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first_imgFOURTEEN finals, eight on the track and six in the field, will be contested on today’s opening day of the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships scheduled for the National Stadium at 1 p.m on both days. The women’s triple jump and the men’s javelin throw will open the meet. G.C. Foster College are the defending men’s and women’s champions, but they can expect strong competition from University of Technology, the University of West Indies and Mico University College. There will be added motivation to perform well over the next two days as the top male and female athletes will walk away with a cash prize of $100,000 each. A year ago, Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson dazzled at the meet with record-breaking performances in the 100 metres, and in the past, stars such as Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Hansle Parchment, Rasheed Dwyer and Asafa Powell have competed at the meet. New stars are emerging and waiting to perform on the big stage. The outstanding athletes at this year’s meet could be rewarded with trips to the 29th World University Games in Taipei City, Taiwan. One name that comes to mind is G.C. Foster College’s Sashalee Forbes, who ran in the preliminary round for Jamaica in the women’s 4×100 metres relay in Rio de Janeiro last year. The team won a silver in the final. Today’s opening day on the track will see the finals of the women’s and men’s 400 metres hurdles, men’s and women’s 100m, men’s and women’s 800m, and men’s and women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase. One event which is expected to garner a lot of interest is the women’s 400m, which has its preliminary round at 2:05 p.m. This final could see at least eight athletes going under 53.5 seconds. The field is expected to include Mico’s Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James, the 2016 IAAF World Under-20 champion, UTech’s Junelle Bromfield and Jodyann Williams. The men event should be just as exciting, with G.C. Foster’s Demish Gaye and Olympian Javere Bell of Mico, the leading contenders. The championships will also feature a cheerleading contest, which will be held tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,I noted in an article a few days ago, concerning the value of the refurbished convention centre to the tourism sector. In the same publication I also observed that visitors’ arrivals this year was almost 285,000. Coincidentally, an acquaintance of mine and many persons verily accuse President Jagdeo of not doing anything for Guyana. Today’s tourism’s performance is all due to the vision of, and the foundation laid by, President Jagdeo.The market segments identified for tourists were – visiting family and friends, nature, sport, conferences, heritage and yachtingAt the time of building the convention centre, 85 per cent of the market for conference tourism was for conferences of 500 delegates or less. The (Caribbean Community) Caricom Secretariat’s location in Guyana was another factor. Another consideration was accommodation.When I was given the tourism portfolio in June 2001, President Jagdeo tasked that a sector-leading hotel brand be delivered to the tourism sector. With only the Le Meridien (Pegasus), there was need for additional accommodation of international standards. That was the genesis of the Marriott. The Marriott Hotel was never built to shut down anybody, but to complement the existing stock of rooms. The first visit by the Marriott team was in May 1-4, 2006. Exactly three years later, Pegasus was sold to the current owners. Buddy’s coincidentally, started for World Cup 2007. Today, two internationally recognised brands (Marriott and Ramada) are here. The fruits of vision and action two decades earlier.The improvements at the Convention Centre are upgrades which, yes, will make us access the conference market better and is complemented with sufficient rooms.Back to the issue of reaping the fruits today after sowing seeds yesterday. The Guyana National Stadium has added immensely to the sport tourism, with Guyana so far being a host of three cricket world cups and constant inclusion in the CPL games. Vision and action laying that solid foundation.Recognising that modern infrastructure is also a necessity, the Jagdeo Administration embarked on the biggest local Public Private Partnership by making the Ogle Airport available to local operators and facilitating some CAPEX funding. Complimenting is the Timehri Airport expansion project. This, along with the marketing programmes of Government and the tourism stakeholders were recognised by the World Travel and Tourism which assessed Guyana most favourably on its tourism development indices.The foundation was strong, the journey is long, and credit must be given to the vision and action of the Jagdeo AdministrationYours Sincerely,Manzoor Nadirlast_img read more

first_imgMr. Miamen: “Gov’t should also arrest and prosecute all those the report linked to the US$25 million reported misapplied.”-Releases Corruption Perception Index ReportThe Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) says it is deeply worried over Liberia’s continuous under-performance, especially its position among the worst decliners worldwide of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI).CENTAL’s executive director Anderson Miamen made the disclosure on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at a news conference in Monrovia, when he released the 2018 Corruption Perception Index report, with Liberia being 32nd among the worst performers countries, including Guinea, 28, and Sierra Leone, 30.Mr. Miamen said that the situation speaks to government’s inability to address an entrenched culture of impunity and enforce existing anti-corruption laws and policies.He added, “Limited or no effort to comprehensively audit the past administration and prosecute alleged corrupt officials; violation of the National Code of Conduct for public officials; and limited moral and financial support to public integrity institutions are counterproductive to the fight against corruption.Miamen said in order to reverse the trend and improve the country’s standing in the region and globally, officials of the three branches of government (Executive, Judiciary and Legislature) must declare their assets, incomes and liabilities in full compliance with the National Code of Conduct.“As recently reported by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), the current limited compliance by officials, especially among those in the Executive and Legislature, is worrisome and needs urgent attention. Declarations, including officials from the previous government, must be verified, findings published and recommendations fully implemented,” Mr. Miamen said.He said that there is a need for a comprehensive audit of the past administration to be commissioned, to ensure that those who embezzled public resources are identified and prosecuted in accordance with the law.“Ensure the independence and vibrancy of anti-corruption institutions by giving them full moral, financial and logistical support to effectively operate. Government needs to ensure a safe and secure environment for the media, civil society and other advocates to thrive,” Mr. Miamen said.He said Sub-Saharan Africa remains a region of stark political and socioeconomic contrasts and many longstanding challenges.“While a large number of countries have adopted democratic principles of governance,” According to Mr. Miamen, “several are still governed by authoritarian and semi-authoritarian leaders.”“Autocratic regimes, civil strife, weak institutions and unresponsive political systems continue to undermine anti-corruption efforts. Countries like Seychelles and Botswana, which score higher on the CPI than other countries in the region, have a few attributes in common. Both have relatively well-functioning democratic and governance systems, which help contribute to their scores,” he said.The Corruption Perception Index was established in 1995 and is used to measure perceptions of corruption in the public sector in different countries and territories around the world.It scores and ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sectors are perceived, drawing on 13 surveys of experts and business people.The score ranges from 0 to 100, where 0 equals the highest level of perceived corruption, while 100 equals lowest level of perceived corruption.This year, 180 countries were targeted, just as in 2017. The results paint a sadly familiar picture: more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, while the average score is just 43.Perhaps most disturbing is that the vast majority of countries assessed have made little to no progress, including Liberia which has been among the worst declining countries since 2012—from a CPI score of 41, which showed appreciable progress then; we have since dropped by 9 points to 32.Meanwhile, the worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa, with an average score of 32 since 2017, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with an average score of 35. Although no country is free of corruption, the countries at the top share characteristics of open corruption and a crisis of democracy in AfricaShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has issued a wanted bulletin for 31-year-old Damian Bissoon for questioning in relation to the murder of Taj Andrew Jarvis, who was stabbed to death on March 30, 2018 at Barr and Alexander Streets, Kitty, Georgetown.Bissoon’s last address was given as Lot 34 Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown.Jarvis, 27, of Dowding Street, Kitty, was stabbed to death during a robbery. Based on reports received, the now dead man and a friend were walking along AWanted: Damian Bissoonlexander Street about 20:00h when the knife-wielding suspect confronted them, demandingmoney.An argument reportedly ensued among the men and it was at this time that the suspect dealt the deceased stabs to the left side of his chest and chin.As a result of the injuries Jarvis sustained, he reportedly collapsed, but the suspect further dealt him several kicks about his body before fleeing the scene. The friend who was with the now dead man at the time was unharmed.The friend contacted the Police and an ambulance arrived at the scene. Jarvis wasMurdered: Taj Andrew Jarvisrushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect who is said to be a 30-year-old resident of Shell Road, Kitty.Meanwhile, anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Bissoon is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 226-2870, 229-2655, 911 or at the nearest police station.last_img read more

first_imgOn Iranian television and radio, on Web sites and blogs, at coffee shops and around dinner tables, Iranian-Americans are debating the escalating tensions between the land of their birth and their adopted home. And while Los Angeles’ Iranian-American community of 600,000 is united in concern over the safety of family and friends back home, opinions diverge over Iran’s role in the Iraq war and whether the U.S. should take action and try to create a democracy. “Like any other community, we’re not solidly behind any political argument. We even have the section that’s eagerly awaiting to bomb Iran,” said Pedram Moallemian, editor of Amrikaee Magazine. “For the large part, the community as a whole is far from there. We in no way are in support of (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad or anyone else in charge.” But Iranian-American leaders concede they would find themselves in a quandary should the U.S. take military action against Iran. And they expect Iranian President Ahmadinejad and his supporters would take advantage of divided loyalties by playing to a sense of nationalism. “It will help the Iranian government by making it a national issue, and people who are indifferent or against the government, will now have a foreign enemy,” said Sassan Kamali, who hosts a news show on Tapesh TV, an Iranian satellite TV station that is based in Calabasas and has an international audience. Benjamin Kahlil, 61, of Los Angeles, said he’d support any action taken by the Bush administration against a regime he despises. “It feels bad because I’m Iranian, but I have no choice. I feel bad for the people there, but I just don’t like this regime,” he said. “They feel no responsibility for human life, they’ll kill anybody for any reason and they support terrorists.” Iranian-Americans generally believe Ahmadinejad is trying to provoke a reaction by his stubborn resistance to ending his country’s budding nuclear program and his challenge to U.S. claims that he is arming Shiite militants in the Iraq War. They are watching anxiously as debate rages in this country. “For so many years Iranians here and even in Iran were screaming, `Why doesn’t the U.S. do something about Iran and a regime change?’ And now they’re confused if the U.S. will actually do something,” said Kamali, who lives in West Hills. In the meantime, Iran’s citizens are seeking information from friends and relatives in the United States, seeking to confirm whether the news they’re hearing is in fact true or nationalist propaganda. “They ask, `Is it true, or is the government feeding us this?’ And when they hear it’s true, their sentiments are no different from mine – leave us alone,” said Moallemian, the Amrikaee Magazine editor. “Every time you’ve interfered, you’ve made it worse. That’s the message coming from Iran.” Iranian-Americans also have been forced to deal with stereotypes that have re-emerged with Iran taking a prominent role in the news. Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani said when he asks audience members the first word that comes to mind when they hear Iran, the answers are hostages, oil and terrorism. It is that perception that conflicts with the reality of Jobrani’s life, where the Iranians he knows are good people, successful in American society with jobs not much more mysterious than doctors, lawyers and accountants. He hopes to shatter stereotypes through his act and a comedy special that will be shown on Comedy Central in March called the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.” “I think it’s an opportunity for me to put a positive face on Middle Easterners. I try to drive that point home on stage, that we are not what you think we are,” said Jobrani, part of the ensemble cast of NBC’s “Knights of Prosperity.” “When you do stand-up and they laugh with you, you can interject a couple of serious points and it’s a great way to educate people about who we are and what we are.” Moallemian is a board member of the Levantine Cultural Center (www.levantinecenter.org) who put recently sponsored Middle East Comic Relief at the University of Southern California. The goal of their program was to promote dialogue among various Middle East cultures through laughter and the arts. They also wanted to make clear that just because they’re Iranian, it doesn’t mean the government in the country of their birth represents them. “I don’t think Americans would be happy hearing that (Karl) Rove represents the conscience of a country. I don’t think Americans want to be bombed because (Dick) Cheney is extreme in his views,” Moallemian said. Jobrani likens each country’s moves to a heated talk outside a bar between guys who want to start a fight, but sadly everyone will lose if they don’t use diplomacy, he said. “They’re creating a zero-sum game.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgJuventus had signed Cristiano Ronaldo last summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros as they pushed for a treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia crowns.But the dream evaporated as the Portuguese star played a peripheral role in Bergamo, dumping his team out of the competition they had won the previous four years.“It’s not an evening to forget, but one to remember, often, to prevent it from happening again,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri of his side’s first defeat in 23 domestic games this season.Unbeaten in the league, Juventus are comfortably cruising 11 points clear of second-placed Napoli in Serie A after 21 games.Allegri urged the team to react accordingly ahead of their Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Atletico Madrid on February 20.“If you react in the right way, these nights can do you good and help you to raise your level of focus,” said Allegri.“Obviously, that needs to start on Saturday with a win over Parma.”The defeat was damaging in every way.Skipper Giorgio Chiellini limped off with a calf problem to join fellow defender Leonardo Bonnucci and centre-back Andrea Brazagli on the injury table.German midfielder Emre Can — who conceded an own-goal in Juventus’s come-from-behind win against Lazio last weekend — remains in doubt with a gastrointestinal bug.But veteran Uruguay defender Martin Caceres could get his first start after arriving from Lazio on loan, in Juve’s only signing of the January transfer window.– Quagliarella record bid –Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli host Sampdoria in need of a win after their league hopes were dented by a goalless draw against AC Milan last weekend.But motivation will be high in Sampdoria with forward Fabio Quagliarella targeting a new record for scoring in 12 consecutive Serie A games.Quagliarella’s brace against Udinese last weekend saw the 36-year-old equal Gabriel Batistuta’s record.The Genoa side are also just two points adrift of fourth-placed AC Milan.“I question myself but I won’t quit,” said AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEMeanwhile Roma’s Cup collapse has left coach Eusebio Di Francesco’s hanging by a thread, days after his side threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 against Atalanta.Di Francesco remains defiant, and said he “won’t quit” after the rout in Tuscany.“I question myself and I struggle to come up with clear answers,” said Di Francesco, whose side had come back strong after a slump with three consecutive league wins before last weekend’s stalemate.Di Francesco will also have an eye towards their Champions League clash against Porto on February 12.AC Milan, meanwhile, spent big this January bringing in Polish ace Krzysztof Piatek and Brazilian Lucas Paqueta, both on 35-million-euro deals.Piatek proved his worth by sealing Milan’s passage to the Cup semi-finals with a brace on his first start.AC Milan are one point ahead of Roma in the table, with Gennaro Gattuso’s side occupying the final Champions League berth.Atalanta, in sixth behind Roma and buoyant after their heroics against Juventus, will bid to pull closer to the Champions League when they travel to Cagliari on Monday.Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is also under pressure as his third-placed side prepare to host struggling Bologna.Inter lost in Torino last week and were dumped out of the Coppa Italia by Lazio on penalties after extra time in the San Siro on Thursday.There are reports former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is being lined up as his successor.FixturesSaturdayEmpoli v Chievo (5pm), Napoli v Sampdoria (8pm), Juventus v Parma (10:30pm)SundaySPAL v Torino (2:30pm), Genoa v Sassuolo, Udinese v Fiorentina (both 5pm), Inter Milan v Bologna (8pm), AS Roma v AC Milan (10:30pm)MondayFrosinone v Lazio (9pm), Cagliari v Atalanta (11pm).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus suffered their first domestic defeat in Italy this season in the Coppa Italia. © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Feb 1 – Italian champions Juventus turn their focus back to their quest for an eighth consecutive Serie A title on Saturday against Parma just days after the holders’ bruising Coppa Italia exit.The big guns all suffered upsets with Juventus crashing 3-0 to Atalanta, Napoli falling 2-0 to AC Milan and Roma suffering a 7-1 humiliation at Fiorentina.last_img read more

first_img“I received a letter from Sports Kenya yesterday (Thursday) saying that we cannot have the facility because of the expo. It beats logic because as far as we know, the core business should be sports. How can an expo be put ahead of us?,” Gor Mahia’s Deputy Secretary general Ronald Ngala told Capital Sport.Effort to get official communication from Sports Kenya were futile as calls went unanswered, but a source intimated that indeed the expo will go on as planned.-Advance booking“Gor did not make advance booking of the venue and when an opportunity came, we had to hire out. At the end of the day, we also need to collect revenue,” the source stated.The same sentiments are shared by Football Kenya Federation Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi who said the failure to land Kasarani was down to a booking issue.“We have already contacted Sports Kenya and they say that KAM has already booked and paid for the venue. What happened is that Gor have been booking per match whereby I think they should have booked in block with anticipation of all their matches,” Muthomi said.He added; “We will have to look at Machakos because it has hosted some matches before for both the national team and Gor and so this is the option we have. It is approved by CAF,” Muthomi said.-PriorityBut, Ngala believes regardless, any sporting event should be given preference at the stadium.“We wrote a letter to them immediately after the draw and the dates were confirmed that we will be using the stadium. For Sports Kenya, I think always, the first client should be the sportsman,” further stated Ngala.Already, Gor will be without four key players and their coach for the tie and the news that they will not be able to play at the pristine, well manicured lawns at Kasarani and move to the Kenyatta Stadium will further dampen their spirits.Gor are unbeaten at Kasarani in the Confederations Cup winning against Zamalek (4-2), NA Hussein Dey (2-0) and Petro Atletico (1-0) despite playing with nine men.Kenyans took to social media on Friday afternoon to vent their frustration at the latest development, coming just a day after it was revealed the wait to have Nyayo National Stadium ready will have to drag on for two more months.The country is hugely depleted in terms of sporting facilities with very few available for use despite a hearty promise six years ago that the government would build five new stadia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players pose for a line up before their Kenyan Premier League match against Posta Rangers at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – Gor Mahia might be forced to settle for the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos to host Morocco’s RS Berkane in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup quarter final on April 7 after failure to secure the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.The international sporting facility has apparently been booked – and paid for – by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) for a shopping expo from April 3-7 and thus will be unavailable for Gor, despite the facilities’ core business being sports.last_img read more

first_img1 You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.Villarreal warmed up for their Europa League clash against Liverpool by strugglling to a draw with Real Sociedad at home.The fourth placed team were hoping to tighten their grasp on Champions League qualification, but they failed to break down a strong La Real defence.Midfielder Bruno hit the woodwork for the hosts, while Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli more than matched up to any chances he faced.Aritz Elustondo and David Zurutuza both had good chances for La Real, but neither side truly deserved to break the deadlock. Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli put in an impressive display last_img read more

first_imgFree Beer or Not Free Beer…read the small printIT’S one of Donegal’s finest pubs.And it’s usually packed to the rafters, especially at this time of the year.So have they all gone mad at McGrory’s of Culdaff by offering free beer? Well not quite.You have to read the small print.Note the word WiFi written just below the word ‘FREE’.As for the small print below ‘BEER’ it simply reads ‘On Tap’. So free WiFi and beer on tap All Day, Every Day….just like every other pub.DONEGAL PUB’S ‘FREE BEER’ SIGN GOES VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA was last modified: August 14th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:culdaffdonegaldonegal pubsfree beerMcGroryslast_img read more

first_img diamond geezer Good times Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Predicted teamsBrazil: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro, Paulinho; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus.Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Miguel Layun, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Jonathan Dos Santos, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano. 3 Mexico star Hector Herrera in action against Germany. 3 Brazil star Marcelo will start on the bench but is fit enough to play. Brazil face Mexico in Monday’s first World Cup 2018 last 16 match and both sides will be gunning for glory in Samara.The five-time world champions are favourites against a north American nation who have lost six consecutive round of 16 games at the tournament. Fallon d’Floor Brazil superstar Neymar in action against Serbia. LU BEAUTY Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football NO JOY Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches center_img This, though, has been the World Cup of shocks with Mexico already defeating Germany in the group stages.So, Brazil beware. You can listen to the match live on talkSPORT from 3pm.What the players are saying:Thiago Silva (Brazil): “I think our evolution was impressive since the first match where many people said that we didn’t play well.“I personally don’t agree. It was a very balanced team, we knew what we wanted from each situation but it wasn’t possible.“We have to face this match with a lot of focus and determination. The coach has given us a lot of tools, the coach has given us plan A and plan B. The first focus is to play well.” Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup SUPERSTITION ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch 3 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Hector Herrera (Mexico): “Brazil are an outstanding team, the players play at the world’s best clubs. But we know our potential. I believe in myself and my team. I’ll say it again, tomorrow we hope to play well and continue dreaming about winning the World Cup.”How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT from 3pm.What is the team news?Felipe Luis is set to start for Brazil following Marcelo’s back spasms and while Danilo has returned to fitness it is likely Fagner will retain his spot at right-back.Mexico, meanwhile, are with Hector Moreno through suspension meaning Hugo Ayala will start for the first time since the win over Germany. You’re the one Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Latest World Cup 2018 news Shy guy misery Pure class Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more