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first_imgNBC renews deal with EPLNEW YORK (AP):NBC renewed its deal with the English Premier League for six years yesterday. The network won the American rights for the top European football league in 2012 from Fox and ESPN with a three-year agreement. This time, the Premier League went with a longer contract that goes through the 2021-22 season. Viewership has been soaring for international football in the US, making the Premier League a hot property with most major sports rights locked up long term.”Outstanding production, expert analysis and wide audience reach have all been beyond expectations,” Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said in a statement. “First-rate creative marketing and promotional campaigns have driven interest in our clubs, and the competition as a whole, to unprecedented levels.”Premier League viewership on NBC and NBCSN averaged a record 479,000 viewers last season – up nine percent from a year earlier.Vardy apologises for racist languageLEICESTER, England (AP):England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has apologised after he was filmed using racist language toward a Japanese man in a casino. British newspaper The Sun on Sunday released footage that appeared to show Vardy using a derogatory word for a Japanese person three times to a fellow gambler in a Leicester casino on July 26.In a statement released by Leicester, the 28-year-old striker apologised and said “it was a regrettable error in judgement I take full responsibility for and I accept my behaviour was not up to what’s expected of me.”Leicester said it was looking into the incident.Smith makes case for captaincyLONDON (AP):Australia batsman Steve Smith says he will follow the example set by Michael Clarke and be “aggressive” and “pro-active” if, as expected, he is named as the new captain of the country’s Test team.No official decision has been made regarding who will replace Clarke following his announcement that he’ll be retiring after the current Ashes series, although Smith has been described as the “heir apparent” by Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.Smith captained Australia during the home series against India last year when Clarke was injured and says “I got a taste of it last summer and really enjoyed the role. If it happens, fantastic.”Smith says Monday that Clarke tried to lead from the front as a player and “I will take that same road as well”.Sri Lankan ex-rugby player’s body exhumed for murder probeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lankan investigators yesterday exhumed the body of a former international rugby player whose mysterious death three years ago was ruled an accident, but is now suspected to have been a murder in which ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son is implicated.Wasim Thajudeen was found dead in May 2012 inside a burning car that appeared to have crashed into a wall. Following accusations that police had covered up the circumstances of his death during Rajapaksa’s presidency, authorities reopened the case after a new president was elected in January.Rajapaksa has denied any involvement by his son Yoshitha, 28, who is also a former member of Sri Lanka’s rugby union team. The former president says the allegations, mainly by members of the current ruling party, are politically motivated to discredit him ahead of parliamentary elections next week.Rajapaksa is contesting for Prime Minister in a bid to revive his political career.last_img read more

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1 feared dead after boat capsizes in Cuyuni River

first_imgOne man is feared dead after the boat in which he was travelling capsized in the Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on Sunday. Several other persons survived the incident.The details of the accident were not immediately known, but when contacted, F Division (Interior Locations) Commander Rabindranauth Budram confirmed that the accident did occur.He told Guyana Times that Police in Bartica received the report on Monday morning, and a team was immediately dispatched to the area. He, however, noted that the area where the accident occurred was very rocky and the water was very low which made it difficult to gain access.He related that Police ranks would travel up to a point and hope that the water level would rise in order to reach the area.“We are not certain about the circumstances surrounding the incident… we don’t have all the details as yet, nor do we have the name of the person who is feared dead,” he told Guyana Times.The Commander added that once the Police ranks reached the site, they were required to send a progress report. Around the corresponding period last year, Ivor Haynes, a father of two, drowned while his brother-in-law and nephew survived a boat mishap in the Cuyuni area.It was reported that the now dead man, along with three other men, including the captain of the boat, was travelling along the Cuyuni River from the Arawak Creek when tragedy struck.The engine of the boat reportedly failed and the boat eventually capsized. Based on reports, the now dead man was busy trying to save a metal detector which he bought for more than million when he disappeared.His nephew and brother-in-law allegedly jumped overboard and held onto a rock, and subsequently swam for three hours until they received assistance. They reportedly went back to the area to search for the missing man, but to no avail.Haynes’ body was fished out of the river three days later.last_img read more

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Govt splits more contracts to avoid public tendering

first_imgPharma procurement scandal widensGovernment has been disingenuously cheating the bidding system, this time by splitting pharmaceuticals contracts below the stipulated limit to bypass the transparent process of public tendering in order to award contracts to favoured suppliers.Records show that some $4.4 billion has been collectively awarded for the purchase of drugs without public tendering by handing out multiple contracts valued less than the limit to preferred suppliers.In some cases, suppliers have received more than 10 lesser contracts in just one day in an attempt to avoid the public tendering system. Guyana Times has been shown documentation which illustrated how the contracts were split. Notably, another major Trinidadian company is in the mist of this new scheme to avoid public tendering. The Trinidadian company received up to 11 contracts from the Government on March 22, 2016 which collectively were valued some $2.3 million. The same firm also benefited from five contracts on April 14, 2016 which were worth a total of $1.7 million. Additionally, the same company also received five additional contracts valuing some $630,000 on May 10, 2016.The trend persisted throughout the entire year and other companies, both local and international, including those with known connections to the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration benefited.This practice flies in the face of the Procurement Act, which stipulates that “a procuring entity shall not split or cause to split contracts or divide or cause to divide its procurement into separate contracts where the sole purpose for doing so is to avoid the application of any provision of this Act or any regulations made thereunder.”Commenting on the issue during his press conference on Monday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo exclaimed that this was the first time in the country’s history that such a situation has been occurring.Jagdeo noted that between January 2016 and February 2017, some $4.8 billion was spent on the purchase of drugs and medical supplies, but less than $400 million went to public tender.The scandal in pharmaceuticals procurement first broke when the Public Health Ministry came under fire for awarding a $605 million drug contract without public tendering to ANSA McAL – a Trinidadian firm, ostensibly because of an “emergency”. The prices for the drugs supplied were at least twice the market rates.That company then donated what is now called the “Pharma Arch”, which was recently erected on the Rupert Craig Highway – at a cost of $20 million.Jagdeo reminded that the APNU/AFC had vigorously accused the previous Administration of sole-sourcing drugs by avoiding the public tendering system.But the former President noted that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration had implemented the prequalification system that was modelled after international standards such as those of the World Health Organisation (WHO); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).Such a mechanism ensures that quality drugs were steadily available for mass public consumption at competitive world market prices, the absence of which would invariably lead to shortages of drugs, since there were no direct established supply chains with companies that are prequalified to deliver the requisite drugs needed.last_img read more

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Kings win but are eliminated

first_imgDespite their 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, before an announced crowd of 16,954 at Staples Center, the Kings had officially been eliminated from playoff contention before the third period. By virtue of Calgary’s shootout victory over St. Louis, the Kings became the first team in the NHL to have their playoff hopes dashed this season. With 12 games remaining in their season, the Kings can finish with no more than 83 points, and the Flames, in eighth place in the West, already have totaled 84 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Of course, the Kings’ exclusion from the postseason – for the fourth consecutive season – has long since been a foregone conclusion, so they were able to enjoy a moment of California hockey history. With his first-period goal, winger Noah Clarke became the first California-born player to ever score a goal for the Kings. Clarke, a native of La Verne, was playing in his 15th NHL game. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon, winless in six starts since Jan. 6, earned the victory. Michael Cammalleri scored two goals as the Kings broke a five-game losing streak. Rob Blake, who had missed four games with a strained groin, returned and had a goal and two assists. The Oilers, expected to be a Stanley Cup contender this season, have fallen into 11th place in the West and have lost eight consecutive games, so they were the perfect prey for the young Kings. center_img LOS ANGELES – Do you believe in miracles? If you’re a Kings fan, don’t bother. At least not this season. last_img read more

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Spurs test for Liverpool, Watford eye Man Utd scalp

first_imgIndeed, the only goal the Reds have conceded so far this term came from a howler by £65-million ($84 million) goalkeeper Alisson Becker in trying to dribble his way out of trouble at Leicester.The installation of Joe Gomez alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, allied to the continued improvement of young full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold and the addition of Alisson, makes the current Liverpool defence far harder to breach than on their last visit to Wembley.Harry Kane ran riot back then in October last year, scoring twice and forcing Klopp to substitute Dejan Lovren after just 30 minutes as Spurs cruised to a 4-1 win.Kane will be keen to get back among the goals with lingering questions over his early-season form and fitness in a World Cup hangover since picking up the Golden Boot in Russia.And there will be even more responsiblity on Kane’s shoulders with captain Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli ruled out through injury.Defeat at Watford just before the international break punctured Spurs’ own push to be considered title contenders.But victory will take them level with Liverpool at the top of the table for at least a few hours before other front-runners Chelsea, Watford and Manchester City are in action later on Saturday.– More United woe at Watford? –Premier League surprise package Watford are eying another scalp against Manchester United on Saturday © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODWatford are the early surprise package of the season thanks to four straight wins to stand alongside pace-setters Liverpool and Chelsea.Hornets boss Javi Gracia has earned a reputation for big scalps, upending Barcelona and Real Madrid during his time in Spain with Malaga, and thrashing Chelsea 4-1 in his first match in charge at Vicarage Road to go with victory over Spurs two weeks ago.United got back on track with a comfortable win at Burnley before the international break to calm the storm surrounding Jose Mourinho’s future.But should Mourinho’s men suffer a third defeat in five league games, the chances of catching the likes of Liverpool and City would already look forlorn.– Pellegrini needs points –Manuel Pellegrini has lost all four of his Premier League games as West Ham manager © AFP / Ian KINGTONAt the other end of the table, West Ham remain the only side without a point after four games despite a huge transfer spend of nearly £100 million over the summer.Former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini has not just been backed in the transfer market, but also with the patience of the Hammers hierarchy.However, the Chilean is now the favourite to be the first Premier League manager of the season to be sacked and his odds will only shorten if he fails to inspire a response away to Everton on Sunday.FixturesSaturdayTottenham v Liverpool (2:30pm), Bournemouth v Leicester, Chelsea v Cardiff, Huddersfield v Crystal Palace, Manchester City v Fulham, Newcastle v Arsenal (all 5pm), Watford v Manchester United (7:30pm)SundayWolves v Burnley (3:30pm), Everton v West Ham (6pm)MondaySouthampton v Brighton (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored twice as Liverpool were thrashed 4-1 on their last visit to Wembley © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – A perfect start from their opening four games has raised expectations over Liverpool’s title credentials, but Jurgen Klopp’s men face their first serious test of the Premier League campaign at Tottenham on Saturday.After dismissing West Ham 4-0 on the opening weekend of the season, Liverpool have had to show a more resilient approach in narrow victories over Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester, compared to the free-scoring side that romped to the Champions League final last season.last_img read more

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Pochettino urges Tottenham to respond quickly after Europa League exit

first_img1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side must respond quickly from their Europa League elimination ahead of their Capital Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.Spurs were defeated 3-1 on aggregate by Fiorentina with the former Southampton boss resting a number of regular starters from his line-up.But Pochettino claimed he was pleased with his side’s performance.“This one was the first final for us and all players are disappointed, but now we need to look forwards, to recover quickly, because on Sunday we have another game,” Pochettino said. “It is impossible to change the game now.“It is true that it was key, this action. You need some luck to score sometimes if you are to win the games.“It is true that the second half we made some mistakes and we take a risk and Fiorentina scored.“We did not score and, if we want to analyse the game, it is easy: Fiorentina scored, we didn’t score and in football you don’t score it is difficult to win games.“I think they scored more than us and we didn’t score. If we analyse the performance, we played very well again but didn’t score in the first half.“You only deserve to go through to the next round if you score and they scored more goals than us.”Despite the way things panned out, Pochettino insisted he had no regrets about playing Soldado ahead of in-form Kane, nor any of the other alterations he made.“Fiorentina made nine changes, we made seven changes,” the former Argentina defender said.“I don’t know how to explain – we are in a busy period and when you have a strong squad, you need to give the opportunity play to all.“It is not about selection it is about performance and our performance was very good in the first half. We deserve maybe 2-0 because I think there was a great chance for us and a clear penalty.“We played well and dominated the game, but this is football. It is easy to explain as we saw tonight.” Mauricio Pochettino last_img read more

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Migne calls up 25 for AFCON/CHAN preps

first_imgThe team is preparing for next month’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier away to Ghana while Migne also has an eye cast on the upcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Burundi slated for later in the year.The squad is set to have a session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on Tuesday. However, Migne will excuse Gor Mahia FC players who have a league match on Tuesday as well as players from upcountry teams.Those excused from Tuesday’s session are Elvis Nandwa, Abdallah Hassan, Farouk Shikalo, Allan Wanga, and Benard Ochieng, who are based outside Nairobi. The five will link up with the team in the following week.Harambee Stars training squad:GoalkeepersBrian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks), John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), Farouk Shikalo (Bandari)DefendersAndrew Juma (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia), Elvis Nandwa (Ulinzi Stars), Michael Kibwage (KCB), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United)MidfieldersFrancis Kahata (Gor Mahia), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks), Roy Okal (Mathare United), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United), John Avire (Sofapaka), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka), Teddy Osok (Wazito FC), Whyonne Isuza (AFC Leopards), Jafari Owiti (AFC Leopards), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari)ForwardsSydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Piston Mutamba (Sofapaka), Allan Wanga (Kakamega HomeBoyz), David Juma (Tusker)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka striker John Avire celebrates his lone goal against Nzoia Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machaos on February 7, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – Sofapaka’s John Avire, Mathare United’s Andrew Juma and Wazito FC’s Teddy Osok are among seven new players handed maiden national team call ups after head coach Sebastien Migne named a squad of 25 for a training session on Tuesday kicking off preparations for upcoming national team assignments.Mathare duo of Roy Okal and Andrew Juma, Kariobangi Sharks’ Sidney Lokale and Tusker FC’s David Juma are the other new players who have been called up to the senior team with Migne set to assess them.last_img read more

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GAA MINOR SOUTHERN REGIONAL LEAGUE FINAL: AN CLOCHAN LIATH 4-13, ARDARA 1-07

first_imgDUNGLOE MINORS CELEBRATEDUNGLOE Minor team are celebrating after winning the Southern Regional League final against Ardara in Glenties.The final score was An Clochan Liath 4-13 Ardara 1-7 with David Sweeney bagging himself a hat-trick of goals in what was a tremendous team effort throughout.Well done to all the boys for their hard work and dedication over this last few months and especially this week with two matches in three days. Dungloe will play either St Eunans or Gweedore in a county league semi-final a week on Friday. GAA MINOR SOUTHERN REGIONAL LEAGUE FINAL: AN CLOCHAN LIATH 4-13, ARDARA 1-07 was last modified: April 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ARDARA 1-07GAA MINOR SOUTHERN REGIONAL LEAGUE FINAL: AN CLOCHAN LIATH 4-13last_img read more

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DONEGAL GARDAÍ DEAL MASSIVE BLOW TO CHINESE DRUGS GANGS

first_imgGARDAÍ are investigating a Chinese mafia link to a massive drugs bust in Ballybofey.Officers seized an estimated €360,000 worth of cannabis during a raid in Navenny Street in the town on Tuesday evening.All four people arrested at the scene are Chinese nationals; one a woman in her 60s, two women in their 20s and a man in his 30s. The Letterkenny Drugs Squad was involved in the operation.None of those arrested could speak English and interpreters had to be hired to process the prisoners at Letterkenny Garda Station.Those arrested are the latest Chinese suspects to be detained by gardai in Donegal in recent months.Officers believe Chinese mafia – or triad – gangs are behind a the increasing number of grow houses being found across the county. Often those found tending the plants are themselves victims of human trafficking and slavery.The Garda National Immigration Bureau has been informed of the latest arrests.You can read how Donegal Daily broke the story of the arrests on Tuesday evening here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/01/21/breaking-news-3-women-held-as-donegal-gardai-in-massive-drugs-bust/ DONEGAL GARDAÍ DEAL MASSIVE BLOW TO CHINESE DRUGS GANGS was last modified: January 22nd, 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:BallybofeyChinese nationalsdrugs raidinvestigationletterkennylast_img read more

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MAN CAUGHT WITH FUEL SYPHONING EQUIPMENT IN HIS CAR

first_imgA 20 year old man who was caught with fuel syphoning equipment in his car has been fined a total of €600.Letterkenny court.Brian Ward was stopped by Gardai at Raymothy, Manorcunningham on July 5th, 2013. Mr Ward, of 77 Ardskeen, Co Cavan appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday along with his wife.Ward was stopped by Gardai at 2.46am and gave his name as JOhn Ward.Syphoning equipment was found under the bonnet and a five litre empty container was also found in the car.The court heard that Ward, 20, had a number of previous convictions. He is in receipt of €200 per week on social welfare as is his wife.His solicitor said he knew he was in a friend’s car and was not insured and that was why he gave a false name.Judge Paul Kelly noted that this was the second occasion that he had given a false name having been convicted on another occasion of the same offense.Judge Kelly fined Ward €250 for having no insurance and disqualified him for six years as this was his second such offense.He fined him a further €150 for having syphoning equipment in his car and a further €200 for giving a false name.MAN CAUGHT WITH FUEL SYPHONING EQUIPMENT IN HIS CAR was last modified: April 28th, 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:Brian WardCavandonegalfuel syphoningJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more

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