SWAL Inducts New Officers

first_imgNew officers to run the Sports Writers Association of Liberia for the next two years were installed last Saturday at an installation program held at the YMCA on Broad Street, Monrovia.Keynote Speaker Mr. Dee Maxwell Kemayah, president of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), called sports writers to venture outside Monrovia to identify those with talents that could be developed for the country.He said sports provide employment for the youths and therefore the Government of Liberia and private partners should work to ensure a sustainable empowerment for Liberian youths.He meanwhile appealed to the Ministry of Justice to bring to book those involved in the murder of Prince Toby Wleh (Solaris) who was murdered last weekend near his home in Island Clinic.SWAL president Roland Mulbah assured his colleagues of a robust leadership, pointing out that his administration will work to empower its members.—(See Tuesday’s edition for more.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Justice Minister Quits

first_imgJustice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana Tar has resigned her post, alleging that her Ministry, among other things, has been excluded from conducting an independent investigation of allegation of fraud against the National Security Agency (NSA).She also contended that “the landscape of the Liberian Jurisprudence is being transformed in arbitrary and inscrutable ways that make it onerous to conscientiously find the way out” adding, “I cannot be Justice Minister and not supervise the operation of the security agencies under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).”“If the President asserts that she does not trust the Ministry of Justice to independently investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency (NSA), what is the rule of law?” she wondered.Cllr. Tah made these assertions when she addressed a press conference yesterday at her 9th Street office in Monrovia, returning the Justice Minister post back to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration.Cllr. Tah went on to say: “Cognizant of the President’s rhetoric of commitment to the rule of law,” and adding “my own painstaking efforts to help re-establish the foundations for justice and venerate defining principles such as the separation of powers in our nascent democracy and most importantly the duty of transparency and accountability that we owe Liberians as public servants, I believe that it is unconscionable for me not to resign with immediate effect.” Accordingly, she said she had asked President Sirleaf to accept the reiteration (repetition) of her notice to resign as the Justice Minister.Cllr. Tah disclosed that she first submitted her letter of resignation to the President on March 31, 2104, but that “for reasons best known to her, the President delayed acknowledgment of my letter and ultimately postponed consideration of my prerogative to resign from her cabinet appointment.” “It has become unbearable for me to persevere in name as the dutifully appointed Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia, when in reality concrete actions indicate a determination to systematically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness,” Cllr. Tah said.She observed that the “landscape of the Liberian Jurisprudence is being transformed in arbitrary and inscrutable ways that make it onerous to conscientiously navigate. ““Amidst the prevailing interpretation of the doctrine of separation of powers and the ensuing blurring of the rules and roles of engagement, even within the executive arm of government itself, the investments of national and international stakeholders promoting the rule of law is being eroded by actions that contradict the values that underpin the fabric of our society,” she asserted.It can be recalled that last January, the Supreme Court of Liberia held the Justice Minister in Contempt of Court and barred her from practicing law for six months, rendering her ineffective as Attorney General and Justice Minister after she granted “compassionate leave” to FrontPageAfrica’s Rodney Sieh, in keeping with Section 34.20 read in concert with 34.2(d) of the Criminal Procedure Law, ILCL Revised pursuant to a public hearing on October 21, 2013.Cllr. Tah further disclosed that  on July 11, 2014, she  formally notified President Sirleaf by letter that she  had completed her six-month suspension imposed by  the Supreme Court on her license to practice law, “And that the Court had ordered that I resume practice,” Cllr. Tah said.She said President Sirleaf responded immediately, asking her to return to work and indicating that her resignation letter of March 31, 2014 would be discussed at a later date. “Out of deference for the Office of the President and in view of the national security crisis posed by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, I obliged and continued with my schedule of duties, while in utmost good faith awaiting President Sirleaf’s convenience to ratify my longstanding decision to resign,” Cllr. Tah recounted.She said that while awaiting the follow up discussion with the President about her resignation she was “shocked and dismayed to learn that the Minister of Information, the official spokesperson for the government had issued an eight-page statement which pronounced the parody of justice in the Contempt Proceedings Against Christiana Tah, Minister of Justice and Counselor Beyan D. Howard,” adding “ as a classic example of judicial independence and equality before the law, irrespective of social class.”She said Minister Browne’s statement failed to acknowledge her pending resignation notice and appeared to be aimed at a preemption and/or retaliation of the prerogative to resign, which she sought to exercise nearly four months earlier.She said that she was particularly appalled that the Government chose to give its reaction to her matter with the Supreme Court while the nation was at the height of its fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.When asked by her friends and family why she tabled her decision to step down last March and decided to go back to work, she said she told them: “the answer is simple: Love of country!”“I believe that as a public servant my oath of office means that I pledge to deepen our collective learning and institutional growth, even if it entails humbling myself at great personal costs,” she stated, adding that “It is the same public spiritedness that informs my world view which underpins the ethical dilemma that has compelled my decision to unequivocally draw the line beyond which I cannot continue to fill the position of the Minister of Justice in name without the substantive support of the Chief Executive.“This is especially given that my allegiance is first and foremost to our nation. Having relented at retreating at the height of my own personal pain when my hard-earned professional asset was suspended and my credibility called into question, and having deferred to the President when she denied my prerogative to promptly exit her administration, it is with justifiable relief that I inform you that I can no longer continue to struggle to vindicate the portfolio designated for the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia when it is eviscerated and reduced to a pretext to legitimate and perpetrate arbitrary activities and inscrutable practices under the guise of “the rule of law,” Cllr. Tah declared.Resignation AcceptedMeanwhile, the Office of the President late last night issued a statement: “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received and accepted the resignation of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Christiana Tah.  Cllr. Tah tendered in her resignation as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Republic of Liberia on Monday, October 6, 2014 at a meeting with the Liberian President at her Foreign Ministry office earlier today.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Disturbia’ mild tonic for spring blahs

first_imgMoviegoers continued to keep their eyes on the Peeping Tom thriller “Disturbia,” which fended off a weak batch of newcomers to remain No. 1 for the third straight weekend with $9.1 million. The top-12 movies took in an anemic $62.9 million, down 30 percent from the same weekend last year, when “RV” was the No. 1 movie with $16.4 million. Business seemed to be on hold in anticipation of a huge summer that will begin with Sony’s “Spider-Man 3.” DreamWorks and Paramount’s “Disturbia,” starring Shia LaBeouf as a housebound teen whose surveillance of neighbors uncovers a killer, raised the film’s total to $52.2 million after three weekends, according to studio estimates. Disney’s supernatural thriller “The Invisible” turned in the best performance among the weekend’s ho-hum debuts, taking in $7.6 million to open at No. 2. The movie centers on a teen trying to solve his own murder while trapped in a nether zone between life and death. Paramount’s “Next,” starring Nicolas Cage as a man whose ability to see into the future is exploited by federal agents trying to stop a terrorist nuclear attack, premiered at No. 3 with $7.2 million. Lionsgate’s “The Condemned,” with wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin as one of 10 Death Row inmates dropped on an island to fight to the death for an Internet reality show, debuted in ninth place with $4 million. Yari Film Group’s comedy “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” starring Jamie Kennedy as a man who wakes from a 20-year coma and tries to revive his break-dancing career, opened at No. 11 with $2.8 million. Though movie attendance is up 1.2 percent so far this year from the same period of 2006, Hollywood has been in a lull in recent weeks as a huge crop of summer films looms, including the “Spider-Man 3” debut set for Friday, to be followed closely to the box office by DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Third” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” “I think people are just absolutely ready for a big summer movie,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. “You can see by the box office over the last few weekends they’re ready, and it’s been a long time coming. I do anticipate it’s going to be an incredible weekend for us.” “Spider-Man” took in $114.8 million in its first weekend in 2002, a three-day opening that remained an all-time high until “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” set a new record last summer with $132 million. In 2004, “Spider-Man 2” opened on a Wednesday before a long four-day Fourth of July weekend and took in a record $180.1 million in its first six days. “This was an incredibly slow weekend. To have a top movie come in under $10 million just shows how the marketplace is in a holding pattern,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “It’ll all be made up next weekend with `Spider-Man 3.”‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

SCHOOLS MAY CLOSE THURSDAY/FRIDAY AS SNOW HITS – BUT WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH SALT TO COPE?

first_imgFEARS ARE growing that Donegal will be snowbound again this week with up to six inches of snow being forecast for this Thursday – and not enough grit to keep the roads open.More freezing temperatures overnight left many secondary roads dangerous this morning.But it is this Thursday’s forecast which could be devastating for normal life, especially in the run-up to Christmas.  The snowstorm due to hit in 48 hours may close schools across the North West. Businesses have already been hit hard by two weeks of the Big Chill, only catching up last weekend when there were record days for many shops.However schools could be closed again this Friday and in to next week if the forecasters have got it right.And for once when it comes to Donegal both the Northern forecasters and the southern forecasters are in agreement that there will be substantial wintry showers this Thursday evening.They will be accompanied by very strong winds and thunder. More of the same is being predicted for Friday – with temperatures of around -6C overnight on Friday.Meanwhile councils across Ireland are appealing to the National Roads Authority for more grit to treat our roads network.There are fears once again that Donegal will be left short – which may mean the council may not grit the roads to later on Saturday and Sunday.SCHOOLS MAY CLOSE THURSDAY/FRIDAY AS SNOW HITS – BUT WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH SALT TO COPE? was last modified: December 14th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Producers collide in suit over ‘Crash’ cash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On the eve of this weekend’s Academy Awards, a bareknuckle fight has broken out among the producers of one of the leading Oscar-nominated movies, “Crash,” over two of the things Hollywood cares about most: money and credit. Even as the last Oscar ballots were being cast late Tuesday, Cathy Schulman, a producer of “Crash,” filed a lawsuit that accused Bob Yari, her fellow producer and former partner, of acting from “greed and ego” in failing to pay at least $2 million in producing fees to her and her partner, the film’s executive producer, Tom Nunan. Yari had earlier sued the pair, claiming in January that they had taken funds owed to their joint production company, Bull’s Eye Entertainment. This morning, Yari, who put together the $7 million in financing for “Crash,” took out full-page advertisements in Hollywood’s trade papers with a ringing call to uphold justice and due process – or at least a show business version – by abolishing the secret panels that award credit for Best Picture. Yari was denied a producer credit in an arbitration by the Producers Guild of America in December, and denied again after appeals to both the guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars. As a result, he will not take home a statue if “Crash” is named Best Picture on Sunday. Schulman and Paul Haggis, a co-writer and the director of “Crash,” are the only producers eligible for the prize, though the film has six producers in its credits. Tuesday’s legal complaint by Schulman and Nunan used strongly personal language with regard to Yari. It denounced what it called the “squalor of Yari’s ugly behavior” and claimed that the producer, a former successful real estate developer who created a Hollywood company in recent years, acted like “an impetuous child” toward Schulman after being denied producer credit. The complaint said Yari’s lawsuit was, in effect, retaliation for losing the producer credit in arbitration. Yari responded, “This lawsuit is a shameful misrepresentation of the facts concerning my partnership with Schulman and Nunan.” He said the lawsuit reinforced a pattern by Schulman of “deceitful and litigious behavior.” A lawyer for Yari, Neil Sacker, who is also a defendant in Schulman’s lawsuit, denied that Yari’s suit was retaliation. Because the budget on “Crash” was so small, many of the principal people involved – including the producers, the writers and the director – took no money during the production of the film, deferring fees until the film saw a profit. As is often the case with low-budget films, the principals also had deals to participate in the profits. Although “Crash” was filmed two years ago and has taken in $83 million at the box office worldwide plus millions more in home-video and DVD sales, the lawsuit alleges that Yari has not shown Schulman or Nunan any profit-and-loss statements and has not paid basic producing fees or profit participation. But Sacker said Schulman and Nunan had both been paid salaries as partners in Bull’s Eye Entertainment, and that their fees for producing “Crash” were not meant to be paid until all the overhead costs for Bull’s Eye had been recouped. “Most producers are not paid a salary,” Sacker said. “She was being paid a salary. Her fees were paid against her salary and overhead.” Melvin Avanzado, the lawyer for Schulman, disputed that. “He’s recouped everything several times over,” he said. “There’s been four movies on which there has been financing in which he has recouped. We just can’t tell how many times he’s recouped because he hasn’t given us an accounting.” Other producers on the film declined to comment on the dispute, or on the question of their being paid by Yari. “`Crash’ has been a great thing in my life, and I expect everyone to act honorably,” said Robert Moresco, a co-writer with Haggis who is nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar. Haggis could not be reached for comment. “Crash,” a multicharacter story about racial tension in Los Angeles told through varying car incidents, is nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Matt Dillon), Original Music and Editing. The film, which was made independently and acquired for domestic distribution by Lionsgate, became an unexpected hit and has been showered with nominations throughout the Hollywood awards season. In his open letter to the academy, published in both The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety today, Yari compared his speaking out against the arbitration process to Edward R. Murrow’s standing up to Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s authoritarianism, as depicted in one of the other Best Picture nominees, “Good Night, and Good Luck.” “Murrow reported on and exposed a dark period in our country’s history, when accusations and hearsay alone were enough to condemn,” Yari wrote. “Unfortunately, the lessons learned then seem to be forgotten now.” The lawsuits have cast a pall over celebrations scheduled for the next several days, including a gala dinner to be given by Lionsgate on Friday and the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. And there was a fitting, if unfortunate, footnote to the dramatic tension rising around the film: In the midst of it all, Yari’s publicist, Lynda Dorf, was involved in a minor car crash last Wednesday. There were no injuries reported.last_img

THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON URGES PLAYERS TO LIFT CUP IN TODAY’S FINAL

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: CELTIC take on Kilmarnock in today’s Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden with manager Neil wanting his players to remember the pain of last year’s League Cup final defeat to Rangers.There are quite a few fans from Co Donegal in Glasgow this weekend and they will add to the unique atmosphere – the game is live on BBC1 Scotland for those of you who didn’t make it.Last year Celtic lost 2-1 to their Old Firm rivals in extra-time at the national stadium which prevented them ultimately winning a cup double. Celtic are strong favourites – but Neil Lennon is warning against complacency.“I can use a lot of games to motivate the players, none more so than the cup final this time last year,” he said.“I think that will be a motivation itself.“But we have our own reasons for winning the cup and hopefully the players will concentrate on that. “Kilmarnock are a good team and Kenny (Shiels) has done remarkably well given some of the players they lost from last season.“I thought he might struggle with (former manager) Mixu Paatelainen leaving and the way they finished the season but they haven’t at all, they have actually improved.“They are in a decent position in the league and they are in a cup final so a lot of credit must go to Kenny and (assistant) Jimmy Nicholl for that.”The Celtic manager has had a rough week, following the death of friend Paul McBride and that ongoing court case involving alleged threats against him.Now he faces the tough task of picking a side. “Unlike the SPL games, we only have five substitutes instead of seven so there will be two berths that won’t be there,” he said.“The majority of the team picks itself and the rest will probably be a little bit of a tactical selection more than anything else.“There will be players disappointed that they won’t be starting the game but the team that starts won’t necessarily be the team that ends the game.”Lennon has left nothing to chance, revealing that his players have been practising penalties in case the match goes all the way. “They were practising on Friday but we are hoping it doesn’t go to that,” he said.“If it does the players will be well prepared for it but it’s all on that moment and how they are feeling themselves – I’m glad I won’t be in that position myself.”* LIVE BBC1 SCOTLAND, KICK-OFF 3PM© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyTHE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON URGES PLAYERS TO LIFT CUP IN TODAY’S FINAL was last modified: March 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON URGES PLAYERS TO LIFT CUP IN TODAY’S FINALlast_img read more

Men’s Golf Finishes Day One In Ninth Place At ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate

first_img The Drake University men’s golf team finished the first day of the ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate in ninth with a 36-hole total of 574 (290-284). The Bulldogs are just one stroke behind the eighth-place team, Winthrop.”It always feels good to improve the team score from round one to round two,” said head coach Matt Lewis following Monday’s rounds.Two rounds were played Monday due to inclement weather postponing play on Sunday. The Bulldogs will return to action on Tuesday morning for the final round of play. Through two rounds of play, North Dakota State is in first place with a one-stroke lead over the host team, Old Dominion.Drake was led by junior Tim Lim who finished the day with a 36-hole total of 141 (71-70), which is tied for 17th place with one round to play. Chase Wicklund recovered from a shaky first round with a two-under-par second round, including four-under-par through hist first 10 holes, to finish the day with a 145 (76-69) in a tie for 35th. Freshman Nick Pittman also fired a 145 (74-71) to tie for 35th through 36 holes. “Chase had a nice bounce-back [second] round leading our team with a solid 69. Tim and Nick also played well,” Lewis said of the team’s top scorers through two rounds.Shayne Patel finished just behind Wicklund and Pittman with a 146 (71-75) which is tied for 43rd. Sophomore Lucas Scherf also finished close behind, his 36-hole total of 148 (74-74) currently is tied for 51st overall.”We will rest up and get ready for our final 18 tomorrow morning,” Lewis said. “The guys are hitting it well. If we can get the putts to fall I believe we will score well tomorrow.”Following the conclusion of the event, Drake will begin its offseason as the team prepares for the Spring season. The Spring season will kick off with the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play event hosted by Ball State in Dade City, Fla. on Feb. 10-11.Drake Individual ResultsT17. Tim Lim, 71-70 – 141T35. Chase Wicklund, 76-69 – 145T35. Nick Pittman, 74-71 – 145T43. Shayne Patel, 71-75 – 146T51. Lucas Scherf, 74-74 – 148 Story Links Print Friendly Version Day One Results Live Scoring last_img read more

Human Evolution Timeline Contradicts Human Nature

first_imgEven stupid people don’t sit around in caves for tens of thousands of years.Two evolutionists publishing in PLoS One need to take a refresher course in human nature. In their paper on “cultural evolution” and “technological evolution,” they posit two antithetical propositions: (1) that 100,000 years ago, human ancestors were smart enough to travel the world and share technology with other people groups, (2) nothing significant happened civilization-wise till a few thousand years ago. Science Daily describes ground zero for their story:Since its discovery in the early 1990s, Blombos Cave, about 300 kilometres east of Cape Town, South Africa, has yielded important new information on the behavioural evolution of the human species. The cave site was first excavated in 1991 and field work has been conducted there on a regular basis since 1997 — and is on-going. Blombos contains Middle Stone Age deposits currently dated at between 100,000 and 70,000 years, and a Later Stone Age sequence dated at between 2,000 and 300 years.The researchers from UiB and Witswatersrand have now been looking closer at technology used by different groups in this and other regions in South Africa, such as spear points made of stone, as well as decorated ostrich eggshells, to determine whether there was an overlap and contact across groups of Middle Stone Age humans. How did they make contact with each other? How would contact across groups affect one group? How did the exchange of symbolic material culture affect the group or groups?According to the evolutionists, these early humans in South Africa shared technology, exchanged symbolic material culture, and traveled throughout distant lands, like Africa, Arabia and Europe. What about that is not familiar to all humans?“Contact across groups, and population dynamics, makes it possible to adopt and adapt new technologies and culture and is what describes Homo sapiens. What we are seeing is the same pattern that shaped the people in Europe who created cave art many years later,” [Christopher] Henshilwood [University of the Witwatersrand] says.With his colleague Emmanual Discamps of the University of Bergen, Henshilwood believes humans went through tens of thousands of years of “adapting and evolving” before any of them had thoughts of permanent dwellings outside of caves or took up ranching and farming to make life easier and more predictable.The “cave art many years later” mentioned above dates from 40,000 years before the present, even as far east as Indonesia (see 10/14/14). When discovered at Chauvet Cave in France, the cave art shocked the artistic world, showing that the earliest art was the best (5/09/12). Evidence of music was found even earlier (5/25/12), showing that human creativity was alive and well. Did it really take 30,000 more years for any man to figure out how to ride a horse?How long will it take for enough people to say this is stupid? This evolutionary timeline is ridiculous. We know what people are like. We know what they are capable of. The evidence shows that the people who left traces at Blombos Cave, Chauvet Cave and other locations were just as strong, smart, and creative as we are. Evolutionists admit they made tools, used fire, cooked food, and traveled clear across Asia. It is absurd to believe that they would live in caves and stick to a primitive hunting and gathering lifestyle for tens of thousands of years. It only took 10,000 years or less for mankind to go from Gobekli Tepe (3/10/09) to the moon! Evolutionists want us to believe that humans stayed primitive for 10 times that long. Man went from horse-drawn carriages to self-driving cars in less than two centuries. It doesn’t take long for intelligent human beings to come up with creative ways to do things.We really need that little boy at the right time to cry out that the emperor is naked. The “new clothes” of Emperor Charlie are very elaborate, his enablers tell us. They are crafted of finely-twined jargon and colorful labels, stitched together with threads of empirical misinterpretations on the loom of Darwin/Lyell long ages. But that stuff is not “out there” in the world, it’s only inside the crania of the Darwin Party hacks. Some day, this tale that we are told will release the crowd’s inhibitions, and they will all break out in hearty laughter as the evolutionists’ faces turn blood red with anger and embarrassment. Bring it on. It will be fun to watch. (Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bolt looking to his first football start in Sydney

first_imgSydney, Oct 10 (AFP) Sprint superstar Usain Bolt looks set to make his first start as a professional footballer Friday, a challenge he said could determine if he has a future in the sport of his boyhood dreams.Bolt said the coach of his Central Coast Mariners, Mike Mulvey, had indicated he would be in the starting line-up in a friendly against Macarthur South West United in Sydney.”For me, that’s always a good step, when the coach is satisfied with your fitness to put you in the starting line up — that’s always a big step,” Bolt told Mariners’ club media Wednesday.”I am just happy to get the chance and go out there and start, and do my best because that is the key thing.” The eight-time Olympic champion made his footballing debut in late August in a 20-minute cameo as a substitute on the left wing, nearly scoring but tiring quickly.Bolt said he had improved his fitness since, and expected to spend more time up front.”My movement and my touch is much better now,” he said. “I’ve learnt how to set my body and where to place the ball.” The A-League has been struggling in recent years with fewer fans and dwindling TV ratings, with football chiefs hoping the arrival of big names like Bolt will boost local interest.The 100m world record holder said he expected some nerves when out on the pitch, but was excited by the opportunity to prove his worth as a footballer.advertisement”This will be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career. So for me it’s a very important game,” he said.”I’m looking forward to prove myself.” AFP BSBSlast_img read more

UDC Moves to Restore Financial Viability

first_imgThe management of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is moving to contain operating expenses, as part of measures to improve the agency’s financial viability.General Manager of the Corporation, Desmond Malcolm, says coming out of an Auditor General’s report, which found several operational efficiencies and “huge losses”, an operational programme has been set in motion.“The UDC Board and Management decided to come up with a number of initiatives which, in effect, would stop the bleeding of the company … reducing the loss and ensuring that, as quickly as possible, the UDC can move from a loss position to a break-even position,” he stated.He was addressing a press conference held recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, to indicate the way forward for the organisation.As part of the improvement measures, Mr. Malcolm informed that the UDC will be taking “a serious inventory” of energy management and stationery use throughout its entire operation with a view to cutting costs.“We will also be monitoring salaries, allowances, travel, and so on, to reduce or at least contain those expenses,” he pointed out.Turning to the operations of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the General Manager told JIS News that focus will be placed on reducing energy costs and marketing the facility.“One of the areas of high expenses is energy and we do have plans to make the Convention Centre more energy efficient … it was discovered that there are issues of massive underground water leaks and high water bills. We were able to effectively deal with that, so much so, that our water bill has dropped by as much as 400 per cent. We are also going to focus a lot on marketing because that is where the heart of this operation is. We need to get conventions and other activities going on in this centre so we can, at least, reach a break-even position,” Mr. Malcolm said.He informed that several proposals have been put forward for the use of the facility, including casino gaming and accommodation, and there is a suggestion to develop the property across from the centre through a partnership arrangement.The UDC General Manager said another option being “seriously looked at” is leasing the facility to an operator.“I don’t think that operating a convention centre, necessarily, is the best thing for the UDC. So that is another option for us, to lease the assets to an operator, and developing the land across the street for a hotel or any other such business that would bring economic activity to this area,” he stated.Contact: Glenis A. Roselast_img read more