Georgia’s cotton crop sustained at least $100 million in losses following Irma’s trek across the state, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker.The hurricane, downgraded to a tropical storm when it moved through Georgia on Monday, Sept. 11, blew heavy winds through Georgia’s cotton crop.“I strongly feel that the crop has been significantly damaged across the entire state,” Whitaker said. “How much it’s been damaged is very difficult to estimate, but a 10 percent loss across the entire state is very realistic and is likely what occurred, with losses much higher in some fields.”A 10 percent damage estimate equates to approximately $100 million in total losses and a $75 loss per acre, he said. However, Whitaker believes that estimate could rise to 20 percent or higher once all damage has been reported and calculated.Open cotton bolls were affected by Irma, and this was the state of the majority of Georgia’s cotton crop at the time Irma came through.Among the Georgia counties that sustained significant losses, Colquitt County saw fields with 200 to 400 pounds of lint per acre of cotton blown onto the ground. In Tift County, Georgia, one field that was ready to harvest lost an estimated 670 pounds of lint per acre.In contrast to Hurricane Matthew, which impacted southeastern Georgia in 2016, Irma had a statewide impact. Irma’s winds reached more than 50 mph, while Matthew’s winds stayed around 40 mph, according to Whitaker.“Though Irma was not a hurricane when it came through Georgia, it still was a very dangerous storm system that blew down cotton plants and caused lint damage to a lot more,” Whitaker said. “Much of the cotton I have seen has been blown over and wrapped together, which will cause issues with spraying and harvesting for the rest of the season.”Winds that blew through fields from several different directions caused the rooting out of cotton plants around the stem at ground level. The heavy winds blew the dirt around the base of the stem which could complicate the cotton’s ability to stand through the rest of the growing season. The leaves of windblown cotton plants are now turned over and will be sun bleached and ultimately fall off, Whitaker said.“This will greatly affect the ability of the crop to continue to fill any immature bolls,” he said. “With less energy being made from a plant with fewer leaves, maturity could slow and affect younger bolls.”Cotton that is blown over can also be extremely susceptible to boll rot, which damages the growing fruit of the plant. As a result, the quality of the cotton fiber is expected to decline.“Hopefully, we can avoid any more weather-related events that will have a negative impact. Georgia had an incredible crop this year, and Irma was a setback when we didn’t need it,” Whitaker said. “But I’m amazed by the positive attitudes of our cotton farmers. We’ll still have fantastic yields in many places, all things considered.”
There’s no magic recipe for success, but there is a time-proven secret ingredient: the Flavor of Georgia food product contest.For the past 13 years, local food and beverage businesses have found their way into grocery stores and homes across the state after receiving recognition from the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia food product contest. As the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gears up for this year’s contest, they are announcing a new ingredient: Georgia’s Classic City. The unique food scene of Athens and UGA’s commitment to growing small businesses makes the city the perfect location to bring the contest into a new decade. The contest has been held in downtown Atlanta since 2007.“We are so pleased to bring our contest home to Athens in 2020,” said Sharon P. Kane, contest organizer and an agricultural economist with the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “Athens’ unique cultural and food scene is built on the energy and creativity of entrepreneurs who are motivated by their passion for their products. That’s what has fueled Flavor of Georgia for more than a decade, and Athens’ creative electricity is going to help us take the contest and our contestants to the next level.”The competition serves new and established food entrepreneurs alike, with 4 out of 5 contest finalists reporting increased interest in their products after the contest. More than 75% of finalists report new business contacts and increased sales. Finalists see an average increase in sales of 20.6%, according to a recent survey of finalists between 2014 and 2019.The contest, which allows businesses to showcase their products and receive feedback from industry professionals, has launched many products onto the shelves of supermarkets and specialty stores across the country.The impact of the contest is felt most dramatically by young businesses, Kane said.Registration for the 2020 contest, which is coordinated by the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, will open on Jan. 2, 2020, at flavorofga.com.The early registration fee is $100 per entry and continues through Jan. 31, 2020. After that date, the price increases to $150 and remains open until Feb. 7, 2020. All entries are featured in the annual product directory, which is seen by leading food industry buyers and media outlets.Contest finalists will be invited to participate in a final round of judging on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at the Classic Center in Athens. An awards reception will immediately follow the final competition.Product categories include barbecue sauces; beverages; condiments and salsas; confections; dairy; honey; jams and jellies; meats and seafood; meat-alternative products; sauces and seasonings; snack foods; and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit.Judges evaluate each product based on flavor, texture and ingredient profile. Products are also considered for potential market volume, consumer appeal and overall product representation of Georgia.
James W. Martin A stock certificate, minutes electing officers, articles of incorporation, and other legal forms are being signed by construction contractors all over Florida.The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation sent a notice to 130,000 individuals in the construction industry informing them of a new law that took effect January 1. The law allows only officers of a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) to elect to be exempt from workers’ compensation laws in Florida.The notice stated that sole proprietors in the construction industry who had elected to be exempt from workers’ comp laws would lose their exemption unless they incorporate and file an application for re-issuance of their exemption. Since most contractors do not know how to form a corporation, prepare minutes, elect officers, issue stock certificates, and draft legal forms, it is important that they seek legal advice if they want to remain exempt from workers’ comp. Benefit; Premium. While the workers’ comp laws are beneficial to employees since they provide medical benefits and disability income payments if employees are injured on the job, the premiums for workers’ compensation insurance in the construction industry have become so high that many sole proprietors are unable to pay them. For those sole proprietors in the construction industry who choose to waive the benefits of workers’ comp, it appears that forming a corporation (or LLC) is a way to stay in business without obtaining workers’ comp insurance. Subcontractors. Of course, this assumes that the sole proprietor is the only employee of the new entity. If there are other employees, or if there are other independent contractors who are sole proprietors or partners, then the contractor probably needs to obtain workers’ comp insurance coverage on them unless they also form a new entity. Thus, the sole proprietor contractor who uses others as subcontractors might need to form his or her own corporation and require that the subs form their own corporations in order to avoid having to obtain workers’ comp insurance coverage on them. Chain Reaction. Thus, the new state law has created a chain reaction that requires all sole proprietors in the construction industry to form a corporation or LLC in order to continue to be exempt from workers’ comp. Florida Corporation or LLC. In Florida, it is possible for one person to be the sole incorporator, director, and officer of the corporation. A corporation rather than an LLC is usually preferred. A corporation must file a separate tax return, unlike a single-member LLC, but corporate officers have long been allowed to file an exemption from workers’ compensation, whereas members of an LLC only recently (October 2003) became allowed to file an exemption, so the corporate entity will usually be preferred over a limited liability company. Articles, Bylaws, Minutes, and Stock Certificate. As part of the incorporation process, the contractor’s lawyer should prepare articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes of organizational meeting, share certificate, and minute book. The lawyer also can assist in filing the renewal application for workers’ comp exemption. Licenses and Insurance. When the corporation is formed, the contractor must obtain an occupational license in the name of the corporation. The contractor must also obtain revised licenses and insurance to show the corporation’s name instead of the individual contractor’s name. Accountant. The contractor should also engage an accountant to assist in obtaining an IRS tax ID number for the corporation, apply for S election, set up corporate accounting books, set up corporate bank accounts, prepare tax returns, etc. Workers’ Compensation Exemption Renewal. After the corporation is formed, the contractor must file a renewed application for exemption from workers’ comp along with copies of the contractor’s share certificate and occupational license. Annual Report and Annual Minutes. Once formed, the corporation must file an annual report (UBR) with the Florida Department of State with an annual filing fee of $150 and must hold at least one meeting a year (annual meeting). The corporation may be dissolved or disregarded if the contractor fails to do these two things every year. Conclusion. So, if a painter, plumber, cabinet installer, or other sole proprietor in construction asks you to form a corporation to continue a workers’ comp exemption, do not be surprised but do be ready to form it quickly for one very good reason: Your client might not be able to find work without it. James W. Martin is a corporate, real estate, and probate lawyer in St. Petersburg, who has written for Florida Bar Journal and News , ALI-ABA Practical Lawyer, and West Publishing, and has more information on his Web site, www.jamesmartinpa.com. Construction contractors in Florida are incorporating In Practice February 1, 2004 Regular News
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of HalfwaveNorwegian oil and gas inspection services provider Halfwave won two contracts from the Australian LNG player Woodside. Under the agreement, Halfwave will provide pigging inspection services to the Pluto trunkline and Angel export pipeline, off Western Australia.Woodside’s Pluto 36-inch, 180 km trunkline transports gas and condensate from the field to the 4.9 mtpa onshore LNG plant.The Angel export pipeline delivers gas and condensate from the Angel platform to the North Rankin complex, from where it is further transported to the Karratha Gas Plant for processing.Halfwave added it will perform integrity inspection of the two pipelines over a two-year period, using its technology for ultrasonic inspection of natural gas pipelines.
The Gunners will set out to return to the top of the table when they travel to Aston Villa on Monday night. Since shipping six at Manchester City last month, the Arsenal rearguard have been breached just once, at West Ham on New Year’s Day, to restore their status of holding the best defensive record in the top flight. “There is still room for improvement, but I have to credit the defenders and the shape of the whole team.” The current Arsenal defence may not yet have earned legendary status as the one which drove Wenger to his first Double in 1998 or the Invincibles of 2003/2004, but the French coach feels the foundations are promising. “We had a very stable and solid defensive record since the start of the season, with two blips – one was against Villa in the first game and one was when we played at Man City,” he said. “But overall our defensive record has been absolutely top and that is what we want to keep until the end of the season, and even improve.” Arsenal have a superb record at Villa Park, where they were last beaten in the Premier League back in December 1998. Monday’s trip to the Midlands will also present an opportunity for the players to lay to rest their 3-1 home defeat by Paul Lambert’s men on the opening day of the season which sparked much criticism of the direction Arsenal where heading. Wenger, though, insisted: “It is not about revenge. “The opening day of the season is not Villa’s fault, and what happened after the game is not Villa’s fault. “We just had to face dissatisfaction from people and our fans, that was completely normal. “Villa is just another game. What is always important is the next game and to produce a good performance.” Szczesny is scheduled to return between the posts at Villa Park having been rested for the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham last weekend. And the 23-year-old Pole, who has kept 14 clean sheets in all competitions, feels there is growing confidence in a back line which has developed into an effective unit – no matter what the personnel. “I prefer to play behind the same back four because we have got a very good understanding, but you have to give credit to the players that have come in, when everyone does as well as they been doing recently it really doesn’t matter,” Szczesny said. “Thomas Vermaelen has done really well when he has been in the team as have the others, like Nacho Monreal and Carl Jenkinson. “As long as the players coming in are in good shape and bring in the same principles into the game, it doesn’t make much difference. “Hopefully they can maintain that form because the amount of clean sheets we have kept lately has made me very happy.” Szczesny added in the Arsenal matchday magazine: “Clean sheets is something we have always wanted to improve because over the last few years we haven’t been the strongest in the league defensively. “Last season we improved a lot, but I think now we are showing much more consistency in our defending. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident Arsenal’s mean defensive streak can see them stay ahead in the race for the Barclays Premier League title. Press Association
The board of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has announced a shift in date for the annual football fiesta, the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) Super Four.The championship, which will make known the champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL), will now be held between October 9 and 14 in Benin City, Edo State. Officials and the participating teams — Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and title holders, Rivers Angels — are expected to arrive in Benin City on Saturday, October 7 while the teams will use the time in between to train prior to the commencement of competitive matches on the 9th of October.The championship was initially billed for September 11 through 16 in Benin City, Edo State.The NWFL board chairperson, Aisha Falode, said the postponement, though a difficult decision, becomes necessary because of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup qualifiers between Nigeriaâ€™s Falconets and their Tanzanian counterparts taking place in Nigeria on September 16 and Sunday, October 1 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.â€œThe NWFL board is compelled to shift the date of the NWPL Super Four championship due to the FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying matches between Nigeriaâ€™s Falconets and Tanzania on Saturday, September 16 in Nigeria and October 1 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania respectively.â€œThe 2017 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) will now run from October 9-14 in Benin City, Edo State.â€œTeams and officials are expected to arrive on October 7, while the teams will use the time in between to train and unwind for competition proper commencing on Monday, October 9.â€œThe decision is a difficult one but we took into consideration the fact that many of the players involved in the FIFA U20 World Cup qualifying matches, including the Head Coach, Christopher Danjuma, are part and parcel of the Super Four championship.â€œWe have always dreamed of the NWPL Super Four championship with excitement, character and quality that will not only showcase the best of women football to the outside world but also to give the needed dividend to our hosts and potential sponsors.â€œWe have a responsibility to end the already successful league season on high and the best way to achieve that mileage is to give everybody equal opportunity.â€œWe sincerely regret any inconvenience the slight adjustment in date will cause to the teams, stakeholders, hosts, and sponsors among others.â€œWe are committed to organising the best ever NWPL Super Four championship in the annals of women football,â€ said Falode to supersport.com.Nasarawa Amazons will kick off the championship against Bayelsa Queens on Monday, October 9 while Delta Queens take on the Cup holders, Rivers Angels, in the second match of Match-day 1 clash.The winners of the Super Four championship will go home with a prized sum of Three Million Naira (N3m) while the runners-up will pocket N2million respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Photo © Pixabay Shane Duffy has committed his long term future to Brighton and Hove Albion.The Republic of Ireland defended has signed a new four year contract with the newly promoted Premier League club.Albion broke their club record to sign the Derry native from Blackburn Rovers for £4 million last summer.Meanwhile James McCarthy will sit out Everton’s Europa League play off first leg against Hajduk Split at Goodison Park tonight. The Republic of Ireland midfielder is said to have suffered a fresh knee injury, just a couple of weeks ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia.Kick off is at 8.05.
The Senate in Haiti on Saturday approved the general policy statement of Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant following a marathon session that began on Friday.“The Senate must remain the mecca of democracy in Haiti. This evening the Senators ….experienced the contradiction before admitting the report of the special commission that checked the pieces of members of the ministerial cabinet.“In a political assembly, it is necessary to know how to assume the necessary leadership. To cultivate the firmness in the serenity and always remember that one is not more than the ‘primus inter pares’. Senate President, I experienced it tonight… Haiti is waiting..,” Senate Speaker Senator Joseph Lambert said during the session.Prime Minister Céant, who was named by president Jovenel Moise to replace Jack Guy Lafontant who resigned following days of violent protests against fuel price rises, last month, answered questions from the Senators who questioned the time frame for implementing the policy measures.Ceant, 61, is a notary who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2010 and 2016. He was named to the post on August 5 but in a sign of discord between the legislative and presidential branches it took a month to reach agreement on his 18-member cabinet.
Arsene Wenger updated reporters about Sanchez yesterday, after Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over Benfica in the Emirates cup, saying “He has flu.”“I had him on text (on Friday), he will come back as soon as possible. We were in touch with him and his doctor. No basic problem except he should come back tomorrow (Sunday) but now he comes back Tuesday.”100 – Only Henry and Bergkamp were involved in more goals in their first 100 PL games for Arsenal than Alexis Sanchez. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/izMsLH8JFO— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 11, 2017Sanchez, who has been reportedly linked with a move to Man City, has expressed his quest for Champions League football, something Arsenal won’t provide next season.But, Arsene Wenger remains keen over Sanchez’s future, insisting the forward will see out his current contract at the Emirates, should he not sign a new deal.Related Arsenal have reportedly sent team doctors to Chile for the confirmation of want away forward, Alexis Sanchez’s illness.The 28-year-old Chilean posted on his Instagram page last week, a photo of himself with the caption “sick”, prompting rumours that the forward is trying to avoid resuming training at Arsenal.
Kyle Kuzma, who finished with a career-high 22 points off the bench, missed on a clean look at a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. Jusuf Nurkic, who added 28 points for the Trail Blazers, split a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left. After a timeout, Caldwell-Pope connected from deep to tie the score at 110. Lakers expect D’Angelo Russell to be ‘extremely fired up’ to face former team Heisler: Can someone from Lakers tell LaVar Ball to shut up? That gave the Blazers the last shot. In Portland, that’s called Lillard Time. He walked the ball up the court, waited for the clock to drain to almost zero, and buried the winning shot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I thought it was going in,” Kuzma said. “It was a good experience, (I’m) sure I’m going to have a lot of those in my future. That shot didn’t win or lose the game. We had plenty of opportunities throughout the whole game to push that (lead) ahead.”What was just one bounce away from being a Lakers celebration was instead even more somber than what could be expected following a normal loss. The Lakers learned late in the game that they will be without starting power forward Larry Nance Jr., who broke the second metacarpal in his left hand in the third quarter.“It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about,” Walton said. “Someone else has to step up and fill that role now. We’ll get him healthy. He’ll be back on the court when he’s ready to go.”Nance will be evaluated by team doctors on Friday in Los Angeles.A dejected Nance did not address reporters, but sat at his locker following the game with his left hand in a cast, his face flushed. He struggled to put on his socks with one hand. To zip up his duffle bag. To open an energy drink. Brandon Ingram clears his mind and the Lakers benefit As he accepts his new reality, so too must the Lakers. Kuzma, Julius Randle and even Luol Deng, who has been inactive since making an opening night start, are candidates to replace Nance in the starting lineup.It was a thrilling finish to a game that featured 13 ties and 10 lead changes, despite the Blazers (5-4) leading until well into the third quarter.Brook Lopez finished with a team-high 27 points for the Lakers (3-5) while Lillard led all players with 32 points. The Lakers have now lost 13 straight games to their one-time Western Conference rival.The Lakers’ ability to hang around against the Blazers was notable because they were missing two key pieces of their success against the Pistons: Lonzo Ball and 3-point shooting.After Ball played what Luke Walton called his best game of the season on Tuesday, he was a ghost on Thursday, failing to score a single point and attempting only two shots. He had four assists and three rebounds and was booed loudly by Blazers fans right before halftime.While being serenaded, he used a screen by Nance to free himself for a deep 3-point attempt, but it was blocked by Moe Harkless – drawing raucous cheers.He may have a fan, however, in Portland’s point guard.Lillard, who added six rebounds and five assists, said he likes “what he can do,” when asked about Ball.“It’s a lot of eyes on him,” Lillard said. “People expect him to go out there and do a whole bunch. But it’s a process for every rookie in this league. … I like his playmaking ability. He rebounds the ball well, he plays hard, he’s humble. I wish him the best going forward. It’s tough in this league.“I think that’s what people have got to understand. You have to give guys time to develop and get better.”Walton said Ball was too passive against Portland, and the rookie acknowledged he “definitely could have been more aggressive.”After falling behind by 18 in the first quarter, the Lakers stormed back behind 13 second-quarter points from Lopez and trailed just 66-62 at halftime.The Blazers’ biggest lead was 41-23 late in the first quarter, when C.J. McCollum capped a 15-2 Portland run with back-to-back 3-pointers.The Lakers tied the score at 68 on a jumper by Ingram with 8:33 left in the third quarter and took their first lead on a 3-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the next possession. By the end of the third period, the Blazers were clinging to an 87-85 lead.The Lakers led by as many as five points in the fourth quarter, but the Blazers came back from that 98-93 deficit. After Kyle Kuzma gave the Lakers a 107-106 lead with 1:08 remaining on a driving hook shot, the Blazers took it right back on a layup by Lillard. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma drives to the basket on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope steals the ball from Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton directs his team during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Ed Davis during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Ed Davis and center Zach Collins during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball passes the ball during the first quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum hits a shot over Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Lakers guard Lonzo Ball dribbles around a screen set by center Brook Lopez as Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard defends during the first quarter of Thursday’s game in Portland, Ore. Ball had a rough night in the Lakers’ 113-110 loss. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard watch as Lillard hits a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic collides with Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., right, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Nurkic was called for an offensive foul. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-1110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic and Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez battle for a rebound during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma misses a last second shot over Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless and guard Damian Lillard during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma reacts after missing a shot in the final second of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma drives to the basket on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma drives to the basket on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)ExpandPORTLAND — Another 20 point deficit was on the horizon, and anyone who has watched the Lakers over the past four seasons could have predicted what was next. Total collapse. Inevitable blowout.All Luke Walton asked of his Lakers on Thursday in Portland was to repeat the performance that earned them a win over Detroit two nights earlier and through one quarter they did none of that.But through the first weeks of a new season, the Lakers have proven to be a more resilient bunch than the well-intentioned but fatally flawed editions that preceded this team. The Lakers lost 113-110 after Portland’s star point guard Damian Lillard drained a 3-pointer over a lunging Brandon Ingram with seven-tenths of a second left.Related Articles Ingram called his challenge on Lillard’s shot “mediocre,” although Walton said the second-year forward did his job as well as he could have.“I told Brandon, the game-winner, that’s nothing,” Walton said. “That’s what he (Lillard) gets paid max money to do. He’s one of the best in the world at it.”The Lakers could have more easily accepted the result if the only thing broken was their heart.The Lakers finished 4 for 18 from 3-point range, while Portland went 9 for 22. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Cranes’ taskAll Uganda has to do is beat Comoros to advance to their first Nations Cup final since 1978. If Cranes win their final game, they will be one of the two best second placed teams, that make it to Gabon.They set themselves up in this position by stunning Botswana 2-1 in June. 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts Gabon Only four other teams, CAR, Tunisia, Mali (already qualified) and Benin can end up with 13 points, but if CAR and Tunisia get the 13 points, they will deny their 2nd placed teams, as that will leave them at 10 and 12 points respectively.Mali and Benin play each other in the final match, so even if both get 13 points, one will be group leader – leaving Uganda as the second team at 13.Teams that have qualified for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners)Morocco (Group F winners)Egypt (Group G winners)Ghana (Group H winners)Algeria (Group J winners)Senegal (Group K winners)Zimbabwe (Group L winners)Cameroon (Group M winners)Mali (Group C winners or runnersup)Groups in contention for two second best qualification placesGroup A Liberia 5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia 5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo 5 2 2 1 6 4 8Djibouti 5 0 0 5 1 19 0Final gamesTunisia vs LiberiaTogo vs DjiboutiGroup BDR Congo 5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R. 5 3 1 1 8 7 10Angola 5 1 1 3 6 7 4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Final gameDR Congs vs CARGroup CMali 5 4 1 0 8 1 13Benin 5 3 2 0 10 5 11S.Sudan 5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea 5 0 1 4 2 6 1Final gamesMali vs BeninGroup DB. Faso 5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda 5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana 5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros 5 1 0 4 2 6 3Final gamesUganda vs ComorosBurkina Faso v BotswanaFULL Africa Cup of Nations standings with one qualification round to goGroup A Liberia 5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia 5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo 5 2 2 1 6 4 8Djibouti 5 0 0 5 1 19 0Group B DR Congo 5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R. 5 3 1 1 8 7 10Angola 5 1 1 3 6 7 4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Group CMali 5 4 1 0 8 1 13 – qualifiedBenin 5 3 2 0 10 5 11S.Sudan 5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea 5 0 1 4 2 6 1Group DB. Faso 5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda 5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana 5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros 5 1 0 4 2 6 3Group EG.Bissau 5 3 1 1 7 6 10 – qualifiedCongo 5 1 3 1 8 7 6Zambia 5 1 3 1 6 6 6Kenya 5 1 1 3 4 6 4Group FMorocco 5 4 1 0 8 1 13 – qualifiedC. Verde 5 3 0 2 11 6 9Libya 5 1 1 3 7 6 4Sao Tome 5 1 0 4 4 17 3Group GEgypt 4 3 1 0 7 1 10 – qualifiedNigeria 3 0 2 1 1 2 2Tanzania 3 0 1 2 0 5 1Note: Chad withdrew after matchday 3 for financial reasonsGroup HGhana 5 4 1 0 13 2 13 – qualifiedRwanda 5 2 0 3 8 5 6Mauritius 5 2 0 3 3 14 6Mozambique 5 1 1 3 4 7 4Group II.Coast 3 1 2 0 2 1 5S.Leone 3 1 1 1 1 1 4Sudan 4 1 1 2 2 3 4Group JAlgeria 5 4 1 0 19 5 13 – qualifiedEthiopia 5 2 2 1 9 13 8Seychelles 5 1 1 3 4 9 4Lesotho 5 1 0 4 5 10 3Group KSenegal 5 5 0 0 11 2 15 – qualifiedBurundi 5 2 0 3 7 9 6Namibia 5 2 0 3 5 7 6Niger 5 1 0 4 2 7 3Group LZimbabwe 5 3 2 0 11 3 11 – qualifiedSwaziland 5 2 2 1 6 8 8Guinea 5 1 2 3 4 5 5Malawi 5 0 2 3 4 9 2Group MCameroon 5 3 2 0 5 2 11 – qualifiedMauritania 5 2 1 2 5 4 7S. Africa 5 1 3 1 7 5 6Gambia 5 0 2 3 1 7 2Note: 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts Gabon. Cranes captain Massa walks off the pitch at half time. The game ended 0-0. PHOTOS via KCCA & FUFAInternational friendlyResultUganda 0 Kenya 0Cranes and Harambee Stars played a cautious game for most part Tuesday, with both sides settling for a goalless draw at Mandela National Stadium Namboole.Kenya’s Harambee stars were led by England-based midfielder Victor Wanyama and had their best efforts in the second half.Geoffrey Massa captained the Uganda Cranes, but despite several changes to the striking line up later in the game, failed to create clear cut chances.Cranes have four days to improve their creativity going forward, as a similar result on Sunday at Comoros would be a disaster. Goals and a win is what the country will push the Cranes for on Sunday, and is what is needed to make their first Nations Cup final since 1978. Starting Uganda XI: Salim Jamal Magoola, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Moses Oloya, Aucho Khalid, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Yunus Sentamu, Geofrey Massa (Captain)Subs: Miya, Ochaya, Kizito, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Tonny Mawejje, Edrisa LubegaStarting Kenya Stars XI: Bonifance Olouch (G.K), David Owino, Brian Mandela, David Ochieng, Eric Ouma, Victor Wanyama, Anthony Akumu, Eric Johana, Francis Kahata, Ayub Timbe, Jesse WereSubs: David Okello, Abdul Omar, John Kipkemboi, Ismail Gonza, Michael Olunga, Mark Maxwatta, John Ayunga. Share on: WhatsApp
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) As of yesterday, young girls and women throughout Liberia who desire to pursue quality education up to high school level are being provided the privilege to do so free of charge, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced yesterday in her State of the Nation Address.President Sirleaf said her government had on several occasions demanded quality education, but the process had suffered a series of setbacks as evidenced by the mass failure of Liberian students in exams administered by the University of Liberia and that of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).Based on a number of observations in the process, she announced ‘free education’ for girls, but this privilege remained at the primary and secondary levels of education.At the same time, the President has called for an increase in student enrollment while maintaining that the February 2 date for resumption of classes remains in spite of mixed reactions from the public.To support the President’s pronouncement, the Ministry of Education (MOE) had earlier announced that basic education (grades 1-9) will be free of charge in all government-owned schools. This free education applies to both boys and girls.Meanwhile at the secondary school level (grades 10-12), registration fees are being reduced to the minimum amount of L$700. This amount includes maintenance, activity and tuition fees.As for the fee to be paid to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the MOE said the fee will be determined by the National Monrovia Head Office.Other fees will be determined by the Parent teachers’ Association (PTA) of individual schools, which will include fees for identification card, PE T-shirts, etc.Article 58 states: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income.”
– Advertisement – MOPAJOB Condemns the Clara Town Incident and urged that it stop immediately or else the law will take its course A group in support of the presidential bid of the ruling party’s candidate, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, has blamed the major opposition political party, Coalition for Democratic Change, for the unfortunate incident that took place recently in the slum community of Clara Town.VP Boakai had gone Last Wednesday to receive endorsement from a pro-democracy group, Friends For the Future (3F), but was met with jeers from several supporters of the CDC, who considered the township their stronghold.The CDC supporters constructed roadblocks to impede the VP’s movement. The situation was saved by officers of the Liberia National Police.At a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, the Movement for the Presidency of Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai (MOPAJOB) termed the incident as a wave of misbehavior, barbarism, hooliganism and disgruntled attitude on the part of the opposition partisans, under the disguise of expressing their rights of expression and dislike of the Vice President Joseph Boakai.“During the endorsement ceremony conducted by Friends For the Future, some groups believed to be strongly supported by [opposition] political parties decided to throw stones at the VP in the middle of his acceptance speech, also in Kakata on July 15, 2017 where the VP had gone for another endorsement by the people of Margibi county, similar act was carried out,” MOPAJOB Co Chairman Wolobah Kesselly explained.Mr.Kesselly in a press conference yesterday at MOPAJOB office in Monrovia said that these acts by unscrupulous groups have the propensity to cause pandemonium thereby undermining the hard earned peace the citizens are enjoying.He told the media that the incident was planned by the partisan of the Coalition for Democratic change in order to create a serious problem in the country that causes electoral violence.“We have shifted blame on the CDC because of one of its members, Representative Acarious Gray, who welcomed the act and appreciated those who throw stones and booed the Vice president,” he said.According to Mr. Kesselly MOPAJOB seriously and strongly condemns the unlawful and unwanted groups and their supporters therefore requested them to immediately stop what they have started or else the law will take its course.“We urged such groups to stop now because our intelligence should not be taken as our weakness or laziness and our tolerance should not be misconstrued as stupidity. Our principal VP Boakai is a peace-loving person, a caring father and seasoned diplomat who does not believe in any form of violence but peaceful dialogue,” MOPAJOB Co Chairman urged.MOPAJOB also called on the National Traditional Council of Liberia, Chiefs and elders of the 15 sub political divisions of Liberia, religious leaders, civil society organization, US Embassy and United Nations to join the organization in condemning the act for a peaceful and violence-free election.MOPAJOB is a registered political movement with its principal objective of doing everything possible in a civil manner to mobilize registered Liberians voters for vote for Ambassador Joseph Boakai during the forthcoming general and presidential elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Vice President Taylor and other guests displayed copies of the 2019 HDR documents.VP Taylor at launch of 2019 Global Human Development ReportBy Alloycious David, contributor The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on Monday, December 9, 2019 launched the 2019 Global Human Development Report (GHDR) in Monrovia.The report, which highlights Liberia’s position and suggests ways of making improvement, was launched by Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor at the Monrovia City Hall.The report reveals that despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease; systemic inequalities are still present.“And they (systemic inequalities) are deeply affecting social cohesion, economic growth, and public trust and confidence in the social contracts citizens have with their governments, institutions and among themselves,” UNDP Resident Representative, Pa Lamin Beyai told the launch, which attracted some government officials and representatives of Liberia’s development partners.He said in addition to differences in earnings, inequality is also about unequal distribution of wealth and power, and the entrenched social and political norms.The first release of the Human Development Report – a flagship publication for UNDP produced periodically to promote development discourse – claimed the world’s attention, because it presented a different way of measuring progress beyond income.The HDR’s accompanying Human Development Index (HDI), one of the most comprehensive measures that ranks countries by their level of human development, remains a powerful voice for almost three decades.Beyai lauded the Minister of Finance and his team for their technical inputs and advice and said their contributions are clear demonstrations of the importance the government attaches to its partnership with the UNDP for which it will remain grateful.Vice President Taylor lauded the UNDP family for providing her the opportunity to participate as key launcher of the 2019 UNDP Global Human Development ReportAccording to her, the intent of the information being provided in the report lies at the heart of an international assessment of all Nations, including Liberia, and provides an average measure of basic human development achievements in a Country; especially amongst those most vulnerable.“It is also an assessment of how Nations rank amongst other Nations of the World,” she adds.Vice President Taylor indicated that though Liberia ranks 176 out of 189 Nations; the indices assessed as the basis for ranking are reflected in our Government’s Development framework under the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development; which seeks to provide better access, increased equality and ensure inclusion for all.The vice president disclosed that based on the findings presented, Governments, Policy Makers, International and national development partners get a clear picture of the prevailing situation in order to utilize data presented to jointly craft new policies, plans and prescriptions which would help Governments tackle priority issues to fill in the gaps towards achieving the SDG’s 2030 commitment.She explained that for nations that fall below acceptable levels, the report finally calls for a deliberate robust shift in national development agendas towards holistic community based development which target the need for changes in programs which affect the most vulnerable persons at risk of being left behind; with the focus on improving performances for the SDG 2030 platform.The report, Madam Taylor noted, further reminds all and sundry that the world is facing an increased threat to the eradication of inequalities, as studies show a decline in the key drivers of inequalities.“Nevertheless this decline; under shadows of competing emerging dynamics of persistent issues such as globalization, climate change, environmental degradation and technological advances; demand strong political will, cohesive governance structures, new visions, new blueprints and new approaches in policies and programs at both national and global levels,” she stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Montpellier this weekend has been called off after a request from police © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEParis, France, Dec 4 – Paris Saint-Germain’s home Ligue 1 game against Montpellier on Saturday has been postponed after a request from police in the French capital, the club said on Tuesday.The match was due to be played at 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) at the Parc des Princes but will be rescheduled to a later date because of security concerns. “In order to be able to mobilise all the security personnel forces at its disposal in direct connection with the possible demonstrations that will take place in Paris on Saturday, December 8, the prefecture of police has obtained, with the full agreement of the Professional Football League (LFP) and Paris Saint-Germain, the postponement of the game initially scheduled for this Saturday,” the Paris prefecture told AFP.It is one of two games scheduled for Saturday in the French top flight to be called off, with authorities in Toulouse also requesting that the local team’s game against Lyon that evening be called off.Paris has been the scene of protests for three weekends running from “yellow vest” demonstrators unhappy at planned fuel tax rises, but unrest has spread across the country.Demonstrations turned particularly violent last Saturday, with 412 people arrested after the worst clashes in central Paris for decades.However, the French government backed down on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe saying the planned increases in the price of fuel would be suspended for six months.PSG are 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after seeing their perfect record this season ended in a 2-2 draw at Bordeaux on Sunday.They play Strasbourg away on Wednesday, but the postponement of Saturday’s game gives them extra time to prepare for next week’s crucial Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade.“Honestly I don’t know if it’s good or not,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel when asked if the postponement would benefit his side.“For me it is absolutely clear, security has to come first.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)