GUYANA’S ‘Green Machine’ continue to prove they are the best in the Caribbean. This was most evident when they carted off their eighth Caribbean 7s over the past weekend. This is according to president of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Peter Greene, who was at the time addressing a post-tournament briefing at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) headquarters in Kingston.He said, “Guyana won the Caribbean segment for the eighth time last weekend but I personally feel the level of the opposition is not improving,” leading to the notion that the unit must compete with those in the wider world if they are to move ahead in the rankings.Guyana, who finished runners-up to Canada after losing 52-5 at the overall final, must move past their regular Caribbean opponents.“This is a very troubling feature. We aspire to be like Canada who scored 175 points and only conceded five, but in my opinion Guyana’s rugby will not benefit unless we have the opportunity to compete regularly on the international circuit. How do you improve against teams you beat year after year, you are not improving.”After finishing as one of the top two teams in the tournament, the local males have also won the option to compete in Hong Kong, but after that thrashing at the hands of the Canadians, it is obvious that a lot more is needed to be among the world’s finest.“What is needed now is support,” the rugby boss contended, with an eye towards new sponsorship grounds while adding, “We also need a high performance coach.”“RAN also has to recognise that Guyana need opportunities to not only play in Hong Kong but in the Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s, we should be given that opportunity too because we would need adequate preparation,” he said.He, however, thanked Edward B. Beharry Group of Companies who chipped in for this tournament with $1.5M, the Guyana Olympic Association ($1.2M) and the government of Guyana (airport tax waiver and transportation).He also thanked the coaching staff of the male and female squads.
Middlesex captain Neil Dexter has been referred to a specialist after recently suffering a broken finger.An X-ray has revealed a chip on the knuckle of the first finger of his left hand, and he will remain sidelined while the extent of the damage is assessed. Chris Rogers will continue to stand is as skipper.“Losing Neil is obviously a blow,” said Middlesex’s managing director of cricket Angus Fraser.AdChoices广告“No team wants to lose its captain, especially when there is a lot to play for, which is the case with us. At the moment we do not know how long Neil will be out for – we will have a better idea when he has seen a finger specialist.“However, we are extremely fortunate to have a figure like Chris Rogers to take over. Chris is highly respected amongst the team, has an excellent cricket brain and has plenty of captaincy experience.”
Gabon hammered on their legacy of hosting in 2012 to win the rights to host Afcon 2017, Joy Sports sources say.The Central African nation were chosen to host the 2017 event after co-hosting in 2012. The decision was done by the Confederation of African Football on Wednesday.They beat rival bids from Algeria and Ghana in a vote by the CAF executive committee at a meeting in Cairo.CAF did not make details of the voting immediately available.CAF have already designated the hosts of the 2019 (Cameroon), 2021 (Ivory Coast) and 2023 finals (Guinea).VENUES Gabon will use four venues for the 16-team tournament, set for January 2017.They will be Libreville and Franceville, which were used in 2012, plus Port Gentil and Oyem where the stadiums will be ready in 14 months, Gabon Football Federation officials said.Gabon replaces war-torn Libya, who withdrew last year as 2017 hosts because of the civil conflict raging in the country.It will be the second time that the country will stage the finals after co-hosting the 2012 edition with neighbours Equatorial Guinea.All three candidate countries made presentations to the CAF executive committee on Wednesday before the ballot was taken. THE POLITICSALGERIA: Their reps had been busy parrying subliminal messages from Ghana and Gabon that Algeria is not a safe place. But they were adamant the place is ‘safe’. The north Africans came very prepared with a glitzy looking video bid.GHANA: Bid looked at reputation of how accesible country is among the three bidders, the legacy of 2008, and infrastructural availability.GABON: Bid relied heavily on legacy of 2012. Promised better experience, reminding delegates of how good last time was.Gabon also relied on the political friendship between President Ali Bongo and Caf boss Issa Hayatou. “When in 2015 everyone else run away from hosting the Afcon because Morocco pulled out, Gabon supported Caf all the way. They gave buses, logistics and even monetary support,” a Caf source tells Joy Sports’ Gary Al-Smith.It has emerged that Ghana was actually second-best all along, also because the Caf bigwigs frowned on the way the Ghanaian public heavily hit against their country’s tentative quest to host 2015.And Algeria?”In the final hours of the day, it emerged that [Algeria FA boss] Mohamed Raouroua is being seen as a potential rival to Issa Hayatou later, and he the boss couldn’t have that,” our source says.HOW IT HAPPENED Earlier, the Joy Sports team gave live coverage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations announcement from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.Relive the live blog:–1306 GMTBREAKING: Gabon has been named as the host of the AFcon 2017 Nations Cup. They beat Ghana and Algeria in Cairo moments ago. The Central African nation hosted the event in 2012.For Ghana, this would mean a return to the drawing board to try again later. The nation sent a 14-man strong team to Cairo but it appears Gabon’s promise of a legacy from 2012 was too strong.Algeria will feel particularly stung, considering they were roaring favorites to win it due to their long preps for the event.Ghana hosted the finals in 1963, 1978 and 2008 and co-hosted in 2000 with Nigeria as late replacements when Zimbabwe was stripped of the right to hold the event.Algeria hosted the tournament in 1990 when they won their only continental title. Original host of the 2017 edition, Libya, withdrew last year from staging the competition following continued violence in the country.The 2015 Afcon was held in Equatorial Guinea and won by Cote D’Ivoire.1301 GMTFomer Sudanese superstar Mahmoud Abdel Shata: “I don’t care where the next Afcon will be held as long as that country makes Africa proud!”We will know in a wee bit!1300 GMTIt is time for the announcement. Algeria’s team looks very calm indeed. Can they get the rights for the first time since 1990?1251 GMTAlgeria’s FA boss Mohammed Raouraoua: “Algeria has no concerns over security. Algeria is secure now. It’s not like 10 yrs ago”.Ghana’s bid member Rex Danquah also says: “Ghana’s reputation as a great soccer tournament host is well-known. We hope Caf agree with us.”1246 GMTThe time is now. The world is waiting and the media houses from across the world have now been allowed in. We wait!1235 GMTAlgeria’s ambassador in Egypt Nazir Al Arabawi: “I believe my country’s bid is the best and I am sure they will win. We started preparing for this years ago. We believe Ghana and Gabon only recently began.1230 GMTThis morning, the rumour mill went into overdrive when, somehow, news spread in Cairo that Gabon was the roaring favourite. This led Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi to begin a last-minute lobbying push with the country’s high-power delegation to turn the tide, if the rumours were true. –EARLIER EVENTSGary: This is the hall in Cairo where it is happening at the Caf headquarters. Algeria, Gabon and Ghana are slugging it out for the right to host Africa in 2017. Gary: While we await the winner of the 2017 rights, a reminder of what is to come.There will be a draw for the qualifiers for the Afcon 2017. They begin in June. There are 52 countries available to be balloted, with Somalia and Eritrea not included.This is what an earlier dress rehearsal looked like. Gary: This is what the hugh table of Caf Executive Committee officials looks like. Earlier, the three bid countries stated their case to this august group.Gary: While Ghana, Algeria and Gabon tried to convince the ExCo the world’s media await. But Joy Sports understands that only Caf-sanctioned cameras were allowed in the hallowed chambers..–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
The Clippers led, 28-19, by the end of the first quarter and were never threatened by the Raptors, who shot only 38.4 percent by game’s end.T H E L O BHEJAM pic.twitter.com/cAzfstu1Ln— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 4, 2017“There’s a lot of trust, a lot of growth,” Griffin told reporters when asked what the Clippers accomplished during their Hawaiian getaway. “We still have a lot of things to clean up. It’s a continual process if you want to be a good team. I’m happy with this camp. Now it’s time to get home and work on the next steps.”SLAM DEKKER. pic.twitter.com/9L9BI5Z7vT— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 4, 2017The Clippers play host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, the third of their five exhibitions. They open regular-season play with a “road” game Oct. 19 against the Lakers.BG ➡️ DJ pic.twitter.com/CWOp7EQ035— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 4, 2017 Later, Teodosic flipped a behind-the-back pass to Beverley, who drove along the baseline and then lobbed a pass to Jordan for a dunk. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) gestures towards the team bench during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) run a screen play against Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, center (8), breaks through the Toronto Raptors defense during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) tries to steal the ball from Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunks during the second quarter of Tuesday’s preseason game against the Toronto Raptors in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers yells towards his team during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) makes a pass through the Los Angeles Clippers defense during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)While being guarded by Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21), Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) drives towards the basket during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) and Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) fight for a loose ball during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) gets past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)After being fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4), Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes down on the court during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) drives towards the basket while being guarded by Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) makes a pass while being guarded by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) reacts with forward Blake Griffin (32) after Griffin scored against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) looses the ball while being defended by Toronto Raptors forward Bruno Caboclo (5) during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) looks for the net while Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) guards him during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) gestures towards the team bench during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) run a screen play against Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) run a screen play against Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)ExpandThe Clippers’ roster doesn’t look the same as it did before the Chris Paul trade last summer, but they proved during a 98-84 exhibition victory Tuesday over the Toronto Raptors in Honolulu that they’re still an entertaining team to watch. They earned a split of their two-game stay in Hawaii by showing that Lob City is alive and well without Paul.Blake Griffin scored 17 points, one of four Clippers to have 10 or more in a one-sided game. DeAndre Jordan scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Willie Reed scored 12 and Danilo Gallinari added 11.DeMar DeRozan (USC) led the Raptors with 15 points.Milos Teodosic scored only three points, but added five assists. Teodosic, a 30-year-old rookie from Serbia, set up Patrick Beverley for a fastbreak layup with an underhanded 60-foot pass from the backcourt in the second quarter. Late night LOBS. pic.twitter.com/72EiwTJ21O— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 4, 2017
FRENCH-BRED TALCO FLIES FROM OFF THE PACE TO REGISTER MAJOR UPSET IN GRADE I, $400,000 SHOEMAKER MILE UNDER BEJARANO; SADLER TRAINEE WINS BY HALF A LENGTH AND GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.00
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 13, 2015)–Last with a quarter mile to run, French-bred Talco angled off the rail turning for home and outsprinted favored Midnight Storm to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf) by a half length under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing LLC, the 4-year-old colt got the distance in 1:35.00.“When I came to the stretch, I knew Tyler (Baze, aboard Midnight Storm) still had a lot of horse,” said Bejarano. “My horse gave me such a big kick off the turn, we were able to challenge him right away and then we outran him to the finish. The whole key to winning today was being able to stay inside around the far turn and really kicking well.”Off as the longshot in a field of five 3-year-olds and up at 13-1, Talco paid $28.40, $6.00 and $5.20. Second, beaten a length in his most recent start, the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes on May 9, Talco registered his third stateside win from nine tries and improved his overall mark to 15-5-4-3. With the winner’s share of $240,000, he improved his earnings to $491,123.“When we saw the early fractions (22.93, 46.53, 1:10.17 and 1:22.38), we felt pretty good and we’re happy that this win makes him eligible for the Breeders’ Cup,” said Kosta Hronis. “He was first or second in his last four races and he got the pace today.”“It was a big win,” said Larry Benavidez, assistant to Sadler. “We just kind of wanted them to go fast up front and we figured the one (eventual fourth place finisher Winning Prize) was going to go, with the blinkers on. Finally, the race played out like it looked on paper and this horse is in top form right now.”Midnight Storm, a winner of the Grade II Del Mar Derby last August, came into the Shoemaker riding a three game winning streak, but didn’t show his customary front-running speed.“He didn’t handle that grass at all, he couldn’t really get a hold of it,” said Baze. “I’m still very proud of the way he ran, he never threw in the towel.The solid favorite at even money, Midnight Storm finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Seek Again and paid $3.00 and $3.40.Shipped by trainer Bill Mott to Santa Anita from his training base at Saratoga, Seek Again was next to last at the quarter pole and although outrun by the winner, picked up the pieces for third. Ridden by eastern-based Jose Lezcano, Seek Again was off at 7-2 and paid $5.40 to show.“My horse just didn’t do it today,” said Lezcano. “I tried to keep up with Talco and couldn’t.”Although favored Midnight Storm ran second, the biggest disappointment in the race was Bal a Bali, who was ridden by Flavien Prat and finished last as the 3-2 second choice.“I had a good trip,” said Prat. “…I was pretty good on the last turn and I asked him and he didn’t answer…We beat the winner last time, so I don’t know…”Note: The Shoemaker Mile is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race, with the winner (Talco) earning an automatic berth in the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, to be run at Keeneland on Oct. 31. HRONIS RACING-OWNED TALCO EARNS AUTOMATIC BERTH IN BREEDERS’ CUP MILE AT KEENELAND –30–
The fourth Southland game on Nov. 2 will be streamed on the Southeastern Sports Network as the Lions host Stephen F. Austin for a 4 p.m. kickoff. Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. Cox Sports Television will be in Lake Charles, La., as McNeese welcomes Northwestern State for a 4 p.m. CT start. ESPN+ will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory. About ESPN+ *Southland Conference Game**All Times Central Saturday, November 2* Central Arkansas at Lamar, 3 p.m., ESPN+* Nicholls at UIW, 4 p.m., ESPN3* Northwestern State at McNeese, 4 p.m., Cox Sports Television/ESPN+* Stephen F. Austin at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m., Southeastern Sports Network FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its television partners have revealed game selections and start times for football contests on Saturday, Nov. 2.Three league games are slated to be on ESPN platforms, including the Southland Game of the Week when Nicholls visits UIW. Kickoff is 4 p.m. CT on ESPN3. Lamar hosts Central Arkansas for a 3 p.m. kick on ESPN+. ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com.
View comments MOST READ Olympic silver medallist Agustiani, aged 24 and known affectionately as Yuni, hoisted 107kg on her first attempt at the clean and jerk.She tried and agonisingly failed twice to lift the 112kg she needed for victory despite the huge cries of “Indonesia, Indonesia” ringing around the Jakarta International Expo venue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ri reemerged twice to attempt an Asian Games record and personal best of 117kg but departed in agony as her left knee buckled on both attempts and she had to be helped from the platform on one leg.A few moments later draped in the North Korean flag, the 20-year-old Ri’s pain turned to ecstasy as she received the gold medal and belted out the anthem of the secretive nation with tears streaming down her cheeks and dribbling from her chin. LATEST STORIES Gold medallist Ri Song Gum of North Korea celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony of the women’s 48kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMANorth Korea bagged their first gold of the Asian Games on Monday when weightlifter Ri Song Gum pipped local favourite Sri Wahyuni Agustiani to win the women’s 48kg class.Ri, who is just 4ft 7in (140cm) tall, hoisted a massive 112kg in her first clean and jerk attempt to power past Agustiani who had taken a shock one kilogramme lead after the first snatch discipline.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Earlier in the opening snatch category Yuni had lifted 88kg and when Ri failed at 90kg it left the Indonesian with a slender lead as the packed arena erupted in support of their home heroine, believing an elusive gold might at last be hers.But the North Koreans, predicted to be dominant in weightlifting at these Asian games in the absence of China and Kazakhstan who are banned for doping, were not to be denied. Ri’s 199kg total proved enough with Yuni 4kg in arrears. Thailand’s feisty Thunya Sukcharoen took bronze with a 189kg total.Sri Lanka’s B.D.H Gomas was another reduced to tears after she failed three times at her opening weight of 67kg and sunk to her knees sobbing as her Asian Games ended almost as quickly as they started. Ri’s victory was watched by North Korea sports minister Kim Il Guk who told Korean media: “She did a great job.”“I’m very happy that I won the first gold,” said Ri after emerging from doping control with her left knee encased in an ice pack.The rising star, who came fourth as a teenager at the 2015 world championships, was cheered to the rafters by a large phalanx of supporters clad in unified Korea T-shirts. “I felt good because many people supported me,” Ri said.It left Yuni with yet another silver medal to add to those she won four years ago at the 17th Asiad in Incheon and again at the Rio Olympics two years ago and, crestfallen, she too was left in floods of tears.“I have lifted 116kg in training but today never felt like I could repeat it, no,” a still visibly upset Yuni told AFP after the medals ceremony, feeling that she had let her country down as Games hosts.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 2019 SEA Games logo draws flak Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins
Dear Editor,First, President David Granger anointed Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM and then GECOM refused to hold General Elections, due by March 19, 2019, after the No-Confidence Motion was passed against the APNU/AFC Government, citing one lame excuse after another.This shows that the GECOM Chairman has been seduced by the APNU/AFC Government of President David Granger much like the AFC has been seduced by the PNC/R.I suggest that Guyanese start standing up for their rights and take to the streets. Let these wannabe dictators know that Guyanese do not want Guyana to regress to the dismal days of pre-1992.Affirmative action is needed to oust these wannabe dictators.Yours faithfully,Sean Ori
AfricaRice has donated a compact weather station to the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) for the recording and research in meteorology (weather forecasting).CARI is the research arm of the Ministry of Agriculture in Suakoko, Bong County.The equipment was installed in May and is intended to provide daily weather recordings of temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and speed and rainfall.The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), formerly known as the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA), is an African organization currently headquartered in Cotonou, Benin. It is an agricultural research center that was constituted in 1971 by 11 West African countries. Presently the center counts 24 African member states and since 1986, AfricaRice has been one of the 15 specialized research centers of the CGIAR.AfricaRice aims to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa through research for development. The organization is currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture through the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP).CARI benefits from these interventions through the production and multiplication of improved rice varieties for Liberia. One of the major tasks of AfricaRice is the development and introduction of new rice seed varieties that are suitable for African conditions.In an interviewed with CARI team leader Mr. Aaron Marshall, he disclosed that Liberia is a member and works in collaboration with AfricaRice and as such the donation is part of the country’s benefit from AfricaRice.“Liberia is a member of AfricaRice so it’s Liberia’s benefit from the center and we also have three scientists that are helping CARI,” Mr. Marshall said.Meanwhile, in an interviewed with Mr. Marshall at CARI a few weeks ago he disclosed that 504 metric tons of seed rice was produced within two years.“At CARI, there are several streams of research going on. We are researching different varieties of rice that would take only 70 to 90 days to germinate to yield more varieties of rice,” he disclosed.He told the Daily Observer that following the deadly Ebola outbreak, a lot of work was done at CARI in that farmers in Lofa, Nimba and in other counties had produced more rice and other foodstuff.It is not strange that the huge donation from AfricaRice will boost the production and the activities of CARI in terms of research and at the same time ensure that farmers and consumers benefit from their own grown food.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)