Greatwich assumes new role with Azkals

first_imgCHRIS Greatwich challenges Turkmenistan midfielder Didar Durdyýew. August dela CruzFormer national team great Chris Greatwich gets a shot at redemption, albeit in a different role.The hero of the Azkals’ 2010 AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup run and current Kaya Iloilo coach has played in some of the biggest matches in the country’s recent history.ADVERTISEMENT Having scored twice in the Azkals’ miraculous run in the AFF Suzuki Cup in Hanoi in 2010, Greatwich also endured setbacks with the squad, the last of which came in the AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives where the Azkals missed out on the prestigious Asian Cup.Convinced by coach Thomas Dooley to assist him in calling the shots for the Azkals in their biggest game yet against Tajikistan in the final AFC Asian Cup qualifier on Tuesday, Greatwich can finally fulfill one of the dreams he started nurturing 14 years ago when he represented the country for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“With the importance of the upcoming game, he (Dooley) really pushed me if it was viable to assist him for this upcoming game and training camp,” said Greatwich, whose teammates in the 2010 run—Phil and James Younghusband and Neil Etheridge—are all expected to feature against the Tajiks.“It’s an incredible feeling to be back, being on the bench, singing the national anthem especially with such an important game coming up.” In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Mendez topples Reed in Alveo IronMan 70.3 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I think being able to pit your wit against some of the stronger teams in Asia. It will be a really incredible achievement first and foremost because if you would have said this 14 years ago when I started that we’d have the potential to go and play against Australia and Japan and Korea, we would have said you are crazy and we would have no chance, but the fact that we’re one game away from that, I think its incredible.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Greatwich said his familiarity with players have come in handy in his job assisting Dooley, who has led the Azkals to an unbeaten record in qualifying, although the team’s last three games all ended in draws.“It’s nice to see things from the other side,” he said.“I think the players know the magnitude of the game. Our job is to let them go into the game relaxed and confident so they can perform to their capabilities.”Having witnessed the sport’s popularity stall the past three years, following a huge rise in following due to their exploits in the Suzuki Cup, Greatwich hopes qualification to the Asian Cup will “reawaken” football in the Philippines again.“In the grander scheme of things, this game will have huge significance because we’ve come a long way,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View commentslast_img read more

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England, Belgium to play for 3rd place at World Cup

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Much of the talk was about whether finishing first or second in Group G would open up easier games. In the end, it meant little as both advanced to the semifinals.Not everyone seems as enthusiastic as Walker.Harry Kane, the leading scorer at the World Cup with six goals, said he isn’t motivated by the chance to secure the Golden Boot for top scorer in the third-place game.“It’s not something I’m really thinking about,” he said. “It’s not the game we wanted to be in, as a team. It is what it is, but we’ll try and play that game with as much pride as a team as try and finish on a high. We’re still going to be hurting.”PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMMATESADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “It’s still something massively to play for, to be the third-best team in the world,” Walker said after Wednesday’s semifinal loss to Croatia. “Who would have thought it, at the start of the tournament when everyone was writing us off?“We’ve still got a very important job come Saturday to go and beat the Belgians and get the bragging rights over them because they beat us in the group stage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’England and Belgium have both produced last-gasp victories at the World Cup — Belgium beating Japan 3-2, England beating Colombia on penalties — but their two games together lack significance.Both had already qualified for the round of 16 when Belgium beat England 1-0 in the last game of the group stage on Adnan Januzaj’s curling shot in a game likened to a friendly thanks to 17 lineup changes. LATEST STORIES Belgium’s Toby Alderweireld, left, and Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne stand on the pitch at the end of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)MOSCOW — England defender Kyle Walker is finding meaning in the game no one wants to play.The third-place match at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for FIFA to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home. But for Walker, a bronze medal still has value.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Recruitment coup testament to UP’s commitment to produce results MOST READ View comments Even if the result is quickly forgotten by the fans, it will be remembered in Premier League locker rooms.Five Premier League clubs have players on both sides of the game. Walker can face Manchester City teammates Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne, while Tottenham boasts three players for Belgium and five for England.Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are the other three clubs represented in both squads.HISTORYA third-place game can still be exciting.Germany overturned a 2-1 deficit to beat Uruguay 3-2 in the 2010 game as Diego Forlan sent a free kick off the crossbar in the last minute.However, many third-place games have been one-sided, like the Netherlands’ 3-0 victory over Brazil in 2014, or a source of trivia, like Turkey’s 3-2 win over South Korea in 2002.That game is best known for Turkey forward Hakan Sukur scoring the fastest World Cup goal in history, needing only 11 seconds to make it 1-0. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Can Filipino icon finally end decade-long KO drought?

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao poses after weigh-in in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao has said the fight for Lucas Matthysse’s WBA welterweight crown will largely determine how the tail end of his career will shape up.A victory is expected to push him into another lucrative bout. But it needs to be a big win—in a manner that he hasn’t done in nearly a decade.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Lucky’ Ababa squeezes out of logjam for Forest Hills crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Pacquiao is going for his 60th victory since turning pro in 1995, but despite winning 38 of his first 47 fights by knockout, he has not stopped an opponent in nine years.And he faces a dangerous Matthysse, a knockout specialist who has finished 36 of his 39 wins inside the distance and took the vacant WBA belt after an eighth-round stoppage of Thailand’s Teerachai Sithmorseng in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m focused on the fight, the people who watched me train and push myself to the limit can testify to that,” said Pacquiao.He said that his training camp, the first time in 16 years that wasn’t overseen by Freddie Roach, was unique. 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 “We pushed it every day. But we also allowed ourselves to rest,” said Pacquiao, who is turning 40 in December. “It’s a series of push and rest to help the body recover.”Against Matthysse, Pacquiao said he would employ the skill set that brought him fame and glory.“The plan is to move side to side and throw a lot of punches,” said Pacquiao. “And to finish the fight.” —WITH A REPORT FROM AFPADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

first_imgView comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Bondi awoke well before dawn to make the four-hour drive from Metz to a national lightsaber tournament outside Paris this month that drew 34 competitors. It showcased how far the sport has come in a couple of years but also that it’s still light years from becoming mainstream.The crowd was small and a technical glitch prevented the duelers’ photos, combat names and scores from being displayed on a big screen, making bouts tough to follow. But the illuminated swooshes of colored blades looked spectacular in the darkened hall. Fan cosplay as Star Wars characters added levity, authenticity and a tickle of bizarre to the proceedings, especially the incongruous sight of Darth Vader buying a ham sandwich and a bag of potato chips at the cafeteria during a break.In building their sport from the ground up, French organizers produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber dueling both competitive and easy on the eyes.“We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect,” said Michel Ortiz, the tournament organizer.Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth 5 points; to the arms or legs, 3 points; on hands, 1 point. The first to 15 points wins or, if they don’t get there quickly, the high scorer after 3 minutes. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters “sudden death,” where the first to land a head- or body-blow wins, a rule to encourage enterprising fighters.Blows only count if the fighters first point the tip of their saber behind them. That rule prevents the viper-like, tip-first quick forward strikes seen in fencing. Instead, the rule encourages swishier blows that are easier for audiences to see and enjoy, and which are more evocative of the duels in Star Wars. Of those, the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace” that ends badly for the Sith despite his double-bladed lightsaber is particularly appreciated by aficionados for its swordplay.Still nascent, counting its paid-up practitioners in France in the hundreds, not thousands, lightsaber dueling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024.But to hear the thwack of blades and see them cut shapes through the air is to want to give the sport a try.Or, as Yoda would say: “Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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In France, it is easier than ever now to act out “Star Wars” fantasies. The fencing federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.It’s now easier than ever in France to act out “Star Wars” fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas’ saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can’t slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies.Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs,” says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. “It’s becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. “Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth,” Aubailly says. ”Lightsaber films have the same impact. Young people want to give it a try.”And the young at heart.Police officer Philippe Bondi, 49, practiced fencing for 20 years before switching to lightsaber. When a club started offering classes in Metz, the town in eastern France where he is stationed for the gendarmerie, Bondi says he was immediately drawn by the prospect of living out the love he’s had for the Star Wars universe since he saw the first film at age 7, on its release in 1977.He fights in the same wire-mesh face mask he used for fencing. He spent about 350 euros ($400) on his protective body armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder and shin pads) and on his federation-approved lightsaber, opting for luminous green “because it’s the Jedi colors, and Yoda is my master.”“I had to be on the good side, given that my job is upholding the law,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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In Bomi County, FDA Arrests 2 for Selling ‘Dried Bush Meat’

first_imgAgainst the backdrop of the ban on the sale of bush meat on the local markets, agents of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) assigned in Bomi County, have arrested two persons for allegedly being in possession of ‘illegal’ bush meat with the intent to engaging in commercial activity. The men, Morris Sotee and Momo Johnson, were arrested recently following government’s imposition of a ban on the sale of bush meat.This also serves as one of the measures to curb the spread of the Ebola disease across the country, an authority at the FDA has said. A charge sheet signed by the senior magistrate at the Bomi County Magisterial Court, Zuannah Darkoi, informed the Daily Observer via mobile phone over the weekend that Sotee and Johnson were traveling from Gbarpolu County to Monrovia when they were arrested by the FDA personnel at the Klay Checkpoint.They were later charged for being in possessing of a variety of dried bush meat.The charge noted that the vehicle carrying the two men, (license plate number BC 7941), was loaded with the meat.The charge sheet also stated that the defendants’ actions were in violation of Regulation 25 of the 1988 new Wildlife and National Park Law, and the recent ban on such commodities as announced by government.Meanwhile, Sotee and Momo have been released on bail awaiting court trial. In a related development, the Senior Senator of Grand Cape Mount County, Abel Massalay, has called on government to open “a humanitarian corridor” to areas affected by the Ebola Virus, where the movement of the people is restricted under the State of Emergency. He said this was necessary to allow the population access to food, medicine, water and other essentials during the lifespan of the emergency.Senator Massalay expressed fear that failure to open the corridor would result in a serious humanitarian crisis in the Ebola-affected areas, putting the health, safety and security of the people at risk.The Grand Cape Mount Senior Senator also admonished the government to ensure the reopening of all health centers shut down across the country due to the outbreak of the deadly disease to help reduce the increasing non-Ebola death rate among the people.Senator Massalay concluded that information available to him suggested that Liberians are dying from common curable diseases because they do not have access to good health facilities in their areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Public Policy Institution Launched

first_imgAn institution intended to accommodate experts to research, study and make sound public policies has been launched in Monrovia.The Center for Policy Studies (CERPS), as the nomenclature indicates, is a policy research institution independent of government, prepared to rigorously investigate policy issues critical to the development of the country and important to the West African region.Launched at the Corina Hotel on Thursday, January 22, with members of civil society, government, the business community and international partners in attendance, the primary purpose of CERPS is to identify and analyze the development situation of the country through research.CERPS works along with the global organization, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, CERPS Director Dr. Byron Tarr emphasized that policy formulation and free thinking of people have been monopolized by the state.He said Government and policy formulators have failed to bring to the people public policies that will positively affect their lives.  Therefore, he said, it is about time to break the monopoly that the public sector has over the people.Dr. Tarr was quick to note that his group is not to serve as a critic of government or be an alternative government, but to independently work but in line with government in researching, studying and formulating policies that will positively impact the general public.Citing a reference on failed policy, Dr. Tarr noted that in 1974 what could be seen as the Open Door Policy of the Tubman administration was introduced, allowing foreigners to come to the country to exploit Liberia’s resources without the needed value return.He said as a result of the long existence of such policy in the Liberian economy, the country has suffered a setback in human and infrastructural development.Speaking at the launch of the institution, the president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, defined Think tank as an organization that generates policy interest, analysis and facts about domestic issues.He acknowledged that Think Tanks results from society complexity due to social globalization, which (globalization) also comes from information communication technology.Dr. Dennis said unlike South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and some Sub-Saharan African countries that have higher standard of think tanks, Liberia is still at a low level.This means that there are not many institutions here involved in research and policy formulation that will help to bring up beneficial policies to the Liberian populace.Alluding to Dr. Tarr, Dr. Dennis indicated that CERPS is autonomous and independent of the formal structure of government; and that its goal is to facilitate research that results into an informed decision.Stressing further, the UL president said for policy making to positively impact the public, information about it should be reliable and accessible through media engagement.He said gone are the days when arrogant researchers made research and did not publish but expected it to be found, contrasting with today’s reality whereby the public is in high demand of thinkers who will draft policy to positively affect people’s needs.Meanwhile, CERPS which is a sub organization to follow Think Tank’s footstep in Liberia is compromised of members and staff with decades of research experience in several policy fields and expertise in Economics, Political Science, conflict, land issues and development.Its members have worked in government, with research organizations, academic institutions and civil society both nationally and internationally.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sinoe Supt-Designate Confirmation Hearing Aborted

first_imgMembers of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance yesterday unanimously agreed to put on hold confirmation proceedings for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh. He was told that the Committee will hold a separate confirmation proceeding with him at a later date.The decision by the Committee, chaired by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah, to halt the confirmation proceedings of Mr. Quioh came about when Rivercess County Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh raised concern over the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report indicting him (Quioh) and other Sinoe County officials for failing to account for hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars of both the CDF and SDF.Mr. Quioh served as Development Superintendent under outgoing Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay, who is now running for Senator for Sinoe County. Both Quioh and Teahjay were indicted in the GAC report for embezzling County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF).Expressing his concern, Senator Gueh said the nominee already had a serious problem with the Liberian Government while at the same time he is being nominated to another position.“The nominee for the post must have a character that is suitable to be a Superintendent of Sinoe County. Therefore, he owes this committee an explanation to tell us whether he has been cleared of the charges leveled against him.  We must know the character of the person that we are sending to Sinoe.”Supporting his colleague’s argument, Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson said the reason why the President sends a nominee constitutionally to the Senate for confirmation is help determine the suitability of that nominee to serve.Senator Jallah then made a unanimous motion to suspend the hearing of Mr. Quioh. At  the same time, Senator Jallah  declared that those who have information on what is being alleged are encouraged to present same to our offices by Wednesday, “so that the Committee will study [said information] and make a determination as to whether we can go ahead to confirm or not.”He said information received by the Committee earlier from some individuals is not tenable in law because they lacked names or signatures.”Meanwhile, a group calling itself “Sinoe Citizens for Accountability & Equal Representation yesterday circulated a letter accompanied by a dossier revealing alleged financial transactions involving nominee Quioh and other Sinoe County local and Legislative officials.The letter, which was addressed to the Internal Affairs Committee, showed, among other things, that the GAC in its November 2014 report indicted Mr. Quioh and others for failing to account for US$727,669.20 of the county’s development fund; making 44 bank payments without voucher support, making payments and failing to include same in the Project Management Committee’s financial reports, as well as receiving money for six projects that were since abandoned.In a related development, several superintendents, local government officials and an Internal Affairs Deputy Minister-designate recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, appeared before the Jallah Committee for a crowded hearing.Among those appearing was a former Member of the 52nd Legislature for Gbarpolu County, Representative Armah Sarnor, who is now going as Superintendent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Airport efficiency suggestions

first_imgDear Editor,It is nice to see the upgrades that have been done to the CJIA airport. The new facilities will provide a comfortable, modernised experience for travellers. To complement these improvements, I would like to make a few suggestions to improve the ease of transit experience for passengers.1. Simplify the process for filling out departure and arrival records – An online system to check-in and complete the forms necessary for departure and arrival records should be implemented to ease the burden on families travelling with small children. The current process of filling out individual forms for each traveller is fatiguing and time consuming for persons (like myself) who travel with 2-3 small children in tow. Let’s have a secure form accessible by passengers online and authenticated by a security code generated by the system and sent to the passenger. Also, have the option for one form to be used to cover a family of two parents and three small children, filled out by one of the adults.2. Make scanning luggage easier and more convenient – Instead of having to load your luggage up on a trolley then taking it to a special scanner for use by multiple passengers, why not have multiple scanners located at each customs aisle. This way, the airport can scan multiple passengers’ luggage simultaneously and significantly decrease time spent going through customs. This will benefit both arriving and departing travellers and can allow the airport to serve more flights daily.Development should not be limited to facilities and aesthetics only but should incorporate the policies, procedures and training provided to airport personnel to handle flights. There has been an uptick in the number of foreign visitors passing through Guyana, and as oil comes to the barrel, there will be more. Having an efficient, functioning system for travellers will be critical to ensuring they have a good experience entering or exiting the country.Sincerely,Shazaam Allylast_img read more

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Businessman robbed near Police Headquarters

first_imgA fuel dealer of Barima, North West District was on Monday relieved of close to .2 million by four armed men in the vicinity of Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.The 32-year-old businessman, Randy France and his taxi driver for the past six years were reportedly sitting in a parked car at the Kingston seawall close to the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary when he was relieved of a bag containing the money.Reports are the businessman travelled to the city to transact business at the Guyana Energy Agency but before going for his appointment at 13:30h he went to a city bank where he changed a cheque worth $5, 610 000. In addition, he had another $630, 000 in his possession. However, after leaving the bank, the duo went to the German Restaurant where they purchased some food and went to the seawall where they had lunch and waited for the 13:30h appointment at GEA. It was while waiting they were accosted by the gunmen.The man’s driver’s licence, passport, Tax Identification Number (TIN) and Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) card for another bank were also in the bag with which the gunmen escaped from the scene.Upon doing so, the men then entered a Toyota Raum and made good their escape. The Police have since arrested the taxi driver in connection with the robbery, but the businessman has been using his services for the past six years.The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

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‘I Want to Remain an Iron Lady’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that she wants to remain the “Iron Lady”.Although people may call her by other names such as “Ma Ellen” or “Uncompromising Woman”, the President said, it is the “Iron Lady” title that she cherishes most because it truly represents her.President Sirleaf began to be known as an Iron Lady in the 1960s, 70s and 80s due to her uncompromising stance against governments as she advocated for the rights of the masses, especially women and the underprivileged.The Liberian leader has since received a barrage of criticism since her ascendancy to the presidency, with indications that the ‘Iron Lady’ title has now lost its true meaning. Those critics are saying that the President no longer does what she is noted for doing. However, those in her defense say it is because of her advanced age. She is 75.Speaking at Harvard University in the United States over the weekend, President Sirleaf indicated that although Iron signifies strength and courage, it is not always a strength that is exemplified by force. “Sometimes the greatest strength is what I have to go through: tolerance in the midst of complexities; tolerance in the midst of dissent; being able to take the hard knocks as a leader and not pursue retribution, but to remain focused on the course that you want to achieve; and despite all the attempts and all the diversions, that you can chart that course and you can remain focused toward the goal”, President Sirleaf explained.According to a dispatch from Cambridge, President Sirleaf was addressing students of Harvard Kennedy School’s Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program. The President, herself a distinguished alumna Mason Fellow (MC/MPA 1971), was sharing with current students her experiences as a Fellow.Associate Director of MPA Programs and Director of the Edward S. Mason Program, Suzanne Shende, had earlier welcomed the guests and introduced President Sirleaf, citing her many accolades, distinctions and accomplishments, as well as her challenges and struggles.She told the students that, when they feel challenged, discouraged or even imperiled because of life and death issues, they should “remember the example of a woman who’s been called Mama Ellen, the Iron Lady, an Uncompromising Woman, and whom “we also welcome and call a Mason Fellow.”In response the President said “She [Director Shende] characterized me in three ways: Mama Ellen, Iron Lady, and an Uncompromising Woman. If somebody were to ask me today, ‘Which of those three do you think you truly represent?’, I think at the end of the day I would say I would want to remain an Iron Lady.”The President requested an interactive session with the fellows so that she could listen to their wise advice and rich experiences she could take back that could make her a better leader. She welcomed their questions and their criticisms.This was whole-heartedly welcomed by the students, who began asking probing questions such as how much she relies on the advice of others versus her own counsel; what is it that the people are missing from what leaders are doing, given that there are always complaints that they are doing nothing; what was her key take-away from the Mason Program and how has that helped her as President; how she chooses the people she trusts and how she handles betrayal; her views on the results of the elections in India where the ruling party was soundly defeated; and more.To the question about what she learned from the Mason Fellowship Program, President Sirleaf responded: “To set a goal and stick with it, and use everything you have toward achieving that goal. That’s why I ran three times; it was only the third time that I won. It’s easy to get discouraged, but you must set that goal and stick with it. I think that’s what I learned: staying power.”At the end of the program, the Fellows presented President Sirleaf with a framed print from Harvard, which they had all signed. Two Liberians are among Harvard’s current Mason Fellows: Mrs. Elva Richardson, former Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs; and Mrs. Decontee King-Sackie, newly appointed Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs/Operation of the Liberia Revenue Authority. They formed part of the President’s delegation at the various events.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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