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Rains postpone the semifinals in Rio

first_imgThe persistent rains which have punished Rio de Janeiro since Friday pressured the organizers of the Tennis Open of this Brazilian metropolis to postpone the two semifinals for Sunday that started to happen this Saturday.The semifinals of the Rio de Janeiro Open, solely ATP 500 match in South America, they had been suspended round midnight when Chilean Cristian Garín (25 ATP and second favourite) beat Croatian Borna Coric (32 ATP and fifth favourite) for a set to zero and Italian Gianluca Mager (128 ATP) was imposed on Hungarian Attila Balazs ( 106 ATP) additionally 1-0. Garin, near the first ultimate of an ATP 500 in his profession, had gained the first set 6-Four and tied the second 4-4, whereas Mager beat the first spherical 7-6 (7-4) and tied the second in 3-3.The choice forces the candidates to the title of the Rio de Janeiro Open, the solely ATP 500 match in South America, to dispute what stays of the semifinals a number of hours earlier than the ultimate, which is scheduled for Sunday night time with no chance of postponement. The 2 video games began at 22.15 native time (1.15 GMT on Sunday), with 5 hours late attributable to a persistent drizzle, however the rain solely gave a truce of an hour and a half, in order that they had been suspended and postponed till Sunday.The truce given by the rains at the starting of the afternoon allowed, not less than, to conclude on Saturday two of the quarterfinal matches that had began on Friday and needed to be interrupted. That means, Mager, a tennis participant from the qualifier, managed to verify the Event shock by eliminating Austrian Dominic Thiem, fourth greatest in the world and that was the favourite to prevail in the Brazilian match. Mager, who with the factors conquered this week can enter the High 100 subsequent week, beat Thiem 7-6 (7-4) and 7-5 in a 1-hour and 55-minute sport that started on Friday and ended this Saturday after the interruption attributable to the rains. The Italian, who gained three Challenger titles final yr, will now have the alternative to dispute the first semifinal of an ATP in his profession, in which Hungarian Attila Balazs will likely be measured, one other competitor from the qualifier. The Hungarian superior this Saturday to the semifinals by profitable 2-6, 6-Four and 6-2 to the Spanish Pedro Martínez. Balazs benefited from the interruption by the rain of a match that had begun on Friday and in which Martinez, 22 years previous and 133 in the rankings, was a lot increased the day earlier than.Balazs, who solely acceded to the foremost group in Rio in the situation of “fortunate loser” of the qualifier, will now have the alternative to play the first semifinal of an ATP 500 in his profession and of add the essential factors to enter the High 100.Whereas certainly one of the semifinals will face two gamers who needed to face one another in the qualifier to entry the entry group, in the different two of the favorites will likely be measured: Garin (third key head) and Coric (fifth). Coric eradicated Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals (52 ATP) by 7-6 (7-5) and 6-3 in a sport that was interrupted about 4 hours by the robust storm that punished this metropolis. Garin gained Friday in the quarterfinal match 2-6, 6-Three and 7-5 to Argentina’s Federico Coria (116 ATP).The Rio Open has been performed on the clay courts of the Brazilian Jockey Membership of Rio de Janeiro since 2014 and this yr affords 1.9 million greenback prizes, of which $ 355,530 is for the winner, together with the 500 factors in the ATP classification.last_img read more

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Hop on Hover Craft

first_img HAT-TRICK Down in class HOVER CRAFT, to be ridden by champion jockey Omar Walker for 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, is tipped to win the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance feature over 1700 metres at Caymanas Park today. HOVER CRAFT, who has won in grade one company and was second to FRANFIELD in the 2015 Superstakes is out for the first time since finishing 12 lengths ninth to stable-companion and back to back “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM in the $13.9 million Diamond Mile on December 10. Indications are the 7-y-o gelding by He’stherealthing out of Royal Pizzaz would have finished closer had he not run wide into the straight and despite getting on in age, is still good enough to take out his 10 opponents. His final time of 1:39.0 in the Diamond Mile against the best horses in the country was pretty decent and having worked well in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in 1;14.2 (bullet work) last Saturday morning, his final rattle should do the trick. Although fancied to win on the basis of his back class, HOVER CRAFT can expect stiff competition from his improving stable-companion IAN LINKS, who bids for a hat-trick of wins, proven campaigner UNCLE TAF now fully focused for this race and TIMEFORARMS, who failed by a neck to beat ROYAL VIBES in the recent Allan “Billy” Williams Memorial Trophy over 1400 metres. The Fitzroy Glispie-trained TIMEFORARMS came from a long way behind to make it close in that race and now back to good form and the longer distance even more to his liking, looks the principal danger to HOVER CRAFT. Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, LORD EQUUS, with three-time champion Dane Nelson up, seems cherry ripe for a win and is preferred to DYSFUNCTIONAL, BIRD CATCHER and recent winner MY COMPANION in the competitive looking fourth race over 1400 metres. The Patrick Fong-trained LORD EQUUS caught the eye when finishing a close third to LIKE A LADY over 1100 metres last Saturday and with this trip more to his liking, gets the nod over BIRD CATCHER and the DaCosta-trained DYSFUNCTIONAL (working well) in a field of nine. I also like SILENCE to win the second, CONCLUSION, having finished second in his last four races, to finally break the ice in the third for maiden four-year-olds and up; BUBBLING KITTEN in the fifth and TUXEDO in the seventh.last_img read more

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25 questions for ExxonMobil

first_imgDear Editor,ExxonMobil’s Kimberly Brasington, Senior Director, Public & Government Affairs, recently made several comments to the media and at public/private gatherings in Guyana that give the impression to Guyanese of being condescending and pompous.In response to Ms Brasington’s remarks to the Guyanese public, I have presented below a few questions for Ms Brasington to answer1. Are you an employee of Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited?2. Was it necessary for you to mention that a lot of eyes were on Guyana watching to see how “this” plays out?3. Do you consider Guyana an unstable environment?4. If efforts are being made by Guyanese to have an unconscionable contract renegotiated, would that qualify Guyana as an unstable country?5. Where is the logic in your statement that the sanctity of a contract is more important in a “frontier” country that is new to the oil and gas sector?6. Could you identify the section in the 1999 agreement that makes Guyana liable for pre-contract cost?7. Why was an extremely low royalty rate and a relatively minor signing bonus included in the 2016 contract for a block of 6.6 million acres and billions of barrels of proven low-cost oil reserves?8. How can you say with certainty that ExxonMobil would have said “no thanks” to a request for a very high signing bonus for billions of barrels of proven and recoverable low-cost oil reserves?9. Why is there no scope for a justifiable production bonus for Guyana?10. Why is there scope for a fabricated US$460 million pre-contract cost?11. Is it rational to pay the Government of Guyana the same amount of signing bonus on a 1.4 billion barrels’ oil discovery as on a 10 billion barrels’ oil discovery?12. Will Exxon set off the contrived US$460 million pre-contract charge against any royalty or profit share due to Guyana?13. Do you consider a contract as having sanctity and legality after signing for 600 blocks, when the Guyana Petroleum Act allows for a company to contract for only 60 blocks?14. Does the presence of Government of Guyana auditors on the Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessels on a 24/7basis breach the terms or sanctity of the contract?15. During your eighteen years as an employee of ExxonMobil Corporation, has Exxon ever done anything unethical?16. Are you aware that on February 14, 2017, United States President Donald John Trump signed legislation repealing an Obama-era rule that forced energy and mining companies to disclose any payments they made abroad, and that ExxonMobil once lobbied against the Obama-era rule?17. When you speak of real value in the sanctity of contracts, is your statement applicable to lop-sided contracts that hugely disadvantage one party and are overly generous to the other party?18. Are you aware that sanctimonious and binding slave contracts existed, and release from these contracts was necessitated by the widely held belief that inhumane and unconscionable contracts are unenforceable?19. Why can’t you compare ExxonMobil operating in an established region to operating in Guyana, considering that when the agreement was signed in 2016, over 1.4 billion barrels of proven low-cost oil reserves were already discovered in Guyana, along with expectations that substantially more oil was in the same oil field, and probably much more oil in the Stabroek Block?20. Isn’t it disingenuous to claim you would not disclose the nature of the negotiations for the bonus and yet you still divulge that “in the end” both parties got what they wanted and are satisfied, and even if more oil is discovered “there was no possibility of a higher bonus” or incorporation of a production bonus to the agreement?21. While claiming you can’t comment on closed door negotiations, why do you selectively comment on discussions during closed door negotiations?22. How can you claim that the 2016 agreement is “actually a globally competitive one relative to countries with a similar oil and gas profile”?23. You said the Stabroek Petroleum Agreement “in the case of Guyana was an unproven basin”. In which universe is this true, when, at the time of signing the agreement, 1.4 billion barrels of proven and recoverable low-cost oil reserves were known to be in the Stabroek Block?24. With the sanctified Petroleum Agreement being signed on June 27, 2016, why was there a necessity to have the sacred contract finalized on October 7, 2016?25. Was the $18 million signing bonus included in the contract signed on June 27, 2016, or was it inserted after the contract signing date?Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

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Ellen to Receive ‘African SHEROES’ Award

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will on December 30 be presented the maiden edition of the highest and most prestigious award of the African SHEROES Awards (ASAs), The Ultimate SHEROES Award at the Paynesville City Hall, organizers have said.ASAs is a newly initiated premier international awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful and inspiring females of African descent.The President was selected by the organizers of the ASAs for the highest honor because of what they termed as her great achievement in politics and setting the bar for other African women to follow. The ultimate SHERO is a woman who has continuously risen to the challenge of matching social impact with economic value and broken the glass ceiling, organizers of the event has said.The ASAs, a Liberian event, was created specifically to honor women who strive for success in spite of the limitations society puts on being a woman or girl, the organizers said at a press conference on Tuesday in Monrovia. The ASAs is an initiative of Barkue Tubman and Salamartu Duncan.“What better way to inaugurate the first ever ASAs than by honoring the first female President in Africa’s history,” they asked in the release. The two officers noted that President Sirleaf, throughout her life, has and continues to defy all odds and has set herself with distinction in the global community-making other women to look up to her as that perfect role model.The president’s achievements in all of the sectors that she has served make her the obvious winner of the maiden award, Ms. Tubman said at the press conference.“These types of women and girls who continue to rebuild, invest, serve their communities, success in business, philanthropy, government and politics, arts and culture, media, technology, medicine and science.“The resilience of African women is incredible. For centuries African women and their descendants have continuously risen to the challenge of marching social impacts with economic value.” Tubman and Duncan, who both addressed the press conference, said each year the organization and its partners will recognize African women for demonstrating excellence – from economic growth to social change from local to global reach across multiple sectors. This is the first award program of its kind, commencing the Liberian series of an initiative that is intended to be taken continental.Some of ASA’s partners include the Association for the Advancement of Liberian Girls (AALG) and African and American Women for Peace and Women and Girls Empowerment and Cultural Exchange (AAW Peace). Sheroes are not just limited to women only, but also a supporter and advocate for the rights of women and girls.“Our aim is to grow this platform across the African continent and in the Diaspora and to build a platform for mentees and mentors,” Barkue said.Several women and girls who have received nominations will be awarded along with President Sirleaf at the December 30th event. There are several categories, which are place in two phases, SHEROES, Liberian women age 21 and above and the youth category, girls ages 16 to 20.Categories include entrepreneur, humanitarian, creative arts (actress, singer, beauty and fashion, arts and culture, writer, journalist, media personality) and science and technology.In the adult categories there are also politician/government and medical legal professionals’ awards.“The event is a red carpet semi formal event and is an event of celebrating achievers and building a network of African women role models who are Liberians,” Ms. Duncan said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GPSU blasts Govt over unfillfuled promises

first_img…accuses APNU/AFC of providing mere “lip service”President of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Patrick Yarde, on Monday expressed frustration over Government’s unfulfilled promises made to public servants.In blasting Government for this significant disappointment, the GPSU president said that increased wages and salaries were among other failed promises made by the administration.“When one hears of an early 2019 budget — and this is what was significantly provoking: you giving publicity to a 2019 budget and things you promised in the 2015 budget you haven’t even addressed — this is so baffling. I want to know if I am going crazy, ‘cause I am trying to understand it: we haven’t even commencedGPSU President Patrick Yardesalary negotiations for 2018,” the GPSU president said.“Is it that we’re idiots? Or isn’t there someone on the other side who could recognise that this thing is out of sequence and should be corrected?” Yarde questioned.Yarde informed the media that numerous commitments made by the Government are yet to be addressed. He noted that, over a year ago, Government sent a terms of reference “for a committee to look at this thing (wages and salaries’ increases for public servants), and we made sure that we sent back the terms of reference and we said we accept it without a change; and over a year ago, a terms of reference for a committee (and) the committee can’t meet!”He even accused Government of providing only “lip service” to its commitments, as its promises remain unfilled and have left public servants unattended.Yarde noted that he understands the coalition Government had inherited some ‘baggage’ from the previous administration, but he nevertheless believes that the time has come to end the sufferings of public servants.“Leaving aside the assorted baggage inherited from its predecessor, the PPP/C regime, it is the considered opinion of the GPSU that the incumbent political administration has been considerably inattentive to addressing the plight of public servants; so that, apart from failing to alleviate the material suffering of its own workers, the Government has — it would appear — been unmindful of the nexus between a suitably equipped and motivated public service and the efficiency and effectiveness of its own administration,” Yarde declared.Yarde also pointed out that since the Government ascended to office, it “has been, in large measure, a one-sided encounter in which the administration appears to have been deaf to the appeals of the Union”.The GPSU president opined that the present situation has enormous effects on the workers, and, as such, should be given ‘positive attention’.Yarde said President David Granger usually speaks of the good life, and so he is calling on him and his cabinet members to address these burning issues.He added, “We dare the Government to challenge anything that we have stated here”.The public servants’ representative declared that public servants have been quiet for far too long, and he said their situation has reached a point of considerable frustration, birthed from disbelief that there is no end to their sufferings.last_img read more

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Tusker, Sharks fire blanks at Ruaraka

first_img-Ruaraka battle-The first-half had a flurry of chances for both Tusker and Sharks  but none could convert, while the second-half though with opportunities far and in between hugely had a drop in pace.Not even the return of Masoud Juma and Patilla Omoto from international duty and Ovela Ochieng from trials in Sweden could spur Sharks who fielded a full strength squad despite head coach William Muluya hinting he will rotate with one eye on the GOtv Shield final on October 20.Both teams were not shy to attack in the first few minutes with each having good scoring opportunities. In the 12th minute Brian Osumba tried his luck rifling a volley from range but it whizzed wide.On the other side, Sharks launched a great counter attack with Elli Asieche slicing a low cross into the box from the left but Calvin Odongo who was salivating at the ball inside the box was bullied off the ball by Tusker skipper James Situma.Two minutes later, Odongo had another opportunity with a shot from his weaker left foot from the edge of the box but it went wide.Michael Bodo had done much of the spadework, drifting from the left after skipping past a host of Tusker tacklers before releasing his mate.Noah Wafula had a brilliant effort in the 17th minute with a header unmarked inside the six yard box off off a Danson Kago cross, but he sent he sent it straight to John Oyemba.A minute later, Mike Khamati had another brilliant chance after breaking into the box to face Oyemba one-on-one, but his effort under pressure from Sharks defenders was thwarted by the custodian.Tusker FC midfielder Brian Osumba attempts a backheel against Sharks defender Paul Kamau in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 11, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIt built on to be a see-saw affair between the two sides as they sized each other up, none backing up in attack. Humphrey Mieno saw a 35th minute shot from the edge of the area come off against the upright after being teed up by John Macharia.-Second half-Tusker asked the first questions in the second half with Khamati’s header from a Kago corner going straight to Oyemba while right back Paul Kamau had to make a superb defensive clearance to clear the ball off Kago’s path with goalmouth in site off a Khamati cross.In the 66th minute, Collins Shivachi had a glorious opportunity with a lone header from a beautiful free-kick delivery from Eugene Asike but the effort went wide.Sharks upped a bit of pace in the final 10 minutes and in the 83rd,  Masoud’s effort after a brilliant run on the left came off the bar.Minutes later,  Asike made a decisive block to deny substitute Ebrimah Sanneh who had broken into the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC forward Danson Kago attempts to beat Kariobangi Sharks’ Paul Kamau to the ball in a Kenyan Premier league match at the Ruaraka Complex on October 11, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11- Kariobangi Sharks and Tusker FC replicated their result from the first-leg after playing to a goalless draw in the Kenyan Premier League return fixture on Wednesday afternoon at the Ruaraka Complex in Nairobi.In other results played in mid-week, Nakumatt FC came a goal down to hold relegation threatened Western Stima 1-1 while Zoo Kericho also rallied from behind to draw 2-2 with Nzoia Sugar.last_img read more

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Exclusive – O’Neill backs Keane to become Ireland manager

first_imgRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill believes it is only a matter of time before his international assistant Roy Keane takes charge of the national side and moves back into club management.The Manchester United legend is currently helping O’Neill with the Boys in Green’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign, while he also took up the no.2 role as Paul Lambert’s assistant at Aston Villa in the summer.Keane has spent time in the top job before, first in a two-year spell with Sunderland before taking charge of Ipswich, though both jobs resulted in disappointment.The ex-midfielder resigned at the Black Cats and was then sacked by the Tractor Boys, but O’Neill does not believe his assistant’s difficult experiences in the past will prevent him from pushing on in his managerial career.“He’s enjoying both roles,” the Ireland boss told Drivetime. “He’s obviously keen to learn, keen to pick up again and I’m quite sure in the not too distant future he will go manage on his own again.“I’m sure that’s something everybody will probably want to see, but in the meantime he’s actively enjoying it.”Asked if he could manage Ireland, O’Neill said: “I don’t see why not. I’m sure these sort of experiences will stand him in good stead. I think probably his experience at Ipswich has probably knocked him back a little bit and upset him a little bit.“But I’ve no doubt he is very capable and he will be a manager at both club level and international level in the not too distant future.”last_img read more

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Embarrassing moment: Tottenham fans get caught on camera!

first_img Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate Harry Kane’s equaliser outside the ground – Click right for more pictures 5 5 5 Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate Harry Kane’s equaliser outside the ground – Click right for more pictures Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate Harry Kane’s equaliser outside the ground – Click right for more pictures 5 With Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 down against London rivals West Ham, many disgruntled fans took to the exits at White Hart Lane.Hundreds of supporters made their way out of the ground only to hear their side grab an incredible late equaliser as Harry Kane missed a penalty and then rammed the rebound past Adrian to make the score 2-2, six minutes into injury time.And one photographer managed to capture this images of an elated but perhaps slightly embarrassed group of fans dancing in delight after listening to their hero score again.Check out the images in our gallery above… Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate Harry Kane’s equaliser outside the ground – Click right for more pictures 5 Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate Harry Kane’s equaliser outside the ground – Click right for more pictureslast_img read more

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Manchester City’s ‘character’ hailed by Pellegrini after dramatic win over Sevilla

first_imgManuel Pellegrini believes Kevin De Bruyne’s stoppage-time winner shows Manchester City possess the character required for a long run in the Champions League.The Belgian buried a low shot with 90 minutes on the clock as City snatched a barely-deserved 2-1 win over Europa League winners Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium.It had looked like being another frustrating night for Pellegrini’s men in the competition with only an Adil Rami own goal, cancelling out an earlier Yevhen Konoplyanka strike, saving them from potential defeat.But, maintaining his superb form since his £54million move to City two months ago, De Bruyne had the final say after breaking clear from a Yaya Toure pass.The manner of the result bore similarities to the late win Borussia Monchengladbach three weeks ago and lifted City to second in Group D, just a point behind Juventus.Despite the unconvincing nature of the win, Pellegrini believes his team are getting to grips with the competition.Pellegrini said: “I think that maybe there is a lot of criticism of this team in Europe but these two last games that we played in Europe reflect that we have the character to try to win.“We will continue trying to improve our play, but for me, the character, concentration and intensity in Europe has been very important.“When you win in the last minute it gives you more trust in what you are doing.”De Bruyne, who has now scored five goals in nine City appearances, said: “We tried everything to look for the victory. Thankfully, in the end, we could score.” 1 Kevin De Bruyne with Manuel Pellegrini last_img read more

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COMMUNITY SETS UP ITS OWN TEXT ALERT SERVICE

first_imgThe Lurgybrack Community Alert Group is setting up a TEXT ALERT SERVICE in the Lurgybrack and surrounding designated areas.The boundary for this area starts  from the Polestar Roundabout on the outskirts of Letterkenny.It then takes in the townlands of, Bonagee, Drumnahoe, Drumany, Dromore, Trimragh, Drumerdagh, part of Rossbracken, upper and lower Aughlihard, Listillion, Lurgybrack, Correnagh, Ardiganny, Ballyboe, Wood Road and the Cullion Road. If you are a resident within this boundary and want to join, you can register for the TEXT ALERT SERVICE in Bonagee Hall on Tuesday October 20th between 5pm and  9pm. The cost is €15 per mobile number.Check www.facebook.com/Lurgybrackcommunityalert for further details and view the map.Community Alert is a partnership between the community, An Garda Siochana and Munitir na Tire.COMMUNITY SETS UP ITS OWN TEXT ALERT SERVICE was last modified: October 14th, 2015 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:donegalGardaiLURGYBRACKtext alertlast_img read more

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