Europa League final hero Coke will join Schalke 04 from Sevilla

first_img Sport EN 31/07/2016 CEST Upd. at 20:10 center_img Schalke 04 have signed right-back Coke from Sevilla. The 29 year old was one of the stars of their Europa League triumph, scoring twice in the final against Liverpool. Coke arrived in Sevilla for the 2011-12 season and soon found his way into the team. He was later made one of the captains, and has won a total of three Europa Leagues. The full-back won the man of the match award in the final of last season’s.last_img read more

Cricket: Rohit Sharma is all set to miss the series opener vs Australia

first_imgAdvertisement cpc9oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsaab0iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ess02( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wu5Would you ever consider trying this?😱92ilh5Can your students do this? 🌚nifwmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India may miss the services of their “Hitman”, Rohit Sharma, for the 1st T20 vs Australia that is set to take place on 21st November at Brisbane following his inclusion in the 4-day test match for India A.Advertisement Rohit Sharma has been included to take part in the unofficial test match vs New Zealand A from 16-19 of November which will also include the likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and Prithvi Shaw. The match will give Rohit the all important practice with the red ball ahead of the all important test series that starts on 6th December.Advertisement It will therefore be very hectic for Rohit to complete the game and then travel to Australia the next day for the first T20I. Former Indian pacer, Zaheer Khan believe that the travel from New Zealand will suck all his energy and make him tired to take part in the 1st T20.“He might miss is a T20I. Ya. It’s pretty hard otherwise. The travel does make you tired and takes that energy out. And also the game is not played in Australia, which is very tough to get your head around what exactly is the thought process behind it,” Zaheer told Cricbuzz.Advertisement In case Rohit misses the 1st T20, it will be interesting to see how Virat Kohli changes the balance of the team. Rohit had captained India to a T20 series whitewash vs Windies in the absence of Kohli two days back.Also Read:Cricket: Rahul Dravid outlays the plan to improve India’s performances on foreign soil  Advertisementlast_img read more

Shell-shocked Murray hammered by Federer in London

first_imgBy Martyn HermanRoger Federer annihilated Andy Murray 6-0 6-1 to seal top spot in Group B at the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday night and send the shell-shocked home favourite crashing out of the tournament.Murray managed only eight points in the first set as his hopes of reaching the semi-finals disappeared.Federer led 6-0 5-0 and 30-0 on Murray’s serve and missed a simple volley that would have given him three match points for a so-called ‘double bagel’.Murray battled back and finally won a game to huge cheers from the sell-out O2 crowd, although his respite was a brief one as Federer wrapped up a 55-minute win.Kei Nishikori’s earlier three-set win over alternate David Ferrer ensured Federer had reached the semi-finals even before taking to court against Murray, while the Briton knew only a straight sets win would be enough for him.Federer ended any confusion in emphatic style, handing out a fearful first-set beating to the man who he lost to in the Olympic singles final at Wimbledon in 2012.Cracking winners at will against a demoralised Murray, the 33-year-old Swiss maestro silenced the Murray fans in the crowd with a formidable onslaught.It was Murray’s worst defeat since losing to Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-0 in 2007.last_img read more

What Are LIBA’s Strategies for Greater Liberian Participation in the Economy?

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) has reiterated its call for greater Liberian participation in the economy.LIBA President Dee Maxwell Kemayah, addressing a meeting of the Executive Committee last Wednesday, said the organization advocates “for indigenous (or Liberian-owned) businesses to take over the country’s economy,” but lamented the targeting of Liberian businesses in times of crisis. This tends to undermine the efforts toward achieving LIBA’s goal, he warned.The meeting was apparently called after the destruction of houses and businesses belonging to one of LIBA’s key members, Prince Howard of Ganta. Mr. Howard is the proprietor of the Alvino Hotel in that city which was attacked by hooligans in the recent violent demonstration there. The demonstrators accused him of being involved in the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta on September 30. Putting the country’s economy in the hands of Liberians remains LIBA’s primary objective, declared Mr. Kemayah.The question is, what strategies has LIBA put in place for achieving this objective?The reason we raise this question is that we still see Liberians missing in the grocery and general trading businesses, especially near the main market centers in Monrovia. These include the markets at Sinkor Old Road, Jorkpen Town, Rally Time,Waterside, Douala and Red Light markets, where market people get their supplies for retail selling.The Lebanese and other stores supplying marketers, especially market women, get their goods from the same wholesalers found across the bridge on Bushrod Island. Granted, the Lebanese and Indian wholesalers may have special prices from some of these outlets that are patronized by the market women. But this is where LIBA can come in and negotiate with the wholesalers to ensure that Liberian stores receive the same prices offered the foreign traders. The stores from which the marketers get their goods also supply middle class Monrovia families on a monthly basis. Liberian business people could do the same thing and develop a clientele not only from the marketers but also from those customers who buy their goods on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. What is LIBA doing to introduce Liberian business people to this market, which encourages Liberians to open stores near the market centers and enjoy the steady stream of market women coming in to buy goods for retail sale in the market places? Also, when was the last time Mr. Kemayah or any of his officials visited Camp Johnson Road? President Ellen Johnson herself noticed a few years ago that Camp Johnson Road is now dominated by Liberian-owned businesses and she stopped by to patronize several of them. But a close look at Camp Johnson Road today shows that many of these stores are closed—why? Has LIBA taken note recently? Has it investigated this? If so, what have been its findings and what is the Association doing about them?Several months ago we advised LIBA in an editorial that it should give great encouragement to Liberian businesses in the counties. Yes, they are encouraging Prince Howard in Ganta. But what of business people in Kakata, Margibi County, Gbarnga, Bong County, Kpain and Tapita, Nimba County, Zwedru, Tchien and Putu, Grand Gedeh County, Karweaken and Fish Town, River Gee County, Barclayville, Grand Kru County and Gedetarbo, Pleebo and Harper, Maryland County?There are the major cities and towns in the other counties in western Liberia—Clay and Tubmanburg in Bomi, Bo Waterside and Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount, Vahun, Foya District, Kolahun, Bolahun, Vezala, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea in Lofa County.What of Buchanan in Grand Bassa, Cesstos City in River Cess, Greenville, Juazon and Butaw in Sinoe?In all of these cities and towns, local entrepreneurs are in charge. But one can see that they are struggling. Has LIBA any plans to visit these areas and check out its members and other business people there to find out how they are faring and what are their challenges?It seems to us that LIBA needs to come forward with some clear strategies to improve and enhance Liberian participation in the business sector in Monrovia, the capital and around the country. We have seen that the government cannot do it alone, nor does this seem to be one of government’s top priorities. At a recent LIBA meeting some Liberian businesspeople lamented that it is people in the very government of Liberia that are doing everything to frustrate and undermine Liberian businesspeople.LIBA cannot sit supinely and see this happen. The Association needs to find some means of combating this problem and giving Liberians a competitive edge in business both in the public and private sectors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reducing child mortality

first_imgBased on official statistics released recently, over the past 25 years or so, the world has made commendable progress in saving young children’s lives; but there is still a far way to go in terms of drastically reducing newborn and child deaths. The rate of child mortality fell 62 per cent from 1990 – 2016, with under-five deaths dropping from 12.7 million to 5.6 million. However, it is also quite clear that this progress has not been universal, as some countries, including Guyana, are still lagging behind.A new report from UNICEF and its partners in the Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017, shows the full scope of child and newborn mortality across the world. The data reveal that the rate of newborn deaths is not decreasing as quickly as that of children aged one to five. As a result, newborns account for a growing proportion of child deaths with each passing year. For example, according to UNICEF, in 2016 alone, 7,000 newborn babies died every day.Newborn deaths made up 46 per cent of all child deaths, an increase from 41 per cent in 2000. According to the report, most of these deaths are entirely preventable. WHO has noted that prematurity; complications during labour and birth; and infections like sepsis, pneumonia, tetanus and diarrhoea are among the leading causes – all of which can be treated, or prevented with simple, affordable solutions.It must be mentioned, too, that these children are dying because of who they are and the environment they were born into – whether it be an impoverished family, a marginalised community, or a country consumed by conflict. Children in the poorest households are nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five than those from the richest households.It must be noted that the vast majority of newborn deaths take place in developing countries, where access to health care is low. Most of these newborns die at home, without skilled care that could greatly increase their chances of survival.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), skilled health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postnatal (immediately following birth) period prevents complications for mother and newborn, and allows for early detection and management of problems. WHO and UNICEF now recommend home visits by a skilled health worker during a baby’s first week of life, to improve newborn survival. Newborns in special circumstances, such as low-birth-weight babies, babies born to HIV-positive mothers, or sick babies, require additional care, and should be referred to a hospital.The WHO has suggested that with an increasing share of under-5 deaths occurring within the neonatal period, accelerated change for child survival requires a greater focus on building strong health services, ensuring that every birth is attended by skilled personnel, and making hospital care available in an emergency.Here, in Guyana, despite progress achieved during the last decade, this country continues to experience one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 121 per 1,000 live births and an infant mortality rate at 22 per 1,000 live births.In 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had approved an US$8 million loan for a programme to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. The focus of the programme is to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and in 88 communities, benefitting at least 140,000 women and 9,000 newborns per year.The initiative was designed with the aim of supporting and improving maternal and child health care geared towards improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to, and quality of, reproductive and maternal health services. Efforts such as these must be commended.That said, the most recent report by UNICEF has made some useful recommendations, which the Government here should seriously consider. Diligent efforts must be made to continue reducing newborn and child deaths. We believe that once there is a concerted, coordinated effort among policymakers, businesses, healthcare workers, communities and families, we can achieve the desired results as those relate to reducing child mortality rates.last_img read more

PPP/C, WPO Industry groups award top NGSA 2017 performers

first_imgFifteen top performers from the community of Industry, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), who all excelled at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), were on Sunday afternoon delighted to be awarded for their hard work.The event which has been held for the past six years by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) through its women’s arm – the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) and its groups in the area – seeks to show appreciation for, and act as a motivator, for the students of the area to excel.The awardees along with Dr Frank Anthony, his daughter Ashley and others at the eventThe students including the country’s second place top performer Xiana Chablial along with Rebecca Seepersaud, Mehendra Pooran, Rajid Shafie, Deonarine Gowkarran, Richard Sharma, Priya Persaud, Crystal Vasconsellos, and others were all presented with trophies and other tokens which were donated by persons in the said community.Speaking on behalf of herself and fellow awardees, Xiana Chablial thanked the PPP/C and the WPO for their generosity. Former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony in his remarks at the event, underscored the importance of not only having a sound education but also a vision.According to Dr Anthony, without a vision, although being very bright, it can cause many to lose sight of what it is they want to do.“You need to think about 10 years from now and what it is that you would want to become and if you can do that, then you can also think about what sort of qualifications you need to achieve to get it. And if you can do that then it becomes easier because you’ll know where to place your efforts,” he told the students.“Successful people are those who always think ahead; years ahead,” he told the students.“Successful people always think ahead… that is, what it is that they would like to do with their lives. They just don’t go through life on a day to day basis. You have to constantly think about your future and start working to achieve that and that is called vision. If you have a vision for your life that is what will determine your approach.”Dr Anthony’s daughter, Ashley, who copped seven grade ones in this year’s Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams, also spoke at the event where she gave the young students a ‘pep talk’ on how to continue to excel. “For you to become successful, it depends on yourself. You Xiana have to know yourself and determine what it is that you need to do to get where you want to be. Everybody is different so what works for you, works for you,” she urged.She also congratulated the students and encouraged them to continue to pursue greatness. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

Settlement reached in crash involving Hilton-owned car

first_imgDelgado works as a nurse, according to a woman who answered the telephone at Delgado’s home last October and identified herself as her mother. The couple’s son, Nicholas Alvarez, was with them in the car and was less than a month old when the accident happened, according to their court papers. The lawsuit does not state whether the father or son were injured, and Delgado’s mother said she was unsure if either was hurt. The lawsuit was filed in May 2006 in Pomona Superior Court, but Judge Robert A. Dukes transferred the case to the West Covina courthouse five months later after finding that damages in the case did not exceed $25,000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – A settlement was reached in a lawsuit by a couple who claim they were injured in a Baldwin Park traffic collision involving a car owned, but not driven, by Paris Hilton, according to court records obtained today. The settlement was announced by attorneys Friday in a hearing before West Covina Superior Court Judge Michael M. Duggan, who vacated the scheduled Sept. 10 trial date and set an Aug. 29 hearing for a formal dismissal of the case. Terms of the agreement were not contained within court records, and attorneys could not be immediately reached. Ivan Alvarez and Monica Delgado of West Covina sued Hilton and her cousin, Brooke Ashley Brinson of Indian Wells, for personal injury, negligence and property damage. Brinson was driving a Mercedes-Benz that belonged to the heiress when it rear-ended another car on the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway west of Francisquito Avenue on May 30, 2004, according to the lawsuit. Hilton was not present. The car that the Mercedes hit then struck the couple’s car and one other car, both of which were in heavy traffic ahead, according to court papers. The lawsuit alleges Brinson did not slow down in time. Brinson was later charged with drunken driving, according to the celebrity Web site Delgado, 32, claimed she suffered back pain and had medical bills of $1,300. last_img read more

Projects at Universal will hurt quality of life

first_imgWHEN NBC Universal and Thomas Properties Group announced their integrated plans to build two massive development projects at the small Universal City MTA site and the larger NBC Universal Studios, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was absolutely giddy. Knowing that they must undergo the normal course of review, comment and approval, the mayor nevertheless pre-emptively declared the plan a “blockbuster, a transforming project, a city-making project.” The mayor seemingly had no concerns that the projects were proposed for one of the most congested commuter corridors in the region (the Cahuenga Pass and the Barham Corridor), and offered no comprehensive mitigation for the effects of thousands of new cars and commuters in and around the development. The combined projects seek more than 3 million new square feet of commercial space, with half of that (the multi-high-rise MTA portion) jammed into 10 acres, dwarfing the historic Campo de Cahuenga. On the other side of Lankershim Boulevard, the companion Universal Studios project would spread an equal amount of square footage over more than 400 acres. Villaraigosa also seemed unconcerned that the two projects would forcibly transform communities of single-family homes, neighborhood parks and “mom and pop” businesses into a forced new, urban environment. And he failed to mention that the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority project (to be built on public land) would not face a competitive bidding process thanks to a “right of first offer” agreement between the MTA and Universal Studios. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd while the MTA plans did not heed the mayor’s oft-stated goal of providing mixed use/residential space around transit hubs, he seemed to have no problem with dropping close to 3,000 new residences – and the cars that come with them – on the Universal backlot, on top of the already gridlocked and dysfunctional Barham Boulevard corridor. Officials in the Villaraigosa administration have continued his fight to force a new urban image on existing suburban communities. Apparently, part of this plan, as we revealed in a recent Planning and Land Use Management Committee hearing, is to literally force people to use public transportation, no matter how woefully inadequate it is, by allowing profiteering real-estate developers to build intense and dense projects without providing sufficient parking. We are glad that NBC Universal wishes to continue its long-term investment in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to working with it as neighbor partners in shaping projects that answer its business needs, but also preserve and enhance our quality of life and leave the surrounding communities better for the investment. In their P.R. offensive, NBC Universal and Thomas Properties Group have turned to Page 1 in the Real Estate Developers’ Handbook by touting the thousands of jobs that these projects would bring to the community. We support the creation of opportunity and enrichment, but not at the expense of destroying the quality of life of Universal’s taxpaying neighbors. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Councilman Tom LaBonge have both declared the current Universal MTA project as too massive and unacceptable. They are right. It’s time for the mayor and others to stop pretending that these projects are part of some greater vision for the future of L.A., and acknowledge that as now proposed, they are too huge and do not offer any realistic plan to ensure that sufficient mitigation measures could be in place before any new building is occupied. Roy P. Disney is general chairman of the NBC Universal/MTA Project Community Working Group, a coalition of neighborhood and business organizations which geographically encircle Universal Studios and the MTA site, www.universalworkinggroupnews.org160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

talkSPORT Transfer Centre PODCAST, July 21 2016

first_imgJoin talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton and Tom Bellwood as they discuss all the latest breaking transfer news. You can hear the talkSPORT Today Transfer Centre every day at 1pm on talkSPORT 2.last_img

Sport Magazine Podcast, episode 3: Big Sam, Women’s Sport Week & Jonny Bairstow

first_imgThis week’s issue of Sport magazine features interviews with downhill mountain biking sensation Rachel Atherton, England right-back Kyle Walker and Jonny Bairstow, England’s incumbent wicket-keeper batsman in Test cricket.In Women’s Sports Week, the editorial team discuss those articles and plenty more besides.last_img