Puma signs Jamaican stars

first_imgAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Global Sports Brand PUMA continues to deepen its roots in Jamaican athletics after securing the signatures of seven of the island’s top athletes. Puma, a long-time partner of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and the Jamaica Olympic Association followed up its recent signing of Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole with seven MVP Track Club athletes including Olympic silver medallist Shericka Jackson, World Championships medal winner O’Dayne Richards, Janieve Russell, Christania Williams, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald and Megan Simmonds. “Puma continues their commitment with up and coming athletes, and its mission to be the fastest sports brand in the world by signing seven Jamaican athletes to represent them in the upcoming World Championships in London. They all have a strong possibility to make the podium in London and increase PUMA’s footprint in Jamaican athletics, which includes none other than Usain Bolt,” read a release issued by the company late yesterday. The signings represent a major coup for Puma considering MVP’s long association with US brand Nike and the fact that its most recognisable ambassador Usain Bolt will be stepping off the track at the end of the season. Twenty-one year-old Jackson, represents one of the most exciting signings for the company. Jackson won bronze medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in the 400m and was a member of the 4x400m world title winning team in 2015 and the Rio 2016 silver medal mining unit. She has a personal best of 49.83 seconds in the 400m and is seen as Jamaica’s future of the event. Russell’s Olympic ambition was hampered by injury but she also brings significant promise and world class pedigree. The 23 year-old 400m hurdles specialist has already made her mark in the event and the best is still to come. Russell was a finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2015 World Championships in Beijing. She is also a former World Junior Champion. Richards is a bronze medallist who competed in the shot put at the last 2015 World Championships and made the final at the 2016 Rio Olympic. He also won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Williams, 22, competed in the 100m final in Rio and ran the lead off leg as a member of the 4x100m relay team which won the silver medal. Simmonds, the 22-year-old 100m hurdler was the 2016 Jamaican national champion and represented Jamaica during the latest Olympic Games while Forte, who just missed competing in Rio breaking the 20 seconds barrier in the 200m for the first time in 2016. McDonald is the 400m national record holder with a personal best of 43.93 seconds. He was part of the medal winning relay teams at the last two World Championships.last_img read more


Gervacio, Tan cap BVR season with gold medal

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ The spotlight also went to sports superstars Alyssa Valdez and Kiefer Ravena, who came from behind to defeat beach volleyball poster girl Charo Soriano and fan favorite John Vic de Guzman, 23-21, in a celebrity match whose proceeds will go to Mindanao State University-Marawi College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Academy.Team Idol, composed of Philippine beach volleyball legends Rhovyl Verayo, Jasper Jimenez, Jun Gallo and guest player Mike Shavrak, hurdled Team Lodi’s Ravena, De Guzman, Sue Roces and Philip Bagalay, 21-17, in another exhibition match to spice up the final day of competitions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUndefeated in five matches, Gervacio and Tan ended the Cinderella run of Doromal and Orillaneda, who needed two do-or-die matches to make it to the final.University of Santo Tomas-Maynilad’s Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor rallied from a set down to beat Creamline’s Fille Cayetano and Kyla Atienza, 17-21, 21-12, 15-8, to bag third place, duplicating their achievement in Dumaguete City last month. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Hernandez, Jorge seize doubles lead Tiger Winx’s KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto outlasted UST-Maynilad’s Rancel Varga and Efraim Dimaculangan, 21-14, 21-12, to clinch the bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Champions Bea Tan (second from left) and Dzi Gervacio (third from left) receive their prize during the awards ceremonies.Banko-Perlas 1’s Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan pulled off a dominant 21-8, 21-18 victory over National University-Boysen’s Roma Doromal and Kly Orillaneda to claim the women’s championship of the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour December Open 2018: A Christmas Rally early this month at The Sands SM By The Bay.Air Force finally captured a men’s title as Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez bested Cignal’s Fauzi Ismail and Edmar Bonono, 21-17, 21-18.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more


“We want to meet with the President” – GGDMA

first_img… as concerns of miners yet to be addressedConcerns have been raised by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) for some time, including the elapsed concessions they formerly benefited from, increased taxes and interior roads.According to Executive Member of the Association, Colin Sparman, theseThe state of interior roads is a major issue for miners and truckers alikeconcerns largely remain unaddressed despite meetings with Government representatives. In addition, there is no word on whether the President will meet with the Association, the recognised representative of gold miners. “We want to meet with the President,” Sparman said during a recent interview. “About two years we have been asking to meet with the President.” He noted that some of the topical issues the Association would potentially raise with the President are the taxes on mining operators, as well as ways of stabilising the royalties paid for gold in Guyana to mitigate the effects of fluctuations on the world market. “Everyone is depending on the gold production, because of the revenue,” Sparman said, referring to the members of the Association. “We still have issues with the road conditions in the interior.” Commenting on the increase in the processing fees for gold declarations by the Guyana Gold Board, Sparman noted that the Association was told that the increase from $1000 to $2500 was due to overhead costs. However, he stated that the Association was in consort with the $2500 decision. For some time, miners have been raising issues, such as the spike in taxes across the board implemented by the Government; in particular, the increase of the Tributors Tax from 10 to 20 per cent, Value Added Tax on heavy-duty mining equipment and the two per cent Withholding Tax.In addition, the Association had complained of not being able to benefit from the grant of duty-free concessions on mining equipment, vehicles and fuel, owing to the red tape experienced at the regulatory agencies involved. In 2015, the GGDMA signed agreements with the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). These agreements had included the granting of exemption from custom duties on fuel and equipment for eligible miners. But with an initial lifespan of six months, miners complained bitterly that the time elapsed with many not benefiting.The roads in the mining areas are another issue that came to the forefront when aggrieved truck operators travelled to Georgetown to expose the degraded condition of the roads. And since miners depend on trucking services to transport supplies, the issue is one that impacted on their livelihood.But declaring that overweight trucks are chiefly responsible for wreaking havoc on interior roads in Guyana, Government had announced that moves will be made to amend the relevant laws in order to enforce weight limits on the roadways. In fact, the legislative instrument to enable change of the laws is currently with the Chamber of the Attorney General for vetting.Three heavy-duty scales have already been procured, and Government will be moving to have them installed at key locations shortly. And of the $2.3 billion allocated to the Public Infrastructure Ministry for use on hinterland roads, some 82 per cent of that fund has been committed to contracts, while a total of 43 per cent of the money committed to contracts having already been disbursed to contractors.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson made this announcement at the beginning of the recent sitting of the National Assembly. Patterson was responding to Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill, who had queried what measures were being put in place to address the plight of truckers moving goods and providing services to interior locations using roads such as the Linden/Lethem road link, among others.last_img read more


Politicians change laws to suit themselves – Ram

first_img…calls for two thirds of parliamentarians to monitor oil fundPolitical analyst and Attorney Christopher Ram on Friday weighed in on matters relating to the Natural Resources Fund (NRF) at the inaugural Energy forum hosted by the Guyana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) at Duke Lodge, Georgetown, where he raised concerns over the fact that Government officials draft laws to benefit themselves.It is because of this concern, Ram noted that NRF, previously called the Sovereign Wealth Fund, should be monitored by two thirds of the National Assembly to protect its content.“First of all, this legislation that is proposed or as it is, we have a difficulty with the Constitution. Article 216 of the Constitution which says that all the money must goPolitical Analyst and Attorney, Christopher Ramtowards to Consolidated Fund unless…(but) Article 216 of is not protected. It is not entrenched as you call it. This act, the Natural Resource Fund act, you pass it one day and you can unpass it the next day. Where is the protection? Where is the guarantee that no, even one-seat majority, will take all kind of politics that we have in this country that we’ve had for so very long, whenever they feel like they change the law to suit themselves,” Ram said.According to him, changes to the law to suit governments have happened in the past and continue to happen under the present Administration.It is against this backdrop that Ram pointed to the need for the SWF to be monitored by parliamentarians. “The Natural Resource Fund should be protected by a two thirds majority in the National Assembly,” he stated.Should this come to pass, the analyst said certain laws would have to be amended such as Article 164, which requires a referendum.His fellow panelist, Attorney Charles Ramson Jr, chimed in saying both the Opposition and Government should play a role in drafting this specific legislation as it may have negative impacts on the booming oil industry.According to him, “The protection that Chris (Christopher Ram) was referring to is getting a two thirds majority but how do you get a two thirds majority if you’re doing it and creating your ideas and creating the policy and creating the framework and the legislation all on your own?”Ramson indicated that when the other party is excluded from such matters, when it is time to vote on the legislation, regardless of it is good or bad, the other party will vote against it.The ‘Green Paper’ which details the doings of Government with the earnings from not only the oil industry, but several other areas related to natural resources was released back in August.The Government said in its Green Paper that it would be an unwise decision to spread the limited expertise and experience in fund management in Guyana across two separate funds. The costs of managing two funds would be much higher than those of managing a single fund.As such, the Government considers that it is most efficient to have a single fund (the Natural Resource Fund).last_img read more


NHL notes: Penguins arena deal is reached

first_img“I never heard that. I heard nothing like that,” Dick Skrinjar said. A spokesman for Gov. Ed Rendell refused to confirm the deal. “I can’t confirm a report of any settlement,” Chuck Ardo said. “The sides have communicated since last Thursday. This is an ongoing process.” Team and elected officials met last week in Philadelphia, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The sides then issued a joint statement saying they had a “very constructive meeting where significant progress was made.” The sides agreed to meet again on Wednesday. KDKA said that meeting is still on schedule, but only for minor details to be ironed out. Penguins officials didn’t immediately return calls for comment, nor did a spokesman for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. A spokesman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he knew nothing of a deal. The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached a deal with city, county and state officials on financing for a new arena, a television station reported Monday night. KDKA-TV, citing unidentified sources, said the deal is “done” and will be announced before today’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena. center_img The television station reported that the new arena will be more expensive than the $290 million projected by the Penguins. Linden supports Saskin: Former NHL Players’ Association president Trevor Linden still supports Ted Saskin, the union’s embattled leader. The union representatives from the 30 NHL teams voted Sunday to have Saskin and senior director Ken Kim placed on paid leaves of absence, effective immediately. The vote was prompted by allegations that Saskin, the executive director, ordered the monitoring of NHLPA player e-mails. The e-mail system the players use is administered by the union. “I’m a big supporter of Ted,” Linden said Monday after he and the Vancouver Canucks practiced. “I think he’s a quality individual and can do a very good job for our group. I thought that all along.” Walser joins Blue Jackets: The Columbus Blue Jackets added defenseman Derrick Walser to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. 160Want 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


No duty to protect

first_imgVan Nuys Al Gore was right Re “Major meltdown” (April 29): Your April 29 edition showed a picture of a collapsed roadway. The article said it was due to an explosion and fire caused by a crashed gasoline truck. No, you got that all wrong. The “meltdown” was caused by global warming. Gee, Al Gore was right after all. – Leonard E. McGinnis Granada Hills Tenet’s book Re “Rice challenges ex-CIA chief on allegations” (April 30): In the case of attacking Iraq without any credible evidence, former CIA Director George Tenet was probably telling the truth about CIA findings. On the other hand, former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice ignored 56 CIA warnings regarding Osama bin Ladin and other terrorist threats to our country. As to Tenet playing the victim and allegedly being distressed about the more than 3,350 U.S. military deaths in Iraq, his $4 million book deal is ludicrous, since he played right along with going to war and accepting the Medal of Freedom. Nothing was stopping him from resigning or warning the nation. For Tenet, his book is more for the benefit of the “CYA” than the CIA. – Jerold Drucker Tarzana Party of victory? Re “Dems still party of defeat” (Their Opinions, April 30): Rich Lowry using the phrase “party of defeat” to describe the Democrats just won’t fly. The Republicans have controlled all three branches of government for more than five years. Except for that disgraceful “Mission Accomplished” photo op, there has been nothing to suggest that the GOP is the “party of victory.” On the contrary, the Republicans are the ones who have engineered this nearly hopeless mess. Our troops are in the middle of a civil war in a place where al-Qaida could not exist without our presence to incite the local populace. The Democrats are still willing to give the president all the money he’s asking for. They just want him and the Iraqis to account for it by showing us some accomplishments. What is defeatist about that? Does “victory” demand a blank check indefinitely into the future? – Robert C. Von Bargen Santa Monica Losing the truth Re “Dems still party of defeat” (Their Opinions, April 30): Rich Lowry is a manipulative, transparent buffoon. America has been in Iraq for more than four years now, and nothing positive has happened except that Saddam Hussein’s statue has been overthrown. More than 3,000 American lives sacrificed just to topple a statue. Even Gen. Petraeus was less than positive about our progress in his message to Congress last week. Admittedly, while the general didn’t use the word “lost,” if you read between the lines that is exactly the feeling you were left with. I wish the conservative “wrong”-wing columnists would get their truths together and not try to pull a fast one over the eyes of the American public. – Gene Cofsky Tarzana No amnesty We need to start protecting our country and way of life that we and other American citizens before us have worked so hard to achieve. Current immigration proposals are similar to the 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens. Most citizens I know are opposed to any form of amnesty for illegals. Call the current immigration proposals whatever you want, but the American people understand what “amnesty” means. We can no longer be the backbone for the Mexican economy. I believe that now is the time for society to stop catering to the special interests and activist groups and to start standing up for American citizens and the immigrants who are here legally. – Earl E. Smith Burbank Virginia Tech shooting I don’t understand the Bush administration’s reaction to the Virginia Tech shooting. On the day of the shooting, the administration had the FBI, CIA, U.S. military, National Guard, French Foreign Legion, British commandos and even the guy from the grassy knoll on the scene, but when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, only the local police were left to help for days. – Jerry Pennington Van Nuys May Day When I was a child growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, we used to leave May baskets on the steps of our friends and neighbors to celebrate May 1. A May basket was usually made by hand from construction paper and filled with flowers like violets and dandelions – whatever we could find. It was rather like the reverse of Halloween, when we tended to soap windows. I think it’s a nicer way to celebrate than ditching school and jamming streets and freeways! – Margy Lee Northridge Not just a lie Re “Penalty for sex, war” (Your Opinions, April 30): Bill Clinton was not impeached because he lied about having an affair with a woman who was not his wife. Once again, Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied at the Paula Jones trial. He was found in contempt of court by the judge and fined $80,000. – Philip Crispi Glendale Dumb or astute? Some five years ago, a dumb president called George W. Bush declared that three countries made up the axis of terror – Iraq, Iran and North Korea. If you notice, today North Korea has detonated a nuclear device and is blackmailing the Far East, Iran is progressing toward a nuclear device, and the world is having a fit. Iraq is in the middle of a religious war and is providing combat experience to various mad sects of Iraqis, Iranians and others. Now is he really dumb or astute? I guess it depends on whether you are sensible or a Democrat. – Joseph Nicassio Valencia Oh spray can you see? I’ve noticed that graffiti have greatly proliferated over the last couple of years. Virtually every entrance and exit to the city are now covered with graffiti. The authorities need to do something about this eyesore and those who cause it. I know Mayor Villaraigosa is aware of the problem as your paper has photographed him at nearly all of the places I’ve spotted it. Hey, wait a minute … ? – Bruce Jones Eagle Rock160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Gridlock, gangs top concerns” and “Suspects hide for hours in garage” (April 28): Yikes. Concern about violent gangs. Two bank robbers in the garage, and the homeowner can’t get through to the police. A reminder of the riots 15 years ago when we learned the police have no duty to protect us. Meanwhile, you could turn in your piece for peace, though predictably no criminals came forth. The article stating an “SSK assault rifle was turned in along with enough ammunition to blow away 59 bystanders” indicates your agenda is showing. I doubt the father who turned it in was in danger of using it, though he violated the law by bringing it there. Also, I believe you meant SKS. – Lenee Landis Sylmar Ceding the streets I got a good laugh from a TV news piece about the anniversary of the L.A. riots. The reporter stated that the Los Angeles Police Department “temporarily ceded the streets.” The word “temporarily” is what gave me the laugh. Here in the San Fernando Valley, gangs and criminals rob local stores, break in and trash homes and steal numerous vehicles by the hour, people drive as fast and as illegally as possible, and God forbid you call 911 about the crackheads arguing in front of your house; you’ll get yelled at for making a “nonemergency” call. The ceding of these streets by the LAPD continues full-time here in the Valley, where residents delude themselves into thinking all that will go away by changing their town name to Lake Balboa. – David Dills last_img read more


KCB humble Homeboyz to stay unbeaten

first_img0Shares0000Davis Chenge barged over the chalk, Mukidza converting before drilling home two penalties to see the bankers lead 19-6 as they asserted their dominance heading into the break. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 –KCB Rugby Club extended their unbeaten run in the Kenya Cup after registering a 26-6 victory over Homeboyz in a top of the table clash hosted at the Lions Den in Ruaraka on Saturday.In other results, Impala demolished newly promoted side Kisii 77-0 at the Impala Club, Mwamba picked their first win of the season after mauling Mombasa 74-3 at the Nairobi Railway Club, Nondescript edged out Strathmore Leos 25-20, Nakuru were 26-6 winners over Blak Blad while at the Kakamega Show Ground Kabras Sugar beat visitors Kenya Harlequin 22-13. At the Lions Den, after a cagey start, Mohammed Omollo sent Homeboyz 3-0 up with a penalty in the 13 thminute but KCB responded in kind seven minutes later through Darwin Mukidza’s levelling penalty after incessant pressure.Omollo stroked home a second penalty four minutes later to see Homeboyz lead 6-3.Davis Chenge barged over the chalk, Mukidza converting before drilling home two penalties to see the bankers lead 19-6 as they asserted their dominance heading into the break.The deejays asked questions of KCB after the restart but failed to translate pressure and territory and were punished when Stafford Abeka flat-footed Kevin Masai with an expensive dummy to score,Mukidza converting to put KCB 26-6 after fifty seven minutes of play, a lead they held to the end.Collated ResultsKCB 26 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 6Resolution Impala Saracens 77 Resolution Kisii 0Stanbic Mwamba 74 Regional Logistics CFS Mombasa 3Top Fry Nakuru 26 Blak Blad 6Nondescripts 25 Strathmore Leos 20Kabras Sugar 22 SportPesa Quins 13-By KRU Website-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Turiaf may be starting forward

first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER HONOLULU – At the end of another routine day in paradise, Lakers coach Phil Jackson caused a minor stir by saying he was considering starting forward Ronny Turiaf ahead of Luke Walton when the season begins Oct. 30. It had nothing to do with Walton’s strained right hamstring, which prevented him from practicing Friday at Iolani High School. It had everything to do with Jackson’s desire to add Turiaf’s energy to the starting five. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJackson acknowledged that he had not spoken to Walton about making the switch. Turiaf also said he had heard nothing about a possible change. Walton started all 60 games in which he played last season; Turiaf came off the bench in all but one of 72. “We’ll see how it goes,” Jackson said. “It’s still a long time away from tip time, but I know we have to have starters coming off the bench to be a good team.” Walton feigned outrage when Jackson’s plans were relayed to him. “That’s messed up,” he said. “How do you lose your starting spot over the summer when you didn’t even do anything (wrong)? He hasn’t told me anything. I would like to start. I’m not going to pout if I don’t. I like starting. I enjoy it, but if he feels we’ll have a better flow, I guess we’ll try it out.” Walton signed a five-year, $30 millon contract in July after a breakout season in which he averaged 11.4 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Turiaf also figured Jackson was playing mind games. “I think he’s jerking around with me,” Turiaf said. “He’s been jerking around with me for 21/2 years. On a more serious note, I’ll be ready for whatever is coming my way. I know what they’re asking from the power forward.” Turiaf averaged 5.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 2006-07, his second season in the NBA after a standout career at Gonzaga. “He’s kind of our silent warrior, even though he’s kind of an outspoken kind of guy,” Jackson said of Turiaf. “I really am considering starting him, but that position is really wide open. (But) he’s a guy who can bring energy to the game.” Walton sits out Two years ago, Walton tore his hamstring during training camp and was forced to sit out the first few weeks of the regular season. So he was taking no chances when he felt his hamstring tighten Friday. “When I pulled it a couple of years ago, I just figured it was tight,” Walton said. “I kept playing and that’s when I tore it. So when I came in today, they said to calm it down. I can feel it just standing here. It’s like a knot.” Walton’s status was termed day to day. Bynum’s best Teenage center Andrew Bynum had his best day of practice so far, Jackson said. Kwame Brown (ankle and shoulder) and Chris Mihm (ankle) are coming back from offseason surgeries, which probably helped to make Bynum stand out. Bynum dunked over Mihm to cap one possession near the end of a scrimmage. He also swished a right-handed hook shot over a pack of defenders on another, prompting Jackson to shout, “Nice, Andrew.” “It was probably his best day,” Jackson said. “We started to run some plays to feature our post players, so there was an ample opportunity to kind of explore it. He had Kwame out there on him, and he had Chris out there on him today, so both of them competed against him.” Fisher injured Point guard Derek Fisher suffered a deep cut on his forehead when he ran into one of free agent Larry Turner’s elbows during a drill. Fisher did not receive stitches, but athletic trainer Gary Vitti made sufficient repairs and Fisher finished practice. Bobcats’ May out Charlotte Bobcats forward Sean May will miss the season after deciding to undergo microfracture surgery on his troublesome right knee. May, who saw two knee specialists this week, will have the surgery Tuesday in New York. Recovery time will take six to 12 months. May, the 13th pick in the 2005 draft, has played in only 58 of 164 games over the past two seasons. He had surgery to remove cartilage during his rookie season, then developed a bone bruise last year. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want 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


DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ADMITS MAKING DOUBLE EXPENSES CLAIMS

first_imgA DONEGAL County Councillor has admitted making double expenses claims and could face being banned from holding public office.Former Fine Gael councillor Padraig Doherty, from Gaoth Dobhair was accused of making the bogus claims at a Standards In Public Office Commission hearing.It will will issue a ruling on the allegations within weeks. The 70-year-old politician faces nine counts of breaches of statutory standards required of public representatives.He is accused of claiming mileage and subsistence costs from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the one conference in Dungarvan in March 2007.Mr Doherty was also accused of making overlapping claims for another conference and a meeting of Údarás na Gaeltachta that took place at separate locations in November 2008.Councillor Doherty had repaid any money claimed on the double to Donegal County Council a year prior to a complaint being made to SIPO.Counsel for Pádraig Doherty, Richard Lyons said his client accepts the alleged contraventions against him and that there was no financial loss to either public body and Mr Doherty maintains he made inadvertant errors and mixed up his dates relating to the expenses claims.DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ADMITS MAKING DOUBLE EXPENSES CLAIMS was last modified: May 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CouncillorexpensesPadraig Dohertylast_img read more


Jedinak cancels out Eriksen wonderstrike as Denmark and Australia share points

first_img 3 Eriksen opened the scoring with one of the best struck goals of the tournament The Danes started on the front foot, and Eriksen’s goal was both well-deserved, and well taken. A neat flick down by Nicolai Jorgensen fell perfectly at the feet of Eriksen on the edge of the area, and he smashed the ball first-time through Mat Ryan’s flailing arms.Further chances fell their way, and it was against the run of play that Australia won the penalty from which Jedinak equalised. VAR was again the headline act, as Yussuf Poulsen was called up for a handball from a corner that the referee had originally missed. Australia and Denmark shared the spoils after an entertaining 1-1 draw that saw another penalty awarded at the World Cup.Christian Eriksen’s fine opening goal was cancelled out by Mile Jedinak’s spot kick slightly before half-time to claim a point for both sides. The result is better for Denmark, who have moved top of Group C, temporarily at least, on four points. Jedinak stepped up to convert his second penalty of the tournament center_img 3 3 After the break the Socceroos built on their equaliser, doing well to keep possession and breaking with speed into the final third.Kruse and Leckie both went close, while Pione Sisto managed a rare chance for Denmark when some neat interplay led to the winger curling a strike which was blocked before it reached Ryan’s goal.Aaron Mooy fired over Kasper Schmeichel’s goal from long range, Rogic drew a save from the keeper, and Sisto – again on a rare break for Denmark – shot wide of the post.Both teams were going all-out for the win, but it was Australia who came closest in the dying stages, with both Arzani and Leckie forcing fine saves from Schmeichel, although neither keeper was beaten ensuring the points were shared between the two sides.STAR MANAaron Mooy came close to scoring the winning goal for Australia with a fine long range effort, and he spent much of the game controlling the midfield. After they equalised, Australia were by far the better team in possession, and Mooy’s display ensured Denmark were reduced to nothing more than rare counter attacks, while the Socceroos were creating the best chances.MOMENT OF THE MATCHVAR was consulted to award Australia a penalty, when the ball struck the arm of Yussuf Poulsen as he challenged Matthew Leckie in the air. Leckie won the header and diverted the ball towards goal, and the spot kick was awarded as Poulsen’s arm was outstretched and it blocked the ball. It was a harsh, harsh penalty to award, as Poulsen’s arm was only away from his body as he was jumping. Clearly the referee believes players should be able to jump without using their arms at all, otherwise he would have accepted Poulsen’s arm as being in a natural position.LINE-UPSDenmark: Schmeichel, Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard, Delaney, Schone, Sisto, Eriksen, Poulsen (Braithwaite 59′), Nicolai Jorgensen (Cornelius 68′)Subs not used: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Knudsen, Dolberg, Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, Fischer, Lerager, Kvist, RonnowAustralia: Ryan, Sainsbury, Risdon, Behich, Milligan, Rogic (Irvine 82′), Jedinak, Mooy, Nabbout (Juric 75′), Kruse (Arzani 68′), LeckieSubs not used: Jones, Degenek, Meredith, Cahill, Jurman, Luongo, Maclaren, Petratos, Vukovic.GROUP C TABLElast_img read more