s  biggest nights.SILENCING REAL:  Poch put Real Madrid, still with peak Cristiano Ronaldo in their side, to the sword at Wembley in 2017.Dele Alli scored twice in a 3-1 win that announced Spurs’ arrival on the European stage.GETTING ONE OVER ON PEP: Pochettino was the first boss to beat Pep Guardiola in England.The pair, who faced off with  Barcelona and Espanyol, first met in this country in October 2016 and Spurs beat Pep’s  Manchester City 2-0 to end their six-game winning start.STYLISH FAREWELL: The 2016-17 season was Tottenham’s final one at White Hart Lane before its demolition. They went unbeaten in the league all  season, seeing off Manchester United 2-1 in the final ever game at their old home.ENDING BRIDGE HOODOO: They had not won at Chelsea in 28 years but, in 2017-18, goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli finally gave them a victory against their London rivals. LOWSFINAL HURDLE: Spurs fell flat in June’s Champions League final losing 2-0 to Liverpool — having given away a penalty with less than 30 seconds on the clock.SEVEN HELL: Poch’s side were on the end of a 7-2 Champions League hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich last month as the season began to unravel.It was the first time Spurs had conceded seven at home in a major competition in their 137-year history.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsFINAL-DAY CAPITULATION: After a thrilling title race with Leicester had seen Spurs fall short at the death, they downed tools on the final day and were thrashed 5-1  at already-relegated Newcastle.FA CUP HEARTACHE: Spurs had lost in the FA Cup semi a year  earlier, so when they got there in April 2018 it felt like their time — but they threw away the lead, losing 2-1 to Man United to back up their “Spursy” tag.SELF-IMPOSED TRANSFER BAN: The club went  18 months and two transfer windows without bringing in any new players. It left the shattered squad lacking depth and options.last_img read more

Doping scandal roils another sport: Dogsledding

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “When you’re dealing with animals, doping anything is not acceptable. But I do not believe that Dallas did this,” he said. “I’ve known him since he was, like, 8 years old. It’s not in his nature.”Iditarod CEO Stan Hooley acknowledged the race is in its darkest time as it grapples with the fallout from the scandal.“I’m quite confident that at some point we’ll emerge from this storm and move on,” he said. “But for now, we’re dealing with some unpleasantness that needs to be dealt with.”Asked about Seavey’s sabotage claims, Hooley said, “Is it possible? I suppose so. Is it likely? I wouldn’t think so.”Still, he said discussions are underway to increase security at the dog lot in Nome and at various checkpoints.Seavey won the annual Anchorage-to-Nome trek in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and has had nine straight top 10 finishes. He finished second this year to his father, Mitch, who collected a first-place prize of $71,250.Dogs are subject to random testing before and during the race, and the first 20 teams to cross the finish line are all automatically tested.“I did not give a drug to my dog. I’ve never used a banned substance in the race,” the 30-year-old Seavey said in an interview.He said tramadol is not used at his kennel, and it is “incredibly unlikely” it was accidentally administered by anyone on his team.Instead, he complained of inadequate security at checkpoints along the route where dog food is dropped off weeks ahead of time and at the dog lot in Nome, where thousands of huskies are kept after the race before they are flown home. 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LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was the first time since the race instituted drug testing in 1994 that a test came back positive.Seavey strongly denied giving any banned substances to his dogs, suggesting instead that he may have been the victim of sabotage by another musher or an animal rights activist. He accused the Iditarod of lax security at dog food drop-off points and other spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRace officials said he will not be punished because they were unable to prove he acted intentionally. That means he will keep his titles and his $59,000 in winnings this year.But the finding was another blow to the Iditarod, which has seen the loss of major sponsors, numerous dog deaths, attacks on competitors and pressure from animal rights activists, who say huskies are run to death or left with severe infections and bloody paws. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Dallas Seavey, four-time Iditarod winner and reigning champion, is aiming for his fifth Iditarod crown in six years. Seavey took off wearing bib #18 at the start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska. Four-time Iditarod champion Seavey denies he administered banned drugs to his dogs in this year’s race, and has withdrawn from the 2018 race in protest. The Iditarod Trail Committee on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, identified Seavey as the musher who had four dogs test positive for a banned opioid pain reliever after finishing the race last March in Nome. AP File PhotoANCHORAGE, Alaska—Cycling. Baseball. Track. Horse racing. Now dogsledding has become the latest professional sport to be engulfed in a doping scandal, this one involving the huskies that dash across the frozen landscape in Alaska’s grueling, 1,000-mile Iditarod.The governing board of the world’s most famous sled dog race disclosed Monday that four dogs belonging to four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey tested positive for a banned substance, the opioid painkiller tramadol, after his second-place finish last March.ADVERTISEMENT Jeanne Olson, an Alaska veterinarian who treats sled dogs, sees no benefit in administering tramadol during a race because it causes drowsiness. Olson, who was the head veterinarian in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in the 1990s, prescribes it mostly for profound pain relief.“But I also caution that the dogs are going to become sedated from it,” she said. “So when I first heard … that it was tramadol as the drug, I thought, ‘Well, that’s surprising. Why would anybody use that?’”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals seized on the scandal Tuesday, saying, it’s “further proof that this race needs to end.”Fern Levitt, director of the documentary “Sled Dogs,” an expose on the treatment of the huskies, said, “The race is all about winning and getting to the finish line despite the inhumane treatment towards the dogs.”Frank Teasley, founder and executive director of Wyoming’s Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, said the controversy is a shame but doesn’t believe it will be a permanent stain on the sport. Teasley has participated in eight Iditarods and knows many of the top contenders, including Seavey, saying he believes the musher was sabotaged.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Unfortunately I do think another musher is an option,” he said. He added: “There are also people who are not fans of mushing as a whole. They are numerous videos out that are trying to say mushing is a bad thing. And I can see somebody doing this to promote their agenda.”Seavey said whoever gave the drug to the dogs knew it would cause a positive test, and “that should make me and my people the least likely suspect.”Earlier this year, the Iditarod lost a major corporate backer, Wells Fargo, and race officials accused animal rights organizations of pressuring the bank and other sponsors with “manipulative information” about the treatment of the dogs.Five dogs connected to this year’s race died, bringing total deaths to more than 150 in the Iditarod’s 44-year history, according to PETA’s count. And last year, two mushers were attacked by a drunken man on a snowmobile in separate assaults near a remote village. One dog was killed and others were injured.Seavey said he has withdrawn from next year’s race in protest and expects the Iditarod Trail Committee to ban him anyway for speaking out. Mushers are prohibited from criticizing the race or sponsors.Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George said a ban would be up to the committee’s board of directors.The committee decided to release Seavey’s name after scores of competitors demanded it. Race officials initially refused, saying it was unlikely they could prove the competitor acted intentionally.During this year’s race, the rules on doping essentially said that to punish a musher, race officials had to provide proof of intent. The rules have since been changed to hold mushers liable for any positive drug test unless they can show something beyond their control happened.Wade Marrs, president of the Iditarod Official Finishers Club, said he doesn’t believe Seavey intentionally administered the drugs. He said he believes the musher has too much integrity and intelligence to do such a thing.“I don’t really know what to think at the moment,” Marrs said. “It’s a very touchy situation.” /jpv View commentslast_img read more

Rockets pull away for 112-101 win over Jazz

first_imgRonaldo moves level with archrival Messi with 5 Ballon d’Ors Jazz: Utah has allowed at least 37 points in a quarter only four times this season. Three of those high scoring quarters have come against Houston. . Gobert is averaging 5.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game since returning from a knee contusion.UP NEXTJazz travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Saturday. It is the start of a six-game, 12-day trip.Rockets travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Saturday, concluding a three-game trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah ripped off an 11-2 run midway through the second quarter. Sefolosha bookended the spurt with a step-back jumper and go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Jazz a 36-34 lead.Trevor Ariza turned steals into baskets on back-to-back possessions to ignite a 10-0 run that put Houston back in front. The Rockets took a 44-36 lead and carried that momentum into the third quarter.Houston used a 13-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the Jazz. Clint Capela got it going with a three-point play and finished it off with a dunk to give the Rockets a 74-53 lead with 7:00 left in the third quarter.Houston led by as many as 25 points after Ariza buried a 3-pointer to put the Rockets up 91-66 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Houston has totaled 41 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season. . The Rockets went 14 of 14 from the free throw line over the final three quarters. . Harden has averaged 35.4 points in his last five games against the Jazz.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — James Harden scored 29 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 112-101 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.Chris Paul added 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets. Houston (19-4) won its eighth straight game and for the 14th time in 15. The Rockets improved to 8-0 with Paul in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, Alec Burks added 17 and Thabo Sefolosha chipped in 14 to lead the Jazz. Utah (13-13) dropped its second straight game.Utah played from behind throughout much of the first half after struggling with turnovers and erratic shooting. The Jazz turned it over eight times before halftime, leading to several key baskets for the Rockets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseHouston surged in front after Rudy Gobert committed back-to-back turnovers less than 2 minutes into the first quarter. Utah rallied twice to take the lead, but both runs were answered with bigger ones from the Rockets.The Jazz went ahead 16-15 after back-to-back baskets from Joe Ingles and Sefolosha keyed a 6-0 run. Anderson cut to the basket for a dunk to kickstart a 7-0 run the other way and capped it off with a putback layup. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Player of the Week: Paul Zamar proving worth for Blackwater

first_imgPaul Zamar is making a name for himself for Blackwater after being a fourth round draft pick by Barangay Ginebra in 2012 and left unsigned that had him spending the last several years playing outside the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Asian Para Games struggle to attract spectators Zamar, who had stints in the PBA D-League, Thailand Super Basketball League and the Asean Basketball League before making his long-awaited PBA debut in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup five months ago, beat the likes of teammate Allein Maliksi, Alaska’s Simon Enciso, Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel, Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa, LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang and NorthPort’s Sean Anthony and Mo Tautuaa for the weekly citation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ Zamar is having the best stretch of his PBA career in the 2018 Governors’ Cup and being named Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week is a testament to his impressive play.The 30-year-old guard averaged 12 points and five rebounds the past week to help Blackwater remain as one of the conference’s top squads with a 6-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe came up big late in the Elite’s 94-91 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Friday where he buried 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning triple.The former University of the East standout then, followed up his clutch performance with a near double-double of 11 points and eight rebounds in Blackwater’s 99-93 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Liberia Discharges Only Confirmed Ebola Case Today

first_imgLiberia will today discharge the only confirmed Ebola case remaining in the country, according to the Incident Management System (IMS) boss and Assistant Minister for Preventive Service, Tolbert Nyenswah.Making the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Nyenswah explained that with the current status of the fight against the Ebola virus in the country, Liberia is close to reaching zero Ebola case, but “we need to be vigilant in our fight against the virus throughout the country.” “Liberia has clearly passed 12 days without any new confirmed Ebola case. The only patient remaining in an ETU will be discharged from the Chinese ETU as a special event. “We will be waiting for the remaining 30 days to be announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an Ebola free nation,” Minister Nyenswah said.“Liberia’s border points remain of great concern to everyone due to the common border crossings at unauthorized points and it is important to caution residents near these places to focus on maintaining safety measures at all points,” he said.      The Minister said, “Cape Mount passes 48 days of no new case, Margibi 16 days Montserrado 12 days and Lofa of over 160 days which indicates that Liberia is reaching zero Ebola case.”Liberia, through the IMS, is currently in search of 201 contacts across the country, including border points, said Nyenswah and called on the public to continue observing preventive measures to avoid further spread of the disease.      Mr. Nyenswah stressed that the IMS is approaching phase three of the fight against the virus and will remain forceful in ensuring that Liberia completes the required 42 days without any new case of Ebola.“Phase three is meant to gain confidence in the health sector of Liberia and gaining the confidence of the international community in Liberia leading to airlines resuming flights to Liberia,” added the Minister.  He said the IMS will be involved in quality surveillance, strengthening cross border elements including air, sea and ground points and expanding the testing of dead bodies and other illnesses related to Ebola. Despite the latest update from Minister Nyenswah on Liberia’s progress in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease and considering the neighboring countries’ Ebola status, many Liberians are wondering if the country could be declared Ebola free in 30 days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt to move Walter Roth Museum, staff by December

first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency is planning to remove the Walter Roth Museum and its employees to the National Museum by the end of the year, a source has revealed.The Walter Roth MuseumAccording to the source who is acquainted with the affairs of the museum – which is the oldest museum of anthropology in the English-speaking Caribbean – the administration was informed by the “military” that the staff would be relocated to the National Museum by December on an order from President David Granger.“We were told that the President wanted the place,” the source said.When Guyana Times visited the museum on Tuesday, employees also confirmed that they would be relocated. The employees stated that they were told the President thought it was better for all of the museums to be in one place.The museum was founded with the collections of Guyanese Archaeologist, Dr Denis Williams and in 1980, the ethnographic collections of Dr Walter Roth, Mr J J Quelch and Sir Everardim Thurn were transferred to the museum from the National Museum. The museum’s collections also include dug up artefacts from all 10 administrative regions.In an invited comment on the issue, Former Culture Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, also stated that he heard of the museum being moved. “We have to see what this is all about… it is an institution and instead of dismantling it, we have to be preserving it and growing it because it has a very important role to play in Guyana,” he said.He stated that he does not think that the President is aware of the space the National Museum has, since it has been overcrowded with its artefacts.“They cannot display their current holdings because there is a lack of space and to move an entire museum and somehow cram it into the space of the National Museum I don’t think that is possible,” he said.Anthony added that if it is true that the President wanted all the museums in one place then the Government would have to build another building and he does not believe that they are rebuilding the current museum and “if they are doing that, where are they getting the budget from because there was no budget voted in 2016 for it.”The Walter Roth Museum was established in 1974 but did not open to the public until 1982. It is located on Main Street, Georgetown. It is famous for its journals in some of the leading universities of the world.last_img read more

Georgetown experiencing low water pressure

first_img…GWI says repair works ongoingFor the past three days, residents of Georgetown have been experiencing low water pressure as a result of a damaged Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) main at Cemetery Road, Georgetown.A damaged section of the water main (GWI photo)Several persons reached out to this publication on Friday complaining about the low water pressure and the length of time the situation is taking to rectify.A fuming resident complained to Guyana Times that he lives not far away from where the damages occurred. He noted that he has been experiencing the full brunt of effects. The man said the water pressure has been so low that it does not reach the pipes in his house. As a consequence, he argued that he is forced to fetch buckets of water into his home so his wife can cook and carry out her daily routine.Further, another woman, who gave her name only as Sarah, explained that the situation is very frustrating, given that she will have to still pay a hefty bill at the end of the month. The inconvenienced woman said she hopes her water supply can be restored shortly.According to the water company, the disruption of service was necessary to facilitate repairs to a damaged 14-inch main.“Technicians have been working tirelessly throughout the night and continue to work to rectify the problem within the swiftest possible time,” the agency said on its Facebook page.In another post, GWI said residents in Bell Vue, Canal Number Two and Westminister, West Bank Demerara are also experiencing a disruption, owing to the fluctuation of power supply by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).The company noted, “Guyana Water Incorporated is working with the power company to resolve this issue within the soonest possible time and apologises for any inconvenience this is causing our valued customers. Customers from Parfaite Harmonie and L’Oratoire who were affected, we do apologise for the disruption earlier and thank you for your patience”.Just last week, Guyana Times reported that a large section of West Coast Demerara has been without potable water for at least one week.This publication was told that the water pressure was low for over two weeks, forcing residents to spend lengthy periods using small containers to “catch” water.However, as of the past week, the water has completely stopped and residents are unaware as to the cause.The Public Relations Officer of GWI said that the matter was investigated and no issue was found at the well station in sourcing the affected areas with water.last_img read more