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Concerns arise as government undermines rule of law in pandemic response

first_imgAfter introducing a contentious omnibus bill that seeks to cut through red tape, the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has found itself under scrutiny again as it carries out several new strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that might overstep prevailing regulations.Critics have said that two of the latest government moves – a plan to cancel this year’s Idul Fitri holiday bonus (THR) and yearly bonus for civil servants, as well as a policy criminalizing those who are deemed to have defamed the government in relation to COVID-19 response – will undermine the rule of law.“The government must respect the prevailing laws when making new policies during the pandemic, given that the Constitution says that Indonesia is ‘a state governed by laws’,” Trubus Rahadiansyah, a public policy and legal expert at Trisakti University, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “But the government’s moves in recent days have raised eyebrows since they might overstep some of the current laws, including a plan to cancel civil servants’ holiday and annual bonuses this year.”On Tuesday, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati mulled the possibility of cutting bonuses for state officials, as well as echelon I and II officials, as she is prioritizing the state budget for combating the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.The remaining lower- and middle- level civil servants, including also police and military personnel, will still receive the bonuses.Trubus said the bonus cut would be illegitimate, given that Government Regulation (PP) No. 35/2019 on civil servant allowances stipulates that those bonuses cannot be cut even when the state budget is under pressure. He also said it would probably contradict Article 21 of the 2014 State Civil Apparatus (ASN) Law that protects civil servants’ right to receive allowances and bonuses from the government, with the law itself having failed to mention conditions under which bonus cuts are legitimate.It remains unclear whether such a policy will take shape, but Sri Mulyani said on Wednesday that it would be discussed further in a Cabinet meeting in the coming weeks.Read also: Industry Ministry allocates $7 million, proposes stimulus package to help affected industriesThe Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry’s spokesperson Andi Rahadian did not respond to the Post’s request for comment as of Wednesday evening.If the government insists on canceling this year’s bonuses, Trubus urged the government to prepare another legal guideline to specifically regulate bonus cancellation under extraordinary circumstances, including in times of emergency.“If the government keeps on with the plan without any strong legal basis, slashing bonuses for civil servants would be illegitimate,” Trubus said.“Another way is to revise the 2019 PP to accommodate the plan. But the amendment should also be discussed with the House of Representatives, since it will stipulate new conditions that are not regulated in the ASN law.”Jokowi’s administration also finds itself in the hot seat after the National Police moved to criminalize those who publicly insult the President and government officials in relation to their handling of the coronavirus outbreak.Read also: Criticism ‘not an insult’: Police’s plan to nab slanderers of govt over COVID-19 questionedNational Police chief Gen. Idham Azis, in a classified police telegram dated April 4, ordered his personnel to start cyber patrols to monitor the “development of the situation and opinion in cyberspace” during the pandemic.The telegram says offenders can be charged with defamation under Article 207 of the Criminal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in prison.Meanwhile those who spread false information relating to government policies in handling the contagious disease will be subject to Articles 14 and/or 15 of the Criminal Code, which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars.Erasmus Napitupulu of the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) said the Indonesian legal system no longer categorized insults against the President as a crime after the Constitutional Court scrapped such provisions in a ruling in 2006.He said that charging offenders under Article 207 was inappropriate since it failed to cite insulting the President as an offense.“This policy aims at restricting freedom of expression. The police are not only violating the Constitutional Court ruling, but also contravening the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech,” Erasmus said.Read also: Activists warn government not to repeat mistakes of past economic bailoutsIdham acknowledged that his decision had fueled public anger, but he brushed off those criticisms by saying that upholding law enforcement measures would not always satisfy all people.“There are always pros and cons regarding our law enforcement measures. But those who have been named suspects due to the crime [insulting the President and state officials] can file pretrial suits to defend themselves,” Idham said in a recent statement.Topics :last_img read more

Executive Director Tiffany Chang Lawson’s Dumpling Recipe for the Lunar New Year

first_img January 27, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Asian Pacific American Affairs,  The Blog Tomorrow marks the start of the Lunar New Year. Many Asian American families will celebrate by gathering for a traditional meal. We will give our homes a thorough deep cleaning to make way for the new year and all the good luck it will bring.My mother’s family is originally from Mainland China – my grandmother was born and raised in Beijing, China and my mother was born and raised in Taiwan. Dumplings are a staple for many Chinese American families like ours that trace their origins to Northern China.This is my grandmother’s recipe which was passed down to my mother and then to me. I am sharing this recipe with my fellow Pennsylvanians as we herald the arrival of the Year of the Rooster. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family has through the years. Happy Lunar New Year!Grandma Chang’s Dumpling RecipeMakes about 25 dumplingsDumpling Ingredients2 cups finely chopped dill1 bunch finely chopped green onions1 lb lean ground beef2/3 cups minced green onions1 egg beaten2 tablespoons soy sauce1 teaspoon sesame oil1 teaspoon grated ginger root1/4 teaspoon black pepper2 (10 ounce) packages round dumpling wrappersvegetable oil1/4 cup waterDumpling Dipping Sauce3 tablespoons soy sauce3 tablespoons white vinegar1 teaspoon minced ginger root1/2 teaspoon white sugar1 clove garlic, chopped1/4 teaspoon minced green onionInstructionsIn a large bowl, combine beef, dill, green onions, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, pepper and mix until thoroughly combined.To fill the dumplings, place a wrapper on a floured work surface, and place a tablespoon of filling in the center. With a wet finger, dampen the edges of the wrapper. Fold the dough into a half-moon shape, enclosing the filling. Press and seal to remove extra air, tightly sealing the edges together. Place the dumplings on a parchment-lined baking sheet while you finish sealing the rest of the dumplings.In a large skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil over moderately high heat.Place dumplings into the hot oil, flat side down, without crowding, and fry until the bottoms are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the dumplings over, and pour the water over them. Cover the pan with a lid and let the dumplings steam until the water has nearly evaporated and the dumplings have begun to fry in the oil again, 5 to 7 minutes. Uncover the skillet, and let the dumplings cook until all the water is evaporated and the wrapper has shrunk down tightly over the filling, another 2 to 3 minutes.In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, white vinegar, ginger, sugar, garlic, and green onion.Serve immediately. Best if prepared right before eating. If you need to prepare ahead of time, the dumplings can be frozen. To reheat frozen dumplings, follow the instructions in step 4.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Executive Director Tiffany Chang Lawson’s Dumpling Recipe for the Lunar New Yearlast_img read more

Barca turn up heat on Real Madrid after Leganes win

first_imgLionel Messi was rugby tackled and then scored a penalty as Barcelona put the pressure back on Real Madrid by easing to a 2-0 victory over Leganes at an empty Camp Nou on Tuesday night. Lionel Messi was fouled by Unai Bustinza during the first half of Barcelona’s 2-0 win at Camp Nou on Tuesday Messi was hauled to the ground in the first half by a diving Unai Bustinza wrapping two arms around his waist and he was knocked over again in the second, this time earning a penalty, which he converted. After 33 appearances, Messi now has 26 goals this season. In his last eight games, he has seven goals and eight assists. The 17-year-old Ansu Fati had earlier given Barcelona the lead, continuing his breakthrough season with a fifth goal in eight league starts. Leganes could have made the reigning champions feel uncomfortable if Miguel-Angel Guerrero had taken either of two golden early opportunities but the first was cleared off the line and the second denied by the post. “We had a bit of luck at the beginning,” admitted Barca coach Quique Setien. But his team’s reward for a rather underwhelming performance is a five-point advantage over Madrid, who can reduce that back to two by winning at home to Valencia on Thursday. Valencia will be a more thorough examination of Madrid’s sharpness after the three-month break and Barca can expect tougher tests to come than Leganes too, starting with a trip to third-placed Sevilla on Friday. Setien will hope Gerard Pique recovers from a nasty challenge that means he will need stitches in his shin. “It split his shinpad,” said Setien. “We hope it’s not serious.” Leganes have dropped to the bottom of the table and look doomed to relegation, their chances of survival damaged by Barcelona snatching away their top scorer Martin Braithwaite as an emergency signing in February. Leganes were not alone in feeling the rule had hurt them disproportionately and their sense of injustice might have been deepened by the fact Braithwaite was left on the bench for the entire 90 minutes. – Wasteful Guerrero – Barcelona controlled possession in the first half but created little and would have been behind early on if Guerrero had been more precise. Read Also: Etebo’s Getafe Champions League charge falters with Espanyol draw Espanyol move to within two points of safety after resuming with a 2-0 victory over Alaves on Saturday. Villarreal stayed in the hunt for the European places by beating Real Mallorca 1-0. Carlos Bacca’s early finish leaves Villarreal seventh, three points from fourth. Mallorca remain 18th. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img First, Javier Eraso sprinted clear and despite taking too long to shoot, the ball spilled out for Guerrero, whose drive hit the foot of Clement Lenglet on the line. Guerrero had another go moments later, this time from an acute angle, but his rasping half-volley flew across the area and shaved the far post. Barca were laboured, even as they dominated the ball, but Leganes might have been tiring by the 42nd minute when Junior Firpo’s bustling run allowed Fati to take an instinctive shot, which he fired through the legs of Rodri Tarin and into the bottom corner. In the 69th minute, Messi gave his team the cushion they wanted, earning a dubious penalty with a storming run. He won the ball on the halfway line, nutmegged one defender and held off two more. After an exchange with Luis Suarez, he was finally knocked over, even if it appeared less of a foul than the previous attempts to stop him. Messi curled into the bottom corner. Suarez had come on for Fati and Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Arthur Melo all departed too as Setien turned his attention to Sevilla. Leganes coach Javier Aguirre was sent off for whistling on the sidelines in injury-time. – Champions League-chasing Getafe slip up – Earlier, Getafe dropped more points in the race for Champions League qualification as they failed to break down Espanyol despite their opponents playing most of the match with 10 men. A goalless draw represents a missed opportunity for Jose Bordalas’ side and they could even have lost to Espanyol, who had Bernardo Espinosa sent off in the 16th minute but are building momentum. Getafe stay fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Real Sociedad, who will play their game in hand at Alaves on Thursday. Getafe could also be overtaken if Atletico Madrid win on Wednesday against Osasuna.last_img read more

Suarez commits future to Reds

first_img Liverpool had to fend off interest from Arsenal in the summer, who had a bid of £40,000,001 rejected, but their determination to keep Suarez has paid off with the Reds now second in the Premier League and the Uruguayan the leading scorer in the top flight with 17 goals, four ahead of his nearest rival Sergio Aguero of Manchester City. The club’s principal owner John W Henry said: “We are committed to working hard to keep our best players and this is an indication that we are moving in the right direction and moving at a pace that impresses one of the best players in world football. “The club has made major strides forward in recent years and we are all committed to delivering the success our supporters want and deserve.” Liverpool chairman Tom Werner added: “This demonstrates our commitment, as an ownership group, to building a team that competes at the highest level both in the Barclays Premier League and in Europe. “Our primary motive is to do what is best for Liverpool Football Club and today’s news is another significant step forward on this journey.” The 26-year-old Uruguayan has signed a deal believed to be worth £200,000 a week and although Liverpool did not specify the length of the contract it is understood it is an extension that will keep him at Anfield until 2018. Suarez has been in stunning form since returning from a lengthy suspension for biting that kept him sidelined until October, since when he has raced away in the Premier League’s scoring charts to become arguably the most in-demand striker in world football. The decision to sign a new deal follows a turbulent summer in which he suggested the club had reneged on an agreement to sell him if they failed to qualify for the Champions League. Suarez told the club’s official website “Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision. I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt. “We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.” Suarez’s spell at Anfield has often been a controversial one after being handed two long-term bans, one for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and last season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, but the club has stood by him through thick and thin. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted Suarez had yet to reach his peak. He added: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters. “Luis is a world-class talent and securing his services is crucial for what we are trying to achieve here. “What’s most important and most exciting is that, at just 26 years old, his best years are still ahead of him and we now know we’ll be seeing him reach that potential in a Liverpool shirt.” Luis Suarez has signalled his commitment to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract to end speculation of a January move to a club involved in the Champions League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tajikistan suspend football season over Coronavirus pandemic

first_imgDushanbe: Tajikistan said it was suspending football matches until May 10 after the government decided to take new precautionary measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“All football competitions in Tajikistan are suspended until May 10,” Tajikistan Football Federation said in a statement on their official website.“The Football Federation of Tajikistan fully supports the decisions of the Republican headquarters for the prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, adopted today on the temporary suspension of public and sports events in order to protect the health and safety of the population,” it added.The country was one of the few nations that had gone ahead with a football season despite the coronavirus pandemic. Tajikistan has reported no COVID-19 cases, although its ex-Soviet neighbours have confirmed hundreds. The suspension will take effect from Monday.“Note that Sunday matches of the fourth round of the championship of Tajikistan among the teams of the major league will be held according to the calendar. Starting from the fifth round, the games of the top division will be temporarily suspended,” the statement further said. IANSAlso Read: More coronaviruses looming large: China’s bat womanAlso Watch: Sellers take advantage of helplessness of panic stricken citizens by overpricing commoditieslast_img read more

Women of Troy split home series

first_imgAfter scoring one goal in USC’s previous games, Johnson led the Women of Troy on a scoring frenzy against Loyola Marymount, netting a hat trick in the first 18 minutes of the game.Stanley ceded only two goals in more than 167 minutes of playing time, keeping USC competitive on Friday, and preventing LMU from gaining any momentum in a blowout.Mills assisted on Johnson’s first and second goals against LMU to give her a team-leading five assists on the season. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan No. 23 USC came home hoping to bounce back from a tough weekend in Minnesota. Their frustrations continued as they suffered a tough 1-0 loss in overtime to Pepperdine on Friday, but the team came back with a vengeance to beat Loyola Marymount 5-1 on Sunday at McAlister Field.Breaking out · Sophomore forward Katie Johnson led a furious scoring onslaught for the Women of Troy against Loyola Maramount, netting the team’s first hat trick in three years in a 5-1 victory at McAlister Field. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (4-2-1) took on Pepperdine (3-2-1) without senior midfielder Jordan Marada and head coach Ali Khosroshahin, who both picked up red cards in last Sunday’s game against LSU.The game featured a lot of scoring chances, with both teams coming close to scoring in the first half. Pepperdine goalkeeper Hannah Seabert and junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley deflected shot after shot, making some great saves to keep the game scoreless.It was a battle to see which offense could break through first. Despite 26 shots in regulation to Pepperdine’s 12, the Women of Troy were unable to score any points, sending the game into overtime.A USC miscue gave the Waves’ Lynn Williams the ball on a fastbreak, leaving only Stanley in her path. Stanley took a risk and tried to rush Williams, but Williams got the ball past her and put it in the net for her sixth goal of the season to give Pepperdine a 1-0 win in the 93rd minute.USC finished the game with 29 shots compared to Pepperdine’s 13 (11 on goal to the Waves’ eight). “It’s early enough in the season where the girls will recover and get after it tomorrow and get ready for Sunday,” assistant coach P.J. Woolridge said after Friday’s match, which he helped coach in lieu of Khosroshahin’s suspension.Eager to get back on the right track, the Women of Troy came out firing against the Lions (3-5-0), looking more like the team that scored 12 goals in their first three games, rather than the one that scored one in their last three.They started the scoring in the 4th minute on a goal from sophomore forward Katie Johnson, ending a streak of 233 consecutive scoreless minutes.Just a few minutes later, senior forward Elizabeth Eddy scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season off a deflection.Johnson then scored in the 10th minute, getting a pass in the box from Mills to give USC a 3-0 lead ten minutes into the game.LMU’s Tawni Martino got the Lions on the scoreboard in the 18th minute, cutting the USC lead to 3-1 and accounting for the first goal allowed in the first half by the Women of Troy all season.But Johnson came back seconds later, heading the ball into the net for a hat trick just 18 minutes into the contest. It was USC’s first hat trick since Eddy earned one in 2010 against California.Marada put up USC’s 5th goal off the hands of LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger, giving them a season-high in goals scored.“I think we figured out the movement with our forwards,” Johnson said. “Moving things just a little bit opened up the ball a lot more and our opportunities were a lot easier for us to score.”The Lions were more aggressive on offense and managed to keep USC off the scoreboard in the second half, but were unable to generate any goals thanks to some strong goalie play from Stanley and some excellent slide tackles from senior defender Autumn Altamirano.“When we watched the [Pepperdine] game on Saturday, they were able to see some of the choices they made against a team they sat back,” Khosroshahin said. “Today they made some good choices with possession in the final third that was able to get some good looks at goals.”Three Stars of the Weekend3rd star: Kayla Mills (2 assists, 8 shots, 4 shots on goal)2nd star: Caroline Stanley                  (12 saves, .857 save percentage)1st star: Katie Johnson (3 goals,      8 shots, 4 shots on goal)last_img read more

Tipp and Cork renew rivalries in Under 21 football final

first_imgManagment has confirmed to Tipp FM that he is among the replacements. Cork Manager Seán Hayes says Tipp’s physicality and size will be tough to break down and his side must rise to the challenge against a team who eased past Clare in the semi-finals.Throw-in this evening is at 7.30pm and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Martin O’Dwyer Family Butchers, Cashel. Tipp’s Under 21 footballers are vying for silverware this evening as they take on Cork in the Munster final.The Premier County will battle it out with the Rebels in their third successive Under 21 Munster Football Championship Final tonight in Semple Stadium.Tipp captain Colin O’Riordan isn’t named in the starting 15 for the clash following the concussion injury picked up playing for the seniors in their League outing against Sligo.last_img read more

There’s no US law for separating children from their parents

first_imgIn recent days there are sad images of people seeking refuge in the US of children of varying ages detained in wire cages like animals. These are children, including crying infants who have been ripped from their parent’s arms and taken away without explanation. The parents of these children have been detained elsewhere because they were attempting to cross the border into the US from countries in Central America, and have been arrested under what the Trump administration call a ‘Zero Tolerant; immigration policy. The Trump administration that this deplorable act of separating children rom their parents is based on laws enacted by earlier administrations.Simple, and emphatically, there’s NO such law Many people are now asking if there is really a law that requires the government to take children away from their parents? The answer is simple, and emphatically NO!, There is no law which requires the government to separate families at the border – that is a false claim, no matter how many times the current administration in Washington DC  repeats it. Largely avoided by previous administrations The current practice of separating children from their parents is a crisis created entirely by Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy, in taking a law and perverting it to fit his anti-immigrant agenda. U.S. law does make entering the U.S. illegally a crime, but prior administrations have largely avoided prosecuting illegal entrants, particularly mothers who cross the border with their children.  Instead, they allowed these seeking entry into the US to post “bond” and be given a court date to appear in the future. This is commonly called the “Catch and Release” program. Family separations under the previous Bush and Obama administrations were unheard-of, viewed as cruel and inhumane.Flores settlement used as justificationTo deflect criticism from its new draconian policy, Trump officials often point to the “Flores settlement” as justification for their immoral actions. This is only meant to confuse the issue, since “Flores” is largely only applied in the case of “unaccompanied children” who are apprehended at the border alone, without a parent. In such cases, the existing law requires the government to release children into the care of a relative, guardian, or the “least restrictive” setting, rather than holding a child in detention. However, under no circumstances does the law require the government to separate families who arrive together. This is instead a barbaric policy decision made and carried out entirely by the Trump administration. In April 2018, the US Department of Justice *DOJ) announced that it would criminally prosecute any migrant who entered the U.S. illegally, including migrants with children. As a result, parents apprehended by border patrol are detained for criminal prosecution and sent to jail, while their children are sent to separate facilities, with their whereabouts not disclosed even to their own parents.   This policy is said to be used to “deter” migrants in generally from illegally entering the U.S. From April to May 31, DHS officials reported that some 1,995 children have been taken from their parents, and thousands more children will continue to be separated from their parents in the coming months unless the policy is ended! What is the legal solution?What is the solution to this human tragedy? What is the legal solution to stop this despicable practice of separating families who attempt to enter the US illegally. The only solution to this artificially created crisis against children is for the president to pick up the phone and just say “stop” this cruel policy. Within moments, the nightmare would end, detained parents could be reunited with children and great lessons would have been learned from imprudent decisions based upon retribution rather than righteousness. What’s to be done next, legally, to stem the tide of illegal migrants? That is a tough question and one that needs to be studied in depth with the diligence and courage befitting a great nation like America, one with the moral leadership and dignity to set an example for the rest of the world. We are only as good as our worst acts and as the saying goes, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.In the meantime, there is absolutely no existing law for the government to be separating children from their parents at the US border. There is no existing law to keep these children detained in detention centers if they tried to cross the border with their parents.last_img read more

Conquerors blow Hurricanes away in Rugby Championship final

first_imgThe newly formed but unbeaten club in the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC), Conquerors SC, has emerged winners of the just ended 2015/16 rugby season after beating Dansoman Hurricanes RFC in the finals on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.Conquerors conquered  Hurricanes by 28 – 3 in a match that saw the finalists exhibit some of the sumptuous Rugby performances much to the admiration of the supporters.But in the end it was Conquerors who etched their name in the Rugby book of records with an unbeaten run to win the leagueAccording to Mr. Simba Mangena, coach of Conquerors SC, club rugby is the grooming grounds for international superstars and was therefore pleased with the improvement in performance by each club this season.“I extend my gratitude to the players for putting up an outstanding performance on the day and I’m happy every player of my team came out to do his job to make the day successful. I always say that club rugby is the building grounds for international superstars and it is good to see our clubs in Ghana developing”, said Simba.The defending champions, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, came third after defeating Idas Sports RFC by 48-3 in the 3rd place match played earlier in the day. Speaking to the press, Mr. Steve Noi, Tournament Commissioner, disclosed that the technical team is putting up a squad from which a team will be formed to represent Ghana in May at the Seven’s Africa North tournament in Togo.Mr. Noi also mentioned that the next season of the GRCC will commence in October but there will be a seven’s tournament to prepare clubs before the league.“Right now we are getting a squad together and from that squad we shall get a team to Lome in Togo to play the Seven’s Africa West tournament which will be taking place on 28th of May. I think the season normally starts in October so between this time and October we will be having the seven’s tournament in a few weeks’ time to prepare players for the next season”, he uttered.The event was graced by the president of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Mr. Frederick Otu Lartey, who presented the trophies and medals to the winning teams. Other dignitaries included Mr. Joshua Mensah, Deputy Director General: Technical of the National Sports Authority and Mr. and Mrs. Kwesi, special guests of the President.Winners of the championship, Conquerors, received gold medals, a trophy and a cash prize of GHc 4,000. Dansoman Hurricanes, who placed second,  received silver medals, a trophy and a cash prize of GHc 3,000. The third positioned team, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, was also presented with bronze medals, a trophy and a cash prize of GHc 2,000.Accra Brewery Limited and Voltic Ghana contributed to the event with the provision of beer, water and beverages that helped to make the day a festive and enjoyable occasion.Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union inspected and met the two finals teams before kick-off and also presented the winners with their Certificates of Achievement, medals, trophies and cash prizes at the awards ceremony. He remarked  that he was satisfied with the outcome of the day’s events.“There have been noticeable improvements in both the on and off the field aspects of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship and we can only hope that this trend will continue for the 2016/17 Championship,” Mr. Mensah said.Mr. Mensah continued to say that it is essential that the Regional Associations take total charge, including the funding, of the 2016/17 GRCC so that he and his administration can focus on issues of national interest such as youth development under the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” banner, the development of Women’s Rugby, the strengthening of technical capabilities through training programmes and the development of regional West Africa Rugby tournaments. Scorecards3rd Place Playoff – Cosmos Buffaloes RFC 48 – 18 Idas Sports RFCCosmos BuffaloesTries: Swabir Salim-Amuzuloh (2) Gideon Kwobla-Klugey (2) David Nartey (2) Coffie Benjamin (1) Solomon Baba-Akumba (1) Conversions: Francis Lawson (2) Kofi Dieudonne-Mancho (2)Idas Sports Tries: Yusif Jalilu (2) Conversions: Henry Archer (1) Penalties: Henry Archer (2)Final – Conquerors SC 28 – 3 Dansoman Hurricanes RFCConquerors Tries:  Francis Donkor (2) Michael Acquaye (1) Conversions: Mohammed Hamza Suleiman (2) Penalties: Mohammed Hamza Suleiman (3)Dansoman Hurricanes Tries: (0) Conversions: (0) Penalties: Kelvin Amankwah (1)  Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, with the winning captain of Conquerors SC, Abdul Rahman Salisu, and the GRFU Secretary General, Mr. Abdul-Aziz Issah, at the awards ceremony after Conquerors beat Dansoman Hurricanes by 28 to 3 in the final of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016. The festivities was further enhanced with the provision of beer, water and beverages by Accra Brewery and Voltic.    Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, meet the teams before the final of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016. Here he is with the losing team, Dansoman Hurricanes RFC. The teams who battled for top honours in the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016, Conquerors SC (Yellow) and Dansoman Hurricanes RFC, line up for the Ghana National Anthem. The winners of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016, Conquerors SC, before the final that saw them beat Dansoman Hurricanes 28 to 3. The winner of the third place playoffs of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC with coach Amuzuloh Salim, before the playoffs that saw them beat Idas Sports RFC 48 to 18. The match officials for the final of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016. From left to right: Mr. Frederick Roux (Assistant Referee), Mr. Ishmael Adahma (Match Referee) and Mr. Benson Botchwey (Assistant Referee). The winners of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship final at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016, Conquerors SC, wins the ball in a lineout against Dansoman Hurricanes RFC. The winners of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship final at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016, Conquerors SC, wins the ball in a ruck against Dansoman Hurricanes RFC. The losers of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship third place playoff against Cosmos Buffaloes RFC at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016, Idas Sports RFC, wins the ball in broken play. The winners of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship third place playoff against Idas Sports RFC at the Accra Sports Stadium on 20 February 2016, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, wins the ball in broken play.last_img read more