Inadequate Funds Hamper Renovation

first_imgRenovation work at the Sports Commission, on Broad Street is proceeding gradually but lack of funds will make the project incomplete.Liberia Basketball Association President Rufus Anderson told the Daily Observer yesterday that the project is being done partially.“We are replacing a portion of the sitting area with concrete,” he said, “but the top portion will not be done due to inadequate funds.”Though he was unable to say how much the renovation would cost the LBA, the job is proceeding as expected.“The breakdown of expenditure is already sent to all clubs,” Anderson said, but explained that he could not say how much the project would cost.On a projected cost, Anderson could still not come up with a figure, but said, “Go to Samukai he has a copy.”He was making reference to the owner of K-Delta female basketball team, Mr. Abraham Samukai, who responded to a telephone interview yesterday, “I’m yet to receive a copy of the breakdown of the project.”A construction worker at the Sports Commission had initially argued that our reporter did not have the authorization to take pictures of the ongoing work at the Sports Commission.Though he did not say whether his argument was a directive from the Liberia Basketball Association, he still insisted that our reporter needed authorization from the LBA to take pictures of the on-going work.President Anderson, who was reviewing the project yesterday during the argument, asked our reporter if he had taken any pictures of the ongoing work at the commission. The answer was negative, and our reporter asked him, “How do we get authorization from the LBA to report on the progress of your renovation work here, Mr. Anderson?”Without providing any verbal answer, he instructed our reporter to go ahead and get the pictures he wanted.However, he did not educate the construction worker why it was necessary to cooperate with sports writers who would visit the Commission, and wanting to gather information, including pictures for publication.“That’s strange,” said a bystander who witnessed the exchanges, “at least Anderson should have told the worker that he cannot stop journalists to do their work at public places.”Perhaps the construction worker’s action stemmed from the current impasse on the leadership of the LBA. Aggrieved basketball owners are at loggerheads with Anderson’s administration and the crisis has been ongoing since 2014.“Anderson has avoided the media for some time,” said another basketball player who has followed the development of the leadership crisis, “he must have improved relations with the media.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New organisation focuses on rescuing abused, abandoned animals

first_imgFounders of the organisation (left to right): Steffi Denobrega, Marcia Tucker and Shari Da SilvaA newly established organisation referred to as “Paws for a Cause” has been the driving force in providing assistance for animals, who are neglected or abused by their owners.The group was formed on February 16, 2019 by three women, Steffi Denobrega, Marcia Tucker and Shari Da Silva, who were previously involved in rescuing animals but decided to combine their efforts to reach a wider spectrum.To date, they have received many reports of animal cruelty and have managed to offer help with support from volunteers. One of the founders, Steffi Denobrega told the Guyana Times that many animals are taken in, sometimes in critical health conditions, where they are offered a home and treatment until an adoption is finalized. In most cases, they are kept at a shelter but volunteers would foster some of the animals at their house.“We have a foster home and he have about 10 animals there so most of them are rescued and then we have members from our group that foster at their homes, like kittens and puppies. As those animals grow up, find homes for them,” said Denobrega.Daily experiences involve many animals who have been seriously injured. In one instance, Tucker stated that they heard word of a horse being used for labour but upon arrival, they were unable to save the mammal.She explained that a puppy was beaten by an owner with severe head injuries inflicted with a sharp object. That animal was successfully rescued, where medical attention was provided.“The abuse is the roughest part of the job. We’re extreme animal lovers and when we see those things, it’s hard but it’s what keeps us going,” she stated.Usually, these reports would be made by concerned citizens who would send details to their facebook page at Paws For A Cause. Members of the group would then dispatch themselves to the area to rescue the animal.It was related that these cases are prevalent on the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara, with cats and dogs being at the top of the list for abuse. However, the organisation is planning to heighten their response to areas in Berbice, Bartica and other far-flung areas.“On a day to day basis, we get reports all over Georgetown and we try to schedule on when we’re going to rescue them. On the East Coast and the East Bank is way bigger than Georgetown,” said Tucker.They have also engaged a number of schools to educate young children on their approach towards animals and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) to look out for animal abuse.“We want to reach out to the NDCs and the Mayor and City Council because we want to stretch this further. We want to go to Essequibo and Berbice and Bartica because all these places have problems. We try to get volunteers from those areas to assist us,” Denobrega added.In the past week, they would have facilitated the adoption of a batch of puppies and two dogs. For now, Paws For A Cause are trying to get more volunteers on board to assist with rescuing animals from remote areas of Guyana. Throughout the past month, they have collaborated with veterinarian, Dr Nardeo Bassoodeo and the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) among others.“We’d really like if more vets can come on board with us and help because one is not enough and we want to expand our foster care systems and get more volunteers on board,” one of the members mentioned.Animals that were rescuedAnimals that were rescuedEngaging students on caring for animalslast_img read more

Colombia Advances while Senegal is Eliminated by Tiebreaker

first_imgSAMARA, Russia (AP) — Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 Thursday to advance to the World Cup knockout stage. Senegal became the first team ever eliminated by a new tiebreaker — number of yellow cards.Poland defeated Japan 1-0 in the other group match. Japan and Senegal were tied on all tiebreakers except “fair play points,” based on yellow and red cards. Japan had four yellow cards, Senegal had six.Colombia, which played in the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil, finished atop its group and is the fourth South American team to advance. Senegal’s elimination means no African teams are left.Colombia and Japan go on to play opponents from Group G — either England or Belgium, who play later Thursday.—By ANNE M. PETERSON , AP Sports WriterColombia goalkeeper David Ospina celebrates after teammate Yerry Mina scored the opening goal during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Colombia’s James Rodriguez leaves the pitch during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Colombia’s James Rodriguez, left, walks past Colombia head coach Jose Pekerman, right, as he leaves the pitch during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more