AJ heavier than ever

first_imgThe IBF champion Joshua tipped the scales at 17st 12lbs 2oz, 10 pounds heavier than Klitschko, ahead of the Wembley fight, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with the vacant WBA ‘super’ title also at stake.Klitschko was greeted with boos when he made his entrance at Wembley Arena and the 41-year-old seemed to acknowledge the crowd by giving a peace sign after he weighed in at 17st 2lb 6oz.Joshua followed Klitschko onto the stage, sparking roars of support from thousands of fans, and raised his fist in a triumphant gesture as the weight was announced.The unbeaten 27-year-old will be facing the former unified champion in front of a 90,000 attendance, but reiterated his desire to make the fight look “easy”.”All I have to do is make this fight as easy as possible,” said Joshua. “With boxing, you seem to enjoy it afterwards.”When you’re competing, it’s tunnel vision. Even though there are so many beautiful people coming to watch, for now it has to be about tunnel vision.”His Ukrainian opponent has displayed unwavering confidence throughout the week and expects to reclaim two world titles this weekend.”I just have this feeling – this is my night,” Klitschko told Sky Sports.”It’s a big step for AJ. He hasn’t fought this type of quality of fighter yet. It’s going to be challenging for him – but challenging for me as well.”On the undercard, Scott Quigg weighed in at 8st 13lbs 7oz for his IBF final eliminator against Viorel Simion, who was also inside the featherweight limit at 8st 13lbs 6oz.Luke Campbell weighed in at 9st 8lbs 7oz for his WBA lightweight title eliminator, but Darleys Perez appeared to be over the 9st 9lb limit at the first time of asking.Ireland’s Katie Taylor is involved in another WBA final eliminator, in only her fifth fight, and was under the required lightweight mark at 9st 4lbs 8oz, with Nina Meinke making weight at 9st 6lbs 8oz.last_img read more

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Top rank for Artymata and women’s relay in Varaždin European Championship’s first day

first_imgSprinter Eleni Artymata and the Cyprus 4X100 women’s relay team secured both a first place in their respective races, at the European Athletics Team Championships, in Varaždin, Croatia, on Saturday.Artymata finished the 400 m. sprint first with 51.93, securing 12 points for Cyprus, a Cyprus Amateur Athletic Association announcement says.The women’s relay team won the 4X100 m. relay with 44.15, also contributing with 12 points to Cyprus’ effort to remain in the Second League. Filippa Fotopoulou, Ramona Papaioannou, Olivia Fotopoulou and Eleni Artymata run consecutively.Cyprus’ track and field national team finished the first day of the games in the 8th position with 141 points and needs to finish 7th in the final rankings in order to secure its place in the Second League. Estonia is first with 185 points, followed by Slovenia with 179 and Latvia with 165.In men’s 100 m. Cypriot sprint hurdles athlete Milan Trajkovic came third in the general ranking with 10.78. Kyriacos Ioannou secured the third place in high jump with 2.10 m.last_img read more

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Bolivia’s Madidi National Park home to world’s largest array of land life, survey finds

first_imgA two-and-a-half-year biological survey of Madidi National Park in Bolivia added 1,382 species and subspecies of plants and animals to the list of those living in the park.The team believes that 124 species and subspecies may be new to science.WCS, the organization that led the study, said the 18,958-square-kilometer (7,320-square-mile) park is the world’s most biodiverse protected area. An expedition through the rainforests, mountains and grasslands of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park has turned up hundreds of species previously unknown in the park, including dozens that could be new to science.The two-and-a-half-year survey known as “Identidad Madidi” ended in late November on the slopes of Chaupi Orco, a mountain on the border of Bolivia and Peru. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an NGO, said the results make Madidi “the world’s most biologically diverse terrestrial protected area.” They also provide the foundation for keeping the park’s ecosystems intact, WCS ecologist Robert Wallace said in a statement.“The massive amounts of images and data collected on the expedition will provide us with the baseline information needed to protect this natural wonder for future generations of Bolivians and the world,” added Wallace, who led the effort.A map of Madidi National Park in Bolivia. Image courtesy of WCS.The team’s transects, across the 18,958 square kilometers (7,320 square miles) of wilderness encompassed by Madidi National Park, added nearly 1,400 plant and animal species and subspecies to the park’s biological roster. For more than 200, it’s the first time scientists have recorded their existence in Bolivia. And the researchers also believe that 124 species and subspecies — of plants, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals — might have wholly escaped scientific notice until now.With these new, more extensive catalogs of biodiversity, WCS reports that Madidi now has more birds, butterflies, mammals and plants than any other park or preserve in the world. It holds the second spot for reptiles and amphibians, at least for right now, the organization said. Those numbers support WCS’s contention that Madidi is the world’s most biodiverse protected area on land.During the expedition, field researchers shared what they were finding with Bolivian media outlets and through Facebook and other social media channels. That ongoing communication appears to have had the intended effect, ecologist Lilian Painter, who heads WCS in Bolivia, said. A high Andean peak in the Apolobamba Mountains. Image by Milieniusz Spanowicz/Wildlife Conservation Society. A new snake species of the Dipsas genus. Image by Milieniusz Spanowicz/Wildlife Conservation Society. Article published by John Cannon A catfish of the Microglanis genus. Image by Milieniusz Spanowicz/Wildlife Conservation Society. A potentially new frog species of the genus Microkayla. Image by Milieniusz Spanowicz/Wildlife Conservation Society. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored 123456789101112 read more

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Laurie Foster | Open up the new tracks to wider community!

first_imgWith the official start of the 2019 local track and field season in early January, comes another synthetic track at the home of one of the major high schools competing for championships honours. The Jamaica College family should be lauded for following Calabar High and Kingston College into this new era where these first-class facilities are made available at this level. Smartly used, this innovation can be of inestimable value to not only the respective institutions, but also to the wider country. Jamaica, despite not enjoying the best of preparation platforms, has occupied an elite position in the world rankings of the sport. This is mainly in the area of the sprints where the McKenleys, Quarries, Otteys et al have led the way and stimulated a chasing pack to follow in their footsteps. The recent call is for athletes in other disciplines to be afforded the opportunity to rule the big stages. These recently constructed tracks, along with the facilities which accompany them, can provide an answer. SHARING RESOURCES That said, it will not be merely the existence of same that will bring about the extension of the athletes’ capabilities. A lot will depend on how much sharing is allowed to take place. For instance, the resident high schools should open up the usage to the wider community. This is not an easy sell as the question of meeting the costs of upkeep will arise. Although it can be a restrictive factor, it should not stand in the way of achieving what should ultimately be the aim, which is to have a positive outcome on the country’s image as a great track and field power. It should be a joint effort and not dependent solely on the schools’ initiative. This is where the Government enters the equation. Hand in hand with the private sector, it should form a partnership with the individual schools to cross that bridge. There should be a highly publicised programme to embrace the surrounding communities and let them feel that they are a part of the way forward. Proper management of the process will be key to the success which is envisaged. The required resources are of endless magnitude but it must be tackled in a way to maximise whatever is put into the project. It should, therefore, be borne in mind that it should not be seen at the end of the day as a waste of time and effort. Another crucial matter should be considered. There should be something of similar lines going on in the rural areas of the country. As the past informs us, this should not be a Kingston city matter alone. Jamaican sport has benefited from performances which had their birth in the countryparts. It would be unwise to ignore that as it is sought to enhance the urban model. It is instructive to note that the rural schools have borne the brunt of producing the best in recent times. It is for them simply a matter of not having the support to replicate the recent infrastructure development in the Kingston area. That, too, should be addressed. It is only a matter of finding the will to further encourage the nation’s chief contributor in this area. Let us go for it. Jamaica will be the ultimate winner. For feedback: email – lauriefoster2012@gmail.com www.facebook.com/lauriefosterlast_img read more

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Is Guyana really and truly unlikely to experience an oil spill? (Part 3)

first_img– the 5 – 10% probability (risk) of an oil spill is very materially real, and the cost could be economically devastating to GuyanaLast week’s article extended on the discussion to the extent where a framework of the cost components of a potential oil spill were outlined. This framework was premised upon the lessons learned in hindsight of previous oil spills in other parts of the world where oil exploration activities were carried out, especially in a similar deep-water exploration – as is the case in Guyana. For ease of reference, some of the major cost items identified were: cleanup costs, litigation costs, and there are broader and more impactful social and economic costs. Social costs could be enormous. For example, the average social cost of the Deepwater Horizon of the Exxon Valdez was about US$15 – US$20 billion, and possibly even US$40 – $60 billion up to 2010, according to Cohen (2010), who authored a research paper which was premised upon a study done on the taxonomy of oil spill costs, a paper published by Resources for the Future, Washington D.C.Incidentally, parallel to this oil spill series featured under this column, of which the first article was published on April 15, 2018 and today’s is the third, this author noted with interest that an oil spill response workshop was held sometime early last week, and another such event was scheduled to take place on April 26, 2018, at the Splashmin’s Resort, for the members of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan Committee and other stakeholders. This, of course, is a commendable initiative, and the participation of ExxonMobil is also well received in the positive. What was difficult to fathom, however, were the statements made by the Country Manager of Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, wherein it was posited that the oil finds will benefit the country to improve the quality of life, but it cannot be at any cost to ExxonMobil, because they are doing everything that they can to ensure an oil spill is prevented. So what if it does occur, which is very materially possible. Whose cost will it be? Now, the man on the street would say — to analyze this statement in ‘Guyanese dialect’ – let’s make sense out of nonsense. Put differently, a professional analyst would say let us examine the sensibility of such a statement, holistically and in a scholarly manner. The sections that follow seek to do so.Firstly, the author notes the claim which the oil exploration companies made, which was also echoed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stating that they have extensive preventative measures in place where any potential oil spill is concerned. This therefore means effectively that the local authorities and ultimately the Government of Guyana (GoG) bought this statement at face value. It is something as critical as this that the GoG ought to have solicited the service of an independent international consultant to conduct an independent assessment of these self-claimed extensive preventative measures for an oil spill and advise the GoG and the people of Guyana in this regard accordingly. To take something at face value, especially of this high national importance, from the very stakeholders involved, who will naturally seek to protect their own interest, and not conduct any kind of independent evaluation is absolutely nonsensical, an assertion any sound minded intellectual person would endorse. And, regardless of how small the risk is of an oil spill occurring, it does not negate the materiality of such an occurrence.With that in mind, within the framework established from previous oil spills to compute a potential cost;, that is, using costing information from the Exxon Valdez and the BP oil spills, the average cost of an oil spill cleanup is about US$18 per gallon, which means that one barrel of oil — which is usually 42 gallons — would cost (42×18) US$756 per barrel. So, in the event there is a spill equivalent to the magnitude of the one that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, which was a spillage of 4.2 million barrels, then the cleanup cost alone for Guyana would be US$3.175 billion dollars. Then you have to add to that litigation costs, which would far exceed that should it adversely affect Guyana’s neighbouring countries. Then you have to factor in the social and economic costs to Guyana, wherein a worst case scenario would virtually wipe out the entire fishing industry, causing the nation to lose US$80 million in export earnings from fish and shrimp annually, it will directly affect the employment of approximately 2000 plus employees from the commercial fishing industry in Guyana etc. In essence, a large scale oil spill could cost Guyana in excess of US$4 – 5 billion, and this would absorb and even exceed almost all of the revenues Guyana is poised to earn from oil, depending on the magnitude of potential damages.The Author is the holder of a MSc. Degree in Business Management, with concentration in Global Finance, Financial Markets, Institutions & Banking from a UK university of international standing.last_img read more

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Cauldron lights for last leg of torch run before SEA Games

first_img400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw SEA Games torch run in Angeles, Pampanga. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANGELES CITY—The Southeast Asian Games vibe was greatly felt during the final leg of the Torch Run Saturday at Bayanihan Park here exactly a week before the biennial meet officially unfurls.Women’s volleyball team member Majoy Baron, two-time Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi and Fil-American artist apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas led the event that saw runners from cities of Angeles and Mabalacat, Pampanga participate.ADVERTISEMENT Apl.de.ap, born in Angeles, Pampanga, took part in the lighting of the cauldron here along with Angeles City mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. and Mabalacat City mayor Crisostomo Garbo. He will also be performing in the Games’ closing ceremony on Dec. 11 at New Clark City. https://t.co/d8XdG4pccq.ap immediately draws a crowd. #SEAGames2019 pic.twitter.com/PurT4Ijj6E— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) November 23, 2019Baron and Alkhaldi also spearheaded the five-kilometer run along M.A. Roxas Highway.The Torch Run kicked off in Davao last month before being staged in Cebu last week.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees LATEST STORIES The one-year countdown was also held at Bayanihan Park last year.The Philippines is hosting the regional show for the fourth time. Its previous staging of the Games was back in 2005 where the country finished on top of the medal standings with 290 medals, 112 of which were gold.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust The cauldron has been lit up here in Angeles for the final leg of the torch run which kicked off in Davao last month before being passed on in Cebu last week. #SEAGames2019 | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/DxWMiVvxkk— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) November 23, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 MOST READ View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study NU Lady Bulldogs sweep another season for 6th straight crownlast_img read more

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Why would WPA leaders heap scorn upon Roopnaraine? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,In 1979, when the WPA declared itself a political party, the social reality of Guyana took a dramatic turn. It had changed from a pressure group into a contender for political power. It was a direct challenge to the “big boys”. Prime Minister Burnham declared that university professors could engage in academic exercises, but once they stepped into the political arena, they would be subjected to a different set of rules, rules more akin to the Roman amphitheatre. He boasted of his sharper steel. The political reality of Guyana took on a new persona, one that forever changed the historical narrative of Guyana from that day forward, creating a new narrative regarding the sociological reality in terms of the racial divide. The Jagan/Burnham political/racial dichotomy had been seriously challenged, and both men realised the danger the WPA posed to their racial blocs.At a public meeting, Eusi Kwayana raised the hands of both Walter Rodney and Rupert Roopnaraine, clasped them together, and proclaimed that these two men represented the new political/racial reality of Guyana. It was a moment of inspiration for many Guyanese of all races, one that they will forever cherish. Without that hope of a new dawn, Guyana is doomed. With the assassination of Walter Rodney, Rupert Roopnaraine, at that time, assumed a heavy burden of ensuring that vision of the WPA remained alive.Freddie Kissoon makes the claim that, “I knew the WPA burnt down the Ministry of National Development. I know that it stole the arms that were removed from the People’s Temple when Jonestown collapsed and other conspiratorial things. I know the little illegal things I did.”There is no indication by Kissoon whether his knowledge of the events he claimed were first hand or second hand. It raises the question as to why the Burnham-led PNC State was unable to prove what Kissoon claims that he has definitive proof of, despite hauling the arson trio to court as in the case of the burning down of the Ministry of National Development, a ministry which was in reality the PNC headquarters financed by State funds under the Doctrine of the Paramountcy of the ruling party.Many of the young cadres at the time felt the loss of Dr Rodney profoundly as he was their mentor. Several sought solace in the person of Dr Roopnaraine for leadership at that critical juncture of the party’s history. They were granted that invaluable insight that Kissoon wished he had access to, but deliberately spurned, that of “being close to such a giant of an intellectual with such a deep analytical mind.” These young men and women did learn “priceless and valuable lessons in sociology and history.” Dr Roopnaraine shared his profound insights with them. Today they yearn for the person they knew him to be. Kissoon’s “tragic decline of a brilliant mind” reminds us of that reality.If Kissoon’s definition of “honesty” is taken at face value, should Dr Roopnaraine have confessed to the burning down of the de facto PNC headquarters assuming Kissoon’s knowledge of the facts of the matter to be true? If Kissoon is prepared to argue that “history is more important than friendship”, then he must tell us when “history” begins and when “friendship” ends. There is also a question mark as to what Kissoon meant by “friendship”.Kissoon failed to give testimony at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, where his “honesty” would have set the historical record straight. He states that Dr Roopnaraine did not give names to the claim “(w) hen he admitted that the WPA was stockpiling arms to overthrow Burnham”. It is unlikely such testimony would carry much weight, since any person could make such claims without any means of corroboration from independent sources. More fundamentally, the WPA never depended on the use of arms to remove the Burnham dictatorship, so the statement is very inaccurate if taken out of context.The claim that the WPA is a dead party has been made by Kissoon on numerous occasions. Is Kissoon making a case that “the decline of a brilliant mind” of Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is a major contributing factor to the lingering presence of the corpse? Political parties are known to come back to life when the occasion demands it. Kissoon, more than any other critic, has kept the WPA alive with his high expectations of the party, expectations he claims it has failed to live up to. He remains one of the WPA’s best friends with his critique of the shortcomings of the party, regardless if they be real or imagined.Sincerely,Rohit KanhaiWPAOA Memberlast_img read more

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Roraima kicks off 3-day Wedding Expo

first_imgGuyanese of all walks of life are expected to flock to Duke Lodge in Kingston, Georgetown for the 2017 edition of Wedding Expo, which officially opened on Friday and will culminate on Sunday. One of the main attractions will be a wedding ceremony. Speaking on this year’s theme, ‘Magnificent Beginnings’, representative Dellon Murray told Guyana Times on Friday that the March 24-26 event will be streamed live.Akeem Peter and his bride Kerron Boston will say “I do” before all of Guyana todayHe further noted that today’s wedding between Akeem Peter and his bride, Kerron Boston will include live entertainment and their exchange of vows will be witnessed by all of Guyana. He encouraged all to come out and support the event.“Wherever you are, every village of Guyana, needs to be at Wedding expo,” he stated.Friday’s feature included a cultural extravaganza while today’s highlight will be the couple’s wedding. In addition, one the main sponsors of the event, GTT, through its marketing representative, Nadia De Abreu said the company is elated to be part of the three-day affair. The event wraps up Sunday and next year’s expo will be held on a grander scale as it will be the tenth edition. The ninth annual Wedding Expo is hosted by the Roraima Group of Companies and was first launched in 2009.Social Protection Minister Amna Ally gave the key note address at Friday’s opening. Products on display include dresses from various cultures, hena and afro-centric designs, jewellery and various décor designs.Akeem Peter, who had proposed to his now fiancé, Kerron Boston, 49 times before she agreed to wed him, was earlier this year announced as the winner of Roraima Airways “Race to Altar” Wedding Expo competition at the Duke Lodge Hotel. At today’s ceremony, the two will make their life-long commitment before friends, family and the public. The couple was awarded with a fully paid wedding package, among other gifts when they fought off several others to make it to the altar.Roraima’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Gerry Gouveia had stated in February that the event would have enabled the marketing of a number of small and medium-sized businesses in the wedding and entertainment sector.last_img read more

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Missing King Jerry says it’s alright

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 7 – Gor Mahia captain Fredrick Onyango, says the team will not be affected by his absence since the two reserve custodians, Joel Bataro and David Juma, are equal to the task for Sunday’s CAF Champions League first round return leg against Esperance Sportive de Tunis.The skipper who was influential in their preliminary round after rescuing four spot –kicks against Gabonese side US Bitam (two in regulation time and the same in shoot outs), was sidelined after picking a shoulder injury two weeks ago when they played Mathare United in Machakos County. “The team is capable of beating Esperance since nothing is impossible, if we scored two goals against them in the first leg, we can go ahead and register positive results.“They will physiologically be affected by my absence since I’m their leader but I gave them morale and told them everything is possible.The return of David Owino, will boost the defence and I think the team is good to go,” Onyango told Capital Sport on Friday.Juma, the former Western Stima keeper is expected to hold brief for Onyango who was at fault for Esperance’s second goal in their 3-2 home reverse last weekend.The second batch of Gor players and Officials have already linked up with the rest in Tunis to prepare for their return leg.“The second batch that was led by chairman Ambrose Rachier, has already arrived in Tunis after transiting Doha and Qatar. Everything was taken care off and I’m sure they will perform well before coming back on Monday,” club’s Secretary General Chris Omondi, confirmed.Coach Bobby Williamson, earlier on said his charges were not prepared for the tie since six of them were on international duty with national football teams.Ugandans Dan Sserunkuma, left back Godfrey Walusimbi and midfielder Geoffrey Kizito connected on Thursday to Tunis to link up with the squad after losing 2-1 to former African champions Zambia in their Wednesday’s FIFA international friendly.Owino who missed the first leg in Nairobi following suspension after picking a red card in their preliminary round against US Bitam, makes a comeback to the team and traveled alongside defender Musa Mohamed, midfielder Anthony Akumu and Timona Wanyonyi, who were left behind since they were in the Harambee Stars squad for the aborted friendly against Sudan.With Williamson having only Saturday to assemble his full team before the match, he will have to tighten all the lose ends and ensure his forwards led by goal poacher Sserunkuma, strikes two goals and keep a clean sheet to over turn the first leg defeat where they lost 2-3 to progress to the second round.The two-time champions on the other hand, will miss the services of Cameroonian striker Yannick Ndjeng.According to their club official website, the forward picked an injury during the team’s Thursday training session and will be out for one month.Ndjeng was on target in the first leg scoring the visitors’ second goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Fort St. John’s Donald Dawes passes away at 67

first_imgDawes was best known for his participation in the Fort St. John Pan-African Caribbean Association as President and for organizing Black History Month and Juneteenth celebrations in the Energetic City.  After moving from his native Jamaica to Vancouver, Dawes has spent the last 15 years in the Fort St. John area working in the oil patch and at Staples. Dawes was an active member of the Pentecostal Church and was well known in the community for his jerk chicken. In the time since his death, friends and family have left messages and prayers on his Facebook wall, describing him as a great man and friend who will be dearly missed. He is survived by family in Canada, Jamaica and the U.S.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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