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Diamond Debate: It’s Bolt or bust!

first_imgUsain Bolt is back on track, but is he really? We will get a good idea when he lines up in the men’s 100m at the London Diamond League. André: What time are our boys expecting him to run today and can anyone upset the ‘Big man’? KC: First off the bat, I don’t think anyone in this 100m field can beat Bolt. André: Well there are some decent athletes here, so don’t be so dismissive. Jimmy Vicaut has gone 9.86, and Mike Rodgers posted a 9.88 recently as well, plus we know Ryan Bailey not only talks a lot, but he can also provide a decent test on his day. KC: Listen, despite only running one 100m race so far, and in a slow 10.12 at that – well by his standards – none of these athletes will stop Bolt. His presence alone will intimidate them. André: Some like Rodgers, who has been talking up his chances here to his friends according to what I am hearing, will probably be motivated. But to be clear, I am not suggesting he or anyone else here will stop Bolt today. I’m just saying you can show the field a little more respect. Bolt has been a monster in training, I understand, and even though it’s just training and the conditions are expected to be wet and windy, he may make a strong statement here today. KC: The last time he competed in New York I heard the same story about him looking great in training, so I am not putting my hopes up for a fast time. André: New York was certainly a disappointment but we should not ignore that he had a pelvic issue that has since been corrected. My only concern is the weather forecast. KC: I understand what you are saying, but not competing at a high level often enough this season will have a negative effect, and I think Bolt is a bit rusty and needs more races before he really goes fast. It doesn’t matter who you are. It’s not good to not be competing at a high level regularly. André: I would have preferred to see him with at least a couple more races in his legs at this stage, but I won’t ignore the improvements that have been made in training. Some of the times he’s said to be clocking are staggering. It’s good also that he has two races today … . I say Bolt wins in 9.89, and though off the 9.74 world lead, in the expected conditions, it will tell us all we need to know about his shape. KC: I see Bolt winning in around 9.98 seconds. If he does not improve on his start he could be shocked by that same Mike Rodgers, who has been racing a lot and is in good form.last_img read more

Jialing kicks off early Christmas promotion

first_imgAutomobile Power Products (Jialing) on Monday ushered in an early Christmas season with its Let’s Celebrate Christmas Promotion.Prizes to be won in the Jialing “Let’s Celebrate Christmas”The promotion started on Monday and would run until December 17, 2016, when the last coupon has been filled. As a standard to give back to its customers, Jialing will be giving away a JL110-3 Trip motorcycle, a Honda brush cutter and one year’s worth of free motorcycle gas, along with a food hamper.Marketing Manager Romel Richmond stated that once their customers spend more than $5000, they would be eligible to enter the promotion. He stated that the grand drawing for the prizes will take place on December 19, 2016 at the Jialing building at Oronoque and Charlotte Streets.However, customers will be able to benefit from in-store bargains and discounts on selected models. “We like to give back to our customers and so we are starting it early,” he said.last_img read more

Fahnbulleh: ‘The Job Is Big for George Werner’

first_imgGeorge Werner, the controversial Minister of Education, has come under sharp criticism from Montserrado County District # 4 Representative Henry B. Fahnbulleh.Rep. Fahnbulleh, former National Secretary General of the ruling Unity Party (UP), has branded Minister Werner as inept, “because the job is (too) big for him.”The statement came in the wake of several complaints questioning the ‘know-how’ of Minister Werner to implement education policies, as well as his unpopularity with the Legislature.The lawmaker made the assertion in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday after the Plenary of the House of Representatives rescheduled Werner’s appearance owing to technical reasons.Rep. Fahnbulleh, who professes to be a development specialist, said since his appointment, Mr. Werner has brought only “chaos in the education sector and has never scored any achievement.”“Mr. Werner is a man of empty talk who can only identify the problem but is unable to crack it,” said the Montserrado County lawmaker who is a member of the House Good Government and Governance Committee.Werner’s actions, ranging from altering the school calendar and presently his readiness to outsource education reform to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) as well as his utterances, prove the Education Minister not only to be incompetent, but also “a man of chaos,” Fahnbulleh said.Rep. Fahnbulleh warned that it is very risky to leave the education sector in the hands of Mr. Werner, who has no idea of implementing policies, but only capable of fancy speeches. “Mr. Werner lacks the qualifications and skills required of an education minister,” Rep. Fahnbulleh insisted.“How can he equate our high school graduates with fourth grade students in the US and be afraid to align himself to what he said?” he asked.Rep. Fahnbulleh was quick to point out that an effective education minister “identifies the problem and solves it.” He should be a political technocrat with a fairly lengthy professional experience, he added.Meanwhile, according to the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildred Clerk, the letter rescheduling Minister Werner’s appearance before Plenary will be released today.It may be recalled that the House of Representatives summoned Minister Werner to appear before Plenary on Tuesday, April 19, in their Chambers, but postponed the Minister’s appearance owing to technical reasons.Minister Werner is expected to explain to the lawmakers issues surrounding students awarded Italian Government Scholarships, provide information on the new educational reform known as Public Private Partnership, and explain why he has been ‘disrespectful’ to the House Education Committee.According to the resolution of the Italian Scholarship Beneficiaries Parents Association (ISBPA), a copy of which is in possession of the Daily Observer, the parents said the Liberian government in collaboration with the government of Italy, announced through the Ministry of Education the availability of scholarships for students in grades 8 and 9 and ranging from 14 to 18 years of age.The parents of the students said out of the 64 students who sat for the test, 27 passed in 2014. The then Minister of Education, Etmonia David Tarpeh, in the same year wrote the then Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan to request for a Note Verbale, which he immediately provided to the Italian Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire.“Upon this communication to the Italian Embassy, the children were taken to Cote d’Ivoire for the requested visa issuance on February 26, 2015 and subsequently returned to Monrovia on March 6, 2015 after the completion of the visa process.“The parents were cited to the MOE Conference Hall and informed that their children would have left Liberia for Italy by March 14, 2015, especially after they had been presented to the President of Liberia, who initiated the scholarships. It is interesting to note that, as of the said timing and now, nothing has been revealed as to what has happened to the entire process,” stated a resolution by the parents expressing their frustration.“The MOE should immediately reverse his decision and allow these children to travel to further their studies in Italy. The MOE should begin the arrangement for the children to leave Liberia for Italy no later than May 2016,” the resolution concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No bids submitted to rehabilitate Georgetown zoo

first_imgThe long-awaited and much-anticipated rehabilitation of the Zoological Park may take longer than expected as no contractors expressed interest in the project when it came up on Tuesday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). This was confirmed to Guyana Times on Wednesday by an official from NPTAB. The specifics of the project entail “execution of the rehabilitation of enclosures and exhibits for birds” within the park.Several notices were published in the newspapers but there was no interest from contractors. Nevertheless, this would mean that the sections of the zoo, which are long overdue for a facelift, would have to wait longer if the National Parks Commission, under the Department of Environment, Ministry of the Presidency, decides to retender for the works to be conducted.The zoo has been in quite a state for some time now. Many were excited by the news of the rehabilitation, which would have hopefully helped to restore it to its former glory.Former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who had the responsibility for Guyana’s tourism, had announced plans to construct a safari-type facility for the remaining animals back in March of this year.According to him, the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC) was considering this type of structure for the animals.Contractors at riskMeanwhile, only recently the Private Sector Commission (PSC) said that the uncertain footing of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government has put private sector contracts with the State at risk.The PSC had slammed the behaviour of President David Granger and his Government, who despite being toppled by a No-Confidence Motion, have been criticised for seeming reluctant to go to the polls and comply with the Constitution and Court rulings.“It is the private sector’s view that the President, by his behaviour, has put at risk all private sector entities and other organisations made subject to contracts and any other action authorised by the Cabinet, by presuming them to be legal. The Private Sector Commission has, therefore, advised its members to seek legal advice in this regard,” the Commission stated.According to the PSC, the President announcing that Cabinet shall continue to function is “totally unacceptable”, noting that this means that the President is refusing to honour the Constitution of Guyana.last_img read more

FA Cup third round results in full

first_img2 Nottingham Forest 1-0 QPRJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s search for a first win as QPR manager goes on as his side were beaten 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. The hosts took the lead after 24 minutes when Jamie Ward opened his account for Forest, scoring his first goal since joining from local rivals Derby. The 29-year-old forward finished well after good work on the wing by Oliver Burke. QPR upped the ante in the second half, as Gabriele Angella’s header was well saved by Dorus de Vries, but they could not find an equaliser in this all-Championship tie and Dougie Freedman’s men are now unbeaten in their last nine matches.Peterborough 2-0 PrestonA goal in either half gave League One Peterborough a 2-0 victory over Championship side Preston. West Ham loanee Martin Samuelsen was cleared to play shortly after extending his stay at London Road and he opened the scoring after seven minutes with a delightful 25-yard hit. Conor Washington doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half.  Graham Westley’s side more than matched Simon Grayson’s North End, and it could have been more.Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 FulhamSheffield Wednesday got their second win over Fulham in seven days, this time in the FA Cup at Hillsborough. These sides met in a reverse fixture in the league at Craven Cottage last week, with Ross Wallace’s outstanding long-range shot helping Wednesday to victory, in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first match in charge of Fulham. Days after agreeing a new three-and-a-half year deal at Hillsborough, Barry Bannan put the home side ahead with a 25-yard half-volley. Fulham equalised less than one minute later as Moussa Dembele finished well from close range. Atdhe Nuhiu notched the Owls back in front on 73 minutes with another well-taken volley to book Carlos Carvalhal’s side a place in round four.Southampton 1-2 Crystal PalaceSouthampton’s dreadful form continued as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace. Ronald Koeman’s men have won just one of their last ten matches and it did not start well. Former Portsmouth man Joel Ward opened the scoring for Alan Pardew’s men, putting them ahead before the half-hour mark following good work by Jason Puncheon. Former Chelsea man Oriol Romeu put the Saints back on level terms early in the second half as he reacted quickly to fire home a rebound. Wilfried Zaha volleyed home a second for the Eagles as Maarten Stekelenburg failed to clear Puncheon’s dangerous cross. The Saints’ Jose Fonte missed a big chance late on as he headed over the crossbar and Southampton struck the post minutes later following Ward-Prowse’s corner.Watford 1-0 NewcastleTroy Deeney’s seventh goal of the season helped Watford to a 1-0 win over Steve McClaren’s Newcastle. Deeney was set through on goal one minute before half-time and he coolly rounded goalkeeper Rob Elliot before slotting into an open goal. Aleksandar Mitrovic had a good chance to level the Magpies after good work by Moussa Sissoko, but QuiqueSanchez Flores’ side booked their place in the fourth round.West Brom 2-2 Bristol CityChampionship strugglers Bristol City had late heartbreak as West Brom netted a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Hawthorns. It means Steve Cotterill’s side will have a replay match with the Baggies at Ashton Gate after James Morrison’s leveller deep in added time. Wantaway forward Saido Berahino put Albion ahead in the second half before the Robins scored two through Jonathan Kodjia and Kieran Agard and then Morrison prevented a shock win from happening as he popped up with a vital strike in the 95th minute.West Ham 1-0 WolvesAnd finally, Nikica Jelavic scored the only goal of a poor match between West Ham and Wolves. There were few chances or exciting pieces of link-up play to write home about as Kenny Jackett’s Wolves proved to be a tough match for Slaven Bilic’s men at Upton Park. The victory does mean the Hammers kept a clean sheet and made it three wins in a row – to extend their run to eight unbeaten in all competitions. The Croatian forward netted the only goal of the game as Andy Carroll teed him up to fire powerfully past Carl Ikeme with just five minutes left on the clock. At lunchtime, Aston Villa drew with League Two side Wycombe, but would any of the lower league clubs go one step further and knock out a Premier League side?Arsenal 3-1 SunderlandSunderland took the lead through Jeremain Lens, but Joel Campbell hit back before the break when he found himself unmarked inside the 18-yard box. Then Hector Bellerin had a hand in Arsenal’s next two goals, setting up both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud for the second and third.Birmingham 1-2 BournemouthJames Vaughan missed a chance to restore Birmingham’s lead from the penalty spot with the scores at 1-1. Michael Morrison gave the home side the lead, but Lee Tomlin levelled thanks to his penalty and Glenn Murray punished the Blues for their miss with the winner five minutes from time.Brentford 0-1 WalsallSam Mantom aka ‘The Mantom Menace’ fired Walsall into the lead from the edge of the area – third in League One, just two points from second spot and now a fourth round tie to look forward to.Bury 0-0 BradfordBradford took just under 3,500 fans with them to Gigg Lane to watch this goalless draw in front of 6,962 supporters. A replay in front of that loyal support is the reward and the club will have an eye on the fourth round where they knocked out Chelsea last season.Colchester 2-1 CharltonGeorge Moncur and Marvin Sordell heaped more misery on Championship side Charlton, who have now gone nine games without a win in all competitions. Reza Ghoochannejhad scored for the visitors in injury time.Doncaster 1-2 StokeNathan Tyson scored either side of Peter Crouch and Jon Walters as the Potters, FA Cup finalists in 2011, secured a place in the fourth round. Doncaster fans, though, will feel their side deserved a draw.Eastleigh 1-1 BoltonAfter numerous pitch inspections, the match went ahead and the home supporters were on cloud nine when Dorian Dervite scored an own goal. But the only non-league side left in the FA Cup could not hold on and Bolton equalised late in the game to earn the cash strapped Championship club a replay and spare Neil Lennon’s blushes.Everton 2-0 DagenhamArouna Kone’s first half goal was enough for Everton to see off Dagenham and Redbridge. The Toffees were superior and were rewarded for their dominance with a penalty in the last 10 minutes, which was converted by Kevin Mirallas.Hartlepool 1-2 Derby CountyDarren Bent was the hero for the Rams as his strike five minutes from time saw the Championship side qualify for the fourth round. The hosts had taken the lead through Jake Gray before a Jacob Butterfield goal levelled the scores, and Bent buried the winner from Abdoul Camara’s cross.Huddersfield 2-2 ReadingThere will be a replay between the Terriers and the Royals after two late strikes at the Galpharm. Reading thought they had stolen a spot in the fourth round as Hal Robson-Kanu netted with three minutes to go, but Nahki Wells slotted home from 12 yards in added time and the two will now play each other again.Hull 1-0 BrightonSteve Bruce’s Tigers are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup. It took a first half penalty to separate the two teams with Robert Snodgrass slotting home from 12 yards after Harry Maguire was brought down in the box.Ipswich 2-2 PortsmouthPompey were denied a victory over the Tractor Boys as a Ryan Fraser cross-cum-shot found the back of the net for the Championship side two minutes from time. Tommy Oar had given the hosts the lead after 53 minutes but Kyle Bennett and Connor Chaplin swung the game in Portsmouth’s favour until Fraser struck.Leeds United 2-0 RotherhamThe Whites defeated their Yorkshire rivals with a goal at the end of both halves. Mustapha Carayol, signed on loan this week, scored the first, while Souleymane Doukara added the second.Middlesbrough 1-2 BurnleyThe Clarets came from behind at the Riverside as they beat Championship rivals Boro 2-1. Diego Fabbrini had the hosts ahead but Rouwen Hennings and Stephen Ward turned the clash on its headNorthampton 2-2 MK DonsThe Cobblers have earned themselves a replay against the Championship side but will rue their luck after throwing away a 2-1 lead in the second half. The visitors opened the scoring in the first-half through Ryan Cresswell’s own goal, but Ricky Holmes double saw them take charge of the match. Unfortunately, Chris Wilder’s men could not hold on though as Nicky Maynard diverted a Ben Reeves strike into the back of the net with eight minutes to go.Norwich City 0-3 Manchester CityThe Premier League title challengers made light work of the Canaries at Carrow Road. Sergio Aguero scored a superb solo opener before laying on an assist for team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho in the first half. Kevin De Bruyne made sure of the victory late on after coming on as a substitute. Joel Campbell scores against Sunderland 2last_img read more

Transfer report: Liverpool ‘agree terms’ with 22-year-old German goalkeeper

first_imgLiverpool have reportedly agreed personal terms with Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for a new shot-stopper this summer, despite publicly backing current number one Simon Mignolet on numerous occasions this season. According to Kicker, Karius recently expressed an interest in a switch to Liverpool to his agent and the Merseysiders have moved quickly to snap him up, with Klopp known to be a fan of the 22-year-old. Liverpool now just need to meet Karius’ £7.8million release clause and the club will switch their focus on finalising the deal after Wednesday’s Europa League final against Sevilla. Klopp is keen to bring in competition for Mignolet, who has struggled with confidence at times in his Reds career, although the Reds boss could see his compatriot as the long-term No.1 at Anfield. Klopp wants 22-year-old Loris Karius to provide competition to Reds No.1 Simon Mignolet 1last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES UNDER-AGE COUNTY PLAYERS PRESENTATION NIGHT

first_imgDONEGAL U-14 COUNTY SQUADTHEY were all glammed up at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny tonight as the Donegal Ladies Minor Board presentations were made to our county players.Players from the U-14, U-16 and Minor teams were out in force for a fun end-of-season get-together.Casey Harvey: U-14 County Player of the YearNiamh McDaid: U-14 Players Player of the Year  Sinead McGinty: U-14 Most Improved Player of the Year Laya Alvey: U-14 Most Consistent Player of the Year Millie Winfield: Most Improved Player U-14BThe Donegal Ladies U-16 SquadThe Donegal Ladies U-16 Squad U-16 Player of the Year Mairead Coll  U-16 Players’ Player of the Year Marie O’ReillyMost Consistent U-16 Player Rosie Keon U-16 Most Improved Player Eimear McGroary Donegal Ladies Minor Team 2013Minor Joint Player of the Year Rose Boyle Minor Joint Player of the Year Meabh ListonKaren Ward: Joint Minor Most Consistent PlayerBlathnaid McLaughlin: Joint Minor Most Consistent Player Ellen Muldoon: Most Improved Minor of the Year    PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES UNDER-AGE COUNTY PLAYERS PRESENTATION NIGHT was last modified: December 14th, 2013 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:Donegal Ladies Gaelic Footballunderage presentationslast_img read more

Belgium’s Twitter account confuses WWE star with former Man United ace

first_imgtalkSPORT 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. The official Twitter account of the Belgium national football team embarrassed themselves on Sunday afternoon by mistaking a Japanese footballer for a wrestler.Adnan Januzaj, who scored the winning goal as Belgium defeated England earlier this week, was being interviewed with the answers going out live on social media. The Red Devils play Japan in the round-of-16 on Monday evening, which means Januzaj will come up against Shinji Kagawa, the midfielder. The pair played for Manchester United at the same time, and Januzaj said: “Shinji Kagawa is a good guy and a great player. I am looking forward to seeing him.”While a lovely sentiment from the player, the person running Belgium’s Twitter account got a bit confused when trying to tag Kagawa in the post.Rather than typing @S_Kagawa0317, Belgium’s Twitter tagged @ShinsukeN – the official Twitter page of WWE star Shinsuke Nakamura. 4 4 Nakamura responded to the Tweet, saying he couldn’t wait to see Januzaj either.center_img Shinji Kagawa was the unfortunate victim of social media mistake identity Thankfully, the Belgium account quickly responded to their opening post to rectify their error. 4 4last_img read more

Juventus will try and beat Man United to centre-back target

first_img AC Milan star Leonardo Bonucci is set to leave the club after just one season. targets IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The Italian wants to play Champions League football again and Manchester United and PSG have both made offers for him.However, according to Sky Italia, Juventus have also emerged as contenders to sign Bonucci.The Italian champions are said to have made preliminary contact with the centre-back and he is open to returning to Turin.An initial suggestion for a deal is a straight swap that would see Mattia Caldara go the other way.center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Juventus could beat Manchester United to the signing of their former defender Leonardo Bonucci.The 31-year-old left joined AC Milan last summer for £35.1million but is now set to quit the San Siro. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TOP WORK REVEALED targets LIVING THE DREAM Milan are fans of the 24-year-old centre-back, who impressed last season on loan at Atalanta.A straight swap could now occur involving Caldara and Bonucci, however both Juve and Milan believe cash is needed to top up the deal.last_img read more

MAN BEHIND SPATE OF THEFTS FROM CARS IS BANNED FROM DONEGAL

first_imgLydon arriving in courtA MAN behind a spate of thefts from cars has today been banned from County Donegal.Karl Lydon, with an address in Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty at a court today to a  string of theft charges. – overnight from Sligo. The 24-year-old was arrested by Gardai in Ballybofey on Saturday, Letterkenny District Court heard.Judge Paul Kelly heard Lydon plead guilty to breaking into a number of cars in The Beeches, Ballybofey.He stole a Black laptop, a USB dongle a black iPhone 4, two personal diaries and architectural drawings from one vehicle, the items valued at more than €2,400.From three other cars he took social services cards, a driving license, an AIB debit card, holy water, holy relics and prayer books.Judge Kelly agreed to bail conditions which included him being banned from County Donegal except for a future court appearance on March 10.He must also observe a curfew between 9am and 9pm and sign on at Thurles Garda Station three days per week.Garda John O’Sullivan asked for an order releasing the recovered items so that they can be returned to their owners.There was no objection from defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher.Lydon was remanded on bail, subject to his bail conditions, on a surety of €500.He will appear at Letterkenny District Court again in March 10.MAN BEHIND SPATE OF THEFTS FROM CARS IS BANNED FROM DONEGAL was last modified: January 28th, 2014 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:BallybofeydonegalKarl LydonLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more