Confident Thompson eyes Birmingham Grand Prix

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Double Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson says she is gearing up for the Birmingham Grand Prix later this month and that she is feeling good about her prospects on the track this season after helping MVP Track Club to defend their women’s 4x100m crown at the 39th Milo Western Relays held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.Meanwhile, Nesta Carter, back on track for the first time in 17 months, received the biggest cheer from the appreciative crowd in leading MVP to a second-place finish in the Clubs and Institutions men’s 4x100m behind the University of Technology (UTech).UTech won the race in 39.42 seconds, with MVP second in 39.43 and G.C. Foster College third in 39.47.Carter said after the race that he was happy to be back on the track even though he felt rusty, but offered that he was pleased with the reception.ALLOWED TO COMPETEThe legal team representing Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter’s disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings.In just her second time on the track this year, Thompson looked easy in anchoring her team comprising Megan Simmons, Christania Williams and Srabani Nanda to a fast 43.61 seconds.Second place went to Sprintec, 44.73, while the University of the West Indies ran through the line for third in 47.93.”It’s always great being at the Milo Western Relays,” said Thompson. “I felt great out there on the track and, hopefully, I can stay fit and free from injury all season. If that happens, I should be fine.”I’m just taking it one race at a time, but this was a good run in front of this crowd in Montego Bay,” Thompson said.Looking ahead, she told The Sunday Gleaner that while she is in good shape she has no plans about chasing individual records.”I just want to put in the work in training and, so far, that is going great, and once I execute my races as planned, then I’m sure the times will come. But for now, I’m just focusing on Birmingham,” she stated.last_img read more

Greaves, Orogun Deaths ‘Suspicious’

first_imgAs the reality of Mr. Harry Greaves’ mysterious death and the discovery of his stark naked corpse on a beach early Sunday shock and alarm the public, Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh yesterday described the death as suspicions, also mentioning the death of Dan Orogun, former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Limited.Mr. Greaves, former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation, of late has been a vehement critic of government policy on several issues.Mr. Greaves had advocated for the passage of the New Electricity Law to privatize electricity to lower the cost for ordinary Liberians. However, he was unhappy when the law was passed because “it allowed the independent regulator to be the Ministry of Lands, Mines, & Energy…”Cllr. Sannoh, speaking at the regular MICAT press briefing on Capitol Hill, said “These two deaths are suspicious. Under our law and practice, we are required as a government to conduct a comprehensive forensic examination with the view to ascertaining the cause of death.”He said the government is interested to examine the circumstances surrounding Greaves’ death, and to bring to justice, where warranted and appropriate, those suspected of being responsible directly or indirectly. “This is a sovereign responsibility and I have come to inform you that this government has taken all the necessary steps and actions, and in a timely manner, in furtherance of the effective discharge of this responsibility,” he said.Minister Sannoh said in the case of the late Orogun, he appointed and authorized Professor John Obafunwa, a forensic pathologist from Nigeria, on Thursday, January 28 to conduct a comprehensive examination on the body for and on behalf of the Government of Liberia and to submit the findings to his office as soon as possible.“This examination was conducted promptly on the same day, Thursday, January 28 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center with representatives of the Liberia National Police, and family members present. Professor Obafunwa returned to Nigeria on Saturday January 30, and the findings are expected soon,” Minister Sannoh said.In the case of Mr. Greaves, Minister Sannoh said an arrangement has been made with Professor Obafunwa to return to Liberia to conduct the forensic examination.He said Mr. Obafunwa is expected to arrive in Liberia today, February 2, and will be accompanied by another forensic pathologist who will assist him in the examination.“While the government is doing everything possible to investigate these deaths, we note with concern that some Liberians here and abroad, with gross insensitivity and callous disregard for the agony of the bereaved families during this difficult period, and of the consequences on the country, have already reached conclusions as to the cause of death, especially of Mr. Greaves,” said Minister Sannoh.He assured the public that the death of Mr. Orogun and Mr. Greaves will be thoroughly investigated and if it is determined that any one was responsible directly or indirectly, the government will promptly charge, arrest, and prosecute any such person or persons without fear or favor.“Ours is a responsible government committed to the rule of law and to the protection of human rights. This government will not, under any circumstances, condone impunity. We therefore encourage all citizens and foreign residents in our midst to desist from making conclusions on these deaths until forensic examination results are provided,” he said.Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has expressed profound regret over the deaths of Mr. Greaves and Mr. Orogun and urged their families to take heart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Van Dijk deserved Ballon d’Or, says Liverpool boss Klopp

first_img“I see it slightly different and a lot of people see it slightly different but that’s absolutely no problem,” said Klopp.“Lionel Messi, I’ve said probably 500,000 times in my life already, is probably the best player I saw in my lifetime.“But I cannot remember a more impressive season from a defender ever. Honestly. So it would have been right if Virg won it. I heard it was pretty close.”Klopp’s men are likely to be in contention for individual awards again next year should they finally end a 30-year wait to win a league title.Liverpool lead the Premier League by eight points and host local rivals Everton in the 234th Merseyside derby looking to inflict more pain on the blue half of the city.Everton are just two points above the relegation zone in 17th, but Klopp insists the clash between the two remains the “standout” fixture of the season for Liverpool.“This is the standout game for both teams during the season and both teams always showed that and respected that. We have to make sure that we are ready,” added the German.Marco Silva’s position at Goodison Park is under huge threat but the Portuguese has been given the chance to turn his time at Everton around by recording a first victory over Liverpool at Anfield since 1999.“They want to strike back, they want to show that they can do different. They can sort a lot of problems in one game,” said Klopp.“When you are connected to this club then this is a game –- whichever situation you are in –- you want to win and that’s what we have to show.”Silva earned plaudits for a change of system and upturn in performance for Sunday’s trip to second-placed Leicester, which only ended in a 2-1 defeat thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s stoppage-time winner for the Foxes.And he is hoping a historic upset could transform Everton’s season.“It would have a very good impact, no doubt about it. It will not wipe out anything we did in the last one-and-a-half, two months, but it will be very important for us,” said Silva.“It can give us the chance to get points which we need and for sure it can give confidence to our players.”0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and his wife Rike Nooitgedagt arrive at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on December 2, 2019 © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk would have been a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or but understands why Lionel Messi lifted it for a sixth time.The Dutch captain came second to the Argentina forward despite playing a huge role as Liverpool won the Champions League last season, overcoming Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-final.last_img read more


first_imgMother’s Day – Spoil your mother this mother’s day at McFadden’s Pharmacy.Sanctuary sets 33% off, Clarins, Avene & Vichy gifts made to order. Selected Fragrances up to 50% OFF.Draw entry for every 30 Euro or more purchase to win a FABULOUS John Frieda Hamper worth 97 Euro 30th Anniversary March 26th – Celebrating this month with fantastic promotions and offers in store in our shopping centre branch and online:-Friday the 13th Free 50ml Vichy gift with every Vichy purchase and a Vichy consultant in-store.-Friday the 20th 20% off Avene skincare-Wednesday 25th Revive active tasting and Revive Active joint Complex promotion. -Thursday 26th Imedeen consultant in-store for free consultation and skin scanning. Book your appointment now.-Live Outside Highland Radio Broadcast on the 24th as wellAsthma Clinic day Friday the 13th 10am-4pmAn Asthma Nurse specialist will be available in-store to provide advice, support and information on asthma.They will be happy to help you to understand and manage your asthma. Give us a ring to book an appointment.Stay up to date with all of our offers and promotions on our website ( ) and by liking us on Facebook( )SUPERB MOTHER’S DAY OFFERS AVAILABLE AT MCFADDEN’S PHARMACY was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Men who allegedly robbed pensioner in supermarket refused bail

first_imgTwo men have appeared in court charged with the alleged theft from a pensioner in a Co Sligo supermarket.The two Romanian men, who only arrived in Ireland two weeks ago, allegedly targeted the woman at Murphy’s Supermarket at Teeling Street on September 26th last. The two men, Gheorhe Nutica, aged 42, and Anton Mustafa, aged 23, appeared in handcuffs at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal.The court was told that the men had been arrested at an address in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.They are charged with allegedly stealing a purse containing an undisclosed amount of cash as well as a set of keys under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Garda Inspector Sean Grant told the court that Gardai were objecting to bail in the case.Garda Michael Cunningham of Tubberycurry Garda station told the court that he believed the men were a flight risk as they had only been in the country for two weeks.He told the court “The case involves a case involves the alleged theft of a purse from a very vulnerable member of society.”When arrested at an address in Barackaboy, Ballyhaunis, the men did not have any tenancy agreements for the property.Solicitor for the pair, Mr Patsy Gallagher said his clients were innocent until proven guilty and that they were currently looking for work here.Judge Paul Kelly said he was refusing bail in the case.He adjourned the case to allow the men to appear before Sligo District Court on Thursday, October 12th.Men who allegedly robbed pensioner in supermarket refused bail was last modified: October 10th, 2017 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:alleged robberyPENSIONERsupermarketlast_img read more

Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge

first_imgAn Inishowen man who illegally operated as a taxi driver has been given the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.Edward McLaughlin (69) of Dunaff, Clonmany was before Carndonagh District Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him by the National Transport Authority (NTA). Mr Gerry Burke, NTA Compliance Officer, gave evidence that, along with a number of colleagues, he was investigating the illegal use of vehicles as unlicensed taxis in the Clonmany area on February 10, 2018.Mr Burke told Judge Paul Kelly that he approached a vehicle and asked the driver, McLaughlin, if he was a taxi operator, to which the defendant responded ‘yes’.Judge Kelly heard that Mr Burke and his colleagues hired the defendant to take them to Ballyliffin and noted that there was no taxi operator identification displayed.The court heard that after being cautioned by Mr Burke, McLaughlin made certain admissions to the compliance officer, admitting that his vehicle was being used as a taxi without a taxi licence and that he did not have a taxi operator licence.Asking the judge for leniency, Solicitor, Ray Lannon said his client was a single pensioner and part-time farmer who lived in a very rural area of Dunaff.Mr Lannon said McLaughlin did a lot for his neighbours, taking them to mass and on other runs and was otherwise ‘a good law-abiding citizen’.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to January 15, noting that if McLaughlin paid the prosecution costs, he would apply the Probation Act.Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge was last modified: December 22nd, 2018 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:courtdonegalillegalInishowentaxilast_img read more


first_imgINDEPENENT TD Thomas Pringle will meet Senator David Norris today before deciding whether or not he should sign his nomination papers.Norris has 15 TDs and Senators supporting him – and needs five more.Deputy Pringle told he would meet Senator Norris this afternoon before deciding what to do. He had withdrawn his support last month following the Israeli rape controversy.IS PRINGLE SET TO DO U-TURN ON NORRIS BID was last modified: September 22nd, 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)last_img read more

Tottenham youngster ‘can go right to the top’ – Pritchard

first_imgAlex Pritchard believes fellow Tottenham youngster Ryan Mason “can go right to the top”.Mason, 23, has become a surprise part of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and made his full debut in the recent 1-1 draw against rivals Arsenal.Pritchard, currently on loan at Brentford, has developed alongside Mason in Tottenham’s youth academy and they were both on loan at Swindon last season.And although he admits a degree of envy at his friend’s success, Pritchard believes Mason deserved his chance after a long wait.“Its great to see Ryan doing so well; to have come on and scored and then got his start against Arsenal,” Pritchard told West London Sport.“He can go right to the top with his ability. He’s got his head screwed on and is a good professional.“He’s waited longer for his chance than he probably should have, but he has the dedication. He’s a great lad and he deserves what he’s getting right now.“Of course I do look at that and think ‘I want a bit of that’. But I’m not there, I’m away from it, playing football and concentrating on myself at Brentford.”Pritchard, who is part of England’s Under-21s squad for the double-header of European Championship qualifiers against Croatia, has enjoyed a successful start at  Griffin Park, scoring his second goal in 10 appearances in the win against Reading at the weekend.Another successful graduate of Spurs’ academy, Andros Townsend, has spoken of the importance of going out on loan to lower-division sides, stating his time at clubs like Yeovil “manned me up”.And Pritchard said: “It does man you up – that’s what happened to me at Swindon and is here at Brentford.“Playing a whole season with big guys smashing into you all the time, you have to get up and get on with it.“You’ve got to be ready for a new environment – people you don’t know. You learn a lot.”See also:Brentford v Reading player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Premier League: VAR Cancels 2 Goals as Leicester City Beat Tottenham Hotspur

first_img footballharry kaneJames MaddisonLeicester City First Published: September 21, 2019, 9:06 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Leicester: Leicester proved their credentials to upset the top-six applecart in the Premier League by coming from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 at the King Power on Saturday.Harry’s Kane’s improvised opener put Spurs on course for a first away win in the Premier League since January. However, the game swung Leicester’s way after a second Tottenham goal midway through the second half was ruled out by the finest of margins for offside by VAR.The hosts built on that lift immediately as Ricardo Pereira equalised before James Maddison struck the winner from long range five minutes from time.Brendan Rodgers’s men have now held their own against Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham in the first six games of the season to move into the top three.”We’re six games in, we are not getting carried away,” said Rodgers. “We had a tough start but I’m so pleased with the players’ focus.”Where we are at in the table in February, March time we’ll take a closer look.”At the moment it’s about improving our game, bringing a level of emotion and intensity to our game that allows us to maximise the talents that we have. Today, against a top-class side, they were exceptional.”By contrast, Spurs have now won just two of their first seven games of the season in all competitions.Mauricio Pochettino was not angered by his side’s application as he was when they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in midweek.But he bemoaned the momentum swing that a long stoppage in play prior to Serge Aurier’s strike being ruled out, handed Leicester.”The emotion of the game changed,” said Pochettino. “The belief it gave to Leicester made things happen differently.”However, Tottenham had also benefited from VAR earlier in the game when Wilfred Ndidi bundled home only for Ayoze Perez to be judged offside in the build-up.”We all accept that system in the game and now I am not going to complain,” added Pochettino.”We need to be more consistent and show better performances away from home.”Handed the reprieve of Ndidi’s goal being ruled out, Tottenham went in front in unusual fashion on 29 minutes when Son Heung-min’s backheel found Kane, who stumbled and hit the floor as he bore down on goal.However, the England captain still managed to flick the ball high beyond Kasper Schmeichel from the ground for his 14th goal in 13 games against Leicester.Kane was also involved in the controversial call that went Leicester’s way 23 minutes from time.He teed up Aurier to fire home from the edge of the area, but the goal was ruled out for Son being barely a millimetre offside in the build-up.”You have to keep your focus. It’s part of the game you have to adapt to it,” added Rodgers.Leicester built on that huge lift and went straight down the other end to level when Vardy’s low cross was turned home at the far post by Pereira.Spurs had chances to retake the lead as Aurier fired across goal and wide, while Kane’s powerful effort was too close to Schmeichel.But they were hit with the sucker punch when Maddison pounced on a loose ball and drilled a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards for his first goal of the season in front of England manager Gareth Southgate. last_img read more

Athanasiou-Led Red Wings Top Rangers 3-2 in SO Minus Larkin (Pics, Vids)

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou provided plenty of offense to make up for the loss of two key players.Athanasiou scored in the third period and had the only goal in a shootout , lifting the Detroit Red Wings over the scuffling New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.“He’s an electric player when he’s on and I thought he was highly electric all night,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.Detroit played without leading scorer Dylan Larkin and top-scoring defenseman Mike Green. Larkin was out with a back injury and Green will miss the rest of the season because of a virus.Tyler Bertuzzi also scored and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves for the Red Wings, who ended their longest slide of the season.The Rangers have lost a season-high six straight, but veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said the franchise’s younger players have a lot to play for in each and every game.Detroit Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi, second from right, celebrates his goal with Madison Bowey, right, and Anthony Mantha (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)“The thing these guys need to understand is how important this stretch is for next season,” Lundqvist said. “These are the games where you build the habits that you take into the summer and into training camp, so we’ve got to keep finding the positive things that we are doing and build on them.”Rangers coach David Quinn put it another way.“Every guy has a career at stake,” he said..@AndreasA86 ? #LGRW— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 8, 2019New York’s Pavel Buchnevich made it 2-all with 5:31 left in the third period by scoring his second goal of the game on a breakaway.Athanasiou put the Red Wings ahead at 6:15 of the third and looked toward the rafters, playing in the team’s first home game since Hall of Famer Ted Lindsaydied on Monday.“I think I was just happy that the puck went in and wanted to say a little thank you to Ted,” Athanasiou said. “A good tribute to him.”Athanasiou had a chance to score another go-ahead goal late in regulation, but missed the net after putting the puck between his legs. Lundqvist prevented Athanasiou from scoring midway through overtime, but couldn’t deny him in a 1-on-1 situation in the shootout.Athanasiou previously beat Lundqvist with a shot from the inside of the right circle, scoring on a 2-on-1 set up by saves at the other end of the ice by Howard and defenseman Danny DeKeyser. Howard stopped Brett Howden’s shot and DeKeyser prevented Tony DeAngelo from scoring off the rebound.Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou scores a shootout goal against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Detroit. Detroit won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)“We had a couple of great chances and then the puck goes the other way,” Quinn said.Lundqvist made 43 saves and some were spectacular, including a stop that prevented Bertuzzi from scoring a second goal to give the Red Wings a two-goal lead midway through the third period.Mood. #RIP7 | #LGRW— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 8, 2019“It was a pretty good game for me to play,” Lundqvist said. “I had to battle for 65 minutes. There was a lot of action. It was a fun game.”Buchnevich broke a scoreless tie midway through the first period and Bertuzzi redirected the puck past Lundqvist early in the second, standing with his back facing the net.NOTES: There was a long moment of silence for Lindsay before the game. Later, players honored him by tapping their sticks on the ice as the crowd stood and cheered. A visitation for Lindsay is scheduled at Little Caesars Arena on Friday from 9:07 a.m. to 7:07 p.m., with starting and ending times that are a nod to his No. 7 jersey. … Rangers D Marc Staal was in the lineup after being questionable with the flu. D Kevin Shattenkirk was a healthy scratch. … Detroit recalled C Christoffer Ehn from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and played him on the fourth line.TweetPinShare66 Shareslast_img read more