first_imgAlaalatoa was in the side to face Ireland at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Saturday, however, the Brumbies prop succumbed to a knock to his ankle sustained during training Thursday.Australia have now added Robertson to the bench in response to the 24-year-old’s injury, it was announced Friday.Waratahs prop Robertson has not featured for the Wallabies since last year’s clash with England at Twickenham in November.#BREAKING | Tom Robertson called into the match day 23 after Allan Alaalatoa suffers a knock to his ankle. #AUSvIRL— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) June 8, 2018Michael Cheika’s Australia will come up against a new-look Ireland team, who are unbeaten since losing to Wales in March 2017. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Australia prop Tom Robertsonlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny GROUP AAnother Man United win at Old Trafford seemed routine, and it was 18-year-old Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar who again had the most eye-catching night.Svilar saved a penalty kick from Anthony Martial before conceding an own goal for the second straight game against United — his only two Champions League appearances.Two weeks after carrying a cross over his own goal-line, Svilar was unlucky this time when Nemanja Matic’s 45th-minute shot struck the post and rebounded into the net off the goalkeeper’s shoulder.United’s second goal came from another penalty, which coach Jose Mourinho seemed to insist should be taken by defender Daley Blind and not by Romelu Lukaku, the forward who now has not scored in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Basel would have joined United in the Round of 16 by beating CSKA Moscow and led at halftime through Luca Zuffi’s lobbed shot into an empty goal.CSKA perked up when substitute Alan Dzagoev came on, and the fit-again playmaker scored in the 65th minute before Pontus Wernbloom forced the winner in the 79th.CSKA and Basel both have six points, and United will advance by avoiding defeat in Switzerland in three weeks’ time.GROUP BIn a mismatched group, Paris Saint-Germain has won all four games, scoring 17 goals without conceding. Anderlecht has lost four, conceding 15 without scoring.Marco Verratti and Neymar scored in the first half, and left back Kurzawa lit up Parc des Princes by getting three in the second half.Bayern also moved into the Round of 16 draw with nine points after emerging from a typically raucous night in Glasgow to beat a spirited Celtic 2-1.Since replacing Carlo Ancelotti as coach, Jupp Heynckes has led Bayern to six straight wins. Kingsley Coman gave Bayern a first-half lead, Celtic’s Callum McGregor leveled in the 74th, three minutes before Javi Martinez secured the win.GROUP CFor the second time in two weeks, Roma put three goals past Chelsea’s experienced defense. After a rousing 3-3 draw in London, it was a surprisingly comfortable 3-0 win in Rome that began with Stephan El Shaarawy’s powerful shot inside 40 seconds.El Shaarawy scored again before halftime to punish hesitation by former Roma defender Antonio Rudiger. Diego Perotti struck with a long-range shot midway through the second half. 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(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)GENEVA — Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are the first teams in the Champions League knockout rounds after the group rivals both won Tuesday to advance with two games left.PSG routed Anderlecht 5-0 — with defender Layvin Kurzawa scoring three to outshine Neymar — and Bayern won 2-1 at Celtic.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Roma edged one point ahead of Chelsea in the standings, and there is four-point gap to Atletico Madrid in third place.Atletico has gone to at least the quarterfinals in each of the past four seasons but now risks missing out after another draw against newcomer Qarabag of Azerbaijan, 1-1 in Madrid.Qarabag led in the 40th minute with a header by midfielder Michel, and Atletico equalized with a stunning side-foot shot from Thomas Partey in the 56th. Both teams finished with 10 men.Atletico hosts Roma on Nov. 22.GROUP DBarcelona and Juventus are still heavily favored to advance despite both sides missing their chance on Tuesday.Barcelona drew 0-0 at Olympiakos and Juventus needed a late leveler from Gonzalo Higuain to earn a 1-1 draw at Sporting Lisbon.The two powerhouses meet in Turin in three weeks’ time, when Barcelona will need only a draw to progress.Barcelona has 10 points, three points clear of last year’s runner-up Juventus, with Sporting a furtherthree points back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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first_imgAbigail E. Disney, producer of the award-winning film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, has pledged to donate 100,000 United States dollars to the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa if Liberians could raise the same amount by February 7, 2014 for the construction of the a technical institute named in her honor, for women and girls in Liberia.A major supporter of Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee’s foundation, Ms. Disney made the pledge at the launch of a 3 million United States Dollar fund drive for what would be called the Abigail E. Disney Technical Institute for Girls, during the GPFA’s 2nd annual fundraising gala program held at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street Friday January 31, 2014.She told the gathering that the foundation was on the right path to empower women and girls through the establishment of the Technical Institute for girls and a high school that could provide quality education to many.At the fundraiser alone, prominent personalities pledge amounts close to 30 per cent of the US$100,000 which Madam Disney promised to match.  The in addition to the fundraiser, the GPFA gala featured a silent auction of several pieces of art, copies Gbowee’s book Mighty Be Our Powers, as well as other goods and services provided by local Liberian businesses that have identified with GPFA’s cause.  During the fundraising program, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa recognized all of its scholarship recipients who maintained a grade-point average of 3.0 and above, while encouraging them to do better.According Madam Leymah R. Gbowee, the foundation has given international scholarships to many young women including Georgia Genoway, Korto Johnson, Ernestine Vulue, Yamah Lavelah, among others, who will be traveling abroad for studies this year in various disciplines.Madam Gbowee explained that the building of the Technical Institute for women and girls is a way of starting something for girls, adding that even they do not go to college, they can have something doing for life, and could still be on course with others in the country.” Ma-Hawa Ngaim of the University of Liberia and one of the scholarship benificiaries of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa told the Daily Observer that the Gbowee scholarship was the best in the country, giving full support to women and girls in Africa.  “This is the only scholarship program in Liberia that gives school supplies, internships, and many other opportunities including workshops, academic development, and summer student exchange as part of the Foundation’s activities.”  To make a donation, visit’s note: The Daily Observer wishes to clearify that Mr. Bai Best, Marketing Manager of Daily Observer was not one of the honorees at GPFA fundraiser as was reported in the February 3, 2014 edition, under the caption ‘Gbowee Foundation Launches Free Education for Girls, Others. The error is sincerely regretted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe chief executive officer of SAMJAC Agro Industry, Sam Mentee, has appealed to the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including local and international partners to help provide long-term projects for farmers across the country.Mr. Mentee made the appeal recently in Monrovia, noting that the provision of long-term projects for farmers remains important in improving production of cassava and vegetables as well as building farmers’ capacities. “We need those long-term projects from all of our local and international partners to help farmers, because some of the crops we planted including cassava take almost a year to yield,” he said.He added that empowering farmers will enable them to reap huge benefits.Mr. Mentee disclosed that farmers need additional equipment that will help them process their cassava and add value to their produce.He identified the lack of processing machines, improved roads and markets as some of the obstacles that are creating problems for farmers across the country.He said though there are tons of challenges facing the farmers, there is still the need for them to move from their old style of subsistence farming to the most modern farming methods. He highlighted marketing and improved feeder roads as the main challenges facing farmers in the country.“There are about 10 varieties of cassavas that are being evaluated and showcased in Margibi County. This is a process though which farmers from over six communities are expected to improve their produce,” he said.He said farmers are doing their best to improve their output, but the lack of essential farming tools and equipment to work effectively was hampering their efforts.He also noted that women farmers are facing a lot of challenges, ranging from transportation and the lack of buyers and noted that if women farmers are supported with all the necessary farming equipment, they will be able to supply the country with food.He explained that his institution recently embarked on its cassava yield and tastiness evaluation in Jackville, Margibi County to showcase its products produced from the most modern farming methods.Mr. Mentee called on farmers to take ownership of what they are doing and should be prepared to take the lead in food development in the country.Mr. Mentee said he has observed for several years that projects established for farmers are not long term but operate for only one or two years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOfficers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday arrested a suspected armed robber in Vahwine Community, Oldest Congo Town in Monrovia.Residents reported to the Daily Observer that at about 3:00 a.m. five men armed with AK-47 rifles stormed the Glasco Drugstore and two other residential areas and allegedly made away with US$300 and other valuables.When our reporter toured the affected community, he observed that three houses belonging to the same family were looted by the suspected robbers.A female resident narrated rather sorrowfully that when the robbers broke into the drugstore, they took away a good number of mobile phones and an unspecified amount of Liberian dollars.Two terrified residents also told the Daily Observer that the robbers, while on their looting spree, were shooting for about 15 minutes, and no one dared to challenge them.Meanwhile, residents said that well armed ERU officers, who arrived on the scene an hour later, arrested one of the suspected robbers, who they took to the police station for further investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris F. Pewu (Intern)The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has commenced a two-day training on migration data collection and management in Monrovia.Participants were drawn from non-governmental organizations with migration-related mandates, including the Ministry of Labor, National Social Security and Welfare Cooperation, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Refugee Commission.  Also attending were participants from the Ministry of Justice, Liberia Immigration Service, Ministry of Education, Mano River Union, International Labor Organization (ILO), UNHCR, European Union and World Hope International.The objective of the training, according to IOM National Program Officer (Data Policy) Adaeze Molokwu,  is to enhance national capacities on migration data collection and management using the ECOWAS regional guidelines.She said the training will also discuss regional migration data in Abuja, Nigeria in May, and hoped that the coordination among the agencies working on migration data in Liberia is strengthened.Molokwu explained that in Liberia the training is being organized within the framework of the Technical Inter-Ministerial Committee and will enhance participants’ capacity in migration data.She said  ECOWAS through its support to free movement of persons and migration in West Africa (FMM-West Africa) and the Global Migration Data Analysis Center (IOM-GMDAC), put in place a series of activities that were recommended by member states’ experts during a regional workshop in Lome, Togo in 2016.“In that workshop, ECOWAS and data experts from member states highlighted the need for the development of regional guidelines and training tools which facilitated the harmonization of data collection and analysis among ECOWAS member states,” she added.The guidelines finalized in 2016 contained standardized definitions of migration terms and concepts that can be used as a tool for improving coordination at the national level as well as between ECOWAS member states.The IOM national program officer clarified that the initiative will ultimately contribute to establishing a regional system of data analysis to allow for identification of the main trends in mobility and migration in the region.As a follow up to the development of the guidelines, she said ECOWAS and IOM-GMDAC through the support of FMM-West Africa facilitated a regional training of trainers from May 22-24, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.She narrated that at the event experts from the national statistics offices as well as officers in charge of administrative data collection from the national immigration agencies from ECOWAS member states were trained using the guidelines, with the aim that the trained officials will step-up the knowledge and skills they have acquired to national levels.Ajaero Christopher from the Research and Statistics at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja said the cascaded training at the national levels are also supported by the free movement of persons in West Africa (FMM-West Africa) project funded jointly by EU-ECOWAS and implemented by the IOM, ILO, and ICMPD.He said West Africa is one the continent’s most mobile regions where intra-regional migration represents a large part of its cross-border movements and has been widely recognized as key to the region’s economic growth and stability. Nonetheless, he said information related to increased mobility of the population, migrant labor force, Diaspora among others sectors, are still sporadic and not consistently collected and analyzed.Improved migration data management, Christopher said, is critical for the development of evidence-based migration policies that can help sending, transit and hosting countries in enhancing migration management, providing adequate service to migrants and receiving communities and benefit from the economic and social advantages of well-managed migration.He further explained that the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires countries to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.The two-day national-level training for Liberia was organized from 20 to21 November 2017 in Monrovia to increase knowledge and skills to a wider audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– to be reviewed by Cabinet on July 31The Green Paper on the Natural Resources Fund (NRF), which will deal with the question of management of anticipated oil revenues starting in 2020, is anticipated to be laid in the National Assembly next month.The SWF/NRF Green Paper will be laid in the National Assembly next monthThis is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who told reporters on Friday that the Green Paper — a report on Government’s proposals — was presented to Cabinet to be reviewed. According to Jordan, a second review will be done when Cabinet next meets on July 31.“We will revise the paper in time for presentation to the last Parliament, which is on or before August 10, 2018,” he explained, adding that the draft legislation for the fund is with the Attorney General’s Chambers.“Once the AG’s Chambers (are) finished with that bill, it will get its review at Cabinet, and then we will put it out for consultations. We will take back whatever comments, and then we will revise the bill and make it ready for Parliament,” he explained, adding that the bill will be laid in the National Assembly by the year end.In referring to some of the announcements made in a press statement issued by Government through the Finance Ministry, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently said he still did not agree with the model being proposed for the Natural Resource Fund, which could cater for a representative from the Opposition.“We don’t want politicians — we ourselves — to manage this money. This fund has to be independently technically managed — not by politicians again and stored at the Central Bank. We have a problem with that model; it departs radically from best practices, like (obtains in) Norway and the other countries,” he added.Government has said that legislation in relation to the fund could be laid in Parliament before the end of the year, as indicated in Budget 2018. It said that the proposed legislation addresses two main issues: stability of the economy, and saving for future generations. Advice on this fund is being sought from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.Jagdeo has also criticised the Government for peddling a political assessment of the oil and gas sector. “The real substantive matters are still not being addressed,” he said, while noting that Finance Minister Winston Jordan has been engaged in a lot of fluff talks with members of the public on this matter.last_img read more

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP report two robberies in the last week.The first robbery occurred September 18th at approximately 3:27am in the area of 96th avenue and 100th street. The RCMP attended the hospital where the victim was being treated for non life-threatening injuries. The victim reported that he was struck from behind by assailants.The assailants were wearing dark coloured hoodies. The assailants took the victims wallet and other personal items.- Advertisement -Then on September 22nd at approximately 3:47am, there was a report of an armed robbery in the area of 100th avenue and 96th street. The victim was struck with what is believed to be a handgun. The two assailants were described as 6’0″ and 5’7″ to 5’9″, native and both wearing dark hoodies with disguises over their faces. The victim’s backpack containing personal items was taken.The police believe that these two incidents may be related and the investigation is ongoing.The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for the public’s assistance with information about either of these two crimes. You can contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100 or call Crimestoppers and remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477. You can also send in tips online at www.crimestoppersfsj.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIt didn’t change the fact that for a sixth consecutive year the division failed to produce a winner. But the Lions’ 0-0 draw against Valley Christian of Cerritos at Downey High’s Allen Layne Stadium gave Oaks Christian its fourth co-championship in five seasons, capping a postseason run that began as a wild-card entry following a fourth-place finish in the Tri-Valley League. “They overcame a lot, and that’s why I feel really good about this,” said Oaks Christian coach Jan Hethcock, whose team played Valley Christian (18-8-4) to a 2-2 tie in the 2005 final. “We played well. I don’t know if we played as well as we have (earlier in the postseason), but we had to win our last three in league to get into fourth place, then we had to win a wild-card game against Crossroads and come from behind in the first round to beat Brentwood in the third overtime. DOWNEY – They didn’t win. Nor did they score. But for all the years a tie in the Southern Section Div. V final felt like a loss to the members of the Oaks Christian of Westlake Village girls’ soccer team, Saturday’s outcome was a little bit easier to swallow. “It’s not an excuse; I just think it takes a lot out of the kids.” Oaks Christian (16-6-2), which is 23-2-4 all-time in the postseason, controlled the run of play in the first half despite playing into the wind. Hethcock hoped the decision to play into the wind to start would allow the Lions to open their offense in the second half, but junior Kelsea Smith – who scored the winning goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 semifinal victory over Notre Dame Academy of West Los Angeles – was slowed in the final 30 minutes after being the recipient of a hard tackle early in the second half. “We were hoping it could be (a win) this time, but this is awesome,” said Casey DaSilva, who, along with fellow seniors Caroline Cislo and Melissa Dahl, lost only once in 20 career playoff games. “Coming to the finals and to get another chance is an amazing feeling. We came in here as the underdog, and we would have liked to get a win, but a tie is not a loss, so it’s not a bad thing at all.” DaSilva had the Lions’ best opportunity in the second half, but her 6-yard shot following a Hannah MacKechnie cross was saved by Tracy Boekestein, who finished with 12 saves. Oaks Christian sophomore goalkeeper Noe Salter came up with the biggest of her 10 saves in the 68th minute, knocking down a point-blank shot from 10 yards by Hayley Haagsma, before Lauren Lindstrom kicked the ball out of harm’s way. “I had to make a decision to come out or go down to the floor,” Salter said. “There wasn’t any time to think, and it definitely doesn’t get any easier every time. Luckily, Lauren was there to kick it out.” (818) 713-3607 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

first_imgThe club from the principality would not comment on a replacement, but their former player Thierry Henry has been linked to the job.Henry was youth player with the club and scored seven goals in the 1997-8 Champions League as another talented Monaco team, this one coached by Arsene Wenger, reached the semi-finals, where they lost to Juventus.He was then sold to the Turin club and went on to a successful spell with Arsenal in England and World Cup and Euro-2000 winners medals with France.Henry is an assistant coach with Belgium, which finished third in the summer’s World Cup.He has recently been linked with jobs at Aston Villa and Bordeaux, but in both cases negotiations broke down after initial meetings.Jardim was at Monaco since 2014 and was under contract until 2020.The 44-year-old Portuguese coach had to cope with the sale of many of the stars of his title-winning squad over the last two seasons.This summer Thomas Lemar, Joao Moutinho and Fabinho followed earlier departures Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Valere Germain out of the club in lucrative transfers.Monaco lost their last game 1-0 at home to humble Angers and have not won in Ligue 1 since their opening match and have lost both their Champions League group games.Thierry Henry starred for Monaco in a Champions League semifinal against Juventus, and Moreno Torricelli, in 1998 © AFP/File / PATRICK HERTZOGAgainst Angers, the only key members of the title-winning team to feature were skipper Radamel Falcao and the defensive trio of Jemerson, Kamil Glik and Djibril Sidibe.Meanwhile, a summer spending spree headed by the signing of Russian World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin has not yet produced positive results for a club owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.“I would like to salute Leonardo with the utmost respect for all the work done,” AS Monaco Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev said in a statement.“His brief time will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will always be part of the family of AS Monaco.”Monaco’s next match, after the international break, is on October 20 away to Strasbourg in Ligue 1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leonardo Jardim led Monaco to a Champions League semifinal but lost his last match in the competition, 3-0 away to Dortmund on October 3 © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZMONACO, Monaco, Oct 11 – Monaco, languishing 18th in Ligue 1, said Thursday that they have sacked Leonardo Jardim, who led them to a French title in 2017.Monaco wished Jardim, who also led the club to a Champions League semi-final in 2017, and his staff “the best for the future.”last_img read more