Three games will be played in the Highlands Region, one in Lae and the other in Port Moresby.A fiery encounter is expected up in Mendi between home side PRK Mendi Muruks and Agmark Rabaul Gurias.The TNA Simbu Lions will head to Minj to take on Waghi Tumbe, while the Kemele Hela Wigmen will clash with the EGP Enga Mioks in Wabag.All three games as usual kick off at 2pmThe Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will fly down to Lae for their game against the current competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers. The game gets underway at 2pmAt 3pm in the nation’s capital will be a tussle between two teams fighting to avoid the wooden spoon in the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and the SNS Port Moresby Vipers.The PRK Gulf Isapea have the bye this weekend.Finals for the Digicel Cup will start on August 14.
The National Programme Officer of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has advised individuals engaged in active case finding and creating awareness about the dangers of the Ebola virus disease to serve as good ambassadors in their places of assignment.Mr. Eric Opoku, the UNV program officer, said, people volunteering under the UNDP-supported Community-based Initiative (CBI) should take ownership of the process to ensure that the country is declared free from the deadly EVD by the relevant and requisite authorities in the shortest possible time.Speaking at the training of 360 Active Case Finders (ACF) under the CBI program held at the University of Liberia over the weekend, Mr. Opoku asserted that as Nigeria and Senegal were declare free of the EVD, Liberia, too, can be declared free from the EVD if every Liberian pays full attention and takes very seriously the precautionary and preventive measures.“Volunteers are role models; people look at you because you are doing something to help your communities…not because of what you are going to gain from it materially but the fact that you want to be seen as somebody different…” Mr. Opoku said.He told the volunteers that the manner in which they conduct themselves in their communities will determine the seriousness of community members to the Ebola awareness messages they carry to them daily.The UNDP was proud to be part of processes that are positively contributing to the eradication of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia, he declared.The Community-based Initiative (CBI) project is an initiative that seeks to complement the efforts of the government and other relevant Ebola response teams in Liberia.The CBI takes cognizance of the need for community involvement in the national Ebola response and to stop the spread of the virus.Also speaking, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services and Head of the Ebola Emergency Incidence Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, said the CBI is very essential and critical to the fight against the EVD in the country.Ebola started from the communities and it must stop at the community level with the full involvement of the community members, he averred.He told the participants to ensure that the messages are properly disseminated to the people to allow them take the necessary precautions against the EVD.“This is not an office- based work; it is a community-based work; it means that you are to be in the field, in the various communities talking to the people….” Minister Nyenswah said.The fight against the EVD has reached a very critical and crucial stage.The Assistant Health Minister disclosed that the fight against the virus has reached a stage that will determine whether the country will be declared free or more people will be infected or die from the virus if the necessary measures are not strictly adhered to and observed.Topics covered at the daylong training included social mobilization and health promotion; counseling and social support in the community; developing effective standard operating procedure for CBI; and strategy to reach hard to reach populations.Participants in the training included representatives from various women and youth groups, the religious community, community and traditional leaders, the Liberia Boys Scouts Association of Liberia. The participants were chosen from across nine of the seventeen districts of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As the Guyana Police Force continue to probe the shooting of School of the Nations’ Director, Dr Brian O’Toole, they are yet to make any headway into finding the shooter as well as the person behind the social media posts who goes by the alias “Kira”.Crime Chief, Lyndon Alves told Guyana Times that the probe is still ongoing.Initially, the police had questioned four persons – both current and former students – in relation to the January 27 shooting of the school’s principal at his Bel Air Promenade, Greater Georgetown, home and according to Alves, no other person of interest has since been questioned.However, he noted that they are awaiting the return of Dr O’Toole to further interview him about the incident which followed several threats against the school on Facebook made by “Kira” (meaning killer), which is the alias of the main character in “Death Note” – a Japanese manga series that was later adapted into films.Last week, there were reports circulating on social media which suggest that the person behind the alias “Kira” was identified as the son of a prominent lawyer while alleging too that he was part of an eight-member gang which include two sons of Government Ministers.The post further claimed that the suspect was arrested in the US.However, the GPF Crime Chief told this newspaper that he is unaware of such developments.“The police are not investigating anything on social media so we are not aware of those claims,” Alves said. In fact, when asked, he noted that they are still trying to ascertain the identity of the person behind “Kira”.As Police try to trace “Kira”, Dr O’Toole, who is currently in the US receiving treatment after he was shot two times, once in each arm, has recalled something “bizarre” from the night of the shooting.In a statement recently posted on the private institution’s Facebook page, the injured principal recounted that when he was shot, the perpetrator “did a bizarre dance” and when he related this to others, Dr O’Toole said he was referred to the dark video game, Fortnite.“The dance on that evening looked as if it had been rehearsed from the very same video,” the principal stated.Fortnite is a ‘battle royale’ style game in which up to 100 people compete at a single time in online matches to the death.The Director posited that the key issue surely is that in such games, children and youth lose track of reality. As such, he noted parents should check to see if children are part of this dangerous cyber-world.“At school, we can do our best to educate children about the terrible power of this nether-world but only parents can police their children’s phones, computers and other devices. The challenge is for us all but the urgency is very, very clear. We are creating a cyber-world that youth have never had to face in the past. If we learn no other lesson we, at least, need to consider the dangerous world that our children are entering in the name of entertainment,” Dr O’Toole asserted.Bringing the issue closer to home, the injured principal noted that it is sad that one youth or a small group can hold a sizeable percentage of the country at ransom, in fear and apprehension.Since Nations’ incident, there have been threats made to other institutions and as such, the Education Ministry along with the Police Force have beefed up security around the city.Despite this, however, there was a bomb scare at the University of Guyana’s (UG) Turkeyen campus, Greater Georgetown. But a 25-year-old student, Sheneza Jafarally, has since been charged for the bomb threat that forced a shut down at the institution. She was remanded to prison.