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Hector among the stars

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia:The measure of any good team is its strength off the bench.Having earned a chance through the misfortune of a teammate when Jermaine Taylor got injured at the seventh minute of their group contest against El Salvador in Toronto, Michael Hector is proving that to be true.The towering central defender was a man-mountain in Jamaica’s historic Gold Cup semi-final 2-1 win over the United States on Wednesday. It was the Reggae Boyz’s first win over the United States on American soil, thus becoming the first Caribbean team to do so since Haiti at San Diego in 1969.It is also the first time that Jamaica has qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.”The team has taken to me,” Hector beamed with glee after the win on Wednesday night at the Georgia Dome here which thrust the Reggae Boyz into their first Gold Cup final.”I’ve been on the bench for the first few games. It was hard for me to sit and watch, but we had done so well defensively in our first two games, so I couldn’t really sit and moan about not playing,” he observed.”When I did get my chance, I think I’ve realised I had to take it, and I thought, ‘I’ve done well to keep my place’.”Hector’s contribution has enabled the Jamaica team to maintain its powerful performance at the tournament, conceding only twice in five matches, winning four times and drawing once.”The defence has been great – even the goalkeeper! Obviously, he made a mistake, but he still made some great saves after that, and he kept his head and kept us in the game,” Hector noted of Thompson, whose spill led to the US goal.Like Hector, Thompson got his run off the bench this Gold Cup at BMO Field in Toronto when starting keeper Dwayne Miller got injured against El Salvador.- A.B.last_img read more

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Veep Boakai Urges Sannoh and Partners to Ensure Credibility

first_imgAssuring government’s support to the newly dedicated law firm of Cllr. Benedict Sannoh yesterday in Monrovia, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, told the former minister of justice and attorney general to lead a campaign to restore credibility to the legal profession in the country.“I’m convinced that you will do well,” Vice President Boakai told him, at a large gathering at the law firm’s offices on Benson and MacDonald Streets, “and what we are facing is how to discourage mob violence in the country.”He said there are numerous challenges facing the legal profession and the government is aware of them being not only in Monrovia, but throughout the country, and urged Cllr. Sannoh, Managing Director of the Sannoh and Partners Law Firm, to develop programs to ensure respect for the profession.“I am confident of your success,” Veep Boakai said, “and we want you and your group to bring more credit to the legal profession.”In his statement, Cllr. Sannoh said he has faith in Liberia and its people and their support to good leadership. “I share the views expressed by the late Mamade Diakite that Liberia is rising with the potential to reach higher heights,” quoting the late President William R. Tolbert “and to create an enabling environment where Liberians can live in peace.”Cllr. Sannoh said the law is the foundation for Liberia to attain his belief in the resilience of Liberians and it is the duty of lawyers with the responsibility to make it happen, which is the objective of the foundation of the new law firm.He noted that Liberia has made significant progress in consolidating peace and economic development since the end of the civil-conflict under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with support from international partners.“However, we have not fully addressed the root causes of what led the country to war and therefore the consequences of the years of violence, which if not attended to, may have the potential to derail the gains we have made so far,” Cllr. Sannoh said.Critical in this regard, he said, is providing “justice, security and the rule of law.” He said confidence in that sector is extremely low and it is incumbent on all “of us to embark on programs to nurture confidence in the sector, for if the people lose confidence in the system that is meant to protect them, they will ultimately resort to other avenues to protect their defensible interests.”The new law firm, he said will have a major department to focus on justice, security, human rights and the rule of law. The firm will also engage in general practice with focus on corporate law, commercial law, contracts, taxation, and government relations, among others.Others at the dedication yesterday who gave their support included Justice Minister Frederick Cherue; the dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Cllr. J. Negbalee Warner; as well as representatives from the Liberia National Bar Association, the judiciary, the clergy and the United Nations Mission in Liberia.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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Miner charged for theft released on bail

first_imgA father of four was released on bail on Tuesday after denying a simple larceny charge which stated that he stole a $2.2 million Caterpillar swing gear.Thirty-six-year-old Anson Mendonza of Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.The charge stated that between April 1, 2018 and August 2, 2019 at Jack and Vieira Backland, North West District, he stole one Caterpillar swing gear valued $2.2 million, belonging to Joseph Gonsalves.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the defendant was arrested last Friday at Charity after Police received information that he was seen with the stolen equipment. Mendonza was arrested and charged.Chief Magistrate McLennan released the defendant on $150,000 bail, and the matter was adjourned to November 4, 2019 at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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Storm watch in Lakewood

first_imgThe Monsoons went into the third quarter up 42-29 and their lead only grew after that as Terryn Clark scored a basket and Wendell Wright scored four straight of his own to give Mayfair a 19-point advantage with 6:41 left in the game. “We made some adjustments at halftime and we went on several big runs that put the game away,” Monsoons coach Brian VanderWal said. “We played well in the second half and I think we slowly wore them down. “I’m telling you, I just love these guys. They play so hard every night out and what else can you say about the way Jonathan and Bryan played tonight. They were super and they’re great leaders. I can’t wait to watch them again on Tuesday night.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKEWOOD – It’s way too early in the playoffs to say whose going to be named the Player of the Year in I-AA, but on Friday night, Mayfair High boy’s basketball player Jonathan Wills made a good opening argument on his behalf. The senior forward had 20 points, seven rebounds and senior guard Bryan Emanuel scored 19 as the Monsoons began the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs by beating Lakewood 64-41 in a first-round game at Mayfair High. The Monsoons (20-6) will next play the winner of the Chaminade/Mission Viejo game 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second round. Mayfair jumped all over the Lancers (13-14) right from the get go, taking a 10-0 lead after Wills scored the first six points of the game and Emanuel followed with the next four. The Monsoons had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter but Lakewood used a 9-0 run behind the scoring of Patrick Rembert, who chipped in 18 points, at the end of the second quarter to get back in the game. The Lancers went into halftime down 23-19 and after Rembert scored again in the opening moments of the third quarter, Mayfair’s lead was down to just one point. However, that’s when Wills took over the game. He made back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Monsoons lead back up to 29-21 and after an Emanuel dunk with 1:54 to go in the third quarter, Mayfair’s lead was 39-26. center_img “It’s a city rivalry and I was fired up tonight,” Wills said. “We don’t play them often but when we do, it’s big. The key for us tonight was boxing out. They were getting too many second shots opportunities in the first half and in the second, we had to cut that out. “But out only goal tonight was to make sure we practiced on Saturday and we did that. Now, it’s on to the next round. We don’t really care who our opponent is. As long as we come to play, we can compete with anybody.” last_img read more

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Food prices heading higher

first_imgNEW YORK – This morning, your bowl of cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was 44 cents. By next year, it could be 56 cents. It’s enough to make you cry in your cornflakes. The forces behind the rise in food prices – China’s economic boom, a growing bio-fuels industry and a weak U.S. dollar – are global and not letting up anytime soon. Grocery prices are bulging because the raw ingredients, packaging and fuel that go into foodstuffs cost more than they have in decades. It’s the worst bout of food inflation since 1990, but not yet worrisome to the economy, said John Lonski, chief economist of Moody’s Investor Service. While high food prices can cut into consumers’ discretionary spending, the 4 percent rate of food inflation is still far below the crippling double-digit levels of the 1970s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityStill, consumers anxious for relief in the checkout line may have to keep waiting. Andrea Williams, 32, can track the rise in prices of the food she buys for herself, her husband and their three children by looking back at the receipts she says she meticulously saves. “In 2004, I bought a gallon of milk, it was $1.63,” Williams said before heading into a Wal-Mart in Savoy, Ill., about 140 miles south of Chicago. A gallon of milk cost nearly $3 a gallon last month in her area. A couple of years ago, Williams spent about $250 a month on one big grocery trip. Now she says she’s spending $250 on a big trip every two weeks. It’s possible to trace the jump in food costs to the commodities markets, where the price of agricultural products and energy have reached the highest levels, even adjusted for inflation, in decades. Crude oil, which helps dictate the price of gasoline and plastic packaging, hit an all-time peak in September. Wheat prices also climbed to a record. The run-up in commodity prices has as much to do with short-term supply and demand in each market as with long-term shifts in who produces and who consumes those products. China is the juggernaut. Rapid growth there – and in Brazil, Russia, India and other developing nations – has led to massive demand for raw materials, including energy to run factories and cars, metals to build infrastructure and beans and grains to feed livestock and people. China will import almost 50 percent of the world’s oilseeds within a decade, becoming the world’s largest importer, according to estimates from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Oils made from oilseeds such as soybeans are used widely in packaged foods, while corn is used to make high-fructose corn syrup, the ubiquitous sweetener found in everything from bread to soda and other beverages. China’s oilseed demand reflects another trend: The world is using more of its food supply to make fuel. Corn in the U.S. and China is being converted to ethanol, a gasoline additive. Europe is using more wheat for ethanol and rapeseed for bio-diesel, a cleaner-burning fuel that is mixed with regular diesel. Brazil has bulked up its production of sugarcane to make ethanol. Demand for corn from the ethanol industry in the U.S. helped drive corn prices to a peak earlier this year, starting a domino effect of price increases through the food chain as livestock raisers, food makers and retailers tried to recover their own higher costs. Corn prices have come off their high, due to expectations for a huge crop this year, but prices remain historically elevated because of inflation across agriculture. A bushel of corn that went for about $2 a couple of years ago costs about $3.50 today. Higher commodity costs have pushed Kellogg Co., General Mills Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and others to hike prices this year. Kellogg boosted prices 5 percent in April based on weight; in June, General Mills shrank cereal package sizes in a way that lifted prices per ounce. Starbucks Corp. decided to charge more for lattes and other drinks to cover its milk costs. “Ethanol got us started down this line, but other things moved to the forefront,” said Darrel Good, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. This year, such tectonic shifts in demand have met with shorter-term supply constraints to exacerbate the inflation. Because the markets for raw materials are often linked – both across geography and with each other – problems in one market can spread to another. In addition, a weaker U.S. dollar has raised foreign demand for commodities, which appear cheaper to buyers abroad. The greenback tumbled earlier this month to an all-time low against the euro. “All along the chain, you’re seeing price inflation,” said Standard & Poor’s Chief Economist David Wyss. “It’s a significant impact on food prices, but it takes a long time to show up.”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

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Israel’s Sharon to be declared permanently incapacitated

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for three months, will be declared permanently incapacitated Tuesday, a decision that signals the official end of his tenure as Israel’s leader, the Justice Ministry said Sunday. Sharon, 78, was declared temporarily incapacitated after he lapsed into a coma after a stroke Jan. 4. Ehud Olmert stepped in for him immediately as acting prime minister, but under Israeli law he can only serve in that capacity for up to 100 days before a replacement for Sharon has to be named. That deadline expires Friday, but because the weeklong Jewish Passover holiday begins Wednesday, the declaration of permanent incapacitation has been moved up to Tuesday – with the proviso that it not take effect if Sharon’s condition improves before the deadline. Olmert, who won March 28 elections, is expected to be named Sharon’s official replacement as he continues negotiating with smaller parties to form a governing coalition. Officials at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where Sharon is being treated, said Sunday that discussions were still under way on whether to move him to a long-term care facility.last_img read more

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SUPERB LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY AT SISTER SARA’S

first_imgSister Sara’s are preparing to drown the shamrock in style this St Patrick’s Day weekend by announcing a stunning line-up of entertainment over the weekend.Management at the popular venue have earned a reputation for providing top-class entertainment every weekend.However, for the weekend that’s in it they’ve really pushed the boat out to make sure Sister Sara’s is your port of call for the St Patrick’s weekend celebrations. Tonight DJ Marty Temple will kick off the weekend and will play all your favourites to get you in the party mood.On Saturday DJ Marty Curran will have the place hoping with his weekend soundtrack.On Sunday there will be LIVE music with the incredible Half the Cuff band.On Monday the superb Rockhill Ramblers will be rocking the place with their distinctive sound. While on St Patrick’s Day DJ Tubbsy will be playing all your favourite tunes with special guest Gary Gamble.It promises to be a FANTASTIC weekend of entertainment. SUPERB LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

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CHANGE OF VENUE FOR TODAY’S U21 DONEGAL V SLIGO GAME

first_imgTHERE has been a change of venue for today’s Donegal v Sligo U21 North west Cup game.It is now to be played in Ballyshannon at 12 noon today.CHANGE OF VENUE FOR TODAY’S U21 DONEGAL V SLIGO GAME was last modified: January 2nd, 2016 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:CHANGE OF VENUE FOR TODAY’S U21 DONEGAL V SLIGO GAMElast_img read more

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Pogba has always been a show-off and it’s great for football, says Watford pal

first_img silverware MONEY Pogba won the World Cup with France Dourcoure admits that Pogba has always been a bit of a show off, especially after becoming the world’s most expensive player in 2016 and winning the World Cup with France in July, but insists his attitude brightens the game.He told the Mirror: “I’ve known Paul since I played with him in the French ­Under-16 team and he was, physically, the same as he is today, because he was in advance of everyone.“Yes, he liked to show off a little bit, but he’s a very nice guy, very natural. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure believes Paul Pogba’s personality is good for football ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Vicarage Road.The pair, who were team-mates with France’s under-16s, will do battle on Saturday as the Hornets look to maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season. “Today there is a ­different ­dimension ­because Paul is a ­superstar, but as a ­character he has ­always been the same – he likes to laugh, he likes to speak about ­everything. We still speak sometimes, and I sent him a message to ­congratulate him on ­winning the World Cup.“I think he has this personality because he is good on the pitch.“It’s good for him. It’s good to have ­footballers with charisma – I think players like Paul, and Benjamin Mendy as well, bring a lot of ­personality and show off sometimes.” highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 smart causal RANKED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Pogba and Dourcoure will meet on Saturday 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more

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MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER HUGE HAUL OF CANNABIS FOUND

first_imgA Killygordon man has appeared in court charged with possession and the sale and supply of drugs.Sidney Gibson. Pic by Newspix Irl.Sidney Gibson of 319 The Curragh, Killygordon appeared at a special siting of Letterkenny District Court today. His arrest follows the discovery of up to €400,000 worth of cannabis herb in Castlefin recently.The court was told that the 45 year old was arrested by arrangement on Wednesday last, April 30th.Garda Karen Walsh told the court that they were seeking directions from the Director of Pubic Prosecution in the case.The court agreed to grant Gibson bail under a number of conditions.They include that he surrender his passport, sign on three times a week at Ballybofey Garda station, no not contact any known drug-dealers and to keep a curfew of 11pm and 7am.Judge Denis McLoughlin told defense solicitor Patsy Gallagher that he was granting legal aid but wanted to see a statement of means for Gibson.The case was adjourned for mention until May 19th next.MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER HUGE HAUL OF CANNABIS FOUND was last modified: May 3rd, 2014 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:donegaldrugsKillygordonSidney Gibsonlast_img read more

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