GALLERY: Belingon, Nguyen face off ahead of ONE: Reign of Kings

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Tour de France riders sprayed with tear gas amid protest by farmers Ready for action, the fighters led by Martin Nguyen and Kevin Belingon faced off on Tuesday ahead of their respective battles in  ONE: Reign of Kings at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.Nguyen and Belingon’s showdown for the ONE interim bantamweight belt headlines the card, which features some of the best mixed martial artists in the world.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced READ: Fireworks expected in action-packed ONE: Reign of KingsONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong was in attendance in the kickoff presser at City of Dreams Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Below are the official photos from the event:ONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE Championshiplast_img read more

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Eminent Liberians, But One, Endorse Supreme Court Ruling

first_imgTwo of the group of prominent Liberians who filed a writ of prohibition to the Supreme Court to halt the special senatorial elections, have now endorsed the High Court’s ruling for the elections to go ahead.The Supreme Court in its ruling last Saturday, lifted the stay order on the special election stating that it is not the High Court’s responsibility to make political decisions but to protect the Constitution of Liberia and the rights of the people.The two “eminent citizens”, former Information Minister Emmanuel Bowier and former Grand Kru Senator Blamo Nelson, sharing their impressions about the ruling yesterday, said their objective was to allow the rule of law to prevail instead of violence.Mr. Nelson told this newspaper, “We had an issue and took it to the court, but we are obliged to abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court, being the highest and final arbiter in a case.”He added that the Supreme Court’s ruling is important in enhancing democracy instead of allowing violence to occur.Their advocacy to suspend the election because of Ebola was not meant for their personal interest, said Mr. Nelson, but the interest of the Liberian people.One of the reasons put forward to suspend the election was the lack of a final list of voters which has not been provided by the National Elections Commission (NEC).Commenting on this matter following the ruling, Mr. Nelson said the people for whom he advocated are not concerned to ask what becomes of this cardinal electoral issue, leaving him short of words.He indicated that the pending election is not practical and holding it is not right, but he could not go against the court ruling as far as the rule of law is concerned.Former Information Minister Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, described the Supreme Court’s ruling as “reasonable.”Though their case was thrown out, what they stood for was addressed by the court and therefore they have no dissatisfaction to express against the ruling, said Rev. Bowier.He emphasized that they were concerned about the spread of Ebola, and the court in consonance with their plea cautioned NEC to put the necessary health regulations in place to avoid the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.He said they did not oppose the holding of election, but were advocating for the right thing to be done, adding, “We wanted to teach the young people a lesson so they can know how to seek redress through the court instead of using violence.”Mr. Nathaniel Barnes, one of the petitioners, also told the Daily Observer that he abides by the decision of the Supreme Court because they are the highest arbiter of the law of the land.“However, I still feel very strongly about my motivation, which is the safety and wellbeing of the Liberian people.“While there are many constitutional and legal issues that were debated,” Mr. Barnes continued, “I chose a social road because it doesn’t make any sense to me to see our foreign partners expending hundreds of millions of their taxpayers’ hard earned money and putting their nationals on the frontline of the war against Ebola in Liberia, while we spend US$16 million on elections and violate the cardinal rule in the fight against Ebola, which is avoidance of public gatherings. “Be that as it may, God bless Liberia,” Mr. Barnes concluded. Meanwhile, Liberian economist and politician, Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, has differed with the ruling and said the verdict rendered by the Supreme Court violates the people’s right to life.Although the court has ruled and he can do nothing about it, Dr. Tipoteh indicated that the right to life is a highest constitutional requirement because the people have the right to live.He argued that in all situations the voice of the people must prevail.  According to him, no one, the Supreme Court included, can say that this is not a judicial function.“In my opinion, it is unambiguously (unmistakably, definitely) judicial,” Dr. Tipoteh said.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Group of 77 Benefits MYS, Chinese Gesture

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy has donated Bamboo and Rattan Weaving Furniture to the Group of 77.Group of 77 comprises men, women, and children who are physically challenged and need more help from the physically fit people in order to survive.The items included 40 pieces of bamboo stool, 6 pieces of bamboo shelf, 1 set of luxury sofa, 1 set of corner sofa and double hanging chair amongst others valued atUS$3500.Speaking at the turnover ceremony held on the compound of the Group of 77, Madam Li Hong, wife of the Chinese ambassador, said the program is in line with the agreement signed in 2007 by her government and government of Liberia.According to Madam Li Hong, the Bamboo and Rattan Weaving furniture was designed by Liberians with all the materials produced here.Madam Li Hong said the program has trained about 500 Liberian youth including adults, and are now empowered to establish their own company and make their life better.The ambassador’s wife expressed thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai, wife of Vice President Joseph Boakai for her continuous support to the Group of 77 and the larger society. Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai in a statement said the Bamboo and Rattan Weaving Furniture from the Chinese are part of China-Liberia technical cooperation project, meant to train Liberian technicians in bamboo and rattan weaving furniture in the country.“All the bamboo and rattan products dedicated today were weaved by the local trainees with the help of the Chinese technicians. Liberia has rich bamboo and rattan resources and the local people can directly benefit from making use of the natural resources,” she noted.Mrs. Boakai said the donation is a gift for the Group of 77 to serve as a sample of what Liberians are doing to make use of local and low cost resources to help themselves.Mrs. Boakai expressed thanks and appreciation to the Chinese government for its supports to the people of Liberia and called on China to maintain the friendship.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Stop Pretending and be Expressive’

first_imgNational Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Wokie Parker has challenged women and girls in Liberia to stop pretending and learn to express themselves on issues that affect their lives and their communities. According to Madam Parker, there are some women who can’t express themselves in this modern era and said by remaining silent those women go around with pain in their hearts.The NPA Managing Director spoke Tuesday, in celebration of the International Day of Violence against Women at a two-day program organized by the National Coordinating Committee Women International Transport Workers Federation Liberia Chapter in collaboration with the Federation of Labor Congress of Liberia.The ceremony was held at the head office of the Liberia Labor Congress in Gardnerville where Madam Parker informed the audience that a woman and a man are different people for the fact that what a man desires is not necessarily what a woman looks for.“A lot of people [women] are afraid to say what they need. It is all because we [women] and even some men failed to learn valuable lessons because we don’t take time to learn,” she said.Women constitute more than half of the world’s population, but 70 percent of them are poor while about two thirds of women don’t know how to read and write.While other motivational speakers including former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan were blaming men solely for the suffering and exploitation of women and girls, the NPA Managing Director chose the path of objectivity challenging both men and women to do unto themselves as they would want others to do unto them.“It’s important to do unto others as you want them to do unto you. This is why it is important to spend time understanding what your friend wants because men are from Venus and women are from Mars,” said Madam Parker.“You must understand what that person’s wants and needs are and do something about it just to make that person happy,” she sated.She stressed the need for the society to know and understand what women’s opinions are, and also what the men’s opinion’s are.“We women must now stop pretending and be able to express our needs and wants,” Parker added.Earlier, former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan recommended strict prosecution for men accused of committing abuse against women, but fell short of calling for prosecution of women who abuse men as well.The International Day of Violence against Women was celebrated worldwide and is intended to discourage violence against women and girls domestically and in the workplace.Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL) president Madam Jackie N. Doe called for an end to violence against women. She, however, underscored the importance of collaboration and partnership between men and women in society and said both sexes are crucial to the development of the society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rep. Fallah’s Nursing School, 12 Others Ordered Closed

first_img(L-r): Mr. Dahn, NCHE’s Acting Director General and NCHE’s Acting Director for the Department of Quality Assurance, Rev. J. Andrew Lablah-NCHE to name and shame tax defrauding universities, colleges Authorities of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) yesterday, August 28, 2018, ordered the shutting down of 13 private health (nurse, nurse aid institutions) that are “illegally operating in the country.”The commission thereafter warned the operators not to reopen in the absence of the law because it intends to order the closure of many of such post-secondary institutions, which are “operating criminally.”NCHE’s Acting Director-General, David S. Dahn said those health institutions have neither Operational Permits nor Provisional Accreditation from the Commission, and therefore, have been offering degree and diploma programs illegally.He said that the Health Assistant Schools Association of Liberia (HASAL) does not have the “legal authority to give accreditation permits or licenses.”Those health institutions which were ordered shut down with immediate effect are T. FIVE Nursing School (the Nursing School owned by Representative Thomas P. Fallah of Montserrado County District #5), Miracle Center of God Nursing Aid-Training Institute (Soul Clinic Community, New Kaymah Town); IEFUD Institute of Professional Studies (Old Road, Congo Town); Florence Nightingale Institute of Health Science (Living Bread Ministries, Inc., Red-Light, Paynesville City), and St. John Medical School (LBS Community, Paynesville City).Others are Soko Sacicer Nursing School (LBS Lover Street, Paynesville City);  William Thomas School of Health Science (Jacob’s Town, Somalia Drive Paynesville); Peace Home School of Health Assistant (Neezoe Community, Somalia drive Paynesville); Faith Clinic Nursing School (Red-Light, Paynesville City); Faith Institute of Medical Arts (New Kaymah Town, Soul Clinic Paynesville); Kelthy’s School of Health (Kpelleh Mansion 2nd Junction, City View Lower Johnsonville); Leomor V. School of Health (Morris Farm, Paynesville City), and Markue Health Assistant Institute (Logan Town, Bushrod Island).Mr. Dahn made the disclosure on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the headquarters of the NCHE on S.D. Cooper Road, in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.“Today, we have called you to inform the public about 13 more illegal post-secondary institutions identified by the NCHE.“These bogus institutions claim to be able to train and educate students at tertiary level in nursing, nurse-aid, and nurse assistant programs, with total disregard to the NCHE. The heads of these concerned institutions were invited for conference before being ordered to cease operations and close their respective programs,” Mr. Dahn said.“They were guided to follow the appropriate accreditation procedures by the NCHE, provided they desire to exist legitimately,” he said.He added, “Appropriately, the Ministry of Justice will be informed to effect the shut down.”“As enshrined in the Act that established NCHE, the institution has the authority to formulate broad-based policy guidelines for the establishment of institution of higher education in the country, and to coordinate and serve as principal liaison between institutions of learning from post-secondary level, and to monitor, evaluate and accredit all institutions of higher learning, etc.,” Dahn said.Meanwhile, NCHE’s Acting Director for the Department of Quality Assurance, J. Andrew Lablah, said any institutions operating in the country without the approval or the obtaining of operational permit from the commission, is in total violation and anyone attending an institution not accredited, is also doing so at their own risk.“Furthermore, any person or persons involved with the operations of post-secondary schools or is intending to venture in such undertaking must seek guidance and approval from the NCHE,” Lablah said.He further announced that beginning next week, tax defrauding tertiary and post-secondary institutions, which have granting permit institutions, will be announced and shamed for failing to pay US$500 annually to Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), while renewal of permit is “free of charge.”At least 58 Nurse Assistant Schools and related Nursing Aid Institutions across the country are under the umbrella of the Health Assistant Schools Association of Liberia (HASAL), and have petitioned the House of Representatives and the Senate to enact legislation granting the association a legal status.In the wake of the petition, NCHE is urging all Nurse Assistant Schools and related Nursing Aid Institutions to obtain  accreditation permits from the NHCHE, but not from HASAL.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt mulling establishment of gold refinery

first_img– feasibility study to be conducted soonThe Government of Guyana is looking to modernise the gold industry with the possible establishment of a gold refinery. This was disclosed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, during a recent press conference.The Minister said that a South African company would be in Guyana shortly, to conduct a feasibility study on the possibility. Minister Trotman said that for years, the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has been using the old method of refining gold and believed that the time has come to revolutionise the gold industry. He explained, “So, we are strongly looking at the possibility setting up a refinery, either through aNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanpublic-private partnership or wholly through Government.”Trotman highlighted that a team from South Africa is being facilitated by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and disclosed that the GGB was already in receipt of a number of other plans for the refinery’s establishment.“We had looked at similar facilities in Suriname. We have received proposals from local business persons as well as far as Dubai, India, the US and Canada, so we are moving in the direction of modernising this industry,” he stated.Minister Trotman further stressed that the time has come for the country to have its own refinery, noting that even if Guyana could not refine all of its gold; it must be in a position to refine a substantial amount.The Minister announced that the GGB was also exploring the idea of producing commemorative coins and ingots, which would be up for sale, “people could come and buy Guyanese gold as a Guyanese or if you are a citizen of Canada or the United States. It comes with a certificate and I believe this is where we are headed.”For several years, Guyana has used the traditional method of smelting gold. This is, however, becoming worrying. Only recently, there was a spike in the level of mercury emissions in the air at the GGB laboratory. The issue was quickly brought under control. This has prompted the Government to take a number of steps to ensure that the issue does not reoccur in the future.last_img read more

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Guyanese teen stabbed to death in NY

first_imgA 17-year-old teenager formerly of Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara, was on Wednesday evening stabbed to death during an argument in the Bronx, New York. The teen has been identified as Pernell “Blizzy” Pompey.Dead Guyanese teen, Pernell PompeyAccording to reports on WABC, the now dead teen was engaged in an argument with three other men in the vicinity of East 193rd Street and Decatur Avenue shortly after 19:00h.He was reportedly stabbed by his attackers and stumbled down the sidewalk to a nearby deli. He was picked up and taken to the St Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The suspects have since been on the run. While the police are yet to determine a motive for the fatal stabbing, they suspect that it might have stemmed from an incident which occurred on December 1 in the Bronx.It was reported that Pompey was charged with slashing a 19-year-old man on the right side cheek causing a laceration that required 50 stitches.Additionally, Pompey was accused of slashing a 28-year-old man on the right wrist and left hand which needed 10 stitches.Pompey was arrested on December 5 in connection with the two incidents. At the time of his arrest, Police confirmed that he had a knife, marijuana and crack cocaine in his possession.He was charged again in January with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and he faced a weapon possession charge from back in August 2018.However, Guyana Times understands that the teenager moved to the United States seven years ago and on the night of the fatal stabbing, he had left home to hang out with a few friends.After the stabbing incident, the teen’s mother received the devastating news from a police officer who visited her home in the Bronx, a few blocks from where the stabbing took place. The investigation is continuing.last_img read more

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Bryant needs help if Lakers are to flourish

first_imgEach is a MVP-caliber player. Who could score 40 any night. Who will average between 25 and 30. But after him? Can a superstar get a sidekick from the congregation? It’s beginning to look as if the people around Kobe are no more useful than the sketchy crew LeBron carries on his back. Or the stiffs with which the Minnesota Timberwolves surround Kevin Garnett. For a couple of months, it looked as if Bryant might actually have some help. There was Lamar Odom, ostensibly the Scottie Pippen/Robin the Boy Wonder to Kobe’s MJ/Batman. He was going to be a real second option this season. Nineteen-year-old 7-footer Andrew Bynum seemed to be coming along nicely, and Kwame Brown wasn’t dropping as many entry passes. Smush Parker was still Smush, but he was being pressed by rookie Jordan Farmar, who looked preternaturally calm and collected running the offense, so the Lakers looked almost OK at the point. Luke Walton was having a muted breakout season as a starter and passer/three-point threat. Brian Cook could still fill it up from distance. Maurice Evans played like Bonzi Wells (circa 2000) without the wackiness. And the Balkans Duo of Vladimir Radmanovich and Sasha Vujacic had to find their strokes any second now, right? Ah, memories. Ah, self-delusion. The Lakers lurched into the all-star break late Thursday, having lost nine of 12, and five straight. Lakers coach/swami Phil Jackson before the game was lauding the restorative qualities of the long weekend off for any Laker not named Kobe Bryant, who has pressing business in Las Vegas this weekend with the rest of the league’s serious players. “Mostly to refresh themselves,” Jackson said, of the days away from the game. “Recreate.” He meant recreate as in recreation, not in terms of whipping up a new batch of skills. Though the Supporting Cast probably could benefit from reinvention. Or replacement. If only Bynum could stay out of foul trouble. If only Kwame got healthy and got a hands transplant. If only Odom could make a meaningful shot and Farmar could get over his advanced case of jitters. And Walton’s ankle healed up and Evans rediscovered routes to the hoop. Smush and Vlad and Sasha … well, there’s not really hope for them. Actually, there’s not much hope for the Lakers, either, the way the Supporting Cast is withering. Bryant could be Laurence Olivier out there every night, but with the guys around him missing cues and dropping lines … This ugly patch has made us reevaluate the Lakers. The team that started 23-12 and looked like it could do damage in May … well, it’s gone now. And a more instructive way to look at Bryant and His Guys is to examine the Cavaliers roster. Where LeBron is asked to win with Larry Hughes as his wing man and Zydrunas Ilgauskas at center. “I tell the team we’re not unhappy with our record,” Jackson said, “but we’re unhappy with the way we’ve played the last two weeks. Three actually.” Six, really. Long enough to wonder if these are The Real Lakers, not those pan-flashes of late 2006. The franchise’s great hope, its only real hope, is that Bynum comes in one year and has grown into his body, discovered a mean streak and gives Bryant a Shaq-like presence under the basket. Could happen. Otherwise, the Lakers are just about watching Kobe. Just as the Cavs are about watching LeBron. Not about contending. Maybe not even about winning more than they lose. DAILYBULLETINFor more musings from columnist Paul Oberjuerge check out his blog at dailybulletin.com/sports. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If the playoffs opened today, the Lakers would be the No.6 seed in the Western Conference and a heavy choice to go out in the first round of the playoffs. Against Utah. What’s wrong with Los Angeles’ No. 1 professional sports franchise? Two words: Supporting. Cast. We got to musing about this as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers came into Staples Center on Thursday. A month ago, when the Lakers were 23-12, you could look at a team like the Cavs, shrug and say, “LeBron can’t do it alone.” But now? How, exactly, is Kobe Bryant any better off than LeBron James? center_img LOS ANGELES – The air is leaking out of that Lakers “feel-good” story, and the glitterati at courtside are getting restless. Jack Nicholson is scowling and shouting “You can’t handle the truth!” at anyone who asks him to evaluate his favorite team. The gutty little overachievers of November and December now are losing to opponents good, bad and ugly. To the tune of a 7-13 record since Jan. 7. last_img read more

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Water plan to be expedited to seek funds

first_imgLancaster is proposing projects to enhance a water recycling project the city is starting. Lancaster also is interested in promoting groundwater recharge, said Randy Williams, the city’s director of public works. “Whatever project is selected, it needs to be a visible program that brings water into the valley,” Williams said. “The community needs something that has immediate benefits.” It is projected that the demand for water in the Antelope Valley will reach approximately 389,000 acre-feet annually by the year 2035, but the projected supply will only be about 191,000 acre-feet. In a severe drought year, the shortfall could range from 249,000 to 286,000 acre-feet per year. An acre-foot is enough to serve two average-size families for a year, according to the state Department of Water Resources. “If we don’t have sufficient projects to meet the demand, you will have to stop bringing the people in,” said Ken Kirby, a water consultant the coalition hired to help craft the plan. Among the challenges the region faces is the fact that much of the water supply is imported from Northern California. The amount of water available from the State Water Project can vary with weather conditions, from 65percent of the region’s total in typical years to as little as 35percent in drought years. To get the word out to the public about the planning effort, the coalition has set up a Web site, avwaterplan.org. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A plan to meet the Antelope Valley’s growing water needs through 2035 will be expedited to give the region a chance to vie this year for state grants, a coalition backing the effort decided Wednesday. The Antelope Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Planning Group, a wide-ranging coalition of water stakeholders, opted to move up the completion of its draft plan from December to this summer. The draft must be completed and at least one public review held this summer to allow the coalition to meet an Aug.1 deadline to apply for state funding under Proposition50. There is $64million available for grants under Proposition50, a state water bond measure passed in 2002 to enhance water supplies and improve water quality. Of that amount, $49million is earmarked for Southern California. “We have to speed this up to even compete for funding,” said Leon Swain, public works director for the city of Palmdale. “Sometimes you need a deadline and a sense of urgency to come together to get things done.” Needing to double the region’s water supply during the next 30 years, the coalition is trying to develop a plan to help guide the management of water supplies, water quality, flood management, and even environmental resource and land-use planning. The plan will also be used to help secure federal and state grants for water-related projects. The coalition is composed of the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency, Palmdale and Quartz Hill water districts, Littlerock Creek Irrigation District, Antelope Valley State Water Contractors Association, the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, county Sanitation Districts14 and20, Rosamond Community Services District and Los Angeles County Waterworks District40. A wide variety of other stakeholders also are involved in the planning effort, including developers, environmental organizations and farmers. As it prepares the plan, the coalition also will solicit projects from its membership and make a decision on which will be included in the Proposition50 grant application. Palmdale is looking to propose projects to expand the area for natural groundwater recharge for the Amargosa Channel and the possibility of water banking, the storage of water underground during wet years for use in dry years, Swain said. last_img read more

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Kakamega’s Joshua Otieno set for US stint

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz’s Joshua Otieno controls the ball under pressure from St Antony Boys’ Silas ‘Kante’ Ogana during their National Secondary School Games match at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30- Kakamega High School midfielder Joshua Otieno is set to travel to the United States in September after the East Africa School Games for a scholarship according to his coach Brendan Mwinamo.Otieno who was part of Kenya’s All-Star team that travelled to play Hull City’s reserves last year in the United Kingdom starred for Kakamega as they won the Kenya National Secondary School Games football title in Eldoret last week. “Joshua will be leaving around September 15 for the United States. He is going for a scholarship that will also include playing football. It will either be in Michigan or Colorado and we are very happy with that opportunity. Life is about grabbing the opportunities when they come and one has presented itself for Joshua, let him take it,” Mwinamo told Capital Sport.The midfielder sprung to the limelight after starring for the Sony Sugar Under-19 team during last year’s Kenyan Premier League Under-19 tournament leading to his selection to the Kenyan team to Hull where he went on to remain for a training stint with the club’s junior team.Kakamega High School coach Brendan Mwinamo issues instructions to midfielder Joshua Otieno during their National Secondary School Games final at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe has been playing for the Green Commandos in the National Super League where he has also been a star player, helping them to stay afloat in their debut season.“Players will always come and go so Joshua’s exit will not be a huge blow for us. Very many good players have come through my hands and I have gone on to bring others. We will go back to school and get others to replace him. For us is to wish him well because that is our joy seeing our players prosper,” Mwinamo stated.Otieno meanwhile says he is ready for his next career challenge and says playing in the NSL has contributed a lot to him scaling the heights.“The NSL has really helped me grow because it is a challenging league with experienced players. We are a young team but still we manage to get good results and play well. I feel I am a better player this year,” Otieno says adding that several teams have knocked on his door asking for his services.Southampton Global Football Development Manager Andrew Martino has a chat with Joshua Otieno during the opening day of the training camp on APril 24, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe midfielder reflects on his life changing experience in Hull where he says the coaches instilled a lot of confidence in him, pointing out it is at this point he affirmed that football was what he wanted to do for a living.“It was a great experience. I contained myself and wasn’t overly excited lest I miss out on the opportunity of learning. The coaches kept encouraging me and telling me I have the talent so I just need to work harder,” Otieno narrates.He adds; “To me that was like a push into belief. It gave me some new strength and I came back home with more determination to make it at the top.”Otieno whose love for football was fueled on the line of duty as a ball boy at Sony Sugar’s home ground in Awendo hopes he can follow the footsteps of the likes of Victor Wanyama and his elder brother MacDonald Mariga.Joshua Otieno remained in Hull City to train with the English Premier League side Academy.PHOTO/courtesy“I have dreams, I have ambitions and I will work hard to fulfil them. I know I have the ability. It is just a matter of hard work,” the shy and soft spoken 17-year old says.He also affirms that moving to Kakamega High from Awendo proved to be a masterstroke in the growth of his footballing career, noting it has placed him on the path he so much desired.“After finishing primary school I wanted to go to a High School where I could also play football and when the chance of joining Kakamega came, I couldn’t resist. It was a good decision coming here,” added Otieno.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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