MOST READ “We’re all happy because slowly there’s been a solid show support for the national team, and of course I hope we can improve Philippine volleyball,” said Valdez on Friday during the fans’ day of the Premier Volleyball League which drew a big crowd.Valdez herself showed up to the first session of the two-day of the auditions for the national team, where collegiate players like University of Santo Tomas’ Cherry Rondina and University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos also attended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDe Jesus, just like Valdez, is aware that other players, especially those in the collegiate leagues, could not just simply go to the tryouts in the expense of their time with their school teams.“It’s hard to set tryouts when there are still tournaments that are going on,” said De Jesus in Filipino during one of the tryouts. “They can’t just leave their own training sessions with their school or mother teams.” Alyssa Valdez (left) with Shola Alvarez (right) and a fan on stage during the PVL grand fans day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlyssa Valdez, one of the most recognizable faces Philippine volleyball, is hoping to see continuous improvement in sport, starting with the national team.Valdez, who is also one of the country’s top volleyball stars, is elated with the response to the national team call up, which invited 34 players to join the tryouts two weeks ago, but still sees a lot of room for growth.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Utah sends Westbrook, Oklahoma City packing in 6 games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Valdez, though, believes that once the 80th season of the UAAP is finished, more players will come to the tryouts.Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza have yet to attend a tryout due to their commitment to the Lady Tamaraws in the UAAP, but the finish to the season could eventually allow the two student-athletes to take part in the national program.“We’re just waiting for the finals of the UAAP and we’re hoping we can start as early possible,” said Valdez.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames
Amer time Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho also scored for Barcelona, which has already won the title but it is still trying to become the first team to go through the entire season unbeaten in the league’s current format.With two matches left, Barcelona reached 90 points, 15 more than second-place Atletico. Its final games are at Levante and against Real Sociedad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s a great victory, it keeps us unbeaten and that’s how we want to finish the season,” Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo said.Villarreal stayed in sixth place, still in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League. It is two points behind fifth-place Real Betis and three points in front of seventh-place Sevilla, which occupies the last spot in the qualifying zone for the second-tier European competition. Barcelona has scored 94 goals in 36 matches in the league this season.Villarreal got on the board with a 53rd-minute goal by Nicola Sansone.STRONG SEVILLASevilla defeated Madrid for its second straight win after enduring a nine-match winless streak in all competitions.Wissam Ben Yedder and Miguel Layun put Sevilla ahead in the first half, and the hosts added to the lead with an own-goal by Ramos while he tried to block a cross.Ramos, a former Sevilla player who is often jeered by the crowd when he plays in Seville, missed his first penalty attempt by sending the ball onto the crossbar early in the second half. He converted from the spot in the final minute of stoppage time, not long after Borja Mayoral scored Madrid’s first goal in the 87th.“We played better in the second half but couldn’t get it done in front of the goal,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.The loss leaves Madrid three points behind Atletico ahead of the team’s final two games, against Celta Vigo and at Villarreal. Atletico is at Getafe and then hosts Eibar.Among other players rested by Zidane on Wednesday were Luka Modric, Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane.Madrid will play Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading tally as champion Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal on Wednesday.A depleted Real Madrid, without Cristiano Ronaldo and many other regular starters, lost 3-2 at Sevilla to remain in third place behind Atletico Madrid. It was an eventful night for captain Sergio Ramos, who missed a penalty, converted a penalty and scored an own-goal.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Before the match, Villarreal players lined up on the field to congratulate Barcelona for its title in a guard of honor that Real Madrid had declined to give its rival in their match at Camp Nou last weekend.Wednesday’s match was postponed from two rounds ago, when Barcelona and Sevilla met in the Copa del Rey final. The Catalan club won 5-0 to earn the first leg of its double.Coutinho opened the scoring in the 11th minute off the rebound of a shot by Dembele, and Paulinho added to the lead with a touch from close range five minutes later.Messi got on the board just before halftime after a perfect pass by Andres Iniesta. It was Messi’s 34th league goal, leaving him with nine more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest contender in the scoring race.Dembele scored his first goal in the 87th after a low pass by Ivan Rakitic, then closed the scoring after a long run from near midfield.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Dear Editor,The recent hubbub that has surfaced about the contentious leasing of a Sussex Street Wharf by the Town Clerk to a shipping company whilst the municipality is not the bona fide owner of that property speaks to the exploitation, duplicity and bullyism that occurs on a daily basis at City Hall and is the mere tip of the Iceberg of many such improprieties that exist within that institution.Remember the parking meter fiasco when the Town Clerk handed over streets in the City, that did not belong to the municipality but rather to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to the parking meter company, had parking meter spaces marked out, meters planted and were illegally collecting fees from motorists until that scandalous initiative was halted? Remember they had parking spaces marked out less than 15 feet from the corner and in other places where the traffic laws did not permit.But this waterfront area is not the only one that should be investigated, checks should be made on the area aback of the City Constabulary Training School (formerly the House Service Department) on Water Street, that the City Council did not officially approve being farmed out to anyone and the wharf that upper Robb Street runs into.The reserve lands that run alongside the Lamaha Canal behind the residences located on Jacaranda and Lama Avenues in Bel Air Park which belong to the Guyana Water Inc and not the municipality is another classic example of illegal squatting facilitated by the Council who did not only give them permission to carry back their rear fences all the way to the canal taking in acres of land and making it part of their private estates, but the Council allowed them to put up buildings, put down swimming pools, tennis courts and other structures illegally.One can only hope that with these revelations of land grabbing, of illegal seizure and distribution and misrepresentation of true ownership and control would cause an investigation to be launched into the tract of land that runs contiguous to Aubrey Barker Road and some places is to the south of Nelson Mandela Road which is a designated open space which has been farmed out by the Council unlawfully in many instances to friends and relatives of office holders of the Council.Attention should also be paid to the plot of reserve land located on the South-eastern side of Francois and Sheriff Streets for which the owner of a party services company is being courted by a prominent member of Council for the illegitimate transfer of same.Sincerely,Shanta Singh
The Malaria Program of the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) says there is an increasing rate of misuse of the treated mosquito nets, which are intended to protect people from mosquito bites, but are now being used for different purposes.The Director of the LCL’s Malaria Program said it is surprising that treated mosquito nets are not being used for their intended purposes in spite of the fact that the nets are an important tool for preventing the endemic sickness of malaria, which globally kills a child every 60 seconds.Dr. Moses Y. Harris told over 10 community leaders and other residents that the willful refusal of Liberians to use the mosquito nets has made the fight against malaria a challenging one for the country. The mission and vision of the LCL Malaria Program, according to Dr. Harris, is to end malaria deaths.He made the remarks over the weekend during a one-day awareness program on malaria prevention, held in Bernard Farm, which comprises of over 10 communities.He said the fight against malaria needs more than mosquito nets, therefore he urged community members to cooperate and stop the blatant refusal to use the nets for the right purpose and join the fight against malaria which he described as one of the deadliest diseases in the world.“Liberians know how to prevent malaria, but because we don’t want to do what we are supposed to do, we will keep getting sick,” Dr. Harris said.He pointed out that the appropriate use of the mosquito nets and clean environment are the surest ways to stop malaria.Dr. Harris said WHO has reported that about 24 percent of global disease is caused by environmental exposures, which he believes can be prevented.The report estimates that more than 33 percent of diseases in children under the age of five are caused by environmental exposures, said Dr. Harris. He also told the communities the insecticide treated bed nets should be washed once every three months with bathing soap and hung out to dry in a shade.The Regional Supervisor #1 of the LCL Malaria Program, Susan Larmouth, praised Bernard Farm Community residents for their support to the program.Some members of the communities have praised the LCL Malaria Program for raising awareness in their communities.One of three volunteer health workers who are trained by the LCL Malaria Program to provide malaria care in the communities were seen doing regular community household visits. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In a rare effort to encourage Liberian business entrepreneurs to take over their economy, Lebanese business guru, Ezzat Eid has expressed interest to welcome partnership with sincere and serious Liberians business owners.Mr. Eid, the president of the World Lebanese Cultural Union in Liberia (WLCU), said he is determined to assist Liberians achieve their potential in business, if they truthfully want to partner with him either through the ‘Land Leasing Agreement’ or “to purchase ‘shares’ in any of my businesses.”He pointed out that a ‘50-50’ or a ’51-49’ or perhaps a ’60-40’ partnership can be good enough to share with any honest and hardworking Liberian.Partnership is a single business where two or more people share ownership. Each partner contributes to all aspects of the business, including money, property, labor, management or skills. In return, each partner shares in the profits and losses of the business.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in his imposing Sinkor office, Mr. Eid indicated that he wants to encourage competitiveness in the economic sector with the massive involvement of Liberian business entrepreneurs; and to help erase the wrong perception that foreigners are determined to take over the country’s economy.Mr. Eid is the proprietor of the Royal Grand Hotel, the nation’s leading hotel, City Builders, a major building materials enterprise, the International Aluminum Factory, National Paint Factory and other businesses. He has been in Liberia since 1966 as a business man.He further said that it is the hope of the Lebanese community to see Liberians taking over their own economy and see what it takes to invest into business.Reacting to the ‘Liberianization Business Policy’ of which the selling of ice cream is one of 16 businesses which was exclusively put aside by Liberians, Mr. Eid said the Lebanese Community will always operate under and be a respecter of the law by being ‘under the law,’ and would never advise any of his kinsmen or anybody else to be ‘over the law.’The proprietor of the Sharks Entertainment Incorporated, Mrs. Eyvonne Bright-Harding, wants the Liberian government to deliver on its promise to restrict at least the 16 businesses to Liberian entrepreneurs and penalize foreign business owners who circumvent that law.One of those businesses is the production and sale of ice cream products in which she is involved. She has observed that certain foreign businesses are also involved in the making and sale of ice cream, although the law excludes them from it.Recently, following a complaint filed by Mrs. Bright-Harding, the Ministry of Commerce carried out an investigation and in the end ordered Nice Ice Cream, located on 9th Street at the SP Gas Station on Tubman Boulevard shut down, but it was later reopened by the court.The Liberianization policy is the creation of the Liberian government that identifies 16 businesses that are exclusively to be run by Liberian citizens.They include supply of sand, block making, peddling, travel agency, retail sale of rice and cement, ice making and sale of ice, tire repair shops, and auto repair shops with investments of less than US$550, 000.The rest are shoe repair shops, retail sale of timber and planks, operation of gas stations, video clubs, operation of taxis, importation or sale of secondhand or used clothes, distribution in Liberia of locally manufactured products and importation and sale of used cars (except authorized dealerships which may deal in certified used vehicles of their make.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Hundreds of members of the New Generation International Ministries, wearing black, over the weekend tearfully protested in front of the Hope for Women Hospital in Paynesville, against what they called the “wrongful death” of their founder and senior pastor, Rev. Desiree P.G. Fahnbulleh.The weeping and angry congregation called for the closure of the Hope for Women Hospital as “justice for death of Rev. Fahnbulleh,” who spent over 15 years in the ministry.Rev. Simeon L. Dunbar, the Senior Pastor of the Liberty Christian Church and Head of the Heal the Land Prayer Network, and Deacon Larry Fahnbulleh – husband of the deceased – and other pastors, were in attendance.Rev. Fahnbulleh, 40, died on Thursday, December 8 at the Hope for Women Hospital during childbirth. Her baby survived. She is survived by five children: Alvin, 17, Delvin, 13, Jevee, 4, Simeon, 2, and Kim (10 days old), her husband Deacon Larry Fahnbulleh; several spiritual children and her spiritual parents, Rev. and Mother Simeon L. Dunbar. Meanwhile, at a press conference in the edifice of the Church in the Twelve Houses community, Paynesville, Rev. Dunbar and Deacon Fahnbulleh accused “Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and Dr. Laurena Cooper” of the death of Rev. Fahnbulleh, owing to “unprofessional medical advice and a surgical mistake.”Pregnancy Prevention LetdownRev. Dunbar and Deacon Fahnbulleh told newsmen that in 2014, Dr. Jallah had medically advised Rev. Fahnbulleh that owing to her two-time childbirth by cesarean section (C-section), it was prudent that she stopped having children, which she accepted.Deacon Fahnbulleh said: “My wife and I agreed with advice from others, and Dr. Jallah did the surgery for Tubal Ligations or tying her tubes to prevent her from getting pregnant. We agreed because Dr. Jallah told us that it is 99.5 percent effective.” “Unfortunately, in May 2016, when Rev. Fahnbulleh went to the same hospital, she was pronounced four months pregnant. I almost sued Dr. Jallah for the surgical error which allowed my wife to get pregnant again.”Rev. Dunbar stated: “Because Dr. Jallah had medically assured Rev. Fahnbulleh and her husband that she would ensure her safe delivery, she discouraged Rev. Fahnbulleh from going to Ghana to seek medical treatment. Dr. Jallah has her medical file, and realizing that they were denied visas to go to the USA, I advised them based on their decision that they made to stay and trust Dr. Jallah,” Rev. Dunbar said.‘Abandoned’They also stated that in November, Rev. Fahnbulleh was examined and told that she would give birth by December 10. “Surprisingly on December 4, a nurse called Rev. Fahnbulleh to tell her that Dr. Jallah would be travelling for an important visit and return on December 12. We felt Dr. Jallah had abandonedRev. Fahnbulleh after giving assurance of being responsible for her delivery,” Rev. Dunbar said. “Since December, my wife had been visiting the hospital frequently and we had been in prayer to buy time since Dr. Jallah had abandoned her.”‘Hijacked Surgery’Deacon Fahnbulleh told journalists that on Thursday, December 8, his wife (Rev. Fahnbulleh) was “hijacked to undergo surgery” without his consent or anybody’s approval.He added: “When I went to the hospital, my wife was already in the Emergency Room and in a state of confusion I was given a paper to sign an approval for the surgery while she was already there. I signed to avoid further argument and later I was told to sign where my wife should have signed.“Again, after an argument, and to avoid any further argument because my wife was already in the ER, I wrote her name where she should have signed.“Later, we were told the child was safe, but observing the reactions from the nurses, I knew something was wrong. But we were not told that my wife was dead until the following morning at about10:00am that she died yesterday (Thursday) from heart failure – which I seriously challenged.” For his part, Rev. Dorbor said the “Church would continue to protest until the government closes down the hospital or Dr. Jallah explains actually what happened in the ER.”Dr. Jallah Extends CondolencesIn an interview with reporters on Sunday, December 18, Dr. Jallah extended her condolences to “Mr. Fahnbulleh, the deceased’s husband, the children and the church for the death of Rev. Fahnbulleh…” and “prayed for God to strengthen them.”Dr. Jallah said the protest by church members is misinterpretation of their work after they tirelessly tried to save Rev. Fahnbulleh’s life.“God knows in our heart that the surgeons did their best to save her life,” Dr. Jallah stated. “And let me apologize for not calling them but I am not running away, because I did no wrong; and I know they will understand it, as the scriptures say, by and by.”She added: “In any death situation, a family grieves, wanting to find answers, and they take actions; and God knows that doctors wouldn’t take anyone’s life. And because of that some things are misinterpreted.” Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah is the former head of obstetrics and gynecology at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, and now Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and founder of Hope for Women Hospital.Hope for Women Hospital was initially set up in 2010 to provide free medical help to women who suffer from cancer and later its services were extended to cover other medical conditions. It has two ambulances and a number of professional doctors that provide services to thousands of Liberians. It is gradually becoming one of Liberia’s important health care centers which people from all walks of life seek medical care.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Participants attending the workshopMadam Victoria Wollie, National Network Coordinator of the West African Network for Peace-building (WANEP), has appealed to every Liberian irrespective of social status to remain peaceful during the upcoming October elections.She made the statement recently in Monrovia at the end of a two-day validation and hotspot mapping workshop aimed at mitigating electoral violence.The workshop, which was organized by WANEP, brought together over 25 participants from various government agencies, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), the Liberia National Police (LNP) and civil society organizations.Madam Wollie said the forum was part of WANEP’s efforts to discourage elections-related violence, and to also identify early warning mechanisms for any West African country including Liberia that is about to go to the polls.“Our aim is to have a peaceful electoral process in October,” Madam Wollie stated.WANEP, she said, was established to play an active role by working with local and international partners to put in place early warning mechanisms that will reduce the risk of electoral violence in the ECOWAS sub-region.Ms. Evelyn Avoxe, WANEP’s Early Warning Mechanism Program Manager, said the forum was also intended to identify potential flashpoints for conflicts during the elections period so that stakeholders could strategize how to tackle conflict-sensitive issues.For his part, AFL Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Prince C. Johnson assured participants that the army will play its role in line with its duty to protect the territorial integrity of Liberia at all times, which is not limited to an election year.“We always advise our force, and I must assure here today, that we will not repeat those mistakes of the ugly past that brought about the restructuring of the army. This is our chance and we will not misstep,” General Johnson assured.Prosper Addo, Officer-in-Charge of the African Union office in Liberia, commended WANEP for organizing the initiative, and called for strategies aimed at promoting peace and stability beyond the electoral process.“This is very good, a very meaningful initiative, but I think we should think beyond the 2017 elections,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Eon Trotman, Kevin Abrams and Anthony Damon who were apprehended in a house at Agricola, East Bank Demerara after they allegedly had robbed a number of minibus passengers, were on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly, all jointly charged on four counts of robbery under arms.The gun and ammunition recovered following the capture of the trioThe first charge alleges that on December 13, 2017 at Mc Doom Public Road, East Bank Demerara, while being in the company of each other, the three men robbed Winnet Francis of valuables amounting to $6,500.Another charge detailed that on the same day and at the same location, the men robbed Ryan Thomas of $4,000; Shidea Aziez of items valuing $43,000, and Liloutie Persaud of $55,000 worth of items.Damon was additionally charged for being in possession of a .38 revolver and 4 live rounds of ammunition without being licensed to carry arms.Magistrate Daly has remanded the three men to prison, and they will return to court on January 26.
The town of New Amsterdam has been without a municipal abattoir for more than two years putting consumers at risk of consuming unsafe meat.Although a new facility was constructed in the town for slaughtering, it has never been used.According to Municipal Health Inspector Ackloo Ramsudh, in 2016 the old abattoir was demolished because of structural failure and since then nothing tangible has been done to have a proper facility in place.Municipal Health Inspector Ackloo RamsudhA new $19.1 million abattoir was commissioned in New Amsterdam but it has never been used. In fact, slaughtering continued at the old derelict building for ten years before the old building was torn down, the health inspector said.The old abattoir was condemned years prior because conditions for slaughtering were not up to health standards and the new structure was built but because of non-usage it was vandalised.In December 2016, Ramsudh had stated that additional works were required for the entrance and access ramps for the animals – the latter of which is too steep and is without rails.The vandalised $19.1 million NA abattoirBack then, he had stated that because of the design of the ramp, persons can easily sustain injuries from the animals.In addition, he said although the animals may be tame, whenever they enter the environment they react aggressively, and proper restraining measures must be put in place.Further, it was expected that the then old slaughterhouse would not be condemned but used as a holding pen and there would be a connection to the two buildings via the ramp, making it easier for the animals to be slaughtered.Prior to its construction, butchers complained of the leaky roof, broken external walls as well as the absence of water and electricity but they continued to use it after the new facility was constructed.Now the NA Council is seeking to construct a new abattoir even as the $19 million facility sits there vandalised.“We have identified a number of sites; one being at Lot 56, Stanleytown, and the other being at ‘Old Smoky’ at Lot 31 Stanleytown,” the health inspector explained while adding that the meat sold in the municipal market is safe and butchers are allowed to slaughter in their backyards.“We have authorised butchers to utilise the faculties at their homes. Meat is also being inspected at supermarkets. The procedures involving the other regulatory agencies are still in place and so we can safely say that the meat coming in to the market is safe for human consumption.”According to butchers, they are required to have the animals inspected by a health officer and blood samples are taken two days prior to slaughtering.
In the recent past, sporting associations have lamented their not being able to acquire funds from the Government in order to participate in, or host, regional and international tournaments.They now have opportunity to acquire funds, since Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, has made an urgent call for all organisations to submit their proposals for the 2019 budget.Director of Sport, Christopher JonesSpeaking briefly on this issue, which has caused several sporting associations to claim that they have had to secure their own funding when they wished to participate in international engagements, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, has made a bold call on the leaders of associations which have not yet submitted budget proposals to hasten the submission of their budgets.“We have requested information from the boxing association as well as (from) several other sports associations and federations as it relates to their 2019 programmes,” Jones disclosed.Once approved, the National Sport Budget would be able to cover all, or most, of the cost, instead of associations having to bear them alone.“Once those associations (with budget proposals outstanding) would have submitted that information before the stipulated deadline, those associations will be seeing significant funding being provided to them, whether it be for regional or international tournaments,” Jones disclosed.In the same light, President of the Guyana Boxing Association, Steve Ninvalle, noted that he has already submitted his association’s agenda, and has encouraged other associations to do so as well.“The Guyana Boxing Association has already sent in its budget. Some information was requested from us relating to some of the major tournaments that we would have liked to participate in in 2019. So we have beat the deadline,” Ninvalle said.Earlier this year, two sporting associations had made calls for the Government to support them financially when they were ready to travel. However, it was later disclosed that those associations had not submitted their 2018 plans.This year’s deadline for the submission of their programmes to the National Sports Commission is Monday, August 20 (tomorrow).