Curvy and Covert added to Oaks

first_img Aidan O’Brien has saddled four previous Irish Oaks winners, including last year’s heroine Bracelet. The master of Ballydoyle has seven fillies among the 16 confirmed, including Epsom Oaks winner Qualify, Together Forever and Words. O’Brien will wait until later in the week before finalising his team. The trainer said: “It will all depend on how they are working and what way the ground will be – there is a little bit of rain hanging around – some of them would like it nice and some of them would like it on the soft side. “A mile and a half should suit Together Forever well, Qualify is a possible depending on ground and work and Words is a filly that has only had two runs, she won her Group Three at Cork nicely.” O’Brien’s Diamondsandrubies was a significant absentee and is expected to be seen next in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. Ralph Beckett’s Forte, the John Gosden-trained Gretchen and Speedy Boarding from James Fanshawe’s yard could all join Covert Love on the trip from Britain. Other possibles for the home team include Jessica Harrington’s Jack Naylor and Jim Bolger’s Pleascach. The David Wachman-trained Curvy clinched her fourth victory of the campaign in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last month and has been supplemented for this weekend’s Classic. Covert Love, trained by Newmarket handler Hugo Palmer, is also unbeaten in 2015 and connections have stumped up the cash to add her to the line-up following an impressive victory in the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle. Press Associationcenter_img Curvy and Covert Love are significant additions to the field for Saturday’s Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.last_img read more

Sangakkara on players dealing with new guidelines ‘Will be very clinical’

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara believes it will be interesting to see how players deal with the latest guidelines put in place by the International Cricket Council (ICC) once cricket resumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.All cricketing activities has been suspended since March as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed more than 3.8 lakh lives across the world thus far.As cricket makes it way for resumption in the upcoming days, the ICC has recommended to stop the usage of saliva to shine the ball. Social distancing guidelines have also been put in place during the matches set to be played behind closed doors.”For fast bowlers or spinners, shining the ball is an instinctive thing, they have done it over so many years since they were kids,” Sangakkara said while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.”Cricket is a social game, most of the time you spend in the dressing room – you talk, you chat.”This will be a very clinical thing, you come ready to play, no warmups, you do everything right and you go home. So, it will be interesting to see how the players deal with that,” the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) added.International cricket could see its resumption early next month with West Indies travelling to England for a three-Test series beginning July 8, subject to UK government approval. IANSAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 5th June, 2020last_img read more

ICC World Cup David Warner’s 166 off 147 balls takes down exuberant Bangladesh in Nottingham

first_img New Delhi: Bangladesh needed 82 off 30 deliveries with two set batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah still at the crease. Till then, both had scored their respective half-centuries and were hitting a boundary or two in almost every single over. With run-rate touching 16.5 runs an over, Bangladesh was still in the game, keeping T20 dynamics in the mind. However, Australian skipper Aaron Finch introduced his trump card in the 46th over and introduced Nathan Coulter-Nile back into the attack.Coulter-Nile, who carries a good experience at his back played with batsmen mind and pitched a short of a length delivery to Mahmudullah who smashed it straight into the hands of mid-wicket fielder and eventually cost the game for his side. Coulter-Nile finished with two wickets in that over, and eventually helped Australia to register a comfortable 48-run victory at Trent Bridge.In Nottingham, it was a flat deck and seeing the conditions, Aaron Finch asked the opposition to have a bowl first. Australian opener Aaron Finch and David Warner saw the initial overs and stamped their authority in next. The duo utilised their current form and hammered the Bangladeshi bowlers all around the ground. Both Finch and Warner strung a partnership of 121 runs before the former was sent back by the part-time bowler Soumya Sarkar.Once Finch departed, Warner played with more responsibility and continued his innings with Usman Khawaja. Warner, who took 55 balls for his first two fifties, paced his innings well, taking only 30 more balls to reach 150 before becoming Soumya Sarkar’s second victim. The part-time medium pacer proved effective with his variation of bumpers, yorkers and cutters and returned with 3 for 58 in his eight overs on a day when all the other frontline bowlers combined to take only one wicket.But by the time Warner departed, the stage was set for Glenn Maxwell to unleash his destructive abilities and he did that well in his 10-ball stay, cracking 31 runs: including 19 in 5 balls off Rubel Hossain’s ninth over. Confusion in running with Khawaja resulted in his run out, and possibly pegged Australia back a few runs from their eventual total.Khawaja, who had played a fine secondary role in company of Warner, too fell in the late overs – caught behind off Sarkar for a 72-ball 89. Australia lost four wickets in the last six overs but two fifties and a century by the top order, coupled with Maxwell’s late blitz, enabled them to post a sizeable total. In the end, Australia finished with a mammoth total of 381 runs on the board, which by some margin looked out of reach for Bangladesh.For Bangladesh, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal started off the proceedings. However, their partnership didn’t last long as there was a confusion in the middle which eventually resulted in Sarkar’s wicket. Tamim and Shakib played well for their respective scores but got out at the wrong time.However, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah kept the hopes alive for Bangladesh as they managed to put up a partnership of 127 runs. Rahim went onto slam his seventh century but wasn’t enough to get his team over the line. The loss resulted them to stay at the fifth position in the points table. Bangladesh suffered their third loss of the tournament.Australia now occupy the top spot in points table.David Warner was awarded as the man-of-the-match. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

UW to close spring in Columbus

first_imgThe No. 33 Wisconsin women’s tennis team will venture to Columbus, Ohio, Sunday for a showdown with the Buckeyes. In what will be the squad’s final regular-season match, the Badgers hope to crash Ohio State’s senior day and finish the spring campaign with a winning conference record (a loss would leave the team at .500).“We have to be ready for Ohio State — they are [ready for us],” head coach Patti Henderson said. “They are a feisty team. It’s going to be intense like it was against Michigan State. It’s going to be that kind of intensity, that kind of energy — it could be a little bit volatile.”For seniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin, the OSU showdown will mark their final regular-season bows in Badger uniforms.“It will be our last match, so hopefully we’ll end the year on a good note — before we head into [the Big Ten tournament] — with a win and feeling good,” Martin said.Wisconsin will enter Ohio State on the heels of a duo of split weekends, coming off of three consecutive matches determined by a 4-3 margin with emphasis on the doubles point. Henderson has made a series of lineup fluctuations throughout the season to combat problems garnering that point — the team’s apparent Achilles’ heel — but the starting trio of pairings seemed to fall in sync last weekend as the Badgers handled Purdue 4-3 on senior day, claiming the doubles point en route to victory.The other notable lineup fluctuation of late has been a shift at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots. Freshman Chelsea Nusslock has moved up from the sixth spot to the fifth while Lexi Goldin filled the final roster position for the first time this season last Sunday when Nicole Beck sat out of singles (she was, however, active in doubles competition).Rank and fileNew rankings came out Tuesday, and for the third consecutive evaluation period, the Badgers held firm at No. 33. This represents the squad’s peak position on a season in which they debuted at No. 48 and found themselves at No. 45 less than a month ago.On the individual front, however, the rankings were not as kind to the Badgers. Senior Katie McGaffigan slipped from No. 91 to No. 100 after a duo of weekend losses to the No. 99 and No. 41 players nationally.The bigger surprise came in Caitlin Burke’s drop from No. 81 to No. 106. Burke had moved up significantly in the previous rating period as the numbers emerged after she enjoyed a brief stint playing top-flight doubles (having swapped out of the No. 2 spot with McGaffigan for a road trip). But this fall comes on the heels of two convincing straight-set victories last weekend and a perfect record since the last batch of rankings was released April 5.Four more batches of rankings for both teams and individuals are due before the season formally comes to an end with final numbers due out May 30.last_img read more

O’Hara loses 1st game, collects win in relief in game 2 of doubleheader

first_img Published on April 17, 2014 at 9:35 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 For the fans that remained bundled under heavy jackets and fuzzy blankets in sub-freezing temperatures for Syracuse’s doubleheader, the lasting image will be Sydney O’Hara celebrating with her teammates after hitting a walk-off single to cap a three-run rally in the seventh inning.But had it not been for a gutsy pitching performance in which O’Hara battled a rising pitch count and the blistering cold, she would have never had the chance to be the hero.“I’m just used to coming back in,” O’Hara said. “… I’ve just got to battle through whatever happens.”After throwing seven full innings in Syracuse’s 2-0 loss to Boston College in game one, O’Hara was asked to come in once again and stop the bleeding as Syracuse saw a six-run lead completely disintegrate in the second game. She threw 2 1/3 more frames before the Orange rallied for a 13-12 win at SU Softball Stadium in front of 87 fans on Wednesday.With the sunlight quickly fading on a day in which temperatures dipped into the 20’s, the burden was on O’Hara to finish out game two after Cristina Clermont gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, and Lindsey Larkin allowed the game-tying score in just 1 1/3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She said she’d rather have a break then come back and throw,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “So we decided to do that and let Christina start.“We knew we were going to go back to her in the second game.”In the first game, O’Hara had a no-hitter through the first 3 2/3 innings. She was breezing past the Boston College hitters with ease.But then with two outs in the fourth, she started to unravel. The same high and seemingly unhittable pitches started to fall in the zone and the Eagles capitalized.The first hit was a sharp double grounded past third basemen Danielle Chitkowski. Two pitches later, a single put BC on the board, and the pitch after that hit off the base of the outfield wall for a double.In a matter of moments, the Orange had lost control of the game.“They hit,” O’Hara said. “They’re a good hitting team. You get at this level and they can hit. For the rest of the game, I really focused on hitting my spots, and it just happens.”It took O’Hara 126 pitches to get through the seven-inning game. As the innings wore on, she struggled with command because of the cold weather.She had hand warmers in her back pocket that she kept grasping. And in between pitches, she regularly blew on her hands.“It was awful,” O’Hara said of the weather. “It just comes to trusting your defense and getting the defense to get the outs for you.”But even after laboring through a full game, she was approached by pitching coach Jenna Caira, who said that she should be ready to go in game two if needed.And when the floodgates opened with some poor pitching and shoddy defense, there was no one else to turn to but O’Hara, who had been stationed at first base for the first 4 2/3 innings.She allowed three runs to come across, but kept Syracuse within striking distance, and it was her walk-off hit that eventually proved to be the difference.“Especially her being a freshman,” outfielder Shirley Daniels said, “especially in the cold right now, it showed a lot of heart, a lot of integrity and determination to come back out there and finish it off for us.“I think it shows what kind of player she is.”After the game, O’Hara stood with her jacket bundled over her body, her cheeks red from the cold.She’d pitched in back-to-back games this season, but hadn’t faced anything quite like that.In the box score, it’s O’Hara’s hit that defined one of the most wild games of the season, but it was her work on the mound that defined the type of player she is.Said O’Hara: “I’m just doing my job.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Conference centers around new tech in children’s play

first_imgChild’s play · Attendees participated in hands-on workshops during the conference on Monday at the California Science Center. – Anastasia Velicescu | Daily TrojanPlayScience kicked off its Sandbox West Conference at the Annenberg Center in the California Science Center on Monday. The conference, which focuses on innovation in child development and play, will continue into Tuesday evening.Founded in 2008, the Sandbox Summit is organized by PlayScience, a company focused on how play is developed in a world dominated by technology and innovation. Wendy Smolen, one of the original founders of the summit, explained that the development of media and technology has changed the way children play as they develop. Toys are becoming less popular, while electronics have turned into toys and learning devices. This summit provides a platform for discussion about the future of play and the products that are currently on the market.While Sandbox has hosted events in Boston and New York City, this is the first time a summit has been held on the West Coast. The event was coordinated by Erin Reilly, managing director for the Annenberg Innovation Lab. She had worked at MIT with several of the leaders at PlayScience and knew that they were looking to expand the summit. She suggested that the Innovation Lab and PlayScience should collaborate to bring the conference to Los Angeles.“The way that we look at play is changing in a lot of ways,” Reilly said. “What [the summit] does is it allows people to get their hands dirty and to experience [play] hands-on, and then to take what they learned back to their communities to apply it with what they are personally doing.”Reilly said that play is far more important for children than most realize. Play is how children form basic social and mental patterns. The introduction of technology into children’s formative years has had a unique impact on the way children are growing up. It also affects the affordability of the way children are raised, creating a wider gap in the way that children from different socioeconomic backgrounds play. The idea behind the summit is that the way children play — in the “sandbox,” whether that is video games or in their backyard — is instrumental in the way they develop.“There’s a huge implication in the way that media impacts children, even from a young age,” said Francesca Marie Smith, a research fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab who has been instrumental in helping Reilly coordinate the summit. “It’s important to emphasize the way that play, something so basic and yet so critical, can affect our futures.”The Sandbox Summit spanned Monday and Tuesday and provided a variety of workshops, keynote speakers and networking events. On Monday, attendees could spend time in four different workshops, which ranged from conversations over mobile apps and technology privacy to hands-on sessions experimenting with equipment from the LA Makerspace. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the California Science Center and a virtual reality tour using the Oculus Rift headset.On Monday night, the conference hosted a cocktail party hosted by Intel. The event is one of the reasons that Smolen wanted to keep the conference small — it was predicted to sell 125 tickets and greatly exceeded that number. The party allowed students and teachers to see the newest products in child development and play, while also discussing future concepts in toy innovation.One of the headliner events on Tuesday features Dylan Siegel, a nine-year-old boy who published a book, Chocolate Bar when he was six years old. He wrote the book to raise money to research a cure for GSD Type 1b, a rare liver disease that affected one of his best friends. Three years later, the book has sold over 300,000 copies to raise over $1,000,000 and is credited with accelerating the cure to the disease by decades.“The beauty in it is that this is a 360-degree learning experience,” Smolen said. “We learn from these kids, and they show us how we can continue to teach them better, and the cycle continues on like that. That’s what it’s all about — continuing to learn from each other so that we can innovate and look forward to the future.”last_img read more

Viscarra’s Vice: Fall Classic already an undisputed treasure

first_imgAngel Viscarra | Daily TrojanAward-winning sports columnist Rick Reilly often reflects and speaks on an experience of his in which the stage was just “too big.” Whenever Reilly reminisces about the 1986 Masters, when Jack Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket, he mentions a media member who held his head and uttered, “It’s too big. I can’t write it,” as Nicklaus won his 18th and final major championship. Media members that day in Augusta, Ga., including Reilly himself, admit they had no clue how they were going to encapsulate the historical significance of what had just occurred in front of them — while hitting deadline for their stories. I have a similar feeling I type out this column. To write a column on the brilliance of this year’s World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers is intimidating. Through the first five episodes of the 2017 Fall Classic, millions of spectators worldwide have been captivated and honed in on every pitch thrown, ball hit and ball fielded. Entering this series, we all knew these two teams each had the makeup and track record to make this an iconic Fall Classic. Rarely in sports does a great series on paper translate to a great series on the field of play. All the elements have been there. This series includes Cy Young winners, league MVPs, batting title champions, All-Stars and more on both sides. For the first time since 1970, this series includes two teams that boasted 100-plus wins in the regular season.This World Series has been the epitome of a heavyweight title bout between the two undisputedly best teams in baseball. This is Ali-Frazier. Through five games, both sides have thrown — and connected on — several devastating haymakers. The most recent installment of this series, Sunday night’s Game 5, was a contest that will be immortalized in baseball lore. Alex Bregman dumped a 10th-inning walk-off single over the head of Corey Seager into short left field that was the finishing blow for the Dodgers in a 13-12 loss in extra innings. Bregman, who homered off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen the night before in Game 4, once again torching the all-world reliever to give Houston a 3-2 series lead.A five-hour, 17-minute slugfest, Game 5 gave baseball and non-baseball enthusiasts everything they could hope for in a postseason contest. It was the Cy-Young pitching matchup that saw neither pitcher survive through five innings. It was a game with huge leads, blown leads, regained leads and, in the end for the Dodgers, leads again painfully lost.Per ESPN, Houston became just the fifth team in World Series history to rally from three deficits in a game (two of which were three-run deficits) to win it in the end. But Los Angeles also displayed resilience and a flair for the dramatic, rallying for three runs in the ninth to force extra innings. It must be said, Games 1 through 5 of this Fall Classic have all been incredible to take in. This brings me back to my Reilly reference. In many ways, this series has been just “too big” to handle as both a media member and a Dodgers supporter. While it is not over yet, it wouldn’t be fool’s gold to say that this year’s Fall Classic will go down as one of the finest ever played. Houston, coming together as a community after facing natural tragedy, is hungry for its first title in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Dodgers appear to finally have the right puzzle pieces to end their nearly three-decades-long World Series drought since the start of the season. The Astros will enter the confines of Dodger Stadium Tuesday night with a 3-2 series lead — nine innings away from hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy. Game 6 will be just the fifth World Series game ever played on Halloween night. No team has ever clinched a World Series title on Halloween, and the Dodgers are certainly hoping this will still ring true when they wake up on Wednesday morning. Los Angeles will needback-to-back victories to secure its first World Series trophy since 1988. A day marked by ghosts, ghouls and goblins, Halloween is the annual holiday centered around fear. The Dodgers themselves encounter a scary reality Tuesday night: going up against Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in an elimination game and facing a Houston lineup loaded with ERA-killers like Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.Tuesday night’s contest will end one of two ways: The Dodgers will either be the character in the horror flick who is brutally slain in the dark forest, or they will emerge as the resilient survivor who withstood the violent onslaught, which in this case would be surviving to see a Game 7. Halloween baseball at its finest. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, Viscarra’s Vice, runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Zone U12 Boys

first_imgStaff at Mallard’s Source for sports is dipping into the vault a little to find the most likely recipient for Team of the Week. Mallard’s staff looked back at the 2012 B.C. Summer Games held last month in Surrey for the winner — Kootenay Zone U12 Boy’s Soccer squad.The team played very well against some of the top U12 teams in the province to secure seventh spot with a 3-1 victory over North West.The team includes, in no specific order, six Nelson players — Milo Baranyai-Sheppard, Thomas Baxter, Jaden Dyck, Ezra Foy, Angus Paterson and Jesse Thurston; six Cranbrook boys, Jamie Cassleman, Jordan Klassen, Jovon Klassen, Harrison Risdon, Mikey Stambulic and Cody Sugihara; one player each from Castlegar Josh Fogal and Midway Sam Foy.Head Coach is Kerry Dyck of Nelson.Dyck was assisted by Michael Stambulic  of Cranbrook and James Baxter of Nelson.last_img read more

Stalzer plans to return to Petron

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Miguel opens PH Cup 4-peat bid with win over Phoenix Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense And as Stalzer starts her offseason away from the PSL, she said it was a welcome reprieve that she was able to go into a relaxed mode and don something other than a volleyball uniform.“It’s really fun to kickoff this event, this season, and I’m just happy to be part of it,” said Stalzer. “They just asked me a few days ago, and it’s always fun to dress up and wear something other than volleyball clothes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lindsay Stalzer may be wearing a svelte white cocktail dress, but in everything that she does volleyball eventually got into the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron’s talismanic open hitter was in the opening ceremonies of the 43rd season of the PBA to walk as San Miguel’s muse, and Stalzer said she plans to return to the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix in 2018.“I think the plan is to come back for the next Grand Prix, I believe [I’ll be back],” said Stalzer Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We walked with Petron a little bit and I think they’re just putting together a contract so we’ll see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStalzer was instrumental in two of Foton’s Grand Prix titles but she wasn’t able to replicate her success with the Blaze Spikers when she joined this year.After winning the first game in the three-game series, Petron lost two straight to champion F2 Logistics in the championship round with the Blaze Spikers falling in the third game, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25018. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border PLAY LIST 02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate02:14Carpio 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Insists on Proper Resource Exploitation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has maintained that the exploitation of resources in Liberia be done in an appropriate governance framework that protects the national interest. According to the Liberian leader, the management of Liberia’s natural resources calls for an open and transparent environment which guarantees investors a fair return on their investment, while maximizing benefits for Liberian citizens and Liberian businesses.In her Annual Message on Monday, January 27, 2014, President Sirleaf noted that creating conducive environment for investment for both foreign and domestic is critical for attaining economic growth and development of Liberia.Liberia’s forest sector is one of the key sectors the President mentioned in her speech as very important the economy. The President did not bite her tongue on the controversy that has marred the issuance of the Private Use Permits (PUPs) to private citizens in accordance with the National Forest Reform Law of 2006.The National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 makes provision for the issuance of five categories of forest resource licenses to access forest contracts: Forest Management Contract (FMC), Timber Sales Contract (TSC); Private Use Permit (PUP); Forest Use Permit (FUP); and Community Forestry.But the Liberian leader noted that the poor management of the implementation of those laws resulted in a setback in attracting quality investors to the sector and a major loss in revenue.She disclosed that the government has revoked 29 Private Use Permit (PUP) licenses issued, while 34 PUP licenses are being reviewed. PUP license holders have, however, criticized the government for denying them the opportunity to play their role in the forest sector and the economy of Liberia.A number of Liberians who are now unemployed as a result of the suspension or revocation of their employers’ say they are disappointed in the government.  Speaking on the Theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation” the President explained that the issuance of 63 PUPs prior to the formulation of relevant regulations to guide the process raised national and international concerns.The government of Liberia (GOL), it may be recalled, constituted a special independent investigating body (SIIB) to probe the PUP saga and made recommendations that led to a moratorium on the issuance and operations of all PUPs pending the validation of the draft regulation.“Meanwhile,” she emphasized “29 of the 63 PUPs issued have been revoked, while the remaining 34 are being reviewed for further action and possible cancellation.”President Sirleaf clarified, however, that the actions taken against the 63 PUPs have no effect on the operations of entities with valid FMC.“It should be noted, however, that this has no effect on forest operations which continue for entities with valid Forest Management Contracts,” she stated.She further explained that the new forest laws stress the integration of community, conservation, and commercial forest management, while a Community Rights Law empowers communities to fully engage in the management of forest resources.She called for the passage of a new legislation relating to bid premiums to fully revive the forestry sector so that the sector can adequately contribute to government to revenue.“The Board of Directors of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has been reconstituted and new management has taken bold steps toward compliance with all laws and regulations,” the President declared.President Sirleaf has meanwhile, observed that the voluntary partnership agreement with the European Union should attract quality investors committed to value addition to the sector.She disclosed that the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) began work, with stakeholders, to develop a uniform national template to monitor and evaluate the compliance of concessionaires in the country, in order to reduce the many and often confusing reportorial lines.According to the President, a National Concessions Cadastre is to be established for the administration and operation of a unified National Concessions Database System that will integrate and consolidate a repository of concession information.“The Bureau is to make certain that concessionaires remain in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their respective concession agreements, and ensures that Liberian citizens and firms get the anticipated employment and business opportunities from these concession contracts,” she stressed.The Liberian, however, admitted that the NBC faces challenges, including the lack of human capacity, logistics and insufficient budget allocation.Amidst these challenges, the new management is expected to address these challenges to meet the purpose for which the Bureau was created.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more