The Latest: 2 positives for virus in latest EPL testing

first_img___The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak. The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain. While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held.There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___ The Tour of Denmark in September has been canceled because organizers feared the best Danish cyclists, at least, would be committed to the Tour de France on at the same time.The Tour of Denmark was originally in mid-August, and requested new dates from the International Cycling Union. The governing body moved the tour to Sept. 1-5.But the UCI also agreed to move the Tour de France to Aug. 29-Sept. 20.Denmark has been reopening schools, shops, restaurants, and churches in the last two weeks, but the border remains closed to foreigners, and tour organizers aren’t certain when they will reopen. The organizers also say they aren’t able to test all participants for COVID-19, and prevent crowds along the route.___ The league did not name the pair or the clubs, or say if they were players or staff.The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.In the first round of tests of 748 people, there were six positives from three clubs. All are in seven days of self-isolation.In the second round, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The English Premier League says two people from two clubs have tested positive for COVID-19 in the second round of testing. May 23, 2020 Jockeys and stalls handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic.The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.Completion of an online education module and screening of all participants before they can attend an event are among the initial protocols. They will include health-related questions and temperature checks before people are allowed to enter racecourses.Social distancing restrictions will be employed, along with face coverings for those likely to get closer than two meters, including jockeys, trainers, stalls handlers, stable staff and valets.The BHA is also planning an ongoing surveillance program to monitor the coronavirus, including some testing.center_img The Latest: 2 positives for virus in latest EPL testing Associated Press One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative.The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week.Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.___The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday. The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic.Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, school district chief communications officer Daisy Gonzalez-Diego told The Miami Herald.The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation.Northwestern won the Class 6A state title in 2017 and 2018 before winning the Class 5A championship last season. The Bulls are a seven-time state champion overall.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Bravo says `honest discussion’ needed on contentious Windies first policy

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  (CMC) – All-rounder Dwayne Bravo is anticipating an “honest discussion” between the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) leadership and players regarding the contentious ‘West Indies First’ policy, and has warned that finding a workable solution will be crucial to the future success of the limited overs side.A former one-day captain, Bravo, said the enforcement of the policy in recent years had marginalised key white ball players, and had ultimately led to the decline of the Caribbean side in both the Twenty20 and one-day formats.“They (CWI) cannot just continue to be hard masters to say West Indies First policy – it can’t work like that,” the 35-year-old told i95.5 FM in an interview Thursday.“It doesn’t make sense to demand these things on players. Players have opportunities now, it’s no longer West Indies First; it’s sit down, have an honest discussion, know what’s best. You guys (CWI) get back our services now and it’s only going to be better for West Indies cricket if we play.“And if we go down the road of West Indies First policy and we say ‘fine, we’re not playing’ then you see the results. For example, (look at) the one day team, they haven’t won a series going on five years. The last time the one-day team won a series was when I was captain of the team. “The T20 team, look at it now, after Darren Sammy is gone and removed – look at the state of West Indies T20 team. The T20 was our most dominant team and then look at the condition of West Indies T20 team now all because of the previous administration being vindictive and small-minded.“It’s not going to help Caribbean people, it’s not going to help Caribbean cricket. Everyone just needs to be smart and want the best.”The controversial policy, enforced under the last Dave Cameron-led administration, required players to participate in CWI domestic competitions, in order to be eligible for international selection. It was an attempt to force players to commit to West Indies duty over the lure of global Twenty20 leagues.However, the policy resulted in several of the region’s high-profile players being sidelined from international selection, and the weakening of the limited overs side.West Indies lie eighth in the ICC Test and ODI rankings are ninth in T20s – the format in which they are the reigning World champions.Bravo said going forward, it was essential that players and CWI strike the right balance between franchise commitments and international selection.“I already have contracts from now until 2021. There is a tournament in every country where cricket is played and I had a chat with Floyd Reifer who is the coach and let him know: listen, some of these series that are going to be played are obviously going to be clashing with these leagues,” Bravo said.“It’s going to be unfair for West Indies or the board to ask us to give up these contracts to come back and play; but we can give up a league to play a series but they also have to allow us to play couple leagues also. “They can’t expect us to cut our contracts. We have to find a balance where everyone is happy. It cannot be one-sided; it cannot be West Indies way or no way. We have to sit down as professionals and big adults.”The next 12 months will be crucial for West Indies as they prepare to defend their T20 world title next year in Australia in the event which runs from October 18 to November 15.last_img read more

The outlier: SU signee Cooney has always stood out no matter the situation

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 As he set foot inside the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, Trevor Cooney looked around and saw no one like him. The dark, dusty gymnasium in Philadelphia presented Cooney with an unfamiliar environment. To say he stuck out would be putting it mildly. Raised in Wilmington, Del., the 12-year-old Cooney was nothing like the kids he was about to take the court with. The 5-foot-11 guard who came from a private middle school back home had only one thing in common with this inner-city crowd: basketball. ‘It was my first time introduced to basketball like that outside of Delaware,’ Cooney said. ‘I was overwhelmed by the talent that was there.’ Playing with the Reebok All-Stars AAU team was an awakening for Cooney. On his first drive to the basket, both he and the ball were sent flying into a wall after his shot was forcefully rejected. Eventually, though, his game earned the respect of his teammates — even if it took a few weeks. Cooney latched on with the RBK All-Stars and played with them throughout middle school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In that time, Cooney’s father Brian said, he got used to being the outsider in the gym. ‘When we would go to other states and play, he was always the odd man out,’ Brian Cooney said. But Trevor just relied on his talent and relentless determination to thrive in the odd-man role. Like when Cooney became the only eighth grader to play high school basketball in his conference. From there, he earned a spot on the U18 National Team among countless McDonald’s All-Americans. Through his deadly shooting from long range and tireless work ethic, Cooney ascended to the No. 58-ranked prospect in the country, according to ESPN. After four standout years at Sanford School in Delaware and countless AAU tournaments across the country, Cooney signed on with Syracuse as part of its 2011 recruiting class. When he arrives at SU next fall, he will have to prove himself once again to a new set of teammates and coaches. But the 6-foot-4 shooting guard isn’t worried. He has been earning people’s respect for years. ‘Down here in Delaware, Trevor was better than everyone else,’ Brian Cooney said. ‘(In other settings) he earned people’s respect as a player.’ *** Stan Waterman remembers the buzz. He remembers the talk and the rumors swirling around a sixth grader from the Delaware Catholic Youth Organization leagues. It drew Waterman in. He had to see this kid play. In a middle school game between Cooney’s Pilot School and Sanford, where Waterman coaches high school, he sat in the stands to observe this young phenom. ‘In seventh grade he tried to go up and dunk the ball against our middle school team,’ Waterman said. ‘I knew there was something special about him.’ One year later, he became Cooney’s coach. After transferring to Sanford, Cooney began playing varsity basketball as an eighth grader. He started all 28 games and averaged 10 points per game on a team that made the state championship ? all as a 14-year-old. It was in preparation for this first varsity season that Cooney began consciously working on his game. With the help of his brother and his father, he started honing his skills. Most specifically, developing his jump shot. ‘I never really had that above-average jump shot,’ Cooney said. ‘I worked hard to get it.’ His father often found Cooney shooting outside in his driveway every night, regardless of the weather. At 10 p.m., his parents would have to drag him inside to go to sleep. ‘There were nights that he would come out in January, and he’d shovel the driveway just so he could be outside shooting,’ Brian Cooney said. Now that jump shot is Trevor’s best weapon. In 24 games last year with Sanford, Cooney made at least one 3-point field goal in 21 of them. He shot 43 percent from beyond the arc. Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel, who coached Cooney this past summer with Team USA, considers it more than just a talent. Cooney’s ability as a deadly shooter goes beyond that. ‘He has a gift,’ Capel said. ‘His ability to shoot the basketball.’ *** A chorus of boos erupted from the stands at Salesianum School. Fans organized chants of ‘overrated’ and ‘Sanford sucks.’ It was moments from kick off between Salesianum and St. Mark’s — the preseason No. 1 and No. 2 high school football teams, respectively, in Delaware. But the fans’ attention wasn’t directed toward the field. Instead, their eyes were focused on the kid in the basketball jacket. Cooney just walked in. ‘I had my state championship basketball jacket on, and I had some comments and some boos,’ Cooney said. By now, though, Cooney is used to all of the attention. Not everyone plays five years of high school basketball or is ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 recruits. And most of all, not everyone gets a basketball scholarship from Syracuse. In Delaware — a state that has produced just four NBA players — word travels quickly about the next potential basketball star. Earning back-to-back All-State honors, leading his team to a state championship and being named the state Player of the Year in 2010 meant Cooney has been thrust to the top of the Delaware hoops scene. ‘With it being such a small state, people know my name a lot,’ Cooney said. ‘I definitely get some love and then some stuff that’s not so much love.’ The boos he heard at the football game on Nov. 12 follow him to each and every gym during the basketball season. No matter the opponent, Cooney is always the target. ‘He’s a marked man,’ said Waterman, Cooney’s high school coach at Sanford. He’s a marked man both literally and figuratively. Averaging no fewer than 17.4 points per game since his freshman season, Cooney’s talent forces other teams to make him the sole focus of their game plan. Throughout a game, teams will play box-and-one, face guard him and rotate a new defender in every two minutes just to try and contain him, Waterman said. And Cooney always receives all the attention of opposing fans in every game he plays. Especially after one of his dunks from last season made it onto YouTube. That dunk — which received nearly 30,000 views — posterized a player from the same Salesianum School whose fans booed Cooney at the football game in November. Cooney’s father, though, views the negative attention and criticism as a compliment. He thinks it fuels his son’s desire to work harder and prove the doubters wrong. ‘They know he can play, and that’s why they’re doing it,’ Brian Cooney said. ‘They don’t yell at the bad kids.’ *** Paul Hewitt knew what he wanted. He had coached with the USA Men’s U18 National Team before, and he understood what the team needed. ‘From my experience in 2006, I just felt that we needed a guy that could shoot it,’ Hewitt said. ‘We needed a guy that could break games open.’ As a result, Cooney tried out for — and subsequently made — the U18 National Team this past summer. On the way to a gold medal in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Cooney was the team’s second-best shooter, knocking down 39 percent of his 3-pointers. ‘There’s no question his shooting is a game-changer,’ Hewitt said. ‘People would go into a zone against us, and we threw him in there. Trevor definitely understood the value of staying ready.’ Playing alongside the likes of Kyrie Irving (Duke’s starting point guard) and Austin Rivers (the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2011), Cooney was part of the second unit for Hewitt and Capel. His minutes varied drastically from game to game, but his ability to score instantly remained consistent. He scored 16 points in 16 minutes against Mexico on 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Against the Virgin Islands, he poured in 15 points in 17 minutes with four 3-pointers. ‘I was in the second group,’ Cooney said. ‘But I know that every time we went out there, we didn’t want to look like a second group. There was no lapse.’ With the 2010 high school season just underway, Waterman says he has already noticed a change in Cooney’s game. The star shooter is more confident of himself on the court. In his first game with Sanford this season, Cooney poured in 29 points with four 3-pointers. Having played with some of the best players in the country on Team USA and his AAU team, Team Final, he trusts his talents now more than ever. After spending just three weeks with Cooney, Capel, too, sees the makings of a successful player at the Division I level. The makings of a player who will continue to stand out. ‘I think he will excel at the college level,’ Capel said. ‘Will he ever be the featured guy? I don’t know. But I think he’s going to be a very good college basketball player.’ mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

AutoPreme helps car buyers find luxury accessories

first_imgTwo students at the USC Marshall School of Business aren’t waiting until graduation to start their own company. Sophomores Jonathan Lee and Kun Song have launched AutoPreme, a luxury car accessory startup company, and it has already taken off, raising $20,000 in sales in three months.For most undergraduate students, application of knowledge in the outside world does not begin until after graduation. Starting approximately one year ago during their freshman years, however, Lee and Song began brainstorming and developing a business concept based on their mutual love of cars. Through their research, Lee and Song discovered the grandiosity of the automobile industry: 1.3 million cars are sold per month in the United States alone. AutoPreme was officially launched in November 2015 in efforts to make a mark on the accessory sector of this already booming industry.“The car accessory business is dominated by a select few companies, who all produce similarly styled accessories,” Lee said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “AutoPreme is here to give consumers a real choice when shopping for car accessories. Our first product is our luxurious floor mats.”AutoPreme has already made a significant dent in the automobile accessory industry despite having only been out for three months. Within two weeks of the launch, AutoPreme had been selling five to 10 sets of floor mats a day for a variety of car models, with each set priced at $350-399. To date, AutoPreme has accumulated about $20,000 in sales with an advertising model centered around minor social media marketing in addition to accompanying features on several automobile blogs and forums.One of the company’s current areas of development is the production of different molds for the floor mats. Currently, AutoPreme produces molds for different models of Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Hyundai vehicles. Additionally, in an effort to expand the types of floor mat, consumers are encouraged to send AutoPreme an email with the year, brand and model of their unlisted vehicle to purchase a custom mold.Moreover, Lee and Song have taken the necessary steps toward garnering the support needed to further the success of their company and have focused their attentions toward raising funds to expand their company.“Currently, we are in the process of finalizing our crowdfunding campaign and are not taking orders. We will be launching a campaign through KickStarter. Through the funding, we will be able to expand our customizable range, bringing in more molds and colors,” Lee said. “We even auditioned for Shark Tank last week and hope to expand our company through it.”AutoPreme’s vision does not end there, though. Lee and Song have crafted their mats out of a substance they call PremeLeather, a waterproof, anti-oil, acid and scratch material perfect for the floor of a car.Additionally, Lee and Song have incorporated an aspect of humanitarianism into their brand, something they are hoping to increase the appeal of AutoPreme as the company expands in the future.“We are passionate toward the responsibility of saving our environment and natural resources and are proud to announce our sponsorship for the [World Wildlife Fund],” Lee said. “For every AutoPreme floor mat order, we will donate $5 back to the World Wildlife Fund.”last_img read more

Football preps for redemption against Utah

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanOn Sept. 23, 2016, it appeared as though USC’s season ended on a rainy Friday night in Salt Lake City. Utah defeated USC 31-27 on a touchdown with 18 seconds left in the game, and a then-redshirt freshman quarterback named Sam Darnold saw his debut spoiled in heart-wrenching fashion. The Trojans fell to 1-3. But it wasn’t close to the end. It was a new beginning. “I just remember in that game just seeing our team grow,” head coach Clay Helton said. “It reminds me a little of this year. I saw players getting better week in and week out … Instead of worrying about what’s out there way on down the line, just worry about what it takes to win this week and let’s add them all up at the end.” Last year’s loss to Utah was a turning point for a team standing at the crossroads. Now, one year and some change later, the Trojans again face the Utes at a critical point in their season. They suffered their first loss of the season to the Cougars on the road two weeks ago, and now must win out to get a whiff at the College Football Playoff facing a stiff test in Utah this weekend. For Darnold, Utah is the only school he has unfinished business with from last year as they represent just one of two losses he’s suffered in 16 career starts. When he played Utah, the now-redshirt sophomore entered the game as a virtual unknown, benched in favor of Max Browne at the start of the season. Since his first career start at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Darnold has been featured on Sports Illustrated covers and NFL Draft forecasts. With all eyes on him in 2017, the results have been mixed. He’s already tied his total number of interceptions last year (nine) in just six games. “I’d like to beat Utah just because I haven’t before,” Darnold said. “And Coach Whittingham, I have so much respect for him. It’s well-documented that they were my first offer, so I have a lot of respect for the Utah program because of what they’ve built there ever since they entered the Pac-12.”In Darnold’s emotional rematch with the Utes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, he must go up against a stout front seven and a secondary with a knack for forcing turnovers. The Utes’ defense has allowed the second fewest total touchdowns (nine) and has forced the second most turnovers (five fumbles, nine interceptions) in the Pac-12. Senior linebackers Sunia Tauteoli (7.5 tackles for loss) and Kavika Laufatasaga (26 tackles) both can fly to the football and blow up plays in the backfield. Utah also possesses a dominant defensive line behind tackles Lowell Lotulelei and Filipo Mokofisi. “They load the box,” Helton said. “This is a cover-one football team, cover-three football team. They’re going to put one more down there than you have. They do a tremendous job with their big people up front … Their primary focus is to stop the run and they put their DBs on islands and so far they’ve held up extremely well.”For the Utah offense, Los Angeles native Troy Williams has reclaimed the starting quarterback spot he held last year, after Tyler Huntley went down with an injury two weeks ago. Williams is a dual threat; last year he totaled 20 touchdowns both through the air and on the ground. He will be throwing to wide receiver Darren Carrington II, who leads the Pac-12 in receiving yards (116.8 yards per game, five touchdowns). Likely the most dynamic athlete on Utah’s roster, Carrington joined the team this season after spending the last three years as a standout for Oregon. Upon his dismissal from the program due to a DUI arrest, the San Diego native is making the most of second chance in the Pac-12 South. Clashing with Carrington, Williams and Zack Moss, the Utes’ leading running back, will be a Trojan defense prolific in its own right. In replacing junior linebacker Porter Gustin, sophomore defensive end Christian Rector has emerged as the unit’s primary disrupter. He leads the Pac-12 with 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. In addition to the defensive front, USC’s secondary is tied for forcing the most interceptions in the conference with nine. Sophomore cornerback Jack Jones has four interceptions himself over the first half of the season. As Darnold tilts with Utah for the second time in his career, his supporting cast may look different, but the game’s importance remains the same heading into a Pac-12 contest with major Pac-12 South division ramifications. “I think everyone on the team knows what’s going down on Saturday,” Darnold said. “We know implications that the game presents. So far, on film, we’ve seen them bring it. We’re going to be ready, but it definitely will be a battle for sure.”last_img read more

Bašić Successful in Doubles Also at Tournament in France

first_imgB&H tennis player Mirza Bašić successfully began his appearance in the doubles at the ATP Challenger tournament in Quimper, France. The prize money is 42.500 Euros.The 22 year old from Sarajevo is playing in pairs with Henri Laaksonen from Switzerland. In the first round, they beat Marin Draganj and Mate Pavić from Croatia with 6:4, 6:2. In the quarterfinals doubles Bašić and Laakson will play Toni Androić and Nikola Mektić from Croatia.Before winning the doubles, Bašić was successful at the start of the tournament in the individual part of the competition as well. In the first round of the singles on Monday, he beat Andrej Martin with 7:6, 4:6, 7:5. In the battle for the quarterfinals today, he will play against Alban Olivetti from France.(Source: Fena)last_img

City League Boys and Girls Basketball Roundup

first_imgby Malik VincentUnfortunately for City League teams playing in area tip-off tournaments last weekend, none could muster more than a split in their two games.On the boys side, four teams earned a split.1. Carrick participated in the Brentwood Tournament. They won their first game 74-34 over the host Spartans on Friday night. They then dropped an 85-82 thriller to Meadville in the championship game on Saturday.2. Peabody played in the South Side Beaver tournament. They suffered a 69-48 loss to Quaker Valley in the opening game but bounced back to avenge the host Rams in the consolation game, 73-56 on Saturday.3. Perry, the defending champs, came out strong with a 72-66 win over Beaver Falls in the New Castle tournament on Friday but dropped a 67-49 decision to the host Red Hurricanes in the final.4. Schenley fell to Bethel Park in its tournament, 58-44, on Friday but prevailed in the consolation match, 52-46, the next day against Mercyhurst Prep.Other teams: Brashear (Pine-Richland tournament) lost 67-39 to Woodland Hills and 53-42 to Summit Academy; Langley (Plum tournament) lost to Plum 71-41 and Highlands 58-56; and Oliver (North Hills tournament) lost to North Hills, 70-45, and Hampton, 55-31.For the girls, two teams came away with at least one victory.1. Allderdice beat host Serra Catholic, 56-45, in the opening game on Friday but dropped the championship, 53-48, to Vincentian Academy on Saturday.2. Brashear lost to Avonworth in the opening round of the Brentwood tournament, 70-26, on Friday then bounced back to claim the consolation match-up, 63-35, over league opponent Carrick on the following day.Other teams: Oliver did not participate in a tournament but lost their nonconference opener to Belle Vernon, 50-12 on Friday; Perry (Seneca Valley tournament) lost their opener to Riverside, 58-17, and it is unknown how they fared in the consolation round against Valley; Carrick (Brentwood tournament) lost 60-30 to Brentwood and 63-35 to Brashear; Peabody (Wilkinsburg tournament) lost to Wilkinsburg, 58-32, and Clairton, 55-28; Schenley (St. Joseph tournament) lost to St. Joseph, 38-23, and Riverview 39-19, and Westinghouse (Trinity tournament) lost to Trinity, 39-34, and Washington, 39-37.(Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com.)last_img read more

In Lonestar Million-dollar Tax Evasion Appeal

first_imgThe Tax Court on Wednesday, January 15, reserved judgment in a US$19.197 million case against Lonestar Communications Corporation, (LSCC), one of the leading GSM Companies in the country.The case involved tax fraud—alleged against LSCC —following a re-audit and a re-assessment of Lonestar’s tax record, by the Finance Ministry. The Ministry had conducted a re-audit and a re-assessment of Lonestar’s tax record, alleging new discoveries of unreported income, indistinct expenses and unclear interconnectivity that led the Ministry of Finance to compute and claim a deficit (shortage) in the company’s past payment into government revenue, to the tune of US$19,197,903.44.Lonestar protested and filed an appeal to the Board of Tax Appeals.In its complaint to the Board of Tax Appeals, Lonestar argued that the Finance Ministry was wrong to assess said payment, based on an audited report and its re-assessment bill for “additional taxes, penalty, and interest for the taxable re-audited period 2007 to 2011.”The corporation further argued that it had already paid its taxes for the period 2007 to 2011 for which the Ministry had issued it a tax- clearance.Lonestar argued further there was no justification (excuse, good reason) for carrying out an additional re-assessment of the taxable period already assessed.The Board’s intervention left Lonestar no better off, considering the amount the Ministry of Finance had re-assessed the nation’s leading cell-network provider. The Board gave Lonestar 30 days to commence working with the Ministry, to determine the tax-basis for the new-found documents and the difference they represent.The Board also declared that if Lonestar failed to cooperate with the Ministry within a 30-days period, the previous determination of the Ministry’s 19 million wound be binding and enforceable against the company.It was in view of that ruling, that Lonestar had prayed the Tax Court for a “Judicial Review” of the Board’s decision.After lawyers representing the two parties on Wednesday rested from presentations of oral and documentary evidence, Presiding Judge, Mozart Chesson, announced he would reserve judgment.He told lawyers representing the two parties (Government and Lonestar) that through a notice-of-assignment, the Court would provide the date for final ruling in the case.The company had complained of the Ministry of Finance and the Tax Appeals Board, praying the Court to review the Board’s leaning.(With an assist from Keith Neville A. Best, Esq.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgYoung people, especially those with opportunities to travel out of the shores of Liberia, are in despair because of the level of our social development when compared to that of other European and countries in the Western hemisphere. During a recent dialogue among peace messengers on our basic rights to social services, we noticed that most young people attributed rights to social services to include access to telecommunication, social media and the good things of life.My generation is thrown off their basic social rights by the good things of other developed countries and fails to take cognizance of the limitations to social services like their limitation to good job, good water supply and sanitation, electricity, good access roads, basic housing for all, food security, quality health care and education. We have not even began to contemplate the issues associated to environmental pollution of our beaches, soil erosion, land degradation and climate change to mention a fewLast week, the IMF ranked Liberia 181 of 184 countries with the lowest and poorest economy of the world today. A Governance Commission report released recently at a Monrovia function said the lack of effective human capital has consistently served as a major impediment to the growth of the country’s economy and its overall output.The report also noted that for Liberia to achieve its middle income target by 2030, it requires putting systems in place that are reflective of the actual needs of the various sectors. “The economies must be fused effectively to address the core problems at the center of Liberia’s under-development,” the report indicated.At Messengers of peace, we noticed the logic that undergirds the report centers on corruption, the greed for money and quick fixes, power and control. The fixation of leaders, ministers and people with authority to implement change underpins our rights basic social services. Throughout history, African, particularly Liberians, we have endured various unbalanced political and social systems and if we do not address the core issue, our future to a balance social and political systems would be denied.The Ebola epidemic has brutally exposed the weakness of our social system as well as the limitations of our basic social infrastructure and it would be in our best interest to benefit from the lessons learned. We need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with.We are living in a period of capitalism and besides preserving our cultural values and ideology, we should not ask when or where the next meal would be available. We should not ask whether our children would have access to basic education or health care. Given the resources of this country, we should not depend on any nation for support in building our social system or in ensuring the rights of our citizens to basic social services are protected. It is the duty of our Government to provide these services and it’s our prerogative to demand them.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The price of peacekeeping”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President’s Cup Kick-off on Hold

first_imgPhotos of trophies to be presented to winners of the President Cup being put on display.The president of Liberia Football Association (LFA) president Musa Bility, has put on hold kickoff of the inaugural edition of the President’s Cup.The decision from the LFA president was made on Saturday, August 4, after he noticed that things were not properly structured for the commencement of the tournament.“The activities of the organizing committee are hereby placed on hold until further notice,” the release said.According to a release from the LFA,“the decision to place the opening of the 2018 President’s Cup on hold is to make the organizing committee all-encompassing to reflect the aspiration of the public since the tournament is being hosted in honor of the Chief Patron of Sports, President George Manneh Weah.”As was earlier announced, the tournament was expected to kick-off over the weekend, with 32 teams participating in the male category and eight teams in the female category.The tournament that will be hosted annually, is aimed at honoring the Chief Patron of Sports, President George Manneh Weah, for his “numerous achievements and contributions to the country.“The LFA Leadership through its President wants all technical and administrative protocols to be in place and properly structure a successful tournament,” the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more