Commonwealth Youth Games to open in Samoa

first_imgPreparations for the week-long event have been praised by organisers, who also backed the Samoan government’s decision to deny entry for athletes from Sierra Leone.The delegation from Sierra Leone was denied entry visas over Ebola virus fears.Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says it’s the responsibility of his government to put safety first for the up to 2,000 athletes participating in the Youth Games.Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg is confident Samoa will host a memorable Games with a lasting legacy.”From an event standpoint, there’s no question that there are infrastructure aspects of venues that have been enhanced – in terms of new stadia, the swimming pool and so forth – that will be used for world class competition. The fact that you’re going to have this realisation among Samoans that we can pull these types of events off, so I think people have a much much greater appreciation for Polynesian culture, Samoan culture but also the fact that Samoa’s going to be a fantastic world class host.”The 67 competing nations will be welcomed at tonight’s opening ceremony at Apia Park.Seven of the nine sports then begin competition on Monday.last_img read more

Sagnol: “Everything is given to make Pogba go to Real Madrid”

first_imgPaul Pogba and Real Madrid frequently ring again. The French player is one of the most desired by Zinedine Zidane and this summer, at Real Madrid they value trying to sign him once again to reinforce his midfield.The last to join the list of his supporters who want United’s number 6 at the Bernabéu is Willy Sagnol, a former Bayern and French international. “All the conditions are given for Pogba to go to Real Madrid. Florentino wants, Zidane wants, Pogba too and Manchester would even be happy, since a high chip would be removed and you will have money to invest in new players. Everything is set for it to happen. “He predicted on French television’s After Foot program RMC Sport. The midfielder, World Champion with France, lives a difficult year due to injuries. Pogba has barely played 610 minutes divided into eight games (7 of Premier) in which he has given two assists and has not scored any goals. Months ago he had to undergo surgery and now he is in full rehabilitation for the next season. The consideration in which Zidane has that of Manchester United makes the white club value their incorporation, and more, if the market falls and it is shot at a more affordable price than in previous summers. Camavinga, from Rennes, and Fabián Ruiz, from Nápoles, are two other options that are also studied for midfield. Dugarry also sees him in MadridChristopher Dugarry, another French soccer legend, also endorsed the signing of Paul Pogba by Real Madrid at RMC Sports. “We have all seen that the midfield has aged a little. It is a medium that has trouble projecting, breaking lines and entering from behind when centers arrive. Pogba knows how to do it. For me, he is the ideal boy to contribute what he Real Madrid has been a difficult year for him due to injuries and, besides, the team is not doing well, but every time he has played he has reached his level. Knowing Zizou, if he is in love with Pogba, there is no reason to wait another year, “he explained.last_img read more

JAAA’s annual general meeting today

first_imgThe annual general meeting of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association will be held today at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston. Start time is 5 p.m.President Dr Warren Blake and his executive will oversee the country’s track and field for another four years as at the closing date for nominations for executive positions two weeks ago, there was no challenge to Blake’s slate of candidates.Long-time general secretary, Charlemont High principal Garth Gayle, announced that only one slate had been nominated.Gayle strongly supported Blake in his recent interview with The Gleaner, stating that the current president had done very well during his time in charge.”My president has done a great job over the years as Jamaica has had its best performances under his stewardship in track and field. At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2012, the country was second overall of 212 federations while at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro it was another great performance by Jamaican athletes,” said Gayle when asked why no one was willing to challenge Blake for the presidency.While a majority of the present executive members are expected to remain, there could be changes among the vice-presidents. Second vice-president Ian Forbes, the only successful candidate on the slate that challenged Blake four years ago, is tipped to move up to first vice-president replacing Dave Myrie, who is not expected to seek re-election.last_img read more

Lakers fans on tenterhooks

first_imgFormer sportswriter Val Abelgas is looking at a big hole in his sports calendar.Now living in Los Angeles, California, with his family, Abelgas is caught in the mess around the Southland’s most storied sports franchise—the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But Abelgas and the countless Lakers fans worldwide agree about the ugly truth.Since James suffered a groin injury that sidelined him for 17 games in December, the Lakers have gone downhill. From 20-14 when he left, the team went to 20-25 when he returned.A slew of other injuries, fresh or otherwise, including those suffered by Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma on Monday, is sure to saddle them the rest of the way.Michael Keon’s camp director in Baguio when he ran the Gintong Alay Project in the 1980s died on Tuesday.Narciso Padilla Jr., a longtime newsman and public relations professional, was 87.As the camp honcho at Teacher’s Camp, Padilla took care of the training needs of athletes who excelled in Keon’s fruitful track program, including Lydia de Vega, Elma Muros and Isidro del Prado.Also a former Baguio alderman, Padilla relished playing Santa for all of December every year for over 42 years.Farewell, Manong Nars. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The team’s failure will be especially painful for James, who was expected to help the team after a much trumpeted move to Hollywood from Cleveland.If the Lakers can’t hack it, James will miss the postseason for the first time since his second year in the NBA.Not that Abelgas is getting used to his hometown team’s absence in the postseason.In a freeway city like LA, he is surely blocking off his Lakers blues while driving around  working as a realtor-cum-newspaper columnist for several Filipino periodicals.It’s just that the specter of not busting his lungs rooting for the Lakers really sucks.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES The team’s playoff hopes are slowing being dashed. The Lakers are unraveling despite the presence of LeBron James, the best basketeer on earth, in their lineup.At the rate they are going, they are headed to the same abyss and in danger of falling with a thunderous thud. They could miss the playoffs again for the sixth straight season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMathematically, the Lakers are still in contention for a spot in the playoffs. Realistically, game analysts are proclaiming them in life support after a 113-105 loss to their co-tenant at Staples Center—the Los Angeles—on Monday night.With 18 or so games left in the regular season, the Lakers are in a mad scramble for the seventh and eighth playoff spots with the Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and the their crosstown rivals, the Sacramento Kings. UVC, Generika topple foes Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Tax Court Orders Musa Bility to Pay US$10,800 Interest

first_img– Advertisement – Judge Mozart Chesson of the Tax Court A US$190,800 tax fraud claim against Musa Bility, president of Liberia Football Association (LFA), recently took a different turn when the Tax Court demanded that he pay the 6 percent (US$10,800) interest as agreed on.Bility is president and CEO of Srimex, a company dealing in petroleum products that is at the center of the fraud allegation.Bility is also the owner of Renaissance Communications, Incorporated (RCI), which operates the Truth FM Radio, Real TV, and Renaissance Newspaper.The legal argument came after Bility admitted to the tax fraud and agreed to pay the interest as part of a provisional deal to settle the charges by the government that he evaded taxes in the amount of US$190,800.Musa Bility, LFA presidentBility has made several payments through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) leaving a balance of US$94,710 without the knowledge of the court, which prompted Judge Chesson to demand his portion of the money – the 6 percent interest initially agreed on.Bility’s payment was due to his request for reconciliation between the LRA and the petroleum company that led to the series of payments, which Chesson approved.When the parties (Bility and LRA) last week presented their approved reconciliation statement to Chesson at the court, the 6 percent interest was excluded, which caused the judge to demand that it should be paid immediately, despite the parties’ initial agreement to Bility’s willingness to pay the 6 percent interest.It was based on the 6 percent omission that Judge Chesson while ruling on the issue, said: “We observe that the 6 percent interest payment has not been accrued (accumulated) and the court will calculate the interest on the judgment that was rendered in 2012.”Besides the 6 percent issue, Chesson raised dissatisfaction with the reconciliation, of which a check dated June 17, 2017 in the amount of US$28,590 was paid on June 20, 2017.But according to Chesson, the parties (Bility and LRA) failed to present the US$28,590 check as part of the reconciliation statement when they appeared before the court.“Bility and LRA did not present the check for the amount of US$28,590 on the reconciliation on June 20, 2017 as reflected in the joint statement, but the court does not see the payment dated June 17, 2017 as reflected in the statement,” Chesson argued.Therefore Chesson mandated that both Bility and LRA appear on Monday, October 23, with a submission regarding the inclusion of the June 17, 2017 check.The case started on May 3, 2010 when the government filed a complaint against Gulf Trading and Srimex Enterprises, claiming that the company failed to pay overdue and outstanding duties in the amount of US$190,800 including the 6 percent interest.Bility admitted to the allegation and made a stipulation on how he would pay the money in 2012.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Torso of missing mother found; husband sought in her slaying

first_imgAuthorities believed Grant was alive and in Michigan Saturday evening, Hackel said. Two handguns were found in the house during the search, but the sheriff said Grant was not believed to be armed. The Grants’ two children, a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, were staying with relatives. Griem said his client last was in the Detroit area, but he did not know exactly where. Hackel said Grant was detained Friday, then returned to his home, let investigators inside and later left. Hackel said investigators didn’t have evidence at the time to hold him. Despite snow covering the ground, investigators found additional body parts during a search Saturday in and around Stony Creek Metropark, near the Grant home, Hackel said. About 100 law enforcement personnel participated in the search, he said. Hackel declined to release details about the body parts that were found, but said they may have been scattered in an attempt to hide them. “They were in various locations,” he said. Tara Grant worked as an operations manager for Washington Group International of Boise, Idaho, an engineering and construction firm with an office in the Detroit suburb of Troy. Her job regularly sent her to Puerto Rico. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Investigators found what is believed to be the torso of a mother of two who disappeared last month and sought her husband as the suspect in her slaying, authorities said Saturday. The husband was suicidal, his lawyer said. The torso was found in the garage of the home shared by Tara and Stephen Grant in suburban Washington Township, Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said. Additional body parts were found Saturday at a public park near the home, he said. Tara Grant, 34, has been missing since Feb. 9. Stephen Grant, 37, reported her missing five days later. Police say that on the day she went missing, the Grants argued over her frequent business trips abroad. An arrest warrant was issued Saturday charging Grant with murder, and disinterment and mutilation, Hackel said. “He is the No. 1 and at this time the only suspect in the murder of Tara Lynn Grant,” Hackel said at a news conference earlier Saturday in Mount Clemens. Throughout the search, Stephen Grant has maintained his innocence. His lawyer, David Griem, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he spoke twice with his client earlier in the day and hoped to arrange for Grant to turn himself in. “Whatever he did – and it appears that it was something terrible – sometimes good people snap and do something very, very bad,” Grant’s attorney David Griem told The Associated Press. “This is someone (who) every time I talked to him, his foremost concern was with his children.” last_img read more

In pictures how Gor swept Vegetarianos

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans (Green Army) rally behind their team as they hosted Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the first leg of the CAF Champions League at the Machakos Stadium on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – From the loyal Green Army fans, the management to the players, Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia did not disappoint as they swept aside Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 to put one foot in the first round of the CAF Champions League, here is how the showdown went down in pictorial.It was a sigh of relief for the Kenyan fans as they enjoyed watching the match from the comfort of their homes thanks to the National Broadcaster, KBC who beamed the match live. The match was Live on TV. Images captured by a cameraman. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA Gor Mahia boss Ambrose Rachier was in attendance at the packed Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos and one could tell how much he waited for the opener that came in the 19th minute from returning Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier following their CAF Champions League match against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe match that saw Gor take a 1-0m lead at the interval was overseen by centre referee Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismail from Sudan.Center referee from Sudan giving instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKevin ‘Ade’ Omondi re-paid the faith shown in him by head coach Dylan Kerr, scoring the opener in his first start since returning to the club and he displayed a good performance to remind the Green Army of his 2012-13 days while at the club where he made his name.Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea during their CAF Champions League first leg clash hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe fans could not resist celebrating the opener from Omondi fondly known as ‘Daddy’ by his peers as the 5000 capacity stadium went into jubilation to intimidate the visitors from Equatorial Guinea.Gor Mahia fans into jubilation.K’Ogalo divas coloured the beautiful game of football as they cheered Gor’s first goal in joy.Gor Mahia Divas enjoying the Green Army Band as they cheered in joy when Kevin’Ade’ Omondi netted the opener against Vegetarinos in their 2018 CAG Champions League first leg at the Machakos Stadium on 11th, February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHit man Meddie Kagere’s work rate was up to standard as he gave the Vegetarianos defence a hard time, though he did not find the back of the net, the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Year gave his best.Gor Mahia talisman Meddie Kagere had a brilliant display. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor’s midfield was well manned by Humphrey Mieno and attacking left-footed Francis Kahata and the scores could have been 2-0 by half time if Mieno had converted a penalty that was saved by the Vegetarianos keeper.Gor attacking midfielder Francis Kahata in action. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHowever, super sub Ephraim Guikan who came on for winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo in the 60th minute hit the second goal with a thunderbolt to show what is expected of him after being signed in January.Super sub Ephraim Giukan netted the second in the 60th minute with his first touch after coming on for George ‘Black Berry’ Odhiambo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia players jostle for space with Leones Vegetarianos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEphraim Guikan celebrating his second goal. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia fan with ‘Bible’. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia midfielder Humprey Miano against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Oje Rafael. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi (LEFT) , Godfrey Walusimbi against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Mosso Ngueme during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi in action against Leones Vegetarianos’ Jesus Tomasosngong during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia Captain Harun Shakava clearing the ball. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng in action against Vegetarinos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAVegetarino keeper Sapunga issuing instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAVegetarino coach was not a happy man. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAVegetarinos, who hosts the second leg in Equatorial Guinea, will need a 3-0 victory to overturn the deficit, but K’Ogalo has the first leg advantage since in the least even a 1-0, 2-1 defeat or any kind of draw will sail them through to the first round of the continental competition as they seek to reach the group stages for the first time in years.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man Utd fight back to beat Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Goal-scorer Romelu Lukaku turned provider for Manchester United’s winner © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – Jose Mourinho hailed Romelu Lukaku’s ability to bounce back from a difficult start as the Belgian inspired a Manchester United fightback to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford.Lukaku cancelled out Willian’s opener with his first United goal against top six Premier League opposition before crossing for Jesse Lingard to head home the winner 15 minutes from time. “I think he played fantastically well,” said Mourinho on Lukaku’s performance.“The team didn’t start well, didn’t start very confident, happened the same to him…he was a little bit lost but then he went together with the team.“He ended the game with the image of a hand in the goal.”Victory against his former club was particularly sweet for Jose Mourinho as he got one over on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, but more importantly moves United back above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League.“It’s a good day for me and we won so that’s the most important thing,” said Lukaku.“To get the winner would have been even better for me, but to get the goal before half-time was really important for us. We showed our qualities and our desire in the second half.”Defeat allied to Tottenham Hotspur’s late win earlier in the day at Crystal Palace sees Chelsea slip to fifth.The visitors enjoyed the better of the first period but failed to build on Willian’s 32nd minute opener.“For sure we missed by disappointed for the final result,” said Conte.“Because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better with experience and maturity to get three points.”The spectre of another fiery clash between Mourinho and Conte, who have publicly bickered in recent months, hogged the headlines before kick-off, but there was a peace offering when the pair shook hands before the action got underway.Mourinho recalled Paul Pogba to his starting XI after dropping the £89 million (100 million euros, $124 million) midfielder for Wednesday’s stalemate at Sevilla in the Champions League.But it was one of Conte’s two changes from his side’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in midweek who nearly made an immediate impact.Alvaro Morata started for the first time in six weeks, but saw his side-footed volley from Marcos Alonso’s driven cross come back off the bar just four minutes in.– United caught out –This way and that: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte on the touchline at Old Trafford on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFFor all Chelsea’s possession in the first period, it was from a blistering counter-attack they opened the scoring.Willian picked up the ball just outside his own area and drove through the United midfield before exchanging passes with Eden Hazard.The Brazilian then unleashed a shot too powerful even for David de Gea to register his fourth goal in three games.The lead lasted just seven minutes, though, as for the first time in a United shirt, Lukaku netted against one of their top six rivals — at the seventh time of asking.Aleixs Sanchez fed Anthony Martial and his clever reverse pass was slotted home by Lukaku to muted celebrations against his former club.Lukaku nearly had a spectacular second 22 minutes from time when he caught a Sanchez cross flush with an acrobatic volley, only to be denied by a finger tip save from Courtois.However, the Belgian did make a decisive contribution when he dropped deep and his in-swinging cross was met by a perfectly timed run by Lingard.Conte had surprisingly removed Hazard just before conceding and that decision looked all the more puzzling as Chelsea searched in vain for an equaliser.Willian saw another effort smothered by De Gea at the second attempt at his near post as United held out for just a second win over Chelsea in 15 meetings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Iraq probes evidence of death squad

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant A U.S. general said American forces had found evidence of a death squad operating in Iraq’s Interior Ministry, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site Wednesday evening. An American military official in Baghdad confirmed the report but declined to provide further details. Maj. Gen. Joseph Peterson, who commands the civilian police training teams in Iraq, said the 22 men were employed by the Interior Ministry as highway patrol officers. The bodies of Sunni Arabs, bound and gagged and shot in the head, have been turning up in Baghdad for months, fueling allegations of sectarian killings, which Sunni Arab leaders say often are carried out by Shiites in army or police uniforms. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq’s Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into claims a police death squad has been operating in Iraq, a top official said today. The probe was launched as police found the bodies of 10 more men who had been shot dead execution-style and dumped in three different areas of Baghdad’s predominantly Shiite suburb of Shula. Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal, Iraq’s deputy interior minister in charge of domestic intelligence, said the probe was launched following U.S. military claims that soldiers had detained 22 men wearing police uniforms who were about to kill a Sunni Arab man. “We have been informed about this and the interior minister has formed an investigation committee to learn more about the Sunni person and those 22 men, particularly whether they work for the Interior Ministry or claim to belong to the ministry,” Kamal told The Associated Press. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is to give the green light to a large gaming arcade in the town.The arcade will host lots of different gaming machines.The council is to rubberstamp the plan to locate a 4,300 sq ft arcade in the Ballyraine area.The applicant, Darren McGarry, had originally lodged plans to turn the old Gleneany House Hotel on the Port Road into an amusement arcade hosting up to 100 gaming machines. However, this was shot down by councillors following objections by a local planning consultant.Now it appears that Mr McGarry is to be given the go-ahead at his second time of asking.It is understood that Richard Quirke, one of the country’s biggest gaming arcade entrepreneurs, is connected to the proposed project.  COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR LARGE AMUSEMENT ARCADE was last modified: September 27th, 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:amusement arcadeBallyrainecouncilGleneany House Hotellast_img read more