Dixon sets sights on another double

first_imgVere Technical High’s middle-distance star, Britnie Dixon, will be hoping to add another double to an outstanding Champs career when she competes at next week’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.After winning the 800-1500 metres double a year ago in Class Two, Dixon will be competing for the first time in Class One when competition gets under way next Tuesday at the National Stadium.Unlike last season, however, Dixon will be hunting a 1500m-3000m double.Over the years, she has had some keen and close battles with Holmwood Technical’s Chrisanni May, who she defeated twice last year. Dixon stated in a recent interview that despite doing well over the 800 metres, she does not like the event.”I do not like the 800 metres as I lack speed and I am better at the longer races,” she said.NOT MUCH TO RIVALRYDixon downplayed the rivalry between herself and May. The two will only compete against each other in the 1500 metres.”My focus is just to go to the championships and be among the medals and get points for my team,” she said.Dixon also competed in the 3000 metres Open last year and lost to Hydel High’s Monifa Green. The two will meet again in the event this year, and Dixon believes that she will again be one of her top rivals.”In the 1500m, I see Ashani Robb and Kara Grant of Edwin Allen as my main rivals, while in the 3000m, it’s Kayon Green of Edwin Allen and Hydel’s Monifa Green, ” she said.Dixon, who won both the Under-20 1500m and 3000m at the recent Carifta Trials, paid tribute to her parents.”My parents are my biggest motivators as I always want to make them feel proud. I also owe a lot to my coaches and teammates,” she added.last_img read more

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Chen, Azan say Oaks now a level playing field

first_imgIT’s not often that trainers at Caymanas Park agree on much. However, injured SHE’S A MANEATER’s absence has had Oaks rivals Dwight Chen and Richard Azan singing the same tune 24 hours ahead of the $3m race for fillies only.”It’s an open race. SHE’S A MANEATER is not in the race, so jockeyship will decide. The three horses are on par,” said Chen, whose MARLENE MY LOVE finished fourth three weeks ago in the 1000 Guineas behind SHE’S A MANEATER, BILINGUAL and Richard Azan’s MONEY MAGNET.”I have no idea what I am doing right now,” Chen said when pressed as to which tactic will be employed by jockey Jevvanne Erwin after Dane Nelson rode contrasting races in the Thornbird Stakes and 1000 Guineas – attempting to make all in the first instance then from off the pace next time out, both resulting in fourth-place finishes.Azan, who will not be at the track to saddle MONEY MAGNET, spoke from Florida but appeared to be sharing a hymnal with Chen.”I think everything will depend on how the jockey rides her. Any good horse running in their age group can get the distance,” Azan said of bred-to-sprint MONEY MAGNET’s chances in the 10-furlong race.”The outcome will depend on how the jockeys ride. For example, I haven’t given Shane (Ellis) any instructions. He will ride the horse the way he believes she should ride her,” Azan added.The third horse in the Oaks picture is Anthony Nunes’ BILINGUAL, who loomed large on SHE’S A MANEATER inside the final furlong of the 1000 Guineas but was left standing when the Wayne DaCosta-trained star changed gears and went on to win by four lengths. Of the star trio left in the race, Nunes’ BILINGUAL appears the best stayer, even though MARLENE MY LOVE is a half-sister to MARK MY WORD, one of the greatest distance horses to have graced Caymanas Park.However, similar to Chen, Azan believes SHE’S A MANEATER’s absence has thrown the race open.”The fillies section always had SHE’S A MANEATER as the superior horse. It was never a level playing field,” Azan said of the super filly’s domination of the Thornbird Stakes and 1000 Guineas.-A.W.last_img read more

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Swiss downhill skier Barandun dies in paragliding accident

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “In this difficult period all of the Swiss ski family is thinking of Gian Luca’s family,” Markus Wolf, the federation’s director general, said Monday in a statement.Barandun started in eight World Cup downhill races. He placed 15th in Switzerland’s signature race, the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen, in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe also had 20th-place finishes in downhills in Val Gardena and Bormio, Italy, last December. His career-best World Cup result was ninth-place finish in an Alpine combined event in Bormio in December. /kga Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyceum ace CJ Perez suspended for Game 1 of NCAA Finals Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Swiss Gian Luca Barandun reacts after competing in the FIS Ski World Cup Alpine Men’s Downhill event on March 10, 2018 in Kvitfjell, Norway. (Photo by Geir OLSEN / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUTBERN, Switzerland — Gian Luca Barandun, a World Cup downhill skier from Switzerland, has died in a paragliding accident. He was 24.The Swiss ski federation said Barandun, one of its best prospects in Alpine speed races, died Sunday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Supreme Court Vindicates Koffa’s Taskforce of Hacked E-mails Claim

first_imgPrior to becoming an elected official, Rep. Fonati Koffa led the task force that prosecuted those indicted by the Global Witness alleged bribery reportFollowing months of serious legal disagreement to substantiate whether the e-mails and spreadsheets were illegally acquired by the Special Presidential Taskforce prosecuting several present and past public officials including Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, based on the Global Witness (GW) alleged US$950,000 bribery report, the Supreme Court has dispelled any suggestions of hacking.The Supreme Court reached that decision on Wednesday, August 22, when they reversed the Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay’s acceptance of the defense team’s argument that the document must be marked temporarily because the email exchanges and spreadsheets between Sherman and Sherman Incorporated and Sable Mining were hacked by the prosecution to create evidence against their clients, which they claimed was illegal.The GW report had alleged that the defendants received over US$950,000 in bribes through Sable’s Liberian lawyer, Cllr. Varney Sherman, to alter the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) law that would have enabled the officials to award Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County to Sable without any competitive bidding process.Besides Sherman, other defendants included former House Speaker Alex Tyler,  a Nigerian national Chris Onanuga, former National Investment Commission boss Richard Tolbert, Sen. Morris Saytumah of Bomi County, Willie Belleh, former PPCC chair and Eugene Shannon, former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) and former LMLE deputy minister, E.C.B. Jones.Reversing Judge Gbeisay’s judgment, the High Court, speaking through Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor, declared that since the defendants alleged the email, the spreadsheets and other documentary evidences objected to were hacked,  they had the burden to prove otherwise. “It was therefore, an error by the trial judge to have required the state to prove that the documents were not hacked.”Korkpor said, the law does not provide what he considered as “temporary making” of the documentary evidences as was done by Judge Gbeisay, stressing: “after the prosecution’s witness testified to the documents and were subsequently marked and confirmed by the Court, same should be submitted to the jury or received by the judge sitting as a bench trial to determine its authenticity and materiality.”Shortly, afterward, Justice Korkpor instructed his Clerk to mandate the judge now presiding over the Criminal Court ‘C’ to resume jurisdiction over the case and placed permanent marks on those documents objected to, “so that their authenticity and materiality will be determined at the appropriate time.”Immediately, when the Supreme Court reversed Gbeisay’s decision Cllr. Fonati Koffa who at the time chaired the taskforce and now serves as Representative of District #2 in Grand Kru County, meanwhile, described the judgment as “vindication”.“We feel vindicated that prosecution was just right. We are relieved because the High Court has spoken and has agreed with us that we were on the right path.”Before that, the Koffa-led taskforce claimed that the emails and spreadsheets were outstanding evidences to prove the guilt of the defendants, stressing, “Any attempt to refuse marking and admission will cause the defendants to go free of their criminal conducts that had undermined the integrity and credibility of Liberia nationally and internationally.”Prosecution also argued that the exclusionary doctrine is only applicable when the evidence had been illegally obtained, specifically, evidence obtained as a result of torture, “but no such evidence was obtained from a person of personal knowledge growing out of privileged conversation and business transaction who voluntarily gave such emails to prosecutors.”“In this case,” the prosecutor said, “we obtained said emails and other business records from a recipient and participant in the email communications who transacted with co-defendant Sherman.”It may be recalled that the confusion erupted when prosecution’s first witness and Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission investigator, Marc N. Kollie, testified that they gathered credible information from emails and spreadsheets obtained from GW’s private investigator Paul Sullivan and Heine Van Niekerk, a senior staff of Sable Mining, the UK mining company, when they met during their investigation in that country.“The email communication was documentary evidence obtained by the investigators as a means of the regular course of business transaction among the defendants,” prosecution’s resistance alleged, adding, “it was Heine Van Niekerk who gave the emails subject to these proceedings to the investigators.”Kollie said Niekerk also gave emails and other documents to private investigator Sullivan, “including business records of Liberia Iron Ore Investment,” a subsidiary of Sable Mining.“Niekerk said he voluntarily turned over those documents to Sullivan to form cogent part of our resistance,” the prosecution said.The documents alleged Sherman exchanged emails with the other co-defendants, including Sable Mining, to change the law and subsequently award the Wologizi Mountain to Sable Mining.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Forestry Training Institute in Ruins

first_imgForestry Training Institute continues to remain in ruins, despite US$300,000 budgetary provision -After 28 years of neglect The buildings are dilapidated. The roofs are rotting and some have caved in, the walls damp and ornamented by algae. This description is that of the Forestry Training Institute (FTI), in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.The school, which once trained Liberians in forestry and surveying, ceased its operations in early 1980.Since then, most current surveyors lacked sufficient exposure to survey methods that are conducted with modern technology.The school’s administration and the World Bank (WB), in December 2018 signed a US$200,000 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of some of its dilapidated structures, according to Executive Director Jeremiah Karmo.However, Karmo said, the money is yet to be given by the World Bank.Karmo made the assertion recently at the launch of the USAID-funded Land Governance Support Authority (LGSA) Geomatics Education Program in Bomi County.The program is a 10-month training that is supported by USAID, which has a partnership with the FTI. It also seeks to train students in geomatics education, with the aim of producing survey technicians that will go on to support the Liberian land sector. Graduates of the program will be awarded technical level certificate.Located about 20 minutes’ drive from Tubmanburg in a community of about 12,000 residents, the school in Bomi County has no fence.Although a large part of the school building is still in a state of dilapidation, the USAID-funded Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) in partnership with the FTI administration managed to construct about 4 of its facilities, which include two dormitories, a computer lab, and  classroom, Karmo disclosed.“But the remaining classrooms and the teachers’ quarters are yet to be constructed, and we are waiting on the World Bank’s funding,” Karmo indicated.One of the dilapidated structures at the Forestry Training Institute campus in Bomi County“LGSA constructed the classrooms and had them furnished. But we do not know what is holding back the other part of the project, like funds from the World Bank,” Karmo noted.In 2019, Karmo said, the government budgeted US$300,000, but it has been very slow in disbursement.“Right now to feed students on campus is very difficult. It’s LGSA that is right now providing fuel for our generators and other facilities,” Karmo said. “And right now we are indebted to our vendors and wondering how to get the money to settle arrears.”He said the government’s approved budget cannot is not enough for the operational expenses of the institute.And despite the budgetary provision from the government, evidence suggests that more needs to be done by donors and development partners, to ensure the implementation of the Land Rights Law and the Liberia Land Authority (LAA) functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Requirements satisfied in issuing petroleum production licence – Govt

first_img…as more legal challenges loomAs there continues to be mounting criticisms of the Guyana Government’s handling of the emerging oil and gas industry, the coalition Administration is now defending itself against new claims that the granting of licences to drill offshore was illegal.An article published on the UK Guardian’s website on March 22, 2018, under the headline ‘Guyanese campaigners mount legal challenge against three oil giants’,Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanoutlines that legal proceedings are to be filed against three top oil giants that have exploration activities offshore Guyana.However, in response to the article, the Natural Resources Ministry on Friday dismissed the newfound claims. The Ministry, which will soon be rid of its responsibility of the oil and gas sector, said “the Government of Guyana wishes to emphatically reaffirm that it zealously guards and defends the right of every citizen to seek recourse in law in pursuit of interests they believe to be worthy. Equally the Government of Guyana is certain, as it is confident, that every action it took with regard to the issuance of the petroleum production licence met all legal requirements.”According to the missive, Government is prepared and willing to present all facts in this regard to any court with jurisdiction.“The Ministry is satisfied that its partners engaged in exploration and preparation for production are taking every precaution in ensuring that there is minimal effect to the environment and that they are diligently putting systems in place to guard against any spills or mishaps,” the statement further detailed.The Natural Resources Ministry went on to assure Guyanese, and the world at large, that it will continue to engage its partners – ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation and CNOOC Nexen – in ensuring that the interest of Guyana’s waters and environment remains top priority as we pursue exploitation of Guyana’s natural resources with a view to fast track Guyana’s social, infrastructural and economic development.According to Thursday’s article on the UK Guardian, the impending legal challenge claims that the Guyana Government illegally granted offshore oil licences.“Lawyers acting for the Guyanese campaigners are to lodge the latest challenge in a court in Guyana this week,” the article, written by journalist Sandra Laville, stated.The article featured comments from local attorney, who has extensive experience working with many oil companies, Melinda Janki. She is one of the lawyers representing the Guyanese campaigners and, according to the article, lodged an appeal earlier this month after the first attempt to quash the granting of the licences was rejected by a Judge.“It is very simple. If you want to extract oil in Guyana you need an environmental permit in order to get a petroleum production licence…Only one of the three companies involved has an environmental permit. We are seeking an order to quash the decision by the Minister to issue the licence because, we are saying, he acted illegally,” Janki was quoted by the UK Guardian as saying.last_img read more

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Mourinho: My Rashford critics are a bit confused

first_imgRashford was tipped to have a bright future at Old Trafford after finishing the season with eight goals in 18 appearances across all competitions.But the 20-year-old striker has often found himself shifted out to the flanks since Mourinho took charge at United, with Alan Shearer and Jamie Carragher suggesting this week that he may need to leave the club for fulfil his ambitions as a top goalscorer.The Portuguese coach came in for more criticism after Rashford started for England against Spain and Switzerland during the international break and found the back of the net in both games.However, Mourinho was quick to put his detractors in their place on Friday during his pre-match press conference for Saturday’s clash with high-flying Watford.“In the season 2016/17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches including the final, 53 appearances,” he said.“If you want to take the minutes of play, he played 3,068 minutes. If you want to divide that by 90 minutes of the matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes.“In the 2017/18 season, he played 35 Premier League matches, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup including the final, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.“He played a total of 52 matches with 2, 676 minutes. If you divide that by 90 it gives 29.7 matches.“So with me in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5, 744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes including five finals so the people that are speaking about his minutes I think they are a bit confused.”Mourinho added: “The kid is a good kid. The kid is a good player. The kid knows what Manchester United did for him, starting in the academy, then Mr Van Gaal’s support, then my support and the club’s support and the new contract and the new shirt and being selected for every single match since I am here.“Marcus Rashford was selected for every single match. He was never one day out of selection because of my decision. He knows and that is the most important thing.“But again, media is very important and I think it is very important that Manchester United supporters know the truth. That is why I am going so specific about these numbers.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Portuguese coach came in for more criticism after Rashford started for England against Spain and Switzerland during the international break and found the back of the net in both games. Photo/TEAM TALKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has responded to claims about Marcus Rashford’s perceived lack of development, insisting the supporters know the truth of the matter.The Red Devils youth product burst onto the scene in the second half of the 2015/16 campaign, scoring on his Europa League and Premier League debuts under Louis van Gaal.last_img read more

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Zidane quits as Real Madrid manager

first_img0Shares0000Zidane has enjoyed a remarkable success as a coach on the European stageNAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane dropped a bombshell Thursday, quitting the Spanish giants just days after winning the Champions League for a record third year in a row.The 45-year-old former international decided to quit at the top saying that it was time for a change for himself and the club and admitting he was unsure of his ability to maintain his winning record at Real. But he said that no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team coaching job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time.“I have taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach,” the Frenchman told a hastily convened press conference.“This club deserves to continue to win and needs a change” he said, adding that he believed the “moment has come.”“After three years the club needs another discourse, another method of working,” he addedZidane said he was unsure of his ability to inspire the team to more victories.“I don’t see myself continuing to win this year and I am a winner, I don’t like to lose,” added Zidane, who was under contract with Real until 2020.“I have thought a lot about this decision and I can’t go back on it.”Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in Kiev on Saturday, making Zidane the first coach in history to win three successive Champions League titles.Zidane has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.He was flanked at the press conference by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez who said Zidane’s announcement was “totally unexpected”.When Benitez was sacked in January 2016, Barcelona daily Mundo Deportivo dismissed Zidane as merely a “sticking plaster”, who would be replaced quickly by a permanent coach.But Zidane won the confidence of players and the rest is history.“This is a sad day,” Perez said.“This house will be his family forever, he triumphed and won everything, as you know. I thank him for his commitment, his passion. I have no doubt that he will return.”– Stunning blow –Zidane said his decision had nothing to do with Real icon Cristiano Ronaldo hinting that he will also leave the club following the Champions League triumph on Saturday.It had perhaps more to do with the side’s mixed performance in La Liga, where they finished a disappointing third, and were left for dead by champions and bitter rivals Barcelona.“We say it, it was complicated this year in the league, these are moments that I don’t forget,” he said.The bombshell decision came 12 years after another stunning blow from Zidane brought a controversial close to the midfielder’s international career.He earned a red card in the 2006 World Cup final, probably costing France the title, for his full-blooded headbutt against Italian Marco Materazzi.The next step for the former Real Madrid star player is unclear but he has time on his side.Guy Lacombe, Zidane’s first coach when he joined AS Cannes, his first professional club, in 1988, said that there was little left to challenge the coach who had already won virtually everything.“But there is one thing…,” Lacombe told AFP. “He would like one day to coach the French national team. He has made no secret of that ambition.“It will happen at the right time. In the right conditions. There is no rush.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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MAN HELD IN LETTERKENNY DRUGS SWOOP

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: ONE man has been arrested and a quantity of drugs seized in a planned Garda operation in Letterkenny today.Officers raided a flat in the Burnside apartments as part of an ongoing crackdown on a suspected drugs gang in the town.The suspect has been taken to Letterkenny Garda Station for questioning. Today’s search followed the granting of a warrant at Letterkenny court this morning. MAN HELD IN LETTERKENNY DRUGS SWOOP was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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FALCARRAGH LADS ON THEIR BIKES FOR MOVEMBER

first_imgThe lads get ready for the charity cycle – complete with Movember moustaches!This year fifteen lads from the Falcarragh area are doing a charity cycle from the mountain top in Letterkenny to Falcarragh in fancy dress in aid of Movember Prostate Cancer Awareness on the 30th of November at 12.30pm.The lads in conjunction with Movember are growing their 70’s and 80’s style moustaches for men’s prostate cancer.The boys have been giving thier sweat and tears this last while to be in shape and some would doubt it! But they are giving it a go! Some of the lads have been affected by prostate cancer and that’s why this cycle is happening.So if you see a load of hairy men on Saturday the 30th of November cycling in fancy dress then blow the horn and get them to move along. It’s all in aid of a good cause too.Anyone wanting to sponsor these lads may do so by going online to ie.movember.com and searching for the team called ‘The Tom Selleck’s’ Also that night they have Dj Wild playing in Flynn’s bar from 9pm till close so anyone in the area come down to support the lads in both of these events.FALCARRAGH LADS ON THEIR BIKES FOR MOVEMBER was last modified: November 20th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:FalcarraghMovemberlast_img read more

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