Christopher Taylor is very fast. However, it turns out that he didn’t run as fast as was first reported at the Tyser-Mills development meet at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education on December 12.Taylor, the World Youth 400-metre champion was credited with a 200-metre time of 21.33 seconds. However, official meet results now indicate that his actual time was 22.33 seconds.The extra-fast time was widely reported and seemed believable since Taylor, a 16-year-old Calabar High school student athlete, has twice run the 200 metres in under 21 seconds this year. However, that time has been set aside. When contacted, officials involved in recording the Tyser-Mills results said that the extra fast time didn’t come from them.Times at the meet were captured by handheld stop watches. While that method can be accurate, the commonly accepted difference between automatic times and hand times is 0.24 seconds for races up to 200 metres and 0.14 for longer races. In addition, as is common in Jamaica, the times at Tyser-Mills had the appearance of automatic times because they were rendered to two places of decimal. Had international track convention been observed, Taylor’s corrected time of 22.33 seconds would have been rounded up to 22.4.The second fastest Class Two 200-metre time at the Tyser-Mills meet was recorded by Taylor’s Calabar teammate Tyreke Wilson at 22.59 seconds. Taylor and Wilson, the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships Class Three record holder, competed in separate heats.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That’s not necessarily a wise move, looking beyond an opponent. Wilder shrugs and lets out a hefty laugh.“There’s no factor that will be difficult,” Wilder says of the matchup on Showtime at Barclays Center. “He does some good things as boxing fundamental skills. All Cuban boxers have it, they teach that. They put their combinations together well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Ortiz has got nothing, but maybe it goes three rounds. No, maybe he has four good rounds in him. I am going to finish with him in devastating fashion, send a message to Joshua. Tell Joshua he got to do what he got to do, but he should be worried about me.”Wilder’s last defense was a joke. 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SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer The fact Wilder even had to bother with the out-of-shape Stiverne was an annoyance to the Alabama star, who barely worked up a sweat in improving to 39-0 with 38 knockouts; Stiverne in 2015 went the distance.“He broke my heart the first time when my manager called me and told me about (Ortiz) failing a drug test, failing for PEDS for a second time,” Wilder says. “I was so hyped and prepared for that fight and when I heard that, my heart dropped.“He’s a second-time user, I hate to bring it up, but it’s fact. … I am 39-0 and it would be easy to pass. He’s blessed with this opportunity, he should be kissing my feet.”The 38-year-old Ortiz, 28-0 with 24 KOs, has no intention of doing that, nor does he plan to be intimidated against Wilder. Ortiz, who has held the interim WBA title, is deferential only in his usual approach to a fight.“I never say anything bad about fighters because inside the ring, anything can happen. I respect everyone who steps into the ring,” he says. “This is my opportunity. This is my time. Deontay is a great champion, but this is my chance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lakers rookie Hart has surgery on broken hand, out 4-6 weeks “Like I always say, this is my time and it’s going to be a great triumph. This is big for all of Cuban boxing and I will make my country proud.“This is going to be like two trains on the same track about to collide. I’m going to win and I’m going to take his belt.”It would be a huge upset if Ortiz does so. And it would send a jolt through the heavyweight division.A Wilder-Joshua fight is pretty much in everyone’s sights. Joshua puts his WBA and IBF crowns on the line on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales, against WBO champion Joseph Parker. Just like Wilder, Joshua is expected to take care of business, then address the business of a unification bout, which might not come before 2019.That prospect riles Wilder.“Last time, he went first and then I knocked out Stiverne,” Wilder says. “I showed him I can do it better. I’ll take the lead with this fight against a better opponent, then put the pressure on him.“I’ll go anywhere in the world for the (Joshua) fight. We can go to Mars and put on a great show.”The show in Brooklyn lost a bit of its luster when Jermall Charlo’s WBC middleweight title matchup with Hugo Centeno Jr. was pushed back to April after Centeno hurt his ribs. Regardless, Wilder promises fans won’t be disappointed.“The exciting thing about Saturday night is for everyone to see what I’m capable of doing,” Wilder says. “Luis Ortiz is determined to get my WBC belt. This is my seventh defense of my title and I’ve enjoyed every one. It’s a lot of responsibility and I take it seriously. You’ll all see on Saturday night why I’ve said the things I’ve said.“Everyone knows what I’m expecting Saturday night. I can’t say it enough. I have knocked every opponent out for a reason. I plan on continuing my knockout streak. That’s what I do and that’s what I’m best at.” FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Deontay Wilder paces the ring before a boxing bout against Bermane Stiverne, for the WBC heavyweight title, New York. Wilder has big plans. They don’t particularly include Luis Ortiz, against whom Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)NEW YORK — Deontay Wilder has big plans. 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The country representative of BRAC Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam has reaffirmed his institution’s commitment to support Liberia’s economy by empowering women and children in the financial sector.Mr. Salam made the statement last Saturday during a program marking the pre-celebration of International Women’s Day. It was organized by BRAC Liberia.According to Mr. Salam, women and children are the future leaders and as such, the need to empower them financially and educationally.“Knowledge is power and we are here to give you that knowledge that you need to empower you for the betterment of the future,” he told the gathering, including women and children.He urged them to be focused and determined because there are lots of challenges out there that they will meet up with.The financial empowerment of women and children is also BRAC’s initiative to provide adolescent girls with financial and social support to enable them to empower themselves, Mr. Salam indicated. For her part, Ms. Anzoyo Anita, program manager of Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA), said celebrating the Women’s Day is to honor great women in the world who have contributed economically and politically in society.She also encouraged the girls to be determined in whatever that they are engaged into.Ms. Anita told the gathering that, “Women’s empowerment starts from an early age.”She said women cannot be empowered without being educated, so to be empowered more women and girls need to be educated.The ELA program manager said its program provides a safe place for girls to socialize and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,It is a national disgrace that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is often forced to list the names of employers who fail to remit NIS deductions from their workers’ pay, as well as the employers’ contributions.I contend that if employers who deduct PAYE and NIS contributions from workers’ salaries then keep it for their own use for whatever length of time are committing fraud, which is a criminal offence.It is incomprehensible to me that so many companies and businesspersons in Guyana seem willing to attempt to steal their employees’ NIS contributions and face public shame and ridicule.Are these employers not human beings with feelings for fellow human beings, especially those who are at or beneath the poverty line? What happens to these poor employees if there are accidents or sudden medical emergencies and they find out belatedly that they are not covered by NIS? Lives and families could be destroyed.I know personally some of the persons listed by NIS for withholding workers’ contributions. People who steal NIS contributions will also be stealing Pay as you Earn (PAYE) Income Tax deductions, corporate taxes and VAT. Government needs to investigate them for that.As I am writing, security guards in Regions Five and Six are protesting another company.Can you imagine the thinking of these people who indulge is such criminal conspiracies and skulduggery?Breaching the NIS laws does not result in criminal charges even though it involves acts of theft, which is a criminal offence.The NIS is in the habit of going to employers and begging them to pay; they allow the employer to pay their outstanding sums without interest and then they grant such businesses compliance certificates although they owe outstanding monies and the promises to pay are never kept.Deducting money to remit to NIS and failing to do so is fraud. This must be prosecuted as criminal offences. If it will take some time to enact the required criminal laws to support NIS, there is the route of private criminal court action.With appropriate laws in place, NIS could seize the employers’ properties and watch the money roll in. If they do not have properties, rework the laws so that NIS can go after the properties of the general secretaries and the heads of such businesses and watch the money roll in.This is why NIS is suffering. They lack money; people are not paying. NIS and the Guyana Revenue Authority pressure people like me who are fully compliant and operate in an honest and principled way because they don’t have the gall or the capacity or wisdom to figure out how to go after the real culprits.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr
An executive of the African Union (AU) Commission to Liberia has admonished members of the National Legislature to ratify the Union’s Chapter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG), currently before that August body.Liberia signed the ACDEG on June 18, 2008, but has not ratified or acceded to the convention.The Charter was adopted by the 8th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, held in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2007.It was developed as part of the AU’s stated emphasis on promoting democracy and good governance in member states. It came into force on 15 February 2012.The charter contains some provisions allow the AU to intervene in the respective states to restore democracy.Addressing a news conference on Thursday, June 5 Ambassador Oluwatoyin Solaja noted that the chapter reaffirmed the collective will of African Leaders to work relentlessly in order to deepen and consolidate the rule of law , peace , security and development on the continent.More importantly, the AU envoy added, “the chapter frowns at unconstitutional changes of government which had resulted into insecurity, instability and violent conflicts across the continent.”He maintained that “it also expresses the determination to strengthen good governance through the institutionalization of transparency, accountability and participatory democracy.”He said the chapter is an opportunity that should not be missed, adding that this steps means African leaders have begun reform by themselves, mentioning that if Arab leaders took the same step, they could have prevented the eruption of the Arab Spring.He stressed that signing the chapter into law would ensure the holding of free and fair elections, rejection and condemnation of unconstitutional change in government.“Upholding the freedom of the press, citizen’s participation, the promotion and protection of the independence of the judiciary, as well as, accountability in the management of public affairs become legally on these states.”However, the AU executive hailed the country for signing the charter, noting its ratification could be the right move, calling upon the parliament to ratify it and follow up its implementation with laws on good governance and democracy.“I’m aware of efforts being made by the government to get the chapter ratified in this year’s Annual Message of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, where she announced the submission of 15 AU legal instruments to the National Legislature for consideration and possible ratification. ACDEG was part of these documents,” Ambassador Solaja assumed.He continued, “I am equally aware of on-going efforts within the Legislature to ratify the Chapter , which I add my voice to the call for the urgent consideration and ratification of the legal instruments,” adding “It will guaranteed human and state security, respect for the rule of law, peace, stability and development among others.”For his part, International Alert project manager, Michael Slewon Doe disclosed that in 2013, at the request of the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the AUC, his institution started work on strengthening the capacity of two African Union Liaison Offices (AULOs) in Liberia and South Sudan to deliver on their stated objectives, and country specifiedHe further disclosed that the project entitled “Partnership for Effective and Sustainable, AULOs” was designed to address some of the concerns raised during various assessment conducted on the African Union Liaison Offices (AULO) and their recommendations.He said, the project is a three years (2013 to 2015) initiatives founded by SIDA and implemented by International Alert, in partnership with the PSD.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fiscal pundits believed that Finance Minister Samuel Tweah could be jailed for his off-budget expenditure, which is illegal under the laws of Liberia.Warns of major budget shortfall in 2019-2020 if Legislature does not act immediatelyOpposition lawmaker Robert F. Womba has said he will pursue punishment for Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, for his ‘illegal spending’ in the 2018/2019 Budget, as far as writing a formal complaint to that effect to the House of Representatives.According to legal observers, Minister Tweah could do jail time for his ‘unilateral’ actions, but the Bong County District #4 Representative believes that such action as to order the minister jailed can only be determined or directed primarily by what he called the wisdom of the Plenary — the highest decision marking body of the House of Representatives.In a news conference with reporters on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in his Capitol Building office, Rep. Womba said during the 2019/2020 Budget of the Expenditure Component, Youth and Sports Minister Zoegar Wilson admitted that, in spite of the US$300,000 being allotted for sports, the government expended over US$1 million.Further, despite the appropriation of US$51 million for the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in the 2018/2019 by the Legislature, it was discovered that an additional US$10 million was added without approval, which was unlawfully spent.Rep. Womba wants the Legislature to use its oversight power to call for an audit of the Finance Ministry to serve as deterrence of illegal spending.The Unity Party lawmaker said that certain ‘ministries spent surplus over their approved budget allocations and contributed to the shortfall in the 2018/2019 national budget.“In the budget law, switching of a budget allotment to another allotment (or another budget line), including off-budget expenditure, is an offense,” Rep. Womba said.The Bong County lawmaker expressed his frustration over the off-budget expenditures and said: “I will formally complain to the House of Representatives for the Ministries of Finance and Youth and Sports to be subjected to audit.”He commended the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for the collection of lawful revenues across the country but said the Ministry of Finance is not adhering to financial best practices and standards with illegal spending.Rep. Womba stressed that he wants the Legislature to use its oversight responsibility to investigate off-budget expenditures executed by the Finance Ministry to serve as deterrence. He also maintained that, if the Finance Ministry is not investigated and halted, the 2019/2020 national budget in the tone of US$532 million might also experience budget shortfall.There are reports that the government’s 2018/2019 budget has deeply fallen short after it was passed in the tune of US$570 million or its equivalent of L$84,333,327,390. Unconfirmed reports said over US$50 million were not actualized.The Bong County District #4 Representative also accused the Ministries of Finance and State for Presidential Affairs for the “insincere austerity measures” being effected on other Ministries and governmental agencies, while the two Ministries increased their allotment of goods and services.According to Rep. Womba, in the budget for the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, most of the allotments and budget lines have been increased in the 2019/2020 as compared to the 2018/2019 Budget.He said among others, the “Use of Goods and Services allotment” has been increased from US$617,063 to US$1,369,200; Foreign Travel-Incidental Allowance from US$87,504 to US$195,375; Domestic Travel-Daily Subsistance from US$25,858 to US$363,903; Use of Goods and Services from US$4,157,654 to 5,531,678; while the Presidential Advisory Board from US$92,054 to US$130,288; Technical Services from US$430,259 to US$904,226; and Public Affairs, Communication and Technology from US$108,499 to US$216, 574.The Bong County lawmaker indicated that in the Domestic Travel-Means of Travel is from nothing to US$19,655; Scratch Cards from nothing to US$49,310; Food and Catering Services from nothing o US$25,528 fuel and Lubricants (Vehicles) from US$85,005 to US$118,309; Fuel and Lubricants (Generator) from US$6,328 to US$47,424; Repairs and Maintenance (Generators and Machinery Equipment) from US$2,529 to US$14,200 and US$20,406 to US$48,800; Cleaning Materials and Services from 11,311 to US$41,000 and stationery from US$68,242 to US$95,620.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Construction work has commenced on the passport office at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice). The project commenced last month, and according to officials, is expected to be completed by May 2018.The Linden Passport OfficePresently, the construction is at the foundation stage, with work moving apace. Upon completion, residents of Linden and other areas in Region 10 are expected to enjoy the comfort of having a passport office which would cater for new applications within their community, easing the burden of their having to travel to Georgetown to access the service.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix travelled to the community last December for a sod-turning exercise at the site for the construction of the new passport office, which is situated in the vicinity of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) building at Mackenzie.Construction of the building, which will measure 2000 square feet, is being executed by R. Bassoon and Sons Contracting Company to the tune of $30,604,472.
‒ Govt, local and international partners geared to address challengesBy Kristen MacklingamThe scourge of teenage pregnancy continues to plague Guyana, and in order to combat this growing issue, more focus is being placed on allowing adolescents easy access to comprehensive sexuality education, among other initiatives.However, efforts to curb the growing trend of adolescents engaging in sexual activities do not necessarily mean that unwanted or unplanned pregnancies will not occur.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceSadly, while birth control can reduce the risk of unintended pregnancies, most teens who use birth control, such as tablets or condoms, do so inconsistently and sporadically, hence there is no guarantee that birth control would prevent pregnancy.Startling statistics reveal that Guyana has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean, and according to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, a recently conducted Situation Analysis Report on Adolescents in Guyana revealed that the fertility rate is above average, especially among Indigenous girls, where there are 74 of every 1,000 between the ages 15 and 19 living in Regions One, Seven and Nine becoming pregnant.The Minister pointed out that Regions One, Seven and Nine are the burdened areas, where the rate of adolescent pregnancies remains consistently high due to a number of contributing factors, but she maintained that plans are underway to target those factors.UNFPA Sub-Regional Officer Director, Alison Drayton“Some of the contributory factors being lack of access to contraceptives and comprehensive (sexuality) education; risky sexual behaviour and early sex; and there is also another overriding factor that many times we overlook, and that is the cultural differences.And that is something that, in everything that we do, we must take into account. Whether it is in Region One, Region Seven or Region Nine, we will find that as we move from one tribe to the other, their cultural differences stand out,” she explained.The overarching goal is, by 2022, to reduce annual adolescent pregnancy by 10 percent in Regions One and Nine.She also explained that the issue of teenage/adolescent pregnancy is one which continues to affect the development of the country, and that the Public Health Ministry recognises that it cannot singlehandedly address this problem.“We have also prioritised this issue on our health agenda…and thereby sought the support of other local and international partners to address the challenges of providing services to adolescent target groups. Against that backdrop, the Ministry of Public Health made the commitment to align the Adolescent Health Unit with the strategic action outlined in the Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030,” she explained.Meanwhile, according to the Director of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, Alison Drayton, much more has to be done to help teenagers become more educated and have easier access to comprehensive sexuality education as early as possible, since persons aged 10 to 24 years account for the largest proportion, 31 percent, of the country’s population.“Guyana has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in the English-speaking Caribbean. We can change that, and we must; the second highest in Latin America and the Caribbean — and the Caribbean is second only to Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of adolescent rates of pregnancy. This is something that we can and must change,” she declared. She noted that the UNFPA, along with the Government of Guyana, will be employing targeted interventions in Regions One and Nine – the two Regions in Guyana where women reported the lowest use of contraceptives.“Adolescents and youths must be provided with age appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect their health throughout their lives. However, education and information are not enough; good quality reproductive health services must also be readily available to help adolescents make informed choices and be healthy. At the local level, communities should be provided with infrastructure to deliver reproductive healthcare in a youth-friendly and sensitive way,” she declared.Drayton added that although new programmes and initiatives are soon to be implemented as part of reducing adolescent pregnancies in Guyana, there are already a number of projects and interventions ongoing, and these will continue.Data has revealed that one in every five, or 20 percent of pregnancies, involves a teenager; with most of the adolescent mothers not understanding the implication, importance and responsibility of becoming parents at a young age.According to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), almost 60 percent of teenage mothers were impoverished at the time they gave birth, and less than one-third of them would receive any form of child support, which increases the likelihood of seeking assistance from the Government.As such, the Government, along with international partners, continues to lobby for a multilateral approach in order to address the issue of teenage pregnancy in Guyana, so as to change the behaviour of teenagers and simultaneously deal with the underlying issues, such as poverty, gender-inequality and education.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie 1 Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has confirmed the team held a ‘clear-the-air’ meeting after last weekend’s humiliating defeat to Leicester.Louis van Gaal’s side went down 5-3 to the newly-promoted club, throwing away a 3-1 lead for the first time in United’s Premier League history.Reports circulated after the game that one Red Devils star questioned the decision to substitute Angel di Maria, while it was said the Dutch manager could be heard angrily criticising his players outside the dressing room.And Van Persie has now confessed that the squad did hold crisis talks after the defeat in order to rectify their slow start to the season.“It’s the right way forward as you have to speak about the good things you do but also in the areas you can improve, which is what we did the next day,” Van Persie told MUTV.“Everyone came in and we had a long meeting about the game. It was a really good meeting as everyone spoke up and shared their feelings.“We’ve had a good few sessions now and everyone’s feeling very positive now ahead of the game against West Ham.”
Neville Southall believes Everton need to buy another striker – because Romelu Lukaku isn’t doing the business.Toffees team-mate Samuel Eto’o is set to complete a move to Serie A side Sampdoria in the coming days – leaving Roberto Martinez with a lack of options up front.Former Chelsea star Lukaku has only scored one Premier League goal since the start of December and has cut a forlorn figure.And Southall, who won the First Division title twice during his time at Goodison Park, believes the Spaniard must dip into the transfer market.“Everton are not doing particularly well at the moment, but we just need a couple of new faces to liven it up somehow,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Hopefully, he’ll bring in a few new faces.“They need a wide right player, who’s got some pace, and they need a striker or two. Romelu Lukaku does OK but he doesn’t win as many balls in the air as Steven Naismith.“He doesn’t put himself about enough. He’s still quite young, we need him to be a mini-Didier Drogba and bully people.”