Injuries hit big before Champs

first_imgA year ago, many-time champion Kingston College (KC) was derailed in their title bid to unseat champions Calabar at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships after key injuries to some of their stars.One year has passed, and with Champs just a few weeks away, the signs are not good once again for the North Street-based team reportedly struggling to get a few of their big names ready.Despite whispers that he is in fact training well, special 400m talent Akeem Bloomfield is yet to compete this season, while there are serious concerns about the condition of Nathaniel Bann, Jhevaughn Matherson and Dontre Williams.KC had already lost their top Class One sprint hurdler Chadwick Brown, who was seriously injured in training a few weeks ago and is out of the Championships.There are also concerns for Jamaica College (JC), who are also expected to push for the title and St Jago High, who are looking to get closer to the top of the pile this season.At a recent development meet, JC’s Orville Haslam, who is expected to dominate the Class 3sprints pulled up with a foot injury.Haslam is undoubtedly the top Class 3 sprinter this season and is favoured to win the 100m and 200m and play an important role on the 4x100m relay for his team.MAJOR SETBACKIf he is not able to face the start at Champs, it will be a big setback for his team as this could be a loss of over 20 points, a heavy loss in what could be a close Championships.St Jago’s Class 1 sprint heavyweight Raheem Chambers has been dominating since Class III and enters his second year in Class I as one element of an eagerly anticipated sprinting showdown with St Elizabeth’s Nigel Ellis and KC’s Matherson.Chambers is, however, yet to compete this season due to injury concerns and could be among those missing from the Championships.The injury concerns are also considerable on the girls’ side as four-time Girls champions St Jago could see their most outstanding athlete, Natalliah Whyte, missing in action.Whyte, the defending double Class 1 sprint champion, was expected to retain her title easily and in the process give her team some quality points.In a radio interview recently, head coach Keilando Goburn confirmed that his prized athlete is nursing a hamstring injury.She has only competed on a few occasions this season and has not been seen at any meet recently.Her absence wold deliver a crippling blow the Monk Street-based team, with the likes of Hydel and a rejuvenated Holmwood Technical showing good form.Today’s Gibson/McCook Relays will revealed the status of several of these athletes who are nursing injuries, and their presence or non-presence will be key indicators.last_img read more

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Nimba Rioters’ Case Goes to Buchanan Court

first_imgSanniquellie Criminal Court has accepted a request by the prosecutors to move the case of 12 persons accused of damaging millions of United States dollars’ worth of properties within ArcelorMittal’s concession area in Nimba County, to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Prosecutors had contended and claimed that the prospective jurors would set the defendants free if the case is tried in Nimba County. Sanniquellie is the capital city of Nimba County. ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, which has most of its Liberia operations in Nimba.Article 21 (H) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution guarantees that a criminal trial “shall be held in the vicinity where the said crimes shall have been committed,” and to assure the right to a trial “by an impartial jury of the vicinity or county wherein the crime shall have been committed.”But the Supreme Court has held that these place-of-trial provisions sometimes have to yield in order to comply with the “Due Process of Law” particularly if “extraordinary local prejudice will prevent a fair trial.” In some cases, a fair trial means a somewhat distant trial, and the defendant has the right to waive geographic protections that, in certain cases, become burdens to neutral justice.In their request for change of venue, the prosecutors argued that the case be decided  outside of Nimba County,  where the crime had taken place, avoiding the jurors  trying the defendants in the very area that they had allegedly  destroyed millions of United States dollars worth of properties of the company.    They also argued that doing so would grant the state the legal relief necessary to assure a fair trial.    Interestingly, the request was   granted by the court after the defense team interposed no objection.  The case is widely seen as one where the real battle between prosecutors and defense will come at the sentencing stage of the trial when the jury will determine whether or not to find the defendants guilty.The 12 persons were charged in early July 2014 with multiple charges, including rioting and armed robbery. All have consistently denied taking part in the commission of such crimes when they appeared before several courts, including the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice.They were among 41 persons, who were allegedly involved in the riots and were subsequently released on bail.Initially, the defense team’s request for bail to allow the defendants to be temporarily released from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison was denied by the court.The court had said that the crimes levy against them are capital offense and are non-bailable. Under the law, a suspect is usually allowed to get out of jail by posting bail unless he or she is accused of a capital crime.A capital crime is a crime such as murder, rape, or armed robbery that is punishable by long prison sentences, life imprisonment, or death. Bail, or surety, is generally denied by the courts for defendants accused of these types of crime. In many cases, bail is also denied if the defendant is a repeat offender or if the crime is a violent one. Also, bail is a certain amount of money or property value that must be posted with the court.The defendants are also accused of setting ablaze  ArcelorMittal’s properties, including several pieces of mining equipment, a locomotive train, and made away with several valuable items. 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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Despite Lack of Competition: ‘Liberia’s Economy is Market Based’

first_imgMinister of Commerce Axel M. AddyMinister of Commerce, Axel M. Addy, has described the country’s economy as market-based despite the lack of competition among buyers, many of whom, he said, determine the price of any given commodity.“Joining the WTO, my administration will not hesitate to open the market by providing the public with the requisite information, and will further expand the market with an expected increase in the number of businesses, with an eye on the observance of all set rules and regulations,” said Minister Addy.Minister Addy made these statements to journalists recently upon his return from the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on the accession of Liberia to the World Trade Organization (WTO).The Commerce minister said his focus is to support the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector of the country, which could trigger a complete reform of the economy.“We need to look at innovation that will inspire and empower this generation, and we see SMEs as the best way to achieve this goal of inclusive growth. It’s about getting people to be entrepreneurs, to develop solutions that are creative and innovative. It’s getting the young people to see the value in engaging with the government constructively. I think this approach will help achieve inclusive growth,” he said.He further said one of the key principles that he pushed forward is to ensure that Liberians have equitable access to all goods, which in turn would ensure inclusive growth. It means that the investment and the policy environment are directed at empowering Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), targeting female entrepreneurs and fostering an entrepreneurial culture that will lead to transformation. He said Liberia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) has created more opportunities for Liberians and encouraged more investors to come to the country and trade, following the completion of the accession package of the WTO, which was submitted on October 6, 2015.According to him, the country’s accession to global trade opens additional corridors for Liberia to venture into other areas of commerce, rather than just focusing on the traditional trade of rubber and iron ore.“Liberia’s economy is tied around two key commodities – rubber and iron ore – the prices of which have dropped by 50 percent, thereby reducing demands for the commodities,” he lamented.He noted that part of the rules governing members of the WTO is the prohibition of importing goods labelled in foreign languages and the provision that calls for the application of acceptable standards among and between member countries.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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Arsenal announce record shirt deal with Emirates

first_img“Our shirt partnership is the longest-running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” said Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of the club, who have not given a figure for the deal.“This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship.”“Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a club, make them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand.“As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.”Emirates also has naming rights to the stadium until 2021.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became Arsenal’s record signing when he joined from Borussia Dortmund last month © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Arsenal announced the club’s biggest-ever sponsorship deal on Monday, extending their shirt partnership with Dubai-based airline Emirates by five years.The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which began its sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would continue to feature on the shirts and training kit of all of their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.last_img read more

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Senegal dim Stars’ hopes of AFCON last 16

first_img0Shares0000Senegal striker Sadio Mane celebrates one of his two goals against Harambee Stars during their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match in Cairo on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/CAFCAIRO, Egypt – Jul 1 – Though not entirely over, Kenya’s hopes of making it into the second round at the 2019 African Cup of Nations were dimmed on Monday night after suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of Senegal in their final Group C match at the Air Defense Forces Stadium in Cairo.Sadio Mane scored a brace, one from the penalty spot after Ismaila Sarr had opened the scoring. The loss sees Kenya remain third in the group with three points and their only hope of making it into the round of 16 is if results from Group E and F go in their favor and they remain ranked as one of the best four third placed teams.Currently, Kenya is ranked fourth in that mini-table, just below South Africa on goal difference. Their hopes will be made clear on Tuesday night.They hope that Mali and Tunisia beat Angola and Mauritania respectively in Group E as well as defending champions Cameroon and Ghana beating Benin and Guinea Bissau respectively.Kenya midfielder Philemon Otieno (L) heads the ball next to Senegal’s forward Sadio ManeStars lost their heads in 13 minutes of the second half and allowed the Senegalese to score their three goals, one off an error from keeper Matasi who had been brilliant, one from Musa Mohammed and a rush tackle from Philemon Otieno on Sarr which led to a penalty and his red card.In the 62nd minute, Matasi came off his line to pick out a cross and missed with Sarr picking the ball behind him, chesting it down and rifling it in with the keeper still on the ground.Eight minutes later, Mohammed failed to control a long defended ball off a corner and Mane running behind him managed to pick the ball ahead of him and calmly beat an advancing Matasi who had earlier denied him from the penalty spot.Otieno who had a solid first half then made a rush tackle to bring down Sarr inside the box, earning his second yellow and a penalty that was tucked in by Mane to wrap up the win by the Lions of Teranga.Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga goes up for an aerial challenge with Senegal’s Kalidou koulibaly during their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match in Cairo on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/CAFBefore those three goals, Stars had come very close but Dennis Odhiambo’s rifling volley destined for the top left corner was acrobatically saved by the Senegalese keeper.Stars had started the game well with Olunga running into a back pass to the keeper but his effort from close range went over.Senegal grew into the game, but Kenya defended well with Matasi being fantastic between the sticks.He saved his third penalty in four games after 28 minutes when Saliou Ciss came down under a challenge from Mohammed. Mane stepped forward to take the spot kick but Matasi came out top in the contest, leaping to his right to pick out the effort.This was Matasi’s third save from four penalties he has faced in the last five games for Harambee Stars.Harambee Stars utility Eric Ouma vies for the ball with Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr during their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match in Cairo on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/CAFJust before the penalty, Matasi who turns out for Ethiopian giants St. George had made another brilliant block when he threw himself infront of Idrissa Gana Gueye’s shot as the Everton midfielder pulled the trigger unmarked inside the box.At the stroke of halftime, Matasi extended a right hand to push Ismaila Sarr’s angled header off a Gueye cross onto the bar.Earlier on in the 22nd minute, Matasi had made another important save to go down well and pick out a shot from Mbaye Niang who broke into the box after a quick throw in.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Promoter defends Joshua’s controversial Saudi Ruiz date

first_img0Shares0000USA’s Andy Ruiz will face England’s Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia © AFP/File / TIMOTHY A. CLARYLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says the controversial decision to stage Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia can “change boxing forever”.Amnesty International has criticised the choice of venue for the fight on December 7 — when Joshua will aim to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he lost to Ruiz Jr in New York in June — citing the country’s poor human rights record, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the ongoing war in Yemen. But Matchroom promoter Hearn defended the decision following rumours of Cardiff as a potential venue, citing other high-profile sports to have been played in Saudi Arabia while saying it could be a boost to boxing in general to broaden its audience.“We have to realise there is a world outside of Cardiff and Madison Square Garden. This event could change boxing forever. You could be seeing a big change in the dynamics of the sport,” Hearn told a London press conference on Monday.“There is time for change there, and they are trying to make that change through sport.“People think you can’t get into Saudi Arabia, or that women aren’t welcome to the show. Men and women are welcome. If you buy a ticket you get an automatic visa, and it’s six hours away.”Hearn insists it is unfair to criticise boxing for heading to Saudi Arabia, where Britain’s Amir Khan also recently fought, because there are so many other sports organisations using the country now.“We understand some criticism but we also understand the people that have been there before us — organisations that are considerably bigger than us,” he said.“Look at the events held there before us — Formula One, the European golf tour, the Italian Super Cup, WWE. It will be an iconic moment for boxing.”The neutral venue was at the request of Ruiz Jr, who did not want to fight in Britain.The bout will take place in Diriyah, a town on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh at around 2000 GMT.“When we realised Saudi Arabia was serious about boxing we looked into the logistical side and that blew our mind as well,” Hearn said.“This will go down as one of the great fights, alongside the Rumble in the Jungle, the Thrilla in Manila.“This is Anthony Joshua trying to regain his world title. AJ must win. With curiosity the whole world will be watching this fight.”0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Carragher backs Liverpool to beat Man United to Champions League spot

first_imgLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has backed his former side to beat Manchester United to a place in next season’s Champions League.Brendan Rodgers’ Reds now sit sixth in the Premier League, two points behind their rivals who sit in fourth position, following a weekend where Louis van Gaal’s side lost to Swansea City and fellow rivals for a Champions League qualification spot, Tottenham, dropped points with a 2-2 draw against West Ham.And Carragher, who previously thought the Merseysiders should focus on qualifying for the competition through winning the Europa League, now reckons, thanks to their excellent recent form, they have a great chance of beating their rivals to a top four spot.“I have said for the last few weeks I didn’t think Liverpool would get into the top four because of their FA Cup and European commitments and I felt Manchester United would,” he told Drivetime.“I don’t know if people are saying Man United are not playing well, they’re out of form or whether that’s just how Manchester United are playing this season under Louis van Gaal.“The fact that they’ve dropped points can happen, they’ve been on a great run, but Liverpool are coming into great form and I think a lot will be decided in the game [between the two sides] at Anfield and I’d have to fancy Liverpool to win that game with the form both teams are in.“Whether the accumulation of games will be a factor for Liverpool, who knows? But that game at Anfield will have a massive bearing on it and I’d have to fancy Liverpool at the moment.”“I’d be surprised if [Brendan Rodgers] goes with a full strength team against Manchester City on Sunday because with that win over Southampton and Manchester United and Spurs dropping points it looks like the top four is really there for Liverpool now.”“Before the weekend it was still a very outside chance and maybe the Europa League was their best chance [of qualifying for the Champions League] but now I think there is more chance of Liverpool getting into the top four than winning the Europa League and it maybe something the manager and the staff assess.”last_img read more

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He argues with fans but here are 10 things you DIDN’T know about Neymar

first_imgHe is one of the world’s best footballers and along with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, Neymar forms one of the game’s most dangerous attacks.And when he is not arguing with provocative fans at the Etihad, he relaxes with his beautiful girlfriend, a shed load of money and, if he’s in the mood, turns up in the odd rap video.He was in brilliant form against Man City, with Barcelona scoring two away goals, so we’re not entirely sure why the young fan thought it was wise to dish out some stick given Manuel Pellegrini’s side have to score at least twice at the Camp Nou.Also, he looks far too young to be up that late on a school night. We thought half-term was over.Do you think Man City will reach the Champions League quarter finals?last_img

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Crystal Palace sign Germany midfielder Max Meyer

first_img LATEST targets Crystal Palace have announced the signing of former Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.The 22-year-old, who has won four caps for Germany, has agreed a three-year deal at Selhurst Park. RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Introducing the new #MeyerOfLondon… pic.twitter.com/rnSi32iWDp— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 2, 2018He told the club’s official website: “I feel really good and I’m happy to be here. I can’t wait to start training with the team and I hope I’ll have a good season.“I’m proud to be here and I hope I can make the next step in my career. I want to give my best and I think we can have a good season – maybe better than the last.“I played at Selhurst Park last season for Schalke and the atmosphere was perfect, and I can’t wait to experience the atmosphere for a Premier League game.”Meyer left Schalke at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract, having spent six seasons at the Bundesliga club.He made his debut as a 17-year-old, winning his first senior cap for the national team just a year later, but failed to agree a new deal in Gelsenkirchen amid reports of a fall-out with the club hierarchy.Despite his age, he made 192 appearances in all competitions for the Royal Blues and was in the Germany side which won silver at the 2016 Olympics and the team that won the European Under-21 Championship the following year.He is the Eagles’ third summer arrival following the signings of Vicente Guaita and Cheikhou Kouyate.last_img read more

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Landlords tied up, beaten

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AZUSA – Two Azusa landlords were tied up and beaten by renters who had been served with an eviction notice, authorities said Wednesday. About 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the victims, identified as a 56-year-old male and a 55-year-old female, both of Chino Hills, arrived at their 607 N. San Gabriel Ave. commercial building, Uni Arts Studio. They had issued an eviction notice a few weeks ago to Kyu Sik Kim, 51, his wife, Yoon Hee Kim, 47, and their 21-year-old son, Jun Hwan Kim, all of Azusa, Sgt. Tim Harrington said. While the Kims had not complied with the notice, the landlords did not expect them to be there. When the landlords entered the building it is alleged they were beaten, kicked and tied up with clothing and cords, police said. They were also dragged into separate rooms and robbed of their belongings. The female victim untied herself and escaped after being left alone for about 90 minutes. “She ran north on Angeleno, where she used a neighbor’s phone to make a frantic call to police,” Harrington said. The male victim was dragged into a van and driven away by the suspects, police said. Azusa police could not find the male victim. The man was later found in Pomona after escaping. The three suspects were arrested Wednesday night and remain in custody on $1 million bail each. “All I saw was helicopters and cops, and I thought someone was murdered,” said neighbor Chum Yi, who said he was relieved the people were found safe. Police are still looking for the van, a 2001 Honda Odyssey with a license plate number of 4SWP610. Anyone with information can call Azusa police at (626) 812-3200. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109last_img read more

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