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Holder calls for improvements

By on January 20, 2020

first_img LAST YEAR’S MATCH Last year, the Caribbean side suffered a 3-0 whitewash away to the Sri Lankans, and Holder said they were expecting a strong challenge from them again, along with a tough showing from Zimbabwe. “It’s going to be tough. Obviously, they are two good teams. Sri Lanka play good cricket, and, obviously, are of a higher rank than us, and Zimbabwe have a point to prove,” the all-rounder explained. “They are playing in their backyard as well, so they will be [familiar] with their conditions. It’s a situation where we have to assess as early as possible and go out and play some good aggressive cricket.” West Indies endured a long difficult tour of the United Arab Emirates recently, where they were trounced in the Twenty20, one-day and Test series by Pakistan. Their only success came in the final Test in Sharjah when they produced an admirable performance to win by five wickets. Holder said the camp in Potchefstroom had been a great chance for the unit to re-assess. “We had a good week in Potchefstroom. I thought the guys had a few days off to catch themselves and recuperate after the long series in Dubai,” he said. “It’s just a situation where we got what we wanted out of the training camp and moving into the [Tri-Nations Series]. I think we are much better prepared.” HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC): Captain Jason Holder hopes the key areas addressed during the recent one-week camp in South Africa will see West Indies turn the page on their dodgy One-Day International form in the Tri-Nations Series here, which bowled off yesterday. West Indies were swept 3-0 by Pakistan last month and have now lost 12 of their last 16 games in the last four bilateral series. They were good enough to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Series against Australia and South Africa in the Caribbean earlier this year, but lost to the Aussies. “I think it is a situation where we need to come together as a team. We’ve struggled in the last few one-day series in terms of batting the 50 overs and that is one area we have addressed,” Holder said ahead of his side’s first game tomorrow. “In terms of the bowling, we need to be a lot better in the first power play, and then we have to close in the last 10 overs. Those are the significant areas we have paid some attention to. “I think once we do that and we string some big partnerships [together]. In the past, I think we have found ourselves getting a lot of starts but not carrying on – we leave less for the middle and lower order to do.” West Indies open their campaign against Sri Lanka before taking on the hosts on Saturday in their second outing.last_img read more

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Why were 6 Govt Ministers at the CCJ?

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,It is with great dismay that I observed the presence of no less than six Ministers of Guyana’s Government in attendance as ‘observers’ during proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice.None of these Ministers is directly involved in any of the cases being heard.Christopher Ram has already raised a valid question of taxpayers funding this cheerleading exercise.What concerns me most is the early corruption of two new Members of Parliament (MP) and Ministers, namely, Ministers Tabitha Sarabo-Halley (Public Service) and Hemraj Rajkumar (Business).These two Ministers have only been appointed two weeks ago, it is not unreasonable for the taxpaying citizens to expect service given the hefty remuneration and benefits packages that accompany the job. However, the two Ministers find themselves in the viewing gallery of the CCJ and not performing the functions of their offices.Instead of immediate focus on the job, these two Ministers have been handed titles and asked to perform political acts instead of honest labour to deliver service to the people of Guyana.Editor, this pattern of corruption where political favours are asked of appointees and agencies is very much a feature of the Granger Administration with attending consequences. Familiarity breeds contempt. It has in the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), where the use of the agency for political witch hunting led to employees becoming corrupt by the thought of favours owed for partisan actions taken. It does not take much extrapolation to reach the conclusion that two new Ministers now feel special consideration is now owed for overt support given in person at the Caribbean Court of Justice.The irony of being asked to perform a political act does them great harm and that point is sadly lost on them or perhaps refusal was not an option.Regards,Roodi Balgobinlast_img read more

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Samukai Lauds Egypt for Multiple Scholarships, to Liberians

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai Jr. has thanked the Egyptian Government and people for the invaluable support to the Liberian Defense sector over the years and making available several scholarships to the sector at a time when capacity enhancement remains critical to the branding of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a “Force for Good”. Minister Samukai, according to a Defense Ministry release, described the relations between the Egyptian Defense sector and Liberia’s as one that transcends bilateral relations. He welcomed the two-man Egyptian delegation to his office stressing that the defense sector of both countries strive for the common security interests of the African continent through friendly exchanges.Samukai added: “The AFL and the entire defense sector are very pleased with the offers that Egypt has made and will take full advantage of them to benefit our soldiers and other personnel.”Minister Samukai made the remarks last Friday when Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs and Special Egyptian Envoy, Ambassador Mohamed Edrees, leading the two-man delegation, paid a courtesy call on the Minister at his Barclay Training Center office in Monrovia. Ambassador Edrees was accompanied by Egyptian Ambassador to Liberia Alaa Khaira Issa.Minister Samukai and the special Egyptian Envoy held discussions on capacity building, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) transition, and regional and continental security concerns. They also dialogued on charting a partnership course in the field of medicine between both militaries and utilizing technical skills and capacities that Egypt has placed at the disposal of the AFL during UNMIL’s transition.Ambassador Edrees lauded Minister Samukai and the High Command of the AFL for demonstrating the high level of leadership since the AFL was reconstructed as part of Liberia’s peace process that ended the 14 long years of civil crisis. He said he was optimistic that his discussions with Minister Samukai would further strengthen the continuing cooperation in the military and security field, which is an important aspect of Egypt and Liberia’s bilateral relations. “The visit is coming in the context of assessing our support and our solidarity with our brothers and sisters here in Liberia as demonstrated by our keeping the Egyptian embassy continually open dating from 1957,” said Ambassador Edrees.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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LEC to Connect 100k Businesses, Homes in 2 Years

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first_imgFirst from right, LEC’s communications manager Mr. Bedell, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Penaan, special adviser, revenue protection and Mr. Zimbe The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) says about 100,000 businesses and homes will be connected over the next two years in Monrovia and its environs.Noel J. Walsh, head of LEC’s Special Taskforce, speaking at a news conference in over the weekend in Monrovia, admitted that the corporation has been slow in responding to power distribution in some communities.“We have several projects that are currently ongoing and will see communities connected. These projects will focus on those that have been bypassed over the years. Donors are helping to fund many of the projects,” Walsh said.According to him, about 4,500 customers have already made payments, and are yet to be connected due to limited meters in the country. “We are also focusing on customers who have faulty meters, which have increased to 3,000 plus customers.”Mr. Walsh, however, called for stakeholders’ support, including community dwellers, and media practitioners in fighting power theft as the corporation continues to lose over 50 percent of power generated to illegal customers and criminals.“Many of our customers keep complaining because of lack of connection after they made payments. “We have procured enough meters, including single face and double face and will begin connecting them,” Mr. Walsh said.“We will connect at least 6,000 customers in Caldwell before the end of December, which will cover most of the consumers/customers. We want to clear all of our customers who are facing meters problem and will begin to focus on new connections,” Mr. Walsh stated.He said the corporation is poised to increase revenue collection, which will help to connect more customers and also make power affordable for the people.Mr. Walsh indicated that no entity will function properly in the wake of huge losses, especially over 50 percent of the power generated being consumed illegally.“Additionally, we have begun revamping the corporation’s system to ensure that it’s digitalized. We want to ensure that customers stop paying money to individuals for power,” he said.Commenting on the progress made by the corporation’s taskforce, Mr. Walsh said over 750 illegal customers have been disconnected over the past weeks while 400 customers also were connected.Meanwhile, the Bushrod Island Magisterial Court has charged a 22-year old man, identified as Layee Keita for illegally tampering with LEC’s power lines.Keita was arrested on Sunday, September 30 in the Clara Town community by officers of the Liberia National Police through the help of community residents.“We consider this arrest as a major boost in the fight against power theft. The arrest of Keita will reinforce our campaign against power theft, which is negatively impacting the corporation’s revenue,” Winston Bedell, LEC Communications Manager said.Mr. Bedell indicated that the LEC will use the law in dealing with individuals found impersonating as employees of the corporation or engaging into power theft.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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Crash cuts short weekend races at Northern Lights Raceway

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was a nerve-wracking weekend at Northern Lights Raceway as the drag strip saw its first major incident in several years’ time.Acting Race Director James Rutherford says that the incident happened on Sunday during the first elimination round in the Pro bracket. Rutherford said that the driver, who declined to be named, was on the starting block and floored the accelerator when the Christmas tree lights turned green. “That car has always been a bit of a wheel-spinner,” Rutherford said. He explained that the force of the wheelie snapped the car’s wheelie bars, which caused the car to rapidly pitch upward. According to Rutherford, when the driver let off on the gas pedal, the car’s front end quickly came out of the wheelie and impacted back onto the track.The car’s front axle snapped with the force of the impact, causing the driver to lose all steering. One of the wheels ended up folding under the car’s front end, causing it to veer into the concrete barricades next to the track. Rutherford explained that the force of the crash moved two of the barricades, severing the electrical cables of the racetrack’s timing equipment.- Advertisement -Rutherford said that though video of the impact shows the severity of the accident, the driver was unharmed. “Those cars have got phenomenal safety built into them. It was just one of those fairly unfortunate incidents where the wheelie bars failed and caused the car to shift its weight onto one tire. He’s done lots of wheel stands with that car for the past twenty years. He’s been racing that car for a long time and its always done pretty big wheelies.” The rest of the day’s races were subsequently cancelled due to the damage to the track’s wiring, though technicians were able to get the wiring repaired late Sunday evening, meaning that things at the drag strip are effectively now back to normal.As for what could have caused the crash, Rutherford stated that in speaking with the driver, it appears as though he was not lined up properly in the “groove,” which is the stickiest part of the track. “As it left the line, it moved to the left, driving one tire out of the groove, and that caused the car to shift its weight,” he said. Rutherford explained that this was the first crash at the drag strip in roughly three years’ time, when a racer from Chetwynd lost control while braking after a run down the track.Despite the accident, Rutherford explained that one full day of racing was able to take place this past weekend. Madison Morton was the winner of the Perfect Light Award for the day. Morton was also the winner of the Jr. Dragster class races, behind runner-up Noah MacDonald. Dave King was the winner of the Pure Street class, with Jason Gertz as the runner-up. Willy Suisdahl took home top spot in the Bike/Sled class, ahead of Bruce Romack. In the No Box class, it was Kelsey Dufresne getting the quickest time down the 1/4 mile, finishing in front of Andy Tofteland. Dufresne also won the Box class, followed by runner-up Dustin Vipond. Rutherford added that the Raceway also hosted a pair of first-round loser Jackpot races. Mikayla Fedderly took the top spot in the All-Age group, while Sophia Closeky was the Junior Jackpot winner.Advertisement Northern Lights Raceway will be hosting arguably its biggest races of the year the weekend of August 19th and 20th, when the Division Six IHRA Team Finals will take place. Rutherford said that this past Sunday’s cancelled races have been rescheduled to take place on the 2nd weekend in September.last_img read more

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Equestrians to get arena off Barrel Springs Trail

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgEquestrians have been working with the city since 2002 to come up with a place to hold events. Horse riders used to go to the old Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at Division and AvenueI for events, but that arena was lost when the fairgrounds shifted to a site at AvenueH and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Local equestrian group representatives estimate there are 45,000 horses – and mules and donkeys – in the Antelope Valley. The announcement was made at an event noting the upcoming California Trail Days on May19 and20, a statewide recognition of the importance of trails and their upkeep. The annual recognition is intended to encourage volunteers to work together with park officials, land managers and other trail users on trail access, advocacy, education, fundraising, and maintenance and repair. “Palmdale has recognized how important trails are to making the city a livable community,” Macdonald said. The arena is being built on part of 17acres earmarked for the future Tejon Park. PALMDALE – City officials and horse riders on Thursday announced plans for an equestrian arena at the western end of the Barrel Springs Trail, giving riding groups a place to hold events. A 45,000-square-foot arena will be built at the trail on Barrel Springs Road, east of Sierra Highway. The arena will be used for horse shows, club competitions, fundraisers, clinics and other events for local groups, supporters say. The project, financed with the help of a $160,000 Los Angeles County grant, is expected to be under construction by late June and take about a month to complete. The city will work with an equestrian advisory group on the project. That group will include representatives from the Antelope Valley Trails, Recreation and Environmental Committee of the Antelope Valley Conservancy, the Backcountry Horsemen and Equestrian Trails Inc. “We will come up with something wonderful for the equestrian community,” said Elaine Macdonald, leader of AVTREC. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea set to ‘conclude’ deal for World Cup star

By on January 3, 2020

first_img Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic 1 Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the coming days, according to Potters chief Mark Hughes.The Blues have set their sights on the Bosnian shot-stopper, and have bid £8million for his services.And, when asked about the latest from the move, Hughes said: “I haven’t had an update today but my understanding is that he’s likely to travel to Chelsea and that will be concluded.”Hughes also backed the Bosnia and Herzegovina international to push Thibaut Courtois hard for the number one jersey if he joins the Premier League champions and not just settle for a back-up role.“I would imagine, having worked with Asmir, that he’ll back his ability and he would think he will challenge and get game time there, or he wouldn’t have gone there,” the former Chelsea striker said.“He’s a confident goalkeeper and a very accomplished goalkeeper so he’ll push whoever’s in the number one very, very hard.”last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Australia expected to win at Trent Bridge and level Ashes series

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first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman previews the fourth Ashes Test, which begins today, and says Australia are slight favourites to win at Trent Bridge despite England holding a 2-1 series lead.He also turns his attention to the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League season, and says champions Chelsea, who face Swansea at Stamford Bridge, are 1/3 to begin with a victory.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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`Botnets’ threaten online shopper security

By on December 29, 2019

first_imgLaunched Jan. 19, it infected 1million to 3million computers at its peak, and appears to be based in Eastern Europe, with probable ties to people in the United States, Runald said. George Halo doesn’t need any warning about online safety issues. He avoids sharing personal information over the Internet and doesn’t shop online. “I just don’t trust it yet,” said Halo, 26, of Northridge, while spending his cash recently at the Westfield Topanga mall. “Plus, I don’t want to give my credit card information out.” His fears aren’t unfounded. The FBI announced Wednesday that it is looking for four men involved in a “phishing scheme” that resulted in the loss of $400,000 from various brokerage accounts. In such scams, cyber criminals pose as a company, often a financial institution, and create legitimate-looking but fraudulent e-mails and Web pages to get people to type in their user names and passwords. Then there’s the recent announcement that John Schiefer, 26, of Los Angeles, a well-known figure in the botnet underground, is expected to plead guilty to four felony counts related to cyber crimes using botnets. “He’s the biggest fear,” said Mark C. Krause, a Los Angeles-based assistant U.S. attorney in the cyber crime and intellectual property section. Schiefer, a computer security consultant hired to make sure company networks were safe, is accused of using hundreds of thousands of computers to engage in various botnet schemes including wiretapping, identity theft and defrauding banks. In one of the most serious breaches, officials said, Schiefer was able to create a malicious code that accessed user names and passwords stored in Microsoft’s Pstore, an encrypted, secured storage area that protects, among other things, user names and passwords for online accounts. Schiefer and his cohorts used the information to access accounts to PayPal and other online services to make purchases or transfer funds out of people’s bank accounts, Krause said. “He’s getting access to some of the stuff that you think is the most protected,” he said. The first person ever charged under the federal wiretap statute for conduct related to botnets, Krause said, Schiefer was also accused of illegally installing adware on about 150,000 computers. He accepted payment from a Dutch advertiser who hired him as a consultant to install adware on computers with owners’ consent – which he never had. “In this case, a variety of things he did were certainly things that we had been fearing a long time,” Krause said. Schiefer could spend 60 years in federal prison and face a $1.75million fine. His case came to light during the FBI’s Operation Bot Roast II investigation, which so far has resulted in indictments, guilty pleas or sentencing of eight people, FBI officials said. Bryan Duchene, an FBI supervisory special agent, said the latest cases highlight the need for people to use firewalls, anti-virus software that is up to date, strong passwords and other basic safeguards to protect themselves from cyber thieves. Not doing so is “like going on vacation and leaving your door unlocked,” Duchene said. “Your door is shut but anybody can still walk in.” People also have to use extreme caution when opening e-mails, even those that might look like they came from their bank, Duchene said. “Fraudsters will have pages identical to what your bank looks like,” he said. “No major bank is going to say: We’ve lost your password or we’re resetting it, please send us a new one. That just doesn’t happen.” Linda Little, 59, of Woodland Hills said she’s a thorough shopper who uses the Internet to read consumer reports and compare prices. She applies that same diligence to making sure her computers are protected. “My PCs all have the latest software,” she said. “I check my firewall. I check my updates.” rick.coca@dailynews.com 818-713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By now, shoppers surely know about the risks of typing in their personal information when they buy anything online. But with an estimated 105million Americans shopping via computer this holiday season, the FBI and other experts now are warning consumers about “botnets” – an army of zombie computers used to commit identity theft, spamming, bank fraud and other cyber crimes. The news comes as malicious software attacks, commonly called malware, have jumped dramatically this year, with 250,000 identified so far – the entire total for the previous two decades combined, according to a recent report released by F-Secure, an online-security company. And it comes as about 60percent of Americans plan to do less online shopping this holiday season than last year because they don’t feel as secure, according to a Harris Interactive survey conducted for Microsoft. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champPatrik Runald, a security response manager with F-Secure, said that with 700 new malware identified each day, there’s reason for concern. “We basically had 20 years of malware in one year,” Runald said. “They’re not all botnets, obviously, but a lot are.” Online criminals worldwide create botnet armies by surreptitiously installing malware on personal computers through e-mail attachments, images, links or what the Federal Trade Commission calls “drive-by-downloads,” which can include malicious software installed while you’re on the Web. Victims often have no clue their computers have been infected and are being used to commit crimes – sometimes against the user, sometimes against others. The “Storm” botnet, which got its name by initially sending out e-mails based on real news events in its subject box – “230 dead as storm batters Europe,” for example – has been very successful, Runald said, calling it “probably the biggest and most brilliant botnet ever.” last_img read more

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