New Delhi: Pakistan hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed took his last breath on Saturday after being ill for long due to a heart ailment.The legendary goalkeeper was 49 years old. He was one of the main heroes of the 1994 hockey World Cup.After being admitted to the hospital, he was put on ventilator on Saturday morning, but did not survive as his heart was only 20 per cent efficient as per the reports.Ahmed had represented Paksitan in 338 international games in the time span of 1986 and 2000. He was also the skipper of Pakistan hockey team for a short time.The 49-year old had a pacemaker and stents implanted to his heart.Earlier, Ahmed had called out India to help him recover. He was a sporting legend in Pakistan and had helped them win the 1994 World Cup in Sydney.“I may have broken a lot of Indian hearts on the field of play by beating India in the Indira Gandhi Cup (1989) and in other events but that was sport,” Ahmed told a leading press agency.“Now I need a heart transplant in India and for that I need support from the Indian government,” he had added.Ahmed had represented Pakistan in 338 international matches, participating in three Olympics and various other high-profile events in a long career. For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Photos by Beverly Pham and Daniel Zhu Smoke produced by a small grease fire poured out of the Tutor Campus Center at 4:40pm on Thursday. The fire, located in Panda Express, was quickly addressed by Department of Public Safety officers who were coincidentally in the food court. Both Tutor Campus Center and Steve and Kathryn Sample Hall were evacuated – occupants were allowed back into the buildings about an hour later.
The murmurs I’m hearing through the grapevine signal a sense of uneasiness in Southern California, as the calendar changes to 2011 in just more than a month.To put it mildly, the last 330 days around this neck of the woods haven’t exactly been hallmark material for the USC football program.Coaching departures, NCAA-imposed sanctions, a student-turned-player-agent roaming aimlessly around campus in a golf cart and a sub-par football season later, and it seems as if the metaphorical ball was dropped long before Saturday night’s 20-16 conclusion.But for every misstep, blown coverage and deer-in-the-headlights moment that has come the Cardinal and Gold’s way this year, there exist hidden stories beneath the aging peristyles of the Coliseum that shine a much different perspective on what looks to be a bleak and rather unmemorable season.During last Saturday’s game between USC and Notre Dame, one of these stories — lost between a game-winning touchdown that wasn’t and a torrential downpour — unfolded about 75 cement stairs up from the muddied white lines of the playing field, where 14-year-old Carlos Moran was taking in his first USC game in Section 115, Row 64, Seat 1.Don’t be fooled by his age because, unlike most teenagers, Carlos is of a rare mold. He’s engaging, mature beyond his years, genuine to a T, and possesses the uncommon ability to charm anybody within the first few seconds of a conversation.You’d never know it from the uplifting tone in his voice or the amazing knack he has for finding strength in just about any situation, but Carlos’ year has been anything but a swift high step to the end zone.His 2010 season was not defined by late-game miscues or underwhelming performances, but rather by visits in and out of hospitals, an unpleasant trip to the surgery table and more or less a period of confinement by way of life’s unpredictable nature.After undergoing surgery earlier this year to, as he puts it bluntly, “remove bags of pus inside of him”, the 14-year-old did what he knew best: stayed patient.Instead of moping around the LAC+USC Medical Center during the weeks following his surgery, Carlos befriended and bonded with the pediatric team — made up of hospital staff, doctors and students from the USC School of Pharmacy and Keck School of Medicine — who were assigned to look after him.“I really liked the hospital; everyone was really nice,” Carlos said. “Usually at other hospitals the people that work there don’t have enough time. But for me, they took the time to check in on me, and I really like that.”Although he might have been treated to first-class customer service during his stay, the biggest reward for his patience and unwavering spirit came on Oct. 18, when he received some friendly encouragement from an unlikely source: the USC football team.Both confronted with troublesome circumstances and both looking to each other for a much-needed boost of support, it was no surprise that the visit quickly turned into love at first sight between a kid and his local football team.“For me it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Carlos said. “There are a lot of people that want to see the USC players, and I got to see them.”It’s customary upon departure for the team to leave the patients with tickets to an upcoming game — an opportunity Carlos embraced with open arms.But days before he and his family were set to watch the Trojans in person, a nagging pain in his leg sent Carlos back to the confines of the all-too-familiar medical center — a bump in the road he didn’t take lightly.His trip to the Coliseum was cancelled, and as all of the other patients excitedly headed toward the USC campus to watch their favorite gridiron stars in person, the 14-year-old was left with the lingering question: When will my day come?That answer came by way of Phi Delta Chi, USC’s professional pharmacy fraternity, and the helping hand of Lindsey Tsugawa, a graduate student studying pharmacy.Tsugawa currently works under the direction of Dr. Irving Steinberg, who just so happens to be a member of the pediatric team that cares for Carlos.Every year around the holidays, the fraternity devotes time to philanthropic activity aimed toward promoting the social, scholastic and professional growth of its members. Whether it’s with their work with the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the resources the group delivered to local Los Angeles schools last year, no stone goes unturned in the Phi Delta Chi quest for community outreach.This year with money earned from several fundraising events on the Heath Sciences Campus, the fraternity’s president Derek Garcia did what any forward-thinking medical student would do — he acted with his heart.Not only did Phi Delta Chi raise enough money for Carlos to see the Trojans play Notre Dame, but the fraternity provided him with two extra tickets — giving him the opportunity to not only experience the game with his father and a friend, but also teach them some of the finer points along the way.“In general at the hospital, and especially in pediatrics, we try to divert a patient’s attention to something more positive, so they are not focused on how they are ill,” Tsugawa said. “For him, I could tell he really loved football and having the football players there to help impact his life was huge for him. So to have the opportunity for him to see these players play, and do what they do, was just amazing.”Fittingly enough, the night unfolded with a bevy of follies and forgettable highlights, including the dropped pass by Carlos’ favorite player, senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson, who Carlos said was the most positive man he met. Combine the turnover-filled sloppy mess of a game with torrential rain, and on the surface you’d expect Carlos’ first visit to USC’s grand cathedral to be his last.But for a kid who has been forced to grow up faster than most, it’s no surprise the unwelcoming weather and final outcome were not enough to deter Carlos from enjoying a night that almost never happened.“It was emotional. I don’t care if they lost or if they won,” Carlos said. “At least they played, and I got to be there to see it. It was the best — just a great experience for me.”So how does a teen’s first football experience play into how we evaluate USC’s turbulent roller coaster ride in 2010?To start, take Carlos’ advice: “Patience is everything.”Sure, the Trojans’ newest No. 1 fan can’t help senior quarterback Mitch Mustain on his timing routes, or teach the wide receiving corps Pass-Catching 101. But his unexpected yearlong challenge might be more telling than your standard X’s and O’s revision.Forced to overcome real obstacles, Carlos simply stayed the course. He accepted the process, opened up to the people around him and replaced fear and uncertainty with positivity and trust.So the lesson for supporters of the USC football program to learn in the coming year is simple: Do what Carlos Moran has done — face the barriers that lie ahead with an appreciation toward the struggle, even if when all is said and done the journey doesn’t end with new hardware in Heritage Hall.“For The Love Of The Game” ran Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. read more
Heavy rain in Papine hills. KINGSTON, Jamaica – It was blatantly ironic that as Jamaica celebrated its 57th anniversary of independence last week, a report was published indicating the nation’s poverty level had increased.The report contained in Ministry Paper 51, tabled in Parliament based on data from the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions indicated poverty had increased by 2.2 percent, moving to 19.3 percent compared to 17.1 percent recorded for 2016.The report further indicated the increased poverty level was worst in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) where poverty increased by 5.2 per cent, while in rural areas poverty increased by 4.1 per cent.Translating this sophisticated data into more basic terms, it’s borne out based on the estimated Jamaican population of 2.7 million, 60,000 more Jamaicans fell into poverty since 2016, and over 521,000 of the nation’s population are living in poverty.It’s interesting to note this report was prepared by the Ministry of Finance, the same ministry that lauded its presentation of Jamaica’s 2019/20 budget highlighting Jamaica’s economic gains, especially the reduction of the national debt.The report of the worsening poverty levels in Jamaica also follows a glowing report written in a Miami newspaper last June, possibly written to impress hundreds of overseas Jamaicans visiting Jamaica for the biennial Diaspora conference, of Jamaica’s phenomenal economic gains over the last few years.But these visitors driving around Kingston saw evidence of the squalor in which so many of Kingston’s population live in. The same squalor that motivated many to seek better living standards overseas. Many visited shops and other places of commerce and cringed at having to fork out thousands of Jamaican dollars to pay for a simple meal of a coco-bread, patty with “aerated water” or bottled soft-drink. “How does the poor afford these prices?” many asked.The answer is the poor isn’t managing, and the poor is increasing. A member of the Jamaican Diaspora who stayed at a New Kingston hotel during the Diaspora conference recalls a conversation with a dining room waitress who indicated despite being employed she was hard-pressed to feed her two children and keep up with her electricity bill in their three-room residence. The waitress said to minimize her electric bill she usually unplugged her refrigerator on leaving her house.Despite explanations by Jamaica’s prime minister and minister of finance that the current government is successfully combatting properly, this is somewhat disingenuous.The fact is over 500,000 Jamaicans, a whopping 20 percent of the population, is living in poverty unable to adequately feed, clothe, shelter, educate and secure appropriate healthcare for themselves.This poverty isn’t new. It’s the same poverty that over the years has bred hopelessness, despair and is the main source of the nation’s crime problems.It’s very alarming that successive Jamaican governments have been unable to solve the poverty problem. In the 1970s when the then administration took bold steps to alleviate urban and rural poverty it sparked vicious, sustained backlash. The administration was branded socialist, destabilized by local and foreign actors, and ultimately defeated.Granted, that administration and others since were caught in a vicious trap. Although they recognized and developed plans to alleviate poverty, needed funds were unavailable and when they turned to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the primary provider of support funding since independence, they are prohibited from implementing projects to alleviate rural and urban poverty.But beginning around 2015 and continuing since the former People National Party (PNP), and current Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) administrations were able to abide by IMF guidelines which have borne positive economic outcomes, but still, poverty lingers, and have increased.With the help of the IMF, other multinational financial agencies, foreign governments, notably including the Chinese, Jamaica has implemented major infrastructural projects. Major highways have been built, but bypass communities which became poorer because of building the highways. Does the planning of these projects not consider the implications of poverty for neighboring, displaced communities?The current government hailed tax-cuts offered in its 2019/20 budget, but tax cuts unrelated to the poor 20 percent of Jamaicans. Why wasn’t there plans to reduce the stiff General Consumption Tax (GCT) on goods mainly purchased by the poor?The measurement of the government’s economic performance cannot be limited to balancing its financial books to satisfy the IMF. The success of its economic performance is also measured by the elimination of poverty.Having alleviated several of the major economic problems, the government should be now in the position to implement poverty alleviating programs and projects in the KMA and rural Jamaica. That is, unless these heralded economic gains are only on paper, unable to be practically advanced as economic gains for the general population, including, most importantly, the poor. read more
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed Thursday to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season, a decision that makes it likely teams with losing records will reach the postseason.The agreement was reached hours before the season opener between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Washington Nationals. The deal applied only for 2020 and included a surprise benefiting the Yankees the most: Collection of baseball’s luxury tax will be suspended this year, a person familiar with the details told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.Sixteen of the 30 teams will advance to a best-of-three first round: the first- and second-place teams in every division and the next two clubs by winning percentage in each league. Those winners move on to the best-of-five Division Series, where the usual format resumes. The final four teams are in best-of-seven League Championship Series, and the pennant winners meet in the best-of-seven World Series.“It’s such a unique season, why not try a little something different and make it as exciting as possible,” said Colorado shortstop Trevor Story, whose team has never won a World Series title. “I know it’s going to be such a sprint with the 60-game season; adding more playoff teams will just add to the fire and the excitement and the fandom around the game. Anything can happen in a 60-game season. I’m all for it.” In each league, the division winners will be seeded 1-3, the second-place teams 4-6 and the teams with the next two-best records 7-8, which means up to four teams in one division could be in the postseason. The first round pairings will be 1 vs. 8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5.The higher seed in the first round will host all games from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.“This season will be a sprint to a new format that will allow more fans to experience playoff baseball,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.Tiebreaker games, which have produced famous home runs by Bobby Thomson and Bucky Dent, are eliminated. Ties would be broken by head-to-head record, followed by better record within a team’s division and record in the last 20 games within the division. If still tied, the standard would be last 21 games within a division, then 22, etc.Teams could finish the regular season with differing games played; regular-season postponements would be made up at the discretion of Manfred. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings MLB long restricted its postseason to just the pennant winners facing each other in the World Series. Postseason teams doubled to four with the split of each league into two divisions in 1969, then to eight with the realignment to three divisions and the addition of a wild card in 1995, a year later than planned due to a players’ strike. The postseason reached 10 with the addition of a second wild card and a wild-card round in 2012.The 2006 St. Louis Cardinals hold the mark for the lowest winning percentage of a World Series champion, according to Elias, after going 83-78 for a .516 clip. The lowest percentage for a pennant winner was .509 for the 1973 New York Mets, who went 82-79.“There’s no question that by definition, it gives you more of a safety net,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I hope they they continue to put a premium on winning divisions.”The new format created a minimum 14 additional postseason games and as many as 22 if each first-round series goes the distance. The plan was part of MLB’s proposal to restart the season, but the union ended those talks June 22 and told MLB to unilaterally announce a schedule. That move preserved the union’s right to file a grievance claiming MLB did not negotiate in good faith to play as long a regular season as economically feasible, subject to conditions set in a March 26 agreement between the feuding sides.“It would be a great way to keep fan bases engaged throughout the entire season,” Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich said. “You’d have a really tight race all the way down to the last day of the season. I think there’d be a lot of teams in it within a game or two of each other going into that final day.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter As part of the deal, MLB agreed to guarantee a postseason pool that would be $50 million: $20 million in the first round is played and $10 million for each additional round. The postseason pool usually comprises ticket money from the postseason, but baseball anticipates playing the entire year in empty ballparks due to the coronavirus.“The opportunity to add playoff games in this already-abbreviated season makes sense for fans, the league and players,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement. “We hope it will result in highly competitive pennant races as well as exciting additional playoff games to the benefit of the industry.”ESPN was given rights to seven of eight first-round series and TBS the other for no additional money as a makeup for missed games. ESPN and TBS were to have split the two wild-card games in the original format.The change means 53% of the 30 teams reach the playoffs. If eight teams qualified for the playoffs in each league from 1995 through 2019, 46 teams at or below .500 would have made it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, an average of just under two per season. Those teams included 25 from the AL.There would have been only three seasons in which all playoff teams would have had winning records, Elias said: 2000, 2003 and 2009.“From a selfish, White Sox standpoint, I’m certainly in favor of it just for the mere fact that it enhances the possibilities that this group’s going to get exposed to October baseball,” Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “We’ve talked over the years of this rebuild and into this next stage that learning how to win is part of that. And certainly learning how to win in October is very much part of getting us to our ultimate goals.”Two additional NFL teams reach the playoffs this season for a total of 14 of 32 NFL teams (44%) in the playoffs. Sixteen of 30 (53%) usually go to the playoffs in the NBA and 16 of 31 in the NHL (52%), which expands to 32 franchises next season.Related Articles read more
The Rays were three outs away from history Sunday.Tampa Bay was close to pitching the first combined perfect game in MLB history. Noah Syndergaard addresses trade rumors, says he loves being with Mets What can’t @ronaldacunajr24 do? 😱 pic.twitter.com/05EvhmPMdR— MLB (@MLB) July 14, 2019Max Muncy drew a bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning to put the Dodgers ahead for good in the five-plus hour contest against the Red Sox..@maxmuncy9 knows a little something about extra innings against Boston. pic.twitter.com/I35cnmZCVi— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 15, 2019What’s Next?Braves (57-37) at Brewers (48-46), 8:10 p.m. ET — The Brewers are trying to catch up to the National League Central-leading Cubs but first have to get through the Braves. Atlanta holds the top spot in the NL East and have won seven of its last 10 games. The Brewers will send Adrian Houser (2-3, 4.01) to the mound with the hopes of jump-starting the second half of the season. The Braves will counter with Max Fried (9-4, 4.29). The Rays used an opener against the Orioles, which was first made popular by the team. It would have been the first time multiple pitchers pulled off the feat as all 23 previous perfect games have been thrown by a single pitcher.Ryne Stanek started the game for the Rays and pitched two innings. Ryan Yarbrough took over and threw the next six innings without allowing a baserunner. He stayed on to start the ninth, but it was there Tampa Bay’s impressive outing was sullied. Related News Mike Trout injury update: Angels star (calf) expects to return Thursday Blue Jays’ Ken Giles sidelined with nerve inflammation after massage Yarbrough allowed a single to leadoff hitter Hanser Alberto to end the team’s chance at history.“It would have been pretty sweet to finish it off like that,” Stanek said, via MLB.com. “If you’re the first to do something in baseball, you did something.”Baltimore went on to record three hits in the losing effort.Austin Meadows and Mike Brosseau each hit a home run to highlight the Rays’ offensive efforts.Austin couldn’t visit Eutaw during the break, so he figured he’d check it out now. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/lkqsTgPojy— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 14, 2019Anthony Santander delivered the Orioles’ only run with an RBI single .Studs of the NightMasahiro Tanaka pitched six innings allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out five in the Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.Robinson Cano hit a home run in his second consecutive game as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-2.Two straight days with a homer for @RobinsonCano! #LGM pic.twitter.com/euGdrbNPNQ— New York Mets (@Mets) July 14, 2019Duds of the NightWhite Sox shortstop Jose Rondon made a throwing error in an effort to start a double play in the ninth inning against the Athletics, who turned it into a scoring opportunity to win 3-2.Sometimes you just gotta take what the defense gives youAnd we will gladly take this 😏#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/mIhJuhMNa2— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) July 14, 2019Tyler Mahle allowed 12 hits and six earned runs in the Reds’ 10-9 loss to the Rockies.HighlightsThe Astros love grand slams. José Altuve hit the team’s ninth slam of the season, which is the most in MLB — no other team has recorded more than five.Hang 10.(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/LOQqogodJR— MLB (@MLB) July 14, 2019What a save by Ronald Acuña Jr. read more
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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Proud Parent · 338 weeks ago This has been an excellent group of boys to watch over the past two years, great work ethic and attitudes. They have had two great coaches working with them. Played two of the best basketball games I have seen in recent years, middle school or not! Way to go Gentlemen! Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WHS mom · 338 weeks ago This is some AWESOME news young men…CONGRATS!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Catfish Charlie · 338 weeks ago Good job Knights. “Coach B, you’ve got some good ones coming in next year”. Coach Snipes and Coach Aguliar–Great Job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down We Are Family · 338 weeks ago Congratulations A.J and Antoine!!!!! We are proud of you in the “show me state” Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down not that I matter · 338 weeks ago Everyone should be proud of all the boys not just one. Cause it takes a whole team to make the win not just one player. Yes the kids has done a good job, dont get me wrong. But how do you think the rest of them feel when all you hear is about one player.. These are kids here.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Colorado Connection · 338 weeks ago Congratulations from the “Snow Capped Mountains of Colorado, we are so proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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They were 13-3 in seventh grade and 14-2 in eighth grade.They were also Pioneer tournament champions in 2013, beating Circle 42-34. Using 18 points from A.J. Snipes, Wellington would win the grudge match with Ark City Saturday. The Knights beat Ark City 33-19 at home and lost to the same team 35-27 on the road.Â “There are two reasons why this team has been successful,” said Antoine Snipes, Wellington eighth grade boys coach. “They share the ball, and they play great defense.”Wellington, which advanced to the championship game with victories over Rose Hill and Mulvane, was in a knock-down drag-em-out battle with Ark City in the old junior high gymnasium in Mulvane. At the half, the purple led 15-12. The two teams were knotted after three quarters 23-all.The Knights would then outscored the Bullpups 18-7 down the stretch with great shooting at the free throw line.“We knew at the end of the third quarter that we had just six minutes to play and needed to shut them down,” Snipes said. “So we made three stops in a row. That was huge. Then the rest of the game we made our free throws. Every boy stepped up to score.”Other scorers for the game were Cade Phelps with 9, Jack Walton 6, R.J. Lara 5, and Logan Jones 4.The victory didn’t come by accident. Wellington has been playing together for many years at the MAYB level. Now the boys scatter to high school and will most certainly bring new talent to what has become a surging program at the high school level.“That has been our main focus all season,” Snipes said. “Getting the boys ready for the high school level. Brian Buchanan has done a great job at the high school, and I’m excited to see what these guys can do when they get there. I think we did a good job preparing them.”â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Pictures of the game can be found on Steve Sturgis’ sports website at www.wellington. read more
Fiorentina has made an official statement in which Patrick Cutrone and Germán Pezzella have tested positive for coronavirus, as well as the team’s physiotherapist, Stéfano Dainelli. These cases are joined by Dusan Vlahovic, who had some symptoms. At the moment, everyone is well in their respective homes. Florencepending evolution. 63 Italian Cutrone, on loan from Wolverhampton, arrived on the winter market, while Argentine Pezzella is the team captain. Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic has been with the club for two years. There are already nine cases in three days of soccer players in Italy who have coronaviruses, in addition to Rugani, Colley, Ekdal, La Gumina, Gabbiadini Y Thorsby. Remember that Italy It is one of the main foci affected by the coronavirus, and that not only have competitions been suspended there, but the state of sanitary alarm has been decreed, something similar to what happens in Spain, so the shops are closed and most of the people are at home. twenty read more
sherwin SealeyA Kwakwani businessman was released on $400,000 bail on Tuesday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts accused of stealing millions of dollars in items from Chinese-owned logging company BaiShanLin.Sherwin Sealey, 38, of Lot 220 Kwakwani Water Front, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), allegedly stole a truck valued at $20 million along with 10 chain saws valued $2,000,000 – all valued $22,000,000 from the logging company between May 20 and 25.Sealey pleaded not guilty to the charge.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones made no objection to bail, but requested that it be in a substantial amount.The matter was transferred to the Kwakwani Magistrate’s Court for June 17.
The Liberian Government has announced the sale of four additional oil blocks amidst the declaration of a State of Emergency in the country and amidst growing public outcry against the sale of any of the remaining oil blocks until a “total reform in the oil and gas sector is carried out.”According to a notice posted on the website of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), (www.nocal.com.lr), the government is ready to auction Blocks LB-6, LB-7, LB-16 and LB-17 after several failed attempts to sell them.NOCAL on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 published the big decision calling for invitations from interested companies from around the world.“The Government of Liberia, in association with the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), is pleased to announce the opening of a Liberia Basin Bid Round scheduled for 5 August 2014.“Four undrilled offshore petroleum exploration Blocks (LB-6, LB-7, LB-16 and LB-17), which were the subject of earlier Bid Rounds, have again become available.“The due date for the bids is 31 October 2014. Information about the data available for viewing may be found by clicking on the “Data Available”. On-line data will be available from 7 August 2014 and may be accessed as provided in clause 5.2 of the Bid Invitation Letter. Virtual and physical data rooms will be available to pre-qualified bidders from 11 August 2014.“Also during this period, Road shows will be held as provided in clause 4 of the Bid Invitation Letter. Please register your interest by submitting the on-line form for further details,” NOCAL said in its notice.The bid notice is under the direct supervision of Madam Althea E. Sherman, General Counsel/Chief Operating Officer of the oil company.Interestingly, NOCAL’s pronouncement followed President Johnson Sirleaf’s declaration of a “State of Emergency” on August 6, 2014 to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country. The state of emergency declaration, political commentators believed, was intended to silence protests and anger from the public over the handling of the Ebola crisis so far.The National Legislature, in association with NOCAL, agreed and announced that government cease to and decline from negotiating any new oil blocks until the necessary reforms are instituted to protect and guard Liberia’s emerging economic powerhouse.Recently, a group of citizens under the banner “Concerned Citizens” staged a protest at the Capitol Building, calling on the Legislature to stick to its previous commitment, announcing that there have recently been a series of discussions toward selling additional oil blocks.In that protest, the concerned Liberians also stated that over “US$30 million has been allotted to the Legislature as kickback, [so that] they (Legislature) [can] ratify agreements.”Asked about the legitimacy of the group’s allegation, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler declined to comment after a recent meeting between NOCAL and the Legislature was convened and concluded in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature .To date, several reforms embarked upon by government, including an up-to-date National Oil and Gas Policy and the inclusion of gas in the new oil law, are yet to be concluded.In the wake of a “State of Emergency”, political commentators are wondering which legitimate and people-centered negotiations can take place when citizens are banned from expressing their disagreements in so many different ways.Meanwhile, NOCAL announced that it will be holding three events at three separate locations — Lagos, Nigeria pn August 27; London, UK on August 19; and Houston, U.S. on August 21, in connection with these new oil deals.NOCAL’s public relations officers could not be reached to explain why the new blocks have gone on sale in the absence of the promised reforms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more