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first_imgMan U set to reduce transfer activity MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United are set to reduce their activity in the transfer market following several overhauls of the squad since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. United have spent about £500 million on new players under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and current manager Jose Mourinho, although the club hasn’t finished in the top three of the Premier League in the last three seasons. United sold two midfielders Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin and didn’t buy a player in January, with Mourinho satisfied with his squad and happy to wait until after the season to make further signings. “We aren’t in a position necessarily where we have to churn a large number of players,” Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, told investors yesterday. “We want to get to a more steady state and to be buying and potentially selling a lower number of players each year. UEFA wants 16 places NYON, Switzerland (AP): Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup line-up, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said yesterday. “We think it’s realistic to ask for 16 slots plus another condition that each European is in a different group,” Ceferin said at a news conference after an executive committee meeting. FIFA decided last month to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament. Two teams will advance to a 32-team knockout round from each three-nation group. “I think all 16 can qualify for the second round,” Ceferin said. FIFA plans to confirm continental entry quotas for the 2026 World Cup at meetings in Bahrain in May. Africa champs Cameroon ranked 33rd, Argentina still first ZURICH (AP) African champions Cameroon have moved up to No. 33 in the FIFA rankings, rewarded with a 29-place jump for winning the continental title over the weekend. Africa’s top-ranked team is No. 25 Egypt, who lost in the final. Previous leaders Senegal climbed two to No. 31. Argentina lead an unchanged top five following a month when no high-ranked teams played. Brazil are No. 2, followed by World Cup champions Germany, Chile and Belgium. France climbed over Colombia to reach No. 6. Mexico lead CONCACAF at No. 17, and Costa Rica fell two to No. 19. The United States dropped one to No. 29. Jamaica are ranked at No. 77.last_img read more

Pensioner on $100,000 bail for breaking woman’s arm

first_imgA Charlestown, Georgetown man was on Monday released on $100,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for breaking a woman’s arm.Joseph Stewart, of Lot 2 Charlestown, Georgetown, appeared before city Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied that he struck Oslyn Adams causing her the injury.The charge read to him stated that on February 8, 2018 at Russell Street, Charlestown, he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Adams.According to the prosecution’s case presented by Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the 68-year-old man and the Virtual Complainant (VC) had an argument at his premises and he requested that she leave.However, Adams refused to do so which prompted Stewart to take up a piece of wood and strike her about her body, breaking her hand.Adams was rushed to the Diamond hospital, where she was treated for the injuries that she sustained.In court, the VC indicated that she and the pensioner have entered into an agreement whereby he has volunteered to compensate her for her injuries.However, Latchman placed Stewart on $100,000 bail and told Adams to reconsider whether or not she wanted to pursue the matter.The case will continue on February 26.last_img read more

AmCham, GTA sign MoU to promote sustainable tourism

first_imgThe American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana (AmCham Guyana) on Friday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), combining their efforts to increase the preservation, protection and promotion of sustainable tourism.AmCham Guyana President, Zulfikar Ally with GTA Director, Brian Mullis during the signing ceremonyThis partnership was initiated to maximise socio-economic and conservation benefits for citizens, while fostering investment opportunities for American businesses and collaboration with Guyanese-owned and operated tourism entities.At the signing ceremony, President of AmCham Guyana, Zulfikar Ally noted that the purpose of the MoU is to help AmCham Guyana and GTA to improve the enabling environment for tourism enterprise development.“AmCham welcomes this partnership. Not only are we welcoming the Guyana Tourism Authority, but also the potential to work with the entire tourism industry and its supporting sectors,” said Zulfikar. “This MoU is just the first step in helping to expand our network to maximise our positive impact as a community to our members and Guyana as a whole.”Adding to that, Director of the GTA, Brian Mullis remarked, “We are extremely excited to be signing the MoU with AmCham Guyana. At the GTA, we know that multi-stakeholder partnerships play a key role in continuing to develop sustainable tourism in Guyana.”This document will further assist in the creation of other frameworks to protect aspects of Guyana’s tourism features.Mullis said that AmCham Guyana and GTA will work together to identify and prioritise policy recommendations and secure input and support from key stakeholders. “The CSR commitments made by these companies collectively have the potential to generate a substantive and positive impact on Guyana and also align with our goals for tourism in the country,” Mullis added.For AmCham Guyana, tourism opportunities will be promoted to its audience through the use of marketing collateral and messaging provided by the GTA, while both parties will seek to identify opportunities for the GTA to secure support for sustainable development projects.AmCham Guyana is a voluntary, non-profit, membership organisation committed to promoting and enhancing commercial relations between the United States and Guyana. The GTA is a semi-autonomous governmental organisation responsible for developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Guyana through collaboration with sister agencies and the tourism Private Sector.Last March Guyana was named number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany.last_img read more

Payet left out of France World Cup squad, Mendy included

first_img0Shares0000Marseille captain Dimitri Payet hobbled off injured in the first half as his side lost the Europa League final to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday © AFP / Boris HORVATParis, France, May 17 – Marseille star Dimitri Payet was left out of France’s World Cup squad announced by coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday, completing a miserable 24 hours for the playmaker.The former West Ham United player was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half of Marseille’s Europa League final defeat against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and that fitness doubt persuaded Deschamps to leave him out of the squad of 23. “Dimitri Payet was a serious candidate for a place in the squad. He played the first half-hour (against Atletico), but he aggravated his injury, and the recovery time needed for that type of injury is three weeks,” Deschamps said after revealing his squad live on television station TF1’s evening news programme.“But as it is a muscle injury, there is a risk of a relapse.”Payet was one of France’s stars at Euro 2016, when they reached the final as hosts before losing to Portugal.But he has also fallen victim to the number of attacking options available to Deschamps, who did call up Payet’s Marseille team-mate Florian Thauvin along with Lyon captain Nabil Fekir.Elsewhere, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy was called up despite having hardly featured for Pep Guardiola’s side since returning from a serious knee injury.“It always seems impossible until it’s done”, wrote Mendy on Twitter.Antoine Griezmann will lead the attack, fresh from scoring twice for Atletico in the Europa League final.Key names such as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud and young Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe all feature.“I dreamed of participating in this World Cup like all the children who will watch this World Cup,” said the 19-year-old Mbappe.“But now it’s a reality and I will work during training to be the best performer possible to help the team.”However, Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has to settle for a place as one of 11 players on a standby list, who could be called up in the event of injuries.Deschamps has until June 4 before submitting his definitive squad list.Another player to miss out was Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, who ruptured an Achilles tendon playing against Atletico in the Europa League semi-finals.Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema’s international exile goes on — he has not played for France since October 2015 after being accused of involvement in a blackmail affair involving a sextape.“Two years have passed. I have put my faith in players who have responded to that, and the squad comes before everything else,” Deschamps said.“I make decisions for the good of the France team.”France open their World Cup campaign against Australia in the Russian city of Kazan on June 16, before also taking on Peru and Denmark in Group C.Before heading to Russia, they will play three home friendlies, starting against the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France on May 28.They will then take on Italy in Nice on June 1 and the United States on June 9.France squadGoalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla/ESP), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

German reporter who exposed Russia doping ‘won’t be at World Cup’

first_img0Shares0000Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics © dpa/AFP/File / Jens WolfBERLIN, Germany, Jun 14 – German journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose investigative reporting exposed Russia’s alleged state-sponsored doping, will not travel to the football World Cup tournament out of security concerns, national broadcaster ARD said.World Cup host Russia had initially refused to issue Seppelt a visa, but later relented after massive international pressure, with FIFA stressing the importance of media freedom to President Vladimir Putin’s government. But Germany’s security agencies have since evaluated the situation and found that it was risky for the journalist to travel to Russia, said ARD in a statement late Wednesday.Representatives from the broadcaster also held talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the security issue and the ministry shared the intelligence agencies’ concerns.Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee has said it intended to question Seppelt on his arrival because he was a key witness in its own investigation into the doping scandal.Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics.His TV reports concluded that Russia’s doping programme was being overseen by the state’s security service, and that orders for athletes to cheat on a such a scale could only have come from Putin himself — charges which have been vehemently denied by Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgWe’re not the only ones keeping Donegal fans in the picture about all the madness and mayhem accompanying Sunday’s big game.Century Cinemas in Letterkenny is putting on the game on their big screen and admission is free!Coverage starts at 2.30pm and it promises to be a busy afternoon. The only thing is that it’s going to be a difficult afternoon for those ushers when Michael Murphy and co finally put the Dubs to the sword.In fact we might need to attend the late show in case we all think it’s a dream when we finally reach the All Ireland Final for the first time since 1992.EndsDONEGAL TEAM TO HIT THE SILVER SCREEN FOR BIG GAME! was last modified: August 25th, 2011 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:Century Cinemaslast_img read more


first_imgKELLY’S Centra at Mountain Top in Letterkenny are at it again!They’ve come up with another cracking deal – this time for motorists.Anyone filling up today with €40 of diesel or petrol will bag themselves a free fire log to keep you warm when you get home. It’s enough to warm your heart!DONEGALDAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – FREE FIRELOG WITH €40 OF DIESEL/PETROL was last modified: December 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGALDAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – FREE FIRELOG WITH €40 OF DIESEL/PETROLlast_img read more


first_imgESB engineers are working to restore power to 383 homes in Letterkenny tonight.Service was cut around 9.40m to houses in Cullion.ESB staff say they are working to fix the fault and hope to restore power around 1.15am tonight. Staff say this is an estimated restoration time.It follows power cuts in west Donegal earlier in the evening where faults have been fixed.Around 4,000 homes lost power there for a time.  POWER CUT TO HOMES IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 11th, 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:ESBletterkennypower cutslast_img read more

Judiciary to run South Africa’s superior courts

first_img1 October 2014Staff and administrative functions attached to South Africa’s superior courts will be transferred to the office of the Chief Justice, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said at a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday.The transfers from the Department of Justice to the Office of the Chief Justice, which are set to begin today, would go a long way to enhancing the institutional independence of the judiciary, Masutha said.Masutha said the decision to transfer the courts to the Office of the Chief Justice was founded on constitutional guidance: “The government appreciates that the independence of the courts and the rule of law can only thrive in a constitutional setting where there is clear separation of powers with appropriate checks and balances.”Administrative supportThe Office of the Chief Justice was established under the Public Service Act by President Jacob Zuma in 2010 “soley to provide administrative support to the Chief Justice and other Heads of Courts to ensure that they discharge their management of judicial functions in courts effectively”.Legislation passed in August (the Seventeenth Amendment Act of 2012 and the Superior Courts Act of 2013) places all judicial functions performed by judicial officers in all courts under the Chief Justice.Judicial functions include when specific courts will sit, which judges will hear which cases, when and where cases will be heard, case-flow management and recesses.The functions that will be transferred include those relating to the appointment of court managers, registrars, interpreters and clerks responsible for case-flow management and performance management.“Save for the judicial functions of magistrates all other administrative management functions pertaining to the Lower Courts remain the responsibility of the department, and not the Office of the Chief Justice at this stage,” Masutha said. The reforms also include the extension of the powers of the Constitutional Court to hear all matters, not only constitutional matters. This, Masutha said, underpinned the government’s commitment to the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law.Provincial efficiencyOther implementations in the Chief Justice’s Office include provincial efficiency committees that bring together the judiciary, police, correctional services and prosecutors to effectively manage court case flows and improve the administration of courts.In total, 1 486 members of staff would be transferred from the department to the Office of the Chief Justice, Masutha said.Director-General Babalwa Musekwa said they would transfer a pro rata sum of R1.4- billion, which is the budget for the year.She said plans for the office to get its separate vote in the 2015/16 financial year were on track.Source: Department of Justice and SAnews.govlast_img read more

Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Embiid pulled in Ngannou for a bro hug and predicted the No. 1 contender would win by knockout in the second round.“That’s a good prediction,” Ngannou said.It would also be a long night of work for Ngannou. The 31-year-old Ngannou (11-1) hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights.Knock out Miocic, and Ngannou would complete the made-for-movies tale of homeless to heavyweight champ and position himself as perhaps UFC’s most dominant big man since Brock Lesnar.Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on a left uppercut that rolled the eyes of the fallen foe to the back of his head. The crushing KO has been replayed in perpetuity to hype Saturday’s fight.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “I wasn’t able to have a kid life,” he said. “It’s not a good one. I don’t like it.”Ngannou found his way in his 20s and eventually visited the MMA Factory where he met his eventual coach, Fernand Lopez. Lopez would convince Ngannou to forget about boxing and drilled him in jiujitsu and wrestling and a career in MMA.Ngannou made his pro debut in 2013 and was in UFC about two years later in December 2015.Ngannou, who speaks French and English, has not forgot his past and was offended when President Donald Trump reportedly used a profane term to describe African countries last week.“All those people that he was talking about are people like us,” he said. “It’s kind of difficult to accept a thing like that. For myself, the goal for me was to lift my country and (to) see someone who just wants to break that dream, that hope for people (is tough). This guy is like a shame for America. America was built from immigration. America is the country that the world, the poor countries look at and, not expect America to give them something, but just to look at them as an example and build their own country and get a better situation.”Ngannou’s family is still in Cameroon and he wanted his mother and a 17-year-old brother (“he’s very smart”) to come live in the United States.Up first, a shot at the title.Standing in his way is Miocic (17-2), who has a date with heavyweight history and will set the UFC record for consecutive title defenses in the division at three with a victory.Ngannou has one plan — for that UFC title to get wrapped around his waist.“Life beat me up a lot of times,” Ngannou said, “and I want to take my revenge.” He’s not afraid to go face-to-face with anyone — even against his fellow Cameroon native, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Ngannou, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, was absolutely dwarfed by the 7-2 Embiid in a visit Thursday morning at Sixers shootaround .Ngannou was ready to pull on his MMA gloves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He should be my next opponent,” Ngannou said.“I think I’d kick his ass,” Embiid said, laughing. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City At Fenway Park, the heavy hitter said he can’t escape the clip of his biggest swing.“Any time I open my email, my Instagram, my story, people send it to me in different versions,” Ngannou said. “I think I did very well. It was all about to connect. And I connected.”Blink and you might miss the crowning of a new champ.“Good for him. He got a great knockout,” Miocic said.Ngannou’s rise was hardly as swift.Much like his Embiid, who only started playing basketball at 15, Ngannou was a late-bloomer to mixed martial arts. He was raised as one of five children in the poverty-stricken village of Batie and was only 12 when he went to work in the sand mines to support his family. Basically raised by a single mother, Ngannou was a Tyson fan and wanted to box, so he dabbled and drained in the sport for a few years. He knew there was little future in fighting stuck in the mines and realized if he wanted to become serious about the sport, he’d have to leave Cameroon.“If it was easy for me, I would have stayed in Cameroon,” Ngannou said. “I like to be close to my family. But one day, I felt like I didn’t have a choice. I left everything of my 26 years life behind me, closed the door and go somewhere where I don’t know what it looks like.”His new home was Paris. But Ngannou had no friends, no plan, no support system and lived on the streets. Ngannou worked in the kitchen for a humanitarian organization that helped homeless in Paris.“Being in the street in Paris, it wasn’t scary,” he said. “I embraced that situation because I knew worse than that. I’ve been in a worse situation than that one. Being in the streets in Paris was more comfortable than almost all the situations I’ve been though in my life.”And the worst situation? Australian Open: Svitolina into 4th round, ends 15-year-old Kostyuk’s run Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues FILE- In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Francis Ngannou, left, hits Alistair Overeem in the first round during a UFC 218 heavyweight mixed martial arts bout, in Detroit. Ngannou defeated Overeem by first-round knockout. Ngannou has knockout power that snaps heads back like Pez dispensers and earned him comparisons to Mike Tyson in his ferocious heyday. Ngannou will compete in the heavyweight champion bout against Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 220. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)BOSTON — Francis Ngannou has knockout power that snaps back heads like Pez dispensers and earned him comparisons to Mike Tyson in his ferocious heyday.Ngannou has stood tall against all opposition in his UFC career and his terrifying run has shaped the challenger into the betting favorite in the heavyweight champion bout against Stipe Miocic.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more