first_imgLeksula is about 3 to 4 kilometers from the Nalbesi River. In the rainy season, residents are forced to travel on foot, as did Nori with her baby that day.With the bad weather and swift water, Nori ventured to cross the river while carrying her child with a sarong to return to her home in Neath.Three men volunteered to help Nori and other residents cross the river. They stretched strands of nylon rope across the river and tied them to tree trunks on both sides of the river.They wrapped other strands of nylon rope around the stretch, knotted them and tied them to a wooden branch that served as a seat. Residents would sit on the wooden branch to swing across the river. “This is our daily job. Sometimes we arrive home late at night after helping residents cross the river,” said one of the volunteers, Fendy Nurlatu.Every day, Fendy and the other volunteers witness how residents fight their fear and anxiety, while also remaining vigilant to cross the river safely.“I saw that [Nori] was worried. She was afraid because she was carrying her baby. But what else could she do? She had to cross the river,” Fendy said.Read also: Students in Maluku help each other cross dangerous river to get to schoolTo cross the river, Nori sat on the wooden branch with one hand holding her child and one hand holding the hanging rope. The rope was pulled from the other side of the river slowly until she reached the riverbank.Nori told Fendy how nervous she was crossing the river with a child in hand, especially when they paused in the middle of the river.“I prayed and prayed — Oh God, when will I get across the river?” said Fendy, conveying what Nori said to her.After crossing the river, Nori continued his journey to her village, which is about 4 km away from the Nalbesi River, Fendy said.Besides Nori, several women also crossed the river in the same way that day.A college student from Liang, Melky Solisa, said local residents had crossed the river for decades whenever they wanted to shop for basic necessities or sell their plantation products at the market in the district center.Melky, who is studying at the University of Pattimura in Ambon, Maluku, recalled an incident that happened to a resident crossing the river last year.“A resident was rushed to a hospital last year because he fell and was carried away by the river flow. The victim was injured but alive,” said Melky.The villagers, including Fendy and Melky, regretted that there was no actual plan from the central or regional governments to build a bridge over the river.Fendi said a district head and members of the local legislature had promised to build an emergency bridge during their pre-election campaigns but had never realized the program.“Five years ago, the current regent, Tagop Solisa, promised an emergency bridge. But the condition is still like this,” said Fendi.“Mr. President, please look at our suffering and lack of freedom, Sir. Even though Indonesia will be 75 years old soon, we are not independent yet,” Melky added. (syk)Topics : The flow of the Nalbesi River was getting stronger as the rain flushed Buru Selatan regency in Maluku on a Thursday morning, but villagers still flocked to the river bank.The river is the only access for residents in the two villages, namely Neath and Liang, to reach the district center, Leksula, while risking their lives and those of their loved ones.Among the residents crossing the river that morning was Nori Hukunala, who had just bought monthly supplies in Leksula with her 8-month-old baby.last_img read more

first_imgSpring is traditionally the peak selling season for property. Picture: Adam Smith.But property guru Andrew Winter, host of Selling Houses Australia and Love It Or List It Australia, told The Courier-Mail vendors should not feel compelled to list their home just because of the season.“Please don’t just put your house on the market because its spring,” Mr Winter said.“Put it on because it suits you and the marketplace you’re selling in, otherwise (the market) will be flooded and oversupplied, and none of you will get the best price.“I’d rather wait a few months and then list.” Ross Duff and Linda D’Astole at their Chelmer home which they have listed to make the most of the spring selling season. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.BRISBANE is warming up for the best spring selling season in the country, with home values, listings and auction clearance rates holding firm as the southern states continue to cool.While the Sydney and Melbourne markets have hit the brakes, the Queensland capital is gearing up, with a host of new homes hitting the market in the coming weeks after a slow winter and buyers set to emerge from hibernation to bag a bargain.As the competition heats up, new research from realestate.com.au has revealed the suburbs where buyers and sellers are most likely to benefit. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Demand for houses in Brisbane’s east has jumped 17 per cent in the past year, while interest in houses in the city’s south has fallen by nearly 7 per cent in that time.In Ipswich, views per house listing increased more than 6 per cent, while demand for houses in Logan dropped 13 per cent.The western suburb of Chapel Hill is the most in-demand among house hunters, with views per listing up a whopping 42 per cent from a year ago.The biggest decline in demand for houses was in Buccan, in Logan — down nearly 34 per cent. THE COST OF LIVING IN AUSTRALIA’S RUDEST STREETS R EA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said it’s a good time to list a home in suburbs like Holland Park, which has had nearly 6000 people looking on at homes for sale on realestate.com.au in the past six months. “The fact things have gotten so hot there makes it very much a seller’s market,” Ms Conisbee said. The data shows it’s a good time for buyers in areas where demand has dropped because there is less competition. “Somewhere like Chandler in the east is an area that has been seeing very, very high demand, but the fact is there are now fewer people looking in Chandler for whatever reason and, as a result, it’s probably going to be a bit easier to get into the market than this time last year,” Ms Conisbee said. This property at 7 Drury St, Windsor, has sold after just one inspection.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said the Brisbane market had an advantage over other capital cities because home values were still rising.“You’re going to see the amount of stock coming to market increase and you might see some more buyers come out of the woodwork,” Mr Kusher said.“I don’t think it’s going to be overly strong, but better than what you’re going to see in other southern markets.” WESTPAC TRIGGERS FIRST RATE RISE FOR ALL HOMEOWNERS Logan 794 -13.1%-Shailer Park 2460 32.0%-Buccan 1739 -33.8%Moreton Bay 1092 0.3%-Deception Bay 1640 15.8%-Mount Mee 1542 -32.3%Ipswich 777 6.4%-Basin Pocket 1651 37.0%-Pine Mountain 1780 -17.7%(Source: realestate.com.au) This home at 115 Oxley Rd, Chelmer, has just hit the market.Mr Duff said they timed the listing of the property with the start of spring.“That’s just when there’s more interest,” Mr Duff said.“I think the beautiful weather in Queensland brings (buyers) out.”BUYER DEMAND IN GREATER BRISBANERegion House views per listing (6mths to 31/07/18) YoY changeBrisbane East 1286 17.1%-Hemmant 2071 18.8%-Manly 2240 -15.3%Brisbane West 2600 0.9%-Chapel Hill 4355 41.9%-Indooroopilly 3863 -27.1%Brisbane North 2164 -2.6%-Wavell Heights 3370 19.4%-Chermside West 3067 -14.2%Brisbane South 2298 -6.7% -Mount Gravatt 4569 35.5%-Coorparoo 4606 -2.7% center_img REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee. She said she expected more homes to hit the market in Brisbane this spring than the same time last year. “I think you could see potentially higher listings than last year because sentiment remains relatively buoyant,” she said. Agents on the ground are reporting a solid start to the season already, with some homes being snapped up before their scheduled auctions.Garry Jones of Harcourts Solutions — Inner City recently sold a five-bedroom house in Windsor that was scheduled to go under the hammer, after just one inspection.The home at 7 Drury Street sold for $1.36 million.“We’re dealing with a lot of buyers who have been frustrated through the winter period, because it has been a quieter winter with a lack of availability of quality properties,” Mr Jones said. AUCTIONS START SPRING SELLING SEASON “I’m finding listings are starting to increase and buyers are acting faster and more confidently, largely because there’s been lower stock levels but still strong buyer demand in inner city suburbs.”Mr Jones said he was also dealing with a lot more southern buyers’ agents, particularly from Sydney where the market was notably retracting. Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter. Picture: Rohan Kelly.Mr Winter said he believed the Brisbane housing market still had potential for growth, particularly in some of its semirural acreage suburbs.“We are so much cheaper than Sydney and Melbourne — it’s too big a gap now. We’ve got a little bit of catching up to do,” he said.“Some of the very close to city acreage that Brisbane and the Gold Coast hinterland has got; those sorts of areas, even today, are offering incredibly good value.“If you’re looking for an investment for the next 10 to 15 years, and you want space and land, I’d go with acreage close to town.” Among the new homes hitting the market in time for spring selling season is Ross Duff and Linda D’Astole’s property in Chelmer, in Brisbane’s western suburbs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe property at 115 Oxley Road is spread across two lots, spanning 1045 sqm, and offers the potential for buyers to move straight in, extend or subdivide subject to council approval. Brisbane Inner City 3764 11.8% -Spring Hill 4251 38.8%-Red Hill 4080 10.7% last_img read more

first_imgNeptune Energy has awarded a four-year framework agreement for EPCIC (engineering, procurement, construction, installation & commissioning) and decommissioning services for brownfield modification to Stork Worley Integrated Solutions V.O.F. for its Dutch North Sea assets. Source: Neptune EnergyThe services will comprise of engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, and decommissioning services, Neptune said on Thursday.Neptune Energy’s Netherlands Managing Director, Lex de Groot, said: “We are building a sustainable future for our business and delivering significant societal and economic benefits to the Netherlands. An important element is to optimising our existing producing assets and keeping them fit for the future. Stork Worley are experts in delivering the right people, services and solutions for brownfield modifications.“For example, our L10-A platform is the first platform on the Dutch part of the North Sea producing since 16 May 1975. Next to optimising our current production assets we also keep exploring plays and participating in future developments, such as the offshore green hydrogen pilot PosHYdon on our Q13a platform. ”Taco de Haan, Stork’s President, said: “Stork is extremely pleased that Neptune Energy awarded the four-year framework agreement to the integrated partnership of Worley & Stork. Neptune Energy is an important player in North Sea and we are proud to expand our existing relationship.”Jim Lenton, President of Upstream/Midstream/LNG, Integrated Solutions, Worley, said: “We look forward to delivering value and collaborating with Neptune Energy on this EPCIC framework and we plan for this Stork Worley consortium to be truly 1+1=3. This contract supports our strategy to grow our Integrated Solutions services, and we look forward to further growing our relationship with Neptune Energy in the future.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_imgHealthLifestylePolitics Cuba hikes salaries for doctors, nurses by: – March 22, 2014 Share 80 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is giving its hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announced Friday, though pay remains much lower than what medical professionals earn elsewhere.The Communist Party daily newspaper Granma also reported that Cuba expects to take in $8.2 billion this year for the tens of thousands of medical worker it sends to care for the poor in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil.Granma published a sample of what the pay hikes, which take effect June 1, will look like. At the high end, doctors with two specialties will see their salary go from the equivalent of $26 a month to $67, while an entry-level nurse will make $25, up from $13.Salaries at government jobs in Cuba average about $20 a month, augmented by a range of free services and subsidies.The raise will affect more than 440,000 medical sector employees, Granma said, and was made possible by the elimination of 109,000 redundant jobs in the last four years.“This is very good news that makes me tremendously happy. … With my first paycheck I’m going to buy a toy for my youngest grandson, who’s 3,” said Soraida Pina, a 62-year-old nurse. “This will open new doors for me.”Others were less wowed.“They had talked to us about this, and it’s very important for the family economy, but it continues to be a salary that means very little because everything is very expensive,” said Laura Vazquez, a 38-year-old pathologist.Cuba also is raising the salaries of medical workers on international missions, which already pay higher salaries and in hard currency.Doctors and nurses working in Cuban ally Venezuela, for example, will see their salaries double.The changes “will contribute to the stability and quality of the medical services for the people, as well as fulfill international commitments,” Granma said.The paper added that the forecast revenue from overseas medical missions for 2014 represents 64 percent of income from the services sector.Health Minister Roberto Morales said recently that more than 50,000 Cuban health care professionals are working in some 66 nations.That includes an estimated 30,000 in Venezuela, which sends Cuba some 92,000 barrels of oil a day, with a total value of about $3.2 billion a year.Cuba has not made public how much it pays doctors on foreign missions, though it is believed to be a small fraction of what it collects from the nations where they serve.Some doctors defect while abroad, though there are no official statistics on how many.Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgMANILA – Fighting misinformation riskseating into the national government’s resources that would otherwise be spenton dealing with the new coronavirus that the world is trying to contain, saidManila’s former health minister who led the response to the Severe AcuteRespiratory Syndrome (SARS) nearly two decades ago. Compared to SARS, the Philippines is “betterprepared” to respond to the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China as negativepressure or isolation chambers and quarantine procedures are in place, saidformer health secretary Manuel Dayrit. Unlike during the SARS outbreak of 2002to 2003, information on the new coronavirus is readily available, said Dayrit.In the absence of social media at that time, he hosted press briefingsregularly for 2 months to keep the public updated. “Magtulong-tulungan tayo, hindiiyong panggalingan at magdulot tayong pangamba at takot… Ano bangmaidudulot ng pagpapakalat ng fake news?” he told DZMM Wednesday. (ABS-CBN News) China said Wednesday deaths due to thenovel coronavirus had risen to 132 with nearly 6,000 people infected.Governments and companies around the world have warned against travel to Chinaand readied their citizens there for possible repatriation. “The downside is that false news andmaliciously-manufactured information can really confuse and scare people,”he told ABS-CBN News in an email interview. The Philippines has yet to confirm anycase of the pathogen that comes from the same family of viruses as SARS,authorities said Monday. However, at least 6 schools in Manila suspendedclasses on Monday over false online information that the capital had acoronavirus case. “Fear of the unknown” propagates fakenews on the disease, said Health Secretary Francisco Duque, who urged thepublic to monitor his agency’s daily advisories.  “Disinformation may cause publicconfusion, and cause wasteful deployment of resources in efforts to verify andto take corrective action,” said Dayrit, also a former dean of the AteneoSchool of Medicine who served at the World Health Organization in Geneva afterhis stint at the Department of Health.last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton boss Ronald Koeman has criticised England’s “crazy” Christmas schedule, claiming the traditional fixture pile-up only favours the biggest clubs. Southampton have reaped the benefits of Koeman’s consistent selection policy this season. The Saints have started less players (15) in the league so far than top four rivals Arsenal (18), Tottenham (21), Liverpool (21) and Manchester United (22). Koeman believes the fixture congestion at Christmas plays into the hands of those teams with bigger squads at their disposal. “Does it favour the big clubs? Yes. They can change players much easier than other teams in the Premier League,” Koeman said. “It is worst for the clubs who haven’t got 24 players at the same level. “You have to change your team and I don’t like to change my team. I believe if the team is doing well you can change one or two positions but I don’t believe in changing my team in six or seven positions.” If Southampton want to keep pace with the sides at the top of the table, they may need to bolster their options in the January transfer window. “Our transfer policy in January doesn’t depend on winning and losing over the next month,” Koeman said. “It depends on the players we have – for example we know that Sadio Mane has to play at the African Nations Cup, Maya Yoshida will play in the Asian Cup but we don’t need a lot of players. “I am happy with the players we have. It depends on injuries if you need someone but it’s too early to make conclusions about that.” The Saints, who are second in the Barclays Premier League, face Aston Villa on Monday ahead of a testing month that brings games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea. Koeman’s side also have to play four games in nine days over Christmas including league fixtures on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day before the FA Cup third round on the first weekend in January. Press Association “It’s difficult because I don’t have experience playing that number of games in such a short time,” Koeman said. “I always used to be on holiday during Christmas and now we have a lot of games to prepare for. “I told the players, ‘honestly, I don’t have that experience’, it’s difficult. “We have to play December 26 and then again on the 28th, January 1 and then January 3 for the FA Cup – it’s crazy. “It’s not crazy to play at Christmas because I understand – we had that in Holland and the people like that. “I’d like that as well if I like football and support Southampton – I can have my Christmas meal then go to the stadium and watch Southampton, I am happy. “The problem is you have one day off between two games and that’s crazy, that’s impossible. “That’s my problem with the schedule because if it’s the 26th and the 29th, no problem, but it’s Friday and Sunday. That’s crazy, one day off, crazy.” last_img read more

first_img Pellegrini said: “I think the performance was very good in midweek and we must try to repeat it tomorrow. I never complain about the amount of players that are injured but we have too many players (out), so to continue playing this way is very important for the trust the squad have. “All the games are difficult in the Premier League. It doesn’t matter which position the teams are in. You know you have to play with 100 per cent intensity and a lot concentration. Two or three balls decide the result.” Zabaleta has suffered a medial ligament strain similar to the one which sidelined him for a month earlier in the season but Pellegrini is hopeful his latest problem is not as serious. He said: “It is not so bad as the first one he had. We have now the international break (coming up) and probably he will be fit to return after the international break.” The performances of Iheanacho on the field and in training have also not gone unnoticed by his team-mates. Midfielder Yaya Toure, one of the cornerstones of the club’s success in recent seasons, has been impressed by his talent and his willingness to learn. Toure said: “I always say when you put a good player in a great team with good players around him then they will always perform well. “When I started at Barcelona it was always easy to play with great players and learn as well. They help you to progress. “I think for me, Iheanacho has the potential to progress and be one of the top players one day. He’s young and still learning. I am delighted for him and I always give him advice because Kelechi is fantastic. He is clever, he listens very carefully and he works hard in training.” He had previously shown glimpses of his talent by coming off the bench to score against Palace in the Barclays Premier League in September while he also had a goal against Bournemouth harshly disallowed. Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview this weekend’s home clash against Norwich, said: “He didn’t impress me because I work with him every day, so I know what he can give to our team. Last season I think he was ready to do it. “We talked about his work permits but unfortunately for him he had a very serious injury in his ankles. That is why he couldn’t play last season. Now he is ready and I am very happy for him to demonstrate what he can do. But it is just one game, he must repeat, he must improve.” Iheanacho shone on City’s pre-season tour in the summer of 2014 but faced a long wait for paperwork to be ratified before he could play competitively. When clearance was given towards the latter end of last season, he impressed briefly for City’s elite development squad before being hit by injury. He was promoted to the first-team squad over the summer and, with senior attacking options limited in the absence of top striker Sergio Aguero, was given his chance in midweek. Pellegrini must now decide whether to retain the youngster in his side to face the Canaries. He said: “In the way he demonstrates what he can do, of course he has an option to start. It is not an easy position to start in this team because we have a lot of important players like David (Silva), like Kun (Aguero), but in this moment they are not fit, and for me it just depends on the performance of the players who start.” Premier League leaders City will hope to maintain the momentum from midweek although Aguero, Silva, Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy remain out and Pablo Zabaleta joined the injury casualties this week. But the Manchester City boss was unable to call on the highly-rated Nigerian striker because of a combination of work permit and injury issues. Iheanacho, 19, made a big impression on his first City start with a goal and two assists in Wednesday’s 5-1 Capital One Cup thrashing of Crystal Palace. Manuel Pellegrini claims he was ready to unleash teenager Kelechi Iheanacho on unsuspecting defences a year ago. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgBy Clifton RossIT WILL be a tussle at Tarouba part two for Barbados Tridents, who will look to go two up when they battle the St Lucia Zouks in today’s first of two headliners in the Hero CPL.The defending champs pulled off a daring heist against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots after posting 153-9 batting first. It was a dismal first outing in the bubble for the champs, compliments of some skilful bowling by the veteran seamers.Pakistani Sohail Tanvir (2-22) along with the Windies pair of Sheldon Cottrell (2-12) and skipper Rayad Emrit (2-16) strangled the Tridents batsmen. Tridents captain Jason Holder launched a counterpunch along with Kyle Mayers. Holder smashed 38 off 22 balls with 2 fours and 3 massive sixes.Mayers, who continued from the Regional 4-Day Tournament where he ended as the second leading run-scorer, also smacked a pair of fours along with three thumping blows which sailed over the ropes; ending with 37 off 20.Man-of the-Match, New Zealand all-rounder and Tridents overseas import, Mitchell Santner hit 20 off 18 with two fours and bagged 2-18 to set up a good win for his team later.St Kitts’ batting was the total opposite to that of the Tridents, with their top 4 batsmen all reaching double figures. Opener Chris Lynn, the Aussie T20 specialist, blasted 3 fours in his 19 while his partner Evin Lewis made 12.Another Australian and T20 gun-for-hire, Ben Dunk thumped a few deliveries around as he too scored with 34 off 21 balls – three fours and 1 maximum.Joshua DaSilva, who made his name really known recently after stroking a ton on tour against England in the warm-ups, prior to the Test series; switched to T20 mode against Tridents.The West Indies Emerging Player (WIEP) hit a run-a-ball 41 with 3 fours and remained not out, almost taking his team over the line. Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan bagged 2-20, lending ideal support to Santner as the champs wrapped up their first test by 6 runs.Today’s match against Zouks will be another opportunity for Tridents talented top-order – Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, New Zealander Corey Anderson, Johnathan Carter and Raymon Reifer – to all make amends for failing in the first attempt.Their frontline spinners, West Indies’ Hayden Walsh Jr. and Ashley Nurse went wicket-less in the first game but could have a better assessment of the conditions ahead of today’s match.Action between Tridents and Zouks bowls off at 10:00hrs; followed by the highly-anticipated battle between former respective champions Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs, which gets underway from 17:30hrs.last_img read more

first_imgSenior outside hitter Niki Withers has racked up 266 kills for USC this year as the team wraps up the regular season this week. Photo by Kaan Demiroz | Daily TrojanThis week, the No. 13 women’s volleyball team will travel up to Eugene, Ore., to face No. 24 Oregon on Wednesday before battling No. 19 UCLA at the Galen Center on Saturday in the team’s final home match of the regular season. The Women of Troy (21-8, 13-5 Pac-12) started out the season unranked and were tabbed to finish sixth in the conference by Pac-12 coaches. At 13-5, they’re sitting in second place in the conference. If they can pick up wins against the Ducks (16-10, 9-9 Pac-12) and the Bruins (17-10, 10-8 Pac-12), second place is as good as theirs with Washington and Utah tied for third at 12-6.Oregon is 11-4 at home this season, and USC is 8-5 on the road. Going into Wednesday’s match, the Ducks carry a three-match losing streak, and while the Women of Troy did have a five-match win streak, it came to an end against No. 4 Stanford last weekend. The team rebounded by sweeping Cal two days later. To pick up a win in Eugene, USC must stop senior outside hitter Taylor Agost. Against both Washington schools, Agost put up a team-high 36 kills while recording a .289 hitting percentage. Her 25 kills against the Cougars was a season high. She is the team’s go-to hitter, with 288 kills on the season. Right behind Agost is sophomore middle blocker Ronika Stone, who had a season-high 18 kills against the Cougars and 25 kills on the weekend. After playing the Ducks, the Women of Troy will head back to Los Angeles and the friendly confines of the Galen Center. USC has lost its final regular season match to the Bruins in the last three seasons.But earlier this season, the Women of Troy opened up conference play with a riveting five-set victory over the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion. After falling behind 2-1, then-No. 21 USC won the final two sets to top No. 11 UCLA(25-21, 15-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11). It was the fourth time in the last six matches between the rivals to go five sets. Senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie led all hitters with a then-career-high 18 kills. She topped that for a career-high 19 kills against Washington in October. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier was right behind her with 17 kills. UCLA dominated defensively at the net, putting up 11 blocks to USC’s four, but despite the strong defense, the Women of Troy produced a .251 hitting percentage.UCLA will be coming off a Wednesday match against Oregon State. Last weekend, the Bruins split two matches in Northern California, losing to Stanford in five sets but sweeping Cal. USC is 10-1 at home this season, while UCLA is 7-6 on the road. To snatch a win over their crosstown rival, the Women of Troy will have to limit the Bruins’ strong offense led by senior outside hitter Reily Buechler, freshman outside hitter Jenny Mosser, sophomore middle blocker Madeleine Gates and freshman outside hitter Mac May. All four attackers have more than 240 kills on the season. Buechler, with 342 kills, is the only player with more than 300 kills. Mosser is close, sitting at 294 kills on the season. USC has three hitters — Lanier, Abercrombie, senior outside hitter Niki Withers — with more than 265 kills on the season. Lanier leads the Women of Troy with 378, followed by Abercrombie’s 354 kills. Wins against the Ducks and Bruins should set up the Women of Troy in strong position for the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will take place Nov. 26. The road to Kansas City for the national championship starts Nov. 30 with first-round matches. First serve against the Bruins will be at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgThe Progressive Peoples Party’s(PPP)presidential candidate Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom is set to spark a major debate after his comments that Ghana does not need a Youth and Sports Ministry, adding that he would scrap the Ministry should he become President of Ghana.Dr. Nduom says he is not downplaying the sector’s importance but is looking forward to using a totally different approach to sports development. “I don’t think it’s necessary. I believe that you should have only sports associations to run sports. If you want an athletics association it should be there and if you want a governing body there should be one but it should be voluntary,” he told Joy Sports.Nduom thinks that the government should provide the facilities, sponsorship and incentives that will allow other people to put money into sports. “If as I am sponsoring a football team and as I am interested in building a sports facility and there are tax incentives, I will speed up my activities so that the people in my area will have a good sports facility to use and to benefit from,” he added.The Youth and Sports Ministry has been in existence for decades and has the mandate of overseeing the development and promotion of sports. The ministry has occasionally undergone major redefinitions of its functions since Ghana’s independence in 1957.One restructuring took place in 1978 when the ministry, then headed by the Commissioner for Sports, became strictly responsible for sports development and administration.There have also been times when the Ministry has merged with others. Under ex-President Kufuor’s administration, for example, the Youth and Sports Ministry merged with Education and Science. The Ministry has also been considered one of the least stable seats for political appointees, headed by four different Ministers in the last four years.Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka was replaced by Alhaji Pelpuo in 2009. A year later, Akua Sena Dansua was appointed, holding the post until last year, when she was succeeded by the current Minister, Clement Kofi Humado.last_img read more