first_imgWIVES and family members of Pakistan’s players at the World Cup will not be permitted to stay with them for the duration of the tournament in England. According to a new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) policy, any cricketer’s family members who wish to travel along with the player will have to make their own arrangements throughout the event.ESPNcricinfo understands that the decision is intended to keep players focussed on the task at hand, without the distraction of families around them. Only Haris Sohail has been allowed special dispensation on personal grounds.The players’ wives and families were allowed to stay with them during the bilateral series against England, but the team manager has since informed the players about the new policy.This is a departure from standard operating procedure (SOP). Previously, Pakistan’s players insisted on having their wives during series abroad, and they were allowed to share hotel rooms.Pakistan are set to begin their campaign against West Indies in Nottingham on May 31 to kick off a World Cup that will see them play nine games across seven venues before the semi-finals.last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ One more loss and the collapse is complete. One more loss and Syracuse goes from 5-2 to missing a bowl game, from receiving votes in the polls to missing the postseason altogether.And the reason for this epic meltdown?‘That’s one of the greatest questions that I’ve got,’ said senior Chandler Jones. ‘I really don’t know.’Fair enough. Well, how about just what happened against Cincinnati that led to this 30-13 loss?‘We had an opportunity to get that sixth win,’ Jones said. ‘And we went out and we played a team that out-executed us.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNone of the players or coaches seems to have an explanation for what has happened during this last month. But game by game, that word ‘execution’ represents a key part of SU’s postgame discussions. Not just during this four-game losing streak either. Even during that 5-2 start, there were plenty of mistakes that needed to be fixed.That said, what SU has shown in the last four games may just be the team’s true identity. And that 5-2 start was the mirage.‘Earlier we had a sign of the struggles,’ safety Shamarko Thomas said. ‘But we just have to come out there and try to fix it. It’s on us.’Take a look at some of those signs Thomas talked about.In the season-opening overtime win against Wake Forest, Demon Deacons quarterback Tanner Price was knocked out of the game with about 10 minutes left. That happens to be the same time Syracuse’s comeback from 15 points down began, and Wake picked up just 31 yards the rest of the game.Then came the ugly win against Football Championship Subdivision Rhode Island thanks to a fourth-quarter touchdown drive. The third win over Toledo would have been a loss had the referees realized the ball needed to pass through the uprights to count for points. And the fourth was on a last-second field goal over Tulane, a team that finished this year an inspiring 2-11.The win over West Virginia was impressive and the Orange deserves credit for that.But that was the win that blinded everyone. After that, no one wanted to talk about just how fortunate SU was to be 5-2. No one wanted to talk about Price’s injury or one of the worst blown calls in the history of sports.Now, it’s that win over West Virginia that no one is talking about.‘That’s in the past,’ Thomas said. ‘We can’t even say nothing about it. That’s in the past. We’ve just got to get better.’SU head coach Doug Marrone has tried everything he could think of to help the Orange get better. He pitted the first-team offense against the first-team defense in practice leading into the Cincinnati game. Marrone said SU went back to the base part of its offense, using packages it installed on ‘day one.’But nothing is working.‘We’ve re-evaluated I think several times how we’ve been doing things,’ linebacker Dan Vaughan said. ‘We’ve tried to take new approaches every week. We’ve been trying to do all the little things. We’ve been doing that, and I guess it just really comes down to executing when it matters.’And there it is again. Execution. Syracuse really hasn’t executed consistently this season, even when it was winning games. It caught some breaks to start the season and picked up a couple of wins over some bad teams.But that start masked some deficiencies hiding within a team that may truly be average at best.And while this collapse that continued Saturday seems to have stunned SU and its fans after such a promising beginning, the true surprise may be that this team had such a good start in the first place.Zach Brown is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at zjbrown@syr.edu or on Twitter at @zjbrown13.center_img Published on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_imgMost weeks Dino Babers enters his Monday morning press conference and immediately asks for questions. Monday, after SU’s 27-23 loss at Clemson, he approached the podium with an index card and spoke for nearly two minutes.To start, he announced long snapper Matt Keller will be out for the season. Keller was seen with a sling on his arm after the loss Saturday. Then Babers shifted his tone. He expressed his pride in Syracuse’s effort against the now No. 4 Tigers. But he didn’t want to look back any longer.“We have to move on from that game,” Babers said. “We can’t finish and reach our goals if we keep looking back to the past. And I know that you have questions to ask and I’ll answer those questions.” The questions came. After the reviewing the film, Babers was more specific as to why SU couldn’t hang onto its 10-point fourth quarter lead.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFirst, he mentioned three first downs in the second half. “That’s not enough,” he said. Then, he brought up the 96-yard Clemson drive which ended in a game-winning touchdown, which used too much clock. Lastly, he questioned himself. He said the two plays he had “50-50” decisions on timeouts came on Clemson’s 4th-and-6 from its own 48 and before the final touchdown of the game. Babers noted he didn’t call a timeout before the 4th-and-6 because he didn’t want to give the “rookie” quarterback Chase Brice and opportunity to talk through the play with his coaches. He wanted to challenge Brice to do it on his own. Before the final touchdown, Babers contemplated giving the defense a break because of the play count building up against his team on the drive, but he didn’t pull the trigger.“Those are my two 50-50s,”  Babers said. “I’m not saying they’re wrong. It was just ‘hey, 50-50 make a call.’” “So there was a lot of stuff going on,” Babers continued while cracking a smile. “But it was one heck of a game wasn’t it? It really was.”Later, Babers compared his team to Clemson last year. He praised the Tigers: “the big thing Clemson didn’t do last year, is they didn’t let Syracuse beat them twice.” He added Syracuse needs to do the same this year. The best thing for SU is to turn the page, he added. “I don’t think they’re occasional,” Babers said of his team. “But we have to prove it. And this an opportunity right now to prove it. We’ve had a setback it’s our first one of the year. Now, what are we going to do now?”Other notes from Monday’s presser When asked if he considers Clemson a rival of SU, Babers opted to list Boston College as the Orange’s rival. He added: “If you want to find out where you are as a football team, playing (Clemson) you normally do.” Babers on Pittsburgh: “They have two big backs they run the football with. They believe in running the football. I’ve coached at that university and they’re a bunch of tough guys that like to grind it out and pound and lean on you. And we just saw what happened to us in the last game when someone decided to do that.”When asked about the health of Antwan Cordy, who left Saturday’s game in a sling, and Chris Elmore Babers said, “Both of those guys will be fine. Both of them will be in the next game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

first_imgThat’s the call from senior football coach Shane Stapleton, who’s concerned about how hit-and-miss the schedule has become.He also says that the best school and colleges players are at particular risk of burn-out because of fixture congestion.The Golden-Kilfeacle club man believes the association could learn from other sports.last_img

first_imgKent Desormeaux831711920%45%$1,126,318 Bob Baffert3274522%50%$683,716 Joseph Talamo7675149%34%$282,988 John Sadler3267819%66%$406,574 DREFONG BREEZES ON A ‘BEAUTIFUL’ MAIN TRACK Philip D’Amato42115726%55%$670,520 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 9) Rafael Bejarano9316151717%52%$922,923 WHAT A VIEW BACK IN TWO WEEKS FOR ARCADIAWhat a View will be running uncharacteristically sooner than normal when he starts in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes for four-year-olds and up at a mile on turf.The speedy California-bred son of Vronsky was a game second in the California Cup Turf Championship on Jan. 28, but will be returning in two weeks Saturday.“It’s quicker than usual, because we like to give him 30 days or more, but I’ve only tried it once or twice,” said trainer Kenny Black. “This time it’s a different situation. Before the Cal Cup he hadn’t run for 60 days since the Seabiscuit (Nov. 26), so it was either run Saturday or work him five or six times before the Kilroe, which is our next major target.“I’d rather run him on the grass for $200,000 than work him on the dirt for free.”The Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf will be run March 11.The Arcadia, race five of nine: Bolo, Mike Smith, 5-1; Ring Weekend, Rafael Bejarano, 6-5; What a View, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Ohio, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; and Conquest Enforcer, Flavien Prat, 8-5. FAMILY MAN GUTIERREZ ACHIEVES 1,000TH VICTORY Richard Baltas7014131020%53%$712,020 ILIAD DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL SUNDAY IN SAN VICENTE Victor Espinoza3167519%58%$458,462 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Santiago Gonzalez6679611%33%$340,271 Tyler Baze12021251018%47%$1,049,212 ILIAD DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL IN SAN VICENTEIliad makes his first start under the direction of trainer Doug O’Neill in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs. The bay ridgling owned by Kaleem Shah formerly was trained by Bob Baffert.“He’s training really well and we’re looking forward to getting him started,” O’Neill said. Iliad will be making his first start since last Dec. 18, when he broke his maiden going six furlongs at Los Alamitos, winning by 3 ½ lengths.The San Vicente: Law Abiding Citizen, Jamie Theriot, 6-1; Aquamarine, Stewart Elliott, 3-1; Blabimir, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Battle of Midway, Mike Smith, 7-5; and Iliad, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat11429132025%54%$1,857,613 FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Drefong worked five furlongs in a bullet 58.60 under Mike Smith on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday for the Golden Shaheen on March 25. Drefong went in company with Pretty N Cool who was timed in 59 flat. “He worked nice,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Drefong. “The track is just beautiful today.” Another Eclipse champion, 2015 three-year-old filly winner Stellar Wind, worked four furlongs in 48.60 under exercise rider Jose Contreras. Trainer John Sadler moved the breeze up a day in advance of impending rain. Sham Stakes winner Gormley, with designs on the San Felipe Stakes March 11, worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:02.40 under regular rider Victor Espinoza. Workmate Shazara was timed in 1:03 . . . In all, there were 289 recorded workouts Friday, including 24 on the training track . . . Baffert reports Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate doing well but offered no race for his next start. “We call him Big Blue,” Baffert said. “He’s been tough. He looks pretty good.” Baffert was thrilled when he received a call this morning from Madeline Auerbach advising him that a full brother to Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh was born early this morning at Summer Wind Farm in Georgetown, Ky. “He’s got the same head as American Pharoah,” Baffert said. “He’s gorgeous.” . . . With two victories Thursday (Wealthy Shipman, $10 in the second race) and Salsita ($5 in the fifth), Richard Baltas gained a tie for the training lead with Peter Miller. Each has 14 wins, one more than Jerry Hollendorfer in a heated battle that has Phil D ‘Amato on their heels with 11 . . . Belated congratulations to Barry Abrams on the birth of twin daughters, Rose and Stella, to his daughter, Anna Marie, who is married to trainer Tim Yakteen‘s assistant, John Applegate. Luis Contreras67881812%51%$388,639center_img LADY TAPIT EYES FIRST STAKES WIN IN SANTA MARIA            Lady Tapit closed four wide to finish half a length behind front-running winner Perfect Pic on a muddy track Jan. 13, her first start in seven months.Trainer Peter Eurton is hopeful the five-year-old Tapit mare owned by C R K Stable can progress enough to capture her first added money race Saturday in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“It’s hard to say whether she’ll move forward or not,” Eurton said. “Because of how the weather affected her training, I didn’t think she was fit enough to run second last time. I just want to see her run as well on Saturday as she did last out. She’s got to improve though, to be competitive.“Perfect Pic had a great trip. She walked the dog. You would think we would move forward, but it doesn’t always happen that way.”The Santa Maria, race four: Midnight Toast, Jamie Theriot, 12-1; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Autumn Flower, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Show Stealer, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Vale Dori, Mike Smith, 1-5. Jerry Hollendorfer691391519%54%$1,124,785 Mark Glatt4186520%46%$296,750 Mike Smith2883629%61%$856,165 Mario Gutierrez61612910%44%$587,856 Stewart Elliott801091413%41%$430,728 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux2772526%52%$430,400 GUTIERREZ ACHIEVES CAREER MILESTONE It was only an event for cellar-dwelling maidens, but for Mario Gutierrez, winning Thursday’s eighth race aboard Hot Paris Night was almost like winning the Kentucky Derby, which he has done twice.The 30-year-old Gutierrez piloted Hot Paris Night to a neck triumph, giving the native of Mexico his 1,000th career victory. A mainstay with the Doug O’Neill barn after winning the 2012 Run for the Roses on I’ll Have Another and again last year aboard Nyquist, Gutierrez was given a leg up on Hot Paris Night by Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.“It can weigh on you until you finally achieve that milestone,” said Mario’s agent, Tom Knust. “Not only is he a very good rider, but I think getting married to Rebecca and then her having a baby helped him.“He’s very grounded and motivated to provide for his family. He’s out working every day as hard as he can. Combined with his talent and work ethic, you can’t ask for anything more.” Peter Miller551413625%60%$859,497 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Tiago Pereira5585515%33%$210,330 Doug O’Neill798191210%49%$762,708 William Spawr1670244%56%$181,551 Martin Pedroza617101111%46%$298,693 Corey Nakatani3963315%31%$331,836 QUICK TURNAROUND FOR WHAT A VIEW IN ARCADIA LADY TAPIT COULD RUN BETTER, FOR PETE’S SAKE Peter Eurton2973224%41%$363,754last_img read more

first_imgKYLE, Texas – Junior Emma Svensson earned medalist honors and led the University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team to a record-setting nine-stroke victory Tuesday at the Texas State Invitational at Plum Creek Golf Course.Svensson, from Halmstad, Sweden, shot rounds of 76-68-67 to finish with a season-low 2-under 211, edging out freshman teammate Geraldine Wong for first place. Wong, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, shot 69-74-69 for a career-best 1-under 212 to finish second by two strokes over Houston Baptist’s Kaity Cummings. As a team, UCA shot 297-293-282 for an 872, beating UTSA by nine strokes. The teams finished Monday’s suspended second round on Tuesday morning prior to the final round. UCA’s final two rounds were the best scores of the day, with the 282 third round setting a school record for lowest round. The 872 total tied the UCA school record for a three-round tournament.UCA senior Fernanda Lira shot 75-74-74_223 to finished tied for 18th place. Junior Sally Fridstrom was 30th (79-77-72_228) and freshman Brett Permann tied for 40th place (77-78-76_231).UTSA finished second (881), followed by Houston Baptist (884), Texas State (892), Georgia Southern (894), Lamar (900), UTEP (901), James Madison (905), Arkansas State (912), North Dakota State (917), ULM and UT Arlington (926), UT Rio Grande Valley (933), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (938), Stephen F. Austin (942), McNeese State (948) and Little Rock (953).UCA competes next on March 5-6 at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s River Landing Classic in Wallace, N.C.last_img read more

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Batang Gilas boasts of height, speed for Fiba Asia U16 View comments MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Lady Realtors rallied from 17-19 down in the fourth set with Anisova and Philips leading their fightback. Anisova scored the game-clinching ace to keep the Giga Hitters winless after six games.“This victory is important because it serves as a morale-booster entering the second round,” Pascua said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We tried our best to stop her in the first and second sets. But in the third and fourth sets, she’s simply unstoppable,” said Sta. Lucia coach George Pascua.“I told the team that we should grab the lead at least before Silva rotates in front. I’m glad that we were able to do that and Dana (Anisova) connected a lucky ace for the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt took a collective effort from Sta. Lucia to match Silva’s production with Canadian imports Bohdana Anisova and Marisa Field combining for 37 points while Filipino-American MJ Philips adding 15.Silva, who had 37 kills, came just a point shy from tying the PSL scoring record owned by Sara Klisura, who set the mark last year. LATEST STORIES Gy Silva of Smart vs Bohdana Anisova, Mic Laborte and Pam Lastimosa of Sta. Lucia RealtySta. Lucia overcame a dominating performance from Gyselle Silva to beat Smart, 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Realtors evened their record to 3-3 but not after surviving Silva’s 40 points.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterslast_img read more

first_imgCarpio 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 “Our game was sloppy and messy. Our defense and first ball was all over the place,” Adamson head coach Airess Padda said.Three straight errors from the Lady Altas gave Adamson the second frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Lady Falcons had 12 blocks while Perpetual only had four.Eli Soyud delivered 17 points for Adamson while Chiara Permentilla added 13. Asia League looks to expand reach as region’s biggest offseason event Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Adamson made quick work of Perpetual Help, 25-19, 25-18, 25-16, in the 2018 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference women’s opener on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Down 10-12 in the third set, the Lady Falcons uncorked a 15-4 bomb to seal the result.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Maria Tripoli had 12 for the Lady Altas. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia has begun to hit hard  as an increasing scarcity of locally produced food commodities, such as charcoal, greens, bitter balls, pepper and many others, has hit the urban markets of Monrovia.Correspondingly, prices of those critically needed commodities continue to sky rocket daily as house wives, restaurant operators, food catering centers and cook shops are now bearing the brunt of socioeconomic hardships.Interestingly, as a result of the imposed State of Emergency, the movement of Liberian businesspeople in rural Liberia has been considerably reduced and this has contributed to the current scarcity of essential food commodities in  Monrovia’s marketplaces.Happily, the price of  Liberia’s staple food, rice, has remained stable and available on the Liberian market, though scarce in some parts of the country as a result of rapid spread of the Ebola virus.In separate tours of two of Monrovia’s general markets, our reporter found local wholesale and retail sellers complaining of serious scarcity of the food commodities normally brought in Monrovia from rural Liberia.Presently, in Monrovia and its environs, wholesale and retail sellers are buying locally produced food commodities at very high cost from rural producers that make their way to Monrovia through difficult conditions.During the tour of one of the markets, women, men and children were observed to be very much weary and worried about the unprecedented spread deadly Ebola virus in several parts of the country.“We are yet buying food at high cost but we gravely worry about the Ebola virus spread and its killing of our people in several parts of the country,” housewife Mary B. Duncan asserted.“At the moment,” Mrs. Duncan explained, “my husband gives me LS$500.00 everyday for our food money in Monrovia.”One Monrovia food analyst told the Daily Observer  Monday that with the closure of the Ivorian borders with Liberia, major food and essential commodities would be scarce on the Liberian markets in the coming months.Food analyst Daniel M. Franklin underscored the urgent to relax some of the restrictions with businesspeople especially those bringing critically needed food commodities to Monrovia and other urban markets in the country.Mr. Franklin also noted that the recent Ministry of Commerce and Industry move to meet major importers of the nation’s staple food rice was great and timely to preempt the panic buying of commodities by Liberians in Monrovia.In several parts of Monrovia, in spite of the grave socio-economic hardship being endured by many Liberians, hundreds of residents are seen in a panicked buying spree due to the rapid spread of Ebola virus and scarcity of some essential commodities.But, Mr. Franklin stressed that the Commerce Ministry senior staff and Ministers should begin another phase of ensuring that locally produced food commodities should remain stable and available at the Monrovia and other urban markets.“I want the Inspectorate Division of MOCI to embark on  vigorous monitoring and evaluation of the local markets in Monrovia and its environs in order to ensure compliance with and adherence to the laws against profiteering,” Mr. Franklin pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNational Patriotic Party (NPP) senatorial aspirant Saah Richard Gbollie has assured citizens of Margibi County that there will be no secrecy in the management of the County’s Development and Social Funds if he is elected Senator on Saturday, December 20.The NPP candidate told hundreds of supporters that the citizens of the county are not feeling the impact of the CDF and SDF from China Union and other companies owing to secrecy among the county leadership.  He said he would immediately tackle this problem upon his election to the Senate.The former Margibi lawmaker said he would also seek a review of the Firestone concession agreement to further improve the livelihood of citizens and residents of the county.“Where is your US$1m from China Union? You won’t know because there are a lot of secrets going on, but when you elect me, you will know about all your money,” Mr. Gbollie said.He gave the assurance on Monday when he was invited by the leadership and members of the Elders Itayee Center and the Forum for Intellectual Discussion Itayee Center, located in Harbel Market on the Firestone Plantation.The 2011 defeated Senatorial candidate also assured the people of Margibi of sustainable development, good health, women’s empowerment and human   resource capacity building.“Vote for me for proper representation, accountability and leadership,” the former Margibi lawmaker said.In the Margibi County senatorial race, Mr. Gbollie and 12 other candidates are contesting for the lone seat, occupied by incumbent Senator Clarice Jah.The head of the secretariat of Saah Gbollie’s campaign team, Ebenezer Wilson, said his candidate’s senate race is based upon his past records.According to Mr. Wilson, nationally, from 2006 to 2012, Mr. Gbollie was credited as the lead lawmaker for the Security Sector Reform process for leading major reforms in the Liberian Security Sector thru the crafting and sponsoring of key legislative instruments, including the New Defense Law.He said that Mr. Gbollie became known among his peers as forceful and a floor fighter in his stance on national issues.“At the District and County level, he supported and is still supporting scholarship, tuition aid and youth exposure schemes. He built a medical facility and constructed modern bus stops along the Harbel – 15 gate routes to shelter commuters waiting for commercial vehicles. He also facilitated broad based Economic Empowerment Initiative for his constituents,” Mr. Wilson said. “Rep. Gbollie used his oversight to advocate for reform in Firestone; something which saw direct benefits to the people of Firestone thru quality medical service, education and improved housing for employees and dependants of the Firestone.”He added: “Harbel Multilateral received direct support from the Renegotiated Firestone Agreement because of the argument proffered by Gbollie and his peers and for the first time in 80 years, Firestone runs a functional and well equipped high school; second to none in the Republic.”A female supporter, Ruth Nah,  said: “We have followed SRG (as he is affectionately called) and those things he did never happened through natural means, because as the man in whose district these things became visible, he had to make laws, represent his people and use his oversight responsibility for their protection and benefit. That he did and that I am sure he will do more if given the chance by the people of Margibi County this year.”Meanwhile, prior to Mr. Gbollie becoming a lawmaker, he served as senior police personnel during the regime of former President Charles Taylor. He was one of Taylor’s leading generals who participated in the civil war.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more