Deputy Minister for Sports, G. Andy QuamieWith less than six days to the official kickoff of the 2018/2019 National Country Sports Meet, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister G. Andy Quamie says preparation for this year’s sporting festival is well on course.The National County Sports Meet, which is the country’s biggest sporting festival, is expected to begin on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with the official kick off scheduled to take place in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.This year’s event is being sponsored by Orange Liberia under the theme: “Celebrating 15 years of Peace”According to Minister Quamie, 60 sets of jerseys branded and customized with the Orange emblem have been provided to the 15 participating counties ahead of the official kickoff. The Deputy Minister made the statement yesterday when he appeared as guest on a local radio show.Early November, the Ministry of Youth and Sports along with the County Meet’s official sponsor, Orange Liberia, promised to make the 2018 edition of the event ‘the biggest in Liberian history’.Minister Quamie added that basketball has been re-introduced in the tournament while women’s football will, for the first time, be introduced as well, as a test case during the quarterfinals stage of the event.The preliminary rounds of the tournament will simultaneously be played at four venues across the country. Group I contains host Nimba, Sinoe, Montserrado and Gbarpolu counties.Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh will host Maryland and Grand Bassa counties in Group II; in Group III Kakata City, Margibi County will host Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, and Grand Kru counties, while Group IV comprises host Bomi, with Bong, River Gee, and River Cess counties.Eight counties will progress to the quarterfinals and come to Monrovia on January 5, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The grand final will be played on Sunday, January 13, while the third place match will be played on Saturday, January 12, 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The prosecution has requested more time to submit a psychiatric report on Orwain Sandy, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank, who allegedly murdered his lover, Reona Payne, by shooting her some 14 times about her body at Alexander Village, Georgetown.Sandy reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday where he calmly stood before City Magistrate Judy Latchman. The court was told that Sandy met with head of the Mental Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry, Dr Bhiro Harry to be mentally evaluated.Ex-GDF Captain Orwain SandyHowever, the report is yet to be submitted to the prosecution, who requested additional time. Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves also revealed that they are still several outstanding statements in the matter.As such, Magistrate Latchman adjourned the matter for May 2, when the psychiatric report is expected to be presented to the court.Family members of Sandy filled the courtroom to show support for the accused killer.Outside of the courtroom, friends, and family members along with Payne’s three children were seen sporting T-shirts with her picture calling for justice for the dead woman.A tearful Sandy made his first appearance in court on April 6 where he was remanded to prison.Murdered: Reona PayneThe charge against him alleged that on March 31, 2018, while in the vicinity of First Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, he murdered Payne.Guyana Times previously reported that the couple was in their car proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village, when a heated argument reportedly ensued.As such, Payne reportedly exited the vehicle after which Sandy followed, carrying a loaded firearm, his service pistol.He then shot the woman once, resulting in her dropping to the ground. However, this online publication was told that Sandy proceeded to stand over her, and emptied the entire magazine on the woman.The captain then fled the scene and turned himself over at the Ruimveldt Police Station, where he reported the matter.The Police were also summoned by residents who heard the gunshots.When this publication visited the scene, the woman’s lifeless body was seen on the road along with several spent shells which were recovered by the Police.Meanwhile, at the Ruimveldt Police Station, Sandy was taken into custody as he was questioned as to what led to the brutal murder.The GDF has since released a statement confirming the shooting and outlined that the captain ‘was immediately interdicted from his duties.’Payne and Sandy reportedly dated but later married separate people. However, a few years after they left their respective spouses and rekindled their relationship.The dead woman reportedly told relatives and friends along with a co-worker that she was being physically abused by Sandy. She even sent photos which purportedly showed marks of violence on her body to a family member to attest to this.