Tipp have nothing to lose in Munster final

first_imgThe Premier County will be underdogs against Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney.However, their historic victory over Cork last month will probably give them the belief that they can pull off another shock.Peter believes the side have nothing to lose. Bryan Sheehan will lead Kerry into battle.He’s taking nothing for granted against Tipp.Our build-up to live commentary on the big match will begin at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon – coverage will be brought to you in association with Tipperary Co-Op Supervalu, Tipperary Town.last_img

Sportradar meets MLB data needs ahead of European debut

first_img Sportradar was the best positioned to meet all of the “data distribution needs” for Major League Baseball (MLB), according to the league’s EVP of Gaming and New Business Ventures Kenny Gersh.Kenny was speaking as part of a media round table alongside David Lampitt, Managing Director of Sports Partnerships at Sportradar.SBC News was given exclusive access to the round table, held on the eve of MLB’s first ever regular season outing in Europe, which pits Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees in a two-game series at West Ham’s London Stadium.Back in February, the MLB signed a multi-year partnership with Sportradar to enhance and expand distribution of its real time game statistics around the globe.Across international markets outside of the US, Sportradar has exclusive distribution rights for MLB’s Statcast data to regulated sports betting operators.Meanwhile, the company serves as an official supplier of MLB’s real time betting data feed in the US, where distribution to regulated sports betting operators is on a non-exclusive basis through all authorised distributors.Sportradar is happy with this approach to exclusivity in the US, according to Lampitt, because it brings healthy competition amongst the market’s leading data providers, while encouraging innovation in terms of how the data is used.Kenny added that Sportradar has helped MLB to take all the rich, reliable and fast data it collects in the ballpark through Statcast – “a system that is much more than balls and strikes” – and deliver it to the betting market.He explained that the MLB, like Sportradar, already had the infrastructure in place to collect the data but lacked “the expertise or ability to turn it into a betting feed”.The pair confirmed that the two parties will collaborate to develop and distribute exciting new products including an extension of the betting markets available, but stressed that those which might lead to a “perception of irregularity” – for example first pitch markets – would be deliberately minimised.Alongside the commercial partnership, MLB has also incorporated Sportradar’s Integrity Services into its existing game integrity protection measures, something that Kenny and Lampitt agreed was a “key facet” of the partnership.Sportradar is monitoring every MLB game via its award-winning Fraud Detection System (FDS), providing MLB with educational components as well as access to its Intelligence and Investigation services. Submit David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

To combat MLB’s sudden blister epidemic, Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill has an idea

first_imgMIAMI >> Evidence is mounting to suggest that the baseballs used by major league teams are changing.Anyone can count the number of home runs, which occurred at a record-high rate in the first half of the season. Some have tested the composition of baseballs; reports on TheRinger.com and FiveThirtyEight.com noted that, while the balls they analyzed fell within MLB’s manufacturing specifications, the range of specifications was broad enough to partially explain a surge in batted-ball distance.Pitchers, meanwhile, can simply look at their fingers.Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill and right-hander Brandon McCarthy have been treated for blisters recently. Hill said his issues began last season; McCarthy said his began this year. Hill made two trips to the 10-day disabled list in April because of a blister on his left middle finger. Blisters haven’t sent McCarthy to the DL, but he said he notices them after every start. If the league doesn’t implement tighter manufacturing specifications, what’s a pitcher to do?Hill has ideas.At one point this season — less than a month into his three-year, $48 million contract — Hill was searching for a “medical miracle” to combat blisters. He never found one.Hill did the boring thing instead: He went on the disabled list and started his season over. He allowed a callous to form on the pad of his middle finger, a slow but reliable physiological remedy that he didn’t make time for in 2016.Pitching in minor league rehab games — in which major league pitchers are allowed to throw major league baseballs — Hill simply got used to the new baseball.“One of the answers I’ve been able to come up with to combat the blister is to throw more with the baseball,” he said. “You condition your hand or your fingers to the baseball and the seams. Now it’s, like, almost irrelevant.”This took time, of course. Hill spent a month on the disabled list. The pitching-rich Dodgers could get away with it: they used seven different starters in April, skipping everyone other than Clayton Kershaw at least once, and still entered May with a 14-12 record. Many pitchers and teams don’t have the same luxury, particularly at this stage of the season.Why not, as Hill wondered, simply change the rules?“Get a TUE (a therapeutic-use exemption) for your finger to wear a band-aid,” he said. “A therapeutic use exemption to put superglue on your fingers, so it doesn’t — some substance so you’re not getting blisters? I think if certain players are able to take certain things because they lack it in the body, I think other players could be looked at to have a TUE for their finger, for a blister.”The problem with this idea is twofold. Therapeutic-use exemptions are issued only to players seeking to use a substance prohibited by the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and the MLB Players’ Association. The JDA covers some topical substances — not just ingestible or injectable ones — but applying one to a pitcher’s hand in-game violates a different rule.That rule, Rule 6.02(c)(7) of the official MLB rulebook, patently bans pitchers from having a foreign substance on either hand while on the mound: “In no case,” the rule reads, “may the pitcher be allowed to pitch with such attachment to his hand, finger or wrist.”MLB’s rules aren’t collectively bargained. They can be changed only with the endorsement of the Playing Rules Committee that meets annually in December. Then, if a rule change has enough support, the committee would make its recommendation for potential ownership approval in January. Ownership approval is required for any rule change.That wouldn’t help a pitcher trying to come back from a blister this year. Besides, McCarthy said, applying for a TUE and getting it approved is a tedious process.“I don’t think we’re waiting for it to get to MLB,” he said. “Guys are going to try and solve that as quick as they can.”For his part, Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a recent radio interview that he’s open to the idea of tighter manufacturing specifications for the baseballs.“We’re going to look hard at the specifications,” Manfred told MLB Network’s Christopher Russo. “Maybe the specifications need to be different. These are hand-made products. There’s always been some variation in the baseball, and we want to make sure we don’t have too much.” Both pitchers have questions about the composition of the baseballs. Could the blisters be caused by a change in the seam height? Seam width? The tightness of the leather cover?“It does raise questions about what is going on, what is behind it,” Hill said. “It’s something that has to be looked at. When you have multiple pitchers talking about baseballs, there’s got to be something going on.”“The seams, to me, feel humongous,” McCarthy said. “They feel like high school or college balls. They’re just so high. I never noticed them in the past.”It isn’t just Hill and McCarthy. Veteran Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto openly endorsed the juiced-baseball theory after a recurrence of blisters Friday night. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman criticized MLB for ignoring the issue after he was treated for a blister earlier this month.The list of pitchers known to have blister problems this year has grown so fast, it’s replaced the torn UCL as baseball’s trendiest injury: Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez, Oakland’s Jharel Cotton, Arizona’s Taijuan Walker, Miami’s Justin Nicolino, Boston’s David Price and the New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard have all been stricken this year.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant not sure what to expect from himself, Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers’ star walked through the practice court with the usual bluster. Kobe Bryant also met the usual fanfare with cameras and reporters shouting questions and latching on to every word.But underneath Bryant’s outward confidence and the attention surrounding him during the Lakers’ media day, the Lakers’ star conceded uncertainty on several fronts.• WHICKER: 2015-16 could be Kobe’ last seasonIt started with how the Lakers will fare entering the 2015-16 season with a roster headlined by the 37-year-old Bryant, seven-year forward Roy Hibbert and a crop of young players in D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. • HEISLER: Media Day optimism as good as it gets for LakersBryant admitted he has never felt as much uncertainty at any point in his 19 NBA seasons.Bryant reported feeling pleased with the team’s frequent attendance at voluntary workouts, but sounded skeptical anything could expedite the team’s development.“I don’t think so,” Bryant said. “You can feed the information, you can put them in positions to learn, put them in positions to be successful, you let them run, you let them play, you let them succeed, you let them make mistakes. In terms of how to speed it up? I don’t think so.”Bryant has fully healed from his surgically repaired right shoulder, but he is only a season removed from averaging 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent. Lakers coach Byron Scott also said he has not formalized a plan yet on restricting Bryant’s minutes, though it’s expected he will sit out portions of practices and back-to-back games.“I expect him to be Kobe, but not to the Kobe that we were so used to seeing maybe 10 years ago, or five years ago,” Scott said. “I just really got to watch the minutes and the workload that he has to take on a day-to-day basis. You’re not going to see Kobe jumping all over the rim like he used to do, you’re not going to see that type of athleticism. But he’s still probably the smartest player in this league. He’ll still be able to get things done.”• PHOTOS: Best from Lakers Media DayAnd Bryant struggled offering any indicator that will tell him whether he will prolong his career following the 2015-16 season.“I’ve thought about it a little bit in terms of, what is the deciding factor? How do players actually know when it’s time to hang them up?” Bryant said. “I don’t know. I’ll have a much better answer when that time comes for me.”But until then, Bryant vowed he will embrace the process.He dismissed any concern about playing at small forward. Bryant downplayed how he and the Lakers will manage his minutes. And Bryant laughed off New York Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson recently saying Bryant may leave the Lakers following this season.“Everybody is going to have opinions,” Bryant said. “I can’t comment on every single opinion that everybody makes, even if it’s a coach that I won so many championships with and know extremely well.”Bryant noted that his left Achilles injury added more perspective on staying positive this season since he faced far more limitations then. Bryant also made no mention about winning an NBA championship, narrowing his season’s agenda to staying healthy and developing teammates.“Hopefully we’ll be healthier than we were and we can get through training camp without having any significant injuries,” Bryant said. “I think the young guys that we have. I think the energy that they’re bringing to the game and I think it’s going to be infectious.”center_img “Not sure,” Bryant said on Monday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “I think the guys have all worked hard this summer I’ve worked hard this summer. But it’s a big question mark.”The uncertainty continued with how Bryant will have to adjust his role after nursing three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons.“It’s hard,” Bryant said. “I don’t know what to expect.”The uncertainty lingered on whether Bryant’s 20th NBA season that will pay him $25 million will also mark his last one.“Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t,” Bryant said. “Hell if I know. I don’t know.”last_img read more

Serena routs Sharapova in US Open start, ‘rusty’ Federer wins

first_img“The body is good,” she said. “My back is a lot better. I’m excited. This is going to be fun.”– Djokovic cruises –Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round while French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled but advanced.Serbian star Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles, dispatched Spain’s 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.“Getting out of the blocks, it takes time for you to feel comfortable on the court,” Djokovic said. “I’m quite pleased with my performance and looking forward to the next one.”Djokovic, trying to become the first back-to-back US Open winner since Federer won from 2004-2008, will next face Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero.Djokovic owns 16 Grand Slam titles, four off Federer’s record and two back of Spain’s Rafael Nadal. Together the “Big Three” have won the past 11 Slam titles and are again heavy favorites.Australian second seed Barty overcame a horrible start to oust 80th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.Barty made 19 unforced errors to drop the first set in 28 minutes, but took nine of the last 11 games to book a date with American Lauren Davis.Pliskova, a 2016 US Open runner-up, edged 138th-ranked Czech compatriot Tereza Martincova 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) after exchanging service breaks over the first six games.“Not my best performance,” Pliskova said. “Not happy that I lost three breaks of serve in a row.”Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev, an ATP winner at Cincinnati, beat India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in 85 minutes. He faces Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien next.“I can’t say I’m feeling amazing about my game but to win by that score in the first round is great,” Medvedev said.Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, won 6-1, 4-1, when Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti retired with a back injury.“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Nishikori, who gets American Bradley Klahn next.Share on: WhatsApp Serena Williams ripped Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in her first-round match Monday at the US OpenNew York, United States | AFP | Serena Williams overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 on Monday to reach the second round of the US Open in search of her 24th Grand Slam title while “rusty” Roger Federer rallied past Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.Six-time US Open champion Williams crushed the five-time major winner from Russia in only 59 minutes, beating Sharapova for the 19th consecutive time and improving to 20-2 in their all-time rivalry.“Whenever I play her I bring out some of my best tennis,” Williams said. “When you play her you have to be super focused.”Williams, who next plays 121st-ranked US wildcard Caty McNally, blasted five aces and 16 winners while Sharapova made 20 unforced errors.“She served really well. Found her spots really well,” Sharapova said. “I think that’s where she hurt me a lot.”Williams is hoping to match the all-time record of 24 Slam singles titles won by Margaret Court.Swiss third seed Federer, who has a men’s record 20 Slam titles, dropped the opening set in 36 minutes, then returned to form and defeated Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.“I played like my beard today. I was rusty,” Federer said.The shock first set was a wake-up call, a 38-year-old legend who was 61-0 in Grand Slam first rounds since the 2003 French Open trailing a 22-year-old from New Delhi who is ranked 190th and fell to 0-5 in tour-level matches.“Just tried to forget it, play tough, stay with him. It was a tough first set for me,” Federer said. “He came back and played really strong. I was missing a lot of balls and trying to cut back on unforced errors.“It all came back just in time.”Sharapova, the 2006 US Open winner who defeated Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final, upset Simona Halep in the first round two years ago but could not revive that magic.The 37-year-old American said that after learning she would face Sharapova, “every practice after that was super focused and super intense.”Eighth-seeded Williams rolled through the first set in 24 minutes then broke to open the second. She denied Sharapova on two break points to hold in the fifth game, an impressive backhand winner ending the threat.“That was definitely a big point for me,” Williams said. “You can’t let her get any momentum.”Williams broke again to 4-1, rescued three break points in the sixth game to hold serve and broke again to advance, showing no sign of the back spasms that limited her pre-Open play.last_img read more

Broncos stun Saints

first_imgSaints, who had lost just once in the league prior to Sunday’s trip which pitted top against bottom, forced the additional time thanks to Regan Grace’s dramatic last-gasp try.But man of the match Smith showed great composure to land the winning kick when the Broncos took a couple of tackles after a knock-on from Saints to set up the winning moment.There was no sign of what was to come when tries from skipper James Roby and Luke Thompson helped Saints to a 12-0 lead after 10 minutes.When you beat the league leaders! Just that!!!! @LondonBroncosRL win!!! pic.twitter.com/RUCNyGZPsy— London Broncos (@LondonBroncosRL) June 9, 2019At that stage it looked as though a routine win was on the cards, but the Broncos were level at the break thanks to an interception score from Ryan Morgan and James Cunningham’s converted try.Mark Percival crossed to put Saints back ahead early in the second half but Morgan’s second and a try from captain Jay Pitts had the Broncos in dreamland.Grace appeared to have ruined the party with his try in the final minute, only for Smith to spark huge celebrations from the Broncos faithful and end Saints’ seven-match winning Super League run.There was more late drama in Sunday’s other contest as Tony Smith’s first game in charge of struggling Hull KR ended in a 19-18 reverse at home to Wigan Warriors.It appeared as though the match was also headed for golden point until Sam Powell nailed a timely drop goal for the Warriors, who scored tries through George Williams, Dan Sarginson, Joe Burgess and Liam Marshall to ruin the day for former Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves boss Smith. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Morgan Smith of London Broncoslast_img read more

McGregor posts $50,000 bond, released after arraignment

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Ultimate fighting star Conor McGregor, center, is escorted by New York Court Police officers after a hearing at the Brooklyn Criminal Court, Friday, April 6, 2018 in New York. McGregor is facing criminal charges in the wake of a backstage melee he allegedly instigated that has forced the removal of three fights from UFC’s biggest card of the year. Video footage appears to show the promotion’s most bankable star throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a Thursday news conference for UFC 223 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Cocksure and uncouth, Conor McGregor was never afraid to defy authority.He dressed in fur coats and swung chairs at news conferences, reaped the riches of his dalliance with boxing, and demanded his boss cut him an ownership stake in the MMA promotion that made him one of the sport’s most notorious names.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Best of all time McGregor was arraigned Friday on charges of felony criminal mischief charges and misdemeanor assault, menacing and reckless endangerment charges following a backstage melee he sparked at a UFC event in New York City.He spoke only to acknowledge that he understood the conditions of his release, saying, “Yes, your honor.”McGregor was released on $50,000 bond — pocket change for a fighter who was guaranteed $30 million last year in his ballyhooed boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor is due back in court June 14.Video footage appeared to show the promotion’s most bankable star throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters on Thursday after a news conference for UFC 223 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.McGregor was trying to get at UFC 223 main event fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov because the Russian had been involved in a hotel altercation with fellow fighter Artem Lobov. McGregor tried to stick up for Lobov, a close friend, and apparently loaded a private jet with his best buds and flew to New York to rumble.ADVERTISEMENT The brashness was muted as cameras snapped Friday when he was brought out of a New York City police station in handcuffs.White said earlier this week in New York that McGregor would fight again for UFC this year. McGregor’s actions now put future fights in doubt. He could have had his pick of rich fights. A rematch against Mayweather inside the cage? A third fight against Nate Diaz? It all seemed possible — and it now seems a long way off.UFC has not immediately issued discipline against its biggest box office attraction.McGregor once held the 145 and 155-pound championships at the same time and boldly stated he wanted an ownership stake in UFC.But the trash-talking, egocentric has been out of the fight game except for his money fight with Mayweather that made him wealthy enough to never need to step inside the cage again.The Mayweather bout last August was his last professional fight and McGregor and his girlfriend also had a son last year.But not even fatherhood could mellow the irate Irishman.He was ordered to away from five people injured in the attack.McGregor’s lawyer, Jim Walden, said there was no risk that McGregor would try to avoid coming back to court: “He’s the most visible face on the planet.”It’s one usually plastered on a UFC poster. UFC President Dana White said Friday he spoke to McGregor via text and the brawler said the confrontation “had to be done.”“It was probably the worst conversation we ever had,” White told FS1’s “First Things First” on Friday. “We talked yesterday before he turned himself in.“It’s not that I don’t think he understood what happened. He justified it. It was justified to him.”White said the 29-year-old McGregor said he was sorry about the fighters who were injured, but, “this had to be done.”Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were both pulled from the fight because of injuries suffered on the bus from McGregor’s shenanigans.Video showed McGregor with a group of people causing chaos Thursday as they took an elevator to the loading dock at Barclays Center. He can be seen tossing trash cans and being prevented from throwing a barricade at a bus during his unannounced appearance in New York.“Guys will say things, push, shove, grab each other. These things have happened,” White said. “People have slapped each other. We can deal with all of that stuff. But when you bring in twenty hoodlums that flew in from Ireland to basically do this at our event, there’s nothing like this that has ever happened.”Lobov was pulled from Saturday’s card for his involvement in the ugly act. McGregor’s friend and co-defendant Cian Cowley was released on $25,000 bond and also is due in court in June.McGregor hasn’t fought for UFC since November 2016 and was stripped this week by White of the 155-pound championship he had never defended.McGregor profanely responded on Twitter and wrote, “You’ll strip me of nothing.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ What McGregor wanted, McGregor got — in cash, championships, and living his best luxe life.After one more decisive victory in New York, McGregor scaled the UFC octagon and draped two championship belts over his shoulder while a sold-out crowd roared in approval.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the underbelly of a New York arena 17 months later, McGregor went wild, using a dolly, chairs and guard rails as weapons, not his fists. Fueled by revenge and running with a pack of his “hoodlums,” McGregor’s antics landed him in jail — and injured two fighters on Saturday’s UFC 223 card.Quiet and humbled, McGregor couldn’t talk his way out of trouble in a New York courtroom. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. 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THE POWER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/OWNERSHIP – (PART FIVE): SUSTAINING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

first_imgIn this fifth and final article of the series centered on the necessity and strength of community engagement the focus is on how to sustain community engagement. It is one thing to begin many a good thing and another to sustain it. Decision makers in Liberia, past and present, are known for initiating good programs and policy implementation such as only three persons in the back of a taxi, removing marketers from selling by road sides (sometime literally on the roads), and coming up with new transport fares and threats to enforce them but a few weeks later everything goes back to square one! How then may the essential policy of community engagement and ownership so helpfully tried and proven to be key to the defeat of the Ebola Virus Disease be sustained and promoted throughout the length and breath of this country? Let us explore in brief below. The fourth article on the indispensable roles of influential and opinion leaders of communities observed the following points:This kind of communication should bring on board everyone in the community. The drawing in of everyone is best done when the influential and opinion leaders of the community catch the vision. They in turn can spread and involve those they influence. Therefore chiefs, zoes, pastors, imams, teachers, leaders of the women, men, and youth, and heads of motorcyclists and wheelbarrow boys associations are to be involved in formulating the vision of whatever the community wants to do and in motivating everyone to come on board.The chiefs and zoes are the leaders of the people and what they say and do carries a lot of weight. Community members are likely to listen to them more than outsiders. Likewise religious leaders (pastors and imams) wield a lot of influence. Through their preaching, teaching and other forms of ministry (service) they engage members of the community at different levels on daily or at least biweekly basis (most likely on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Their members believe them and often do what they say and do.Teachers too influence what their students think and do. The kids listen and trust them more than their parents and others. Motorcyclists, wheelbarrow boys and leaders of the women, men and youths also can influence those who make use of their services. They all are to catch and drive community vision, projects and help solve problems and challenges that inevitably come from time to time. They all must play their parts if the community is to attend to its problems and make progress. They ought to help the community generate its own solutions and drive development. The importance of each one of these opinion leaders must be recognized and tapped into if communities are to see themselves as responsible for their own problems and coming up with visions for its own betterment.Community engagement is best sustained when it is practiced often and on a regular basis. It must not be a one off undertaking like fighting and defeating Ebola out of Liberia but must be practiced in attending to the numerous challenges that will inevitably come to every community and engaging seriously to overcome them, and in realizing the dreams and aspirations of communities. There is some truth to the common saying, “Practice makes perfect”. Community ownership must become second nature to communities through constant, all inclusive and continuous practice.Community engagement should be used now in helping communities to get their children vaccinated against measles, polio, and worms. The training of so many community actors (chiefs, teachers, pastors, imams, leaders of youths, women and men) during the Ebola crisis should now be employed to attend to common communal problems.Many Liberians and foreign observers alike know that Liberia needs a change in mind and attitude if it is to progress and be what it was meant to be, a beckon hope to the rest of Africa. The problems of lack of patriotism, entrepreneurial spirit, negativity towards self and everything Liberian, and repeating terrible mistakes of the past including the most recent of civil war and the Ebola crisis require a fundamental mental and attitudinal change. And such a change can best be achieved through community ownership. When community leaders and opinion leaders catch the vision and engage the communities then the needed change can come about quicker and easier than when it comes from central government down. Community ownership is sustained when it is used as often as possible in different situations of community and national needs and in improving the lot of the community and the nation.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Legislature to Establish Judicial Oversight C’tte?

first_imgChief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor (left): “What surprises me is that the call is being made from an unlikely source,” the Legislature, headed by Speaker Bhofal Chambers (Right) Chief Justice: “it assails doctrine of separation of powers”It appears that if careful consideration is not taken there could likely be a scramble between the Legislature and the Judiciary over a plan by lawmakers to establish a judiciary oversight committee that could slip the country into a constitutional crisis.The function and mandate of that committee were not disclosed yesterday during the opening of the October 2018 Term of the Supreme Court.But, during Chief Justice Francis Korkpor’s opening address, which was attended by President George Weah, Senate Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie and Speaker Bhofal Chambers, he informed his audience that also included members of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), that, “We have heard a call or proposal for the establishment of a judiciary oversight committee within the legislature.”It is not clear whether the lawmakers’ action resulted from the ongoing wrangling between the two Branches of Government over the impeachment of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh by majority members of the Lower House.“What surprises me is that the call is being made from an unlikely source. We shall say more on this at the appropriate time, not in the too distant future,” Korkpor said. “But, suffice it to say for now that such a call does only undermine the independence of the judiciary, and it also directly assails the doctrine of separation of powers enshrined in our organic law, the Constitution.“Let me reiterate,” Korkpor emphasized, “that we have and will continue to work so that the Supreme Court will remain a neutral, non-aligned and non-political Branch of the Government, a sanctuary to which the injured can see justice. We will continue to protect the liberty and freedom of all. It should be clear by now, judging from our many positions and opinions, that the court favors no particular person or institution, including the government.”He continued, “If the government is in the right we will not hesitate to say so, but if the reverse is also true, we will remain only on the side of the law.”Therefore, Korkpor assured party litigants that, “Those who have matters before this court should harbor no fear or apprehension of the expected outcome of their cases; your fate will be decided solely on the face of the law applicable.”In response, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia, reminded his colleagues that the faith of the common man in our judicial system is shaky, to say the least.Addressing himself to the judicial Oversight Committee, Minister Dean said, “While a call or proposal for the establishment of a ‘judicial oversight committee’ within the legislature will undermine the doctrine of the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution, the judiciary must embark on self-cleansing.”According to Dean, justice actors must work assiduously at self-policing and self-cleansing to restore the respect, faith, and confidence of the common people in the judiciary and the rule of law.“Our courts’ judgments and actions must be grounded in and have the support of the law; and must be seen as fair, judicious and impartial,” Dean noted. “Our courts’ judgments must carry the moral authority required to demand compliance.”Reflecting on the role of the Judiciary in the country’s constitutional democracy, Minister Dean quoted the words of the late Chief Justice James A.A. Pierre, in a case that involved C. Abayomi Cassell, Counsellor-at-Law, 14 LLR 391 (1960): “The Judiciary is the anchor which holds and stabilizes a government in a balance; without it, vested interest might suffer, sacred rights might be violated, constituted authority might be challenged and, in fact, administrative chaos could result.”On the attendance of high profile government officials, Dean said, “It signals the unity, cordial working relationship, and the coordination that the Constitution contemplates among the Branches of Government. The doctrine of separation of powers does not imply antagonism.”Article 3 of the 1986 Constitution says: “Liberia is a unitary sovereign state divided into counties for administrative purposes. The form of government is Republican with three separate coordinate branches: the Legislature, the Executive and Judiciary. Consistent with the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances, no person holding office in one of these branches shall hold office in or exercise any of the powers assigned to either of the other two branches except as otherwise provided in this Constitution; and no person holding office in one of the said branches shall serve on any autonomous public agency.”Also Article 34 provides that“The Legislature shall have the power:(a) to create new counties and other political sub-division, and readjust existing county boundaries;(b) to provide for the security of the Republic;(c) Armed Forces of the Republic, and to make appropriations therefor provided that no appropriation of money for that use shall be for a longer term than on year; and to make rules for the governance of the Armed Forces of the Republic;(d) to levy taxes, duties, imports, exercise and other revenues, to borrow money, issue currency, mint coins, and to make appropriations for the fiscal governance of the Republic, subject to the following qualifications:(i) all revenue bills, whether subsidies, charges, imports, duties or taxes, and other financial bills, shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills. No other financial charge shall be established, fixed, laid or levied on any individual, community or locality under any pretext whatsoever except by the expressed consent of the individual, community or locality. In all such cases, a true and correct account of funds collected shall be made to the community or locality;(ii) no monies shall be drawn from the treasure except in consequence of appropriations made by legislative enactment and upon warrant of the President; and no coin shall be minted or national currency issued except by the expressed authority of the Legislature. An annual statement and account of the expenditure of all public monies shall be submitted by the office of the President to the Legislature and published once a year;(iii) no loans shall be raised by the Government on behalf of the Republic or guarantees given for any public institutions or authority otherwise than by or under the authority of a legislative enactment;(e) to constitute courts inferior to the Supreme Court, including circuit courts, claims courts and such courts with prescribed jurisdictional powers as may be deemed necessary for the proper administration of justice throughout the Republic;(f) to approve treaties, conventions and such other international agreements negotiated or signed on behalf of the Republic;(g) to regulate trade and commence between Liberia and other nations;(h) to establish laws for citizenship, naturalization and residence;(i)   to enact the election laws;(j) to establish various categories of criminal offenses and provide for the punishment thereof;(k) to enact laws providing pension scheme for various categories of government officials and employees in accordance with age and tenure of service; and(l) to make other laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the Republic, or in any department or officer thereof.Article 65 also states that “The Judicial Power of the Republic shall be vested in a Supreme Court and such subordinate courts as the legislature may from time to time establish. The courts shall apply both statutory and customary laws in accordance with the standards enacted by the Legislature. Judgments of the Supreme Court shall be final and binding and shall not be subject to appeal or review by any other branch of Government. Nothing in this Article shall prohibit administrative consideration of the justiciable matter prior to review by a court of competent jurisdiction.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Map of worst intersections in Fort St. John

first_imgView full map – Advertisement – Here is an interesting map created by the Vancouver Sun and ICBC.  This map shows the most dangerous intersections in B.C., including Fort St. John.Zoom into Fort St. John and you’ll see what intersections are the worst in our community based on stats collected from 2005 to 2009 by ICBC.last_img