Mass exodus

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first_img News coming from the MVP camp is scanty, and not unsurprisingly, non-committal. All that was revealed equalled “I’ll tell you at month end – October”. Over at Racers, sources, who asked to remain anonymous, say that the problem is efforts to upgrade their female portfolio were falling short. The all-encompassing picture first is that national champion and World Champs 400m fourth-place finisher Christine Day and Beijing 100m finalist Natasha Morrison, both with gold medals in the mile and sprint relays, respectively, have headed out the MVP exit door. Of lesser quality and impact, back-to-back 200m silver medallist at the World Juniors (2002/2004) Anneisha McLaughlin, later Whilby, has also waved her hand in retreat from her MVP teammates. Almost simultaneously coming to this columnist, Beijing 2008 Olympics joint 100m silver medallist Kerron Stewart has also packed her bags and said goodbye to Racers. Accompanying her on the move were the too-long-promising duo of sprinter Schillonie Calvert and 400m hurdler Ristananna Tracey. The grapevine, and understandably so, reveals that the club’s bosses were spared the trauma of letters of dismissal – their threatening reaction to below-par performances. There is no difficulty in saying to the Dr Glen Mills-conditioned trio “that is the end of that” and “wish you well elsewhere”. Stewart, it must be concluded, has had her time, her most productive days seemingly behind her, although thoughts of that pair of silver medals, being at the time transformed to gold, must be a bothersome factor. Calvert, despite global sprint relay gold medals in 2013 (Moscow, WC) and 2015 (Nassau, World Relays Championships), has not realised early promise shown at the individual level. And Tracey, who it is claimed has taken on major distractions, qualifies for what the horsemen call “in and out running”. They seem all to have been in the Racers departure lounge. The University of Technology-based athletes, if they considered their less than impressive high school past, should have been happy, even under the coaching whip of an uncompromising, no-nonsense Stephen Francis. Day’s WC personal best of 50.14 and Morrison’s similarly described 10.96 in her semi-final show remarkable improvement from the ranks of ‘Miss Nobodys’. Whispers are that their enthusiasm and willingness to compete in Beijing took a nosedive when they resumed the circuit several thousand dollars richer. Given safe landing and embraces in another camp, they could soar to even greater heights. Foster’s Fairplay is reluctant to take an unnecessary swipe at athletes who brought satisfaction from Beijing. However, the label attendant to the charge of post-World Champ attitude suggests ingratitude for the goodwill extended to escort them there. Be careful now! This exit has revealed a few things previously kept ‘beneath the sheets’. So the heat can ‘tun up’ anytime. News scanty Foster’s Fairplay is still basking in the afterglow of the XV IAAF Beijing World Championships. Starting with the new paradigm that branded the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jamaica’s lovers of sports were spellbound by the superlative performances in five world-standard showcases of track and field up to and including the Moscow World Championships two years ago. At every call, the supporters swelled to proportions that were once again to lose valuable sleep, and possibly jobs, as the viewing vigil at times meant early to mid-morning shifts. Many of the thrilling moments of the second stint in the Chinese city were predictable – the Usain Bolt recurring phenomenon; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s now-cemented upper hand on the world’s best female sprinters; and Elaine Thompson’s emergence, with thoughts of a ‘three the tough way’ clash in Rio – and brought added moisture to the palate. What did not appear in the crystal ball was what coach Lennox Graham would pull from his magician’s bag in Danielle Williams. Having warmed to all those thrills, now safely tucked away, the cooling-down opportunity was to be embraced just to reflect. As mentioned last week, putting the 2016 Olympics in proper perspective and willing our amazing athletes to greater effort and glory would be the sole focus. Perish that thought at the womb stage! Here comes a mass exodus from the two top clubs whose athletes had sweetened the pot a mere few weeks ago in Beijing.last_img read more

Defense Minister Wants Non-Lethal Support for Security Sector

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first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr, has called on the European Union (EU) for non-lethal support to the security sector as UNMIL drawdown plan takes effect on June 2016.Minister Samukai made the appeal when the European Union (EU) Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Her Excellency Tiina Intelmann, paid a courtesy visit on Wednesday, April 22, to the Barclay Training Center, on UN Drive in Monrovia.Minister Samukai said it is indispensible for the EU to lend logistical support as Liberia’s security sector trains to play its constitutional role in defending the strategic depth of the country.According to Minister Samukai, outstanding interactions among Defense Ministers of the Mano River Basin, coupled with the democratic space, including freedom of speech, political tolerance among others, being provided by the current Liberian government serve as an incentive for the Liberian military to engage in community road rehabilitation rather than focusing on internal security matters which are in the purview of other law enforcement agencies.Minister Samukai said “Given the quality of work being done in various communities by the Armed Forces of Liberia Engineering Company in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works, particularly concerning road rehabilitation, all that is needed is capability enhancement and the AFL engineers will do more.”He told the EU Ambassador that there is a broad framework being crafted by the security sector aimed at beefing up the numerical strength of various security agencies between now and 2016 as UNMIL draws down.For her part, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann lauded Minister Samukai and the defense family for the level of work being done and assured the minister that EU remains supportive of the Defense Ministry’s role in the infrastructural development of Liberia.Ambassador Intelmann through Minister Samukai, congratulated the people of Rivercess County for what she described as the “peaceful and orderly manner” in which the by-election was conducted in District #2.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 Court Clerks Arrested for ‘Falsifying Divorce’ Documents

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first_imgThe premises at the Temple of Justice was a scene of disbelief on Monday when the Monrovia City Court  sent two senior judicial employees believed to be the longest serving staffs to the Monrovia Central Prison having been charged for allegedly falsifying a court’s divorce document.Francis Morlu and Sampson Karmo clerk of Civil Law Court ‘B’ and clerk typist at the Criminal Court ‘D’ were said to have forged the document and placed a seal of the Civil Law Court with the intention to deceive Janice Bondo Saylay Twun that there was a divorce case filed against her.It was so strange at the Court to see that a lawyer could not offer themselves to file a bond for Morlu and Karmo to prevent the pair from going to jail, because the crime forgery for which they were charged is a bailable offenseNot having the opportunity to secure their bond, the defendants were not also allowed to provide their respective defenses when they were shortly arraigned before the court to answer to the charge of forgery the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) filed against them.The MoJ claimed that in June this year, Morlu and Karmo while serving in their respective positions purposely and intentionally connived and criminally falsified court’s document of divorce.“The defendants purposely connived and criminally forged and falsified court’s document of divorce purporting to dissolve the marital bond that existed between a married couple using the seal of the court with the intent to deceive Janice Bondo Saylay Twun,” the ministry claimed.It was not also clear whether members of the defendants’ family would have hired a lawyer to secure a bond to release them from further detention as they await trial, because there was no effort by any of their family members to hire a lawyer to secure their bond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CANU unearths cocaine in package shipped to Guyana

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first_imgTwo persons are currently in custody following a drug bust at a local shipping company’s bond in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, the Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Michael Atherly said.Atherly in an interview with Guyana Times said the drugs were unearthed about a week ago at the terminal and a male and female were arrested. The two were hauled in for questioning after a package, which contained about 136 grams of cocaine, was unearthed.“It came in in a parcel addressed to someone, a box,” the head of CANU said, while opting not to disclose whether the package arrived in the duo’s names, or if it they were the ones sending the package.He would only say that no one had been charged yet as the investigation into the seizure continues. Atherly explained that this seizure was not the first for the year as there has been one for at least the past three weeks by the department.In addition to this, he said the Police have also seized some illegal drugs.A total of 121,305.8 pounds of narcotics was seized in the year 2017, according to the National Anti-Narcotics Agency. Statistics for last year’s drug seizures are yet to be released to the public.This was revealed in September last year when the Agency launched its annual report on the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN), which seeks to provide comprehensive data on drug supply-and-demand interventions for evidence-based policy and programme development.Law enforcement agencies have seized a total of 55,139 kg of narcotics, which include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy; and have even managed to eradicate over 117,000 kg of marijuana plants.The drugs were said to be valued in excess of $20 billion, and were snatched from the streets, while more than 300 persons have also been convicted for various drug crimes.last_img read more

CSUN to Peek this season

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first_imgHome runs: 13 Slugging percentage: .831 Jaw hasn’t dropped yet? How about the 19-game hitting streak she went on from April 2 through May 12 last season? Or her 13 multiple-hit games? Or when she hit home runs in four straight games from April 12-15? Suffice it to say, Peek is expected to lead the Matadors’ offense this season. She insists that she’s not feeling any pressure. “I really don’t think about having to back up what I did last year,” Peek said. “I just go out, work hard and have a good time. “We have a really strong team this year. Our offense and defense are really good and I think we can go far.” All in all, that analysis is spot on. The Matadors scored 14 runs in their first five games this season, which should be plenty for any college softball team. But questions remain in the circle because last year’s ace, former San Fernando High standout Selena Salazar, is redshirting the season because of personal reasons. Fortunately, former Royal of Simi Valley High standout Mercedes Lovato transferred to the program over the summer. Lovato has the skills to become the staff ace – she was 17-11 as a freshman at Illinois-Chicago in 2005 – but the rest of the staff is unproven. Junior Samantha Schroeder was 9-9 last year, but had a 4.83 earned run average. Freshman Amanda Pitzenberger has shown promise, but struggled with her control in three appearances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., over the weekend. Selden back for Bruins: UCLA has no such concerns in the circle with All-American Anjelica Selden back for her senior season. The 5-foot-9 right-hander was 35-7 with a 1.06 ERA as a junior last season. In her career at UCLA, Selden has always carried most of the pitching load. This year should be no different. But junior Lisa Dodd and freshmen Megan Langenfeld and Whitney Baker are also expected to see time. This year, Selden will be throwing to someone other than catcher Emily Zaplatosch, who graduated in June, but she has a good relationship with senior catcher Jaisa Creps (Valencia High), so the transition should be smooth. Freshman Kaila Shull should also see time behind the plate. Creps is regarded as the superior defensive catcher, but Shull is regarded as stronger offensively, so look for her to get into the lineup in other spots when Creps is catching. The biggest hole UCLA needs to fill is at third base following the graduation of Andrea Duran, last season’s Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year. Former Valencia High standout Ashley Herrera earned the nod at third to open the season, but suffered a serious knee injury in the first game and could miss significant time. Freshman Julie Burney is next in line. Senior Jodie Legaspi, a four-year starter at shortstop, will anchor the infield. Legaspi hit .349 with 15 home runs as a junior. ramona.shelburne @dailynews.com (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College recruiters weren’t exactly lining up to sign Amanda Peek out of Crescenta Valley High in 2004, but plenty probably wish they could take a mulligan on that now. Some would say Peek “made an impact” in her freshman year for the Cal State Northridge softball team. That doesn’t quite do her justice, though. Frankly, she was more like an earthquake. center_img Name an offensive category and Peek was at the top of it. Batting: .408 last_img read more

West Ham will make a decision on Morrison’s future in December

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first_imgSam Allardyce has admitted West Ham will have to make a decision on Ravel Morrison’s Upton Park future by Christmas.The 21-year-old midfielder, who has recently joined Cardiff City on a three-month loan deal, is out of contract with the Hammers at the end of the season.Allardyce believes Morrison will benefit from first-team football at the Championship side.He said: “It’s first-team football for Rav, and, like last year, when he’s not involved and playing in the first team, that’s what he wants to be doing.“He can go and play some football and see if he can get a regular game and we can keep him an eye on him. And then in and around Christmas time we have to make a decision regarding Rav because he’s coming into the last year of his contract now.” 1 Ravel Morrison last_img read more

Champions League ‘massive’ to Spurs new home – Pochettino

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first_imgVictory also moved Pochettino’s men above Liverpool into third, and he believes their success this season is even more laudable having played the whole campaign at a temporary home in Wembley.“For the club (it) is a massive thing to move to the new stadium and play Champions League,” said Pochettino.“It will be another massive challenge because it will be the same as playing in Wembley. It will be a fantastic stadium, but you need to make the stadium your home.”Despite undoubted progress in Pochettino’s four years in charge, Spurs have still yet to win a trophy under the Argentine.And he accepted that silverware is the next challenge having established Tottenham as a regular in the top four.“The first step is to be competitive, to reduce the gap with the top four, and that was the challenge four years ago. Now it is the first time in 23 years in the Premier League Tottenham is above (all) the (other) London clubs.“Next is the trophy, but you need to build. We are not in a club that won a lot in the past years.”Spurs had won just one of their previous five games as a late season slump threatened to cost them Champions League football.And in their penultimate match at their temporary home, the hosts were grateful to some good fortune and wayward Newcastle finishing to seal their return to Europe’s premier club competition next season.Jonjo Shelvey smashed a free-kick from the edge of the box off the post before Hugo Lloris produced a fine flying save to his right to parry a powerful header from Jamaal Lascelles.Dwight Gayle headed over a decent opportunity with a free header from close range and then saw a tame effort comfortably handled by Lloris once more.With tension among the home support rising, Spurs fans could barely believe their eyes when Kane completely failed to make contact as the ball fell invitingly for him with just Dubravka to beat just before the break.Kane hasn’t been at his best since returning from ankle ligament damage last month that kept him sidelined for three weeks.However, England’s talisman still can’t be offered too many clear-cut chances, and he made amends to settle Spurs’ nerves five minutes into the second-half.Son Heung-min’s low cross teed up Kane to open his body and curl home his 39th goal of the season into the top corner.There were still a few scares to survive for Spurs as Ayoze Perez fluffed his lines with a great chance to equalise and substitute Jacob Murphy then had the visitors’ best chance of the night, but blasted high and wide to a palpable sense of relief.The Spurs fans rose to their feet to greet Toby Alderweireld’s return as a substitute. The Belgian has been sidelined by Pochettino in recent months reportedly due to his refusal to sign a new contract with the club.And seconds later there were more celebrations as news of the full-time score filtered through from Stamford Bridge that Chelsea’s Champions League chase had faltered0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kane on target: Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane vies with Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino described a return to Champions League football at the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium next season as “massively important” after securing a top four finish on Wednesday.Spurs qualified for the Champions League for a third consecutive season thanks to Harry Kane’s winner in a nervy 1-0 win over Newcastle allied to Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield.last_img read more

Madoya adds taste to Tusker in friendly win

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first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC forward Mike Madoya vies for the ball against Silver Bullets midfielder Mike Mtonyo during a friendly match at the Ruaraka Complex on November 23, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – New signing Mike Madoya stepped off the bench to score a goal in either half as Kenyan Premier League side Tusker FC beat Malawi’s Silver Strikers 2-0 in a friendly match played on Friday afternoon at the Ruaraka Grounds.Madoya, signed just over a month ago from Zoo Kericho scored his first after 35 minutes, barely two minutes after coming on for another new signing Amini Muzerwa. He added his second two minutes after the restart. Tusker boss Robert Matano bwas impressed with the performance of his team, especially the new signings, but admitted there’s still work to do.“We are just coming up and I can say the players played well. As we continue, with two weeks to go before the season begins, we will do more and improve more than this. They (new players) are gelling well because looking at the way they played and they are new to the team, it is impressive. In a few months we will have a good team,” the tactician stated.The Malawian side was using the match to prepare for their CAF Confederations Cup tie away to Gabonese side Cercle Mberi Sportif next Tuesday and their head coach Lovemore Fazili says Tusker gave them a good exercise.“They are a good team with very fast players and I think the decision to come here and play them was very well informed. They have helped us improve a lot,” the tactician said after the game.Tusker FC midfielder Hashim Ssempala in action during a friendly match against Malawi’s Silver Bullets at the Ruaraka Complex on November 23, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWith a bumpy Ruaraka pitch, there was not much of action in the opening exchanges of the game save for a Bill Oporia shot from distance that sailed wide of goal.The tricky nature of the pitch played part in Tusker’s opening goal, as the Silver Strikers keeper misjudged the bounce of the ball from Clyde Senajji’s cross and Madoya was well placed at the far post to tap into an empty net.The pint-sized forward doubled the tally two minutes into the second half when his shot from the edge of the box sailed to the bottom left corner after Timothy Otieno floated in the ball from the right when his shot was blocked by the keeper.Strikers showed some good composure despite going down and they came close two minutes on the turn when Mark Fooya’s freekick from the edge of the area went just inches wide with new keeper Emery Mvuyekure well beaten.Tusker should have been up by three after 62 minutes when substitute Amos Asembeka was sent through on goal, but his shot with only the keeper to beat went wide.Matano used all his new signings in the tie with keeper Mvuyekure, expected to slot into the gloves left by Patrick Matasi, playing the entire 90.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool target insists his future at Serie A side is uncertain

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first_img1 Liverpool target Samir Handanovic insists he is still uncertain over his future at Inter Milan and is no closer to signing a new deal with the Italian giants.Handanovic has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield as Brendan Rodgers looks to add more competition for Simon Mignolet.The Slovenia international will become a free agent when his contract expires during the summer and has yet to agree terms on a new deal at the San Siro.Reports in Italy had suggested that Handanovic could yet pledge his long-term future to the Italian giants, but after helping his side beat Verona 3-0 on Sunday night, the 30-year-old says he is still unsure where he will he be playing his football next season.Handanovic, speaking on Sky Sport Italia, said: “I still don’t know what the club wants to do. So far there have been no steps forward.”Handanovic has been one of the best keepers in Serie A and showed his quality once again when he saved his sixth penalty in a row to deny Luca Toni. Samir Handanovic in action for Inter Milan last_img read more

DONEGAL CRAFT BREWERY SET TO SHOW OFF BEERS AT FESTIVAL

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first_imgWE all know how good Kinnegar Craft Beers are – now the rest of the country can try a tipple at the Irish Craft Beer Festival in Dublin today.The festival at the RDS is in its fifth year – and runs until Saturday.And Rathmullan-based Kinnegar is among the 50 beer-makers invited to show off. The craft beer and cider industry in Ireland has witnessed explosive growth over the past 12 months – reflecting this aptly, this festival has witnessed 400% growth in both brewers and attendees since its conception in 2011.Having attracted over 12,000 visitors last year, the organisers are once again predicting a record turn-out of punters to reflect the record number of breweries and cider makers signed up to date.This year’s line-up consists of over 50 breweries and cider makers – totalling an astounding number of over 200 Irish produced beverages on offer to attendees.In comparison to last year’s 40 producers, this year has seen an increase of over 25% in the number of breweries attending, a reflection of the massive growth of this local Irish market sector. Also launching at the festival will be the Irish Craft Beer Economic Impact Report by leading Economist Bernard Feeney.This year’s festival promises to bring visitors an experience that is unrivalled throughout the country.It is the pinnacle of the year within the Irish craft beer and cider industries.For three days, each supplier sets up its own space within the venue and chats with consumers, enjoying discussions about the intricacies of each unique combination of flavours making every individual product stand out from the next.DONEGAL CRAFT BREWERY SET TO SHOW OFF BEERS AT FESTIVAL was last modified: August 27th, 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:beerbreweryfestivalKinnegarRDSlast_img read more