Western Bureau:A second-year medical student from Kenya and a Jamaica public service employee took top honours in the second running of the Black River 5K Run/Walk race on Sunday.Edgar Muganzi strolled away with the top male award after crossing the finish line in 18 minutes 30.18 seconds, while the top female prize went to Juliet Reeves, who stopped the clock in a respectable 27:49.26.Muganzi said after his race that he was delighted to have finished first in his inaugural attempt.”This was a beautiful course. I had no problems with it, and I am very happy to win here,” he said.”I am just so happy to perform and add my part in raising funds for the treatment of cancer,” Muganzi added.Eighty-seven runners and walkers took part in the event, an almost 50 per cent increase in registration over last year, and a pleased David Morris, president of the Black River chapter of the St Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, stated as much.”I am of the impression that this was a great event, but we put in a real effort to get the word out, and it’s definitely much improved from last year. It’s a growing event that we are proud to be part of,” Morris said.Part proceeds from the event will go towards assisting the Black River branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society.Muganzi was chased across the line by Marcell Stewart in 18:57.65, while Anthony Danvern was third.In the women’s section, first-time entrant Reeves of Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, won ahead of Elinor Daniel, 28:15.04, and Kadian Myers, 36:08.08.Carl Barrett took care of business in the men’s walk, posting 37:16.39. Jon Pierre Cavannah was second with Anthony Graham in third.Cecile Barrett was the female walk winner, with Marsha Alexander taking second, just in front of Janette Kaloo.
After three days of dedicated work to identify Liberia’s Post Accession Plan to promote trade facilitation and others, Delegates of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have described the country as well positioned to champion trade activities.Dr. Juneyoung Lee, Secretary of Liberia’s Working Party core representative of the WTO, shared her impression yesterday at the end of a three-day working session, which brought together representatives from the private sector, government and international community.Dr. Lee said, “We must say that the delegate is very impressed; Liberian citizens have set a remarkable example that is now referred to as the Liberian model. Liberia has extremely performed over some other governments in terms of WTO accession.”According to her, the commitment quality of Liberia’s accession is well secured in the Working Party’s Report (document that is a rule for the country to abide by), which is well appreciated in Geneva, Switzerland.“Turning to the post accession stage, we are equally impressed by the level of preparation and vision that has been set by the Liberian Government so far, especially hearing that the government has established its steering committee on the post accession, which is headed by two leading government institutions, including Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) and Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA),” Dr. Lee said.As Head of the Delegates, she said, “I want to congratulate all the citizens of Liberia for putting in a lot of efforts under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Minister Axel M. Addy, who is also Liberia’s chief negotiator of the WTO accession engagements, for playing such a cardinal role so far and also having good technicians.”She said Liberia has the potential and people who can produce beautiful fabrics, and other products.She, however, urged Liberians to have pride and the belief that such can be marketed when following international best practices and standards that they exhibited during the accession process. Dr. Lee said she believes now that Liberia is well positioned to be a champion of international trade, considering how it established a speedy system to complete the WTO process.She further indicated that the WTO has a unique way of making decisions among WTO members; emphasizing that Liberia as a small country will have a strong voice within any trade related decision under the WTO.“This aspect needs to be well understood by the people of Liberia to have the citizens aware of the benefits of WTO,” she said.Anna Varynik, Co-Secretary of Liberia’s Working Party, said the three-day workshop was meant to discuss Liberia’s benefits joining the WTO and also how Liberia can abide by those policies in order to maximize benefit, including international cooperation.“This is now a great opportunity for business empowerment and investment across the country. Joining the WTO also gives Liberia the opportunity to explore multilateral investments because it will benefit from capacity building, technical assistance,” Ms. Varynik said.Also speaking, Minister Axel M. Addy, who is also Liberia’s chief negotiator of the WTO accession engagements, said the conference is important as it allows stakeholders to get the full understanding of the implication of the commitment.“There have been stakeholder meetings around the WTO’s accession process since 2007 and sometimes specific sector meetings. And the concerns about Liberia have been the size of the economy and business directed for Liberia, which have already been taken into consideration in Liberia’s package,” Minister Addy assured.According to Minister Addy, there are horizontal packages that provide protection for citizens, investment, and domestic inventory among others, which he attributed to the delay in becoming member of the WTO.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Roberto Firmino has promised to make Porto suffer when he and Liverpool’s rampant strikeforce take on the Portuguese side in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGPORTO, Portugal, Feb 14 – Forward Roberto Firmino has vowed that Liverpool’s deadly strikeforce will make Porto suffer when they meet in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s side were rampant on the way to winning their group, scoring 23 goals with Firmino scoring six and Mohamed Salah five. Although Philippe Coutinho, who weighed in with five goals in the group stage, has since moved to Barcelona, Salah in particular has stepped up his goalscoring, notching his 29th of the season in all competitions in the win over Southampton at the weekend.And Firmino’s Champions League goal tally has moved him into rarefied territory inhabited by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.“We’re going to make Porto’s life difficult and make them suffer,” said Brazilian Firmino.“If I play a good game then the goals will appear. I am trying to give my maximum for the team and trying to be alongside these great players in Europe.”Porto coach Sergio Conceicao is hoping his stingy defence can thwart the Liverpool offensive — they have conceded just once in the last six league and cup games.“The defensive consistency of the team is the key,” Conceicao added.He said he took pleasure in a meeting of two “historical” clubs — Porto have won Europe’s top club competition twice and Liverpool have lifted the trophy five times, most recently in Istanbul in 2005 when Rafa Benitez was in charge.“We will face a very strong team, with a budget of over 200 million euros, but two historical clubs are playing each other and the players give me the confidence to think we can get through this tie.”His opposite number Klopp meanwhile scoffed at suggestions that his side were one of the underdogs of the 16 remaining clubs.“I don’t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said.“I’ll ask Rafa (Benitez) but that would surprise me because it makes no sense.“If we are in the final then I’ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off.“I don’t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it.“I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.”Klopp confirmed that Loris Karius will start on Wednesday, confirming his newfound status as first choice, after a season of chopping and changing his goalkeeper, but he refused to be drawn on the future of Simon Mignolet.“No-one knows about the future. It is not for me to think about these things, I have to make a decision for tomorrow night,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)