RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

first_imgShericka Jackson – AthleticsFor her achievement in claiming the bronze medal in the 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, running a personal best 49.99 seconds. Jackson ran a personal best in all three rounds of the competition. The 21-year-old Jackson also ran the second leg of the winning 4×400 metres women’s relay at the Championships, opening an almost two-second gap on her United States competition.Sherone Simpson – AthleticsFor her achievement in winning the gold medal in the 100 metres at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Simpson ran a season best 10.95 seconds to take victory in the event, her fastest time in seven years. Simpson also won a gold medal in the 4×100 metres relay at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, running as an alternate in the semi-final; and a silver medal in the 4×100 metres relay at the Pan American Games, again running in only the semi-final.Rasheed Dwyer – AthleticsFor his achievement in claiming the silver medal in the 200 metres at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. In the process, Dwyer smashed Don Quarrie’s 44-year-old 200 metres Games Record (19.86), setting a new mark of 19.80 seconds in the semi-finals. Dwyer was also part of the gold-medal-winning 4×100 metres Jamaica relay team at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas and was a member of the 4×100 metres relay team, which won the IAAF World Championship (running in the semi-final only).last_img read more

Germany Promises Support to Post Ebola Recovery Plan

first_imgThe Federal Republic of Germany has committed to provide more support to Liberia, including the attraction of private investments that will help the country in its post Ebola recovery efforts.German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Muller, who led a 30-member German delegation to Liberia, made the commitment during a press briefing jointly held with Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan over the weekend at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill.  The Dr. Muller-led delegation, which was co-led by the German Minister of Health, Herr Hermann Groehe, was in the country primarily to assess the impact of German contribution to the Government of Liberia’s fight against Ebola and to discuss the possibilities for strengthening German-Liberian financial and technical cooperation.”As I told the President, this country must not fall into depression now or after the Ebola crisis; that is why we need to make considerable investment in infrastructure and in the agricultural sector… That is why we have taken the decision to double our support in the coming years,” the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development said through an interpreter.Dr. Muller, who emphasized that private investment is paramount to the development of any nation, disclosed that his government will lobby with private sector actors in Germany to attract private investments to Liberia.Dr. Muller and delegation, which also included two members of the German Parliament, met and held talks with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prior to the stakeout and indicated that as a result of the excellent relationship subsisting between President Sirleaf and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, two important development issues have been included on the agenda of the forthcoming Group of Seven (G7) Conference.The two issues, said Dr. Muller, are creating a fair value chain aimed at producing a fair standard of production in developing countries and empowering women through technical vocational education.Dr. Muller urged Liberians to continue the fight against corruption by engaging in efficient governance and to further strengthen the rule of law, adding, “These are the bases and required bureaucracy which attract private investment.”He also gave assurance that the German government will solidify its diplomatic and bilateral ties with Liberia by increasing support to the country’s energy, agriculture and education sectors.The 30-member German team also included two members of the German Parliament and several German journalists and civil society actors.Liberian Foreign Minister Ngafuan, on behalf of President Sirleaf and the Government and People of Liberia, conveyed profound gratitude to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Government and people of Germany for their unswerving support to Liberia both during good and bad times.”We in Liberia are not only grateful that officials of the German Government could visit Liberia, but also we take positive note of the size and composition of the delegation, which speaks volumes about the strength of the bilateral relations between our two countries and Germany’s firm commitment to being a stronger partner with our country in good as well as in bad times.”The 30-member German delegation is the largest to visit Liberia in recent times.A foreign Ministry release said Minister Ngafuan praised the German Government and people for their  demonstration of strong solidarity with the Liberian Government during and after the Liberia civil war and in particular during the critical time of the Ebola Virus pandemic.”Not only did the Government of Germany keep its diplomatic mission operational throughout and including the peak of the pandemic, but we were honored to have been visited in September 2014 by Ambassador George Wilfried Schmidt, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel and by Mr.Walter J. Lindner, German Ebola Coordinator to West Africa in October 2014. It is good to have Ambassador Lindner, back again.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Otis “Otisha” Pearson arrested

first_img… as Police continue paedophilia investigationsWeeks after publicly claiming to have “one little boy for every day of the week”, the Guyana Police Force has taken popular cross dresser Otis “Otisha” Pearson into custody.Police in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) on Tuesday confirmed that they have arrested Pearson following accusations which were made against him in relation to paedophilia.Crime Chief Paul Williams when contacted confirmed that the popular (lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender) LGBT personality was arrested on Monday and isOtis “Otiesha” Pearsonbeing grilled on the subject matter.“We received the file from the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) and we are now investigating the matter officially,” he said.He could not say how soon charges would be instituted against “Otisha” but is confident in conducting a thorough probe. The arrest came days after the (CC&PA) wrapped up its investigations into the alleged misconduct by Pearson involving underage boys.In late February, CC&PA’s Director, Ann Green had related that the Agency had gathered statements from a number of persons, including the young man at the centre of the controversy, and as such, the Agency was expected to move ahead with the case.This incident came to light when Pearson was released from custody after he was implicated in the murder of Hemchand Dalchand, also called “Rakesh” of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD) whose body was discovered in the vicinity of Oleander Gardens, ECD.A pair of slippers and a piece of clothing belonging to the now dead man were also found along the East Coast sea walls. This drew some suspicions by the Police and since Pearson was reportedly the person seen talking to the young man, he was arrested.He however, refuted claims that he was involved in the murder. Nevertheless, as he attempted to profess his innocence, he appeared on national television during which time he made several inappropriate comments.One of such comment was that he had “a little boy” for every day of the week. However, after the television programme was aired, he was bashed on social media for the comment; one which he quickly defended, explaining that the term “little boys” was taken out of context.Soon after, photos of Pearson and a young boy standing in a compromising position appeared on social media. Pearson claimed the boy in the photo was his relative and that he was an adult. This again did not go down well with the public, since a few days later, the child in the photograph appeared on another television station claiming to be 15 years old.A birth certificate was presented with proved that he was indeed underage. The CC&PA was called in to investigation and the Agency would have wrapped up its probe, handing over the file to the Police in order for them to launch a criminal investigation.last_img read more

Jay Hill loses job in cabinet shuffle

first_imgJay Hill’s recent announcement, that he will not seek re-election in the next Federal Election, as the Prince George/Peace River MP, has apparently cost him his job, as Government House Leader.A backbencher has been promoted, and a key minister has been moved to replace Mr. Hill, in a federal cabinet shuffle.Vancouver Island M-P John Duncan is the country’s new Indian Affairs minister.- Advertisement -He takes over from Chuck Strahl, who replaces John Baird as Transport minister.Mr. Baird is the new Government House Leader, taking over from Mr. Hill.In a release from the Prime Minister, Harper made the following statement about Jay Hill “Finally, I just want to take this opportunity of thanking Jay for his service to his country over the past 17 years. Jay and I have been colleagues for a long time – since before we were elected, in fact. His faithful work, first on the back benches later on committees and variously as Chief Government Whip, Secretary of State and Government Leader in the House of Commons has been of immeasurable value to this party, this government and ultimately to Canada. Jay Hill will be missed, and on both sides of the House. He has been the ideal colleague and friend. We wish him and Leah well as they prepare to move on to new adventures.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool: Reds legend on Five things that WILL CHANGE at Anfield

first_imgHe will get the best out of players“I read a piece this week where he said he’s pretty happy with what he’s got at Liverpool and doesn’t feel it needs wholesale changes. Too often managers go into a new job and three months later complain the players aren’t fit enough, they’re not good enough and that he needs ten new players. This guy says, ‘no, no, I think this squad is alright’. Of course he will want one or two players in key positions but, if you look at his Dortmund team, he brought these players in and he got the best out of them. There were three players in recent years he turned from nobodies into world-class players and all three of them left – Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze. They all left the club and they all failed. So that means he brings out the best of players. People say his players leave and can’t play in a different system. No, no, I’m not interested in what players do when they leave Liverpool, I want him to bring the best out of players, and he did that at Dortmund and I’m pretty sure he will do it at Liverpool. And if you’re not on board and you’re not prepared to sacrifice yourself for the team then I don’t think you’ve got a future at Liverpool.” He will change the perspective of the fans and the club“The club is at a crossroads now. One Champions League campaign in the past five or six years is not good enough and there have been a lot of poor decisions made in terms of recruiting players. The icing on the cake was sacking the backroom staff last summer and keeping the manager. That was the worst decision ever and was never going to work. It’s a terrific opportunity with a new manager for a new dawn because there will be that buzz around the town and you’ve got to rise that wave of emotion and use it as a positive. Liverpool is not the Liverpool it was 30 years ago. It was the most successful club in the 70s and 80s but it’s not anymore. You can’t think, ‘we are Liverpool, and we are the best’. No, we’re not. Liverpool at the moment is a top six team, nothing else. We have to be more humble and put things into perspective. We can’t treat people like sponsors and such like as people who want to come into a top club like Barcelona or Madrid or Munich, which Liverpool was 30 years ago, because it’s not. And from a fans’ point of view, Klopp coming in does not make Liverpool title contenders overnight. They will do well to finish in the top four [this season]. They have enough quality in the team to do that, but this does not make Liverpool title contenders. This is a new era and at the moment Liverpool are fortunate to attract a manager who is one of the best four or five in Europe at the moment. With him coming in, if people don’t take things for granted, show humility and work hard, and the fans support them, I’m sure the future will be rosy and I’m very hopeful and confident it will be.” Jurgen Klopp is expected to be confirmed as Liverpool’s new manager by the end of this week. But what will he bring to Anfield? Kop favourite and Istanbul hero Dietmar Hamann reveals five things that will change under the former Borussia Dortmund boss…The style of play“Brendan Rodgers has told us for the past three years that Liverpool like to pass the ball and play the beautiful game, but it’s very hard to do that and be successful. Only one team has managed that – Barcelona – and to a certain extent, Bayern Munich now, but they are two of the best teams in Europe. I felt at times in the last three years Liverpool did pass the ball, yes, but there was no purpose. They passed the ball for the sake of it and that’s not what I want to see. At times it was pedestrian and it was painful to watch. You will see a more direct approach with Klopp. He likes to play a high energy game and press very early, to turn the ball over in the opponent’s half if possible so you have got only 20 or 30 yards to the opposition’s goal. So you will see a game which is played a lot quicker and a lot more direct than it was in the last few years.”He will be honest after games“Too often in recent years the team disappointed and we heard from the manager about the great character in the team. I’m a supporter so I’ve got a rough idea what’s going on on the pitch and what I’ve just seen. I don’t want the manager to tell me the team showed great character when they didn’t, and he [Klopp] will tell the people what’s he’s seen and what he thinks about the team. He will give an honest assessment and it will be what the fans want to hear. Too often with Brendan he tried to tell people things that weren’t true. And this is why people got fed up in the end because it was the same all over again.”This team WILL have character“My biggest criticism of Brendan Rodgers’ team was he was telling us how much character the team had got, but if it was lacking one thing it was character. Every time the chips were down they failed. They got battered by Aston Villa at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final, they lost in the semi-final of the League Cup to Chelsea, they got knocked out of a Champions League group that included Ludogorets and Basel, they lost a League title they should have won – with three games to go it was almost impossible they could lose it – but it’s worth nothing if you fall at the last hurdle and don’t take that next step. If you knock on the door several times it will open. What Brendan’s team did over the last few years is they knocked on the door and ran off. They didn’t try to go through the door. They knocked on it and ran off. That team was lacking character and I don’t think you’ll see that with Klopp because he believes in hard work and the players will have to go back to their roots because you’ve got to work hard and then you can start playing football. I think at Liverpool in recent years it was the other way around. We played football and then, if we had to compete, we did so. But by then it was too late.”last_img read more

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits he expects more from summer signing

first_imggetty Louis van Gaal admits Memphis Depay has not lived up to expectations since his £25million move to Manchester United.With Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini unavailable, Van Gaal could ask Depay to lead the line for United at Watford on Saturday.Should he be restored to the starting XI, it will be the first time Depay has started a Barclays Premier League game in seven weeks.Earlier this summer, Van Gaal hailed Depay as the “greatest talent of his age”, but the Dutch forward has looked nothing like the man who topped the Eredivisie scoring charts with 22 goals for PSV Eindhoven last season.When asked if he expected more of his compatriot, Van Gaal said: “Of course, because otherwise he was still in the team.“Otherwise I don’t look for another solution and (that is why) I have kept Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, for that option.”Depay’s confident persona is said to have not gone down well with some at United, but Van Gaal insists the forward is applying himself correctly in training.“Now he has to fight back and he does it, so I am satisfied (with him),” Van Gaal said.“There is always a chance (he will play on Saturday). I have to see and compare players.“He is always looking very good.“Jesse Lingard has played very well, but it’s a question if he is consistent and that we have to wait and see.“I don’t have any problems with players but sometimes they are out of the team because their competitor is in that moment in a better shape but that doesn’t mean that I have a quarrel with the player. It’s a matter of form.” Depay says he was treated like a child by Van Gaal center_img 1last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man accused of killing four British soldiers in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bomb in London has been given conditional bail.John Anthony Downey is charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard, Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young.The four Household Cavalry members were killed as they rode through the London park to Buckingham Palace. His trial date has been put back to 14 January 2014, the Old Bailey heard.Community worker Mr Downey, who is 61 and from Ards, Creeslough, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May causing a storm of protest from republicans.West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the decision to grant John Downey bail.“The decision today to grant bail to John Downey is the right one. He should never have been arrested in the first place.”“John Downey is a member of Sinn Féin and a long-time supporter of the Peace Process. The decision to arrest and charge him in relation to IRA activities in the early 1980s is vindictive, unnecessary and unhelpful.”“It is very clear following the Weston Park negotiations that the British Government committed itself to resolving the position of ‘On the Runs’. John Downey subsequently received correspondence in 2007 stating that he was not wanted by the PSNI or any British police force.”“Going beyond the bail that was granted today, John Downey should be released unconditionally and allowed to return home to his family.”“Sinn Féin will continue to support John and his family at this time.”JOHN DOWNEY GIVEN BAIL AT LONDON COURT was last modified: August 1st, 2013 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:JOHN DOWNEY GIVEN BAIL AT LONDON COURTlast_img read more


first_imgCloughaneely GAA News: ***Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme***Cloughaneely GAA club has signed up to the Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative where you can help win up to E 10,000 for the club! The Cash for Club Scheme ends 5pm Sunday 10 May 2015. Collect a card at your local Topaz and you will earn one stamp per fuel transaction with a minimum value of E40. We need to collect 300 completed cards to qualify for the draw so your help and support is appreciated!! When you have your card completed you can drop them into the Cloughaneely boxes in TOPAZ outlets in Falcarragh or Gortahork. Alternatively you can hand over your stamped card to Anna Marie Coyle, Martin Duggan, Marie McClafferty or any club officer.*******The Club ID which you will need to enter on the loyalty card is 10906********Division 2 League*** Ar an drochuair, chaill Cloich Cheann Fhaola, an chéad chluiche i sraith na bliana seo. Bhuail Gaeil Fhánada iad 3-09 | 2-07 I dTráigh a’ Locha. Chaill an foireann tacaíoctha fosta 2-09 | 0-10. Beidh an chéad babhta eile den tSraith a imirt deireadh seachtaine Na Cásca, as baile, in éadan Realt na Mara.Cloughaneely were unfortunately beaten in their first game of the league by Fanad at Trialough, Full time score was 3-09 to 2-07. Cloughaneely put in a promising performance under the guidance of new manager John Paul Gallagher. They trailed Fanad by 4 points at half time. A goal from John McGarvey 2 minutes into the 2nd half narrowed the gap. However Fanad responded strongly and eventually soared into a 10 point lead. Cillian Gallagher helped narrow the gap for Cloughaneely with a well placed goal. However time was not on their side and the Fanad men emerged victorious. Scorers for Cloughaneely were : John Fitzgerald (0-03), Shaun McGuire (0-01) , Cillian Gallagher (1-01), John McGarvey (1-02),The reserves were also unfortunately defeated Fanad 2-09. Cloughaneely 0-10Both teams are now due to play Bundoran on Easter Weekend. Day and Time is yet to be confirmed.***Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2015***The senior Gaeltacht game on St Patricks day was postponed, it has now been rescheduled to Saturday March 28th in Machaire Gathlaìn. The time is yet to be confirmed so keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages during the week for updates! ***Follow us on Twitter!***You can now follow us on Twitter @clgcloughaneely for all your club news and frequent score updates during the league and championship campaign!***Minors***Minors are due to play away to Fanad Gaels next Tuesday ***U-16’s***The u-16’s were unfortunately beaten my a strong Milford side during an away game last weekend. They are now due to play Gweedore this Friday, March 27th, at 5.30 p.m. Please keep an eye on the club Facebook page for any changes to this fixture.***U-12’s***Best of luck to our u-12’s who have the honour of playing in Croke Park next Monday, March 30th, where they will take part in a blitz! Best of luck to you all!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY FACE GAOTH DOBHAIR IN GAELTACHT CLASH THIS WEEKEND was last modified: March 25th, 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:CloughaneelyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Would it be such a surprise if Chelsea overcame Barca?

first_imgWhen Barcelona came to Stamford Bridge the general consensus from most neutrals seemed to be that the best team in the world had come to town and Chelsea stood no chance.But was that ever true? Chelsea had beaten Barcelona three times since 2000 and while the Catalans sweep most teams aside – including Manchester United in two of the last three Champions League finals – they have always found it a bit tougher against us.Well, it’s now four wins against them and Chelsea go to the Nou Camp with a lead and no away goals conceded.Can we finish the job? Nobody would claim it’s going to be easy and even many Blues fans probably secretly think Barcelona will emerge victorious.But if Chelsea can defend like we did in the first leg – and indeed in the game against Arsenal – Messi and Co will have to be on the top of their game to score the two goals they need.Chelsea’s entire team defended brilliantly against Barcelona, with Gary Cahill’s performance a highlight for me.He’s an experienced player and an England international, but he’d never played in the Champions League until two months ago and yet he looked totally at home up against Messi – the man some people call the best player ever.Of course, as so often, Messi was involved in the goal. It’s just that this time it was by being dispossessed by Frank Lampard for the start of the move that led to the goal by Drogba.For all the talk of Barcelona’s pressure and possession, and Chelsea’s heroic defending, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the best move of the night was the one which led to our goal.Lampard’s pass to Ramires was better than any played by any Barcelona player all night. Ramires’s cross to Drogba was hit while he was running at full pelt and yet he threaded it inch perfectly through four defenders and Drogba’s finish, with the ball behind him, was brilliant.He made it look easy, like he’s done in so many big games before.So is it a foregone conclusion that Barcelona will come back from the first leg deficit? Not necessarily.I’m sure Pep Guardiola was playing “mind games” when he said Chelsea were now favourites. But he might have had a point.  James Clarke is the author of Moody Blues: Following the second-best team in EuropeFollow James on Twitterlast_img read more

Michelle Wie weds Warriors exec West in Beverly Hills ceremony

first_img“She was so happy, and she looked so radiant,” Wie’s longtime coach David Leadbetter told Golf Channel. “It’s a great new chapter in her life.”Wie, 29, a five-time LPGA Tour winner, announced in June that she was taking some time off from the … Golfer Michelle Wie and Golden State Warriors executive Jonnie West were married Saturday in Beverly Hills.About 150 guests attended the ceremony and reception, which was held at a private home. Wie shared news of the wedding late Sunday on Instagram.last_img