Baines faces three-month absence

first_img Press Association A statement on www.evertonfc.com read: ” Left-back Leighton Baines has undergone a successful ankle operation but is set to be missing for the next 12 to 14 weeks.” Everton revealed just ahead of their Premier League opener against Watford on Saturday that Baines had injured his ankle in training. It is the same ankle on which Baines had surgery in May, a procedure that forced him to miss the final two matches of last season. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said of Baines’ setback after the 2-2 draw with Watford: ”We don’t know how long he will be out for, but it has been a real disaster. ”We were preparing for the Watford game and in one incident in training, he blocks the ball and it hits him in exactly the same place where he had surgery a few months back. ”It was devastating, because he had worked so hard and looked stronger than ever – I don’t think I had seen him looking as powerful and refreshed in the last two seasons. Then there was this big knock.” Baines could now miss over a dozen Premier League matches for Everton, including the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, as well as five England matches. Roy Hodgson’s men face San Marino, Switzerland, Estonia and Lithuania in September and October as part of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, while November 17’s friendly against France could also come too soon for Baines. The England and Toffees full-back went under the knife on Thursday to correct the problem he sustained in training on the eve of the Barclays Premier League campaign. Everton confirmed that the injury had been repaired but that the 30-year-old now faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation before he can return to first-team action. center_img Leighton Baines is set to be sidelined for around three months after undergoing ankle surgery, Everton have announced.last_img read more

GSA’s John Hassett wins PVC cross-country title

first_imgLINCOLN — Runners in Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference cross-country championship crossed the finish line splattered in mud at Mattanawcook Academy.But George Stevens Academy junior John Hassett appeared unfazed by the saturated 5-kilometer course.Hassett finished first overall among the boys in 16 minutes and 14.28 seconds — nearly a minute ahead of the runner-up, Matt Keresey of Orono.“He definitely competed very well,” said GSA coach Erich Reed. “He has been training hard. Our focus for him is on New Englands.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhile Hassett’s sights are set higher than a PVC title, Reed said Saturday’s rainy, cold weather offered his runners good practice for the bigger meets.“The mud really slowed people down,” Reed said. “What I really liked about the meet was that it gave us practice in adverse conditions.”GSA’s Ollie Dillon, who took sixth in 17:23.77, and Will Entwisle (seventh in 17:31.96) also helped lead the Eagles to a second-place finish among the boys’ small school teams with 32 points. Orono won with 24 points, and Lee Academy finished third with 98.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brendan Penfold followed Dillon and Entwisle in eighth place with a time of 17:37.18.For the boys’ large school division, Caribou won easily with 20 points, and Old Town took second with 79. Mount Desert Island trailed closely in third (80 points), led by Peter Philbrook’s fifth-place finish in 17:43.65.Girls’ resultsGSA sophomores Eliza Broughton (19:53.03), Zeya Lorio (20:11.90) and Mary Richardson (20:17.81) placed fourth, fifth and sixth behind a trio of Orono juniors.Tia Tardy won in 18:42.52, Hannah Steelman took second (18:54.05), and Kassidy Dill followed in third (19:07.58).“They’re remarkable,” Reed said of the Orono girls’ squad. “We’re still doing our best to stay competitive with them.”GSA senior Hanna Gutow also finished among the top 10 (ninth in 21:19.84).Of the girls’ small schools, Orono won with 21 points. GSA took second with 35 points, and Mattanawcook finished third with 78.MDI’s Emma Strong and Emily Banks led the Trojans to victory in the girls’ large school division with 59 points.Strong placed third in 20:33.49, and Banks finished seventh in 21:26.76.Behind MDI, Caribou took second with 65 points in the division, and Presque Isle placed third with 74.Hancock County runners will compete again Saturday at the Eastern Maine championship in Belfast.Find more pictures here. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829PreviousNext Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more

Esan Debunks Crisis Claim in AFN

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A board member of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Mr. Dare Esan has debunked reports that the less than two months old board is in crisis.Esan, a well travelled track and field journalist and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) representative on the board of the federation insists there is no iota of truth in reports of crisis in both the conventional and social media.“There is no crisis whatsoever in the federation. What rumour mongers are feeding fat on are mere figment of imaginations of the fabricators who are determined to ensure the board is discredited even before it sets out to work,” Esan asserted.“I really don’t know where people got the information from that the AFN president plans to make the athletes’ representative the technical committee chairman. This is far from the truth because there were some elections that came with positions during the June 13 polls into the board of the federation in Abuja.“The positions of technical committee, athletes represenative and media representative on the board cannot be filled by just anybody. For example Sunday Adeleye was elected to represent the interest of the athletes on the board while Brown Ebewele was elected as the representative of the technical bodies of the federation vis the coaches and the technical officials which means he is the natural head of the technical committee of the AFN,” he explained.He added further that his position as the head of media and communications in the federation is also not negotiable.“The AFN president is a responsible and reasonable person who knows about rules and regulations governing the administration of track and field in Nigeria. He knows that it is the board of the federation and not just an individual that will constitute its sub-committees. The code of governance booklet handed over by the Sports Ministry to all federations clearly states under article 9.1 that the board of each National Sports Federation shall constitute the committees listed below, and or any other sub-committees as it deems fit, to perform specific functions and make recommendations to the board.Esan was also surprised about insinuations that the board plans to make a confirmed Charity Opara as the head of its youth sub-committee.“We are not fools in the federation. If Opara, an Olympic silver medallist and the fastest 400m runner in the world in 1998 could be disqualified from contesting the AFN elections in June on account of her doping infractions in the past, we certainly will not shoot ourselves in the leg by endangering the lives of our youths by allowing her to lead them. This is far from the truth and the AFN president is a reformist and has vowed to ensure tainted individuals are not allowed to pollute the federation,” Esan stated last night.last_img read more

Mr Green launches Express features to improve efficiency

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Jesper Kärrbrink: The industry must promote responsible gaming to the top of the agenda May 1, 2020 Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 To minimise the time spent on registration, login and withdrawals when visiting Mr Green, the igaming operator is releasing a range of Express features.Starting today, Swedish customers can create an account with Mr Green by simply using their BankID. Existing Mr Green users are also able to use the express functions making both login and withdrawals. With this service, Mr Green jumps on the trend with super-fast registration and withdrawals. Mr Green’s Express registration and withdrawals solution is unique in the way that it works in combination with other registration, deposit and withdrawal methods as well as applies for customers already having an account. With focus on player security and compliance Mr Green’s Express Registration is built to be compliant with the approaching regulation in Sweden. Any Swedish customer signing in through BankID and deposits through bank transfer will also be able to benefit from the new Express Withdrawal feature, which will normally credit the customer’s account in less than 5 minutes.BankID login and withdrawals is available on all Mr Green platforms including web desktop and mobile as well as iOS and android apps. Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green, commented on the new express features: “At Mr Green, we focus on delivering a superior experience in a Green Gaming environment and since these new features let the customers focus on enjoying our games in a safe way, we know this will contribute to a great gaming experience. “This will also make the validation process of new players much easier for us, reducing the time spend approving new accounts internally leaving even more room for us to build more smart tools in the future. We are now looking at ways to roll out these features in more of our markets where BankID and similar solutions are available.”last_img read more

Bashir Hayford worries about Ghanaian players going to less competitive leagues

first_imgHead coach for Ashanti Gold, Bashir Hayford has lamented the increasing trend of Ghana players moving outside the country to play in obscure and uncompetitive leagues.Bashir Hayford who led the Miners to successfully win the Ghana Premier League title last season is worried that the country in losing talent that could have been developed locally. In a recent public comment, the experienced expressed alarm by this development and called for stakeholders to lead efforts towards a solution.“It is a worry for me as a coach. Not long ago, Ghana would pick on countries such as Guinea [Congo and Sudan] and beat them heavily.But why is it that nowadays our players are now running to these countries?”“These countries were imitating us. They wanted to learn football from us.” “We need to find a solution for this. You have players going to these countries. Sudan; they are still fighting but the players are still going there. Lebanon!””In the past, promising young players have gone to play in Kazakhstan and even Somalia.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

AFCON 2019: South Africa beat Namibia to keep hopes alive

first_imgSouth Africa kept alive their hopes of reaching the last 16 by beating neighbours Namibia 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations Group D.Bongani Zungu headed past Lloyd Kazapua from a second-half corner to score his country’s first goal of the tournament.Moments earlier, Deon Kavendji’s close range effort was cleared off the line for Namibia in Cairo.To qualify, Bafana Bafana need a better result against group leaders Morocco than Ivory Coast get against Namibia.They had the better chances of a disappointing first half, although Themba Zwane could only fire their best effort straight at goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua.Namibia moved the ball with greater urgency and Kavendji’s pace was a threat down the left but his final ball was often wayward. Stuart Baxter’s side improved after the break as the impressive Zwane moved over to the left, and the breakthrough came from a set-piece as Zungu beat his marker to head in the winner.Namibia still have an outside chance of qualification themselves, but they will need to score their first tournament goal since 2008 to beat Ivory Coast and hope Morocco beat South Africa by more than one goal.last_img read more

Fil-Indonesian Enguio back in PH for PBA Draft

first_imgView comments Biboy Enguio. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAfter his days in the comforts of University of the East, Biboy Enguio has been all over the region, representing Indonesia in international competitions while going back here to test his luck against the best in the amateurs.But there’s only one league that eluded him through the course of his playing career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Little-known PUP graduate tries luck in PBA Draft Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “This (PBA) is the only league I’ve never played in,” the Fil-Indonesian guard said. “I’ve been in Fiba Asia, in SEA Games, PBA D-League, and the UAAP. I’ve been through that process and the PBA is the only thing that I haven’t been on in my career.”Though he’s already regarded as a superstar in Indonesia, Enguio knows that playing professionally here in the Philippines is still on a different level.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I wanted to try it here even though I’ve already played in other countries. To play in the PBA is really my dream,” said the 29-year-old, who is the oldest among the applicants.“It’s really different here compared to the other countries and I think I’m already seasoned enough to get to the level of basketball that is played here. I needed to go through all the process to gain the necessary experience, and now that I feel that I’m ripe enough, I believe I’m ready. That’s why I returned here.” Enguio is confident that he has already made his case to the coaches and scouts, but regardless of his fate in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he’s just satisfied to try his luck here in the Philippines.“If I get picked, it’s okay. But if not, I’m fine with it also. At least I tried my chance and experienced all of it here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Jerebko hits dagger vs former team as Warriors escape Jazz

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ As a member of the Chicago Bulls championship teams in the late 1990s, Kerr said this contest wasn’t like the knock-down, drag-out games between Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen versus John Stockton and Karl Malone. “I remember being in this building about 20 years ago in the Finals and literally, the final score was like the halftime score tonight. That shows you how much the game has changed.”TIP-INSWarriors: Allowing 47 points in the second quarter ties a record for a Golden State opponent. Atlanta did it first in 1990. … There were 26 lead changes and 12 ties in the first half. … Twice, Green pushed Gobert after fouls and the result of the second shoving match was double-technicals on Green and Favors. … Andre Iguodala sat out, but Coach Steve Kerr said, “If this were a playoff game, he’d play. We’re just going to be very cautious.”Jazz: After the late evening tip, the game was stopped on the first play for several minutes because of a clock malfunction. … The Jazz set a franchise record of 81 points in the first half. … The Jazz made 10 of 16 3-pointers in the second quarter, another record. … Georges Niang posted a career-high with eight points.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Denver on Sunday evening.Jazz: Host Memphis on Monday night. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “My teammates knew this was a big game for me coming back here. I wanted to win and told them I really wanted this one,” said Jerebko, who couldn’t stop smiling after the victory.Kevin Durant, who scored 38 points, missed a running jumper. But Jerebko, who was let go by Utah as a free agent after last season and who was just subbed in to spread the floor with his long-range shooting ability, charged in from the right side and delivered the game-winning put-back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I took the ball out, so I knew I was going to give it to K.D. and I knew he was going to shoot it, so I just tried to get to the rim,” Jerebko said.Jerebko, who finished with 10 points, punched the air in celebration and then was mobbed by his new teammates in a scene that looked more like a playoff game than the second game of the season. 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “To win that game in that way, that was really special,” Jerebko said.Durant thought his last shot was going down, but he couldn’t have been happier for Jerebko.“Jonas was there in the right place at the right time. It was very fitting that he comes back here and gets the game-winning tip. We were very excited for him afterwards,” Durant said.The Jazz had taken their last lead when Jae Crowder scored off his own miss with 51.4 seconds left in the game.Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Draymond Green had 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists and a fistful of attitude.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Joe Ingles paced the Jazz with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Donovan Mitchell added 19 points, but missed all six of his fourth-quarter attempts.“It’s more physical,” Mitchell said. “They’re taking away my easy looks. I just got to be able to hit the tougher shots. That’s all it is.”Crowder had 17 points and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 11 rebounds.Dante Exum gave the Jazz a 111-101 advantage with 8:53 left in the game. The Warriors responded with their most inspired defense of the night and went on a 13-0 run — Draymond Green’s layup made it 114-111 — to set up the game-ending fireworks.High scores have been common in the first week of the NBA season, but the Jazz and Warriors took it to a new level, especially in the first half, which ended with Utah leading 81-69.In a role reversal, the Jazz were the ones letting shots fly from behind the arc with 46 3-point attempts. The Jazz made 19, while the Warriors made 10 of 19 from long range.After the Warriors whittled their 16-point deficit down to 3, Ingles beat the third-quarter buzzer with a running, double-pump 3-pointer from 37 feet.SHOOTING STARS?Ingles recently called himself the best shooter in the NBA. When asked about that claim, Stephen Curry joked, “That just means in Las Vegas in summer league in 2009 we had two of the best shooters of all time on the same team. . We got a lot in common then.” Curry averaged 17.4 points in five summer league games for Golden State while teammate Ingles shot 20 percent from the field in scoring 3.2 points per game.NOT LIKE THE GOOD OL’ DAYS LATEST STORIES UAAP: Pumaren, Adamson get back at La Salle Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Golden State Warriors’ Jonas Jerebko (21) celebrates after scoring the winning shot against the Utah Jazz, with teammates Jordan Bell, rear, and DeMarcus Cousins, right, in the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Jonas Jerebko returned to Utah and got what he was looking for.Jerebko crashed the basket and tipped in a shot against his former team with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 124-123 victory over the Jazz on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Lakers’ Lebron James taking time to heal groin injury

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Asiad star to miss match vs Azkals, but South Korea still team to beat “We are obviously not going to rush him back,” Walton said.James suffered a strained groin during the Lakers’ 127-101 blowout road win over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTeam doctors officially diagnosed James with the injured groin after an MRI exam on Wednesday. He was placed on the injury list and labeled day-to-day.James did not travel with the team to Sacramento. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I take a lot of pride in (staying healthy),” James said after the Warriors game. “It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, to my coaching staff — that is something I take more personal than anything.“Hopefully it is not a long thing and I can get back on the floor as soon as possible.”James has not been officially ruled out of Friday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Kings visit Los Angeles for a rematch Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Lakers will have to get used to life without LeBron James when they face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.Lakers head coach Luke Walton said their game plan will change without James leading the charge and hinted that their star player could be out for a period of time.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Police Dir. Warns against Bribery

first_imgThe Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. C. Chris Massaquoi, has warned officers against accepting bribes in order to cover up violations.Director Massaquoi also warned the general public of giving bribes to the officers and said that they are equally guilty as the officers who take the bribes.According to Dir. Massaquoi, this has the propensity to undermine the security of the state.Speaking at the 42nd graduation exercise on Saturday May 17, at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, the Police boss told the graduates that the police work is not the place where one goes to get rich but to protect lives and properties.    Mr. Massaquoi stressed that he will continue to behave as a no-nonsense police director in ensuring that all officers are providing the right services to the people of Liberia and will also have special officers to arrest those that are in the hobby of accepting bribes.The police boss, Col. Massaquoi, call on the graduates to up hold the good conduct of police and their character and desist from taking bribes while serving the people and the country. He called on the public to report misconduct of police officers with assurance of investigation into the matter.“I want to re-emphasize that we will deal with anyone found in misconduct and bribery including the general public that are usually found giving bribe to officer,” he warned.He told the graduates that anyone of them caught accepting bribe will be immediately dismissed from the LNP and forwarded for prosecution.Dir. Massaquoi also used the occasion to extend thanks and appreciations to friends, relatives and family members for their support and allowing them to chose the noble profession to serve their people and the country.At the program, the UNPOL Commission, Mr. Gregory Hinds, also urged the graduates to see the profession as a noble one to provide security for lives and properties. Officer Hinds told them that by reducing crime in the country, would earn bring them trust from the public.He stressed the need for police officers to always be effective and efficient to move and perform the necessary service with honor and order and called on them to continue to provide the rights service to the people of Liberia as they have chosen the profession to serve their nation. According to the Commission of Police, it is important to enhance police services to enable them protect lives and property and build the trust and commitment as well as exercise restraints in executing the order of LNP.The Commandant for training and man power development at the National Police Training Academy (NPTA), J. Titus Kimba, urged the graduates to respect human rights as they discharge their duty.According to Commandant Kimba, 303 people were recruited in January and February of last year to be trained, but a total of 14 were dismissed due to misconduct, and other crime including illegal possession of marijuana, cheating, academy failure, and theft of property after due process.Giving the statistics of the graduates, Officer Kimba said, “67 of the graduates are from Lofa, 44 from Nimba, 17 from Grand Cape Mount County, 17 from Maryland, 17 from Montserrado County, 17 from Bong  County, 7 from Margibi County and others with Rivercess County been the least of one person.”The Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, who gave the keynote address, said the LNP, is faced with a constraint of logistics and security but assured them of government’s commitment in trying to solve the problems.The Minister said they would make sure that the welfare of the senior officers are well taken care of and give good salary to those assign in the rural areas as a way of motivating officers to serve their country and the people.The Finance Minister explained that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has decided to make the security sector a priority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more