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Perlas spikers rebound, rip Angels

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Dzi Gervacio said their five-set defeat at the hands of collegiate team Motolite-Ateneo last Sunday was still in their minds when they entered Game 1 of the best-of-three series.“That was a tough loss,” said Gervacio, referring to last Sunday’s semifinal loss. “So we told ourselves that at least we should end this season with a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Perlas Spikers can wrap things up with another win in Saturday’s Game 2 in Batangas City.PetroGazz wasn’t about to give up easily as it fought through four set-points before yielding the second frame. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ramirez asks POC to resolve issues hounding NSAs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ That momentum carried the Angels in the third set where they out-attacked the Perlas Spikers, 16-5, to win the frame.The Angels were leading 8-5 in the fourth until Sue Roces fired an ace to ignite a 10-4 run which turned the tide in favor of the Perlas Spikers.Then Nicole Tiamzon slammed home successive winners down the stretch to ice the match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Still nursing a heartbreak over its semifinal loss, BanKo Perlas demolished PetroGazz, 25-14, 28-26, 10-25, 25-19, Wednesday night and closed in on third place in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Prices of Commodities Skyrocket in Greenville

first_imgAs the roads of Liberia’s Southeast’s continue to worsen, prices of essential commodities have sky rocketed beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and residents of Greenville City in Sinoe County.In addition, several feeder roads leading to the various districts are inaccessible due to the fact that most of the farm-to-market roads have not been rehabilitated nor are there any plans in the offing to fix them.   Sadly, prices of most essential commodities have soared so much that the lives of ordinary citizens and residents in the port city of Greenville could be described as grave and worrisome.Amongst many of the essential commodities whose prices have hit the roof are sardines, plastic dishes, rice, palm (imported), drinks and locally produced foodstuffs.Consequently, according to businessmen and women operating stores and shops in Greenville City, prices of essential commodities have dramatically escalated owing to hike in transportation fares from Monrovia and other parts of the country.Transportation fares from the commercial district of Red-light Market in Paynesville to Greenville City in Sinoe County have been stepped up LD$8,000.00 for a to and fro trip.Previously, a round trip from Monrovia to Greenville was LD$6000.00 per commuter with the exception one’s personal effects.Businesswomen and men taking goods, services and things told the Daily Observer last week in Greenville City that due to the hike in transport fares, their entities are not doing well economically in Sinoe County.The nation’s staple food rice a 25-pounds of bag is now been sold for LD$1,700.00, bottle of stout LD$175.00, canned of sardine LDS115.00, bottle of large beer LD$210.00, finger size batteries LD$40.00 and all frozen food commodities have climbed the hiking ladder at the port city of Greenville in Sinoe County.In separate interviews with both residents and businesspeople last week, they expressed grave concern over the escalating price increases in Greenville City and other parts of that county.Businessman Francis Tugbeh Doe said that until urgent steps are taken to rehabilitate the most life threatening deplorable spots on the Sinoe-River Cess highways, the situation will continue to deteriorate rapidly on commodities’ prices in Greenville City.“I think the Liberian Government needs to re-examine, evaluate and monitor the construction works being carried out on the between River Cess and Sinoe Counties in terms of durability and sustainability,” Mr. Doe stressed.Businessman George Browne Nimely told the Daily Observer that the Rainy Season by all engineering standards is not best time to work on unpaved roads in the country.“We want to reduce the prices of essential commodities but, the transportation fares are retarding the undertaken of such a realistic venture in Greenville City,” businessman Nimely asserted.For her part, businesswoman Betty Sumo Wesseh stressed the need for the complete reconstruction of the Sinoe-River Cess in order to save the citizens and residents of Greenville City.Madam Wesseh added that they were really catching hard times on the highways of Sinoe and River Cess counties owing to the deplorable conditions of dangerous spots and life threatening potholes.“I want the Liberian Government to bring pressure to bear on the road construction company that currently responsible for the rehabilitation of the River Cess-Sinoe Highway in Greenville and other areas in Sinoe County, Madam Wesseh concluded.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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Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Agitated Witness

first_imgProsecutor Jack Sombo’s smile was triumphant when he shot the question at the witness for the prosecution.“You met the accused thirty minutes before the announcement of the murder?” “Yes.” “He told you that he had a case to settle with him?” “Exactly!” “And you told him to be wary of what he was intending to do?” “Yes,” the witness said with a smile. “What happened next, Timothy, when the defendant told you it was not your business?” The spectators in the courtroom paid rapt attention and did not want to miss the prosecution witness’s answers. The witness lifted his chin, and adjusted his position in the box, and said, “It was clear to me that the defendant had something sinister under his sleeves. “I thought…” “Don’t think,” the prosecutor interrupted, “just tell the court what you know about what he said to you on his intention.” “Ok,” the witness said, with reassurance, “I read his mind and knew that he wanted to take revenge on someone.” “How did you know that, Timothy?” “He told me that he had been with a woman, his wife for the last three years.” “You mean Kathleen Kumba?” “Yes,” he replied, “and he told me that someone had snatched the woman from him and he would not allow him to have a free ride.” The prosecutor turned swiftly with a smile and seconds later ambled his way to the prosecuting table. He deliberately attempted to search for a document and just as suddenly as he had proceeded to the table, he walked leisurely to the witness. The brief interruption was expected to increase the tense atmosphere. Spectators in the courtroom followed him and his manner was like someone completely in charge of the situation. It was evident he did not care that after his examination, there was someone who was supposed to cross-examine the witness with the acidity of a warrior for the truth beyond every reasonable doubt. As the echo of ceiling fans filled the room the prosecutor’s voice boomed, with the question, “What did he decide to do?” The witness said, “He told me that if he would not have the woman then it meant that his rival could also not have her.  “Even though I did not think about it at first, because I don’t allow other people’s business to be mine, later I began to have second thought when news broke out that Mr. Thomas Taplah, owner of the Amalgamated Industries Limited had been murdered.” “What then did you do?”“I contacted the police and informed an officer that I may likely know the murderer.”“What did the police do, Thomas?” Wiping his brow, the witness said, “The officer invited me to the station and interviewed me.  “I told him everything I knew about the case.” The prosecutor could not hide his success, since he considered the case open and shut case. The witness was providing information that could settle once and for all the circumstances that led to the murder. Though he could not fail to remember that the defense attorney was a hardcore cross-examiner, with an uncanny ability to confuse defense’ witnesses, he felt at ease nonetheless.Sweeping his eyes across the spectators and with a sneer at the defense counsel Jason Doe, the prosecutor grinned with the comment, “Your witness,” as he walked leisurely to his table. Defense counsel Jason Doe, who had all along absorbed the proceedings, was on his feet, a smile on his face, as he directed his gaze at the witness. It became clear to many in the courtroom that the resolution of the case would not be an easy task as the prosecutor had indicated.  After all someone had been killed and it was difficult for someone planning a murder to inform another about it, in the manner that had been brought out in the case so far. In one of his best moods, Jason Doe walked to the witness, and with deliberation offered a grin. “He told you someone has snatched a woman from him?” “Yes.” “Why did he tell you about an important development in his life?” “I have known him as a friend and I am sure he needed some advice from me.” “Which,” the lawyer said, “suggests that you are a professional marriage counselor?” The witness, perhaps aware of the craftiness of the lawyer shrugged his shoulders, and said, “I’m no counselor but he came to me.” “What time of the day did he come to you?” “Let me see,” the witness said, “it was about four in the evening.” “Who was with you at the time?” “I was alone.” “Was that visit the first time he ever brought to your attention a situation that affected his life?” The witness hesitated, and then said, “What are you trying to get at?” The lawyer saw an opening, and said, “No I ask the questions and you give the answers, ok?” “But if I don’t understand a question,” the witness replied, “can I ask a question back?” The lawyer considered his answer for a second and answered, “I ask you a question: when the defendant came to you to inform you about what he was planning to do, was that visit the first for an advice of that nature?”“Now I understand,” the witness said, and hesitated. “And what is your answer?” the lawyer repeated. “Well,” the witness said, stretching his neck, “it was the first time.” “And so,” the lawyer continued, “isn’t it ironic a man who was planning to destroy another’s life would choose to go to someone who could not help him professionally?” “I cannot know why he chose to come to me.” “And,” the lawyer said, “You want this court to believe that the defendant chose to come to you, someone without any professional counseling expertise to explain to you what he was intending to do?” The witness hesitated, and then said, “It does seem that I have not authority or knowledge to provide him, but I’m convinced that he came to me to share his agony and then to brag about what he wanted to do.”  “Which does not make sense, at all, right?” The witness looked around him and he could see eyes, including those of the judge stared at him. He must have felt that his testimony was losing impact. The case was at its sixth week and the collaborating evidence from the witness who claimed he was confided in, was sure people in the courtroom were suspicious of his testimony.The defense counsel seemed to enjoy the repeated question he was throwing at him, and may be to torment him as a punishment.Perhaps, he was in such a confused state of mind when he heard the defense counsel say, “Mr. Thomas Jolo, you testified that the defendant, Anthony Soma visited you on the day the victim met his death and bragged to you that since his wife had been snatched by somebody, he would not allow that somebody to go free…”“Not exactly in those words as you put it,” the witness said, in a voice of frustration, “you make me to appear like I’m lying.” The lawyer considered his reaction briefly, and smiling said, “Why are you agitated?”“I’m feeling agitated because you don’t appear to believe me.”“You remember that you swore to say nothing but the truth about everything you know about the murder of Thomas Taplah, owner of the Amalgamated Industries Limited?” “Yes, I did.” “And you have been speaking the truth about what happened in the case, though you don’t have the professional acumen to provide the kind of advice you claimed you offered the defendant?”“To a point I have.” Then the prosecutor reacted, “Your Honor, what does this question have to do with the murder that the witness testified the defendant had confided in him?” Judge Justin Weah lifted his head, and said, “The Court is interested in every facet of the case and will allow the defense all the laxity he needs to probe into the mind of the witness.” “Doesn’t appear that the defense is prolonging the case with extraneous questions, Your Honor?”Judge Weah replied, “The Court is aware of the length at which the exchanges can go and it does not need the prosecutor to remind it. “Nonetheless, there is a reasonable amount of time that the Court can allow the defense, but I must stipulate that to ensure fairness, the Court will allow both the prosecution and the defense equal time in this case.” “Thank you, Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, uneasily.  Jason Doe grinned and said to the witness, “To what point will a reasonable man confide in a man who admitted he does not have the capacity to offer such an advice, Mr. Jolo?” Turning to stare at the prosecutor, he said, “To the point as far as the defendant came to me.” With a glowing interest, the lawyer said, “Are you suggesting that there is another point that you have told this Court?”The witness began to fumble with his hands, and the prosecutor jumped into his defense, again. “Your honor,” he said, turning to look at the judge, “Counsel has reduced the case into a circus and I am inclined to state without any prejudice that the witness is simply confused about events leading to the murder.” Judge Weah lifted his head and glared at the prosecutor. “How?”Prosecutor Sombo went on, “This is a case that has weighed desperately against the defendant and the witness earlier testimony confirmed a revelation of the defendant before he committed the crime.” Judge Weah said, “It is interesting that the prosecutor is making a case for the witness when in fact the facts of the case should come from events, whether circumstantial or otherwise. “This Court is interested in this case since it has become apparent that this witness, among other things, knows more than he is saying.” The judge hesitated as a murmur of appreciation from spectators swept across the courtroom. “Evidently,” the judge continued, “it will be interesting…” And suddenly, the witness shouted from the box, “It’s ok there is nothing more for me to hide.” The prosecutor said, “If there is anything you need to say other than what you have said, you need to…” “No, no,” the witness repeated, “I will confess the real story about what led to the murder.” The judge’s eyes glared at the witness, “You know what you are saying?” “Yes,” the witness said, “I want to tell who killed Mr. Thomas Taplah, owner of the Amalgamated Industries Limited.”  The judge, surprised, said, “In that case, I want to see the prosecution and the defense lawyers in my chambers.”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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Education Minister opposes hike

first_imgUG fees…calls for reviewThe University of Guyana (UG) Council has decided to hike student tuition fees at Guyana’s premier public education facility, but the Education Minister has signalled his opposition to the move.Education Minister,Dr Rupert RoopnaraineIn a recent interview with this publication, Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine declared that he is not in favour of the hike. He indicated that there is need for the decision to be reviewed, and has promised that he would speak with the MoE’s representatives on the UG Council.“Anything that makes life more difficult for children I’m not in favour of. So the fees’ hike, I will urge that they review it. People have come to see me, parents and teachers. It needs serious review. The Ministry of Education does not run UG. It is run by the Council, and from the Ministry, we have two people on the Council,” Dr Roopnaraine has said.“UG has a special place in my heart, and I have to look and see what can be done. I will talk to (them), because life is hard, and the truth of the matter is people are not earning enough and education, of all things, is something we have to nurture,” Dr Roopnaraine declared.Declaring himself adamantly opposed to anything which puts an impediment in the way of working people, he warned that if the council should insist that increasing fees is the only way to address expenses, there is nothing else he would be able to do.“So it is something I will ask again (of) my people who are representing me on the Council. The issue has been raised with me, and I think it is something we should look at. If the Council says we have looked at everything and there are expenses and so on and there is very little we can do, I have to abide with what UG Council says. The Ministry doesn’t run it.”The University of Guyana (UG) Council has approved a 15 per cent increase in tuition fees. At a March 30 extraordinary meeting of the Council chaired by Chancellor Eon Nigel Harris, this decision was taken. It is the first step in the University’s move to raise fees by an overall 35 per cent over a three-year period. According to UG, the Council’s decision will be applied to tuition fees for all programmes and for both continuing students and new students for the 2017-2018 academic year.However, the Council has said input from the Student Society was considered, leading to an incremental rollout wherein continuing students will now pay an increase of 15 per cent (about $2500 a month), and new students will be required to pay 18 per cent (about $3000 a month).This decision was not preceded by any consultations. It came to light only a few days before the meeting, when UG Vice Chancellor Dr Ivelaw Griffith made the revelation during a town hall-style session with students.The very day of the extraordinary meeting, there were student-organised protests on campus against the decision held outside of the Education Lecture Theatre. Many have been dissatisfied at the sudden manner in which the increases were proposed and voted upon. Expressing outrage at the proposed increases, the students are adamant that no one is doing them a favour by enhancing facilities on the Turkeyen campus, since they (students) are mandated to pay separate facilities fees.last_img read more

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Guard confesses to killing waitress found in trench

first_imgPolice have secured a major breakthrough in the murder of 23-year-old waitress Marrisa Fraser as one of the three persons in custody has confessed.Dead: Marrisa FraserFraser’s partially nude body was discovered on Monday a short distance from a pool of blood, in a canal at Number Five Village, West Coast Berbice.Following the discovery, three men, one of whom is a security guard, were taken into custody. The 38-year-old security guard, who is from Fraser’s village, on Tuesday confessed to the murder, telling Police that he and the woman had shared a relationship. Guyana Times was told that the other suspects were a handyman and a taxi driver.Reports are that the taxi driver picked up Fraser about 21:30h on Saturday from her workplace. According to information disclosed to this publication, Fraser appeared to be under the influence before leaving with the driver. In confessing, the security guard allegedly told investigators that he saw Fraser having a drink with the taxi driver and at Rosignol Stelling Road, West Bank Berbice. He reportedly said that this enraged him, and he followed them. The guard said that he waited outside the bar and when she was leaving offered her a ride home. He told investigators an argument ensued, and he stabbed her with a pair of scissors.The guard’s confession comes against the now dead woman’s aunt alleging that there was an apparent struggle between the waitress and her attackers. The woman, Dolly Wayne, claimed that several persons may have attacked and sexually assaulted her niece.A woman, who lives a short distance from where the body was discovered, told this newspaper that at 06:30h on Monday morning, she saw a trail of blood in the centre of the street, which led to the village cemetery. The woman, however, explained that it was not until three hours later that a farmer saw the body in a corner of the canal that she realised that it might have been the dead woman’s blood.Police found a piece of scissors at the scene. Guyana Times was told that Fraser was stabbed behind the left elbow, left ear, left temple, on the left side of the neck, on the left side of the upper lip, on the right side of the face, thrice to the abdomen, to the left palm and to left breast.Fraser was last seen by her cousin after she went to a wedding in the next village.Police said that investigations were continuing.last_img read more

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We are not in crisis, Rachier says as Gor eye title

first_img“I think those are very minor issues that are only meant to distract the team. We are at a very crucial stage in terms of the season and at this point, anyone would say anything just to take the focus off the team and the fight for the title,” Rachier told Capital Sport on Friday.“Yes we pay players training allowances but we have an agreement with them that this will be done always at the end of the month. So these noises that are there, I don’t understand them. Last weekend we won 4-0, yesterday we won 3-0 so there is absolutely no crisis at the club,” Racheir added.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shares words with striker Meddie Kagere during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe same sentiments were shared by head coach Dylan Kerr who insisted that the club is bigger than anyone and the players will always put in a performance especially for the fans.“I respect the players’ decision when they want what is owed to them because they deserve it. But at the same time, I told them no one is bigger than the club. The amazing fans own this club and we need above all to give them something,” the coach said.“I understand that my chairman and the management are working hard to resolve the same issues so there should be no cause for worry,” Kerr assured.Skipper Musa Mohammed says the players are focused on raking in results and keeping their place on top of the log with all eyes cast on reclaiming the league title from Tusker FC.“There has been an issue yes but that is something that the management has promised to work on. For us, we remain focused to go to the field, play and get good results. We will not be distracted and the good thing is that we have players who are hungry to perform,” the defender said.Gor Mahia midfielder Oliver Maloba controls the ball under pressure from teammate Innocent Wafula during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe players were given a day off on Friday having arrived from Kisumu late Thursday night and are scheduled to train at the Parklands Sports Club on Saturday morning.K’Ogalo are on a seven match unbeaten streak and their 3-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar on Thursday took them nine points clear of second placed Sofapaka. A win against Thika United on Sunday will see them maintain their hold on top spot.Kerr has insisted the players will take the game with 100 percent seriousness despite facing a team fighting relegation.“I give maximum respect to every team because everyone usually comes to beat Gor Mahia. Our target still remains the same and I expect a very tough match because Thika is always a difficult place to go. Hopefully we can keep on winning,” the coach added.A hard fighting Thika held Gor to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and head coach Nicholas Muyoti expects the team to better their return when they welcome the record 15-time champions at their home turf.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000or Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier during the launch of the Lottery to Fund Club Programmes.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15- Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has reiterated that the club is not in crisis despite reports that players boycotted training prior to their game against Chemelil over unpaid allowances.Rachier has instead said those are simple detractors that are meant to tip them off balance as they muscle towards their record 16th Kenyan Premier League title.last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: CASSIDY BLASTS MCGUINNESS FOR ‘SILLY’ COMMENTS ABOUT DUBLIN

first_imgKevin Cassidy has said the comments Jim McGuinness made about Dublin last week were ‘silly’ and ‘unnecessary’.Former Donegal player Kevin Cassidy has blasted Jim McGuinness for making ‘silly’ comments about Dublin in the run-up to Sunday’s crunch All-Ireland semi-final between the two counties.McGuinness compared the strength of resources available to Dublin as similar to those Roman Ambramovich has at his disposal at Chelsea, and said there was a divide beginning to develop between Dublin and the rest of the counties.Cassidy and McGuinness had a very public fall-out, the Gaoth Dobhair manager was removed from the Donegal panel prior to the 2012 All-Ireland winning campaign for contributions he made to the award winning book ‘This Is Our Year’ by Declan Bogue. However, Cassidy feels the latest comments made by McGuinness are both ‘silly’ and ‘unnecessary’Cassidy told The Irish Times, “To be honest I think it was a silly comment, he has given out to Mark McHugh and Eamon McGee in the past for making silly comments.“I don’t know if it is pressure or if Jim is trying to direct stuff away or whatever, but Dublin didn’t need any more ammunition because there is enough there already.“I know some things can be taken out of context, and maybe that’s what happened, but there is no need for it. “Dublin deserve credit they don’t deserve it to be said they’re successful because of money.Cassidy alluded to the fact that Donegal went on a warm weather training camp in Portugal earlier this season, and have just returned from a five-day training camp at Johnstown House, Enfield.“To be honest there is a lot of money in our county as well. Maybe for Jim to say that wasn’t right, but I’m sure he realises that now.Cassidy also feels Dublin may have too many big guns on the day and says it’s hard to see past a Dublin victory, but believes Donegal have a chance.“It’s tough to see outside Dublin, to be honest. I think Donegal have a chance but I’m not going to sit here and say Donegal have better players than Dublin because they don’t. But every team is due an off day. “Donegal have a chance.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: CASSIDY BLASTS MCGUINNESS FOR ‘SILLY’ COMMENTS ABOUT DUBLIN was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommentsCountdown to CrokerKevin CassidynewssillySportunecessarylast_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Set for Pair of Road Matches

first_imgStory Links Last weekend, Drake (1-1-0) started the season with a split at the Montana Cup in Missoula, Mont. with a loss to San Francisco and a comeback win over Fresno State. Kansas State Live Stats South Dakota State Live Video South Dakota State Live Stats ESPN3 (Kansas State) MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Drake University women’s soccer team continues its season opening road trip at Kansas State Thursday night. The match with the Wildcats will kick at 7 p.m. and is the first of two road contests this week for Drake, which plays at South Dakota State Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Freshman Alison Walls (Kansas City, Mo.), a forward, made an immediate impact in her first career game as she scored her first career goal just five minutes in of the season opener against San Francisco. In Drake’s second match against Fresno State, Walls tallied the assist on the game-winning goal by Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.). On the season, Walls leads the team in points with three and is tied for the team lead in goals scored. For her efforts, Walls earned the Missouri Valley Conference’s first Newcomer of the Week award of 2018 on Monday. South Dakota State (0-2), which hosts Wayne State Friday night, lost to Iowa State and Kansas last weekend. The Bulldogs and the Jackrabbits have played each other every season since 2007. SDSU leads the all-time series, 7-5-2, and the teams battled to a 2-2 draw in Des Moines last season. Drake and Kansas State are playing for the second time with the first meeting coming in the Wildcats’ debut season of 2016. The Bulldogs edged K-State, 1-0, at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Kansas State is 2-0 this season with home wins over Saint Louis and Oakland. Following this week’s road trip, Drake stays on the road with matches at UMKC (Aug. 31) and at North Dakota State (Sept. 2) next week. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Four Chelsea matches selected for TV

first_imgFour of Chelsea’s Premier League matches in December and January have been rescheduled after being selected for live television coverage, including the trip to face Manchester United.The match at Old Trafford on Monday 28 December will now kick off at 5.30pm and will be shown on BT Sport.The home match against Bournemouth on Saturday 5 December will now kick off at 5.30pm and be shown live on Sky Sports, who will also screen Chelsea’s away match against Leicester.The game against the Foxes was originally scheduled for Saturday 12 December and has been moved Monday 14 December with an 8pm kick-off time.Sky Sports will also screen Chelsea’s away game against Crystal Palace – who won at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.That London derby will now take place on Sunday 3 January with a 1.30pm kick-off.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Praise for SA’s efforts to transform accountancy profession

first_img24 April 2014 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) has been recognised by the World Bank for its efforts to transform the profession through its Thuthuka bursary programme, as well as for upholding high standards in accounting and financial reporting in South Africa. The World Bank’s report on South Africa’s regulatory system was commissioned by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Released earlier this year, the report commended the bursary programme as a “world first”. The report, titled Coverage of Standards and Codes: Accounting and Auditing, said Saica had “taken decisive steps to transform the profession. The black membership of professional accountancy organisations has increased during the past 10 years with the implementation of the Thuthuka programme. “Universities are actively increasing their number of black students by participating in the Thuthuka initiative, and by allowing entrance into extended programmes for black students who do not fully meet the admission requirements,” the report stated.Student enrolment South Africa’s Council on Higher Education, an independent statutory body, reports that from 1994 to 2007, total student enrolment in higher education had grown from 425 000 students to 761 000 students, with the proportion of Africans growing from 43% in 1998 to 67% in 2007. “The gender and racial demographics for Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) students have changed dramatically over the past nine years,” the report said. “In 2003 the number of female CTA students as a percentage of total enrolment was approximately 28% and increased to 50% in 2011. Black students comprised 25.8% of total CTA enrolment in 2003, compared to 38.8% in 2011.” A Saica senior executive Chantyl Mulder said, “I am pleased that an independent and credible body such as the World Bank recognise the ground-breaking work that Saica is doing in transforming the profession thus far.” World Bank representative Patrick Kabuya said: “South Africa has implemented a number of commendable accountancy profession reforms in the past decade that have contributed to strengthening its financial reporting systems. The systems have contributed to the advancement of governance and financial accountability which are critical pillars of enhancing business environment and country competitiveness.”Accreditation Saica works closely with its 13 accredited universities and is making progress in accrediting other universities, particularly historically disadvantaged universities, such as Walter Sisulu University and the University of Zululand. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has asked Saica use the Thuthuka Bursary Fund model to target priority professions such as actuarial science, engineering, medicine and education, as part of South Africa’s Human Resources Development plan. [Saica’s] Thuthuka development model is also set to be exported to other African countries and developing nations, Business Day reported. Read the full report on the World Bank’s website. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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