Russell not suspended – JADCO

first_imgThe Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) says Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has not been provisionally suspended for violating anti-doping rules.Russell has committed an anti-doping whereabouts rule violation after missing three tests in the space of 12 months.JADCO said in a release this afternoon, that the case has been referred to the iindependent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The Commission says it is now awaiting a date for the hearing.The 27-year-old, who is named in the West Indies’ squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, which starts next week in India, has missed three doping tests within a 12-month period.According to anti-doping rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests.And if an athlete misses three drug checks within a 12-month period, that counts as a positive test.last_img read more

Irresponsible, Tragic Response to Development, but Thank God for Saving the Children

first_imgThere are not too many people who remember Kpakor Hill, the high peak near Tubman Farm in Totota, Bong County that motorists traveling up country in the past frequently found impossible to climb, especially during the rainy season.Many, many travelers died when the vehicles in which they traveled plummeted over the steep, muddy cliff into the gorge. Some vehicles, especially trucks loaded with goods bound for the interior, waited for days at the foot of the hill for the mud to dry before attempting the dangerous climb.But all of that is no more. In the early 1960s the Tubman administration engaged the Italian road experts, Vianini, to pave the Monrovia-Totota Road and since then, motorists and passengers have had a safer ride to Totota and beyond. But drivers have taken terrible advantage of this long awaited development, driving recklessly on the paved and levelled hillside, and killing many in totally unnecessary accidents.That road, unmaintained throughout the 14-year civil war, came into serious and hazardous disrepair. One of the successes of the Sirleaf administration has been the paving of the road from Careysburg through Ganta, as far as the Guinea border. After President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicated the road at the Guinea border a few months ago, this newspaper editorially called on motorists plying that vastly improved highway to show their appreciation for this great development by driving safely to reach their destinations, every traveler in one piece.Alas, that was not the case last Thursday, when a tragic accident occurred at Kpakor Hill killing nine marketers who were bringing their goods from Nimba County to marketplaces in Kakata and Monrovia!According to Observer Assistant Editor C.Y. Kwanue, eyewitnesses saw the driver speeding on the paved highway, and reaching the Kpakor Hillside, lost control and plunged headlong over the cliff!But despite the tragic episode, God graciously showed His mercy: An infant and a four-year-old boy were saved from the wreckage!But what a totally unnecessary loss of life—nine innocent and hapless market women and men, most likely farmers also, bringing their goods to the marketplace for sale. They lost their lives, their money and their goods, and their families have been made suddenly destitute.When will our drivers realize that speeding can be costly—and deadly? When will the Liberia National Police be empowered to patrol the highways throughout the country to monitor and control the traffic and curtail speeding on our highways and paved corridors to save lives and property?This seems to us to be among the critical security issues in the country that have a direct impact on our agricultural, commercial and economic development. For surely, when our farmers have struggled to grow and harvest their crops successfully, they must be given the chance to get them safely to the market, go shopping for needed items to take back to their families, and save some of the money to expand their farms and other businesses. But when they are endangered along the way to the marketplaces, losing their lives and their produce, what future is there for their children and other dependents and for their farms and businesses?The Liberia National Police (LNP) Commissioner Chris Massaquoi should take far more seriously the issue of patrolling traffic throughout the country, to save lives and property and keep our farmers and market people safely and profitably engaged in their businesses, by which they can raise their families, further develop their farming and other enterprises, raise their standard of living and enhance the development of their counties.Furthermore it should be a priority to empower all LNP branches in the counties to engage in effective patrolling of the traffic on the paved streets and highways within city limits and most especially along the highways, to stop or at least control the reckless driving that all too frequently occurs.Inter-county drivers should be made to understand that they should show appreciation for the road development being undertaken at great cost by the government. They should not make things worse for the people by having them injured or killed on the highway due to reckless driving, lack of sleep, driving while intoxicated, overloaded vehicles and driving vehicles that are not road worthy and so on. But rather, our drivers should make things better for the safety, comfort, livelihood and progress of the Liberian people and all others who dwell within our borders. It would make a big difference for the better if commercial drivers were required to attend an annual one day road safety certificate workshop which will cover all the issues of road safety, courtesy, passenger care and basic first aid. Many of our drivers learned informally from relatives and friends therefore they never received any training on many of the important issues mentioned above.Formal driver education from a recognized driving school and a comprehensive, scrupulous (trustworthy) driving test must be among the requirements for getting a driver’s license to ply the streets and highways of the nation, if we value the lives of our local traveling citizens and other residents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Old debt lands driver in court for attempted murder

first_imgA taxi driver who allegedly stabbed a man who owed him $2000 was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Morris Carter, of Lot 20 Durban Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse.Morris CarterThe charge detailed that on August 27, 2019 at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he wounded Matthew Gilbert, with intent to commit murder.Carter was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson, who in a bail application, informed the court that the incident occurred at a wash bay, where his client was washing his car. He claimed that his client confronted the Virtual Complainant (VC) about the money owed; however, they got into a heated argument and a fight occurred.Attorney Thompson informed the court that his client received injuries from the VC during the fight; however, Gilbert was never charged.Police Prosecutor Christopher Morris, in presenting the prosecution’s case, stated that on August 27, 2019, Gilbert was at a wash bay when he was approached by the defendant, who asked for the $2000 owed to him for a ring, which had initially cost $7000.The Prosecutor said that Gilbert then claimed he did not have any money, but promised to pay the debt later in the month. According to the prosecution, the defendant became annoyed, pulled out a pair of scissors, and stabbed the VC several times about his body.The VC was then picked up and rushed to the Kitty Health Centre, but owing to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The Prosecutor objected to bail, informing the court that the VC is still hospitalised.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded the 43-year-old man to prison. The case will continue on September 26, 2019.last_img read more

Arsenal end year with a draw at West Brom

first_img0Shares0000Jay Rodriguez scored a late controversial penalty to hold Arsenal to a 1-0 draw at West Brom. Photo/COURTESYWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking day as Arsenal manager ended in frustration as his disjointed side were held to a controversial 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.The Frenchman took charge of his 811th Gunners league game, taking him past Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record of 810. But his side were denied victory by Jay Rodriguez’s 89th-minute penalty, awarded for handball against Calum Chambers to the fury of Wenger and his players.Arsenal had taken the lead six minutes earlier after a deflected Alexis Sanchez free-kick found its way into the West Brom net via a deflection off James McClean.The Gunners had been frustrated for much of the game by a resolute Albion. Arsenal made the brighter start but might have found themselves trailing to the first chance of the game on six minutes.A weaving run down the right flank by Matt Phillips ended with a cross for Rodriguez, who leapt highest but headed too close to Petr Cech and the Arsenal goalkeeper made a solid save, diving to his left.Cech handed the Baggies another chance moments later when he spilled a high cross by Kieran Gibbs at the feet of Hal Robson-Kanu.The Wales striker’s effort was blocked and Arsenal then snuffed out Jake Livermore’s effort to keep the move alive.That sparked an Arsenal counter-attack as the Gunners worked the ball to the edge of the area, where Alexandre Lacazette hit a shot that deflected wide.And on 16 minutes a neat pass by Sanchez found Alex Iwobi, who wriggled away from Jonny Evans and bent a shot just past the angle of post and crossbar.West Brom continued to pass the ball neatly but the Gunners threatened on the break and a long-range effort by Granit Xhaka was saved comfortably by Ben Foster, who then turned another shot from distance from Iwobi behind for a corner.– West Brom pressure –The hosts began the second half on the front foot, with Rodriguez forcing Chambers into a desperate challenge.The visitors had failed to fire early in the second half but West Brom needed Foster to keep them at bay on the hour mark.The Albion goalkeeper made a smart, low save to keep out a shot from Lacazette, who had played a neat one-two with Iwobi before riding two challenges on the edge of the area.And moments later Lacazette poked a shot just wide after Sanchez had picked him out with a neat pass.Arsenal had increasingly run out of ideas and an ambitious, long-range shot from Iwobi that Foster held easily was a sure sign of the visitors’ frustration.The hosts threatened when Livermore arrived at the near post to meet a cross by substitute McClean but his effort was blocked by Cech. And Cech was then forced to beat away a shot from distance by Rodriguez.But with seven minutes remaining the Gunners claimed the lead when Sanchez won the decisive free-kick. He was tripped on the edge of the 18-yard box by a combination of Gareth Barry and Craig Dawson.The Chilean let fly with an effort that struck McClean’s leg and defeated Foster.But just minutes later Albion were level as Chambers was punished harshly for blocking a Kieran Gibbs cross with his arm and Rodriguez drilled the resulting penalty low past Cech.Wenger lost his cool on the touchline and was subjected to a lengthy lecture from the referee.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Russia ‘know how to stop’ Egypt’s Salah

first_imgSalah’s name has been creeping into conversations often since Russia’s 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia in Thursday’s tournament curtain-raiser.But Cherchesov said he was not particularly concerned.“We know how to play against him,” the Russia coach said after the team’s morning training session.“We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”The bold promise highlights a new swagger that had been missing from the host nation’s team for much of the past year.Russia’s convincing win over the Saudis was preceded by a seven-match winless streak and a spate of injuries that wiped out almost the entire defencive line.But the men in red are now on the cusp of making their first knockout stage of a World Cup in post-Soviet history.The achievement would a huge relief for both players and Russians who worried about being humiliated on the world’s biggest sporting stage.One poll said Thursday’s win has seen the number of Russians who say they plan to follow the football rise from 52 percent to 64 percent.Russia’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said he would rather focus on winning than any particular opposing player.“Would I prefer to see Salah play or not? I do not even know how to respond,” said Akinfeev. “I would prefer to see my team win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov says he knows how to stop Mohamed Salah © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to reign in Egypt’s striker Mohamed Salah on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.The 26-year-old has scored 44 goals in a sensational first season for Liverpool and is keen to make his debut after missing the Pharaohs’ 1-0 opening game loss to Uruguay with a shoulder injury.last_img read more

Everton have no interest in sending Kone back to Levante

first_img Arouna Kone in action for Everton 1 Everton have no interest in sending striker Arouna Kone back to Levante to rediscover his fitness and form, according to reports in SpainThe 30-year-old almost made his comeback against Swansea in the Capital One Cup in September after spending a year out with a serious knee cartilage injury but he felt discomfort in the warm-up and has now been ruled out until 2015 at the earliest.The former Wigan man has been offered the chance to return to La Liga side Levante where he enjoyed a successful 2011-12 season.But the Merseyside club has politely declined the offer as manager Roberto Martinez, who made Kone his first signing when he joined the Toffees in 2013, said: “I expect him to be fully fit by January and by that I mean match fit.“He is going to be involved in 11-a-sides behind closed doors this week to build him up again and he will be fully fit in January.“I’ve seen some players with it recover earlier and others take a lot longer to get back. But everyone does come back.”last_img read more

Ó DOMHNAILL CONDEMNDS CLOSURE OF FARM GRANT SCHEME

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture in the Seanad Brian Ó Domhnaill has condemned the decision by the Minister for Agriculture to close the Dairy Equipment Sheep Handling Equipment, Water Harvesting and other Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) to new applications.Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said: “I cannot understand why the Minister has closed these schemes for new applications given that all three schemes have only been up and running for a short period of time together with the fact that no one farmer has yet been approved or received payment under the scheme.”“The shock suspension of these schemes follows on from major cuts by the New Government to the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) which is clearly an attack on Agriculture and Rural Ireland by this Government.” “I find it quite unacceptable that schemes which are 50/50 funded by the EU and which would therefore attract EU funding of €45 into the Country would be suspended by this Government. In essence the Governments decision would mean that Irish Farmers are losing out on EU Funding available under the TAMS scheme. In addition to this hundreds of farmers, many of whom were waiting for planning permission to meet scheme conditions, were caught unawares of the shock suspension.”The three schemes include; The €45 Dairy Equipment Scheme – Opened on 1st March and was due to remain open until December 2013. The €8m Sheep Equipment Scheme – Opened last November. Some 810 farmers applied in the first application window. The third application window was mid-way through when the Minister closed the scheme. The €8m Rainwater Harvesting Scheme – Low uptake with less than a dozen applications to date. The €13m pigs and €16m Poultry schemes were the first to open. 

“The suspension of the schemes now means that for the first time in a generation there is no grant aided farm modernisation scheme available. The decision by the Government flies in the face of the Food Harvest 2020 Report target. ”Ó DOMHNAILL CONDEMNDS CLOSURE OF FARM GRANT SCHEME was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The director of the Pacifica Radio Archives is Brian DeShazor. A story Sunday incorrectly spelled his name.last_img read more

UEFA EURO U-21 2019: Predictions for Playoffs and Players

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesUEFA European Championship U-21 is back this year in Italy and San Marino. The tournament, which is also considered the early stage for the future stars, is held in two countries for the first time. However, unlike most double-host championships, only one host country, Italy, is given a privilege to qualify directly while San Marino, unfortunately, is not.   As the cup is in full swing, you can track the odds on it on 22BET sportsbook: https://22bet.co.uk/sportThis year EURO U-21 edition, in which VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology will be introduced for the first time, is regarded as the European qualifying round for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games too. All three group winners plus one best runner-up in the tournament will qualify in Japan next year. However, should England be one of the semi finalists, certain play-off will be played. It is due to the fact that England is not a member of IOC (International Olympics Committee).U21 Players to WatchDespite the play-off complexity, the 2019 UEFA European Championship U-21 will not lack of its attractions as a number of young stars in top European leagues this season have been included in their teams official squad. Some notable ones are the newly transferred Real Madrid striker, Luka Jovic (Serbia), Madrid’s midfielder who won golden ball in the previous edition, Dani Ceballos (Spain), RB Leipzig’s regular defender, Lukas Klostermann (Germany), Crystal Palace’s defender who has been Manchester United’s upcoming target in the summer transfer, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the ‘English Iniesta’ in Manchester City, Phil Foden (both from England), Lyon’s main scorer, Moussa Dembele (France) and Italian Serie-A top talents, Nicolo Barella, Nicolo Zaniolo, Federico Chiesa and Juventus sensational youngster, Moise Kean (Italy).Embed from Getty ImagesFavourite U21 TeamsWith those talents who have been called up for Euro 2020 qualifiers recently in the squad as well as being the host of the 2019 UEFA European Championship U-21, Italy is obviously the main favourite of the tournament. They have an opportunity to win their sixth title although it may not be easy. Their main contenders are England, Spain and surely the reigning Champions Germany.UEFA U21 Euro PredictionsIn the group stage, all favourites will not advance to semi final without difficulty. In group A, for example, the host and Spain will have to compete for being the group winner. The Italian side will possibly win against Belgium and Poland but might be involved in a tie game against Spain. The goal difference will probably play bigger role to decide the one on the top. Their key player’s experience in the senior squad could enable them to score more goals than Spain, which rely on less well-known scorer such as Borja Mayoral or Pablo Fornals.Meanwhile in group B, Germany is likely to be challenged by Serbia with Luka Jovic and Fiorentina’s defender, Nikola Milenkovic in it and the dark horse Denmark. Yet, Der Panzer’s strong mentality could lead them to win in all three games and seal the top of the standings while Serbia and Denmark will fight for the runner-up spot. In group C, England have more convincing players in their squad than France. James Maddison, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Demarai Gray, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harvey Barnes, Phil Foden and Angus Gunn are more used to the competitive matches in the Premier League. Meanwhile, France only have Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Moussa Dembele and Houssem Aourar (Lyon) plus Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) in their squad. They should provide the necessary rivalry for The Three Lions in the group. However, England should potentially topple France on the standings.If all goes well, Italy will be playing against France as the best runner-up in the semifinal while the other one could be the replay of the 2017 edition, Germany versus England. This will be tough to predict. Yet, the ideal final would be between the reigning champions and the host. Italy might eventually end their long wait since 2004 by winning the 2019 UEFA European Championship U-21. As for the Olympic game play-off, Spain will be up against Serbia. The Matador could potentially secure one spot in Tokyo 2020. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

9 held in Goa for assaulting minors

first_imgThe North Goa police on Wednesday arrested nine tourists from Pune for molesting a minor girl, assaulting her minor brother and rioting at Baga. Inspector Jivba Dalvi, in charge of Calangute police station, said, “The tourists were sitting in a shack when they saw the boy and girl on the beach and started to take the girl’s pictures. When the siblings objected to this, the tourists beat them up.” Ramesh Kamble, Sanket Bhadale, Krishna Patil, Satyam Lambe, Aniket Gurav, Rishikesh Gurav, Akash Suvaskar, Sunny More and Ishwar Pangare, were caught while attempting to escape. “We have sent the mobile phone from which the photos were taken for forensic examination,” Mr. Dalvi said.last_img