International Netball Federation President Molly Rhone says that preparations are going slowly for the World Youth Cup in Botswana next year, but she is confident that the tournament will go ahead smoothly.Rhone, who is currently back home in Jamaica, said that she visited the country and toured the venues at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, the capital. She found that the facilities at the institutions had undergone changes that her federation had not expected.”The university had a new complex built,” she said.”When I had gone there first and spoke with the university officials, they were going to have a building with two courts. But when we visited, we saw that one end of the gymnasium was now set up for boxing, so it can now hold only one court.”This means they have to now go and make do with a second championship court. You now have to go and retrofit a whole convention centre. So that has added a bit of expense for them but I think the teams are really looking forward to the competition next year.”Botswana will become the first African nation to host an international netball tournament when the competition runs from July 8 to 16 next year. Rhone said that as a result, everyone is looking forward to it.Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President Tebogo Lebotse Sebego said recently that the Cook Islands, who hosted the event in 2009, had given her inspiration that they too can put on a successful tournament.”When we put in the bid, we knew that we were punching above our weight. But as a small nation with great ambitions, punching above our weight is our inspiration,” she said.Jamaica’s Under-21 Sunshine Girls have been drawn in Pool C with the hosts, the Cook Islands, Malaysia and Uganda.
Beneficiaries of the Youth Community Literacy Program who completed the how to read and write programThe Assistant Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS), Kula V. Fofana, has called on those who recently graduated from the Youth Community Literacy Program to focus on their education, saying, “It is never too late to learn.”Youth Community Literacy Program, with support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is assisting youth and adults from Montserrado County to read and write.The program intends to teach 18 to 35 year-old, less fortunate, wayward, and school dropouts how to read and write.The program provides other skills for youth who may have formal education, but lacked technical knowledge or skills, such as computer, sewing, and soap making.Minister Fofana made the assertions on Friday at a program marking the 12th circle graduation exercise held at the 2nd Providence Baptist Elementary School on Johnson Street in Monrovia.She expressed delight to see young men and women being part of such a program that intends to help them make decisions about their respective businesses, and even their children.“Many people in Liberia need literacy education because it brings them up to the speed of technology. The issue of writing and reading cannot be overemphasized because of the huge benefits attached to it,” Minister Fofana said.She encouraged the graduates to advance themselves and not to look at age as a disadvantage when seeking further education.“You need to advance yourself to help the children at home with their assignments, manage your own businesses, and be able to make sound education decision that would help the family,” Fofana told the new graduates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
No-confidence Motion appealsJust mere days before the constitutional due March 19, 2019 elections deadline, the Court of Appeal is set to commence hearing of appeals filed against the High Court judgements on the No-confidence Motion.The Full Bench of the Court of Appeal on Friday held a case management session following which dates were set for the hearing of appeals cases. The cases were heard by acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Justice Rishi Persaud and Justice Dawn Gregory.On March 12, the court will commence hearing the appeals filed by Attorney General Basil Williams against acting Chief Justice Roxane George – judgements on the case relating to the 33 against 34 majority votes that was used to pass the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018 and on Christopher Ram’s application to validate the successful passage of the motion and have Government resign and call elections.The Chief Justice on January 31, 2019 had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeals is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.As such, the March 12 hearing is for consideration of submissions by the parties, which also includes the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo; Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland; and APNU representative Joseph Harmon.On the other hand, the records of appeal in relation to the case filed by Government supporter, Compton Reid, who had unsuccessfully challenged the vote of former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud based on his dual citizen status, is not yet ready. But it is expected to be ready in time to be heard alongside the other appeal cases.“Hopefully we can fit it in the timeframe so that that matter is not left out [the other hearings] because the issues are very related if not identical, and they were all heard and determined together [in the High Court] in any event and it would be ideal if we can get them to be heard again at the appellate stage,” Attorney Anil Nandlall, who is representing the Opposition Leader, explained to reporters.However, these appeal cases will come up mere days before the March 19, constitutionally due elections deadline.The December 21, 2018 passage of the No-confidence Motion gave effect to Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution which states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence” and “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”However, after weeks of what was described as a deliberate delay on its preparedness, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) last week informed President David Granger that it cannot hold elections before the constitutional deadline.This comes almost two months after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, along with stakeholders, has been calling on President Granger to set a date for General and Regional Elections.GECOM had previously claimed that it can only commence preparations for elections after a date is set by the President.Earlier this week, President Granger, without setting a date for the hosting of polls, ordered GECOM to prepare for elections while also asking for consultations with the elections body as well as with the Opposition Leader on the way forward.However, Jagdeo has since indicated that he would only meet with the Head of State if a date for elections is set on the agenda. Minister of State Joseph Harmon in a letter to the Opposition Leader, on behalf of the President, said the agenda of the meeting fixed for Wednesday coming includes matters relating to “the National Assembly’s constitutional role in the current situation” and “the Guyana Elections Commission’s readiness and requirement for funding to enable it to conduct General and Regional Elections.”