Rosberg wins again

first_img SUPPORT FOR PARIS Drivers wore black armbands as a sign of mourning for those killed in deadly attacks in Paris. In addition, a French flag decorated with a black ribbon was displayed on a truck used during the drivers’ parade before the race. The race at Interlagos was run on a dry day free of rain, which is often a feature of the Brazilian GP outside S„o Paulo. It made for a race with few incidents, and little excitement in the racing. Rosberg safely protected his lead at the start with Hamilton right behind. Both pitted early and Rosberg managed to hold the lead by 0.9 seconds after the first round of stops with Vettel and Raikkonen right behind. A third of the way through, Hamilton was closing on Rosberg – cutting the gap to 0.4 seconds – with Vettel slipping sevens second behind the leaders. But that was as close as Hamilton ever got. “I’m faster but I can’t get close,” Hamilton said over the team radio as he began to slip further off the lead in second place. That summed up the day. Two more pits, and the positions held with almost no passing in the entire race. SAO PAULO (AP): Nico Rosberg won yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, leading from start to finish to beat Mercedes teammate and already-crowned season champion Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg started from pole and won his second consecutive race – his fifth victory of the season – to clinch second place in the season standings with one race to run in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg and Hamilton spent the entire race 1-2, remaining that way through three pits stops. Hamilton turned some of the fastest laps near the end but could not catch his teammate and rival. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third and teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, exactly the way the top four racers started on the grid. It was Hamilton’s ninth race in Brazil, and he has yet to win. He often compares his struggle to that of Brazilian great Ayrton Senna, who needed eight races to win his home race.last_img read more

Minister Broomes’ actions threaten impartiality in industry – GGDMA

first_img… supports her transfer out of Natural Resources MinistryAs conflict-of-interest concerns continue to rage over Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry Simona Broomes’ mining concessions and her oversight of the industry, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has now joined the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry, since herMinister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomespresence in the current Ministry was a clear conflict of interest and posed a threat to impartiality.Minister Broomes has been at the centre of a raging debate after this publication reported that she was granted a new mining permit on March 4, 2016, just about two months after she was transferred to that Ministry and handed responsibility for the mining sector.However, the Minister, who has said she transferred her mining interest to her two children, has since denied this and stated that the documentation which was ‘leaked’ was for her daughter, who was also named Simona Broomes.This publication, however, was able to confirm that the National Identification (ID) number on the application is that of the Minister and not her daughter.The GGDMA, in its strongly-worded statement, said that the subsequent “spin” by the Minister that the permission was her daughter’s hinted at the Minister’s “inability to deal impartially with mining matters and the facts”.Such actions, it said, threaten the entire industry. The GGDMA recalled that prior to becoming Minister, Broomes had both positive and negative interactions with members of the mining community.As such, the Association is arguing that when these pre-existing relationships and “bridges that may have been burnt in the past” within the sector are considered, it would be difficult for the Minister to operate in her post “impartially and without personal bias”.“No existing miner, in good sense, can refuse a request from the sector Minister for her to be given permission to take gold from their land,” the GGDMA said, adding that it must be recognised that such permissions and all future requests or permissions rest in the hands of the agency under her direct preview.“It is foolhardy for anyone to expect that in Guyana you can deny the Minister permission and then expect to get an impartial hearing on matters. If somehow the Minister is indeed capable of staying impartial in this regard, the question remains of whether or not she should be put in such a position in the first place, where reasons for her actions can always be defended, even when they are affected by secret or closet biases,” it stated.Calls for transferThe GGDMA said it supported the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.“The GGDMA, therefore, is heartened by the comments of His Excellency, President David Granger that he will reassign the Minister if a conflict of interest arises. We declare that there is a clear conflict of interest and call on the President to honour his words. Minister Broomes can serve well in any other Ministry,” the release stated.Miners concernedThe GGDMA said that it is being bombarded with calls from miners who have expressed concerns about the clear case of conflict of interest involving the Minister, but are reluctant to voice their concerns publicly for fear of victimisation.“At our recently-held miners’ meeting, the issue was also raised. Members have since privately contacted the leadership of the Association to express their concerns. Both miners and mining equipment suppliers have expressed a concern as to their ability to refuse a request from the Minister or her children in mining. For example, should they request credit terms for mining supplies, a supplier would be hard pressed to say no or even complain, since the agency for complaints is headed by the very Minister,” the Association stated.Already there have been calls from several persons, including the newly-appointed President of the Transparency Institute (Guyana) Inc (TIGI), Troy Thomas and former Government Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.They both agree that this could remove the cloud of conflict of interest.last_img read more

Liberia Tightens Diplomatic Ties With Denmark, Holland

first_imgThe Ebola Virus Outbreak in Liberia, as it stands now, may no longer be a hindrance as many are now bracing the storm to carry on their normal affairs.In the diplomatic domain, two influential European countries have sent ambassadors to represent them in Liberia.The new Ambassadors representing the Kingdoms of Netherlands and Denmark respectively, on Monday presented their Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at separate ceremonies at her Foreign Ministry office.The two Ambassadors are resident in Accra, Ghana.The new Danish Ambassador, Ms. Margit Thomsen, on behalf of His Majesty, the King of Denmark, conveyed fraternal greetings and best wishes of the King and the people of Denmark, noting that relations between Liberia and Denmark have throughout the years been characterized by good and fruitful cooperation.Demark and Liberia, she said, have cooperated closely,  especially in connection with improving women’s conditions, economic empowerment of women, raising awarenes and strengthening the campaign against gender-based violence, and supporting women food producers.“Liberia made impressive progress in reinstating peace and restoring the country after the cessation of conflict in 2003 – construction of infrastructure, restoring water and electricity, while building of the educational and health sectors were underway,” Ambassador Thomsen noted.She said that all of a sudden Liberia’s development path suffered a setback due to the eruption of the Ebola virus.  She assured President Sirleaf that Denmark was committed to helping the Government and international partners to contain the further spread of the virus.“Denmark wishes to continue to support Liberia also in the years ahead when Liberia will be back on the good path towards further development,” said Ambassador Thomsen.Ambassador Hans Docker, for his part, expressed Netherland’s desire to stand firmly with Liberia during this time of the Ebola crisis.  He informed President Sirleaf that a vessel with anti-Ebola supplies is headed to the region in two weeks.Ambassador Docker disclosed that he has also been appointed as the “Dutch Special Ebola Envoy” to the affected countries; and that his government will do all that is necessary to help eradicate the virus from the region.The Kingdom of Netherlands is currently mobilizing to send healthcare workers, a mobile laboratory as well as build an Ebola treatment unit where it is most needed in the region.In separate remarks, President Sirleaf updated the two new Ambassadors on the Ebola situation in the country and expressed satisfaction over the current level of intervention of the international community, including support from the two countries.  The people of Liberia, with the help of many international partners, are now effectively containing the further spread of the virus.“In July and August, the situation was extremely terrible as the disease was very strange to us and support and interventions were at their lowest. Many of our citizens died, while the government instituted several measures, including a State of Emergency to tackle the spread of the virus,” President Sirleaf recounted.  “Today, we can see results and are well on the road to defeating the virus with the help and support of everyone.”The Ebola virus disease has had a grave impact on the country’s economy and its development drive, she added.President Sirleaf informed the two new diplomats that a post-Ebola recovery plan is being developed to mitigate the economic challenges that may arise. She pointed out that when such time comes, private sector partnerships will be highly encouraged and anticipated to aid the recovery process.As a way of turning the Ebola devastation into opportunities, President Sirleaf noted that all will now be done to finally eradicate the virus as well as integrate the overall regular healthcare programs so as to ensure that the healthcare system comes out strong with solid infectious control measures and programs in all health facilities.The Liberian leader particularly thanked the Danish Government for its support to the country’s Gender and Women’s Empowerment Program through the Ministry of Gender and Development.Diplomacy Amidst EbolaThough countries affected by the Ebola virus were ostracized during the heat of the crisis with many nations banning airlines and vessels emanating from the affected region from entering their countries, the coming of the two diplomats signals that things have began to improve with several institutional and global leaders bracing the Ebola storm and paying solidarity visits.The decision of the two European countries to use this time to tighten diplomatic ties with Liberia tells the rest of the world that they can still do business with Liberia in spite of the crisis.In the heat of the crisis there was no information of any diplomat leaving the country or closing of embassies as was being done by top entrepreneurs, concessions and other top foreign residents. The country was also shunned by many of its neighbors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Voter Irregularities, Ebola Suspect in Jacob Town

first_imgThe Calvary Temple polling center in District #2, Jacob Town, Paynesville, has so far had an eventful day of two incidents where persons were barred from voting, due to irregularities with their voter registration cards, according to polling officers. The first individual, a woman, went earlier this morning to vote and was stopped because, although the name and voter registration number on the card she presented matched the information the polling officer had on record, the photo on the voter’s card was not the same.  Therefore, she was turned away. The second instance involved a man who, having presented his card, was also turned away because polling officers said his name and voter registration number had already been marked in the voter roster.  Interestingly, the man’s voter registration card was not perforated, as is required of polling staff before a voter is given the ballot to cast their vote.  His hands also did not show indelible ink, which should prove that he voted.  The voter in question, Nyumah Salamie (voter registration #220900312), has since been demanding that he be allowed to vote, insisting that the fault with his voter card is the responsibility of the National Elections Commission, not his. Meanwhile, just outside the Calvary Temple polling center, a man was held by personnel from the Liberia National Red Cross because he showed signs and symptoms of Ebola, eyewitnesses told the Daily Observer.  It is not clear whether he was on his way to cast his vote, but the unnamed man, believed to be in his late forties, appeared to be very weak, had a high temperature and his eyes were red.  There was no account of him vomiting or having displayed other signs, but what Red Cross personnel observed about him gave them sufficient basis to place him under observation at the Red Cross depot located just near the polling center.  He was later taken away by Red Cross personnel to an undisclosed location.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Emery warns five-star PSG can only get better

first_imgIt was a real statement of intent from this summer’s big spenders who signed Brazilian Neymar and teenage sensation Mbappe in a bid to make a real impression on the competition.After four consecutive seasons of reaching the quarter-finals, PSG fell at the round of 16 last season when they capitulated against Barcelona after winning the first leg 4-0.It was a result that convinced their Qatari owners to break the world transfer record to bring Neymar to the French capital.The 6-1 defeat to the Catalan giants in the second leg was a humbling for PSG but Emery says they are approaching this season’s campaign with a renewed confidence.Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani scores a goal from the penalty spot during their UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Celtic, in Glasgow, on September 12, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“We did learn from the past and what happened last year. We have worked really hard to improve things within the team,” the Spanish coach said.“I think my team showed a lot of character. What I was really pleased with was the fact we were in control with the ball and without the ball.“Of course we have added to the team but it is more about all the people working together. As far as this is concerned I am really, really happy.”The French side’s formidable front line terrorised the Celtic defence and Emery warned they would only get better.The PSG coach singled out Mbappe, who PSG have an option to buy from Monaco for a fee that could reach 180 million Euros, for praise.“This is what he needs at the moment. He wants to be a great player and he is going to grow up into that role,” Emery said of the 18-year-old who scored his second goal in two games.“They have only played a few games together… but the key is that the team is going to improve more and more.”Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said his side, who conceded five at home for the first time since Rangers beat them 5-1 in September 1960, said his side weren’t at the same level of the French superstars.“You have to give credit to them. They are a really special team and they are going to be close to winning it for sure,” the Northern Irishman said.“This is a level where you have to look after the ball, and you have to make the ball work for you, and in the first half we didn’t do that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s head coach Unai Emery gestures on the touchline during their UEFA Champions League Group B match against Celtic, in Glasgow, on September 12, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISGLASGOW, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Unai Emery says his side have learned lessons from the past after they started their Champions League Group B campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic.Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani’s double and a Mikel Lustig own goal consigned Celtic to their record home European defeat and propelled PSG to the top of the table on goal difference from Bayern Munich, who they host on match day two.last_img read more

Van Dijk house hunting after landlord Solskjaer lands Utd job

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk © AFP/File / Christof StacheLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 28 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as the permanent manager of Manchester United is set to leave Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk looking for a new home.Solskjaer has revealed he and his family plan to live in the house he started building 12 years ago after signing a three-year contract as Old Trafford boss. The Norwegian, according to reports, has been renting out the house to Dutch defender Van Dijk, a cornerstone of United’s great rivals, who are battling Manchester City for the Premier League title.“We’ve really enjoyed the last eight years living in Norway,” former United striker Solskjaer said in an interview with MUTV.“It’s going to be a change for them but we’re looking forward to it.“The six months that we agreed on (when initially taking the job on until the end of the season) as a family we agreed to do it separately as there was no need to move them over. That’s gone now. Now we’re moving together.“We built a house, or I started it in 2007, but finally maybe in 2019 we can move into it — that’s long planning.”Solskjaer, who has overseen 14 wins from his 19 games in caretaker charge, put the five-bedroom property on the market after he returned to Norway to manage Molde.But he failed to find a buyer for his house, and reportedly rented it out to Van Dijk, meaning Solskjaer has had to stay at the Lowry Hotel in the city centre.The Lowry was where Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho lived during his two-and-a-half years in Manchester before his dismissal in December.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool blow! Atletico Madrid ‘close’ to signing Reds target Carlos Bacca

first_img Carlos Bacca scored 26 goals for club and country last season 1 Atletico Madrid are on the cusp of beating Liverpool to the signing of AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, according to reports in Spain.The Colombian only moved to the San Siro from Sevilla last summer and he ended last season with 20 goals in all competitions.?But Bacca is ready to leave already after reportedly being disappointed at Milan’s seventh-place finish in Serie A during his debut campaign.Initially it was thought Liverpool would pounce for the 29-year-old after trying to sign him last summer.However, according to Cadena Ser, Atletico are closing in on a deal for Bacca after holding talks with Milan.The Spanish side are set to fork out around £24million and could complete the signing by the end of the week.last_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN U16’S GIRLS TEAM HIT CLONMANY FOR FIVE

first_imgLagan Harps FCOur Ladies second team drew 2-2 with Bonagee Utd. Scorers were Sinead Dunne and Caoimhe Walsh.Our u/16 girls had a 5-1 win over Clonmany with Aine Deasley(2), Zoe Green, Erin Coll and Caoimhe Walsh scoring. The ladies team play Ballyfermot ladies in the semi-final of the WFAI Junior cup on Sunday 24th August at 3.00pm.Our schoolboys are all back in training now.Anyone wishing to join can contact the following, u/8’s Martin Doran (086-2379864), u/10’s Seamus Crossan (086-1736898), u/12’s ernie Pollock (o87-2268916), u/14’s Gavin Murray (086-2603570), u/16’s John Crawford (086-8245899).Our men’s team start their season with a Brian Mc Cormick cup tie against local rivals Dromoghill Fc. Kick off is 2.00 in Orchard Pk.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 12,16,21 and 23.Nine people had two numbers with Micky Mc Grath drawn out and winning E50.The club wishes a speedy recovery to Phonsie O’Donnell and Benny Rodgers who are hospitalised at the moment.SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN U16’S GIRLS TEAM HIT CLONMANY FOR FIVE was last modified: August 11th, 2014 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

Daniel O’Donnell beaming in pictures with newborn grand-niece

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell looked over the moon yesterday morning (Sat) as he shared a pic of his newborn niece.In the pics shared by Daniel himself, we see him holding the baby girl alongside her mother, Daniel’s niece and PA, according to RVSP Live.In a second photo, we see Mia with both of her parents, Neil and Trish as they smile happily holding the new member of their family. Swipe down to see the gorgeous pics of Daniel and his grand-nieceDaniel O’Donnell beaming in pictures with newborn grand-niece was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

‘My fault’ says Warriors’ Stephen Curry about 2016 NBA Finals loss

first_imgScene-setter: … ESPN’s outstanding basketball writer Jackie MacMullan recently endeavored to discover how elite NBA athletes handle pressure.Along the way she encountered the Warriors’ Stephen Curry who volunteered that he cost his team the 2016 NBA championship.Could it be?At the risk of undoing three years of intensive therapy, we take you back to Game 7 of that series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the score tied 89-89, just a little under one minute to play in regulation.last_img