LONDON (CMC):English County club Derbyshire have abruptly ended their pursuit of West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels ahead of the upcoming season.In a statement, the East Midlands outfit said that their decision had been reached “in view of recent events”. The club did not elaborate further.”Derbyshire can confirm it has been in contact with West Indies international Marlon Samuels and his agent regarding opportunities at the club,” the statement said.”The club remains committed to exploring all options to strengthen the side ahead of the 2017 season.”However, we have a number of routes available and, in view of recent events, the club is no longer pursuing Marlon Samuels.”The 36-year-old Samuels revealed earlier this week that he was pondering a three-year deal offered him by Derbyshire, worth up to £135,000 per year.He said, at the time, that he was undecided as it meant that he would have to sign a Kolpak deal – an arrangement in which he would be considered a non-overseas player and give up playing for West Indies.Samuels’s international career is now in doubt after he was ruled ineligible for selection for the three-match one-day series against England in the Caribbean next month.
The management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) over the weekend made three separate donations to various institutions in their fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) across the country.Institutions that benefited from the LPRC’s gestures were office of Montserrado County Electoral District #13, Nimba County Ebola Taskforce, and the Administration of the James N. Davis Memorial Hospital in Monrovia respectively,LPRC said it continued to buttress the efforts of individuals and organizations in the fight against the EVD, “because the fight was not yet won by the government.”Items the company donated last Friday, were several pieces of diesel fuel coupons and testing thermometers.Specifically, the LPRC through its Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams, II, presented 250 gallons of diesel fuel to Rep. Saah Joseph for use of his two ambulances that have continued to transport those afflicted by various diseases to and from health centers in Monrovia.Mr. Williams, who made the donation at the offices of the LPRC on Bushrod Island, applauded Representative Saah Joseph, and his team for the “excellent work” being done in catering to people afflicted by the EVD as the ambulances take them to various health facilities.“We are following what you are doing with the ambulances, and the help you are also providing as it relates to food at the Redemption Hospital. God will repay you because we know that you have not benefited from any government given funds, but your own funds”, Mr. Williams indicated.He then presented the 250 gallons of diesel fuel to Rep. Joseph and noted that the LPRC is ready to respond to any call from the Montserrado Lawmaker, who continues to serve humanity.Rep. Joseph, upon receiving the LPRC gesture, expressed gratitude to the management for the gift and also for the level of work done in mobilizing people in the communities relative to the awareness on Ebola.“Your donation is a door opening and we will continue to do our best to help people get to hospitals”, Rep. Joseph assured the LPRC management.He also expressed appreciation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Ebola Taskforce for the continuous sacrifices they were making to contain the EVD.The LPRC also made a donation of nine pieces of testing equipment to the people of Nimba County, mainly for each of the nine Electoral Districts in the county.In a related development, LPRC Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Jackson F. Doe, Jr. who made similar donation, said Nimba being one of the infected counties from the Ebola outbreak, the LPRC management decided to give the devices to the people of the county as a help in the fight against Ebola.He earlier presented the devices to the Nimba University students at the Cuttington University (CU) for onward presentation to the people of the county.The president of the Nimba University students at the CU, Charles Wonkeryor, thanked the LPRC family for their timely intervention in coming to the aid of the Nimba people. He and promised that the items would be used for their intended purposes.At the same time also, the LPRC management, through it public relations manager, William Morris, on behalf of the management, presented 500 gallons of diesel coupons to the James N. Davis Memorial Hospital. While presenting the coupons, Mr. Morris, said the management appreciated the sacrifices staff members of the hospital were making in the fight against the EVD.“We are presenting those 500 coupons to you based on the instruction from the President through which the company was pleased to present the 500 gallons of coupons,” Mr. Morris noted.Upon receiving the coupons, James Kaikai, general administrator of the hospital, said his staff was grateful to President Sirleaf and the LPRC for the gesture. He then promised to continue carrying on their respective tasks by helping to save lives.Among those who attended the presentation ceremonies was another Montserrado County District #7 Lawmaker, Representative Thomas Fallah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)