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It may be one of the most important good news for basketball fans and teams at the beginning of 2014 as one of the long serving and passionate promoters, Abraham Samukai, is likely to lead the Liberia Basketball Association as its president.Information reaching the Daily Observer yesterday said there is a consensus among basketball leaders to petition Mr. Samukai to lead the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association.“Samo has been a good leader, considering his support to the K-Delta Basketball Team, and leading the LBA will demonstrate his commitment to push basketball to another level,” a long time follower of basketball told the Daily Observer yesterday.He said the K-Delta Basketball Team has education and healthcare assistance for its members and with sports and education being encouraged in the country; his presence will bring fresh ideas to Liberian basketball.Another former basketball player said Samukai was in the administration of former president Tarr Harris, when the organization was known at the time as Liberia Basketball Federation, LBF.“It was one of the most successful administrations in basketball history,” he said.It is therefore no understatement that with all things being considered, Abraham Samukai could be the man to infuse new blood into the administration of basketball in the country.Meanwhile, a source from Samukai informed the Daily Observer that basketball owners need corporate support to ease the financial burden on private team owners.During a recent interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Samukai said the Government of Liberia must also make sports development a priority.“The government,” he said, “has a commitment to develop the physical abilities of the young people and therefore with sports’ intrinsic values of fair play and respect for rules, it is in the government’s interest to make their development paramount.”He said much must be done in both the public and the private sector to move Liberian basketball to another level.Meanwhile, a source close to Samukai yesterday said he may consider any request by the members of the LBA to consider leading the LBA in a quest to improve on the game in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In one of the classes I teach at a local university, I asked my students to explain the role of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications or MoPT in Liberia. Out of 23 students, only ONE student was able to provide a response substantial enough to be considered the answer. Her response was: “In addition to handling postal activities of Liberia, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications is the policy maker of the ICT sector. ICT here is an umbrella word for telecommunications, radio and TV broadcasting, etc.” The rest of the class responded with an “I don’t know” or that the Ministry is merely the “Post Office” of Liberia.I find it very interesting how many Liberians between the ages of 18 to 45 do not know the role of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications or many of the other ministries. Obviously, this is because people of this generation rarely use the post office; they email, Skype, or just do everything on Facebook. And it seems that many believe that the MoPT has been attenuated since the creation of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority. So, if that’s the case, why does this ministry exist? Why can’t it be changed to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Industry as I suggested in one of my previous articles? The answer to these questions will be left for another article. Today, I have decided to take an evenhanded approach to bringing light, in a more telling manner, to the “UNNOTICED” progress that has been made by a government institution.I remember returning to Liberia a few years ago and seeing a Ministry as a refugee camp where dirt was thrown from upper level floors to the middle of the complex below. Today, the building is revamped, postal services have been rekindled, and mail boxes can be retrieved or bought, to name a few. But, there are few other things that one must give the administration and its staff additional credit for. Firstly, the Ministry’s Expedited Mail Services (EMS) now effectively delivers mail in FIVE working days and packages in EIGHT working days.Secondly, the ministry’s regular mailing services work but I take the liberty to surmise that the plurality of mail being handled tend to be particularly international. Thirdly, within the premises of the Ministry you will also find, Western Union, Money Gram and an IB Bank depot, an added convenience and new experience for the customer. Most noticeable is the professional attitude of the staff; something you don’t find at other government agencies. In fact, the Ministry has a customer service desk to accommodate the needs of customers.The Ministry should be credited for developing the country’s ICT policy giving us a roadmap and guide to achieving a modern ICT sector for national development. But reigning paradigms do need to be adjusted to reflect the changes of time, hence, the ICT policy may need to be updated soon. For example, the IT world now speaks of Cloud Computing, Open Source Software, Green Computing, Quantum Computing etc. What is our policy on these technologies? The corollary of failing to adjust to the changes of time is that economic, social, cultural, and political life suddenly becomes even more challenging. Our ICT sector needs to make with sufficient rapidity the sweeping, transformative choices it demands– a modern approach unshackled from the inconveniences of politics and corruption, the “metastasis” which plagues every nadir of our society and threatens development. We need policies that will transmogrify our ICT sector making it a more viable one.In a country like Liberia encumbered by the lack of infrastructure, illiteracy, and several other challenges, demand for new capabilities and services is often best met by utilizing generation-leaping technologies (for example the development of open source software), a phenomenon that is helping to drive a large global craving for landmark technological innovation. I am not proposing a re-conceptualization of the current paradigms. And I am in no way attempting to co-opt the verve and urgency for a new ICT paradigm but rather my aim is only to create awareness in this realm. In recent times, the Ministry in collaboration with the Civil Service Agency (CSA) of Liberia created the Chief Information Officer, Republic of Liberia (CIO) “regime”. Subsequently, the Ministry put up and advertisement for the CIO position at various government institutions. Personally, I had hoped to see COUNTY CIOs instead of CIOs of government institutions, since those institutions already have IT Director positions. A County CIO with mandate to champion ICT in his/her county would at the very least kindle a national approach to ICT integration in Liberia, I would assume.Another development at the Ministry is the setting up of a Project Management Office within its premises. I understand this is done in collaboration with LTA via a WARCIP project being funded by the World Bank. I cannot give you details on this since I stopped following its developments for some time. But it is my hope that this initiative is successful.While we acknowledge the achievements and progress being made at the MoPT, I personally still maintain, as I wrote in a previous article that this ministry should be changed to a Ministry of Science, Technology and Industry. Such a ministry will enable Liberians to become PROSUMERS and not just consumers. PROSUMERs are those who produce and consume what they produce. This approach could ignite a viable manufacturing industry and provide jobs for our youthful population and those who our educational system has failed.This can be done without any significant personnel changes as the current minister, I have been told, has vast experience in industry and people familiar with his services to government have informed me that he made significant strides with regard to industry when he once served at the Ministry of Commerce.Also, I strongly believe that an agency that champions ICT should be instituted where an “empowered” CIO becomes the head and bring some sanity to ICT in government in Liberia. A courier service that competes with the likes of DHL and FedEx could also be set up to handle “postal affairs”. And this “courier service” would embark upon 21st century approaches to delivering mail. That is creating a “digital post office” in rural areas, allowing our folks in those areas to be able to communicate with the families abroad, digitally. For example, set up a Digital Post Office that allows Ma Juah or others who can’t afford a camera phone, to send a photo of herself to her son in Sweden, who she hasn’t seen in years A low cost generator, at least five computers with scanners, printers, a low cost camera at each “Digital Post Office” could make this a reality!All of what I have discussed in today’s article may not be all that the MoPT has achieved in recent times. In fact, I believe much of what they’ve accomplished has been omitted, inadvertently in this article. But I felt it necessary to write about this ministry today, simply because 22 out of 23 students could not tell me the role of the MoPT and many Liberians only know it for its postal services. I also believe it is one of the many UNSUNG institutions of Government. I hope this article provides new insight!Until next week, Carpe diem!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
WHITTIER – La Serna High School continued its dominance over Del Rio League rival Santa Fe, defeating the Chiefs 57-43 in a CIF-Southern Section Division III-A second-round girls basketball playoff game Saturday night. The victory improved the league champion Lancers’ record to 25-3 and marked the fourth time this season they defeated Santa Fe. The Chiefs ended their season with a 14-14 record. Santa Fe coach Matt Zamora said a “great start would be vital” for his team in this game, but after leading 6-5 following Debbie Chavez’s 3-point basket with 4:29 left in the opening quarter, the game began to unravel for the Chiefs. “Every time we made a little push, she hit a huge 3,” he said. “The timing was uncanny. And Anne Failla played a good game against us tonight.” Failla scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists. “My role is to get the ball to my teammates who have a good opportunity to shoot,” Failla said. “When we get the ball into Jenna (French), she works really hard to score. “I think we all had nerves at the start. We didn’t want this to be our last game.” French, averaging 20 points, had only two by halftime, but she was her usual dominant self on the boards with 10 rebounds. She finished with a game-high 18 points and 20 rebounds. “We knew that was a priority, to stop Jenna,” Lancers coach Steve Hemenway said. “They tried a couple of things, but that opened up some opportunities for other players.” One was Jaime Coins, who finished with 10 points and played a strong defensive game against Santa Fe’s 3-point shooter Brittany Aranda, who scored 10 points. Santa Fe struggled at the line, making just 5 of 21 free throws. “We failed to do the two most basic aspects of basketball – make layups and free throws,” Zamora said. “We put ourselves in position to make things happen, and then missed the opportunities.” Chavez led the Chiefs with 14 points. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Serna came back with a 6-0 run, and when Natalee Venegas connected on the first of her four 3-pointers, La Serna led 14-8 after one quarter. A stretch of about 45 seconds midway through the second quarter seemed to be the game’s turning point, according to Zamora. Santa Fe made three consecutive steals and missed the fast-break layup after each one. “Those were critical,” Zamora said. “They could have given us the momentum, and instead they took away a lot of our emotion.” Zamora also cited Venegas’ shooting.
Delp sang vocals on Boston’s 1976 hits “More than a Feeling” and “Longtime.” He also sang on Boston’s most recent album, “Corporate America,” released in 2002. He joined the band in the early 1970s after meeting Tom Scholz, an MIT student interested in experimental methods of recording music, according to the group’s official Web site. The band enjoyed its greatest success and influence during its first decade. The band’s last appearance was in November 2006 at Boston’s Symphony Hall. On Friday night, the Web site was taken down and replaced with the statement: “We just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll.” A call to the Swampscott, Mass., home of Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau was not immediately returned Friday night. ATKINSON, N.H. – Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston, was found dead Friday in his home in southern New Hampshire. He was 55. Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Delp dead. Police Lt. William Baldwin said in a statement that the death was “untimely” and that there was no indication of foul play. Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death, Baldwin said. The cause of death remained under investigation by the Atkinson police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office. Police said an incident report would not be available until Monday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Bush spent much of the day in Tampa, Fla., at MacDill Air Force Base, headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, which coordinates Iraq operations. While Bush did not directly address the Iraq spending bill there, he warned that an early exit from Iraq could turn that country into “a caldron of chaos.” Though Bush’s plan to veto the measure had been clear for nearly two months, Democratic leaders in Congress even in the final hours urged the president to change his mind. Even as the political stagecraft played out on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday, there were signs that Republicans and Democrats might be able to compromise on establishing benchmarks for the Iraqi government to show progress. But it remained an open question whether broad agreement was possible within Congress, much less with the White House, about whether to insist on consequences if those benchmarks were not met. “There are a number of Republicans who do think that some kind of benchmarks, properly crafted, would actually be helpful,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the Republican whip, did not reject the concept of establishing benchmarks but said any hard-and-fast timetables or deadlines would be resisted. “Our members will not accept restraint on the military,” Blunt said. Financing for the troops is likely to run out by June. With the Democrats still wrestling over what approach to take, some are discussing passing two bills, one to provide short-term financing for the troops and the other to deal with questions of Iraq policy. Throughout the day, Democrats lined up to deliver floor speeches marking the fourth anniversary of the president’s speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. At the front of the House chamber, Democrats positioned a blown-up photograph of Bush standing on the carrier deck on May 1, 2003. Aides to the president were openly angry about the reminders, and the Democrats’ unusual legislative signing ceremony. “It’s a trumped-up political stunt,” Dana Perino, the deputy White House press secretary, told reporters traveling aboard Air Force One. Others grumbled privately that Congress had sent plenty of bills to Bush without such pomp and circumstance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • AP Video: Bush Vetoes Troop Withdrawal BillWASHINGTON – President Bush vetoed a $124 billion war spending bill Tuesday, setting up a second round in his months-long battle with congressional Democrats who are determined to use the financing measure to force the White House to shift course in Iraq. The veto was only the second of Bush’s presidency. In a six-minute televised speech, Bush called the measure a “prescription for chaos and confusion,” and said, as he has for weeks, that he could not sign it because it contained timetables for troop withdrawal. “Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure, and that would be irresponsible,” Bush said. He said the measure would “impose impossible conditions on our commanders in combat” by forcing them to “take fighting directions from politicians 6,000 miles away in Washington, D.C.” The veto added new punctuation to a major war powers clash, with Democrats in Congress – buoyed by what they regard as a mandate in last November’s elections – seeking to force an end to the fighting in Iraq and the president working to defy what he regards as an incursion on his authority as commander in chief. Democrats concede they do not have enough votes to override the veto. But, speaking in the Capitol shortly after Bush’s remarks, the House speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, and the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said they would not be deterred in trying to bring the troops home. “If the president thinks by vetoing this bill he will stop us from working to change the direction of the war in Iraq, he is mistaken,” Reid said. “Now he has an obligation to explain his plan to responsibly end this war.” The fight began more than two months ago when Bush sent Congress his request for emergency financing for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The next chapter begins today, when congressional leaders are expected to meet Bush at the White House to open negotiations on a new bill. They are expected to look for ways to preserve the benchmarks for Iraqi progress that were included in the initial bill while eliminating the timetables for troop withdrawal that Bush has emphatically rejected. Several Republican leaders said Tuesday they were likely to support such benchmarks, and White House aides said Tuesday that Bush, who has supported goals and benchmarks for the Iraqi government, might back such a measure – but only if the benchmarks are non-binding. Bush issued the veto from the Oval Office at about 5:30 p.m., using a pen given to him by the father of a fallen Marine. It came just hours after Democrats had themselves staged an unusual signing ceremony in the Capitol, timed to coincide with the four-year anniversary of the so-called “mission accomplished” speech, when Bush stood on an aircraft carrier and declared major Iraq combat operations had ended.
1 Chelsea are eyeing a January swoop for Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou, according to reports in France.Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a centre-half after his back-four have looked shaky in the opening stages of the season.L’Equipe are claiming Chelsea will make a bid for the Cameroonian international during the mid-season transfer window and are hoping to secure him in a cut-price deal as his current contract is due to expire next summer.Marseille will demand a fee of around £7.2m from the Blues and are prepared to do a deal with the Premier League champions rather than selling N’Koulou to one of their Ligue 1 rivals. Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou
Sampdoria have told Arsenal they will have to cough up Lucas Torreira’s £22million release clause in full if they want to sign him.The midfielder has been linked with a move to the Gunners this summer, while Borussia Dortmund have shown an interest too. Sampdoria are resigned to losing the 22-year-old, who is expected to star for Uruguay at the World Cup this summer.However the Italian club’s sporting director, Carlo Osti, has confirmed Torreira will not be sold for less than his release clause.“Torreira has a €25million (£22m) release clause, everyone knows that,” Osti told Rai Sport.“Anyone who wants him will have to pay that.” 1 Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira has won plenty of admirers this season.
2 “We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”Monreal turns 33 in February, but says he is not considering hanging up his boots.He continued: “My idea is to play in football until my body says: ‘Nacho, so sorry but that’s the end’.“But I think it is far (away). changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker The defender has made 165 Premier League appearances since moving to the Arsenal from Malaga, the La Liga side, in 2013.“At the moment we are talking with the club,” Monreal told the Standard. “I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal.“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal has revealed he has opened talks with the Gunners over extending his stay in north London.Monreal, the Spain international, is in the final year of his existing deal with the Emirates Stadium club. tense Most read in Premier League revealed How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings REVEALED Monreal scored his first goal of the season in Arsenal’s defeat of West Ham SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 whoops 2 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Monreal has been a key player for Arsenal since moving to north London in 2013 silverware “I hope so. You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can’t continue giving 100 per cent.“But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement.”
Story Links Kristen Giles (Georgetown, Ontario) competed as an individual with an up-and-down Sunday round of 40-40 – 80 that included four birdies to finish the event at 83-83-80 – 246 and tie for 40th out of 54 golfers. Olberding was Drake’s top overall finisher as her three-day score of 81-76-78 – 235 tied for 16th individually. Haeri Lee (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) finished one stroke back at 76-81-89 – 236 to tie for 18th. Thomason Invitational Final Results The Bulldogs’ final round of 316 was the fourth-best round on the day as the team nearly climbed into fourth place before finishing three strokes behind SIU on the final leaderboard. Drake’s final round was paced by 78s from Erica Olberding (Des Moines, Iowa) and Grace Dunn (Brookfield, Wis.). Olberding carded a pair of birdies on the front nine to finish 37-41 – 78 while Dunn recorded one birdie at 41-37 – 78. The Bulldogs finished the three-round event at 315-316-316 – 947, playing all three rounds in cold, rainy weather. Iowa won the event on its home course at 299-299-300 – 898. Dunn’s final round moved her into a tie for 28th at 83-79-78 – 240 while Sam Paulak (Kansas City, Mo.) carded the team’s high round of the day Sunday to finish tied for 32nd at 79-80-82 – 241. Sigurlaug Jonsdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) finished in a tie for 36th at 79-83-81 – 243. IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team ended a weekend of consistent play in challenging conditions with a fifth-place team finish at the Diane Thomason Invitational at Iowa City’s Finkbine Golf Course. The Diane Thomason Invitational is part of a busy four days for the Bulldogs as they will depart Iowa City and travel west on I-80 to compete in the Creighton Classic, Oct. 1-2, in Omaha, Neb. Print Friendly Version