-Ninvalle says participation depends on fundingTHE GUYANA Boxing Association (GBA) has named its largest boxing team, in decades, to the Caribbean Championships, but president of the local body, Steve Ninvalle said that participation this year would depend heavily on government support.Guyana has been a dominant force in the regional competition and is hoping to travel with some 21 boxers and four officials for the December 4-9 regional meet in Trinidad.According to Ninvalle, approximately $5M is needed to carry the entire team.To this end, the GBA president is hoping for some assistance from the government.In 2016, Ninvalle and his team of executive members embarked on a 100-mile walk to raise funds for the national team, which took part in the Caribbean Development Tournament in Barbados.Light heavyweight champion, Dennis Thomas (left) and Markember Pierre were also selected.At that tournament, the boxers won 10 gold, 1 silver and the Caribbean title.The boxing association is hoping to make the needed funds this time around, because this year it is imperative to send a large team, since a few Spanish-speaking countries have been invited to the championship, including powerhouse Cuba, which has produced several World and Olympic champions.Venezuela, Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic are also expected to field boxers for the event.Amongst the 21 boxers, several of them are former and current regional champions.Caribbean Lightweight champion Keevin “Lightning” Allicock will spearhead the side, which also includes Caribbean Middleweight champion “Dynamic” Desmond Amsterdam, former Lightweight Champion Colin “Superman” Lewis and former Middleweight silver medallist, Dennis Thomas.Ninvalle, however, pointed out that their participation would depend on their availability.The other boxers selected are: Youths: Mark Crawford (Lightweight–60 Kg), Richard Howard (Bantamweight–56 Kg), Abiola Jackman (Welterweight—69 Kg), Alex Butcher (Junior Welterweight–63 Kg), Emanuel Pompey (Middleweight—-75 Kg), Patrick Harvey (Lightweight–60 Kg Junior), Kevon Mullin (Welterweight—69 Kg) and Alesha Jackman.In the Elite Junior Flyweight (49 Kg), Quacy Abrams (National champion) and Richard Subratee (Runner-Up) were selected.In the Flyweight (52 Kg), Seon Griffith is the lone boxer. In the Bantamweight (56 Kg), champion Julius Kesney and runner-up Asheer Al Azeem were selected, while Teusimar Peters will join Allicock in the featherweight 57kg category.Best boxer Elite at the recently concluded National Open, Clairmont Gibson in the Lightweight–60kg, runner-up Delroy Fordyce and Shemar Halley (standby) were selected; so too were Lewis and Dewani Lampkin in the Lightweight 63kg division.In the Junior Welterweight (64kg) division, Orlando Grenville was selected, while Kevin McKenzie (champion) and runner-up Cranston McAllister would join Amsterdam in the welterweight 69Kg.Meanwhile, Aluko Bess (runner-up in the Middleweight), is also set to travel. Light heavyweight champion Thomas and runners-up Markember Pierre will join him.Daren France and Omar Sukhdeo (first and second in the 91kg heavyweight) as well as super-heavyweight boxers Kevin Hunte (champion) and Anthonio Williams (runner-up), were also selected with Steven Chan as standby.
Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, President, University of LiberiaThe president of the University of Liberia (UL) has outlined strategic plans aimed at improving operations and academic activities throughout the university system in a bid to bring it on par with top learning institutions across Africa and the world.In a speech she delivered at the 2nd Annual Convention of the University of Liberia Alumni Association in the Americas (ULIBAAA) recently, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks said the University of Liberia is in the process of establishing the Personnel Evaluation and Enhancement Program (PEEP) to help determine effectiveness and efficiency on the job.According to her, this will help determine mechanisms that need to be put in place to increase productivity, as well as to offer opportunities for staff to attain advanced degrees and participate in job-related refresher workshops, seminars, symposia and short courses.“This will allow us to retain productive personnel, to re-tool and re-train dedicated and committed staff who need enhancement, and allow us to minimize deadwood,” she said.Dr. Weeks, whose late father, Rocheforte L. Weeks, Sr., served as the third UL president from 1959-1972, and the first Liberian appointed to that post, pointed out that under the PEEP program, the school will implement its newly developed Teaching & Learning Center (TLC).Commenting on curricular issues, Dr. Weeks said it is the hope of the University to complete reviewing and revising all academic programs that have not been reviewed for the past five years. She disclosed that a new policy has been put in place that mandates a five-year review cycle.“We will also begin the process of introducing hybrid and online courses at UL before the end of 2018,” said Weeks.On program development, Dr. Weeks noted that the five undergraduate and three graduate programs will be established in the next four years. They are the Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Information Communications Technology, Fisheries, and Honors College undergraduate programs .For graduate programs, she disclosed that the University will offer Masters in Public Health, Environmental Sciences, and a Public Financial Management & Public Procurement Program within the existing graduate Business/Public Administration program.“Some of these programs will require less than three years because the developmental process is already underway. Others will take more than three years due to the complexity of the program, and availability of funding,” Dr. Weeks said.On students’ success, she stated that the school is on the road to realizing a fully functioning Testing & Evaluation Center; one that is not limited to entrance exams.“We hope to put in place a Students Success & Service Center that will contribute to correcting the existing chaotic and defective student union financial aid program, restore discipline, and infuse good leadership training for our students,” she indicated.“The University of Liberia Student Union Financial Aid Program needs improved oversight, with the introduction of a more structured merit-based and needs-based selection system and process that is fair and transparent. And there needs to be more structured psycho-social and mind education programs for our students,” Dr. Weeks explained.On the issue of infrastructural improvement, she said the UL hopes to complete wi-fi and internet access for all of its four campuses by the end of the year.“This was already in the making, and we look forward to its realization. Our challenge continues to be lack of access to a fully-integrated network platform/system for enrollment, human resource, and financial management, which require a level of sustained finances that we do not presently have, but we are hopeful,” Dr. Weeks told the UL ALUMNI in the Americas.“We have potential local and international partners to assist our College of Agriculture and Forestry to develop a poultry program with focal involvement of youths (using the 4H model), and women in communities that surround our Fendall and Sinje campuses. Also, in partnership with the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus (ULAC), we are currently working together to construct a Performing Arts Center,” she said.“This project was initiated a little over a year ago. Additional medium-sized and big-ticket projects may require more time to raise funds, and will include putting in place a capital campaign,” Dr. Weeks concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tags: FIFA 2019 World cup qualifiersSilver BacksZone V U18 Basketball The Silver Backs are currently in Turkey for a training campUgandan Basketball teams had mixed results in the different competitions that are currently taking part in.In Istanbul-Turkey, the men’s’ senior National team, the Silverbacks suffered it’s second loss at the ongoing Molten Tournament.They lost 91-75 to Jordan in a game played at the Adalet Tirana Sport and Convention Centre.The loss means that the Silver Backs record now moves to a 1-2 out of three games played so far.They win against Iraq last Friday before succumbing to a first loss to Saudi Arabia the following day.Uganda took the first quarter 21-24 but this was short lived as the boys couldn’t replicate their performances in the next three quarters – Jordan took the second quarter 21-15 to lead 42-39 at the long break.Jordan extended their lead to 12 points after winning the third quarter 25-16 before edging the last stanza 24-20 to win a 16 point game, in the match that saw the lead exchange hands on four different occasions.Mousa Ali and Amin Abou Hawwas scored 23 and 17 points in that order for the Jordan team.Robinson Opong had 16 points for Uganda, Deng Giu added 11.The results means that Uganda drops to fourth on the six team table with only two games to play.It should be noted that the team is using this tournament as preparation for the upcoming FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifiers later this Month in Lagos, Nigeria.In the other ties, Cameroon continued their dominance with a 76-59 over Saudi Arabia, Winless Iraq lost 87-82 to Bahrain.Uganda will be aiming for their second victory in Turkey, on Tuesday as they take on Bahrain, among other games.Monday’s results:Cameroon 76-59 Saudi ArabiaBahrain 87-82 IraqJordan 91-75 UgandaFixtures on Tuesday, June 19:Uganda Vs BahrainSaudi Arabia Vs IraqJordan Vs CameroonMeanwhile in Tanzania, two Ugandan teams where in action at the on going FIBA Africa Zone V tournament.The Girls team lost to Rwanda before the Boys routed Sudan in games played at the Taifa Indoor Stadium in Dar es salaam.Team Uganda (Girls) lost to Rwanda on Monday evening.Uganda who are the defending champions for both the U18 boys and U18 girls are in quest to retain the crowns.It is worth noting that only the Champion will qualify for the 2018 FIBA African U18 Championships finals.The continental finals in boys’ category will be hosted in Bamako, Mali on August 17-26, as Mozambique will host the girls’ tourney from July 29 to August 5, later this year.Uganda will return to action on Tuesday against Tanzania (Girls) and Rwanda (boys).The boys team is coached by Nick Natuhereza and Ronald Bajjunga while the Girls are under Ali Mavita and Albert Aciko.Vicky Ntale, heading Uganda’s delegation in Tanzania.Results on Monday:Girls: Rwanda 46-35 UgandaBoys: Uganda 66-37 SudanFixtures, Tuesday, June 19:Boys: Rwanda Vs UgandaGirls: Tanzania Vs UgandaComments