Flashback: a chess tournament in MonroviaThe Liberia Chess Federation (LCF) has recently participated in the West Africa 4-4 individual chess tournament in Monrovia with three of its players emerging winners, next to Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.Giving details of the competition and other happenings in the federation recently in Monrovia, the president of the LCF, Mr. Winston Ireland, said if they should stand tall among other nations, the game needs the support of those who love it.“It was an amazing experience under my leadership when we invited our colleagues in the sub-region to compete for something through our game,” Mr. Ireland said.M. Balogun Oluwafemi and Kigigha Borno of Nigeria came first and second in the West Africa Zone 4-4 Individual Chess Championship held from April 20-30 this year while Harmon Barcon and John Jallah (Liberia) emerged as third and fourth place winners.The LCF meanwhile announced that its team will travel to Algeria in July to participate in the African Chess Confederation Championship and it is seeking financial support from well-meaning Liberians.“We used to receive the sum of US$20,000 from our government but we are no longer receiving it due to some administrative reasons cited by the Ministry of Youth and Sports,” Ireland said.The LCF boss who was elected on January 6 with Omar Issa, Jerome Wilson, Lewellyn Brent and Godfrey Richard as his vice president, financial secretary, treasurer and chaplain respectively, said the Federation presently lacks office space due to their inability to pay rent.“We inherited an empty office and as such we have been unable to raise funds to pay rent and settle other problems,” he noted.He said his leadership has registered 11 active chess teams across Montserrado and is planning to launch the game in schools and communities for children as young as 6 years.When contacted, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Henry Nyonton, said the LCF was audited a year ago and discovered some flaws which the federation needed to have settled before it could be reconsidered for budgetary allotment.“There were some financial problems at that office and we have advised that the Federation puts its house in order by having an organized structure that will be willing to be accountable and transparent,” Nyonton said in a telephone interview.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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On a day when the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is scheduled to meet and discuss the next course of action on the reforms proposed by him, Justice R.M. Lodha said it was “unfortunate” that even after almost one year since the verdict, the recommendations could not be implemented.”I am sad and it’s unfortunate. CoA was appointed about six months back. There was sufficient time to implement the order. It’s not a happy moment and it’s quite unpleasant,” Lodha said on Saturday.On January 30 this year, the Supreme Court had appointed a four-member committee headed by former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai to administer the day to day affairs of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as an interim measure to oversee the implementation of the Lodha recommendations.The apex court, in the same month, had also removed president Anurag Thakur and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts for obstructing the implementation of the reforms.The Supreme Court passed a July 18, 2016 judgment to implement the Lodha committee recommendations.”It is unfortunate because on July 18, 2016 Supreme Court passed the order after hearing BCCI at length. Now after almost one year, when the president and secretary have been removed by the Supreme Court, we are nowhere near the implementation of the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Lodha said.In the BCCI’s last Special General Meeting (SGM), the state associations failed to adopt the Lodha Committee recommendations despite it being on top of their agenda.advertisementIt has reportedly left the CoA with no option but to ask the Supreme Court to enforce the reforms.A number of member units of the BCCI have filed affidavits in the Supreme Court against the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations.To this, the CoA had suggested the state bodies filter their objections to the recommendations to a few points and submit them to the court for reconsideration.This, the CoA had reiterated at its meeting with the state associations on the eve of the SGM, would be beneficial to all parties concerned.But instead, a seven-member committee, headed by Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Rajiv Shukla, was formed “to identify the few critical points in respect of the said judgment (July 18, 2016 Supreme Court order) for the General Body of the BCCI to consider before its submission to the Hon’ble Supreme Court”.Asked about the few principal recommendations including the ‘one state, one vote’, age and tenure cap for administrators’, cooling off periods between successive terms and the size of the senior national selection committee which the state bodies have objected to, Lodha said:”All these things have been argued before the Supreme Court multiple times. They have been rejected. Supreme Court has put seal of approval. There can’t be more superior forum that SC. All these points had been rejected before the SC when they had argued. What is the point of saying all these now?”While speaking to a news channel, the 67-year-old former Chief Justice of India did not want to comment on one of the CoA members, Ramachandra Guha resigning recently, saying his explosive letter speaks for itself.”He must have found some internal functioning not satisfactory, I can’t comment on that. Guha has spelt out the reasons for resignation in his letter and that speaks for itself.”The next Supreme Court hearing on this matter is scheduled for July 14.
Watford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford did just enough to see off FA Cup opponents Woking on Sunday.Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey.Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “Before coming we knew it would be a demanding game instead of just the difference being the levels of the teams, but the players started playing very focused, knowing what they had to do.”We scored early and we had the control. We knew, while it was only one goal, we needed to kill the game, we didn’t do it until the second half but it was a good performance.” He added: “We have a good squad. The players that played today didn’t play the last games and I know all of them are ready and, like they showed today, they are available and ready to compete.”The result is not as important. It’s more important for me to see my players in a good condition and with a good attitude today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”.
Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala continues to grow as musical icons from all genres join the celebration of legendary performer and 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.In honor of Bennett’s milestone birthday celebration, musical stars from an eclectic mix of genres will take the stage to perform some of the timeless hits Bennett has recorded in his 70-year career. Joining the line up are: contemporary jazz trumpeter and GRAMMY winner Chris Botti; actor, writer, producer and host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS James Corden; American soul and R&B singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee Andra Day; 14-time GRAMMY winner and American musical icon Herbie Hancock; music legend and celebrated producer Quincy Jones; multi-platinum jazz star and 5-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall; piano prodigy and budding pop sensation Dan Orlando; chart-topping country music artist Darius Rucker; and global superstar Steven Tyler.“I came from a musical family, I grew up on songs like ‘I left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘Shadow of your Smile.’ To now be singing for him on his 90th birthday is something that is truly an honor,” said Tyler. “Tony’s voice is timeless and one that I hold very near and dear to my heart.”“I feel honored and privileged every time I get to step out on stage and perform with Tony Bennett, whose voice is as iconic and timeless as ever,” Botti said.“Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend,” said Day. “It’s an honor to perform for him on such a special birthday.”“A timeless talent that is ever-young, vibrant and gracious. Tony’s life-force is strong and respectful of others. His actions musically and in his daily life are a testament to the value of inclusion. He’s a great encouragement to the younger generation and continually lifts everyones spirits,” said Hancock. “As a musician and a human being, Tony is a shining light. He’s the best of the best.”One of the most celebrated entertainers in the world, Bennett has thrilled sold-out audiences worldwide for decades, selling ten million records in the last ten years alone. Known for timeless hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing,” the 20th annual Power of Love gala will bring together musical artists to pay tribute to his musical genius in a celebration of song and philanthropy.The Power of Love gala, began in 1996 as an evening dedicated to fighting the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease with the founding of Keep Memory Alive by Larry Ruvo in honor of his father, Lou. Since that night it’s blossomed into a celebration known for partnering with some of the most celebrated chefs and entertainers in the industry for an evening of philanthropy, while raising awareness and funds for Keep Memory Alive in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.Previous Power of Love galas have celebrated the 70th birthday of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2012 and the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in 2013. Last year’s gala hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Celine Dion, Martina McBride, Robin Thicke and more as they honored Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica. Generating the bulk of Keep Memory Alive’s revenue, the annual gala is imperative to the success of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in the mission to enhance treatments and research of brain diseases.Tickets now on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. For all other inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702.263.9797.
From left: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds | Getty Images (3) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in last year’s Skyscraper, is writing and directing Red Notice, which Universal previously was going to release on Nov. 13, 2020. It now has no release date, but will shoot in 2020. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Universal was previously going to release the film in November 2020.Red Notice is setting up shop at Netflix. The big-budget international heist feature starring Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot has moved from Universal to the streaming service, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. With the move comes the additional casting news of Ryan Reynolds, who is starring in Michael Bay’s Six Underground for Netflix.
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RYCROFT, AB – The water main has been repaired and the water distribution system has re-opened yet the Boil Water Advisory and State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Posted to the Village of Rycroft’s FB Page;PRESS RELEASE #12March 6, 2019 – 9:10 a.m. Yesterday evening the break in the water main was repaired and the water distribution system was re-opened. Residents should now have water service.DO NOT DRINK THE WATER.The BOIL WATER ADVISORY will remain in effect until such time as the laboratory results verify it is safe to consume.The State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Please note:Now that the water distribution system is re-activated, most water lines will contain some air and water discoloration when opened. This is normal. Open taps SLOWLY and the regular steady flow will soon occur.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The person who posted a photo on social media of themselves feeding bears along the Alaska Highway, on August 22, has been charged.The B.C. Conservation Officer Service charged the individual for unlawfully feeding bears.The individual pled guilty in Provincial Court and was fined $2,000. On top of the fine, the Court ordered that they stay away from bears at a distance of 50 metres for a period of six months.Earlier this summer, a bear had to be euthanized at the Liard Hot Springs after making contact with humans.Conservation Officers are reminding the public not to encourage interactions with bears as this can be dangerous for both parties.More bear safety tips can be found at bearsmart.com.