Boakai Gives L$1.9m to County Sports Teams

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakia has donated L$132,000 to each of the 15 counties, totaling L$1,980,000, in appreciation for their participation in the 2015/2016 County Meet.The donation was done on Friday, January 23, in the offices of the vice president on Capitol Hill.The vice president’s donation was owing to the “level of sportsmanship showed by counties” during the preliminary and finals of the Meet.For instance, during the preliminary, Grand Cape Mount County almost boycotted the game owing to an alleged complaint from the match official and Gbarpolu dropped their protest against Lofa for fielding an alleged foreigner.In Monrovia, Nimba County nearly went back to the mountains and hang their jerseys in the kickball version owing to their dissatisfaction over the Appeal Board ruling upholding the result between Nimba vs Bassa; and Lofa County dropped the protest against Montserrado County for allegedly fielding more than three players from a 3rd division team.In a brief but heartfelt statement in expressing his appreciation Vice President Boakai said the funds was in fulfillment of his promise during the quarterfinals of the football and kickball categories in Monrovia.Vice President Boakai stated that the “love of county” and the “oneness in spirit” showed that the country is moving forward. He added that the County Meet produces “good quality players” and if players who played for Nimba and Grand Gedeh in the 2012 finals were kept they would have represented the country in international tournaments.An ardent fan of Arsenal, Vice President Boakai also said there are also some quality players from the just ended Meet.Earlier, outgoing Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe thanked the vice president for his continued support to the Ministry and the county teams.Bomi County Sports Coordinator, Rev. Stephen C. Kollie said “Vice President Boakai has filled our mouths with laughter” because of the donation.On behalf of the Counties Rev. Kollie described the donation as a “worthy cause” and said the vice president helped them during the County Meet.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. said besides uniting Liberians through sports, the games also provide temporary employment for the youthful players and technicians and develop sports infrastructure across the country with funding from the government.He indicated that since 2006, the annual event has been decentralized and combined with other sports disciplines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SCHITTS CREEK LETTERKENNY LEAD CANADIAN COMEDY TAKEOVER IN US

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Some cast members of Schitt’s Creek, including Eugene Levy, centre, pose on the red carpet of Canadian Screen Awards gala honouring Creative Fiction Storytelling on March 27 in Toronto. (Sharon Wu/CBC) Advertisement As the Canadian Screen Awards week culminates with Sunday night’s broadcast gala, expect Canadian comedies to be front and centre. CBC’s hit comedy Schitt’s Creek, which just last week announced next season will be its last, has six nominations, while Crave TV’s Letterkenny has three.But the industry buzz both shows have recently received has less to do with their achievements in Canada and more to do with their success in the U.S. — something that’s eluded Canadian-made comedies for decades, even as Canadian comedians became household names. Schitt’s Creek, in particular, is enjoying a rare combination of commercial and popular success south of the border: from the glowing New York Times reviews to sold-out live shows by its cast members.“Schitt’s Creek has really broken through in a way that not a lot of even American-produced comedies have done lately,” says Alan Sepinwall, chief TV critic for Rolling Stone magazine.Schitt’s Creek’s journey Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Sitting in his office at Pop TV in Los Angeles, Brad Schwartz is beaming with pride and emotion as he recalls the day he decided his small cable channel should broadcast Schitt’s Creek to American audiences.Dan and Eugene Levy, the show’s creators and stars, already had CBC secured as the Canadian broadcaster. But Schwartz, a Canadian well established in the U.S. TV system, thought the little show with the funny title just might work there as well.“It’s a show that started with a wealthy family, a riches-to-rags story that in itself doesn’t seem like anything we haven’t seen before,” says Schwartz. “But the writing and the acting is so phenomenal, that the little things happen in the episode and the characters learn from those little things that happen, that change them in the next episode, and change them in the next episode.” Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

TONY Puletua is set to return for the playoffs aft

first_imgTONY Puletua is set to return for the playoffs after a scan revealed he does not need an operation on a damaged shoulder.Saints’ head coach Royce Simmons had feared the 32-year-old could miss the run in due to an injured rotator cuff.But specialists have given the forward good news and he will now undergo rehab to be ready for the playoffs.“It’s great news,” Simmons said. “TP is an integral part of the team and we’re delighted he doesn’t need surgery.”Saints are next in action when they travel to Hull KR next Sunday.last_img