first_imgThe No. 5 USC women’s volleyball team is undefeated so far this season, but it faces a big test this weekend when it plays its first conference games away from the Galen Center.Heavy hitter · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter will lead the Women of Troy to Washington, where they face their first conference games away from the Galen Center so far this season. USC is 1-0 in Pac-10 play. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy will play the No. 10 Washington Huskies tonight before heading to Pullman, Wash., to compete against Washington State on Saturday. Both games will start at 7 p.m.USC is coming off an impressive win against crosstown rival UCLA last Friday in four sets, which moved the Women of Troy to 1-0 in the Pac-10.Despite his team’s success, USC coach Mick Haley is not overlooking either of this weekend’s games.“I look for a very tough match at Washington and I don’t know what to expect at Washington State yet, so this is a hard trip for us,” Haley said. “This’ll tell us a bit more about this group.”All season, USC has been able to celebrate the youth of its team, as six players on the current roster are freshmen. However, this could potentially prove to be a slight disadvantage against the Huskies.“I think [the Huskies] are a bit more organized than we are at this point because they have the same players back,” Haley said, adding that Washington only has one new player in its starting lineup this year, and that player was a redshirt last season.The last time the Women of Troy won in Seattle was 2004. Overall, USC has lost three of the last four matches against Washington.Unlike the Huskies, Washington State’s season thus far has not put the Women of Troy on high alert. The Cougars are unranked and are 6-6 on the season, with a conference record of 0-2.The Women of Troy, however, are not going to take their opponent lightly, knowing that the Cougars swept USC just last year in Pullman.“It’s always tough playing in Pullman,” Haley said. “We have to travel on the same day that we play. We have to fly over to Pullman Saturday morning and then get ready to play that night, so it’s a really focused match for us.”Haley did not get into too many specifics regarding either team, possibly because he does not want to put too much focus on the opponents. He would rather have his players concentrate on themselves, he said.“I’m anxious to see how we do because that will let me know where we are and what to focus on,” Haley said. “But I really think we have to keep thinking about our side of the net and what we’re doing.”In a conference where six teams are ranked and wins are hard to come by, Haley said he recognized how significant it would be for his team to come away with wins this weekend.“One, it helps us, of course, with self confidence, but two, every one you can steal on the road gives you a better chance to finish higher in the conference,” Haley said. “It’s a tug of war. It just goes back and forth with all the teams like this.”last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC are in real fear at the present moment; reasons being they will have to face the electorate sooner than later. To face an electorate whom they have lied to and mislead these four years is very unnerving, to say the least, hence the shenanigans of having a delayed election.Unlike the 2015 saga, when they were ever so anxious to go to the polls, this time around, they are negotiating that route at a snail’s pace; or if they would have their way, not at all.General elections are an ultimatum, if not “the ultimatum” for that party, because all the signs and symptoms are there indicating they would have a great loss at the polls. This is not something the PNC are prepared to accept, and so they are going about this by fiddling around with the Constitution, among other oddities, which at the end of the day still cannot give them the relief they are looking for.The soon-to-be-published verdict of The CCJ would validate my claims. So they are at the end of their tether, with no solace to which they can turn, so they are once again down the path of rigging the next election.The rigging they would like to embark upon comes under the guise of an updated electoral list, which, according to them, can only be effected by a long and laborious house-to-house registration.Mind you, the Constitution of Guyana expressly proposes that an updated list can be done via the continuous registration mechanism, but they are unmoved by this constitutional requirement; they want their own PNC house-to-house formula.Now, this is their crying problem: most of their supporters have cogently expressed their views– that they will not vote for the PNC. You go down to the chic-chic boards, or talk to the man in the street, the decision is “we ain’t voting for them.”Georgetown is their rigging bowl; their stomping ground, if you please, and to get such terse replies from their very own is nerve-wracking. So they would rather give it one last-ditch effort by going out to the people and meeting them at their homes to get them to change their minds.They try to bribe the people with promises of house lots; jobs, oil is coming on stream next year and jobs will be available; trying to fool them one last time into voting for “your people.” That is the desperation and fear that has gripped the PNC full on, and they are determined to fix it in that house-to-house registration.The desperation in that house-to-house registration is also linked to matching of the numbers at headquarters. Sure as day, the numbers that have already been fed into the system must match the rigged numbers from the field.The evidence of this assertion is seen in the firing of Vishnu Persaud last year. The PNC envisage a clean job in the rigging exercise, so present an “all’s clear” path, with no scrutinising eyes around.The PNC are back to their old, disgraceful rigging ways if the playing field should only afford them the leverage. We must thwart every device they will come up with. Down with rigging! We want free and fair elections!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_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