(From right) Johnson Gbartea, George S. Rogers, Jr, Hassan Corneh and Sekou S. Kanneh,Jr, four of the nine Liberian referees approved by FIFA Referee Committee(Photo: Anthony Kokoi)Nine Liberian referees have been approved by Referees Committee of football world governing body (FIFA) to officiate in international football competitions in 2019.The nine referees were selected from 12 names submitted by the Liberia Football Referee Committee. According to a release from the Liberia Football Association, a communication from FIFA thanked the local football house for nominating international referees for 2019.A release from the LFA listed the names of referees and assistant football referees have been approved by the FIFA Referee Committee. Center Referees accepted by FIFA include, Jerry S. Yekah, George S. Rogers, Jr., newly appointed Security General Isaac T. Z. Montgomery and Hassan Corneh, while Johnson Gbartea, Abraham Boye Fahnbulleh, Sekou S. Kanneh, Jr. and Joel Wanka Doe were the Assistant Referees accepted.FIFA has also accepted Sylvina Welma Garnett as Female International referee from Liberia for 2019. Sylvina is the first female referee to be accepted from Liberia in the last eight years.The FIFA Referees Committee congratulated the referees on their selection and hopes they live up to the confidence reposed in them.In less than a week, the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) has more to celebrate following the appointment of Isaac Montgomery as Secretary General of the FA and the approval of nine of their colleagues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DD HEALTH: MOST available antidepressants are ineffective for children and teenagers with major depression, and some may be unsafe, according to a study.Only one drug, fluoxetine, was found to work better at relieving the symptoms of depression than a look-alike placebo with no active ingredients, said the study.Another drug, venlafaxine, was linked with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts compared with placebo and five other antidepressants, it reported. The study, published this week, reported that major depressive disorder is common in children and adolescents, affecting around 3% of children aged 6 to 12 years and about 6% of teenagers aged 13 to 18 years.Psychological treatments are recommended as the first-line treatment for depression in many clinical guidelines, and in 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) black box warning against the use of antidepressants in young people up to 24 years because of concern about increased risk of suicidality.However, use of antidepressants has slowly increased between 2005 and 2012.The report stated, as an example, the proportion of US children and teenagers (aged 0-19 years) taking antidepressants increased from 1.3% to 1.6%, and in the UK from 0.7% to 1.1% . Sertraline is the most widely prescribed antidepressant in the USA and fluoxetine is the most common in the UK.“The balance of risks and benefits of antidepressants for the treatment of major depression does not seem to offer a clear advantage in children and teenagers,” said co-author Peng Xie from The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University in China.The international team of researchers recommended that youths taking such medications be monitored closely regardless of the antidepressant chosen, particularly at the beginning of treatment.They also called for more transparency and information sharing.“We can’t be completely confident about the accuracy of the information contained in published and unpublished trials,” lead author Andrea Cipriani at the University of Oxford said in a statement. “Delay in implementing responsible data sharing policies has negative consequences for medical research and patient outcomes.”The study covered 34 clinical trials involving 5,260 participants, aged 9 to 18.Two-thirds of the trials were funded by pharmaceutical companies.In a comment, also in The Lancet, Jon Jureidini from the University of Adelaide in Australia questioned whether the lack of data about individual patients obscured the true number of suicidal events. “Claims that appropriate access to such data is incompatible with intellectual property constraints and patient privacy must be strongly resisted.”DD HEALTH: MOST ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE INEFFECTIVE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS, SAYS STUDY was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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:antidepressantdonegal daily health
30 April 2004Shoprite Holdings and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Khula Enterprise Finance have signed a groundbreaking agreement to grant a limited number of retail franchise concessions, back by outfitting, training and mentoring support, to black entrepreneurs.The agreement, signed in Cape Town on Wednesday by Shoprite chief executive Whitey Basson and Khula managing director Xola Sithole, will grant successful small business (SMME) applicants a number of OK Franchise concessions on negotiable terms.OK Franchise and Khula will provide dual guidance in terms of outfitting, training and mentoring the SMMEs in a deal that promises to deliver maximum viability for the new businesses.Shoprite and Khula will also share the capital investment and risks associated with promoting the black economic empowerment (BEE) initiative, with Khula providing loans to concession holders to acquire equipment and furnish their stores.Shoprite, for its part, will supply stock without soliciting securities from concession holders, especially on the first stock consignment.“The issuing of a limited number of franchises by Shoprite will serve as the initial pilot project on whose successes and lessons the future expansion of this project will rest”, Basson said.“The strategic importance for SMMEs lies in their access to retail space in Shoprite’s multi-national retail chain.”Sithole said partnership with Shoprite would be a model for future partnerships between government agencies like Khula and the private sector for addressing the economic challenges facing the country.Khula, he added, would be launching similar joint venture initiatives across different industries such as mining and petroleum.Source: BuaNews
This photo taken on March 18, 2019 shows Wang Shenjiong, who was head coach of China’s national breakdancing team at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, during a training session at his studio in Shanghai. – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on March 27 gave it the provisional nod for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Games. (Photo by MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP) / To go with AFP story Oly-2024-CHN-breakdancing, Focus by Peter StebbingsLAUSANNE, Switzerland— Breakdancing and three other sports have made the next move toward becoming medal events at the 2024 Paris Olympics.The International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Wednesday recommended adding breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing to the Paris program when the full membership meets in June.ADVERTISEMENT A final decision must be made by the board in December 2020 after further monitoring of the four.Also Wednesday, the IOC board agreed to continue helping North and South Korean athletes and officials work together despite diplomatic setbacks between the neighboring governments in recent days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoint Korean teams are being prepared in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and a co-hosting bid for the 2032 Summer Games is a possible aim.With those 2032 Olympics and the 2030 Winter Games in mind, a panel has been asked to look at ways of making an often expensive and politically unpopular candidate process “more flexible and more targeted.” “The IOC may approach a city or a region and tell them, ‘Listen, isn’t it not a time for you now?’” IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference after the second of three days of board meetings.Making the Olympic Games more affordable and responsive has been a key aim for Bach. He praised the four likely additions to the Paris medal program as “more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban”“These four sports also offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation,” he said.Though breakdancing would be new in the Summer Games, the other three are already confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lineup.All four sports will be assessed for how they are managed, and the integrity of competitions and judging, before being finalized for Paris.ADVERTISEMENT The IOC hosted a meeting of Korean government and sports officials in February, one year after the neighbors fielded a combined teams women’s ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics hosted south of the border.Last Friday, North Korea withdrew staff from a shared liaison office in its border town of Kaesong. Some staff returned to work on Monday.“We will try to continue our efforts there with a view to helping and assisting the athletes and the (national Olympic committees),” Bach said.Combined Korean teams — in women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, mixed team judo, and men’s and women’s rowing — are preparing to enter qualification this year to compete in Tokyo.If a Korean bid emerges for the 2032 Olympics, it could compete with candidates from Australia, India, Indonesia and Russia which have expressed early interest.Asked if plans to simplify Olympic bidding could see the IOC approach a favored city, Bach said it was “not our goal.”“The Olympic Games are too big and too important that you could have an arrangement with a city,” he said.The new panel of five IOC members, chaired by John Coates of Australia, aims to suggest ideas for the candidate process by the June 24-26 meeting of the full membership in Lausanne. MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event One-two punch Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments
Hyundai Venue is the hot topic in the Indian car market right now. The compact SUV from the Korean carmaker was unveiled in India on April 17, alongside its global showcase at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.While the new Hyundai Venue will be launched in India on May 21, there have been reports claiming that the bookings for the compact SUV will start on May 2, 2019.When Hyundai Venue was officially unveiled, we all saw a variant of it that was loaded with features. Now there is a new YouTube video showing a trim, which seems like the base variant of the upcoming compact SUV. You can check out the video showing the new Hyundai Venue variant on the YouTube channel titled BMC HD Videos. Hyundai Venue base variant loses out on many features. (Picture courtesy: BMC HD Videos)Hyundai Venue in the YouTube video does not get alloy wheels. There are steel wheels with covers. The projector headlamps and projector-type fog lamps are also missing. The outside door handles do not have chrome. The ORVM does not sport a turn indicator, which is on the fender in this variant. While this trim gets roof rails, it does not come with shark fin antenna.There was no view of the interiors of the Hyundai Venue in the video. However, it needs to be seen if all the variants of the compact SUV will feature the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.Hyundai Venue is expected to be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). It will rival compact SUV segment leader Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and other vehicles like Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the recently launched Mahindra XUV300.advertisementSo far as safety features are concerned, expectations are that all the variants of Hyundai Venue will be available with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, speed sensing auto door lock, Isofix, co-driver seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors and high speed alert system.With regard to the engine options, Hyundai Venue will have three of them. There will be a 1.0-litre Turbo-GDI petrol engine delivering 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque. This motor gets a 6-speed manual gearbox with an optional 7-speed double clutch transmission. The 1.2-litre MPI petrol will make 83 PS and 115 Nm of torque and will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Also, there will be a 1.4-litre diesel engine churning out 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque, with a 6-speed manual transmission.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1 lakh units sold since launch in January 2017ALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200, XPulse 200T: 5 important things you need to know about new Hero bikes before May 1 launchALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ertiga with 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel engine launched, price starts at Rs 9.86 lakh
The Penrith Panthers Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League Team will be sporting Pink headbands to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) when they hit the field against 2006 State Cup finalists Wests at Bankstown at 7.00pm this Friday night 31 August, 2007.The youthful Penrith team will be wearing and selling the bright Pink headwear at Bankstown on Friday night.The fluro pink headbands are donated by AH Clothing, and the girls will be collecting cash donations from the touch fraternity in pink piggy money boxes courtesy of the ANZ Bank St. Mary’s Branch at Bankstown on Friday night before and after their game.The girls have also pledged to donate $50 for every touchdown they score against Wests, and the Penrith Touch Association are weighing in with a donation from the club.Penrith Women’s and Australian 18 Years Girls Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick and her young team were moved to do their bit to try to counter the insidious disease that affects so many families across the nation.More Women die of breast cancer than any other cancer.Over 13,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. That equates to 36 women a day, and of those, 7 will die.Jacky Patrick as a teacher and a Coach, is mindful of her young charges understanding the responsibility they have as representative players to contribute meaningfully to their friends, the touch fraternity, and the wider community, and believes this initiative is a great way to make a positive contribution to a situation that has the potential to affect so many.“Most of us have been touched in some way or another with relatives and friends who have been diagnosed with the illness. Raising funds for research into this terrible disease is a great way to show our support for the community in which we live. Our Assistant coach lost her Aunty to the disease a few years ago and one our founding players was diagnosed two years ago, so it’s close to home for us all,” Jacky said. The “Pink Panthers” join an impressive list of community conscious groups, affiliates, and individuals within our sport to pledge time, energy, money, and support generously and consistently in the fight against cancer and its various forms. Queensland affiliate Coomera Comets hold an Annual “Touched by Cancer” tournament to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer, and the Redlands Touch Association’s 17 Years girls Team did the “Walk for Life” event in 2006 to do their bit for cancer research. In February the victorious 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup Touch Football Team proved themselves to be Gold medal citizens as well as Gold medal athletes with a healthy portion of their World Cup fundraising efforts being pledged to the McGrath Foundation Charity. In July NSW Level 2 Referee Francis Wood raised $1,500 when she cut her long hair off for the World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds for the fight against Leukemia.The Western Suburbs Magpies raised over $20,000 in a fundraiser earlier this month to carry on the work of the Millennium Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital which were the charities of choice of their late Manager and team mate Matt Essey, who passed away from Cancer after a brave three year fight in May 2007.The Penrith Panthers would like to encourage all Touch Football players to make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.The NBCF can be contacted to pledge a contribution by phoning 02 92994090 and quoting the number 140028777. The challenge has now been set down by the Penrith girls for the rest of our Touch playing members across the nation to get involved with a worthwhile community initiative of their own.At Bankstown on Friday night show your support for the NBCF by purchasing a Pink Headband or making a cash donation when the girls do the rounds with their Pink Piggy moneyboxes during the night.With apologies to Wests supporters, let’s hope the ‘Pink Panthers’ cross the stripe for a few ‘meaties’ to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton rival Man Utd for Lyon striker Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United face fresh Premier League competition for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.United are tracking the OL star, but are now being joined by Everton in their interest.Dembele, 23, moved to Lyon in 2018 from Celtic for €22m. His contract with the French club is valid until 2023. This season, the striker has played 11 matches in all competition and scored 6 goals.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted the interest of United and Juventus in August.
No. 6 Notre Dame took a 20-14 lead over No. 8 Stanford on a 73-yard touchdown hook-up from DeShone Kizer to big-play wide receiver Will Fuller late in the second quarter.The Fighting Irish took over at their own 27 following a Stanford punt. Kizer then immediately connected with Fuller on a deep ball down the left sideline.Will Fuller 73 yard TD reception to make it 20-14 Notre Dame #STANvsND pic.twitter.com/6Szni9qU95— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) November 29, 2015 Fuller has four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown already. Notre Dame needs this win to maintain in the CFP hunt, but the Cardinal just scored to re-take the lead.
Story Highlights He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14). “We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years.“We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14).Mr. Shaw noted that successive Governments have worked to attain economic stability “under the watchful eyes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)”.“But it will now require our collective and sustained focus to ensure that we not only continue to grow but to accelerate the growth,” he emphasised.Mr. Shaw acknowledged that the current Administration is still grappling with issues such as crime, high energy costs, and bureaucracy in the business environment, “which slow the pace at which we should be moving”.“We are dealing with the crime rate… and we are working on energy [by] rapidly diversifying into liquefied natural gas, and solar and wind energy. So, despite the [challenges], there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will get there together,” he said.The Minister emphasised, however, that doing so will require sustained focus on human development.“Our greatest opportunity for advancement in Jamaica is to develop our people, [who] are our greatest natural resource,” Mr. Shaw said.The forum featured research paper presentations and a panel discussion on the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.
Preservation of the culture must be a duty for all Story Highlights Jamaicans should treasure the national symbols and never be disloyal but stand and keep strong Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, is urging Jamaicans to preserve their culture and learn to accept themselves.The Mayor, who was addressing an Independence civic function in Water Square, Falmouth, Trelawny on Tuesday, August 6, said preservation of the culture must be a duty for all as “independence for us as Jamaicans is more than a day; it is a pride that comes with being triumphant and free.”“Let us remember that if we are to be truly independent, we must accept ourselves for who we are. Every time we exchange the Jamaican tongue for foreign accent, we lose our Jamaican pride. Every time we adopt the culture we see on cable, we give up our culture that is uniquely Jamaican. Every time we bleach our skin we give up our right to be free. Let us remember that the greatest gift we can give our children is routed in the love for our country,” the Mayor told his audience.Mayor Wilkinson also noted that there is a strong call and yearning for Jamaicans to come together for nation building and protection of communities, especially protection of the children.He also urged persons not to become independent of each other. “The journey continues and we need one another,” he reminded.The Mayor further contended that Jamaicans should treasure the national symbols and never be disloyal but stand and keep strong.“Let us always believe in the black, the green, and gold. Let each of us look at the world and say, ‘this is Jamaica, my Jamaica, this is the land of my birth’,” he urged as he quoted from several national festival songs.The event saw the participation of uniformed groups and cultural performances from Artistry in Motion, the William Knibb Memorial High School, and other home based performers. There is a strong call and yearning for Jamaicans to come together for nation building