OCTOBER 22, 2016 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you support the decision of the local FOP filing a “Legal Injunction” against the city concerning their Healthcare benefits?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Powell, Williams head World Indoor team

first_imgWorld Champs 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell headline Jamaica?s 24 member squad to the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre in Portland, Oregon, from March 17-20.The women?s team of 13 also includes World Championships 4x400m relay gold medallist Stephenie Ann McPherson and 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson.Triple jumper Shanieka Thomas, combined events specialist Salcia Slack, and 800m runner Natoya Goule, who were members of the 2015 World outdoor squad, have also been included.The remaining females are Simone Facey, Patricia Hall, Chrisann Gordon, Samantha Scarlett, Anneisha McLaughlin, Verone Chamber and Ronda Whyte.On the men?s side, Powell headlines the 11-member squad, which includes world outdoor championships 110m hurdles finalist and 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division One 60m hurdle champion Omar McLeod.National record holder and 2013 NCAA 5000m champion Kemoy Campbell, Kevaughn Rattray, Odean Skeen, Ricardo Chambers, Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Dane Hyatt, Demar Murray, and Demish Gaye complete the line-up.Glaring absences from this squad include 2014 WIC 60m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and men?s 60m silver medallist Nesta Carter.Trevor Campbell heads the management team, with Marvin Anderson and Merlene Hamilton listed as team officials.delegationThe delegation is completed by Jason Strachan (team doctor), Fitz Coleman (technical leader), Maurice Westney and Mark Elliott (coaches), Alvin Green (masseur), and Morine Dawson, (masseuse). The team will depart on March 16 and return on March 21.Jamaica won five medals at the last World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, in 2014.last_img read more

EU, LRA Launch €2.1 million Customs Support Project

first_imgOn Thursday 11th August, the European Union and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) officially launched a project for Long Term Technical Assistance to the Customs Department at a local resort in Monrovia, according to an LRA press release yesterday.The EU funded project, which has a value of €2.1 million (approximately US$2.3 million), will continue until October 2018.The project will facilitate Liberia’s international and regional trade, generate customs revenue and improve the accountability, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency of customs in Liberia. Capacity to tackle smuggling and fraud will be enhanced and the project will support Liberia’s compliance with WTO obligations and the objectives of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreement with West Africa. Building on previous support from the European Union for the Customs Department under the then-Ministry of Finance, the current project aims to achieve increased revenue collection nationally, including the establishment of a ‘Centre of Excellence’ and pilot upgrade of selected key border posts and reduce smuggling and fraud through strengthened capacity for anti-smuggling, intelligence and investigation and enforcement. The project is also expected attain increased efficiency and enhanced trade facilitation, including reduced average clearance times, through strengthened capacity for management control and for consistent application of laws, regulations and procedures, in particular promotion of voluntary compliance and post clearance audit operations. The Customs Department of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) will be in charge of implementation, supported by four long-term international Customs experts, and several short-term experts. This includes Peter Bennett (Team Leader), Brian Glancy and Bill Eliasson, all of whom were present at the event.Peter Bennett gave a presentation at the launch event outlining the key aspects that will be covered by the project and introducing the Key Expert team. He set out the three main components of the project: Support to the Customs Department Headquarters; Support to the Compliance and EnforcementDivision; and Support to Rural and Urban ports, including the development of a Centre of Excellence at the Freeport of Monrovia. At the event, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, thanked the EU and its taxpayers for their timely support towards the transformation of Customs Administration in Liberia, which includes a Centre of Excellence at the Customs One Stop Shop at the Freeport and the resulting positive impact on doing business. She is looking forward to the successful implementation of the project, which is critical to improving Liberia’s Doing Business, WCO (World Customs Organisation) and other international rankings.European Union Chargé d’Affaires, Mrs. Emma Sundblad, said “The European Union is contributing more than two million dollars to the creation of a Customs Centre of Excellence and the fight against smuggling, because we believe that this will generate much-needed revenue for the Government of Liberia. At the same time, more efficient Customs procedures will make it easier for Liberian and international businesses to trade with each other and to invest in Liberia. We hope that the hands-on approach of the experts will help their Liberian colleagues to put things into practice.”The event was attended by officials of the Government of Liberia, representatives of the private sector, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and donor partners, many of which are actively supporting the LRA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lewandowski hat-trick leads Bayern to Frankfurt cup revenge

first_img0Shares0000Heads up: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski heads in one of his goals © AFP / Daniel ROLANDFRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Aug 12 – A brilliant hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski led Bayern Munich to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Sunday’s German Supercup, giving former Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac a memorable start to his reign at the Bavarian giants.Kovac returned to Frankfurt for his first competitive game in charge of the Bundesliga winners, having ended two successful years at Eintracht with a shock win over Bayern in last season’s German Cup final. Yet there was no time for sentimentality on Sunday, as Bayern took brutal revenge for their cup humiliation, Lewandowski leaving the Frankfurt defence in tatters.A ruthless Bayern took the lead with their first chance on 21 minutes.Joshua Kimmich’s cross picked out Lewandowski at the far post and the Polish star fired a header across Frederik Roennow in the Frankfurt goal.The striker nodded in a second from almost exactly the same position five minutes later, heading Arjen Robben’s corner past the stranded Roennow.The game could have turned in Frankfurt’s favour just before half-time when Mats Hummels escaped with a yellow card after bringing down Mijat Gacinovic in front of goal.At the other end, Lewandowski faced increasingly rough treatment from the Frankfurt defence, and Eintracht captain David Abraham was also lucky to escape a red card when he appeared to elbow the Polish striker late in the game.There was no stopping Lewandowski, however, who danced free of Abraham to rifle in his third goal on 54 minutes.Kovac’s perfect evening was sealed in the 63rd minute when Kingsley Coman bundled in Bayern’s fourth.The new Bayern coach had focused on low crosses in training the week before, and watched happily on as David Alaba’s low cross found Coman at the far post to make it 4-0.Thiago delivered the final flourish five minutes from time, gratefully receiving a pass from Coman to slot home Bayern’s fifth.Sandro Wagner could even have made it six, missing an open goal from two yards out, but that didn’t stop Bayern celebrating a winning start under Kovac and a successfully defended Supercup title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Redwoods drops fifth straight

first_imgCollege of the Redwoods football fell in its final home game of the 2018 season to Yuba College, 41-23, Saturday afternoon at Community Stadium.Redwoods (1-4, 2-7) was 2-2 overall and 1-0 in conference after beating Contra Costa at home back on Sept. 22 but since then has dropped five consecutive games as its once hopeful season has devolved into an injury-induced struggle.Saturday’s game mirrored much of Redwoods’ recent games as untimely turnovers and one-off blunders overshadowed good play …last_img

Protests lined up against Citizenship Bill in Assam

first_imgMore than 100 civil society and students’ organisations and political parties have lined up protests against the BJP’s move to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill during the winter session of Parliament.The Bill seeks to fast-track the process of granting citizenship to non-Muslims who have allegedly fled religious persecution from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014.The Left Democratic Front, Assam, a coalition of nine political parties including the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Janata Dal (Secular) and Nationalist Congress Party, has called for a State-wide protest on Monday.‘Anti-Assam’ “The Bill is communal and anti-Assam, as it would render the expensive exercise of updating the National Register of Citizens meaningless,” a spokesperson of the Front said on Sunday.About 30 organisations aligned with the All Assam Students’ Union have chalked out a series of programmes for drumming up support against the push for the “jatidhwangshi” (race-destroying) Bill. According to the Union, the six-year Assam Agitation for ejecting illegal migrants would go waste if the Bill is passed by Parliament.The Assam Accord of August 1985 that put an end to the agitation had prescribed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for detecting and deporting illegal migrants from the State. 1966 base year The NRC is being updated on the basis of this cut-off date, although officials have allegedly considered 1966 as the base year for ascertaining the citizenship of people belonging to the non-indigenous communities.Another 70 organisations, led by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, have also announced a “door-to-door” campaign against the Bill from Monday. A Samiti spokesperson criticised Assam Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for insisting that the Bill would be in the State’s interest.last_img read more

MVP calls for longer preparation for Gilas ahead of duel vs Aussies

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Gilas team ‘not one-dimensional,’ says Reyes Manny V. Pangilinan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan would be the first to call for a longer preparation for Gilas Pilipinas as it braces for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“I’m not a coach, but I would love for the team to have at least a month to prepare for the competition together, of course. Otherwise, our chances are not good against other teams,” Pangilinan said on the heels of the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “This team only had three weeks to prepare so frankly, I thought they were bit rusty in Tokyo and you saw tonight that they were rusty. They were not jelling really well in the first half. I’m just glad that in the second half, they got into the rhythm and they got themselves into the groove.“Still, Pangilinan couldn’t be any more pleased that the Philippines managed to go 2-0 despite having little time to prepare.“Given the circumstances under which the team was formed, of course, I’m very happy for the team. I’m very proud of them and I’m sure, Fiba would notice that we’ve done well despite everything we had to go through.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas ended the first leg of the Asian qualifiers unscathed after pulling out victories against Japan and Chinese Taipei to go up at joint first in Group B.But Pangilinan knows that the road will just get tougher from here as the as the Philippines faces Australia next in February before hosting Japan here at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat’s why Pangilinan isn’t tooting his horns for Gilas’ 2-0 record as he braces for the team’s next foes.“Australia is a very good team. So if we’re serious about competing against Australia, we have to give enough time for the team to jell,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

The CFB Programs Expected To Have The Most 1st Rounders In 2017 NFL Draft

first_imgLogos of the major college football programs and the NFL Draft.NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU lsuExpected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson clemson logoExpected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida florida logoExpected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State floridastateExpected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia uga logoExpected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State ohio state logoExpected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee tennessee logoExpected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M texas a&MExpected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC uscExpected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]last_img read more

Rep Johnson announces May office hours

first_img06May Rep. Johnson announces May office hours State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Friday, May 17, 2019Allegan CountyColonial Kitchen1825 142nd Ave. in Door8:30 – 9:30 a.m.Kent CountyChick-fil-A1545 Edgeknoll Drive in Gaines Twp.10:30 – 11:30 a.m.“Open and honest communication with residents is instrumental in holding state government accountable,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I invite all residents to attend a local office hour gathering to share their concerns and ideas.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email [email protected] or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com. Categories: Steven Johnson Newslast_img read more